Sunday, February 17, 2013

Scholarship to support work that makes the church safe for ALL

Scholarship & Grant Programs
In recognition of Dr. Louie Crew’s many years of prophetic witness in and beyond the Diocese, The OASIS – a justice ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark – is pleased to announce a fund to support scholarly work that shares our mission “to make the church safe for ALL people, and to challenge the church when its interest is self-preservation and not prophetic witness.”
The OASIS will award up to two annual scholarships of $2,500. Scholarship applications will be vetted by a special Scholarship Committee which will include Dr. Crew and winners will be announced at our anniversary event in June.
We welcome applications from writers, students, and researchers. To apply:
  • Describe specifically in no more than 500 words how you will use the money to support ongoing scholarly work which shares the Oasis'
    mission "to make the church safe for ALL people, and to challenge the church when its interest is self-preservation and not prophetic witness."
  • At the top of the sheet include your name and contact information.
  • Attach a résumé no longer than one sheet.
  • On a third sheet, provide a name, postal address, phone number and any
    electronic address for two references who know you and your scholarship.
We will also entertain applications for grants for specific projects within a congregation or ministry which are in keeping with our mission and goals. To be considered please supply the following information.
  • What is the purpose of the grant?
  • How will the grant be used that’s aligned with The Oasis’ mission?
  • What’s the expected outcome as a result of the grant?
Please answer in as much detail as necessary and send your application to us at the contact below. Please note that if a grant is awarded a full accounting of the expenditure will be required.
The application period for 2012 has already concluded. If you would like to be considered for next year's awards, please apply by April 1st, 2013.
Submit your application to by April 1, 2013 to:

The Oasis
c/o A.S.P.
611 Union Boulevard
Totowa, NJ 07512


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Limitations of an Atheist perspective

Douglas Murray has a good piece in the Spectator about the limitations of atheism which he wrote as an accompaniment to a debate at Cambridge Union with the former ABC, Rowan Williams, Richard Dawkins, and Tariq Ramadan, ‘This House believes religion should have no place in the 21st century’ :

The more I listened to Dawkins and his colleagues, the more the nature of what has gone wrong with their argument seemed clear. Religion was portrayed as a force of unremitting awfulness, a poisoned root from which no good fruit could grow. It seems to me the work not of a thinker but of any balanced observer to notice that this is not the case. In their insistence to the contrary, a new — if mercifully non-violent — dogma has emerged. And the argument has stalled.
These new atheists remain incapable of getting beyond the question, ‘Is it true?’ They assume that by ‘true’ we agree them to mean ‘literally true’. They also assume that if the answer is ‘no’, then that closes everything. But it does not. Just because something is not literally true does not mean that there is no truth, or worth, in it.
Religion, whether you believe it to be literally true or not, provided people, and provides people still, with a place to ask questions we must ask. Why are we here? How should we live? How can we be good? Atheists often argue that these questions can be equally answered by reading poetry or studying philosophy. Perhaps, but how many people who would once have gathered in a place of worship now meet on philosophy courses? Oughtn’t poetry books to be selling by the millions by now?
We do not have many vessels for truth-carrying in our age. 

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Accordance Seminars March 2&4 in NJ and PA

Here's a link to Accordance Training seminars in March 2013 in NJ and PA in case anyone is interested. Here's some information:

  • Sat. Mar 2, 2013, 9 am to 6 pm, Philadelphia, PA,
    Westminster Theological Seminary
    2960 Church Rd., Glenside, PA 19038
  • Mon. Mar 4, 2013, 9 am to 6 pm, Palmyra, NJ
    Central Baptist Church
    514 Maple Ave., Palmyra, NJ 08065

The seminars are scheduled for 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. and will consist of three sessions with a break for lunch. The schedules are subject to some adjustments.   
 If you plan to skip the first session, be sure that you are familiar with the Accordance interface and basic searching. The online Podcastsoffer helpful preparation.

9:00 - 12:00: Accordance interface: Toolbar, Library, Searching, 
and Amplifying.

1:15 - 2:30: Map, Timeline and Images, User Tools and Notes, iOS.

2:45 - 6:00: Greek and Hebrew, Constructs, Advanced Searches and Wildcards.

We recommend you bring a computer loaded with Accordance so that you can follow along, but it is not essential. The training program will be projected.

We highly recommend that you purchase a copy of the newly released Seminar Training Manual if you do not already own one. This manual will be referred to throughout the seminar. We will have them available for purchase at the seminar, but you may purchase one in advance for pick up at the seminar if you wish. Just order online and and mark the order for manual processing with a note that you want to pick this up at the seminar so our staff can adjust the order to remove the shipping charges before completing it for you.

Be sure to upgrade to our NEWLY RELEASED Accordance 10before attending the seminar, as this will be the version the instructor teaches from. Having version 10 up and running will make it much easier to follow along throughout the seminar. You can upgrade now by purchasing the Accordance 10 Starter Collection.

Most people who take the time to come are extremely grateful to learn all the things that they never knew they were missing. Please share this seminar information with the staff and students at any institution in the area, as well as to any users you know.

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