General Convention approves compensation for deputies’ president

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There is no dollar figure attached to the resolution, which would pay the House of Deputies president director’s and officer’s fees “for specific services rendered in order to fulfill duties required by the church’s Constitution and Canons.”The resolution, which the House of Deputies overwhelmingly approved July 5, is a compromise move. It was the fourth time over two decades that deputies had attempted to earn compensation for their president and the first time bishops agreed.Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania Bishop Sean Rowe proposed B014 just before the start of convention as “a way forward,” he told his colleagues. Many bishops worried that paying the president of the House of Deputies could somehow change the polity of the church, especially in relation to the role of the presiding bishop. Rowe said he and a small group of bishops, assembled at the request of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, consulted experts in canon and secular law.Rowe asked his colleague to “do your best to separate any objection you may have about the way that the current incumbent or any particular incumbent of the position has approached or is approaching the role or whether the job is too big; these are separate issues from the pay matter.”The president’s role has been changing since 1964, when the convention gave the position a three-year term instead of simply being elected to preside during convention. In addition to chairing the House of Deputies during convention, the president also is canonically required to serve as vice chair of Executive Council and vice president of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, or DFMS, the nonprofit corporate entity through which the Episcopal Church owns property and does business. He or she has a wide swath of appointment powers. The president also travels around the church, speaking at conferences and other gatherings and meeting with deputies and other Episcopalians.The position, which is filled by election during each meeting of convention, has a travel budget and a paid assistant. Each president is limited to three consecutive three-year terms.The group of bishops shared its proposed resolution with current House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings and her leadership team “as a matter of courtesy and consultation,” he said, adding that the bishops “engaged in significant diplomacy on this matter, and we have achieved results.”Many deputies “had to swallow hard to make this happen,” but it is “going to set the stage for a different kind of relationship” between the two houses.Diocese of Southern Ohio Bishop Tom Breidenthal agreed with Rowe. He said he and Diocese of Western New York Bishop Bill Franklin were happy to give the required endorsement of B014. They felt they were doing “our part to improve the relationship of trust that is so important to the proper functioning of these two houses.”Any risk that his colleagues might feel about “becoming vulnerable to an erosion of our own particular ministry and role as bishops is worth taking because it is a signal to the other house that we are walking alongside them and will give them a chance to trust us more and, therefore, help us to know better what they see us as when they look upon us as their bishops,” he said.Some bishops worried about the lack of a specific dollar amount in the resolution. The Task Force to Study Church Leadership and Compensation, called for by the 78th General Convention, concluded in its report to this meeting of convention that the work of the House of Deputies president amounts to a full-time job. Its Resolution A028 calls for a salary but does not set an amount.The task force asked Executive Council to include a proposed salary in the draft 2019-2021 budget, which it gave to the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance (PB&F) in January. The task force did not suggest an amount, but council included $900,000 for a full-time salary and benefits for the three years in the draft budget (line 557 here).Bishop Steven Miller of Milwaukee cited that amount and asked for a “clear accounting” once Executive Council sets the fees, as required in the resolution. He said the $900,000 “could be used for mission, it could be used for reconciliation.”Voting yes on the resolution without an amount, Massachusetts Bishop Suffragan Gayle Harris said, feels like “we are writing a blank check.”Rowe said both bishops and deputies vote all the time on resolutions that ask for specified or unspecified amounts of money. It is then up to PB&F to sort out all the requests. Maine Bishop Stephen Lane, PB&F vice chair, said council put the amount into its draft budget “not knowing how this General Convention would move” and would revisit that amount when convention’s wishes were clear.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Tags Rector Collierville, TN last_img read more

Exciting two days of cycling expected this weekend

first_img… top riders vie for honours in three-stage event; tomorrow is closing date for cyclists’ registrationLOCAL cycling fans and enthusiasts are assured of two days of exciting cycling when the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) stages its three-stage event beginning on Saturday at 0:730hrs from Carifesta Avenue.Cyclists and clubs interested in being a part of the activity are asked to note that registration for the event closes tomorrow and interested persons/clubs can get registered by contacting Hassan Mohamed at the National Sports Commission office, Homestretch Avenue during working hours.After wheeling off from Carifesta Avenue on Saturday morning, the cream of the country’s cyclists will pedal to Mahaicony before returning to the place of origin for the finish.Stage two will be held the same day (Saturday) and will see Guyana’s top wheelsmen contesting an individual time trial starting at 14:00hrs from Carifesta Avenue and proceeding to Plaisance before returning to Carifesta Avenue for the finish.On Sunday, cycling fans and supporters will have their appetites whetted as the pedal-pushers will be engaged in what is expected to be a scorcher as they contest a 30-lap event around the outer circuit of the National Park beginning at 09:00hrs.This 30-lap race will involve juniors, veterans and senior cyclists and it is anticipated that over 45 cyclists will face the starter.It is expected that supporters of individual cyclists and teams will turn out in their numbers from as far as Linden and Berbice to lend support to the cyclist of their choice.This was the case last Sunday when supporters of teams and individual cyclists flocked outside the Guyana Defence Forces’ Camp Ayanganna Headquarters for the DIGICEL sponsored Breast Cancer Awareness 30-lap Cycle Road Race which was won by Team Coco’s Jamal John.Already, the word around is that John will dominate on Sunday since most of Team Coco’s members have peaked late this season and will be able to lend support to John and the team’s other top riders which includes Raynauth `Obeah Man’ Jeffrey.John won last Sunday’s 30-lap race in convincing fashion after breaking away with Team Evolution’s Raul Leal from the start of the race and out-sprinting the Team Evolution cyclists in the final 150 metres to the finish line.It was a truly grueling event last Sunday with the heat taking its toll on a number of top riders who showed signs of fatigue half way into the race with some eventually dropping out.Those cyclists will relish the seven days recuperation period leading up to Sunday’s activity and should be race-ready come Sunday to give their supporters their money’s worth.last_img

Graduate Student Government to pass motion supporting graduate student union

first_imgUSC Graduate Student Government voted to pass a resolution on Monday to support graduate students’ unionization efforts through USC Forward, a group of students, faculty, alumni and community organizers seeking to better working conditions, wages and educational accessibility at USC. Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanThe resolution was passed with an 84.4 percent approval from GSG Senate and will be presented to all graduate students, University President C. L. Max Nikias, Provost Michael Quick and the Board of Trustees. GSG will also publicly declare its support for a graduate student union. The motion was penned by Senator John Oltean, who represents the Gould School of Law, and co-sponsored by Director of External Affairs Gilbert Felix. Oltean worked alongside members of USC Forward to write the resolution and believes unionization will improve students’ professional lives by holding the University accountable to their working conditions and needs.“As the diversity of graduate student populations increases, we have more students with families [and] nontraditional students entering this higher education sphere,” Oltean said. “Formal union representation [will] bolster a lot of the recent work that GSG is doing — institutionalizing a complementary organization with codified mechanisms will give us more of a voice and power to relay these concerns to the administration regarding diversity and inclusiveness.” Oltean and Robert Chlala, a doctoral student in sociology and USC Forward member, have worked to solicit graduate students’ opinions and concerns across all academic schools to recognize the diversity of student needs the union should address.“The greatest reason to unionize is evident in the daily life situations here,” Chlala said, noting how graduate employees provide integral academic labor to USC as teaching assistants and researchers. “We have limited protections over that work, and in case an issue does arise, we don’t often have the capacity to do anything about it.”A union would provide more accountability for graduate workers and set up a system where students can elect their representatives and contact them with any concerns, according to Chlala. This will reduce the burden dissertation advisors face, as a union would serve as an arbitrator between graduate workers and the University.USC Forward began to mobilize for a graduate student union during the Fall 2016 semester, following a National Labor Relations Board ruling in August 2016 that allowed graduate students working as teaching and research assistants at private universities to mobilize. Before that landmark ruling, the NLRB did not consider graduate assistants employees of a university because of their statuses as students.The organization was present at the monthly GSG meeting, clad in bright orange t-shirts with the motto “Uniting to reclaim higher ed” on their backs. Members loudly cheered when the vote was approved. Clare O’Connor, a doctoral student in communication, said unionization is crucial to ensure increased basic rights for students who are starting families. O’Connor, who is pregnant, was concerned about the healthcare options for her future child, since USC covers only its students directly but not their dependents. “A union provides the negotiating power that would allow us to legally require USC to follow through on commitments, like [healthcare],” she said. “One of the most persistent problems for graduate student workers, for TAs and residential assistants, is overwork. We’re supposed to be working 20 hours a week in most cases and do so much more.” The motion ensures that GSG will be able to present its resolution to USC administrators, but a union can only be recognized legally through the NLRB or voluntarily by the University. Regardless, Chlala and Oltean said they will continue to advocate for unionizing efforts and graduate workers’ needs.“For us, success comes with operating like a union, operating like a collective body that can collectively voice these issues,” Chlala said. “We have the capability now to put that into practice for graduate workers, and it’s really critical that we seize on that and show that.”last_img read more

Heather Garozzo – Team Dignitas – From shame to pride

first_imgWhat a difference a decade makes. Heather Garozzo is the Director of Fan Engagement at Team Dignitas. Heather Garozzo, Team DignitasAhead of XLIVE Esports Summit where she’ll be speaking at the New York event on a panel focused on women in esports, here she tells us about her own experiences in the industry. Her journey from pro player to working in a professional capacity with Team Dignitas is a journey worth documenting, especially since her career began way back when during esports’ relative early days, and continues today when it’s on the up and up. Esports Insider: You’ve been in esports for some time now, what has surprised you the most about the growth and changes in the past few years?Heather Garozzo: ​Over a decade ago, I was ashamed to tell friends, family and co-workers what I did on the weekends. I was a varsity athletes, I worked in professional sports (Milwaukee Brewers) but my secret passion was competitive video games. “We’ve built something truly from the ground up to become the fastest growing sport in the world”Fast forward to the modern day and that shame has turned to pride. For me, that’s one of the biggest changes – a surprising change. Telling many people that I played and now work in professional video games is cool. It’s met with interest and curiosity. The same seems true for many of my peers in the industry. This is something to be proud of. We’ve built something truly from the ground up to become the fastest growing sport in the world.ESI: From your personal experience, what are your thoughts on the perception and treatment of women playing in the CS:GO scene.. Has this changed much in the past couple of years? Does it need to?Heather: ​There are certainly more women in the industry than years ago – not just players, but fans and women working in the industry. I used to be the only woman in the room in a sea of hundreds. So no one really bats an eye anymore if you see a woman cheering for her favorite team or grinding out 50 hours of a week of practice. However, being disrespected online, in streams, on social media pages and in-game hasn’t gone away – and likely never will. It’s the unfortunate nature of the internet. Even the world’s best athletes are met with online harassment.I’ve learned to block that out and instead try to surround myself with supportive friends and mentors.ESI: ​What will you be discussing at your panel at the XLIVE Esports Summit in August (22-23)?Heather: ​I’ll be speaking on a women in esports panel. Despite mentioning prior that thepercentage of women in esports is drastically higher than years ago, we’re still a small minority.The non-endemic space still has questions about our path to where we are today and what we’d like to see in the future to make esports a more welcoming space for women. We’ll present thoughts on where we came from, what struggles we endured along the way and what we’d like to see for the future of women in esports. However, we hope the panel will be more of a Q&A where we’ll use our expertise to help answer questions from our audience given we’re all very different positions across the industry.ESI: You’re currently managing the all-female Dignitas CS:GO team, how did you start playing and what was it like coming up and going pro? Does more need to be done to encourage girls and women at a grassroots level, and if so what?Heather: ​I’ve played since 1999. At first, it was only something to pass the time on weekends when I didn’t have softball practice, for example. My brother would have friends over for LAN parties in my parent’s basement. Eventually, I started to gain an active interest. Since I’m incredibly competitive, I immediately became infatuated with improving my game. I later started traveling to tournaments, winning a few hundred dollars each weekend. My travels took me from regional tournaments to nation-wide tournaments and finally international events.“More should be done at the grassroots level. I’ve met so many women that ask me how to get started”Yes, more should be done at the grassroots level. I’ve met so many women that ask me how to get started. They don’t know where to find other women to play with – not that women should only play with women – but often times they find it more of a comfortable starting point. I’d love to see more local meet-ups where female gamers can get together and just have fun on LAN. The University of California-Irvine, one of the most progressive universities in regards to esports, recently has a Women’s Esports bootcamp. Several of our Team Dignitas’ professional female gamers went there to help mentor those aspiring gamers. I hope to see more events similar to this.ESI: ​What are your thoughts on female only teams and leagues? Is this a good way to go about ‘levelling up the playing field’?Heather: ​I don’t see anything wrong with female-only teams. I’ve played in both over the years.Some years, my best friends in the game happen to be male so that’s who I play with. Other times, they are female. To me, gender composition of a team is irrelevant. Play with the four other people you get the most enjoyment out of playing with. It’s hard to become a player if you don’t have great chemistry with your teammates.“The University of California-Irvine, one of the most progressive universities in regards to esports, recently has a Women’s Esports bootcamp. I hope to see more events similar to this”As for female leagues, I don’t think they are the best idea. I prefer female-only tournaments, and in moderation. The current amount, something around three to four per year, is plenty. It’s enough to give women an achievable stepping stone to becoming a better player. It’s enough that it inspires other women to want to compete and gives them something relatable to look up to. That being said, I’d never want to see the day where every tournament has a side women’s only event.“Eventually, just as a fraction of a percentage of male players emerged as stars, someday that should be the case for a fraction of a percentage of the female players too”I don’t believe there is anything physical holding women back from being top tier. Similar to males, the percent of males (a fraction of a percent) that are professionals are there because of the effort they put into becoming better. Women can, and some are attempting to do, just that. To be the best, you have to practice like and compete against the best. There are a handful of women I think that one day could play on a very top team. However, for now, I think there is simply just a need to get more women interesting in esports and competing, rather than just playing casually.Eventually, just as a fraction of a percentage of male players emerged as stars, someday that should be the case for a fraction of a percentage of the female players too.ESI: What does your position of Director of Fan Engagement at Team Dignitas entail?Heather: ​As the Director of Fan Engagement, I’m tasked with increasing our volume fans and giving them a reason to keep returning.“Historically in esports, people are fans of players, not necessarily organisations. If their favorite player moves to a new team, so does that fan’s allegiance”Historically in esports, people are fans of players, not necessarily organisations. If their favorite player moves to a new team, so does that fan’s allegiance. That’s not necessarily the case in professional sports (though obviously there are exceptions).Through streaming, social media, website content and public relationships, I’m working closely with our players and staff to increase theirs and our followings. Team Dignitas is a legacy brand in esports – one of the oldest still around, dating back to 2003. That’s something to be proud of.We’ve had over one hundred world champions play for Team Dignitas. We also have some very exciting new stars. It’s my job to help share our incredible players, their interesting stories and their game knowledge with our growing audience of fans.Source: Team DignitasESI: Can you share some thoughts on the impact of the Philadelphia 76ers ownership of Team Dignitas?Heather: ​The Philadelphia 76ers have brought a wealth of experience to our team, in multiple aspects. As it relates to our players, the Philadelphia 76ers performance team, lead by Dr. David Martin, have given us unparalleled resources at our finger tips. From sessions with a sports psychologist, to gaining insight from the Sixers’ nutritionist and chef, discussing communication with Coach Billy Lange, and learning exercises to cope with or prevent injuries, the Sixers have given Team Dignitas a regimented training program that will improve our future access. They’ve also built a bootcamp area, overlooking the NBA practice court, where our teams can practice from during their routine visits for the training program.“As it relates to our players, the Philadelphia 76ers performance team, lead by Dr. David Martin, have given us unparalleled resources at our finger tips”On the business end, our internal marketing team is communicating with the Sixers daily, all the way up to their CEO. The Philadelphia 76ers, along with the NJ Devils & the Prudential Center have a invested but also very genuine interest in our success. We’re both learning about each other’s industries and trying to pave the way for the future of both esports and sports.Disclaimer: Esports Insider is an official media partner of the XLIVE Esports Summit. You can read more about the event here.last_img read more