Ongoing revolutions and structural reform

first_img Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Press Release Service Ongoing revolutions and structural reform Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Bath, NC [Episcopal News Service] A movement toward structural reform captivated the 77th General Convention. Scores of resolutions were proposed to reshape our means of governance, and some people went so far as to propose a constitutional convention at which we would simply start again, tabula rasa. The General Convention wisely resisted the temptation to rewrite our canons overnight, but the special task force on structural reform will also need to proceed carefully.There is no piece of legislation that will move the Episcopal Church into a new era of efficiency and responsiveness. There is no piece of legislation that will make us “nimble.” The Episcopal Church evolves organically, often ahead of its canons. The objective of the special task force should be creating a structure in which our evolution – our revolution! – can be ongoing.Consider three examples of reform in the last hundred years:• A century ago, presiding bishops continued to exercise diocesan jurisdiction. The General Convention began requiring their resignations in 1943, but did not assign any church-wide authority to the presiding bishop until 1967. For twenty-four years, the church lived in the ambiguity of having a de facto church-wide leader who lacked any de jure church-wide authority.• A century ago, the principal worship experience of most Episcopalians was Morning Prayer; it is now Holy Eucharist. The 1979 Prayer Book inaugurated this change by defining Holy Eucharist as “the principal act of Christian worship on the Lord’s Day and other major Feasts.” However, in many of our congregations, Holy Eucharist has become a semiweekly, if not daily, celebration. Canonical reform inaugurated this major transformation, but it has continued to evolve without canonical prompting.• A century ago, it was anathema to suggest that lay people would assist with the administration of Holy Communion. The General Convention rejected the idea of lay assistance nine times between 1931 and 1964. Male lay readers were not allowed to serve the chalice until 1967, women until 1969, and those who were not lay readers until 1976. The chalice-only requirement was not removed until 1988, and the requirement that there be an insufficient number of clergy present was not removed from the canons until 2003, although it remains to this day in the rubrics. For 36 years, the canons have tried to keep pace with an ongoing evolution in our customs, and the present variance between the canons and the rubrics reminds us that we have not succeeded.While the list of 20th century reforms could go on and on, these three case studies highlight three different approaches to reform. In the first case, the General Convention left room for the church to work out the question of centralized authority before writing its canons. In the second case, the General Convention set a transformation in motion and allowed the details to evolve naturally. In the third case, the General Convention tried to keep pace with an ongoing evolution in our customs, and has spent nearly four decades tinkering with the canons.Our 21st century interest in structural reform is no less significant than our 20th century interests in centralized authority, liturgical reform, and the ministry of the baptized. And, our present revolution is no less ongoing.We know that we want a structure that is more nimble and responsive, but we do not yet know what that structure looks like. The goal of the special task force must be creating space for the Episcopal Church to evolve organically.Perhaps the special task force will ask us to live in a season of ambiguity, as we did with matters of centralized authority. Perhaps the special task force will call for us to take one major step and then allow the details to evolve on their own, as we did with the prayer book.What the special task force must not do is attempt to legislate a new system of governance that it thinks will magically transform us into a more effective, more efficient, more nimble organization. Choosing that approach will mean spending the next half-century tinkering with our canons in a futile attempt to keep pace with an ongoing revolution.The 20th century has left in our care an Episcopal Church profoundly different from the one our grandparents knew, and our present conversations will have an equally transformative effect on the Episcopal Church that we leave to our grandchildren. The challenge for our special task force on structural reform is designing a structure that leaves room for organic growth. The challenge for the church will be finding the courage to live for a while in the ambiguity of an ongoing revolution.– The Rev. Alexander H. Webb II (“Sandy”) is associate to the rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roanoke, Virginia. Prior to attending Virginia Theological Seminary, he worked as a lay professional in the General Convention Office at the Episcopal Church Center in New York and as an intern in the Office of Government Relations in Washington, D.C.(NB: Historical background on the case studies presented in this editorial is drawn from White and Dykman’s Annotated Constitution and Canons, 1981 revision, 1:201 and 2:937-942. See also General Convention Resolutions 1988-A123 and 2003-A111.)Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications herein, are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Episcopal News Service or the Episcopal Church. 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The Pine Crest Residence / Vin Varavarn Architects

first_img Projects 2014 Apartments The Pine Crest Residence / Vin Varavarn ArchitectsSave this projectSaveThe Pine Crest Residence / Vin Varavarn Architects Save this picture!© Spaceshift Studio+ 31 Share 2014 “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” CopyApartments•Bangkok, Thailand Architects: Vin Varavarn Architects Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6997 m² Area:  6997 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  photographs:  Spaceshift StudioPhotographs:  Spaceshift StudioLandscape Designer, Structural Engineers, Interior Designer:Vin Varavarn ArchitectsConstruction Management:Qbic Engineer & Architects Co,. LtdMain Contractor:Hyatt Construction Co., LtdInterior Contractor:Curve Line Co,. LtdDesign Team:M.L.Varudh Varavarn, Jongsarit Jinachan, Angkana NanjaiyaCity:BangkokCountry:ThailandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Spaceshift StudioRecommended ProductsWoodEGGERLaminatesDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesDoorsAir-LuxPivoting DoorWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensText description provided by the architects. The project originated as a design for a 7 storey apartment building. It is intended as a quiet and orderly residence with limited number of units which are large and spacious with 3-4 bedrooms. This aspect is quite different from other existing condominium projects.Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioThe project owner wishes for a contemporary design which will be quite different from other surrounding buildings and could withstand the test of time. The building consists of 18 apartment units which are easy to maintain. Ground floor level consists of a lobby & reception, including a fitness room, staff quarter. The exterior area is designed for a swimming pool and changing rooms with outdoor shower areas and some open space courts. The apartment  on 2nd – 7th floor are residential  3 and 4 bedrooms units. The parking  facility is located underground.Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioThe design concept started with a desire for a simple contemporary building with appropriate usage of various functional spaces. The basic intention is not to create an opulent architecture, but to create a design of spaces which project warmth and personal. Therefore the aim of producing a characterize of a domestic structure became more important than being trendy. Consideration was given to the facilitation of good ventilation by means of planning orientation to capture maximum natural breeze, views and natural light. This is achieved by splitting the building into 2 wings, separated by a small central garden court which contains a huge pine tree that could be seen from surrounding units.Save this picture!SectionAnd as this projects is located in Soi TonSon which mean ‘the Pine Lane’, the owner therefore named this building “ Pine Crest Residence”. By keeping this name in mind the architect decided to select the wood appearance for the external facade which resembles pine wood and yet create a warmth feeling for the large scale building. To utilize real timber would be too expensive and difficult to maintain and unsuitable for large scale building. So research was undertaken to process the fiber cement planks with acid stain in transforming the color that produces the most similar color and shades of real wood, and yet quite durable to the climate condition. The building utilizes 2 types of materials, acid stain fiber cement plank and washed stone aggregates as surface finishes. As for the washed stone aggregates, it is a very old technique used by Thai builders for many decades. Some may think it is outdated, but actually it can be appropriately applied and suitable to the overall design appearance.Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioProject gallerySee allShow lessMarc Mimram Reveals Design for New TGV Station in MontpellierUnbuilt ProjectDEFACED Makes a Stand Against Controversial Demolition of NYC Graffiti MeccaUnbuilt ProjectProject locationAddress:Bangkok, ThailandLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ArchDaily Year:  Thailand Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard The Pine Crest Residence / Vin Varavarn Architects CopyAbout this officeVin Varavarn ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsBangkokHousingResidentialThailandPublished on October 13, 2014Cite: “The Pine Crest Residence / Vin Varavarn Architects” 13 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Stunning character home hits the market

first_img12-14 Brentnall Street, MystertonOwner Richard Fairley, the Townsville Grammar School principal, enjoyed 11 years in the home with his wife and two children.Mr Fairley has announced his retirement and the family now plan to move south.He said his children were upset the house had been put on the market as so many happy memories had been shared there. 12-14 Brentnall Street, MystertonMr Keyes said the property had everything buyers were looking for in a home in Mysterton and he expected it to pull at people’s heartstrings.“Leafy quiet streets with the big block and a grand Queenslander is what people come to Mysterton for,” he said.“There is no doubt character homes are far more emotive than clinical contemporary homes where every second home is a cookie cutter version of the one next door.“These homes really do stir up those emotions.” 12-14 Brentnall Street, MystertonKeyes & Co principal and selling agent Damien Keyes said it was rare to come across a property with so much character.“It’s definitely maintained its character appeal and that hasn’t been compromised,” he said.“The position on the block being on the corner still allows a nice big pool to be added without losing any yard space out the front and down the side.“We’ve had a mix of families looking at it and it caters to both.“It would certainly suit someone looking to come from a larger two-storey property to a property on a low level.” 12-14 Brentnall Street, Mysterton“It’s truly beyond belief to come home to this house every day and walk through the front door when you have such a sense of history and character,” he said.“These homes were built for the climate and the peace and tranquillity that pervades the ambience of the house is just magical.“I love the front veranda and to be able to enjoy a moment of peace and solitude on that veranda and listen to the birds and feel the morning breeze … it’s just an amazing place to have.“As a family we just have so many happy memories of friends visiting and children growing up.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Mysterton has to be the best-kept secret in Townsville because it’s such a small suburb. It’s literally just a couple of streets and it’s just such a character suburb.” 12-14 Brentnall Street, MystertonIN GREEN and leafy Mysterton, behind a white picket fence, is 12-14 Brentnall St. The house, it is believed, was only the second to be built in the tightly held suburb, renowned for its Queenslanders and character homes. Now the historic house will go to auction on October 10. 12-14 Brentnall Street, MystertonThe immaculate home is set on a 971sq m corner block and has character features such as tongue and groove panelling, casement windows, timber louvres and high ceilings.Three of the bedrooms are double in size while the spacious master bedroom is surrounded by timber louvres and casements with access to the enclosed veranda.The lawns and gardens can be kept green all year round with a well with pump supplying water. 12-14 Brentnall Street, Mysterton For more information callDamien Keyes on 0418 781 421.last_img read more

USC playwright honored for his written works

first_imgBrian Polak, a third-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing, is well on his way to becoming one of the United States’ most acclaimed young playwrights.Write stuff · Third-year graduate student Brian Polak will travel to the 2014 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival to see two of his plays performed. – Photo courtesy of Brian Polak Polak  was recently recognized for his written plays by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The aspiring writer entered two of his works — a full-length play and a short play — in the 2014 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The festival, which will take place April 14-19 in D.C., is a national program involving 18,000 students from more than 600 academic institutions.Polak’s full-length play, Henry and the Hippocampus, has already been awarded the festival’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award for an outstanding                student-written script exploring the experience of living with disability.The play, originally inspired by a National Public Radio story about a man who spent the last 50 years of his life unable to create new memories, tells the story of a man named Henry who has a similar affliction. The story follows the journey that Henry, his wife and his doctor take to try and rebuild his ability to form memories.Polak said that writing the play was challenging due to Henry’s neurological state.“When we watch plays or movies, we like to watch a character kind of go on a journey, change and become a different person,” Polak said. “But here we have this character who medically cannot do that.”When Polak attends the festival in April, in addition to accepting his award, he will have the opportunity to see an excerpt of Henry and the Hippocampus performed.Polak’s short play War Profits will also be performed at the festival. War Profits was loosely inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, and follows two U.S. soldiers in Iraq in 2007 who become disillusioned with the war they agreed to fight and decide to go AWOL.“One of the themes that I’m exploring in several of my plays right now is my relationship to my country,” Polak said. “War isn’t what we see in the news every day. It’s much more complicated … so I decided to create these characters who, once the dirtiness and the scariness and the messiness was revealed to them, they were like, ‘I don’t like this, I can’t do this anymore.’”Polak’s success as a playwright stemmed from his foray into theater shortly after receiving his B.A. in philosophy from Marymount University. When he was working full-time, Polak started to get involved in acting classes, improvisational comedy and traditional theater on the side.“I’m not actually very good at acting,” Polak said. “It became my creative outlet, but I never felt comfortable doing it because it never felt right; something felt amiss.”Once he realized this, Polak started searching for alternative creative outlets and he soon found himself writing.“I didn’t really know what I was doing,” he said. “I just knew that I was doing plays as an actor, so why not try to write them?”While still in the early stages of pursuing a writing career, Polak met his future wife who encouraged him to take writing more seriously.“[My wife] was a writer, and all her friends were writers, and they were like serious, dedicated writers,” Polak said. “I learned [from her] what it really meant to be a writer … It’s a serious art form.”Several years later, after Polak had spent time developing his craft, he and his wife moved to Los Angeles. Shortly after the move, Polak wanted to study playwriting in a formal academic setting.“I never had anything I wanted to study before,” he said. “It took me many years to realize that there is this thing that I care about and I love, and it’s playwriting.”During his time at USC, Polak has been free of the many distractions that would otherwise take him away from what he loves best: writing.“[Being at USC] has helped me focus my attention on my writing in a way that I wouldn’t be able to do as the writer I was before I came to grad school, where I was writing in the morning and then going to work,” Polak said.In addition to the time he has to work on his own writing, Polak says he also has time to engage with professors and other students who can offer him feedback and additional readings to fuel his growth as a writer.“Writing gives me this closeness to the world,” Polak said. “My hope is that when I graduate I’ll be able to start living a life in the theater and presenting these plays publicly for an audience, with the hope that the audience will feel that same closeness to the world that I’m feeling writing.”USC audiences can hear a reading of Henry and the Hippocampus presented at McClintock Theatre as part of the School of Dramatic Arts New Works Festival on May 28-31.last_img read more