Month: June 2021

  • Wales’ Christmas wishes

    first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Wales’ rugby stars have a very special goal in mind as they attempt to mark the 130th anniversary of the founding of the Welsh Rugby Union in style in 2011.The players from Warren Gatland’s Autumn squad where asked to fill in a wish-list for Santa Claus, just like children all over the country at this time of year, to help visitors to the Millennium Stadium Santa Tours get into the Christmas spirit and it was no surprise that most of them went for victory on the rugby pitch as their top present.The likes of Martyn Williams, Stephen Jones and George North all contributed to lists which are now on display in the Millennium Stadium dressing rooms as part of the festive Tours – which are available everyday right up until Christmas.If Wales can emulate their RBS 6 Nations success of 2005 and 2008 by notching their 11th Grand Slam they will eclipse the achievement of the great sides of the Seventies and make it a centenary celebration of the first ‘official’ Grand Slam.And that’s exactly what Williams and many of his colleagues have asked Santa for this year, with the veteran Blues flanker and Scarlets playmaker Jones going one step further and asking for success in the 2011 Rugby World Cup as well.Williams, Gavin Henson, Shane Williams and Gethin Jenkins figured in all 10 games in 2005 and 2008 Grand Slam seasons and could now challenge a quartet of Welsh rugby legends who – during the two ‘Golden Eras’ of the 70’s and 1900’s managed to play in every game in three Grand Slams – Billy Trew and Jim Webb between 1908-11 and Gareth Edwards and JPR Williams in the Seventies notched up a tally of 12 appearances in three respective Grand SlamsWhile Wales beat all four nations in the 1908 and 1909 Championships, it wasn’t until 1910 that Scotland began to play France and the Five Nations Championship became a 10 match competition.Even though 1908 and 1909 are included among Wales’ nine Grand Slams to date, there is something extra special about the one they achieved in 1911 to make it three clean-sweeps in four years.Trew’s team scored 18 tries in their four games and conceded only five tries as they made it 16 championship wins in 17 outings between 1907-11. In the Seventies, the Welsh side managed 17 wins in 20 games between 1975-79.The Welsh record during the recent championship resurgence might not match the figures of the two Golden Eras – 15 in 23 games between 2004-09 – but if Gatland’s men can make it three Grand Slams in seven seasons, they will surpass the achievement of the Seventies when it was three in eight.Wales’ Grand Slams have all come in spurts. The three in the early years of the 20th century, 1908, 1909 and 1911, were followed by two more in the Fifties, in 1950 and 1952, three in the Seventies, 1971, 1976 and 1978, and then two in the Noughties, 2005 and 2008. “It’s a good excuse to enjoy a mince pie while the team nutritionist isn’t watching and with a free gift for every child, a visit to Santa’s grotto and a tour of the Millennium Stadium, it’s a great value day out for the family.”Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) can be picked up for £32 and include a 10% discount in the WRU store and cafe bar, a free mince pie and drink and a present from Santa for all the children. For more details and to book a tour, call 029 2082 2228 or visit millenniumstadium.com/tour.center_img So, if you are wondering what to get for the Welsh rugby player who has everything, a 2011 Grand Slam would seem to be the order of the day.North, who broke through into the Welsh squad this Autumn with a famous two-try debut against South Africa, concurred with his team-mates about wanting success on the rugby pitch but also added some more traditional requests to his list.The Scarlets wing went for a rugby ball and a new pair of boots along with a Championship win for the international side and all three players where obviously under the influence of Ospreys scrum-half Mike Phillips when they added a ‘Duffy’ CD  to their Santa lists.Music was a common theme amongst the squad with ipods and computer games also proving popular, as was a more surreal request – as a group, in one form or another, the Wales squad have collectively asked Santa to encourage Blues, Lions and Wales prop Gethin Jenkins to smile more often.The full Christmas wish-lists from the squad form part of the special Millennium Stadium Santa tours which now run daily and are administered from the Cardiff Arms Shop/Cafe on Westgate Street next to Gate 4 of the Stadium.The store and cafe bar will open its doors until 8pm every Thursday evening until Christmas for late night shoppers to enjoy a mince pie and a gingerbread latte after browsing the full range of WRU merchandise.And Santa will be setting up his Welsh headquarters deep in the heart of the iconic stadium to add Christmas cheer to the popular Millennium Stadium Tours everyday until 24th December.“With the players working hard to focus on each upcoming game, you find yourself forgetting that Christmas is around the corner!” commented Wales and British and Irish Lions fly-half Jones.“It’s great news for all the young rugby fans out there that they can share the magic of the Millennium Stadium experience with Santa’s special tours this Christmas.”Martyn Williams is also excited about what Father Christmas has up his merry red sleeve for the first ever Santa Tours at the home of Welsh rugby: “I’ll be sure to bring the kids along for a Santa Tour,” he said.last_img read more

  • Dan Cole’s Top 5 tightheads

    first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Likely England tighthead for the World Cup, Dan Cole took time out to tell us the toughest tightheads he played against They’ll be the first to tell you, but the tighthead is one of the most important positions on the pitch. The anchor of the pack and a crucial cog at the set-piece, they’re now expected to hit rucks, dominate the contact area and make turnovers.We spoke to one of the world’s best tightheads in 50-cap England No 3 Dan Cole about five of the toughest opponents he’s faced…Carl Hayman New Zealand, 45 caps“When I started propping at 18, Carl Hayman was the man. Technically he’s spot-on. At 6ft 4in, he’s tall for a prop but he knows how to use his size, he stays straight, scrummages legally and has a huge work rate around the field. When he came to Newcastle, he was a revelation, I think he was playing 10 in some games. What I mean by that is he was happy to stand at first receiver, which was unheard of for a tighthead. He was the pioneer of an all-round game for tightheads. A thoroughly modern prop.”Giant among men: Carl Hayman is revered as a tighthead in the gameNicolas Mas, France, 78 caps“Unlike Carl Hayman, Nicolas Mas is a lot shorter, under 6ft and much lighter, more like 110 kilos but physically he was very, very strong. He would get in awkward positions under the hooker, and I can tell you they were difficult positions to get into. It takes a lot of grit to do what he has done for such a long time and I’ve seen him destroy a fair few scrums in his time. Mas is proper old school, the angles he props at. He’s a typical French prop forward in a way – they love their scrummaging.”Old-school: Nicolas Mas has been the bedrock of the French scrum for a decadeJulian White, England, 51 caps On the hoof: 50-cap tighthead Dan Cole is heading for the World Cup center_img “Julian White was a hard man. Coming through the academy at Leicester as a kid, there was Castro, but Whitey was the one we all looked up to. He’d talk to us about what was most important as a tighthead. First and foremost it was the scrummage. He was the standardbearer for that. Being around him, you saw the attitude he would bring. He set that bar for us at the Tigers. Whitey saw the scrum as confrontational place, a platform where he could influence the game. He wanted to dominate the opposition and had a real pride in his scrummaging. He showed me you could win a game up front.”Enforcer: Julian White saw the scrum as a place for confrontationOwen Franks, New Zealand, 68 caps“Another All Black and while Owen Franks wasn’t in Hayman’s league as a scrummager, although technically he is still very solid. He’s given the All Blacks set-piece stability/solidity over many years. As a player, he’s comfortable with the ball-in-hand, he’ll throw a miss pass if he want to, and he gets through his work in the loose. A genuine all-court tighthead.”Modern prop: Owen Franks is solid at the set-piece and dynamic in the loosePieter de Villiers, France, 69 caps “I watched Pieter de Villiers from afar, playing for Stade Francais and France for many years. I think he grew up in South Africa but played for France he was in a really powerful front-row that dominated. If you looked closely, he would set up in a funny angle and looked really awkward to prop against. I remember him going over to South Africa with France and destroying the Springbok scrum over there, which doesn’t happen often. He was a formidable unit.”Destroyer: Pieter de Villiers was a very technical, powerful No 3Dan Cole was appearing alongside his England team mates at the launch of the innovative England Rugby World Cup shirt #CommittedtoEngland. Visit Canterbury.comlast_img read more

  • Analysis: How centres Sam Burgess and Henry Slade combined for England

    first_imgThis would have had Mike Catt and Andy Farrell purring. It is a slick pattern. Farrell stands at first receiver with two forward runners (labelled A1 and A2) to hold the defence. He pulls it back to Slade at second receiver who has two more carriers (B1 and B2) on his left shoulder:Communication and collective understanding needs to be pinpoint to achieve this situation. More pleasing still though would have been Slade’s decision-making.With Parra jamming across to cover Mako Vunipola, he simply misses out his forward runners to find May:Reaping rewardsSo, within quarter of an hour England had alternated between direct and expansive play. Then came Watson’s stunning second:Interestingly, Slade begins at first receiver, feeding Burgess:Taking it to the line, Burgess sucks in Dumoulin and Lamerat before finding Farrell on a wrap-around:Though Lamerat drifts off the carrier quickly, a slight delay is all May needs to slice through a gap…..before his offload bypasses three Frenchmen and sets away Watson:This was a training ground move executed flawlessly.In the second half, Burgess made more headway for England with an uncomplicated carry:This gives us a chance to examine how the centres set up. Much as he did on domestic duty last season alongside burly Sam Hill, Slade stands at inside centre and fades behind Burgess:Again, Burgess lays a platform:Care moves the ball right through the forwards before Farrell switches play via Geoff Parling:Note that Slade has continued on his path, holding the French defence on the right-hand side of the ruck. At this point, it would be easy for Burgess to steam ahead and take a crash ball. Instead, he fades behind Kieran Brookes: Parra again tries to cut off the move but Burgess’ quick transfer puts Vunipola into space after Brookes (circled) crouches to evade Farrell’s pass:Clearly, the presence of Burgess on the gain-line thoroughly pre-occupied France.Creating spaceBack in December, we analysed Burgess’ first start for Bath and how he was used effectively as a decoy runner. This weekend, plenty of space was manufactured for others. Take this phase:England’s two-wave structure is in play once more, and Burgess takes it to the line before hitting Slade behind James Haskell: Slade’s kick is weighted very delicately, such that the chase boxes in Spedding:Territorial awareness – another box ticked.Back to Burgess for now, though. Later on, Farrell perhaps should have scored straight from this scrum:France are simply fixated on Burgess. Rory Kockott is at pains to reiterate his threat during the scrum:Consequently, Remi Tales tiptoes towards the centre while Gael Fickou sits back on his heels. Farrell is ignored as a running threat, and gets to within five metres:Should Lancaster hand Burgess more opportunities, this can be developed much further.Learning pointsIt would be unfair and inconceivable for a rookie centre pairing to deliver a mistake-free match. Sure enough, there were a couple of errors.Burgess conceded two penalties in the space of ten seconds, receiving a yellow card from referee John Lacey after taking out Parra with ten metres of a quick-tap penalty and then failing to roll away from his own tackle on Vincent Debaty:At full-time, Burgess spoke of the need to curb his instincts. Indeed, the sin bin could end up as a beneficial footnote to his debut.Parra was on his 60th cap and handed Burgess a lesson in restraint. He has heeded plenty of tutorials in the past nine months and this was a far better environment to learn than during the World Cup.Slade also fell victim to a rush of blood, taking out Parra from a Farrell restart:He was very lucky to escape further sanction, but showed his class in the second half by correcting himself:Positioned in backfield with Farrell, he signals to his fly half to go to the air……making sure to stay behind him until contact is made:Slade then climbs to beat Louis Picamoles to the ball……batting it backwards for Alex Corbisiero to secure:With Jonathan Joseph and Brad Barritt all but assured of a berth, Luther Burrell and Billy Twelvetrees must be itching for a start in Paris. Two debutants undertaking a high-stakes audition at Twickenham. Two centres with entirely different attributes who had taken contrasting paths to their first Test cap – one a code-hopping superstar, the other a precocious talent graduating from an outstanding stint in representative age-group action.It was suggested that Sam Burgess and Henry Slade were playing for a single place in Stuart Lancaster’s 31-strong Rugby World Cup squad. However, alongside the excellent Alex Goode at full-back, both players made a compelling case for involvement.Though England’s forwards were uncharacteristically overrun by a gnarled France pack, Burgess and Slade gave eye-catching performances in the backline. Here is a run-down of how they combined in midfield.Defence – stepping in and sliding offA big reason Lancaster has been so keen on bringing in Burgess is the big-game temperament and innate charisma he demonstrated in league – an intangible ability to inspire teammates and grasp the occasion, hauling momentum back to his side.Just two minutes into Saturday evening’s installment of Le Crunch, there was evidence that this has translated to union:Twickenham erupted at the sight of France skipper Dimitri Szarzewski being man-handled. At any level, such a robust, domineering tackle lifts confidence across the entire team.But this is not an isolated piece of individual brilliance. It is a product of England’s organisation and the mutual understanding between their centres.Watch this snapshot of the previous phase as Slade calls over his forwards from the blindside to fill in around the breakdown on the openside:When they are in position taking care of the fringes, Slade and Burgess can charge off the gain-line and pick up France’s midfield runners as Morgan Parra finds half-back ally Francois Trinh-Duc:Burgess identifies Szarzewski as the recipient of Trinh-Duc’s pass and hits the hooker around the sternum, stalling the attack drastically:Because the collision is rather upright, Slade can latch onto the contact area and drive Burgess further towards the France line:The visitors backpedal to recycle possession, but the end result is that they have static ball around eight metres behind the gain-line:France did manage to manoeuvre the England defence nicely from here though. A neat chip behind Burgess manufactured an opportunity on the right as the Bath Rugby man was beaten on the turn:Slade does not have the stature nor the power of Burgess. However, he remains a highly effective, intelligent defender.Watch here as he is part of an England drift that deals with a sweeping France attack:First, Slade and Calum Clark press up as Trinh-Duc catches Parra’s pass:Realising that Trinh-Duc is going behind his first wave of support runners to blindside wing Brice Dulin, they then curve round to the left to shut off the space:As Dulin opts to kick, England have all bases covered. Remi Lamerat has cut a line back infield, but Slade and Farrell are waiting for him.Goode has stepped in to take Dulin and Jonny May is already turned to field the grubber while wary of Sofiane Guituone outside him:Outside centre is not an easy place to defence, but Slade often makes it look fairly straightforward.Burgess is more of an abrasive presence, and another astute read saw him bury Alexandre Dumoulin later in the first half.Despite a ten-minute spell in the sin bin – which we will come onto – the 26 year-old ended up at the summit of England’s tackle-count charts. He looked for work, as this second-half effort epitomised:Now, though Geoff Parling and Farrell make decent contact on Uini Atonio here, the hefty tighthead is set to score before Burgess steps in.England were down to 14 men in the wake of  Clark’s yellow card, but Burgess sees the threat around the fringes from his spot in the middle of the field……and gets across to force the ball loose:Such details do not get lost on Lancaster. While there are certainly technical aspects to hone, the primal desire of Burgess will have impressed him.Dovetailing dangerouslyTwo-sided attack – the ability to take on the defence either side of any given breakdown – has long been a goal of Lancaster’s. As such, he is an advocate of deploying two natural playmakers in his backline.On Saturday night, his match-day 23 was loaded with ball-players. Farrell, Goode and Slade started, while Billy Twelvetrees and Danny Cipriani joined the fray from the bench. All have experience of playing at fly-half.The ploy paid off handsomely early on:We start as Ben Morgan is just about to break off England’s lineout maul. Slade is standing at inside centre:His position means he must attend the ruck as Morgan carries. Slade does not shirk the dirty work:Richard Wigglesworth moves the ball left for another trundle through the forwards. England are now around 25 metres in from the right touchline. There is an inviting blindside to attack.Slade, retreating behind the ball following his breakdown assignment, has his head up and sees this:He demands the ball from Wigglesworth and ships it onto Anthony Watson as quickly as possible. Slade is so flat to the gain-line that Trinh-Duc is invited to tackle him:From years in the same age-group sides, the Exeter Chief knows Watson can do special things in one-on-one situations. The electric, in-to-out finish would not have surprised him.With a distributor such as Slade in the side, England could spread the ball wide rapidly.When they wanted to punch more narrowly though, Burgess was on hand. Watch this series of phases from the first half. First, Burgess is unleashed from a lineout:There is a bit of a fumble and his stance is quite upright, but Burgess still attracts a couple of defenders and delivers a pristine platform beyond the gain-line thanks to neat ball presentation. Meanwhile, Slade has slipped into first receiver……and throws a cut-out pass to test France on the edge of the field:Scott Spedding actually comes up nicely on the left to cover Watson on this occasion, but England kept the ball and set up something even more clever: LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Double trouble: Sam Burgess and Henry Slade during England’s 19-14 victory over France Lancaster has 80 minutes of game-time left before he must name his 31. Another version of Le Crunch in Paris signals decision-time on his prospective centres.This weekend may have muddied the waters. But Lancaster’s headache is a happy one. At the very least, Burgess and Slade underlined the considerable value they would offer to England’s pursuit of the World Cup. TAGS: Highlight The midfield of Sam Burgess and Henry Slade will have caused Stuart Lancaster a selection headache against France on Saturday.last_img read more

  • Junctures and Jaguares: A Q&A with new Argentina chief Greg Peters

    first_imgThe future’s orange: Pumas captain Agustin Creevy models the Jaguares strip (Pic: Gallo Images/Getty)GP: We obviously want to win the competition eventually but you have to temper expectations against what is the best rugby competition in the world. We are playing against the best players in the world, week in week out, and the travel burden is of huge significance. Most of the other teams have been used to that for more than 20 years, but it will be a huge challenge for us.RW: If winning Super Rugby is a long-term goal, what is the aim for this season?GP: I believe we will perform better than any other new entrant to Super Rugby has performed in their first year.RW: On paper the new Japan franchise joining Super Rugby, the Sunwolves, is arguably the weakest of all the Super Rugby teams. Are you worried about how competitive they will be in their first season?Tall order: The Sunwolves, here in friendly action, are expected to struggle (Pic: Jili Press)GP: All of the new entrants, including the Southern Kings in South Africa, have had their own unique set of challenges. The Sunwolves have had their share but are catching up quickly. Led by Mark Hammett, they may well surprise, but it is a medium- to long-term project, rather than expecting success from day one.RW: The Jaguares are the first professional rugby team to be based in Argentina. How does the side fit in with the country’s amateur foundations?GP: This is an important moment. We want anything that can boost the profile of the game to attract new fans, players, men, women and children, coaches and referees. We want to create a spectacle that is appealing and entertaining. But we need to protect the strength of the amateur game, the golden nugget of Argentine rugby, to ensure that is enhanced and not diminished.RW: You’re a proud New Zealander but as the head of a rival union, after the All Blacks’ back-to-back World Cups, is their dominance a concern?GP: There is no doubt they are at the pinnacle but all major sports have an equivalent. I’m not concerned at all – you always want a benchmark to aspire to, while we all try to improve and knock them off their perch.RW: Can Argentina register a first-ever win over New Zealand in the next four-year cycle before the 2019 World Cup? Puma party: Leonardo Senatore celebrates with fans after Argentina’s World Cup win v Ireland (Pic: Getty) GP: It will be tough but we would love to have our maiden victory over the All Blacks. Everyone involved in Argentina rugby will be working hard to achieve that goal.Flying circus: The darlings of last year’s World Cup have lots more goals in their sights (Pic: Getty Images)For the latest Rugby World magazine subscription offers, click here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img The former CEO of SANZAR has moved halfway around the world to take up the role of General Manager at the Unión Argentina de Rugby (UAR). Alastair Pickering speaks to him about the move and the creation of Argentina’s first professional team RW: What convinced you to leave one of the biggest jobs in global rugby to head up a single national union?    GP: I had reached a juncture. We had the expanded competition in place, broadcasting deals locked and loaded for the next cycle, with a significant increase, and the SANZAR joint venture had been renegotiated to include Argentina. That made it the right time to consider new opportunities. When the UAR approached me it wasn’t too difficult to make the decision.RW: After Argentina’s strong showing at last year’s World Cup, you couldn’t have moved to Buenos Aires at a better time…GP: The way we played at the World Cup appealed to a lot of people, not just here in Argentina but globally. In many ways we were the darlings of the tournament because we performed so well, playing an attractive brand of rugby that people want to see.RW: How were the performances received back home in Argentina?GP: The success of the team was massive news in a football-mad country. During the World Cup, rugby had a great deal of prominence in the media, assisted by the appearance of Diego Maradona at some of our matches – which went viral all over the world!RW: Was the expectation before the tournament to reach a second World Cup semi-final?GP: We actually had goals to go further than the semi-finals. I’m very happy with where we ended up but in terms of achieving our overall aim, we backed ourselves to give it a good crack in the semi-final, but were playing catch-up rugby right from the start.Face of change: Greg Peters wants Argentina to build on their heady progress of recent years (Pic: Getty)RW: Does the team’s success make your job harder?GP: We have never been able to hide under the radar. Argentina is a proud rugby nation and where we are now is the result of seven or eight years’ work put in long before I was here, by the Board and other individuals, including Agustin Pichot (the former Argentina captain). They have worked hard to establish high-performance centres throughout the country which are now producing world-class players.RW: The new Jaguares team will compete in an expanded Super Rugby competition this year. How difficult was it to convince the majority of Argentina’s World Cup squad to return home, despite the money on offer elsewhere, particularly in France and England?GP: We are not in a position to compete with the European market, just like our southern hemisphere partners. We don’t have the resources or desire to compete at that level. But what is really exciting is that the players are so passionate about competing in Super Rugby and playing in their home country for the Jaguares.RW: The squad is a who’s who of Argentina rugby, boasting the likes of Juan Martín Hernández, Nicolas Sánchez, Santiago Cordero and Pumas captain Agustín Creevy. Will the team be successful in its first season?last_img read more

  • Social Media Reacts to Jamie Heaslip Retirement

    first_imgAnd the British & Irish Lions posted this message: Heaslip spent his entire professional career with Leinster, who tweeted: Springbok winger Bryan Habana congratulated Heaslip on a stellar career, as well as making a joke about accidental gurning! Social Media Reacts to Jamie Heaslip RetirementIrish back-rower Jamie Heaslip this week announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect.The former Ireland captain won 95 caps for his country between 2006 and 2017, but after having surgery on his back twice in 2017 has taken medical advice to stop playing due to the injury.Heaslip had a legendary career for Leinster and Ireland, winning three Heineken Cups and three Pro12 titles with his province as well as a Grand Slam in 2009 and two more Six Nations titles. He was also part of the Ireland team that famously beat New Zealand in 2016.The No 8 won five caps for the British & Irish Lions on the tours to South Africa in 2009 and Australia in 2013.The news of Heaslip’s retirement caused plenty of reaction on social media, his team-mates and rugby-playing contemporaries leading the way in paying tribute to the 34-year-old.Rugby icon Brian O’Driscoll played a significant portion of his career alongside Heaslip for Leinster, Ireland and the Lions, and he was quick to show his admiration on Twitter: As the social media reaction above shows, Heaslip will be missed on the world’s rugby pitches and it will be interesting to see what he does next.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter. Take a look at some of the social media reactions to Jamie Heaslip announcing his retirement from rugby Ending: Check out the social media reaction to Jamie Heaslip’s retirement (Getty Images) center_img Wales flanker Sam Warburton, who captained Heaslip on the 2013 Lions tour, was also full of praise: Former Ireland winger Simon Zebo was simple but effective with his post: The IRFU’s official Twitter account also shared a number of photos from throughout Heaslip’s career: TAGS: Leinster Heaslip’s former Leinster and Ireland team-mate Ian Madigan said:last_img read more

  • New generation explores intersection of faith, service, community

    first_img Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Smithfield, NC 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 Press Release Service Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events 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 Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN Youth & Young Adults Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Jobs & Calls Submit an Event Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Theological Education, Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Saint Hilda’s House interns have been serving as chaplains for Occupy in New Haven, Connecticut. They have held services, especially compline, regularly and helped organize others to offer different types of spiritual support such as meditation.[Episcopal News Service] Jordan Trumble fell in love with learning about religion at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. But after awhile, she realized studying the topic wasn’t enough.“So much of what I was learning in the classroom didn’t mean very much unless it had some practical application in my everyday life,” she said. “I was learning so much about what it means to be in community with others and to serve the poor and to serve in solidarity with the poor. It’s not that easy to do that when you’re going to a private, liberal arts university in a wealthy suburb. There was more to the world than what I had experienced.”Her desire to put those lessons into action led Trumble to spend a year as an HIV counselor with homeless youth through the Episcopal Urban Intern Program in Los Angeles. She then became an urban intern at Saint Hilda’s House in New Haven, Connecticut, spending a year doing parish administration at Christ Church and now dividing her time between a community soup kitchen and a food pantry and clothing closet.“I am currently in the process of discerning how I feel God is calling me to minister in the world around me – specifically, do I feel called to ordained ministry – and this is a really good community, both in the parish and in New Haven in general … to be considering that,” she said.Trumble is among more than 150 young adults interning through 21 Episcopal Service Corps programs, including the ones Trumble joined in Los Angeles and New Haven. Growing in number, these programs – many in urban settings – seek to develop leaders, offering participants a blend of service and faith formation while living in community.While some programs have existed as long as 20 years, most are in their first or second year of placing interns, said ESC Director Amity Carrubba, who is based in Chicago. The decision to network and form ESC is fairly new, with a board formed and the first director hired in 2009. Through the organization, member programs receive support for their work and ministries, share resources and offer a common application process, now open for the next round of internships.“The ultimate goal with our work with young adults is to create leaders for the church and for the world,” Carrubba said. “Each program is unique and has its own personality, its own charism, but we do have common shared values.”Young adult interns live in intentional Christian community, work at ministry sites in the larger community and participate in faith formation and vocational discernment.“It’s more than service,” Carrubba said. “We really do focus on that faith piece … Some of our programs are focused on discernment to ordained ministry, but most of our programs are not. We are interested in forming leaders both lay and ordained.”The “millennial” generation, she added, is “a generation that has grown up with service and volunteering being part of their school requirements in high school and in college. It’s a generation very oriented towards service. I think the Episcopal Service Corps and other programs like us really make sense to 20-somethings today. … It is that real engagement between faith and service, and really living out one’s faith.”The chance for that engagement attracted Deede Dixon, a Saint Hilda’s intern whose ministry this year includes organizing extracurricular activities and tutoring students at a K-8 public school.After graduating college in 2010, she worked at a nature center in New Hampshire. She enjoyed working with children in the mountain setting and the “deep bonding” that developed within the camp community but found she wanted to spend more time with students within their typical environment and missed having a church connection, she said. “It seemed like this program [in New Haven] could be a combination of that intentional community plus being in the city plus connecting with kids more regularly plus having a strong church presence again in my life.”Dixon is one of 17 Saint Hilda’s interns ages 22 to 31 doing urban ministry, vocational discernment and theological reflection in New Haven. Eight live in the former rectory at Christ Church, the other nine in two apartments in the “Hill district” beside Ascension Church, a church that had closed. Interns now worship daily in Ascension, and Christ Church hopes to create a program there similar to Saint Hilda’s for young clergy, said the Rev. Robert Hendrickson, Christ Church curate and program director of Saint Hilda’s and Ascension House.“I like the concept of, there’s an abandoned church across the street, and we’re bringing it to life again,” Dixon said.Dixon is part of the second group of Saint Hilda’s interns, who sign on for 10 months. All participate in daily morning prayer and in parish life and pursue a “pretty vigorous theological formation curriculum,” reading about a book a week, Hendrickson said. All occurs within the context of intentional community.“There’s this peer review and peer support that I think is crucial to doing difficult ministry,” Hendrickson said. “Each of those pieces builds on the other into the fullness of Christian living.”Trinity Episcopal Church, Wall Street, provided funding to launch the program, which is working toward becoming self-supporting, Hendrickson said. The interns’ worksites now drive most of the budget, he said. “Wherever one of the interns serves, they pay the program a fee, and then out of that fee we pay for their health care, their food, utilities, that kind of stuff. … We try to keep it as economical as possible, for anybody to join the program. They don’t have to bring money with them.”Trinity significantly helped both cultivating the ESC network and creating new internship programs, Carrubba said.This followed the Trinity board’s 2008 vote to make raising up “a next generation of leaders for the church” a top grants priority, said Erin Weber-Johnson, grants officer in the Anglican Relations Department at the Manhattan church.Board members saw large numbers “very gifted young adults” giving up a year to serve in the Peace Corps or other programs, she said. They wanted to find how to pair that interest “with Christian formation, and how to create some sort of discernment component as well.”Trinity brought together representatives of five Episcopal programs as well as other similar faith service programs to determine what factors would lead to sustainability long-term, Weber-Johnson said. “If we were to start funding young adult service programs, Trinity wanted to ensure that they were catalyzing a movement … one that had a long-lasting impact. What they found out was that these folks had some very common threads, although the programs themselves are diverse.”This included a financial model where interns received a small stipend from their worksites, which paid for 65 to 85 percent of overall program expenses; the use of one-on-one spiritual direction that came from someone other than program directors; discernment that looked beyond just ordained ministry; and Episcopal sponsorship, such as by a parish or a diocese.Trinity began making grants to start new programs, with funding over several years geared to help the programs reach sustainability. So far, Trinity has funded 12 programs with 10 launched and two expected to launch this fall, Weber-Johnson said.“People are excited and are really seeing this as a new movement and a new hope for the Episcopal Church,” she said. A survey of alumni of 13 programs, she said, showed more than 50 percent of participants went on to serve the church after their internships, “but not necessarily in ordained capacities.”Victoria Shao sees a direct connection between the service work she’s doing through Newark ACTS, a Diocese of Newark-sponsored program in its second year of accepting interns, and the work she hopes to pursue in the future.Shao works at the Holley Center, a residential facility for 65 emotionally disturbed children in Hackensack, New Jersey. She helps the children with schoolwork as well as plays with them. “In the near future,” she said, “my supervisor would like me to put on a simple skit or play with some of the kids and teach them basic acting skills. I look forward to that challenge.”“I have only been there for less than two months, and the kids that I work with regularly have really taken to me,” she said. “Likewise, I have connected with them. In the future, I plan to enter this line of work with foster children, so getting some real experience and such positive feedback is invaluable. … With my work here I feel like God is clarifying my call to work with this population.”Shao is among 10 Newark ACTS interns living in two houses in Newark and Union City. Launched with the help of Trinity and various diocesan funds, Newark ACTS costs about $280,000 to run and hopes to be “in the black” by the end of this program year, said Deacon Erik Soldwedel, program director.Soldwedel looks for interns with a diversity of gifts, talents and backgrounds, he said. “More than anything else, I look for your thirst. Are you thirsty to live into your covenant with God, to act into your faith?”He said he was particularly proud of the group’s diversity, with interns of different races and genders coming from different parts of the country and various Christian denominations. Shao has cerebral palsy, and she switched from an initial placement at a Jersey City church to the Holley Center after the church proved not accessible enough. One of the adjustments to living in community, she said, was having to “adapt to all of my housemates helping me a lot and being OK with that, because I’m really independent.”“To my knowledge, Victoria is ESC’s first volunteer with accessibility needs,” Carrubba said. “We’re asking all of our programs to access their ability to make their houses more accessible and partner with local organizations or the internship site as well. … That’s definitely a growing edge for ESC.”In New Haven, at least one intern traveled from overseas to enter the program. Oxford University graduate Alan Rimmer, who intends to become a priest in the Church of England, came to Saint Hilda’s hoping to broaden his opportunities to interact with different demographics as well as learn more about the Episcopal Church. “I didn’t, for example, have much experience with children, and becoming a minister I realized that I needed to explore that.”He’s working at a Catholic girls school that enrolls mostly disadvantaged backgrounds. His role includes organizing weekly gatherings, preaching, working with prefects, coordinating volunteers. “My classroom is the quiet space. If any of the students are having problems during the day … we send them up here and I talk through what’s going on with them.”“I got off the plane and almost immediately was thrown into work,” he recounted. “It was a baptism of fire – very tiring, but very rewarding as well.”He lives in the rectory in downtown New Haven. “I think one of the most striking things about the city is the extreme examples of wealth and poverty. … Some of the stories we hear from the chief of police are quite shocking. My mum’s quite worried about me, but it’s good. I feel like I’m needed.”While most interns serve for one year before moving on – sometimes to another service program – a few opt for a second year in a program. Richard Hogue came to Newark ACTS after serving in the Young Adult Service Corps in South Africa. He returned for a second year to discern if he was called to ordination.Besides the opportunity for discernment, Hogue said, he loves living in community, where he and other interns are partners in mission.“I love community,” he said. “That’s one of the big things I realized in South Africa when I was living alone. I loved the work I was doing but dreaded going home and living by myself.”Hogue worked at a Hoboken homeless shelter and now is doing administrative work at a tiny Union City congregation. “I get to see a lot of stuff a normal priest would deal with,” he said. “At the very least, I’m gaining a vast amount of experience and seeing the work of God from a different perspective.”For the Rev. Winnie Varghese, member of the ESC board member and the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council, participating in the Episcopal Urban Intern Program at Holy Faith Church in Inglewood, California, ultimately led to the priesthood.She worked for a mental health association, walking daily around Long Beach talking to homeless people to try to identify who needed services. The idea was “to kind of walk alongside them, become a trusted person, so that if they did want to receive services or access disability benefits or medicines or therapy of any kind, we could be an advocate for them,” she said. “It was difficult in every way imaginable.”She participated in weekly reflection groups, dinners and mentoring meetings; daily prayer as part of a rule of life; and monthly spiritual direction-counseling sessions. She found the support of the program and living in community invaluable, offering a chance to reflect on the grueling nature of the work, she said.“I had a very different sense of what my life would be like before the program, and I hear that from a lot of people,” said Varghese, priest-in-charge at St. Mark’s in the Bowery in New York and former chaplain at Columbia University. “My chaplain at college told me to think about it. I probably wouldn’t have lived my life in the church if he had not recommended I look at something like this.”“I really think this is the way forward in developing diverse and engaged leadership for the Episcopal Church that isn’t focused only on ordained leadership,” she said.Last year, 261 young adults applied for internships, she said. ESC is a “great sign of hope and also one of the best things happening in the church. It’s exciting and it’s growing, and people want to be a part of it.”—Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent. 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  • Rapidísimas

    first_img Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Por Onell A. SotoPosted Nov 13, 2012 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY 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 La oficina del Primer Ministro británico confirmó el 9 de noviembre que la Reina Isabel había aprobado la nominación de Justin Welby, obispo de la diócesis de Durham, como el 105º Arzobispo de Cantórbery, en una sucesión que se extiende por más de 1400 años. En su nuevo cargo Welby será obispo de la diócesis de Cantórbery, Primado de Inglaterra, Primado de Toda Inglaterra y líder espiritual de la Comunión Anglicana mundial. Además, coronará a los monarcas ingleses y servirá de orientación al pueblo en asuntos morales y cívicos.Según la ley la Comisión de Nominaciones de la Corona sometió su nombre a la oficina del Primer Ministro del Reino Unido, quien luego buscó la aprobación de la reina, suprema gobernadora de la Iglesia de Inglaterra. Antes de su ordenación al presbiterado en 1992, Welby estudio derecho e historia en la Universidad de Cambridge y luego pasó 11 años como ejecutivo de la industria petrolera. Después de una década en el ministerio parroquial, fue nombrado canónigo residente y sub-deán de la catedral de Coventry. De 2007 a 2012 fue deán de Liverpool.En 2011 fue electo obispo de Durham, la cuarta sede en orden jerárquico de la Iglesia de Inglaterra. Welby accedió automáticamente a un escaño en la Cámara de los Lores. Su entronización está programada para el 21 de marzo de 2013, en la catedral de Cantórbery. El arzobispo-electo sucederá a Rowan Williams, quien se jubila a fines de este año después de 10 años en el cargo. Welby está casado con Caroline. La pareja tiene cinco hijos, de 16 a 27 años de edad.La obispa primada de Estados Unidos, Katharine Jefferts Schori, dijo: “Me ha encantado saber del nombramiento del obispo Welby como arzobispo de Cantórbery. Él aporta el conocimiento de los inmensos desafíos del mundo en que la Comunión Anglicana procura actuar en el servicio de la misión restauradora y reconciliadora de Dios”.Las elecciones presidenciales en Estados Unidos se realizaron el 6 de noviembre conforme habían sido programadas. Ahora se siente más tranquilidad en los medios. Algunos analistas dicen que los republicanos “orquestaron” una campaña ideológica de derecha que no se ajustaba a la realidad del pueblo. Lo bueno es que hubo elecciones transparentes y que muchos líderes políticos están hablando de reconciliación y cooperación unos con otros. El país lo necesita y el pueblo lo agradecerá. Este es el momento.Puerto Rico ha comenzado un proceso para definir su relación con Estados Unidos. Una ligera mayoría desea que su isla se convierta en el estado 51 de la Unión Americana de acuerdo con los resultados de un referendo no obligatorio. Puerto Rico lleva ya 114 años como “Estado Libre Asociado”. El estatus de país independiente sólo consiguió el 5% de los votos. Pese a su obra de gobierno Luis Fortuño perdió la elección frente a Alejandro García Padilla que apoya el estatus actual de la isla.Daniel Ivey-Soto, 45, ha sido electo senador estatal de Nuevo México representando el distrito15, parte de la ciudad de Albuquerque. Daniel es miembro de la Iglesia Metodista y sobrino de Onell Soto, editor de Rapidísimas. Él y su esposa Sheri tocaron cientos de puertas de los hogares del distrito. En su campaña dijo: “Cristo nos llama a dar la bienvenida al extranjero, visitar al enfermo y encarcelado y vestir a los desnudos”. Felicitaciones y enhorabuena.Tuksi Gabbard, una atractiva mujer demócrata de 31 años de edad y veterana de la guerra en Irak , ha sido electa a la Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos. Como ella es de religión hindú ha jurado fidelidad a su poniendo su mano sobre el Bhagavad Gita, un antiguo libro sagrado en lugar de la Biblia. La nueva congresista es conocida en su natal Hawái por su posición liberal en cuanto al aborto y la homosexualidad.Después de varios fracasos en Europa y Estados Unidos en su lucha contra los matrimonios del mismo sexo, la historiadora Lucetta Scaraffia, dijo en el periódico L’Osservatore Romano que “la iglesia ha emergido en años recientes como la única institución global que es capaz de resistir las fuerzas que amenazan la sociedad humana”.Si usted encuentra faltas en esta columna tenga paciencia y compasión. Su editor ingresará el 17 de noviembre a “La Cofradía de los Octogenarios”. Parece mentira pero los números no mienten. Con gusto seguiremos “al pie del cañón” hasta nuevo aviso…VERDAD. Pero tú, persevera hasta el fin y descansa, que al final de los tiempos te levantarás para recibir tu recompensa. 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  • Health care reform’s impact on medical ministries uncertain

    first_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Jobs & Calls Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Job Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Comments (1) Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Tags An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Collierville, TN Sr mary eleln Lacy DC says: [Episcopal News Service] As the implementation of the Patient Care and Affordable Health Care Act begins to take shape, congregations in Louisiana and Ohio are fighting to continue meeting the needs of the medically uninsured. That includes pushing government officials to sign on to the expansion of Medicaid under the plan, slated for full deployment in 2014.The Affordable Care Act is designed to help the uninsured buy insurance through a government-subsidized program. In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states had the right to reject expansion of Medicaid, the joint federal-state health insurance program for lower-income Americans. But the court upheld a provision in the health-care act mandating that the uninsured buy some form of health insurance or face paying a penalty.Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota and Maine are among those states that have Medicaid expansion.The Affordable Care Act is a signature program of the Obama administration and is widely supported by Democrats. In states that accept the Medicaid expansion option, the federal government pays the full cost to implement the program for three years, after which states are required to pay 10 percent of the costs.How Medicaid expansion will affect medical ministries in states that have opted in, however, remains a question.The impact will be different in every state, said Matthew Ellis, executive director of National Episcopal Health Ministries.“There are so many variables. It’s not just the provisions of the [health-care act], it’s also some personalities and political views involved.”The Episcopal Church, through General Convention legislation, has called for universal access to health care, and 94 percent of the church’s domestic dioceses participate in the denominational health plan. Resolution A040, approved by General Convention in Indianapolis in 2012, directed that “every member of the Episcopal Church make a moral commitment to health care for all, by actively supporting health care reform in the United States.”Uncompensated health-care costs increase denominational health and insurance costs, said the Very Rev. Tracey Lind, dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland and a member of the board of trustees of the Church Pension Fund.Recently, Lind was part of a strong lobbying effort in Ohio led by the Greater Cleveland Congregations, a coalition 40 churches, synagogues and mosques, that contributed to Gov. John Kasich’s decision to add Medicaid expansion to next year’s budget.“Medicaid expansion is vital, not only because it provides health insurance, but because it brings the uninsured into primary health care and out of emergency rooms,” Lind said. “The economic impact will bring tens of thousands jobs and millions of dollars to the state, because health care is one of the principal economic drivers.”Members of Greater Cleveland Congregations met with Kasich and legislators in late January to underscore the importance of Medicaid expansion to the state and their congregations, said Lind. “It got clear very quickly that we could have an impact on health care in Ohio when it came to Medicaid.”For example, she said, there are empty nesters aged 45-60 in her congregation who have been laid off since the last recession. Unable to find jobs, they have run out of severance benefits, saving and investments; are uninsured; and are too young to qualify for Medicare, she said.“There are uninsured members in all the congregations in the greater Cleveland area,” she said.During a press briefing in early February, Kasich a Republican, outlined Ohio’s $63 billion state budget, including funds for the expansion, according to news reports.“It makes sense for the State of Ohio,” said Kasich, adding that the expansion would cover some 366,000 uninsured Ohioans.Within recent weeks eight other Republican governors, including Jan Brewer of Arizona, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Rick Scott of Florida and Chris Christie of New Jersey have reconsidered adding portions of the expanded care to their state budgets.Not so in Louisiana, where St. Anna’s Medical Mission was one of 19 New Orleans health-care providers to send Gov. Bobby Jindal a letter asking him to reverse his rejection of Medicaid expansion in the state. A Kaiser Family Foundation study calculates that one-fifth of Louisiana’s population lacks health insurance.Jindal, a Republican, has said the expansion would be “too costly” and allow the government to intrude into people’s private lives.“It would be a burden on Louisiana’s budget,” Jindal wrote in a Jan. 28 opinion piece in The Washington Post. After 2016, states would be required to pay 10 percent of the costs for Medicaid expansion, which would total some $3.7 billion over the first decade, he wrote.St. Anna’s, which is a mission of St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, was established in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.At that time, New Orleans resident Diana Meyers, St. Anna’s community wellness director and registered nurse, began to see the need for on-site health care and mental-health counseling for residents in the city’s devastated neighborhoods.The ministry works with local clinics to provide basic health screenings, testing and medical advocacy, and it directs patients to clinics where they can establish a primary-care routine for themselves. This safety net of clinics attempts to keep patients from using local hospital emergency rooms for routine treatments, like for coughs or the flu.“The health-care layout has changed dramatically since the storm in a good way,” Meyers said. “There are more neighborhood clinics, and they’re working together.”However, the “Katrina effect” of generous financial donations to assist recovery has almost dried up, so continuing to provide indigent health care depends on working together, said Meyers.The rejection of Medicaid expansion would not immediately affect St. Anna’s because it is working on different options to strengthen and maintain its partnerships with local clinics, she said. But, in the long run, government-subsidized health insurance would reduce some of the burden on St. Anna’s and similar clinics, she said.“We don’t have a continuous funding stream,” said Meyers. “With no large donations, corporate or foundations, we go hand to mouth.”St. Anna’s previously has explored applying for Medicaid grants, but doing so would involve large bureaucratic costs and creates “a moral dilemma” for the nonprofit organization that has a $250,000 operating budget and treats everyone free of charge (though they do have a donation box), Meyers said.“Do we treat everyone for free, or do we begin to charge [a] co-pay for Medicaid? People have a hard time understanding there is no free health care, everyone charges,” she said.— Mario Villafuerte is a Shreveport, Louisiana-based freelance journalist and a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral.  Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Bath, NC April 2, 2013 at 5:44 pm “Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota and Maine are among those states that have Medicaid expansion.” typo alert:)Hi Mario!no need to publish this but the above listed states have NOT accepted the federal funding to make more people (up to 138%) eligible for Medicaid – The LA position is correct as your article goes on but ther is a mild typo that may give the wrong idea. Thanks for a great article. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group By Mario VillafuertePosted Feb 27, 2013 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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    first_img Featured Events Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Job Listing An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI center_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA El proyecto de ley que legalizaría unos 11 millones de personas indocumentadas en Estados Unidos sigue en primera plana. La semana pasada con un abrumador resultado de 82 a favor y 15 en contra, el Senado dio respaldo político a la ley para la legalización. Los expertos advierten que este es un primer trámite de un complejo procedimiento para permitir el debate de la legislación. Pero el número de votos tanto demócratas como republicanos parece indicar que “vamos llegando” dijo un legislador.El senador Ted Cruz de Texas ha sido criticado severamente por oponerse a la legislación migratoria. Sus colegas en el senado han dicho que es hijo de un inmigrante cubano, que nació en Calgary, Canadá y que no sabe español, que ha traicionado sus raíces, que al unirse al grupo ultra conservador denominado Tea Party ha demostrado su poca compasión por los pobres y que se ha convertido en el enemigo de 11 millones de indocumentados.La Iglesia Episcopal Puertorriqueña ha comenzado el proceso para elegir a un sucesor al obispo David Álvarez que se jubila. Según la tradición episcopal el nuevo obispo será escogido de una lista de candidatos que cumplirán con ciertos requisitos. La elección tendrá lugar en una convención diocesana constituida por clérigos y laicos y posteriormente reafirmada por la mayoría de las 101 diócesis de la Iglesia Episcopal en Estados Unidos. Álvarez, nacido en 1941,  es obispo de Puerto Rico desde 1987. Aún se desconocen las fechas de elección y consagración.En una consulta del Consejo Mundial de Iglesias titulada  “Presencia y testimonio cristiano en el Medio Oriente” se acordó hacer un llamado a las iglesias y organizaciones ecuménicas a “unirse y ayudarse mutuamente en oración y acciones concretas” para beneficio de la comunidad cristiana en la región. La reunión tuvo lugar a fines de mayo en Beirut, Líbano. La presencia cristiana en el Medio Oriente se ha reducido notablemente en las últimas décadas.La asociación “Derecho a Vivir” ha denunciado que los grupos partidarios del aborto están manipulando y mintiendo sobre las circunstancias del embarazo de la mujer salvadoreña conocida bajo el pseudónimo de “Beatriz”. La asociación afirma que “ni la enfermedad de la madre es perjudicial para el embarazo y el niño, ni la enfermedad del niño pone en peligro la vida de la madre” basado en el testimonio profesional de Gádor Joya, una joven médica obstetra española, madre de tres hijos.Joan Campbell, ex-ejecutiva del Consejo Nacional de Iglesias de Estados Unidos y que tuvo notoriedad en la repatriación del niño balsero cubano Elián González, visita Cuba con el propósito de “comprometerse con las iglesias y organizar otras visitas religiosas al país”.  Campbell también abogó por la libertad de cinco cubanos presos en Estados Unidos condenados de espionaje y por su participación en el derribo de dos avionetas desarmadas de Hermanos al Rescate en 1996, donde murieron cuatro jóvenes cubanos.El papa Francisco y Justin Welby, nuevo arzobispo de Cantórbery se reunirán en El Vaticano el viernes 14. Esta será su primera reunión desde que ambos fueron instalados en sus nuevos ministerios. Mark Langham, encargado de relaciones con los anglicanos, dijo que esperaba que esta reunión ayude a ambos a conocerse mejor y a poner en bases más firmes las relaciones anglicanas-católicas romanas.Leocenis García, periodista venezolano parte del equipo del semanario Sexto Poder que se mantiene en huelga de hambre desde el 8 de junio fue arrestado por protestar contra las limitaciones del gobierno chavista a la libertad de expresión. La Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa y muchas otras organizaciones han mostrado a García su respaldo y solidaridad.La prensa internacional ha recogido las palabras del papa Francisco en el sentido de que en El Vaticano hay “un lobby gay”. Federico Lombardi, director de comunicaciones, no quiso hacer comentarios pero aclaró que las palabras fueron dichas en privado durante una reunión con la CLAR, la Confederación Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Religiosas y Religiosos. Un corresponsal de prensa que pasó 20 años en Roma dijo en el programa de televisión “Ahora con Oscar Haza” que en El Vaticano no hay un lobby o mafia sino muchos grupos de interés que protegen sus posiciones. Añadió que el papa Benedicto renunció en parte por la presión de esos grupos.La Coalición Argentina por un Estado Laico, junto a otras organizaciones que se adhieren a su posición, han pedido a la presidenta Cristina Fernández, que como Jefa de Estado, reconsidere su participación en el Te Deum en ocasión del aniversario de la Revolución de Mayo.VERDAD. La venganza es una especie de justicia salvaje. Rapidísimas Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Tampa, FL Por Onell A. SotoPosted Jun 14, 2013 Submit an Event Listing 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 Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Bath, NClast_img read more

  • Rapidísimas

    first_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Washington, DC Rapidísimas Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Posted Feb 3, 2014 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Press Release Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Rector Belleville, IL 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group center_img Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Events Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Press Release Service Durante la reciente cumbre presidencial en La Habana ningún presidente se reunió con líderes de grupos opositores, excepto Sebastián Piñera, presidente de Chile, que se reunió con Berta Soler, líder de las Damas de Blanco. Todos los demás prefirieron el silencio. Un ex preso político resumió en pocas palabras el sentimiento general: “La historia los juzgará”.Dilma Rousseff, presidenta de Brasil, ha sido criticada por su reciente viaje a Cuba al frente de una nutrida delegación de sus seguidores. Los críticos dicen que con las necesidades sociales en los barrios marginales y las favelas no hay lugar para ese tipo de “festín diplomático”. Las principales protestas se han centrado en Sao Paulo donde más de 30 autobuses fueron incendiados. Los críticos también han mencionado los monumentales edificios deportivos que se están fabricando en Brasilia y otros lugares.En momentos en que los presidentes de América Latina y el Caribe comparten la buena mesa y la brisa tropical en La Habana, grupos opositores han sido arrestados en Cuba con el fin de que no estuvieran a la vista de los visitantes extranjeros. En la ciudad oriental de Holguín se ha visto cómo la policía maltrataba a grupos disidentes como un pastor bautista en Santa Clara y las Damas de Blanco. En Miami se informó que un grupo formado por miembros de la Seguridad del Estado arrestó a limosneros en el centro de la ciudad para no ser vistos por los gobernantes latinoamericanos.Según observadores de la escena política, social y económica de Venezuela, la situación general del país es muy seria sobre todo en términos de la economía y la violencia callejera que el año pasado produjo unos 35,000 muertos. Las otras cosas que afectan la vida nacional son el desabastecimiento de alimentos básicos y el desempleo. La reciente devaluación del bolívar, la moneda nacional, ha traído problemas inesperados aún para los más expertos. Nadie quiere pronosticar el futuro porque el proceso de inflación es constante y cambiante.La Agrupación Política Nacional Encuentro Social, vinculada a las iglesias evangélicas de México, ha logrado un gran paso de avance al ser aceptada como partido político por el Instituto Federal Electoral. En una nota a la prensa se informa que hasta el momento la agrupación ha reunido los requisitos establecidos para obtener ese estatus.En El Salvador se ha conmemorado el 22 aniversario de la firma de los Acuerdos de Paz que pusieron fin a la guerra civil (1980-1992) que trajo millares de muertos y el desplazamiento de miles de ciudadanos a otros países. El armisticio fue firmado en México entre representantes del gobierno y la guerrilla llamada Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional, hoy convertido en partido político. Aunque el gobierno dijo en las celebraciones de los acuerdos que estos han ayudado a la “consolidación democrática” del país, otros piensan que el país está en peligro de una estampida social debido a la violencia pandillera producto de la guerra civil.La organización inter-religiosa Pastores por la Paz conocida por llevar medicinas y alimentos a Cuba y luchar contra “el bloqueo” de Estados Unidos a Cuba, está librando una batalla contra el IRS (Servicio de Rentas Internas de Estados Unidos) por negarse a concederles llevar materiales y medicinas a Cuba, libre de impuestos. “Hace dos años que estamos luchando por esto sin resultados positivos”, dijeron miembros de Pastores.En Roma se informó que entre 2008 y 2012 “por lo menos 11,805 personas han recibido dispensas” para abandonar la vida religiosa. Con respecto al clero las cifras llegan a 2,361 para sacerdotes y 130 para diáconos. “No cabe dudas de que estamos viviendo una crisis vocacional”, dijeron miembros del grupo.En una cárcel de Nashville, Tenesí, una monja de 83 años espera sentencia por entrar a una planta nuclear en Oak Ridge, cerca de Nashville, sin permiso y “con intenciones de cometer un sabotaje”, según la policía. La monja, Megan Rice, puede recibir una condena de 6 a 9 años de prisión. Las monjas dijeron que las bombas nucleares son “inmorales e ilegales”.En Buenos Aires y otras ciudades argentinas se han experimentado actos de vandalismo contra iglesias. Aunque la Iglesia Metodista ha sido la más afectada, otras en el interior del país también han sido afectadas aunque en menor cuantía.VERDAD. Las palabras de los versos sencillos de José Martí, héroe de la independencia de Cuba, han vuelto a la actualidad debido a la situación política que vive la isla. En un gran cartel durante una manifestación pacífica se podía leer: “Yo quiero cuando me muera, sin patria pero sin amo, tener en mi tumba un ramo, de flores y una bandera”. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Smithfield, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC Rector Martinsville, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Knoxville, TN TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab last_img read more