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  1. I came across this article today: http://religionnews.com/2017/06/21/how-religious-literacy-can-save-lives/ that was written by Aamir Hussain, a medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. In his article, he talks about the need for both patients and doctors to openly communicate their beliefs and goals when it comes to medical procedures. Here are a few pithy points that stood out to me. How religious literacy can save lives By Aamir Hussain Health care providers should be aware of their patient’s cultural practices and be able to suggest options for maintaining medication compliance without transgressing the person’s faith. Failure to acknowledge how faith impacts medical care can lead to challenges and even life-threatening situations. During my surgery rotation, I learned of a team that was preparing to perform a simple gallbladder operation. As the team wheeled the patient into the operating room, the patient mentioned that she was a Jehovah’s Witness and would not consent to blood transfusions. Although the operation was straightforward and would likely not require any blood products, the team decided to delay the surgery to implement Cell Saver, a machine developed with the input of Jehovah’s Witnesses that collects and sterilizes patients’ own blood and delivers it back to them, if needed. For patients, it’s helpful to volunteer the subject during routine doctor visits. Constructive conversations about religion and health are often a two-way street, and both parties should take care to respect the beliefs of the other. The main pitfall of increased religious literacy among health providers is generalization. Not all people keep the same faith practices. Therefore, health care providers must strike a balance between understanding religious diversity and respecting patients’ individual preferences.
  2. It's always nice to read a light-hearted news article but it is especially so when it is one that deals with our brothers and sisters. The article source was taken from: http://www.theledger.com/news/20170621/lakeland-couple-makes-ice-cream-sandwiches-with-twist I've copied and included the text here as per usual. The article is mainly about married couple Patrick and Sarah Mulcahy and how they started their own ice-cream cake making business. (Bold italics mine). Lakeland couple makes ice cream sandwiches with a twist By Eric Pera Posted Jun 21, 2017 at 3:31 PM Updated at 8:20 AM Using a catchy name and pure, wholesome ingredients, a Lakeland couple has methodically crafted a business built on an enduring, frozen novelty – the ice cream sandwich. Patrick and Sarah Mulcahy stumbled on the idea for A Cow Named Moo roughly three years ago, driven by desperation to earn income while devoting much of their time to their real passion – serving as volunteer sign language interpreters at church. Today, the Mulcahys say they’re making ends meet by selling their sweet treats at several retail locations in Lakeland and Winter Haven. They’re also finding growth in the wedding business. ″(Customers) say, ’We’re not cake people,″ says Sarah Mulcahy, 39, who, like her husband, never made ice cream until they formed their business. Full story removed. Please post only excerpts only and then link to the entire article.
  3. Latest news from: http://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/jehovahs-witness-denied-appeal-russian-court JEHOVAH’S WITNESS WILL REMAIN IN PRETRIAL DETENTION Dennis Christensen, a Jehovah’s Witness that has been held since May 25 on charges of extremist activity, was denied his appeal for his pretrial incarceration. Mr. Christensen, a Danish Citizen was arrested for being a member of the of the Oryol Local Religious Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses, an organization he is not a member of. The pretrial detention is to continue until the Federal Security Service (FSB) concludes a criminal investigation. The Oryol Religious Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses was eliminated and the decision was upheld by the Russian Supreme Court in April 2017. Mr. Christensen has been denied visits and phone calls by family and friends.
  4. Latest news from: http://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/jehovahs-witness-denied-appeal-russian-court JEHOVAH’S WITNESS WILL REMAIN IN PRETRIAL DETENTION. Dennis Christensen, a Jehovah’s Witness that has been held since May 25 on charges of extremist activity, was denied his appeal for his pretrial incarceration. Mr. Christensen, a Danish Citizen was arrested for being a member of the of the Oryol Local Religious Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses, an organization he is not a member of. The pretrial detention is to continue until the Federal Security Service (FSB) concludes a criminal investigation. The Oryol Religious Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses was eliminated and the decision was upheld by the Russian Supreme Court in April 2017. Mr. Christensen has been denied visits and phone calls by family and friends.
  5. Here you go Jerry. As promised:
  6. We've got our route already planned. Discussing that after the meeting this evening. You're welcome to join us!
  7. That was my initial reaction when it first came in to play last year. The attendants on duty have several extra (I'd imagine around 200) for such cases (obviously not expecting many to take us up on the invites). How it works is this: There is a survey done in each congregation asking who will be going to their assigned assembly. Then that number is sent off to Madrid Bethel and the congregation gets sent back the required numbers of tickets. No, the public can't get in without a ticket and therefore the attendants have a few extra on hand. As to enforcing it, we were asked for ours at the start of each day but when I left later on in an afternoon and came back again, the attendants didn't ask to see my ticket. By the way, there's a different ticket for each day of the assembly. When I get ours I will scan them and post them here so you can see them. This is all to do with Spanish law getting stricter on events in public places as there have been numerous occasions where people have died in overcrowded venues when an accident has happened (not at our events I hasten to add!) The venues are only allowed by law to hold the maximum capacity otherwise they face serious fines. The problem is if you can't make it to your own assembly as you won't be guaranteed a ticket. That has happened several times in Sevilla where brothers have been denied entrance due to the venue being full. Hope that answers your questions Jerry.
  8. My translation follows first for those of you that don't speak Spanish. A nice positive article from Spain's Newspaper "La Vanguardia". Jehovah's Witnesses Invite Spaniards to participate in their assemblies with the motto 'Do not give up!' 20/06/2017 5:57pm MADRID, 20 (EUROPA PRESS) The Jehovah's Witnesses have begun their annual regional assemblies, to which all Spaniards are invited and that this time are centred around the theme 'Do not give up!' Throughout Spain, a total of 43 assemblies will be held and next Friday, 23rd June the one for the Community of Madrid will begin, with a program that will continue until 20th August, during nine consecutive weekends. One of the local spokesmen for Jehovah's Witnesses, Javier Otero, explained that these assemblies will convey a positive and optimistic message for "many people who feel sad and disappointed by what they see around them." "The Bible shows us how we can be happy now and guarantees us a much better future," he stated. The assemblies will be held in the auditoriums of the Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses located in the town of Ajalvir. At this branch, the program will be presented in seven languages, including sign language, and a total attendance of 30,000 people is expected. Moreover, as in previous years, Jehovah's Witnesses are participating in a worldwide campaign to personally invite the general public. The entrance is free and open to all, and according to the organisers, last year almost 13 million people attended these assemblies, whilst this year even more are expected to attend. The program will be presented in various formats, including brief speeches, interviews and videos; Each afternoon a segment of a three-part film directed at families will be shown; and on Sunday morning the public conference, entitled ‘Never Lose Hope’ will be given. Those interested in attending can consult the entire program and timetable on the official website of Jehovah's Witnesses 'www.jw.org'. SOURCE: http://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20170620/423532749871/testigos-de-jehova-invitan-a-los-espanoles-a- participar-en-sus-asambleas-bajo-el-lema-no- Se-rinda.html ORIGINAL SPANISH TEXT: Testigos de Jehová invitan a los españoles a participar en sus asambleas bajo el lema '¡No se rinda!' 20/06/2017 17:57 MADRID, 20 (EUROPA PRESS) Los Testigos de Jehová han iniciado sus asambleas regionales anuales que en esta ocasión se celebran en torno al lema '¡No se rinda!' y a las que invitan a todos los españoles. En toda España se celebrarán un total de 43 asambleas y el próximo viernes 23 de junio comenzará la de la Comunidad de Madrid, con un programa que se prolongará hasta el 20 de agosto, durante nueve fines de semana consecutivos. Uno de los portavoces locales de los Testigos de Jehová, Javier Otero, ha explicado que en estas asambleas se transmitirá un mensaje positivo y optimista para "muchas personas que se sienten tristes y decepcionadas por lo que ven a su alrededor". "La Biblia nos muestra cómo podemos ser felices ahora y nos garantiza un futuro mucho mejor", ha afirmado. Los congresos se celebrarán en los auditorios del Salón de Asambleas de los Testigos de Jehová situado en la localidad de Ajalvir. En esta sede, el programa se presentará en siete idiomas, incluyendo la lengua de signos, y se espera una asistencia total de 30.000 personas. Además, como en años anteriores, los Testigos de Jehová están participando en una campaña mundial para invitar personalmente al público en general. La entrada es libre y gratuita y, según informan los organizadores, el año pasado asistieron a estas asambleas casi 13 millones de personas y este año esperan una asistencia mayor. El programa se presentará en diversos formatos, incluyendo discursos breves, entrevistas y vídeos; cada tarde se proyectará un segmento de una película de tres partes dirigida a las familias; y el domingo por la mañana tendrá lugar la conferencia pública, titulada 'Nunca pierda la esperanza'. Los interesados en asistir pueden consultar toda la programación y los horarios en el sitio web oficial de los Testigos de Jehová 'www.jw.org'.
  9. Very unlikely to get empty convention sites here in Spain as Bethel have decided to hire smaller venues now and split them into several assemblies in the same district. For example, we are assigned to one of the 4 assemblies in Granada this year in August on a ticket-only entry policy. This means that they are more likely to be full to capacity rather than empty (especially in Granada - land of tapas!)
  10. Hey T & D! Glad you found it useful first of all. Yes, unfortunately, those types of individuals perhaps don't know how to distinguish between good and bad association online so limit themselves to just the official site, and they're within their rights to do so. That said, those same individuals should respect OUR rights and decision to be on here and not look down their noses at us because we choose to do so. Spiritual fellowship is always a good thing, no matter what format it takes so thanks again for welcoming me into the community.
  11. I've had a scout round the Net and can't find anything more than was stated in the last paragraph as you mentioned, Tim & Denise.
  12. I will look again for you. The news report where it was mentioned he was a Jehovah's Witness was in another video that I watched at the time. In that interview it mentioned that it was his faith that kept him strong. If I manage to find it again, I'll post it on here for you.
  13. Paragraph 3 of this week's WT study asks us to cite a modern example of injustice in this world. I couldn't help but think of our brother Marcos Contreras who was released from gaol (in March of this year) after 20 years of being imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. English News Article: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-wrongful-conviction-20170328-story.html Spanish News Article: https://laopinion.com/2017/03/28/hombre-es-liberado-tras-pasar-20-anos-en-la-carcel/
  14. Here's today's news from up in Geordieland: Newcastle in the North of England. It's just an account of an "alleged" drunken road sweeper driver that knocked over one of our witnessing carts. The article doesn't mention anything about the Witnesses themselves so I imagine that they are fine. Besides, those road sweepers are pretty slow and make quite a lot of noise so I'm sure that our brothers and sisters near the stand saw it coming. I'll paste the text from the article here too so that you don't have to wade through all the adverts! Source: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/newcastle-council-roadsweeper-drink-drive-13183193