Book on Church Public Relations Released

October 31, 2011 by admin  
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Book On Church Public Relations Authored By Fr. Anand Muttungal

Fr. Anand Muttungal

Madhya Pradesh, October 19, 2011: Probably the first Indian Book on Church Public Relations authored by Fr. Anand Muttungal was released at a function organized at Pastoral Centre in Bhopal. The book was released by Madhya Pradesh Regional Catholic Bishops Council Chairman, Archbishop Dr. Leo Cornelio and National President of Conference of Diocesan Priests of India, Fr. Dr. Francis Scaria. 

Speaking on the occasion Archbishop Dr. Leo Cornelio praising the efforts of the author said, “This book is milestone in the special ministry of Public Relations in the Catholic Church. It has dealt with many aspects Public Relations in relation to Catholic Church and its ministries.” Fr. Dr. Francis Scaria said, “ It is a very creative attempt to conscientize and educate people on how to spread the Gospel through public relations in an increasingly communally polarized world.”

The book is said to be the first book on Church Public Relations written by a Church personal in the Country. It is around two hundred and sixty pages.  It provides techniques to become a good public communicator, writing complaints officials, dealing with people in solving problems, functioning of the Indian administrative system, different issues related to media and how to deal with them and the troubles to Church and its personal, how priests, nuns and Bishops can use public relations to spread the message of Christ. It also deals with public relations in relation to various institutions and services offered by the Church.  The book is published by the Media Publishing House, New Delhi. It provides techniques to deal with various problems related to religious organizations, social, political, administrative, legal matters, legally challenging the media etc. It is of 265 pages and the cost is 240/

The author of the book Fr. Anand Muttungal said, “ the book has dealt with various aspects of the Public Relations from the point of Missiology. Church P R is the systematic way of relationship building for the sake of mission. And every section of the missionaries has something worth reading in the book. I wish that all those involved in the mission read and take advantage of the book.” There are other books by the same author, such as 
 
“Application of the Special Constitutional Provisions on Minority Schools” written by Fr. Anand Muttungal : This book is both in English and Hindi. It provides Special Constitutional Rights for Minorities in India and different Court judgments and its applications for the Minority run educational institutions. This book can be used to create awareness among the parents-teachers, officials, leaders and activists. In Madhya Pradesh we are offering it to all above mentioned persons as gifts.  It is a hand book containing 50 pages. The cost is Rs. 50/- only.

“Is Conversion A Grace From God Or A Punishment By Law” written by Fr. Anand Muttungal: It provides all the Anti-conversion Laws existing in the Country and its applications and implications in the missions. Various judgments of Courts and opinions of  Judges and experts too are added. It also suggests ways to carry out Conversions as per the Indian Law. It can be used by all those involved in the missions. The book is of 152 pages costing Rs. 130/-

For copies contact:

Mr. A Francis                                                                                         
In-charge of Publications,
VK Institute for Human Research and Development
Seva Sadan, Tulsi Nagar , Bhopal 462003, M.P
09201515517, serveindiamp@yahoo.com

Thoughts for the Day

October 30, 2011 by admin  
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Thought for the day

Thought for the day

Thought for the day

Thought for the day

Thought for the day

Thought for the day

Thought for the day

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Precautions to be taken when hosting international or foreign ministries / preachers / artistes

October 30, 2011 by admin  
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Precautions to be taken when hosting international or foreign ministries / preachers / artistesDear Friend in Christ,

The CSF has over the last year been receiving complaints regarding a couple of international or foreign ministries / preachers / artistes who have come to India or propose to do so. A few have it would seem, unwittingly chosen to disregard the law of the land. While we are trying to lobby with the government on these freedom of movement / expression or religious liberty issues, it is necessary that we as Christians are accountable and sensitive while promoting all such evangelical and worship initiatives that come from abroad. There are compliances with respect to the law of the land, which needs to be strictly adhered to, until we succeed in changing them – e.g. acquire all necessary visa, endorsement, national approval, police and local authorities documentations, etc. If we don’t, we give Christianity a bad image, which affects the vast amount of good we do and is seen as motivated.

The purpose of this note is for the community to reflect and pray, besides the ‘leaders’ exercising an internal code of conduct and ethics, while extending invites or accepting such invitations to have such persons / groups in India. Often, promoters of such Christian events (crusades, concerts…), not based in India have conducted evangelical / religious programs without proper permissions. Some have reportedly absconded, without filing for taxes, not paying their dues, etc. Such violators are therefore banned or have the authorities looking out for them and hold them culpable for the irregularities. Often the real sufferers are Indian Christians, who are unable to organise or get benefit from similar or better programs by other foreign ministries / preachers / artistes, who are then also suspiciously looked upon.

There is also need to sensitize international or foreign ministries / preachers / artistes to freedom of faith issues and local sentiments of various communities in India, failing which we have statements that hurt sensibilities and sentiments. The foreigners must also be told that Indian Christians are still very much a poor lot and hence, such programs must be supported by norminally priced tickets or better still free and sponsored by generous donors. When tickets are priced unreasonably because of tax, to “gift” the foreigner, arrange for a affluent lifestyle tour or put-up a razmatazz show, it attracts the unpleasant attention of the FRRO authorities or related government departments.

But what is even worse is that we Christians ourselves do not benefit, as a large number of them cannot attend these pricey events, which give the programs a money-making racket connotation. The expenses to host foreign ministries / preachers / artistes needs to be kept at a minimum, including a token honorarium and not be so exorbitant, so as to leave the hosts or promoters with little or no resources to even pay their vendors or finance their projects. We are given to understand that some of these event organisers have even had to sell off their assets to pay bills.

Finally, the neo international or foreign ministries / preachers / artistes need to understand the dynamics of ministering in India, without causing disharmony amongst existing Christian ministries that have painstakingly been sowing seeds in this nation, for decades. These persons / groups need to know that their actions before / during / after their visit, affects the way Indian Christians are treated and viewed at by their fellow citizens and authorities – not to mention persecuted by fundamentalists of other faiths.

The CSF on its part would like to invite those interested in lobbying with the government to facilitate visits by international or foreign ministries / preachers / artistes and make it easier to do so, which is a basic human right, to get in touch – csfpost@gmail.com so that many may be blessed.

We would also do well to encourage our own local and Indian talent in the field, who are equal, if not better than those abroad.

Your Servant in the Lord’s Service,

Joseph Dias

Beware of Sects – Indian ‘Christian’ cult leader wants to marry for the 40th time!’

October 30, 2011 by admin  
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Zionnghaka Chana with his 39 wives and 120 children and grandchildren

Zionnghaka Chana with his 39 wives and 120 children and grandchildren

Mizoram, October 25, 2011: Zionnghaka Chana wants to marry again!!

With 39 wives and 120 children and grandchildren, the Christian cult leader in Mizoram says that he is still keen to tie the knot one more time.

“I can travel beyond the borders of Mizoram or even India to marry as that would help me to expand my family,” said 67-year-old Zionnghaka Chana.

From a playground to a school and a church, the village of Baktawng resembles any other tribal village but for the fact that the community members belong to one single family of 181 members – 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren.

“We are all happy and like any other church we believe in the existence of god but the only distinctive difference is that our denomination allows us to marry more than one woman,” said Nunparliana, one of Zionnghaka’s sons.

The family is part of a Christian cult called Channa, named after Zionnghaka’s father Challianchana, who died in 1997.

The cult, founded by Challianchana some time in the early 1930s, is now spread over four generations and boasts of having some 1,700 members.

Challianchana was believed to have had 50 wives, with Zionnghaka being the eldest of his many children. There is no count available of the number of children Challianchana had.

The family members live in a 100-room four-storeyed building perched on a hilltop. The youngest wife sleeps near to Zionnghaka’s bedroom. There is a rotation system among the wives to share his bedroom.

The church leaders, Presbyterian being the dominant denomination, however, reject the cult’s claims to be Christians.

“Christianity does not allow polygamy and hence accepting the cult as Christian does not arise at all. Polygamy is very rare in Mizoram,” said a Presbyterian Synod leader in state capital Aizawl.

There are an estimated 95 Christian cults in Mizoram with diverse practices – some of them do not allow their children to mingle with others and attend school, while some of the sect claim their members to be gods.

- ndtv

Tour of Chinese Bibles exhibit slammed as Government propaganda

October 30, 2011 by admin  
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Chinese Bible

Chinese Bible

United States, October 18, 2011 An exhibition tour of Chinese Bibles in the United States has been denounced as a “political propaganda show” to cover up the Chinese government’s persecution of Christians in the country. 

China Aid Association, a US-based Christian human rights group, said that the intent of the “Thy Word is Truth” exhibition was to “mislead members of the public, politicians, and church leaders overseas who are unaware of the realities in China”.

It has been organised by the “Bible Ministry Exhibition of the Protestant Church in China”, which is part of China’s official Protestant Three-Self Patriotic Movement.

China Aid contrasted the picture presented by an exhibit showing Bibles being printed and distributed throughout China with cases of “house church” Christians being arrested and sentenced to prison terms for doing precisely the same thing, as well as other examples of anti-Christian persecution.

Beijing house church leader Shi Weihan was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for printing and transporting a large quantity of Bibles and Christian materials.

Chinese pastor Hong Yujian said that the exhibition was “a total show for deceptive purposes”. He said:

I think it is a kind of grand deception for political propaganda purposes. Because inChina, except for government-operated Christian bookstores … no other bookstores … are allowed to sell the Bible.

China Aid also highlighted the “Chinese government’s persecution of house churches and any government-approved church that dares to adhere to the principles of the Christian faith and refuses to submit to the government’s political control and go against those principles.”

It cited the ongoing persecution of Shouwang Church, a Beijing house church that has been forced to worship outdoors after the authorities repeatedly thwarted its efforts to buy or rent premises in which to meet. Hundreds of Shouwang members have been detained by the police since the outdoor services began in April.

Official churches that do not toe the government line are also targeted. The Changchunli Three-Self Church in the city of Jinan, Shandong province, endured repeated government persecution from June 2009 to September 2010. Its pastors were removed, church members beaten and church building demolished.

China Aid expressed regret that some American churches, Christian organisations and leaders who are supporting the exhibition tour “had been misled and hoodwinked by this use of religion to engage in political and diplomatic trickery”.

“Thy Word is Truth” was in Washington D.C. from 28 September to 2 October before moving to Chicago from 12 to 16 October. Its next stop is Dallas from 30 October to 3 November and it will finish in North Carolina, hosted by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, between 8 and 19 November.

- barnabas team

Interview: Thasneem Fathima – M.Tech. topper of AMU

October 29, 2011 by admin  
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Thasneem Fathima

Thasneem Fathima

Kerala, October 25, 2011: Muslim girls are showing their skills and ability to the world more than ever nowadays. They are excelling in almost all fields that they can put their hands into. Thasneem Fathima NK of Malappuram has become a new example for the successful Muslim young woman by bagging the first rank in M.Tech. (Instrumentation and Control) at Aligarh Muslim University. Mother of two kids, she is now pursuing doctorate at National Institute of Technology-Calicut. Ms Fathima spoke to TwoCircles.net on her education and life. 

Please introduce yourself – your family, education.
I was born as the daughter of Dr Kamal Pasha and Habeeba Pasha in Tirurangadi. Both my parents were professors in the PSMO College, Tirurangadi. My father retired as head of the History department and my mother retired as head of the Arabic department. My schooling was at the Oriental High School, Tirurangadi. After completing pre-degree from the PSMO College, I did B Tech in Electrical and Electronics from the Government Engineering College, Thrissur, in 2003. I was married to Badeeuzzaman when I was doing third year engineering. After having my first kid, I joined MES Engineering College, Kuttippuram, as lecturer and worked there for four years. Then I went to the Aligarh Muslim University to do M Tech. Now I am pursuing doctorate in the National Institute of Technology-Calicut under the guidance of Dr Paul Joseph. I have two kids – Yaseen Murad (7 years – in second standard) and Yameen Javad (4 years – LKG).

Being a married woman with two kids, how do you manage your family and career?
Time management is very important in studying. Normally we study one or two hours daily, and I study when my kids sleep. I utilize the available time well. Also, I had servant to help at home. My youngest son was only one and half years old when I joined for M Tech. The support of family is very important. I got complete support from my husband and in-laws. Actually, my percentage of marks increased after marriage.

Most important things in the matter of education and studies are peace of mind and prayer. I used to call up and talk to my parents and parents-in-law before every exam and ask them to pray. Their prayer is very important for me. Actually I had more people to encourage and inspire after marriage. Help of Allah is the most important thing.

When studying I had never thought of a career in teaching. But now since I want to keep family and career together, I took this up. Even when I am tired during the project days, I get brightened up when I see my kids and their smile. I have dedicated my project work to my husband and kids.

How do you see the general view that Muslim girls lag behind in education and job?
Family is very important for Muslims. Education is not seen as important as family when both come together. But nowadays many families are trying to bring both to a balance. The education and job systems of today are aimed at men only. It is difficult for women to adjust into such a system made up for men. That is another reason why girls lag behind.

As a person who has studied in both Kerala and the north, how do you see the difference between the two? How was your time at the AMU?
I first went to the AMU in 2002. At that time, I had never even dreamt that I would study there. After marriage, when my husband planned to go to the AMU for PhD, I too tried hard and passed the GATE. Thus I joined there. The Electrical Engineering Department was excellent. All the professors were eminent in their fields. And I would like to mention two who were highly inspirational and gave me confidence – Dr Yusuf Zaman and Dr Omar Faruq. Compared to the other institutes I have studied, education at the AMU was enjoyable and tension-free. Initially I had a problem of language for communicating with the local students, but I soon got it over. There was a thrill in studying in such a distant place.

Actually I increased contact with Almighty Allah after going to the AMU. There was a Muslim culture and atmosphere in the Department. Teachers used to say ‘Assalamu Alaikum’ when entering classes. There is a masjid in the centre of the Engineering College, with all the departments around it. There were facilities for prayer in the department itself. There were eight students in my class at the AMU – three Muslim girls and five non-Muslim boys. Among the teaching staff, there was only one non-Muslim. But, here in the NIT-C where I am pursuing PhD now, there are no Muslim teachers at all. There are seven students in my batch with one Muslim boy and girl.

How do you see the setting up of the AMU special centres in Malappuram and elsewhere? Will it be useful for the educational development of the areas? How far will it help Muslims?
The setting up of the AMU special centres will be very helpful in the educational development of the areas. The AMU is a central university, so the expenses of education also will be very low compared to other colleges in the state. However, I can’t say how far it will be useful for Muslims since there is still confusion regarding its minority status. However, I feel the culture and atmosphere peculiar to the AMU in the Aligarh campus – including Sherwani – can’t be reproduced anywhere else.

What is your advice to the growing up students, especially girls?
Though family, education and job are important, family comes a bit higher.

- tcn

Christians want greater say

October 29, 2011 by admin  
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Participants release balloons to mark the start of the event

Participants release balloons to mark the start of the event

Bangladesh, October 25, 2011: Three government ministers attending the fourth national council of Bangladesh’s largest inter-denominational Christian forum over the weekend have vowed to examine several of their demands.

“The nation can’t deny the direct and indirect contributions of the Christian community in Bangladesh’s education, health and socio-economic and moral development, including the country’s liberation war in 1971,” said Bangladesh Christian Association (BCA) president and state minister for cultural affairs Promod Mankin on Saturday.

Mankin, a tribal Garo Catholic, added that various Christian institutions are among the finest in the country and that the government should pay heed to Christian views.

BCA secretary-general Nirmol Rozario handed Mankin, home minister Shamsul Haque Tuku and religious affairs minister Shahjahan Miah 10 demands to present to the government.

These included declaring Easter Sunday a national holiday, an allocation of seats in parliament and in the cabinet and revoking discriminatory land ownership transfer processes.

In his address, Tuku said Christians, like all other people in the country, should be allowed to enjoy their rights equally, adding that the BCA demands are legitimate.

“We all shed blood for liberation of the country. The term ‘minority’ should be avoided and all should have equal dignity as well,” the home minister said.

Miah echoed his colleague’s speech and assured the gathering that the association’s demands will be duly addressed.

“Bangladesh has been a non-communal country since the beginning where we can exercise our right equally,” the religious affairs minister added.

Vincent Rozario, a BCA activist from Gazipur, near Dhaka, said that the gathering was very important in that it sent a message that Christians in the country should be taken seriously and listened to.

- ucan

Politics not for priests, says Indonesian meet

October 29, 2011 by admin  
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Politics not for PriestsIndonesia, October 25, 2011: The executive secretary of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference’s Commission for Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs has said that the involvement in practical politics is the task of lay people instead of priests.

“Lay people should not get bishops or priests into practical politics. Getting them involved means that lay people have no self-confidence,” Father Antonius Benny Susetyo told 40 politicians attending a forum held on the weekend in the diocesan office’s hall in Samarinda, East Kalimantan.

Asserting that the hierarchy has got into politics by voicing their consciences, he called on lay people to change their way of thinking. “The hierarchy’s role is merely to guide in terms of morality,” he said.

Blasius Watu of the Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) suggested that both hierarchy and lay people should find a common understanding about their roles in politics.

“A medium in which the hierarchy and lay people can exchange views on the issue is needed,” the politician said.

Margaretha Rini Puspa Nereng, however, blamed the hierarchy for not supporting Catholics willing to take part in politics.

“The hierarchy should be brave in giving such support,” the legislator said.

- ucan

Inside N. Korea’s Prisons: Moms Kill Children to Survive

October 25, 2011 by admin  
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Inside N. Korea’s Prisons: Moms Kill Children to SurviveNorth Korea, October 20, 2011: Meet a woman who has witnessed unspeakable evil and lived to tell about it.

For 28 years, Kim Hye Sook languished as a prisoner inside North Korea’s oldest concentration camp. She saw daily executions, mass starvation, and mothers killing their children to survive.

Kim granted CBN News the first American television news interview. We must warn you that the images and content of this report are not suitable for children.

Languishing in Prison

Kim is perhaps the longest serving prisoner ever to escape from North Korea.

“I went to the prison camp when I was only 13 years old and I got out when I was 41,” she said.

The year was 1975. One morning North Korean government agents burst into her home and dragged away all the members of her family.

“My entire family went to prison,” she recalled. “Some were taken to the mountains; others were put in different labor camps all because of my grandfather’s one mistake: he escaped to South Korea during the Korean War.”

Re-Education Center No. 18

Kim and some of her family were sent to Re-Education Center No. 18, also known as “Bukchang.”

“I lost seven members of my family, including my grandmother, mother, brother, and my husband,” Kim said.

Today she wears dark glasses to conceal her identity.

“I wear these glasses because I have family in the camp,” she said. “Two of my sisters and brother are still in there.”

Bukchang holds some 50,000 prisoners. It’s one of six political prison camps operated by the North Korean government.

Human rights groups estimate some 200,000 North Koreans are languishing behind the walls of these secret internment camps.

“I attended indoctrination classes in the morning,” Kims said. “In the afternoon the children were sent to push trolleys in the coal mines, often without any safety gear.”

Treated Like Slaves

Kim said she was forced to work 16 to 18 hour work days with no rest.

“People were dying in the mines. There were numerous mine collapses, so many injuries, people who lost their legs, many who were buried alive,” she recalled. “It was horrible.”

“I was treated like a slave and worse. I hardly slept. It was inhuman,” she said. “But I never complained. I just followed all the rules. I had to find a way to survive.”

Prisoners didn’t have enough food to eat. Kim said a family of seven was usually given just 10 pounds of corn a month.

Widespread Famine

“1996 was horrible. That year many people died of starvation. There was nothing to eat. There was no grass, no plants were growing,” Kim said.

“You looked around and there were bodies littered throughout the camp,” she said. “At first I was shocked but then you become numb to it all.”

CBN News asked Kim if there were days when she felt that perhaps it was not worth living. Perhaps she thought of killing herself.

“Yes, I thought of committing suicide hundreds of thousands of times in those 28 years,” she admitted. “But the way the camp is set up there is always someone watching you.”

“Each prisoner is assigned to watch four or five other prisoners,” she said. “So if anything happens, the other prisoners would alert the guards because they didn’t want to get into trouble themselves.”

Public Executions

Kim told CBN News that she witnessed countless public executions.

“Often these prisoners were killed over petty things like stealing food,” she explained.

“The guards would always gather other prisoners to watch the execution. It was a form of intimidation,” she said. “The command was then given to fire at the prisoners.”

Perhaps most chilling is Kim’s account of fellow prisoners killing their own children to stave off hunger.

Mothers Killing Children

“One time a mother put her 9-year-old daughter in this big cast iron pot and boiled her,” she said. “She was a too big for the pot so the mother had to chop her legs and head to fit the body in the pot.”

“On another occasion, a lady killed her 16-year-old son, chopped him into pieces and took him to a butcher shop to get some corn in exchange,” she said.

Kim said talking about these gruesome details isn’t easy.
 
“It is hard to talk about but I want the world to see these images and to hear my testimony,” she said.

Retold in Tears

She escaped from Bukchang in 2003. The details of which are being kept confidential for security reasons. Now she lives in South Korea.

This summer Kim released her memoir called, A Concentration Camp Retold in Tears. It includes images seen in this story that she drew from memory of the horrors witnessed.

“I’m thankful to be alive but I can’t get over the fact that I’ve lost half my life,” she said.

Tear Down These Walls

In September, Kim flew to Washington, D.C., to testify before a United States congressional panel about the beatings, starvation, and brutal executions that she witnessed in Bukchang camp.

“My message to the world is that we have to shut down these labor camps and set the prisoners free,” Kim testified.

“Every day people are dying. Every day people are killing each other,” she said. “I am living proof that there are no human rights in North Korea.”

Click here to view the video of Kim Hye Sook’s interview by CBN News.

- cbn news

Chick-Fil-A – Restaurant Chain Testimony

October 25, 2011 by admin  
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Chick-Fil-A restaurantChick-fil-A had historically been identified with shopping malls, as most of its original restaurants were in their food courts.

Its first freestanding store opened in 1986; most of its new restaurants also are freestanding. As of 2011, the chain has over 800 such units. It also has over two dozen drive-through-only locations.

Chick-fil-A also can be found at universities, hospitals, and airports through licensing agreements.

The chain grew from the Dwarf Grill (later the Dwarf House, a name still used by the chain), a restaurant opened by S. Truett Cathy, who is still the company’s chairman, in the Atlanta suburb of Hapeville in 1946.

The company claims that its current slogan, “We Didn’t Invent the Chicken, Just the Chicken Sandwich,” is based on a true story: at a time when hamburgers dominated fast-food menus since the beginning, Cathy credited himself with “inventing” the chicken sandwich, which went on to become Chick-fil-A’s flagship menu item (although the idea of placing chicken between two slices of bread was certainly not original).

Cathy determined that pressure cooking the chicken in peanut oil allowed for a fast serving time.

The sandwich also comes with two pickles simply because that was the only condiment he had on hand when the sandwich was created.

What is special about this restaurant chain? …


S. Truett Cathy is a devout Southern Baptist; his spiritual beliefs are a major impact on the company.

The company’s official statement of corporate purpose says that the business exists

“To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”

The chain invests heavily in community services (especially for children and teenagers) and scholarships.

Cathy’s beliefs are also responsible for one of the chain’s distinctive features:

All Chick-fil-A locations (company-owned and franchised, whether in a mall or freestanding) are closed on Sundays, as well as on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Cathy states as the final step in his Five-Step recipe for Business Success:

“I was not so committed to financial success that I was willing to abandon my principles and priorities.”

One of the most visible examples of this is our decision to close on Sunday. Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honouring God and of directing our attention to things that mattered more than our business”

About the Founder – S. Truett Cathy

 

Truett Cathy, founder, Chick-Fil-ASamuel Truett Cathy (born March 14, 1921) is the founder of Chick-fil-A, a quick service restaurant chain based in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Cathy was born in Eatonton, Georgia in 1921. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Cathy began the chain in the Atlanta suburb of Hapeville, Georgia in 1946 with a restaurant called the Dwarf Grill, named for its small size. It was there that he, along with his brother and partner, Ben, created the sandwich that later became the signature menu item for Chick-fil-A.

Cathy is a member of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Georgia, and also has taught Sunday School there for over 50 years.

He has testified that the Bible is his guide-book for life.

As an extension of his convictions, all of the company’s locations (whether company-owned or franchised), are closed on Sundays — a rare policy within the food-service industry — to allow its employees to attend church and spend time with their families. This is a policy that began when Truett was working 6 days a week, multiple shifts. He decided to close on Sundays to relax and recharge, as well as honour God.

The policy remains intact today as the restaurants are closed on Sunday.

He is also a philanthropist, having given to numerous charitable causes, many with evangelical ties.

Cathy is also closely involved with the sponsorship of the college football bowl game now known as the Chick-fil-A Bowl, but from 1997-2005 known as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, and prior to that simply the Peach Bowl.

On October 28, 2006 he received the last vehicle off the assembly line of Ford’s Atlanta plant which symbolizes a 60-year relationship between Truett and the Ford plant. The plant had opened its doors one year after Truett opened the Dwarf Grill and Truett regularly served all three shifts. Cathy has also given extensive donations to Berry College in Rome, Georgia.

Philanthropic activities

Cathy has dedicated his time and resources to many philanthropic causes, focusing on those related to the welfare of needy children. In 1984, Cathy established the WinShape Foundation, named for its mission to shape winners. In 2010, the foundation provided roughly $18 million to fund the development of foster homes and summer camp. Past donations from the WinShape Foundation include the funding of several college scholarships and marriage counselling programs. The foundation has awarded nearly 820 students of Berry College with Scholarships of up to $32,000.

In 2008, Cathy’s WinShape foundation became the winner of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic leadership which awarded it $250,000 towards future philanthropy, as a result of its contributions to society.

The prize was created to further ideals such as personal responsibility, resourcefulness, volunteerism, scholarship, individual freedom, faith in God, and helping people who help themselves.

It honours living philanthropists who have shown exemplary leadership through their charitable giving, highlights the power of philanthropy to achieve positive change, and seeks to inspire others to support charities that achieve genuine results.

Additionally, Cathy has dedicated his time and resources towards welcoming homeless children into his home and has taught in Sunday school sessions. He has fostered children for over 30 years, and has since taken in nearly 200 foster children through WinShape Homes.

WinShape Homes is a long-term foster care program that includes 14 foster homes throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.

Cathy also has a Leadership Scholarship program for Chick-fil-A restaurant employees, which has awarded more than $23 million in $1,000 scholarships in the past 35 years.

In recognition of his philanthropic efforts through WinShape, Cathy received the Children’s Champion Award for Family and Community from the charitable organization Children’s Hunger Fund in 2011.

- fwd: samuel machado

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