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Bishop Carlton Pearson, who “doubts the existence of Hell as a place of eternal torment”, will appear on the Probation Challenge (PCC) Internet Broadcast Network

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 Chicago, IL – Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, renowned minister of the gospel, visited the PCC Television Network to discuss his controversial views on “Hell and inclusion”, recent remarks made by him that has caused a spiritual uproar across the globe.

Pearson’s beliefs about Hell were made after he watched a television program about the wretched conditions of people suffering and dying in Rwanda. And considering the teachings of his church that non-Christians were going to Hell, Pearson believed he received an epiphany from God. He now questions the teachings of Christian doctrine that promotes a loving God who would sentence billions of people to an eternal hell for not becoming Christians. His teachings caused the closing of his Higher Dimension Church, which was one of the largest churches in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Received well by the mainstream media, he stated publicly that he doubted the existence of Hell as a place of eternal torment. His ministry is now known as the Gospel of Inclusion.

In an interview with the Rev. Harold E. Bailey, founder and President of the Probation Challenge Program, Pearson again explained his doubts about the existence of Hell as a place for eternal torment.

“Bishop Pearson, certainly by the grace of God and in the spirit of love, ought to be afforded the opportunity to reason together with the body of Christ without contention or bitterness,” Bailey said.

Bailey said Bishop Pearson subscribes to what is described as “New Thought”, which many disagree with.

Pearson attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was mentored by the late Oral Roberts. He was licensed and ordained in the Church of God in Christ and ordained Bishop in 1997. Currently, he is Interim Pastor of Christ Universal Temple Church in Chicago. He is the Author of “The Gospel of Inclusion” and “God Is Not Christian, Not a Jew, Muslim, Hindu…”

Bailey said historically, men and women of God made conscious decisions to obey those things spoken via the Holy Spirit without having consent from mankind. And that many of those obedient to God were ridiculed while others were put to death.

“Christians today live boldly as the result of spiritual sacrifices made by many of our ostracized fore-parents,” Bailey said. “And in that love covers a multitude of faults, we then should agree to disagree in the household of faith without strife.

Bailey added, “A man or woman declaring a vision from God ought to obey God rather than man; which is to say that …I may not agree with all Pearson says, but Bishop Pearson has a spiritual right to speak the dictates of his heart. Consequences of Pearson’s spoken beliefs rest with God.”

The two-part interview with Pearson will be aired on the Probation Challenge /PCC Internet Network.         

The Probation Challenge Program started some 31 years ago. The purpose of the organization is to work with young rejected women and men who have fallen from grace, for various reasons, offering ex-offenders “A Second Chance.”

Kellogg Foundation awards Maynard Institute $1.2 million to improve media coverage of structural racism and its impact

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 Grant will Fund Training, Wire Service and Other Programs at New Maynard Media Center


Dori J. Maynard, CEO and president of the Maynard Institute

Oakland, CA (BlackNews.com) — The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education announced that it has received a $1.2 million, three-year grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to launch the Maynard Media Center on Structural Racism (MMCSR). The MMCSR will encourage the media to provide comprehensive coverage of structural racism and its impact on American society.

“We want to thank the Kellogg Foundation for sponsoring this effort to improve media coverage of the barriers that people of color face today because of structural racism,” said Dori J. Maynard, CEO and president of the Maynard Institute. “Changing the way that the media cover people of color will have a tremendous impact on our society.”

Ms. Maynard said that one of the root causes of divisiveness across the country is that many people are unaware that structural racism continues to create barriers for people of color, contributing to the disparities in income, housing, education and health outcomes, as well as the different treatment that whites and people of color receive in the criminal justice system.

“The lack of comprehensive reporting on structural racism and its impacts is one of the reasons that so many Americans believe discrimination has been eradicated from our society or reduced to such a minimum level it is no longer important,” Ms. Maynard said. “These misconceptions are harmful to our nation. They make it more difficult to rally government, private and nonprofit resources to improve the social, health and economic conditions that many people don’t even realize still exist.”

Ms. Maynard said that misconceptions and stereotypes perpetuated by the media and entertainment industry “blur not only the actual state of economics, health, housing and criminal justice for people of color, but the very essence of their culture, their values and their humanity.”

The Maynard Institute is committed to helping the nation’s news media report fairly and accurately on all segments of American society, particularly communities of color. In its 33-year history, the Institute has trained thousands of journalists and media managers of color, including the national editor of the Washington Post, the editor of the Oakland Tribune and the only Latino to edit a major metropolitan newspaper. Today, Maynard programs are focusing on training the next generation of multicultural news leaders to meet the challenges of competing in the 24/7 multimedia environment that now exists.

The Institute’s innovative diversity model, the Fault Lines Framework, has been increasingly used across the country in news organizations, universities and the entertainment industry. Maynard’s website, www.mije.org, provides journalists and media managers with resources that help reporters, editors and producers better understand the communities they cover.

MMCSR adds a new dimension to the Institute’s offerings. It will sponsor programs that will include professional development sessions for reporters, editors and producers; training and recruitment of people of color for positions in new media and talk radio; workshops for news media executives; workshops with entertainment industry executives; an interactive website dedicated to coverage and analysis of structural racism; and a new wire service that will produce and distribute enterprise and investigative print and broadcast stories on structural racism in our society and the people affected by it.

Ms. Maynard said she has recruited a talented group of professionals to shape and implement MMCSR programs, including Michael K. Frisby, President of Frisby & Associates public relations and a former White House Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal; Gregory L. Moore, Editor of the Denver Post; Sally Lehrman, Knight-Ridder/San Jose Mercury News Endowed Chair for Journalism at Santa Clara University; Kenneth J. Cooper, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former National Editor of the Boston Globe; Renee Warren, President of Arielle-Wren public relations and a former producer at CNBC; and Evelyn Hsu, Director of Programs at the Maynard Institute and a former reporter at the Washington Post.

“The MMSCR will make a difference,” Ms. Maynard said. “We are pleased that the Kellogg Foundation is supporting our work.” Established in 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa.

The Kellogg Foundation recently launched a five-year, $75 million initiative – America Healing – that aims to improve life outcomes for vulnerable children and their families by promoting racial healing and eliminating barriers to opportunities. The Foundation said that improving coverage of the impact of structural racism is one of the objectives of their initiative. For further information, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.wkkf.org

Goodman Theatre announces complete line-up for its 2010-2011 Season

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The  World Premieres of the Trinity River Plays by  Regina Tayor and Tanya Saracho’s El Nogalar, plus the U.S. debut of Terminus, a Partnership with Ireland’s Abbvey Theatre at the MCA                                                                                                  

Chicago, IL –  Artistic Director Robert Falls announced two exciting mainstage additions plus an unprecedented partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art to Goodman Theatre’s upcoming 2010/2011 season (begins September 2010), completing the season schedule. First, what was previously announced as Rain by Regina Taylor, has become the centerpiece production of Taylor’s trilogy of short plays entitled The Trinity River Plays—including

Jar Fly, Rain and Ghoststory. All three plays will be performed by one cast during the same evening, running January 15 – February 20, 2011 in the Albert Theatre; Ethan McSweeny directs this world premiere co-production with Dallas Theater Center. Next, the Goodman teams up with Teatro Vista for the world premiere co-production of El Nogalar by Tanya Saracho, running March 26 – April 24, 2011 in the Owen Theatre; Cecilie Keenan directs. Also in the spring, the Goodman partners with the Museum of Contemporary Art to bring Terminus from the Dublin-based Abbey Theatre to Chicago. Terminus appears in a limited run as part of the Museum’s Global Stage Series, March 2 – 6, 2011 at the MCA.

 The Trinity River Plays include Jar Fly, Rain and Ghoststory. In Jar Fly, Iris and her cousin Jasmine are opposites: determined Iris plans to go to college and become a writer, while rebellious Jasmine has dropped out of high school to follow a path of self-destruction. Seemingly headed in different directions, the cousins come to a crossroads when Jasmine draws Iris into the terrible secret she has been hiding since childhood. Rain was first seen as part of the Goodman’s 2009 New Stages Series. Fiercely independent Iris has made a successful life for herself as a journalist in New York City, but when her marriage fails, she begins to unravel. In search of solace, Iris returns to her mother’s house in Texas, but her homecoming proves more confounding than consoling when her mother makes a shocking announcement. As long-buried family secrets come to light, Iris must face her past and make some difficult decisions about the future. In Ghoststory, the third in The Trinity River triptych, Iris is surprised by a visit from her estranged husband, Frank, desperate for a reconciliation. But before this reconnection can be explored, she must confront and embrace the specters of her past that continue to haunt her present.

In El Nogalar, Maite and her daughters can’t stand the idea of losing their family’s land to developers, but their money—and their time—is running out. Despite warnings from her family and her friends, Maite ignores her declining fortune as ardently as she has ignored the social consequences of the Mexican Revolution. Set in present-day Northern Mexico, El Nogalar (Pecan Orchard) is a hilarious and poignant story about the choice between adapting to the changing world and getting left behind. 

Terminus is produced by Dublin-based Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theater, and is presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in association with Goodman Theatre. Three characters, known simply as A, B and C, weave vivid intertwined monologues of loneliness, violence and despair. Set in the gritty underworld of Dublin’s docklands, the characters are thrown into a fantastical world of serial killers, vengeful angels and love-sick demons as they seek their own quests. Irish playwright and director Mark O’Rowe constructs a poignant moral and dramatic rollercoaster ride.

 Subscribe now to save up to 45% over single ticket prices: 312.443.3800 or ExploreTheGoodman.org. Five-play Albert Theatre subscriptions start at $100 and 3-play Owen Theatre subscriptions start at $57. A Platinum Subscription of all eight plays starts at $157. Terminus is part of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Global Stage series. Tickets will be available in mid-July on mcachicago.org or 312.397.4010.

About the Plays and Artists in Goodman Theatre’s 2010/2011 Season

All plays, artists and dates are subject to change

IN THE ALBERT THEATRE

Candide

Music by Leonard Bernstein

Book Adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler

Lyrics by Richard Wilbur

Additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein

Directed by Mary Zimmerman

September 17 – October 26, 2010

 Tony Award and MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman’s breathtaking new production of Candide is the theatrical event of the season. In addition to the music of Leonard Bernstein, Candide features contributions from the greatest lyricists of the 20th century, from Richard Wilbur to Stephen Sondheim. In this racy musical satire, naive Candide is banished for romancing the Baron’s daughter, only to be plagued by a series of absurd hardships that challenge his optimistic outlook of life and love.

The Trinity River Plays

By Regina Taylor

Directed by Ethan McSweeny

Janury 15 – February 20, 2011

A World Premiere Co-Production with Dallas Theatre Center

 In Jar Fly, Iris and her cousin Jasmine are opposites: determined Iris plans to go to college and become a writer, while rebellious Jasmine has dropped out of high school to follow a path of self-destruction. Seemingly headed in different directions, the cousins come to a crossroads when Jasmine draws Iris into the terrible secret she has been hiding since childhood. Rain was first seen as part of the Goodman’s 2009 New Stages Series. Fiercely independent Iris has made a successful life for herself as a journalist in New York City, but when her marriage fails, she begins to unravel. In search of solace, Iris returns to her mother’s house in Texas, but her homecoming proves more confounding than consoling when her mother makes a shocking announcement. As long-buried family secrets come to light, Iris must face her past and make some difficult decisions about the future. In Ghoststory, the third in The Trinity River triptych, Iris is surprised by a visit from her estranged husband, Frank, desperate for a reconciliation. But before this reconnection can be explored, she must confront and embrace the specters of her past that continue to haunt her present.

 God of Carnage

By Yasmina Reza

A Chicago Premiere

March 5 – April 10, 2011

Don’t miss the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza (Art). When Alan and Annette’s son hits Michael and Veronica’s son with a stick, the two couples meet to discuss the problem over appetizers. What starts as a civilized get-together quickly devolves into a scrappy, laugh-out-loud evening that The New Yorker calls “ninety minutes of sustained mayhem.” In unanimous critical praise for its Broadway debut, God of Carnage has been hailed “first class” (The New York Times), “the best play in town!” (New York Post) and “scabrously funny” (USA Today) and earned the Laurence Olivier Award and three Tony Awards, including Best Play.

 Stage Kiss

By Sarah Ruhl

A World Premiere Goodman Theatre commission

April 30 – June 5, 2011

In this quirky new comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Award-winner Sarah Ruhl, art imitates life—or is it the other way around? When ex-lovers HE and SHE are thrown together as romantic leads in an outrageously dreadful melodrama,

they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage begins to follow them offstage. Stage Kiss is a hilarious, off-

beat fairy-tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss—or when actors share a real one…

Chinglish

By David Henry Hwang

Directed by Leigh Silverman

A World Premiere Produced in Association with The Public Theater

June 18 – July 24, 2011

The truth is lost—or concealed—in Chinglish, a new work by Tony Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly). When American businessman Daniel arrives in China hoping to make an important deal, he finds himself enmeshed in a system that he doesn’t understand – and is more complex than he ever imagined.

 IN THE OWEN THEATRE

The Seagull

By Anton Chekhov

Directed by Robert Falls

October 16 – November 14, 2010

 Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls directs an intimate new production of Chekhov’s masterwork The Seagull, whose unforgettable characters reveal the passion and pathos of everyday life. When famed actress Irina visits her family with her young lover Trigorin in tow, they become ensnared in a tragicomic tangle of romance, intrigue and unrequited love. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience this 19th century masterpiece, interpreted by one of America’s outstanding directors—in the Owen Theatre.

Mary

By Thomas Bradshaw

Directed by May Adrales

A World Premiere Goodman Theatre Commission

February 5 – March 6, 2011

 Outrageous. Ruthless. Explosive. Named “Best Provocative Playwright” by The Village Voice, Thomas Bradshaw pulls

no punches in his comic absurdist drama Mary. At the height of what Time magazine dubbed “AIDS hysteria” in 1983, college student David invites his boyfriend home to his parents’ house in Virginia where nothing has changed since the 1800s—including the slave quarters. Confronting hypocrisy and oppression with exhilarating wit, Bradshaw’s incendiary work is “likely to leave you speechless!” (The New York Times).

El Nogalar

By Tanya Saracho

Directed by Cecilie Keenan

March 26 – April 24, 2011

In the Owen Theatre

A World Premiere Co-Production with Teatro Vista

Maite and her daughters can’t stand the idea of losing their family’s land to developers, but their money—and their time—is running out. Despite warnings from her family and her friends, Maite ignores her declining fortune as ardently as she has ignored the social consequences of the Mexican Revolution. Set in present-day Northern Mexico, El Nogalar (Pecan Orchard) is a hilarious and poignant story about the choice between adapting to the changing world and getting left behind.

 SPECIAL EVENT!

Abbey Theatre of Ireland: Terminus

Written and Directed by Mark O’Rowe

March 2-6, 2011

Presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art, MCA Global Stage Series, in association

 Three characters, known simply as A, B, and C, weave vivid intertwined monologues of loneliness, violence, and despair. Set in the gritty underworld of Dublin’s docklands, the characters are thrown into a fantastical world of serial killers, vengeful angels, and love-sick demons as they seek their own quests. Mark O’Rowe, acclaimed Irish playwright and director, constructs a poignant moral and dramatic rollercoaster ride. Terminus is produced by Dublin-based Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theater, and is presented by MCA Stage in association with Goodman Theatre.

About Goodman Theatre

Currently on stage is the Chicago premiere of The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson, directed by Chuck Smith (through June 6; Albert Theatre). Hephaestus, a Lookingglass and Silverguy Entertainment production at Goodman Theatre, appears in the Owen Theatre. (For press inquiries, call 773.564.9564). The final production in the 2009/2010 Season is The Sins of Sor Juana by Karen Zacarías, directed by Henry Godinez (June 19 – July 25; Albert Theatre), which launches the Goodman’s 5th Latino Theatre Festival—including the U.S. debut of Teatro Buendía, Cuba’s acclaimed theater company.

 Goodman Theatre has been internationally recognized for its artists, productions and programs since its founding in 1925. Celebrating 10 years in the North Loop Theatre District, Goodman Theatre is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago.  Named the nation’s “Best Regional Theatre” by Time magazine, Goodman Theatre has garnered hundreds of awards for artistic achievement and community engagement, including numerous Tony Awards and two Pulitzer Prizes.  Under the leadership of artistic director Robert Falls and executive director Roche Schulfer,

Goodman Theatre’s priorities include new plays, re-imagined classic productions, culturally specific work and musical

theater. Over the past thirty years, the Goodman has produced more than 100 world or American premieres. Robert Falls’ contemporary versions Death of a Salesman, Long Day’s Journey into Night and King Lear have been celebrated nationally and internationally, along with his artistic collaboration with actor Brian Dennehy. Cultural diversity stands at the forefront of the Goodman’s mission; over the past two decades, one-third of Goodman productions have featured artists of color (including 21 world premieres) and the Goodman was the first theater in the world to produce all 10 plays in August Wilson’s 20th Century Cycle. Since 2003, the Latino Theatre Festival has been a biennial celebration of

Latin theater companies from Chicago and around the globe. Over the past two decades, the Goodman has produced 25 musical theater works, including 10 world premieres. Each year Goodman’s numerous education and community engagement programs, including the highly praised Student Subscription Series, serve several thousand Chicago Public High School students. In addition, for 33 years the annual holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol has led to the creation of a new generation of theatergoers in Chicago. Goodman Theatre’s leadership includes the distinguished members of the Artistic Collective:  Brian Dennehy, Frank Galati, Henry Godinez, Steve Scott, Chuck Smith, and Regina Taylor.  The chairman of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees is Patricia Cox and Karen Pigott is President of the Women’s Board. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.

 Visit us virtually at GoodmanTheatre.org; discover the 2010/2011 Season at ExploreTheGoodman.org; catch the latest news on the Goodman’s Blog; Like us on Facebook; Follow us on Twitter; and peek behind-the-scenes on the Goodman’s YouTube Channel.

For comprehensive content on Goodman Theatre’s 2010/2011 Season, including exclusive artist videos for each production, visit Goodman Theatre’s microsite, ExploreTheGoodman.org.

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin to speak on health reform benefits for Illinois

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U.S. Senator Richard Durbin will speak on health reform benefits for Illinois at an educational forum for seniors, community leaders and others.
 
Durbin and other speakers – Ron Pollack, Executive Director, Families USA; Cristal Thomas, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Jim Duffett, Executive Director of Campaign for Better Health Care – will detail the benefits for Illinoisans under the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, at a Confab, Monday, June 14, 2010, at Mather’s – More than a Cafe, 3235 N. Central Ave., beginning at 10 a.m.

 
Speakers at the June 14th Confab will explain benefits of Reform just as “Donut Hole” Compensation Checks, and other benefits begin to roll out. 

 On Tuesday, June 15, the first benefits of the new health reform law will begin to take effect.  Seniors who participate in Medicare Part D and have hit the “donut hole” – the gap in coverage that begins when a senior reaches $2,700 in drug benefits and then must pay drug costs out of pocket until reaching $6,154, when Medicare Part D prescription benefits kick in once again – will receive $250 rebate checks from the government to help cover those out of pocket costs.  In each subesequent year, the amount of those checks will increase until the donut hole is closed in the year 2020.

The event is free and open to the public, though space is limited.

 Health care is the key to economic security and opportunity.  The passage of the recent reform legislation means hundreds of thousands of Illinois’ seniors, hard working families and small businesses can now enjoy the peace of mind and security that comes from knowing that no matter what happens, they and their families will be able to access the health care they need. 

For more information visit CBHC’s web site:  www.cbhconline.org
   

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