Alun Wyn Jones – Ospreys and Wales

first_img Alun Wyn Jones getting a little too close for comfortThe recent Law graduate sat down with Rugby World to chat about superstitions, life outside rugby – potentially starting another degree [apparently Law wasn’t hard enough], and how many find it hard to spell his name. RUGBY WORLD: Who are the jokers with the Ospreys and Wales?ALUN WYN JONES: Andrew Millward and Marty Holah at the Ospreys, and Mark Jones for Wales.RW: Can you remember any good practical jokes played?AWJ: The one that stands out is when Mark Jones left a sheep in Dwayne Peel’s room during the World Cup.RW: What can’t you live without when you’re on tour?AWJ: My iPod. It’s vital for all those long plane journeys.RW: You’re studying for a law degree as well as playing rugby. Do you take your law books with you on tour?AWJ: Yes I do, but they’re rarely read, although they’re quite good at helping me get to sleep. Perhaps I shouldn’t have said that!RW: What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen or heard on the pitch – any good sledging, for example?AWJ: Nothing that is clean enough for a magazine like Rugby World!RW: Do you have any bugbears?AWJ: People being late and general bad manners.RW: What about phobias?AWJ: NoRW: What are your nicknames?AWJ: Gwyn Jones. In one of my first training sessions at the Ospreys – when I was 18 – I wore a pair of borrowed boots, which were bright white. White in Welsh is ‘gwyn’.RW: What’s the worst spelling of your name you’ve ever seen?AWJ: Some of the French attempts have been amazing. One that stands out was something like ‘Allain Wynne Jones’.Pre-match routines, Embarrassing moments and Bad jokes..RW: Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with?AWJ: Angelina JolieRW: What about your pre-match routine – any superstitions?AWJ: I always put my socks and boots on in a certain order. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Ospreys RW: Aside from a house or a car, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?AWJ: A watch or jacket, not sure which.RW: What are the worst headlines you’ve seen about yourself?AWJ: The cheesy ones, puns on ‘Wyn’, such as ‘You’ve got to be in it to Wyn it’.RW: If your house was on fire, what three things would you save?AWJ: My Welsh cap, my iPod and my Ospreys contract.RW: What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?AWJ: To successfully complete my law degree next year, and then perhaps go on to study something else, media or marketing maybe. I like to keep my mind ticking over away from rugby.RW: What’s been your most embarrassing moment?AWJ: People who ask me, “Can I have your autograph please, Ryan?” I don’t look anything like Ryan Jones. His ears are much bigger than mine!RW: You’re renowned as a good singer – do you have a karaoke song?AWJ: Walking in Memphis (Marc Cohn)RW: What’s your favourite joke?AWJ: Why do giraffes have long necks? Because their feet are smelly.RW: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?AWJ: The ability to take other superheroes’ powers.RW: Who or what in the world do you think is overrated?AWJ: Money.Check out his stats for WalesCheck out his websiteLearn more about Alun’s teammates at Ospreys… Ryan Jones Tommy Bowelast_img read more

Wales statement – Toby Faletau and Dan Lydiate

first_imgThe WRU is considering its position in relation to the inaccurate and damaging comments that have been made publicly about the senior Wales national squad screening day. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Welsh Rugby Union seeks to clarify and correct an unfair and damaging allegation which has been placed in the public domain regarding the operational procedures within the senior Wales national squad.Widespread reporting and debate has been instigated during recent days following inaccurate statements made by the Head Coach of the Newport Gwent Dragons.The WRU believes it is important to correct the errors implicit in the debate now in an attempt to limit the damage being inflicted on the professional management concerned.The inaccurate premise of the debate is that at least one and possibly two Dragons players were physically damaged when they attended a prearranged Wales squad screening day on Monday, January 3 at the WRU National Centre of Excellence.The incorrect claim made by the Dragons Head Coach Paul Turner is that players Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau were tested which resulted in Lydiate being injured and Faletau being impaired.The Welsh Rugby Union seeks to point out the following:-All the players who attended the screening day were checked by the squad’s professional staff and a significant number were deemed to be suffering from injuries which meant they were unable to take part in any elements of the session.Dan Lydiate was medically screened and immediately declared unfit. He did not take any further part in the testing.Toby Faletau completed one test of the five arranged for the day. It involved an aerobic check which required him to run for 125 seconds over a circuit of 450 metres.It is the view of the Wales national squad professional staff that an elite athlete should not be impaired, nor should his preparation be affected,  by running for 125 seconds several days before any scheduled game. The screening day did not involve physical contact and was designed, primarily, to review the strength and conditioning levels of players before the RBS 6 Nations Tournament which begins on February 4.The day was scheduled following discussions with all four Regional organisations and the originally agreed day of the event was changed to facilitate operational requirements raised by the Regional organisations.Screening days are common practice for all international squads and involve players who are under consideration for selection.At least one other UK international rugby squad management team hosted a two day training and screening event during the same week as the Wales screening day.Screening days have been held by the Wales senior squad before previous tournaments without any debate terming them “controversial.”The Welsh Rugby Union will raise the issue of the inaccurate comments and the debate about the screening day through the Management Board of the WRU and the four Regional organisations.The WRU Wales team management will continue to arrange and host screening days and will continue to liaise with the relevant personnel at the four Regional organisations and other club teams when arranging screening days.The WRU is formally writing to the Newport Gwent Dragons management regarding this issue. TAGS: Newport Gwent Dragons last_img read more

Gethin Jenkins replaces Sam Warburton in Wales set-up

first_img Gethin Jenkins replaces Sam Warburton in Wales coaching set-upWales have announced that former loosehead Gethin Jenkins will replace Sam Warburton in Wayne Pivac’s coaching team.Jenkins will take up the technical role coaching breakdown/defence, working closely with defence coach Byron Hayward. It is a job Warburton had for 11 months but the former Wales and Lions captain, 32, has opted to spend time on commitments away from coaching. On the appointment, Pivac said: “I’m delighted to be welcoming Gethin into the coaching team. He has vast experience of the International game and is hugely respected.“Since retiring he has built a great reputation as a coach and has worked across different levels and age-grades of the game, most recently working alongside Wales’ U20 side. Gethin will be a great addition to the coaching team and will complement Byron extremely well in their respective roles and I’m looking forward to working with him. “I’d like to thank Sam for his hard work over the last year and what he has given to the team and to Wales. I would like to thank him for his honesty regarding his future and the need to spend more time on other projects away from the game and wish him all the best in that.” Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door. “I’m relishing the opportunity to get stuck into the International environment,” said Jenkins, who was capped 129 times for Wales.“I would like to thank Richard Holland, John Mulvihill and Gruff Rees for giving me the opportunity to start my coaching career at Cardiff Blues. I would also like to thank Steve Law at Cardiff RFC for giving me free rein to experience preparing a team on a week-to-week basis. “I’m well versed on the demands of the international game and I’m looking forward to offering my input and where I can add to the environment.” Taking over: Gethin Jenkins (right) with Sam Warburton (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The former prop will coach the breakdown and defence Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Scotland Six Nations Squad 2021

first_imgRound 1Sat 6 February, England 6-11 Scotland Scotland win Calcutta Cup at TwickenhamRound 2Sat 13 February, Scotland 24-25 Wales Louis Rees-Zammit stuns the ScotsRound 3Fri 26 March, France 23-27 Scotland Scotland beat France in Paris for first time in 22 yearsRound 4Sun 14 March, Scotland 24-27 Ireland Scotland score comedy try against IrelandRound 5Sat 20 March, Scotland 52-10 Italy Scotland secure try bonus point in 28 minutes against ItalyDon’t miss a game with our TV coverage guide Scotland delivered dramatic victories in this year’s championship Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Replacements: David Cherry, Oli Kebble, WP Nel, Richie Gray, Gary Graham, Scott Steele,  Jaco van der Walt, Huw Jones.Scotland team to play England – Saturday 6 FebruaryStuart Hogg; Sean Maitland, Chris Harris, Cameron Redpath, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Jonny Gray, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.Replacements: David Cherry, Oli Kebble, WP Nel, Richie Gray, Gary Graham, Scott Steele, Jaco van der Walt, Huw Jones.Scotland Six Nations Squad 2021Forwards(DoB/Club/Position/Test debut/caps)Ewan Ashman (3 Apr 2000/Sale Sharks/Hooker/Uncapped)Josh Bayliss (18 Sep 1997/Bath/Back-row/Uncapped)Simon Berghan (7 Dec 1990/Edinburgh/Prop/2017 v France/31)Jamie Bhatti (8 Sep 1993/Bath/Prop/2017 v Samoa/17)David Cherry (3 Jan 1991/Edinburgh/Hooker/2021 v England/5)Alex Craig (26 Apr 1997/Gloucester Rugby/Lock/2021 v Italy/2)Scott Cummings (3 Dec 1996/Glasgow Warriors/Lock/2019 v France/19)Cornell du Preez (23 Mar 1991/Worcester/Back-row/2017 v England/9)Matt Fagerson (16 Jul 1998/Glasgow Warriors/Back-row/2018 v USA/13)Grant Gilchrist (9 Aug 1992/Edinburgh/Lock/2013 v France/45)Jonny Gray (14 Mar 1994/Exeter Chiefs/Lock/2013 v South Africa/64)Richie Gray (24 Aug 1989/Glasgow Warriors/Lock/2010 v France/67 (+1 for Lions))Rob Harley (26 May 1990/Glasgow Warriors/Back-row/2012 v Samoa/22)Oli Kebble (18 Jun 1992/Glasgow Warriors/Prop/2020 v Georgia/8)WP Nel (30 Apr 1986/Edinburgh/Prop/2015 v Italy/43)Darcy Rae (21 Dec 1994/Glasgow Warriors/Prop/2019 v Ireland/1)Jamie Ritchie (16 Aug 1996/Edinburgh/Back-row/2018 v Canada/27)Grant Stewart (28 Feb 1995Glasgow Warriors/Hooker/2019 v France/3)Rory Sutherland (24 Aug 1992/Edinburgh/Prop/2016 v Ireland/16)George Turner (8 Oct 1992/Glasgow Warriors/Hooker/2017 v Samoa/17)Hamish Watson (15 Oct 1991/Edinburgh/Back-row/2015 v Italy/41)BacksJamie Dobie (7 Jun 2001/Glasgow Warriors/Scrum-half/Uncapped)Darcy Graham (21 Jun 1997/Edinburgh/Wing/2018 v Wales/19)Chris Harris (28 Dec 1990/Gloucester Rugby/Centre/2017 v Samoa/28)Stuart Hogg (24 Jun 1992/Exeter Chiefs/Full-back/2012 v Wales/85)Sam Johnson (19 Jun 1993/Glasgow Warriors/Centre/2019 v Italy/18)Huw Jones (17 Dec 1993/Glasgow Warriors/Centre/2016 v Japan/31)James Lang (4 Apr 1995/Harlequins/Centre of fly-half/2018 v Canada/6)Sean Maitland (14 Sep 1988/Saracens/Wing/2013 v England/53)Ali Price (12 May 1993/Glasgow Warriors/Scrum-half/2016 v Georgia/42)Finn Russell (23 Sep 1992/Racing 92/Fly-half/2014 v USA/55)Scott Steele (24 Jul 1993/Harlequins/Scrum-half/2020 v Wales/3)Duncan Taylor (5 Sep 1989/Saracens/Centre/2013 v Samoa/28)Duhan van der Merwe (4 Jun 1995/Edinburgh/Wing/2020 v Georgia/10)Jaco van der Walt (1 Feb 1994/Edinburgh/Fly-half/2020 v Ireland/2)Scotland Six Nations Fixtures 2021(All kick-off times are GMT) Scotland team to play France – Friday 26 MarchStuart Hogg; Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Nick Haining.Replacements: David Cherry, Oli Kebble, Simon Berghan, Alex Craig, Ryan Wilson, Scott Steele, Adam Hastings, Huw Jones.Scotland team to play Italy – Saturday 20 MarchSean Maitland; Darcy Graham, Huw Jones, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe; Stuart Hogg, Scott Steele; Rory Sutherland, David Cherry, Zander Fagerson, Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.Replacements: George Turner, Jamie Bhatti, Simon Berghan, Alex Craig, Nick Haining, Ali Price, Jaco van der Walt, Chris Harris.RUGBY WORLD VERDICTPay close attention to this one because Scotland’s selection could become a collector’s item, writes Alan Dymock. Stuart Hogg gets to wear the ten jersey for the first time and leads a backline designed to fit the attacking mantra “go, go, go!” However they perform defensively, speed going forward is at the heart of their approach.Which will be just swell… provided the Scottish set-piece performs much better than it did against Ireland. Six lost lineouts was a disaster. Dave Cherry is in at hooker, while injuries mean that there is a brand new lock pairing with Skinner and Gilchrist jumping for the ball. Dominating collisions has to be back on the agenda.And look who else is back in the mix. Zander Fagerson has just served a lengthy ban having taken a red against Wales and if he is to reignite talk of a Lions tour he faces a big fortnight. He needs to make an impact, while playing clean and staying on the referee’s good side.Scotland team to play Ireland – Sunday 14 MarchStuart Hogg; Sean Maitland, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, George Turner, WP Nel, Scott Cummings, Jonny Gray, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.Replacements: David Cherry, Jamie Bhatti, Simon Berghan, Grant Gilchrist, Nick Haining, Scott Steele, Huw Jones, Darcy Graham.RUGBY WORLD VERDICTJamie Ritchie’s return is timely, writes Sarah Mockford. He and Hamish Watson have developed a great partnership on the flanks, and they’ll need to be at their best to keep a snaffling Irish back row in check.It’s a shame to see Darcy Graham drop to the bench as he is a real livewire in attack. Gregor Townsend may feel Sean Maitland will be better under the high ball, particularly given his bigger frame, but let’s hope Graham gets a decent chunk of game time as he could jink his way through Ireland’s defence.Scotland team to play Wales – Saturday 13 FebruaryStuart Hogg; Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, James Lang, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Jonny Gray, Blade Thomson, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson. Duhan van der Merwe (with ball) scored twice in a famous Scotland win against France (Inpho) Scotland Six Nations Squad 2021Scotland ended the 2021 Six Nations as they started it – with an historic victory.Having kicked off their campaign with a first win over England at Twickenham since 1983, they brought the championship to a close with a 27-23 victory against France in Paris, Duhan van der Merwe’s second try late on the clincher.Related: Scotland beat France in Paris for first time in 22 yearsThey ultimately finished fourth in the Six Nations table, but there were clear signs of improvement for Scotland.last_img read more

Greatest Champions Cup Final Tries

first_img Luke Cowan-Dickie strengthens England case – and other European finals talking points Yves Donguy (Toulouse), v Munster, 2008Munster would win their second European title two years later with a 16-13 triumph over Toulouse, but this time the standout moment came from their French opposition.Trailing 13-6 with half an hour left, Toulouse produced a moment of inspiration worthy of a far more prominent place in rugby history than one buried eight minutes deep in a YouTube highlights video (7:50 to be exact).Cédric Heymans, who had been part of the brilliant 1997 Brive back-line, catches a kick to touch and takes the quick lineout, heading upfield with levels of blind optimism which only French full-backs can achieve.He chips the ball over three Munster players, regathers and then nudges it again past the onrushing Lifeimi Mafi. The centre forces Heymans out, but Yannick Jauzion pulls out a slide tackle (illegal now, sensational then) to bobble it forward, taking out two defenders.Yves Donguy was left with the freedom of the Millennium Stadium, and scores with the insouciance the try deserves.Nick Abendanon (Clermont), v Toulon, 2015Being a Clermont supporter in big games is a curse from the gods, and its unclear whether Nick Abendanon scoring one of the greatest Champions Cup final tries helped to stitch broken hearts or was a tragic reminder of the talent possessed by these final-losing squads.This was their second effort at winning the big dance, and they seemed out of it – eight points down against the Toulon galacticos. However, Abendanon’s ears pricked up like a spaniel when Bryan Habana sliced a clearance kick down his throat, giving the full-back a broken-field opportunity in the opposition half (see 3:50 in highlights).First needing to beat a kick-chase led (of all people) by Guilhem Guirado, Abendanon draws a lazy arc infield, picking out the exhausted figure of tighthead prop Carl Hayman, who was never quite best known for his ability in the back-field.Hayman looks like a child seeing their first shooting star as Abendanon gently chips the ball over him, head slowly rotating as his face betrays the following emotions: wonder, realisation, innocence.Cynics will say he should have body-checked the Clermont man, romanticists might applaud his integrity, while realists will point out that Toulon won the final regardless. Sorry Clermont.What do you think is the greatest Champions Cup final try? Email [email protected] to let us know. Twickenham to stage the European finals Expand LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS However, pre-empting the O’Gara option, left winger Sireli Bobo drifts across to defend in the ten channel. No one tells star defender Serge Betsen, still straining away on the scrum’s blindside.If a try could ever resemble a poker hand then this is it, with Stringer bluffing the pass before simply scooting straight ahead to cash in his chips, his face emblazoned with the grin of a man who has won big.MORE ON THE CHAMPIONS CUP Peter Stringer dives over to score for Munster against Biarritz in 2006 (Getty Images) Expand Chiefs are crowned European champions after beating Racing… Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Exeter win Heineken Champions Cup 2019-20 Some fans will be allowed in for the… Jacob Whitehead reflects on a West Country double… Luke Cowan-Dickie strengthens England case – and other European finals talking points Greatest Champions Cup Final TriesThe European Champions Cup final is often thought of as a tight and tense affair, filled with penalties, scrums and muddy bodies – but this might well be a misnomer.The year 2020 didn’t bring much joy to the world, but the year’s European climax was a celebration of attacking rugby. Exeter Chiefs defeated Racing 92 by 31-27 in a match dominated by the talents of Jack Nowell, Finn Russell and Simon Zebo.Despite its reputation, the competition’s final has provided fans with spectacular moments since it was founded as the Heineken Cup way back in 1995-96. Side-stepping masterclasses, raw pace and clever thinking have all found their way into the showpiece – so we picked out five of the best.Greatest Champions Cup Final TriesSébastien Viars (Brive), v Leicester, 1997This was one of the most dominant performances seen in a European campaign. Brive did not lose a game on their way to the trophy, demolishing Leicester 28-9 in the final. Their back-line, made up primarily of local players, was sensational – it boasted a 9-10-12 axis of Philippe Carbonneau, Alain Penaud and Christophe Lamaison. All were seasoned internationals.The tone was set after only four minutes. Already 3-0 up following an early Lamaison penalty, terrifying Polish No 8 Grzegorz Kacała battered through four defenders with a hand-off resembling a rivet gun.The Brive backs had front-foot ball, allowing Penaud to throw a flat cut-out pass to full-back Viars, who burst through a gap the size of the English Channel. Inspired by Kacała, Viars threw two hand-offs of his own, sending first Austin Healey and then John Lilley into orbit, balletically tiptoeing along the sideline while throwing fists like Mike Tyson.Sébastien Carrat scored two sensational tries of his own with his 10.3secs 100m pace, but the combination of beauty and brutality win the day here.Leon Lloyd (Leicester), v Stade Français, 2001The Leicester Tigers would lick their wounds and return, winning their first European Cup in a brilliant final, defeating Stade Français (and the Parisians’ beautiful kit) 34-30.Leon Lloyd’s second try is the game’s most famous moment, set up by an Austin Healey break to give Tigers the lead with only two minutes left. However, the more skilful try was his first, created wizard-like by a Pat Howard kick more finely measured than Michelangelo’s David (see 1:40 on video).Is it a cross-kick? A kick-pass? A delicate chip? Some combination of all three finds Geordan Murphy on the right wing, who just has time to poke the ball through himself, before being clattered by the late Christophe Dominici.Two cover defenders seem to be in prime position – but they haven’t accounted for the speeding Lloyd, who surely would have been ticketed if he’d ever stopped running this game. He hacks on, survives a stumble and reaches out to help Leicester to one of their most famous victories.Peter Stringer (Munster), v Biarritz, 2006A try which will go down in popular folklore – remembered by fans in Limerick bars, sung about on Cork’s streets and forever used by coaches to tell their blindside defenders to “Always pay attention!”Munster’s love-hate relationship with the Heineken Cup had been mainly hate up until this point and so, like many relationships, Stringer uses a touch of misdirection to help his side out (1:15 in the clip).With the game locked at 10-10, Munster have a scrum in the Biarritz 22, and Stringer sets up to fling the ball infield to Ronan O’Gara. So far, so very typical. Twickenham to stage the European finals Exeter win Heineken Champions Cup 2019-20 Collapse The top five scores from European rugby’s showpiece game, featuring French flair and Irish witlast_img read more

Presiding Bishop’s opening remarks to Executive Council

first_img In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET April 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm It is absolutely astonishing to me how the leader of a Christian church can continually avoid mentioning the name of Jesus Christ in her public comments and reflections. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Submit an Event Listing Canon George F. Woodward III says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA April 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm Maybe I should clarify – an oblique reference to the “body of Christ” is so sanitized. Easy to avoid dealing with the person of Jesus and the reality of his bodily Resurrection and all that follows from that. I just don’t understand it. Really and truly. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS April 18, 2012 at 9:08 pm ++Bishop Jefferts-Schori is so unfailingly articulate and discerning. I consider our branch of Christ’s Church to be uniquely blessed and privileged to enjoy her leadership. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC April 18, 2012 at 6:21 pm Thank you, Katharine, for a well articulated, future imagining statement to which I say AMEN! We should work together to build on our strengths and core values, acknowledge our weaknesses, speak the truth in love, articulate the gospel with joy and conviction and move into a future of leading our communities into places they might never have imagined they might go. Adelante con esperanza y fe! April 20, 2012 at 8:48 am Father, it would seem to me that you do not see the present danger in churches of all denominations. There are so many unchurched people today and many of them have forgotten what religion is. Whenever I hear someone say “body of Christ” I only think of Jesus Christ, who else could she be referring to. If she only said Jesus would that also not be acceptable to you?These are trying times for all churches and society, including the government are getting further and further away from religion. My guess is that you are from a wealthy parish, if so you should take a look at the small parishes and see how they are struggling month to month to stay open, all to spread the word of Jesus’s love for all.In the future you should comment on the important things facing religion today. Jenny Vervynck says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group April 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm You are meant to know who the head of the body is. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Executive Council April 2012, Press Release Service Gerry Bee says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY Tags Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Collierville, TN center_img Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Events Rector Martinsville, VA Fr. Darin Lovelace says: April 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm Bold, courageous, insightful, intelligent, humble, vulnerable . . . it is a difficult season, indeed, and we have a fine leader who dares invite us to follow her in her following of Christ. Thank you, Bishop Katharine. Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Albany, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Knoxville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Smithfield, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Comments (7) Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Bath, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Rev. Janet Campbell says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Posted Apr 18, 2012 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Jim Hunt says: Executive Council, [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori addressed the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council April 18 at the beginning of the council’s three-day meeting in Salt Lake City. This is council’s last meeting of the 2010-2012 triennium. Jefferts Schori’s remarks follow in full.Executive Council18 April 2012Salt Lake CityOpening RemarksThe Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts SchoriPresiding Bishop and PrimateThe Episcopal ChurchI want to thank all of you for your service in this triennium. I know it has been a very difficult time for almost all, and I think it’s important for us to reflect on the larger context in which our work has been done over the last three years.When we began our work together in late 2009, we were just past a major budget cut that forced a public and painful reduction in church center staff. It was prompted by the economic crisis that began in 2008, which became far worse than anyone expected. But this economic crisis only hurried a reality that has been emerging for some time. The Episcopal Church, like many of the other well-established churches in the United States and in the west – and not just the western United States – , is declining in numbers, financial strength, and societal influence. This church once was the established and state church in some of the American colonies, and it has continued to act as though it were established for a very long time. Well, my friends, that time is over, gone, and done with. I must note that we have never been established in the other 15 nations where we are present today, and those parts of this church have had to learn other ways of relating to the larger society – and American Episcopalians can learn from that experience. The laws under which the church exists in Latin America and Europe are an example – in some places, like Germany, this church is regulated like a sports club, rather than a church.We are living in post-establishment times, and as a church, we are beginning to recognize that reality. It has brought an enormous amount of grief. The struggles over inclusion are a symptom, but only part of the response to losing a position and way of being that to many people has seemed intrinsic to being an Episcopalian. The post-establishment reality brings grief in abundance as former ways of living, governing, and privilege disappear. Like all kinds of grief, it can elicit anger, denial, and attempts to go back to some remembered golden age. None of those responses heals the grief. Nor can we fix the grief by tinkering with details. Only by living through the grief and loss, and beginning to embrace the possibilities and opportunities for new life will we ultimately find healing. We are a people who believe in resurrection, and we live in a season when acting out of that belief is absolutely essential.The difficulties that this body has experienced in the past triennium are not the fault of any one person, structure, or decision. They are a symptom of collective grief. We have three days together, which I hope will be used for forgiveness, a search for understanding, and letting go. I want to thank all of you for the persistence to stay the course, even when the dynamics have been painful. Let’s see what healing we can find in the next 72 hours, and then carry that will toward healing out into the larger church. Your willingness to endure these difficulties has been sacrificial, both as a faithful act of holiness, and as a sacramental act on behalf of others.Grieving the death of an era is necessary, and it will be fruitful as we invest in the next season of this body’s life. There are profoundly important opportunities before us. I believe the Spirit is inviting us into a significantly different way of being the body of Christ, in which we begin by remembering that the body already has a head. That head is not this body, or General Convention, and indeed that head doesn’t reside anywhere tangible – except as we begin to discern and discover how the spirit is at work among us and around us.That spirit is inviting us to let go of what is dead and embrace the new life that’s emerging. We’re looking toward a church that is more varied and less rigidly controlled, more networked and less directed. This new church is going to be more organic, more profoundly a body with uniquely gifted parts, each one honored and blessed for the service of God’s mission. It’s going to need different kinds of communication and responsiveness. We are already beginning to live into some of those ways, and others are still waiting to be discovered. None of us knows exactly what this church is going to look like – and that scares some folks to death, even more than the dying that has already been. I don’t know what is coming, none of us knows exactly what’s coming, this body doesn’t know what the next shape will be. We are being invited into a more truly communal process of discernment, a listening to the spirit that is patient and alert enough to help us all embrace that green blade rising.We will be more faithful, and far more effective, in that discernment work if we can let go of suspicion, assumptions about others’ motives, and power politics – all of which are based in fear and scarcity. We do know that perfect love casts out fear, and when we can remember how deeply and completely love dwells within us, the fear does begin to recede.I want to invite this body to celebrate the life that has been – both here in the Executive Council and in the wider church. Celebrate what is good and what is gone, give thanks and let it go. One of the realities about grief is that it comes in different ways and on different schedules to different parts of the body. Be gentle with the parts that are angry or depressed, be watchful with those who are still in denial, and be encouraging with those who are beginning to dream a new church. And give thanks in all things, for in God’s economy, it all works together for good. Remember that you are beloved, and give thanks. Remember that the Holy One has called you friend, and do the same for one another. And start dreaming, for the good news is that there is enormous energy in this body for growth and newness – and the seeds are already springing forth.Let us rejoice in the power of the Spirit. Alleluia, alleluia! Presiding Bishop’s opening remarks to Executive Council Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Fr. Darin Lovelace says: Submit a Press Release Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJlast_img read more

A new desert mother

first_img Malcolm Blue says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Press Release Service [Episcopal News Service] Why was she doing that—up, down, back and forth—right in front of me? Once she had my full attention, she showed me her secret: she lowered herself down into a petite nest that the wind was throwing around like a yo-yo. Her intention quickly became clear: she wanted my help securing her nest.The would-be mother was a Costa hummingbird, distinguished by a creamy white neck and weighing in at about 1/10 of an ounce.Two weeks earlier, a tiny broken egg had appeared on the patio near the same spot. Perhaps this mama hummingbird had lost a baby to the wind already, and was so determined to achieve maternal success that she was bold enough to ask a member of another species for help.Using some wire and scissors, I tied up the long, flowing branch of the cape honeysuckle that held her nest. She stayed on her nest as it continued to bob up and down, watching me intently as I worked. I imagined her heart was beating even faster than usual, fueled by fear and hope. After I was finished, the nest was more stable and the little mama was content.The next morning, I left home for two weeks. While I was gone, the weather reports indicated my town would endure unusually high winds over two days. I wondered how the would-be desert mother was faring.When I arrived home, the first thing I did was check the nest. There she was, right in place! A week later, there were two little heads sticking up out of the nest, adorned with the same distinctive white throats as their mother.All three of them became used to me walking by and looking up at them. I enjoyed observing their ways. Mama would bring insects periodically to the squawking chicks. In the hot afternoon sun, she would go to a nearby fountain and sip mouthfuls of water to take back to them.A week later, just in time for Mother’s Day, she coaxed the fledglings out of the nest much as a parent encourages a child to walk. A few days later, I saw her feeding one of the fledglings in a nearby tree. And soon enough, the babies disappeared and the mama was alone again. The next generation was successfully launched, thanks to this wise desert mother with a body that weighs less than an ounce but with a spirit strong enough to ask for help.Hummingbirds are considered one of the smartest birds, right up there with ravens and crows. The slang term “bird brain” does not do them justice. Even so, humans are even smarter, equipped with the most powerful brains in creation. But how many of us learn as quickly as this desert mama? She only had to lose one egg to realize she needed a plan B that required something other than her own abilities.Our intelligent species seems to get stuck more easily than this hummer. We try something, fail, and then think if we just keep at it, we’ll achieve success. Sometimes this strategy works, and sometimes it doesn’t. There is a fine line between persistence and stubbornness. As Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results.”Congregations in the Episcopal Church have watched many eggs fall out of the spiritual nest. Over the past 50 years, two generations have said “no thanks” to participating in the church as it is currently configured. Perhaps this loss of connection is the price to be paid for the harsh winds of self-reliance blowing through the church and American society at large, generated by the baby boomers and the “greatest generation.”In Matthew 7:7-8, Jesus encourages us to be more like the hummingbird:“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”What does meaningful worship look like to all the generations? What physical and financial structures are all the generations able and willing to support to have their spiritual hunger sated? How can the spiritual life of the parish help young people flourish in our society rather than drain them with volunteer work demands? Can we hear the voice of a 30-year old prophet? Are we partnering with other groups to serve community needs efficiently?These questions are not too hard for us if we are following Jesus’ advice to ask, seek, knock, and pray. The Holy Spirit hovers close by, waiting to mother us with help to secure the nest and replace death with life. And when the help shows up, it takes wisdom to recognize the helper, who may or may not be wearing a collar and just might be from another generation, race, religion, gender, sexual preference, culture, or even species!If we would have faith the size of a hummingbird… all things are possible for us.– Phyllis Strupp is the author of Church Publishing’s Faith and Nature curriculum and the author of The Richest of Fare: Seeking Spiritual Security in the Sonoran Desert. Comments (4) Deborah Matherne says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit a Press Release May 15, 2012 at 9:28 am Beautiful. And true! Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET May 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm Lovely. Happy Mothers’ Day to you! Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit an Event Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Belleville, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Shreveport, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 A new desert mother Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Smithfield, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Washington, DC center_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Youth Minister Lorton, VA Comments are closed. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC May 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm Marvelous! Aristotle once said, “In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” I would add, “And in all things spiritual and of faith development, there is also something marvelous!” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events 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 By Phyllis StruppPosted May 11, 2012 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group The Rev. Charles H. Morris, D. Min. says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Jobs & Calls Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Albany, NY James McLemore says: Rector Bath, NC 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 May 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm Absolutely beautiful!! Hope you don’t mind that I “shared”. Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET last_img read more

Bishops urge Obama to intervene in UN funding cut for…

first_img Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 June 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm Is there a place to find a full list of the signers, so that we can thank (or chide) our bishops? Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Comments are closed. Rector Martinsville, VA 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 June 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm Just to clarify to Mr. Smith – Israel already receives the largest financial support from the US tax payers. I don’t know if Mr. Smith has been to Israel, because when I spent some time there, I came back feeling much differently about the Palestinian and Arab Christians and non -religious, who are really very much persecuted in Israel. One person’s “terrorist” is another’s “savior or freedom fighter.” The human situation in Gaza ought to be beyond political/financial prejudices, and the judgmentalism that his message implies is unfortunate.I hope he will rethink his position and/or visit there as has our Presiding Bishop. June 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm To be clear, while the Ahli Arab Hospital provides many welcome services in Gaza, it’s only one of a number of hospitals here. Comments (8) Rebecca Roth says: Rector Smithfield, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Middle East June 8, 2012 at 9:37 am This is a rare occasion where I agree with what the UN is doing. A large portion of their support funds come from the US tax payer and I’d rather see the money spent supporting our ally Israel than a population that supports terror groups like Hamas. Perhaps if Hamas spent more on their civic needs than making rockets to fire into Israel they could better fund their infrastructure. Faith & Politics, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Carin B Delfs,SSG+ says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Bath, NC Marlene Talbott-Green PhD says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Tampa, FL By Matthew DaviesPosted Jun 6, 2012 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT June 7, 2012 at 11:28 am I would both support and promote a Fund Drive to the Diocese of Jerusalem earmarked for the Ahli Arab Hospital. Loving our neighbor reached across all ethnic and social lines. Due to the “wall” and checkpoints the people of Gaza totally depend on this hospital for their entire healthcare. Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Albany, NY Advocacy Peace & Justice, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Anglican Communion, Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Collierville, TN center_img June 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm I was with the Presiding Bishop on that visit to Gaza where the picture was taken with her visiting patients in Ahli Ariab Hospital. It is an amazing place, and must NOT be allowed to flounder. Countless lives depend on it. June 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm Given the difficulty of getting the UN bureaucracy to reverse course on anything, and the unlikelihood of direct US aid coming anytime soon (if ever) perhaps it would be a good idea to have a dedicated fund drive for the hospital. Sometimes we underestimate the generosity (and ability to give) of Episcopalians and of others who recognize their stake in having a non-political institution like this stay afloat in Gaza. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Bishops urge Obama to intervene in UN funding cut for Gaza hospital Janet Benvie says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Belleville, IL 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 Featured Events Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ June 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm Ultimately it’s Israel’s occupation that is causing the hardship. Perhaps the Bishops & the rest of the Episcopal Church should support the Palestinian Christian Kairos document which calls for divestment. Or perhaps giving to the poor Palestinians makes them feel good!! Joe Catron says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME [ooyala code=”JqbWh5NDoSxMvX2qAworUykUAk2hKbMb”][Episcopal News Service] The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has ended its financial support to the Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, an institution run by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East.The decision, made June 1, cuts the hospital’s budget nearly by half.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori along with 101 Episcopal Church bishops from 43 states and the District of Columbia have written to U.S. President Barack Obama calling for his intervention in reversing the decision that, they say, could have “disastrous consequences for the more than two million residents of Gaza, already living in conditions of profound humanitarian need.”UNRWA’s decision, after nearly two decades of partnership with the hospital, comes “without public justification … and threatens to debilitate the hospital, its 120-person staff, and the many thousands of Gazans who rely on it for primary and urgent care and treatment,” the bishops say. [The full text of the letter is available here.]Founded as a mission of the Anglican Church in 1882, the hospital became a part of the diocese in 1982. Today, it is among more than 30 institutions run by the Jerusalem-based diocese.The hospital provides primary and emergency care to the almost exclusively Muslim population in Gaza, “and does so without proselytizing or discriminating on the basis of religion, ethnicity, politics, or social identification,” the bishops say. “It is the only facility of its sort in the Gaza Strip that is not run by the Hamas government and as such, it is able to provide care without any outside interference or political calculation. Its continued operation thus is in the inherent interests of the United States government.”Hospital Director Suhaila Tarazi, in a recent interview with ENS, said that the hospital is “a place of peace, a place of reconciliation, a place of love.”The hospital serves about 42,000 outpatients and 4,800 inpatients per annum, and runs specific programs for children and the elderly. It provides services in general surgery, general medicine, gynecology and obstetrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, among other areas.“We provide medical care to all people, especially the poor, without any discrimination,” said Tarazi. “As a Christian hospital we have the full respect from all the community because we are for all.”Jefferts Schori, lead signatory of the bishops’ letter, met Tarazi in March 2008 when she visited Gaza and the hospital. The presiding bishop witnessed firsthand some of the desperate living conditions Palestinians in Gaza face daily. Although unemployment levels have dropped from 80 to about 42 percent in the last 4 years, more than 70 percent of Gazans still live below the World Health Organization poverty line.Trade and services to Gaza are mostly controlled by Israel, which views the Hamas government and Islamic militants as a threat against its security. Israeli airstrikes in Gaza continue as a response to Islamic militants firing rockets into southern Israel.Regular power cuts, food and water shortages, and lack of fuel place immense pressure on the daily medical services provided by the hospital.“There is a shortage of medical supplies, in particular anesthesia,” said Tarazi. “So many times we’ve cancelled operations.”Tarazi also told ENS that on most days the hospital operates without electricity for between 16 and 23 hours.“It is not hyperbole to say … that the humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip are as severe as any on earth, or that Al Ahli Hospital is a rare and absolutely vital source of genuine good news in that context,” the bishops write in their letter. “The decision of UNRWA to terminate its support for the hospital is utterly indefensible and must be reversed.”UNRWA’s support has amounted to approximately $1 million per year, or nearly half of the hospital’s $2.4 million budget.“Mr. President, in asking for your personal intervention, we appeal to you as a person of faith who has spoken stirringly of the need for reconciliation between the children of Abraham.  Al Ahli hospital is doing the work you have articulated, but in order to continue, it needs the support of friends from around the world,” the bishops write. “As professionally superb as the hospital is, it cannot survive without international donor support, the largest portion of which has heretofore come from UNRWA.”“This unfortunate decision aggravates a desperate and desperately sad situation,” Anne Lynn, director of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, told ENS. “If this decision is not reversed, the hospital’s capacity to serve those in need will be drastically reduced. The people in Gaza have depended on this facility for 130 years.”The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem provides some financial assistance to the hospital that serves the predominantly Muslim population in Gaza.Praising Tarazi and Ahli’s medical professionals for their “courageous ministry,” Lynn said: “In a place of fear and violence, the hospital is an oasis of calm and peace. We as a community of faith must come together to insure that this ministry continues.”Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani told ENS in a recent interview that Christ is present in Ahli Hospital through the work of healing. “The institutions are the arm of witness to the Lord in this land.”— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Featured Jobs & Calls Tags Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Gaylord Hitchcock says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Charles Smith says: Christopher Epting says: House of Bishops, Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ last_img read more

Video: Renk Bishop Joseph Atem describes his diocese’s ministry

first_img Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Video Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY 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 Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Martinsville, VA Press Release Service Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Africa, 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 Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Tags An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET [Episcopal News Service — Chicago] The Rt. Rev. Joseph Atem, of the Diocese of Renk, describes his diocese’s difficult placement between the two Sudans, and his church’s efforts to help those displace by both recent and past conflicts. The church is especially trying to empower women and youth in order to improve their lives and those of their families. All this is happening while the church is playing a key role in helping form the new South Sudan, which is just over two years old.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET center_img Rector Tampa, FL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Events Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Knoxville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Bath, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Oct 22, 2013 Rector Belleville, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Sudan & South Sudan, Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Video: Renk Bishop Joseph Atem describes his diocese’s ministry Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 last_img read more

Video: North Carolina Bishop Curry says future depends on engaging…

first_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Nov 18, 2013 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Bath, NC 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 Featured Events Youth Minister Lorton, VA Press Release Service The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Shreveport, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Video Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Collierville, TN Video: North Carolina Bishop Curry says future depends on engaging past Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Press Release Rector Belleville, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Jobs & Calls Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing State of Racism, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Tags Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA [Episcopal News Service – Jackson, Mississippi] Diocese of North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry says the past teaches the present that “moral courage” can point the way to right action. Curry spoke during a Nov. 15 news conference before he joined a panel discussion during the opening session of “Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America,” a two-day gathering sponsored by the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Mississippi at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Jackson.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA last_img read more