New World Rankings – Is your team in the right place?

70(70)SLOVENIA40.20 46(46)PAPUA NEW GUINEA46.19 AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – SEPTEMBER 01: Martin Johnson, the England team manager looks on during an England IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 press conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on September 1, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) 10(10)SAMOA74.54 66(66)NIUE ISLANDS41.11 56(56)SWITZERLAND44.22 1(1)NEW ZEALAND90.55 63(63)PERU41.64 85(85)TAHITI36.25 20(20)NAMIBIA61.24 36(36)TUNISIA52.35 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 73(73)COLOMBIA39.59 52(52)SENEGAL45.24 51(51)VENEZUELA45.36 26(26)MOROCCO56.13 62(62)MALAYSIA41.75 21(21)PORTUGAL60.67 Vereniki Goneva was the star of the show with four tries as Fiji, quarter-finalists at France 2007, ran out 49-25 winners to close the gap to Canada above them in 14th, albeit only by just under two tenths. Namibia remain 20th, the lowest ranked of the participating teams at RWC 2011.Brave efforts go unrewardedThe weekend’s other five matches had no impact on the IRB World Rankings, the difference between the two opponents too great, as highlighted by the 11 places and 18.07 rating points which separate RWC 2011 hosts New Zealand and Tonga.While New Zealand’s victory over 12th ranked Tonga in the opening match was never in doubt after braces from Israel Dagg and Richard Kahui, the same could not be said for the outcomes in Invercargill, Auckland and New Plymouth where upsets looked on the cards for a time.Lying 10 places below their opponents, 17th ranked Romania fought back to lead 24-21 with 13 minutes remaining in Invercargill, only for two tries by Simon Danielli to spare Scotland’s blushes with a 34-24 victory in Pool B.France were also winners on Saturday, three tries in the last 11 minutes sealing a 47-21 victory over Japan, who had battled gallantly and given Les Bleus plenty to think about. France’s win over 13th ranked Japan did not improve their rating, allowing England to creep above them. 43(43)UGANDA47.69 15(15)FIJI71.01 42(42)NETHERLANDS47.71 40(40)KENYA49.18 18(18)USA65.00 30(30)CZECH REPUBLIC53.78 92(92)LUXEMBOURG32.49 Position (last week)Member UnionRating Point 22(22)URUGUAY60.00 68(68)SERBIA40.81 24(24)SPAIN59.43 The eight matches played so far at Rugby World Cup 2011 may have resulted in only one positional change in the latest IRB World Rankings, but there was no shortage of thrills and spills with Wales, Argentina and Romania all coming agonisingly close to causing upsets.England are the side on the rise, swapping places with France to take over fourth spot and the mantle as the leading northern hemisphere nation in the rankings behind New Zealand, Australia and South Africa after their tense 13-9 victory over Argentina.Just when it had seemed that the passion of Los Pumas would carry them to victory over the higher ranked England in the first Test at the impressive Otago Stadium, replacement Ben Youngs broke through to score the only try of the match and leave Argentina ninth in the rankings.It was another replacement who provided the decisive score in Wellington as Francois Hougaard dived over for a try which gave defending champions South Africa a slender 17-16 victory over Wales in their much-anticipated Pool D encounter on Sunday.The win ensured that South Africa retain third spot, reducing the deficit to Australia by a rating point, and left a Welsh side led by the youngest ever Rugby World Cup captain in Sam Warburton in sixth and now four points adrift of France.These matches were two of only three over the weekend involving sides ranked within five places of each other, the other being Fiji’s Pool D encounter with Namibia at the Rotorua International Stadium on Saturday. 19(19)RUSSIA61.92 53(53)MALTA45.23 28(28)MOLDOVA54.09 5(4) FRANCE83.78 3(3)SOUTH AFRICA86.71 69(69)DENMARK40.60 17(17)ROMANIA65.69 33(33)UKRAINE53.22 47(47)BERMUDA45.94 Scotland also remain unchanged in seventh after their victory over Romania, just ahead of Ireland who were made to work hard for a 22-10 win over the 18th ranked USA Eagles, while four second-half tries saw Australia run out 32-6 winners over Italy in the other Pool C encounter.IRB World Rankings – 12  September  2011 31(31)KAZAKHSTAN53.62 83(83)JAMAICA36.35 61(61)CHINA41.78 39(39)SWEDEN50.99 12(12)TONGA72.48 76(76)BARBADOS39.13 72(72)ZAMBIA39.94 55(55)MADAGASCAR44.31 6(6)WALES79.77 90(90)NORWAY35.02 57(57)CHINESE TAIPEI43.62 37(37)GERMANY51.81 91(91)VANUATU34.77 29(29)BRAZIL54.04 50(50)CROATIA45.56 79(79)AUSTRIA37.76 64(64)THAILAND41.46 74(74)ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES39.30 54(54)COOK ISLANDS44.61 41(41)PARAGUAY48.84 48(48)TRINIDAD & TOBAGO45.85 84(84)BAHAMAS36.33 11(11)ITALY73.88 59(59)LATVIA42.69 81(81)SWAZILAND36.68 7(7)SCOTLAND78.83 71(71)HUNGARY40.10 89(89)MONACO35.17 49(49)SINGAPORE45.66 82(82)BOTSWANA36.68 13(13)JAPAN71.95 67(67)ISRAEL41.05 45(45)SRI LANKA47.03 65(65)CAYMAN41.23 93(93)FINLAND27.70 9(9)ARGENTINA77.30 16(16)GEORGIA70.30 58(58)ANDORRA42.83 44(44)IVORY COAST47.52 23(23)CHL59.52 38(38)LITHUANIA51.49 35(35)ZIMBABWE52.40 78(78)CAMEROON38.33 8(8)IRELAND78.50 80(80)BULGARIA37.12 60(60)GUYANA42.54 25(25)BELGIUM56.50 77(77)SOLOMON ISLANDS39.06 14(14)CANADA71.56 34(34)POLAND52.88 86(86)GUAM36.24 87(87)BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA36.18 75(75)INDIA39.19 2(2)AUSTRALIA88.84 88(88)NIGERIA35.29 27(27)HONG KONG54.34 4(5) ENGLAND83.99 32(32)KOREA53.36 read more

Lions 2013: The silliness around spying

first_imgBad cop landing: Andy Farrell lays down the lawMind you, a good cop, bad cop interrogation from Patrick ‘Rala’ O’Reilly and Andy Farrell would be worth seeing…Of course, spy-talk pales into insignificance once it is realized that the Lions have only tried out small chunks of their Test team together by this point and that they will almost certainly play a different way against Australia than they would against teams like the Waratahs and Queensland Reds.For that reason, the incessant bleating about the weakness of some of the provincial sides is irrelevant. If you are not ready for a Test match after spending so long in camp – regardless of the warm-ups – you may find you are doing a disservice to the jersey you are wearing.The Waratahs have picked the best possible team they can, considering their circumstances, and the Brumbies will do the same on Tuesday. Yet, even then, Gatland and his spooks will know that there are certain players they cannot risk playing from this point on and certain combos they still need to trial. If in-game spying is now a ‘thing’, then good luck to anyone supporting the preposterous notion. Gatland will not really be worried and his team can only play what is selected in front of them.He and they will crack on. Let’s just hope they don’t score six tries and Robbie Deans isn’t spotted in the stands wearing a trench coat and dark shades this Saturday. PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 03: Manu Tuilagi is tackled by defence coach Andy Farrell during the British and Irish Lions training session held at Langley Park on June 3, 2013 in Perth, Western Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Through the spy-hole: all eyes are on Warren Gatland as he talks to the press. He hasn’t been shy during this tourBy Alan DymockSOMETIMES THINGS go too far.Like the private joke said aloud too often or the headlines whenever a football team scores six goals, talk of spying, spies and undercover Aussies coming from the Lions tour is grating the nerves already.Electric Eales: ’01 Wallaby captain celebrates series victorySo when even John Eales is saying “there’s no better way to spy than to infiltrate the opposition” about a game of rugby in which two Wallabies have been released to play for the Waratahs, you know things are getting silly.The legendary lock continued: “I’ve absolutely no doubt that direct contact with the Lions in games will be a help to the Wallabies. I’m sure there will be something to spy on in the deepest corners of rucks.”Dave Dennis and Rob Horne better have notepads in their socks and a spare day to analyse the date and moves the day after, then. Maybe they will suspend themselves Mission Impossible style above the Lions changing room after? Maybe they’ll put on some scuba gear and lurk at the bottom of the Lions’ communal bath?Let me be clear, teams have studied the opposition for as long as any of us can remember. Warren Gatland came out himself and said he was not accusing anyone of spying. Both Test squads will be so insular in their focus and so concerned with how they press, defend, ruck, scrummage, jump, throw, attack, kick and run lines that they will not have time to sit down and debrief players that may have once touched a potential Test starter at a ruck.last_img read more

Joe Worsley enjoying French lessons at Bordeaux-Begles

first_img Rey of light: Julien Rey splinters the Oyonnax defence as Bordeaux-Begles pick up a Top 14 victory this seasonBy Gavin MortimerIT’S NOT just British and Irish players beating a path to France to further their rugby education. Scan the staff lists of the French clubs and you’ll spot more than a few familiar names among the coaches: Bernard Jackman at Grenoble, Ronan O’Gara at Racing Metro, Jeremy Davidson at Aurillac, Tom Smith at Bergerac. And down in Bordeaux-Begles Joe Worsley is making a name for himself as defence coach.Worsley has former Wasps team-mate Raphael Ibanez to thank for the job. It was he, in his capacity as Bordeaux-Begles head coach, who recruited him in May 2012, six months after a neck injury had forced Worsley into retirement. “I played with him for five years at Wasps and could already see his qualities as a defender and the ideas he had concerning that sector of the game,” said Ibanez at the time.Worsley didn’t take long to accept Ibanez’s offer. “I’ve lived in and around for London for most of my of life and I wanted to experience a foreign culture,” he explains. “Also, I had this wealth of knowledge built up over my playing career, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a coach. I thought the sooner I found out the better.”So off Worsley went, down to Bordeaux in the south-west of France, where the wine is magnificent but the rugby less so. Winners of the Top 14 title just twice in their history, their last success was in 1991 when they beat Toulouse in the final.“Bordeaux and Begles have two distinct cultures,” explains Worsley. “Begles is an urban conurbation in Bordeaux and in rugby terms it’s like Gloucester. The Bordeaux side of the club is more like a London team and they regard each other as different to the other.”Bordeaux or Begles, when Worsley pitched up he couldn’t speak a word of French so he set out to master the language. “My lack of French curtailed my ability to coach on the spur of the moment. By Christmas (2012) I was able to get by and now I can express myself fine in French. It was hard work because I’ve three young boys and in between them and the coaching, I really had to find the time to learn French.” TAGS: Wasps Back in the late 1990s Bordeaux-Begles recorded some thumping victories in the Heineken Cup over the likes of Leinster and the Scarlets, but in recent years they’ve been more used to the Amlin.  Next month they host Bath and in December travel to the Dragons to take part in a competition that next year might be a French-free zone. Where does Worsley stand on the great Euro debate?“The club game in England and France is growing the whole time, and with it the commercial side,” he replies. “In Wales, Scotland and Ireland they haven’t the economy on the same scale and the English and French leagues are so much bigger financially than the Celts. It’s natural that they will want a bigger part in the competition because they are bringing in more money. But it’s a tournament I adore and we need to have six nations in it so I hope it can all be resolved diplomatically.” Pedigree: Joe Worsley won the Heineken Cup twice with WaspsSuch determination is no surprise. Anyone who saw Worsley play during his 12-year England career remembers a player who gave it his all, a lion-hearted loose forward who also won a cap for the Lions on the 2009 tour to South Africa.“I came to France ready to buy into their way of doing things,” explains Worsley. “They do some things better than we do in England and they do some things worse. You’ve got to roll with it.”One aspect of the French game Worsley struggled with initially was the infuriating habit of players ready to die for the cause at home and not giving a damn on the road. “I’m beginning to understand why they have this emphasis on winning at home,” says Worsley. “It starts at a very young age and we’re working on it so hopefully it will change.”But not yet at Bordeaux-Begles, who lie ninth in the table. Wins at home over Toulouse, Castres and Oyonnax have been interspersed with defeats away at Grenoble and Brive, both of whom are below them in the table.center_img NOT FOR FEATURED LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Championship Blog 1st Leg: London Welsh v Bristol

first_img Surprise package: Nick Scott of London Welsh scorches away from the Bristol defence LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS By Richard GraingerLondon Welsh will be in the driving seat tomorrow as they take a 19-point lead to the Memorial Ground, as they try to pip Bristol for a Premiership place London Welsh take a 19-point lead to a sold out Memorial Stadium next Wednesday following a master-class of precision rugby in atrocious conditions at the Kassam on Wednesday night.Bristol opened and closed the scoring, but sandwiched between Marco Mama’s fourth minute touchdown from a catch and drive, and Adrian Jarvis’ 78th minute penalty, was the antithesis of everything that saw Bristol finish the regular season as the division’s top try scorers.The blunt instrument that is the Exiles’ pack — ironically now coached by Darren Crompton — dominated scrum time and denied Bristol a foothold in the game when they most needed one.The Exiles have been criticised under Justin Burnells’s watch as one-trick ponies, but when the trick works as effectively as this, frankly, who cares?Nathan Trevett was bundled over the Bristol line after 15 minutes in a carbon copy of Mama’s try, and Gordon Ross added the extras to give Welsh a lead they never looked like relinquishing.Five minutes later, following the charge down of a Ross clearance, Chris Cook scooped up a turnover deep in the Exiles 22, with referee Wayne Barnes indicating penalty advantage to the hosts.  The Exiles’ scrum-half fed Nathan Morris who sent pace-man Nick Scott away to beat two defenders and run in from 60 metres. When Ross converted, and added a penalty before the interval, the Exiles were in dreamland.Bristol were not helped when they lost skipper and new talisman Ryan Jones, following a serious looking injury to his left ankle after half an hour. Jones, who had been instrumental in Bristol’s early dominance at the breakdown, left the field on a stretcher and was followed by scrum half Luke Baldwin two minutes later.Watchful eye: Justin Burnell deserves credit for masterminding comprehensive winThings got worse for the visitors four minutes after the interval, when flanker Carl Kirwan touched down following another catch and drive after Bristol had infringed for the ninth time.Ross converted to give the Exiles a 24-5 lead and proceeded to orchestrate Welsh’s ariel bombardment, pinning Bristol deep in their half, with delightful dabs and penetrative touch finders from Seb Jewell and Tom May to layer the symphony.With three-quarters of the game gone and Bristol showing no signs of reducing the deficit, director of rugby Andy Robinson replaced fly-half and acting captain Nicky Robinson with Adrian Jarvis.But with Welsh now rampant, Nick Scott almost bagged the Exiles’ fourth following a Seb Jewell break but couldn’t take the scoring pass in difficult conditions. Bristol managed to stem another attack from a Richard Thorpe scrum pick up, but Wayne Barnes adjudged Nick Koster’s intervention illegal and sent him to sit out time in the bin.Despite direction to kick to the corner from the Exiles’ technical area, Ross and May opted for the points. Bristol managed to weather the last ten minutes without further catastrophe, and Jarvis struck a penalty to reduce the deficit to 19 points with two minutes remaining.center_img Agony and ecstasy: London Welsh were good for their win over a dejected BristolPerhaps years of practice from coaching International rugby prepared Andy Robinson for magnanimity in defeat, praising the Exiles for outplaying his side in every department.“You’ve got to give London Welsh real credit,” Robinson said, “they took us on in every area and they dominated every area.“It’s about performance,” he added, “and it is about being able to bring your A game at this stage, and we didn’t bring our A game.”The cliché that this is only half time, was much in evidence from the hosts post match; indeed, they will know that Bristol, who scored 38 tries in 23 games, will be a force to be reckoned with next Wednesday in their final game at the Memorial Stadium. Three quick tries and that mountain is climbed.Bristol, who delighted crowds with ‘nothing to lose’ rugby when they had everything to lose, will not go quietly into the night, even against the side with the division’s best defense. But they will need to be more precise, more disciplined and more effective in the tight if they are to affect a comeback of Lazarus proportions.Put a date in your diary for tomorrow evening and expect a rollercoaster ride. There will be thrills and spills in this one yet!Play-off second-leg. Bristol (8) v London Welsh (27) Memorial Stadium. Kick-off 19.45Bristol: Wallace; Amesbury, Tovey, Mosses, Short; Robinson, Tipuna (capt); Traynor, Johnston, Cortes, Glynn, Townson, Koster, Mama, Eadie.Replacements: Lawrence, Hall, Hobson, Skirving, Grindal, Jarvis, Hughes.London Welsh: Awcock, Stegmann, May (capt), Jewell, Scott, Ross, Cook, Trevett, Morris, Edwards, Spencer, Corker, Lees, Kirwan, Thorpe. Replacements: Vella, Bristow, Tideswell, West, Stedman, Lewis, Crane.last_img read more

France v Ireland match postponed due to coronavirus

first_imgThis news follows the postponement of all Ireland v Italy matches that were due to take place over the weekend just gone while Scotland Women have had an additional two fixtures postponed because of the coronavirus – away in Italy and at home against France.It is being widely reported that the Italy v England and Ireland v France men’s matches will be played on 31 October before the start of the autumn Internationals, while Ireland v Italy may take place a week earlier.It is those matches that will determine the winners of this year’s Six Nations as four teams can still mathematically lift the title – England, France, Ireland and Scotland.England are favourites to win another Women’s Six Nations title, but the added complication with rescheduling the women’s fixtures is that Ireland, Italy and Scotland are involved in the European qualifying tournament for the 2021 World Cup in September.As for U20 matches – a tournament where Ireland are chasing back-to-back Grand Slams – an interesting issue thrown up is that some players may be too old to be eligible for the team come the autumn.The April issue of Rugby World magazine – focusing on a new generation of Six Nations stars – is out now. France v Ireland match postponed due to coronavirusThe France v Ireland men’s match in the Six Nations this weekend is the latest to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The women’s and U20 matches have also been postponed after the French government banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people in a bid to contain the coronavirus.The three Italy v England matches on the final round had already been postponed after the Italian government decreed that all sport in the country must be played behind closed doors until 3 April to try to stop the spread of Covid-19.However, as it stands the Wales v Scotland men’s and U20 fixtures will go ahead as planned this weekend. The women’s fixture has been postponed given that a Scotland player tested positive for Covid-19 last Friday and several other players are now self-isolating on medical advice.A Six Nations statement read: “Following instructions received from the authorities in France, the decision has been made to postpone the Round 5 Guinness Six Nations match between France and Ireland.“The Wales v Scotland Guinness Six Nations and U20s Six Nations matches will be going ahead as scheduled. The fixture between Wales Women and Scotland Women is also postponed after a Scottish player tested positive for Covid-19 and a further seven members of the Scotland camp (players and management) are self-isolating.” But Wales v Scotland due to go ahead as planned On hold: Ireland and France line up for the anthems in Paris in 2018 (Getty Images) Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

RIP: Arthur E. Walmsley, 12th bishop of Connecticut

first_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Jobs & Calls October 6, 2017 at 3:35 pm I am saddened to hear of the death of Bishop Walmsley. I had the good fortune of getting to know him & working with him while I served as director of All Saint’s Conference Center in the early ’90’s.He was kind, generous, caring and brilliant, and I am a better person for having known him. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME People Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Tampa, FL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Pittsburgh, PA RIP: Arthur E. Walmsley, 12th bishop of Connecticut 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Smithfield, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Comments are closed. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Albany, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Belleville, IL Rector Bath, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Tags Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ October 6, 2017 at 6:19 pm Arthur was a wonderful colleague, and an understanding and wise Bishop of Connecticut where I served for 14 great years. I shall miss him! Condolences to Roberta and their family. Submit a Job Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Press Release Service Rector Collierville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Posted Oct 6, 2017 Phillip Ayers says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Events Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Obituary, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY House of Bishops, October 9, 2017 at 11:13 am I have warm memories of Arthur and I am grateful both for his visionary leadership on social justice issues and for his dedication to the inner life of prayer and spiritual growth. God bless you, Arthur. I send my sympathy and condolences to Roberta and their family. Associate Rector Columbus, GA October 6, 2017 at 2:18 pm Carolyn and I give thanks for Arthur’s life and ministry and send our love to Roberta. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas says: Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Press Release [Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. Arthur E. Walmsley, 12th bishop diocesan of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, died peacefully at his home in Deering, New Hampshire, early Oct. 5.Walmsley had been struggling with a bad case of pneumonia for the last few weeks.  He had recently returned home from the hospital and was being cared for by his loving wife and companion in ministry, Roberta. He was 89 years old.Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas called Walmsley “a visionary and passionate Christian leader.”Walmsley was elected bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut while rector of St. Paul’s in New Haven and served in that role from 1979 to 1981 before becoming bishop diocesan in 1981. He retired in 1993.Walmsley helped the Episcopal Church in Connecticut move forward in new ways in God’s mission, particularly in these areas: social justice, urban ministry, care for individuals living with HIV-AIDS, refugee and immigrant services, and racial reconciliation, Douglas said.“His love for Camp Washington and fundraising efforts advanced the ministry of Transfiguration Lodge,” Douglas wrote in an email to the diocese. “And it was his vision that led Church Home of Hartford to become Seabury retirement community in Bloomfield. Arthur, together with Roberta, cared deeply for the clergy and their families in Connecticut as pastor and counselor.”Walmsley will be remembered, “not only for his profound and far-reaching ministry in Connecticut, but also for his work in ecumenical affairs, social justice and racial reconciliation,” according to Douglas. Walmsley’s work occurred in a variety of positions, including in what was then the Department of Social Relations at the Episcopal Church Center in New York and as director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.After resigning as bishop diocesan, Walmsley had a vocation as a spiritual director for lay people and clergy alike, as episcopal visitor to the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and co-founder of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation.At his request and direction, there will be memorial services in both New Hampshire and at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford. Dates and details will be announced.Walmsley is survived by his wife, Roberta, and their children, Elizabeth and John. 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 Joan Jennings Scalfani says: Jim Dannals says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Comments (4) Youth Minister Lorton, VA last_img read more

Episcopalians remember, reflect, pray for Notre Dame Cathedral

first_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Smoke rises around the altar in front of the cross inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris as a fire continues to burn, April 16, 2019. Photo: Philippe Wojazer/REUTERS[Episcopal News Service] While the world watched in stunned disbelief as Notre Dame Cathedral went up in flames April 15, many people, including Episcopalians, took to social media to post photos of their visits to the iconic church and offer prayers for the people of Paris.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry joined with the Very Rev. Lucinda Laird, dean of the American Cathedral in Paris, and Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe Bishop in Charge Mark D.W. Edington, to offer “our sincere condolences and our readiness to offer any hospitality that would be of help to the community and congregation of Notre Dame in this most holy season of the faith we share.”The three said that members of the Episcopal cathedral – located about three miles up the Seine from Notre Dame – “send our prayers in this week that ends in what we know to be the sure and certain promise of resurrection for the future life and restoration of this monument of Christian faith.”Notre Dame, the most famous of the world’s medieval Gothic cathedrals, was begun in 1163 on the Île de la Cité in the Seine and was considered finished in 1350. It rose on the site of two earlier churches. Prior to those churches, the site held a Gallo-Roman temple dedicated to Jupiter. Some of the Roman ruin can still be seen below the cathedral. About 13 million people visit the Roman Catholic cathedral each year.In New York, members of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine must have watched news broadcasts from Paris with a special sympathy. A fire in the cathedral’s crypt broke out a day earlier, on the morning of April 14, Palm Sunday, sending smoke into the 124-foot-high stone nave and forcing the evacuation of about 100 people. The fire began after the 9 a.m. service had ended. The 11 a.m. service was moved outside, as was the Sunday soup kitchen.The Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel, dean of the cathedral, told Episcopal News Service that the fire started in an art storage room and was contained to that space. About three-quarters of the art was saved, but the fire destroyed a valuable icon and a 16th-century chair, as well as some prints, drawings and carvings, he said. He credited the New York Fire Department’s prompt response for keeping the damage to far less than it could have been.The cathedral was open on April 15, but because of ongoing cleanup, public tours were cancelled, as were the three services scheduled for Holy Monday (Eucharist plus Morning and Evening Prayer).“My first thought, even though I wasn’t here, was oh, God, it’s just like the fire in 2001 here at the cathedral,” said Daniel, recalling his reaction to hearing about the Notre Dame disaster. (Daniel first came to the cathedral in March 2017 as interim dean.)It was a week before Christmas Eve in 2001 when the six-alarm fire burned through the timbered roof trusses, which caved in, destroying the north transept, he said. The 2001 fire also severely damaged the Great Organ and two of the cathedral’s Life of Christ Barberini tapestries. Sections of the cathedral were closed until 2008 for cleaning and restoration.“My second thought was oh, the trauma, the trauma. It will take years to recover from the trauma. You will recover, but it will take time,” Daniel said. “And then I thought, those poor people, all that suffering, all that history, all that hope. It’s going to be a tough time.”Daniel said some people asked him if the two fires this week were a sign. He told them they showed “we’re in a season of dying and rising.”Flames may have destroyed art at St. John the Divine and a large part of Notre Dame, “but, you know what, we rise again,” he said, noting that the 2001 fire left the cathedral “a little bit scarred” but still at work among the people of New York.“I feel confident that Notre Dame will be repaired, restored, renewed and will go on about its mission,” Daniel said, adding that along with the hard work that will be required in the coming years comes “an opportunity for renewal and strength to move ahead.”At Washington National Cathedral, a place that has known the impact of disaster since an August 2011 magnitude 5.8 earthquake caused tens of millions of dollars of damage, Dean Randy Hollerith expressed solidarity with another cathedral in what he called “a small sisterhood of globally recognizable Gothic cathedrals.”Evensong at the cathedral on April 15 included a prayer for Notre Dame and a copy of the prayer was placed in the church’s St. John’s Chapel for those who wanted to light a candle for the church community in Paris.“Our hearts are breaking for their loss, but we know that this great cathedral has touched and inspired millions of people around the world, and that impact can never be destroyed,” Hollerith said.The Rev. Broderick Greer, canon precentor at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver, wrote a prayer for Notre Dame, which the cathedral offered on its Facebook page “from one cathedral to another.”The Rev. Vicki Geer McGrath was among the many Episcopalians who posted their prayers and reflections on Facebook. She told parishioners at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Millington, New Jersey, where she is the rector, that buildings do not make a church; however, “a place that is built to hold and inspire the faith and prayers of believers, and to contain the hopes and aspirations of all men and women, becomes a vessel and vehicle of holiness, no matter how simple or how grand.”McGrath wrote that she was moved by people – “their faith and hope on very public display” – who gathered in the streets of Paris, praying and singing hymns as they watched Notre Dame burn.Acknowledging the increasing secularization of Europe and the United States, she suggested that it is time for all Christians “to pray earnestly and daily for the renewal of our faith in Christ and for new life for the church” and “each one of us will be inspired and directed to be God’s agents in a new flowering of faith and life in Christ.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Press Release Service Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Bath, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Rector Shreveport, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Collierville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit an Event Listing Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Washington, DC By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Apr 16, 2019 Featured Events An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopalians remember, reflect, pray for Notre Dame Cathedral Rector Tampa, FL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Belleville, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Albany, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KYlast_img read more

Evangelism is highlighted at Global Mission Conference in Dominican Republic

first_img Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC Featured Events Evangelism is highlighted at Global Mission Conference in Dominican Republic Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Tags Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Press Release 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 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Back to Press Releases Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Youth Minister Lorton, VA center_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Tampa, FL Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Participants in the Global Episcopal Mission Network’s 2019 conference pose for a group photo in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, the site of the meeting. Photo: GEMN“We try to combine evangelism with social action,” said Bishop Moisés Quesada Mota in explaining the approach of Episcopalians in the Dominican Republic, one of the fastest-growing dioceses in The Episcopal Church. “We are a new humanity that Christ has shown in the church. We are the living gospel of Jesus Christ that has come to life in the church so we can take the message to others and show the light to people.”Quesada was speaking in a panel discussion at the 2019 Global Mission Conference that his diocese co-hosted with the Dominican Development Group, April 3-5, in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. Organized by the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN), 120 people from all over The Episcopal Church were wrestling with the role of evangelism in the church’s global mission under the theme, “Sharing Jesus: Mutual Witness in Global Mission.” The bilingual conference included simultaneous interpretation between Spanish and English.“The gospel is a different news, a radical news,” said keynoter Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio of Cuba. “It is the news of knowing that each human being has a dimension inside of themselves that they cannot fulfill without God – the presence of God and the strength of the Holy Spirit. It is news that is different from the dominant culture, where people have so much anxiety and confusion without a horizon. The gospel is the horizon, the space where we are transformed fully. It is radical and coherent. It allows us to find happiness in our lives.”It took courage for Cuban Christians to witness to their faith in the ideological environment of communism after the Cuban revolution of 1959, Delgado said as she described the steady and multi-dimensional growth of The Episcopal Church in Cuba in recent decades. “We used to say ‘Cuba for Christ.’ Now we say, ‘Christ for the Cuban people,’” she noted in highlighting the church’s effort to integrate gospel proclamation with the social and economic needs of Cubans today.“While you are doing medical mission, economic development, gender empowerment, constantly seek, name and notice Jesus’s loving presence,” said keynoter the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and creation care. “Put your Jesus lenses on wherever you go. Whenever you see God, name and celebrate that, invite other people to celebrate with you, and let God do the rest.”“When we go into different cultures or spaces where Christianity is not the norm, if all we have is Christian superiority, that is not going to fly,” said Spellers. As she shared her own story of seeking “a love that does not disappoint,” she declared, “This is a story I can share with Muslims, with atheists. If you haven’t figured this out, take time to identify the difference Jesus has made in your life.”“People in South Carolina often say they are ‘highly favored,’” said Bishop William Skilton, former suffragan of the Diocese of South Carolina. “Part of our problem as a church is that we have stopped at being favored, and we haven’t tried being the flavor – the salt. You’ve forgotten your calling to become fishers of people and you’ve become aquarium keepers.” The mission conference was held at the Dominican diocese’s Bishop Skilton Conference Center, named in honor of his service as a missionary and, later, assistant bishop on the Caribbean island.The Rev. Anthony Guillén, director of ethnic ministries for The Episcopal Church, noted how simple greetings can be evangelistic: “When we ask, ‘How are you?’ in the U.S. the response is usually, fine, tired, busy, okay. In Latin culture, the response is always with ‘Gracias a Dios’ added, meaning, ‘Because of God, I am fine.’ There is already a consciousness of God in our lives, proclaimed unashamedly.”In addition to plenaries by keynoters Delgado and Spellers, an array of 18 workshops addressed outreach to under-evangelized people, gospel enculturation, the history of Anglican evangelism, digital evangelism, “The Way of Love” in global mission, missional encounter with Islam, mission and community at the upcoming Lambeth Conference in 2020, locally empowered economic mission, asset-based community development, interfaith reconciliation, Hispanic evangelism, missionary vocational discernment, and site-specific discussions of mission in the Sudans, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. The Rev. David Copley, director of the global partnerships unit at The Episcopal Church Center, updated conferees on the work of that group.“In GEMN’s 24 years of annual conferences, this is the first conference to focus specifically on evangelism,” said GEMN president Titus Presler. “With the growth of the world church and the intensifying focus on poverty alleviation, the world mission community sent evangelism to the back of the line. As the church as a whole is reviving its commitment to evangelism, we in GEMN feel it’s important to re-integrate evangelism with global mission.”Conference participants responded enthusiastically to what they heard. “So many of the mission teams that come down here to the Dominican Republic are afraid to talk about their faith,” said the Rev. Emilio Martin of the diocese, “but mission is based on faith.”“If you’re only doing actions and not words, you’re leaving out half the story,” said the Rev. Veronika Travis of St. Luke’s Church in Alexandria, Virginia. “We’re hamstringing ourselves if it’s only actions and not words.”“Evangelism isn’t a dirty word for me,” Anna Sutterish of the Diocese of Ohio, a senior at Bexley Seabury Seminary, said as she highlighted generational differences in Episcopal attitudes toward evangelism. “I’m 29 years old and I have no problem with evangelism.”Responding to the common question, “Isn’t evangelism disrespectful to non-Christians?” Spellers said, “It’s disrespectful to shove religion at people, to proselytize and denounce other pathways to God. But if you speak with generosity, curiosity and gratitude, then people respond more positively.”The conference concluded with visits to congregational and medical mission sites on the island. Patrons of conference receptions were Bexley Seabury Seminary, the Diocese of Connecticut and the Dominican Development Group.GEMN’s Mission Formation Program preceded the conference, this year enrolling a record 14 participants to spend a day exploring biblical foundations, mission theology, cultural dynamics and the practicalities of catalyzing mission vision and mutuality with companions around the world. The four participants graduating from the two-year program shared their projects: field research on indigenous religious rites in the Philippines; work on GEMN’s curriculum based on “The Way of Love”; exploring ways of enabling Honduran women to economically manage their monthly cycles without missing school or work; and a memoir about working in GEMN since its inception in 1994.The Global Episcopal Mission Network links dioceses, congregations, mission organizations, seminaries and individuals throughout the Episcopal Church to “proclaim, inspire and ignite the joy of God’s mission.” Global Episcopal Mission NetworkPosted Apr 12, 2019 Evangelism Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Smithfield, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Knoxville, TN last_img read more

Epiphany 2021: Presiding Bishop issues a call to prayer for…

first_imgEpiphany 2021: A Call to Prayer for our Nation from Presiding Bishop Curry Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Events Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Curate Diocese of Nebraska Back to Press Releases Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit an Event Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted Jan 6, 2021 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest center_img Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL [January 6, 2021] On this day of the Feast of the Epiphany, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians and people of faith to turn and pray on behalf of our nation.Watch the video of the Presiding Bishop’s statement here.A transcript of the statement follows:Today is January the 6th, 2021. It is the Feast of the Epiphany. And on this particular day at this particular moment, even as our nation’s capital is being endangered and assaulted, we pray that the Lord Jesus Christ, we pray that God, in his Way of Love, might prevail in all of our hearts.The events at our Capitol today are deeply disturbing. We believe the actions of armed protesters represent a coup attempt. We are a democracy, with long-standing institutional norms that must be honored, foremost among them, following the processes laid out in the Constitution and Federal statute to facilitate the peaceful and orderly transition of power.Today’s protesters pushed through police barricades and forced their way into Congressional chambers, and the Capitol building are now threatened, and threatening the safety of lawmakers, their staff, and others who work in the Capitol complex.  This threatens the integrity of our democracy. The national security of our nation, the continuity of government, and the lives and safety of our legislators, their staffs, law enforcement, and all who work in the Capitol.I, therefore, ask you now to join me in prayer for our nation, praying first from the prayers that accompany Morning Prayer:Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;Govern and uphold us now and always.Day by day we bless you;We praise your name forever.Lord, keep us from sin today;Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy. Lord, show us your love and mercy;For we put our trust in you. In you, Lord, is our hope;And we shall never hope in vain.-Morning Prayer II, Book of Common Prayer, p. 98Let us pray:Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered together under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one God and Creator of us all; to whom be dominion and glory, now and forever.For Peace, Book of Common Prayer, p. 815Oh God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your son. Look now with compassion on the entire human family; and particularly this part of the family, in the United States, and those in our nation’s capital; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.For the Human Family, Book of Common Prayer, p. 815On this day and at this moment, we pray for our nation. We ask God to heal us, to show us the way to healing, to show us the way to be one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.Now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,Our Father who art in heaven,hallowed be thy Name,thy kingdom come,thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily breadAnd forgive us our trespasses,as we forgive those who trespass against us.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,For thine is the kingdom,and the power and the glory,forever and ever.Amen.And now, may the peace of God which passeth all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.The blessing of God Almighty the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be on you and on this nation and on the entire human family and all of creation this moment and forevermore.Amen.[7 de enero de 2021] En este día de la Fiesta de la Epifanía, el obispo primado de la Iglesia Episcopal, Michael Curry, invita a los episcopales y a personas de todas las religiones a volverse [a Dios] y orar por nuestra nación.Pueden ver el video con la declaración del Obispo Primado aquí.A continuación se encuentra una transcripción de su mensaje:Hoy es 6 de enero de 2021. Es la Fiesta de la Epifanía. Y en este día en particular, en este momento en particular, incluso mientras la capital de nuestra nación está en peligro y es atacada, oramos para que el Señor Jesucristo, oramos para que Dios, en su Camino de Amor, prevalezca en todos nuestros corazones.Los sucesos ocurridos hoy en nuestro Capitolio son profundamente inquietantes. Creemos que las acciones de los manifestantes armados representan un intento de golpe de Estado. Somos una democracia, con normas institucionales de larga data que deben ser respetadas, siendo la principal de ellas seguir los procesos establecidos en la Constitución y el estatuto federal para facilitar la transición pacífica y ordenada del poder.Los manifestantes de hoy se abrieron paso a través de las barricadas policiales y entraron a la fuerza en las cámaras del Congreso, y el edificio del Capitolio ahora está amenazado así como la seguridad de los legisladores, su personal y otras personas que trabajan en el complejo del Capitolio. Esto atenta contra la integridad de nuestra democracia, la seguridad nacional, la continuidad del gobierno y la vida y seguridad de nuestros legisladores, su personal, las fuerzas del orden y todos los que trabajan en el Capitolio.Por tanto, les pido ahora que se unan a mí para orar por nuestra nación, rezando primero una de las plegarias que aparecen en la Oración Matutina:Señor, salva a tu pueblo y bendice a tu heredad;Gobiérnalos y susténtalos para siempre. De día en día te bendecimos; Alabamos tu nombre perpetuamente. Guárdanos, Señor, sin pecado en este día;Ten piedad de nosotros, Señor, ten piedad. Señor, muéstranos tu amor y misericordia;Porque sólo en ti confiamos. En ti, Señor, está nuestra esperanza;Que nuestra esperanza nunca sea en vano.     – Oración Matutina, Libro de Oración Común, p. 61Oremos:Eterno Dios, en cuyo reino perfecto no se esgrime más espada que la de la justiciar, ni se conoce otra fuerza que la del amor: Derrama poderosamente tu Espíritu sobre todos los pueblos, a fin de que sean reunidos bajo el estandarte del Príncipe de Paz, como hijos de un solo Padre; a quien sea el dominio y la gloria, por los siglos de los siglos.     – Por la Paz, Libro de Oración Común, p. 705Oh Dios, tú nos hiciste a tu propia imagen, y nos redimiste por Jesús tu Hijo: mira en tu compasión a toda la familia humana; y en particular esta parte de la familia, en Estados Unidos, y los que se encuentran en la capital de nuestra nación; quita el odio y la arrogancia que nos corrompen el corazón; derrumba las barreras que nos separan; únenos en vínculos de amor y actúa a través de nuestra lucha y confusión a fin de cumplir tus propósitos en la tierra; para que, a su debido tiempo, todas las naciones y razas te sirvan en armonía alrededor de tu trono celestial; por Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.     – Por la familia humana, Libro de Oración Común, p. 705En este día y en este momento, oramos por nuestra nación. Le pedimos a Dios que nos restaure, para mostrarnos el camino de la restauración, para mostrarnos la manera de llegar a ser una nación sujeta a [la voluntad de] Dios, indivisible, con libertad y justicia para todos.Ahora, como nuestro Salvador Cristo nos ha enseñado, nos atrevemos a decir:Padre nuestro que estás en el cielo,santificado sea tu Nombre,venga tu reino,Hágase tu voluntad, en la tierra como en el cielo.Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada díaPerdona nuestras ofensas,Como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden.Y no nos dejes caer en tentación, mas líbranos del mal.Porque tuyo es el reino,y el poder y la gloria,ahora y por siempre.Amén.Y ahora, que la paz de Dios que excede a todo entendimiento guarde sus corazones y mentes en el conocimiento y amor de Dios y de su Hijo Jesucristo, nuestro Señor.La bendición de Dios todopoderoso, el Padre, el Hijo y el Espíritu Santo, sea con ustedes y con esta nación y con toda la familia humana y con toda la creación, ahora y por siempre.Amén. Rector Collierville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Tampa, FL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Press Release Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 last_img read more

Apopka City Council Meeting Preview

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom If social media comments are any indication we can expect the discussion about Resolution 2016-16 to perhaps be the most interesting topic on the Agenda for Wednesday night’s City Council Meeting.  The draft resolution, if adopted, will establish;  “A Public Participation Policy & Procedures for Addressing the City Council.”  More about this item can be found here.Here are some other interesting items on tomorrow’s Apopka City Council Meeting agenda:PresentationsBy now everyone should be aware of Christian Lamphere’s 9/11 Memorial Eagle Scout Project.  An artist’s conception of the Memorial will be discussed. And a check will be presented by Copart to Christian Lamphere for the 9/11 Memorial Project. These two items will be followed by an announcement about the UCF Colleges of Medicine Free Clinic.May Disbursement ReportThe first of seven items on the “Consent Agenda” is approval of a 37-page report that lists 497 checks that were issued by the City in May 2016.  These payments total $3,022,382.The “Consent Agenda” is a meeting practice which packages routine and non-controversial items not requiring discussion and/or separate approval as one agenda item.  However, any member of the Council can request that any item on the Consent Agenda be “pulled,” and discussed separately.Vehicle for Hire permit – UberThe 2nd item on the Consent Agenda is the issuance of a Vehicle for Hire permit to an Uber driver.Three Service Weapon RetirementsAnother Consent Agenda item.  The Police Department is requesting authorization to present service weapons to retiring members of the Police Department to recognize the members’ credited service to the City of Apopka and its citizens.Canine Handler Officer Paul Rehn served Apopka for 19 yearsSchool Resource Officer Jamie Anderson served Apopka for 19 yearsSergeant Robert Mark served Apopka for 12 yearsApprove the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages on the 4th of July at the Northwest Recreation ComplexAnother Consent Agenda Item.   Fireworks at the Amphitheater is a City sponsored event held at the Northwest Recreation Complex. Apopka Ordinance No. 2376 requires City Council approvalfor the sale, consumption and carrying of alcoholic beverages on City-owned property during events or programs.Purchase of a Vacuum Excavator Trailer – $39,613Item #6 on the Consent Agenda will authorize the purchase of a Vacuum Excavator Trailer for the Public Services Department. Staff proposes to spend $39,613.00.  This price is based upon using a 2015 Florida Sheriffs Association Contract. “Piggybacking” on the the Florida Sheriffs Association contract will expedite this purchase and allow the Public Services Department to implement the NPDES Stormwater requirements in a timely manner.Award Website Design Contract – $34,186 plus $6,031 per yearEight companies submitted proposals. An evaluation committee of five city staff reviewed and ranked each proposal. The evaluation committee recommends CivicPlus.   The first year cost is $34,186. Annual website hosting, security and management is $6,031 beginning in year 2.Non-Profits to be Required to Apply for Business Tax ReceiptsApopka Code requires tax-exempt organizations to apply for but not pay business taxes.  The Green Sheet indicates that many non-profts have not applied.  The Business Tax Receipt Applications are used by the City to ensure that buildings used by non-profits are in compliance with building, zoning and fire codes.  It is estimated that 150 non-profits will be asked to apply.Use this link to see the details on these issues and to review the entire meeting package.The meeting is at 7:00 PM in the Council Chamber at Apopka City Hall. Please enter your comment! TAGSApopka City Council Meeting Previous articleCity Council Considers Restrictions on Public CommentsNext articleIs it Possible to Buy a Good Grill for $300 or Less? Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more