“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!

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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

Bridled Capitalism

Stephanie Ruhle and Scott Galloway had a focused discussion on CSuites and workers compensation this a.m. for which I am profoundly grateful. If the National Dems don’t focus on this issue they will go the way of the dinosaur — unless civil anarchy is launched by Trump before the 2018 elections (see Brownshirts) as he declares *martial war* on Mexico or Venezuela. National Dems are just as beholden to CSuite-backed Dark Money and Super PACS (see Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission) as are the Republicans (see opensecrets.org).

Minimum wage laws alone are a red herring; while they may be “necessary but not sufficient”, a minimum wage will always be eaten up by healthcare insurance premium hikes. The law must be made to require fiduciary responsibility to stakeholders not just shareholders, over the long term not just the short. There is a “life cycle of nations” and over the long view, (now globalized) capitalism doesn’t give a tinker’s dam about individual nations.

Unless “Say on Pay” is legalized in the US (with legal teeth, not just “suggestions”), Preferred Stock/Restricted Stock Units are eliminated or modified, Stock Buybacks are reined in so that they benefit stakeholders as well as “shareholders” (CSuites), Pre-IPO stock grants to frienemies with associated pump and dumps are regulated in a meaningful fashion, there will be no reinvestment into workers, social safety nets, enterprises. #DiabolicalGreed

Joseph Malgeri is looking for some stories about the lack of internet

Joseph Malgeri posted the following in the Facebook Public Group “Internet Seekers: Citizens Striving for Fiber in TN”:

YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE! I’m looking for some stories about how the lack of internet is impacting your and your family’s lives. They don’t have to be long but they should be clear and complete. Post them here or email them to fibreopticconsultant@gmail.com. Thanks in advance for your help.

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ATTENTION READERS. Please note message at the end.

I wonder if they get it…

I wonder if our elected officials realize the damage they do to their state, in so many ways:

Lawmakers know how much high speed internet is needed across the state, yet they continue to block efforts to expand it, even when it will cost taxpayers nothing.

I wonder how many of our citizens realize that the governor’s initiative, the recently passed Broadband Accessibility Act is mostly smoke and mirrors; that the $45 million he budgeted over three years will barely cover 200 miles – when we can cover the state for free. How many people realize that the way the law is structured, the definition of high-speed is like legislating rotary phones for all?

Since 2004, when some select communities took up the challenge to bring broadband to their areas. Even though they were limited by laws authored by AT&T, some 350,000 residents and almost 13,000 businesses have taken high speed internet, while millions of Tennesseans, both urban and rural have been denied access.

In the face of overwhelming evidence that these brave communities have prospered while others have wilted;

In the face of compelling evidence that a lack of access to high speed internet drives existing businesses away and causes prospective new businesses to look elsewhere;

In view of the facts that young innovators are swarming to connected communities where opportunities are aplenty while our young people around the state leave home for opportunities they cannot find locally; and,

In view of the fact that the municipal electric utilities providing internet in those connected communities pay millions of dollars per year combined in Payments in Lieu of Taxes to their respective communities’ general funds;

In view of all the good going on around us, don’t you think it’s high time to oust legislators who openly deny our rights to have what they have.

Don’t continue to re-elect lawmakers who hide behind false concepts about free markets when what they’re really doing is protecting their donor’s turf.

I wonder, dear readers, if…. if, over the Thanksgiving break you will think about the successes mounting in connected cities and ask, why not us?

I wonder, politicians across the state, how you can stand in the way of your constituents’ rights to self determination – and then ask for their votes in November.

Are you getting this, Beth Harwell?

Dear Readers,
I’ve been working on this for years now. I know how important this issue is for all of us but mostly you. My time here is limited while yours may be decades longer. I am eager to take this message across the state, NOW, so we can shake up the 2018 election and get the bills passes that free us to take charge of our own destinies.
I want your help. Set up town halls and interviews in your back yards and I’ll be there. Make video and Podcasts, and I’ll share the truth that you can then speak to power.
I’ve got the roadmaps, all we need now are the road warriors.
Thank you for reading. Happy Thanksgiving. JM

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Here are some related resources:

Connected Nashville 2 (October 12, 2017)

Connected Nashville: A Vision for a Smarter City (May 11, 2016)

Washington Journal Phil Bredesen Discusses Health Care Policy Tennessee

Washington Journal Governor Bill Haslam Discusses Priorities Tennessee

From Craig Settles:

Telehealth is extremely popular in healthcare, particularly in low-income urban and rural areas. However, without quality broadband high-speed Internet access telehealth doesn’t happen.

My latest report makes a business case for using community broadband to advance healthcare because that’s how we drive both broadband and telehealth adoption. Telehealth users and vendors, community broadband owners, and local broadband providers share compelling interests and benefits.

Using real-world cases, this report lays out a strategy for boosting telemedicine and broadband adoption. Uniting healthcare providers, schools and libraries in healthcare hubs has fundraising, infrastructure development and political advantages your community should evaluate.

The FCC majority, some members in Congress and a number of state legislators are not our friends. If you want highspeed Internet access, it falls squarely on communities’ collective shoulders!

Community Broadband Snapshot Report ™ November 2017