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ECUSA/ELCA Dinner

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On Thursday April 23, 2008, Guild of Scholars of the Episcopal Church President Nic Birns, member Donna Gaines and others attended the William Reed Huntington Sermon at Saint Peter's Church in NYC.

Episcopal Presiding Bishop The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori was the speaker at this annual event celebrating Christian unity and co-sponsored by the Anglican Society, the Ecumenical Relations Commission of the Episcopal Church, and St. Peter's Lutheran Church. The Lutheran Presiding Bishop, Mark S. Hanson, officiated the service, with Bishops Walker and Sisk of the Long Island and New York Episcopal dioceses were also present. The Eucharist and sermon was followed by a festive buffet dinner and a provocative question & answer session that lasted until after 9 pm

Deanie's Weenies Benefit

FRIDAY, MAY 30, FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF DEAN JOHNSON PRESENT ROCK N ROLL FAG BAR 2008 THE BENEFIT CONCERT at DON HILL'S 511 GREENWICH STREET (AT SPRING) NYC FROM 10:30 PM, $10 minimum donation.

Besides celebrating Johnson's cultural legacy in video and song, the evening also nods to his big heart - 100% of proceeds will benefit SYLVIA'S PLACE, providing shelter for homeless GLBT youth in NYC.

Go Army Sociology!

On April 3, Donna Gaines spoke at the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociological Honor Society Induction Ceremony, United States Military Academy at West Point. Her topic was youth suicide and the military. This year, all of the inductees were women.

Raise the Kundalini--NY Dolls Live CD

NEW YORK DOLLS release "Live at the Fillmore East" this spring. CD was recorded in December, available early Spring. Tracks include Jet Boy, which is a religious experience--or NYC's glue-sniffing answer to the Grateful Dead.

Hey, Scholar, Leave the Kids Alone!

NY Times---Letters
December 24, 2007
Re “On Facebook, Scholars Link Up With Data” (front page, Dec. 17):

To the Editor:

Leave the kids alone!

As your article rightly observes, though gorgeous research possibilities for networking theory have exploded via explorations into Facebook, this type of fieldwork poses many compelling ethical and methodological issues — the rights of the researched, data collection from self-selected populations and, of course, privacy issues.

But one glaring unintended consequence must be considered: the reckless intrusion of adults into one of the few remaining sacred spaces where young people congregate for the creation of subculture, meaning and community.
Sites like Facebook offer connectivity, identity and refuge beyond the gaze of an ever-expanding, increasingly repressive and indifferent adult authority structure.

Before we proceed as scholars, let us first be citizens.

There needs to be a serious and lengthy conversation among scholars and youth activists abou…

Guild of Scholars

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Donna Gaines was recently elected into the Guild of Scholars of the Episcopal Church. The Guild is a group made up of Lay Episcopalians who meet annually at the General Theological Seminary in Manhattan. http://www.guildofscholars.org/