Kick off times and ticketing details for all three games will be confirmed in due course. England Vs Wales February 2010England confirmed they will prepare for Rugby World Cup 2011 with three warm-up games in August next year.Team Manager Martin Johnson’s side will face Wales at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, August 6, with the return game taking place at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, August 13.They travel to face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, August 27 before departing for New Zealand the following week. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Johnson said: “These three games are an important element in our build-up to Rugby World Cup 2011. We’re looking forward to playing both Wales home and away and Ireland as part of our preparation, and they should be excellent contests.”
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Flanker Adam Kleeberger of Canada looks on during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Canada and Japan at McLean Park on September 27, 2011 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) The man with the impressive beard – Adam KleebergerOn today’s RWC Daily we chat to the Beardo himself, Adam Kleeberger. Plus reaction to Romania’s Pool B clash with Georgia and we join Samoa on the golf course.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Speed merchant: Tom James makes the yardsTom James is frustratingTom James has had a turbo-charged start to the Rabo Direct Pro 12. Arguably, no player in Europe is making as many 15 – 25 yard breaks as the Cardiff Blues winger – the problem is no player is making as many mistakes either. James is infuriating to watch. His powerful line breaks make you question why he hasn’t had 30 caps for Wales, yet his decision making and handling make you wonder why he was ever given a professional contract in the first place. We can but hope that one day his bottom half clicks with the top. Sadly, until that happens James will always remain a regional player. during the LV= Cup match between Cardiff Blues and Harlequins at the Cardiff City Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales. All change: The existing Heineken Cup format is under threatDon’t blame the English clubs for the European falloutMany in Wales will be quick to the blame the English clubs for their role in undermining the Heineken Cup. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Welsh fans like to point the finger at English rugby – sometimes two. For this reason the BT deal will be viewed as another example of English self-interest ruining the game. But this isn’t true. Quite the opposite in fact. The English and French clubs are well within their rights to demand a change to the European format. The current qualification for the Heineken Cup is grossly stacked in favour of the Pro 12 teams. It means that some teams in the Rabo Direct can saunter their way through the season without a care in the world – yet if this situation occurred in business, the Monopolies and Mergers commission would have been summoned long ago. This inequality not only dilutes the quality of the Pro 12, but it also weakens the Heineken Cup as a premium tournament. Whatever agreement is reached, Europe’s showpiece tournament needs to evolve. France isn’t all it’s cracked up to beWelsh and French rugby are inextricably linked at the moment with Jamie Roberts the latest stellar name lined up with a move to the Top 14. But the fortunes of some Welsh players during the opening weeks of the Top 14 may make future emigrants think twice. Perpignan’s financial problems mean that they are reportedly keen to offload James Hook and his £300,000 contract. Gethin Jenkins has only made one start for Toulon and is currently the second choice loose-head at Toulon to Andrew Sheridan. And whilst we constantly see Mike Phillips being interviewed relaxing en soleil, his situation is anything but relaxed. Poor performances and unacceptable off field behaviour have given Phillips a popularity rating akin of Louis XVI with the Bayonne hierarchy and resulted in an internal ban. Add this to difficulties with international release, particularly in a Lions year, and France may not seem as alluring as it was. That is of course unless you’re in form, like Lee Byrne or Aled Brew, with the former rapidly becoming a marquee player in the Top 14. French leave: Mike Phillips is in trouble with his club Bayonne for misbehaving By Paul WilliamsA month is a long time in Welsh rugby, so let’s take a deep breath and look at the highs and lows of the opening weeks in the PrincipalitySamson Lee – the new Adam JonesWelsh rugby lunges from one positional wobble to another. No sooner had Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric filled Martyn Williams’ estimable boots, when thoughts turned to Adam Jones’ long-term successor. Step-forward, Samson Lee. If you typed his vital statistics into a career advisors’ laptop, it would spew out two words – Tight and Head. At 5ft 10in and 18st 2lbs and with a custom-made short back, the 19 year-old’s physique is the prototype for a No 3. His performances in last year’s Junior World Championship were exemplary and his destruction of New Zealand’s loose head in their 9-6 victory over the Baby Blacks was as biblical as his name. Lee’s scrummaging for the Scarlets has been equally impressive in the opening month of the season – and, maybe more surprisingly, so too have his ball skills. Lee’s deft wrap around pass in the opening game against Leinster will have caught Gatland’s eye. A fast-track into the Welsh set-up could be in the offing.‘Rucking’ is backThere has been no change to the ruck law – Law 10.4 (b) states that a player must not stamp or trample on an opponent. In recent years use of the boot in rugby has attracted the same level of taboo afforded to fox hunting. But something seems to have changed. There have been numerous occasions in the opening four weeks of the Pro12 season where the Welsh regions have cleared out rucks with their feet, yet have gone unpunished. This seemingly relaxed attitude to rucking presents an interesting quandary. Use of the boot may seem barbaric to people outside of the game, but sensible deployment of studs is a very effective way of speeding up the breakdown, and encouraging a faster, more attractive game. Whistles, yellow cards and lectures from referees don’t stop players from lying on the wrong side of the ruck, boots do.
After six weeks of being spoiled with some marvellous rugby, it’s time to pick out the moments that caught the eye in our, er, prestigious awards LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Philanthropy award of the World Cup – Sonny Bill WilliamsGood old Sonny Bill. In a career where he has been accused of putting his own ambitions before the team, SBW has arisen to almost saintly levels of adoration by showing compassion and empathy. In the quarter-finals he offered a pair of tickets to Syrian refugees, in the semi-final, he went straight to Jesse Kriel to commiserate with him but he topped the lot in the wake of the World Cup final after presenting 14-year-old Charlie Lines with his winners medal after he was ‘smoked’ by an over-zealous security guard. Arise, Sir Sonny!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nk48fzP3KQFaster than a cheetah award – Craig JoubertPicture the scene. There are just 120 seconds left on the clock and Scotland are 34-32 up against Australia and on the cusp of a famous victory. Joubert made a rogue call that prop Jon Welsh was in an offside position saw Scotland penalized and Bernard Foley slotting the winning penalty to a cacophony of boos in torrential rain. Fine, referees make mistakes but what happened next wasn’t clever. Sensing a lynch mob, Joubert looked furtively around and departed the field sharpish in what was interpreted as tantamount to admitting guilt. Brett Gosper, World Rugby’s CEO suggested he may have needed the loo…*insert pun here*Tears in the eyes award – Daniel HourcadeArgentina do pasión better than anyone else. Perhaps it’s their genetic make-up but to see tears rolling down the cheeks of 18st behemoths during the anthems is genuinely moving. It was no surprise to see Pumas coach Daniel Hourcade openly shedding tears when Argentina bowed at the business end of the tournament. He said later in the press conference he could barely remember in the emotion at the final whistle but it said everything that Argentina would continue to play in their swashbuckling way. How refreshing. Viral hit: Video of Sonny Bill Williams donating his medal went global It’s a heartbreaking moment for #ARG coach Daniel Hourcade after his side’s brilliant showing at #RWC2015 https://t.co/Y9SNOg4pW8— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 25, 2015Funniest moment – Johnny Redelinghuys Johnny Redelinghuys is not a man with thousands of points to his name. Indeed, his robust physique points to a career hitting rucks and in dark places but after becoming the first Namibian to win his 50th and final cap against Argentina, he saw an opening after JC Greyling went over for a consolation score. With the final kick of the match, Redelinghuys, whose day job is running a steel construction company, gave a little shake of the hips and stepped up for the conversion. It was a kick with limited artistic merit yet reached the foot of the post. However the smile from Redlinghuys was as wide as Namibia’s Fish River canyon so you could forgive him. A lovely moment.The ‘he writes his own scripts’ award – Dan CarterWith 1590-points to his name. You could say the last eight-points of Daniel Carter’s career reinforced his standing as the greatest fly-half of his generation. On 69 minutes, he received an arrow-like pass from Aaron Smith in the pocket and with a quick step onto his preferred left-foot, struck the ball between the uprights majestically. Five-minutes later, the All Blacks were awarded a scrum-penalty from 48m. It was a distance at the very edge of his range, but he nailed it with centimetres to spare. With a minute-to-go, after Beauden Barrett’s breakaway try he dinked a conversion with his unfamiliar right-boot. With that, it was 1598 and out.The ‘Downton Abbey award for services to drama’ – Japan beating South AfricaIn World Cups, when Tier 2 team face two-time World Champions, there’s usually only one outcome. Unlike football, when Cup shocks are two-a-penny, in Test Rugby outcomes are usually predictable. Eddie Jones’ masterminded Japan’s entry into the history books with a deserved over South Africa. The denouement came with a fend from No 8 Amanaki Mafi to create just enough space to put Karne Hesketh in the corner. Cue complete and utter bedlam.The ‘party balloon’s gone flat’ award – EnglandEngland were trumpted for what seemed like an eternity as genuine contenders for the Rugby World Cup with bookmakers installing them as second favourites, sent off by Take That, they had home advantage and groundswell of support. The end was swift and clinical, just 16 days in. The previous week they’d been downed by Wales after some poor decisions and against Australia, they were chastened, with their heaviest defeat at Twickenham. There was no place to hide as they were booed off.Bitter disappointment: England in the aftermath of being knocked out against AustraliaThe ‘big guys have feelings too award’ – Mamuka GorgodzeThe 6ft 5in, 19st Georgian is a man’s man, who happily wraps up opposition defenders into a small ball and spits them out. Not a man who you’d think would openly show emotion.After a man-of-the-match showing against Tonga, Gorgodze, put his body on the line against the All Blacks and led them to a ‘respectable’ 43-10 defeat to the All Blacks. At the final whistle he was named Man of the Match again as the camera panned to him on the bench, he smiled, looked surprised before clasped his hands together to gesture a thank you to fans, before having several hefty slaps on the back from his team-mates. Heart-warming. #RWC2015Moments – #GEO captain @mamukagorgodze’s reaction when he was named Man of the Match against #NZL https://t.co/ti7BlOdRJH— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) November 1, 2015 The services to A&E wards award – Wales’ backlineWales had a relatively injury-free Six Nations but as soon as Jonathan Davies was ruled out in May through an ACL injury, it started a domino effect. Against Italy, in-form scrum-half Rhys Webb ruled out through a serious foot injury. In the same game, the world’s best place-kicker Leigh Halfpenny also did his ACL. You’d have thought it ended there but in five-minute passage against England they lost Liam Williams to concussion, Scott Williams to a leg-injury and Hallam Amos to a dislocated shoulder. Even their back-up Eli Walker was injured. Did it end there? Did it ‘eck. In the quarter-final against South Africa they lost Tyler Morgan to a dislocated shoulder and Gareth Anscombe to an ankle-injury. They’d have been on the dog and bone to Gerald Davies and JPR for the game against New Zealand if they’d won!Familiar sight: Wales’ Scott Williams is taken off the field on a stretcherThe ‘finest use of a nickname’ award – PooperDavid Pocock spent nearly two years of his life between World Cups on the rehab table, recovering from consecutive ACL injuries, while his heir Michael Hooper racked up the caps and showed himself to be a world-class player. With a return to fitness for Pocock, Michael Cheika played them together against the All Blacks to inflict their first win over the All Blacks for four years and sensibly kept the combination going in the World Cup. They destroyed England at the breakdown and were anointed ‘Pooper’, for they most definitely pooped on England’s parade from a great height.Double-trouble: Michael Hooper and David Pocock caused havoc at the breakdownThe ‘comeback from a near death experience’ award – Schalk BurgerEven a near-death experience with spinal meningitis wasn’t enough to keep Schalk Burger away from a fourth World Cup outing, but Schalk wasn’t there to be an encouraging squad member on the fringes. That’s not his bag, so he produced a tournament of such ferocity, skill and leadership that he further reinforced his reputation as a Bok legend. He comfortably topped the carrying stats, was third in the tackle count and showed surprisingly soft hands. “I thought I played some nice rugby”, Burger commented, modestly, in a press conference. You could say that.The clamp: Schalk Burger put in 75 tackles during a superb tournamentThe ‘crazy fans’ award – Argentina and IrelandOver 2.4 million fans can take a bow for making it the best supported Tournament ever but the Irish and Argentina fans stood out. Ireland set a world record rugby attendance at Wembley with nearly 90,000 fans turning out to see them playing Romania before turning Cardiff green for their other Pool games. The atmosphere for Ireland v France was intoxicating with the noise levels even surpassing Wales internationals. As for the Pumas fans, they brought dancing, lots of gesticulating and importantly a sense of fun. The only sadness was one set of supporters had to leave the tournament after their quarter-final tear up.Love the craic: The Ireland fans filled Cardiff during the tournament‘Don’t call it a comeback’ for best use of social media – Dai LamaHe lives in a secluded monastery – thought to be in rural West Wales – with his trusted friend Tenzing, mostly thinking (in)pure thoughts about the game’s prize targets and he had been on self-induced period of hibernation – from Twitter that is – before being tempted back with his usual array of sharp put-downs, mastery of photoshop and ‘LOL’ moments. Such dedication that has seen him amass over 61,000 followers and they will hope Dai returns after his vacation on a tropical island just off…Burry Port.The ‘sit back, eat your popcorn and enjoy the show’ award – Argentina’s back threeWhile the likes of Israel Folau, George North and Bryan Habana were expected to dominate the try-scoring charts and metres carried, the Argentina back-three of Juan Imhoff, Santiago Cordero and Joaquin Tuculet came to the tournament with little fanfare. By the tournament’s end, the trio were household names, with Cordero’s footwork – he made the second most clean breaks and carried third furthest (514m), coupled with Imhoff’s élan which saw him dance over for five tries, dovetailed with full-back Tuculet’s ability to break from deep – he was fifth in metres carried (433m). Daniel Hourcade’s decision to let his players express themselves paid off handsomely.The ‘death by offload’ award – Leone NakarawaLeone Nakarawa has recently said he is so comfortable offloading because he grew up passing the ball in rivers in Fiji, up to his waist. He has transferred those skills to rugby pitch to the point where anyone who is in support of the Glasgow Warrior expects the ball to pop out somewhere as he goes into contact. Not only was he top offloader in the Pro12, but he was top in the World Cup Pool stages for offloads (10) and turnovers (9). A phenomenal talent.The ‘gracious in defeat’ award – Heyneke MeyerHeyneke Meyer is the ultimate competitor, often seen gesticulating wildly, jumping for joy or holding his head in his hands, but if the Springboks lose, he is a lesson in magnamity. After the defeat to Japan, he refused to make excuses for the loss and against the All Blacks, his grace in defeat impressed the world’s rugby media. When the Brave Blossoms were announced as winners of the ‘Best Moment of the World Cup’, he led a standing ovation from the Springboks at the World Rugby awards. Classy guy.
The championship’s top two sides, Wales and England, dominate selection in our Six Nations Team of the Tournament. Which players would make your own composite XV? Roaring success: Alun Wyn Jones is a shoo-in to lead our Six Nations XV after a stellar tournament (Inpho) So Rob Evans gets the loosehead slot, a selection made more on the general effectiveness of the tight five, although he was also a conspicuous carrier and hit the rucks like a good ‘un.Ball off the floor: Rob Evans, offloading against England, is part of an imposing Welsh tight five (Getty)2 Jamie GeorgeEven with his co-captain status, it’s difficult to see the currently sidelined Dylan Hartley starting the big games again for England, such has been George’s form.He offers so much in the loose in terms of carrying and ball skills – such as his left-hand 15m cut-out pass against Italy – that at times it’s like having another back on the field.His tackle count (78) was third-highest in the championship and his throwing accuracy – on which hookers are judged first and foremost – contributed to a rock-solid English lineout. Only two of George’s 39 throws went astray for a chart-topping 95% success rate.There are some very fine hookers in Europe at the moment and George is the best of them.Dart thrower: Jamie George topped the lineout stats for hooker and offers plenty around the park (Getty)3 Tomas FrancisThe Exeter Chief has only spent five years in a full-time environment, so his rise to Grand Slam-winning tighthead is one of Wales’ biggest success stories. He doesn’t have the offloading panache of Kyle Sinckler, nor the wheels of Tadhg Furlong, but he puts his head down and does the job.No one got the better of the Welsh scrum and in the key moments in the Grand Slam match against Ireland, Francis and his chums got the verdict time and again.Sinckler will probably become a better player than Francis but right now his sporadic flashes of hot-headedness – as evidenced against Wales and France – is a crease that needs ironing out. Indiscipline can shift momentum and lose you matches.Prop charge: Tomas Francis finds his support during Wales’ 18-11 win at Murrayfield (Getty Images)4 George KruisWe almost plumped for James Ryan or Felix Lambey, a shining light in a poor France team, but Kruis’s form demands selection. The England lock ran one of the best two lineouts in the competition, winning 19 throws himself, and showed up well in the loose and in the ruck stats that help show a player’s selfless devotion to the bread-and-butter tasks.Italy were breathtakingly inept in clearing their lines at Twickenham, but even so someone has to step up and take advantage and it was Kruis who charged down two kicks to create tries for himself and Brad Shields.Kruis control: George Kruis, winning lineout ball last weekend, is getting back to his pre-2017 Lions form (Getty)5 Alun Wyn JonesPundits have started to put it out there: is Alun Wyn Jones the greatest Welsh player there’s ever been? Seeing as Gareth Edwards is often cited as the greatest player of any nationality, Wyn Jones is gaining the sort of hype that will doubtless make him squirm.The Wales captain seems to boss every game. He executes his roles with such detachment that he’s often communicating with the referee whilst being tackled or driving a maul! His work-rate for a second-row is staggering – 71 tackles, 166 rucks in this Six Nations – and the nous accruing from 134 Test appearances means he can put opponents off their game without detracting from his own mighty performance in the slightest.The only snag Wales have is he’s almost too important. How would they cope without him if injury was to rule him out at this year’s World Cup?Colossus: Alun Wyn Jones is now the joint fifth most-capped player in history, with 134 Tests (Getty)6 Peter O’MahonyThe Munsterman was exceptional in a strangely off-colour Irish team. As a lineout jumper, he is literally hitting the heights, with his 32 wins plus two steals putting him streets ahead of the rest in this tournament.He was first to the ruck on 79 occasions and exploited his immaculate jack-knife jackal technique to win six turnovers – only Mathieu Bastareaud managed more. He’s also a brilliant tackler, stopping the offload and sometimes stripping the ball.Josh Navidi was more eye-catching in the Grand Slam clincher, but O’Mahony has that cool-headed gravitas that every team desires. The No 6 shirt has to be his.Flat-out commitment: Peter O’Mahony charges down a clearance by Antoine Dupont in Dublin (Inpho)7 Tom CurryWe’re a huge fan of Hamish Watson but injury restricted him to 102 minutes. Thus we turn to the championship’s most prolific tackler for the scavenger role, Tom Curry making 86 tackles to go with his tries against Wales and Scotland.The Sale man concedes a few too many penalties – something that will improve with time – but he is busier than a palm tree in a hurricane. No other player was first man at the ruck more than 100 times, as Curry was, and his form is such that pundits are now speculating whether England can accommodate both him and Sam Underhill in a ‘dream ticket’, as Australia have done with Pocock and Hooper.That wouldn’t be our route but it’s a valid conversation.Tackle king: Tom Curry stops Bundee Aki in his tracks in England’s magnificent win in Dublin (Inpho)No 8 Josh NavidiIt seems sacrilegious to omit Billy Vunipola, but the England No 8 is still searching for that blockbusting form he had before his various arm fractures. Nor, given Wales’ remarkable ability to slow down and generally mess up opposition breakdown ball, could we countenance a back row without one of the champions. 2019 Six Nations Team of the Tournament15 Liam WilliamsThe former scaffolder was safe as houses at the back, catching 23 of the 24 high balls that went his way for a 96% success rate.He’s also a dangerous runner, albeit lacking that searing pace that Elliot Daly brings to England in the position, and he’s always involved – he carried 49 times in the championship.Occasionally, he hangs on to the ball when he should give a pass but that is a mere quibble. His performances may have ended the debate on whether he or Leigh Halfpenny should take possession of the Welsh 15 shirt.A Liam lasso: Wales full-back Liam Williams tackles Jason Stockdale in the Grand Slam clincher (Getty)14 Jack NowellWe’re going against the grain here because Josh Adams has made pretty much everyone’s Team of the Tournament. Adams’s finishing has been excellent, but if you want to know why big Joe Cokanasiga doesn’t walk into the England team, consider this: Jack Nowell crossed the gain-line 17 times out of 23 carries. That’s a 74% success rate – the best in the championship – and he beat 17 defenders in doing so.The Exeter wing is no giant but, like Scotland’s Darcy Graham, he’s immensely powerful and he can certainly finish, as he showed with his lightning try against Scotland.Nowell is better under the high ball than Adams – notwithstanding the latter’s great leap against England – and works harder off the wing and around the fringes. That gives him the nod over both the Welshman and Ireland’s Keith Earls.Zing on the wing: Exeter’s Jack Nowell packs a powerful punch on the right for England (Getty Images)13 Jonathan DaviesHenry Slade was the best attacking 13 of the championship, making 12 clean breaks and scoring three tries and even, in one of these unexpected quirks, muscling in on the list of top performers for ‘ruck effectiveness’ that is dominated by Irish forwards.He contributed to the best offensive rugby of the tournament, but this was a title won on defence and Jonathan Davies – a first-time Wales captain in Rome – was and is the Gov’nor.Wales conceded only seven tries and much of that was down to the skill and experience of Davies in the incredibly taxing 13 channel. Jeremy Guscott rates him the best outside-centre in the world, saying: “If you can get into space inside or outside him, you have cracked a large part of scoring against Wales. But very few can.”Wily old fox: centre Jonathan Davies is a survivor from Wales’ 2012 Grand Slam team (Getty Images)12 Hadleigh ParkesThe other half of Wales’ midfield iron curtain, Parkes echoed his team in improving game by game. People forget the plethora of Welsh handling errors in Paris back on opening night; instead, we admire the Slam-clinching trouncing of Ireland last weekend that featured Parkes’s early try and his magnificent try-saving touchline intervention on Jacob Stockdale, probably the tackle of the tournament.Like Davies, Parkes does the basics well over and over again and his intelligence and consistency gives him the edge here over the power runners, Manu Tuilagi and Bundee Aki.Touch of class: Hadleigh Parkes scores the try that set Wales on their way to victory over Ireland (Getty)11 Jonny MayIf there was a quicker player in the Guinness Six Nations, we didn’t see him. Which is why Stuart McInally, who foxed the chasing May with a change of running angle, should dine out on his try at Twickenham. May’s blistering acceleration makes him lethal when pursuing kick-throughs and he’s adept at gathering a low, skidding ball. In contrast, in Dublin and Cardiff he dealt well with the high stuff.England’s top metre-eater (284) and maker of 11 clean breaks, May has become one of the best finishers on the globe, as 14 tries in his past 15 Tests – including six in this tournament – testifies. He lies joint sixth, on 24, in England’s all-time try list.Six of the best: Jonny May was top try-scorer in the Six Nations, matching Chris Ashton’s 2011 haul (Getty)10 Finn RussellIt’s hard on Gareth Anscombe, who slotted everything against Ireland and was named Man of the Match, but Finn Russell is a level up on the Wales No 10.He tormented Italy and Ireland with his range of kicks, setting up tries for Blair Kinghorn and Stuart Hogg, and has one of the best left-hand passes in world rugby, as he demonstrated by putting Sean Maitland clear in the build-up to Darcy Graham’s second try at Twickenham. Russell is also a master of the intercept, creating further tries through well-timed snatches.The Racing 92 pivot did all this without partner-in-crime Stuart Hogg for most of the tournament and another key attacker, Huw Jones, for half of it. You might have called Russell ‘mercurial’ at one stage but he’s too consistent for that label to apply now.Historic feat: Finn Russell scores one of an unprecedented six tries by a visiting side at Twickenham (Getty)9 Ben YoungsNo one is head and shoulders above the rest in this position, but Youngs came closest to offering the consistency that coaches crave from their scrum-half. His kicking game in Dublin was excellent and perhaps accounts for the Tiger playing all but 37 minutes of the tournament – an exceptionally high figure for a No 9.He makes fewer darts from the base than in his younger days and his box-kicking can be too deep, but he’s always alert to the possibilities, as we saw with his part in Jonny May’s Calcutta Cup try. His 85 caps – an England record for the position – give him a calmness and composure that offset the more volatile nature of half-back partner Owen Farrell.All the other nines had a case for inclusion, most notably Tito Tebaldi and Ali Price, whose sniping and energy helped spark that amazing Scottish fightback last weekend.Taking charge: Ben Youngs, one of Eddie Jones’s most trusted lieutenants, box-kicks against France (Getty)1 Rob EvansMako Vunipola walks into this (and every) team when fit, but his ankle injury against France restricted his involvement. Scotland’s Allan Dell made strides, particularly as a ball-handler, but the Welsh scrum laid the foundation for the Dragons’ success. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS So Josh Navidi, with his huge engine and a greater tackle accuracy than Curry, pips Ross Moriarty to the No 8 shirt. He has worn it for three of his 16 caps, including the win in Rome.On the hoof: Josh Navidi carries in Paris. 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Related content: MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace’s passion for rugby.“Sport is a different environment but it’s the same kind of pressure of delivering. So how do you deliver? I’d wake up in the night and think about my plating of food, draw diagrams in the book of how I want it to be. That’s not me being anal, it’s just why wouldn’t you?”He has a strong team for his new venture. Head chef Tom Rains’s CV includes The Berkeley, Claridge’s, L’Escargot and Mosimann’s. Also on board is Elliott Camm, who has worked as restaurant manager at local restaurants The Daffodil and Ellenborough Park.Video cuisine: the ingredients for steak Diane, which you cook along with PhilVickery is a non-executive director at Creed Foodservice, a leading wholesaler. He’s named his new restaurant after his shirt number and adds: “It’s something that is very personal to me, that No 3 jersey. I wanted it to have a rugby feel.“And actually we talk about three things: your food, the cooking of it and the eating of it. It doesn’t matter what you cook, a pork chop, a cottage pie, if you get those three things right that’s what food is about.”Vickery hung up his boots almost ten years ago following a neck injury. He played his senior club rugby for Gloucester and Wasps, but remembers his junior clubs, Bude and Redruth, with equal affection. A great mentor of his, Redruth’s Terry Pryor, died a few weeks ago.“I always remember what Terry said to me nearly 30 years ago. He came to the farm (at Kilkhampton) and I was late out of the milking parlour. I walked up to the house and they were in the dining room. All he talked to me about was how he wanted to improve me, how he wanted to give me the best opportunity. He didn’t talk about winning anything, he didn’t talk about playing for England or Cornwall, or even for Redruth.Raging Bull: on the charge against France in the 2003 World Cup semi-final in Sydney (Getty Images)“What he talked about was wanting to give me the best possible chance to be the best I could be. I was 16 years old. He’s no longer with us but the impact that guy had on me as a young person was amazing. Him and Simon Blake, who both came up together. I’m still in touch with Simon, great human-being.“I’ll never ever forget that. Rugby gave me the opportunity to feel valued. Not just the fat kid at school who was last in the line and had to play goalie. Suddenly I had a bit of purpose. Wow. That’s when I fell in love with rugby. It still sits very deep with me.”Vickery started a leisurewear brand, Raging Bull, whilst still playing pro rugby. The lockdown restrictions have impacted on high-street retail but the company is trading strongly online.“Covid has made us all reassess. Because of Teams and Zoom I reckon I’ve had more touch points and more noise from the team and I’ve enjoyed the experience of how things can be done now. There are lots of learnings and opportunities as a business.” Phil Vickery joins the restaurant tradePhil Vickery is back in the kitchen. Nine years after winning Celebrity MasterChef, the former England and Lions prop has launched a premium takeaway service in Cheltenham. It comes ahead of plans to open a restaurant, called No 3, in the Gloucestershire spa town.“We were ready to go with the restaurant but Covid has put a stopper on that. We’ll open that when things allow,” says Vickery, 44. “I rang my chef partner three weeks ago and said, ‘We’ve got to do something, we can’t just sit and mope and wait for things to get better’. So we’ve started a click and collect service, taking what we can from the menu, what’s deliverable. What’s true to me, what’s authentic, what’s right.”With the kitchen at No 3 not yet ready for use, Vickery is using the facilities at Brickhampton Golf Club. His pared-back menu includes his homemade sourdough, classics like cottage pie and fish pie, and meaty favourites like slow-braised beef in red wine sauce and spiced duck.Bread of heaven: Vickery’s rustic loaves form part of the pared-down menu“I’ve got my bread in there, got a few sharing platters. It’s restaurant food to your home really,” explains Vickery, who won the World Cup with England in 2003 before captaining them to the final four years later.“It’s traditional, good British food but at the same time we’ve got masala on there as a vegetarian option and it’s bloody delicious. People say, ‘What’s your favourite steak?’ I love ribeye, I love sirloin, I love fillet. I struggle with food to say what my favourite is, I just like good food prepared well and tasty.”Those choosing steak get a novel experience. It arrives raw with all the ingredients and you watch a video so you can cook along with Vickery, picking up tips along the way.Box set: the former MasterChef champion plans to open his Cheltenham restaurant once conditions allow“It’s my sirloin steak with Diane sauce, it’s just how to do it. I don’t do it in a ‘cheffy’ way, I try to talk in a cook way, a way in which people understand and connect with you. That’s my ambition.“I want more people to eat more good food and elevate their cooking. I’m not a chef but I care deeply about that. I want to celebrate good food, sourcing it, cooking it. I’m proud of my upbringing and the farmer in me has held me in good stead. My passion for food comes from growing up on the family farm (in Cornwall) where we all had allotments.”Vickery won Celebrity MasterChef in 2011, matching the feat of former team-mate and 2006 winner Matt Dawson. The prop’s three-course combo of scallops, lamb fillet and bread-and-butter pudding fuelled his passion for cooking.“I’d always been a huge fan of the show. I didn’t think I could win it but what I’ve been able to do since is food festivals, cooking demos, promoting Red Tractor, British foods, things that have always been close to my heart.”His talent for coping with the demands and stresses of a professional kitchen is something few possess. In Clive Woodward’s world champion side in 2003, players were allocated specific areas of responsibility and Vickery was put in charge of ‘team pressure’.“I like a laugh and a joke but at the same time I’m really serious about my work. On MasterChef I’d use humour to deflect tension but I’d be ready to go, I call it ‘showtime’. John Terode [presenter] would say to me when I was cooking, ‘Phil, I’m talking to you’, he’d be talking across the kitchen, ‘you didn’t even respond, you didn’t even flinch.’ I’d have to spend time apologising to people. They’d say, ‘Mate, don’t apologise, it’s just amazing to see’. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Crisis, what crisis? Ex-England captain Phil Vickery has launched a restaurant business during the pandemic. The MasterChef champion tells us what spurred him to do it Lead role: Phil Vickery played in three World Cups, captaining England in the last of them in 2007 (AFP) For more about No 3 and to see the menu, visit No3restaurants. Currently it’s phone orders only – online ordering is coming soon.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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Mary Crist Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 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 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Shreveport, LA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] El siguiente sermón fue presentado hoy en la 77a Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal, que se reúne en Indianápolis, Indiana, hasta el 12 de julio.El texto que sigue es el sermón que la Rda. Dra. Mary Crist (Pienegro) predicará en la Convención General, en la Eucaristía del mediodía del 9 de Julio de 2012.Señor, soy tuya. Que mis palabras glorifiquen tu nombre.Gracias por la oportunidad de hablarles hoy. Les traigo saludos de mis ascendientes: del pueblo de mi madre, la nación pienegro de Montana, y del pueblo de mi padre, de Dinamarca. Me llamo Pitaki, que quiere decir Mujer Águila.El pueblo de Samson Occom era el mohegano. Él fue el primer indígena en ser ordenado al ministerio, como presbiteriano. Esto tuvo lugar en 1859, unos pocos años antes de que Enmegahbowh, de los ojibuas fuera el primer indígena ordenado al sacerdocio episcopal.Occom fue también el primer indio americano que publicó sus escritos. Demostró que tenía valor, conexiones y compromisos, cualidades que siguen caracterizando a muchos indígenas en la Iglesia de hoy. Él le llevó la luz de Cristo a mucha gente.Las cualidades del valor, la conexión y el compromiso son la espina dorsal del ministerio de las iglesias pequeñas que estamos llevando a cabo con buenos resultados.Tal como el evangelio nos dice hoy, debemos dar a conocer esta obra. Vayamos a la luz. Celebrémosla. En obediencia al evangelio de Lucas, y en la tradición nativa, comparto un relato de lo que puede suceder cuando escuchamos.Poco después de mi ordenación al sacerdocio, hace unos seis meses, mi obispo me dijo que me nombraba para servir en una iglesia. ¡Me sentí tan entusiasmada! Esto era muy buena noticia.La mala noticia era que mi iglesia no tenía ni congregación, ni presupuesto ni salario.Vean ustedes, la congregación en esta iglesia había llegado al punto en que ya no podía hacerle frente a sus gastos. Esto sucedió a pesar de que el clérigo anterior y unos cuantos fieles habían trabajado arduamente. La iglesia en su antigua forma había muerto.Los pocos fieles plantaron un huerto comunitario, y le dieron vida a un ministerio para los desamparados y los hambrientos. Auspiciaron un congreso (pow wow) y empezaron a ayudar a los estudiantes en una escuela interna de nativoamericanos. También acogieron a nuevos grupos en el territorio.Escucharon al Espíritu y experimentaron la resurrección en algo nuevo.En la actualidad, el edificio de la iglesia sigue siendo bello. Situado en un terreno de 1,8 hectáreas, cuenta con un costoso órgano de tubos obsequio del propio fabricante de órganos, vestimentas de seda para el clero, hermosos trajes para el coro, e incluso vestimentas para niños acólitos se encuentran pulcramente colgadas en la sacristía. Los cálices de oro y plata aguardan con sus cubiertas protectoras. Los objetos de bronce están bruñidos. Las luces del santuario resplandecen. El gran altar está cubierto de [paños de] lino y brocado inmaculados. Un crucifijo tamaño natural tallado en madera adorna la pared detrás del altar. Las estaciones del Via Crucis esculpidas orientan a los fieles por un costado de la nave. A lo largo de la pared opuesta la luz entra a raudales a través de las puertas vidrieras. Abundan los árboles y las plantas de flores. Uno casi puede escuchar el potente sonido de los cánticos acompañados por el órgano resonante el domingo por la mañana.Sin embargo, el Espíritu llamó a la gente al ministerio de un huerto comunitario.Cuando el sacerdote anterior, un nativoamericano, se fue, el obispo me nombró a mí. Me pidió que alimentáramos a los pobres, albergáramos a los desamparados, enseñáramos a los niños y apoyáramos a los que luchan por librarse de la drogadicción y otros problemas.Cuando le pedí más detalles, me dijo que el Espíritu Santo nos ayudaría a entenderlo.En los primeros seis meses de pequeño ministerio, mi propia vida ha sido transformada como fue la de Samson Occom. He aprendido a escuchar esa vocecita del Espíritu dentro de mí, tal como manda Lucas… a escuchar en verdad.Si ustedes fueran a preguntarle a nuestra comunidad quién es el líder, la gente diría, “simplemente seguimos al Espíritu Santo”. Oramos y hacemos planes como grupo. Trabajo dentro del círculo de compañeros del ministerio.La Iglesia tiene tres empleados. La secretaria de la iglesia, una ex monja franciscana, se enfrenta a la gente más bravucona y a la más vulnerable con la misma gentileza. Ella recibe un salario de media jornada y trabaja jornada completa.El segundo empleado, plomero y soldador, andaba mal de salud cuando oyó un llamado “a tomarse unos días para entender de qué se trataba eso de Dios”. Vivió en la calle por un tiempo. Se enamoró de Dios. Aunque él puede arreglar cualquier cosa, dice que su ministerio es para los pobres y los que intentan escapar del consumo de drogas y alcohol. Afirma que habla su mismo idioma porque estuvo en la calle con ellos. Él trabaja sin paga.El jardinero, encargado y guardián también vivió en la calle hace unos pocos meses. Comenzó a trabajar en el jardín. Hoy es un miembro sano y valioso de la comunidad. Su única compensación es un cuartito donde duerme de noche.Un día vi a una mujer recostada a la pared. Parecía sentirse sola y le pregunté si le gustaría ayudarnos a colgar unos cuadros. Ahora se ocupa de la oficina después que la secretaria se va. Es una persona nueva. Su compensación es un pase mensual de autobús. Recientemente, comenzó un ministerio de cocina utilizando alimentos frescos del huerto para algunos de nuestros amigos sin hogar. “Ellos no pueden cocinar en la calle”, se dijo, y respondió [a esa necesidad].Dos Círculos de Conversación para las Primeras Mujeres de la Tierra están creciendo en la actualidad. Las mujeres provienen de muchas naciones nativoamericanas y aprenden unas de otras. También atienden a los estudiantes de un internado nativoamericano que queda cerca.Dos congregaciones evangélicas de habla hispana ahora celebran su culto en el edificio de nuestra iglesia. Ambas participan activamente en el desarrollo de nuestra comunidad.Ahora distribuimos alimentos durante cinco días a la semana. Queremos mejorar nuestras instalaciones para expandir el ministerio de cocinar [para los pobres]. Colaboramos con Casa Sobria de la Mujer [Women’s Sober Living House] que tiene un local en la acera de enfrente.Una escuela primaria que se sostendrá con fondos públicos abre sus puertas en septiembre. Perfeccionará las destrezas en matemáticas, ciencias y liderazgo de niños de barrios urbanos deprimidos. El director de una escuela afroamericana es también miembro de nuestro Comité de Planificación.En nuestro último informe al obispo, documentamos servicios a más de 500 personas por semana.Cuando voy al centro del nuevo ministerio, me siento llena de alegría, que me la produce el presenciar las vidas transformadas por personas que aman a sus prójimos como a sí mismas. A partir de los diversos ministerios, está naciendo la misión. Estamos cumpliendo con las Cinco Marcas de la Misión.La gente nos pregunta sobre lo que pasa en el centro, dándonos una oportunidad natural de hablar acerca de nuestra relación con Dios. El cumplir el Gran Mandamiento da pie naturalmente al cumplimiento de la Gran Comisión. Predicamos el evangelio hacia los cuatro puntos cardinales a través de nuestras palabras y nuestras acciones.Alguien que, en la actualidad, pase por el nuevo centro de ministerio probablemente se pregunté quién concibió la cartelera. La respuesta es el Espíritu Santo. Se parece un poco a la cartelera de un bazar. Un letrero invita a la gente a la Iglesia de la Libertad [Freedom Church]. Otro anuncia la Academia REACH, la escuela nueva. Y otro más anuncia en español un festival de familia que habrá de celebrarse pronto. Y ciertamente, ¡el letrero que dice La Iglesia Episcopal te da la bienvenida, también está allí!Todo se ve un poco chapucero. Los letreros no tienen una coordinación de color. No son del mismo tamaño ni del mismo estilo. Todos se vuelan con el viento. Y sin embargo, la gente me dice que les fascina ver qué es lo que sigue. Yo les digo que estamos atentos para oír lo que el Espíritu Santo tiene planeado para nosotros. Sabemos que estará lleno de vida, que estará lleno de amor de Cristo. Nos estamos convirtiendo en una nueva familia espiritual —hermanos y hermanas en la fe— la Iglesia primitiva resurrecta.Lo que he aprendido de esta experiencia es asombroso. Por lo que algunas personas me dicen, la Iglesia Episcopal se está muriendo, pero, por lo que yo veo, está renaciendo.Somos llamados por el Espíritu a algo nuevoEstoy de pie en medio del torbellinoPuedo sentir el viento en mi rostro, que me agita el pelo.Puedo oír el llamado del Águila.Es estimulante.Es impredecible.Es desordenado… y sin embargo es Dios… y es bueno.Amén. 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Susan Osborne-Mott, Oct. 30 announced the appointment of David J. Condo as music director of the church.Condo, a resident of North Wildwood, comes to St. Mary’s with over 20 years experience administering liturgical arts programs with particular strengths in organ performance, choral and hand-bell training, and program management experience, most recently with St. Simeon’s Episcopal Church by-the-Sea in North Wildwood. In addition, Condo is also an accomplished organ recitalist, having performed throughout the United States and Europe.“Our Vestry is very excited to have David on board. As a life-long Episcopalian, not only will he bring an added dimension to the worship experience of our parishioners, but we are confident he will expand our musical offerings to the church and the community, including the addition of a youth choir and bell choir. He studied with our interim organist, Dennis Cook, for a period of time and we are pleased to have a continuity of talented musicians as part of our worship community. He is planning a joyous musical celebration for Advent and Christmas to which the public will be invited,” said Larry Schmidt, senior warden.Condo will “take the bench” at St. Mary’s on Sunday, Nov. 3, for the 10 a.m. Eucharist. All are invited to welcome Condoand share in our worship. 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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 By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Apr 28, 2015 Doug Desper says: Supporters of same sex marriage rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court before the court heard arguments about gay marriage in Washington April 28. The nine justices of the Supreme Court are deciding whether the Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, taking up a contentious social issue in what promises to be the year’s most anticipated ruling. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians who followed the April 28 U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments on whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to be married were no doubt looking ahead to the implications of the court’s eventual ruling for this summer’s General Convention.The Episcopal Church officially has advocated for equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in both the civil and ecclesial arenas for years. However, it was not until 2012 that the General Convention voted to consider anew the church’s theology of marriage, and LGBT Episcopalians’ access to the sacramental rite.Thus, while the court’s ruling, expected to come before the current terms ends in late June or early July, may settle the issue of access to civil marriage and fulfill one of The Episcopal Church’s long-held public-policy stances, its decision could come as the convention is debating the church’s understanding of sacramental marriage and the accompanying canonical definition of marriage. The 78th meeting of the General Convention takes place June 25-July 3 in Salt Lake City, Utah.The church’s advocacy for civil equality for LGBT persons began in 1976 with Resolution A071 in which it said “homosexual persons are entitled to equal protection of the laws with all other citizens, and calls upon our society to see that such protection is provided in actuality.” That same convention said (in Resolution A069) that “homosexual persons are children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral concern and care of the Church.”From then on, the trend continued, including these resolutions:1994: Resolution D006 called for local, state and the federal government to give gay and lesbian couples the same rights and protections as non-gay married couples.2000: Resolution D039 affirmed that some people in the church live in relationships outside of marriage and outlined the expected characteristics of those relationships.2006: Resolution A095 said the church opposed state or federal constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex civil marriages or civil unions.2009: Resolution D025 recognized that the baptized membership of church includes same-sex couples living in lifelong committed relationship, that LGBT people participate in lay and ordained ministry.2012: Resolution D018 noted the church “is a period of discernment about the meaning of Christian marriage, with faithful people holding divergent views,” and urged Congress to repeal federal laws that discriminate against same-sex civilly married couples; and pass legislation allowing the federal government to provide benefits to them.Also in 2012, bishops and deputies allowed clergy to bless same-sex relationships with the permission of their bishop. They authorized a rite for those blessings (Resolution A049) and called (in Resolution A050) for a task force to “identify and explore biblical, theological, historical, liturgical, and canonical dimensions of marriage.” The convention asked what became known as the Task Force on the Study of Marriage to examine the “changing societal and cultural norms and legal structures” surrounding marriage.(A complete list with links to all related General Convention resolutions from 1976 to 2012 on liturgy, marriage and ordination in addition to resolutions on LGBT civil rights is here).Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori“Personally, I continue to give thanks for the way in which Episcopalians and people of good faith in the U.S. and far beyond are learning to see the image of God in all God’s children, whether gay, straight, transgender, short, blonde or anything else,” Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori told Episcopal News Service on April 28. “God’s ability to create in diverse ways is a sign that we will never fully know the divine mind and that we have gifts to receive from all that God offers us. The task of the church is to help people live lives of holiness, loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves – all our neighbors.”House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark JenningsIn an interview with ENS on April 28, House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings said she believed that “our church’s long discernment on LGBT equality in civil law and our subsequent discussion about sacramental marriage equality are part of what’s moved the broader culture to the point of today’s Supreme Court arguments.” The Episcopal Church’s work joins “with other religious traditions that are also wresting with their legacy of homophobia,” she added.The Rev. Canon Susan Russell, a longtime advocate for the full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the church and who proposed Resolution 2012-D018, told ENS that “the Holy Spirit is smack dab in the middle of both our General Convention and the Supreme Court schedule.”Convention will face various same-sex marriage proposalsThe marriage task force, the standing commission that proposed its creation and, to date, four dioceses are urging this summer’s meeting of convention to move toward greater clarity in its understanding of the availability of the sacramental rite of marriage to both different- and same-sex couples.The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music asks in its report (beginning on page 3 here) that convention authorize an expanded version of “Liturgical Resources I: I Will Bless You and You Will Be A Blessing,” the liturgy for blessing same-sex relationships and accompanying resources whose use was authorized in 2012. The new version (on pages 2-151 here includes three additional liturgies: “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Marriage”; “The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage 2”; and “The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony.” Those rites offer the option of using “wife,” “husband,” “person,” or “spouse,” thus making them applicable for both heterosexual and same-sex couples.The commission’s proposed Resolution A054 says diocesan bishops must approve use of the rites. It also says that bishops within civil jurisdictions where same-sex marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships are legal may continue to provide “generous pastoral response” to meet the needs of church members (an echo of Resolution 2009-C056).And the proposed resolution repeats the provision in Resolution 2012-A049 that “no bishop, priest, deacon or lay person should be coerced or penalized in any manner, nor suffer any canonical disabilities” as a result of his or her theological objection to or support of the resolution. The resolution also would extend to these new rites the provision in the church’s Canon I.18.4, which says that clergy may decline to solemnize any marriage.The Task Force for the Study of Marriage asks that The Episcopal Church go further, proposing in its Resolution A036 to revise Canon I.18 titled “Of the Solemnization of Holy Matrimony” (page 58 of The Episcopal Church’s canons here).Among many edits, the revision removes references to marriage as being between a man and a woman.The revision would recast the requirement in the canon’s first section that clergy conform to both “the laws of the state” and “the laws of this Church” about marriage. The rewritten portion would require that clergy conform to “the laws of the State governing the creation of the civil status of marriage, and also to these canons concerning the solemnization of marriage.”And the proposal preserves the canon’s provision that clergy may decline to solemnize any given marriage and extends that discretion to include the choice to decline to bless a marriage.Among the four diocese-proposed actions, Resolution C017 from the Diocese of Chicago and Resolution C022 from the Diocese of California both ask the convention to authorize the use of the marriage rites in The Book of Common Prayer 1979 and in Liturgical Resources I “for all marriages legal in the civil jurisdiction in which the liturgy takes place.” In civil jurisdictions with same-sex marriage, the rites’ language would be interpreted as gender-neutral. C022 also proposes a rewrite of the solemnization canon.The Diocese of Rochester, in Resolution C007, and the Diocese of Los Angeles in C009 simply ask that convention “take any and all steps necessary to make the Rite of Holy Matrimony available to same-sex couples throughout The Episcopal Church immediately.”All of these resolutions and other related ones that might arise have been assigned to the General Convention’s Special Legislative Committee on Marriage, formally a bishop committee meeting alongside a deputy committee but voting separately, announced in July 2014 by Jefferts Schori and Jennings.Facing the issue of making space for dissentersA possible crux of the issue at convention could be the question of whether and how to provide space for those Episcopalians who oppose changing the definition of marriage in either the civil or ecclesial contexts, or both.Diocese of Northern Indiana Bishop Ed LittleDiocese of Northern Indiana Bishop Ed Little told ENS recently that The Episcopal Church has a “mixed economy” with “a progressive majority that would be in favor of redefining marriage in terms of its civil expression and would also be in favor of redefining marriage in it sacramental expression.” And, there is a not-insubstantial conservative or traditional minority that is “concerned that both sets of developments move us away from marriage as it’s been experienced by both the human community and ecclesial community for thousands of years.”Both groups have “space to flourish,” which “gives the Holy Spirit space to work,” Little said, because of the provisions in resolutions 2009-C056 and 2012-A049.“At the moment, I have the space to live my conscience within the church, but it’s worrisome if marriage is redefined canonically,” he said. “That seems to narrow the options and seems to say that those who hold to ancient and traditional perspectives don’t have an honored place in our community.”Russell said both the SCLM and the task force proposals exhibit the “Anglican genius” of recognizing that “as a church, we are a big tent; that we do hold in tension the difference that exists amongst us.” The Episcopal Church has always moved forward on divisive issues striving for “comprehensiveness, not unanimity,” she said.“No matter what we do at General Convention, it will be too much for some and too little for others,” she predicted.The trajectory of women’s ordination is, Little said, a “cautionary tale” in which those opposed to female priests and bishops were “sort of honored and then eventually merely tolerated and then ultimately canonically excluded.”After General Convention agreed in 1976 that women could be priests and bishops (they already were being ordained deacons), then-Presiding Bishop John Allin told an October 1977 House of Bishops meeting he did not think “that women can be priests any more than they can become fathers or husbands,” and he offered to resign as presiding bishop. Instead, the bishops affirmed his leadership and adopted “A Statement of Conscience” saying that “no Bishop, Priest, or Lay Person should be coerced or penalized in any manner, nor suffer any canonical disabilities as a result of his or her conscientious objection to or support” of women’s ordination.Since the “conscience clause” was never adopted by the House of Deputies, it had no canonical authority. But, a handful of bishops and their dioceses used it to bar women from the priesthood for 33 more years.Twenty years later, General Convention said that refusing to ordain women was no longer an option. In 2000, it called for monitoring of the three dioceses (Fort Worth, San Joaquin and Quincy) that still did not ordain women.“The result has been that people of a very traditional perspective who were not able to embrace, for theological reason, the ordination of women no longer felt welcomed,” Little said. “Most are gone. There are a few still in the church, but they are on the margins of the church”Little said he has ordained more women than men, “but I also grieve that that traditional perspective is really canonically no longer viable in the church.”In Salt Lake City, during what he intends to be his last General Convention as a diocesan bishop, Little will oppose any revision of the solemnization canon that would redefine marriage, he said. He would like the convention to preserve the “conscience” provision in the blessing resolution.Russell said she thought the discretion that has always been granted to clergy in the marriage canon and the protections afforded to clergy in all of the states currently allowing same-sex marriage were sufficient protection.And Jennings, while not commenting directly on the issue of a conscience clause, said, “I don’t think where a couple can get married should be an accident of geography, either civilly or within the church.”No matter what happens in Salt Lake City, Little said, he will “continue to advocate for the recognition that across the church people are dealing with these difficult issues in different ways – people of deep commitment and deep integrity – and so we’ve got to find a way that their consciences could be honored.”“The issues are significant. They impact the deepest places of our heart, but I hope that all of us will recognize, wherever we come down on these issues, that our commitment to Jesus Christ, our love for him and above all his for us, is what binds us together,” he said. “We have to recognize that in fractious times Jesus is our only hope. You can’t legislate that, but in the end the only thing that will keep us together is Jesus himself.”The Rev. Canon Susan RussellRussell cited Jesus as well, saying, “I firmly believe in my deepest heart of hearts that nothing short of full inclusion of the gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgender baptized is good enough for Jesus and us, and it’s a journey to get to that goal.”Insisting she is not an “incrementalist,” but instead an “Anglican pragmatist,” Russell said she’d like to see that full inclusion enunciated in the Book of Common Prayer. “And what I want to come out of Salt Lake City with is approval from The Episcopal Church that will stand unequivocally for ending discrimination against same-sex marriage, recognizing that we have people within this body for whom that is not congruent with their theology.”Little said he was “in it for the long haul whatever happens and to retain whatever voice I can” and continue to try to build bridges in the church. Russell said she was not going anywhere either. “The only threat we have ever made is to continue to keep coming back,” she said, adding that the patron saint of her and her like-minded colleagues is the persistent widow. “We haven’t threatened to leave, we haven’t threatened to pull our pledges, we haven’t threatened to do anything other than to keep showing up.”Episcopalians advocate for marriage equalityThe Supreme Court justices earlier this year announced they would consider same-sex marriage bans in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan that had been upheld in November by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. All other federal appeals courts that have ruled on the issue have struck down such bans.The justices also took the unusual step of framing the issues for which it would use the cases to make their decision.. The first is whether the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex. The second is whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.The Supreme Court’s decision to consider the cases, known as Obergefell v. Hodges and Consolidated Cases, has attracted much attention and 145 amicus curiae, or “friend of the court,” briefs had been filed as of April 27. The filers range from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to labor unions, and include the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, and the Historians of Marriage together with the American Historical Association.One brief was filed by the mayors of 226 U.S. cities and another came from 167 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 44 U.S. senators. Nearly 380 employers, including Microsoft, the National Football Champion New England Patriots and small businesses such as Crazy Misfits Pets Service in Kent, Washington, filed another.Nearly 2,000 individual lay and ordained religious leaders, led by lead signers Jennings and Episcopal Church bishops in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee (the states included in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals), filed one of those briefs.Those bishops include Kentucky Bishop Terry Allen White; Lexington Bishop Douglas Hahn; Michigan Bishop Wendell N. Gibbs Jr.; Western Michigan Bishop Whayne M. Hougland Jr.; Northern Michigan Bishop Rayford J. Ray; Eastern Michigan Bishop Todd Ousley; Ohio Bishop Mark Hollingsworth Jr.; Ohio Assisting Bishops David C. Bowman, William D. Persell and Arthur B. Williams Jr.; Southern Ohio Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal; retired Southern Ohio Bishop Suffragan Kenneth L. Price Jr.; Southern Ohio Assisting Bishop Bavi Edna Rivera; West Tennessee Bishop Don E. Johnson; and East Tennessee Bishop George D. Young III. All of the bishops have authorized the blessing of same-sex couples in their dioceses, including for couples who have already entered into civil marriages in other jurisdictions.Diocese of Vermont Bishop Tom Ely, Diocese of Hawaii Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick, Diocese of Southeast Florida Bishop Leo Frade, Diocese of Maine Bishop Steve Lane, Diocese of Atlanta Assistant Bishop Keith Whitmore and nearly 200 ordained and lay Episcopalians also signed onto the brief.The brief outlines how a number of Protestant denominations, branches of Judaism and certain Muslim groups have come to call for marriage equality. It notes that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), the largest U.S. Presbyterian denomination, last summer asked its members to redefine marriage as being between “two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” The necessary constitutional change has since earned the approval of the majority of that church’s presbyteries.The brief’s signers argue that “eliminating discrimination in civil marriage will not impinge upon religious doctrine, conscience, or practice. All religions would remain free … to define religious marriage in any way they choose.” The brief notes that such freedom currently exists in the 36 states which, along with the District of Columbia, permit same-sex couples to marry.“The reason I signed the brief is that it’s long, long past time to end any kind of legal discrimination against God’s children in this country,” Jennings told ENS. “A reversal of the Sixth Circuit’s decision would bring us closer to the day of justice and reconciliation that I think people of all faiths long to see”Little, of Northern Indiana, said he was concerned about the Supreme Court advocacy by some Episcopalians because it seemed to show the majority of the church moving away from the recognition of the “mixed economy” he appreciates. Those advocates, he said, “may be attempting to portray the church as monochromatic when it comes to these very difficult, very sensitive theological, pastoral issues.”The advocacy, he said, “often does not recognize the fact that those who are signing briefs and so on are not speaking for the church; they’re speaking for themselves, but it sounds as though they’re speaking for the church.”Jefferts Schori declined to join the brief because while The Episcopal Church has an official policy of seeking civil marriage equality, she said, “we do not have such policy for sacramental marriage.”“I do not believe this church can or should sign amicus briefs where our own community has not formally accepted the premises that underlie such briefs,” she said. “I believe that most Episcopalians would assert that our theological position about the sacrament of marriage has greater moral weight than civil law.”“Until our canon law changes, I see no other option,” she said. “We have come a long way, but we have not yet reached a conclusion. I ask your prayers as the Church seeks greater clarity.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service.Editor’s note: The U.S. Supreme Court has posted audio recordings and written transcripts of the April 28 oral arguments on its website here. The New York Times, among other news sites, live blogged the arguments. Marriage Equality, General Convention, Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Donald Henderson says: Submit a Job Listing Same-Sex Marriage Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET April 30, 2015 at 5:40 pm Michael, those of us on the “extremist” Right haven’t failed to read or reflect upon either the Bible or the First Amendment. We simply came to conclusions that differed from those of you on the extremist Left. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Julian Malakar says: Marie Alford-Harkey says: Submit a Press Release April 29, 2015 at 10:51 am A very good, comprehensive article on the subject. I’d like to comment on what Bishop Ed Little is quoted as saying: “At the moment, I have the space to live my conscience within the church, but it’s worrisome if marriage is redefined canonically. That seems to narrow the options and seems to say that those who hold to ancient and traditional perspectives don’t have an honored place in our community.”Bishop Little seems to say that those who hold to traditional perspectives have an honored place in our community only if they are not asked to share that place with others. The proposed canon does not take away the space for traditional conscience and practices. In fact, it expands our church’s options so that our community can honor both those with traditional and more contemporary views on marriage.Brian Taylor, Chair, Task Force on the Study of Marriage Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Michael R. Scullary says: April 29, 2015 at 1:14 pm “Ah, the generous liberalism of those who want their way! Pleading for themselves a Big Tent of Via Media, pleading for understanding, pushing for room for difference, diversity, and Ubuntu…until others just don’t agree with them.”Right, Doug…..because those aspects are absolutely evil and horrible notions. It seems like certain conservatives might do better to embrace a “Big Tent” philosophy, since this is, after all, the 21st Century. At the end of the day, the Supreme Court will most likely rule against you. Why? Because equality is a civil and Constitutional principle: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility…promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” It seems the GLBT community deserves the same civil protections as everyone else, don’t you think? Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest April 29, 2015 at 12:44 pm Doug, I’d also like to see Biblical quotations from God and Jesus in which THEY — NOT the assorted/diverse/human Apostles/Disciples/Prophets — specifically addressed marriage aspects and who could get married in general. God, via the Ten Commandments, makes no mention of it, and Jesus is, in my opinion, somewhat obvious on where He might stand on the issue, given His nature of moving against social/cultural norms of the time.Aside from that, many of the Founders were quite clear on how they felt about organized religion in general — hence the First Amendment, which like the Bible, many on the extremist ‘Right’ have failed to read/reflect upon. I do agree that, regardless of what the secular Supreme Court decision is, The ECUSA needs to debate the issue as a religious issue. Julian Malakar says: April 28, 2015 at 8:50 pm Nice roundup of the stories both SCOTUS and TEC — but the headline seems a bit full of ourselves – the Supreme Court is not just a prelude to General Convention, it is a game changer for the USA and most will not care what happens at GC. Featured Jobs & Calls AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Comments (19) Supreme Court cases prelude to marriage debate at General Convention April 29, 2015 at 1:01 pm Doug, answering specific questions about adultery/divorce between husbands and wives, and throwing in a “BUT GAYS AND LESBIANS CAN’T MARRY!” are two separate issues and an attempt to put words in Jesus’ mouth. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Laurent DePrins says: Brian Taylor says: Rector Collierville, TN Featured Events Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL April 29, 2015 at 7:32 am I am baffled by the Presiding Bishop’s statement. She says that TEC has a policy of seeking civil marriage equality, but that she declined to sign the brief because TEC has no policy yet on sacramental marriage equality. However, the arguments and cases before the Supreme Court have only to do with civil marriage equality, obviously. Her statement just doesn’t make sense to me. I’m very grateful that the President of the House of Deputies added her name. May 5, 2015 at 12:29 am Laurent, there are no conflict of loving our neighbors, even though any Christian’s neighbor is gay, because our Lord God commanded us to love our neighbor with definition of neighbor. Moreover who are we to judge other? But the question arises whether or not God bless homosexuality. Biblical history about God’s love towards His people always speaks about condemnation of homosexuality; there is not a single incident we find when God bless committed love between two homosexual couple like marriage between single man and women or polygamy like Israel (Jacob), King David, Solomon, etc. Genesis 2:18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” We know helper was woman, not another man. Who would take responsibility at time of Final Judgement if any Church teaches wrong doctrine of God? We Christians believe Final Judgement is real like courts of Caesar which is run according to constitution, but the Church runs according to teaching of the Bible and Disciples of Christ. Donald Henderson says: Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK April 29, 2015 at 11:10 pm Church’s goal and objective is to guide its entire sheep pass thru narrow gates of Heaven, as Jesus depicted about Kingdom of Heaven. Though God gave us abundant life, but at the same time we have thorn in our body as Apostle Paul acknowledge in 2 Corinthians 12:7. We have to carry our pain of thorn like Jesus being God Himself carried His own cross to free us from devil. There is old saying “”No gain without pain”. Life is not bed of roses. Is this backward thinking for our salvation? Those who believe rewriting marriage definition is progressive minded to understand Holy mind of God, I would say they believe in the attitude “I am OK, you are not” and may fall under the principle of life that Jesus taught us to follow “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” Matthew 20:16. There were human development since 1st family Adam and Eve such as abolition of slavery system, equal rights for man and women etc. All changes came in consistence with biblical teaching; there was no need of rewriting of definition. Why now?We all know that homosexuality in human flesh is nothing new to Jesus Christ, because He created all seen and unseen things, including living organisms and its reproductive system. Since biblical time it is mentioned as negative character in human development to grow like child of God. If it is not true why did Christ or any prophets under old covenant, apostles in new covenant with blood of Christ referred it as positive to live together to glory of God? Task Force has difficulties finding any biblical reference, ensuring blessing of God for same sex, satisfying all Disciples of Christ. Goal of State is to ensure justice, happiness and prosperity of its entire citizen; if people want it can rewrite definition of marriage to ensure justice for same sex couple. But in Church, Christ is the authority, He is the body of the Church, church leaders only maintain God’s law to guide his entire sheep to kingdom of heaven no matter how narrow the gate is. May 2, 2015 at 11:57 am History of Marriage:http://www.livescience.com/37777-history-of-marriage.htmlNRSV Online:https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=leveticus+20%3A10&version=NRSVTo anyone with the same opinion as Doug:(I am a heterosexual 20 year old, an active Episcopalian, and a student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.) I invite you to copy and paste the links above and see what they have to say. The fist link is on the history of marriage. From my understanding, marriage has not been a major part of the church for very long. Actually, marriage has also been redefined several times. For example, how did we decide to move away from arranged marriages? Should we go back to that? Or wait a minute; there are several parts of the bible that have polygamy as a way of life. Should we go back to having a polygamous life? Of course not. We have gone away from that because we have looked at the bible as a whole rather than taking one line and living by it. These instances where a person takes one line from the bible and decides that this is how people should live is wrong. The second link I provided above is to a verse from Leviticus stating that anyone who commits adultery should be put to death. Do we continue to kill those who commit adultery? I don’t know about others but I am uncomfortable with the thought of putting ANYONE to death for their HUMANLY mistakes. Going back to marriage, if we are unable to move forward and allow our brothers and sisters in Christ to marry their lifelong partner whether it be a heterosexual couple or a homosexual couple, we will not be able to live out the two most important commandments of God as written in the Book of Common Prayer:“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and withall thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatcommandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shaltlove thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandmentshang all the Law and the Prophets.”We must love our neighbors for who they are. Our homosexual brothers and sisters are just as wonderful as our heterosexual brothers and sisters. Marriage should be a commitment between two people who truly love each other and who want to commit to a lifelong relationship. We are not conforming to Caesar but recognizing that we must create equality within the church in order to be inclusive and loving of all peoples. Hence LOVING our neighbors as ourselves. I am sorry if I have offended any person’s thoughts of what marriage should be. The question for each person on the earth is, “How long will we discriminate against our neighbor, rather than love them for who they are?” We are taught that God loves us no matter what but we are always straying from that belief. We are all sinners in some form or another. But being homosexual is most definitely not a sin when you look at the bible collectively. Michael R. Scullary says: Julian Malakar says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Doug Desper says: May 6, 2015 at 4:22 pm Left? Right? Where two or three are gathered together in His name there will He be also. We do not rest on the bible alone but on prophecy as well. Submit an Event Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 May 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm Laurent: I have no “Doug” opinion. I have read our catechism, National canons, BCP Marriage rites since The Reformation — and those before. All of which base their credibility on Scripture and catholic Christianity. We can’t just turn all of that off because it’s 2015. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Laurent De Prins says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Martinsville, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME April 30, 2015 at 10:23 pm Michael:“Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’” Jesus – Matthew 19:4-6 (reference to Genesis 2 at verse 5).Is that a Biblical quotation or what?Caesar may make marriage for the State, thus anyone will be able to marry anyone else. Those civil unions are not the subject here. Have one. I don’t object. The society of the Church, however, is not called to mirror and parrot the State. The Church is a society whose currency is the Lordship of Christ. Therefore, for Christians, Christ has confirmed in Matthew 19/Genesis 2 what marriage looks like for believers. The sacrament of Christian Marriage as confirmed by Christ in this Scripture cannot be altered by General Convention because it does not have the competency nor the authority to do so. Power, yes – given to itself by itself, but that is all.By the time of Jesus humanity had experimented with many things and called them relationships and marriages. Gay folk weren’t invented in the 1900s. Jesus, I’m sure, knew of gay folks. The golden opportunity to change marriage into something “new” didn’t happen. Jesus returned the listener then – and now – back to the beginning by saying, “HAVE YOU NOT READ…?”My objection is that the purported marriage study started on the premise that marriage has evolved rather than the certainty of what Jesus called marriage. Marriage had likewise evolved — more like DEvolved — by the time that Jesus spoke Matthew 19. We aren’t so innovative. It’s all been wished for or tried. After a time of human meddling and mucking around Jesus stepped in and returned the subject to where it should have always been.The question for General Convention is, “HAVE YOU NOT READ…?” Human Sexuality, Rector Knoxville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Tags Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Doug Desper says: Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Doug Desper says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA April 29, 2015 at 8:51 am If all goes as expected the General Convention will defy Matthew 19/Genesis 2 and two millenia of Christian teaching and redefine sacramental Christian Marriage because loud voices in the culture say it’s fair to do. I’m not opposed to a same gender union blessing and civil unions – but to redefine Christian Marriage just because the winds and Caesar announce some new thing is allowed is beyond absurd. Generally the theological revisionists are found “fighting the power” by some protest and interruption in order to make themselves noticed. Now, the hypocrisy is that the same revisionists can only plead that Caesar’s change of laws make a new day for us all to get on board with. There is no Scriptural basis to redefine Christian Marriage and there is no Tradition accepted in catholic Christianity to redefine Christian Marriage. That leaves Reason. Reason alone is the source being used to redefine marriage. Given a few minutes, any group in Coffee Hour will have a collective “Aha! Moment” and call attention to how we can make anything – bad or good – seem reasonable to ourselves. Given this weak argument of many of our leaders and General Convention we are next expected to follow them and stand on what is unsustainable?!? What happens when culture and Caesar decide that marriage can next move to other forms? Three people being united in marriage, for example? The door is open when we jettison Matthew 19/Genesis 2 and follow only reason.When the Supreme Court leaves same gender marriage up to the states it will only take a hot minute for loud activists in TEC to abominate those states who won’t go willingly on board, call for boycotts, and otherwise act uncivil to those who have opposite convictions. Ah, the generous liberalism of those who want their way! Pleading for themselves a Big Tent of Via Media, pleading for understanding, pushing for room for difference, diversity, and Ubuntu…until others just don’t agree with them. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 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 April 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm Brian — If we were supposed to study Christian Marriage why did your Task Force exclude Jesus’ word on marriage in Matthew19 where He confirmed the design for human relations in Genesis 2? It seems an important place to start for a Church. Rector Albany, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH May 6, 2015 at 4:19 pm I am made in God’s image and I am Loved for the child of God that I am and therefore blessed. Comments are closed. Terry Francis says: May 8, 2015 at 4:09 pm While there is no specific mention of God blessing gay relationships, there is also no specific condemnation of such either, if you actually do your homework and read scripture. Jesus never addresses sexuality in scripture except to prevent a single person from being condemned to death by stoning. His actions speak loudly to not condemning, and watching out for being the one who picks up the stone of judgement to hurl it toward another. As to turning off Scripture and catholic Christianity the Church world wide has historically done just that. It is one of the reasons we no longer advocate slavery, we no longer abandon orphans or widows, and we negate polygamist marriage. One should really study the history of scripture and Christian practice if they are going to speak with authority. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Michael R. Scullary says: May 6, 2015 at 4:13 pm It is a thing of prophecy spoken of. Be careful when you pretend to know what the future will bring as a direct result of the thing you claim not to be against. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Ann Fontaine says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA April 29, 2015 at 12:31 am Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us in Mark 12:17 to give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. Supreme Court’s decision on rights of same sex couple according to constitution has nothing to do with Church’s decision on sacramental marriage right of same sex couple. Church will decide whether same sex marriage falls according to God’s will based on sound biblical, theological, historical, liturgical and canonical dimensions of marriage. “Liturgical Resources I: I Will Bless You and You Will Be A Blessing,” to my opinion is not sufficient for sacramental marriage, we need more godly resources to justify same sex marriage like marriage of one man and one woman. As our Presiding Bishop stated above that task of the Church is to help people live lives of holiness, same way task of words of God in the Bible is to guide the Church to lead Christ’s sheep according to will of God and to be His Children. We have to remember God invites all His children but at the end only few will be chosen, gats are very narrow to filter out disqualified children. May God bless our Church to take right decision! Church and State has been separated by our founding fathers so that Church can run according to will of God, not by liking of the people, but State run according will of the people, by the people and for the people. General Convention 2015, Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Donald Henderson says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ
Un panel se concentra en el ‘instrumento de poder del desarrollo sostenible’ para mujeres y niñas El evento tiene lugar al mismo tiempo en que sesiona la Comisión de Naciones Unidas sobre la Condición de la Mujer Por Lynette Wilson Posted Mar 17, 2016 Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate Diocese of Nebraska This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Smithfield, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Press Release Service Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Anglican Communion, 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 Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 Tags Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Job Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Albany, NY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Collierville, TN 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 UNCSW Rector Shreveport, LA De izquierda a derecha, Rosemary Williams, la moderadora, y las panelistas Caroline Herewini, Dana Dankin, Rda. Paula Nesbitt y Ann Smith, durante un panel sobre “Desarrollo sostenible: instrumento de poder para mujeres y niñas”. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS[Episcopal News Service] Empoderar a las mujeres y niñas desde abajo es posible para cambiar a comunidades completas: reducir la pobreza y los índices de violencia doméstica y garantizar que las niñas reciban educación. Incluso es posible cambiar a los hombres.“Creo que el desarrollo económico nunca será una realidad a menos que alcance a las mujeres y a las niñas”, dijo Dana Dankin —fundadora de Consorcio de Mujeres [Women’s Trust] una organización que funciona en Ghana y que capacita a mujeres y niñas a través de microempresas, educación y acceso a la atención sanitaria—, durante un panel sobre desarrollo sostenible que tuvo lugar el 16 de marzo.Trabajando con mujeres, desarrollando relaciones “bajo el radar”, fuera de la vista de la corrupción, continuó Dankin, es posible proporcionarles a las mujeres y las niñas los recursos y un marco para que construyan su propio camino para escapar de la pobreza.Dankin compartió su experiencia de más de 20 años en un evento paralelo a la Conferencia de Naciones Unidas sobre la Condición de la Mujer centrado en “El desarrollo sostenible: instrumento de poder para mujeres y niñas”. Las panelistas presentaron sus colaboraciones con el desarrollo sostenible, describiendo específicamente cómo contribuye al empoderamiento económico de mujeres y niñas.Además de servir de plataforma para compartir historias acerca de lo que funciona en este terreno, el panel se propuso aglutinar en una red a personas que con frecuencia trabajan aisladamente para lograr fines semejantes, dijo la moderadora Rosemary Williams, fundadora y directora de Perspectiva de Mujeres [Women’s Perspective] una organización sin fines de lucro con sede en Connecticut que ofrece programas educativos centrados en el empoderamiento económico de mujeres y niñas en todo el mundo.Auspiciado por Perspectiva de Mujeres y Empoderamiento de Mujeres Anglicanas, el evento se celebró en el Auditorio del Ejército de Salvación, a unas 10 cuadras al norte de la sede de Naciones Unidas donde están teniendo lugar las discusiones oficiales de la UNCSW. Williams, miembro fundadora de Empoderamiento de Mujeres Anglicanas y miembro de la iglesia episcopal de San Pablo [St. Paul’s Episcopal Church] en Fairfield, Connecticut, ha sido banquera y como promotora, durante mucho tiempo, del empoderamiento económico de las mujeres, escribió un manual de capacitación sobre el tema, del cual cada una de las personas asistentes recibió un ejemplar.Durante la sesión de preguntas y respuestas que siguió a las presentaciones iniciales y a un ejercicio de meditación, una mujer le preguntó a Dankin lo que había querido decir antes cuando habló de cambiar a los hombres. Ella aclaró su anterior comentario diciendo que las mujeres, en la medida en que comiencen a ganar dinero y a proveer sostén a sus familias, liberan de presión a los hombres y cambian la dinámica familiar y comunitaria. En algunos casos, dijo, los hombres se han convertido en socios de las actividades empresariales de sus esposas.La Rda. Paula Nesbitt, ex presidenta del Comité sobre la Condición de la Mujer del Consejo Ejecutivo de la Iglesia Episcopal, es una investigadora académica que estudia las mujeres y el trabajo, en particular mujeres sacerdotes en las tradiciones episcopal y universalista unitaria. También ha trabajado sobre temas tales como la salud materna, la violencia contra las mujeres y la trata de personas, así como el empoderamiento, y encuentra que se necesitan tres instrumentos para la transformación: la educación, el fin de la explotación y el empoderamiento mediante grupos interconectados de mujeres.Ella recomendó que los asistentes leyeran un artículo publicado el 12 de marzo en The Economist, el cual trata acerca de la “economía feminista” y pinta un cuadro preciso de las experiencias de las mujeres a lo largo de los últimos 30 años.Otra panelista, Caroline Herewini, directora ejecutiva del Te Whare Tiaki Wahine Refuge, habló de lo que ha sido semejante para los pueblos indígenas de Nueva Zelanda, los maoríes. Antes de que Nueva Zelanda fuera descubierta por el explorador holandés Abel Tasman y cayera bajo influencias occidentales, los indígenas habían creado una sociedad sostenible, tenían barcos de vela y habían establecido comercio con Australia; además, habían desarrollado una cultura donde “las mujeres se consideraban sagradas y los hijos erran dones de Dios”, pero al cabo de 100 años de colonización, los pueblos indígenas comenzaron a perder su cultura y su modo de vida.Antes de 1997, dijo ella, no había albergues para mujeres, específicamente para mujeres indígenas; ahora los maoríes tienen su propia red de albergues con programas para mujeres indígenas concebidos e implementados por mujeres indígenas, agregó.Ann Smith, la última de las panelistas en intervenir, habló acerca de sus 30 años de experiencia trabajando a favor del empoderamiento de las mujeres y la paridad de los sexos a nivel global, y más recientemente en el desarrollo de programas de acceso para mujeres indígenas con vistas a abordar el racismo y el sexismo institucionales interiorizados.En el desarrollo del programa, explicó ella, en lugar de crear un cronograma, crearon un círculo.“En un círculo, todo el mundo es igualmente valioso, dijo Smith.Mujeres de toda la Iglesia Episcopal y de todo el ámbito de la Comunión Anglicana, que representan a más de 20 países, se han reunido en Nueva York para asistir a la 60ª. sesión de la UNCSW del 14 al 24 de marzo.Otros artículos de ENS sobre la participación de mujeres anglicanas y episcopales en la UNCSW se encuentran aquí.— Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. 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