FEMA Issues Church Guidelines For Facing a Gunman
For the first time, the White House has included advice in dealing with “an active shooter incident” in FEMA’s emergency guide for houses of worship. The inclusion comes after deaths from attacks in churches jumped 36 percent last year.
They advised churches to construct plans in dealing with the possibility of an armed assailant. According to the release, congregants should seek to run or hide. If neither of those is possible, “adults in immediate danger” should attempt to fight back and stop the attacker using “aggressive force.”
The guide also includes information on how to prepare and respond to natural disasters and other emergencies.
Source: Christianity Today
Girl Guides Give Up God
While the Boy Scouts have been garnering all the headlines in America, across the pond, Britain’s Girl Guides have made some waves. On Wednesday, the scouting group announced that it would remove God from its oath in an attempt to attract girls from nonbelieving families.
For more than a century, girls took an oath to “love God and serve the King/Queen.” Starting in September, new members will pledge to “be true to myself and develop my beliefs.” Formed in 1910 under the leadership of Agnes Baden-Powell, the sister of Boy Scouts founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell, Girl Guides has more than half a million members in the UK and 10 million worldwide.
Source: Religion News Service
New Symbol Combats Disabilities Stereotypes
An art student and a philosophy professor used graffiti to stir up a conversation about the International Symbol of Access, commonly referred to as the wheelchair symbol.
Brian Glenney and Sara Hendren felt the old sign, designed in 1968, focused on the wheelchair instead of the person and featured a figure that seemed frail. In response, they developed a new logo, which is set to soon replace the ubiquitous blue and white handicapped signs in parts of New York City.
Source: Fast Company
Panera Bread: Giving Bread, But Still Making Dough
While Panera Bread brings in more than $3 billion annually, the restaurant chain has stores that give out a little more than usual. Through their foundation, the company started five pay-what-you-can locations.
The goal is to provide a free or inexpensive meal for those who aren’t sure if they can pay for their next meal, while the hope is that other customers will balance out the costs and subsidize those who cannot pay the full price. To this point, it is working. Most of the cafés are self-sustaining with approximately 60 percent paying the suggested price, 20 percent paying less or nothing, and the final 20 percent paying more.
Source: National Journal
“Yes, Tweet is a Real Word” – Oxford English Dictionary
While the word “tweet” dates back to the 1800s and has long been included in the dictionary, it was not until this month that the Oxford English Dictionary recognized the word as the act of posting to Twitter. John Simpson, the OED chief editor, announced the addition of the word as a noun and verb in his June update.
Most appropriately the definition—to make a posting on the social networking service Twitter. Also: to use Twitter regularly or habitually—would fit in the 140-character limit.
Source: All Things Digital