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Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] Hundreds of Episcopalians this Advent have embarked on a walking pilgrimage around the Holy Land without ever having to set foot outside their neighborhoods. There’s an app for that, built by St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Columbia, South Carolina.The church’s smartphone app, which launched on Nov. 29, allows users to trace a virtual 97-mile path through and around Jerusalem that follows the story of the Gospel of Luke. As with a fitness tracker, the app logs your mileage whenever you walk – wherever you are in the world – and the app’s map shows equivalent distances covered in the Holy Land, divided into six segments.It isn’t exactly a substitute for an actual Holy Land pilgrimage, like the one that St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields clergy leaders had hoped to plan with their congregation. But with the coronavirus pandemic curbing international travel, this digital alternative has been widely embraced by phone-based pilgrims interested in learning about the land where Jesus once walked.Interested in joining the pilgrimage? Download the app to your smartphone on the Apple App Store or Google Play.“It’s hard to know the stories, to be able to really go deep into the stories of the Gospel, without seeing the places where they happened,” the Rev. Susan Prinz, associate rector, told Episcopal News Service.Prinz hatched the idea for the app in October with the Rev. Caitlyn Darnell, a deacon who serves as the church’s director of formation and mission. To build it, they hired the Rev. Greg Johnston, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boston, Massachusetts, who had previous experience in developing faith-based apps.For much of the fall, Prinz and Darnell worked with the Rev. Mitch Smith, rector of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, to create videos and other content that Johnston could use to flesh out the app. They also enlisted Episcopal and Anglican colleagues from around the world to contribute, including Jerusalem Bishop Coadjutor Hosam Naoum, who recorded a video welcome.Prinz and Naoum knew each other from studying together at Virginia Theological Seminary, and Prinz had traveled to Israel twice, in 2012 and 2016. Those trips “made me see Jesus in a deeper way and experience his life in a way unlike anything I’d ever experienced before,” Prinz said. She approached the app with those experiences in mind.Darnell hasn’t been to Israel, but in 2019, she joined a group organized by The Episcopal Church’s United Thank Offering that walked part of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Like the Camino, the virtual Holy Land pilgrimage can be completed at a pace of the pilgrim’s choosing. “You can start the pilgrimage at any time, and you walk it until you’re finished,” Darnell told ENS.The virtual pilgrimage app logs walking miles on an equivalent route around the Holy Land, or users can unlock content by completing devotional tasks for points.Participation has expanded well beyond St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields. Through word of mouth and some online promotion, about 500 people registered in advance and received the church’s printed pilgrimage guidebook by mail. Some congregations around the United States joined St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields in taking up the app as their Advent activity, and Darnell said the virtual pilgrimage has attracted pilgrims from as far away as the Philippines.The app tracks mileage using health trackers on users’ phones. Along the way, virtual pilgrims can learn about holy sites and landmarks by “unlocking” content produced and curated by the staff of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields. They also get to know the various characters in the Gospel story.Stage 1, for example, entails nine miles of walking, to cover the equivalent distance from Ain Kareem to Bethlehem. After the first mile, walkers can read Prinz’s post about Elizabeth and Zechariah. Another two miles unlocks a video by Darnell about the Annunciation. The holy sites and landmarks highlighted by the app mirror those that drew a million Christian pilgrims to Israel in 2019. But like actual Holy Land pilgrims, the app’s virtual pilgrims are more than tourists.“The general focus of the pilgrimage is very spiritual,” Darnell said. “Immerse yourself in the story of Christ. Put yourself in the story. Imagine where you are in the story. How does it relate to you? How will you grow spiritually? Who will you be on the other side of this?”Darnell added that this pilgrimage can be completed even by people who can’t or choose not to walk the miles. They have the option of advancing to the destinations by completing devotional tasks to earn points, such as praying the Daily Office, doing an act of charity or meditating in silence for 15 minutes.This Advent app ends with Jesus’ Transfiguration, thought to have occurred on Mount Tabor. Creating and soliciting more than 50 pieces of content for that app kept St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields leaders busy for about a month and a half, and they already are considering options for a second virtual pilgrimage for Lent, possibly following the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, Jesus’ final path to the crucifixion. The app also can be used to host other types of pilgrimages, such as a tour of local landmarks of the civil rights movement.St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields has welcomed widespread usage of the app for anyone interested in joining the congregation’s Holy Land pilgrimage, and congregations are invited to build their own virtual pilgrimages using the app, if they decide they have the vision, ambition and staff needed to give it a try.“From the beginning, we said we’re offering this for the whole church. We want absolutely everybody to be a part of this with us,” Darnell said. “We’re all trying to make pandemic ministry work.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Curate Diocese of Nebraska Advent, Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Journalists at Slovak public broadcaster feel pressure and fear it will grow ahead of electionsJournalists at Slovak public broadcaster feel pressure and fear it will grow ahead of elections
to go further December 2, 2020 Find out more Organisation SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionEconomic pressure July 2, 2019 – Updated on July 3, 2019 Journalists at Slovak public broadcaster feel pressure and fear it will grow ahead of elections SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionEconomic pressure Despite the shock caused by the assassination of an investigative journalist in 2018, which highlighted Slovakia’s lack of freedom of the press, the working conditions of media professionals continue to deteriorate, especially in the public broadcaster which sees its editorial independence more and more undermined. RSF calls on RTVS’s management to ensure news coverage independent of any political pressures. RSF_en Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more Slovak premier visits RSF, encouraged to turn his country into “press freedom model for Europe” Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News Andrej Danko, Chairman of SNS and Speaker of the Slovak Parliament /Facebook Follow the news on Slovakia News News February 4, 2021 Find out more Journalists at public broadcaster RTVS say structural changes now allow the management to pressure journalists and influence coverage. Since last year, the public media management has scrapped positions of section editors, progressively let diminish an analytical unit and abandoned rigorous programming of news coverage. The removal of the “gate-keeping” measures allows the management to have a more direct influence on the news content. And those who disagree have to go. Despite several attempts from RSF to comment on the situation, RTVS management did not respond to a written request from RSF for comment.On 21 June, the contract of Jaroslav Barborák, one of the in-house critics of RTVS’s management, was terminated after 12 years. He has thus joined the ranks of some 30 journalists who have quit or have been forced to quit the public media house since 2018 due to disagreements with superiors over media freedom. “RSF calls on RTVS’s management to ensure news coverage independent of any political pressures and lead a dialogue with journalists concerned about media freedom. They should be heard and not haunted,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. “Such attacks on media freedom contribute to make Slovakia, currently ranked 35th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index after having fallen of 18 ranks, plunge year after year,” Adès-Mével added.Bullying uncomfortable journalists“We feel pressures in favor of the Slovak National Party (SNS),” Michal Katuška, chairman of the News Trade Union at RTVS, told RSF. Albeit a former TV correspondent in Brussels, Michal Katuška was moved to the radio broadcast and banned from reporting from abroad. The sidelined journalists have been replaced by younger colleagues with little experience and many difficulties to resist the pressures. Journalists to whom RSF spoke and who want to stay in anonymity confirm this concern and fear mounting pressures ahead of the March 2020 parliamentary elections. One notable example, according to them, is the outright ban by their superiors to cover RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index in the radio broadcast “K veci” (To the point) in mid-April. The reason was the presumed damage to Slovakia’s image, given its worsened score. RTVS did report on Slovakia’s results in the regular TV and radio news, even though it failed to mention RFS’s concern about the public broadcaster itself. A outcry of a group of RTVS journalists was sparked when an edition of the radio broadcast “Z prvej ruky” (First hand) earlier in April was turned into a political tribune of Andrej Danko, Chairman of SNS and Speaker of the Slovak Parliament. Immediately after the broadcast, a group of 13 journalists signed a public letter refusing any responsibility for the edition and asked the management to avoid such cases in the future.According to journalists interviewed by RSF, “all those who signed the letter are subject to bullying.” For some of them, bonuses worth 50 – 150 euros were scrapped, others were strongly advised against taking side jobs or banned from travelling to report from abroad. Concerns about upcoming elections TV and radio anchors experienced pressures, the journalists interviewed by RSF say, most recently in June when Andrej Danko officially visited Belarus. A RTVS journalist who was accompanying him prepared a TV and radio coverage dominated by Andrej Danko’s positive view of the country. When anchors said on air the Belarussian regime is violating human rights, they were severely criticized by the editors-in-chief in charge. In March, a journalist specialized in defence issues was punished by being transferred to other subjects. The reason was his coverage of defence negotiations between Slovakia and the United States in which he included a remark by an analyst which was contrary to SNS’s discourse. The defence negotiations were picked up as a campaign subject by SNS ahead of the recent presidential and EU elections in Slovakia. The common feature of these cases is the perceived effort of the RTVS management to prefer SNS, a junior government party. “We can see extra work in the favor of SNS everywhere,” one of the interviewed journalists told RSF. “And it’s June only.” The journalist is concerned about pressures ahead of the Slovak parliamentary elections in March next year, which could possibly shake up SNS’s position in the government. The reporters don’t have a clear view on who guides the editors’ decisions. There is usually not an outright censorship, but the techniques curbing media freedom are very sophisticated, eventually leading to auto-censorship.In any case, the current RTVS Director General Jaroslav Rezník was elected by the Slovak Parliament in June 2017 as a nominee of SNS. In his previous capacity, he led the Press Agency of the Slovak Republic, which was accused – under his leadership – by Transparency International Slovakia of campaigning for SNS ahead of the 2016 parliamentary elections. “We have to undergo a fight for each issue we want to broadcast,” the RTVS journalists say. “The institution is being ruined from inside.” News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive
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Dana Rettke: Wisconsin’s powerhouse freshman hitter reveals season goalsDana Rettke: Wisconsin’s powerhouse freshman hitter reveals season goals
For Dana Rettke, hard work, teamwork and having fun are the keys to success. A freshman on Wisconsin’s volleyball team, Rettke has taken the volleyball world by storm. A native of Riverside, Illinois, Rettke did not start playing volleyball until her freshman year of high school. She was named No.8 on the Senior Aces list her senior year of high school, and since beginning college, has received nine Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards and two Player of the Week awards in Big Ten play.What chances does Wisconsin volleyball pose in the 2017 NCAA tournament?With the conference seasons coming to a close in a few weeks, and NCAA releasing their first round of rankings, Read…When her high school volleyball season ended, Rettke was ready to be a Badger. She graduated early, and enrolled at the university in the spring so she could get more experience and start building a relationship with fellow early enrollee and setter, Sydney Hilley.When Rettke arrived in Madison, she was not sure how much of an impact she was going to have this season on the court. Since arriving, she had been growing as a player every week and by the time the fall came around, she earned a spot in the starting lineup, and quickly started to make a name for herself.“I just knew I had a lot of work to do. I started playing volleyball so late and everyone is so good in the Big Ten, so I knew I had a lot to work on and I told myself that I was going to come in and do whatever I could.” Thus far, Rettke as proven herself to be one of the best middle blockers in the conference, and has made her case to receive Big Ten Freshman of the year. However, Rettke did not expect to receive all of this recognition. “It’s really cool. It’s not something I strive for, I want to be the best but when I get those awards it’s not really a me thing, I think of it more as a team thing because I couldn’t really do that without by teammates.” Rettke is a team player that wants to improve to not only help her team in any way she can, but also wants to leave her own individual mark on the Wisconsin program. She is filling a space left by four-year starter Haleigh Nelson. In 2015, her junior season, Nelson had the highest hitting percentage in program history with .422, but Rettke is on track to pass that record this year by hitting .445 through Big Ten play.“I always want to be the best,” Rettke said. “Just to think that I can be, and its very attainable right now and into the future, that’s just awesome.” All the acknowledgements and success have just motived her more. She knows that other teams are watching her, but she’s willing to put in the effort to elevate her game to the next level.Hilley vs Carlini: Comparing two of the greatest Wisconsin settersLauren Carlini and Sindey Hilley have both been bringing a lot of attention to the University of Wisconsin volleyball program Read…For Rettke, getting to the gym and practicing is fun. She loves seeing the results that all of her hard work have earned her as the season continues to progress. Rettke is not worried about hitting her volleyball ceiling any time soon. She believes that as long as she is working hard, she has more space to improve. Rettke has high expectations for herself, and puts a lot of pressure on herself to keep improving and helping her team.“I still have so much I can get better at,” Rettke said, “I was watching film and seeing that there is still so much I have to get better on, so this is not my plateau. It’s going to keep going up.”Hopefully Rettke can continue making strides as a player as the NCAA tournament begins. The Badgers failed rank in the top 16, so they will be traveling to Iowa State to take on Marquette in the first round on Friday, and hopefully the winner of the Iowa State game and Princeton on Saturday. Mentally, Rettke seems prepared and warns against counting the Badgers out from making a run for the National Championship. She knows that this is a close knit team who will do anything to help each other succeed, especially during such a crucial time of the year.“NCAA tournament time is the best time for any sport, and we need to just play.” Rettke said. “We can’t play scared against anybody and we need to leave it all on the court for our seniors because any game could be their last in the tournament, so we have to play for them.”At the end of the day, Rettke wants to walk out of her freshman year a national champion. If Rettke has any say, the Badgers are going to put up a fight.They went 10-0 in their non-conference season, but have faced adversity since then. Wisconsin dropped their first match of the Big Ten season to an experienced Michigan State team in five sets. The Big Ten is the strongest conference and every night is a battle, as proven by Wisconsin’s conference record.Molly Haggerty: From Big Ten Freshman of the Year to injured reserveMolly Haggerty put in years of hard work and had an impressive resume even before setting foot on the University Read…They have played in four matches that have gone to five sets and played ten top 25 teams. In the Big Ten, players need to focus on the match in front of them, not matches in the future.The Badgers rigorous schedule during the Big Ten will only help them in the NCAA tournament where grit and focus are imperative to surviving and advancing.At the end of the day, Dana Rettke is just trying to enjoy her time in Wisconsin’s volleyball program while achieving personal and team goals. She knows what she is capable of, and wants to do everything she can to help her team succeed. She’s a hardworking individual that appreciates the game and her team’s success.