Priest speaks on poverty and compassion in cities

first_imgThe first step to aiding the poor is to stand with them, Fr. Fred Kammer said in a lecture to Urban Plunge participants Sunday. Kammer is the executive director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute and has worked as the president of Catholic Charities USA.The lecture, titled, “Building Justice in the Cities,” addressed breaking the cycle of urban poverty. “Making the invisible visible is the first step to compassion,” Kammer said. “Standing with the poor is a touchstone that gives us a wisdom that comes from the poor themselves and leads us to make judgments in favor of the poor.” Kammer said taking a stand with the poor challenges our society’s dominant views. “Standing with those who are poor introduces us to a new way of seeing the world around us,” he said. “This insistence on personal contact runs against our culture’s proclivity to see the poor as invisible or faceless.” But Kammer said casting away these views and keeping contact with the poor is crucial. “Think about your life and try to maintain contact with at least one person who is poor or marginalized and support one issue pertaining to the poor,” he said. “Connect the face of Christ to the poor.” This practice of seeing God in the poor is a longstanding one, Kammer said. He appealed to students to follow the example of historical Israel and show their faith by helping those in need.  “In biblical Israel … the poor became a measure of Israel’s fidelity to the Lord,” Kammer said. “We Christians should ask the question, ‘How will this affect the poor?’ The fundamental moral criterion for all economic policies is that they must be at the service of all people, especially the poor.” Kammer said once people make an initial commitment to stand with the poor, they might change the way they live their own lives. “One of the first reactions that people have is to adopt a simpler lifestyle,” he said. “This choice is a stance appropriate to students.  Individuals who stand with the poor also stand with them in their career choices whether by choosing to teach in inner-city schools instead of the suburbs or doing social work in place of commercial law. “The needs of the poor take priority over the desire of the rich,” Kammer said. Kammer said always maintaining hope is crucial, as he differentiated between hope and optimism. “Standing with the poor can usher us into their own experience of failure and marginalization,” Kammer said. “It’s therefore important for us to maintain a fundamental attitude of hope.”last_img read more

This smart tabletop game offers you an innovative gaming experience » Gadget Flow

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You’ll love the focused frenzy for one or many.Heist- Advertisement – Enjoy hours of fun with game pieces that feature AI learning. This smart tabletop game system responds to your touch, communicates with other pieces, and learns from the other pieces. Use your Blinks to play some of the most innovative games you’ve ever seen.If you’re looking for a cool new addition to your game cupboard this winter, you’ll want to consider the Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system. This smart tabletop game is unlike anything you’ve ever played because each piece knows a single game and communicates with its neighbors to help you play. This system provides hours of analog and digital fun, something that’s especially useful on those weekends when you’re snowed in and can’t muster the energy to shovel your walkway.The Blinks are hexagonal game pieces that fit in your palm. Each one responds to touch, communicates with its neighbors, and is magnetic. Each Blink also knows one game and teaches you and the other pieces how to play. According to the company’s Kickstarter page, it’s easy to get started. Simply grab your Blink, choose your game, and link them together to start playing. Each activity plays well with the other Blinks out of the box. And the more Blinks you add, the more challenging and fun the games get. This tabletop game includes nine Blinks, nine games, two Sushi Roll Cases, and an instruction book.Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system– Advertisement –center_img Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system with a group of friendsWhat games are included?The Blink by Move38 smart game system includes nine games. You can read the descriptions of each below.Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game systemBlinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system in a dark roomAstro- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Maiden edition of Ghana Golf Awards launched in Accra

first_imgThe maiden edition of the Ghana Golf Awards has been launched at the media centre of the Accra sports stadium.Twenty-five award categories will be rewarded to the best golf performers in the National golf tournaments, Amateur Golf Championships, corporate and affiliated bodies which ensured the successful run of the competition, Amateur golfer of the year (Male and Female), Most promising golfer (Male and Female), Golf manager of the year, Best dressed golfer (Male and Female), Golf club of the year, Golf personality of the year and Media Houses which have supported golf in the year under review.Other categories are Golf company of the year, Most improved golfer (Male and Female), Junior golfer of the year (Male and Female), Senior golfer of the year (Male and Female) PRO golfer of the year, Golf spot of the year and Golfer of the year.Recognition awards will be given to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II for their varied contributions to the sport of golf in their respective regions.The President of Ghana Golf Association, Dr. Felix Frimpong, said the golf association wants to use the awards ceremony to motivate Ghanaians to participate in the golf of sports.”We want to improve and encourage Ghanaians to participate in Golf Championships. Golf is an interesting sports and we hope the awards will inspire people to get into golf,” Dr. Felix Frimpong said. This year’s Ghana golf awards has been scheduled for Saturday December 22, 2013 at the La Palm Beach Hotel in Accra.last_img read more