DE Ponderings, July 2017

The following article is taken from the IL/WI District Church of the Brethren newsletter  ¨The Reflector¨ July 2017, Volume 14, Issue 6.  If you´d like to subscribe to the Reflector, please leave a message in our contact box and we will have one sent directly to your inbox. 

Approximately one month ago, I served as the moderator for a public forum on the State Budget Impasse, which was held in the community of Canton. The forum focused on educating persons within our county about the adverse effects the state budget impasse was imposing on school districts, nursing homes, community colleges, and other social agencies, all of which depend on state funding for operational needs. Persons no longer receiving services from these agencies or who were likely to no longer be served as a result of the impasse stood to lose the most. For those of us who put the forum together, the impasse posed not so much a political matter but more so a justice issue.

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State Budget Impasse Forum, Audio Podcast

With the recent passing of the IL State Budget, it’s a great opportunity to revisit our recent State Budget Impasse Forum held at Canton H.S. This was a joint effort between churches, schools, and various community leaders. You can now listen to the forum through our church podcast or online at our church website (The video of the forum is still online as well thanks to Mark Bixler).

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State Budget Impasse Forum Resources

On Monday June 12 the Canton Church of the Brethren participated in the State Budget Impasse Forum. Several local and statewide media outlets attended and enthusiastically promoted this event. The purpose of this post is to offer you a place where you can find all these resources and learn more about how you can help.

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CCOB to Participate in Community Forum on IL State Budget Impasse

The CCOB is one of several community organizations that will be participating in an upcoming community forum to discuss how the IL budget impasse impacts Fulton County. The following is a press release about the event which will be moderated by our very own Pastor Kevin Kessler:

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DE Ponderings, May 2017

The following article is taken from the IL/WI District Church of the Brethren newsletter  ¨The Reflector¨ May 2017, Volume 14, Issue 4.  If you´d like to subscribe to the Reflector, please leave a message in our contact box and we will have one sent directly to your inbox. 

Late night show host Jimmy Kimmel opened his program Monday May 1, with an emotional monologue about the birth of his son which occurred just a few days before. Shortly after the birth, a nurse noticed that the baby’s color was purple (Kimmel´s words). A doctor was summoned and upon further testing it was discovered the baby had been born with a heart defect. Efforts began immediately to call in a specialist who within hours performed surgery that saved the little boy´s life as well as helping him avoid complications later on in life. Kimmel expressed thanks to all those instrumental in providing such great care for his newborn son. He also spoke with emotion about other children in the Children’s Hospital where his son’s surgery was performed.  He noted that his son and these other children had the opportunity for a future because of medical knowledge and care, and also because of medical insurance. He wondered what it would be like for children in need of such significant medical treatment without the availability of insurance. It was a plea for the insurance benefits available to all to continue. It was a plea for justice, for life, a voice for the most vulnerable–children and those unable to afford high-cost medical treatment.

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