96 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Faith Fuller Seminary Receives $1 Million Grant From Lilly Endowment STAFF REPORT Published on Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 12:07 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Fuller Seminary has received a $1,000,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish The Online Adaptive Capacity Project.The project is funded through Lilly Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative with the aim to strengthen Christian congregations so they can help people deepen their relationships with God, build strong relationships with each other, and contribute to the flourishing of local communities and the world.Lilly Endowment is making nearly $93 million in grants through the initiative. The grants will support organizations as they work directly with congregations and help them gain clarity about their values and missions, explore and understand better the communities in which they serve, and draw upon their theological traditions as they adapt ministries to meet changing needs.Fuller Seminary is building this project upon insights learned from several efforts at the seminary. These include research documented in Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, by Dr. Tod Bolsinger, senior congregational strategist for the De Pree Center’s Church Leadership Initiative at Fuller Seminary; expertise developed through Fuller’s online formational education efforts; and the experience of numerous cohort leadership formation projects from our Leadership Formation Division Centers like Micah Groups, Growing Young Cohorts, The Road Ahead Groups, and Fuller Formation Groups.The Online Adaptive Capacity Project, designed to enhance the thriving of a wide range of congregations, is built on three fundamental convictions: 1) the need for ongoing growth in a leader’s adaptive capacity, 2) strong relationships are necessary for learning to lead change, and 3) the formative power of local contexts.The project will test the theory that online formation and training both privileges and disrupts local contexts and therefore offers an even more formative experience for leadership development than onsite learning. The online learning community will utilize different learning modalities, experienced coaches, and missional experiments to develop the adaptive capacity that leads to holistic, missional engagement and congregational change, and ultimately, greater congregational thriving.“Because of Lilly Endowment’s commitment to deep learning and congregational vitality, we have an opportunity to develop and test a process that could be made accessible and used by congregations around the world that would otherwise never be able to afford or access the kind of learning, coaching, research, and expertise that comes from a graduate institution,” said Tod Bolsinger, principal investigator of the project and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Church Leadership Initiative.Fuller Seminary is one of 92 organizations taking part in the initiative. They represent and serve churches in a broad spectrum of Christian traditions, including Anabaptist, Baptist, Episcopal, evangelical, Lutheran, Methodist, Mennonite, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Reformed, Restoration, Roman Catholic and Orthodox, as well as congregations that describe themselves as nondenominational. Several organizations serve congregations in Black, Hispanic and Asian-American traditions.“In the midst of a rapidly changing world, Christian congregations are grappling with how they can best carry forward their ministries,” said Christopher Coble, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for religion. “These grants will help congregations assess their ministries and draw on practices in their theological traditions to address new challenges and better nurture the spiritual vitality of the people they serve.”Lilly Endowment launched the Thriving Congregations Initiative in 2019 as part of its commitment to support efforts that enhance the vitality of Christian congregations.About Fuller SeminaryFuller Seminary provides professional, graduate-level education through its programs of theology, psychology, and intercultural studies. Through its main campus in Southern California, regional campuses, and online programs, Fuller serves more than 2,500 students from 80 countries and 110 denominations, offering five programs fully in the Korean language and three in Spanish. The seminary’s more than 45,000 living alumni from over 130 countries, the largest alumni base of any seminary, serve throughout the world as ministers, nonprofit organization and corporate leaders, therapists, counselors, teachers, and in many other vocations of service and leadership. For more information: www.Fuller.edu.About Lilly Endowment Inc.Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly & Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis and home state, Indiana. The principal aim of the Endowment’s grantmaking in religion is to deepen and enrich the lives of Christians in the United States, primarily by seeking out and supporting efforts that enhance the vitality of congregations and strengthen their pastoral and lay leadership. Your email address will not be published. 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NewsCommunityVal’s wonderful windows are a Limerick traditionBy Bernie English – December 3, 2018 3107 Val Holmes checking his handiwork at Brown Thomas.Photo: Cian ReinhardtIF THERE is an opposite to the Grinch who stole Christmas, it is Val Holmes.For 44 years, Val has been creating whimsical worlds of wonder to delight generations of children who have stood at the windows of Todds and now Brown Thomas, their eyes aglow, all words lost in a tumble of teddies, lights, fairies and snow scenes.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Val took up work as the store window dresser on December 16, 1974 and that has been his job ever since, the Christmas windows the highlight of his – and his team’s – year.This year will be his last window as he is retiring with every intention of travelling the world.“The year we did all the windows fully animated is the one I remember best,” Val tells the Limerick Post. “That was Christmas, ’79, the Year Of the Child. We usually had one animated window but people thought we were doing especially for that year but that was luck.“There was a great buzz about those windows. People come night and day to look at the Christmas windows because there’s something very special about the windows after dark and they just stand and look for ages”.Working in retail wasn’t originally his idea of an easy life, Val admits.“When I got the job and I was told that I would work Monday to Friday I thought all my birthdays had come together – no Saturdays. I was delighted. And I’ve loved every minute since – you couldn’t do this and not love it”.Val and the team are also responsible for all the other window displays during the year and the in-store displays. In the early days, planning for Christmas and the retail year started in April with a trip to London with the manager and merchandising manager to check out the big stores there for inspiration.Then it was on to Warrington, where many of the props for the coming year are bought, no doubt raising a few eyebrows at customs over hammer-wielding ailing and prancing reindeer.More lately, the travelling salespeople come to Dublin where Val and key members of staff from all of the Brown Thomas stores gather to lay plans for the year’s displays.Currently, the themes for the windows travel between the BT stores each year, with each store pulling their individual fashions and merchandise together in a Winter wonderland on the common theme.With no formal training whatever, Val’s eagle eye misses nothing.“You have to go outside and see what the public are seeing. There might be a mannequin posed the wrong way or something that isn’t quite in the right spot and needs to be moved. You just know when it’s right and when it’s not and you keep at it until it’s right”.Do things ever go wrong?Val admits there have been some bumps in the night.“You might come in and find a load of stuff has fallen down but the public never get to see that. The first job in the morning is to check the windows and the last job at night is to do a sweep and make sure everything is okay”.Another of Val’s favourite times are the sales.“At one stage, when it was Todds, the slogan was to wait for the real sale. And we would pile every window high with sale goods – household, fashion, you name it. They would queue from early morning for the 9am specials – it was like Black Friday in America long before that ever came here”.The father of two sons and a daughter and grandad to four boys and a girl is originally from Hyde Road in Prospect and has delighted in bringing his own family to see his handiwork at Christmas over the years.A spot of ill-health has seen Val off work in recent months but as well as being the man who puts Christmas front and centre in BTs he is is also the store ambassador, meeting and greeting customers during the Christmas period with a tilt of his top hat.“I’m looking forward to coming back for Christmas to do that – everyone knows me from the windows because at one time, there weren’t any blinds and people would wave to you when you were in the window getting a new display ready.“Now, being the ambassador as well is great. One woman asked me ‘are you the real Mr Brown Thomas?’Val is the longest-serving member of staff to hold the same position in the store. “Both my sisters worked here before me and we’re like a big family here in BTs,” he says.“I don’t think of myself as being in charge of windows – I’m part of a great team”.Val clearly has passion for his job, but does he have another passion, the Limerick Post wonders?“Rugby. What else?” Advertisement Print Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Twitter Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible Previous articleWATCH: Andrew Conway believes there is plenty more to comeNext articleWATCH: Dreams snippet – reaction to Nickie’s save against Cork Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. TAGSCommunityFestiveInterviewLimerick City Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Facebook Vicky calls for right to die with dignity New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention Email WhatsApp
Previous articleShane Lowry makes visit to Letterkenny and is targeting Ryder Cup in 2014Next articleConcern after homes burgled in Raphoe area over the weekend News Highland Update: ESB strike action averted after agreement reached at LRC talks ESB workers say they won’t proceed with strike action that would have left one in four homes in darkness.The announcement follows a breakthrough this evening in LRC talks between staff and management at the electricity supplier.ESB workers had set a deadline of Monday December 16th as the date that they would down tools, after a 1.6 billion Euro hole was discovered in their pension fund.In Donegal, both the hydroelectric power stations at Ballyshannon and Crolly were reported to be at risk of closure due to the strike.However the ESB Group of Unions has now confirmed that they are to officially withdraw strike notice.One of the major stumbling blocks to agreement was the ESB’s decision to change staff pensions from a defined benefit-type scheme, to a defined contribution-type scheme.Under the new deal the Union Mandate will protect the Pensions as a Defined Benefit Scheme and existing agreements will be fully met. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – December 8, 2013 Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North News Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th
Serenity on Hillview. Serenity on Hillview.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoRay White Prestige Gold Coast agents Jackson Paradise and Glen Williams are marketing the project.Mr Paradise said he had received plenty of interest with two already sold.“There’s nothing on offer like this in the area,” he said. “We’ve had a variety of potential local and interstate purchasers as well as some overseas interest,” Mr Paradise said.Designed by Andrew Halstead Architect, the villas will feature European stainless steel appliances, calcutta quartz benchtops in the kitchen, timber flooring, a study area and bi-fold doors opening out to patios. Serenity on Hillview.A COLLECTION of high-end villas is set to be built at Ashmore.Gold Coast developer SRPG are behind Serenity on Hillview, which will feature 21 luxury villas at 74-76 Hillview Pde, Ashmore.Priced from $569,000, the double-storey villas offer three bedrooms, two bathrooms and up to 95sq m of yard space. Serenity on Hillview.There will also be the option of a single or double garage.Mr Paradise said the location on Hillview Pde was a huge selling point.“They’re located in probably one of the best streets in Ashmore among multimillion-dollar homes,” he said.“There’s nothing like this on offer in the area and so we expect the interest to continue.“It’s proximity to shoppings centres and schools is also great, it’s a really good spot.” Mr Paradise said the pricing was also very competitive. “The price is extremely affordable for a brand new product in the inner-city,” he said.Completion of Serenity on Hillview is scheduled for mid-2019.