Christophany #15

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Domestic violence: What can our churches do?

Canon Jacobs on "Domestic violence: What can our churches do?"

Why was it special? Multi-faith and spiritual communities at the People’s Climate March

Feature: Multi-faith and spiritual communities at the People’s Climate March

Senior Moments: It’s time to think about your Medicare coverage

"Senior Moments" column: It’s time to think about your Medicare coverage

Hispanic/Latino Ministry members inspired by "Nuevo Amanecer" (“A New Dawn”) Conference

Feature: Hispanic/Latino Ministry members inspired by "Nuevo Amanecer" Conference

Canon Jacobs' Blog

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. While the recent reports of domestic violence involving NFL players has brought some much needed attention to this serious and preventable public health problem, few have spoken about how faith-based organizations can assume an important role in both addressing and preventing domestic violence.

Senior Ministries

It is hard to avoid the streams of ads from Aetna, AARP (UnitedHealthcare), AmeriHealth, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield and others. As annoying as they are, if you are on Medicare and have a Medicare Advantage (Part C) or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D), the ads are a reminder that it is time to think about your medical coverage. The Medicare Open Enrollment Period, sometimes called the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), starts October 15 and runs to December 7.

Church News

Somewhere around 2005, when we asked random people in Fort Lee if they knew where Good Shepherd, or the Episcopal Church, was, they would usually look at us blankly. We’d describe the location, and they’d say, “Oh, is that church still open?” “I thought it was a Korean church, because of the sign.” Officials in town and in local social service agencies knew us primarily because of Friends for Life, our HIV support program.

Feature

On Sunday, September 21, two days before world leaders met for an emergency UN Climate Summit, 400,000 people took part in the People’s Climate March in Manhattan. After lining up from Columbus Circle on 59th Street North beyond 86th Street, and on countless side streets, legions of people marched peacefully for action on climate change. Calling the March special sells it short. It was a miracle, a concentrated expression of concern for people and the planet and the largest climate march in history, four times larger than expected. “Jesus,” said one police officer when he saw the crowds. “Most groups say they’ll get 50,000 and 5,000 show up. You all delivered.”

Announcement

With sadness we share the news of the passing of the Rev. David Badgley, age 73, on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in Florida.