Capcom considering more cloud games despite Resident Evil 7 shortcomings

first_imgCapcom considering more cloud games despite Resident Evil 7 shortcomingsStreamed Switch version of horror hit “did not have a significant impact on earnings”, but publisher still sees promise in the technologyJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 6th November 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleCapcomCapcom has alluded to its future plans for cloud-based games, suggesting the Resident Evil 7 experiment has been a success – although not a financial one.In a Q&A released following the Japanese firm’s results for the first half of the fiscal year, the publisher was asked by shareholders about its stance on cloud gaming.Earlier this year, Capcom released Resident Evil 7: Cloud Version – a streamed version of the hit horror title for Nintendo Switch. In the Q&A, the firm reiterated this was an experiment, but it seems to have been a promising one.”While we did release a certain title supporting cloud gaming in the first half, this was done primarily for technological research purposes and did not have a significant impact on earnings,” the company wrote. “Based on the results of the research, we will internally consider further expansion into cloud gaming.”The shareholders’ question was no doubt prompted by increasing interest in cloud-based gaming products and services over the past six months. Most notably, Microsoft announced Project xCloud, a streaming service that delivers Xbox games to any device.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Electronic Arts also teased plans for a streaming service at E3 2018, while Google teamed up with Ubisoft to deliver a cloud version of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Interestingly, Ubisoft also took inspiration from Capcom by experimenting with a cloud version for Switch in Japan.While Capcom did not discuss its plans for cloud gaming any further, its comments suggest that while Resident Evil 7 did not generate significant revenue, it at least engaged enough Switch owners to warrant further experimentation.Elsewhere in the Q&A, Capcom pledged to continue marketing Monster Hunter World – a title that has now sold 10.7 million units worldwide, 70 per cent of which have been purchased outside of Japan.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesResident Evil: A masterclass in reinventionAs Resident Evil 8 arrives and the series enters its 25th year, we look at how Capcom’s horror IP has done what it challenges players to do: surviveBy James Batchelor 1 days agoCapcom reports fourth consecutive year of record high profitsPublisher’s ongoing success driven by Monster Hunter Rise and Resident Evil 3By James Batchelor 2 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

David Marcus Wins Wellington World Cup Qualifier

first_imgCanadian Olympian David Marcus of Campbellville, ON, dominated the CDI-W Wellington Dressage, a World Cup qualifying event, held January 31 to February 3 in Wellington, FL. Marcus won both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle competitions riding Chrevi’s Capital for owner Deborah Miculinic.In the Grand Prix held Thursday, January 31, Marcus topped a starting field of 13 horses with a score of 70.34%, edging out Swedish Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson for the win. In Saturday’s night’s Grand Prix Freestyle, Marcus performed his new musical program for the second time in competition, earning an impressive score of 74.45% from the five-member panel of international judges. Vilhelmson was again his toughest competition, placing second with a score of 72.35% riding Divertimento.“He was very good in there, under the lights at night,” said Marcus of his Freestyle performance with Chrevi’s Capital, a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Chrevi’s Cavallo x Weinberg). “He was really comfortable. This was my second time doing the Freestyle, the first being last week at the World Dressage Masters, so I felt a little more confident doing it, too. I felt like I could really ride to the music. I think it worked out really well.”Complied by freestyle designer Joost Peters of The Netherlands, Marcus’s new freestyle features the music of WHAM! and George Michael, including ‘Careless Whisper’ and ‘Freedom’, to highlight extremely difficult choreography. One week earlier, Marcus debuted his new freestyle at the prestigious CDI5* World Dressage Masters Palm Beach where he was the top Canadian, placing sixth.With his wins at CDI-W Wellington Dressage, Marcus now leads the North American World Cup League standings. A qualifying event for the 2013 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final to be held from April 24 to 28 in Goteborg, Sweden, the CDI-W Wellington Dressage is the fifth of eight qualifiers held for North American competitors. The top two athletes in the standings at the conclusion of qualifying competition in March will be invited to contest the annual World Cup Final.“If we stay in this position, and if Capital keeps coming out and having rides like this where I feel he’s confident and it’s in his best interest, then we’ll go,” said Marcus, 32, of whether he will attend the prestigious Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final.In addition to winning the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle, Marcus also won the Champion Equine Insurance Dressage Style Award. Quickly gaining a reputation for his flair for fashion, Marcus now has several style awards to his credit.“It’s important to be presentable, and to do that not only in the way you dress, but also in the way you present your horse,” said Marcus, who trains with six-time U.S. Olympian Robert Dover. “I love getting these awards, and I really appreciate them!”Marcus operates David Marcus Dressage in Campbellville, ON, just west of Toronto. For the winter competition season, he is based at Stillpoint Farm in Wellington, FL. In addition to campaigning Chrevi’s Capital and Don Kontes at the grand prix level, Marcus is also developing the seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Betrina, for owner Deborah Miculinic. Tags: David Marcus, Chrevi’s Capital, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Rio 2016 equine athletes have world-class veterinary care in Deodoro

first_imgMore from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* SIGN UP The world’s best equine athletes at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro are now poised to help their human companions win medals for eventing, dressage and showjumping, and as they focus on the prize they have access to a hi-tech veterinary facility like no other.Located at the Deodoro stables, the 1,000 sq metre horse clinic features everything needed to keep over 200 horses from 43 countries fit and well throughout the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, with specialists ready to care for every need around the clock. The clinic will also be fully operational for the Paralympic horses that will come to Deodoro next month.Manned by a 130-strong team of veterinary surgeons, anaesthetists, imaging specialists and medical professionals from Brazil and around the world, the clinic includes the latest pathology, endoscopy, radiography and ultrasonography technology, as well as a dispensary, emergency surgery facility with padded recovery boxes, and specialist treatment stables.The clinic offers routine supportive veterinary care and, should any emergency first-aid be required, the specialists are on-site to treat the horses. Nine specially equipped horse ambulances will also be on the venue if any horses need to be transported to the clinic. In addition to the clinic, a network of physiotherapists is on hand to keep the horses in top form, while the horses’ temperatures, food and water intake, and weight are permanently monitored by their grooms and veterinary specialists.Chilled outWhile the Games are taking place in Brazil’s winter season, there can be weather fluctuations, so keeping horses cool in Rio is a major focus.Horses cope with heat very differently to human athletes because of their size but, just like humans, getting their core temperature down after exercise is key.Every day, over 46,000 litres of water and 400kg of ice to chill the water is being used across the Olympic Equestrian Centre just for washing down horses after training and competition.Tents housing banks of cooling fans, used for both the equine and human athletes, are available at the finish of tomorrow’s eventing cross country phase, and next to the training and warm-up arenas for jumping and dressage, keeping Rio 2016’s most-muscled athletes chilled.“The health and wellbeing of our horses is the top priority during these Games,” said Brazil’s Dr Thomas Wolff, President of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Veterinary Commission. Many of our horses on site have their own team veterinarians, and it’s great to see how impressed they are with our facilities.”Wolff (65), who will be working directly with Olympic Veterinary Services Manager, Brazil’s Juliana de Freitas (40), has been the Brazilian Equestrian Federation’s head veterinarian for the last 15 years. He was Brazilian team vet at the Seoul and Beijing Olympic Games, and runs his own practice in Sao Paolo specialising in horses competing in the three Olympic disciplines – Jumping, Eventing and Dressage – and racing.“Our horses always deserve the very best, and at these first Games in South America, they’re getting just that. We know everything about every horse on site every second of the day thanks to our monitoring system, and with the world’s best veterinary care on offer for our horses we’re now very much looking forward to seeing medals won and new Olympic records set in Rio.” Tags: 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Rio Veterinary, last_img read more

Family of man who died after taco-eating contest at Fresno Grizzlies game left shocked

first_imgKFSN-TV(FRESNO, Calif.) — The family of the man who choked and died after competing in a taco-eating contest at a baseball game was left shocked that a night out at the ballpark turned into tragedy.“Who would think something like this would happen?” Mecca Hutchings, the sister of Dana Hutchings, told ABC Fresno affiliate KSFN-TV Wednesday.“He told us he was going to a taco eating contest, but we didn’t think something like this would happen,” she added.Dora Hutchings, Dana Hutchings’ mother, told ABC News Thursday she was on her way to the coroner’s office to identify the body of her son, but did not want to speak more about him.Hutchings, 44, died Tuesday night after participating in the food contest at a Fresno Grizzlies game in Fresno, California, according to the city’s sheriff’s office. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he died, Tony Botti, the department’s spokesman, said.The Fresno County Coroner said an autopsy conducted Thursday revealed that Hutchings had died of choking.Botti said the full results will be completed in about a month, and include toxicology results and medical history.Derek Franks, the Fresno Grizzlies president, called Hutchings a fan and said he was devastated to learn of his passing.“The Fresno Grizzlies extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family of Mr. Hutchings,” Franks said in a statement.Fatal accidents during food contests, like Hutchings’, have happened before.In November 2018, Mario Melo, a 56-year-old former boxer, choked to death during a croissant eating contest in Argentina.Walter Eagle Tail, 47, died after choking to death during a hot dog eating contest in South Dakota during a 2014 Independence Day event.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

THE END OF “KAI ERA”: Benjamin Matschke will be the new HSG Wetzlar era

first_img“ANDOL for headache, Wetzlar for Kiel” Related Items:Benjamin Matschke, HSG Wetzlar ShareTweetShareShareEmail Click to comment HSG Wetzlar and Kai Wandschneider part ways in summer 2021 Recommended for you Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsHSG Wetzlar have announced the name of the new coach who will be a successor of Kai Wandschneider from the summer 2021.  That will be Benjamin Matschke, the 38-years old coach from Eulen LudwigshafenContract has been signed for the next two seasons.Ben has done an excellent job in Ludwigshafen in recent years and celebrated great successes with the club. He corresponds 100 percent to our requirements for the position of head coach. Ben is a young, innovative trainer, He is a motivator that inspires his players – whom they trust. With Ben Matschke we were able to win one of the most sought-after young German coaches for HSG Wetzlar and we are already delighted today to a hopefully long and successful collaboration – said HSG managing director Björn Seipp. HSG Wetzlar win first friendly match against MT Melsungenlast_img read more

Expert: Lift taboo on Earth engineering

first_imgThe effects of climate change are so uncertain and potentially long-lasting that policymakers should begin examining options that include geoengineering, an area that has so far been off-limits, according to a former Harvard researcher who is now a professor at the University of Calgary, Canada.David Keith, Canada Research Chair in Energy and the Environment and director of Calgary’s Energy and Environmental Systems Group, said Tuesday evening (Sept. 22) that fear of sapping momentum from efforts to reduce global carbon output has so far kept talk to a minimum about using large-scale geoengineering to mitigate the effects of climate change. Though some nations are beginning to investigate geoengineering options, more should follow suit, he said.One common geoengineering strategy mentioned in reference to climate change includes several techniques that would make the Earth more reflective, bouncing more of the sun’s rays back into space and cooling the planet. Injecting sulfur high in the atmosphere — most likely by dumping it from an airplane — would mimic the cooling effect experienced after major volcanic eruptions.Volcanoes have long been known to have far-reaching ramifications, caused by the spread of dust and sulfur dioxide from their plumes high in the atmosphere around the globe. Keith mentioned the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, in the Philippines, which is believed to have cooled global temperatures by roughly half a degree Celsius. Among other efforts, Keith recommended that preparations be made to thoroughly study the next major volcanic eruption to see what lessons could be learned that could be applied to future geoengineering attempts.Keith was the first speaker in the Harvard University Center for the Environment’s (HUCE) Future of Energy speaker series this year. He was introduced by HUCE Director Daniel Schrag, Hooper Professor of Geology and professor of Earth and planetary sciences. Schrag described Keith as a “thought leader” on the question of how to deal with climate change.Keith, who got his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991 and worked as a research scientist in Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences from 1993 to 1999, spoke before a packed Science Center lecture hall audience.In framing his talk, Keith said he doesn’t believe the world is in danger of running out of energy, mainly because industry has gotten so good at extracting fossil fuels. He estimated that there’s enough fossil fuel available to run the world’s economy at higher rates than today for more than 200 years. That having been said, there are major issues beyond the carbon content of fuel to consider. Energy security and energy’s role in geopolitics are also important, as are issues of energy equality and the lack of access for a billion of the world’s poorest residents.When considering changing the world’s energy mix, Keith said, trade-offs are unavoidable. In assessing those trade-offs, however, Keith said policymakers today are not giving enough consideration to the uncertainty inherent in data about different options they’re being given. In some cases, such as the potential costs of increasing the use of nuclear power or the potential cost decline as solar power generation is scaled up, the uncertainties are significant and could impact decisions.“There’s just no way to look at that data and say you know the cost of nuclear,” Keith said about one graph he displayed.Still, Keith struck an optimistic note when discussing the future of the energy system. He believes the power system could be reformed to reduce its carbon output by increasing wind, nuclear, and solar power and by employing coal-fired plants with carbon capture and sequestration technology. The cost, he estimated, would be a few percent of GDP, much less than what the United States spends on health care and about what we spend on the military.To get there, though, policy decisions have to be made despite the uncertainties that remain. Though it is right that the major focus should be on reducing the amount of carbon in the energy we use, Keith said because carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can last thousands of years, the effects of reductions we make now won’t be felt for some time.In addition, he said, uncertainty remains about how the climate system will respond as carbon dioxide levels rise. Because of that uncertainty, it would be wise to plan for a worst-case scenario.In that worst case, Keith said, nations might be prompted to quickly deploy geoengineered solutions without fully understanding their potential consequences. It would be wiser, he said, to begin research now — on a fairly small scale initially — to understand and test various solutions.Geoengineered solutions to climate change fall into roughly two categories, Keith said. The first, carbon cycle engineering, includes slower and more expensive solutions that offer long-term fixes by removing carbon from the environment. It includes things like adding iron to the ocean, which would trigger large-scale plankton blooms that remove carbon from the environment, adding alkalinity to land and sea, and locking up carbon in biochar.The second category, solar radiation management, includes shorter-term fixes that block sunlight from reaching the Earth and then getting trapped by greenhouse gases. These solutions include changing the planet’s reflectivity in one way or another, including the injection of sulfates or engineered particles into the atmosphere. Their advantage, Keith said, is that they’re relatively cheap and easy to do.These solutions, however, have potential side effects, such as changing rainfall patterns and reducing atmospheric ozone. That’s why, Keith said, research should begin to understand their potential effects — both good and bad — so that wise choices can be made.“We need to understand how this might not work, as well as how it might work,” Keith said. “We have to bring this out in the open and talk about it.”last_img read more

Dogfish Head & Grateful Dead Release American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA

first_imgDelaware-based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and the Grateful Dead continue their partnership with the release of American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA, the third iteration of American Beauty, brought together by Warner Music Artist Services. The new 7.0% ABV ale is inspired by the Grateful Dead’s 1970 studio album, American Beauty, specifically the track “Ripple.” American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA will be available in 6pk/12oz cans throughout the brewery’s distribution network across 45 states starting in November.Related: Dogfish Head Brewery Announces Revival Of Grateful Dead-Inspired “American Beauty” Pale Ale“As a self-proclaimed beer geek with a music problem, I couldn’t be happier about the continuation of our awesome partnership with the Grateful Dead and our collaborative efforts to develop American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA,” said Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head, of the unfiltered IPA brewed with spelt that includes a special yeast variety designed to bring out hop aromatics. “Just as the Dead say, ‘there is a road, no simple highway’ – our journey to develop the perfect recipe for American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA was a lengthy one, but we ‘put our money where our love is’ and eventually arrived at our flavor destination.”Dogfish Head’s relationship with the Grateful Dead began in 2013, when the first version of American Beauty released in 750-ml. bottles. This imperial (9.0% ABV) pale ale brewed with organic almond honey and granola was rereleased in 2014 and 2015, each year with different artwork. In 2018, American Beauty made an encore in 12-oz. bottles, this time as a more approachable (6.5% ABV) pale ale brewed with granola, wildflower honey and all-American hops.For more information on Dogfish Head Brewery, head to their website here.last_img read more

Students protest Donald Trump rally

first_imgWhile Trump supporters filled the Century Center in South Bend, protestors lined the street outside, holding signs and chanting for more love and less of the hate they feel Donald Trump represents.Saint Mary’s junior Maria Hernandez said she believes attending protests is important for people who have strong political convictions.“We don’t believe that Trump is doing a very good job of showing what America should be represented as,” she said. “It’s important to stand up for your beliefs, to let people be aware of how there are injustices in the world. However, I do believe it should be peaceful, and I think thus far, being here, it’s been quite peaceful.”Notre Dame freshman Rose Ashley said she thinks Trump has gained support through spreading hate.“Trump’s main message is hate,” she said. “Hate for all beings — hate for women, hate for gay people, hate for transgender people. I think that that’s a message that we can’t tolerate in the 21st century as human beings. We need to support each other.”Ashley, a South Bend native, said she feels passionate about voicing her opposition to Trump as a representative of her hometown.“It’s very sad for me to see my hometown come out in such large numbers to support Trump,” she said. “I just want to get the message across that not everyone here supports Trump, and there is a large majority of people who do not want him here.”Ashley said she believes Trump’s personality is one reason he has garnered so much support.“His personality commands a room,” she said. “He’s very persuasive. I think right now in America, people are scared. They want a big personality who really just promises a lot. I think especially in this area — one that can be conservative and low-middle class — he’s really inspiring a message in people of getting rid of everything that is ‘bad’ and giving them something that’s good.”Ashley said she opposes Trump because he is divisive at a time when America needs someone who will unite the people.“Love trumps hate,” she said. “[Trump supporters] are spreading a message of hatred, and we need to be the United States of America. We need to support each other and love each other and not divide among these really harsh lines.”Saint Mary’s junior Gabriela Herrera said she protests to stand up for her beliefs.“It’s important to show your rights,” she said. “If you don’t agree with everything the other candidate says, then you should be able to represent that.”Melissa Montes, a sophomore at Saint Mary’s, said as a woman and a Latina, she thinks it is important to speak out against racist and sexist comments made by Trump.“I am a part of both minorities — I am a woman and I am Mexican,” she said. “He’s said some pretty horrendous things about who I am as a person. I think that it’s important to exercise your rights. If you have an opinion, then you should stand for it.”Montes said she realizes both sides have opinions, and both are important, which is why she chooses to make her voice heard.“I think there are some people on the other side who may be swayed by our protest,” she said. “That’s not the goal for me, because I think a lot of people have very strong opinions on the other side too, and they’re valid opinions. Everyone can have one — that’s the great thing about being in America.”Saint Mary’s senior Deirdre O’Leary said she hopes she can spread love to Trump and his supporters through her protests.“There are some signs on this side protesting Trump that are hateful and expletive,” she said. “I want to pray for a conversion of heart for all those who are voting for Donald Trump and for Donald Trump himself. He’s very lacking in character, and he doesn’t respect the human dignity of every person regardless of their race, their religion, their creed, their age, their gender. He just does not respect that. I just want to show that I respect that, and I’m standing up for any other candidate that will respect those rights.”O’Leary said she hopes voicing her opinions can help others, though that is not her end goal.“If you have a firm belief that is dear to your heart, then you should act upon it and you should express it,” she said. “I’m here spreading the love. If someone over there feels touched or loved by what we’re doing over here, then that’s a great thing, but I’m just here to express my belief, just like they are.”Saint Mary’s first year Jessica Kapiszka said she attended the protests to “check out both sides” rather than to directly protest, although she does not understand how Trump has gained popularity — especially in South Bend — with the comments he has made about minority groups.“It’s baffling how he’s become so popular,” she said. “I think people hear looking more at what he can do for our economy rather than what he says about our people.”Saint Mary’s first year Faviloli Cruz said she came to the protest more to observe and less to protest because she believes it is important to listen to other opinions.“South Bend is really populated with immigrants,” Cruz said. “That’s one major thing for a lot of people. It’s good to see how others feel about it — to get different perspectives on it. … You’d think a lot of people wouldn’t support him, but it’s the opposite.”Tags: 2016 Election, Donald Trump, Donald Trump protest, Donald Trump rally, Indiana primary, protest, republicanlast_img read more

Asbury United Methodist Church explores option to disaffiliate from church over ban on same sex marriage, LGBTQ clergy

first_imgRev. Gayla Rapp (left), senior pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, said she and her congregation were struggling with what to do after the United Methodist Church’s reaffirmation of its ban on same sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy.After United Methodist Church leaders voted to uphold the church’s ban on same sex marriages and on LGBTQ individuals serving in the clergy, Asbury United Methodist Church is exploring the process of disaffiliating with the denomination.Nothing official is decided, said Rev. Lee Johnson, associate pastor at the church in Prairie Village. At this point, the clergy at Asbury is gathering information to share with their congregation on what disaffiliation would look like, and what it would cost.Asbury United Methodist on Sunday hosted an informational session, “A Way Forward: The Financial and Practical Implications of Disaffiliation from The UMC” led by Scott Brewer, treasurer of the Great Plains Annual Conference, a regional conference under the umbrella of the United Methodist Church that encompasses Kansas and Nebraska.Scott Brewer, treasurer of the Great Plains Annual Conference, led an information session on steps for a church to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church.More than 100 members from Methodist churches across the Kansas City metro area attended the meeting to learn more about what disaffiliation would look like for their church.“Let me just say, as a fellow United Methodist, I’m sorry that we need to have this conversation,” Brewer said. “But that’s kinda where we’re at.”Coincidentally, the meeting took place almost two years to the date after Asbury United Methodist voted to become a Reconciling Congregation, which asserted the congregation’s commitment to accept and welcome all people, including members of the LGBTQ community, into the life and ministry at the church.“I look in the face of my church members who are LGBTQ or who have LGBTQ children, and I want them to know that I’m hurting with them and that we’re walking with them during this time,” said Rev. Gayla Rapp, senior pastor at Asbury. “We are working for the church to change because we truly want our place to be a church where all are welcome.”Before the global meeting of church leaders in February in St. Louis, there was no policy for disaffiliation with the church, Brewer said. Now, Methodist churches can disaffiliate “for reasons of conscience” — for those that morally disagree with the United Methodist Church’s position on same sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy. A disaffiliated church also retains rights to all real and personal property.A few requirements for a church to disaffiliate:Disaffiliation must be completed before the end of 2023.Disaffiliation requires a two-thirds majority of a church’s members voting at a church conference.Disaffiliation requires a simple majority of the members voting at an annual conference.A church must pay an exit price to disaffiliate. That number includes unfunded pension of clergy as well as mission shares, which cover administration expenses and ministry work throughout the United Methodist Church.The exit price of a church going through disaffiliation varies based on the congregation size and other factors. For example, Asbury United Methodist has about 800 members, so Brewer estimates it would have to pay about seven years of mission shares, or roughly $630,000. If the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, the largest Methodist church in the country, disaffiliates, it may have to pay as much as $15 million to exit.All of the figures are subject to change in the near future, Brewer said, adding that the Great Plains Annual Conference will determine more concrete exit prices in the coming months.Finding ‘an amicable way’ to disaffiliateMore than 100 Methodist church member from across the Kansas City metro area attended the informational session.Some members were concerned with the price to exit the United Methodist Church. One parishioner said it was “offensive,” especially for him as a lifelong Methodist.“We can do this in such a way that we’re not punishing someone,” he said. “If we really need to separate, let’s find an amicable way. We need leadership that says let’s divide resources in a way that we can be faithful as a church in doing that.”Members at Asbury United Methodist Church have the option to avoid disaffiliation and paying the associated exit price. However, they would have to abandon their church and allow the wider Methodist church take over ownership of the property. They could open their own church but would be starting over with nothing: No building and nothing inside of it.“It’s not going to be easy to leave,” Brewer said. “Rather than destroy each other, rather than ruining our ministries, rather than ending up with a string of abandoned churches all across this country because we have beaten ourselves to death, let’s stop fighting and let’s figure out a way we can do that.”last_img read more

Psychology and Free Speech

first_imgIt’s difficult to determine when discussions of controversial topics became known as hate speech on college campuses across the country. But the metamorphosis has taken place all around us, and the costs are undeniable. Open debate has morphed into self-censorship and terrified silence; what used to be celebrated as an environment of fearless questioning has become a stultifying world of repression.Intolerance of meaningful debate comes from both sides of the political spectrum. Talk of “black lives matter” constitutes hate speech for some, while “blue lives matter” fits the bill for others. Depending on the political leanings of their particular campus, professors, staff members and students are strongly discouraged from entertaining certain topics even privately, much less discussing them publicly on campus, because these discussions make some people uncomfortable. The risks and penalties are tangible and significant, from shaming and ostracizing, to fear of loss of tenure and jobs for professors and expulsion and dismissal for anyone else.—We considered these issues in a new article in Perspectives on Psychological Science on the controversies surrounding recent cancellations of campus talks. We drew mainly on psychological, legal and philosophical analyses to explain the polarization of positions, focusing on phenomena known as blind-spot bias, selective perception, motivated skepticism, my-side bias, groupthink and naïve realism, which help explain why dueling sides overestimate support for their own position and downgrade opponents’ views. In the campus disturbances, opponents did not simply interpret the same situation differently, they actually saw different things. Read the whole story: Inside Higher Education More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more