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Thursday, December 30, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Fifty thousand is a big number, a number not ever in our thoughts when the FSAOF blog was created just four years ago. In fact we didn't count or profile our visitors until into our 6th month of existence. We've also upgraded our counter several times and consequently lost ALL earlier statistics.
More than 50,000 of you have helped us reach this milestone with more than 5,000 pages read per month. As we celebrate we are mindful that the initiative was God's, recognizing the need for a support forum for His servants, and to those who have contributed through sharing articles and comments we say thank you.
God bless the FSAOF and all who visit the blog and support our fellowship.
Friday, December 24, 2010
by Elad Benari
It seems as though in Austria, the popular yodel is an insult to Muslims.
An Austrian court has recently fined a citizen for yodeling while mowing his lawn, according to a report in The Kronen Zeitung newspaper.
The citizen, 63-year-old Helmut G., was told by the court that his yodeling offended his next-door Muslim neighbors, who accused him of trying to mock and imitate the call of the Muezzin.
In Muslim tradition, the Muezzin is the chosen person at a mosque who leads the call to prayer at Friday services and the five daily times for prayer from one of the mosque's minarets.
The yodel is a song which is sung with an extended note which rapidly and repeatedly changes in pitch and makes a high-low-high-low sound. Developed in the Central Alps as a method of communication between alpine mountaineers or between alpine villages, the yodel later became part of the region's traditional lore and musical expression. The technique is used in many cultures throughout the world and Austria is one of the countries where it is most popular.
Unfortunately for Helmut G., his neighbors were in the middle of a prayer when he started to yodel. The Kronen Zeitung reported that he was fined 800 Euros after judges ruled that he could have tried to offend his neighbors and ridicule their belief.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
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FOR the first time in its 82-year history The Salvation Army’s High Council will have more female members than males.
The 17th High Council convenes on Friday 21 January 2011 at Sunbury Court, United Kingdom, to elect the 19th General of The Salvation Army in succession to General Shaw Clifton who will retire at midnight on 1 April 2011. This will also be the largest-ever High Council with 109 members – 59 women and 50 men.
The Chief of the Staff, Commissioner Barry C. Swanson, issued summonses on 1 December 2010 to those Salvation Army leaders who qualified for membership. All active commissioners, territorial commanders and territorial presidents for women’s ministries were summoned. There will be 83 commissioners and 26 colonels present.
Council members will also meet at Sunbury Court from Tuesday 18 January until Thursday 20 January for a plenary session of the General’s Consultative Council led by General Clifton.
A public welcome to the High Council takes place on Saturday 22 January at 4 pm in the Nine Kings Suite of the Lancaster London Hotel, Hyde Park. This gathering will incorporate a Retirement Salute to General Shaw Clifton and Commissioner Helen Clifton.
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Thursday, November 25, 2010
"Let me take this opportunity to say that I hope and pray we will continue to make progress in the way we treat and think about officer colleagues who relinquish officership. Trials come. Some are unavoidable. It is not for us to stigmatise any colleague."
Shaw Clifton General
The Officer; Spring, 2009
An update on ‘Sensitive Statistics’ was shared in The Officer, November-December, 2010. In addition to the actual loss in the number of officers, the statistics were listed in a dozen or so categories. The categorization, while providing a general overview, falls far short of the FSAOF survey results shared some months ago in our blog site. Many in SA leadership at TC, CS, DC levels are familiar with our fellowship. It seems logical that our stats, gathered directly and privately from former officers would have been included in “the latest information” discussed in the International Management Council.
No reference was made in the article relative to stemming the tide of attrition, except to say that other churches suffer ‘far steeper losses’,
As in his first article 18 months ago, the General encourages Cadets, Officers, retired and active, to ‘bring the information I have shared with you to the Lord in prayer as you read. Each statistic is in fact a valued person whom the Lord loves beyond measure. Let us remember the children of our colleagues’.
He also writes; ‘Every loss causes us sorrow. Each one is a sadness to us all.’
I don’t believe any in our fellowship doubts the General’s genuine concern. However, one would be hard pressed to see evidence of his earlier challenge and encouragement that we; “continue to make progress in the way we treat and think about officer colleagues who relinquish officership.”
Some months ago an approach was made to IHQ seeking dialogue in order to effect a more uniform, compassionate and consistent program of pre and post resignation care. We were informed that such concern ought to be addressed to individual territories or commands. Many perceived this IHQ dismissal as nothing more than their ignoring what they must have deemed inconsequential and a nuisance. We believe that to ensure an across borders effective program of care we need more than just warm words from HQ’s side. Merely seeking a prayerful approach is not enough to bring about change. It’s a matter of shared aims and values replicated in every country ‘round the world. What is needed is an irresistible momentum for change articulated and issued as instructions about exactly what the expectations ought to be.
Our intention is not embarrass or critique the army. A brief perusal of our poll results highlights time and again that we hold TSA in the very highest esteem. Nonetheless we believe some simple facts will reveal the scale of the problem. Almost 400 former officers are of the opinion that a paradigm of care (agreement) needs to be brought within the frame of the global SA governance, not just the patchwork of local parochial rules and regulations.
Such an agreement would place duties and regulations guaranteeing rights and privileges for officers during and subsequent to the resignation process, and the expectation that TSA establish high ethical standards of social, labor and human rights behavior.
Many former and active officers deem TSA’s activities relating to ‘formers’ as nothing more than PR exercises designed to give the impression of an ethically conscious organization, without any real intent of change to corporate change in activities. The necessary action cannot be delivered through voluntary initiatives, even if recommended by the General. To date the voluntary approach has clearly failed. And perhaps a reminder is needed: what's deemed ethical in one Command can differ dramatically from a Command on the other side of the ocean. Ethics are culturally driven. What's needed is moral instructions on Christian care!
We challenge IHQ to demand a published annual performance report of accountability, a call for a convention on corporate accountability worldwide.
The online slide presentation that follows highlights our concerns and provides an insight to our activities and fellowship profile.
God bless The Salvation Army !