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When your hard-earned money leaves your field of vision, or (if it’s deducted before you get the paycheck) never really enters into it — is it still your money, or in other’s stewardship for your benefit?  

Let’s keep looking at how many people rely on the fact of others’ passivity after money has been extracted from their personal possession, by the US Government, specifically (not state-level):

  • If you had a banker, real estate investor, mechanic, babysitter, housecleaner (for those who can afford this), or any other person you repeatedly gave business to — or anyone else, engaged in criminal activity, charging for services not rendered, or pooling funds with others to run a brothel, or run drugs, or kidnap and traffick in children, or child porn — would you voluntarily continue doing business with the person? — or would you fire them & report it?
  • How about if they were trying to disenfranchise a sector of population based on their chromosomes?
  • How about if they were working towards setting up a system of eugenics — while continuing to smile, look professional, have a Ph.D., and MBA — or a Rev. — as a title.  Would you continue doing business with them?
  • How about if they were simply a fake charity, claiming to help the poor — but were actually robbing the poor or hungry, or molesting them.  This actually has happened before — has it not?

“Oh– but surely those were just the bad apples, the exceptions, the bad guys.  The system, overall, was still a good one!”

Really?  Is it?  How Do You Know — DO you know this?

For those who remember the movie, When Harry met Sally (Meg Ryan, Billie Crystal), there is a famous scene in a diner, and the punch line is:

How Do You Know?

And after a little demonstration (Sally/Meg Ryan) asks again, basically (as I recall it, anyhow):

Think about it.

Do the math —

How Do You Know?

Let’s look at human levels of collective denial:

Sally Albright: Most women at one time or another have faked it. 
Harry Burns: Well, they haven’t faked it with me. 
Sally Albright: How do you know? 
Harry Burns: Because I know. 
Sally Albright: Oh. Right. Thats right. I forgot. You’re a man. 
Harry Burns: What was that supposed to mean? 
Sally Albright: Nothing. It’s just that all men are sure it never happened to them and all women at one time or other have done it so you do the math

I’ve been giving several little “demonstrations” of “faking it” — what happens with — not just $150 million (a year) dedicated marriage/fatherhood funding or $10 million (a year) access visitation funding, but also of the about $4 BILLION a year (Child Support/Family Support), where it goes and how the flow ends up soaked up in organizations which blend into the morass of missing incorporation.  Others, spreading their seed, end up in the hands of evangelical conservative order church-planting STAFF, from which, networking with their affiliates out of state, the church website is used to lecture women how to control their men — they are, after all, the neck to his head, right?  (And other gibberish).

How can someone who’s spouse’s hands are around their neck, squeezing it, be the “neck” that somehow emotionally turns his head towards good?

Well, the fact is — the faucet here is in the “on” position, and you are doing business with the “Religious Reich” and the “New Age Left” (cults) — so the question is, how to either repair the plumbing, or turn it off.  Unless you have some reserves we don’t know about.

If the plumbing in your home sprung a leak — would you fix it?  Well suppose it were spouting dollars?  Would you be concerned more about water damage, or about the reservoir level?  

What’s happened is, we have become too detached from these matters, or unable to follow up thoroughly.  Many people are counting on this sense of detachment from the public to continue — or, have plans how to divert the energies (into a Good Cop/Bad Cop diversion) if the word gets out.

My plan is that the word should continue to get out.

What else?  Where else?

OK, you say — but “this doesn’t all go to religious groups” (well, a lot more does than you  may realize, even if it FIRST goes to someone who looks neutral, and professional.  However, generally speaking, someone who is in the field of marriage therapy will have some form of religious belief, whether or not traditional.  It appears that Carolyn Curtis was already an “Attender,” and was she ever happy to realize what expert networkers churches are, when one has something they need!  This is about the start of California Healthy Marriages — THE largest healthy marriage grant at the time ($11 million of five years, as I recall).  Taken from a SmartMarriages conference site. Backtracked from a Virginia church staff to here:

• How We Got Started – Carolyn Curtis, Sacramento

Sacramento is the state capitol of California.

But this neutral professional person is not stupid — and understands the power of faith-based influence and networking, for sure — and that’s the story of an $11 million California Healthy Marriages/ Sacramento Healthy Marriages/ Relationship Training Center, etc. — which I took the time to track some on this blog.  And one of their trainees was  “Moonie,” too — which I proved.  Right here — there is a well-traveled highway among these groups, internet-based, conference-connected — and I’ve named a primary conference where they connect and collaborate to get more grants, start more initiatives, and peddle more training programs and certifications.

I’m pasting this in here:  please realize that what you don’t take time to find out about DOES affect your bottom line, and mine.  We are in this country together –and if it’s OK for a theocracy in the near future, then hey — go for it, go back to sleep.  If it’s NOT — then start with reversing that faith-based executive order, and Ending Welfare Privatization As We Knew It (block grants to the states through TANF).  Here’s the folk tale of this $11 million (green background):

CAROLYN CURTIS AND HER MISSION IN SACRAMENTO 

I haven’t shared a “how we got started” story in a while.  I know these are helpful and inspirational.  I will add this to the how to get started page.  Bravo to Carolyn. – diane

Healthy Marriage Project
October 13, 2010
by Brian Baker

There are many humble saints at Trinity Cathedral that do remarkable things for our community.  One of them is Carolyn Curtis who started an amazing non-profit that strengthens the relationships of couples as well as enhances the skills of parents.  Much of there work is focused on at-risk populations.   I knew of Carolyn’s work, but did not realize the role played by Trinity Cathedral as Carolyn was working to make her dream a reality.  I recently asked her to write about how she got the Healthy Marriage Project started.  Here’s her story:


Trinity Cathedral and the Healthy Marriage Project:  A partnership that has helped hundreds of families in our community

Our journey began in 2003, after over 30 years of practice as a marriage and family therapist, I went to a conference that changed my life.

Which goes to show that even Episcopalians (& marriage therapists) are subject to transformational rebirth experiences….they will be from this point forth emotionally bonded and loyal to whoever provided them with this sense of a life-changing experience, until someone else (or another “awakening”) shakes or forces them out of it.   Life-changing experiences can be positive and have warm fuzzy (or clear) and euphoric associations or they can — like domestic violence, or the family courts after domestic violence — be traumatic, shocking, terrorizing etc. — and still be life-changing.

So long as the Carolyn Curtises are never brought face-to-face on an equal level with the women in my situation, they will continue to carry whatever agenda was transfused into them by their life-changing experience.  And until this happens, they need to keep their mitts off public funding:  They aren’t going to be thinking straight — and they WILL be used.  They also naturallly enjoy the aspect of feeling used and useful.

Add this combo to religion, free money, and the profit motive, and you have, literally, a powerful, socialized cocktail that should be kept out of the hands of the non-immunized!

Carolyn Curtis is evidently an Episcopalian, with apparently all that entails. She appears to be privileged and has been employed or self-employed.  In her spare time, she attends church (and — it shows below, sings in a choir that toured England).

Typically a little more educated, intellectual, and the churches are going to be sometimes progressive and politically correct.

This particular church being in the capital of California — I took a quick look at “Trinity Cathedral” and some of its programs (particularly as it’s embraced with open arms such a regressive one as this healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood movement) and found their ‘SoJust” pdf (not so overtly advertised) — and with it, the involvement of PICO/ACT:

The “ACT” in PICO/ACT stands for “Area Churches Together”:

The PICO is something else:

PICO National Network CA 2010 $10,481,627 990 35 94-2206497
PICO National Network CA 2009 $9,588,656 990 28 94-2206497
PICO National Network CA 2008 $11,072,132 990 31 94-2206497
PICO National Network CA 2007 $9,608,000 990 32 94-2206497

It’s actually based in Oakland.

To understand PICO one needs, in part, to understand its origins, which were in the 1940s IAF/ Saul Alinsky.  Whereas IAF had a “three-years and out” policy regarding churches, with a change in leadership, the shift was made to literally strengthen churches themselves as communication action groups & change agents, i.e., to establish and retain relationships with the churches, long-term.  PICO came from this.  PICO’s goal is power for social change.  If this power is going to come from within the religious communities, long-term; they are going to have to down-play violence against (or “colonialization of”) women IN the same religious communities — long-term!  Get it?

Wikipedia is a starter on this IAF history information, if it’s new territory.  Please read the following paragraph twice — preferably, aloud — because the conflict inherent in going to churches to address issues such as racism, and colonialism showing up here, also shows up in the grants-grabbing by churches for the marriage promotion.

(specifically an urban — or industrial areas — issues, and very understandable) is also a factor in the wide appeal of the “marriage/fatherhood promotion” to inner-city, black/African-American populations, despite the fact it’s inherently sexist. . .  but it has wide appeal)

******The Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) is a national community organizing network established in 1940 by Saul Alinsky. IAF provides training and consultation, furnishes organizers, and develops national strategy for its affiliated broad-based community organizations. There are currently 57 IAF affiliates functioning in 21 states, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia. It describes its chief purpose as power and its chief product as social change.

I cannot (at least, yet) “Tweet” or “Facebook” this information. I just posted approximately 1400 Marriage awards — not by a long shot all of them — and have profiled dozens of them, accurately.  They take money and run (don’t comply with the tax law).

Are you able to read many paragraphs in a row — about the Industrial Areas Foundation, about how it morphed into PICO, about how this ties into the Episcopalian Church in particular, about how this particular Episcopalian Cathedral in Sacramento knew a good thing when it saw it — and helped Carolyn Curtis go for the Healthy Marriage/Responsible Fatherhood grants (even though this same church is actually progressive, in favor of same-sex marriage (which typical fatherhood proponents aren’t) and in fact, the Episcopalian church  — at least some of it — has already ordained lesbians and (probably) homosexuals?  Why would they go for a movement at its heart, typically stands against that which they stand for?

In addition, this information is interesting in its own right.  Failing to understand it is to fail to understand a significant portion of American history and the current political landscape.

Will you do this for a good cause and think about them?  I hope so, because if someone doesn’t start thinking harder about this, we are in for a far worse future for half the human population here — the childbearing half.  I myself have plenty of other things I’d rather be doing also, but being a mother (and mother of daughters), I feel it’s time to address these outrages — which they are.

The access to an organizational form of power will also appeal to the religious element — which involve lay women (who can’t be Catholic priests for the most part, and within my lifetime, I’ve seen even the Episcopal church go through its debates on even the ordination of women (let alone gays) — these are patriarchal institutions in which women, who still inhabit them — are likely to seek any carrot dangled in front of them for more power and influence — rather than withdrawing their support for perhaps the one social organization around with a soup kitchen, or some moral support on Sundays.

Based on his work with Back of the Yards, Alinsky laid out his vision for “People’s Organizations” in his book Reveille for Radicals in 1946. After World War II Alinsky met Fred Ross in California, and in 1949 agreed to back his plan to organize the Community Service Organization in Mexican-American communities. Ross introduced house-meetings as an organizing technique, and built a network of 30 CSOs in California with energetic young organizers Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.[2]

In Chicago, Alinsky developed a team of organizers including journalist Nicholas von Hoffman, ex-seminarian Edward T. Chambers, and Tom Gaudette, who developed such groups as the Organization for the Southwest Community (1959 – 1972), The Woodlawn Organization (1961–present), and the Northwest Community Organization (1962 – present).[3] The Woodlawn Organization (TWO) received national attention through Charles Silberman’s best-selling Crisis in Black and White in 1964, which traced the roots of oppression and violence in northern inner city areas. In his concluding chapter, “The Revolt Against Welfare Colonialism,” Silberman portrayed TWO as an example of poor blacks reclaiming their dignity through self-organization.[4]

But PICO — below — states itself as pertaining to urban, surburban AND rural communities, now! 

In 1969 Alinsky was able to establish a formal IAF organizer training program, run by Chambers and Dick Harmon, with a grant from Gordon Sherman of Midas Muffler company.[6] Alinsky published a successful book, Rules for Radicals, in 1971, updating his earlier vision. Alinsky died unexpectedly of a heart attack in June 1972.[7]

After Alinsky’s death, his long-time associate and designated successor Ed Chambers became executive director. Chambers began to place systematic training of organizers and local leaders at the center of IAF’s work.

Chambers was an ex-seminarian.  Seminaries ARE training organizations!  Read what happens next:

He also began to shift the organizing model of “the modern IAF”[8] toward the congregation-based community organizationdeveloped in San Antonio, Texas by Ernesto Cortes, Jr. called Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS).[9]

OK, keep paying attention . . . . we will be back in Sacramento at Trinity Cathedral and with Carolyn Curtis in a little while here . . .

Cortes recruited lay leaders, including many women, from the Catholic parishes that were members of COPS. Relational Meetings or “one-on-ones” became an important technique of exploring values, motivation, and self-interest of potential leaders. Chambers and Cortes emphasized a long-term relationship between IAF and such groups as COPS, in contrast to the “three years and out” that Alinsky had once imagined.[10]

The long-term relationship with any church — pretty much, at all — even the progressive ones — is likely to result in one thing. More bad news for women and children throughout the United States. We will continue to be disenfranchised (but used) IN the churches, our men will not be confronted properly on wife abuse and child abuse (or multiple affairs, etc.), on failure to support — because these entities want what the IAF says it wants — POWER. It will be grabbing this form of power, most definitely, in the form of grants, including federal grants. In the past this included, apparently community development block grants (HUD — HUD is known for fraud, right? “being run as a criminal organization”) — and now, HHS-based Marriage/Fatherhood grants ALSO, and this sector is also known for fraud, at least it’s been documented — yet the grants keep flowing! WHY? Someone INSIDE HHS and the Federal Government is equally interested in power-grabs for social change, and doling out favors per policy. When the grants-grabbing, social-change trainers already IN a religious sector hook up (sexual reference intentional!) with the Federal (and now, state) Office of Faith-Based Initiatives and turn on the tap — we can forget justice around here!

As IAF began to expand to other cities in Texas, it moved to develop multi-racial, broad-based organizations spanning metropolitan areas, and including African American, Latino, and Anglo churches. Eventually its network of local groups in Texas linked together as Texas Interfaith to have an impact on state government.[11][12]

I find this very interesting, as it’s known that Texas is a prime state for Fatherhood groups; the Attorney General’s Office “Michael Hayes” has been on top of this for a very long time. I know women from Texas who have lost their kids to powerful abusers, and who are beginning to research the real estate transfers, etc. associated with this. Anyone who’s paying attention (and see these grants I just posted) can figure this out! Look who was its governor before becoming US President in 2000; look what he did immediately on becoming President. Go figure!

In 1979 Chambers moved the IAF headquarters to New York after the Archdiocese of Chicago cut its support for IAF.[13] In 1996 IAF moved its national headquarters back to Chicago to develop a new affiliate in that metropolitan area and expand its work in the Midwest.[14]

Yes, IAF did, and I looked it up, too. Want to see where that HQ is just now?

It is at 637 South Dearborn, “Creating New Organizations inventing and establishing new social realities.” (the logo below is also a link):

 

 

HOME | ESPANOL | IAF BOOKS | IAF CAREERS
IAF National Office
637 S. Dearborn St. 1st fl.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312)360-9211- phone
(312)360-9744- fax

The IAF is non-ideological and strictly non-partisan, but proudly, publicly, and persistently political. The IAF builds a political base within society’s rich and complex third sector – the sector of voluntary institutions that includes religious congregations, labor locals, homeowner groups, recovery groups, parents associations, settlement houses, immigrant societies, schools, seminaries, orders of men and women religious, and others. And then the leaders use that base to compete at times, to confront at times, and to cooperate at times with leaders in the public and private sectors.

COPYRIGHT ©2009 INDUSTRIAL AREAS FOUNDATION

~ ~ ~Guess what else is at 637 South Dearborn in Chicago?

Photo of Grace Place in Chicago, Illinois

(that’s the “motherchurch” St. James, of Chicago, on the right….)

Grace Church: Living in Community, Growing in Christ, Serving in the World

Grace Church, which belongs to the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, has developed this three-part mission to guide its decisions and activities. This mission is our members’ response to the Gospel and recognition of the most important aspects of Grace. Each area is described below:

Living in Community
At Grace, “community” means embracing those within our church family and welcoming those who seek to learn more about Christ. That’s why we have an active lay preaching ministry, expanding the voices and perspectives heard during Sunday worship. It also means our Liturgy Committee strives to develop a worship experience that is affirming, uplifting and inclusive to all.

Wow.  Looking up the “Episcopal Diocese of Chicago” I found a 2010 complaint that an anti-violence coordinator was actually the only paid “trauma chaplain” and (like the “marriage mission” here)    to the (county) hospital as her “parish.”  She was also ordained in the Hektoen auditorium.  A Chicagoan (presumably) protested loudly.  If you search “hektoen” on this blog, I know they received some of these HHS grants too, and wondered what the grants were doing in a HOSPITAL situation.  I decided that Hektoen was too big to look into.  The moral of the story is, when you are dealing with religious people — they do not accept secular/religious boundaries, for the most part.  Not when in leadership positions.  Give them an inch, they will take more than a mile.

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Ordained Episcopal Minister is the only paid chaplain in the Cook County Health and Hospitals system?

The Church is claiming that Carol Reese, one of its ordained ministers, is “the trauma chaplain at Stroger Hospital who is the only paid chaplain in the Cook County Health and Hospitals system.”

Is the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago involved in perpetrating a fraud against the taxpayers of Cook County?  Carol’s job at Stroger is officially listed as “anti-violence coordinator.”  Are Carol and the Diocese conspiring to unconstitutionally stick taxpayers with the cost of Carol’s religious ministry, by secretly converting a secular job into a job as a chaplain?

The Illinois Constitution, at Article I, Section 3, states in pertinent part, that “No person shall be required to support any ministry against his consent.”  As a Cook County resident, I strongly object to being forced to support Carol’s religious ministry with my tax dollars.

I have lodged a complaint with the office of Johnny C. Brown, the Chief Operating Officer at Stroger Hospital.  They are very interested, take this matter very seriously and have promised me a prompt response.

In my complaint to Mr. Brown’s office, I expressed concern about the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago publishing this news release, which claims that Carol is “the trauma chaplain at Stroger Hospital who is the only paid chaplain in the Cook County Health and Hospital system.”  That came as news to Mr. Brown’s office.  Is “anti-violence coordinator” merely a secular name for “trauma chaplain” so that Carol can get paid with tax dollars for doing religious ministry work?

I expressed concern about a Chicago Tribune story, entitled County hospital’s first staff chaplain starts work, in which Carol claims that the hospital is “my parish.”  The story goes on to say that Carol regards the purpose of her taxpayer funded job as being to “serve the spiritual needs” of medical patients at the public hospital, rather than addressing the secular needs of the medical patients in dealing with violence that they are facing in their lives.  The story then quotes Carol as saying, “One paid [chaplain] position is not adequate.  My hope is the hospital will eventually make a decision to fund a professional department of pastoral health.”  It is not the job of government to operate a Department of Religion Advocacy.

I expressed concern that the Episcopal News Service, in a story entitled Chaplain to be ordained among those she serves, referred to the hospital as “her parish, really,” and that “hospital chaplain Carol Reese will be ordained to the priesthood in a service at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, the former Cook County Hospital, where she has served as a chaplain in the trauma department since 2005.”  Oh, really?

Why is a public hospital employee using the County Hospital System’s Hektoen Auditorium for a religious service, at taxpayer expense?  I thought that the County Hospital had an auditorium for the purpose of presenting medical conferences organized by doctors, not presenting religious worship services organized by employees.  Why is Carol sticking us with the cost of a presenting a church service that uses taxpayer facilities to advance her personal religious agenda?  That same Article I, Section 3, of the Illinois Constitution says, in pertinent part, that “No person shall be required to support a place of worship against his consent.”


This is the photo of Carol Reese that ran in the December 6, 2010, edition of
the Chicago Tribune, of Carol getting ordained in the auditorium of her public employer,
Cook County Hospital, at taxpayer expense.  Carol looks very happy about finding a way
to scam the taxpayers into paying this operating cost of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.

I expressed concern that Windy City Times, Chicago’s most prominent homosexual newspaper, in a story entitled Lesbian reflects on life before being ordained, stated:  “Reese is an interfaith trauma chaplain at Stroger Hospital, the first paid one in the institution’s history.”  The paper boasts, “As the only chaplain paid by the Cook County system, Reese worked to create and fund her position, first with grant money, now with county funding.”  It is not the job of taxpayers to fund a job which consists of religious advocacy.

Carol is welcome to wander around our public hospital, as a non-employee volunteer, telling those patients who want to hear it that the solution to their medical problems is to “Get right with Jesus,” or “Get right with God,” but she can’t receive a salary from the taxpayers for doing thatIf she wants a salary for doing religious missionary work, she needs to have her church, her diocese or volunteer sponsors pay for it.  Carol should not be holding down a secular job at the hospital so that the taxpayers get tricked into paying her a salary for doing a religious ministry job.

Both yesterday and today, I contacted the office of the leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, Bishop of Chicago, to ask for a response from the Church to this situation.  His office told me that Bishop Lee might call be back, but he hasn’t done so as of the publication of this article.

As far as the County Hospital knows, Carol is supposed to working as an anti-violence coordinator, not a chaplain.  They didn’t know anything about this chaplain stuff until I brought it to their attention.  Obviously, however, that’s not what Carol has in mind when she goes to work.  As far as Carol is concerned, she regards herself as “the first paid chaplain in the history of the Cook County Hospital system,” and what the government really needs to be doing is spending even more money advancing religion at Stroger Hospital.

For that reason, Carol must go, and must go, immediately.  I am actively involved with making that happen.

I’ll keep you posted on developments.

Please tell your friends about Rob Sherman News through your social media networks and word of mouth.

any relationship to this one, I wonder….? (maybe not.  Note, there are many more under Dr. Warshaw…)

Grantee Name City Award Title Action Issue Date CFDA Number CFDA Program Name Principal Investigator DUNS Number Sum of Actions
HEKTOEN INST FOR MED RESCH (1ST NAT’L BANK OF CHICAGO) CHICAGO NT’L TRAINING & TECH. ASSIST. CENTER ON D.V. TRAUMA AND MENTAL HEALTH 09/27/2005 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants CAROLE WARSHAW $ 399,991
HEKTOEN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH CHICAGO FAMILY VIOLENCE 09/28/2004 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants CAROLE WARSHAW 068625136 $ 49,995
HEKTOEN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH CHICAGO FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES 09/17/2011 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants Carole Warshaw 068625136 $ 1,100,000
HEKTOEN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH CHICAGO FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES 07/24/2012 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants CAROLE WARSHAW 068625136 $ 1,100,000
HEKTOEN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH CHICAGO FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES PROGRAM 09/29/2008 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants CAROLE WARSHAW,MD 068625136 $ 400,000
HEKTOEN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH CHICAGO FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES PROGRAM 07/14/2009 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants CAROLE WARSHAW,MD 068625136 $ 400,000
HEKTOEN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH CHICAGO FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES PROGRAM 09/17/2009 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants CAROLE WARSHAW,MD 068625136 $ 50,000
HEKTOEN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH CHICAGO FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES PROGRAM 08/18/2010 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants CAROLE WARSHAW,MD 068625136 $ 400,000

I do wonder why there’s so much more focus on studying it than stopping it. . .

But, Rob Sherman, above, is right.  This should be stopped! So Episcopals are progressive here.  So what!   They’re still housing IAF and working with PICO/ACT and taking federal grants aimed AGAINST women, if for some other chosen favored minority or cause.  As it says — the goal of IAF is power grab for social changes.  Churches have a long history in that arena, and are only all too willing to work, where someone’s agenda matches their own.  I read about the Episcopal Diocese — membership is declining…

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IAF developed successful projects along the East Coast with East Brooklyn Congregations, which pioneered the affordable housing project called Nehemiah Homes, and BUILD in Baltimore which also developed Nehemiah housing for low-income people.[15]

The “modern IAF” has been an influential model for other networks of broad-based community organizations, including PICO National Network, Gamaliel Foundation, and Direct Action and Research Training Center (DART)



PICO International (in California):

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C1396700 01/14/1987 SUSPENDED M V PICO INTERNATIONAL INC. MARCOS S PICO
C3265864 12/18/2009 SUSPENDED PICO INTERNATIONAL (LA) INC. DENIS H. OYAKAWA
C0345682 10/24/1957 DISSOLVED PICO INTERNATIONAL, INC.
C2338286 03/30/2001 ACTIVE PICO INTERNATIONAL, INC. C T CORPORATION SYSTEM
C1966136 04/04/1996 FORFEITED PICO INTERNATIONAL, LTD. DONALD C MAHLER

PICO INTERNATIONAL is a “D.C.” Corporation with a Torrance, CA mailing address:

Entity Name: PICO INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Entity Number: C2338286
Date Filed: 03/30/2001
Status: ACTIVE
Jurisdiction: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Entity Address: 20910 NORMANDIE AVE UNIT D
Entity City, State, Zip: TORRANCE CA 90502
Agent for Service of Process: C T CORPORATION SYSTEM
Agent Address: 818 W SEVENTH ST
Agent City, State, Zip: LOS ANGELES CA 90017
Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C2136629 04/12/1999 SUSPENDED PICO NATIONAL MEDICAL SUPPLY, INC. ALEKSANDR MIRUMYEN
C0680322 05/09/1973 ACTIVE PICO NATIONAL NETWORK JOHN BAUMANN
Entity Name: PICO NATIONAL NETWORK
Entity Number: C0680322
Date Filed: 05/09/1973
Status: ACTIVE
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Entity Address: 171 SANTA ROSA AVE
Entity City, State, Zip: OAKLAND CA 94610
Agent for Service of Process: JOHN BAUMANN
Agent Address: 171 SANTA ROSA AVE
Agent City, State, Zip: OAKLAND CA 94610

This part is taken from the Tax Return, after I learned that Trinity Cathedral was involved in this…

PICO National Network CA 2010 $10,481,627 990 35 94-2206497
PICO National Network CA 2009 $9,588,656 990 28 94-2206497
PICO National Network CA 2008 $11,072,132 990 31 94-2206497
PICO National Network CA 2007 $9,608,000 990 32 94-2206497

PICO National_ Network (PICO)- is a – – -“National Network of Faith-Based Community Organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban, and rural communities.”

  • (For something that started out as the IAF/industrial/ that’s a real expansion, huh?)
  • Basically that means “ALL communities,” although it doesn’t specifically mention tribal or federally-owned land….  most communities are urban, suburban or rural. Maybe not national parks, military bases….
  • “Faith-based” is code for, give me the grants.
  • So is, FYI, “Community Organizations.”  The Community-Based organizations of prior years are sometimes still the “faith-based ones” with the extra George Bush Push (2001).

Its board is:

  • (1) Rev. -Michael-Mandala,-S Chai rperson
  • (2) Bishop Rov Dixon_ V. Chairperson
  • _(3) Allan Holloway ______ Treasurer
  • _(4),_Sr.-Marina Hernandez, R Secretary
  • _5) Rev.-John Baumann, S.J. Founder/Bd Mbr
  • -(6) Rev.-Joseph Forbes — Board Member
  • _ (7) Rev.-Norman Rotert _ – – Board Member
  • _(8) Sybil Haydel_Morial — Board Member
  • _(9) John Girardi
  • (10) Hank Goldstein ——————–Board Member
  • (11) Loretta Holstein ——————–Board Member
  • (12) Garrett W. Lemmon ——————–Board Member
  • (13)-Baxter Rice ——————-Board Member
  • (14) Jose_Debasa ________Board Member
  • (15) Kathy Drane Board Member
  • (16) Gordon Duvall Board Member
  • (17) Scott Reed Executive Direc ($105.4K from here, $44K from related org.)
  • (18) Joselyn Coogler ____________ Dir. of Admin. ($86K + $3K related)
  • (19) Gordon Whitman Dir. of Policy ) ($117K + $31K related)

Schedule I of the return – keeping in mind that while this is not PICO/ACTS, PICO National Network (in Oakland) does include the word faith-based, and we can see the S.J., Sr., and Revs involved) — shows to what other organizations in the network they are giving grants, and how much.  I recommend looking:

  • Action Network (gainesville, FL -$21K)
  • AISJ, Inc. (WDC — $95K)-
  • BCU (Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn – $50K)
  • BOCA (Berkeley — $19K) (=FYI, SF Bay Area/Northern CA) 
  • CA for Justice (Long Beach, CA – $95K) (FYI, Southern CA)
  • CBC (Modesto, CA – $30K) (Somewhere closer to Northern)
  • CCA (Melbourne, FL – $21K)
  • CCISCO (Martinez, CA — $69K) (FYI outside SF Bay Area/Northern)
  • CCO 5814 Euclid Ave. Kansas City, MO 64130 $85K 
  • CCOP (a PO Box) Camden, NJ — $120K
  • COPE (Lafayette, LA) $31K
  • COR (Hayward, CA) $27.3K
  • FACT (Grand Blanc, MI) $15K
  • Faith in Action (Bakersfield, CA) $17K
  • Faith Works (Vista, CA) $12K
  • FIC (Fresno, CA) $17K
  • FOCUS (Orlando, FL $88K)
  • FUEL (New roads, LA) $19K
  • ICUC (San Bernardino, CA) $44.8K
  • L.A. Voice (los Angeles) $35.8K
  • MOP, Denver Colorado $130K
  • MOP (Merced, CA) $10K
  • OCCCO (Anaheim, CA) $25.8K
  • OCO (Oakland, CA) $177.3K
  • OLC (Dorchester, MA) $10K
  • PACT San Jose ($313K)
  • PACT (Stockton) $60.5K

(I’ll put the $$ first — it’s a pain in the neck to copy, here…)

  • $28K PIA 1336 Arroyo Ave San Carlos, CA 94070

 

  • $26K PPOFT PO Box 5394  Auburn, CA 95604
  • $40K Public Advocates 131 Steuart St., #300,San Francisco, CA 94105
  • $15K QCUA 103-0439th Ave., #105  Corona, NY 11368
  • $37.3K Sacramento ACT -.2510 J Street, #200 Sacramento, CA 95816
  • $46.5K SDOP 4305 University Ave.,-#53 San Diego, CA 92105
  • $22K SFOP  3215 Caesar Chavez-St. San Francisco, CA 94110
  • $110K The MICAH Project New Orleans, LA 70118
  • $33K Tides Center PO Box 29907 San Francisco, CA 94129
  • $10K UIA 160 Rock St. Fall River, MA 02720
  • $25K Vermont Interfaith Action
  • $15K WIN (Baton Rouge, LA)

Are any of those just churches?  How many are right on church property?  Why hasn’t PICO filed the EIN#s like it should — any organization taking donations should have one….

So, can we say, it is involved in some redistribution of its funds for social change organizations?

More than 40 different religious denominations and-faith traditions are part of PICO. . . .With more than-1,000 member-institutions representing-one million families-in 150 cities and17 states, as well as a growing international effort, PICO is one of.the largest-community-based-efforts-in-the-United States._

“Together we are lifting up a new vision for America that unites people across region, race, religion.”

Notice “gender” didn’t even make the list! Hardly surprising — look at the faith-based leadership! However, more to the point — “A” new vision?  Excuse me, how’s that ‘pluralist’?  Who got the vision?   Excuse me — what vision, please?

How many of the above donee’s are operational organizations, say, in California?

I see ONE (name written out:  “People Acting in Community Together, Inc.” Inc. 1985 / San Jose address

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C1350217 09/04/1985 ACTIVE PEOPLE ACTING IN COMMUNITY TOGETHER, INC. MATT HAMMER

 

 

Results of search for ” PACT ” returned 39 entity records.


Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C1008819 11/12/1980 SUSPENDED ACTION – PACT, INC. ROBERT SCOTT
C0810842 03/14/1977 SUSPENDED ARCATA PACT, INC.
C1969071 05/16/1996 SUSPENDED BEVERLY HILLS PACT KENNETH A GOLDMAN
C1426192 01/04/1988 SUSPENDED CONSUMERS P.A.C.T. IAN MACLACHLAN
C3381995 05/13/2011 ACTIVE DESERT ISLAND PACT INC. LEGALZOOM.COM, INC.
C3076957 02/19/2008 SUSPENDED HUMANA-PACT INC. KERRY SHIH
C2764018 06/02/2005 ACTIVE M-PACT FILMS, INC. MARCUS PERRY
C2939650 12/27/2006 SUSPENDED MOBILE M-PACT INC. DANIEL D SEIFRIED
C2026647 02/11/1998 FORFEITED P.A.C.T. ASSET RECOVERY INC., WHICH WILL DO BUSINESS IN CALIFORNIA AS DELAWARE P.A.C.T. ASSET RECOVERY INC. RICK LUND
C1759071 02/22/1995 SUSPENDED P.A.C.T., INC. DAVID MENDEZ

 

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C1751674 10/04/1994 SUSPENDED P.T. PACT INDUSTRIES, INC. JACOB G. POURA
C2823696 01/06/2006 DISSOLVED PACT 1 INVESTMENT CORP. LEGALZOOM.COM, INC.
C3272635 01/19/2010 ACTIVE PACT CONSULTANTS INC. PETER NORTON
C1824912 07/07/1992 SUSPENDED PACT CORPORATION GARRISON H. DAVIDSON
C0644979 02/07/1972 SUSPENDED PACT DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
C0999427 08/11/1980 SUSPENDED PACT DEVELOPMENT, INC.
C2593314 01/12/2006 DISSOLVED PACT FINANCIAL, INC. MILE A ROMNEY
C3188574 01/27/2009 SUSPENDED PACT FOUNDATION SIU MUI (KAMMY) LO
C2644610 01/30/2004 SUSPENDED PACT INC. KATHLEEN M SEIFERT
C1598268 09/25/1987 SUSPENDED PACT INTERNATIONAL, INC. SUSANA Y LIM
Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C2067639 01/22/1998 DISSOLVED PACT INVESTORS, INC. ERIK VAN BEURDEN
C1186498 07/01/1985 SUSPENDED PACT MANUFACTURING, INC. ALAN CHARNLEY
C1501916 03/29/1988 SUSPENDED PACT OF WEST AMERICA, INC. BARBARA BURKE
C2434496 06/04/2003 DISSOLVED PACT PARENTING AND VISITATION PROGRAM    🙂 BYRON D CIBART
C0606063 08/28/1970 SUSPENDED PACT PROFIT CENTER, INC.
C1881551 02/10/1994 FORFEITED PACT REAL ESTATE CORPORATION OF C.A. MILES KAVALLER ESQ
C1572603 02/21/1991 ACTIVE PACT USA, INC. GEORGE NOURI HAYEK
C2274814 10/17/2001 FORFEITED PACT XPP TECHNOLOGIES INC. ANITA KUTLESA
C0880686 01/02/1979 DISSOLVED PACT, INC. W CHARLENE FOLSOM
C0464865 01/30/1964 ACTIVE PACT, PLAN OF ACTION FOR CHALLENGING TIMES EVERETT BRANDON
Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C2728309 02/14/2005 ACTIVE PACT-ONE SOLUTIONS, INC SEAN T HANS
C2431447 11/19/2002 SUSPENDED PARENTS AND CHILDREN TOGETHER (PACT) MARK SIMON
C1606011 02/01/1988 DISSOLVED PENNEY PACT BEVERLEE M PENNEY
C2785030 08/30/2005 SUSPENDED PHUDULE ALLIANCE CORPORATION (PACT) AZZAM A ABDO
C3244225 03/22/2010 DISSOLVED PM PACT INC. MY CORPORATION BUSINESS SERVICES, INC.
C2396671 04/29/2002 ACTIVE POOCHY PACT PICTURES, INC. JOEL MCKUIN
C3115313 05/13/2008 ACTIVE POSITIVE ACTION COMMUNITY THEATRE (PACT) KATHRYN A CAMPION
C0841465 03/21/1978 DISSOLVED THE PLANETARY PACT OF BALANCE, INC.
C3459731 03/07/2012 DISSOLVED THE SOCIAL PACT CORPORATION NICOLE BETTAUER
1 2 3 4

 

 

 

 

 

So, the church & faith-based is handy for access to the community; the actual religion is irrelevant.  The thing is establishing a unified vision.  This requires an organization, with trainers, mentors (funding) and programming — right?   You betcha!

Logo Here

Member of the PICO National Network and PICO California

Logo Here

PICO California is made up of 19 non-profit organizations made up of 400 religious congregations, schools and neighborhood institutions representing 450,000 families across the state affiliated to the PICO National Network.

Member of the PICO National Network

Here’s what would seem like a good project — and probably was or is — to help stop prostitution, from PICO California — which was a citizen effort to report the license plates of the johns, referring to a stretch in Oakland known for its prostitution.   Good for “PICO California.” Notice the last sentence, though.  NOTICE HOW RECENT THIS ARTICLE IS, PLEASE!

Dear John:  Oakland residents are sending your number to the cops.”

October 12, 2012 | San Francisco Chronicle | Source Article

We don’t see the sale of our children as a ‘victimless crime,’” he said, referring to a common description of prostitution. “We are mostly concerned with how to best provide service to these girls.”

Another strategy in fighting prostitution, Joshi said, is to target pimps because they lure in younger girls and abuse women. “‘The Track’ is 100-percent pimp controlled,” she said, referring to the stretch of International Boulevard known for prostitution. “It’s violent, and women and children are not allowed to work there and keep money for themselves.”

Domestic Violence is a situation of violence in the home.  Religious homes are full of it!  Those women aren’t allowed to work anywhere and keep the money for themselves, many times.  I don’t know if any turn to prostitution (thankfully, I didn’t).   But, are we to believe that none of these “johns” were from religious homes? (Think again….)  This is good press for such an organization.  But to the extent they’re pushing marriage/fatherhood and soliciting its grants– and this church (Trinity) involved with PICO is, and moreover, other such organizations (also in PICO) do — they are contributing to the problem they are posing as solving.  The marriage/fatherhood movement is anti-feminist in origins, and partly (if not primarily) a backlash response to the battered women’s movement.  It doesn’t appear that PICO trainings run by even progressive clergy care much about this.   

Police and the DA’s office agree that the final front to tackle is customer demand. By sending letters directly to johns, the program aims to decrease demand and discourage repeat customers, Davis said. “This is a business,” Davis said during the September training session. “If [prostitutes] don’t have any buyers for their product, they’ll go elsewhere.”

But sex workers say the problem is much deeper than that. “Street-based work is very distinct,” said Amy Golden, 44, a sex worker from Oakland and a member of the Sex Worker Outreach Project, which advocates reducing the violence and stigma associated with sex work. “It’s often women who have other issues, who have other needs to be dealt with—substance abuse, violence in the home. There’s not a lot of resources for these women.”

I find it particularly objectionable as the word “ACT” to Christians connotes, generally speaking, not just the act of “Acting” but specifically the Book of Acts (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, ACTS, Romans — goes the New Testament.  Acts if the 5th book and symbolizes the beginning of the Christian Church.  it records the acts of the apostles.  The apostles in that book — and I show it below also — were not engage in social justice or reform acts.  But it’s a handy label, a basic “caller-ID” that’s known to the religious groups, and within their comfort level reference zone.  Apparently it’s used throughout the nation. Here’s one in South Carolina (the fine print says it’s a United Way Agency — but look at the logo!)  As to 990s — it’s doubled its assets since 2002:  They show “other income” of $77K — $65K from “Federated Campaigns” (probably through United Way, federal employee automatic contributions; it happens) and $19,500 “Government grants.”  They have one board member paid $56K (who signed the return) and seem to be providing — for a change — legitimate assistance:  food, prescription assistance, utilities help, and clothing, esp. to the elderly living on, for example, $925 a month!  They coordinate volunteers, etc.

ORGANIZATION NAME

STATE

YEAR

TOTAL ASSETS

FORM

PAGES

EIN

Area Churches Together Serving SC 2011 $411,863 990 25 57-0826271
Area Churches Together Serving SC 2010 $398,289 990 25 57-0826271
Area Churches Together Serving SC 2009 $347,077 990 25 57-0826271
Area Churches Together Serving SC 2008 $346,579 990 23 57-0826271
Area Churches Together Serving SC 2007 $291,377 990 19 57-0826271
Area Churches Together Serving SC 2006 $265,353 990 20 57-0826271
Area Churches Together Serving SC 2005 $239,235 990 18 57-0826271
Area Churches Together Serving SC 2004 $231,142 990 15 57-0826271
Area Churches Together Serving SC 2003 $202,430 990 17 57-0826271
Area Churches Together Serving SC 2002 $190,975 990 15 57-0826271

Even the little one in Georgia is acquiring some assets.  Money and organizational status attracts money.  Being a single individual doesn’t necessarily!

Area Churches Together Serving Inc. GA 2010 $27,085 990EZ 10 27-2585131
Area Churches Together Serving Inc. GA 2009 $12,371 990EZ 9 27-2585131
Area Churches Together Serving Inc. GA 2008 $0 990EO 8 27-2585131
Area Churches Together Serving Inc. GA 2007 $0 990EZ 10 27-2585131

 Here’s one in Georgia:

Area Churches Together Serving logo

This one happens to be an in-compliance nonprofit:






AREA CHURCHES TOGETHER SERVING, INC. J307801 Non-Profit Corporation Active/Compliance

It is a specific religious adaptation of techniques of community advocacy for chosen goals — it’s training in how to be a “change agent.”   The PICO process includes screening (recruiting, it’s called!) for people with leadership potential and commitment — pulling them out for PICO conferences (to be indoctrinated in the conferencing organization’s long-term strategic goals) and then “sending forth” — back to their local CHURCHES to infuse the CHURCH congregation with whatever that agenda is, and TRAIN (indoctrinate) them to go forth and do more of the same.

This ideally merges with other agenda — in this case the United States Government’s HHS-funded TANF diversions happened to merge with PICO/ACT in both process and goals.  In fact, we are probably at this point being governed by the “change-agent” process itself, and most people attending are either subject to this, influenced by it, or in the ranks.    This process has a history, and the history should be known:

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1. Educate the members of SoJust on how to do advocacy effectively by having all active members attend a Bread for the World Advocacy Workshop (DONE).

2. Determine the social justice concerns of the congregation by training all active SoJust members in the PICO/ACT process of listening and having each interview at least 4 members of the congregation to determine their social justice concerns (IN PROCESS).

Just for a flavor — because I previously traced a fatherhood group in southern california specifically to a PICO (PICO actively solicits and screens for leadership for change-agents from churches; it is an outgrowth of the older “IAF” (Industrial Areas Foundation) Saul Alinsky, etc. movement.  While IAF openly “used” churches to mobilize, PICO has more than embraced churches themselves, and seeks to strengthen them as neighborhood influences to obtain desired legal changes.   I wrote this up in some detail over at “Scranton Political Times” (Joe Pilchesky’s -formerly BOTH Pilchesky’s moderated forum).  PICO is absolutely already connected to the fatherhood funding movement, in southern California and in Ohio, they seem to find people who have religious “awakenings” or conversions, and then go forth and “evangelize” locally for the pre-planned program.

Churches are great places to find people of all stripes prone to having sudden revelations about starting a new movement — all they need is a little prompting and guidance; they will not critically examine the consequences once under way.  Evangelism is the order of the day, once the “awakening” has happened.

Again — what I just did here is simply stop by the church web site, look to see any overt “marriage/fatherhood” ministries (which, unlike the St. Giles Presby or other places, I did not) — but I see PICO — and below, we are going to see Carolyn Curtis have a religious revelation about how to “help more families” (expand her practice) through federal grants.

The HHS system NEEDS people like this — and it’s time for the rest of us to start asking, WHY?  Kickbacks?  WHY take money from needy families and instead attempt to indoctrinate them into marriages?  It’s fairly obvious why churches might — but why would the federal government?  Is IT a church?

Do the math….

Here’s the SoJust material (among many others) at Trinity — and you can clearly see, it’s a private, select, regular meeting to determine what social actions they wish to take.  Here’s the agenda, part of it:

Please read and understand:  Whether it’s the Sarah Palin/Michelle Bachmann and friends end of the spectrum — or (apparently) the other end of the spectrum — HHS has one program for both of them — which I am showing us in these grants.  Either side can be played to, and has been.  This one in particular, I’m going to mention “PICO/ACT” because PICO/ACT has an agenda.

I’m going to be overlapping and having intercepting quotes.  the “SoJust” quotes will be light-blue background.  The Smartmarriages quotes, light- green, and there are some Bible quotes with a light-pink background below… These took time to manually inserted, each time.  I hope this helps communicate!   

Trinity SoJust Charter (2008)

Trinity Cathedral, SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY MINISTRY (SoJust), 5/29/08

Mission:

Obey Jesus’ command to do the works that He did and thus help establish the Kingdom of God in this world, in this life;


This is a church.  I am going to show where this command is in this Bible, and how that opening phrase is taken out of context, and simply used as an excuse.  I didn’t learn the Bible “in church” I actually read it, consistently, and for years.  For one, it’s interesting!  So when a casual fragment of phrase is put out as a preface to some program, by someone with a platform to speak from — I will often know where that specific phrase came from.  It will take some paragraphs, and quoting the Bible.  Then I will go back, and show what the SoJust Charter — once it’s established it has nothing to do with what they just, up front, claimed Jesus commanded to do — is actually going to be doing, in other words, just how great the “spin” was – it was a 180 degree “spin” — to imply the exact opposite goal, and the exact opposite means (and tools) for achieving that goal!

And Yes, I do relate this to “healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood” which are producing, also (after their kind as it says in Genesis 1!) the “exact opposite” of healthy marriages and responsible fathers!  Again:

Trinity Cathedral, SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY MINISTRY (SoJust), 5/29/08

Mission:

Obey Jesus’ command to do the works that He did and thus help establish the Kingdom of God in this world, in this life;

To consider this, one must lay aside whether or not Jesus existed, or did miracles.  The context, within Trinity, is of a man (or woman, or group of people in this charter) speaking for Jesus (in his absence, obviously) to people who say collectively, they do, and this charter is using that belief system to justify engaging in various social justice programs, chosen by them as good ones.   As we are to “take it on faith” (do none of these people read their own scriptures?) that Jesus actually commanded it, I gather, they are also to “take it on faith” that the social justice programs overall, are socially just.

This one is from John 14:12 and is not talking about social justice — it’s talking specifically about performing miracles..  It is taken from the chapters immediately preceding the seizing and crucifixion of Jesus, which according to the gospels, He knew in advance was about to happen.  He is comforting his disciples, who are very distressed about this.  In this chapter, “the Last Supper” has already happened, and the comfort Jesus is referring to includes the future presence of “the Comforter” in their lives, i.e., holy spirit.  The reference has absolutely nothing to do with transforming the present world by speaking up for the just and changing its political systems, as worthy a cause as that might be.

And I’ll say this — that anyone who is using the name of Jesus and twisting and misquoting what are allegedly some of his last words, significant to Christians (or they should be!) — will betray, twist, or misquote basically, anything.  However good they look otherwise.   Jesus did not do any of the works they are talking about and advocating:

From John 14: (every word, here is a hyperlink to the underlying Greek/hover or click)

1Let not your heart be troubled ye believe in God believe also in me

2In my Father’s house are many mansions if it were not so I would have told__youI go to preparea place for you 3And if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am there ye may be also

And whither I go ye know and the wayye know5Thomas saith unto him Lord we know not whither thou goest and how can we know the way6Jesus saith unto him I am the way __ the truth and the life no man cometh unto the Father but by me  7Ifye had known me__ye should have known my Father also and from henceforth ye know him and have seen him

8Philip saith unto him Lord shew us the Father and it sufficeth us 9Jesus saith unto him Have I been so long time with you and yet hast thou not known me Philip he that hath seen me hath seen the Father and how sayest thou then Shew us the Father10Believest thou not that I am in the Father and the Father in me the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself but the Father that dwelleth in me he doeth the works

~ ~ ~

WHAT WORKS? WHAT WORKS IS JESUS REFERRING TO,

THAT HE SAYS, “THE FATHER DOES?”

HERE’S WHAT TRINITY SoJust Charter (2008) is talking about — and puts at the top of their page, that Jesus commanded us to do (what this agenda is going to be):   I’m showing you the Bible — this is not a question about whether what Trinity wants to do is good, noble, nice, or helpful.

I’m asking:  Are they quoting Jesus (whose name is used to promote the agenda) right, or not?

Trinity Cathedral, SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY MINISTRY (SoJust), 5/29/08

Mission:

Obey Jesus’ command to do the works that He did and thus help establish the Kingdom of God in this world, in this life;

(DO they even acknowledge what works that he did, or believe it themselves?)

~ ~ ~

11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me or else believe me for the very works’ sake12 Verily verily I say unto you He that believeth on me the works that I do shall he do also and greater works than these shall he do because I go unto my Father13And__whatsoever__ye shall ask in my name that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son14If ye shall ask any thing in my name I will do it . . .

 

Jesus did many things to speak out against and confront evil, hypocrisy (see my recent post with this word in it) and in many ways even set a pattern of anachronistic, awareness of the plight of women — and outcasts.

  • Did he say form social organizations and run for-profit classes to teach family members to get along with each other?
  • Was he saying, fix this world and bring in the kingdom of God — or was he saying, the kingdom of God is coming, repent and prepare for it?
  • Did he say heal the sick, raise the dead cleanse the lepers throw out devil spirits… or was he saying, run classes and by collaboration gain social power for political change?
  • (Did he say, advocate for same-sex marriage?)

 

Yes he did — but when a person sits in a church setting (Trinity Cathedral here) and in a SoJust organizational charter, and with intent to organize politically for “social justice” — does so misquoting Jesus — what follows is likely to be just as dishonest in purpose and means, even if it looks really good.  Anyone familiar with scripture would know this, which is one reason I’m pointing this out on a secular (or, at least, public) blog — because many people do not realize, if they themselves are areligious – just HOW dishonest the religious are with their own “Book.”

Just one more quote, to again show — at least per the gospels — what “doing the works that he did”consisted of, at least in the gospels (the book of Acts continues to show others doing similar works — namely healings, miracles, etc.).  This is from Matthew 10, and I’m going to “inflict” the entire section on there — to show its context is the EXACT opposite of what this group is saying.

Now, whether it’s a good idea to have social justice or not — is not the point here.  It is.  But people who are willing to use their religious and spiritual authority (or influence) over others, misquoting their own Bible — will likely misquote and be as dishonest, with the programs they are recommending.  After all — it’s a church.  Is its main theme “God” stuff or is that, too, just a cover for some other operations?

Like using ONE marriage therapist to set up a multi-million$$ network of churches and run classes through them up and down the state of California?

The Works that Jesus told his Disciples to Do: (sorry about the formatting…..)

(Matthew 10:  KJV with “Strong’s #s” = links to the Greek)  In which Jesus sends out his 12 disciples/apostles, to have them do “the works that he did.”  The word “apostolos” means one that is sent. Before they were sent, they were given power to do “the works”  which are listed….


1And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples he gave them power against unclean spirits to cast them out and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease 

2Now the names of the twelve apostles are these The first Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother Jamesthe son of Zebedee and John his brother Philip andBartholomewThomas and Matthew the publican James the son of Alphaeus and Lebbaeus whose surname was Thaddaeus 4Simon the Canaanite and Judas Iscariot who also betrayed him

5These twelve Jesus sent forth and commanded them saying Go not into the way of the Gentiles and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not6But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel7 And as ye go preach saying The kingdom of heavenis at hand

8 Heal the sick cleanse the lepers raise the dead cast out devils freely ye have received freely give 9 Provide neither gold nor silver nor brass in your purses 10 Nor scrip for your journey neither two coats neither shoes nor yet staves for the workman is worthy of hismeat 11And into whatsoever__city or town ye shall enter enquire who in it is  worthy and there abide till__ye go thence 12And when ye come into an house salute it13And if__the house be worthy let your peace come upon it but if it be not worthy let your peace return to you14And whosoever shall not receive you nor hear your words when ye depart out of that house or city shake off the dustof yourfeet15VerilyI sayunto youIt shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment than for that city

16Behold I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves 17 But beware of men for they will deliver you up to the councils and they will scourge you in their synagogues 18 And ye shall be brought before governors and __ kings for my sake for a testimony against them and the Gentiles 19But when they deliver you up take no thought how or what ye shall speak for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak20Forit is not ye that speak but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you

21And the brother  shall deliver up the brother to death and the father the child and the children shall rise up against their parents and cause them to be put to death22And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake bu the that endureth to the end shall be saved . . .

Wow — does that sound like restorative justice and fixing the systems of this world?  

Or, does it sound instead (180 degrees the opposite) like announcing (with supernatural power and “works” like Jesus, also, did) that there is a greater and future kingdom coming (regardless of the cost of preaching this  message) and saying, having the authority to do this, work miracles (of deliverance) for people and then, having their attention — deliver the message.  “The workman is worthy of his hire.”  — what was the work Jesus’ disciples were to do?

Were they to network, preach “make sure you get along with your family members and have healthy marriages” and go get some money from the Emperor? Or to focus on establishing peace with their relatives?  Or . . .  (See that reference to Sodom & Gomorrah?…..)    Is it REALLY talking about “establishing the Kingdom of God in this world, in this life?” Or is it talking about, in light of another kingdom coming, repentance?

Think maybe the Groups at Trinity Cathedral are a little over-invested in their power and influence in THIS world, every bit as much as (probably distasteful to this particular crew) the overtly Dominionist Rick Perry/Michelle Bachmann groups?

Aug 14, 2011 10:51 PM EDT

Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry aren’t just devout—both have deep ties to a fringe fundamentalist movement known as Dominionism, which says Christians should rule the world.

How is the Sacramento Episcopal Cathedral’s actions any different?  Because they are calling it SoJust?

Looks to me like they still believe they should receive religious perks, do religious networking, facilitate getting public grants, and change // redeem THIS world — and calling it “for the kingdom of God” which I call, simply lying.   (incidentally the word “Trinity” does not occur in the Bible, either, and the primary Trinitarian phrase often used as the “Great Commission” (Matthew 28:19) is most likely an addition, per plenty of scholars – in fact the last two chapters of matthew, some sources say, were…)

OK now, seriously — Let’s get Honest — who is it, really, that is MOST invested in the systems of this world — if not the religious and political leaders of it?  And since when — ever — have not these two elements, once established in SOME power — not collaborated, telling their flocks — to “Give us some more of it, for justice, God, and country?

How different is this from indulgences?  When the coin into the can clings, a soul from purgatory springs.  Jesus watched the same thing in his times (“the widow and her farthing“Mark 12:this link is to an atheist site which makes the point that, while this story is used to condemn the powerful and connected, it doesn’t — as some may think — praise the widow for giving her last farthing to them!)

Perhaps the passage is not meant so much as praise for those who give everything but a further condemnation of the rich and powerful. They direct institutions in a manner that allows them to live well while the rest of society is exploited to keep those institutions running — institutions which, in theory, should exist to *help the poor, not consume what few resources they have.

While I am for social change, and not ignoring cruelty and injustice in this world either (in case that’s not clear from the blog)!  It’s deceitful to refer to the Bible deceitfully to do so.  And if parishioners aren’t educated enough in their own Book (if that’s their book) to figure this out, then others — non-attenders, non-believers — ought to figure out that when these outfits are dishonest in the scriptures, they will be dishonest with money as well.  They are manipulators – and this level of manipulation should be stopped.

Make them solicit their own donations and sell their own product & services without tax perks, and REMOVE ALL federal funding to their programs.   So what if Episcopalians are politically correct in some areas — they’re off in others, obviously.


(Getting it Back to Episcopalian Sacramento, and PICO etc. within Trinity Cathedral, and the STORY of how healthy marriage grants (faith-based) came this way….)

Trinity SoJust Charter (2008)

Trinity Cathedral, SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY MINISTRY (SoJust), 5/29/08

Mission:

Obey Jesus’ command to do the works that He did and thus help establish the Kingdom of God in this world, in this lifeand fulfill our Baptismal Covenant to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being. Do this by encouraging respectful and open minded consideration of all points of view, peaceful resolution of differences, and reconciliation of estranged parties. Do this by encouraging just and compassionate governance that focuses on preventing social and moral ills from occurring in the first place, not just ameliorating or eradicating them after they have been created by unjust and uncompassionate governance.

Looks like there may be some difference between their “Baptismal Covenant” and the gospel.  Never mind — call it a ministry anyhow, and use the name of Jesus — hey, it works!

(SoJust 2008 Charter from Trinity Episcopal, Continued)

Scope of Operation:

1. Cover all areas of government: local, state, federal, regional international organizations (e.g., NAFTA), the United Nations, and lobbyists thereto.

2. Include all actions of governance: legislation, policies, procedures, administration.

3. Work with other Trinity ministries and members, with other parishes and churches, and with other organizations and individuals that wish to advocate social justice.

The Bible sure has a lot to say about justice, and what a shame more of it isn’t heard.  It talks about fraud, about not lying, cheating (including on one’s spouse), stealing, bearing false witness; it says “diverse balance” is an abomination to the Lord; it talks about a host of relevant things that, if parishioners actually practiced and believed them (plus the gospel), there might not be declining membership!   It also talks about a future day of judgment, and as I showed above, that those who call them his disciples were to, as he sent them “heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils.”   He essential told them to do miracles in his name, assuring them that he had the power to do this.

Goals:

1. Invite and empower those with a calling to this ministry to participate as a member or friend of the Trinity Social Justice Advocacy Ministry (SoJust). SoJust members are expected to attend regularly Ministry monthly meetings. SoJust friends will be included in all member distribution lists, but will not be expected to attend Ministry monthly meetings.

2. Identify, publicize, organize, and participate in opportunities for advocacy at all levels of government and with groups such as A.C.T. (Area Congregations Together), Bread for the World, California Council of Churches IMPACT, etc.

3. Provide advocacy opportunities for those not called to be members of SoJust to participate in this ministry on an occasional basis in areas of interest to them.

Initial Strategy:

Focus on areas already identified by the Church as worthy of advocacy, such as the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals, and on educating those in the SoJust ministry on how to advocate effectively, using resources such as PICO/ACT, Bread for the World, and Sojourners’ Windchangers

The Church (tax-exempt, we don’t get to read its 990s) as “PAC” — Just Take It On Faith these are good causes.  

Identify, establish contacts with, and cooperate with other organizations, ministries, parishes, churches, etc. that do or want to do social justice advocacy.

The following organizations have been identified and are being cooperated with:

Bread for the World, PICO/ACT (Area Congregations Together), Integrity, Sojourners, Steven Ministry at Trinity, Trinity Health Ministry, T.R.E.E., California Equality for All, Justice Reform Alliance, California Council of Churches IMPACT. **The following organizations have been identified: California Forward, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, the Episcopal Public Policy Network, and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. SoJust is attempting to identify other organizations to work with to promote the freedom and welfare of the Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet and to promote world peace and civil rights..

**Includes “Marriage Equality.”  While I’m no friend of the other side of THAT aisle, the Bible does address the issue.  This group simply likes to play both sides of the fence (see also orange-red background re: Carol Reese taking county funding to function as a Chaplain in Cook County, IL).

California Council of Churches

4044 Pasadena Ave
Sacramento, California 95821

This address is a little opaque.  here’s its one-page web-presence.   Hmmm..

We Proclaim Jesus Christ
and Promote Communities of Joy, Hope, Love and Peace

Address 4044 Pasadena Ave, Sacramento CA, 95821
Phone (916) 487-7234
Pastor Stephen Fugate

Their allegiance, per “mission center” is:

About Us

We are an international Christian church with 250,000 members found in more than 50 nations. Our World Headquarters, including a Temple dedicated to the pursuit of peace, is located in Independence, Missouri. The church was organized in 1830 in New York State. (from a link-through….):

(Our Faith)

Preface
The Good News of Jesus Christ is at the center of the faith and beliefs of Community of Christ. We are a worldwide community and are committed to follow Jesus, bring forth the kingdom of God, and seek together the revealing, renewing presence of the Holy Spirit. We offer here our Basic Beliefs, not as the last word, but as an open invitation to all to embark on the adventure of discipleship. As we seek God’s continuing guidance, we encourage all people to study the scriptures and think about their experiences as they engage in the life of the church.

God
We believe in one living God who meets us in the testimony of Israel {{meaning ??}}, is revealed in Jesus Christ, and moves through all creation as the Holy Spirit. We affirm the Trinity—God who is a community of three persons. All things that exist owe their being to God: mystery beyond understanding and love beyond imagination. This God alone is worthy of our worship.

  • {{LGH Note:  the theme of “community” “family” comes in part from this concept of God as a Family.  Therefore, to break up a family is like breaking up God.  Moreover, the call to engage — is to engage especially in the Church as a Family.  “This God alone is worth our worship.”  (So much for respecting the other monotheistic traditions!)}}

Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, the Word made flesh, the Savior of the world, fully human and fully divine. Through Jesus’ life and ministry, death and resurrection, God reconciles the world and breaks down the walls that divide. Christ is our peace.

For more, see We Proclaim Jesus Christ at www.CofChrist.org/OurFaith/christology.asp.

It goes on:

Christ’s mission is our mission. From this point forward {{huh??}}, all ministries, personnel, and resources of the World Church will be focused on the whole mission of Jesus Christ through fivelife-changing, church-changing, and world-changing Mission Initiatives.  {{OK, everyone get with the program now!!}}

crossInvite People to Christ
Christ’s mission of evangelism

heartAbolish Poverty, End Suffering
Christ’s mission of compassion

dovePursue Peace on Earth
Christ’s mission of justice and peace

templeDevelop Disciples to Serve
Equip individuals for Christ’s mission

swirlExperience Congregations in Mission
Equip congregations for Christ’s mission

MISSION #1 BEING EXPRESSED AS GETTING PEOPLE TO JOIN AND STARTING NEW CHURCHES:

We fulfill God’s ultimate vision as we…

  • Baptize/Confirm Many New Members
  • Open New Congregations
  • Launch the Church in New Nations

MISSION #3 (PURSUE PEACE ON EARTH) INCLUDES HELPING ESTABLISH THE TEMPLE IN INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI (for the uninformed, Independence, MO is a fairly well to do suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, last I heard. . . . . . . ) Here’s the center of peace, photo co. “Jim Doty”:

Temple and auditorium at night

(this also explains why yours truly looks things up:  Community of Christ is reorganized LDS)…the building was dedicated in 1994, same year as VAWA and NFI….

NOW, will you stand with me in stopping the marriage/fatherhood grants, Puh-leeze? Or are you in favor of public funding of local — or not so local — “PROPHET-PRESIDENTS” for directing public policy?

The Temple in Independence, Missouri, is a house of worship and education “dedicated to the pursuit of peace”.[1] It dominates the skyline ofIndependence, MissouriUSA, and has become the focal point of the headquarters of the Community of Christ (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints[2]). The temple was built by theCommunity of Christ in response to a revelation presented to their 1984World Conference by then church prophet-president Wallace B. Smith. This revelation culminated instructions shared over the course of more than 150 years by prior prophet-presidents recognized by the Community of Christ.Groundbreaking for the temple took place Friday 6 April 1990, and the completed structure was dedicated on Sunday 17 April 1994.

It appears that Wallace B. Smith, above, (grandson of Joseph Smith, son of former president W. Wallace Smith) could see which way the wind was blowing and helped allow the ordination of females. . . . . and changed their name (so we might not readily see the historical origins?) No one said these people weren’t smart or organized! From Wikipedia:

Son of President W. Wallace Smith, he was designated as his father’s successor in 1976, and ordained church president in 1978 when his father retired to emeritus status. Wallace B. Smith is a great-grandson of Joseph Smith, Jr.
. . . (the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement), and was a practicing ophthalmologist in the Independence, Missouri area before accepting ordination to Community of Christ’s leadership.

Wallace B. Smith’s presidency was notable for authorizing construction of the church’s Temple in Independence, Missouri in 1990-1994, and for promoting at the same time a church conference vote on Thursday, April 5, 1984 which approved ordination of females to priesthood offices: The first ordination took place on Sunday, November 17, 1985.[2] Smith is also credited with being one of the first church leaders to formally propose a name-change for the church, at a Joint Council retreat in 1994. At the subsequent World Conference in 1996, the proposed name change (to “Community of Christ” from “Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”) was not approved by a majority vote at that time, but conference approval did take place during the April, 2000 World Conference, four years after Smith’s retirement as prophet-president of the church.

On September 19, 1995, Smith announced he was retiring as prophet, seer and revelator of the church, and he designated W. Grant McMurray as his successor. Smith formally retired on Monday, April 15, 1996, at which time his successor McMurray was ordained in a ceremony at the RLDS Auditorium.

…. This building was $35 million. No doubt it will help with eliminating world poverty to simply be there and inspire others to go forth…..  ‘Swirly Rocket-Ship Temple” (from “Roadside America”) helps us by explaining:

Swirly Rocket Ship Temple.

Built at a cost of $35 million in the early 1990s. The ceiling of the sanctuary of this super-sized ice cream swirl is so high that you are asked to sit before you look up.

Even though the Temple LOOKS kinda like a Mormon temple, it is in fact the #1 temple of the Community of Christ Church, which split from the Mormons some years ago (The CCC still holds to some Mormon beliefs). And, across the street from the Temple, is what’s known locally as the Mormon Visitors Center — but don’t assume that it’s part of the same attraction or religion. It’s not. The Visitors Center is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), which hopes to build its OWN temple here one day. If you’re not a Mormon, this is probably confusing.

And just in case all my words are so, so confusing, California Church Impact is, in effect, an organization out of the same address (I look up street addresses, right?) as the Community of Christ.
Here’s google maps of 4044 Pasadena, Sacramento, which takes up the better portion of a block; situated on the corner:
And Sacramento, California’s  Episcopalian Trinity Cathedral SoJust” Mission/calling ministry —  sees that nonprofit– (pause to see the Mother Ship  $35 million tower built in the 1990s, again) an organization ” has identified THIS organization to work for ‘SOCIAL ADVOCACY.”  PerHAPS the following diagram may explain what these two religious organizations have in common.  Notice the date of founding of the California one here:
California Church Impact, California Council Of Churches Impact
Employer Identification Number (EIN) 680346604
Name of Organization California Church Impact
Secondary Name California Council Of Churches Impact
In Care of Name Rick Schlosser
Address 4044 Pasadena Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821
Website http://www.churchimpact.org
Activities Propose, support, or oppose legislation
Subsection Civic League
Ruling Date 01/1996
Deductibility Contributions are not deductible
Foundation All organizations except 501(c)(3)
Organization Corporation
Exempt Organization Status Unconditional Exemption
Tax Period 2011
Assets $0
Income $0
Filing Requirement 990 – Required to file Form 990-N – Income less than $25,000 per year
Asset Amount $0
Amount of Income $0
Form 990 Revenue Amount $0
HOWEVER, “California Council of Churches” has a different EIN#, same street address (exactly) — is exempt because it’s a RELIGIOUS organization, and its ruling date was one year later.  Fancy that!

GENERAL INFORMATION

Nonprofit Organization California Council of Churches
Secondary Name Legislative News Alert
Address 4044 Pasadena Ave 
SacramentoCalifornia 95821-2868
Nonprofit Classification Religious Organization
Affiliation Independent
Organization Type Corporation
Deductibility Code Contributions are deductible.
EIN (Tax ID) 942780260

PURPOSE

Organization’s Purpose Religion-Related, Spiritual Development 
Compare Nonprofits: Religion-Related, Spiritual Development
Organization’s Specific Purpose Christian 
Compare Nonprofits: Christian

EXEMPTION INFORMATION

Exempt Code Unconditional Exemption
Foundation Code Church 170(b)(1)(A)(i)
Filing Requirement Code Not required to file (church)
Ruling Date Mar-97
Accounting Period December
And, being as it’s a church — of course you CAN donate to them.
Organization Name Registration Number Record Type Registration Status City State Registration Tygope Record Type
CALIFORNIA COUNCIL OF CHURCHES EX615842 Charity Exempt – Active SACRAMENTO CA Charity Registration Charity
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Here you go…..  Proof!  Notice Issue date is 1990, below:
Below is the detailed data for the registrant you selected.
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Registrant Information
Full Name: CALIFORNIA COUNCIL OF CHURCHES FEIN: 942780260
Type: Religious Corporate or Organization Number: 0170451
Registration Number: EX615842
Record Type: Charity Registration Type: Charity Registration
Issue Date: 12/31/1990 Renewal Due Date:
Registration Status: Exempt – Active Date This Status:
Date of Last Renewal:
Address Information
Address Line 1: 4044 PASADENA AVE Phone:
Address Line 2:
Address Line 3:
Address Line 4: SACRAMENTO CA 95821
Annual Renewal Information
Related Documents
No Related Documents
Prerequisite Information
No Prerequisite Information
WHILE I’M HERE, MIGHT AS WELL PUT THIS CHARITABLE (RELIGIOUSLY EXEMPT) ORGANIZATION UP — TOO!
Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C0073473 05/28/1913 ACTIVE TRINITY CATHEDRAL CHURCH IN THE DIOCESE OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MICHI LOW
INTERESTING — THE SAME YEAR THE INCOME TAX STARTED….
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Registrant Information
Full Name: TRINITY CATHEDRAL CHURCH IN THE DIOCESE OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FEIN: 941464736
Type: Religious Corporate or Organization Number: 0073473
Registration Number: EX564904
Record Type: Charity Registration Type: Charity Registration
Issue Date: 12/31/1990 Renewal Due Date:
Registration Status: Exempt – Active Date This Status:
Date of Last Renewal:
Address Information
Address Line 1: 2620 CAPITOL AVE Phone:
Address Line 2:
Address Line 3:
Address Line 4: SACRAMENTO CA 95816
Annual Renewal Information
Related Documents
No Related Documents
Prerequisite Information
No Prerequisite Information
Organization Name Registration Number Record Type Registration Status City State Registration Type Record Type
TRINITY CATHEDRAL CHURCH IN THE DIOCESE OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA EX564904 Charity Exempt – Active SACRAMENTO CA Charity Registration Charity
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(Back to information available when I clicked on “Community of Christ” earlier…. and their five-fold mission…  As with San Francisco’s famous “Futures Without Violence” (new real estate on the SF Praesidio) this large building also will, no doubt, help establish peace on earth, following the example of Jesus who — when asked by his disciples to comment on the temple, allegedly said, “not one stone shall be left upon the other.”

Pursue Peace on Earth

doveWe are poised to restore Christ’s covenant of peace, even the Zion of our hopes. The hope of Zion will become reality when we live Christ’s peace and generously share his peace with others.

girl

We fulfill God’s ultimate vision as we…

  • Establish the Temple as a Center to Promote Peacemaking throughout the World
  • Engage Children in Peacemaking around the World
  • Seek Justice, Create Peacemakers around the World
  • Unite with Others to Make Peace around the World

((Why not simply combine resources with the Vatican, and give the poor the difference?))

AND, TO SIMPLIFY YOUR COMING ON BOARD WITH THIS MISSION:

Giving to Christ’s Mission

Our World Mission Tithes will go to fulfill these five Mission Initiatives. You can support any or all of the Mission Initiatives in a variety of ways.

joffering Envelopes

Offering Envelopes

Weekly offering envelopes used in congregations for adults and children.

PAT form

Pre-Authorized Monthly
Checking Account Transfer 
(PAT)

Electronic transfer directly from your checking account each month.

Power of 10

Power of 10

Automatic debit/credit card contributions atwww.GiveYour10.org.

California Council of Churches IMPACT; Physical Address: Sacramento, CA 95821; EIN: 68-0346604

This is the only listed “council of churches” per Calif. Secretary of State — and the above group is taking donations:

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C1141631 05/11/1983 ACTIVE FOUNDATION FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO COUNCIL OF CHURCHES EDDIE C WELBON

(after I located the EIN# of the Council of Churches, and from there got its ” #” I was able to find the registration.  I’m a little puzzled as to why the “rule date” for the “California Council of  Churches” below (see blue-background California Charity filing, underneath the “Swirly Rocket Ship” temple) is only 1990 if this organization was from 1937.  You tell me!  Does that make sense, if Rick Schlosser is still alive as the Agent?  I guess the Secretary of State would have that information:

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C0170451 03/05/1937 ACTIVE CALIFORNIA COUNCIL OF CHURCHES RICK SCHLOSSER
Entity Name: CALIFORNIA COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
Entity Number: C0170451
Date Filed: 03/05/1937
Status: ACTIVE
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Entity Address: 4044 PASADENA AVE
Entity City, State, Zip: SACRAMENTO CA 95821
Agent for Service of Process: RICK SCHLOSSER
Agent Address: 3861 SAINTSBURY DR
Agent City, State, Zip: SACRAMENTO CA 95834

So, obviously, this church like many such large ones, are going to be centers of influence, of non-profit formation and centers for social change.  That’s hardly news.

But – maybe it’s time to rethink whether they should be given federal tax-exempt status at all, when this is being used to funnel more grants for political activity without a REPRESENTATIVE VOICE when it’s nationally networked, and affecting — specifically, women here — nationally.  It’s not the cause — it’s the means.   Anyone can cook up any number of SoJust (socalled) causes — but when it comes to justice — the thing is, the process; the means.

And the fact is — unless everyone, individually, is willing to track everyone — individually — of these grantees and eliminate the ones covering up criminal behavior against their flock, embezzlement, money-laundering, failures to file and more — I suggest we just turn off the tap, and turn on the lights!  

I actually appreciate the Bible, and at a very real level, “get’ its message.  I no longer use the word “Christian” lest it be associated with this crowd.

They are not simply social organizations like any other social organizations — they are among the most dishonest and manipulative social organizations around, no matter how it’s analyzed or scrutinized!!

The word “mission” is from the root word “to SEND” (missile, remit, missive — right?  It has a specifically religious connotation and origin, too.  Was this really Carolyn Curtis’ mission, or Diane Sollee’s plus the religious network’s mission?  Carolyn is a single woman who had a near-religious awakening after attending the conference.  whether this awakening was genuine, or a sudden realization of a nice future source of clients and income to “help” by running them through classes, I’m not to judge.  I do know that the faucet for these networks needs to be turned off — and particularly, removed from religious hands.  I also happen that most people are, when you get right down to it, are religious and shouldn’t be given large pools of anyone else’s money for any other purpose too far-removed from the donors — at least not when it comes through any government entity.  Now that I know better.  For Building roads or dams – maybe.  Building marriages?  No!

SO — HERE IS HOW THEY DID IT, THE HEALTHY MARRIAGE COALITION IN CALIFORNIA!


SmartMarriages

(Carolyn Curtis and her Mission in Sacramento, cont’d.)

“During The Smart Marriages Conference, the leading professional conference for marriage education, I discovered that communities all over the United States were organizing and reducing their divorce rates by as much as 50%.  New research and programs had been developed with a new approach that focuses on learning relationship skills in a classroom setting. When I went to Smart Marriages I realized instead of helping one family at a time in my counseling practice, I could be reaching hundreds of families and changing our community.

I knew it would take a grass roots movement to realize my vision of creating a community where healthy relationships thrive, but I had no idea how to start one in Sacramento.  I had heard that most communities when they began this work had started with a collaboration of faith based organizations.  I approached Dean Don Brown for guidance.  Little did I know that Dean Brown was a “mover and shaker” in this community.  He helped to found several non profits, and had served on the boards of many more.

He laid out a plan of action for me. He suggested that I begin by forming an Honorary Advisory Board, and connected me with local leaders of faith based organizations.  He knew many, and guided me to people who would be most able to offer the support we needed.

Maybe he’d already been recruited by or been through PICO training.  Note he was on the board of any nonprofits….

Within six months, I had an Honorary Advisory Board with many of the most influential faith based leaders in our community, including David Thompson of Westminster Presbyterian, Metwali Amir of SALAM, Dr. Phillip Gougeaux of Calvary Christian Center , John Rieschick, Sacramento Catholic Dioceses, Phil Lee of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and Rick Cole of Capital Christian Center.  Eventually, every major faith was represented on our board. Within a very short period of time I had an organization with credibility.

Don then suggested that I meet with Bishop Lamb with his introduction. He was sure that Bishop Lamb would be interested in supporting this initiative.  Soon I was in Bishop Lamb’s office, and he offered three things:

1) We could start our organization under the umbrella of Episcopal Community Services;

2) The Episcopal Community Services Director, Jack Hanstein, would mentor our organization;

3) They would provide the funds needed for us to apply for our 501(c)(3) Status.  These three gifts were crucial for our success.  With this partnership with Episcopal Community Services, we immediately became a nonprofit being able to accept donations.

Within a year, we applied for and received nonprofit status.   

Jack was a fabulous mentor because of his many years of experience helping many other organizations get started. He guided us to form our first board, write our by-laws, and supported our first grant writing endeavors.

We had our first community outreach meeting in 2005 with 12 churches participating.  All agreed to start a 10 Great Dates program. The inspiration for this program came from Jim Richardson.  While we were traveling with the choir in England, I shared my vision with Jim and Laurie.  Here I got my first dose of reality.

My expectation was that this mission was going to be enthusiastically accepted.  Jim responded that Trinity had done relationship classes in the past.  He discovered that the only people who attended were from other churches.

No one wanted to admit that they had a problem.  I now knew that we needed a program that was fun and safe with no group sharing.  I chose 10 Great Dates for our first program and it turned out to be the perfect program.  15 churches participated in the spring of 2005.  In 2005 and 2006, approximately 40 churches, synagogues, and mosques offered 10 Great Dates and 400 people attended 10 Great Dates programs in the Greater Sacramento area from Yuba City, Roseville and Elk Grove.  What a start!

In 2005-06, we received our first grant, $50,000 for capacity building from the federal government.  With this grant, and with the continued support of Trinity, we eventually reached approximately 75 faith based organizations in the area and provided 30,000 hours of relationship education.  We have regularly been on Trinity’s prayer list and part of the prayer chain.  I remember Shelley Mydans telling me when I was absolutely overwhelmed at the task at hand that I had more support than I knew.  Everyone was praying for us.  All of the support has lead to great things: from these beginning efforts, our organization has received national recognition, and I was asked to speak at the White House.

In 2006, we received another grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for $2.5 millionto serve low income pregnant unwed couples or couples with an infant, the most fragile of all of our families.

Gee, I wonder where she picked up that last phrase from!  As we know, HHS has $2.5 million to spare (from TANF — it’s called DIVERSIONS) to help marry off single-mothers, etc.

Many of our participants are third generation without a man in the home, grew up in an environment of domestic violence, or have been involved with Child Protective Services and the foster care system.


There’s a sucker is born every minute, and it’s true — you can make a fine salary (over $100K) heading up a non-filing  nonprofit, IF you will sell your soul in the process, and are willing screw the honest, or lie to yourself.  IF you truly believe that the ends justifies the means — even when that means undermining the rule of law, and the justice system, by setting up bribes to be used IN that justice system!

ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE SHOULD BE FOR ANOTHER POST, BUT I DECIDED TO GO BACK OVER THE HISTORY OF THE I.A.F., ABOVE, ONCE I SAW PICO INVOLVED AT TRINITY.

THE MATTER OF UNIVERSITY OF DENVER GETTING ALL THOSE GRANTS RELATES IN PART TO THE CURRICULUM THEY DEVELOPED (PREP) WITH STANLEY MARKMAN.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _  _ _

In just one hour yesterday, on referral from a woman in California about a certain nonprofit, I found another . It’s simply a publisher’s clearinghouse, taking money from about four levels of government, and averaging $14 & $15 million a year, that’s revenues and assets.  They hire people at $15 an hour to go into middle schools and ask kids what kind of protection they are using, in fact almost any area of inquiry about education — is marketed and studied.  They market to captive audiences — K-12th (and beyond).

I looked up the CEO (who was earning over $200K a year — along with at least four others earning over $100K) — and guess what her degree was?  A  bachelors in psychology from SUNY!  She then went into organizational management and media.  End of story…  Why pay taxes on all those sales to provide real services?  No, it’s tax-exempt.

That is EXACTLY what’s happening, too.

Consider:

It almost doesn’t matter where someone digs in and takes a closer look — the important thing is, that enough concerned people DO.  Pretty much, you’ll find only a few patterns of expansionist and grants-grabbing behavior.  Both are grants-grabbing, internet-enabled, conference-connected, and intent to profit from mentoring others with the goal of behavioral change.  Some do it the religious way, some use religious people, and some are less religious, more into the Psychological Therapeutic angle (like that’s not its own “religion” when also examined a little more??  Ever read the about the various leaders and founders of one or another school of psychology?  It might as well be religion!

And some in the United States also relate to the military complex — World War II, Operation Paperclip, etc.  Testing the limits of the human psyche to find its breaking point, HOW TO induce fragmented personality, hypnotize one persona to do this or that (blackmail, through appeal to a target’s vice, or assassinate) and then the other one will be unaware of what was done.

There are some female survivors of these processes which got out, worked hard to re-integrate, and reported what they went through, one, starting as a child kept naked in a cage.  A parent or relative already being blackmailed would sacrifice a child to the process to save his or her own behind…

[Link is up here within the past month, in the form of a chart of organized links to a site put together by journalists…]

 

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, OFFICE OF CONTRACTS & GRANTS F31MH064316 1 05/24/2002 93282 LAUREN M WEINSTOCK 626570808 $ 25,251
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, OFFICE OF CONTRACTS & GRANTS F31MH064316 2 05/29/2003 93282 LAUREN M WEINSTOCK 626570808 $ 27,063
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, OFFICE OF CONTRACTS & GRANTS F31MH064316 3 04/30/2004 93282 LAUREN M WEINSTOCK 626570808 $ 18,578
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER R01HD047564 1 09/30/2006 93865 SCOTT M STANLEY 007431760 $ 459,656
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER R01HD047564 2 09/04/2007 93865 SCOTT M STANLEY 007431760 $ 450,863
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER R01HD047564 3 08/11/2008 93865 SCOTT M STANLEY 007431760 $ 521,486
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER R01HD047564 3 10/21/2008 93865 SCOTT M STANLEY 007431760 $ 0
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER R01HD047564 4 08/28/2009 93865 SCOTT M STANLEY 007431760 $ 520,746
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER R01HD047564 5 08/23/2010 93865 SCOTT M STANLEY 007431760 $ 510,360
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER R01HD048780 1 04/29/2006 93865 SCOTT M STANLEY 007431760 $ 565,865
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER R01HD048780 2 03/31/2007 93865 SCOTT M STANLEY 007431760 $ 576,518
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER R01HD048780 3 02/18/2008 93865 SCOTT M STANLEY 007431760 $ 556,682
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER R01HD048780 4 03/31/2009 93865 SCOTT M STANLEY 007431760 $ 570,374
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER R01HD048780 5 03/05/2010 93865 SCOTT M STANLEY 007431760 $ 565,440
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER R01HD048780 5 05/18/2011 93865 SCOTT M STANLEY 007431760 $ 0
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER R01HD048780 5 05/20/2011 93865 SCOTT M STANLEY 007431760 $ 0
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER R01HD048780 6 05/18/2011 93865 SCOTT M STANLEY 007431760 $ 588,726
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER R01HD048780 7 02/14/2012 93865 SCOTT M STANLEY 007431760 $ 566,055
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90CT0122 1 09/23/2003 93648 CATHRYN POTTER,MSW, PH.D. 007431760 $ 200,000
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90CT0122 2 07/21/2004 93648 CATHRYN POTTER,MSW, PH.D. 007431760 $ 200,000
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90CT0122 2 04/12/2005 93648 CATHRYN POTTER,MSW, PH.D. 007431760 $ 0
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90CT0122 3 07/22/2005 93648 CATHRYN POTTER,MSW, PH.D. 007431760 $ 200,000
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90CT0122 3 07/14/2006 93648 CATHRYN POTTER,MSW, PH.D. 007431760 $ 0
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90CT0122 3 09/18/2009 93648 CATHRYN POTTER,MSW, PH.D. 007431760 $- 1
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90CT0122 4 07/24/2006 93648 CATHRYN POTTER,MSW, PH.D. 007431760 $ 200,000
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90CT0122 4 04/26/2007 93648 CATHRYN POTTER,MSW, PH.D. 007431760 $ 0
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90CT0122 5 04/26/2007 93648 CATHRYN POTTER,MSW, PH.D. 007431760 $ 200,000
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90CT0122 5 04/10/2008 93648 CATHRYN POTTER,MSW, PH.D. 007431760 $ 0
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90OJ2021 1 09/23/2006 93595 CRYSTAL STREIT 007431760 $ 366,719
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90OJ2021 2 08/09/2007 93595 CRYSTAL STREIT 007431760 $ 387,724
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90OJ2021 2 03/18/2008 93595 CRYSTAL STREIT 007431760 $ 0
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90OJ2021 3 09/22/2008 93595 CRYSTAL STREIT 007431760 $ 413,723
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90OJ2021 3 04/30/2009 93595 JULIE CUNNINGHAM 007431760 $ 0
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90OJ2021 4 09/17/2009 93595 JULIE CUNNINGHAM 007431760 $ 430,116
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90OJ2021 4 08/27/2010 93595 JULIE CUNNINGHAM 007431760 $ 0
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (COLORADO SEMINARY) 90OJ2021 5 09/23/2010 93595 JULIE CUNNINGHAM 007431760 $ 434,479

Written by Let's Get Honest

October 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm

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