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Syrian family to reunite in Toronto, thanks to unlikely partnership between synagogue, mosque

After civil unrest broke out in 2011, violence escalated across Syria. The country that ignited Ms. Elendari’s love for archeology began its reduction to rubble, and her hopes of seeing her family again were dashed.

Now, Ms. Elendari – who moved to Toronto four years ago – is counting down mere days until they’re reunited.

At 6:40 p.m. on Jan. 10, a plane from Turkey will carry all eight members of the Elendari family to Toronto as privately sponsored refugees. Out of the over 38,000 Syrian refugees who have landed in Canada since November, 2015, though, very few have been due to such an unconventional partnership – the Elendari family’s arrival comes thanks to the joint-sponsorship project of a Jewish synagogue and a Muslim mosque that share a parking lot in Thornhill, Ont.

The unlikely project began last December, when one of the first groups of Syrian refugees arrived at Pearson International Airport. Amid the flurry of media coverage on the country’s newcomers, Temple Har Zion reached out to their neighbours at the Imam Mahdi Islamic Centre and asked if they’d be interested in sponsoring a family together.


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/unlikely-partnership-reunites-syrian-family-in-toronto/article33465701/

Syrian family to reunite in Toronto, thanks to unlikely partnership between synagogue, mosque

After civil unrest broke out in 2011, violence escalated across Syria. The country that ignited Ms. Elendari’s love for archeology began its reduction to rubble, and her hopes of seeing her family again were dashed.

Now, Ms. Elendari – who moved to Toronto four years ago – is counting down mere days until they’re reunited.

At 6:40 p.m. on Jan. 10, a plane from Turkey will carry all eight members of the Elendari family to Toronto as privately sponsored refugees. Out of the over 38,000 Syrian refugees who have landed in Canada since November, 2015, though, very few have been due to such an unconventional partnership – the Elendari family’s arrival comes thanks to the joint-sponsorship project of a Jewish synagogue and a Muslim mosque that share a parking lot in Thornhill, Ont.

The unlikely project began last December, when one of the first groups of Syrian refugees arrived at Pearson International Airport. Amid the flurry of media coverage on the country’s newcomers, Temple Har Zion reached out to their neighbours at the Imam Mahdi Islamic Centre and asked if they’d be interested in sponsoring a family together.


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/unlikely-partnership-reunites-syrian-family-in-toronto/article33465701/

Guy Lombardo's last New Year's Eve - 40 years ago tonight

(You Know Which State) Dumb Criminals: Fleeing burglars hop fence into police parking lot

Two Florida burglary suspects running from police thought they could escape by hopping a fence.

One problem — on the other side was the Boca Raton Police Department parking lot.

Video released by Police Chief Dan Alexander on Thursday shows numerous gun-wielding officers running toward suspects to capture them. Officer Sandra Boonenberg said she and other officers heard the suspects were nearing the station Wednesday, so they went outside in case they were needed.

A neighbor had spotted the two men and a woman burglarizing a house and called police, giving officers a description of the suspects.


http://woodtv.com/2016/12/22/fleeing-burglars-hop-fence-into-police-parking-lot/

Judge orders immediate start of Michigan recount

Source: Detroit Free Press

A federal judge early Monday morning ordered a recount of Michigan's presidential ballots to begin at noon on Monday, and for the state to "assemble necessary staff to work sufficient hours" to complete the recount by a Dec. 13 federal deadline.

Lawyers for Green Party candidate Jill Stein urged the action in an emergency request, and U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith held a rare Monday hearing in federal court. It lasted three hours, and Goldsmith issued a written opinion just after midnight on Monday morning.

Goldsmith said a state law requiring a two business day waiting period to start the recount likely violates voting rights.

"With the perceived integrity of the presidential election as it was conducted in Michigan at stake, concerns with cost pale in comparison," Goldsmith said in his opinion.

Read more: http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/04/michigan-recount-decision-jill-stein-donald-trump/94952282/

Pope recognizes first US-born martyr

Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States.

The Vatican made the announcement Dec. 2. The recognition of his martyrdom clears the way for his beatification.

Father Rother, born March 27, 1935, on his family's farm near Okarche, Oklahoma, was brutally murdered July 28, 1981, in a Guatemalan village where he ministered to the poor.

He went to Santiago Atitlan in 1968 on assignment from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. He helped the people there build a small hospital, school and its first Catholic radio station. He was beloved by the locals, who called him "Padre Francisco."


http://www.americamagazine.org/issue/pope-recognizes-martyrdom-oklahoma-priest-killed-guatemala

Segways and selfies: It's the hipster nativity

Few iconic cultural events have such clear hipster readings as the birth, or startup if you prefer, of Jesus. There is the stable – an ancient form of glamping. And the candlelight – very hygge. The three wise men have the kind of names hipsters give their children – Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar. There are the beards. And shepherds (very now – look at the success of James Rebanks’ memoir about sheep rearing).

Still, one company has decided that nativity scenes need an overt hipster makeover. And lo!, San Diego-based company Modern Nativity has created a set featuring three wise men on Segways, bearing boxes containing gifts from Amazon Prime, Mary and Joseph taking a selfie over the baby Jesus in their stable with its solar-powered roof, and an organically reared cow eating gluten-free feed.

The company’s founder, Casey Wright, has described the response as “very polarised. It’s usually, ‘This is hilarious. I need one,’ or ‘This is sacrilegious. I hope you burn in hell,’ and almost nothing in between those two extremes.” Although Wright added, to CNBC, that what is perturbing many people is the authenticity of the hipster details. The company has had comments such as: “Segways aren’t hipster. They’re technically early-stage millennial with a tinge of east coast liberal.”


https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2016/nov/23/segways-and-selfies-its-the-hipster-nativity

DiNardo, Gomez to lead USCCB

To no one's surprise, the first ballot of this Tuesday's election produced the next President of the United States (Bishops) – keeping with the body's half-century custom, the incumbent VP, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, was given the chief's chair with an easy 55 percent of the vote.

Once the traditional formality wrapped up, the selection of DiNardo's deputy indeed produced a choice between the respective lead contenders from the "messenger" and "manager" schools, with the premier option among the former – Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles – taking the post in a 131-84 result over one of the top masters of Mothership process, New Orleans' Archbishop Gregory Aymond.

With the outcome, the incoming executive team already enjoys a solid relationship, DiNardo and Gomez having spent five years together as the twin archbishops of Texas. Given the fresh charge for solidarity with immigrants shared by Pope Francis and the Stateside bench, however, the collision course between the church's stance and that of the impending Trump administration makes the choice of a Mexican-born migrant, as well as the first Hispanic ever raised into the USCCB's topmost leadership – and with it, Gomez's positioning as the body's first Latino chief come 2019 – an all the more potent signal. (To be sure, from the outset of last weekend's committee meetings, the LA prelate's searing homily in defense of the undocumented at a sudden prayer service for healing in the secular campaign's wake was seen to have made a profound impact among this electorate.)

Considering DiNardo's longstanding all-in role helping to guide the Texas' bishops decades-old focus on immigration issues as the state's top prelate, the body's movement to put Gomez at his side on the national stage indeed represents a doubling-down on the premier fault-line between the US' largest religious body and January's reality of a Republican White House and Congress.


http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2016/11/houston-and-hollywood-with-new-top-team.html

Suggestive costume at Trunk or Treat event prompts outrage from village residents

Several citizens in the village of Shepherd are furious after a young man showed up at a Trunk or Treat event dressed as a penis.

The Shepherd Police Department received several 911 complaints as well as messages on its Facebook page. Shepherd Police Chief Luke Sawyer took to Facebook to explain the situation in a video posted on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Sawyer said it's too bad the incident is overshadowing an otherwise incredible event and that the department talked to the young man before sending him on his way.

He added that as a father himself, he thought the costume was inappropriate, but as a police chief there was nothing that could be done.


http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2016/11/penis_costume_at_trunk_or_trea.html

Alabama church elects lesbian pastor with a message of inclusion

The Rev. Jennifer Sanders, an openly lesbian community minister, has been elected as the new pastor of Beloved Community Church in Avondale.

Beloved is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, one of the more liberal mainline denominations.

“I’m a woman, a lesbian, a member of a progressive faith tradition,” Sanders said.

Beloved Church, founded in 2000, voted 34-0 to elect Sanders. The church has about 120 members on roll.


http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/10/alabama-church-elects-lesbian-pastor-message-inclusion/
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