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Let us pray for teachers and students

I found this prayer for teachers earlier today:

Father, thank You for Godly teachers in our schools. Bless them, Lord, and help them to be encouraged today, just knowing that they are making a difference in so many lives. As this new school year begins, Lord, I ask that You wrap Your loving arms around them and give them grace, patience, love and wisdom for their best school year yet. In the Mighty Name of Jesus, Amen.


This is also a great time to pray for students - may they embrace and enjoy their studies!

A new generation of faith-based activism for equality

ur nation’s seismic shift away from intolerance and towards full equality for LGBTQ people has been strengthened by voices leant by our nation’s young faithful. A rising collective of Millennials are resoundingly dismantling the view that religion is incompatible with LGBTQ acceptance—embracing equal treatment for all Americans not in spite of, but because of, their faith.

The first openly transgender person to head a mainline Protestant organization, Alex McNeill currently serves as the executive director of More Light Presbyterians. McNeill’s journey to ordination will be chronicled alongside other LGBTQ people of faith in the upcoming film, “Out of Order,” which takes place against the backdrop of the passage of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)’s measure to include same-sex couples in their definition of marriage. McNeill was influential in PCUSA’s vote, and has also organized faith communities in support of Maryland’s same-sex marriage legislation and local ballot measures to promote equal rights for LGBTQ people. Reverend Cameron Partridge, an Episcopal priest, says his transgender status has not hindered, but helped him in his role as one of the first openly transgender chaplains at a major university. Because of his identity, he says, he is able to navigate the diverse intersections of faith and sexuality many students wrestle with. Partridge utilizes his various platforms to foster understanding between congregants and religious leaders in an effort to assimilate transgender people into all forms of ministry.

Matthew Vines, author of “God and The Gay Christian,” is regarded as influential for engaging older, evangelical leaders in the growing acceptance of gay rights. Vines is also president and founder of The Reformation Project, a group that trains clergy, lay leaders, and congregants to provide support for LGBTQ people navigating various aspects of church life. Meanwhile, Justin Massey is encouraging LGBTQ advocacy in another unlikely space: the conservative, evangelical Wheaton College. Feeling isolated as an undergraduate, Massey co-founded Refuge, the first administration-approved campus support group for non-heterosexual or questioning students. In Massey’s words, his sexual identity is “not only compatible with his faith, but absolutely critical.”


http://genprogress.org/voices/2015/08/18/38947/a-new-generation-of-faith-based-activism/

A new generation of faith-based activism for equality

ur nation’s seismic shift away from intolerance and towards full equality for LGBTQ people has been strengthened by voices leant by our nation’s young faithful. A rising collective of Millennials are resoundingly dismantling the view that religion is incompatible with LGBTQ acceptance—embracing equal treatment for all Americans not in spite of, but because of, their faith.

The first openly transgender person to head a mainline Protestant organization, Alex McNeill currently serves as the executive director of More Light Presbyterians. McNeill’s journey to ordination will be chronicled alongside other LGBTQ people of faith in the upcoming film, “Out of Order,” which takes place against the backdrop of the passage of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)’s measure to include same-sex couples in their definition of marriage. McNeill was influential in PCUSA’s vote, and has also organized faith communities in support of Maryland’s same-sex marriage legislation and local ballot measures to promote equal rights for LGBTQ people. Reverend Cameron Partridge, an Episcopal priest, says his transgender status has not hindered, but helped him in his role as one of the first openly transgender chaplains at a major university. Because of his identity, he says, he is able to navigate the diverse intersections of faith and sexuality many students wrestle with. Partridge utilizes his various platforms to foster understanding between congregants and religious leaders in an effort to assimilate transgender people into all forms of ministry.

Matthew Vines, author of “God and The Gay Christian,” is regarded as influential for engaging older, evangelical leaders in the growing acceptance of gay rights. Vines is also president and founder of The Reformation Project, a group that trains clergy, lay leaders, and congregants to provide support for LGBTQ people navigating various aspects of church life. Meanwhile, Justin Massey is encouraging LGBTQ advocacy in another unlikely space: the conservative, evangelical Wheaton College. Feeling isolated as an undergraduate, Massey co-founded Refuge, the first administration-approved campus support group for non-heterosexual or questioning students. In Massey’s words, his sexual identity is “not only compatible with his faith, but absolutely critical.”


http://genprogress.org/voices/2015/08/18/38947/a-new-generation-of-faith-based-activism/

Idaho replaces sign at mile marker 420, because stoners

If you’re looking for milepost 420, you won’t find it in Idaho.

Idaho transportation officials say the mile marker has been replaced with 419.9 signs to curb thieves eager to own a number associated with marijuana enthusiasts.

Turns out, Idaho isn’t alone in this problem. States like Washington and Colorado have also replaced 420 signs with 419.9 after consistently having to replace them after thefts by supposed sticky-fingered stoners.

Adam Rush of the Idaho Transportation Department says officials have replaced the old sign along U.S. Highway 95 with “MILE 419.9,” just south of Coeur d’Alene.


http://woodtv.com/2015/08/19/idaho-replaces-mile-marker-420-with-419-9-to-thwart-stoners/

Iowa barber gives haircuts to children in exchange for them reading stories to him

Children who read books to a local barber have received a free haircut as part of a community event in Dubuque to help families prepare for the upcoming school year.

Barber Courtney Holmes traded the tales for trims on Saturday during the second annual Back to School Bash in Comiskey Park.

Tayshawn Kirby, 9, of Dubuque, read from "Fats, Oils and Sweets," by Carol Parenzan Smalley, informing Holmes that the average person eats 150 pounds of sugar each year. Before Tayshawn's 10-year-old brother, Titan Feeney, took his turn in the barber chair, he told his brother the new look was great.

"I just want to support kids reading," Holmes said.


http://globegazette.com/article_c208d548-72ab-51c4-b54c-c13e90dad31f.html

Let us pray for President Carter and for all who have cancer.

Bless, O God, President Jimmy Carter and all who struggle with cancer. Empower them with hope for each and every day. Provide them with loving and tender care, laughter, and the support of love. Grant them courage when they are afraid, comfort when they are in pain, and your blessing when all else seems hopeless, that in their fight with illness they may continue to praise you and glorify your name.

Amen.

(Adapted from http://www.beliefnet.com/Prayers/Multifaith/Illness/Prayer-For-Those-With-Cancer.aspx#QmIe3DLuxV48a94O.99 )

St. Peregrine, patron of cancer patients, pray for him and for them!

News anchor walks off set rather than do another Kardashian story

A local morning show host in Florida went on a rant on air after getting fed up with all of the news stories about the Kardashians.

John Brown, the co-host of Fox35’s Good Day Orlando, briefly walked off the set on Friday after raging about how he is tired of hearing about the reality show family.

The show was going OK, until the topic turned to Kylie Jenner and her decision to name her new rabbit “Bruce.” Brown declared he wanted to have a “good Friday,” so he “refused” to talk about the Kardashians and walked out.


http://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemcneal/kant-take-it-anymore?bffbvid&utm_term=4ldqpj5#.vfYpXNeap6

Inside Sister Monica’s Secret Ministry To Transgender People

Now in her early 70s and semiretired because of health problems, she remains committed to her singular calling for the past 16 years: ministering to transgender people and helping them come out of the shadows.

“Many transgender people have been told there’s something wrong with them,” she said. “They have come to believe that they cannot be true to themselves and be true to God. But there is no way we can pray, or be in communion with God, except in the truth of who we are.”

She spends her days shuttling between email and Skype, phone calls and visits. Since 1999, she has ministered to more than 200 people, many of whom have come to rely on her unflinching love and support.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/inside-sister-monicas-secret-ministry-to-transgender-people_55ca46c5e4b0f73b20bad786?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000055

Teen gets senior pictures taken at Taco Bell

enior photos have always been the most unnatural pictures that are meant to seem untaught. We remember taking a senior photo while leaning against a fake brick wall, looking tough. All copies of it have hopefully been burned.

But for Ritenour High School senior Brittany Creech of St. Louis, the inspiration for great senior pictures came to her in the form of Fourth Meal.

The 17-year-old told The Huffington Post she jokingly tweeted about taking the photos at Taco Bell a few weeks ago.

Then, Creech said, she started to take the idea more seriously. She spoke with photographer Brendan Batchelor, who was into it. The rest is viral Internet history.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/teen-gets-her-senior-photos-taken-at-taco-bell_55c8a478e4b0f73b20b9d3bb?section=good+news&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000023

Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter president arrested for... well, just guess.

David Griffin is the chapter president of East Prince County's Mother Against Drunk Driving. Let me rephrase—he was the president, until he was arrested for drunk driving.

Griffin, who, by the way, worked as a police officer for 45 years, volunteered for the organization until his arrest in June. According to MADD laws, any member of the organization who is caught driving under the influence is immediately forbidden from working or volunteering for the organization. Griffin resigned right after his arrest, and has yet to make a statement. He's probably still sobering up from the embarrassment.

FYI, this is not the first time this has happened.


http://www.someecards.com/news/dumb-crime/madd-president-caught-drunk-driving/
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