What Religions Are The 2016 Presidential Candidates?

What Religions Are The 2016 Presidential Candidates? Republican And Democratic Faiths Explained

Tune in to a 2016 presidential-campaign rally, and it’s likely the  candidate will be weaving religious beliefs into his or her speech. Among some of the candidates, faith appears to be a fundamental element not only of their lives but also of their campaigns.

Some of the candidates’ paths to faith are more complicated than others, as they either deepened or found their faith at different points in their lives. Here we take a look at how each candidate identifies religiously, as well as at the religions of their children, spouses and parents.  Read here.

We Are Not Cured’: Obama Discusses Racism In America With Marc Maron

We Are Not Cured’: Obama Discusses Racism In America With Marc Maron

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

Marc welcomes the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to the garage for conversation about college, fitting in, race relations, gun violence, changing the status quo, disappointing your fans, comedians, fatherhood and overcoming fear. And yes, this really happened. This episode is presented without commercial interruption courtesy of Squarespace. Go to  MarcMeetsObama.com to see behind-the-scenes photos and captions.

We Have Bears!

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 We Have Bears in CT!

Bears are coming out of hibernation and will begin to move around. If you live in an area where bears were seen last spring, be aware that they will probably be back.

To avoid attracting bears the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says:

  • Remove bird feeders from late March through November. If a bear visits a bird feeder in winter, remove the feeder.
  • Wait until the morning of collection before bringing out trash. Add a few capfuls of ammonia to trash bags and garbage cans to mask food odors. Keep trash bags in a container with a tight lid and store in a garage or shed.
  • Do not leave pet food outside overnight. Store livestock food in airtight containers.
  • Do not put meats or sweet-smelling fruit rinds in compost piles. Lime can be sprinkled on the compost pile to reduce the smell and discourage bears.
  • Thoroughly clean grills after use or store in a garage or shed.
  • Never intentionally feed bears. Bears that associate food with people may become aggressive and dangerous. This may lead to personal injury, property damage, and the need to destroy problem animals.
  • Encourage your neighbors to take similar precautions.

If you see a bear on your property you can either leave the bear alone and wait for it to leave or make loud noises from a safe distance to attempt to scare the bear away. After the bear leaves the property, remove anything that may have attracted it to the area.

Read more HERE.

 

Fuller Scholarship Fund

Frank Roswell Fuller Scholarship Fund
Bank of America, Trustee
c/o Trinity College
Hartford, CT

Origin of the Fuller Scholarship Fund

Frank Roswell Fuller was born in Hartford on August 23, 1873, and attended local public schools. He went to New York City at the turn of the century and commenced a long and successful career in the brokerage business. He later formed his own company at 40 Wall Street known as Fuller & Company, which operated from 1904 to 1920. When he retired, he came to live in West Hartford where he purchased several large farms in the northwest section of the town. He died on March 1, 1957. Mr. Fuller was always interested in helping “needy, deserving” students obtain the education that he had not been able to enjoy himself. His will, probated in the Probate Court for the District of Hartford, establishes a substantial scholarship fund with the Connecticut Bank and Trust Company, now Bank of America, as Trustee. A committee of five was appointed by the will to determine the scholarships.

Members of the
Fuller Scholarship Committee
President, Trinity College
Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid, Trinity College
Chairman, Bank of America, Trustee
Master, Connecticut State Grange
Conference Minister, Connecticut Conference of The United Church of Christ
(Congregational Christian Churches)

Eligibility Requirements

In order to meet the eligibility requirements for a Fuller Scholarship you must be:
1. Able to demonstrate financial need (determined by filing the FAFSA)
2. Currently in your senior year at a high school located within Hartford County
3. Maintaining an average of 70 or better (or its equivalent)
4. A member of the UCC/Congregational Church and “professed to be of the Congregational faith”
5. Planning to attend a fully accredited four-year college as a candidate for a baccalaureate degree
The Application Process
If you meet the eligibility requirements of the Fuller Scholarship Fund, you may request an application packet by writing to:
Frank Roswell Fuller Scholarship Fund
c/o Trinity College
Financial Aid Office
300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT 06106-3100
Or email: financial-aid@trincoll.edu

Important dates for the award process are as follows:
March 1: Request scholarship packet;
Complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
May 15: DEADLINE for submitting the following:
• Application
• High-school transcript
• Church recommendation
• SAR (Student Aid Report)
• College’s Financial Aid Award Notice
June: The Committee meets to select recipients
July: Applicants are notified; recipients must acknowledge acceptance of award and provide final high school transcripts
August-September: Checks are sent from the Fuller Scholarship Fund to the Financial Aid Office at the recipient’s college

Terms of the Award

Fuller Awards are made in the form of a grant (which does not need to be repaid.) The grant award is applied to the recipient’s total expenses for room, board, and travel to and from home to college (one round trip each semester). Fuller grants cannot be used to pay tuition.

Renewal of Awards
Frank Roswell Fuller Awards can be renewed for up to four years of undergraduate study, providing you are maintaining satisfactory progress and continue to demonstrate need. Leave of absence or transfers to another institution must meet with the approval of the committee before an award can be renewed. The Frank Roswell Fuller Award cannot be continued on to graduate school.

IMPORTANT: Renewal candidates must submit a copy of their Academic Transcript each year by July 1st. Renewal candidates who have transferred to a different institution must submit a copy of their college’s Financial Aid Award Notice, an Academic Transcript, and a copy of their SAR by July 1st.

If you have any questions concerning the eligibility guidelines or the application process, please direct them to the Manager of the Frank Roswell Fuller Scholarship Fund at the following address or telephone number:
Frank Roswell Fuller Scholarship Fund
c/o Trinity College
Financial Aid Office
300 Summit St
Hartford, CT 06106-3100
Tel: (860) 297-2046
Fax: (860) 987-6296
Email: financial-aid@trincoll.edu

Faith and the 2016 Campaign

Pew Research Center  Religion & Public Life

The conventional wisdom in American politics has long been that someone who is not religious cannot be elected president of the United States. Most Americans have consistently said that it is important to them that the president have strong religious beliefs. And a new Pew Research Center survey finds that being an atheist remains one of the biggest liabilities that a presidential candidate can have; fully half of American adults say they would be less likely to vote for a hypothetical presidential candidate who does not believe in God, while just 6% say they would be more likely to vote for a nonbeliever.

The new survey shows that among religious groups, fully half of white evangelical Protestant voters (including both Republicans and those who identify with the Democratic Party or as political independents) think Trump would make a “good” or a “great” president. Evangelicals – who are among the most reliably Republican religious constituencies in the electorate – express a similar degree of confidence that Carson and Cruz would be successful presidents.

On the Democratic side, the view that Sanders and Clinton would be good presidents is most common among two reliably Democratic religious constituencies – black Protestants and religiously unaffiliated voters (i.e., religious “nones”). Read more here.

STEM Programs for Teens

Interested in STEM, teens? Hartford Public Library has programs just for you!

YOUmedia is where teens ages 13 to 19 go to Hang Out, Mess Around, and Geek Out!

Tricia George, Director of YOUMedia & Teen Services, and Gabbie Barnes, Teen Librarian, spent the first week of January in Austin, Tex., meeting with other YOUmedia specialists from libraries, museums, and community organizations across the US. They returned to do a week of planning for the future of YOUmedia Hartford. “We are bolstering our workshop offerings to include a more structured orientation to the space for youth and additional tech workshops in graphic design, Photoshop, and Illustrator,” George says.

Click here to view the YOUmedia program calendar

Whites See Racism as a Zero Sum Game

 

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Touré     Author of “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means To Be Black Now”

We should just call it what it is: Donald Trump is the leader of the White Lives Matter movement. Someone had to start it — they were gettin’ out of control. First, one of them became president and now they’re in the streets protesting every time a Black thug gets shot. They’re gettin’ a little too free.

Then Trump arrived like white supremacy’s version of Santa Claus with a bag full of gifts. He gave them swagger….

We should have seen Trump coming. We should have known that decades of Republican race baiting — from the Southern Strategy to welfare queens to self-deportation — and decades of the GOP welcoming racists in their tent would eventually lead to “Make America White Again.” We should have known that the browning of America and the growing inclusivity of America was not going to be taken lying down. Many people see all of that as code for the decline of white people. And to some, any advance by Black and brown people is a loss for whites.

A 2011 study called “Whites See Racism as a Zero-Sum Game That They Are Now Losing“ is painfully instructive.

Read more HERE.

Summer Job Opportunities for College Students at CAC

Adventures in the City Freedom School 2016 Program
Christian Activities Council
47 Vine Street Hartford, CT 06112
Tel: (860)527-9860 Fax: (860)727-9558
E-mail: cacemployment@christianactivities.org

As you are aware, The Children’s Defense Fund (a national non-profit organization founded by Marian Wright Edelman) has selected CAC’s Adventures in the City  program as a Freedom School® site for summer 2016. This program will serve approximately 100, low-income students in grades k-3 from Hartford’s North End neighborhoods and will take place at Thirman Milner School in Hartford.

We will be hiring two site coordinators and eleven servant leader interns. These are paid positions with all- expense paid national training. The ideal candidates are college students from urban communities. The job descriptions are attached with instructions on how to apply. Please spread the word. National training begins in March so the hiring process needs to happen earlier than one might expect for summer programming.

How to apply: Please email your resume and a cover letter describing your youth experience and interest in the position to: cacemployment@christianactivities.org .

The Christian Activities Council is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

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Position: Summer 2016 Servant Leader Intern

Christian Activities Council (CAC) is looking to hire high energy individuals who bring enthusiasm and leadership capability to serve as Servant Leader Interns for the Adventures in the City Freedom School summer 2016 program. This seasonal position offers a unique opportunity to attend and participate in a national training (all expenses paid).

Program Dates: Tuesday, July 5th through Friday, August 12th Program Days/Times: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00PM
Location: Thirman Milner School 104 Vine Street Hartford, CT
Required Training Dates: 6/2/16 -6/9/16 and 6/30/16

Job Description
The Servant Leader Intern work as PAID summer program counselors, Monday through Friday, with children in grades K-3. Interns lead a literacy rich curriculum during the morning and lead/chaperone activities and field trips in the afternoon. Attendance is expected at other program related functions during the summer. He or she must be responsible, energetic, able to think on his or her feet, well-organized, and a strong role model. He or she should be familiar with the culture and dynamics of the community, committed to the goals of the Adventures in the City Freedom School program, and able to work collaboratively with all program constituents.

Responsibilities:
 Attend and participate in mandatory national orientation and training at CDF Freedom Schools facility in Clinton, Tennessee. Sessions are scheduled for June 2nd through June 9th. All travel and related expenses will be covered by Christian Activities Council.
 Attend and participate in required training on June 30th at CAC office in Hartford.
 Deliver the Integrated Reading Curriculum to a class of no more than ten students for 6 weeks during the summer months.
 Set up and break down his/her classroom space, including securing and organizing the appropriate materials.
 Collaborate with staff to establish and maintain a positive, supportive and structured environment for the children entrusted to their care.
 Serve as a leader of afternoon activities and other special events; chaperone field trips.
 Actively participate in daily staff debriefs and be open to receive and share constructive feedback, support and encouragement.
 Collaborate with Site Coordinators, Project Director and CAC staff in planning and implementation of parental and community involvement activities.
 Report to and work with the Site Coordinators to keep the lines of communication open between parents, staff, and partner organizations.
Qualifications:
 Must be at least 18-30 years of age, have completed at least one year of college, and have plans to complete the college degree. This program requires Servant Leader Interns to be between the ages of 18-30 years old in order to comply with the national Freedom School model. The purpose of this program is to provide leadership opportunities for young adults.

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Position: Summer 2016 Program Site Coordinator

Christian Activities Council (CAC) is looking to hire two experienced, high energy individuals who bring leadership capability to serve as Program Site Coordinators for the Adventures in the City Freedom School summer 2016 program. This seasonal position offers a unique opportunity to attend and participate in a national training (all expenses paid). For over 30 years, CAC’s Adventures in the City program has provided free, high-quality summer programming to Hartford youth residents. The Children’s Defense Fund has selected CAC’s Adventures in the City as a Freedom School® summer 2016 site. This program will serve approximately 100, low-income students in grades k-3 from Hartford’s North End neighborhoods and will take place at Thirman Milner School in Hartford.

About the Adventures in the City Freedom School
Adventures in the City Freedom School summer program will employ a multicultural, 6-week curriculum that supports children and families through five essential components: high quality academic enrichment; meaningful parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational servant leadership development; and nutrition and health. Over the course of 6 weeks, the Adventures in the City Freedom School summer 2016 scholars will engage in dynamic, culturally relevant and community-supported activities that cultivate a deeper connection to literacy, build academic confidence and foster opportunities for life-skills development.

National research shows that students in under-resourced communities are at risk to lose two to three months of reading ability during the summer. With a 10:1 student teacher ratio, Adventures in the City Freedom School is rooted in a strong commitment to support the academic, social and emotional growth of low-income Hartford youth. All staff will be trained to effectively implement the program’s literacy-based curriculum in which all reading materials, activities and field trips reinforce learning goals. The k-3 scholars begin their morning sessions with highly engaging academic activities and participate in a variety of fun, high-quality enrichment opportunities in the afternoon. The Adventures in the City Freedom School program provides secular, non-religious programming and welcomes job applicants from diverse backgrounds.
Learn about program: www.childrendefense.org/programs/freedomschools

Program Dates: Tuesday, July 5th through Friday, August 12th Program Days/Times: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00PM
Location: Thirman Milner School 104 Vine Street Hartford, CT
Required Training Dates: 3/10/16 through 3/13/2016 and 6/2/16 -6/9/16 and 6/30/16

The Site Coordinator should be experienced in working with large groups of children and in partnerships with young adults. He or she must be responsible, energetic, able to think on his or her feet, well-organized, and a strong role model. He or she should be familiar with the culture and dynamics of the community, committed to the goals of the Adventures in the City Freedom School program, and able to work collaboratively with all program constituents.

Responsibilities:
 Attend and participate in mandatory national orientation and training at CDF Freedom Schools facility in Clinton, Tennessee. Sessions are scheduled for March 10th through March 13th and June 2nd through June 9th. All travel and related expenses will be covered by Christian Activities Council.
 Attend and participate in required training on June 30th at CAC office in Hartford.
 Ensure responsible management of servant leader interns in a supported, team environment.
 Manage the day-to-day operations of the site and ensure servant leader interns have necessary materials and supplies for the classroom and students.
 Provide guidance, support, encouragement, and constructive feedback to staff.
 Maintain team spirit among site staff and conduct daily staff debrief sessions
 Collaborate with Project Director and CAC staff in planning and implementation of parental and community involvement activities.
 Report to and work with the Project Director to keep the lines of communication open between parents, staff, and partner organizations.
Qualifications:
 Must have completed at least two years of college.
 Knowledge of positive youth development practices and principles.
 Experience working with youth, experience with grades k-3 preferred but not required.
 Experience managing large groups of children, college-age young people, and parents.
 Solid commitment to children’s advocacy and enthusiasm for program mission.
 Ability to motivate others and work as part of an intergenerational team.
 Strong appreciation and understanding of individual cultural history and the willingness to be open and respectful of all cultures.
 Willingness to strive for excellence in all areas and ability to think critically and analytically
 Exhibit positive behavior and attitude; model a mature and professional demeanor; possess excellent written and verbal skills.
 Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to the ethics of good character, humility, and servant leadership.
 Authorization for background check for criminal and child protective findings.
Compensation: The position has a total stipend of $3,600. CAC pays for travel/lodging expenses related to training.

Submissions after February 5, 2016 will not be considered.