The Christian calendar is organized around two major centers of Sacred Time: , , and ; and , , and , concluding at . The rest of the year following Pentecost is known as , from the word "ordinal," which simply means counted time (First Sunday after Pentecost, etc.). Ordinary Time is used to focus on various aspects of the Faith, especially the mission of the church in the world. Some church traditions break up ordinary time into a Pentecost Season, (Pentecost until the next to last Sunday of August) and Kingdomtide (last Sunday of August until the beginning of Advent).
The moment a 'natural' disaster like Hurricane Katrina roars through the southeast, radio and TV spots flood the airwaves seeking monetary donations to be sent to the Red Cross.
I can't take the time to get into a long essay about the Dark Side of the Red Cross, but just try to recall what happened after 9-11:
The dust from the World Trade Center collapses hadn't even settled before the call went out immediately from the Red Cross to give blood and money to help the victims and the families of the 'terrorist' attack.
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The American Red Cross Monday announced a national shortage of blood and platelets, and publicized a series of donation opportunities in San Diego County over the next several weeks.
Conclusion: The outcome Executive Summary The American Red Cross, a non-profit organization is implementing a new industry standard system called BioArch to track and process its blood products....
Smaller charities that were involved with the 2004 Tsunami relief project went public to say that large charities like Red Cross and United Way were engaged in secret backroom negotiations with each other that meant a large portion of the donation money was purposefully restricted from reaching the most needy areas affected by the disaster.
Proper rules & regulations of junior / Youth Red Cross have been framed by the National Headquarters of IRCS which are applicable throughout the Country.
There are many ways for a congregation to mark the journey of Lent. Of course, beginning with a service of worship for Ash Wednesday is always appropriate (see ). During Lent, one of the most effective visual reminders of the season that can be expanded in many variations is to use a rough wooden cross as a focal point in the sanctuary. The type of cross and how it is constructed will depend on exactly how it will be used. The cross is usually erected in the Sanctuary on Ash Wednesday as a visible symbol of the beginning of Lent. It is usually draped in black on Good Friday. The same cross can also become a part of the congregation's Easter celebration as it is then draped in white or gold, or covered with flowers (see ). Responsive readings associated with various symbols of Lent placed on the cross each Sunday in Lent can provide a structure for penitential prayers during this season (see ).
More significant than the honor of the prize itself, the official congratulation from the International Committee of the Red Cross marked the overdue rehabilitation of Henry Dunant and represented a tribute to his key role in the formation of the Red Cross.
Anitta Underlin, Head of Regional Delebation, International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies inaugurated the seminar at the IRCS, National Headquarters for the South Asia Region.
In her address she said that “By working partnerships at all levels – global , regional and local – the Red Cross is striving to achieve its Global Agenda, which complements the United Nations Millennium Development Goals of reducing the impact of disasters, diseases and public health emergencies”.
The Red Cross gained huge momentum as an internationally respected movement, and the national societies became increasingly popular as a venue for volunteer work.
The first nationwide civilian blood program was introduced by the Red Cross after the war (The American Red Cross, 2012): Today, the American Red Cross Biomedical Service is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing more than 40 percent of the blood supply and distributing it to some 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide (The American Red Cross, 2012)....
The American Red Cross has supported the military families of America, provided Disaster Relief, Health and Safety Training and Services, Blood Drives, and other endless services since 1881.