Scotland injury news

first_imgIn the backs stand-off Ruaridh Jackson had calf bruising; centre Sean Lamont had bruising to his shoulders and upper body; and full-back Chris Paterson had shoulder bruising. Dr Robson added: “We will be closely monitoring all players over the next 48 hours but at this juncture none of the injuries is giving us any serious cause for concern.” Richie Gray in action against Ireland this weekendTHE AFTERMATH of Scotland’s loss to Ireland at the weekend at Murrayfield has left a few of the squad battered and bruised, with six Scottish players requiring further medical assessment. Scotland team doctor James Robson reported today that among the forwards lock Richie Gray had a knee strain; his second-row partner, captain Alastair Kellock had hand bruising and a neck strain; and flanker John Barclay had a knee contusion. EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Richie Gray of Scotland runs at the Irish defence during the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on February 27, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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RBS 6 Nations: Round Two Talking Points

first_img No pass master: Outside centre Jonathan Davies awaits a pass during Welsh training at the Vale ResortBy Alan DymockRound 2 of the Six Nations is almost upon us. After a rip-roaring first weekend, there are three more tantalising fixtures. Scotland take on Italy, a fired-up France will clash with a wounded-Wales, before on Sunday, a confident England will take on a resurgent Ireland in Dublin. We look at a few talking points ahead of the action…Can’t pass, won’t passAfter a less than accurate passing display from Jonathan Davies against Ireland last Saturday, the Scarlets’ skills coach Mark Jones said that the bullocking outside centre was “not a natural passer”.Collared: Sean O’Brien and Rory Best ‘target’ Matthew ReesShort on confidence and in dire need of some soothing balm for his stinging pride, Davies will not have been helped by the frank appraisal. Particularly as it will have come after days of agonisingly analysing his two passes into touch. However, Davies is not the only centre who will be in focus this weekend.Lining up opposite  Wales’ ‘baby rhino’ is a resurgent Mathieu Bastareaud, a man who would rather declare himself early for a high speed collision than lie to his body, trying to convince it that putting the ball through his hands is an option. Saturday at the Stade de France could be all about the big bang at 13 with the survivors around the centres deciding the score.As well as this, Manu Tuilagi will have to make do with banging from the bench after Billy Twelvetrees’ impressive bow. However, England’s chunky centre is going to have to work pretty hard to command the spotlight again, should he be given some game time alongside the Gloucester man.Choking Up For Scotland this is a concern. Italy have an in-form fly-half for the first time, well, since Diego Dominguez and their powerful back rows and pack grafters appear to be at their grizzly best. Will this be the first time in 14 seasons that Italy build something meaningful, or can Scotland tough it out?Murrayfield could be the location where we see Italy finally fitting the bill and that must be a concern for the masses in attendance. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Much has been made of the Irish choke tackle and how the men in green ever so aggressively coerce opposition ball carriers into involuntary mauls. Nevertheless, it must be pointed out that Wales were all choked up due to running high and direct and painfully flat to bear-like back rowers and the Heineken Cup’s most prolific turnover thief, Rory Best.If England are to avoid making the same mistakes as Wales did in their first half against Ireland they need to avoid playing too narrow and too flat and they need to be prepared to trust the few hard-nosed players already at the ruck, without asking them to claw for ball.More prevalent than the choke, though, is Ireland’s grabbing and twisting of men over the ball. England need to stay strong when they bend to get over a fallen man and they need to use auxiliary ruckers better than Wales did, holding off the judo-style clearers with more steel.Pumped up: Italy’s CastrogiovanniImproving ItalyWith almost every Frenchman spotted hands on head, quizzical look on the face and backsides smarting from an Italian spanking on Sunday, the rest of the rugby world seemed to yelp with delight.This was not billed as the collapse of France, nor was it the freak result that people always feared would pop up. According to a smattering of experts this was Italy showing how much their rugby had improved. At the very least the result sent a warning to all the other Six Nations sides, many of whom thanked them for the display and cleared a wee spot at the top table. CARDIFF, WALES – FEBRUARY 02: Matthew Rees of Wales is tackled by Sean O’Brien of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on February 2, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) last_img read more

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Hotshots: Young Welsh rugby star Harri Evans

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS I enjoy watching Regan King, and Brian O’Driscoll is also a great player.Which coaches have nurtured your talent?My dad Alan and his friend Dai Webb coached me at Llandudno. Then Josh Leach at Llandudno College and Mark Roberts at the North Wales Academy helped me a lot.What else do you do?I’m a lifeguard at a leisure centre in Colwyn Bay.Your RGC coach Chris Horsman thinks you have a big future. What are your aims now?I’m going to the U20s World Cup with Wales, and I’m looking to go all out, so I’m in the selectors’ minds for the Six Nations. I want to have another good season with RGC in the Championship. You’re now at RGC 1404, but when did you first play rugby?I started when I was seven, at Llandudno, and stayed there until U16s.Did you do other sports? I did gymnastics when I was younger and played a lot of football. I had trials with Liverpool and Everton but didn’t get in.Have you always played outside-centre? I was fly-half until U18s, then moved to centre in a game when someone got injured and stayed there.Who do you admire?center_img RW Verdict: Horsman rates this 18-year-old “fantastic”. He is one of North Wales’ hidden talents. This appeared in the July 2013 issue of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in the current edition.last_img read more

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England v Ireland: Taking the positives

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Arm-wrestle: England and Ireland have a lot to lose on Saturday By Adam HathawayWhatever the result at Twickenham on Saturday when England host Ireland we can be certain of two things.One coach will say that the result does not amount to a hill of beans in terms of the World Cup; they have learned a lot and were trying out some new combinations anyway. They will then, in time-honoured fashion, take the positives out of the afternoon, draw a line under it and move on.The winning coach, whoever that is, will say the victory – over the tournament hosts or over the Six Nations champions – was a massive boost, proved all the doubters wrong, and will count for plenty down the line if the teams meet in the knock-out stages of the tournament.Plenty to think about: After a disappointing game in Paris, Stuart Lancaster wants a responseWell, the one who is saying it is not worth a hill of beans will be wrong. It will amount to a hill of beans, and a very big one, especially if England are looking at the wrong side of the score-board.Stuart Lancaster has a few things to sort and this is his last chance in a match situation before it all kicks off for real on 18 September against Fiji.The England coach has already taken some flak since announcing his World Cup squad over the selection of Sam Burgess, the non-selection of Danny Cipriani and the ditching of Luther Burrell. But now he has picked his 31 men, he could really do with a win.On Saturday he needs to see evidence that Geoff Parling and Tom Wood can shore up the line-out that creaked in Paris, that Brad Barritt and Jonathan Joseph can function together in midfield and the kicking game has come on since it was exposed in Dublin in March.Joe Schmidt is in a slightly different position with the last two Six Nations in the bag – he has, as Lancaster says, ‘credit in the bank’. England host Ireland on Saturday, and despite what the losing coach says after the match, this fixture matters. It matter a lot TAGS: Highlight Arch planner: Joe Schmidt will be desperate not to go into the World Cup with consecutive lossesEngland’s record since the last Six Nations is played 14, won seven, lost seven –  hardly the stuff of champions – whilst Ireland’s recent scorecard is played 13, won 11, lost two and highly respectable. So England could probably do with the win a shade more than Ireland.What they both have in common is they both lost their last matches and one of them will be heading into the World Cup with a losing run of two games.That is not the stuff of champions either, unless you believe the propaganda.Unsurprisingly, Warren Gatland was the first to raise his head above the parapet and say neither of England or Ireland would want to go into the World Cup with two straight defeats on the ledger.On Thursday, Lancaster, who has named pretty much his best available team, was quick to point out that New Zealand lost their last two games before the 2011 World Cup, and we all know what happened there. Maybe it really is the stuff of champions to stuff up your last two Tests before the game’s biggest tournament.Precedent: The All Blacks lost two consecutive games going into the 2011 World CupThose games were against South Africa in Port Elizabeth and Australia in Brisbane, neither was at Eden Park where the All Blacks played their big World Cup games.England’s match on Saturday is at the place, where they hope to play six World Cup matches, the other is in Manchester, so a loss is unthinkable. Whichever coach is saying what, come tea-time on Saturday, this is a game Lancaster cannot to afford to lose.But they will both be taking the positives…last_img read more

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Chris Cracknell: “The Fijiana sevens girls are supremely talented”

first_img“Our captain, Ana Maria Roqica, is so professional. If she weighs 50kg I’d be amazed, but she flattens girls much bigger. And Litia Naiqato – who’s known as ‘Woman Mountain’ – lives way up in the interior and during pre-season she used to run an hour to get the bus to training, do it, and run an hour back. Five days a week. That’s pretty spectacular.“A lot’s been made of Rebecca Tavo coming from Australia to put on the jersey, but both girls (Roqica and Naiqato) come from small villages. It really is rags to riches.” Fiji women’s head coach Chris Cracknell tells RW’s Alan Dymock about the transformation he and his skilful side have been through LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Fiji center_img LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 30: Christian Lewis-Pratt, Chris Cracknell and Dan Norton of England in action during the England Sevens training session at The Lensbury Club on September 30, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)But what fills Cracknell with just as much joy is the fact the team have come through so much hardship before clicking like this. He explains that after a tour these girls go home to a family of up to 14 and must support them with about £180 in their pocket.“I was going to Fiji with an open mind,” Cracknell continues. “I didn’t know too much about them, but I’ve been lucky enough to see both sides, different cultures, having been with England for so long and then Fiji.“We are living on a shoestring and are regularly arm-wrestling with finances. We’ve got to do it the hard way. There are no bells and whistles, but I believe we can do something in the Olympics against teams like Australia, Canada and Team GB.”So who should those teams fear? NEW CHALLENGES. Some people thrive when they come up. Some people even go looking for them.If they’re lucky, they will excel like former England star Chris Cracknell.A year ago he was forced to retire due to a knee injury. Six months after that, he decided to leave his comfort zone and move to Fiji, joining up with former coach Ben Ryan. The  Fiji boss says he felt he “owed him” and he believes that the move to get Cracknell involved in talent identification and coaching has given the former star a new lease of life.Cracknell is now assistant coach with Fiji’s men, but it’s when he talks about coaching the women’s team that his enthusiasm bursts through.“The Fijiana girls are supremely talented,” Cracknell says. “The challenge they always had was to get fit. Now they have the capacity to stay in games. Out in Dubai, late on we scored one try against USA that was Harlem Globetrotters stuff.”Fijiana are constantly developing and while Cracknell says some teams may not have expected too much from them this season, they have caught the eye in the last few months – first qualifying for the Olympics and then defeating Canada, Ireland and USA in their pool games in Dubai.last_img read more

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2019 Rugby World Cup: France 23-21 Argentina

first_img Rugby World Cup Groups Collapse Expand England will have watched on with interest. Which half will better inform their preparation to meat their heavyweight pool rivals?Star manDamien Penaud had a tinge of Dr Jekyll and Monsieur Hyde in this one. In the first half he beat seven defenders, made two ripping line breaks and made big yardage. He got the first try but looked dangerous every time he carried. In the second, he was giving away cynical penalties and scrambling in defence. He had to go off with a quarter of an hour left, for an HIA and that was it.Done just enough: Gael Fickou celebrates (Getty Images)He will ultimately come out with pass marks, but it is telling that in the second half, when Argentina’s pack were very much in the ascendency and the collisions were going the Pumas way, that things dried up for Penaud. His sparky compatriot Dupont suffered a similar reversal of fortunes.On the other side, Petti was monstrous as Argentina came back in the second 40. The whole Pumas pack played their part but the marauding lock was imperious.ReactionPablo Matera: “It was not good enough. (It was) a really bad start from us as a team. It’s not good enough with only one (strong) half.”“France, at the beginning, didn’t do too much but they took their opportunities and they scored points and that’s when they went further ahead with points and it’s difficult to come from behind.”Guilhem Guirado: “I thought the game was finished and we’d lost. I’m very, very proud of my boys and very happy to start the competition with a win.“We never controlled the game in the second half but we are very proud of the first half because we were very clinical. When we play like this we are very dangerous.”Related: Rugby World Cup TV CoverageThe TeamsFrance: Maxime Medard (Thomas Ramos 60), Damian Penaud (Camille Lopez 72), Gael Fickou, Virimi Vakatawa, Yoann Huget, Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont (Maxime Machenaud 72); Jefferson Poirot (Cyril Baille 67), Guilhem Guirado (c) (Camille Chat 46), Rabah Slimani (Demba Bamba 46), Arthur Iturria (Bernard Le Roux 54), Sebastien Vahaamahina, Wenceslas Lauret, Charles Ollivon, Gregory Alldritt (Louis Picamoles 60).Tries: Fickou 17, Dupont 21. Cons: Ntamack 18, 22. Pens: Ntamack 29, 40. Drop-goal: Lopez 69.Argentina: Emiliano Boffelli, Matias Moroni, Matias Orlando, Jeronimo De la Fuente, Ramiro Moyano (Santiago Carreras 45), Nicolas Sanchez (Benjamin Urdapilleta 56), Tomas Cubelli; Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (Mayco Vivas 63), Agustin Creevy (Julian Montoya 50), Juan Figallo (Santiago Medrano 51), Guido Petti, Tomas Lavanini (Matias Alemanno 63), Pablo Matera (c), Marcos Kremer, Javier Ortega Desio (Tomas Lezana 60).Reserves: Felipe Ezcurra.Tries: Petti 41, Montoya 53. Cons: Sanchez 42. Pens: Sanchez 14,Urdapilleta 60, 68. Los Pumas failed to make it to the… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby World Cup Groups France Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide 2019 Rugby World Cup: France 23-21 ArgentinaHead-to-headPlayed – 52France wins – 37Argentina wins – 14Draws – 1Most recent meeting – France 28-13 Argentina (17 November 2018)France were in the midst of a five-game losing streak and conceded a try to the Pumas in the second minute, but thanks to a brace from Teddy Thomas and a try from Guilhem Guirado, the French came from behind to win comfortably.Did You Know?The two sides played each other twice in the 2007 Rugby World Cup with Argentina winning on both occasions. The first match was the opening contest of the tournament and the second fixture was the third-place play-off.Related: Rugby World Cup FixturesIn a nutshellFrance clung on to win in this tense affair. With a mere two-point lead, Emiliano Boffelli had a long-range penalty to win the contest for los Pumas, but while it had the legs it was slightly to the left.It could have been much simpler for les Bleus who galloped into a fine lead in he first half and went in at the break 20-3 up. Yet they let Argentina have the run off things in the second, and it needed a Camille Lopez drop-goal in the last ten to wrest back a narrow lead. But no matter how hard they made things for themselves, they now grasp the advantage in Pool C.The French began playing free-wheeling, offloading, exciting rugby. However, a streetwise Argentina – who no doubt got a rocket from head coach Mario Ledesma – came thundering back with gritty rugby in the second. Lineout mauls and heavy carrying turned the tide.Breakaway: Guido Petti storms away (Getty Images)It transformed into a tense affair, with the dying minutes becoming a contest to see who would blink first. Camille Lopez dropped a goal. Argentina started hoisting up huge kicks in the middle of the park, hoping for mistakes. Ntamack started missing penalty kicks (he had four out of four when he stepped up and hooked one on minute 77).Gael Fickou’s try came from some sublime stepping from Virimi Vakatawa, who almost popped Pablo Matera’s knees with his footwork. Offloads came in. Damien Penaud made slashing runs and his interplay with soft-handed Maxime Medard laid the groundwork for Antoine Dupont’s score.But after the break, Guido Petti was making hefty runs and drove a maul over. He then caught another ball and Julian Montoya drove that one over.It toook a snapshot drop-goal from Lopez to calm the nerves after France surrendered their lead, and the scrap was on. All you need to know about Les Bleus…center_img All you need to know about this blockbuster match in Group C. Expand France Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Slipping away: Damien Penaud on the attack (Getty Images) Argentina Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Argentina Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide A rundown of the Rugby World Cup groups… Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features.Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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What it’s like to… Own a Major League Rugby team

first_imgHaving attended some of the Free Jacks’ exhibition games, Ebner and Chung’s detailed questioning over the franchise’s direction impressed theteam owners, before the duo even made it known that they would invest in the team. Ebner also had an existing relationship with CEO Alex Magleby and he was impressed by work done by the Free Jacks group in the community.Greater exposure is such a necessity for rugby in the States, though.“I think rugby needs a push from every angle; any and every push it can get,” Ebner agrees. “Crossovers athletes are obviously good (stories), but you need to bring in people. In New England there are fans of Football and then we have guys like a Patrick Chung, who can just show them something they probably didn’t even know was a thing – or even if they did, really get them to look at it. That’s how you influence a community. That’s how you change the dynamic. That’s how you get people involved who otherwise wouldn’t have been there at all and get some serious numbers.Land of the Free: Free Jacks in action (Getty Images)“And as I said, a push from every angle is only going to help. The US winning in the Olympics would be a huge push. Americans understand what medals look like! They’d look a lot closer at a winning team. That would be big. And with the MLR, signing well-known professional athletes with all these followers, those eyes are going to see it. It just takes a few of those international names to have a great experience with it and carry that on to their friends.”Ebner explains that for now his NFL career takes precedence. He has to “put bread on my own table”. But while he never knew that ownership was going to be the path he would eventually go down, he was certain he would come back to rugby, whether it was playing touch or helping out a youth set-up.He is also not averse to coming back to play for an MLR side in the future, once his Football days are done. He could come full circle in the most physical of ways. Perhaps he could convince others to come with him. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Regularly praised by exalted American Football coach Bill Belichick for his ability to toil through the tough stuff, veteran New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung may not strike you as easy to grind down. But after years of subliminal rugby messaging from Nate Ebner, the other oval-ball game finally won him over.This year it was announced that long-time Patriots team-mates Chung and Ebner became minority stakeholders at the New England Free Jacks, who play in Major League Rugby. Many will know that Ebner – who has three Super Bowl rings and recently joined the New York Giants – is a rugby man, and switched back to his first sporting love in 2016 to represent the USA in the Olympic Games. But how did he rope Chung into investing in his sport?“With me going to the Olympics in 2016, he watched that,” Ebner says of Chung, who had been his ‘locker mate’ for the best part of a decade. “Along with me coming back and broadcasting during the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco, and then just all the rugby I watched every year, whether it be the sevens circuit or the Rugby World Cup last year, he had been right next to me.“He was always interested. After Rio he was even more interested. I think he’s excited about rugby and he’s pretty new to it and enjoying it, but this was also a really good opportunity to come in on the ground floor of something. I feel very strongly about the MLR and the success that it will have.Brazil nuts: Scoring at the Rio Olympics, 2016 (Getty Images)“Your typical American wouldn’t know anything about the rugby landscape, let alone this opportunity with a professional team. He’d watched me play a bit, sees it as an opportunity and also has an understanding of the impact it can have on the community in New England. It will help bring some honest sport and some big relationships.“It’s exciting (ownership) because you can have some impact, change things, influence what happens by what you do and how hard you work. Whereas coming into NFL ownership for instance – and I know it’s an extreme difference – but at this point it’s a well-oiled machine. You’re gonna just be a cog in the machine and I think it’s exciting to be part of something you can impact.”Related: The exchange of ideas between union and American FootballChung intercepts (Getty)So far the two NFL stars have been hands-off. They feel their experiences in one of Football’s most successful sides can be a help, though as it stands neither have reached out to any team owners they know for advice. Yet.Rugby is part of Ebner’s DNA. Turned onto the game by his father, he played it through high school in Columbus, Ohio. After standing out in his first US try-outs, he made it to two U19 World Cups and the inaugural Junior World Championship with the Eagles.But with amateur club rugby the only real avenue left after those events, Ebner pivoted to American Football to become a walk-on at Ohio State – a daunting move considering he never played the sport in high school. Progressing rapidly and impressing with his physical defence, the safety was eventually drafted to the Patriots.“Winning in the Olympics would be a huge push. Americans understand what medals look like!”Today, the defensive and special teams star has three serious pieces of jewellery for his perseverance. Yet rugby still calls to him. He sees a bright future for the league which will feature 13 teams in 2021 (though professional rugby in Hawaii will take this it to 14) – including newbies the LA Giltinis and Dallas Jackals – split over eastern and western conferences. This article originally appeared in the August 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.center_img Old friends: Ebner with the Vince Lombardi Trophy (Getty Images) Super Bowl winner Nate Ebner has a stake in the New England Free Jackslast_img read more

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Executive Council considers next triennial budget process

first_imgExecutive Council considers next triennial budget process Members begin by ‘dreaming, visioning, praying’ about church’s future Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME February 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm What’s all this talk about “discerning the mission of the Church??” Is not the definition cited on page 855 of the BCP a sufficient and binding statement of the Mission of God for God’s Church? What we need is a strategy and plan for aligning the Church with its mission through specific actions and decisions. Get to it!! Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Tags Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit an Event Listing General Convention, General Convention 2015, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Comments (1) Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Executive Council, 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 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Episcopal Church Executive Council members the Rev. Dahn Gandell and John Johnson reflect on vision and mission questions Feb. 25 during an exercise meant to direct the council’s attention toward the process of formulating a proposed budget for the 2016-2018 triennium. ENS Photo/Mary Frances Schjonberg[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council began its three-day meeting here by examining a process to formulate a proposed budget for the 2016-2018 triennium.The Rev. Canon Charles LaFond, council member from New Hampshire, led his colleagues in a 75-minute exercise that included silence, prayer and 12-minute blocks of table conversation. Council members changed tables for each conversation session so as to encourage a broad discussion as they were asked to consider two questions: “Where does God seem to be leading our church, and what are our hopes and dreams for the future [and] what actions and ministries would help us to realize those hopes and dreams?”  and “What is the appropriate role of the churchwide structure (as opposed to diocesan or local structures) in empowering these ministries and actions?”The exercise came from a subcommittee created during the council’s last meeting by its Joint Standing Committee on Finances for Mission (FFM) to review the triennial process members have used to formulate a proposed triennial budget.Members of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance (PB&F), which receives Executive Council’s proposed budget, and the Standing Commission on the Structure of the Church were among those who served on the subcommittee, said the Rev. Susan Snook, a council member from Arizona who chaired the subcommittee.Members of the 2009-2012 Executive Council were not entirely pleased with the budget process during that triennium. During their last meeting before the 2012 General Convention, they sent a memo of specific concerns to PB&F about their 2012-2015 budget document. In part, they said that a decision to schedule PB&F’s first meeting on the budget to begin the day after the council adjourned required them to agree “to a final document before the treasurer’s office had adequate time to draft the document for final review by Executive Council.”Diocese of Ohio Bishop Mark Hollingsworth, FFM chair, had told the council in October that his committee agreed that the process needed to be changed, even though a special task force on the structure of the church no doubt would discuss budgeting issues. That task force met for the first time earlier this month. It is due to report to the wider church in November 2014 and to bring its recommendations to the 2015 meeting of General Convention in Salt Lake City.However, Executive Council’s process of developing a proposed 2016-2018 budget must run concurrently with that group’s work because General Convention joint rule II.10.c.ii says the council must give its proposed budget to PB&F no less than four months before the start of General Convention.Envisioning the futureSnook invited council members Feb. 25 to begin considering how to change the process by first “dreaming and visioning and praying about the future of the church – about our vision for the church.”The council’s role in the General Convention’s budgeting process calls for it to propose a vision and mission for each triennium, she said.“The first step is to figure out what we as the Executive Council believe to be the vision and mission of the church” in the 2016-2018 triennium, she said. The exercise was meant, not just to see “what we believe needed to happen, but to discern what God needed to happen,” she added.Snook linked that exercise to the actual number-crunching of budget formulation, saying:  “No matter what else you say is your vision, what you put down on paper as the way you plan to spend your money expresses what your vision actually is.”“We will not come to a concrete conclusion today about what the vision and mission of the church is,” she said. “This is the start of a three-year process of bringing a vision to birth.”LaFond called the exercise “a Lenten way” of approaching such questions with “open searching and humble wondering,” using stillness as well as conversational reflection. Stillness, he said, is “sitting there receiving from the Holy Spirit.” Silence, he added, is often the space used for formulating a brilliant answer to a question.“Some of you will find this [exercise] very enjoyable and meditative; others of you will loathe it and fight with it, desiring rather to produce something tangible or make a statement or publish a result,” LaFond said.The FFM subcommittee has proposed a triennial budget process that will be discussed later in this meeting, said Snook, who suggested that the Feb. 25 exercise would prove helpful regardless of the shape of the process that council eventually chooses.After the exercise, council members, staff and visitors celebrated Eucharist.The Feb. 25-27 meeting is taking place at the Maritime Institute Conference Center.Also on the council’s agenda:The council spent the afternoon of Feb. 25 in committee meetings and also will begin Feb. 26 meeting in committees. A plenary session is set for mid-afternoon Feb. 26, during which members are scheduled to hear a report on the 15th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council, an update on earthquake recovery in the Diocese of Haiti and a presentation on the future use of the Episcopal Church Center at 815 Second Ave. in New York. General Convention passed Resolution D016 during its meeting last July saying that “it is the will of this convention to move the church center headquarters” away from that building. On Feb. 27, the council will meet in plenary session to hear committee reports and to consider resolutions.Executive Council carries out the programs and policies adopted by General Convention, according to Canon I.4 (1)(a). The council is composed of 38 members – 20 of whom (four bishops, four priests or deacons and 12 lay people) are elected by General Convention and 18 (one clergy and one lay) by the nine provincial synods for six-year terms – plus the presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Canada: Anglicans pass hotly debated Palestine-Israel resolution

first_imgCanada: Anglicans pass hotly debated Palestine-Israel resolution Submit a Job Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ecumenical & Interreligious, Middle East An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Tags Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 July 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm I’m glad that our Canadian brothers and sisters are taking seriously the Kairos Palestine document, something the leadership of our own church actively resists, and even opposes. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL July 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm Can anyone point to similar resolutions adopted by this same Synod regarding the illegal occupation and (brutal) annexation of Tibet by China (in 1950!), of Northern Cyprus by Turkey in 1974, and of the Western Sahara by Morocco in 1975? If such resolutions were never voted, the question becomes “why not?”. Why the double-standard? Why the pathological obsession for the Israeli-Arab conflict? If the Synod were honest and sincere, it would apply the same standards to every case of illegal occupation in the world. It would discover in the process that while the three cases mentioned above are clear-cut cases of illegal occupation (still ongoing as we speak) and massive violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, while in fact the case of Israel occupying the West Bank (adding Gaza is wrong since it was vacated entirely in 2005) is perfectly legal. The onus of the analysis would then turn to the Palestinians, who are the ones who have refused to negotiate in good faith to make peace since 1967. If they were honest rather than politically motivated, the Synod should rescind this resolution. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Press Release Featured Jobs & Calls Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT [Anglican Journal] After a long and passionate debate, the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada meeting in Ottawa has passed a resolution on the issue of peace and justice in Palestine and Israel.The resolution reiterates the established positions of the church, which “recognize the legitimate aspirations, rights and needs of both Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace with dignity within sovereign and secure borders; condemns the use of all kinds of violence, especially against civilians; calls for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza); and calls upon Israel, as an occupying power, to recognize the Fourth Geneva Convention, which forbids the transfer and settlement of its citizen in occupied territories. ”However, it also calls on Canadian Anglicans to take some new steps, including educating themselves more deeply.The resolution commits the church to act with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and other ecumenical partners to:enable deeper church-wide awareness of and response to the call of the Kairos Palestine document: A Moment of Trutheducate the church about the impact of illegal settlements on the lives of both Palestinians and Israelis; about imported products identified as produced in or related to the illegal settlements and misleadingly labelled as produced in Israel; about the complexities of economic advocacy measuresexplore and challenge theologies and beliefs, such as Christian Zionism, that support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territoriesexplore and challenge theories and beliefs that deny the right of Israel to existand strengthen relationships with Canadian Jews and Muslims, to resolutely oppose anti-Semitism, anti-Arab sentiments and Islamophobia.Debate ranged among members, from some who said the resolution went too far and demonstrated left-wing or anti-Israel bias, to those who said it did not go far enough in addressing the oppression of Palestinians suffering under an apartheid system.There was also a concern that this resolution followed in the footsteps of a United Church of Canada resolution that called for a boycott of goods produced in the occupied territories that are labelled as Israeli products.  Bishop Michael Ingham of the diocese of New Westminster responded, saying this resolution “calls for nothing approaching that. It calls us to learn more about these products.”The motion passed with the support of 73 per cent of the almost 300 members.Another resolution was also passed that invites Anglicans to observe Jerusalem Sunday on the seventh Sunday after Easter. The day will be used to give special attention to the work of the Anglican church in the Holy Land and to take up a special offering as a gift to the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. 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Yeager says: Canada Joint Assembly, Rector Tampa, FL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest By Leigh Anne WilliamsPosted Jul 8, 2013 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Comments are closed. Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Albany, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Smithfield, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Belleville, IL Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Music Morristown, NJ J.J. Surbeck says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Press Release Service Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Collierville, TN Featured Events Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (3) July 8, 2013 at 11:07 pm Did the General Synod consider the right of Jews to live in the West Bank legally conferred on them by article 6 of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine and article 80 of the United Nations Charter?If not -why not? 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 Anglican Communion, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Martinsville, VA Israel-Palestine, Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem last_img read more

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Episcopalians near Idaho fires taking precautions

first_imgEpiscopalians near Idaho fires taking precautions Others beyond the fire lines offer prayers, rooms for evacuees Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Submit a Job Listing Comments (6) Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Collierville, TN August 24, 2013 at 6:21 pm And prayers from the Diocese of Oklahoma! We know about natural disasters here. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET The Rev. Shelley Adams Forrester says: September 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm Also: As a former member of Emmanuel Hailey I send you my prayers and always best wishes for your well-being. 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Shelley Adams Forrester says: Tom Martin says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska martha knight says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Albany, NY Grace Burson says: By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Aug 20, 2013 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Press Release Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC center_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Comments are closed. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC August 20, 2013 at 4:22 pm My prayers from the Diocese of Southern Virginia go out to you. Leonardo Ricardo says: August 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm As a former Wood River Valley resident and member of Emmanuel, my heart goes out to all the folks there. All of you are in my prayers! Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem August 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm Prayers from the Diocese of New Hampshire. Rector Shreveport, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC The Beaver Creek Fire can be seen burning in the mountains above Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Hailey, Idaho. Photo: Michael Mathewson[Episcopal News Service] In case anyone needed further evidence of how bad the wildfires are that are burning around Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley in Idaho, the number of people attending Sunday Eucharist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ketchum was a sure sign.While the resort town parish normally welcomes about 230 worshippers on a Sunday this time of year, only 60 came to church on Aug. 18.“That tells me that over half of our congregation has been evacuated or decided to leave because of the smoke,” the Rev. Ken Brannon, St. Thomas’ rector, told Episcopal News Service, via phone on Aug. 19.Brannon said the service on Aug. 18 was different due to the small number of people who attended and the fact that there was no music because it was not clear if the music director would be able to stay “and many in the choir had evacuated”“It was still the liturgy – it was what we always do – but there was a lot more space for silence and kind spontaneous prayer at the Prayers of the People,” he said.Brannon, who said that St. Thomas often functions as the “village church” in Ketchum, added he wrote his sermon with the entire community in mind, not just the members of the parish.“When I saw the opening line of the gospel earlier this week, I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry,” he began. “Luke writes, ‘Jesus said, “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!”’“Well, Jesus,” Brannon said to scattered laughter. “We’ve had enough of fire for one week.”Brannon told Ketchum that “we are not a church that believes that God sends natural disasters to punish people” or that “if we pray hard enough, the winds will shift or the rains will come or the firefighters will become superhuman.”A DC10 tanker drops fire retardant on the Beaver Creek Fire in Greenhorn Gulch. Photo: Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1“We are not a church that expects God to alter nature,” he said. “We are a church that believes that God alters us so that we can cope with whatever nature throws at us.”The audio of Brannon’s sermon is here.Although some pre-evacuation warnings were lifted Aug. 20, including Brannon’s part of Ketchum, they still exist in other parts of town. People living north and south of Ketchum are still under a mandatory evacuation order, he reported in an e-mail to ENS.He and many in the congregation have had to have a “go bag” packed to take when and if they are ordered to leave.“That’s very much a spiritual exercise,” he said. “I think everybody at some point should have to pack as if they’re leaving their house and are not going to return. That’s been one of the most fascinating discussions around the church is what did you pack and why and what does it mean to you.”It’s those mandatory orders, and the fear that all residents of the three towns might face such orders, that prompted the Diocese of Idaho to issue a call Aug. 19 for volunteers to potentially open their homes to evacuees.“There is uncertainty about how broad this need will be, or for how long people will need assistance, but we would like to be prepared in case the situation changes quickly,” the diocese said in an e-mail sent to diocesan members just before noon local time.Idaho Governor Clement Leroy “Butch” Otter gets a Beaver Creek Fire briefing from Incident Commander Beth Lund (back to camera). The Beaver Creek Fire is the #1 priority fire in the United States. Photo: Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1The e-mail noted that as the mandatory evacuations have increased, hotels between Boise, Idaho, and Salt lake City, Utah, – a distance of about 340 miles – are either full or filling up fast. The request came with a link to a page on which volunteers could register and indicate how many adults and children they could house and whether they could accommodate pets and people with medical needs. The registration also asks volunteers to indicate if they have taken the church’s Safeguarding God’s Children training.The Rev. Lucinda Ashby, canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Idaho, said the volunteer-registration system enables the rectors of the affected parishes to send people on their way with a single phone call. “Evacuees can be welcomed and tended to by people who expect them and can call them by name,” she told ENS in an Aug. 19 e-mail. “The response and hospitality offered by people around the diocese was immediate. People want to be helpful, and we wanted to find a way to make that desire to be helpful be effective.”Close to 1,800 firefighters and other personnel from all over the United States are fighting what is called the Beaver Creek fire, which was started by lightning on Aug. 7. The fire covers about 104,500 acres in what the Sawtooth National Forest’s update calls “extreme terrain.” The Great Basin National Type 1 Incident Management Team took command of the firefighting effort on Aug. 11 and the fire is now reported to be the top priority in the country. Fighting the fire has cost $11.6 million thus far, according to the latest national situation report from the National Interagency Fire Center.Two Type I helicopters draft water from a pond off Greenhorn Gulch Road to dump on the Beaver Creek Fire. Photo: Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1Firefighters made progress on the flames on Aug. 19 – thus prompting the lifting of some mandatory and pre-evacuation orders. However, fire meteorologists had good and bad news in their latest forecast. The area should see lower temperatures and higher humidity on Aug. 20, which will tend to dampen down fires. But there is an increasing chance of thunderstorms later in the day and on Aug. 21, which “can produce erratic and gusty winds, which can lead to extreme fire behavior.” And, while rain will help firefighters, too much rain could cause extreme run-off from burned-over areas and flooding.“As of right now, all parishioners are safe and accounted for, and for that we are extremely grateful,” Ashby told ENS.The Rev. Shawn Carty, rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Hailey, told ENS via e-mail that member of about 12 parish families that have been evacuated from their homes, others have left as a precaution and some have been able to return to their homes.Ashby said Carty told her that residents of Hailey who live in the gulch areas and on the west side of the Wood River Valley were under mandatory evacuation, and many had to leave in the middle of the night.“Everyone in the valley is doing their best to cope with the heavy smoke from the fires and the anxiety and uncertainty from the situation,” Carty said.Emmanuel’s members are connected to the local community and most have deep roots in the area, according to Ashby.“Several parishioners have served with the Department of Forestry, and they tend to view the fire as part of a natural progression in the natural cycle of the area,” she said.Carty told Ashby that watching the fire make a huge run on Aug. 16 was “like being in the middle of a war zone.”That evening, Emmanuel held a prayer service in their historic building.“We have been overwhelmed by the number of people offering help and keeping us in their prayers,” Carty said, including the diocesan housing effort.“We know we are not alone in this situation. I have often said that in the church, it’s not ‘six degrees of separation’ but rather two – the connections God makes among us are much closer,” he said. “So many people from around the country have e-mailed or called to let us know they are thinking of us and praying for us, and we are grateful beyond words.”Brannon echoed Carty’s sentiments, adding that “we continue to be amazed by what firefighters are capable of.”“God has an opportunity to be revealed in every situation and we will see how God has been revealed in the midst of this event,” he said. “We are busy and active being church in the midst of this emergency.”— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Martinsville, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Press Release Service Rector Smithfield, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Jobs & Calls August 20, 2013 at 6:16 pm Also from the Diocese of Southern Virginia prayers are offered for God’s abiding grace to sustain, protect, and uphold all who are in harms way.last_img read more

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