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New ministries for millennials

first_img Read Full Story Millennials hungry for deep connection are creating new spiritual communities even as they turn away from organized religion, the authors of two new studies said recently at Harvard Divinity School (HDS). As a result, secular groups are discovering the value of religious resources, and faith communities are innovating in new and unexpected ways.The remarks by HDS students Angie Thurston and Casper ter Kuile—authors of the studies “How We Gather” and “Something More”—came during the morning session of the 2016 Dean’s Leadership Forum. The event, held annually at HDS, brings thought leaders together with faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the School to explore issues in religion, ethics, and contemporary life.Thurston and ter Kuile told the crowd in Andover Hall that “How We Gather” looked at secular organizations that provided an experience of community traditionally associated with religion. These groups included Daybreaker, an early morning dance party held in seven cities on three continents around the world; the Dinner Party, which convenes young men and women over potluck dinners to talk about the recent loss of a loved one and the ways in which it continues to affect their lives; and CrossFit, a fitness community that Thurston described as “a combination of agony and laughter.”Each group has similarities to traditional religious communities, Thurston and ter Kuile said. CrossFit’s members are “evangelical” in their efforts to recruit friends to the group and also ritualize grieving with workouts named after the deceased.last_img read more

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Emirates eyes return to profitability in 2022 as new travel corridors open

first_imgAn Emirates Airbus 380-800 about to land.Fabrizio Gandolfo | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images “Cash is king,” Clark said. “As long as we can keep our cash position in good shape, we believe that we’ll be ready to re-enter the markets, as well and as large as we always did.”Emirates said it was tapping into its cash reserves to ensure it had access to sufficient funding to sustain operations. It has cut almost 25 percent of its staff, and the Government of Dubai stepped in to inject $2 billion by way of an equity investment in an effort to support its recovery. “We believe things will restore themselves fairly quickly. I’m not one of those people who believe it’s going to take a long time or that it won’t come back in the way that it was,” Clark added.“I tend to believe we will be as good as we were in the pre-Covid days as an airline.”  UK-UAE travel corridorThe United Kingdom this week added the UAE to its travel corridor list, meaning travellers flying from the UAE to the U.K. after Nov. 14 will no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days. “The Government has been working for five months to try and persuade the United Kingdom government that we should be put on their list,” Clark said, praising the decision as “a major boost to tourism in terms of travel between the two countries.”The U.K. is among the most critically important markets on the Emirates network for passenger travel demand and profitability, with the Dubai to London Heathrow route making up the highest share of departing seats in 2019. “Already we’re experiencing quite an increase in the booking velocity in our systems in regards to people coming out to Dubai from the United Kingdom post the second of December after lockdown finishes,” Clark said.“I remain optimistic that there will be other corridors opening up, as we get this thing under control,” he added. “It’s just taking a little bit longer than everybody thought and it’s not without its difficulties.” Clark said travel to 104 cities has now been restored, and 151 of its Boeing 777 aircraft were operating and carrying passengers across the network in various capacities. Emirates still has around 150 A380 aircraft on the ground.Macro conditions improvingClark was more upbeat on the regional and global economic outlook, but said the recovery won’t come straight away. “I think the global economy is going to take time to get out of this particular state,” he said. He also expects oil prices to stay subdued, with excess supply and weak demand helping to reduce the cost for major carriers like Emirates.“So long as it’s patchy and oil supply continues to be robust, it’s likely the price will be in the $40 to $50 price level through the course of 2021,” he said. “That gives us an interplay price and allows us to operate profitably in both a P&L situation and from a cash point of view.” Emirates expects to return to profitability in the next two years, as new travel corridors open and the global aviation industry attempts to rebound from the worst crisis in its history. “I believe that within the next 18 months, two years, we will return ourselves to profitability,” Emirates President Tim Clark told CNBC in an exclusive interview on Sunday.  “We will certainly be cash positive during the course of the back end of next year, returning to profitability in (financial year) 2022-2023,” he added.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – Earlier this week, Emirates Group reported a loss of $3.8 billion for the first half of the year, its first loss in 30 years, as the coronavirus-related lockdowns brought global air passenger travel to a halt. Revenue collapsed 74 percent to $3.7 billion dollars.“There are a lot of things that can change that,” Clark said, flagging a number of key concerns still hanging over the sector. “We are an international company trading on the whole of the world’s operations.”His comments come after new warnings from IATA that the industry cannot slash costs sufficiently to neutralize severe cash burn and avoid bankruptcies in 2021.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Leinster clinch Amlin Challenge Cup

first_imgLeinster emulated Chelsea by winning the Amlin Challenge Cup to ease the blow of losing their status of European champions – and they did it in style by beating Stade Francais 34-13. The Irish province destroyed Stade Francais at the RDS Arena, running in tries from Ian Madigan, Sean Cronin and Rob Kearney to take a commanding 21-6 lead at the interval. Cian Healy came off the bench to score the fourth and Jonathan Sexton kicked 14 points as Leinster claimed the first half of a potential trophy double, with the RaboDirect PRO12 final to come against Ulster next week. Press Associationcenter_img Like Chelsea with the Champions League and Europa League, Leinster hold both continental titles simultaneously, although they do so for fewer than 24 hours. Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon clash with Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup final at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Brian O’Driscoll was sidelined by a back spasm and his battle for fitness is sure to be a theme for the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia. Leinster were still able to field four Lions in Kearney, Sexton, Sean O’Brien and captain Jamie Heaslip, with Healy coming off the bench. All made their mark, which will have pleased Warren Gatland. Heineken Cup champions in three of the last four years, Leinster had dropped into the second tier competition after finishing behind Clermont in their pool. But Joe Schmidt’s side remain one of the most formidable teams in Europe and proved as much with a brilliantly clinical performance in attack and defiant defensive display. Leinster took just three minutes to hit their stride with a break from Fijian wing Ica Nacewa and Sexton sent Madigan over for the opening try. That sparked a breathless first half in which Leinster twice repelled Stade Francais, with fly-half Jules Plisson tackled into touch before O’Brien and Sexton combined brilliantly to deny centre Paul Williams. Sergio Parisse was in inspirational form for Stade but Leinster withstood the French barrage and hit back in devastating fashion, with Andrew Conway rising above Julien Dupuy to collect a high ball from Isaac Boss before sending Cronin over for the try. Jerome Porical kicked Stade Francais onto the scoreboard but Leinster responded. Nacewa fielded Sexton’s cross-kick and then slipped a pass out of the tackle for Kearney to dive over. Porical landed a long distance penalty just before the interval but that was rubbed out when Sexton struck two of his own in the second half to extend Leinster’s lead. Stade worked a consolation try for wing Jeremy Sinzelle, who drove his way through Kearney and Fergus McFadden, who was injured in the process, to score in the corner. But Leinster were irrepressible and Healy drove over from close range and Sexton’s conversion – his sixth successful kick from six attempts – rounded off an emphatic victory. last_img read more

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