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Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, December 6, 2016 at 4:51 pm Why is there no single member of the SCLM who represents the Association of Anglican Musicians? This body, which is made up of both lay and clergy members of the ECUSA, offers an important point of view and reference point, both musically and theologically, to any discussion of liturgy and music in the church. If there is no canonical way to include such representatives, then the canons need to be revised so that an important voice is not marginalized or ignored. December 21, 2016 at 4:53 pm You are very much on point with your comments. Arthur Lee says: Tags December 6, 2016 at 5:49 pm Sometimes an expression of anger, or rather frustration, is appropriate. One can remember the Lord’s response to the money changers in the temple. (Or should we remove that inconvenient image from Scripture and Liturgy also?) Peaceful compliance, for the sake of peaceful compliance, to travesty, is not reasoned behavior. December 6, 2016 at 5:12 pm Thanks for all of your good work. Most people are very pleased with the changes and additions. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA E. Jerry Walker says: Richard McClellan says: James Calabro says: Comments (78) December 8, 2016 at 5:08 pm Thank you! My sentiments exactly. A new prayer book is just another way to divide the church. December 7, 2016 at 9:23 am You have inadvertently coined our rallying cry, “less is more, chose option 4.” The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Karen Morgan says: Creation of a book or books of alternative services beginning after the 2018 General Convention, with no accompanying revision of the prayer book; Comments are closed. Stephen W. Houghton says: Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ December 7, 2016 at 10:26 pm and Jesus was in the Temple ‘singing’ daily? A postponement of the decision on the prayer book and supplemental resources until the completion of a church-wide conversation on liturgical theology and practice during the 2018-2021 triennium December 7, 2016 at 10:04 am I supposed I sdhould also link to my article, “Why I Oppose Prayer Book Revision, Even Though I Have a Proposed Revised BCP”http://proposedrevisedbookofcommonprayer.blogspot.com/2016/01/why-i-oppose-prayer-book-revision-even.htmland a Link to my “A Proposed Revised Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments. 2015/2024”http://proposedrevisedbookofcommonprayer.blogspot.com/2016/01/how-this-book-is-organized.html The Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston says: Cynthia Katsarelis says: December 6, 2016 at 5:33 pm The fourth option seems the most intelligent and responsible approach to me. I was a deputy from the Diocese of Los Angeles when the 1979 BCP was adopted at the Denver General Convention. There have been many groundbreaking biblical and theological studies in the 37 years since then. A thoughtful approach to the much-needed revision of the BCP would be to “step back from liturgical revision and a commitment to exploring the theology of the current prayer book in greater depth.”My question would be whether we can find theologians and liturgists up to the challenge and if it would be politically possible in a divided nation and church to get a new book through General Convention. Do you remember when Episcopalians loved their Prayer Books and carried leather-bound copies with their names stamped in gold on the cover? A compact book with poetic language and an absence of burdensome images from the past could once again become a uniting rather than a dividing force in TEC. December 6, 2016 at 8:51 pm In fine Episcopalian tradition the Committee has decided to kick the can down the road and do nothing. I tire of attempting to get everything politically correct so no one is offended. Why not authorize some rubrics to clean up gender issues and keep it the same? Then, spend our efforts teaching church goers why we worship from the Book and how to use it. I think its pretty good even if quaint by 21st century standards. Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis December 7, 2016 at 11:37 am Some people are still calling 1979 “the new prayer book,” so maybe we should hold off a bit longer. The Reverend Dr. Jim Shumard says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Jessica Nelson says: Andrew Katsanis says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem December 6, 2016 at 9:22 pm Our not out December 6, 2016 at 4:55 pm First option; complete and total revision. It’s time – 50 years was long enough for the 1928 book, which we started to revise in the 1960s; it’s long enough for the 1979 book, so it’s time to start revising. Also, this way someone can form a new “Prayer Book Society” to preserve the 1979 book and we can relive that part of the past, too! Oh … and we can end up with a book with THREE variations, so-called “traditional” Rite 1, the 70s lingo of Rite 2, and now a contemporary 21st Century English in Rite 3 (and the mislabeled so-called Rite 3 of the current book can be called “Rite 4” just to add to the confusion). [NB: I do hope people will recognize facetiousness when they read it. I’m actually in favor of the fourth option.] Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Posted Dec 6, 2016 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rev. Canon John Wesley says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI December 7, 2016 at 8:04 am Not only is “it been to long” not a good reason, it is not true. The typical period between prayer books is more than a hundred years. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Fr. Lenny Anderson says: December 7, 2016 at 9:08 am Douglas, some of us lived through the last prayer book revision fight and were wounded by it. I was nine when the new book was adopted and I am still bitter about it, especially that it was done in the name of “keeping the youth” when the youth were not consulted. December 6, 2016 at 10:04 pm If a choice is inevitable, mine would be option 4, 2, 3, 1 in that order, My reason is very simple. Our denomination is in decline in terms of members, attendance, finances and influence. Since this is NOT something that is absolutely essential right now, I think postponing it indefinitely and doing a lot of foundational work (including lots of listening) in our congregations is essential to stem the out-flow of members. I’ve been a Priest of the Church for 45 years. As I’ve said in an article on Linkedin, I like the Farmers Insurance Ad Line. “I think aI know a thing or two because I have seen a thing or two.” December 7, 2016 at 8:57 am I was not being “devisive” (what ever that means) I was being serious. First many of our parishes still use the 1928 prayer, including New York’s arguably most prominent parish, St. Thomas Fifth Avenue. To pretend it is freakish to use the 28 BCP in the Episcopal Church is just not well informed.Second, those who want to guide the future of our worship should show they really understand the past. A group of parishes interested in change could live into our history by undertaking the course of worship I outlined: spending a year with each of the historic prayer books, a year with each of the six Eucharistic Prayers in the current prayer book, a year with each of the medieval English uses (translated into English) and a few years experimenting with traditional ways of using the prayer book liturgy such as: combined matins, litany, and mass; matins as the principal service of Sunday, etc. This would culminate with a year of the complete 1979 liturgy. After each year the interested parishes could come together to issue a report, sort of like the “prayer book studies” that proceeded the current prayer book. December 7, 2016 at 1:08 am Don’t change it. I like it the way it is. I do not like the New Zealand service or any of the alternatives I have seen. They tend toward psychobabble and self centered prayer. December 7, 2016 at 10:56 pm Stephen, I am being misunderstood. I think it is important for me to know and understand why you were “wounded” by the ’79 book. I think it is wrong for me to enjoy it without understanding, really understanding, how it has hurt you. December 6, 2016 at 7:51 pm I would favor another option, somewhere between options 1 and 2. First, a modest revision incorporating the changes clergy already are making in their use of the BCP (e.g. gender-neutral language for God, while keepong male language for Jesus; elimination of some awkward phrasings; some additional forms of blessing; etc.). Second, an evolving companion volume, with both alternative and supplemental materials. This supplement could be similar to the Book of Occasional Offices, but larger and with more options. This would recognize that we have both people who love the regularity of fixed forms of service, and also people who love and need the stimulus of more variation than the BCP in its present form encourages. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Stephen W. Houghton says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL December 8, 2016 at 9:31 am I would agree with Fr. Fred. But I would caution that we are never going” to get it right” to suit all needs and purposes. I believe it is urgent for the church to do basic theological work first. For example, our Baptismal Liturgy presents a very robust theology of Holy Baptism that, nonetheless, may need to be changed. Yet we have clergy teaching that baptism is not an absolute requirement for reception of the Holy Eucharist. It seems we have missed what it means to be a member of Christ’s Body, the Church. First things first. I fear that the meaning of Christian hospitality has been sorely confused and abused. December 6, 2016 at 11:33 pm Nice. Stephen W. Houghton says: December 6, 2016 at 5:28 pm The fourth option seems the most intelligent and responsible approach to me. I was a deputy from the Diocese of Los Angeles when the 1979 BCP was adopted at the Denver General Convention. There have been many groundbreaking biblical and theological studies in the 37 years since then. A thoughtful approach to the much-needed revision of the BCP would be to “step back from liturgical revision and a commitment to exploring the theology of the current prayer book in greater depth.”My question would be whether we can find theologians and liturgists up to the challenge and if it would be politically possible in a divided nation and church to get a new book through General Convention. Do you remember when Episcopalians loved their Prayer Books and carried leather-bound copies with their names stamped in gold on the cover? A compact book with poetic language and an absence of burdensome images from the past could once again become a uniting rather than a dividing force in TEC. Jerry Hannon says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH F William Thewalt says: December 20, 2016 at 12:57 am I wholeheartedly agree Rev. D F Lindstrom. I became an Episcopalian after decades of being a fundamentalist christian. I see trouble on the horizon if there is any changes to the BCP. It’s unnecessary. All of this seems interesting to me since it’s coinciding with Bishop Curry’s “Revivalist” meetings for 2017-18. Any leanings to the right by TEC will mean this member will leave. I became a Episcopal Christian for the liturgy, BCP and the theology. I must admit I have reservations about our new bishop. That he will take all of these things and push the to center right or further. Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Carolyn Swallow says: susan zimmerman says: Douglas Carpenter says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY Stephen W. Houghton says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Alan Christensen says: Rector Collierville, TN Bob Chapman says: December 7, 2016 at 9:19 am Bruce I will engage with the rest of your argument when you apologize for engaging in name calling. The “frozen chosen” indeed, you sure know how to be open and welcoming. James Graham says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET December 6, 2016 at 8:33 pm Technically, we aren’t using the 1979 BCP anymore, anyway. There was a revision made to the text in the 1979 BCP because of changes caused by the adoption of the RCL. There are a few more things like that which can and should be done. That said, as a survivor of the last Great Prayer Book Wars, there was something positive to be said for it. The discussion around the adoption of the 1979 BCP shaped the Episcopal Church up to this day. However, the times are changing. Rite I was seen as an accomodation at the time, but is favored by many today. Maybe the current generation would like to think about a BCP to reflect the different mood? I doubt it would be a great revision. (And then they can stop blaming the Baby Boomers for what they don’t like.) Beyond that, though, we really need to think about how to deliver the services in the Book of Common Prayer going forward. The Rule of Prayer is the Rule of Faith. Previous to the current times, the BCP was in every pew rack, so the rule of faith was there. With printed services and PowerPoint, I’ve seen changes that are theologically quesitonable made to the texts. How do we stop that? December 7, 2016 at 7:36 am This makes the most sense. You should never feel marginalized though. Find a ministry that fits you and take it to the community the best that you can. Remember that God sees and appreciates the good deeds done in His name even if nobody from your parish does. Blessings. Douglas Carpenter says: Corban Qualls says: December 7, 2016 at 3:34 pm Hi Robert,There are a handful of AAM members on the SCLM: The Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston, Jessica Nelson (me), Stephen Plank, Ellen Johnston, and Martha Burford are the names that come to mind immediately. December 7, 2016 at 10:56 pm Stephen, I am being misunderstood. I think it is important for me to know and understand why you were “wounded” by the ’79 book. I think it is wrong for me to enjoy it without understanding, really understanding, how it has hurt you. December 7, 2016 at 10:30 pm …we used to call it the via media…remember? December 7, 2016 at 10:59 pm Editor, please allow this to stand. Stephen spoke directly to me and I am answering. Stephen, I am saying that is is important for those of us who appreciate the ’79 Prayer Book to know and understand why you were “wounded” by the ’79 book. I think it is wrong for me to enjoy it without understanding, really understanding, how it has hurt you. Douglas Carpenter says: December 7, 2016 at 10:55 pm Again, I am being misunderstood. I think it is important for me to know and understand why you were “wounded” by the ’79 book. I think it is wrong for me to enjoy it without understanding, really understanding, how it has hurt you. Father Fred Fenton says: susan zimmerman says: Chaz Brooks says: December 6, 2016 at 8:54 pm We did a big survey on hymnal revision in 2012 and found overwhelming opposition to a new hymnal, with opposition particularly high among the young. The 2015 Convention tersely received the results and decided to push revision anyway. Why should the Prayerbook be any different? Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music will present options to General Convention on possible prayer book revision Catherine Morgan says: Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC December 6, 2016 at 9:21 pm I think less is more. Option 4 with out current supplements and generous episcopates to consider parochial needs is more than ample to accommodate the spectrum of liturgical needs. The Rev. D F Lindstrom says: Andrew G. Kadel says: TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Associate Rector Columbus, GA Bruce Garner says: The Rev. Dr. Jim Shumard says: December 6, 2016 at 9:55 pm I love the theology of the 1979 BCP. But I yearn for gender inclusive language. I’m tired of being left out, and I’m tired of being treated (by the world) like I’m not as valuable as a man. I want the liturgy for my SSM included as well. I’m fine with option 2. Should we commit “to exploring the theology of the current prayer book in greater depth”? Many of us have been there and done that. Not that more reflection would hurt, but with option 2, people who haven’t inwardly digested the 1979 BCP can still do that while the rest of us move into liturgy that is more life giving. December 6, 2016 at 5:34 pm Why the angry responses? I think we need to pay attention to people like J. D. Vance to better understand the anger in our society, politics and church. It is widespread. Is a pastoral response appropriate? Cathedral Dean Boise, ID December 6, 2016 at 5:24 pm Option four step back from prayer book revision. Those who want to experiment with the liturgy can have their parishes spend a year using each of the following books 1549, 1552, 1662, 1789, 1892, and 1928. Then they can spend a year using each of the Eucharistic prayers in Rite 1 and Rite II. Then they can experiment with Matins as the principal service on Sunday. Then they can spend a year with the uses of Salisbery and York. Then they can actually follow the whole 79 Prayer Book Liturgy: Matins, Litany, Mass, Sext, Evensong, and Compline EVERY Sunday. When they are done with this in two decades or so, they can report back. Douglas Carpenter says: Martin Spielman says: Susan Salisbury says: Press Release Service December 7, 2016 at 1:17 am Other than a few divisive comments (I mean, really, the 1928 BCP, still?), there seems an array of understandable concerns about whether to tinker, or not, with the 1979 BCP. Unlike the 1928 version, the 1979 BCP is not bound up with 1928’s archaic language (to be clear, people didn’t ever speak like that in most of the 19th Century let alone in the 20th Century) yet allows the spirit of 1928 to continue with Rite 1 alongside the relatively contemporary language (still) of Rite 2. For that reason I would prefer, as some others have opined, that the fourth option be pursued. But I wonder if we could also pursue teaching a better appreciation for our Prayer Book, as too few seem to even know what is in it, much less understand its beauty and power. Frankly, I am concerned by the examples which I have witnessed in which some Priests have tried to convert their parish into what I would loosely call the Baptist-Episcopal Church including taking it upon themselves to create services of the Eucharist based upon whichever branch of the Anglican Communion (or even non-Anglican) they choose. So, seeking refinements of our BCP, from time to time, seems appropriate if sensitively done and fully communicated, but let’s not lose our BCP identity in some imitation of the latest trend in mega churches or other hyper-evangelical pursuits. December 6, 2016 at 4:48 pm I would be interested in hearing the motivations behind revising the book of common prayer. Are we talking about addressing some language and gender issues or more dramatic revision? December 6, 2016 at 4:45 pm I find the “Options” concept very strange since in reality there is no actual recommendation but rather a broad spectrum of choices from doing virtually nothing to providing much greater variety. susan zimmerman says: Rector Shreveport, LA Richard McClellan says: Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Prayer Book Revision Dick Mitchell says: [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) plans to present the 2018 General Convention with four options regarding the possible revision of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, said the Rev. Devon Anderson, commission chair.The options, discussed in detail on the SCLM’s blog, are:Revision of the prayer book beginning after the 2018 General Convention; An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Douglas Carpenter says: Stephen W. Houghton says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET December 6, 2016 at 11:24 pm I agree with the thinking of The Rev. D. F. Lindstrom – the corny adage “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”, in my opinion makes sense. I suffered through the 1979 revision which caused a great deal of contention in parishes, especially, and I am one who believes this way, that the “little people” had no say in anything – it was just done and handed to us with the instructions to use it. I do thoroughly understand the purpose of the revisions – the three-year cycle which shares a greater amount of the Bible with the congregations – the 1928 BCP was definitely limiting in the exposure of Biblical sense, however, the modernization of the liturgical word was okay, and I’ve gotten used to it, but Celebrating Rite I is a Blessing – that beautiful prose is very comforting. I could go on – i.e. eliminating some hymns or putting them into a musical setting no one can sing or play on a pipe organ – we use some versions from the 1940 hymnal still – I am a church organist, so am able to “control” some of the music – my plea is to not do anything in haste – consider all changes carefully and not single out specific groups – we are all part of the Episcopal Church and need to feel what we have prayed and sung for our entire lives isn’t thrown out for reasons that aren’t totally valid or just because… December 6, 2016 at 8:38 pm We often forget that the 1928 Book of Common Prayer was not considered a “final” product but a work in progress. The 1979 Book of Common Prayer was also an ongoing work in progress. That is how the worship of the people is done.I have to laugh when I hear comments that change is what drives people away and that we need to keep what we have. I laugh because when I think about how Jesus went about His ministry He was very clear to send people out to spread the Gospel. He sent the 70 out. He sent the disciples and apostles out. No where is there an indication that those who followed Jesus were to sit and wait for others to come join them. “Build it and they will come” was not the model.Yet, what are we doing now? We have “built” it and we think sitting back and waiting for people to come to us is the answer. In case no one is paying attention, entire generations are NOT coming to us. It’s time we learned about evangelism and really became a Jesus movement. I was baptized and confirmed an Episcopalian in 1965 at the age of 16. I had escaped the theological tyranny of Southern Baptist churches. Some of my best experiences were the multitude of studies we undertook as we worked toward the 1979 BCP. It wasn’t just the Green Book or the Zebra Book or whatever color the variations were. It was the Prayer Book Studies series that helped us understand what was to be changed and why. In the Diocese of Atlanta we had a bishop who led the way and pretty much insisted that we engage the process. And over the years it was easy to tell which dioceses and parishes had actually undertaken a period of study and discernment with the proposed liturgies and changes….there was far less friction.Sadly, our failures with prayer book revisions as well as the ordination of women and the multitude of issues surrounding human sexuality were usually traceable to bishops and priests who either failed to lead, refused to lead or simply did not know how to lead. The prophetic nature of ministry has deteriorated over the decades as we became more concerned with not preaching and living the “red letter words” of Jesus (if you remember such Bibles). Where there was leadership and teaching, the issues were far less dramatic and destructive. That’s not to say that everyone has always agreed with everything but at least they knew the history behind it.So rather than whining and wringing our hands, let’s get to work on the mission God has given us to do on this earth…..and that does NOT mean remaining the “frozen chosen” sitting in pews waiting for people to come worship with us. We have builded it folks, but they ain’t coming!Bruce Garner, L5 (2018) L3 (2015)Atlanta Les Smith says: Submit a Press Release Fr. Lenny Anderson says: December 7, 2016 at 9:34 am Speak for yourself. Look at the Anglicanism Reddit, the comments are running strongly against revision. Stephen Houghton says: December 7, 2016 at 10:29 pm can evangelicals handle ‘high church’? December 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm Oh please, haven’t you thoughtless people done enough to dumb-down and gut our Church, it’s Liturgy and Theology? Do you have any idea of how many of the good people left in TEC are hanging by a thread, and who will finally bail and transfer to Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and breakaway Anglican congregations if you take this madness any further? Jesus Movement indeed! You are fooling no one. You think you will make up for the membership you have lost through ill-conceived, reckless changes, by recruiting evangelical types and implementing their style of worship. It’s all about money. Soon you’ll be lookin for a Jim Bakker type to get the low-brow dollars pouring in. How do you get to sleep at night? Do none of you have so much as a twinge of conscience for the ruin you have perpetrated? James Graham says: Stephen W. Houghton says: Featured Jobs & Calls In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 December 7, 2016 at 10:49 pm James Graham, you misunderstand me. I didn’t say we should not express anger. I said that we should try to understand the source of it. One of the shortcomings of the DemocraticPresidential candidate was that she didn’t probe more into the source of the widespread anger and respond appropriately to it. Again, I think J. C. Vance is worth reading. Stephen W. Houghton says: Featured Events General Convention, Robert Benson says: A step back from liturgical revision and a commitment to exploring the theology of the current prayer book in greater depth.“We want to give General Convention everything it needs to give the SCLM very detailed direction and sufficient funding to follow that direction,” Anderson said. “We want to call the church to a collective discernment that leads to a decision.”Resolution A169 of the 2015 General Convention directed the SCLM “to prepare a plan for the comprehensive revision of the current Book of Common Prayer and present that plan to the 79th General Convention.”The commission is taking a data-driven approach to its work, and hopes to use several methods of gathering the information and opinions that will shape its conversations, Anderson said.These methods include collecting and analyzing bulletins to gauge current practice in the church; interviewing Anglican partners who have recently revised their prayer books; holding small group discussions about the prayer book across the church, beginning at the 2018 General Convention; and sponsoring conferences on the prayer book at Virginia Theological Seminary and the School of Theology at Sewanee, the University of the South.These methods can be tested in the next two years and deployed church-wide between the conventions in 2018 and 2021, Anderson said.The commission is also hoping to commission a church-wide research project in cooperation with the Church Pension Group to determine Episcopalians’ current attitudes towards the prayer book. The study would follow “grounded theory” methodology, which seeks data not to confirm a previously conceived theory, but to find testable theories within the information gathered.Anderson said data gathering is an essential step if either prayer book revision or the creation of supplemental liturgical resources is to proceed. “The Book of Common Prayer is the fullest statement of our faith, and the deepest expression of our theology,” she said. “If we are going to revise it, it is essential that people from across the church can share their thoughts, their anxieties and their hopes with us. That is why we are focusing, at this point, on hearing the voices of our people.”The SCLM blog also includes updates from subcommittees working on the Book of Occasional Services, the Calendar of Commemorations, congregational song, and liturgical resources that speak to issues of racial injustice and reconciliation. Curate Diocese of Nebraska December 6, 2016 at 4:25 pm Step back from any further revision of the Prayer Book. Sometimes doing nothing is the right thing to do. You rightly said “The Book of Common Prayer is the fullest statement of our faith, and the deepest expression of our theology.” Making changes should only be done after the most careful consideration. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest December 6, 2016 at 5:13 pm There is much to learn from the 1979 BCP! Please don’t revise it until we are really ready. I’ve been brought to TEC under the Rites Ii and Rite I liturgy and prayers. Let us continue to be a Communion focused on bridging the divisions within before making such a massive change. Please don’t sow further divisions in the Church! I want there to be a church around when I grow old. Please don’t forget the lessons after the 1979 revision! If there are people who want options within the Church (liberal or conservative), please find room for them without forgetting us who just want there to be peace within God’s Church. Please! December 6, 2016 at 6:07 pm I’ve had many discussions with fellow Episcopalians, and no one I’ve talked with has ever been able to give me valid reasons for Prayer Book revision. “It’s been too long” isn’t a good reason to do anything–let alone revise the Book of Common Prayer. The Prayer Book has been a radical source of orthodoxy since its inception, and I fear any changes would threaten its distinctly Anglican theological heritage.I would be okay with replacing references to mankind with references to humankind, ridding a few collects of their periods, and fixing the few spelling mistakes in the Prayer Book. But I can’t think of anything else that could be changed. Submit an Event Listing Douglas Carpenter says: Father Fred Fenton says: December 7, 2016 at 7:10 am Leave the book alone and concentrate on getting people to come to church and participate. God forbid people get offended by the word mankind. Get real. After the last revision our church has shrunk by over a million. Do we learn nothing? Do we think changing service language will bring in the masses? No. Just focus on the gospels and try to bring people into the church, or push out members like me who want to stay but feel marginalized. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME December 6, 2016 at 9:43 pm Please leave the 79 BCP alone. PLEASE! Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC December 6, 2016 at 9:09 pm From time to time I encounter experimental liturgies, that decline to call God “Father,” that refuse to call Jesus “Lord,” and otherwise abandon Biblical standards of faith and practice, and my reaction is to refuse to participate in Communion, and frankly to encourage others to do the same. If these experimental liturgies become the practice, it will be an abandonment of the Creeds and a source of schism. Rector Belleville, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Fr. Carlton Kelley says: Comments navigation Newer comments Comments navigation Newer comments Rector Smithfield, NC Douglas Carpenter says: December 7, 2016 at 10:57 pm Stephen, I am saying that is is important for those of us who appreciate the ’79 Prayer Book to know and understand why you were “wounded” by the ’79 book. I think it is wrong for me to enjoy it without understanding, really understanding, how it has hurt you. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS December 7, 2016 at 8:02 pm As I understand it, “God’s frozen people” and “the frozen chosen” are light jokes that do have some truth to them. I wouldn’t take it as personal name-calling. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Caswell Cooke says: Liturgy & Music, December 6, 2016 at 9:38 pm There is quite a bit of anxiety in the church over this. Some of it is related to other anxiety about things that have happened in the world and other anxiety is due to concerns that deeply held values will be violated by thoughtlessly sweeping away important things in liturgical practice that makes a huge difference in the lives of many. Anxiety could be lessened if it were made clear what categories of changes would be considered and the limits of them. Any change is significant, and it is particularly tone deaf of the committee as putting forth a change from “rulers of creation” to “stewards of creation” as merely technical. That change is clearly based on theological/ethical concerns, and while I would support it, it is not a “technicality” it is a theological issue. I would encourage option 4, unless there is substantially more transparency from the committee and more trust developed within the church. Rector Bath, NC
UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 December 19, 2016 at 8:33 pm OpinionBy Greg Jackson, Esq.WARNING: IF YOU ARE OVERLY SENSITIVE TO THE TRUTH AS I SEE IT, YOU MAY WANT TO AVOID THIS PIECE!!!As “community leaders” in Orlando continue to struggle to find answers to the question of how to address violence in the community; and while they seek to implement antiquated strategies and programs that have proven to be ineffective in the past, residents of Apopka should be proud to know that Apopka is doing things right.Greg JacksonWhen Apopka, the second largest municipality in Orange County, found itself facing the same challenges and struggles with violence that Orlando is plagued with, instead of establishing a group made up of the usual cast of characters, some of whom prefer to clamor for face time on television than provide solutions, Apopka residents assembled a Task Force on Violence that went to work. In just 90 days, the Apopka Task Force developed some community initiatives and a solutions-based Report that provided a comprehensive plan to address violence through economic development, job initiatives, education, as well as community and government accountability. The Apopka Task Force’s work has proven to be so effective that everyone is asking for a copy: legislators, news media, elected officials from other municipalities, everyone; well, all but Orlando “community leaders” that is. So why is it that Orlando “community leaders” have failed to reach out to its sister-city for guidance, but instead have opted to rush to the media with a plan, that leaves the community frustrated, with even more questions and no real solutions.What, you may ask, is the difference with Apopka’s Task Force’s approach to violence. First, Rod Love and Ken Wilson, who served as co-Chairs of the Task Force, took a multidisciplinary approach to putting the Task Force together. As such, residents, educators, business leaders and students had a place at the table with law enforcement and clergy. Next, Love placed a 90- day timeline for the Apopka Task Force to meet, identify the key issues and formulate solutions. Then, Love sought the guidance of legal counsel and an acclaimed community crisis expert to develop recommendations that were incorporated in to a Report that in effect offered strategies to address violence based on its root causes — lack of economic opportunity and poverty.Apopkans should be commended for coming together with an all-inclusive, open process that garnered no media attention, but has had some definite positive effects for the betterment of the community. From “Coffee with a Cop,” to small business workshops being planned and the upcoming Apopka Family, Faith and Food Festival, which brought together members of the Apopka Task Force, I have witnessed the positive outcomes from the Task Force’s existence. Furthermore, believe it or not, but I have also heard some Apopkans say that there has been a decrease in violence in areas where violence was virtually a daily occurrence prior to the Apopka Task Force being established. Because Apopka’s and Orlando’s residents are interdependent on each other in many ways, my sincere hope is that Orlando “community leaders” will move away from the news cameras, do away with the multiple community meetings and follow the lead of Apopka by addressing the causes of violence and not just telling people what they already know, which is violence is a problem within the community. The solution to violence is not an easy one to figure out, but, by addressing the root causes there will be a reduction in violence throughout the community — in my humble opinion.Greg Jackson is a past Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida, military veteran, current Orange County District 2 Representative on the Board of Zoning Adjustments, and General Counsel for the Community Redevelopment Agency. He has been as an active member of the Central Florida community for nearly 20 years. He was most recently a candidate for the Florida House District 45 seat. Please enter your name here 1 COMMENT The task force is made up of Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Mama Mia Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 I look at all the senseless violence around our area, the nation, and the world, and I try my best to understand what is the root cause, but as much as I think about it, and what to do about it, I truly have no solutions. I give the Apopka Task Force a lot of credit for trying to come up with solutions, I really do. As far as the Orlando community leaders, I think they too, do try, but just don’t really know what to do, because crime is everywhere, and so random, and the police cannot be everywhere at once, as hard as they try. I read about innocent people killed in the crossfire of gang activity, and even just people shooting at random for no reason, other than just something to do. I often get very upset when I read articles that really affect me, and I sit and cry about some of the articles, for example, in Little Rock, Ark. it just happened, a road rage incident, in which a two year old child, I believe it was a two year old, was killed because he was riding in a car with his grandma, and they had been out and about Christmas shopping and were heading back home, when at an intersection, the child’s grandma was slow starting off after stopping, and a guy honked his horn at her, mad, and she honked her horn back, and he was enraged, and got out of his vehicle and aimed at the grandma’s car and opened fire, and the bullets struck the little toddler and the child was killed, and grandma survived. This sort of thing really affects me deeply, I just cried and cried. I wish something could be done to stop all of this nonsense, but again, I don’t have any answers as to how to stop the violence. 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ReddIt TAGSphotos Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. TCU wide receiver Taj Williams looks for an opening to run down field against Oklahoma. (Photo By Sam Bruton/TCU photographer). Twitter Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Twitter Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Linkedin Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett Podell printTCU and Oklahoma battled back and forth in a rollercoaster game Saturday night. But, the Frogs ultimately fell to the Sooners by six, 52-46. All five Big 12 meetings have been decided by seven points or less. Oklahoma now holds a 11-5 series advantage over TCU.Here are five takeaways from the Frogs’ performance.1. The Sooner running game dominated the Horned Frog defenseOklahoma running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine each rushed for over 100 yards. Nixon had 109 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. Perine totaled 101 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns.“Their running backs did a great job and ran well,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said.Sooner quarterback Baker Mayfield also had a big day on the ground finishing the night with a couple of touchdown runs and 72 yards on 12 carries.Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield huddles with his teammates against TCU Saturday night.(Sam Bruton/TCU staff photographer)“We had him [Mayfield],” Patterson said, “We just couldn’t tackle.”TCU defensive end Josh Carraway said the TCU’s defensive performance was “unacceptable.”The Horned Frogs had opportunities to bring down OU’s two-headed running back attack, and they did in the fourth quarter.“People started playing faster, doing their jobs, and following their assignments,” Carraway said.2. Taj Williams ReturnsAfter 11 catches and an 158 yard performance against South Dakota State, TCU wide receiver faded to the background of the TCU offense — until Saturday night.Williams had just two catches for 56 yards at halftime, but dominated the Oklahoma secondary in the second half with three catches, 154 yards and two touchdown catches. He ended the game with a total of five catches, 210 yards and touchdown catches from 64 and 74 yards out.Williams’ career-high 210 yards receiving were the fourth most in a game in TCU history. It was the highest total since Josh Doctson’s school-record 267 yards against Texas Tech last season.“He stepped up and made big plays, and I’m proud of him,” TCU running back Kyle Hicks said.3. TCU dug too deep a deficit The Horned Frogs were firing on all cylinders early in the game. They forced a Mayfield fumble, TCU quarterback Kenny Hill threw a touchdown on his first pass of the game and TCU led 21-7.Then, Oklahoma went on a 42-3 run and TCU found themselves trailing 49-24 at the end of the third quarter.“We were punting too much,” Patterson said.TCU needed consistent offense, but the Horned Frogs punted on their first three possessions of the second half. For TCU to come away with big wins, they need the offense to help the defense out.4. Kenny Hill had a wildly inconsistent second half Hill had 213 passing yards at the half. At the end of the third quarter, he had only passed for 22 yards. Offensive production was the key to the game, and it seemed to be lacking.However, in the fourth quarter the momentum changed. Hill threw for two touchdowns, had 214 passing yards and cut the Sooner lead to just one possession.Going forward, TCU needs a lot more of fourth quarter Hill than third quarter Hill.5. TCU offense can still score on anybody, but they’re feeling KaVontae Turpin’s absence While the Horned Frogs put up 46 points total, something felt different about the Horned Frog offense.Hill had a career-high five touchdown passes, tying him with six other players for the second-most in a single game in TCU history.TCU quarterback Kenny Hill scans the field for open receivers against the Oklahoma Sooners.(Sam Bruton/TCU staff photographer)A team with this explosive of an offense scoring just three points combined in the second and third quarters makes no sense.However, there is an explanation. They’re finally feeling the impact KaVontae Turpin had on the offense.Patterson said the offense needs to pick up small chunks of yards with slants and hitches to move the ball when things aren’t going TCU’s way. That is the role Turpin played. His long kick and punt returns put the offense in advantageous starting field position, and his game-breaking speed and quickness allowed him to get open where most people cannot.Turpin is Hill’s security blanket when things are going wrong and on Saturday night, that security wasn’t there. Even though Hicks had a great game rushing and receiving, TCU needed that extra weapon that Turpin is able to sustain in their offensive drives, and he just wasn’t there due to a knee injury.TCU needs wide receiver John Diarse, who led the team in receiving against Iowa State and SMU and others to step up in Turpin’s absence. Otherwise, TCU will be prone to offensive dry spells like the one that happened midway through Saturday’s game.The Horned Frogs next game is in Lawrence, Kansas against the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday Oct. 8. 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News Updates’Justice Dispensation Mechanism In Lakshadweep In Shambles’: PIL In Kerala HC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK4 Aug 2020 6:50 AMShare This – xA plea has been filed before the Kerala High Court highlighting the plight of judicial administration in the Union Territory of Lakshwadeep. The Petitioner, Noorul Hidaya, a practising Advocate in the UT, has pointed out several discrepancies relating to appointment of Government counsels, establishment of sufficient Courts and lack of practice Rules at the Courts…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA plea has been filed before the Kerala High Court highlighting the plight of judicial administration in the Union Territory of Lakshwadeep. The Petitioner, Noorul Hidaya, a practising Advocate in the UT, has pointed out several discrepancies relating to appointment of Government counsels, establishment of sufficient Courts and lack of practice Rules at the Courts situated therein. Firstly, the Petitioner has highlighted inconsistencies and incongruity associated with the appointment to the posts of Public Prosecutors/Government Pleaders, Additional Public Prosecutors and Assistant Public Prosecutors in the local Courts. It is stated that appointments to these posts are carried out by the competent authorities in violation of the stipulations under Section 24 and 25 of the CrPC. Citing certain instances the Petitioner has submitted: In the District and Sessions Court, Kavaratti, where the requirement is satisfied with the services rendered by a public prosecutor/government pleader, in absolute contrast to the same, there is a public prosecutor/Government pleader as well as an additional public prosecutor/additional government pleader appointed.In the Assistant Sessions Court/Chief Judicial Magistrate Court/ Sub- Court of Lakshadweep at Amini Island, however where an additional public prosecutor/ additional government pleader is required to be appointed for the effective conduct of cases, the above said posts are remaining vacant, despite notification to the said posts being notified for a long time.In the Munsiff and Magistrat Court at Andrott Island, where an Assistant Public Prosecutor/ Additional Government Pleader is required to be appointed for the effective conduct of cases, the above said posts are remaining vacant, despite notification to the said posts being notified for a long time.In Assistant Sessions Court, Amini, no appointment of Public Prosecutor/Additional Public Prosecutor has been made out till date Therefore no Sessions cases have been conductedin proper manner. Due to said irregular and arbitrary appointments it is submitted, “the Justice Dispensation mechanism in the Union Territory is in shambles, thereby causing irreparable loss and prejudice to the general public and litigants in Lakshadweep as a whole. The said situation, if allowed to continue, will thus lead to the loss of faith in the Judicial system in place among the general public residing across the above said islands that constitute the Union Territory.” Further it is pointed out that the selections so made are contractual in nature and are not based on a formal process of selection. This has also given rise to numerous problems including regular resignations and consequent opening up of vacancies, from time to time. He has therefore prayed the High Court to pass an order for substituting this contractual appointment with a “tenure based selection system” based on a standardized and formal procedure, in consonance with the extant Central service rules/regulations/ laws in force. Other issues highlighted in the instant petition include: Non-establishment of Family Courts and Permanent Lok Adalats at any of the areas falling under the UT “Despite the Family Courts Act extending to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir, which thus makes the said Act applicable to the said Union Territory and even though the said Act provides for the establishment of Family Courts, the Administrator of the above said Union Territory has not taken any steps so far to establish a family court in any of the areas falling under the said Union Territory,” the plea states. Further the Petitioner has submitted that Section 22B of the Legal Services Authority Act, 1987 provides for the establishment of a Permanent Lok Adalats. However the UT administration has failed to comply with the same. Non-formulation of Rules of Practice, pertaining to both the civil and criminal areas of practice and proceedings, for the UT The Petitioner has prayed before the High Court to direct the Registrar General of the High Court to consider the feasibility of formulating/framing appropriate Civil and Criminal Rules of Practice and Proceedings applicable to the civil and criminal courts situated in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. “Even though this Hon’ble Court has formulated the Kerala Civil and Criminal Rules of Practice respectively, it is noteworthy that the same rules are applicable only for the State of Kerala and thus not to be extended to the union territory of Lakshadweep,” the plea clarifies. Lastly the Petitioner has sought a direction upon the competent authority to conduct constant and periodic audits to keep in check the functioning of the Judicial systems/ Administrative establishments in Lakshadweep and to consequently submit reports regarding the same to the High Court. 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Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The country isn’t at the point yet where Covid-19 restrictions could be lifted on May 18th. That’s according to the chief medical officer, after latest figures show 1,375 people with the virus have died, while over 22,200 have been infected.The total number of confirmed cases in Donegal now stands at 467.A relaxing of some measures is due in 10 days’ time, with the reopening of DIY stores and garden centres, and the return of outdoor workers and some sporting activities.But Dr Tony Holohan says he’s becoming increasingly concerned about the number of young people contracting Covid-19:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/holosdfsdfsdhan8am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Ireland not in a position to lift restrictions yet – Holohan Google+ Pinterest Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp By News Highland – May 7, 2020 AudioHomepage BannerNews Previous articleGardai told they won’t be given priority testingNext articleThousands sign petition calling for Leaving Cert to be cancelled News Highland Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Google+ Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further
ABC NewsBY: KARMA ALLEN, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Zeta strengthened as it made its way toward Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Monday, and is set to make landfall along the Louisiana coast later this week.Zeta strengthened into a hurricane on Monday and is expected to make landfall along the northern Gulf Coast by Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. The hurricane was moving northwest at about 10 mph with its eye located about 90 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. It had maximum winds of about 80 mph as of Monday evening.The hurricane is forecast to bring strong winds and a “dangerous storm surge” to portions of the Yucatan Peninsula, according to the National Weather service. Coastal areas along the Northern Gulf Coast were placed under hurricane and storm surge watches, and Louisiana, Florida and Alabama were given warnings, the NWS said Monday, noting threats of coastal flooding, heavy rain and possible tornadoes.Louisiana declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the storm Monday night. Louisiana Gov. John Edwards said he issued the order despite uncertainty surrounding the storm’s final path and urged residents to follow the guidelines.“While there is some uncertainty in Zeta’s track, it is likely that Louisiana will see some impacts from this storm, and the people of our state need to take it seriously. It’s easy to let your guard down late in the hurricane season, but that would be a huge mistake,” Edwards said.He said state officials were already assisting local authorities with “critical items like pumps, generators and food and water” for first responders.“We stand ready to expand that assistance as needed,” Edwards said in a statement. “Everyone should be monitoring the news for information and should heed any direction they get from their local leaders.”A storm surge watch is in effect in several areas between Intracoastal City, Louisiana and Navarre, Florida, including Lake Pontchartrain, Pensacola Bay and Mobile Bay.A hurricane watch is in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi/Alabama border, putting residents in areas like Lake Maurepas and metropolitan New Orleans on alert.The storm also triggered several tropical storm watches from the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line in Florida, and from west of Morgan City, Louisiana, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana.The NWS said residents in and around those areas should monitor the storm closely, as the agency will likely issue additional hurricane and storm surge watches as Zeta progresses.Zeta is forecast to make landfall along Louisiana’s northern coast Wednesday night. Meteorologist said the storm could decrease in strength by that time, but it’s expected to be at or near hurricane strength at the time of landfall.It’s expected to bring heavy rainfall across the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, the Cayman Islands and central to western Cuba through Tuesday, causing flash floods in some urban areas.Portions of the central U.S. Gulf Coast, the southern Appalachians and some Mid-Atlantic states will likely experience heavy rain as well between late Tuesday and Thursday, according to the NWS.ABC News’ Melissa Griffin and Josh Hoyos contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Notable achievements over the past year include the award of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine to Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe, Director for the Target Discovery Institute within the Nuffield Department of Medicine at Oxford University. With support from a network of international research units, the division is able to constantly improve “the University’s research and teach- ing, while the latest developments in medical research lead to improved patient care.” Topping the THE World University Rankings table for the ninth time running in the medical field, this follows from the THE overall rankings in September, which awarded Oxford the spot of top university. Professor Gavin Screaton, Head of the Medical Sciences Division, said: “Our extensive research partnerships and collaborations with universities, researchers and industry at home and abroad play a major part in keeping Oxford at the top of the international league tables, as well as helping us to continue to attract and support some of the best scientists and clinicians to work with us. “This focus on research directly translates into improved clinical treatments and teaching, helping us to provide better care and treatment for patients, create a better learning experience for students and continue to help researchers to develop their breakthroughs into successful spin-out companies.” Oxford University contains one of the largest biomedical research centres in Europe, supported by close partnerships with the Oxford University Hospitals and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trusts. Times Higher Education (THE) has named Oxford University as the world’s best institution for medical and health teaching and research, it was announced this week. There are over 1,500 graduate and 1,500 undergraduate students in the Medical Sciences Division at Oxford.
Tom Tumelty. left, and Tom Kennedy as they raise the American Flag at dawn. After graduating from the Naval Academy, he joined the Marines and became a pilot, flying the huge CH-53 “Super Stallion” helicopters that are used for lifting heavy cargo and carrying troops.Tom Kennedy, Capt. Brian T. Kennedy’s uncle, accepts the flag from Joe Bisbing, commander of the American Legion of Cape May County, and Tom Tumelty, service officer for American Legion Post 524 in Ocean City.Tom Kennedy said the type of helicopter Brian flew reflected his personality and his dedication to military service. Brian Kennedy grew up in Malvern, Pa., where his immediate family still lives. He is survived by his parents, William and Linda Kennedy, and his sister, Caitlin Kennedy. Strong emotions and fond memories rushed over him as he recalled the life of the fallen Marine helicopter pilot. Then he smiled. “I guess we always thought that Brian was a special kid,” Kennedy said. “He was very single-minded and always knew what he wanted to.” He followed his father and both of his grandfathers into the military, Tom Kennedy noted. “He died loving what he was doing,” Tom Kennedy said. “He died with the intent of keeping America safe and keeping it the greatest country in the world.” He is also survived by his wife, Maj. Paige Stull Kennedy, who is a Marine helicopter instructor pilot in Pensacola, Fla. They were married only 11 months before he was killed.Military veterans joined members of the Kennedy family for the ceremony.The Kennedy family’s ties to the Jersey Shore include spending summers in Cape May and Ocean City. Another one of Capt. Kennedy’s uncles, Paul, a Roman Catholic priest in Philadelphia, has a home in Ocean City. The reverent, flag-lowering ceremony culminated a day of honor in Capt. Kennedy’s memory. At sunrise, the same flag was raised at the Ocean City Welcome Center. “It was always his goal to go to the Naval Academy,” Tom Kennedy said. By Donald Wittkowski After graduating from Conestoga High School in 2003, Brian Kennedy attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He majored in oceanography and made the dean’s list every semester while earning his degree in 2007. “Brian always wanted to give back. He applied to fly this type of helicopter because he always wanted to be first on the scene,” Kennedy said. “He always wanted to keep a hand in whatever he did. He always wanted to help everybody.” Tom Kennedy had to compose himself for a moment Wednesday evening while thinking about his nephew, Capt. Brian T. Kennedy. What he wanted to do was to serve his country as a Marine helicopter pilot. His life was cut short during a midair collision in January between two Marine helicopters during a nighttime training mission off Hawaii. In all, 12 Marines died in the crash.Thousands of miles from where the 31-year-old Kennedy was killed, members of his family joined with military veterans to honor him Wednesday during a flag ceremony that took place at sunset at the Ocean City Welcome Center.The solemn ceremony at the Ocean City Welcome Center included lowering the flag at sunset.As a brilliant red sun dipped below the western horizon, bugler Jack Hagan of American Legion Post 524 of Ocean City played the mournful notes of “Taps.” Tumelty and Bisbing then carefully folded the flag and presented it to Tom Kennedy, who represented the Kennedy family.The American flag was carefully folded by Tumelty, left, and Bisbing before it was presented to the Kennedy family.“I’m going to fly it at my house in Brian’s honor and in honor of the 11 other Marines who died in the crash, as well as the rest of the men and women in military service,” said Kennedy, who lives in Blue Bell, Pa. Tom Tumelty, service officer of Post 524, and Joe Bisbing, commander of the American Legion of Cape May County, slowly lowered the American flag while Hagan played.