Sharing is caring! (BBC) The leaders at one of the biggest megachurches in the US have quit over a sexual misconduct scandal that has already claimed its founder.A statement from elders at the Willow Creek church said a “new start” was needed, and that they should have handled the allegations better.Bill Hybels stepped down earlier this year after accusations of inappropriate conduct emerged.He has denied the allegations but said he had become a distraction.With more than 25,000 members and locations in Chicago, Willow Creek is thought to be the fifth largest megachurch in the US. Megachurches are defined as congregations with regular weekly attendance of at least 2,000 persons.Several women have come forward with accusations against Mr Hybels dating back to the 1990s.Earlier this year, the Chicago Tribune and Christianity Today both detailed allegations that he had made unwanted advances and suggestive comments to church members.Church leaders were reportedly told four years ago that Mr Hybels was having an affair with one woman and was accused of harassment by others.An internal investigation cleared him of wrongdoing.What has #MeToo actually changed?But in April, after the allegations went public, Mr Hybels said he would step down, months ahead of his planned retirement date in October this year. His announcement brought gasps from his congregation.New allegations emerged over the weekend, with a former assistant alleging he groped her repeatedly.The latest claims prompted the resignation of one of Mr Hybels’ successors Steve Carter, who quit over the church’s handling of the misconduct allegations. It appears the rest of the church leaders also felt compelled to act.In their statement, church elders said investigations had been “flawed” and that their trust in Willow Creek’s founder had “clouded our judgement”.“We, as a board, know Willow needs and deserves a fresh start, and the entire board will step down to create room for a new board,” it said.The church’s lead pastor, Heather Larson. who also stepped down, said trust had been broken and there was an urgency to “move in a better direction”.The announcement comes as it is due to host a summit of hundreds of churches, but scores have dropped out.Willow Creek has appointed Steve Gillen as a new lead pastor and has promised an independent review of its governance.Leaving the church after learning the news, churchgoer Lisa Dudley told the New York Times: “I never had a personal relationship with any of those pastors, but I have a personal relationship with God.” Share 194 Views no discussions FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Church leaders quit over sexual misconduct scandal by: – August 10, 2018 Share Share Tweet
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By Ryan FennellRed Bank Catholic was eliminated in the first round of the Monmouth County Tournament in a 7-0 loss to Manalapan.Red Bank – It seemed one big inning would be all the Caseys needed to steal the lead, and the game, away from Manalapan last Friday in the first round of the Monmouth County softball tournament.The Caseys are still waiting for that inning.Manalapan, and starting pitcher Caitlin Gee, shut down the Caseys for seven innings to take a 7-0 victory into the next round against top-seeded Saint John Vianney.Gee pitched a complete game shutout allowing only two hits while striking out seven. Gee did walk five batters, but no Caseys’ runner reached third base in the game.“In key situations we didn’t make good decisions,” said Red Bank Catholic head coach Tony Flego. “We prepared ourselves properly to play, we just didn’t execute. We did not execute our game plan at the plate. We didn’t do what we had to do.”The Caseys’ best opportunities to score came in the second and fourth innings.Brynne Bauman led off the bottom of the second with a walk and quickly stole second. After Morgan Chayes struck out looking on three pitches, Sarah Dnistrian worked a walk to put two on with one out, and the Caseys only down 1-0 at this point.However, Gee struck out Dakota Chayes and Colleen Signorelli to retire the side and end the Caseys threat.With one out in the fourth, Bauman again got RBC started by singling to left. After Morgan Chayes flew out to center, Dnistrian worked another walk to move Bauman into scoring position, but Dakota Chayes grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning and Gee once again escaped, this time leading 4-0.Errors in the field led to three more runs for Manalapan with two in the sixth and one in the seventh.Five of Manalapan’s seven runs in the game came with two outs.“I thought we were in it the whole game,” Flego said. “Even when we were down 4-0, I thought we could come back. We just couldn’t get anything going.“We have to play error free, and we have to hit the ball,” he added.Manalapan took an early 1-0 lead in the first when Jackie Tsang smoked a two-out triple to left and scored on an infield single by Cassie Hrevnak. Hrevnak lined a 1-1 pitch back to the mound but the ball glanced off Caseys’ pitcher Emily Simon’s glove and trickled toward short as Tsang scampered home.Tsang was 3-for-4 on the day adding a single in the third and a two-run double to right with the bases loaded in the sixth.Manalapan went up 2-0 in the third when Amanda Dipietrantonio smashed a two-out solo homerun to deep left-center.The Braves went ahead 4-0 in the fourth when, again with two outs, Amy Lagomarsino singled to left and Chandler Matcovich drew a walk and both advanced on a wild pitch. Francesca Marchese followed with another base-on-balls to load the bases for Lauren Schwartz who walked on four pitches. Dipietrantonio knocked in the second run of the inning with an infield single before Tsang grounded into a fielder’s choice at second to end the inning.Tsang drove in two more in the sixth with her bases loaded double to right, which would have cleared the bases had the ball not rolled under a fence in right resulting in a grounds-rule double. Schwartz knocked in the seventh and final run for the Braves with two outs in the seventh with a single to left.“It was a good bounce-back win for us after losing in the bottom of the seventh to Middletown North [3-2 on April 25],” said Manalapan head coach Chris Hoffman. “Caitlin Gee carries us for the most part. She’s kept us in every game since I’ve been here [two years]. We’ve been in every game because of her and it’s nice to see the infield and outfield back her up.”Manalapan did not commit an error in the game and struck out only twice in seven innings.The ninth-seeded Braves take on Saint John Vianney in the second round of the MCT. Manalapan lost 1-0 to the Lancers in last year’s Monmouth County Tournament.“We’re excited to face them again,” Hoffman said.
By Joseph SapiaBlue center lines on roads have become somewhat of a trend in recent weeks to show support for the women and men in blue, the law enforcement community.“I think the purpose is to give people a reminder we’re supportive of the police, we appreciate all they do for us,” said Middletown Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger.Township workers in Middletown painted a blue line in late October on Kings Highway. It goes from the area at the police station at Route 35 for about 2 miles to Red Hill Road.Around Nov. 1, Holmdel workers painted a blue line on Crawfords Corner Road at the Town Hall-Police headquarters. It runs down Crawfords Corner Road for about a quarter-mile toward Holmdel High School, said Mayor Eric Hinds.“Some other towns are doing it,” Hinds said. “We jumped on it. Show a little appreciation. I don’t know a worse year to be a police officer. We just wanted to show our support.”The year has been marked by the shooting deaths of police officers in Dallas, Iowa, California, Alaska, Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan and Puerto Rico. More than 50 officers have been shot and killed this year around the country, according to the CNN television network.“It’s a very difficult time to do this job,” said Middletown Police Detective Lt. Paul J. Bailey.Middletown and Holmdel painted the blue line between the existing double-yellow lines.At its Oct. 13 meeting, the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders passed a resolution, saying the board “strongly supports the symbolic painting of a Thin Blue Line in support of the law enforcement community” in the county.“The Thin Blue Line is a universal symbol to law enforcement, used not only to commemorate fallen law enforcement but also to represent the shared commitment to all of those who choose to protect their communities every day,” according to the freeholders resolution.The “Thin Blue Line” expression has been used to describe the police presence separating good from bad.“We have to show the public and our youth how much we support law enforcement and what they do for us,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “It’s the only way you’re going to see the respect to our law enforcement agencies they deserve.“Here in Monmouth County, we totally, 100 percent, support our law enforcement agencies,” Arnone said.“The police really appreciate it,” Scharfenberger said.“I think it speaks very highly of the town we work for and the community we serve and protect that they would choose to do it,” Bailey said. “It’s a very nice gesture.”“I think it shows support for law enforcement, which is a good thing,” said Holmdel Police Lt. Robert Philhower.The line work was done as part of routine maintenance, Scharfenberger said. He said it should last awhile.“I guess we’ll have to make a decision if we want to make it a permanent thing,” Scharfenbergers said.Painting lines of different colors – green for St. Patrick’s Day and pink for breast cancer advocacy – seems to be a trend, Scharfenberger said.
By The Nelson Daily SportsSecond period goals by Sawyer Hunt, Nolan Percival and Brandon Sookro sparked the Nelson Bantams Reps to a 6-3 victory over rival Castlegar Rebels in West Kootenay Minor Hockey League action Friday at the NDCC Arena.Sunday, Sam Woodward potted the winner with six minutes remaining in the game to give Nelson a 6-5 win over the Rebels.The win was the fourth straight for Nelson over Castlegar.In game one of the series the three-headed monster of Hunt, Percival and Sookro broke open what had started as a close game between the two rivals.Sookro, with his third of the game, and Percival scored in the third to give Nelson some insurance.Chase Butula scored twice and Edward Lindsay added a single for Castlegar.Saturday, Nelson appeared to be in control, building a 5-2 lead after two periods. But the Rebels struck back for three third-period goals, two by Craig Pilla and a single from Gerodan Broeckx, to make the game close.Michael Viala, with a pair, Dylan Whiffen, Sookro and Sam Weber scored for Nelson. Kane Roberts and Broeckx also scored for Castlegar.Brayden Pompu was solid between the pipes for Nelson during both games.Sickness continues to hamper the playing roster of the Reps. However, the Nelson coaching staff had more regulars to choose from than the previous week.The West Kootenay Minor Hockey playoffs begin Friday, Feb. 11 in Nelson as the Leafs play host to Castlegar.The winner of the first-team-to-four-points series represents the zone at the B.C. Minor Hockey Bantam Rep Tier III Championships in Smithers.OVERTIME: Friday’s game featured two referees instead of one for minor hockey games as Erik Laughton and Shawn Peel officiated the game between the two West Kootenay email@example.com
Don Courson of Castlegar outlasted Crawford Bay’s Leif Petersen by two strokes to capture the 2011 Senior Men’s Open last month at the Balfour Golf and Country Club. Courson finished the 18-hole tournament with a 3-over-par 75 to nip Petersen of Kokanee Springs. Marc Cross of Birchbank won Low Net honours, edging Ken England and Bob Hale by a pair of shots. Cross finished with a net 66. Flight winners included Petersen taking first flight. England and Bob Hale were tied for Low Net. Bob Matthew won second flight with a score of 81. Barry Bernard and Dwayne Grieve finished one-two in Low Net with 67 and 69, respectively. Don Howie won third flight with an 86 with Albert Volpatti topping Low Net with 69. He was one shot better than Hugh Blackstock. Norm Cassels took fourth flight honours with an 88 while Ron Pederson and Merv Schmidt tied for Low Net at 67.
A young woman from Leixlip is hoping to be crowned this years’ Mary From Dungloe.Kildare Mary Aoife KeeganAoife Keegan from Carton View in Blakestown will be competing in the Annual International Festival as this years’ Kildare Mary held in Dungloe on 26th July – 4th August.Aoife (19) is currently studying Social Science in UCD and has strong Dungloe connections. Aoife, whose mother is from Dungloe, said “It is a home away from home for me.” I spent all of last Summer there and my love for the area grew”.” My love for the county has grown so much and all my nieces and nephews are growing up there too.”“I can’t put into words what it would mean to win. It’s the first time a member of our family has taken part in the event and to be chosen as The Mary from Dungloe and it would be a real honour and mean the world to me to win it.” AOIFE IS CHOSEN AS KILDARE MARY FOR INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL was last modified: June 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aoife KeegandonegalMary From Dungloe
CINCINNATI — For the first time in more than 20 years, a Giants player hit a game-tying home run with two outs in the ninth before another launched a go-ahead home run in extra innings.Stephen Vogt’s first home run as a Giant tied Friday’s game at 11-11 before Evan Longoria hooked a high fly ball into the left field seats in the 11th in a historic, 12-11 come-from-behind win.Vogt and Longoria became the first Giants players to accomplish the feat since Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent did so in a …
24 May 2013As a continent, Africa needs to pause and reflect on the history of the past 50 years and begin to develop lessons for the next 50 years, says National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel.Speaking at the African Renaissance Conference in Durban on Thursday, Manuel said Africans needed to ask “what we learnt from the various strategies we used to regain our independence. What progress have we made? What are our successes and where have we failed?”Manuel said the key lesson that Africa should take was responsibility, adding that Africans could not allow their agenda to be set by anyone else.“We cannot expect things to be done for us. If we want to advance, we need to catalyse the change we want to see through better planning and more effective implementation. We need to use the resources at our disposal to drive the agenda of raising the standards of living of our people.”According to Manuel, Africa needs regional integration that draws on the respective strengths of the different countries that make up the continent in order to overcome its shortcomings.Countries should draw on each other’s strengths to build “the desirable” for all countries – not for one country to develop on the back of the suffering of another.“To progress as a continent and take advantage of the favourable position we find ourselves in, we must move from the premise that we can only benefit from each other’s strength.”However, for this to work, the continent would need careful planning, a ruthless focus on implementation, and political stamina.Manuel said that South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), which aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030, is clear about the importance of education and training as a key foundation for social development and progress.In order to improve the continent’s skills base, a concerted effort was required, starting with correcting the basics.“We must raise the bar for all concerned to ensure that the education that all our children, regardless of where the school is located or whether it was a former Model C school, provides the highest quality possible,” he said.Source: SAnews.gov.za
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