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Entries for September 2007

Chaldean Author Tanya Kuza Shares 8 Parenting Tips for Bringing Faith to the Family
By Tanya Kuza :: 36382 Views :: Living & Lifestyle, Religion & Spirituality

Which is harder, making time for yourself or making time for Christ? As a mom of three boys under 5, the challenge to bring Christ into our souls and family is an interesting one.  While we make it church weekly as a family, more than only one hour a week is needed to build the necessary spiritual strength and prepare the family for what lies ahead. 

So what do you do?  Well, I have started collecting great tips on how the Chaldean family can bring Christ into their lives during their daily routine.  Here are some of the tips I have collected thus far. 

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Chaldeans Invest Big-Time in The Future
By Sam Yousif :: 114 Views :: Community & Culture

Michigan, USA- The future is not lost on church leaders who have long cared for the welfare of the Chaldean community.  A balancing act in America that is difficult.  Chaldeans growing up in America have many more distractions and sinful options.  With great freedom comes great responsibility. 

Chaldean clergy have dedicated their entire lives to the community.  No evidence is clearer than having to give up your right to be a mom or dad and focus only on serving the community.  That is the special calling a priest or nun answers.  Answering that call comes with the responsibility to care for the soul of the living today and prepare the youth of tomorrow.        

In making that call the Chaldean Diocese made a bold move in purchasing a Chaldean camp for the benefit of the community.  One hundred sixty acres of rolling hills and lake, the Chaldean Diocese makes clear their commitment to serving the community for centuries. 

(Membership is required to view photos.)

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2007 Chaldean Music Festival Huge Success
By Sam Yousif :: 160 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - Over 10,000 Chaldeans visited the two day summer Chaldean music festival.  The event was hosted by Mother of God Chaldean Church of Southfield, Michigan, and featured some of the community’s top singers and bands.  “This was the best festival I have been to all year,” said James Hakim of Sterling Heights. “They had everything.  Games for kids, dancing, great music, excellent food and snacks, everyone was so helpful and nice.”

Hakim’s sentiments were widely shared as nearly 10,000 Chaldeans enjoyed the fair weathered weekend.  Opening Saturday, the sun sat hidden behind some gloomy clouds at first.   However, D.J. Imad Koki kept spirits high and coaxed the sun out with his excellent mix and play of traditional Chaldean songs.  By mid afternoon the sun shined brightly and the crowds began to merge.  The enticing harmonies combined to transform Mother of God Chaldean church’s campus into the old time village celebrations Chaldeans long remembered.

[This article features five photo albums and an event program PDF download.  Visitors must be registered members of the site to access the additional resources.]

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Chaldean Scholar Publishes Study on Rape, Women and International Law
By Rita Abro :: 40197 Views :: Health & Fitness, Career & Education, Government & Society

Michigan, USA - The increasing disgust and hyper-sexualization in the media has one Chaldean scholar seeking answers.  Phyllis Easter Jeden is a first-generation Chaldean-American born and raised in metro-Detroit.  The pre-law student at Central Michigan University is perusing studies in International, Minority, and Human Rights Law.   

Jeden, like most Chaldeans and Americans has grown increasingly concerned over television advertising portraying women as nothing more than sex objects. “I am appalled by some of the things that the media culture tries to mainstream and celebrate.  This has hurt America and has undermined our ability to speak to the world about values.  Just look at the amount of cleavage you see worn by younger and younger women (and girls) in the supermarket, on the bus, in church?” 

Rather than sit idly by and adopt a hopeless attitude Jeden decide to act.  In her recently published study Jeden tackles the impact of sexualization of women in media and how such efforts harm women.  The study Rape, Women and International Law began as a response to such everyday irritants.  However, the study quickly began revealing much more about the insidious sexualization of women in media and other mainstream venues in societies across the world.

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Chaldeans Making Green While Going Green
By Bedre Konja :: 24 Views :: Business & Finance

Michigan, USA - Detroit-based NextEnergy, the state's alternative energy incubator, was excited when Mark Yaldo decided to get involved.  Mr. Yaldo, owner of the Southfield Sunoco became the first Ethanol 85 alternative fueling station, located in Southfield Michigan. 

The pioneering entrepreneur boldly claims that caring for customers and the planet are not contradicting concepts.  His mission to help establish and encourage other entrepreneurs install biofuel pump options throughout metro Detroit struck a cord with the state’s Governor.

Governor Granholm personally made a visit to help Mr. Yaldo launch his grand opening.  The two stood side-by-side as they cut the ceremonial red ribbon and opened the biofuel pump.  To further entice and encourage customers to use the alternative fuel, Mr. Yaldo offered a gallon of E85 way below cost at $2.49. 

How did it go?

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Michigan Officials Overjoyed at Chaldeans Rescue of Landmark Building and Banquet Facility
By Bedre Konja :: 18693 Views :: Business & Finance

Michigan, USA - A once dilapidated and run-down historical facility has been rescued.  A reincarnation of the venerable old Stephenson Club has opened as the Stephenson Haus banquet facility.  Officials from Hazel Park and Madison Heights recently welcomed new owners Frank Sitto, Sam Denha and Amer Dado at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  The Chaldean business leaders took charge and rescued the historical darling and brought back the magic.  The Stephenson Haus banquet facility will be able to serve over 600 guests in elegance.

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Paul Batou Shares His Gift With Those Hurt by 9/11
By Neda Ayar :: 17307 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

California, USA - "My village was burned in 1961 with an act they called “Ethnic Cleansing.” I was 2 years old at that time when both my father and mother witnessed the event. There will always be that clear picture of us running and hiding to survive etched into our memories," by Paul Batou.

Paul Batou, releases his new book titled My Last Thoughts About Iraq; a compilation and collection of my memories as an artist. His work, contained within the passionate pages of his latest musings, capture his reactions to the suffering and the Sadness which Has Plagued Mesopotamia.

As a gift, Batou has released one of his famed poems as a tribute to the suffering endured by those harmed by the September 11 bombing and those impacted by the pain Iraq has long suffered. 

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Chaldean Bishop Says Education in Democracy Key to Enduring Peace in Iraq
By Rita Abro :: 21997 Views :: Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends

Washington DC, USA - While Iraq’s most dreadful year of 2006 is still comparably safer than some of America’s most popular cities the Democratic leaders in congress still wish to surrender the conflict.   Petraeus demonstrated a significant drop in violence since 2006 and still the Democratic leaders remained unconvinced of the need to stay in Iraq. 

Mgr Rabban al-Qas, Chaldean bishop of Ahmadiya, in Northern Iraq, speaking a day after the US commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, began presenting his report to the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees of the US Congress on the impact of the recent surge of US troops in Iraq says progress has been made, but “A concrete solution to the Iraqi crisis must come from the people themselves, not from the barrel of the gun.”

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The Angel of Mercy – Mother Teresa of Calcutta
By Evon Elias :: 39672 Views :: Religion & Spirituality

Blue and white are the colors. Faith, Hope and Love are the sources of energy. Being a “light” is the calling. Providing for the poor and weak is the goal. Praying that the world will truly be a better place is the dream.

On August 27th of the year 1910, a woman of great purity blessed the world with her presence and gifts of genuine and Heaven-given adoration. Born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, the lady of passion grew to be a devout follower of God, an endless fountain of giving, a shoulder to the wounded, an open door to the needy, a friend to the forgotten, a Sister to many, a Mother to the world, a symbol of humbleness and fidelity, and a leader to the followers who walked in her footsteps.

Though descriptions have been provided, there are many that could partake in the portrayal of the ever-beautiful Mother Teresa.

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Michigan Flint Police Officer Convicted of Assault on Chaldean Businessman
By Sam Yousif :: 32 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society

Michigan, USA - Failing to protect an serve a Flint police officer allowed the power of her badge to go to far.  The police officer was convicted this past Friday of assaulting a Chaldean businessman.

Police Officer Esther E. Ross, 33, faces up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine when sentenced on the assault and battery conviction Oct. 26 before Central District Judge Richard L. Hughes.

In addition, to the possible civil lawsuit both Ross and the Flint police station face for police brutality

According to court records and testimony, the incident occurred back in March 17 about 7:30 p.m. at the Sunoco station, 1117 S. Belsay Road in Burton, Michigan, a suburb outside of Flint.

Long time businessman Jimmy Kashat, testified that police officer Ross violently and abusively pummeled and pushed him in the chest during an argument at his business parking lot. 

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160 Acre Michigan Chaldean Camp Becomes a Reality
By Rita Abro :: 50 Views :: Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - Over a year after the top bid of 3.5 million dollars was submitted to Detroit the Chaldean Church of Michigan has received the deed to what was formerly known as Camp Brighton.   Detroit city mayor Kwame Kilpatrick targeted the property for sale to help balance the city's budget and to keep from having to layoff city employees.  However, once some key city council leaders heard the property was being sold to Chaldeans decided to stop the sale. 

“Emotions ran high in the community,” says Jonathan Sessi.  “Detroit has been trying to sell this property for a long time.  Our church worked very hard to raise the money and were fortunate enough to be the highest bidder.  The church plans on actively using the property for underprivileged youth and families.  Then to have a handful of city council people say city won’t sell.  Come-on, this smacks of discrimination and racism.”

Overcoming the hatred, his Excellency Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim formed a diplomatic community “bridge” committee to help ease concerns and jointly recognize the sale was in the best interest of all involved parties. 

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Chaldean Patriarch Encourages French World Leaders to Guide Peace Efforts
By Rita Abro :: 12 Views :: Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends

Paris, FRANCE - After years of shunning involvement in a war it said was wrong, France now says it may help to bring peace in Iraq, proposing itself as an "honest broker" between the Sunni, Shi'ite, and Kurdish factions.

After meeting with the influential Chaldean Patriarch, Emmanuel III Delly, French world leaders talk of more active role in bringing peace to the war torn region.  The persuasive and passionate Patriarch urged world leaders to assist in ending the ongoing violence in Iraq.

The world renowned Catholic leader is known for his diplomacy in Islamic and Christian affairs, as well as his understanding and leadership in Middle Eastern and Western cultural differences. 

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Chaldean Church Sports League Championship Games and Awards
By Sam Yousif :: 124 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture, Chaldean Church Sports League

Southfield, MICHIGAN - The Chaldean Church Sports League ended their summer season with electrifying excitement.  After the playoff games the best church teams in girls’ volleyball and boys flag football faced one another.  In the girls’ volleyball division, the Mother of God Guardian Angels played the St. Thomas Twin Tigers.  In the boys flag football division the St. Joseph Protectors took on the St. Thomas Twin Tigers. 

The championship volleyball game began first.  Both Mother of God and St. Thomas entered the sand court with stern determination.  Each team brought with them a cheering squad in the hundreds. 

(To view photos you must be a registered member of www.CHALDEAN.org.)

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