April 25 is World Malaria Day


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Are you enjoying March Madness or is your bracket busted like mine? Perhaps you’ve moved on and are looking forward to the Masters Tournament or this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.If you have sports on your mind – or even if you don’t – I have a challenge just for you. Get active this April:Compete to Beat Malaria! April 25 is World Malaria Day, so the entire month of April our supporters across the country are taking sports challenges to help us send 25,000 bed nets to families in Africa.

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The United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign has sports in its DNA. Since 2006, hundreds upon hundreds of supporters have leveraged their passions for sports to raise money and send nets while doing what they love.

  • You’ve probably heard about Jordan Freer, who was the youngest girl to swim across the San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz. She raised enough money to send 300 bed nets to Africa.
  • You may have heard how the Loomis Chaffee varsity soccer team turned their huge rivalry game into a charity event for Nothing But Nets.
  • And did you know that for every three-pointer basketball star Stephen Curry makes during the season, he donates three bed nets to families in need?

Everyone can take a sports challenge with Nothing But Nets. Whether you run, swim, or play basketball, you can help raise critical funds and save lives. No sports challenge is too big or small and we have the tools you need to get started.  Every $10 you raise helps us purchase and distribute life-saving bed nets with our UN partners.

And if sports aren’t your thing, there are tons of other ways to get involved! Take action this month and help us send 25,000 nets to protect families in Africa from malaria.

Together, we can defeat malaria. Get active this April and make World Malaria Day the most exciting yet!

Thanks,
Chris Helfrich
Director, Nothing But Nets

P.S. – Need more inspiration? There are lots of ways to Compete to Beat Malaria while doing what you love most.

CBO ~~ April 2014


TBI Gala May 15 Honoring The First Couple of NYC


2014 Annual Celebration & Award Reception

Honoring The Black Institute’s Couple of the Year

Mayor Bill de Blasio & First Lady Chirlane McCray

Also honoring

Ana Castro, Founder L.A.T.I.S.M. (Latinos in Tech Innovation & Social Media)

Cheryl McKissack, President & CEO, McKissack & McKissack

Stephen Hawkins, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA

Community Resources for Justice

Music by Grammy Winner DJ Hex Hector

Host Committee (In-formation): Stuart Appelbaum RWDSU, Rev. A.R. Bernard, Hector Figueroa 32BJ SEIU, George Gresham 1199SEIU, Ed Lynch UFCW, Bob Master CWA District 1, Mike Mulgrew UFT, Peter Patch & Linda Kane, Larry Park NYSTLA, Eugene Schneur & Mo Vaugh OMNI New York and Doug Wigdor

The Black Institute Board: Selvin Bushay, Stephen Chukwumba, James Heyliger, Vince Morgan, Ademola Oyefeso, Martha Stark, Carmen Wallace and Jacquelyn Williams

For more information or to purchase ticktes please click here, call 212 871 6899 or email events@theblackinstitute.org

 

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Did Jesus have a Wife …


New findings suggest ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ isn’t a modern forgery

Analysis finds papyrus is ancient, but some remain skeptical

Yahoo News

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In 2012, the discovery of a tattered papyrus fragment rocked the biblical studies community after some alleged its text proved that Jesus was married.

Now tests show the fragment is not only likely legit — it’s also superold.

The controversial fragment known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” dates to between the sixth and ninth centuries, and could possibly date back as early as the second to fourth centuries, according to a newly published study in the Harvard Theological Review.

The fragment, which contains the words, “Jesus said to them, my wife,” first came to light several years ago. Harvard University Divinity Professor Karen L. King, who announced the fragment’s existence at a conference in 2012, was quick to point out that the fragment does not prove that Jesus had a wife.

“The main topic of the fragment is to affirm that women who are mothers and wives can be disciples of Jesus — a topic that was hotly debated in early Christianity as celibate virginity increasingly became highly valued,” King said in a statement.

The document first came to King’s attention in 2011. She had it examined by Roger Bagnall, director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. Bagnall’s initial findings were that the fragment was ancient, which lead to more testing.

From Harvard University:

Over the past two years, extensive testing of the papyrus and the carbon ink, as well as analysis of the handwriting and grammar, all indicate that the existing material fragment dates to between the sixth and ninth centuries CE. None of the testing has produced any evidence that the fragment is a modern fabrication or forgery.

Not everyone agrees that the document is legitimate. Brown University professor Leo Depuydt wrote a rebuttal to the findings in which he calls out “gross grammatical errors.” He said the fragment is so clearly a phony that it “seems ripe for a Monty Python sketch.”

In an interview with the Boston Globe, King said, “I’m basically hoping that we can move past the issue of forgery to questions about the significance of this fragment for the history of Christianity, for thinking about questions like, ‘Why does Jesus being married, or not, even matter? Why is it that people had such an incredible reaction to this?’ ”

The fragment measures 1.5 by 3 inches. Its author is unknown.

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