Epiphany, Thursday, January 6th, 2011

This won’t be news to most people involved, but since my website’s been getting a lot of hits from people searching for “Epiphany Lutheran Church” and “John Bradosky,’ I figured I might as well include links to the news here as well:

First, as reported last month in the Dayton Daily News, Pastor Bradosky decided that he “can no longer support” the ELCA or “continue to be associated with it.”

Second, as reported in a letter released earlier this week to the Epiphany congregation, Pastor Bradosky decided back in November to accept a position as the General Secretary of the NALC.

I suppose it’s fitting that this news, already published in the December 2010 NALC newsletter, finally be released to Epiphany this week and hit my blog and others today on the Day of Epiphany.

P.S. While googling for NALC and divorced clergy, I came across this fun Spirit of a Liberal blog post, entitled “Wisdom from Herb Chilstrom.” Herb Chilstrom, for those of you who, like me, are not Lutheran and had never heard of him, was the first presiding Bishop of the ELCA.

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Some literacy resources

Those of you who know me personally may know that last summer I started volunteering for the Miami Valley Literacy Council (MVLC). I’d meant to do so for a while, because my uncle Bill had volunteered for MVLC for several years, but it wasn’t until 2010 that I changed some of my volunteer commitments and made time for MVLC.

As it happens, I was just in the nick of time. Just a couple months after I started volunteering for MVLC, MVLC died (I promise it wasn’t my fault), closing down after 46 years (and less than one year after having moved into spacious new digs). Basic Literacy Tutor Training: Tutor Handbook
MVLC’s tutor training handbook
download (2.08 MB)
So the tutor training class I went through was MVLC’s last. I was paired with a student as part of the process of that class, and after MVLC’s closing I’ve continued to meet with my student.

My student got a part-time job with a local church and part of her responsibilities is setting up ESOL classes for Spanish speakers. This morning she asked if she could borrow the tutor handbook I got from MVLC. I’d scanned the handbook along with the handouts I received and the notes I took in class, so it was easy for me to make them available to her.

The tutor handbook, interestingly, does not contain a copyright notice, but even if it did, its copyright would be owned by an organization that no longer exists, so, having sent my student a copy of the handbook, I figured I might as well also post the handbook and my notes online here in case they might be useful to someone else. I guess they might also serve as a kind of memorial to MVLC.

LITSTART: Literacy Strategies for Adult Reading Tutors
Michigan Literacy Inc.’s excellent book for literacy tutors
(purchase online)
The handouts make reference not only to the MVLC tutor handbook but also to another resource we used in class, namely LITSTART: Literacy Strategies for Adult Reading Tutors, a book published by and available for purchase online from Michigan Literacy Inc.

Here are the links to the MVLC tutor handbook and to the class handouts and my notes
(all in Adobe Acrobat PDF format):
Basic Literacy Tutor Training: Tutor Handbook (2.08 MB)
Handout and notes from session 1 (77 KB)
Handout and notes from session 2 (380 KB)
Handout and notes from session 3 (371 KB)
Handout and notes from session 4 (441 KB)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Zamboni at Riverscape

Today I took a walk across the river to RiverScape where I got to see a Zamboni in action. If you want to watch too, click on the picture below:
Zamboni at Riverscape in downtown Dayton

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