Month: June 2021
Sale 28 Saracens 22 – The Verdict
TAGS: Sale Sharks Who cares that they didn’t score a point for the final 50 minutes? Certainly the vast majority of the crowd at Edgeley Park didn’t as the four points was everything.Those four points took Sale eight points clear of Newcastle and 11 clear of Leeds, which I believe puts them in a position to survive.Friday night kick offs: Have 7.45pm kick offs on a Friday night run their course? What do fans think? Time to move to Saturday afternoon? Or even Sunday afternoon?James Gaskell: Are you Tom Croft in disguise? This guy does everything Croft does, and almost as well. He was the clear man of the match and played so well than a number of Saracens players took shots at him – he annoyed them that much. After a year of injuries he needs ten games under his belt but when he does don’t rule him out of the World Cup. He’ll play for England – it is when not if.Meet Gaskell, he’s definitely one to watch:Charlie Hodgson – Message to Sale. Find out what salary he wants for the next three years and within reason pay him it. Don’t let him do a Cristiano Ronaldo and leave a big side in the North-West. You won’t be able to replace him, trust me!Gavin Henson – Well it’s simple. The guy is not at outside centre so why play him there? Saracens have bizarrely decided to keep him out of “decision-making” positions. Does that mean he’s not fit enough to play 12? Put him in a position where he can do some damage, please. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Dwayne Peel: Remind me why he’s not in the Wales squad, fighting Mike Phillips for the Wales No 9 shirt. Oh yes, there is not adequate reason. Leaving him out is very much Wales’ loss.Want to see a Rugby World feature on Chris Bell? Click here. By Paul Morgan, editor of Rugby World MagazineWhat a difference a new man at the helm can make! The result reads in the papers: Sale 28 Saracens 22 but read this as Pete Anglesea: 4 points!Now I’m not saying Pete is a miracle worker and Sale will now go on to qualify for the Heineken Cup and conquer the world if Sale owner Brian Kennedy gives him the job full-time. But today’s victory over Saracens was all about desire, all about commitment and all about Sale out-muscling Saracens.From the moment I arrived at Edgeley Park for this game it was clear we were in a new era, the first match with Anglesea in charge, after Mike Brewer was sacked. It was a great day to make the trip to Stockport – a great rugby day for the North-West.They love Big Red at Sale and it shows.A big crowd (more than 8,000), the New Year and the prospect of Gavin Henson obviously helped, but somehow Sale managed to create the start of a new era today and on the pitch it manifested into them tearing out of the blocks and scoring three tries in the first 30 minutes, against a side that is capable of winning the title.It all came from their physicality at the breakdown and general commitment to the cause. It looked like Sale hadn’t turned up, but that wouldn’t be giving Sale enough credit. They were like Tasmanian Devils in the first half an hour!Obviously having Charlie Hodgson back in the side controlling the game helped but it was the physicality of players like James Gaskell, Carl Fearns, Sisi Koyamaibole and Karena Wihongi that rattled Saracens. And bizarrely Brendan Venter’s side had no answer – very worrying for them!Dwayne Peel was also in great form at the base of the scrum, hassling and harrying and using quick service to keep Sale going.
Rugby World – March 2012 edition contents
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 20: The RBS Six nations trophy stands on the pitch at the Millennium Stadium on March 20, 2009 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here.Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. The time has come! Who deserves the trophy this year?THE LATEST issue of Rugby World is packed with Six Nations goodness! We’ve got in-depth interviews with those involved in all six countries, a guide to the strengths and weaknesses of each team, expert analysis from Stuart Barnes and the lowdown on the women’s tournament.All in all, it’s your complete guide to the championship – and if that’s not enough there’s also a Super Rugby preview, Paul Diggin goes back to his first club and David Pocock is profiled.———————————————————————————————————————————————–The Front Row…30 minutes with Maggie AlphonsiHotshots – Zach Kibirige (Newcastle) and Robin Hislop (Edinburgh)Craig Chalmers – The ex-fly-half says eligibility rules need to be clarifiedDavid Flatman – The Bath prop on how to solve the current scrum problemsPaul Wallace – What would the former prop like to see from Ireland?Spotlights…Chris Robshaw – Can the Quins back-rower live up to his billing for England in the Six Nations? By Sarah MockfordJamie Roberts – The centre tells Sarah Mockford it’s time for Wales to take their chances and turn promise into successTommy Bowe – Ireland have some personal wounds to salve, says Bea Asprey, and the Ospreys wing knows just the right treatmentGeoff Cross – The tighthead knows that Scotland’s route to the try-line starts with the boys up front, writes Katie FieldThe Centres…RBS 6 Nations – Stuart Barnes strips down the contenders and picks his team to win the tournamentEngland – Dan Cole is desperate to put a smile back on the faces of the Twickenham faithfulFrance – Philippe Saint-André may be new to the head coach’s job, but he’s ready to rule the roostIreland – Having missed all of last year’s Six Nations, Stephen Ferris is delighted to be back in the mixMeet the Teams – We identify the strengths, weaknesses and key players of all the Six Nations contendersItaly – Mauro Bergamasco played in Italy’s first Six Nations game and he’s not stopping yetWales – Fly-half Rhys Priestland didn’t even like rugby as a youngster, but he’s loving the game now Scotland – Andy Robinson on how his side must stop making mistakes and start winning matchesWomen’s Rugby – Meet multi-talented Michaela Staniford as we preview the Women’s Six NationsTechnical Zone – How to learn from the patterns of the Six Nations teamsMini Zone – Get your minis playing Base Invaders and selling dummiesFitness Zone – England’s Charlie Hodgson reveals his winning diet. Also learn how to maintain speed and sharpnessSave Your Season – Rugby World is stepping in to help Eton Manor improve their fortunes in London One NorthSuper Rugby – A look at the entertainment business Down SouthBig Debate – Should there be relegation in the Six Nations?It Started Here – Paul Diggin takes us back to Northampton BBOBDavid Pocock – There’s more to the Wallaby flanker than meets the eyeSevens Rugby – New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens keeps on winningThe Backs…Club Guide – All your grass-roots news, plus our Team of the Month and School Team of the MonthNaked Truth – Wales prop Adam Jones takes us though his careerArmchair Zone – The latest books and productsTour Tale – There were no protein shakes in sight on this sevens tour———————————————————————————————————————————————–Click here to subscribe to Rugby WorldClick here to find out where to buy Rugby World LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
France v Ireland rescheduled
“This was based on providing the Ireland team, who will be travelling for a second time to Paris, with a seven day turnaround between its remaining four fixtures in the tournament as well as providing any supporters wishing to attend the rescheduled game with an appropriate window of travel.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS France, in contrast, will play Scotland in Edinburgh seven days before and England in Paris seven days after they face Ireland, giving them a full week’s turnaround in between games. They also have the luxury of not having to travel in between fixtures, when both teams should have been enjoying a weekend off as per the tournament’s original schedule. It will also make travelling to the game more difficult for fans hoping to retain their tickets, and it is yet to be seen how many will request a refund from the FFR.Click here to find out how to claim your ticket refund. The RBS 6 Six Nations council has announced that the postponed France v Ireland match will now take place on Sunday 4 March at 4pm local time (3pm GMT), at the Stade de France. It was also confirmed that ticket holders who are unable to attend the match will be entitled to a full refund for their tickets, details of which will be made available on Wednesday.However, the IRFU have expressed their disappointment with the decision to hold the game on the Sunday afternoon, and not on their preferred date of Saturday 3 March, which would have given the Irish team a longer turnaround before they face Scotland the following Saturday. Ireland host Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 25 February, and will also face Scotland in Dublin, but the postponement of their match in Paris means that both teams will have to play fixtures on four consecutive weekends, giving Ireland just 6 days to travel home from Paris for the second time, and prepare to face Scotland.A statement from the IRFU said: “While understanding the difficulties that a postponed game brings to the international and club rugby schedule, the IRFU had proposed to the Six Nations that the preferred alternate date for the game would be Saturday, 3rdMarch with an afternoon kick off.
Pro’s playbook: First phase attack!
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Hotshots: Northampton fly-half Harry Mallinder
What are you doing now?I’m in the U20 squad and we’re just building towards the Six Nations at the moment. I’m still getting used to the Saints environment as well.Who’s had a big influence on your career so far?My uncle, Pete. Dad was away a fair bit so my uncle spent a lot of time training with me. I didn’t start playing til I was 12 or 13, and I was into football and cricket as well. It was when we moved that I got into rugby; in Manchester, Sale is tiny compared to the football clubs there, but in Northampton the rugby club is at the heart of the town.Best rugby moment? The boss’s son: How does Mallinder junior find working with his dad? Watching Saints win the Premiership final last season. I’d been a fan for six or seven years, so it was nice to see them win and be part of it at Twickenham.RW verdict: Not only does he live with a director of rugby, but he’s learning from a club who took home two trophies last season and a fly-half on England’s radar in Stephen Myler. A bright future awaits this No 10. What’s it like living with dad Jim?It’s all right, we don’t talk much about work when we get home. We do watch a lot of rugby together though. We live with Mum and my 16-year-old sister too.Do you get stick at Northampton for being the coach’s son?When I first started I got a bit, but now we get on with it and it’s pretty normal.When did you join Northampton?I joined the junior academy when I was 14, but I’m doing my first full-time year now, as I’ve just left school. I wanted to get my A levels, in politics, economics and geography. Now I’m starting an Open University degree in politics and economics.What position do you prefer to play?I like both No 10 and 12, and I’ve played both throughout my life. I played for England U18 last year and we won the FIRA Championship, then beat South Africa over there. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Top 14: Toby Flood on Toulouse’s fresh approach
It’s all change for Toulouse this season, their first without Guy Noves at the helm in more than 20 years. But new coach Ugo Mola has guided the club to three wins from their first three Top 14 matches and no one seems to be enjoying the fresh regime as much as Toby Flood. The former England and Leicester star has twice been selected in Midi Olympique’s Team of the Week and is the standout performer from the Top 14’s opening month.Do you feel more attuned to Toulouse’s style this season?Yes. We’re doing much more video (analysis) and talking about things in front of each other and so that pick-up of information is much quicker than it probably was last year. I’m really enjoying it.How hard was it make the transition from English rugby to French rugby?From a guy who came from quite a structured background at Leicester I struggled with the fluidity of knowing where people were going to be at first, so that took me about four or five months to get my head around.How are Ugo Mola’s methods different to Guy Noves?Guy was old school and there was a time when we didn’t do any video analysis for about nine weeks on us or the opposition or anything, and so for a guy who had just come in it was hard to get a grasp. Because if you sit in the video room and watch (the match replay) for an hour and a half you hear different conversations from different players about their perspective on the game. So we were never all singing off the same hymn sheet, we were always thinking slightly differently to each other.Guy used to give us the planning every Monday because he wanted to keep us on our toes; Ugo gives us the planning two or three weeks in advance so we know what we have planned that week and we can plan our lives around that. Having that consistency of planning for me… makes it a bit easier.Double act: Ugo Mola and Fabien Pelous are now in charge at Toulouse. Photo: Getty ImagesFabien Pelous was appointed Toulouse’s sporting director in the summer. What does he bring to the club?Fabien is a great guy, very genuine and I enjoy his company. Though as the director he runs things from afar, he’s very visible. We see him sometimes at training, he comes to the changing room after matches and he also does a lot of work with the club’s commercial partners. I also think it’s nice for Ugo to have such a stalwart as Fabien at the club so he can perhaps have a chat with him if he needs to and Fabien acts as a bridge between Ugo and the president.How have you found Toulouse culturally? Target man: Toby Flood prepares to take a kick for Toulouse this season. Photo: Getty Images Former England fly-half Toby Flood talks Toulouse, Top 14 and the future I think any country out of five are in with a good chance. New Zealand are favourites but whoever comes out of England’s pool on top will be in with a good chance.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS When my wife and I came over we made the decision not be be ‘Brits Abroad’, speaking just English, but to make the most of being in France. The first four or five months were pretty tough but now we can flit between the English scene and the French scene. Toulouse is a real cultural melting pot and it’s really good fun to go out and about and meet people.If you had to choose between winning the Top 14 and the Champions Cup, which would it be?I was asked that when I first arrived I think I answered wrong – I said the Champions Cup! The Top 14 is the big thing around here and so knowing now the importance of it I’d probably edge towards that. It would be great to have a crack at the Top 14 and then I could say I’d won the league in England and France.Leap of faith: Clermont full-back Nick Abendanon takes a high ball. Photo: Getty ImagesWho do you want to win more Midi Olympique stars than this season – David Strettle or Nick Abendanon?I have to say Strets. I can’t compete with Nick – he’s the golden boy of French rugby and he’s bound to have about 24 by the end of the season!You’ve been a pro for more than a decade. How will you handle retirement?I look at it with open eyes. I’m aware that’s it coming and I’ve started to work towards it… that doesn’t mean you gear up for it mentally yet because you’re still focused on playing but you gear up in terms of using your spare time as best you can. I’m doing a little bit of coaching to see if it will be for me, one-on-one stuff, and also doing some financial exams. I’ve got to get through six books of 350 pages for my CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Level One.Who will win the World Cup?
Get to know France’s Maxime Médard
THE EMAIL from former Toulouse and France hero Yannick Nyanga offers a few thoughts, but nestled in there is a significant musing about Maxime Médard. “The comeback to his best is linked to good results for his club.”Talk to anyone who has worked with or faced Médard at club level and you notice there is a symbiosis there. As Italy and Toulouse hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini sums up: “How he plays shows the Toulouse way. Here they love champagne rugby. He’s the player who shows that the most.“He has pressure because there are so many good young players here, but that pressure helps him to work hard.”Team-mates explain that the veteran full-back was re-energised in the last, title-winning season and that the presence of kids like Romain Ntamack, Thomas Ramos and Antoine Dupont has been a major catalyst for this. Médard has won leagues and Heineken Cups. However, the previous two seasons saw a crash in form that the Toulousain just could not stomach. Some of the old guard moved on and many questioned if the Rouge et Noir would ever be as good.Last season was very different, with Médard blazing a trail. And he is starring for France again, too, although injury intervened early in the Six Nations. Now the 32 year old is featuring in a Rugby World Cup for the second time, having last played in the showcase in 2011.At a canter: Scoring a try for Toulouse (AFP/Getty Images)“He is a very instinctive player,” Zack Holmes says of his Toulouse colleague. “His first thought is to take the defence on, especially on counter-attack, especially from full-back. He’s very good at beating the first man.“He is very intelligent and sometimes you might think something he has done is a bit of a fluke, but I’ve played with him long enough now to know he has a plan. He gives off a laissez-faire attitude, then you say, ‘Where did that come from?’”Happy: Against Leinster (INPHO)The fly-half adds that even when it looks like Médard’s in the worst possible position, with a defence bearing down on him, he still buys team-mates time.“Playing with Max really gives you that calmness, especially for us as a back three,” agrees livewire wing Cheslin Kolbe. The Springbok stunned for Toulouse last season, making some of the best tacklers in the game look like they were playing blindfolded. As he tells it though, sometimes that happens because Médard has created a little more time or space for him. He adds: “Maxime can communicate well with the wingers. We always look up to him and try to follow his example. When I first got here he said, ‘Do what you’ve been doing but find your feet quickly’. He’s guided me since day one.”There are layers. The team-mates interviewed tell us that Médard is fond of joking with the young and foreign players – tying shoelaces together or hiding a single boot being his forte.Ghiraldini says that before signing, having seen Médard on TV with flashy play and those big mutton-chop sideburns, he expected the star to have a big head. But he didn’t. Holmes says the same.And there’s another paradox. Médard is described by team-mates as the most competitive man alive, he will not mince words and, despite those pranks, off the field he is shy. Kolbe says that if you tell him a joke, he goes red from head to toe. There is only so much chatter he will be part of. And between games, training and the extra conditioning sessions he is so fond of, few people will see him – he locks himself away with his family.The flashy icon who is always there for team-mates; the prankster who is rarely seen in public. Just when you think you have a handle on Médard, he slips from your grasp, much like on the field.On the run: Against south Africa (AFP/Getty Images)Nyanga, who works at Racing 92 now, wished Medard luck in the Top 14 title race “but not too much.” Unfortunately for him, Toulouse and Medard would be champions once again.But Nyanga will know better than most that Médard is too talented and too diligent to ever leave anything completely down to luck. Perhaps that’s why Nyanga signs off with the ubiquitous crying laughing emoji…A version of this feature first appeared in the April edition of Rugby World. Calm presence: Maxime Médard during a World Cup press conference (AFP/Getty Images) The Toulouse and France veteran has rediscovered his magic touch after a few rough seasons. A version of this feature first appeared in the April edition of Rugby World Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features.Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, and Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Danish Lutheran church proposes same-sex marriage rite
Marriage Equality, Ecumenical & Interreligious, Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Hopkinsville, KY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Job Listing June 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm Sadly, you’re right, it’s not surprising. But Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.” The Lutheran Church in Denmark and Sweden is leading people to destruction. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit an Event Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Bath, NC Press Release Service Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Britt Sailing says: TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Michael Neal says: Danish Lutheran church proposes same-sex marriage rite Featured Jobs & Calls Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Same-Sex Marriage Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA [Ecumenical News International, Oslo] Eight of the ten bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark on June 11 presented a ritual for same-sex marriage to the country’s Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs.Their action came in response to the Danish Parliament’s decision on June 7 to change the marriage legislation so that from June 15 same-sex couples may be married in a civil ceremony or in the state church, the church’s website reported.The ritual states that pastors who cannot theologically support same-sex marriage shall be free not to use the rite. Denmark’s sovereign, Queen Margrethe II, is expected to approve the new ritual shortly. A rite for the blessing of civil same-sex marriages was also proposed by the bishops.Since 1989, homosexual couples in Denmark have been able to register officially their partnerships and, since 2005, to have their partnerships blessed in a church ceremony in six of the 10 dioceses of the Lutheran state church.Bishop Peter Skov-Jakobsen of Copenhagen was quoted on the diocesan website as saying that “the ritual for same-sex marriages shows a church rooted in an Evangelical Lutheran tradition of interpreting the Christian Gospel in its contemporary setting. As a church we are highly conscious of interpreting in present and not in past time.”He also said that “the Gospel creates openness towards people and now at last also openness towards same-sex couples. In that way our national church will now reflect the wider society, which is incredibly important.”Bishop Lise-Lotte Rebel of Helsingoer did not support her eight colleagues, arguing that parliament should not interfere in church affairs. “Parliament has promised church members something that parliament is not entitled to promise. Only the responsible leadership of the church can promise this,” she told a parliament hearing on the matter on May 14, according to her diocese’s website.Reminding parliamentarians that Denmark’s new marriage legislation is in conflict with the traditional understanding of marriage as a union between man and woman, in church as well as in society, Rebel said parliament “has acted as an archbishop or a pope,” and that is “something which is totally inappropriate in a modern, democratic society.”As of Jan. 1, 2011, 4.5 million of Denmark’s 5.6 million inhabitants were members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. In Denmark, the church is governed by the monarch and the government.Same-sex civil marriage has been legal in Norway since 2008, in Sweden since 2009 and in Iceland since 2010. Finland has since 2001 offered public registration of same-sex couples.The General Synod of the (Lutheran) Church of Sweden in 2009 adopted a liturgy for same-sex marriage. The Bishops’ Conference of the (Lutheran) Church of Norway expects to decide on the matter in 2014. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland have not reached a decision on same-sex marriage.ENS editor’s note: The Church of Denmark is a member of the Porvoo Communion, which groups the British and Irish Anglican churches and the Nordic and Baltic Lutheran churches that have entered into a full communion agreement to “share a common life in mission and service.” The Church of England remains in that ecumenical agreement, although it currently is opposed to same-sex marriage. Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Press Release Rector Albany, NY Rector Smithfield, NC June 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm Of course, the Danes and Swedes are accepting same sex marriage, so why not the Episcopal Church. The liberals of the Church (Bishops) will use any means to coerce the rank and file to accept this abnormal way of life. Then they can say, “see, this is what the faithful wants. Anglican Communion, Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ June 13, 2012 at 11:17 am Not a suprise………………….”the gate” is getting broader……………..and many are entering………..lets press on………………. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Belleville, IL An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Comments (3) Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC By Oivind OstangPosted Jun 13, 2012 Human Sexuality, The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events Rector Tampa, FL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Howard Gregory says:
Executive Council resumes Middle East peace advocacy
An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET February 27, 2013 at 9:21 pm The E church is wrong-headed in its near complete support of Palestine at the expense of Israel. They fail to remember that the Palestinians support terrorist activities throughout the world against Jews and Israel. It is Israel that continually seeks peace and its Palestiinian neighbors who reign terrror. How many agreements in the direction of peace have been scutlled by the Palastinians with their aggressive actions?F. W. Thewalt Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Florence Solomon says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 February 28, 2013 at 12:19 am It is interesting to me that ENS, when it refers to the “prophetic witness” letter from the Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s Israel Palestine Network, does not name some of “the signers of the letter,” people like former Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning, former President of the Episcopal Church House of Deputies Bonnie Anderson, long-time Peace and Justice Officer Brian Grieves, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and New Zealand’s Jenny Te Paa. And, given these weighty voices, it is disappointing that our Presiding Bishop’s response was simply that this important letter was “extremely unhelpful.” It reminds me of Bishop Stacy Sauls’ critique at General Convention of the crucial Kairos Palestine document, saying – without explication as far as I can tell, and I have searched for it – that it was “theologically problematic.”No doubt the great Old Testament prophets were dismissed by the powers-that-be as saying things that were “extremely unhelpful” and “theologically problematic.” The thrust of the biblical witness, however, is to urge us to be on the side of the prophets. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH March 1, 2013 at 11:38 am Well, this is a lively conversation! A movement is growing in the Episcopal Church and will, I trust, eventually foster an open conversation where there will be honest differences among people of good will and openings for new awareness, new vision. I think it best not to claim the work of the Holy Spirit in any aspect of our deliberations – as it was at our General Convention. We can only pray for the Spirit’s guidance.It is difficult for me to understand why anyone who has seen the brutal reality of the Occupation, who is witness to Mr. Netanyahu’s flagrant disregard of American calls to stop the growth of settlements on the West Bank can doubt that replaying calls for a two state solution and refusing to sanction Israeli policy in any manner is a “prophetic witness”. To label the caring call of prominent Episcopalians and a sizable number of fellow Episcopalians in support of their call “extremely unhelpful” is reflective of authority that has stopped listening and, apparently, will use every tool to prevent the airing of differences. Open conversation, not shut down by “legislative processes”, is the only way we will find a more truly prophetic witness. Resorting to these tools to quiet dissent suggests weakness, not strength.The Rev. Dr. Cotton FiteEPF/PIN convener Rector Shreveport, LA February 28, 2013 at 12:27 am THE CITY THAT KILLS THE PROPHETSA LECTIONARY SERMON FOR LENT TWO 2013Vicki GrayJerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that killsthe prophets and stones those who aresent to it! It’s good to be home. As most of you know, I’ve been on the road these past few weeks, visiting Ecuador…from the Amazon to the Andes…and, beyond, to the Galapagos. And, in Panama, I got to visit a century-old Canal and the isolated San Blas Islands. In both countries I got to know the indigenous people – the Hourani, Quiche, and Kuna – and the meztisos – black, and white and brown – who share in equal measure the blood and culture of Spain and Africa and those same indigenous people. And I got to experience – and celebrate – the wildest, widest diversity of flora, fauna, birds, and animals imaginable…thousands upon thousands, the good God made them all. They are experiences I long to share…stories I long to tell. Maybe after Lent.Today, however, I want to talk about another part of the world. I want to talk about Israel and Palestine…and Jerusalem, the city that is the capital of both, the city that continues to kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to it seeking peace. It is another place I have visited recently and often. And I feel compelled to talk about it not just because Jesus does in Luke today, but because we at Christ the Lord have undertaken to share the love of Christ with the world…the whole world; because, in this, the holiest corner of the world, there is an acute shortage of love; and because, this month, we face another potential make-or-break point in the decades-long search for peace in the Holy Land.For, in a few weeks, the President will arrive in Jerusalem. He does so, bearing an olive branch, talking reconciliation, and seeking the Shalom that is the peace that rests on justice. But he does so as injustice continues to be heaped upon injustice and as so many – Palestinians and Jews alike – have given up on the dream of two states living side by side in peace. We can only pray that he is not rebuffed by a stiff-necked and unwilling people and stoned like so many others sent to it preaching justice and seeking peace.Such was the brutal fate endured by Jesus, scorned and killed by the Romans and Jews – occupiers and occupied – he sought to reconcile, the children he sought to gather together “as a hen gathers her brood under her wings.” So it was in the time of Jeremiah, when Israel, threatened from the north, placed its faith, not in God and righteousness, but – foolishly, we know from history – in worldly military might. Such is the foolishness of hubris. It is the hubris that Jeremiah railed against, as Assyrians and Babylonians prepared their siege ramps against the walls of Jerusalem and that Jesus warned against as he wept over the city, saying, later in Luke, “If you…had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace.”And this is not just an ancient story confined to Biblical times. For in our times – my lifetime – too many prophets, sent to Jerusalem seeking peace, have been killed within its walls or because they made the journey. In 1948 Count Bernadotte of Sweden was gunned down by Jewish terrorists as he sought to broker a cease-fire in Israel’s war of independence. In 1951 Jordan’s King Abdullah I was killed by Arab terrorists as he prayed at the Al Agsa Mosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. In 1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat travelled to Jerusalem where he proposed peace to the Israeli Knesset. Two years later he signed the Camp David Agreement that cemented that peace…and, in 1981, paid the price Jerusalem always seems to demand of peacemakers… gunned down in Cairo by Egyptian extremists. In 1994 Itzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shared the Nobel Prize for signing the Oslo Agreement that set in motion what we know as the “peace process.” The next year, Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish extremist as he spoke at an election rally in Jerusalem. And, a decade later, Arafat was poisoned by God knows whom.And, now, yet another decade later, the “peace process” they started lies dead in the water. The blood continues to flow. And the new young leaders in Jerusalem seem heedless to the lessons of history, numbed to injustice, and deaf to the voices of prophets both old and new. Puffed up again with their seeming military prowess, they find hidden to them those “things that make for peace.” Heaping further injustice and indignity upon their Palestinian brothers and sisters whose land they’ve occupied for half a century, they wonder why peace eludes them and court the condemnation of present-day prophets who, like Jeremiah, warn that “This is the city that must be punished; there is nothing but oppression within her.”But it is not pre-ordained that this must continue. Jesus today speaks not of punishment, but of his continued desire to gather together all the children of Jerusalem, indeed, all God’s people, “as a hen gathers her brood under her wings.” He speaks not in anger, but in sadness…and in hope…in the hope that those who rule in Jerusalem might turn from oppression and reliance on military might and seek, instead, justice and the ways of peace. And he speaks not just in a particular time and place, not just to Herod, but for all time and to all who have wandered from that path. And, as has become clear to the most casual observers, the current rulers in Jerusalem have strayed dangerously far from the path of justice and peace. There is an urgent need for them to hear the sadness and longing in Christ’s voice and to heed the warning implicit in his message.It is time for the church to speak in that voice and to deliver to the leaders of Israel the prophetic message they must hear. It is time for the friends of Israel to cease being enablers and to speak with love the truth that brings salvation.Unfortunately, at this critical moment, the church – our church – has lost its voice and hunkered down in fearful, shameful silence. Last July, at General Convention, it was urged to condemn the illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank and to boycott their products. It refused to do so. At the urging of the Presiding Bishop, it also refused to listen to the voice of Palestinian Christians in their 2009 Kairos Document or even to undertake a study of their plight. And her signature was conspicuously absent from the October letter from the leaders of fifteen churches – Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, UCC and others – urging Congress to hold Israel accountable for its actions.Dismayed, a dozen leaders of the Episcopal Church – a pantheon of my spiritual heroes…bishops like Ed Browning, Steven Charleston, Leo Frade, and Gene Robinson; our National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall; and dear Bonnie Anderson, our most recent Past President of the House of Deputies – used Martin Luther King’s Birthday to issue a “Prophetic Challenge to the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church.” Supported by South Africa’s Desmond Tutu and New Zealand’s Jenny Te Paa, they urged our Executive Council to join the other fifteen churches in seeking accountability from Israel for the $3.1 billion it receives annually from the United States. That letter, now signed by over four hundred Episcopalians, myself included, was presented to the Executive Council on Thursday. I’ve posted the full letter on the bulletin board and will make it available electronically so that you might read it in its entirety. Let me now read the few paragraphs that are the powerful prophetic heart of its message:“Just as this church stood with South Africa and Namibia during the dark days of Apartheid, so we recognize that we need to be standing with our sister and brother Palestinians who have endured an Apartheid that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has described as worse than it was in South Africa. All peoples who have experienced oppression, including indigenous peopleswho have known what it is to be dispossessed of their land, understand the Palestinian issue.Israel must be held accountable for allowing an occupation for 45 years that suffocates the dreams of freedom that Palestinians hold every bit as much as African Americans sought on that day when Dr. King told the world that he had a dream. Occupation cannot be justified as a tool of security. Occupation is its own form of violence, a prescription for frustration and rage among those shackled under its harsh restraints….As elected leaders of The Episcopal Church, we ask Executive Council to:• Immediately send a message to Congress that the Episcopal Church supports our 15 ecumenical colleagues, who include the church leadership of the Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, and United Church of Christ denominations, that wrote to Congress October 5, 2012, calling for accountability of Israel’s use of foreign aid from our government. The voice of The Episcopal Church is woefully missing in the request our colleagues made to Congress.• Immediately move forward with our Church’s corporate engagement policy so that our financial resources are not being used to support the infrastructure of this suffocating occupation.• We respectfully ask for a public accounting of the Executive Council’s work on these matters no later than the meeting of Council June 8-10, 2013.The Executive Council, which will meet next week, has placed the letter on its agenda. I pray that it will heed its call.That said, I recognize that not all of you may agree it or with me. Not all of you may be convinced that the Palestinians’ dreams of freedom are being suffocated or that the church needs to be standing with them. Having stood in their midst and having experienced the conditions under which they live, however, I am convinced. But I cannot command your conviction or expect you to be persuaded by this or any sermon.I can, however, expect you to look anew at the situation in Israel/Palestine with fresh eyes – with the “open hearts, open minds” we envision ourselves as having. I can ask you to read, not just this letter, but also the plea of Palestinian Christians in their Kairos Document. I can suggest that you check out the study guide – Steadfast Hope – prepared by the Episcopal Peace Fellowship…and perhaps consider forming a study group. Some of you might even be moved to consider a trip to the Holy Land – to Israel and Palestine. I would love to introduce you to some of my friends there – Christians, Jews, and Muslims – who are working for peace. I would love to walk the cobbled streets of Jerusalem with you and show you not just the holy sites, but also the settlements, the refugee camps, and the Wall that separates Jerusalem from Bethlehem…that separates the city where Jesus was born from the one where he was killed.At that intersection of past and present, you too might cry out in despair “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!” You might despair of those who put their faith in “Iron Domes” and targeted assassinations and cannot see the humanity of the Other.But, in that very humanity – of both peoples – and, indeed, in the city’s very stones, I think you would find the stuff of hope…hope for a better future. Jerusalem, after all, was not just the city where Jesus was killed. It was the city where Christ was resurrected.AMDG Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rev. Vicki Gray says: Leon Spencer says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Press Release Rector Pittsburgh, PA Israel-Palestine, Curate Diocese of Nebraska February 28, 2013 at 7:22 pm Dear Rev, Vicky Gray,I was so happy, delighted, pleased, and almost ecstatic to read your inspiring letter. I am so glad that people like you are a part of the Episcopal Church, and I hope people who opposed the views expressed by you will finally open their minds and eyes, and see the light. Right now I suppose, their minds are dark. Please keep up your good work. God bless.Yesh Prabhu, Bushkill, Pennsylvania Rector Knoxville, TN TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Cotton Fite says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Editors’ note: This story was corrected Feb. 28 to remove reference to the Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s Palestine Israel Network having issued “A Prophetic Challenge to the Executive Council.” The network only publicized the document.[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council Feb. 27 began its part in the church’s 2013-2015 triennial advocacy for peace with justice in the Middle East.Council passed a resolution, by a voice vote with two members dissenting, affirming what it called General Convention’s “prophetic witness” expressed in Resolution B019 that bishops and deputies passed in July.Resolution B019 reaffirmed the church’s official policy, based on resolutions passed at previous conventions, committing to a two-state solution in which a secure and universally recognized state of Israel lives alongside a free, viable, and secure state for the Palestinian people, with a shared Jerusalem as the capital of both.A section of the controversial Israeli barrier is seen between the Shuafat refugee camp (right), in the West Bank near Jerusalem, and Pisgat Zeev (rear), in an area Israel annexed to Jerusalem after capturing it in the 1967 Middle East war. Reuters photo/Ammar AwadIt also affirmed positive investment “as a necessary means to create a sound economy and a sustainable infrastructure” in the Palestinian Territories. It called on the church to support “Jewish, Muslim, and Christian study on peace with justice in the Middle East,” and produce an annotated bibliography of resources.Resolution B019 was assigned to council’s Advocacy and Networking committee (A&N), as well as the church’s Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns, the Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations and the House of Bishops’ Theology Committee.A&N committee chair Lelanda Lee of Colorado told her colleagues while proposing council’s resolution that it was only the first time they would engage what she called “the difficult subject” of Middle East conflict.Council’s resolution also:* “affirms and celebrates” the recent recommendation of the Executive Council Economic Justice Loan Committee to invest $500,000 in the Bank of Palestine. That decision was made in response to B019’s call for “positive investment as a necessary means to create a sound economy and a sustainable infrastructure in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.” The resolution said the decision is the first such positive investment made by the Episcopal Church in the economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and the resolution urges dioceses and other church entities “prayerfully to consider similar investments;”* affirms that it is the church’s policy to engage in the constructive corporate engagement policies toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict adopted by the Executive Council in October 2005 and implemented by its Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility since;* affirms that the church does not support boycott, divestment and economic sanctions against the state of Israel nor any application of the church’s corporate engagement policies toward such ends;* affirms that it is the church’s policy that all foreign aid given by the U.S. government – including aid to Israel and the Palestinian Authority – should be “comprehensively and transparently accounted to the American people and held to the same standards of compliance with all applicable laws,” as advocated during the last two triennia through more than a dozen letters to the Congress sent by the Presiding Bishop and other bishops of this church and the Office of Government Relations, and embodied in the Feb. 2, 2009 “Religious Statement on Foreign Assistance Reform,” adopted by an interreligious coalition co-chaired by the Episcopal Church and repeatedly communicated to the President and the Congress in the intervening years.* affirms that the foreign-aid accountability policy “should be applied through such advocacy toward its universal adherence rather than targeted for selective application to some recipients and not others;” and* calls for a B019 coordinating committee be appointed by March 15 to assure the effective and thorough implementation of the policies the resolution advocates.Council’s action came after extensive conversation in A&N and World Mission, that included participation by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings.In mid-January 14 Episcopalians and Anglicans issued what they called “a prophetic challenge to Executive Council,” pressing council to intervene in the implementation of the church’s policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Specifically, the signers of the letter challenged council to “immediately move forward with our church’s corporate engagement policy so that our financial resources are not being used to support the infrastructure of this suffocating occupation.” Secondly, it asked council to “immediately tell the U.S. Congress that the church supports an Oct. 5, 2012, letter from 15 ecumenical voices who called for “accountability of Israel’s use of foreign aid from our government.”Jefferts Schori and Jennings said at the time that the letter was extremely unhelpful and disregards due legislative processes.A number of people later signed on to an accompanying “petition of support.”During her comments to the committee meeting on Feb. 26, Lee said that the council resolution arose out of its responsibility to carry out General Convention’s policies and, especially, to respond to a convention resolution assigned to it. She noted that the committee had received the challenge and petition, as well as a Diocese of North Carolina convention resolution.Lee did not allow representatives of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s Israel Palestine Network, the group that hosted the council challenge, to speak during the committee meetings and they did not address the full council.She told the council Feb. 27 that her committee did not take testimony or comments from visitors because it determined that “indeed we are not General Convention and we are not a legislative committee that holds legislative hearings; that we are not the appropriate place to have one set of representatives or another set of representatives come and make presentations to us,” she said. Instead, the members talked among ourselves as the board of directors of the [Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society],” she said.The committee discussions included a presentation from Harry Van Buren, a consultant to council’s corporate social responsibility committee. He explained how the committee has had a dialogue in the past with multiple companies whose activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories have been cited as problematic by some observers. Van Buren also discussed shareholder resolutions that that committee has initiated or joined at the council’s behest.Donna Hicks, convener of the Palestine Israel Network’s advocacy work group Israel/Palestine Action Group, and network member Newland Smith attended the committee meetings and council’s plenary sessions. Smith served on the General Convention committee that drafted B019 and said he objected to that resolution.Hicks said she was “disappointed but not surprised” by council’s resolution “because there’s a tension between the way [the leadership] of the Episcopal Church is seeing Palestine-Israel and the way numbers of us who are more activist see the issues.”For instance, she said, B019’s called for education, pilgrimage and interfaith dialogue are part of the “patchwork quilt of doing the work” but, Hicks said she does not hold out much hope for those activities.“I don’t see how that’s going to help end the occupation and for me that’s the key,” she said.Smith said he wished council’s resolution had responded directly to his group’s challenge.He and Hicks “have felt really isolated” during council’s three-day meeting and he hoped that future conversations “would truly be open and that all would be welcome at the table.”During this triennium, Hicks said the church ought to encourage the sorts of pilgrimages to Israel and Palestine that will “open people to the political side of things.” She said she hoped the church would specifically support pilgrimages by young people, people of color and those people who have not been to the Middle East. Education, interfaith dialogue and the development of the bibliography ought to be encouraged for those people who are interested in those activities, Hicks added.For those who want to be take a more activist position, “I would invite the wide church not to try to silence us and shut us down,” she said.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Executive Council resumes Middle East peace advocacy Resolution responds to direction-setting by General Convention February 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm And thanks to you Martha Knight and the over 400 others who signed the EPF PIN petition in support of the Voices of Conscience Letter. Rector Martinsville, VA By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Feb 27, 2013 Robert T. (Tim) Yeager says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC February 28, 2013 at 5:14 pm Thank you Linda Gaither for your comments in clarifying the Resolutions in regards to the Middle East-Palestinian conflict. You are exactly correct in the signers of the document of which I, a passionate member of EPF signed. We cannot close our eyes to the suffering of our Palestinian brothers and sisters particularly those being tortured and held unjustly in Israeli jails. Families are being dispossessed. It is horrific that my beloved EC can close its eyes to such suffering. I do feel a ray of hope that EC is examining its role in this conflict. May we only look this holy Lent at our Lord Jesus who never shirked confrontation. Rector Albany, NY Submit an Event Listing Lynn Coulthard says: March 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm Thank you Vicky Gray for your continuing efforts and potent words on behalf of the oppressed. I am dismayed at my church’s decisions. Peace without justice is no peace, but support of oppression, keeping the prisoners quiet. Resolutions about billions of our taxes that are used to support military occupation and daily terrorism by government and settlers are useless without stonger measures. The thefts of land and water, and other actions destroying hope of normal life in their own homeland continued despite peace talks. More is needed. I have visited both apartheid South Africa and Israel/Occupied Territories and this is worse because of US approval and the demonizing of anyone who objects. Featured Events Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Donna Hicks says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest March 1, 2013 at 1:21 pm Dear Mr. Thewalt,From your response, it’s obvious you have not done your homework Have you visited the West Bank, read any books about the conflict, talked to any Palestinians about their life under the Occupation? You should.Lynn Coulthard February 28, 2013 at 11:57 am I would like to correct several serious misrepresentations in this ENS article. First, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, in particular EPF’s Palestine-Israel Network, had no hand in and no fore- knowledge of the Voices of Conscience Letter to Executive Council, Jan. 21, 2013. The letter expresses only and entirely voices of the signers: Canon Bonnie Anderson, Owanah Anderson, The Rt. Rev. Edmond L. Browning, Patti Browning, The Rt. Rev. Steve Charleston, The Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, The Rev. Canon Brian Grieves, The Very Rev. Gary Hall, Diane B. Pollard, the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, The Rev. Canon Edward Rodman, The Rev. Winnie Varghese, Dr. Jenny Te Poa, and The Most Rev. Desmond Tutu. It is this group’s voice that the Presiding Bishop called “not helpful,” not the voices of the Palestine Israel Network or the over 400 signers of a petition supporting the VOC letter to Council (delivered to Council members at their meeting this week).Second, although you state correctly that “Lee did not allow representatives of the Palestine Israel Network to speak during the committee meetings and they did not address the full council,” you omit the fact that Bp. Steve Charleston and The Rev. Winnie Varghese had petitioned the Committee to be allowed to testify on behalf of the writers of the VOC letter to Council and were refused. The refusal to allow testimony effectively limits the interpretation of TEC policy to Church Center Staff; this is painfully true with respect to U.S. aid to Israel, expressed in Resolutions reaching back to 1989, a point at issue in the VOC letter to Council.Finally, your article presupposes that B019 is the only Resolution on TEC’s Middle East policy that G.C. 2012 produced. This is not true to fact. Resolution A105 speaks directly to the issue of U.S. foreign aid to Israel, reaffirming A149 (1991) … the very strand of TEC’s policy onthe basis of which the VOC letter hoped to challenge Council to act.Faithfully,Linda Gaither, chair, National Executive Council, Episcopal Peace Fellowship Press Release Service Rector Bath, NC Yesh Prabhu says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA March 6, 2013 at 8:39 pm The news article stated that “[a] number of people later signed on to an accompanying ‘petition of support.’” I think readers would have been interested to know that the petition signers numbered approximately four hundred. That, combined with not indicating the among the 14 Episcopalians who presented the “Voice of Conscience” letter included a former Presiding Bishop, a former President of the House of Deputies, and a Nobel Prize laureate, makes me critical of the level of journalism reflected in this piece. Surely ENS can do better. Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Comments are closed. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Linda L. Gaither says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Washington, DC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Janet Jones says: Submit a Job Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Assasinations, murders, torture, kidnappings, bombings, continuous harrassment and degregation of the Palestinian people. They do not even have basic human rights, it is much worst than apartheid. Their land is stollen again and again, their homes are bulldozed, their olive groves and farms are uprooted or burnt only to make their lives worst and worst. Oh but Israel wants peace, so far all that Israel is getting is another PIECE of land not PEACE. It is to Israel’s benefit to stop this maddness and really act like they want peace, not just talk about it. If you love Israel then end the occupation. Director of Music Morristown, NJ February 27, 2013 at 11:46 pm If only Israel had observed the commonsense commandment: Thou shall not covet another’s land – it would not have found itself in the shameful predicament in which it now finds itself. Ever since it began to illegally annex Palestinian ancestral lands, and build illegal settlements in the occupied Palestine, it has isolated itself from civilized society, and now it is shunned, and rightfully so, by almost the entire world. Germany, France, the UK and the EU are fed up with Israel and are on the verge of enforcing sanctions against it. I am wondering what happened to the Israel dreamed about by Israel’s founding fathers such as David Ben-Gurion? Why do Israelis keep reelecting reprehensible, greedy, corrupt and morally blind politicians to lead their country? Do the right thing for a change: End the occupation, give the Palestinians their freedom, and always remember that there can be no peace without justice. And yes, read the Torah again. May be you will open your eyes and minds and learn something new.Yesh Prabhu, Bushkill, Pennsylvania
Canada: Joy, sadness over proposed marriage canon change
Canada: Joy, sadness over proposed marriage canon change General Synod members line up on July 6 to speak to the resolution proposing a change to the church’s marriage canon, to allow the marriage of same-sex couples. Photo: Art Babych[Anglican Journal] For some Canadian Anglicans, General Synod’s decision on July 6 to bring to its next meeting in 2016 a resolution changing the church’s law to allow same-sex marriage will bring new life; but others argue it will only serve to precipitate its decline.Bishops, clergy and laity have expressed wide-ranging emotions about a resolution that will ask members—at the triennial meeting of the church’s governing body—to change Canon 21 on marriage, to allow the marriage of same-sex couples.The Anglican Journal interviewed an equal number of representatives from each order and from opposite sides of the divide to gauge opinions about the controversial resolution.“I feel that this is going to cause a lot of divide in our church that we have worked very hard to heal,” said Falen MacNaulty, a lay member from the diocese of Fredericton. “I kind of thought we had put this behind us a little bit and were moving forward…I feel that this may have set us backwards slightly.”Dean Peter Elliott, a clergy delegate from the diocese of New Westminster, said he was personally “very happy to see this small step, an important step being taken.” Elliott acknowledged that the resolution could reopen wounds over the issue of same-sex blessings that have daunted the church in the last decade. But, “it is also continuing in the healing process for some of the wounds that have been there for a long time,” said Elliott. “Nobody has the monopoly on pain. Gay and lesbian people in the life of the church have for some decades been second-class citizens…I think it is a word of healing for those of us who are gay.” He added that the resolution only serves to open the church, noting that his congregation—Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver—includes “numerous married couples of the same-gender and that’s been a wonderful part of our church.”Diocese of Yukon Bishop Larry Robertson said he was “disappointed” on a number of counts. “I’ve been told by at least one primate and many bishops that we’re not discussing marriage, so we have done no real research on it,” he said. “It’s a complete leap. From my first meeting of the House of Bishops in 1999, I was told same-sex blessings is not marriage—it’s a pastoral thing, and marriage is a doctrinal thing…I feel that for the last 20 years, we’ve been talking about the wrong issue.”Canon Gene Packwood, a clergy delegate from the diocese of Calgary, said same-sex marriage “was the intent all along. I think folks who are in favour of this were using same-sex blessings to try in the interim to gain ground. I’m not accusing them of being devious, but that was what the strategy was.”Bishop Sue Moxley, diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, expressed support for the motion. “There’s an interesting dynamic: that people can get their head around blessing a couple but not get their head around marriage,” she said. “For me, that doesn’t make sense because for me a blessing is what a wedding in a church is about.”Asked where she stands on the matter, she said, “I’ve been happily heterosexual all my life and my marriage is a huge contribution to the understanding of grace. So for me, marriage is one of the ways God’s grace is made known in the world. Whether that’s two people of the same-sex or people of two different sexes, I don’t personally think that matters. I think the point is: is God’s grace being made known in this relationship?”Moxley disagreed that the resolution was like reopening old wounds. “I think people can have a respectful debate and can listen to each other, and say I agree or disagree, and here is why and I love you, anyway,” she said. “I don’t think that it necessarily has to open wounds. I think it goes some way to probably clearing the air to say, ‘Is the marriage of these two people a sacrament?’ ”Packwood also expressed concern that changing the marriage canon to allow the marriage of same-gender couples in church would only hasten the decline in membership and revenues of the church. “I come from Alberta, and when the ELCIC [Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada] made a decision just for the same-sex blessings, 35 congregations left in Alberta alone and their budget declined by 25 per cent.”MacNaulty echoed Packwood’s view, saying, “It’s a very big leap to from blessing a union between two people to marrying them in the church. It’s a large leap, terminology wise and theologically wise.”Elliott described the move as “part of the evolution of the institution of marriage.” He said that the church’s discussions about blessing “committed same-sex relationships and celebrating them in the midst of the Christian community began before same-sex was legal in Canada.” With the legalization of same-sex marriage in Canada, a reality since 2005, “the Anglican Church of Canada has to figure out what its relationship is to that.”Elliott said it was inevitable that the church “will find a way to solemnize marriage between people of the same gender.” He mentioned the remarriage of divorced persons, noting that it wasn’t until 1968 that the church allowed them to receive the sacrament in church. “It took a long time. It was controversial at that time. Now it’s part of our life and it has brought many people into the life of the church.”He added that marriage customs have changed throughout history. “Marriage predates Judaism and Christianity. Christians, Jews and Muslims didn’t invent marriage,” he said. “But Christians have a way to bless and solemnize marriages between Christians—and in many cases, in this postmodern world—between Christians and people of other living faiths.”Antoinette Lynch-Joseph, youth member from the diocese of Montreal, shared Elliott’s view that the resolution can only be good for the church and make it more relevant to society. “I think it’s a great thing because there are a lot of people who have different preferences to what sexuality they are. They haven’t actually chosen that; they were born that way,” she said. “It would be hard for them to accept who they are and accept the fact that they can’t be what they want to be,” unless things change. “We have been traditional for so long,” she added.Packwood, who believes that same-sex marriage is “manifestly contrary to the teaching of scripture and the liturgy of the church,” also expressed concern about the resolution’s effect on the Anglican Church of Canada’s standing in the Anglican Communion worldwide. “We’re not in communion with the majority of Anglicans…because they think we’ve gone so far and that’s even without making a decision,” he said. “If we go and change the marriage canon, then that’s really going to draw the line and that won’t be helpful to our spiritual health or our finances.”Robertson added that he was bothered by the fact that while there was discussion on the amendment to the resolution but not on the motion itself. “For such an important doctrine, we rushed it off and brushed it off.”MacNaulty echoed that view, saying, “It was a blindside for people…You could feel the tension on the floor from day one towards this.” She said that while the resolution was included online, “it was not on the initial package that was sent to us.”Bishop Robertson also took issue with the wording of the resolution. “I was disappointed that they asked [the Council of General Synod, the church’s governing body between General Synods] to put forward a positive outcome,” he said. “They’re telling CoGS what to do instead of saying, ‘Let’s do the investigation, let’s do the talk and then bring something that’s appropriate…’ It is biased from the beginning.”Moxley said, however, that the resolution—which was put forward by two lay members of her diocese as a kind of “private member’s bill”—was submitted before the deadline and members were aware of it. “It’s been there on the list since it was sent. People came to speak to it.”Robertson said it remains to be seen what his diocese would do in the event the resolution passes in 2016 and thereafter, in 2019, as it would require two readings and a two-thirds majority in two succeeding General Synods. “We’re six years away from anything becoming official…I know that I’m going to go back to my diocese and we are going to continue to serve God and be open to all and minister to all as we have always been,” he said. “When things look like it’s going forward, then dioceses will have to make their own decisions, and each of us as individuals will have to make our own decisions.”Right now, he said, “I’m a member of this church and I have no intentions of ever leaving it. It’s my home and it’s my beloved church, too.”Packwood said he was grateful for the amendment introduced by diocese of Algoma bishop Stephen Andrews and seconded by Elliott, “because at least we’re required to have a rigourous conversation.”He said that a lot of the debate has been about “emotions and feelings…and while they’re valid, a decision of this magnitude in the church needs to be done rigourously, with real attention to the broad spectrum or broad representation across the church.”Moved by the diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island members Michelle Bull and Jennifer Warren, the motion was approved by a two-thirds majority of the orders of bishop, clergy and laity. Using clickers—a handheld electronic device—25 bishops, 72 clergy and 101 laity voted in favour of the resolution; 11 bishops, 30 clergy and 27 laity were opposed.The resolution asks that this motion include “a conscience clause so that no member of the clergy, bishop, congregation or diocese should be constrained to participate in or authorize such marriages against the dictates of their conscience.”It also sets additional criteria contained in amendments introduced and approved. They include a proviso that the 2016 motion include supporting documentation that:“demonstrates broad consultation in its preparation;explains how this motion does not contravene the Solemn Declaration;confirms immunity under civil law and the Human Rights Code for those bishops, dioceses and priests who refuse to participate in or authorize the marriage of same-sex couples on the basis of conscience; andprovides a biblical and theological rationale for this change in teaching on the nature of Christian marriage.” Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Bath, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Job Listing Canada Joint Assembly, Rector Pittsburgh, PA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Anglican Communion, Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ July 9, 2013 at 7:19 pm Two thoughts:#1 — Good for Canada.#2 — Grateful that our Canons make “conscience clauses” redundant when it comes to marriage:Title I, Canon 18 Sec. 4. It shall be within the discretion of any Member of the Clergy of this Church to decline to solemnize any marriage. July 10, 2013 at 7:03 am Why is that frightening? When an institution no longer serves a purpose or a need, it closes. New institutions arise to fill current needs. We no longer have companies which manufacture horse drawn buggies or buggy whips or bi-planes or muskets. People continue to try to make rules set forth in writings of early Hebrew tribes 3,500 years ago and seemingly endorsed 2,000 years ago fit into 21st century life. It has taken us centuries to learn that however acceptable slavery may have been when the Bible was written, it is simply wrong, and it is one of the disgraces of our country that slavery was permitted when our country was formed and that even after the disasterous Civil War black people continued to be mistreated by many institutions and people calling themselves Christian. Hanging on to something Paul wrote 2,000 years ago about wives obeying their husbands, many people calling themselves Christian and many so-called Christian denominations continue to this day to treat women as inferior. After thousands of years we, or at last many of us, have learned that homosexuality is not an acquired behavior or lifestyle, but is something that about 5% of people are born with. People should understand that the same God who made some people heterosexual made others homosexual, and accordingly they are entitled to all the rights as heterosexual people. As far as I am concerned, a church which does not recognize this has not calling to call itself Christian. I am always pained when people wrap themselves in their version of Scripture and proceed to proclaim views which are nothing but bigotry, and that includes both clerics and laity. It is way past time to recognize that Scripture contains many rules and regulations which may have been appropriate when written, are no longer appropriate in light of learning over thousands of years. Or are all of you who are thumping your Bibles in opposition to homosexuality properly observing the rules of Kashruth, observing the Sabbath and brushing your teeth with a stick? Bruce Bogin says: July 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm Well and truly spoken, Bruce. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR George Elliot says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Events Rector Tampa, FL Comments are closed. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET July 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm Food for thought1) No human being is absolute gay or absolute straight as we commonly believed now after sexual revolution during sixties, we are born with sin. Our childhood’s improper sexuality determines, like morning shows the day, where we will stand when age advances. Bishop Robinson is typical example who enjoyed both type of sexual orientation straight and gay.2) Saint Paul also said 2000 years before in the Bible, Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her. What else we could expect for mutual respect in a modern family. Family is a micro organization and rule of discipline applies here also. It is not as homosexual people justify the Bible as incorrect that husband is Ok, but wife is not.3) Basic rule of law about humanity is unchanged since creation of 1st couple, emotional/spiritual and physical body, temptation and wisdom etc. By wisdom Eve tested symbolic fruit to enhance quality of life and we know the result, same labor pain in child bearing still exist.4) Slavery if not misused by greedy master it is one way of holistic life. Abraham had many employees (so called slave) for his agriculture firm. To justify the Bible is wrong by homosexual concept on slavery is wrong.5) Earth revolves the sun by 365 days, time is for human only. Almighty God and His kingdom do not revolve any object. So cultural change has nothing to do with Almighty God of eternity. Comments (5) By Marites N SisonPosted Jul 9, 2013 Dennis Reeve says: Marriage Equality Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate Diocese of Nebraska Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Julian Malakar says: Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Albany, NY The Reverend Susan Russell says: Rector Belleville, IL Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Ecumenical & Interreligious, An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Human Sexuality, Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Tags Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH July 9, 2013 at 11:31 pm It’s frightening to think of all the empty and closed church buildings that there will probably be in ten to twenty years.