Summer tours: After some bum notes, Scotland can end on song

first_imgItaly’s Luke McLean is too late to stop Samoa’s James So’oilao (L) from scoring during the rugby match between Italy and Samoa at The Mbombela Stadium, in Nelspruit, on June15, 2013. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images) Banding together: They’ve been wounded, picked apart and bested, but Scotland could end on a high note against ItalyBy Alan DymockWHEN SCOTLAND’S head coach and soon-to-be director of rugby says: “We have no-one else,” when the team’s No.8 goes down, it can send a shiver down Scots spines.Rising to the challenge: Sean Lamont smacks the SpringboksThat one lonely sentence sums up the injury crisis Scotland currently find themselves in. Playing Italy in South Africa in the last game of their summer the boys in the darker shade of blue have seen captain Kelly Brown, Geoff Cross, Pat MacArthur, Ryan Wilson and Pete Horne fly home with injuries. Hooker Stevie Lawrie is still out there but plays no more part, much like fly-half Ruaridh Jackson, and now Johnnie Beattie is rated as 50/50 to play a part tomorrow.Yesterday Scott Johnson was putting a brave face on his team’s disintegration.“I said that this tour would be about broadening our base and that we’d find out about whether certain players were ready to play international rugby.”However, today with Beattie’s battle to be fit, he has found himself admitting that they may have an empty spot on the bench should the Montpellier back-rower pull out. He said: We would probably have to put Fraser Brown [the uncapped hooker on the bench] in as the reserve cover and bring in Stevie Lawrie [additional cover at hooker].“We will see how Beattie pulls up in the morning. He is a tough lad. His rugby is surprisingly tough, you talk about some of his skills but he is resilient and has played injured before.“He has the ability to put it out of his head, so we will go late with it – one, because we have no choice and, two, because he has the character to carry it.” As for the Scots, they will hope that Matt Scott can continue to show the touches of class that had South Africa on the back foot last week. Al Strokosch and Sean Lamont will also be expected to continue grinding and scratching forward.This tour was always meant to be a development process running at the same time as the Lions. Circumstance has rendered it an ugly slog at times, but that does not mean it has to be a total bust. If Scotland can continue what they started last week they can end their season – at long last – on a good note. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Character will certainly be tested on Saturday. Scotland rebounded strongly after their humbling defeat to Samoa two weeks ago by running South Africa close. It was a hard-edged performance that rattled their hosts and did some much-needed repair work to their reputations.They now face an Italian side also smarting from two losses, but who are not a shadow of themselves in terms of personal. A customary glance at the Azzurri bench where Leonardo Ghiraldini, Lorenzo Cittadini, Alessandro Zanni, Gonzalo Canale and Luke McLean sit in waiting tells you that the Italians plan an 80-minute assault.Problems of their own: Italy have been cruelly thumped, tooScotland have had to re-jig with David Denton coming in to start at blindside, Al Kellock is reinstated as Jim Hamilton returns to blighty for the birth of his second child and Tom Heathcote returns at fly-half with Jackson out.This is the last significant day of a long, long season and both sides will just want to get to the other end. Nevertheless, there will be a dog fight before the final whistle goes and neither team will want to secede what pride they have left just to get over the line.Perhaps with the pressure almost off some players will let it all hang out. Andrea Masi will be dangerous, Sergio Parisse always gives his best and Marco Bortolami is still hoping to get something out of a season where he has played almost no rugby at all.last_img read more

Poll: Who is the best rugby referee in the world?

first_imgThe results from this poll will feature in the June issue of Rugby World magazine. Get voting… Who is the best referee in the world? (Poll Closed) Nigel Owens (WRU)  80.09%      Craig Joubert (SARU)  6.51%      Wayne Barnes (RFU)  4.68%      JP Doyle (RFU)  1.62%      Romain Poite (FFR)  1.57%      George Clancy (IRFU)  1.06%      Glen Jackson (NZR)  1.06%      John Lacey (IRFU)  1.02%      Jérôme Garcès (FFR)  0.89%      Chris Pollock (NZR)  0.77%      Jaco Peyper (SARU)  0.6%      Pascal Gauzere (FFR)  0.13%      Create Your Own Poll   Who is the best referee in the world? Below is a list of the 12 men tasked with officiating the biggest rugby showcase on the planet. You may not like or rate all of them but this is a simple and straightforward poll: just tick the box for the ref you think is better than the rest. Earleir in April, World Rugby announced their 12-member panel that will referee at Rugby World Cup, as well as listing the seven assistant referees and four television match officials who will also officiate in matches at the World Cup, which starts on 18 September with England versus Fiji at Twickenham.France will provide three of these referees in the form of Jérôme Garcès, Romain Poite and Pascal Gauzere. New Zealand, South Africa, England and Ireland will provide two each with one from the Welsh Rugby Union.But if we ignore who may possibly be playing in the grand final at the end of the tournament, which nationalities may be involved and where it is (Twickenham, obviously), who would be your dream whistler for the World Cup final? In short, who is the best rugby referee in the world right now? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Handling the players: Nigel Owens with Chris Robshaw. Is he the best ref in the world? last_img read more

Family fun at Twickenham

first_imgAll in all, it’s a chance to treat your family to a match-day experience with a difference.For more information on this and other hospitality packages available for the QBE Internationals, click here, call 0845 125 4882 or email [email protected] LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The hospitality package is £499 for two and includes:Category 1 RFU match tickets (one adult and one child)Access to a self-contained, child-friendly facility in Rugby HouseAn official souvenir programme (one per two guests)Experienced, friendly and helpful staff in attendance throughoutA range of soft drinks, beer and wine which can be refilled during the day (pre- and post-match)A two-course buffet offering something for everyone, even the picky eaters!A selection of sweet treats, including popcorn, ice cream and pick ‘n’ mix.Running man: Jonathan Joseph on the attack for England against France in the Six NationsThe match kicks off at 8pm but there’s no need to worry about getting home. Twickenham Station is a short walk from the stadium while a shuttle bus service operates from the stadium to Richmond for 150 minutes after the final whistle or 30 minutes after the bars close (whichever is earlier). Car parking is available on site as an optional extra. Enjoy a match-day experience with a difference at Twickenham for England v France thanks to Keith Prowse ADVERTISING FEATUREKeeping children entertained throughout the summer holidays can be a tricky task, but here’s an idea that would be fun for all the family: a trip to Twickenham to see England face France on Saturday 15 August in the first of their two QBE Internationals.The rivalry between England and France stretches back decades so the match itself is sure to be entertaining – remember the 12-try thriller the two sides produced in the final game of this year’s RBS 6 Nations? It’s also a chance for you to soak up the pre-World Cup atmosphere at Twickenham – and you can do it all in style with a family hospitality package.Keith Prowse have worked in partnership with the RFU for 15 years and have put together an all-inclusive experience for families, be it one adult and one child (16 or under), two adults and two children or six adults and six children!last_img read more

2016-17 Aviva Premiership & Guinness Pro12 captains

first_img Aviva PremiershipBath Rugby – Guy Mercer – It was two pre-season wins from two for Bath, who beat Yorkshire Carnegie 20-14 followed by a 32-17 drubbing of the Scarlets. Impressive performances in the shirt see Guy Mercer take up the captaincy role from Stuart Hooper.Bristol Rugby – Jack Lam – The Samoan flanker will lead Bristol in their return to the Aviva Premiership. The 28-year-old will get his first taste of Premiership action against Harlequins.Exeter Rugby – Jack Yeandle – The homegrown hooker will lead Exeter for the 2016/17 season. Having registered pre-seaon wins over Ulster and the Scarlets, Yeandle, alongside new Chiefs signings Ollie Devoto, Dave Dennis and Greg Holmes start the new season on a high.Wham bam: Jack Lam will captain new boys Bristol Edinburgh Rugby – Stuart McInally and Grant Gilchrist will co-captain Edinburgh for the 2016/17 Pro12 season. Both Scotland internationals, the two 26-year-olds have donned the black & red of Edinburgh a combined 156 times. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS With the commencement of the 2016-17 Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12 seasons upon us, we list the protagonists of each team. Here are the captains… Defending champions: John Muldoon is Connacht’s captain for 2016/17  Gloucester Rugby – Greg Laidlaw – The Scottish scrum-half will captain the Cherry and Whites throughout the 2016/17 season, and is aiming for a top four finish.Harlequins – Danny Care – The England No. 9 will lead out Quins in their first game of the season against Bristol, in the London Double header at Twickenham, on 3 September. The absence of Nick Easter will be felt across the Quins squad, and Care could be the man to fill his natural leader role.Leicester Tigers – Tom Youngs – With over 100 appearances for his club, Tom Youngs epitomises the traditional on-field attitude of a Tiger. “I am a Leicester Tiger born and bred, I love the club and everything it stands for. To be captain is a huge honour and I’m very pleased to be given the opportunity.”Careful eye: Danny Care will captain Quins for the 2016/17 seasonNewcastle Falcons – Will Welch – The Falcons’ back-rower will continue to carry out captain’s duties throughout the 2016/17 season. It will mark his fourth season in the role.Northampton Saints – Tom Wood – After recently signing a new contract with the Saints, Tom Wood will remain club captain. The 29-year-old has made 129 appearances for Northampton, and will be hoping to lead them to silverware this season.Sale Sharks – Josh Beaumont – The No 8 has replaced Daniel Braid as captain of Sale, after the Kiwi retired to join the Sharks’ coaching staff. Leadership qualities must run in the family, as the 24-year-old’s father, Bill Beaumont, led England on 21 occasions.Sale away: Josh Beaumont has been given the reigns at the SharksSaracens – Brad Barritt – After helping Sarries achieve Premiership and European Cup glory last year, Barritt has been given the captaincy reigns. He replaces Alistair Hargreaves, who missed the backend of last season through injury.Wasps – Joe Launchbury – Launchbury, now entering his seventh season at Wasps, has been given the role of club captain for the 2016/17 season. He replaces James Haskell – who will miss a large chunk of the season through injury – and Matt Mullan.Worcester Warriors – GJ Van Velze – The 28-year-old South African gets the captaincy nod. It will mark his third season in charge of the Warriors.Not so average Joe: Launchbury takes over from James Haskell as Wasps captain Zebre Rugby – George Biagi – George Biagi will captain Zebre for the 2016/17 Pro12 season. The Scottish-born lock’s side finished four points ahead of their Italian counterparts last season, but have parted with 16 members of last year’s squad. Glasgow Warriors – Jonny Gray & Henry Pyrgos – Jonny Gray will share the Warriors captaincy with Henry Pyrgos this season, after the 22-year-old led Glasgow in the back end of last season – after the departure of Al Kellock.Leinster Rugby – Isa Nacewa – The 34-year-old Fijian will captain the Irish province for the 2016/17 season. Nacewa returned to Leinster last season, and scored nine tries in 23 matches for the men in blue. His vast club experience makes him the perfect man for the job.Leinster legend: Isa Nacewa has been appointed the club’s captainMunster Rugby – Peter O’Mahony – Munster’s new Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, has chosen Peter O’Mahony to continue as club captain for the 2016/17 season. O’Mahony missed last season though a cruciate knee ligament injury, but is set to make a return in September.Newport Gwent Dragons – Lewis Evans – Lewis Evans will take over the Dragon’s captaincy role from T Rhys Thomas for the 2016/17 season. Evans’s loyalty has been rewarded – it’ll be the back rower’s 11th season in a Gwent shirt.Ospreys – Alun-Wyn Jones – After extending his contract with Ospreys, Alun-Wyn Jones will captain the Swansea men for the 2016/17 season, with intentions fixed on improving on last seasons’ 8th position finish in the league.Captain fantastic: Alun Wyn Jones retains the captaincy at the OspreysScarlets – Ken Owens – Owens has been named Scarlets captain for the 2016/17 season. The Carmarthen hooker will want his team to go one better this year, after the Scarlets just missed out on the playoffs last season, finishing 5th.Ulster Rugby – Andrew Trimble & Rob Herring – A shared captaincy for the Ulstermen’s 2016-17 campaign. Trimble is the most capped player in the Ulster squad with 206 appearances, whilst Herring has had experience of leading the side in Rory Best’s absence last season. The duo will hope that the addition of winger Charles Piutau and flanker Marcell Coetzee can bolster their team’s chances of a Pro12 title.  Guinness Pro12Benetton Rugby – Alessandro Zanni – Alessandro Zanni will captain Benton Treviso for the 2016/17 season. His side will benefit greatly from the appointment of Marco Bortolami to the coaching staff.Cardiff Blues – Gethin Jenkins – The talismanic prop will captain Wales’ capital region for the 2016/2017 season. The Blues have played two pre-season fixtures, first losing to their Welsh counterparts Newport Gwent Dragons, before registering a victory over Bristol.Connacht Rugby – John Muldoon – After leading Connacht to their first ever Pro12 championship, John Muldoon returns to serve as his club’s captain, as Pat Lam’s men look to go back-to-back in the league. TAGS: Highlight For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

Wales Autumn Internationals Squad

first_imgTake a look at the Welsh squad for their upcoming Autumn Internationals. Expand Wales Autumn Internationals SquadFORWARDS (20)Rob Evans (Scarlets) (27 Caps), Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (9 Caps), Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (21 Caps), Elliot Dee (Dragons) (10 Caps), Ryan Elias (Scarlets) (5 Caps), Ken Owens (Scarlets) (57 Caps), Leon Brown (Dragons) (3 Caps), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (33 Caps), Samson Lee (Scarlets) (38 Caps), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues) (5 Caps), Jake Ball (Scarlets) (28 Caps), Adam Beard (Ospreys) (4 Caps), Bradley Davies (Ospreys) (64 Caps), Cory Hill (Dragons) (18 Caps), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (117 Caps) (CAPTAIN), Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues) (8 Caps), Dan Lydiate (Ospreys) (62 Caps), Ross Moriarty (Dragons) (23 Caps), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (57 Caps), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (1 Cap)BACKS (17):Aled Davies (Ospreys) (11 Caps), Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (33 Caps), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues) (2 Caps), Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues) (18 Caps), Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints) (62 Caps), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets) (10 Caps), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (65 Caps), Tyler Morgan (Dragons) (4 Caps), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets) (8 Caps), Owen Watkin (Ospreys) (6 Caps), Josh Adams (Worcester Warriors) (4 Caps), Steffan Evans (Scarlets) (10 Caps), Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (78 Caps), Jonah Holmes (Leicester Tigers) (*UNCAPPED), Luke Morgan (Ospreys) (*UNCAPPED), George North (Ospreys) (76 Caps), Liam Williams (Saracens) (48 Caps)Players not selected due to injury: LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Take a look at which teams are playing… Collapse Wales team to face Scotland in the Doddie Weir Cup – 3rd NovemberLeigh Halfpenny, George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Luke Morgan, Gareth Anscombe, Gareth Davies, Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Dillon Lewis, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones , Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Ross MoriartyReplacements: Elliot Dee, Rob Evans, Leon Brown, Adam Beard, Aaron Wainwright , Tomos Williams, Jarrod Evans, Steff EvansWarren Gatland has named two uncapped players in the 37-man squad that will play Scotland, Australia, Tonga, and South Africa this Autumn.Luke Morgan, Ospreys wing and Wales’ Sevens highest ever points scorer, has been selected as has Leicester Tigers’ Jonah Holmes.Importantly, the side will get as many as eight British and Irish Lions back into the squad that had victories against the Springboks and Argentina earlier this year.Ken Owens, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Dan Biggar, Jonathan Davies, George North and Leigh Halfpenny all come into the squad.“This autumn is the start of a 12-month countdown to the Rugby World Cup and it is a huge opportunity for the players,” said Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland.“The players who performed and represented Wales so well in the summer deserve the opportunity again and we are really pleased with the depth we have built across the squad.“We have added in a lot of experience with eight British & Irish Lions coming into the squad so there is a lot of competition for places. Some experienced players have missed out, the message to them is the door isn’t closed looking long term, its just a reflection of where we are depth wise and the opportunity to look at other players. A further eight players haven’t been selected due to injury, dependent on their recovery they could be called in at a later date.” Make sure you know when, where and on… How To Watch The 2018 Autumn Internationals Tiger: Jonah Holmes has been named in the Welsh squad (Getty Images) Autumn International Fixtures 2018 Wales Autumn Internationals SquadWales are hoping to collect an Autumn Internationals clean sweep this weekend against South Africa. As a result, Warren Gatland has named a strong side with the only significant news being Leigh Halfpenny’s absence and Liam Williams inclusion at full-back. Halfpenny has not recovered from a concussion suffered against Australia.Warren Gatland said; “The players are fully aware of what they’ve achieved and they can do something special.“Momentum would be created for the Six Nations and they can continue to build towards the World Cup.“I haven’t seen this level of maturity in a group of players. We’re calm and our composure in games has been outstanding.“We want to end the campaign with a big performance against a very good South African side. It’s the end of a campaign, like a cup game. Winner takes all.”Wales team to face South Africa in the Autumn Internationals – 24th NovemberLiam Williams; George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams; Gareth Anscombe, Gareth Davies; Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Ross MoriartyReplacements: Elliot Dee, Rob Evans, Dillon Lewis, Cory Hill, Ellis Jenkins, Tomos Williams, Dan Biggar, Owen WatkinWales team to face Tonga in the Autumn Internationals – 17th NovemberJonah Holmes; Liam Williams, Tyler Morgan, Owen Watkin, Steff Evans; Dan Biggar, Tomos Williams; Wyn Jones, Elliot Dee, Leon Brown, Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Aaron Wainwright, Ellis Jenkins (capt), Seb Davies.Replacements: Ryan Elias, Rob Evans, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, Ross Moriarty, Aled Davies, Rhys Patchell, Josh Adams.Wales team to face Australia in the Autumn Internationals – 10th NovemberLeigh Halfpenny; George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams; Gareth Anscombe, Gareth Davies; Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Ross MoriartyReplacements: Elliot Dee, Rob Evans, Dillon Lewis, Cory Hill, Ellis Jenkins, Tomos Williams, Dan Biggar, Liam Williams How To Watch The 2018 Autumn Internationals Autumn International Fixtures 2018 Seb Davies, Aaron Shingler, James Davies, Josh Navidi, Taulupe Faletau, Scott Williams, Hallam Amos, Owen Lane.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World for all the latest news from the world of rugby.last_img read more

Evangelism: Becoming community

first_img Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Knoxville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 By Jason EvansPosted Dec 17, 2012 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs [Episcopal Diocese of Washington] The gospel is not “come to church.”And the gospel is “come to church.”When I talk about evangelism with folks it frequently is implied that evangelism is equal to inviting someone to church. Inviting someone to church does not equal evangelism as I’ve talked about so far. But at the same time, it is part of evangelism.My kids love spending the night at their grandparents’. There’s nothing like staying up late, watching as much T.V. as you want and consuming as much popcorn and ice cream as physically possible. My kids also love sleeping in. On one occasion when they had spent the night, they were reluctant to get out of bed on Sunday morning. My mother-in-law, urged them, “Come on, it’s time to go to church.” Still in a fog, my daughter replied, “People are ‘the church.’ You can’t go to church.” To which grandma quipped, “Well, then, get up! ‘Cause we’re going to see the people.”It’s critical at this point in western Christianity that we re-capture an imagination for the original Christian use of the term “ecclesia.” “Ecclesia” is what we translate today as “church.” In its original meaning, it was used to refer to those people called together by God. Have you ever noticed how a story breaks down when you begin to mix metaphors? In the same way, when we confuse the ecclesia with holy real estate, we easily get confused.When we invite a person to church, it’s important to recognize that we are inviting them into a community of people called together by God. Just think about that. Why would God gather folks together? For what reason? If you read through the book of Acts, it seems as though the church believed it existed to reflect the reign of God, a glimpse into the world–into being human–as God intended it. Even today, most of our Christian practices are rooted in showing us another way to perceive of life’s most ordinary experiences, traditions and habits. Through this, we declare through our common life the good news of Jesus.The local church is evangelism.If that is the case, then our churches certainly ought to be communities in which we say to our neighbors, friends and co-workers, “Come and see!” But this hinges on one critical behavior: discipleship. By discipleship I mean something akin to the story of Jesus and the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. In that story, Jesus translates the tradition for his contemporaries. In so doing, the disciples’ eyes are opened to the good news.We can’t expect an increasingly un-churched population to understand, not only what, but why we do what we do. In order for that person to become “native” to the church, we have to interpret the faith in way that connects with their life. Yet, if how we answer the “why” doesn’t connect back to the idea that God is at work in the world–the good news–then I doubt we will get far. Sure, we should invite those we love to worship with us. But we also need to learn to unpack, in conversation, how our common practices shape how we live in the world. Then, the eyes of those we love might be opened to the good news of Jesus.— Jason Evans is the Diocesan Young Adult Missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. His posts on evangelism will continue on Saturdays during Advent 2012. Join an online discussion of this series on the EDOW Facebook page. Rector Bath, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Job Listing Press Release Service Rector Tampa, FL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Advent, Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Evangelism Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Tags Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Belleville, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Evangelism: Becoming community 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 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 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Youth Minister Lorton, VA last_img read more

Connecticut bishops issue statement in response to shooting massacre

first_img Rector Washington, DC December 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm Sorry you feel that the Constitution is a hangup and our rights belong in quotation marks. It says volumes. Richard DiRenzo says: December 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm My heart aches as I learned the sad news of this tragic and senseless event. My prayers are with you all particularly with the parents, relatives and friends of the victims. The whole State of Connecticut is mourning and so the entire world. I join all of you in solidarity and caring love. May you and our beloved Episcopal Church in Connecticut be instruments of the healing and conforting grace of God . Although physically distant I am very much spiritually present.In Christ,+ Wilfrido December 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm Dear sisters and brothers in Christ – please know you are being upheld by the love and prayers of your family here in Aotearoa New Zealand as the horror of this day engulfs you all. My tears and my prayers are with the parents and families of the innocent little ones, those doubtless already enchanted during this Advent tide by the impending birth of our Lord and Saviour. Equally my tears and my prayers are with the families of the innocent adults slain so needlessly, so mercilessly, so inexplicably. Please, please act now to rid your nation of its gun culture – there is no other way and there is no theologically defensible excuse why not.God’s gentle blessings of solace and deep consolation be with you all this day and always. Jenny. December 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm Control of weapons and ammunition is a much needed step. I suggest a tax of a minimum of $1 per bullet. That could raise money and it avoids the Constitutional hangup of the “right to bear arms.” For now our prayers go to all those affected by this tragedy. December 15, 2012 at 4:26 am We pray for those who died in this terrible, but yet another, school tragedy. We pray for the families and friends who cannot yet fathom the why. This is not the time for some to be saying we have chased God from our schools, and other places we identify with daily. It is time for us, and for those who govern to stand up, say enough and create sensible gun control. No person in his or her right mind should object to sensible control. It is meant to protect them, their families and we as a society.Now is the time for leadership, not just words, but the strength to do the right thing. December 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm Thank you, Titus and I DO apologize to you, Fr. Phillip Ayers. Now is not the time to be talking about the Masons….However, I really DO believe we need to keep our Lord first and foremost in EVERYTHING we do. I’m dying to go on and on but I will spare “y’all.’ (I’m actually from Massachusetts, originally). Tracy Messina says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs 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 Comments (22) Rector Albany, NY Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET December 21, 2012 at 1:37 pm The Masons and Shriners do a TREMENDOUS amount of charitable work, especially for children. Many of their members are also active in Episcopal churches. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Julie Abbott-Jones says: Alex Dyer says: Fr Phillip Ayers says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Sharon Dame says: Chris white says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Sharon Dame says: Joan Phelps says: December 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm The challenge at times like these is to find wisdom in the midst of powerful emotion, which usually drives us to reactionary decisions that often prove extreme. I hope that what comes of this tragedy more than anything else is to propel people to connect again. We are so frayed and caught up in the pseudo intimacy of social media that we are losing some of our human connectedness. As a psychologist, I fear this has more to do with the rise of these horrible events more than anything else. When disconnected from each other socially we lose the empathetic brakes that normally inhibit such antisocial behavior. Guns have been plentiful for centuries yet it is only in the past 15-years or so where such acts have become part of our experience. This corresponds more with the rise of social media and heightened loneliness in our society more than anything else. I am not sure how to make it happen but I know I am going to make more efforts to be with people in real life than in the social media sphere. Peace, solace and prayers for all. Rector Knoxville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Chris white says: December 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm The bishops of Connecticut are the church leaders at this moment whose sole focus must be on consoling and caring for the people directly affected by the outrage committed in Newtown. The rest of us should be writing to our president, senators and representatives to demand resolute action to reform access to guns. Moreover we should be offering concrete support to groups like the Brady Center which lobby for gun control. Unfortunately the statements of most public figures over the past 24 hours have focused on empathy with the grieving. We elected them to do much more than that, and they must be held accountable. For us to simply wring our hands at these “tragedies” and roll our eyes at the “craziness” of the Gun Lobby is actually be complicit in the criminal evil that is invading homes, theaters, places of worship and schools in this country. There is enormous energy pouring out around the Newtown killings. For it to dissipate without political mobilization for gun control will be the real tragedy. Please mobilize. Rector Smithfield, NC December 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm You’re the only person here who has said something sensible about gun laws; namely, that criminals and those bent on harming others don’t care about laws.All of the Episcopalian NRA members had better start speaking up. There are plenty of them. Submit a Job Listing December 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm My Lord Bishops,Your diocese will be in my prayers as it try’s to come to sense with evil.Charlea December 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm To the Rt. Reverends/RIGHT Reverends:Just a note to say how much I truly appreciate your letter. While I live in Palm Bay, FL and attend Episcopal Church of Our Savior, I am much removed, physically from the horror of today’s news. However, when you are a grandmother of 7 and raised 5, this story just had me in tears. Your letter was comforting. I thank God for all who become the hands and feet of Christ during this tragedy.I noticed in one of the pictures regarding this tragedy, a mother and her child getting ready to walk into a church – near the school. God Bless her! I would do the same. I hope there will be a lot of churches involved in services for these families in the coming days.God be with us all and give us strength, courage and wisdom, especially during this time.With Love in Him, who is in full control,Sharon Dr Jenny Plane Te Paa says: Charles Wilson says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest [Episcopal News Service] The bishops of the Diocese of Connecticut issued the following statement in response to the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 26 people, 20 of them children between the ages of 5 and 10, were shot and killed. The school is located in Newtown, Connecticut, about 65 miles northeast of New York City.Dear Friends in Christ:We are shocked and overwhelmed by the horrendous tragedy of the school shooting in Sandy Hook.  We hold the victims, their families, and all who are affected by the shooting in our thoughts and prayers for healing and strength.  We pray that those who have died will be held in the arms of our loving God whose heart aches for those affected by this tragedy.We bishops have been in touch with the Rev. Mark Moore, the rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sandy Hook which is adjacent to the school were the shooting took place.  We have also communicated with the leadership of Trinity Church, Newtown, and we understand that the Rev. Kathie Adams-Shepherd, rector of Trinity Church is on the scene ministering to the bereaved.We are departing immediately for Newtown/Sandy Hook to be of whatever assistance we can.  We will be in contact when we have additional information.We invite all clergy to open our churches for prayer.Please keep all who have died, the one who has perpetrated the shooting, and all affected by this incident in your prayers.  May the God who we await this Advent season bring us hope and new life in Jesus the Christ.Faithfully, Ian, Laura and JimThe Rt. Rev. Ian T. DouglasThe Rt. Rev. Laura J. AhrensThe Rt. Rev. James E. Curry Tracy Messina says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Joyce Ann Edmondson says: December 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm The root of the problem is respect for life…first to respect the life that has been given to YOU, and then others. In America we have almost lost respect for the very beginnings of life. We have a responsibility to start all over again to teach our children that God is a God of love and loves them infinitely so that they can love others as well. All religions teach the principle: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, but do they follow it? Give the example to your children and they will follow. Whatever is done to one of these little ones is done to me. That is the message. December 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm Dear Bishops,Thank you for your pastoral support at this time of need in Newtown and Sandy Hook. Having served in the diocese (1974-88) in North Haven (loved it!), I know that area well as the clergy were all good friends and colleagues and I made many calls on my folk who were at the Masonic Home in Sandy Hook. Bless you!Phil Ayers Featured Events Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET center_img Comments are closed. 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 December 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm We already HAVE gun control. NY, CT and NJ have some of the strictest gun control laws in the U.S. We don’t need more “gun control”. We need more self control. That’s what the church USED to be good for- reminding us of how prone to sin we are.You say “it is not the time to be saying we chased God from our schools” but you feel it is the time to say we must further restrict people’s rights guaranteed under the 2nd Amendment. The 2nd Amendment says I am not to be disallowed from keeping and bearing anything which the government may have and use against ME. I already have lost that level of freedom, and now folks like you want more restrictions brought to bear on all law-abiding people.The Episcopal church would not stand up for the Catholic’s right to freedom of religious expression, and it is with sadness that I admit that I fully expect the Episcopal church to be on the wrong side of any gun control issue as well. Wilfrido Ramos Orench says: December 21, 2012 at 1:28 pm We already HAVE gun control legislation. December 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm It is a sad day in Connecticut. In our diocese we have been talking about interdependence and how we are all connected to one another. It is tragedies like this, that demonstrate that connectedness in real and profound ways. I give thanks for the ministry of our bishops and for their presence. Keep our diocese in your prayers.Loving God, Jesus gathered your little ones in his arms and blessed them. Have pity on those who mourn for the victims of the shoot at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and for all the innocent slaughtered by the violence of our fallen world. Be with us as we struggle with the mysteries of life and death; in our pain, bring your comfort, and in our sorrow, bring your hope and your promise of new life, in the name of Jesus our Savior. Amen. (From Enriching our Worship 2) An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Connecticut bishops issue statement in response to shooting massacre New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Press Release December 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm I, too, am grateful for the letter. Right now I do not know who to turn to in the horror except my church family. I do hope that after the first job of comforting the bereaved is lessened, there is some leadership and guidance regarding actions to take. Tracy Messina says: December 15, 2012 at 10:38 am To Fr. Phillip Ayers:Oh, dear Lord! The MASONIC building?! I just don’t feel our Lord could be pleased with that Order.Most Sincerely,Sharon D. Rector Belleville, IL F. William Thewalt says: Featured Jobs & Calls Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Music Morristown, NJ Tags Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME December 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm You’re all smart and well-educated, start drafting legislation and writing petitions about controlling gun violence. Surely you know that this tragedy was entirely preventable. Put something in place to stop the epidemic. God gave us great minds to put them to work for the common good.Advent Pleas,Rev. Jana L. Johnsen In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tracy Messina says: Posted Dec 14, 2012 Rector Martinsville, VA Sharon Dame says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Jana L. Johnsen says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 December 14, 2012 at 6:14 pm Thank you for going to Newtown. I’m sure Kathie and Mark would feel good support in the midst of this horror that they have walked through this day. My prayers are with you as you listen, pray and care. I sit here feeling lost, in shock and bewildered. Darkness just has to continue creeping in and when it strikes it is more than anyone can process. So I pray, I shed tears and ache for those parents, friends, staff and really all of the Sandy Hook/Newtown communtiy. Peace and thanks. Titus Presler says: Tracy Messina says: Press Release Service Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC December 15, 2012 at 5:52 am Fingers hit the send button before I was done… Anyway, I hope we can Somehow refocus on the values that have held us in such good stead for so long. We can start by teaching our kIds once more that there are some things that are wrong and some things that are right… Life has gotten so contextually driven that we simply explain away everything making it seem as if anything is Ok so long as there is an explanation. As for gun laws, I am in favor of controls but remember that the bad guys don’t play by the rules. Thus, laws that regulate the behavior of the law abiding may have little effect upon those with ill intent. Peace and prayers to all impacted by this tragedy and for our country. Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Shreveport, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Gun Violence last_img read more

Presiding Bishop’s Easter Message 2014

first_img Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Holy Week/Easter, Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (4) An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Curate Diocese of Nebraska April 9, 2014 at 1:32 pm As usual, the PB has done a fine job! Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC April 9, 2014 at 12:47 am Coming from someone who rarely agrees with her about anything, this is actually pretty good. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Presiding Bishop’s Easter Message 2014 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Collierville, TN John Zachritz says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel wm Paul says: Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Christopher Johnson says: Kurt Hill says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “Where and how will we look for the Body of Christ, risen and rising?,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori presents in her Easter Message 2014. “Will we share the life of that body as an Easter people, transformed by resurrection and sent to transform the world in turn?”The following is the Presiding Bishop’s Easter Message 2014.Easter Message 2014The tomb is empty, and nobody knows where the body is.  Mary Magdalene tells the others about the mysterious disappearance, but they give up and go home.  Mary stays behind, weeping, and then fails to recognize the risen one before her.  As the days pass, each resurrected encounter begins in surprise or anonymity – the disciples fishing all night without catching, Jesus cooking breakfast on the beach, the two on their way to Emmaus.  Nobody recognizes him at first sight.Clearly the risen body is not identical to the Jesus who was crucified.  People mistake him for a stranger.  He enters locked rooms.  He walks along the path to Emmaus for a long time without being recognized.  Crucifixion, death, and resurrection result in a transformed body – with evident scars, but changed nonetheless.  When he reminds others of God’s banquet, meant for the whole world – when human beings are fed and watered, delivered from prison, gathered from exile across the earth, and healed and reconciled into a community of peace – his companions discover that he has once again been in their midst.What does that resurrection reality mean for the Body of Christ of which we are part?  How does the risen Body of Christ – what we often call the church – differ from the crucified one?  That Body seems to be most lively when it lives closer to the reality of Good Friday and the Easter mystery.  In the West, that Body has suffered a lot of dying in recent decades.  It is diminished, some would say battered, increasingly punctured by apathy and taunted by cultured despisers.  That body bears little resemblance to royal images of recent memory – though, like Jesus, it is being mocked.  The body remembers and grieves, like the body of Israel crying in the desert, “why did you bring us out here to die?” or the crucified body who cries, “My God, why have you forsaken me,” or “why have you abandoned us?”  In other contexts the Body of Christ is quite literally dying and spilling its lifeblood – in Pakistan and Sudan, in Iraq and Egypt – and in those ancient words of Tertullian, the blood of martyrs is becoming the seed of the church.The Body of Christ is rising today where it is growing less self-centered and inwardly focused, and living with its heart turned toward the cosmic and eternal, its attention focused intently on loving God and neighbor.  This Body is rising to stand in solidarity with criminals sentenced to death, with widows and orphans, with the people of the land who slave over furrows and lettuce fields to feed the world.  This Body can be found passing through walls and boundaries that have long been misused to keep the righteous “safe” and “pure.”  The Body is recognized when the hungry are fed – on the lakeshore with broiled fish, on the road to Emmaus, on street corners and city parks, in food pantries and open kitchens, in feeding neighbor nations and former enemies, and as the Body gathers once again to remember its identity and origin – Christ is risen for the sake of all creation.Where and how will we look for the Body of Christ, risen and rising?  Will we share the life of that body as an Easter people, transformed by resurrection and sent to transform the world in turn?Christ is risen, Alleluia!  Alleluia, Christ is risen indeed!The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts SchoriPresiding Bishop and PrimateThe Episcopal ChurchMensaje de Pascua del 2014de la Obispa Presidente de la Iglesia Episcopal[7 de abril de 2014] “¿Dónde y cómo vamos a buscar el cuerpo de Cristo, resucitado y levantado?” La Obispa Presidente de la Iglesia Episcopal Katharine Jefferts Schori presenta en su Mensaje de Pascua del 2014. “¿Vamos a compartir la vida de ese cuerpo como un pueblo de pascua, transformado por la resurrección y enviado a transformar el mundo a su vez?”A continuación el mensaje de Pascua del 2104 de la Obispa Presidente.Mensaje de Pascua del 2014La tumba está vacía, y nadie sabe dónde está el cuerpo. María Magdalena les dice a los demás acerca de la misteriosa desaparición, pero se dan por vencidos y vuelven a casa. María se queda atrás, llorando, y luego no reconoce el resucitado ante ella. Al pasar los días, cada encuentro del resucitado se inicia en la sorpresa o el anonimato – los discípulos pescando toda la noche sin lograr coger pescados, Jesús cocinando desayuno en la playa, los dos con rumbo a Emaús. Nadie le reconoce a primera vista.Es evidente que el cuerpo resucitado no es idéntico al del Jesús que fue crucificado. Las personas lo confunden con un extraño. Él entra en habitaciones cerradas. Camina por el camino a Emaús por un largo tiempo sin ser reconocido. Crucifixión, muerte y resurrección resultan en un cuerpo transformado –  con cicatrices evidentes, pero no obstante cambiado. Cuando Él  recuerda a otros del banquete de Dios, esto significó que era para todo el mundo – cuando los seres humanos son alimentados y se les da agua, son liberados de la cárcel, reunidos desde el exilio en toda la tierra, sanados y reconciliados en una comunidad de paz – sus compañeros descubren que una vez ha estado en medio de ellos.¿Qué realmente significó esa resurrección para el Cuerpo de Cristo del cual formamos parte?  ¿Cómo el cuerpo resucitado de Cristo – lo que a menudo llamamos la iglesia – diferente del crucificado? Ese cuerpo parece estar más vivo cuando vive más cerca de la realidad del  Viernes Santo y el misterio de la Pascua. En el Occidente, este cuerpo ha sufrido una gran cantidad de muerte en las últimas décadas. Está disminuida, algunos dirían maltratado, cada vez perforado por la apatía y burlado por aborrecedores refinados. Ese cuerpo tiene un poco parecido a las imágenes reales de la historia reciente – aunque, como Jesús, está siendo burlada. El cuerpo recuerda y se aflige, como el cuerpo de Israel clamando en el desierto, “¿por qué nos has traído hasta aquí para morir?” O el cuerpo crucificado que clama: ” Dios mío, ¿Por qué me has abandonado?”, o “¿Por qué nos abandonaste?  “En otros contextos, el Cuerpo de Cristo está literalmente muriendo y derramando su sangre vital – en Pakistán y Sudán, en Irak y Egipto – y en esas antiguas palabras de Tertuliano, la sangre de los mártires está convirtiéndose en la semilla de la iglesia.El Cuerpo de Cristo está levantándose hoy en donde está creciendo menos egocéntrico y enfocado hacia el interior, y viviendo con el corazón hacia lo cósmico y eterno, su atención se centrada intensamente en el amor a Dios y al prójimo. Este cuerpo está levantándose para estar en solidaridad con los criminales condenados a muerte, con las viudas y los huérfanos, con el pueblo de la tierra que esclavizan sobre surcos y campos de lechuga para alimentar al mundo. Este cuerpo se encuentra pasando por paredes y límites que siempre han sido empleados mal para mantener al llamado  “ justo” lejos de todo aquello que no es “seguro” y “puro”. El cuerpo se reconoce cuando los hambrientos son alimentados –  en la orilla del lago con un pez asado, en el camino a Emaús, en las esquinas de la calle y los parques de la ciudad, en las despensas de alimentos y cocinas abiertas, en alimentar  naciones vecinas y antiguos enemigos, y como el cuerpo se reúne una vez más para recordar su identidad y origen – Cristo ha resucitado por el bien de toda la creación.¿Dónde y cómo vamos a buscar el Cuerpo de Cristo, resucitado y levantado? ¿Vamos a compartir la vida de ese cuerpo como un pueblo de pascua, transformado por la resurrección y enviados a transformar el mundo a su vez?Cristo ha resucitado, ¡Aleluya! ¡Aleluya!, ¡Cristo ha resucitado!Reverendísima Katharine Jefferts SchoriObispa Presidente y PrimadoLa Iglesia Episcopal April 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm Thanks for the thoughts, and for the excellent translation into Spanish. 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 Press Release Service Posted Apr 7, 2014 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Hopkinsville, KY Tags Featured Events April 9, 2014 at 2:03 pm The church, quite simply, is not the Risen Body of Christ. She is always dodging his lordship, aseity, and self-possessing freedom, to say something about us. Never will she say the resureection was a vindication of his claims for immediate and thorough allegiance, and an open, public manifestation of his lordliness. He chooses to make himself known on the way to Emmaus….that is testimony of NT. She prefers to give to feeding, sharing (important as they are) a revelatory efficay in themselves. Always she does this. Always. So we are to look for experiences of “risen and rising”? Rising? She is as ever too clever by half. He is risen. Forever. And ascended. And he turns to us via the spirit in freedom. (and as ever note the dropping of the def article…not The resurrection…but resurrection. Just like it’s incarnation, relationship, etc. with her to avoid the singularity of the incarnation, and the relationship with God.. Ugh . New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ last_img read more

Long Island bishop issues letter regarding political activity

first_img The Rev Dr Margaret Shepard says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC April 13, 2016 at 8:05 pm I am very grateful for the prayerfulness and the moral clarity of Bishop Larry’s statement. Whatever our station in life, wherever we happen to live or work, whatever our particular sphere of influence, each of us is called to bear witness to the transforming love of God that unites, rather than divides, and that stands with those who are excluded and marginalized. Rector Bath, NC Comments are closed. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Ed Lane says: Norman Hutchinson says: Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Martinsville, VA April 16, 2016 at 5:30 pm God is not a politician. All are welcome at the Altar no matter who they support for President of the United States. May I remind us that the Body and Blood of Christ does not belong to us. This is a gift from God. Stop acting like babies and grow up. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Ed Lane says: Thomas Hofer says: Dick Garber says: Submit an Event Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Job Listing Rector Smithfield, NC The Rev. Juan V. George says: April 15, 2016 at 9:47 am My above comments were in response to The Rev. Vinnie Van Lainson. April 14, 2016 at 8:11 am The Bishop’s letter was great – May God continue to bless and the Holy Spirit empower him. He is not, however, on a slippery slope (as one commentor noted) with politics and religion. The separation of church and state – in both the Constitution and the Supreme Court ruling, has to do with the Federal government not establishing or inhibiting any religion in the US. Religions can say and do whatever they feel called to. Remaining silent in the face of injustice, hate, violence, racism, bigotry, climate change because some claim it’s “political” is not what we are meant to do legally. We need to remember this important distinction.http://www.constitution-billofrights.com/bill-of-rights/first-amendment/separation-of-church-and-state/ April 14, 2016 at 6:43 am “The truth shall make you free”Juan V. George Rector Belleville, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem April 13, 2016 at 4:45 pm “Some may want to say that my call to witness and prayer is a violation of the separation of church and state.” Correct, he is on a slippery slope. As the clergy should have spoken out against Hitler though our clergy needs to speak out against Trump and his ilk…they are cousins. April 15, 2016 at 9:39 am Thank you for those comments and the clarification. There is an issue with the IRS and tax exempt status for Churches. As Christians however we cannot let this silence our voices when we see injustice. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Hopkinsville, KY April 13, 2016 at 9:46 pm This bishop has the blood of Jesus on his ling white robe. April 16, 2016 at 5:36 pm You have no idea what Hitler was like and to compare Trump to Hitler is offensive. Refrain from judging because the scripture clearly states that belongs to God and God alone. McKinley Walker says: Norman Hutchinson says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Dr. William A Flint, MDiv, PhD says: April 13, 2016 at 5:59 pm Dear Bishop Provenzano, Thank you for your faithful witness and may God bless you in your continued work. If I was in NY right now instead of Chicago, I would stand with you in physical presence. As it is, I stand with you in prayer. April 15, 2016 at 9:30 am Oppose evil and injustice in all its forms. One wonders when the protest and indignation will swell towards candidate Hillary Clinton who responded to Chuck Todd on April 3, 2016 on Meet the Press: “When or if does an unborn child have constitutional rights?” Todd asked. “Well, under our laws currently, that is not something that exists. The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights”. (Clinton said).The Episcopal Church has been derelict in duty towards the unborn and mothers in crisis to help them affirm a life choice. In an age of less abortions, increased science which affirms unborn life, and new parents watching their unborn move in ultrasound this Church is silent. Silent towards partial birth abortion where the child was removed 3/4 from the womb and killed. Silent towards the harvesting of human organs and parts by Planned Parenthood. What about the Baptismal Covenant to “respect the dignity of all persons?” By our track record we are selective. Yes, speak up about all injustice — in all its forms — but stop being so predictable by selective preference to causes trumpeted by progressives and the Democrat Party. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Dr. William A Flint, MDiv, PhD says: April 14, 2016 at 8:17 pm All American Citizens have a right to speak there minds. As a voting member of this society I standwith Bishop Provenzano, he as I have a right and duty to speak up, coming from his system of belief.Right-winged Bible thumpers seem to think they are the only ones who can speak for Christian People,that is not so. Good job Bishop, yours and the voices of others in leadership must be heard. Paris Coffey says: Richard Bidwell says: Ed Lane says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Right Reverend Lawrence C. ProvenzanoBishop of Long Island April 13, 2016 at 5:50 pm Bless this bishop for speaking out against hate April 18, 2016 at 9:30 am Thank you for the courageous and wise words. April 13, 2016 at 4:56 pm Dear Mr. Lane, Hitler faced opposition from clergy such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer who made a name for himself beyond his life and who was not alone in doing so. In every case, I support Bishop Provenzano and commend him for the letter he wrote.center_img Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET April 13, 2016 at 5:09 pm Bonhoeffer and some others did, but they waited too late underestimating the entire situation…read history. This Trump fellow needs to be stopped now but too many clergy in this country are also waiting. Part of that of course is the fault of the media who have supported his candidacy and have not spoken out. What are we to do, wait until this nut is in office and then worry about it. Like Hitler in “Mein Kampf”, Trump is clearly laying out his intentions to us. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Collierville, TN Press Release Service Comments (20) Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI April 17, 2016 at 7:59 am Thank you, Larry. I am proud to know you and to have, in some small way, once ministered alongside you, long ago. Keep the faith, and share it too. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska April 14, 2016 at 4:28 pm And you need to remember that the people are guaranteed freedom FROM religion also. We have far too many denominations already interfering with the rights of all. Your right to wing your arm end where the other fellow’s nose begins and your freedom of mouth ends at the other fellow’s ear. Too many religious leaders forget that.If this bishop really believes in his cause he should lead his flock into the arena where Herr Trump is speeking and confront him. A true leader leads from the from and does just say why don’t you and him go fight. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ [Episcopal Diocese of Long Island] Long Island Bishop Lawrence C. Provenzano issued the following letter April 13 in advance of a scheduled Republican Party fundraiser to be held Thursday on the same block where in 2008 an Ecuadorean immigrant was fatally stabbed by a white teenager. The teenager was one of a gang of high school boys who roamed the streets committing nighttime assaults on Latino men in Patchogue, a Long Island community 60 miles from Manhattan.Dear Sisters and Brothers,I write to you as a follower of Jesus Christ, a bishop of the Church, and a child of an immigrant family.I write to assure you that in the face of the reckless and hateful attitudes portrayed by some in this political season, there are many more people of good will and faith that stand with you against the toxic, irresponsible rhetoric of some of the candidates for president.Specifically, you should know that the planned fundraiser by the Republican Party in Suffolk County featuring Donald Trump, just yards away from the scene of the 2008 murder of Marcelo Lucero, will not go unmet by people of prayer and good will.As a person responsible for the care of God’s people, I want you to know that we in the diocese understand what a difficult and scary time this is for each of you and your families. That is why I am asking the clergy and people of the Diocese of Long Island to join me in prayer and witness against the evil that once visited itself upon the Town of Patchogue, and is now threatening a return by the calculated and disgraceful plan to have this event at the very site of this hate crime in which young, white, high-school boys were encouraged to act in violence by the anti-immigration rhetoric of some of the then-elected officials.The same mistakes cannot be repeated. We cannot and will not allow another season of violence to be initiated for the gain of some seeking political office.Some may want to say that my call to witness and prayer is a violation of the separation of church and state. Let me be clear then, my focus is not the political process or the endorsement of any candidate, but rather the exercise of my role as a bishop of the church, to protect God’s people and especially those in my diocese.It is my job to oppose evil, ignorance, and sin. This planned “political event” in Patchogue meets all three criteria.  Either the organizers are ignorant of the days when there appeared to be open season on immigrants—especially day-workers and their families—or the entire event is designed to reignite the hatred that existed and use it for political gain. Either way, you should know that the church stands with you. And we will continue to stand with you, as in the past, against the ignorance and violence of those who focus on hate and seek to draw others into their fear of people who are different from themselves.In Jesus Christ we are all one body, brother and sisters of each other. United we will face the ignorance of those who seek to divide us in fear. Together we will build bridges of love and acceptance, not walls of fear and intolerance. Together we will seek to respect and admire the differences that make us unique children of God and build a community in which all are seen as equal and all know the dignity that is incarnate in our humanity. The Rev. Vinnie Van Lainson says: April 14, 2016 at 9:41 am May God bless the bishop and his holy intention, in Jesus name. Amen. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Frank Riggio-Preston says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Br. John Ryan, O.C.P. says: Tags Rector Pittsburgh, PA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Doug Desper says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL Long Island bishop issues letter regarding political activity Republican fundraiser to take place near site of 2008 hate crime Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events Faith & Politics Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rev. Mark H. Hatch says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Posted Apr 13, 2016 Margaret Bullitt-Jonas says: Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ April 13, 2016 at 7:14 pm I am so proud of Bishop Provenzano’s forceful statement. It only begs the question of why so many others in leadership positions, lay and religious, remain silent in the face of evil. God bless Bishop Provenzano. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis last_img read more

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first_img Rector Belleville, IL Por Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Sep 19, 2016 Featured Events Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID House of Bishops, The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit an Event Listing Submit a Job Listing Karen Weaver, alcaldesa de Flint, habla sobre la crisis de agua de la ciudad durante una sesión informativa en la iglesia episcopal de San Pablo. El obispo Todd Ousley, obispo de la Diócesis de Michigan Oriental, a la extrema derecha, y el Rdo. Dan Scheid, rector de San Pablo, organizaron el encuentro como la primera parada de un recorrido por los ministerios de la Iglesia Episcopal en Flint para los obispos, sus cónyuges y otras personas. También participaron el senador estatal Jim Ananich (D-Flint), líder de la minoría del Senado de Michigan, a la izquierda, y el Dr. Larry Reynolds, pediatra y miembro del Equipo Asesor sobre el Agua en Flint. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.[Episcopal News Service – Flint, Michigan] Aun antes de que la crisis hidráulica en Flint, Michigan, se convirtiera en una emergencia nacional a fines de enero, la Diócesis Episcopal de Michigan Oriental estaba distribuyendo agua y asociándose con otras iglesias y agrupaciones para responder a lo que el obispo Todd Ousley llamó “el abandono sistemático e intencional” de los residentes de la ciudad por parte del gobierno.En Flint, como en muchas de las partes de Michigan que padecen el deterioro de la industria automotriz, “hay una constante y sistemática ignorancia de los apuros de las personas [que viven] en la pobreza y de las personas de color”, dijo Ousley a un grupo de obispos, sus cónyuges y otras personas que lo acompañaron en un viaje a Flint el 17 de septiembre.Un sesenta por ciento de los aproximadamente 96.000 residentes de la ciudad son afroamericanos y un 41,6 de los residentes de Flint viven por debajo del umbral de la pobreza, uno de los índices de pobreza más altos en Estados Unidos.La Iglesia Episcopal en Michigan Oriental reconoció que fue llamada a responder a las necesidades humanas en Flint y que la respuesta se convirtió en evangelización activa, dijo Ousley. Y los episcopales respondieron “en relación con las personas que nos dicen cuáles son sus preocupaciones y necesidades”, afirmó.El viaje del 17 de septiembre fue parte del programa de la reunión de la Cámara de Obispos que sesiona del 15 al 20 de septiembre en la vecina Detroit.La crisis hidráulica se ha convertido para los episcopales de Michigan Oriental en una manera de “vivir deliberadamente el Pacto Bautismal de una manera a la que no nos habíamos tenido que enfrentar en el pasado”, dijo Ousley.El llamado a socorrer las necesidades de los residentes de Flint en el corto plazo, y a abogar por soluciones y cambios sistémicos a largo plazo, es lo que Ousley llamó una “clara intersección” de todas las promesas del Pacto Bautismal.“Uno no podría decir que esto es sólo un problema de justicia o que esto es sólo un problema de dignidad”, dijo él. “Está enfrascado en la totalidad del Pacto Bautismal”.El Rdo. Dan Scheid, rector de la iglesia episcopal de San Pablo en Flint, presenta a Danielle Brown, directora ejecutiva del Centro Cristo para la Superación, quien habló acerca de cómo Flint necesita a personas inspiradas a ministrar y que también sepan o estén dispuestas a aprender acerca de las necesidades de la ciudad. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.O, en las palabras de Danielle Brown, directora ejecutiva del Centro Cristo para la Superación [Christ Enrichment Center] “no puedes tirar por la borda a toda una ciudad en mi presencia”.Pero “tirar por la borda a una ciudad” es lo que Ousley dijo que ha estado sucediendo en Flint durante décadas.Michigan ha tenido durante mucho tiempo la reputación de haber sido líder del movimiento antiesclavista, y posteriormente de crear una movilidad ascensional sin precedentes para los afroamericanos, dijo Ousley. “Pero también tiene el historial de ser, no obstante, uno de los campos de actuación de la dominación blanca y de la reconfiguración de la esclavitud”, señaló él.Ousley arguyó que la migración de afroamericanos a Michigan después de la segunda guerra mundial se produjo en una era cuando los trabajadores blancos de la industria automotriz o bien pasaban a la gerencia de la industria o se iban en busca de empleos a otra parte.En tanto la industria automotriz de EE.UU. comenzaba su decadencia de décadas, Flint se vio afectada económicamente y al final perdió más de la mitad de sus residentes.Mientras tanto, la necesidad de un suministro de agua potable en Flint se ignoró durante años, dijo Ousley, mientras General Motors descargaba “miles de millones de galones de desechos en el río Flint, que era el suministro de agua potable de la ciudad”. Según Ousley, el río llegó a estar tan contaminado que los funcionarios municipales de Flint comenzaron a tener acceso al acueducto de Detroit. El preció que Detroit cobraba hizo de las tasas de agua de Flint las más elevadas del país.Ousley dijo también que él ve la historia de Flint, en parte, como muestra de un racismo ambiental [que responde] a un antiguo patrón de localizar a personas de color en zonas donde era probable que hubiera un alto nivel de contaminación en el suelo y en las vías fluviales”.Hay ahora hectáreas de terrenos abandonados en Flint donde se alzaron alguna vez las fábricas de automóviles de GM y la fuerza laboral de la GM en Flint ha descendido de 80.000 obreros a unos 5.000. Según la base impositiva declinaba, los funcionarios municipales, y más recientemente los administradores de emergencia nombrados por el gobernador y con poderes casi ilimitados, comenzaron a vender bienes municipales para pagar las facturas.“Nos han despojado de todo”, dijo la alcaldesa Karen Weaver al grupo durante la escala en la iglesia episcopal de San Pablo [St. Paul’s Episcopal Church] en el centro de Flint.La iglesia episcopal de San Pablo, que se convirtió en un centro de distribución de agua, es un ejemplo de cómo esas fuerzas económicas jugaron con las vidas de la gente. General Motors se fundó en Flint y sólo más tarde se mudó al sureste de Detroit. A San Pablo una vez se le conoció como “los directivos de General Motors en oración”, dijo Ousley.Ahora, la parroquia es “una sombra de lo que fue una vez” en términos de finanzas y miembros, pero tiene un rico legado de dotaciones de esos miembros del pasado. Esas dotaciones contribuyen a su ministerio con los residentes de Flint que se han quedado a la zaga.En abril de 2014, el administrador de emergencias de Flint, en una medida para ahorrar dinero, ordenó que el suministro de agua pasara temporalmente del acueducto de Detroit al del río Flint hasta que Flint pudiera construir su propio acueducto para traer el agua del lago Hurón, que le suministra el agua a Detroit. Al mismo tiempo, el administrador de emergencia, buscando ahorrar $100 diarios, ordenó que el agua no fuese tratada con un producto químico para evitar que pasara plomo de las cañerías al agua que corría por ellas. Según el New York Times, el estado le había dicho, equivocadamente, a los funcionarios [municipales] de Flint que las ordenanzas federales no exigían el tratamiento con productos químicos,A esto siguió luego una serie de pruebas falsificadas, de advertencias que fueron ignoradas y de denuncias de los residentes de decoloración y mal olor en el agua, así como de erupciones en la piel, que fueron desestimadas. En octubre de 2014, General Motors cambió el suministro de agua para sus restantes operaciones en Flint para el lago Hurón, porque el agua de Flint estaba corroyendo las piezas de metal en sus fábricas.Mucho antes de que los funcionarios locales volvieran a cambiar de nuevo el agua de la ciudad para el sistema del acueducto de Detroit y se retractaran de las garantías [que habían dado] sobre la calidad del agua de Flint, las iglesias y otras organizaciones comunitarias se pusieron a trabajar.“La gracia de Dios pasó a vuelo de pájaro por este lugar” al día siguiente de que la crisis de agua de Flint llegara a ser evidente, dijo Craig Leavitt, obrero metalúrgico de General Motors y actual guardián menor de San Pablo que dirige el Ministerio Comunitario Multicultural del Centro Urbano de Flint. Leavitt habló en la iglesia episcopal de San Andrés en el este de la ciudad, a un grupo de obispos, sus cónyuges y otras personas que estaban haciendo un recorrido por los sitios del ministerio de la Iglesia Episcopal en Flint. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.La Agencia Episcopal de Ayuda y Desarrollo respondió enseguida y resultó asombroso, según Craig Leavitt, ex obrero metalúrgico de GM y actual guardián menor de San Pablo, que dirige el Ministerio Comunitario Multicultural del Centro Urbano [Downtown Crossover Outreach Ministry] de Flint.“Casi antes de que (la alcaldesa de Flint) Karen Weaver abriera la boca para decir que teníamos plomo en el agua, ellos estaban aquí”, le dijo él al grupo durante su escala en la iglesia episcopal de San Andrés [St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church] en la parte este de la ciudad.También llegaron subvenciones de las diócesis de Michigan Oriental y Michigan Occidental, y donaciones provenientes de parroquias del bajo Michigan. San Pablo se asoció con San Andrés y con el Centro Cristo para la Superación, junto con otras organizaciones, para brindarles a los residentes acceso al agua potable. El flujo de donaciones fue tremendo y, según dijo Ousley “probablemente tengamos suficiente agua embotellada para sobrevivir durante décadas”.Las colaboraciones que se forjaron en esos tiempos se mantienen ahora concentradas en las necesidades permanentes de décadas futuras. Esas necesidades incluyen acceso a la educación y a los llamados alimentos que mitigan los efectos del plomo, así como asesoría espiritual y psicológica. El Centro Cristo para la Superación, fundado por congregaciones episcopales vecinas, se encuentra a la vanguardia en responder a muchos de los necesitados de educación y apoyo.Existe también la interrogante de cómo los residentes de Flint pueden afrontar el costo de remplazar las cañerías del agua de sus casas que se han visto irreversiblemente afectadas por la corrosión. Incluso los residentes que cuentan con el dinero para hacerlo, estarían invirtiendo en una casa que vale menos de la mitad de lo que valía en 2008, apuntó Ousley.Y existe otra necesidad, le dijo Weaver al grupo en San Pablo: esperanza, signos visibles de esperanza. El municipio ha comenzado a reemplazar las cañerías dañadas en la parte municipal del acueducto y esa obra está ofreciendo un destello de esa esperanza. Todas las casas han podido conseguir un filtro de agua, pero los filtros están instalados en las cocinas, dijo Weaver, no en los baños, y, por consiguiente, la mayoría de las personas no tiene agua filtrada para bañarse. Los indigentes aún pasan trabajo para encontrar agua potable, añadió ella.Y persiste la desconfianza. A los residentes les dijeron durante meses que el agua era buena, ¿cómo van a creer en esas garantías ahora?, preguntó Weaver.Entre tanto, el Senado de EE.UU. dio un pequeño paso la semana pasada para ayudar a Flint. El 15 de septiembre, en una votación de 95 a 3, aprobó la Ley de Desarrollo de Recursos Hidráulicos que autoriza a gastar $270 millones para ayudar a Flint y a otras comunidades pobres que se han visto afectadas por el agua contaminada con plomo. Es una suma útil, le dijo al grupo Jim Ananich (D-Flint) y líder de la minoría del Senado de Michigan, pero sigue siendo una “gota en el cubo” si se le compara con lo que su ciudad necesita.Sin embargo, el proyecto de ley no incluye ninguna financiación inmediata y, en su lugar, aprueba proyectos para futuros gastos federales de los comités de asignaciones del Congreso. La Cámara de Representantes aún no ha votado sobre el proyecto de ley y su versión no incluye a Flint, aunque los que respaldan su inclusión están tratando de remediar eso.Enfrentar el futuro de Flint conllevará fe combinada con experiencia, dijo Brown, directora del Centro Cristo de Superación, quien le dijo al grupo que ella no es episcopal, pero que acude a hacer su trabajo con el fervor de una evangelista.“Estoy entrenada como una profesional de servicios humanos, pero soy también una santa de Dios”, y agregó, “si ustedes tienen una pasión de servir al pueblo de Dios y saben qué hacer, o tienen un deseo de aprender a hacerlo o incluso de traer a personas que sepan hacerlo, luego colaborativamente pueden ver en verdad algún espléndido éxito dentro del ministerio”.Ousley dijo que hace cinco años cuando Brown ocupó la presidencia del centro, el futuro del mismo era dudoso debido a una administración inepta, una falta de capacidad para hacer el trabajo esperado y conflictos entre y dentro de las iglesias episcopales que auspiciaban el centro. “Pero había lealtad”, añadió él, y Brown aportó “gran sacrificio y creatividad” —y calma cuando el cielorraso de su oficina le cayó encima. Revivir el centro significó repensar la colaboración congregacional y diocesana, apuntó Ousley.Para él, el crecimiento del centro en el ministerio es un símbolo de la respuesta de la diócesis a la crisis de Flint.“No doy gracias por la crisis del agua, sino por la oportunidad de ser la Iglesia en medio de esa crisis que nos ha fortalecido como Iglesia y como cristianos individuales”, afirmó.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Un ministerio en la asediada ciudad encarna las promesas bautismales House of Bishops Fall 2016 Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Bath, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ last_img read more