first_imgGREGG RAISES $1.86 MILLION IN 1st QUARTER; $5.6 MILLION OVER CAMPAIGNINDIANAPOLIS – Today the Gregg for Governor campaign announced it had raised an additional $1.86 million in the first quarter of 2016, bringing the total its raised for the cycle to $5.6 million.“These are exceptionally strong fundraising numbers, especially for a challenger,” said Tim Henderson, Gregg for Governor campaign manager. “It’s further proof that Hoosiers are fed up with Mike Pence constantly embarrassing our state with his ideological pursuits. They are ready for the common sense, issue-focused leadership that John Gregg will bring so Indiana can begin moving forward again.”The Gregg campaign raised a total of $1,869,938 in the quarter and has $5,085,837 left on hand, that is three times more than the same period in 2012. For the quarter 3,251 individual contributions were reported, or 94 percent of all contributions received. Of individual contributions, 97 percent were from Indiana and 85 percent were $100 or less.“Each quarter this campaign is growing in financial support and the total number of donors. The momentum is clearly with us,” added Henderson. “While we will never have more money than Republicans in this state, we don’t need it to win. We just need to stay close and that’s what we continue to do. It’s a very good sign for us.”The next quarterly reporting period ends June 30, 2016.John Gregg has worked throughout the public and private sector. He served as President of Vincennes University, Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, worked for two Fortune 500 companies and is a practicing attorney today. Gregg holds an associate’s degree from Vincennes University, a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree from Indiana State University and a law degree from Indiana University. He and his wife, Lisa, have three adult children and live in Sandborn in Knox County.For more information on John Gregg or his campaign for Governor of Indiana, please visit or call 317-510-1876.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Hidden Spaces: Emerson Chapel

first_imgIn Emerson Chapel, where Ralph Waldo Emerson delivered his groundbreaking 1838 Commencement address to the Harvard Divinity School (HDS), a small group of students sat quietly on yoga mats and hassocks. Beneath a marble tablet inscribed with words from Emerson’s controversial speech, in which he challenged mainstream Christianity by exhorting students to “cast behind you all conformity, and acquaint men at first hand with Deity,” instructor Chris Berlin advised the weekly Wednesday meditation group to ignore thoughts or distractions, and “simply ride the waves of your breath.”When Emerson gave his famous address, he discussed the failures of what he called “historical Christianity” and argued instead for an idealistic view of human reason and goodness. At a time when Harvard was considered the center of Unitarian thought, Emerson’s speech was harshly criticized; the press called it “utterly distasteful.” Emerson would not be invited to speak there again for several decades.Emerson was surprised by the outcry that followed his speech. He continued his interests in nature, mysticism, individualism, and freedom. He became an eloquent spokesperson for the abolitionist movement and was a major figure in the American romantic literary and philosophical movement known as Transcendentalism.David Lamberth Discusses Emerson’s ‘Divinity School Address’HDS Professor David Lamberth discusses the significance of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1838 Commencement address, its place in history, and its contemporary relevance.The room where the controversy began is now a meeting place for a number of diverse religious and spiritual groups. The Harvard Buddhist Community, HDS Catholics, Quakers, Lutherans, and Humanists all meet in Emerson Chapel. Berlin, who leads the meditation class, is a former chaplain for cancer patients, and teaches an HDS class in the chapel called “Compassionate Care of the Dying: Buddhist Training and Techniques.” The space, he says, creates a very different tone for his class, one that would not be possible in a classroom.The philosophy of the Divinity School is to “build a community and, ultimately, a world in which people can peacefully live and work together across religious and cultural divides.” Emerson, despite the protests about his 1838 address, would likely approve of the diverse spiritual approaches practiced in this contemplative corner of Harvard that Kerry Maloney, HDS director of religious and spiritual life, calls “the jewel of the Divinity School.” 5The view from behind the pulpit. 4Detail of a turned rail in Emerson Chapel. 3Window light casts long shadows on seats in Emerson Chapel. 6Textured gold-colored glass is framed inside two oak doors on the third floor of the chapel. 2Sarah Jabbour (from left), Darren Becker, Chris Berlin, and Maggie VanDorn meditate together on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. 9Staff assistant Bronwen Murphy walks through the Emerson Room as it looked in 2011. The benches have been taken out and now line the hallways of Divinity Hall; chairs, more easily moved, now occupy the space. 8Henry Ware Jr. was the Parkman Professor of Pulpit Eloquence and the Pastoral Care at the Divinity School from 1829 to 1843. 1In Emerson Chapel at Harvard Divinity School, the place where Ralph Waldo Emerson was criticized for advising its students to look inward, students Sarah Jabbour (left) and Nell Porter Brown meditate. 7The Emerson Chapel organ. 10A starburst of light shines through a window in Divinity Hall.last_img read more

Extra incentive for Welsh and Irish

first_img Press Association England, Scotland and France are already seeded after they reached the knockout stages in 2013 but Wales and Ireland will have to go through qualifying if they fail to top the European Championship, which gets under way this weekend. The winners of the four-team tournament, which was officially launched in Brighouse on Monday, already had the carrot of a place in the 2016 Four Nations Series to be held in the northern hemisphere. Wales and Ireland have been handed an extra incentive ahead of the 2014 European Championship with automatic qualification for the 2017 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand guaranteed for the winners.center_img “To get automatic entry into the World Cup is very important to us but to be part of the Four Nations would be outstanding,” Ireland coach Mark Aston said. “That would be just the carrot you want to lead you into the next World Cup, you’d get all the big hitters out of the woodwork again. “I’ve always said Ireland could have a real strong team who could compete against England and the lot if we could just get all the players to play for us at the same time. That’s the challenge for us and it’s the challenge for the international game. “If we’re going to do it, we should be doing it to the best of our ability. We should be making clubs and players support it.” Aston, who has appointed Leigh hooker Bob Beswick as captain, will be forced to play up to eight domestic players after injury denied him the services of a host of World Cup men, including skipper Liam Finn. Wales, too, will have a new captain in Peter Lupton after Craig Kopczak made himself unavailable but new coach John Kear is excited at the opportunities presented to a large home-grown contingent of players. Kear said: “The World Cup qualification is a big carrot. I’m sure it’s not the only way we’d be able to qualify but it’s one of them and, if you can grasp that card straight away, then all well and good. “France should be favourites if you look at all four squads but for our players being home-grown Welsh, their incentive is first and foremost to pull on a Welsh shirt and you can sense that in their passion and application towards training. “They really are throwing themselves literally into everything that we’re doing and it’s very pleasing. World Cup qualification will be the icing on the cake.” Huddersfield captain Danny Brough, the 2013 Man of Steel, confirmed he will lead Scotland, who open the tournament with a game against Wales at Workington on Friday. Ireland begin their campaign against France at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin, on Saturday afternoon. last_img read more