Why USA (or any) Workers Don’t Make Progress

1) Global corporatist (no national allegiances) CEOs extravagantly compensated
2) Citizen United allows CSuites unlimited “legal” PACs and Dark Money to “lobby” all candidates from both parties
3) No talk of “SayOnPay” or elimination of various preferred stock classes and similar crony capitalism oligarchical mechanisms, or meaningful stock grants to employees
4) Diversionary talk of unlivable Living Wages / increased minimum wages (shiny metal $15 an hour red herrings)

Tennessee to receive Connect America Funding

Another Round of Funding Starts This Month for Broadband Buildout
in Rural Communities in 22 States

FCC AUTHORIZES SECOND WAVE OF FUNDING FOR RURAL BROADBAND FROM CONNECT AMERICA FUND AUCTION

Holston Connect Minimum Speed 1 Gbps/500 Mbps Locations 517 Support / 10 Years $535,417

Meriwether Lewis Connect Minimum Speed 1 Gbps/500 Mbps Locations 290 Support / 10 Years $1,183,627

h|t Ann Treacy

#HalWomble2014 https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/7521088386.pdf

Recently, Tennessee Telecommunications Association changes its name to Tennessee Broadband Association

“Medicare for All” House Hearing | C-SPAN

The House Rules Committee held a hearing on “Medicare for All” proposals.
https://www.c-span.org/video/?460207-1/advocates-opponents-testify-medicare-all-hearing

Michael C. Burgess M.D.
U.S. Representative
[R] Texas
Tom Cole
U.S. Representative
[R] Oklahoma
Sara Collins
Vice President
Commonwealth Fund->Health Care Coverage and Access
Jim McGovern
U.S. Representative
[D] Massachusetts
Ed Perlmutter
U.S. Representative
[D] Colorado
Jamie Raskin
U.S. Representative
[D] Maryland
Mary Gay Scanlon
U.S. Representative
[D] Pennsylvania
Grace-Marie Turner
Founder and President
Galen Institute
Rob Woodall
U.S. Representative
[R] Georgia

The Tennessee Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Monday, January 7, 2019 at 6 pm. American Baptist College 1800 Baptist World Center Dr, Nashville, Tennessee 37207 || https://www.facebook.com/events/958696150983355/

The Tennessee Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has organized representatives of the poor and directly affected from across the state to testify at the Poor People’s Hearing at American Baptist College in Nashville on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 6 pm. This is the evening before the 2019 session of the Tennessee legislature convenes.

This is a moment in which our legislators, elected officials and the people in power across the state most need to hear the voices of the directly affected and the moral authority of faith leaders in addressing the grievous sins of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation. We have invited our state legislators and national Congressional representatives, as well as mayors and officials from cities and counties across Tennessee.

We are inviting the powerful — not to speak for us — but to listen. We are inviting those in power to listen to those who have traditionally been left out of the electoral and governing processes in this country. Tennessee’s elected officials will learn about the power of a new and unsettling force that is organizing across this country, and they will hear our demands!

Forward together, not one step back! #Tennessee #PoorPeoplesCampaign

World Communion Sunday is October 7, 2018

Reposted from ChristiaNet September, 2018 Issue 175

What does “global communing” bring to your mind? A long distance phone conversation between friends in Adelaide, South Australia and Nashville, Tennessee? A table at a 1955 luncheon in Toronto, Canada where women are creating a unique fellowship? Our sisters, strong in faith and ability building homes for families in Mexico or South Africa? Maybe you imagine the smile of women finally leaving the brothel in India on the arms of their mentors and friends. Or a lunch after Sunday worship with folk new to your community.

October 7, 2018 is World Communion Sunday, a celebration that encourages Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. One might describe it as a faith community building event. World Convention founder, Jesse Bader, promoted World Communion Sunday among the Stone-Campbell family as early as 1940, and the tradition continues today.

How do we build God’s community?

James 2:8-9 says the conduct of the faithful should be unbiased. “You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: “Love others as you love yourself.” But if you play up to so-called important people, you go against the Rule and stand convicted by it.” Then James asks pointedly in verse 17, “Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?” (The Message)

Whether individually or with a group, you are invited to dialogue with other ChristiaNet readers through your stories, ideas and pictures where active faith is building God’s community. We’d love to share the ways you and yours share the hospitality of Jesus’ open table in your part of the world. Not just on October 7, but throughout the year. Not just in your church, but in your neighborhood, your city or town, the country you call home.

Here’s how. Tag your “faith-in-action” posts and photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, etc. with #ChristiaNetCommunity. Search for #ChristiaNetCommunity entries in your browser or social media platform to see one another’s offerings. Together let’s expand our knowing of God at work around the world.

Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove. May God be ever present in this experience of our global communing!

Julia Keith

Van Rheenen Thoughts on Church Growth Movement

@litabny: Gailyn Van Rheenen sees Biblical Theology as NOT forming the basic questions of Church Growth research.*

@GailynVanRheen: No, you have not rightly read me! In Missions: Biblical Foundations and Contemporary Strategies (Zondervan, 2016), I provide what I call the Missional Helix in which I show a move from Theology to Strategy Formation within the context of Cultural Analysis/Historical Perspective

This process is done within the context of Spiritual Formation.

The beginning point of ministry is Theological Formation and intertwined throughout the process of Spiritual Discernment.

Ch. 1 is “The Biblical Narrative of Mission: Entering God’s Story,” Ch. 2 “Spiritual Awakenings for Mission.” Ch. 3 “Theological Foundations of Missions,” Ch. 4 “The Church: The Embodiment of Missions.”

My problem with the Church Growth Movement is the primary focus on “growth” rather than disciple-making reflecting the ministries of Jesus and Paul leading to theologically formed disciples who by their passion and God-focus can only speak for God!

* thread

Placeholder | Reconstructing the Gospel Review

Reconstructing the Gospel – Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Foreword by The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II

At Google Books

At a library

5 minute MP3 audio book preview

Every book reviewer lives in a context.

Mine is peppered with influences:

ADRIS Newsletter back in the day (Thank you, David Moberg).

Gailyn Van Rheenen (et. al. from ACU and some professors from FHU) Van Rheenen Thoughts on Church Growth Movement.

Global Church, localized manifestations / incarnations through this lens.

I’m a long-time fanboy of OMSC. Was looking at Thomas John Hastings, What Is This New Thing God Is Doing? in International Bulletin of Mission Research

Saw this in their audio lecture archives this a.m.
Faith and Life: Theological Formation off the Grid – Ruth Padilla DeBorst

While Thomas John Hastings didn’t mention the Spirit’s current emphasis on bi-vocational missioning (Clergy perks, y’all #500thAnniversaryProtestantReformation), Ruth Padilla DeBorst did.

Cybermissiology in global “interdenominational” (church universal / global beloved community / ekklesia)

Also seen recently The Archbishop Romero Trust 

Stephen R. Haynes: The battle for Bonhoeffer

Martin Luther King: Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution

John Pavlovitz: The Sins of Christians Choosing The Economy Over Morality

Max Keiser interviews Dr. Michael Hudson re: “…and forgive them their debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption — From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year.” #PoorPeoplesCampaign

Eric Toussaint: Debt Cancellation in Mesopotamia and Egypt from 3000 to 1000 BC

Michael Hudson: The Land Belongs to God

The Benefits of Debt Relief December 19, 2013

National Park Data

Data-driven decisions for national parks
https://gcn.com/articles/2017/08/10/nps-visitors-data.aspx

National Park Service Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
https://www.nps.gov/gis/

the Data Store – NPS IRMA Portal – National Park Service
https://irma.nps.gov/DataStore/

STATS – Welcome to Visitor Use Statistics – NPS IRMA Portal
https://irma.nps.gov/stats/

National Park Service – Data.gov
https://catalog.data.gov/dataset?publisher=National+Park+Service

National Parks – Data.gov
https://catalog.data.gov/dataset/national-parks

National Park Boundaries – Data.gov
https://catalog.data.gov/dataset/national-park-boundariesf0a4c

DOI Data | U.S. Department of the Interior – DOI.gov
https://www.doi.gov/data

Future of Conservation in America
Jonathan Jarvis, former director of the National Park Service, offered his thoughts on the current state of the National Park Service and provided a path forward. He was joined in conversation by E.O. Wilson and Terry Tempest Williams. https://www.c-span.org/video/?443013-1/future-conservation-america

LinkedIn posted about Tennessee as Sexist

Sexism shows regional disparities https://www.linkedin.com/feed/news/sexism-shows-regional-disparities-2255347/

On NashDev Slack Women-in-Tech channel Beth Downey wrote:

#longsigh 29 people interviewed about tech workers: TWO are women and the story is authored by a woman [Geeky male introverts: Nashville execs on how you shouldn’t describe tech workers – Nashville Business Journal] https://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2018/08/23/geeky-introverts-nashville-tech-execs-on-the-top.html

What I’ve noticed (globally) is women in networking and as networkers: Cat Stover, GEANT; Ana Hunsinger, Vice President, Community Engagement, Internet2; Wendy Huntoon, KINBER /PennREN; Jen Leasure, President and CEO at The Quilt; Sandi Mays, EVP, CIO at Zayo Group; Florence (DiStefano) Hudson, Experienced SVP & Chief Innovation Officer, Innovation/IOT/Blockchain/Inclusion Speaker & consultant, Advisor for EU-US Collaboration; Dr. Melissa Z. Y. Woo, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Stony Brook University; etc.

2018 2nd National Research Platform Presentations here

2nd National Research Platform Workshop Videos Playlist here