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It’s about to get even bigger.The CEEP Network typically gathers hundreds of attendees in a U.S. city for its annual conference, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was forced to move online to present this year’s conference workshops and keynote presentations on March 2-5, which will include a conversation between Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Last year, more than 700 people traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to attend in person. This year, more than 1,200 people are signed up to participate online.The groundswell of interest in the online conference underscores the CEEP Network’s shift in recent years from providing a one-stop networking opportunity for clergy and lay leaders from well-resourced parishes to imparting information and guidance to all Episcopal leaders year-round through online webinars and ministry groups.“Our intention was to become a network with a conference, as opposed to a conference with a network,” Joe Swimmer, CEEP’s executive director, told Episcopal News Service by phone late last week as his team was making final preparations for the online conference.Expanding the organization’s focus beyond the annual conference has been a top priority since Swimmer took the reins in 2018, and during the pandemic, the time was right to double-down on digital offerings. In the past year, the CEEP Network has offered more than 70 webinars on topics ranging from stewardship to parish administration to theology, with registration open to members and nonmembers alike.“We really are about strengthening leaders for a changed and changing church,” Swimmer said. “We’re proud to be there to support our lay and clergy leaders.”CEEP was founded in 1985 by a group of Episcopal parishes with sizable endowments, as was reflected in its original name: the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes. Initially, only parishes with endowments were permitted to become members, to enable leaders from those congregations to share ideas with peers who were facing similar challenges and opportunities in developing their ministries.Now, the network has updated its membership criteria to allow a wider range of congregations supported by different types of resources, such as land, buildings and active congregants, not just endowments. The network still goes by the acronym CEEP, but it no longer refers to itself as the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes. More than 200 parishes, cathedrals and other Episcopal institutions make up the network’s membership.“What we want to do is harness the best things from within and beyond the church,” Swimmer said. “What we offer is that chance to be in connection with other similar-situationed parishes across the country and, in fact, around the world.”The CEEP Network’s annual conference is not The Episcopal Church’s biggest gathering overall. That distinction goes to General Convention, the triennial meeting of the church’s governing body, which draws thousands of bishops, deputies, church staff and exhibitors.But as an annual event that is celebrating its 36th gathering, CEEP is not matched by any other Episcopal conference, Swimmer said.A crowd gathers Feb. 20 for a session at the annual gathering of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: CEEP, via FacebookLast year’s conference, Feb. 19-22, was held in Louisville just as coronavirus cases were beginning to rise in the United States. After the conference, several attendees tested positive for COVID-19. Days later, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the global outbreaks a pandemic.The pandemic forced suspension of in-person worship across The Episcopal Church and spurred many Episcopal congregations to adopt technological solutions to reach their parishioners, who suddenly could only gather safely online. Those constraints also prompted a rapid transformation at the CEEP Network, which before the pandemic had been looking to bolster its online presence.“Really the pandemic put us in the position of, we know it’s the time to start this,” Swimmer said.CEEP held its first digital workshop last year on March 18 to discuss congregations’ responses to the pandemic. The Zoom webinar’s panel featured three rectors: the Rev. Russell Levenson Jr. of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas; the Rev. Noelle York-Simmons of Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia; and the Rev. Doyt Conn Jr. of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Seattle, Washington. It was moderated by the Rev. Matt Heyd, rector of the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York. Eleanor Bergquist, a public health expert, joined from St. Louis, Missouri.“Christians are the best when the times are [the] worst,” Conn said during the webinar. “I think about Epiphany as a first responder. We are a first responder for the human soul.”Clockwise from top left, the Rev. Matt Heyd of Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York was joined March 18 by the Rev. Russell Levenson Jr. of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas; Eleanor Bergquist, former epidemiology manager for the St. Louis, Missouri, Department of Public Health; the Rev. Doyt Conn Jr. of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Seattle, Washington; and the Rev. Noelle York-Simmons of Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, for an hourlong webinar on the coronavirus.CEEP continued to offer such webinars throughout the pandemic, and nearly a year later, the network has logged about 12,000 cumulative participants, Swimmer told ENS. “It’s been really gratifying.”The most popular online workshop was a session on the challenges of congregational singing during the pandemic, led by a British expert. More than 500 people participated, and Swimmer said he was impressed by the diversity of attendees, including many nonmembers.“You saw in the list of names people from parishes that would never think to be part of the CEEP Network,” he said.The CEEP Network also has invited member institutions to “dive deeper” into areas of importance to specific groups of congregational leaders. A group of young rectors began connecting online, as one example. In another group, about 50 parish administrators meet virtually every few weeks.Such efforts to grow the organization’s digital reach are culminating this week in the annual conference. The festivities begin March 2 with an online gathering for female clergy, followed by additional pre-conference sessions in the morning March 3. Then in the afternoon, the full conference gets underway with a keynote conversation featuring Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation.Several workshops are planned in each of the conference’s five topic areas: church financial models, church buildings as community resources, racial reckoning, strategic planning and leadership lessons.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry poses for a photo with Joe Swimmer, executive director of the CEEP Network, during a January 2020 meeting. Photo: CEEP Network, via FacebookThe March 4 keynote will be a conversation between two Church of England priests, the Rev. Sam Wells and the Rev. Azariah France-Williams. On March 5, Curry will be joined in the afternoon by Catherine Meeks, executive director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in the Diocese of Atlanta. That conversation will be followed by Curry’s concluding keynote session with Welby.All events will be held on Zoom for participants who registered in advance. Although it is too late to register, the CEEP Network plans to post videos of the workshops and keynote sessions online after the conference is over. Anyone interested in receiving updates on future CEEP webinars is encouraged to email [email protected]“It’s been a challenging year for everybody, and it’s been great to see how the church has responded universally,” Swimmer said. He is looking forward to the conversations at this year’s online conference, though he also will be happy to resume in-person gatherings when CEEP holds its 2022 conference at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia.And like many Episcopal congregations that are making plans to resume in-person worship while maintaining online options for parishioners, CEEP intends to organize future conferences as hybrids, with participants still able to attend online if they choose.“That’s just the way the world is these days,” Swimmer said. This year’s online conference “is giving us a good testing ground for how we do that and how we do it successfully.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind motorists to exercise caution on our county roadways as fall harvest season gets underway. “Our local farmers will be moving farm implements and other agricultural machinery along county roadways in order to access farm fields,” said Sheriff Dave Wedding. “Motorists should be prepared for machinery to enter a field from the roadway or exit a field onto the roadway.”Machinery that travels under 25 miles per hour is required to display a slow moving vehicle emblem (see Indiana Code 9-21-9). “Crashes can occur when a motorist fails to recognize that the machinery they are approaching is moving at a significantly slower speed than normal traffic,” said Sheriff Wedding. “The risk of making this miscalculation increases at night. Don’t attempt to pass slow moving farm equipment unless it is safe and legal to do so.”October and November is breeding season for the white-tailed deer. Once corn starts being harvested, deer will lose their cover and begin moving across roadways frequently. Last year there were 154 crashes in Vanderburgh County that involved deer and 5 of those crashes resulted in injury. 67 of last year’s crashes that involved deer occured in October and November alone.“Traffic typically increases on our rural roadways during the fall, especially in areas known for agricultural tourism,” said Sheriff Wedding. Motorists are advised to slow down and watch for increased traffic in the area of Mayse Farm Market on N. Saint Joseph Ave and Goebel Farms on W. Boonville-New Harmony Rd.”“With motorists and farmers sharing the responsibility of keeping our roadways safe this fall, there is no reason to expect anything less that a successful harvest,” said Sheriff Wedding.Fall Harvest Safety Tips:Exercise caution and patience when approaching farm machinery.Farm machinery may enter the roadway at any time, so slow down if you see equipment traveling towards or adjacent to a roadway.Do not pass farm machinery unless it is safe and legal to do so.Farm machinery is typically not equipped with turn signals, so watch for unanticipated left turns and increase your following distance at night.Be aware of increased traffic at agricultural tourism locations.Watch for deer! If you spot one, then expect more to cross.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail read more
A lot will change with the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement, including a new drug policy in which players will no longer be suspended for positive marijuana tests.The new CBA will reduce the testing period from four months to the two weeks at the start of training camp. A new threshold for a positive test will also be put in place, raising the allowed amount of THC from 35 nanograms to 150. The league is moving away from a punishment approach and toward providing help for those that need it. If a player tests positive during the two week stretch of training camp, his test is reviewed by a board of medical professionals that has been appointed by both the players and league. The board then decides if the player needs treatment.MORE: Players offer mixed reactions to new CBAThe old CBA’s guidelines were much more strict. NFL players with no previous violations were tested once in the offseason. During the regular season, 10 players per team were randomly selected to be tested each week. A positive test meant a referral to the substance abuse program. A second violation resulted in a fine of two game checks, a third violation was a fine of four game checks, a fourth violation was a four-game suspension, a fifth violation was a 10-game suspension and a sixth violation resulted in a one-year ban. Josh Gordon and Randy Gregory have both had severe suspensions due to multiple positive tests for marijuana in the last few years. In similar cases under the new CBA, the results will be much different. The new CBA also changes the policy on performance-enhancing drugs:First failed test for stimulants or diuretics is a two-game suspensionFirst failed test for anabolic steroids is a six-game suspensionManipulation or substitution and use of a prohibited substance is an eight-game suspensionSecond failed test for stimulants or diuretics is a five-game suspensionSecond failed test for anabolic steroids is a 17-game suspensionThe CBA will also change how the NFL handles its discipline policy. Instead of having the commissioner decide, the new deal stipulates that a “neutral decision-maker” will make the official ruling on most disciplinary cases, which takes some of the power out of the commissioner’s hands. read more
A day after the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams for their sixth NFL title, Devin McCourty said flatly that he would not join the team for a White House visit.His brother hedged only slightly.“I haven’t thought about it, but I highly doubt it,” he said, at which point Devin playfully accused him of lying and Jason agreed there was virtually zero chance he would go.New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty, right, greets fans following the football teams arrival at Gillette Stadium, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass, after defeating the Los Angeles Rams Sunday in NFL Super Bowl 53, in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)While Tom Brady and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman celebrated at Disney World, Bill Belichick and the rest of the team returned from Atlanta to Gillette Stadium and were greeted by hundreds of fans. Jason McCourty pumped the Lombardi Trophy in the air as he got off the bus, then high-fived the fans along the fence before skipping past the crowd.“Bill handed me the trophy,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do with it.”Devin McCourty had openly hinted during Super Bowl week that he would retire after the game, but he wouldn’t elaborate on his plans a day after the 13-3 victory over the Rams.“The only thing I thought about was that parade and that ring ceremony,” he said. “Two more times with this team; that’s going to be a lot of fun. So I can’t wait for those two events.”Devin McCourty has played all nine of his NFL seasons with New England, winning the Super Bowl following the 2016 season and returning last year, only to lose. Jason played at Rutgers with his brother and then was drafted by the Tennessee Titans, where he played most of his career before joining the Cleveland Browns for their 0-16 season last year.Playing together “was 10 times better than both of the other Super Bowls,” Devin McCourty said. “Better than I thought it would be. It’s still a pretty good feeling.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty, left, holds the Super Bowl trophy as he greets fans following the football team’s arrival at Gillette Stadium, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass, after defeating the Los Angeles Rams Sunday in NFL Super Bowl 53, in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty said Monday he won’t go to the White House if the Super Bowl champions are invited by President Donald Trump, and teammate and twin brother Jason said he highly doubts he would make the trip. read more
Facebook34Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Jessica JensenI usually write about law but occasionally you’ll find me writing about other topics (like my house fire this winter). This is the first installment in a series I am calling the EV Journal, “EV” meaning my electric vehicle.I waited over a year for my 2011 Nissan Leaf. If the truth be told I hung on to my 1997 Honda CR/V for 4 years longer than I intended to because I wanted my next car to be all electric and it wasn’t until the Leaf that there was a viable, affordable option.Buying my Leaf felt a little like getting a mail order husband. I made a reservation and a $99 deposit on line and waited almost a year before I actually received a tentative delivery date (also on line). About six months before my car arrived, I was notified (guess how?) that I could test drive a Leaf up in Tukwila. I and about a thousand other prospective Leaf buyers got about 10 minutes each to test drive and check out a Leaf. I was sold anyway, but it was fun to see the car in the flesh. It absolutely exceeded my expectations.My shiny red Leaf arrived on one of the few sunny days we had last August. So here’s a recap of the pros and cons of an EV. I haven’t pumped gas since last August and it costs me about $1.58 to fully charge my Leaf (smile). The Leaf was billed as having a 100-mile range, but the range is closer to 70 miles because accessories like headlights and the heater suck up electricity.The Leaf has the usual creature comforts like comfortable seats and legroom (even in the back), back seats that fold down, GPS, hands-free Bluetooth, and a nifty program that locates EV stations along your route and directs you to them if needed. There’s also a small solar panel on the roof to charge accessories.The biggest surprise was how peppy and quiet the Leaf is. It goes from 0-60 almost immediately and it’s so quiet they include a beep-beep back-up sound so pedestrians and bikers can hear me back up. What’s missing is a decent place to stash a trash bag and a sunroof option (heck, I’d take a moonroof).My biggest challenge so far is traveling south beyond Centralia. I can go roundtrip to Tacoma, Shelton and Centralia no problem without stopping for a charge. Seattle is a one-way trip unless I charge up for the journey home. This used to be a major issue unless I was going overnight (because of the time it took to charge), but Seattle just installed a fast-charge station where I can charge in 20 minutes! I can check my email on my iPhone while charging and be on the road again in no time. I’ve done the trip to Seattle only once when my partner Mark and I spent last New Year’s Eve in Seattle and plugged into a regular outlet at the hotel garage to charge up overnight. I’m looking forward to my next trip to Seattle soon so I can report how it goes finding and using the fast-charge station!My Leaf turns 1 this month. Overall, I LOVE my Leaf and would do it again in a heartbeat. The Leaf is quiet, fun to drive and I enjoy being an EV pioneer. Stay tuned for EV adventures where I’ll be discussing longer trips, range, charging stations and the long-anticipated EV Highway.Read the next article here. read more