Religious songs – Waterloo Band http://waterlooband.net/ Thu, 18 Aug 2022 03:24:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://waterlooband.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/icon.png Religious songs – Waterloo Band http://waterlooband.net/ 32 32 Sister Colette Moon tried for years to resist the religious call https://waterlooband.net/sister-colette-moon-tried-for-years-to-resist-the-religious-call/ Wed, 17 Aug 2022 20:48:09 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/sister-colette-moon-tried-for-years-to-resist-the-religious-call/ Sister Colette Moon worked to increase religious vocations while in California. (Photos: Courtesy of Sister Colette Moon) Editor’s Note: This is the sixth article in a “Nun Better” series, which takes a look at the life and service of religious women in the Brooklyn Diocese. BAYSIDE – Sister Colette Moon, SBKM, was in her early […]]]>
Sister Colette Moon worked to increase religious vocations while in California. (Photos: Courtesy of Sister Colette Moon)

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth article in a “Nun Better” series, which takes a look at the life and service of religious women in the Brooklyn Diocese.

BAYSIDE – Sister Colette Moon, SBKM, was in her early twenties when she was struck by a deep feeling that she wanted to become a nun. But instead of kissing him, she tried to ignore him.

She was about to become a teacher and didn’t want to be distracted from her career goals, she recalled saying, “I was happy with my life.”

Still, the feeling wouldn’t go away. So finally, after many years of resistance, she realized that God was calling her to live a religious life. She took her vows and joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Blessed Korean Martyrs.

The religious community was founded by Father Andrew Yoo Ryong Bang in Korea in 1946. The religious order is named after the Korean martyrs, the 8,000 to 10,000 Catholics who were killed during years of religious persecution in the 19th century.

Sister Colette, now 43, first entered the community in 2011, made her first vows in 2015 and made her perpetual vows in 2021.

She is currently the Director of Religious Education at St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Bayside. She has come a long way to get to this point in her life.

Born and raised in South Korea, Sister Colette moved to the United States with her family – her father Gye Song, her mother Myung Hee and her brother Andrew – when she was 19. The Moons settled in Novi, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. They began attending St. Andrew Kim’s Korean Catholic Church, and it was there, when she attended a religious retreat, that her life began to change.

“In fact, I don’t even remember what I did during the retreat or what exactly happened during it,” she said. “But what I remember is that after the retreat, I felt this joy, an immense joy. And I think that’s when I started to have this desire to become a nun.

Until then, she had never imagined living a religious life.

“All of a sudden, something in my heart started telling me, ‘This is what you want. This is the path you really want to take in life,'” she said.

Still, she tried to resist the feeling. “I pretended that I never noticed my true calling and lived a simple, normal life for years after that retreat,” says Sister Colette.

She earned a master’s degree from Michigan State University and planned to pursue a doctorate. at the University of California at Berkeley. In fact, she had been accepted to Berkeley and intended to become a preschool teacher.

Part of her decision to ignore the vocation came from fear of disappointing her parents. Their dreams for their two children involved financially successful careers.

They had worked hard and sacrificed a lot to give him and his brother Andrew a good life.

Sister Colette Moon loved living in Peru, where she taught English to children in a kindergarten.

But in her early thirties, she decided to follow her heart and joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Blessed Korean Martyrs. At first, her parents were shocked; however, they supported their daughter’s decision.

On the day of her final vows last year, she felt a sense of relief. “I thought, ‘I’m finally here.’ I thanked God for allowing me, giving me permission to be part of our congregation and to be part of his service,” she said.

Her life as a nun was fulfilling. Through the sisters, she has lived in several countries, helping to spread the gospel, including Mexico, Peru and her native South Korea. Here in the United States, she served in California and Texas before coming to the Diocese of Brooklyn.

In February, Sister Colette was appointed Director of Religious Education at Saint-Robert. “I love children. And I’m so grateful to be able to be part of their faith journey,” she said.

Last year, there were 75 children in the religious education program. It is not yet known how many they will have this year because parents are still in the process of registering their children.

St. Robert’s has a large Korean population and Sister Colette enjoys serving as a bridge between the English-speaking and Korean communities in the parish.

Meanwhile, his own education is not complete. The diocese requires directors of religious education to hold a master’s degree in theology. Sister Colette will continue her master’s degree by taking online courses at the Franciscan University.

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Salman Rushdie was a seer, presaging our age of violent religious extremism https://waterlooband.net/salman-rushdie-was-a-seer-presaging-our-age-of-violent-religious-extremism/ Mon, 15 Aug 2022 18:13:32 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/salman-rushdie-was-a-seer-presaging-our-age-of-violent-religious-extremism/ Salman Rushdiethe novel midnight children, published in 1981, was conceived as the story of an era – the era of a free India, told by a man who was born at the very moment (August 15, 1947, midnight – 75 years ago today today) where India gained independence from Britain. The novel, Rushdie’s second, was […]]]>

Salman Rushdiethe novel midnight children, published in 1981, was conceived as the story of an era – the era of a free India, told by a man who was born at the very moment (August 15, 1947, midnight – 75 years ago today today) where India gained independence from Britain. The novel, Rushdie’s second, was a breakthrough in his career and in writing in English: he received the Booker Prize, the most prestigious book prize in the United Kingdom, then, in 2008, the Best of the Booker, acknowledging it as the most notable. novel ever to get the prize.

But the fourth and best-known of Rushdie’s novels turned out, alas, to have defined an era: satanic verses (1988), a grandiose and extraordinarily ambitious novel featuring the story of two Indian Muslim immigrants in London alongside stories rooted in early Islamic history, with episodes in both narratives turning on sinister and prescient acts of violence provoked by religion.

Our times are marked by violence involving religion, even in – or especially in – supposedly secular societies. This era began with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s Islamist revolution in Iran in 1979 (and the hampered US response to Iran’s kidnapping of American hostages) and extends to the present day. – with the destruction of the World Trade Center by Islamist terrorists on September 11, 2001, at its center. The events constitute a horrifying timeline of fanatical atrocities across the religious spectrum. Iranian pilgrims and Saudi police clash in Mecca. The bombing of abortion clinics and the killing of health care providers. The FBI engages in a deadly shootout with end-times-obsessed Christians at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas. Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by a Jewish extremist in Tel Aviv. Al-Qaeda and ISIS are gathering forces for a holy war against the so-called godless West. Mosques under siege in India. A gunman filled with rage murdering worshipers in a black church in Charleston; a gunman filled with rage murdering worshipers in a Pittsburgh synagogue. Islamist fanatics throw an office Christmas party in San Bernardino, behead Coptic Christians in Libya and mindlessly murder across Europe: a filmmaker in Amsterdam, cartoonists in Paris, Catholic worshipers in Nice, a priest celebrating the Mass in Normandy. And so on. Our time is marked – some would say summarized – by acts of violence committed in the name of God or committed by one type of believer against others.

Salman Rushdie witnessed all of this. He grasped the phenomenon very early on. He dramatized it in a work of genius, making it a central character in satanic verses, a Gibreel Farishta, an actor who is tormented inwardly by the loss of his Muslim faith, the torment taking the form of an inability to sleep – and gripping scenarios of belief and disbelief that invade his dreams. Then, suddenly, Rushdie himself was a virtual victim, since Khomeini (whom the author had imaginatively referred to as “the imam” in the book) issued a death threat against him soon after the novel’s publication: the February 14, 1989. The ‘fatwa’ urged Muslims to kill Rushdie and offered a multi-million dollar bounty and the promise of a prized place in the afterlife.

Khomeini’s externalized death threat led Rushdie to live in secrecy for years, a man with “no fixed address” and a major security detail, persevering as a writer even as efforts were made to kill him. even though he was ridiculed by other authors, politicians, and religious traditionalists of all persuasions. Khomeini died less than six months after issuing the death threat, but the fatwa remained for decades, and his successor, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ominously stated that “the arrow … will one day reach its target”.

Now, a third of a century later, Rushdie has fallen victim again. As I write, he is lying in a hospital bed in Erie, Pennsylvania, having possibly lost the sight of one eye and sustained injuries to his arm, chest, thigh, stomach and liver. Fortunately, he is not a martyr: he is alive and able to speak. On the contrary, he is both a seer and a sufferer of the age in which we find ourselves.

Rushdie was attacked: The word – garbled in recent years by countless reports of provocative politicians “attacking” each other – is an accurate description of the act in which a masked man strode onto the scene of the Chautauqua settlement in upstate New York. York, where Rushdie was about to speak, and stabbed and beaten Rushdie again and again. The assailant was restrained and pulled away from Rushdie, who was bleeding profusely. The identity of the suspect: Hadi Matar, 24, from New Jersey. Although Matar’s motives are unknown, it is clear that he wanted to kill Rushdie, not just hurt him. (And he was charged with attempted second-degree murder. A public defender pleaded not guilty on behalf of his client at an arraignment on Saturday.) And it was an unprecedented attack, similar to the stabbing murder of the Japanese translator. of satanic verses, the stabbing of the novel’s Italian translator and the stabbing of Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, who had spoken out against Rushdie’s wickedness by Muslims. Matar may know satanic verses only by crude paraphrase, if at all. But it’s likely, through his frenzied actions, that he’s quite familiar with the history of violence against the book – a history he’s now joined.

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(Not So) Grassroots Religious Charities https://waterlooband.net/not-so-grassroots-religious-charities/ Mon, 15 Aug 2022 01:39:00 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/not-so-grassroots-religious-charities/ Should any of the organizations listed as religious-based charities provide reports to the ACNC? Phil Saj unpacks the argument they should. The release of the Charities Report 2020 again raises interesting questions about the charity category – Basic Religious Charity (BRC) – and whether or not some of the organizations in this category might actually […]]]>

Should any of the organizations listed as religious-based charities provide reports to the ACNC? Phil Saj unpacks the argument they should.

The release of the Charities Report 2020 again raises interesting questions about the charity category – Basic Religious Charity (BRC) – and whether or not some of the organizations in this category might actually provide reports to the ACNC.

At issue is whether the application of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Act 2012 (the Act) in relation to the BRCs not only complies with the letter of the Act, but the purported intention of the legislators ; since small unincorporated religious communities with limited resources and not engaged in significant economic activities, should not be unduly burdened with reporting requirements.

The BRC category is clearly defined in section 205.35 of the Act. Charities that meet the six criteria set out in this article receive relief that is not available to other charities. Specifically, BRCs are not required to report financial information; are not required to comply with the governance standards of the Act; and are not subject to the Act’s powers of dismissal and suspension that apply to breaches of the Act or corporate governance standards. BRCs are required to report to the ACNC only basic descriptive information about their activities in an Annual Information Statement (AIS).

However, a considerable number of charities, which have been accepted by the charity regulator as BRCs, are engaged in significant economic activity and/or major public policy debates. They also have resources at their disposal that would enable them to easily meet the reporting requirements imposed under the Act on charities of comparable size that are not classified as BRCs.

Three examples, which were selected using a purposive sampling methodology, illustrate this anomaly.

1: The Anglican Investment and Development Fund

The Anglican Investment and Development Fund (AIDF) is one of several BRCs that provide financial services similar to those of credit unions or banks, but with the explicit purpose of funding church-related projects. On its “about us” page, the AIDF states that it “receives funds from investors and makes loans to parishes and other diocesan agencies (e.g. schools) for building or building projects. ‘other capital works’ (www.aidf.com.au). In addition, we are told that “the AIDF provides no-fee accounts, including access (current accounts) and term investments paying consistently very competitive interest rates”; and that it “offers secure ‘online transaction services’ functionality, including BPay, MYOB, Banklink (accounting), Cemtex (professional payrolls) and third-party payment functionality” (www.aidf.com.au).

Although the AIDF only provides the ACNC with an AIS, in which it states its activities and results as “benefiting the whole community of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn by providing income from the annual surplus”, it provides full audited financial statements on its website, presumably because of the business imperative to attract lenders. In 2020, the AIDF reported revenues of nearly $4 million, operating income of over $1.7 million, total assets of over $10 million, and investor funds of over $90 million.

2: The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference

The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference is the vehicle through which Australian Catholic bishops address issues of national importance, including education, family life and social justice. The conference meets twice a year and has a permanent secretariat which carries out the decisions of the conference and implements its policies. It is a modern and sophisticated organization with a workforce of thirty-nine (FTE) and dedicated finance and information technology functions. In 2020, the conference published (for the first time) an annual report containing a full summary of its activities and a single line revealing that its revenue for the previous twelve months was over $11 million. This annual report, the conference acknowledged, was produced in response to recommendations from the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse regarding transparency and accountability.

3: Australian Christian Churches

Australian Christian Churches (ACC) is the national association of Pentecostal churches in Australia. It describes its activities and results in its AIS 2020 as “a movement of Pentecostal churches in voluntary cooperation…for the purpose of supporting each other and spreading the Gospel in Australia and around the world”. On its website, the ACC states that it undertakes this work through eight expanded ministries. One of these ministries is ACS Financial, a company that provides financial services, such as insurance, loans, investments and risk management to churches, schools and ministries (www.acsfinancial.com.au/about-us/). ACS Financial Services is owned by ACC Directorate Limited, which in turn is owned by ACC. In 2020, ACCD Directorate Ltd reported total assets of over $34 million and liabilities for debentures issued of over $33 million. Another ACC ministry is Alpahcrucis University College, which offers courses in business, theology, social sciences, and music. Alphacrucis operates through a limited liability company wholly owned by ACC. In 2020, Alphacrucis reported revenues of over $25 million and net assets of over $37 million.

A charity may be classified as a BRC but may undertake significant economic activities and/or engage broadly with the Australian community, not only on religious matters, but also on educational and social matters. It can have significant resources. Obviously, such an organization would not be required to report to ACNC in the same way as other charities of comparable size.

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Religious tourism returns to Defe Dopota https://waterlooband.net/religious-tourism-returns-to-defe-dopota/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 22:36:41 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/religious-tourism-returns-to-defe-dopota/ the herald Patrick Chitumba –Head of Midlands Office LOCATED southwest of the center of Gokwe and bordering the Chirisa Game Park, Defe Dopota has become synonymous with the month of August with the arrival of pilgrims commemorating the death of ZCC founder Reverend Samuel Mutendi in 1976. Every year in August the usually laid back […]]]>

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Patrick Chitumba –Head of Midlands Office

LOCATED southwest of the center of Gokwe and bordering the Chirisa Game Park, Defe Dopota has become synonymous with the month of August with the arrival of pilgrims commemorating the death of ZCC founder Reverend Samuel Mutendi in 1976.

Every year in August the usually laid back neighborhood rises like a phoenix and last Sunday people came from near and far.

Pilgrims from Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Eswatini and Angola were represented.

Even President Mnangagwa, who also found himself in Defe Dopota after being invited as a guest of honor, was impressed by the sea of ​​blue, white, green, red and khaki colors of the elegantly dressed ZCC pilgrims gathered to the shrine for their annual pilgrimage.

As if to make up for the past two years when ZCC pilgrims failed to congregate due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, more than 100,000 pilgrims thronged the shrine on Sunday.

President Mnangagwa was accompanied by First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, Vice President Costantino Chiwenga and his wife, Mrs. Miniyothabo Chiwenga, among other senior government officials.

During his speech as guest of honor, President Mnangagwa even expressed his astonishment at the crowd in front of him.

“There are a lot of people gathered here today, any direction I turn I can’t even see where the crowd stops. Several countries are represented there such as Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, the Kingdom of Eswatini and Angola. I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ,” he said amid thunderous ululations and whistles from church members.

Vice President Chiwenga, who is also Minister of Health and Childcare, noted that the multitude of church members was so huge that it made sense for the government to ban public gatherings during the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Founded in 1913, the church faced several challenges in its early years of conception, especially from the colonial establishment, which burned down a number of their schools for spreading “demonic spirituality”. .

For the past 46 years, every year July 20 has been commemorated by ZCC members as a very special day on the church calendar such as the day the founder, Reverend Samuel Mutendi, died at Defe Dopota in Gokwe South and was buried on July 24, 1976.

For many years, ZCC had commemorated the death of Rev. Mutendi on July 20 in Defe Dopota, but lately the church has moved the ceremony closer to the Heroes’ Day and Defense Forces Day commemorations in August to bring welcome workers and students as they take advantage of the long weekend.

For decades, ZCC members have traveled from across the country, Southern Africa and overseas to Defe Dopota every year for a special annual gathering at the shrine.

After turning left from the Gokwe Center-Chiteketa highway, a motorist travels about 15 km on a smooth dusty road to the Defe shrine.

The dusty road is well maintained to such an extent that the only noticeable difference to a motorist driving on the paved road is the cloud of dust that swirls around when driving on the smooth surface, making it easier for church members , even those with small vehicles. go to the shrine.

Last week, hundreds of buses and light vehicles of all shapes and sizes invaded Defe Dopota from all corners of the country and region.

The numbers rose on Sunday, a special Sunday for the church honored by President Mnangagwa.

Pedestrians from all over the country arrived earlier than motorists and there was a carnival atmosphere at the shrine.

Some members were housed in church lodges and guesthouses, others slept in their cars while thousands pitched tents in and around the sanctuary.

This annual event has grown so much that some who attend are curious visitors and traders who profit from the bustling business of the pilgrims every year.

Music was provided by the ZCC Dopota Marching Band and parish choral groups across the country and region.

ZCC leader Bishop Dr Nehemiah Mutendi said the church is growing by leaps and bounds every year.

Defe will forever remain one of the most popular religious heritage and Zionist pilgrimage destinations in this country and region.

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Have religious feelings become fragile or is there more? https://waterlooband.net/have-religious-feelings-become-fragile-or-is-there-more/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 03:15:00 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/have-religious-feelings-become-fragile-or-is-there-more/ Have the religious feelings of the people of this country become too weak and are they hurt by every little or big thing? Or have we started to look at an artist only through the prism of his religion? The next film by actor Aamir Khan, Laal Singh Chaddha, is the latest to be targeted […]]]>

Have the religious feelings of the people of this country become too weak and are they hurt by every little or big thing? Or have we started to look at an artist only through the prism of his religion?

The next film by actor Aamir Khan, Laal Singh Chaddha, is the latest to be targeted by some people who have launched a campaign on social media, calling for his boycott, with hashtags like #boycottlaalsinghchaddha or #boycottaamirkhan.

All because back in 2015, the actor had in an interview expressed the apprehensions of his then wife, Kiran Rao, in the face of the rise of religious polarization in the country. It had snowballed into an orchestrated controversy that even led to the actor being kicked out of a few ads as a brand ambassador. Even his films were not allowed to be screened in certain cities by Hindutva outfits.

This time, to prevent his film from being targeted again, Aamir Khan started by playing it safe. According to a report in Scroll.in, he said, “I really love India… That’s how I am,” adding, “It’s kind of unfortunate if some people feel that way. I want to assure everyone that this is not the case, so please don’t boycott my movies, please watch my movies.

The popular actor, who has many fans, has received a lot of support from people who have spoken up to defend him on social media.

It is not the first time that an artist or a film has come up against the opposition of a section in our country.

Feelings are a subjective matter. So who decides when and what feelings are hurt? Or is it another way to stir up communitarianism and hide behind “hurt religious feelings”? The country has seen how a “Hate Palace” has been built in the country over the past few years.

In 2015, the famous Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali had to cancel his concert due to Shiv Sena protests in Mumbai.

In 2017, Kailash Vijayvargiya, a leader of Madhya Pradesh’s ruling Bharatiya Janata (BJP) party and national general secretary of the party, called on people to oppose actor Shahrukh Khan and not watch his film, Raees.

In 2018, due to opposition from Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of BJP and some other right-wing organizations did not allow acclaimed actor Naseeruddin Shah to inaugurate the Ajmer Literature Festival.

Recently, International Booker Prize winner Geetanjali Shree faced similar opposition in a an event in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh. A complaint was filed against her and the organizers, alleging certain “reprehensible” remarks, after which the writer withdrew from the show.

Recently, a nude photo of actor Ranveer Singh also hurt the feelings of “some” people.

Over the years and across the world, when we talk about art, we see an artist as an artist/creator, regardless of religion, caste, language, gender, class or race. region.

But currently in India, an artist’s religious beliefs are being targeted by a section of the population under the pretext of “hurt feelings”.

And in this game of “hurt feelings,” the ruling BJP and its leaders are adopting double standards. For example, a recent movie, The Kashmir Files, which depicted hatred towards people from a particular community and was used by the right to inflame communal tensions, was promoted by both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. The film was even zero-rated in many BJP-ruled states.

The Minister of the Interior urged people to watch the film to see how atrocities and terror gripped the Kashmir Valley “during the reign of Congress, even though the film actually depicts events that began when a government led by the BJP was in power in the Center.

According to a NDTV report, endorsing the film, the Prime Minister said that these films “reveal the truth” and

Claimed there was a “conspiracy” to discredit him. Speaking at the BJP parliamentary party meeting in Delhi, Modi also slammed the film’s critics saying, “The whole never (gang) who raised the free speech flag has been furious for 5-6 days. Instead of critiquing the film based on fact and art, there’s a plot to discredit it.”

While it has become a trend these days for “religious feelings to be hurt” in order to either harass a film or an actor and polarize the country, a new phenomenon is that politicians are promoting certain films. and actors hosting “apolitical“Interviews with politicians.

Incidentally, “hurt feelings” aren’t just one-sided. Recently, singer Farmani Naaz came under heavy criticism from a Muslim cleric, who claimed her work was “un-Islamic”, claiming that “singing and dancing are forbidden in Islam”, according to a report published in First post.

“It is forbidden in Islam. Muslims should abstain from anything that is forbidden. The song sung by the woman (Farmani Naaz) is not allowed, it is forbidden. She should abstain,” said the cleric.

In 2017 there was a fatwa against the Assamese singer Nahid Afrin and in 2005 the Indian tennis champion Sania Mirza also faced issues regarding his sportswear.

All these incidents show how part of the population has started to look at art and artists through the prism of religion, thus adding more fuel to the fire of communal polarization in the country.

Every day we hear about incidents of violence against a particular community, the saffronization of education, the sealing off of a school in Kanpur for organizing multi-religious prayers, including an Islamic prayer, cow vigilantes attacking people, among other such violence.

According to a Reuters report, 28 Indians – including 24 Muslims – have been killed and 124 injured since 2010 in cow-related violence.

In such a community-polarized scenario, calls for boycotts of films, books, actors, artists, etc. are they just a matter of “hurt feelings” or is there some sinister purpose behind it all?

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Horoscope Today, August 6: Aries will engage in religious activities, Taurus to make profit https://waterlooband.net/horoscope-today-august-6-aries-will-engage-in-religious-activities-taurus-to-make-profit/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 23:45:01 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/horoscope-today-august-6-aries-will-engage-in-religious-activities-taurus-to-make-profit/ Image source: INDIA TV Horoscope Today, August 6: Know how your day will be Daily horoscope August 6: Saturday is Navami date of Sawan Shukla Paksha and Navami date of Sawan. The Navami Tithi will cross all day and stay until 2:11 late at night. Today Shukla Yoga will stay until 12:42 p.m. and Visakha […]]]>
Image source: INDIA TV Horoscope Today, August 6: Know how your day will be

Daily horoscope August 6: Saturday is Navami date of Sawan Shukla Paksha and Navami date of Sawan. The Navami Tithi will cross all day and stay until 2:11 late at night. Today Shukla Yoga will stay until 12:42 p.m. and Visakha Nakshatra will stay until 5:52 p.m. Know from Acharya Indu Prakash how your day will be based on the zodiac sign and by what steps you can improve it.

Ram

Today is going to be your best. Today your interest in religious works will increase. The ongoing break in married life will end today, you will start a new relationship with your spouse. There will be a salary increase for people associated with the medical field. Will complete office pending work for several days on time. Today you will get relief from health related problems. The lovers will go to lunch today. YouTube bloggers may have the chance to promote a product today.

Bull

Today your day will start well. Real estate dealers will make good profits from any big deal. Today you need to speak thoughtfully to others. Harmony in the spouse will further increase. Students will decide to take a course today. Today it is necessary to pay attention to the health of your father. Strengthen your bank balance by eliminating unnecessary expenses. The coming hurdles to the transfer of teachers from the government will end today, the transfer will be at your preferred location.

Gemini

Today is going to be a good day for you. In business you will meet experienced people, they will get business related information. The mother will fully support her children in any decision. Misunderstandings that occur in family relationships will be removed today, and sweetness will increase in your relationship. Students can go out somewhere on a school trip today. Today your house will be full of happiness. People troubled with the problem of asthma will get a lot of relief today.

Cancer

Today is going to be a big day for you. Will be eager to start a new business today. Today, you can decide to renovate your house. People troubled by stomach problems in the past will find relief today. Security department officials will be attending a meeting today. Today you can decide to go out somewhere. People associated with politics will meet new people today. Today, you have to be careful at the wheel.

Leo

Today your day will be profitable. There will be more demand for a product from people who make steel. Friendship will stay in harmony with each other. Buying an expensive product can strain your bank balance. Today, students will again and again pose a topic to teachers. Advice from Elders in the workplace will benefit you. You will also promote your product on social media. Today your health will be good.

Virgin

Today is going to be a big day for you. With the arrival of an interesting person in the house, the family atmosphere will be pleasant. You might have a headache today because you are busy. Today you must be independent and follow your decision. Today you will prepare your life partner’s favorite dish, which will make him happy. Today, you can get tangled up in some office work. People associated with politics can attend a rally today.

Balance

You will have a wonderful day today. Today you may need to meet with a high official regarding some work. People who are in the musical instrument business will make a good profit. Your social media followers will increase. The boss will consider a promotion because of your presence of mind in the office. Today, give medicines to the elders of the house on time and take care of their health. Students should study carefully today. Filmmakers can consider making a documentary today.

Scorpio

Today your day will bring you a new direction. The great success of the daughter of the house will create an atmosphere of enthusiasm in the family. Juniors and seniors can plan to play a college game today. Today you will make a fresh start. Today, you will be able to have your work done by others. Today you will have the opportunity to help someone in need. People troubled by knee related problems will get a lot of relief today. There will be sweetness in the relationship with the parents.

Sagittarius

Today, your day is going to be profitable. There will be an increase in sales from people working in electronic accessories. The children of the house must receive the blessing of the elders by going to school. Today you are going shopping. Those who have completed their studies will consider taking a new skills course. You can get a big deal in the office today. A friend will receive help to complete the pending job.

Capricorn

You will have a good day today. You can tell the thoughts of your mind to the elders, which will make you feel lighter. Strengthen your bank balance by cutting unnecessary expenses. Seeing the dedication to work, the boss will increase your salary. People will like your video on social media. People considering surgery will take a doctor’s advice today. There are chances that religious rituals take place in the family.

Aquarius

Today is going to be a big day for you. Students should continue to study old chapters. The income of people who trade in clothes will increase. Don’t get into office fights today, it can cause problems in your work. Today your knowledge will increase with new people in the field of work. Today your health is going to be in good shape.

Pisces

Today is going to be a happy day for you. People associated with the stock market can make good profits today. Today you will get support from parents in some work. People who do plastic work will have a good sale. People associated with the software company will have the chance to work on a new target today. Today, office workers can go home to sign important papers. Today you will find happiness in the little things.

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Boston City Hall flies religious flag following Supreme Court ruling https://waterlooband.net/boston-city-hall-flies-religious-flag-following-supreme-court-ruling/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 13:57:04 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/boston-city-hall-flies-religious-flag-following-supreme-court-ruling/ NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! The Christian flag that has become the center of a free speech legal battle that has gone all the way to the Supreme Court was hoisted – briefly – in front of Boston City Hall on Wednesday to cheers and shouts. songs of praise. The flag raising […]]]>

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The Christian flag that has become the center of a free speech legal battle that has gone all the way to the Supreme Court was hoisted – briefly – in front of Boston City Hall on Wednesday to cheers and shouts. songs of praise.

The flag raising took place about three months after the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, ruled that the city had discriminated against Harold Shurtleff and his group Camp Constitution because of his “point religious view” when she denied him permission to fly the banner in City Hall Plaza on Constitution Day 2017.

“We are so happy for this day,” Shurtleff, a Boston native, said during a ceremony to raise the white flag, which has a red cross on a blue background in the upper left corner.

“We have a great Constitution and we have a wonderful First Amendment, but just like with muscles, if you don’t use them they get weak,” he said. “When I got the denial email from the city, and it said separation of church and state, I knew we had a case.”

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There are three flagpoles outside City Hall that fly the flags of the United States, Massachusetts, and Boston. The city flag is sometimes removed and temporarily replaced with another one.

Between 2005 and 2017, the city approved 284 consecutive requests to fly flags, with no refusals before rejecting Shurtleff’s proposal, according to Liberty Counsel, which represented Shurtleff.

The only reason he was turned down was because the word “Christian” was on his application, and he was told to substitute the word if he wanted approval, Liberty Counsel founder and president Mat Staver said Wednesday. .

City Hall Plaza “allows people to represent their views and views without the government telling them they can’t,” said Jonathan Alexandre, Liberty Counsel’s senior counsel for government affairs. “And if they open it up to one group, they have to open it up to all the other groups.”

The flag was raised for about two hours on Wednesday before Camp Constitution removed it, the city and Liberty Counsel confirmed.

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The Christian flag that became the center of a legal battle over free speech that went all the way to the Supreme Court was briefly hoisted in front of Boston City Hall on Wednesday to cheers and chants of praise.
(Stuart Cahill/The Boston Herald via AP)

The Supreme Court case focused on whether the flag raisings were an act of government or private parties.

“Boston did not make the raising and waving of private group flags a form of government speech,” the court wrote in the ruling. “That, in turn, means Boston’s refusal to let Shurtleff and Camp Constitution raise their flag based on his religious views” has curtailed their First Amendment free speech rights.

The city had no written policies or clear internal guidelines on raising the flag, Liberty Counsel said.

That could soon change. Three city councilors, with the support of Mayor Michelle Wu, filed an order on Tuesday to update the flag-raising process.

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“Under the new process, a resolution from city council or a proclamation from the mayor will be required for a flag to be raised,” they said in a statement. “The proposed ordinance will allow the city to continue celebrating the flag raising while complying with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the city’s previous process, which clarified the required affirmative role of government of the city to maintain the flagpole as a site of expression of the values ​​and ideals of the city.”

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Can I love someone like me? | religious life https://waterlooband.net/can-i-love-someone-like-me-religious-life/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 19:52:00 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/can-i-love-someone-like-me-religious-life/ After the Holocaust, a survivor reunited with the fellow survivor who gave him new boots in the ghetto, allowing him to survive. He brought with him the worn pair of boots. Upon seeing the boots, the savior beckoned his guest over to see the centerpiece of his china cabinet, a pair of worn boots. He […]]]>

After the Holocaust, a survivor reunited with the fellow survivor who gave him new boots in the ghetto, allowing him to survive. He brought with him the worn pair of boots. Upon seeing the boots, the savior beckoned his guest over to see the centerpiece of his china cabinet, a pair of worn boots. He told his guest please keep your boots on I have my own reminder of times. The story behind the boots is the fascinating story of a suffering Jew in hellish times, recognizing that his mate needed him more than he did. You see, our survivors knew and recognized that the mitzvah that had taken place was the epitome of “V’Ahavta l’rayacha kamocha” — loving another Jew as oneself.

In the tractate Taanit, the mishna declares Mishenichnas Av, mimaatin besimcha. When the month of Av arrives, we decrease in joy. During the three weeks, and especially the nine days, there is a custom of not listening to live music, not having a haircut, delaying trials and during the last nine days, avoiding wine and meat.

One of the main mitzvot or tasks that guide us is Ivdu and HaShem besimcha – to serve Gd with joy. One who is passionate about life, especially when he is done with the ease and lightness brought by true internalized joy, is able to better dedicate and channel his actions and avoid burnout and mitzvahs. by heart.

The Talmud in the Yoma tractate page 9b records that the destruction of the Second Temple, in whose exile we now find ourselves, was destroyed due to baseless hatred.

Among the many actions the rabbis encouraged to bring about the era of Mashiach and the eternal Third Beit Hamikdash are increasing our baseless love for another and studying the laws of the temple. . The increased emphasis on loving another is a direct solution to the baseless hatred that was the cause of the destruction, and studying the laws of the temple shows our desire for its rebuilding.

When it comes to loving another Jew, the Torah uses the word kamocha, as oneself. Literally, this would mean that our love for each other should be just like the love we have for ourselves. Such love seems to be a very difficult if not unattainable level. Self-love is so powerful. It can even blind us to realities that we see and know to be untrue and it can create very compelling reasoning and narratives that are contrary to our usual beliefs and practices. Some would say it’s written “like yourself”, meaning as close as possible, but we don’t expect another’s love to reach the same level as our love- own.

The Chabad Rebbe often led farbrengens and other public gatherings in honor of auspicious occasions and Shabbat afternoons, where he shared ideas on various Jewish topics and the weekly Torah portion. Some of these sichot-talks were edited for printing in Israeli newspapers. In one of these edited messages, the Rebbe specifically addressed this question of how can one reach the level of loving another “kamocha” as oneself. The Rebbe instructed us not to focus on our material physical body and ourselves, but rather to focus on our true core, our divine essence. The essence of every Jew is our divine spark, our “Neshama”, which is a piece of divinity. As such, if we focus on our essence and core and on the essence and core of our neighbor, we will realize that we are one and the same, all part of Gd. Focusing on our common essence allows us to not be sucked into the material and physical differences we might have and instead focus on what we share. Not to treat another Jew with the good Ahavat Yisrael is then an affront to God and to our common essence as well. To hate a fellow Jew would be to hate my own essence, and our divine source.

This message can also be found in the mishna of the treatise Taanit quoted above. If we dig a little deeper into the exact wording of the mishna and move the pause – the comma in the text – we can find this same message about how to love another Jew, how to go about a love without foundation.

Mishenichnas Av: when the month of Av enters.

Mimaatin: we make ourselves smaller, that is, we recognize that we are among the many entrusted with Torah and mitzvot to create a home for Gd in the chaotic world. And, we make room for another, for another Jew, another part of Gd.

Besimcha: and this is done through joy.

Through our joy of being part of Gd, we will increase our baseless love and be the catalysts for the coming of Moshiach and the building of the eternal Third Beit Hamikdash, be it immediately now. Amen. jn

Rabbi Dov Levertov is director of the Chabad of Phoenix.

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A Look at How Religious Music Aimed at the Masses https://waterlooband.net/a-look-at-how-religious-music-aimed-at-the-masses/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 15:34:42 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/a-look-at-how-religious-music-aimed-at-the-masses/ In my last article, I discussed several sources of mass-produced music in the form of magazines and other periodical issues. They were affordable and put a lot of music into individual hands. Today we are going to consider other music for the masses. Those who belong to the Jewish and Christian traditions are familiar with […]]]>

In my last article, I discussed several sources of mass-produced music in the form of magazines and other periodical issues. They were affordable and put a lot of music into individual hands.

Today we are going to consider other music for the masses.

Those who belong to the Jewish and Christian traditions are familiar with the collection of prayers/songs of both religions, the book of Psalms. These prayers and songs were useful for collective and personal devotion. Many of them were attached to memory to remember at various times in life.

Many of us in the older generation can still recite psalms like “The Lord is my Shepherd” or “All that dwell on the earth” in one translation or another that we had memorized in our youth. There are many settings of the psalms by many composers, from ancient to modern times.

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Glimmerglass double bill features themes of religious zeal, spiritual service https://waterlooband.net/glimmerglass-double-bill-features-themes-of-religious-zeal-spiritual-service/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 16:56:36 +0000 https://waterlooband.net/glimmerglass-double-bill-features-themes-of-religious-zeal-spiritual-service/ COOPERSTOWN — Religious zeal and spiritual service are the intertwined themes of new operas in the double bill which opened Friday night at the Glimmerglass Festival. First came “Taking Up Serpents,” a charged and bitter tale of Pentecostal fury and family strife, written by composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist Jerre Dye. It was followed by […]]]>

COOPERSTOWN — Religious zeal and spiritual service are the intertwined themes of new operas in the double bill which opened Friday night at the Glimmerglass Festival.

First came “Taking Up Serpents,” a charged and bitter tale of Pentecostal fury and family strife, written by composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist Jerre Dye. It was followed by “Holy Ground”, a melodious, rather charming but often hazy story of a few clever angels and reluctant saints, with music by Damien Geter and libretto by Lila Palmer.

In “Snakes,” soprano Mary-Hollis Hundley plays the hurt and ailing adult daughter of a righteous and abusive preacher played with outrageous fury by baritone Michael Mayes. A third principal is the conflicted and possibly disturbed mother, sung by mezzo Jacquelyn Matava. It’s a tortured story that’s mostly seen through flashbacks and doesn’t end well.

As in “A Strange Loop,” the hit Broadway musical, the hateful religious fervor continues to such extremes that all signs of healing and redemption are lost. Likewise, the relentless flow of words and music in the opera never settles enough for much insight or emotional reaction to settle.

“Holy Ground” begins somewhere in the business administration wing of heaven. A quintet of lollygagging angels are at their wit’s end in their fruitless efforts to find a woman good and docile enough to give birth to the next messiah. Sweet-voiced tenor Jonathan Pierce Rhodes pays a few visits to curious young Mary, sung with sincerity by soprano Jasmine Habersham.

But first the magistrate, the angular baritone Joseph Goodale, must negotiate a contract on behalf of his renowned but absentee client. On hand for much of this is Mary’s mother, played by soprano Alyson Cambridge, whose voice sounded like a big hug.

Geter’s music is flexible and beautifully orchestrated for chamber orchestra. Some scenes go a little too long and it’s not always clear what the Earth-to-sky shuttles’ true purpose is, but there are nice touches of humor and a sweet attitude throughout.

Both works were directed by Chloe Treat and directed by Lidiya Yankovskaya, who each made the most of what they had to work with. Trevor Bowen’s costumes were utilitarian and polyester for “Snakes” and ceremonial and silk for “Holy Ground.” There were no wings on these angels.

Joseph Dalton is a freelance writer based in Troy.

opera review

“Taking Snakes” (Sankaram/Dye)

“Holy Ground” (Geter/Palmer)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Glass Glow Festival

Duration: Two hours 30 minutes; an intermission


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