Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
[Salt-l] SALT Meeting Minutes 11/18/14
[Salt-l] The Decision
[Salt-l] The Decision. And Pepper. Tonight @ 9:00
Monday, November 17, 2014
[Salt-l] Bring Your T-Shirt Money Tomorrow!!!
[Salt-l] Final Four Proposals and Voting
Sunday, November 16, 2014
[Salt-l] A Few Reminders and An Opportunity
Dear Members and Friends,
On November 16 at 9:45 a.m. Sunday Forum will focus on the draft of a social message on gender-based violence. The ELCA Church Council has authorized the writing of a Social Message on Gender-based Violence.
Social messages are adopted by the ELCA Church Council as a means to encourage learning and moral discourse. Social messages of the ELCA are topical documents adopted by the ELCA Church Council to focus attention and action on timely, pressing matters of social concern to the church and society. They are used to address pressing contemporary concerns in light of the prophetic and compassionate traditions of Scripture and do not establish new teaching or policy. Rather, they build upon previously adopted teaching and policy positions, especially from social statements.
You are invited to read the twenty-four page draft and participate in the discussion on Sunday, November 16. You are also encouraged to give feedback to the writing team. The Draft of a Social Message on Gender-based Violence is available for public comment and response. Please use either the online feedback form or the printable feedback form. The comment period runs through November 26th, and you are invited to participate by sending your feedback by email.
The tentative timeline calls for a message, or messages, to be considered by the Church Council in April of 2015. I serve on the Church Council and as a liaison between Council and the ELCA's Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ. The Task Force requested this message after a year of listening events at which intense concerns were voiced about the growing level of gender-based violence in U.S. society. "Gender-based violence" includes, but is not limited to, rape, sexual abuse, physical and sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and sexual harassment. It can be perpetrated by anyone.
The staff of the Theological Discernment Team in the Office of the Presiding Bishop is responsible for the project. The message will be developed in light of existing ELCA social teaching documents such as the statements on race, ethnicity and culture and sexuality; the message on commercial sexual exploitation; and the policy resolution on domestic violence. These resources can be found on the Theological Discernment resource page.
Comments or questions can be shared about this project at any time by email.
Grace to you,
The Rev. Dr. Robert G. Moore, Senior Pastor
Christ the King Lutheran Church
2353 Rice Boulevard
Houston, TX 77005
713-400-0518 (direct dial)
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
[Salt-l] 4 KIDDS Fall Fun-day Sunday!
If you're interested in hanging out with some AMAZING kids this weekend, you should definitely come to the 4 KIDDS passion group event on Sunday! :)
4 KIDDS is the SALT passion group for advocacy for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. And this Sunday, November, 16th from 11:30-1:30 in Ballroom C of the Harre Union, the kids from Club Wonder are coming to campus for a fall fun day!
[Salt-l] SALT Minutes 11/11/14
[Salt-l] Service Trip Pepper @ 9:00 and WRC Voting @ 9:30
Monday, November 10, 2014
[Salt-l] Voting for 2015 World Relief Campaign
As you all know, tomorrow we start the voting for the World Relief Campaign. If you are unable to attend the meeting but still want to vote, have no worries! Attached to this email is a Google form where you can submit your top 4 votes for this year's WRC. PLEASE SUBMIT THIS FORM BEFORE 9p.m. TOMORROW!
Be BlessedIf you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online:
Voting for 2015 World Relief Campaign
Thank you for being a part of this first round of voting. The finalist will be announced directly following the meeting on Tuesday 11/11/14.
[Salt-l] World Relief Campaign Voting
Wheat Ridge Ministries - The Young Sprouts, a food entrepreneur internship program of Genesis HOPE in Detroit, will grow healthy minds, bodies and communities. They currently operate a small urban farm and market where they learn healthy farming and eating and how to start and run sustainable micro enterprises. The project will expand the farm to 32 times its current size, and expand the market and its programs to serve more locals with good food, social capital, and support for developing micro enterprises. Funds will be used to purchase farm equipment and supplies, farmer's market supplies, and educational program supplies.
Neighbors Corp - To expand access to clean drinking water in Guanajuato and other regions of Mexico in communities and schools lacking access to potable water; train local community outreach workers as educators on water issues and in distribution and maintenance of filter systems; to facilitate and train at least two teams of community members in assembly, distribution, and testing of water filter systems using the CATIS filters; and to set up at least two micro-enterprises, one in Guanajuato and one on another region of Mexico. Initially this will involve the installation of at least 250 filter systems in schools and homes
Kids Alive International - The Oasis, a Christian home for girls victimized by sexual trafficking and abuse in Guatemala, empowers young girls to become Christian women equipped to break the cycle of poverty around them. Underemployment is extreme - nearly all businesses are family businesses. Girls without families or from poor families have very few employment prospects. Formal education doesn't always bridge the gap. It is essential we train girls to be entrepreneurs and provide the tools necessary to run their own small business. These skills empower them with independence to prevent future abuse.
Bethania Foundation - In India women face difficult challenges. Poverty, abandonment, abuse and alcoholism are rampant. Bethania Kids operates women empowerment programs in Odisha and Tamil Nadu. The grant will provide necessary funds to transform the existing program by providing equipment, training, entrepreneurship, and materials to women in the poorest conditions. We will be empowering them, providing micro financing, materials, equipment, and teaching them to run a business. We will allocate funds through our Bethania Kids management staff in Bangalore India where our CEO, Operations Officer and Accountant reside. Our existing program staff leaders in Kodaikanal and Odisha will administer the programs.
Change This World - Café Vida will fund a self-sustaining coffee business in Copan, Honduras. One of Change This World's partner schools, Plan Escalón, a boarding school of 600 students rescued from the streets of Honduras, will operate this program. Along with receiving an education, students will also learn transferable life skills. Funds will be used to purchase 25,000 coffee trees, employ two full-time graduate students, tools needed for cultivating the land and an opportunity for students to learn the coffee trade. The profits will sustain the coffee fields as well as provide resources to pour back into the school's needs.
A Leg To Stand On - A Leg To Stand On ("ALTSO") respectfully submits this World Relief Campaign Application for its project: Mobility for Children with Limb Disabilities in Afghanistan. A grant of $25,000 from the Social Action Leadership Team would enable ALTSO to provide prosthetic limbs, orthotic devices, and mobility aids to 450 children in Kabul, Afghanistan, who have lost or injured their limb(s) in traumatic accidents or suffer from congenital limb disabilities. The project will be implemented over a 6-month period, effective immediately following the end of the campaign in the spring of 2015.
Family of God Churches Namibia - The project will offer Remedial class for school dropouts aged 7-14 with aim to integrate them into formal schools. Despite provision of free education for primary learners in terms of article 20 of the Namibian Constitution, a significant proportion of children in squatter camps and informal settlements do not complete this cycle. Secondly Out Camps for vulnerable children experiencing chronic trauma will be organised to offer life skills and psycho-social support to help them build resilience. Establish a Toy libraries to offer play therapy to these children living in vulnerable condition.
The Caring Place - Caring Designs benefits women leaving the shelter by creating a new home with dignity. Volunteers make this valuable service cost-effective. A workshop and volunteer coordinator will assist with move-in day and creating a multipurpose workspace. Needed items are sewing machines, pillows, mattress covers, paint, bedding, fabric, microwaves for move-in day and a freezer for food storage for clients. The workshop would also teach clients basic skills to ensure their future success.
Mercy College - Mercy College, Ethiopia is currently engaged in provision of educational services to contribute to the development of the community & facilitation of skills & technology transfer. The aim of establishing library project is to have a well-furnished resource center in Mercy –college-Ethiopia. We are asking $25,000 to furnish our library with social, engineering health & humanity books.
Porter Country Pact- PACT will use this funding for programming, to help both men and women overcome the experience of trauma that is often identified with justice involved participants. The grant funds will be used to purchase a curriculum to help clients focus on the root problem of trauma, understand the negative impact it has had on their decision making, and begin the healing process. Funds will be allocated to train staff in the delivery of this programming (curriculum and training, to purchase program/participant supplies, equipment, and to provide scholarships for participants with financial hardship.
Exodus Refugee Exodus - wishes to expand and enhance its Mentorship Program, which assists refugees to become self-sufficient by linking them to community mentors. Mentors will work closely with newly resettled refugee families by assisting them to adapt to the U.S through cultural integration activities, such as English tutoring, local field trips, grocery shopping, using public transportation, and friendship building. Funding from SALT will be used to hire a part-time Mentorship Program coordinator, who will be responsible for arranging and training mentors, and towards the development of cultural integration activities.
Another Child Foundation - The funds given to Another Child will be used to purchase a new Group Home for orphans in Romania. Providing a Christian home for young children to be raised in a loving environment is a key to ACF reaching more and more children. The funds will be used immediately to purchase the home ACF feels is appropriate to us meeting the needs of the children God will entrust to us. The abandoned children ACF works with is social injustice at its very core. Children should never have to bear the emotional baggage of being abandoned.
Exile International - War is devastating. The children of war suffer deep wounds from what they have seen and done. The Peace Lives Center in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) provides physical, emotional and spiritual care, education and leadership development to 130 former child soldiers and orphans. Children at the center receive holistic, rehabilitative care and learn to become leaders for peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Project Peace Lives will use funds granted to build a 30-bed dormitory for girls and to build a kitchen capable of preparing food for 130+ children each day.
Friday, November 07, 2014
[Salt-l] World Relief Campaign Applications