Month: June 2021

Josh Holmes to start at scrum-half

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “If you’ve had a settled line-up all year and then things are thrown around in a semi-final week it might cause a bit of panic,” said Hickey. “However we haven’t been able to field the same team week to week in almost four months, so we’re used to changing things around. We’ve been training since November and playing since February so everyone has confidence in each other, and the players who have come in from club Rugby have taken everything in their stride. The team trained well at the Captain’s Run on Eden Park this morning and I know they’re looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”Super Rugby QualifierBLUES v HSBC WARATAHSFriday 24 June 2011Eden Park, Auckland NZL Josh Holmes will start in place of injured Luke BurgessScrumhalf Josh Holmes will fill the boots of Luke Burgess in tomorrow night’s Super Rugby Qualifier against the Blues at Eden Park.Luke Burgess was ruled out of the team yesterday after scans revealed a broken bone in his hand suffered at training on Tuesday. Holmes comes into the starting XV to replace Burgess, with Brendan McKibbin moving onto the bench. The switch at scrumhalf is one of a number of changes forced by injuries suffered in last Saturday’s 41-7 victory over the Brumbies at ANZ Stadium.John Ulugia and Paddy Ryan will join Benn Robinson in the front row after Tatafu Polota-Nau (knee) and Al Baxter (concussion) were both ruled out. Kane Douglas returns from suspension to partner Sitaleki Timani in the second row, while Pat O’Connor has been named on the bench.Daniel Halangahu’s hamstring injury has forced a backline reshuffle with Kurtley Beale moving into flyhalf, Lachie Turner slotting into fullback and wing Sosene Anesi returns to the starting team. Australian Sevens captain Bernard Foley and Manly hooker Elvis Taione have been called from club Rugby to fill places on the bench.Head coach Chris Hickey said that while the loss of some key players was a blow, the team’s ability to adapt in 2011 will hold them in good stead for tomorrow’s encounter. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 22: Josh Holmes runs the ball during a Waratahs Super Rugby training session at Moore Park on March 22, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images) Waratahs Starting XV15. Lachie Turner (Eastwood)14. Atieli Pakalani (Randwick)13. Ryan Cross (Eastern Suburbs)12. Tom Carter (Sydney University)11. Sosene Anesi (Hunters Hill)10. Kurtley Beale (Randwick)9. Josh Holmes (Warringah)8. Dave Dennis (Sydney University)7. Phil Waugh [c] (Sydney University)6. Dean Mumm (Sydney University)5. Sitaleki Timani (Southern Districts)4. Kane Douglas (Southern Districts)3. Paddy Ryan (Sydney University)2. John Ulugia (Southern Districts)1. Benn Robinson (Eastwood)Reserves16. Elvis Taione* (Manly)17. Jeremy Tilse (Sydney University)18. Pat O’Connor (Eastern Suburbs)19. Chris Alcock (Eastwood)20. Hugh Perrett (Eastwood)21. Brendan McKibbin (Eastern Suburbs)22. Bernard Foley* (Sydney University)* HSBC Waratahs & Super Rugby Debutlast_img read more

Daily news from New Zealand – 20 September – Video

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 19 September | 18 September | 17 September | 16 September | 15 September NELSON, NEW ZEALAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Andrea Masi of Italy (C) offloads the ball as he is tackled by Vyacheslav Grachev of Russia during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Italy and Russia at Trafalgar Park on September 20, 2011 in Nelson, New Zealand. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)center_img Andrea Masi of Italy (C) offloads the ball as he is tackled by Vyacheslav Grachev of Russia The Rugby World Cup 2011 official YouTube channel will be releasing daily videos to give you the chance to be part of the experience no matter where you are in the world. It allows you to follow the progress of the tournament, plus look at other things to do while in New Zealand.Post match reaction to Italy’s win over Russia. Plus we recap on an amazing day in Nelson, which saw a re-enactment of the first ever Rugby match played in New Zealand and 1200 school children perform the Haka. It’s a sight not to be missed!Plus you asked Buck – What do you enjoy about coaching?last_img read more

Italy v England: the preview

first_imgNOT FOR FEATURED England need only a point to pass the 500 mark against Italy in the competition and in Owen Farrell they have a kicker who will be doing that sooner than later. Charlie Hodgson is a gifted footballer, with his perfectly weighted cross-kick nearly setting David Strettle away against Scotland, but the tactical kicking last weekend was patchy, with far too much ball was booted down the throats of the Scottish to run back with credit thanks to the dynamic duo, David Denton and Richie Gray.Ball carriersThere was talk throughout the week that the bullocking Ben Morgan would be given a starting berth at No. 8 after Phil Dowson had a fairly underwhelming debut. However, Lancaster has shown commendable loyalty to his backrow and he’ll expect Robshaw, along with Mouritz Botha and Tom Palmer to smash holes up the middle of the park in order to free up the backline. In the Azzurri ranks the considerable frames of Martin Castrogiovanni, Robert Barbieri and the peerless Sergio Parisse will be looking to puncture the English defensive line and whip up the partisan home support.Set-pieceThe scrum is the Italian’s pride and joy and you can expect Castro, Lo Cicero and chums to fancy their chances against a fairly inexperienced England front-five. They will relish attacking the boys in white at every set-piece. At the coalface, Corbisiero, Hartley and Cole held their own against the Scots, yet Italy present an altogether tougher proposition. You can also be certain that locks Marco Bortolami and the gargantuan Quintin Geldenhuys will be doing their utmost to upset Dylan Hartley’s rhythm as he tries to hit his jumpers. AttackAlthough Stuart Lancaster promised the Saracens dominated backline would be playing in an un-Sarries-like manner, you’d be hard pressed to spot the difference in the opening weekend of action. In midfield, Brad Barritt and Owen Farrell were forced to base their game on a rock solid defence and did so creditably. There simply wasn’t enough possession to attack on the front foot, a fact highlighted by Owen Farrell only touching the ball once in the opening half-hour. Lancaster will undoubtedly be using his motivational powers to gee-up Ben Youngs, who seems to have – temporarily – lost his mojo. He will also be looking to bring England’s three speedsters, Strettle, Ashton and Foden into play. If they are put into space they can hurt the Azzurri defence which was opened up far too easily by Julien Malzieu in Paris last weekend. For Italy, coach Jacques Brunel will be hoping runners Gonzalo Canale, Andrea Masi and Tommaso Benvenuti can start exploiting any gaps in the England defensive line.Youngs will be hoping to fireKicking Last year’s hero Chris Ashton – will he be smiling again?VerdictDespite Italy holding home advantage and a far more experienced squad – 698 caps to England’s 217  – I fully expect England to come away with a victory. I’m going for an England win by nine points and two out of two for Stuart Lancaster.center_img The Italian job: England’s Ben Foden will not be expecting any favours from the Azzurri in RomeBy Owain Jones, Rugby World EditorEngland venture into the gladiatorial lair of the 82,000 capacity Stadio Olympico on the back of a gritty, yet ultimately, uplifting 13-6 win over the Scots at Murrayfield. However, any fanciful thoughts of duplicating the try fest in last year’s thumping 59-13 win should be immediately eradicated. Expectations will be kept firmly in check this time around. In fact, you can be sure Stuart Lancaster will happily walk away with a scoreline much closer to 2010’s nervy 17-12 Six Nations victory in the Eternal City, in which Matthew Tait scored the game’s only try. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

London Irish look to turn the corner after stunning Northampton

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Now coached by former Nottingham boss Glenn Delaney, their effectiveness at the breakdown and scrum went up a notch on Saturday as they kept their discipline to restrict Northampton’s opportunities.England prop Alex Corbisiero and Cai Griffiths, Declan Danaher and Chris Hala’ufia are all in the treatment room but will strengthen the pack further on their return.Northampton’s unbeaten record going into the game crumbled away on a surprising off day for the league leaders, after a brilliant start to the new season. Courtney Lawes was magnificent last week against Wasps, yet in Reading he was outshone by a hungry performance from Irish’s Jamie Gibson, who galloped in from 40 metres out for the bonus point try. In addition, Soane Tonga’uiha and Brian Mujati were subdued by Max Lahiff and Halani Aulika.On paper this was a certain victory for Northampton; 1st place against 11th, Irish’s defensive woes seeing them lose to Worcester the week before for the first time since 2005. Instead the Exiles stunned everyone watching – at one point they were leading 33-3 – and move eight points clear of bottom-placed Sale Sharks, looking to carry the momentum of their upset win into their Amlin Challenge Cup matches against Bordeaux and Mont-de-Marsan. READING, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 06: Tomas O’Leary of Irish gets away from Soane Tonga’uiha and Lee Dickson of Saints during the AVIVA Premiership match between London Irish and Northampton Saints at Madejski Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Reading, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images) Crucial fixtures against Harlequins and Sale Sharks await them on the league’s return, but if Irish can replicate their level of performance against Northampton on a regular basis, they will not stay down the bottom of the table for long.Follow Ben Coles on Twitter @bencoles_ Slipping away: Former Munster scrum-half Tomás O’Leary impressed in Irish’s heavy victoryby Ben ColesIN A weekend of thrilling matches in Round 6 of the Aviva Premiership, London Irish stole the headlines by hammering league leaders Northampton Saints 39-17 at the Madejski Stadium.Before Saturday, Irish had conceded 180 points in their five opening matches, with a sole victory coming against Bath at home. Shaun Edwards was recruited by Brian Smith over the summer but Irish have struggled to adapt to the Wales defence coach’s new systems and as a result were unceremoniously thumped by first Saracens, then Wasps and Worcester.Smith had promised in the build-up to last weekend’s clash with Northampton that patience would be required as a new-look London Irish tried to find their feet. Figures essential to the club’s success in recent years – Bob Casey, Paul Hodgson, Nick Kennedy, Delon Armitage and Clarke Dermody – all departed from Sunbury over the summer, leaving the Exiles with the need for new leadership and talent.The recruits, including George Skivington, Tomás O’Leary and Ian Humphreys, appear now to be finding their feet. Humphreys in particular on Saturday was excellent at attacking the gain line and freeing Irish’s explosive backs, including England outside centre Jonathan Joseph. Many have criticised the club’s lack of Irish players over the years but with an all-Irish pairing at half-back of O’Leary and Humphreys, they could in time possess one of the most effective 9-10 combinations in the league.As much as Humphreys and O’Leary were important on Saturday, Irish’s pack also showed a huge improvement in matching the Saints set of forwards at the scrum and lineout.last_img read more

The Bledisloe Cup rivalry: An All Black’s perspective

first_img Grin of glory: Sean Fitzpatrick holds aloft the Bledisloe Cup LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Eleven years on the front line of the Test arena saw Sean Fitzpatrick captain New Zealand 51 times on the way to 92 caps. Remarkably, 24 of the former hooker’s international appearances came against Australia. Few can articulate trans-Tasman tensions from a more experienced vantage point.This weekend, the Bledisloe Cup is contested in Sydney. Two sides unbeaten thus far in The Rugby Championship lock horns in a compelling clash that falls just 42 days out from the Rugby World Cup.Fitzpatrick will be watching on in his role as a Sky Sports pundit, and told us about what makes this fixture so special.Rugby World: How were you introduced to the rivalry with Australia as a kid growing up in New Zealand?Sean Fitzpatrick: My first memory was of a guy called Greg Cornelson scoring four tries for Australia to beat the All Blacks at Eden Park.I was about 15 or 16 then. It was probably my first appreciation of how good these Aussies could be.RW: And can you remember your first game against Australian opposition?SF: I played in the New Zealand Under 21 team for the curtain-raiser to Australia against the All Blacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1984. That day, the Wallabies beat the All Blacks.Before that, I’d played against Australia a couple of times in schoolboy internationals. In my year, they had Michael Lynagh, David Campese and a lot of guys who went on to play for the senior side.We were always seen as the kids across the ditch, I suppose – the little brother.RW: Dan Carter spoke this week about his early Bledisloe experiences. He said his senior teammates made him appreciate the magnitude of those matches. Was that the same for you?SF: Every two years one team would tour the other country. We would play three Tests and the Bledisloe Cup would go on the line. Every other year there would just be a one-off Test.When I started I was playing for the All Blacks there was Andy Dalton, Gary Knight, John Ashworth and Buck Shelford. John Kirwan had played a few games before I got in too. Those were players we had watched growing up as kids.Flying machine: John Kirwan in full flight against WalesFor them, it was a huge thing and that continued through onto you. Their desire rubs off on you. The rivalry continues with every new player and long may it do so.RW: Your second cap came against Australia at Wellington and they won 13-12…SF: We did. We lost and then we all got dropped. I remember the following Sunday sitting round the radio at my mum and dad’s – in those days the team for the next week was read out at 10 o’clock  in the morning.The announcement said: ‘For the second Test in Dunedin, there has been eight changes.’ I thought: ‘Oh God, that’s quite a lot.’ Then it continued: ‘We’ve replaced the whole forward pack.’It wasn’t that big a setback for me because I was just happy to have played with my childhood heroes. I wasn’t even regularly playing for Auckland at that stage and I learned a lot from it anyway.RW: So is the old cliché true? You played against Australia on 24 occasions and won 16 times, but do you take more from the losses?SF: I think so. I look back to Wellington in 1990. We hadn’t lost for years and, believe it or not, we’d got a bit fat and lazy. We were taking our positions for granted. They beat us 21-9. That was when Phil Kearns gave me the famous two-fingered salute.We learned a lot then, but unfortunately we didn’t learn quickly enough. We lost to them again 12 months later in the World Cup semi-final at Lansdowne Road.Boiling point: Tensions rise during a Bledisloe clash in 1997RW: There must be some better memories, though…SF: At the 1987 World Cup we respected the Australians so much that we were really happy when France beat them in the semi-final. We weren’t sure we’d beat them in the final. Without disrespecting the French, even after we’d won the tournament there was still that hankering at the back of our minds that the Australians were actually a better team than us because they’d beaten us the year before in the Bledisloe Cup series.We played them literally two weeks after the World Cup final at Concord Oval, Sydney in front of about a capacity crowd of 21,000 people. We beat them [30-16] and I managed to get over for two tries, so it has to be one of my happier Bledisloe Cup memories.RW: If you could have brought over one Wallaby into your All Blacks side during your era, who would it have been? SF: Nick Farr-Jones was outstanding in the way he captained the team and in the service he gave to his backs. He was a thorn in our side. Then there was Michael Lynagh. And David Campese, too – if you were picking a World XV, he’d always be close.Leader: Nick Farr-Jones lays down the law to his Australia sideRW: Let’s move onto this weekend, then. Is it fair to say that neither team has quite hit their best yet in The Rugby Championship, despite winning both of their fixtures?SF: Well, I think the All Blacks are looking pretty good. Obviously they’re going to improve because they’re trying things also. They still want to win trophies. They’ve held the Bledisloe since 2003 and this is the tournament decider too.Australia can get a lot better. They’ve got a lot of talent, but whether they can get that right in 40 days or not, I don’t know. They’ve got a really difficult pool to get through at the World Cup.RW: So what does this match mean in the context of World Cup year?SF: This World Cup is going to be about who has the best depth. It will probably be the most difficult World Cup to win. Over The Rugby Championship we’ve seen coaches introduce youngsters to Test matches. That’s the only way you can see how a player will react.For the All Blacks, winning at Ellis Park and exposing the likes of Lima Sopoaga to the intensity of the international arena – you can’t buy that.RW: At hooker, your old position, Stephen Moore and Dane Coles go head-to-head. They are both key figures for their teams in different ways. How do you see that going?SF: Stephen Moore is so important for the Wallabies. He’s no frills – he does his job really well without making too many mistakes. Real, quality leadership is something Australia have lacked over the last few years and it is something they appear to be getting back, on and off the field.Dane Coles is raw, but for me at the moment he is probably the best hooker in world rugby. Saying that, Bismarck du Plessis has really come back into form over the last few weeks. I just think Dane offers so much.Runaway train: Dane Coles on the way to his spectacular try against South AfricaWe always knew he had the running game but there’s the rest of his game now. He’s got bigger, he sticks the scrummage really well and his lineout throwing is good. He just has that x-factor.RW: Some critics have highlighted Dane Coles’ temperament over the past season or so.SF: His temperament has been a weakness that he’s had to work on. We all go through that. I went through a bull-in-a-china shop phase.Dane has got some rough edges but he’s working on that and Steve Hansen has addressed it because he could be a special player. In saying that, Keven Mealamu played one of the best Tests I’ve seen him play in years against Argentina.RW: Same question then. If you were Steve Hansen, which one Wallaby would you bring into the All Blacks set-up?SF: From the current team? (Long pause) You might look at Michael Hooper and David Pocock, I suppose. Other than that I don’t know. I’m not sure who else. If I’m picking a combined All Black-Wallaby team, there wouldn’t be too many Australians. Michael Lynagh might have a view on that.RW: If you “might” bring over Hooper or Pocock, how do you think Richie McCaw will go against them this weekend?center_img SF: (Laughs) I think he’ll go pretty well, actually. He’s phenomenal. He’s been playing international rugby for 15 years now. And he’s still going very well.Sky Sports’ Summer of Rugby continues with Australia vs New Zealand live on Sky Sports 3 from 10.30am BST and also includes England’s warm-up internationals. Sean Fitzpatrick featured in 92 internationals for New Zealand, 24 of his Test caps coming against Australia. The former hooker was in a perfect position to tell Rugby World about the Bledisloe Cup rivalry.last_img read more

The 100 Best Players In The World: 1 Alun Wyn Jones

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Expand No one bothered him. A few of the staff were still there, but even the army of security men had left. We watched him from the press box on the opposite side. We guessed that he had suddenly, in all the tumult, grasped that this was a moment of career history and before he was swept away in all the post-match rigmarole, he wanted to savour it so it was locked in his head for all time.Next time he comes out to play for Wales, he will overtake Gethin Jenkins as the most-capped Welsh player. He is currently on 134, taking in Wales and Lions Test appearances, alongside Jenkins. If he stays fit, he could well play, say, two Welsh warm-up games and another handful in the Rugby World Cup itself.He will be 34 at the end of the tournament, but never forget that is five years younger than Simon Shaw was when he retired. Neither Welsh nor Irish players play as many tough games on the spin as the English and so Alun Wyn may have a season or two on the clock before he retires, although I suppose the alternative would be to go out with Gatland, the two great men of the era in Welsh rugby departing together.When Alun Wyn began his career, he moved between the blindside flank and the second row. He was heralded by Swansea and Ospreys coaches and followers. I remember writing, after what I considered to be a rather unremarkable series of performances, that I doubted if he would reach the very top echelon of international players.Swansea Man: Jones has played over 200 games for the Ospreys (Getty Images)So much for that opinion. He has been outstanding on three Lions tours and, alongside Maro Itoje in 2017 in New Zealand, he formed a remarkable locking partnership. Two intelligent men, two men for whom rugby life alone is not enough. One born in West Wales, the other in London of Nigerian parents, but a pair who gelled wonderfully together and, if anything, had the edge on the All Black pair of Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock in the Test series.Test rugby in all its history, and in this era as much as any previous era, is an arena for experience, grizzled, grafted experience. That experience gives you motivation because you understand how failure feels. It allows you to take short cuts while the youngsters buzz all over the field. It gives you a gravitas and an aura about which opponents can fret. And it gives rugby a good name. But to have Alun Wyn Jones the character as an example of what rugby can become is better than any multi-million pound, prime-time advertising campaign.His strengths are his lineout ability on his throw and the opposition throw; on his grasp of rugby, even though the view from the boilerhouse is sometimes obscured. His days in the back row made him an excellent handler of the ball, a fierce carrier. He is a tremendous scrummager. His power and wisdom in the contact areas are immense too.Which have been his greatest combinations? The Jones-Itoje alliance in 2017 was memorable; so too the partnership he struck with Ian Evans when Wales hammered England in 2013.But for me the best partnership in which he was ever a part was that with Luke Charteris. The massive Charteris could never shake off his sheer bad luck through injury, but at his very best he was one of the greatest locks I’ve seen and in the 2011 World Cup, the pair were dominant. It’s fair to say that Charteris will never be rated as highly as he should have been, and that Jones maximised himself. But what a pair.Formidable Pair: Jones and Charteris were dominant when playing together (Getty Images)Where does Jones stand in the pantheon? It is difficult to compare the modern-era locks with the likes of Colin Meads and Frik du Preez because in those days they were much smaller men, however fierce. But he certainly stands alongside the likes of John Eales, Martin Johnson, Paul O’Connell and the remarkable Shaw. I would place Jones and those four just one rung above Gordon Brown, Nathan Hines, Victor Matfield, Wade Dooley, Patricio Albacete and Whitelock. All greats, mind you.Jones can add to that raw class an inspirational ability to lead and galvanise a team. You really do wish there was some mechanism by which these giants could lend all their experience to the administration of the game. So few truly great players can be bothered with the committee rooms. Frankly, the WRU should appoint him immediately to the board. He has too much knowledge for it to be allowed to drift away.Our top 100 will cause controversy. It is meant to. We are not suggesting that our choices are laid down in tablets of stone. Everyone on rugby’s planet has the perfect right to their opinion. The 100 Best Players In The World: 100-91 The 100 Best Players In The World: 100-91 However, should you disagree with our choice of top man, we would uphold our right to ask where you were on 16 March when Alun Wyn Jones picked Wales up in two hands and took them to the Grand Slam; and why you apparently missed the 133 Tests before that, played by the lock of locks The 100 Best Players In The World: 80-71 The 100 Best Players In The World: 70-61 Welsh talisman Alun Wyn Jones takes the top spot in our list of the Top 100 Players in the World. 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There is nothing wrong with this – rugby cannot exist if only diehard rugby fans attend matches – but surely only the diehards could have produced the kind of thunderous intensity that enveloped proceedings after Wales won the third Grand Slam of the Warren Gatland era back in March.And in the greatest of all team sports, surely no one objected for a second if one member of the Wales team was singled out post-match. ‘Green giants reduced to rubble by grand master Alun Wyn Jones,’ said The Sunday Times.The tributes rumbled on, after Jones had played and led spectacularly. The great Jonathan Davies – the former not current star – proclaimed Alun Wyn was “the greatest-ever Welsh player”.For anyone to be deemed greater than Gareth Edwards, Mervyn Davies, Barry John, Sam Warburton and Davies himself may be testing history to its breaking point, but it did seem justified.There was an outside view as well. “Alun Wyn Jones is the best player that the northern hemisphere has produced in the 21st century,” said Will Greenwood in his newspaper column.Taking It In: Jones enjoys the Grand Slam win with his daughter (Getty Images)No one could take issue at the time and I suspect that few will take issue with our choice of Jones as No 1 in our 100 Best Players in the World Right Now. For me, that whole day and the celebrations that followed revealed the Welsh captain in an extraordinary light. Everything he did seemed to be touched either by playing excellence, by magnificent leadership, and by all the trappings of the Slam and the profile bestowed these days upon great players by the public and media.There was the early lineout when the colossus called the ball to himself, setting up the position for the first Welsh try by Hadleigh Parkes. Then there was that chilling moment when he sank to the ground as if he had badly twisted a knee, and you could see his face screw up into a grimace of agony. For a while it seemed that the great talisman would be departing. Yet within minutes, he had run round the end of a lineout, taken the ball and smashed through four or five Irish tackles, biting off acres of territory. That run told Ireland all they didn’t want to know. And he had a towering game.His influence went on and on. So much is made these days of contact between the captains and the referee. Many coaches spend ages trying to develop leaders in their team, so that the referee will respect and take on board what the captain is saying, whether in words or shrugs or blank stares.Alun Wyn Jones proves conclusively that leaders are born, and that leadership skills cannot simply be adopted into the psyche like handling skills or goalkicking accuracy.Wales won because they had leaders in key positions and a soaring supremo. As he loomed over the referees during the Six Nations and loomed over Angus Gardner in the climax against Ireland, it seemed that the two-referee system so often mooted in the sport had come into being. One was dressed in red.The spotlight was still on Alun Wyn as the final whistle blew, as the post-match interviews were conducted – and there was no gibberish from the captain; it was as if he had prepared words in his head.After the game he was snapped with his daughters. On the Monday the squad was given a reception at The Senedd, the Welsh Assembly building. The mantel of greatness had wrapped itself around the man with the trophy. It was a transcension of mere sporting fame.Born Leader: Jones was colossal for the Welsh in the Six Nations (Getty Images)And yet of all the images, probably the most striking was that which only a few opportunist amateur snappers captured about two hours after the match. Jones had done his celebrations and the lap of honour with the team and his media duties and taken part in the dressing-room bonding, then he walked back down the tunnel and simply sat alone in a seat close to the pitch. Expand Our next section of the 100 best players… Our next section of the 100 best players… The 100 Best Players In The World: 60-51 Expand Expand Expand Expand The 100 Best Players In The World: 40-31 The 100 Best Players In The World: 2 Beauden Barrett The 100 Best Players In The World: 50-41 Collapse Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

Six Nations Tickets

first_imgHow can you get tickets for the northern hemisphere’s tournament? We tell all here. Six Nations Venues LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Six Nations Fixtures 2022 Six Nations TV Coverage 2021: BBC and ITV Matches Expand Six Nations Fixtures 2022 Six Nations TicketsThe 2020 Six Nations is fast approaching at the beginning of next year and each Union has their own distinct process for how they handle tickets for the tournament. Below we have included information on each to make sure you do not miss out on getting a ticket and watching the action unfold.Six Nations TicketsEnglandEngland are offering a variety of packages for their games at the moment. You can see what is available here.WalesWales play three home games in the 2020 tournament and you can still get tickets for their matches against Italy and France. Their match against Scotland appears to be sold out.IrelandAccording to the Ireland Rugby website; Tickets for the three games in Aviva Stadium against Scotland, Wales & Italy will be firstly distributed through the provincial branches who will distribute through the rugby clubs in Ireland. The Visiting Unions will also receive an allocation of tickets for their own game which they will distribute directly to their supporters.Should any tickets be returned they will be sold on line via the Irish Rugby Supporters Club.ScotlandTickets for Scotland’s two home games against England and France are currently sold out.FranceFrance have three home games during the tournament and as of right now their match against England is sold out. You can still pick up tickets to their contests against Italy and Ireland though by clicking here.ItalyLearn more about tickets for Italy’s games by clicking here. Collapse Six Nations Fixtures 2020Kick-off times are in GMT.Round 1Sat 1 February, Wales v Italy, Principality Stadium, BBC, 2.15pmSat 1 February, Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium, ITV, 4.45pmSun 2 February, France v England, BBC, 3pmRound 2 Sat 8 February, Ireland v Wales, Aviva Stadium, ITV, 2.15pmSat 8 February, Scotland v England, BT Murrayfield, BBC, 4.45pmSun 9 February, France v Italy, BBC, 3pmRound 3Sat 22 February, Italy v Scotland, ITV, 2.15pmSat 22 February, Wales v France, Principality Stadium, BBC, 4.45pmSun 23 February, England v Ireland, Twickenham, ITV, 3pmRound 4Sat 7 March, Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, ITV, 2.15pmSat 7 March, England v Wales, Twickenham, ITV, 4.45pmSun 8 March, Scotland v France, BT Murrayfield, BBC, 3pmRound 5Sat 14 March, Wales v Scotland, Principality Stadium, BBC, 2.15pmSat 14 March, Italy v England, ITV, 4.45pmSat 14 March, France v Ireland, BBC, 8pmFollow our Six Nations homepage which we update regularly with news and features.center_img Take a look at what games are being… Six Nations Fixtures 2022 The 2022 Six Nations… Expand Must See Action: How can you get tickets for Six Nations games? (Getty Images) Six Nations Venues We give the lowdown on the six venues… Six Nations TV Coverage 2021: BBC and ITV Matches Also make sure you know about the Fixtures, Injuries, TV Coverage by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagramlast_img read more

Bath v Exeter live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_imgExeter’s Sam Simmonds in action against Bath last November (Getty Images) Bath v Exeter live stream: How to watch from EuropeIf you’re in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you can watch Bath v Exeter (kick-off 4pm) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN.Bath v Exeter live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Premiership matches is NBC, with matches streamed on Peacock Premium, which is available for $4.99 a month.Bath v Exeter will kick off at 10am EST and 7am on the West Coast.Get Peacock Premium Bath v Exeter live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIt’s little wonder that Sky Sport NZ, with ten sports channels, including one dedicated to rugby, is the rights-holder for Premiership matches in New Zealand.If you want to tune in to Bath v Exeter from the Land of the Long White Cloud, the match kicks off at 4am on Sunday on Sky Sport NZ 1.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 June 2021 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offer Bath v Exeter live stream: How to watch from the UKBath v Exeter, which kicks off at 3pm this afternoon, will be shown live on BT Sport 2 in the UK, with coverage starting at 2.30pm. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25.Get a BT Sport Monthly PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when Bath v Exeter takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above. Bath v Exeter live stream: How to watch the Premiership match online from anywhereSam Simmonds is the top try-scorer in the Gallagher Premiership so far this season, with two of his tally of 12 coming in Exeter’s 40-3 hammering of Bath back in November.The two clubs are at opposite ends of the table but only 11 points separate them in what is a highly competitive season.Bath will be boosted by their comeback win against Northampton last weekend while the Chiefs will want to get back on track after losing to Sale and Saints in successive weeks.Below are the two line-ups for the match at the Rec this afternoon (kick-off 3pm), and here’s a reminder of what happened in their November meeting…Bath: Tom de Glanville; Ruaridh McConnochie, Jonathan Joseph, Josh Matavesi, Will Muir; Rhys Priestland, Ben Spencer; Beno Obano, Tom Dunn, Henry Thomas, Josh McNally (captain), Elliott Stooke, Taulupe Faletau, Sam Underhill, Zach Mercer.Replacements: Jack Walker, Jamie Bhatti, Christian Judge, Tom Ellis, Miles Reid, Will Chudley, Tian Schoeman, Joe Cokanasiga.Exeter: Stuart Hogg; Facundo Cordero, Ian Whitten, Ollie Devoto, Tom O’Flaherty; Joe Simmonds (captain), Jack Maunder; Alec Hepburn, Jack Innard, Harry Williams, Jonny Gray, Sam Skinner, Dave Ewers, Jacques Vermeulen, Sam Simmonds.Replacements: Elvis Taione, Ben Moon, Tomas Francis, Sean Lonsdale, Jannes Kirsten, Stu Townsend, Harvey Skinner, Tom Hendrickson.Find a reliable live stream for Bath v Exeter wherever you are in the world.How to watch Bath v Exeter from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Premiership coverage, like Bath v Exeter, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. 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Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing. center_img Bath v Exeter live stream: How to watch from South AfricaIf you want to keep track of the many South Africans plying their trade in the Premiership, SuperSport shows matches in South Africa.South Africa is one hour ahead of the UK, so Bath v Exeter kicks off at 5pm on SuperSport’s Rugby channel.There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from Access, which has the Blitz and Variety 4 channels, to Premium, which includes all 18 sports channels.Bath v Exeter live stream: How to watch from JapanDAZN, which allows you to live stream sport or watch it on demand, is the place to go to watch Bath v Exeter in Japan (kick-off midnight). The service is compatible with smart TVs and phones, tablets, PCs, streaming sticks, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and more.Find out more about DAZN here Bath v Exeter live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, Fox Sports have the rights to show Premiership matches and you can watch Bath v Exeter at 2am in the early hours of Sunday (AEST).If you don’t want a long-term contract, you can also stream games live and on-demand through Kayo Sports. A basic package is $25 a month and premium is $35 a month – and they are offering a FREE 14-day trial to new customers.Kayo Sports offer LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Presiding Bishop on Middle East peacemaking: Engage, don’t divest

first_img Rector Knoxville, TN March 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm I am deeply saddened that Christian Church leaders around the globe seem to be either blissfully ignorant or prefer to bury their heads in the sand. The facts are:1. Israel has never ever had any interest in any just peace. It has no reason to because it knows that westerners lack the moral courage to call a spade a spade.2. Western Church leaders, as well as politicians, always call on the Palestinians to recognize Israel’s right to exist, but had never ever asked the Israelis to recognize the rights of the indigenous people of Palestine! Leon Spencer says: March 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm Most of the postings in response to this statement that the Episcopal Church should ‘invest and not divest’ reflect the fact that this has been the nonproductive path we have been on for decades. It has not brought an end to the oppression. An honest review of the options reveals that Boycott, Divestiture and Sanctions are the only NON VIOLENT actions that have any chance of ending the oppressive occupation that our nation has been supporting. I will do my best to refuse to support the occupation through BDS.It comes to mind that the denial of strong non violent action may come out of a primarily political point of view. It keeps an eye on AIPAC, the captivity of the Congress, and the cost to any elected official to resist the actions of the Israeli government which will not stop the settlements (colonies) in the West Bank and the embargo of Gaza and worries about unsettling the strong Zionist establishment. On the other hand a growing number of us are moved to act for peace through justice rather than a political calculus. Is this not about justice? What does justice require of us? In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Washington, DC Israel-Palestine, By Pat McCaughanPosted Mar 28, 2012 March 31, 2012 at 1:13 am How incredibly sad the Presiding Bishop’s “make nice” talk to the powers-that-be in downtown LA after decades of oppression and death in downtown Palestine. How incredibly sad the brave words in these comments by leaders of EPF’s Palestine-Israel Network who have recommended to the General Convention a shameful, embarrassing resolution that urges us to “study” the 2009 Kairos Document and report our thoughts to the next GC in 2015.I have been to Palestine (http://www.diakonoi.org/diakoneo/Vol33-4.pdf) and know apartheid when I see it.It is past time for a resolution that will urge the church and its people to boycott goods made on settlements on occupied Palestinian land and to disinvest from American companies (e.g., Caterpillar, Motorola, Veolia) that profit from the occupation. And it is past time for us to say that we find it offensive to be called anti-Semites when we criticize the ill-considered, mean-spirited policies of a right-wing Israeli government.If a church will not speak the truth, who will? Randy & Doni Heyn-Lamb says: Presiding Bishop on Middle East peacemaking: Engage, don’t divest Comments are closed. Charles C. Read says: Mark James says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Joe Catron says: Addison Bross says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Cleon (Chips) Shutt,jr. says: John Heermans says: Comments (19) Submit an Event Listing Rector Shreveport, LA March 29, 2012 at 10:00 am We spoke today with Suhaila Tarazi, Director of Al Ahli Anglican Hospital in Gaza, where access to electricity has fallen to one or two hours a day. We as a church can and should offer humanitarian aid, but such aid becomes endless and increasingly inadequate if we never address the root cause of Palestinian suffering resulting from Israel’s ongoing blockade, occupation and expropriation of land and resources. Sadly, the Presiding Bishop ignores these basic issues.As others have noted, the Presiding Bishop’s remarks contain both historical inaccuracies and calls for the church to continue efforts that have failed repeatedly. However, it is bewildering that she claims that BDS will “only harm Palestinians,” when in fact, many Palestinians, including signers of the Kairos Document, representing every single Christian denomination in the Holy Land, have called for BDS. How condescending to assert that we American Episcopalians know better than Palestinians what is good for them. March 29, 2012 at 12:24 am Prior to 1939, there were those who called for a “deeper engagement with the Nazis, people from different traditions eating together, listening to each other’s stories” in order to have peace.Urging our legislators and government to encourage dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian leaders? Urging Israel to freeze the settlement activity? Where have we been for the last 10 years? These ideas will only support and encourage continued illegal occupation and colonization of Jerusalem and the West Bank and collective punishment of Gaza residents. Are we not complicit to these crimes? Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Sami Joseph says: March 29, 2012 at 12:54 am As two of the 200 or so in attendance we would say that the Presiding Bishop’s comments were met with something less than enthusiasm. In fact, after the initial astonished gasps, the feeling of energy being sucked from the room was palpable.By the show of hands earlier in the meeting, perhaps two-thirds of the attendees had made pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine, some of us on multiple occasions. And some of those present were born in “the land of the Holy One.” These were not people who need to be lectured on being engaged in achieving Middle East peace.As a statement of fact, “the Episcopal Church does not endorse divestment or boycott” is true enough. But that does not mean that there is unanimity of opinion on what our position should be, or that the current policy of the Episcopal Church will always be so. Many of us who are deeply engaged in the peacemaking process have come to believe that Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) are a legitimate nonviolent tool to bring about desired change in society.On a personal level, we have been engaged in a several-years long process of examining our investments and purchases to make sure, to the degree we are able, that we boycott products and divest ourselves from companies based in the illegal Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories as well as companies in Israel (and the United States) which profit from the illegal Occupation. We also purchase products from Palestine like olive oil, soap, olive wood items and handwork whenever possible.Does this make us anti-semitic? Hardly. If a committed, self-proclaimed Zionist like the Jewish American professor Peter Beinart can publish an Op-Ed last week (in the New York Times of all places!) calling for BDS on the illegal settlements in the West Bank, why shouldn’t American Episcopalians examine the issues and explore all the options available as we seek to support our Israeli and Palestinian sisters and brothers and be faithful disciples of Jesus.And while the Episcopal Church does not YET endorse divestment or boycott, the winds of change are blowing in our Church on this issue as well. This summer, at our General Convention, resolutions will be introduced calling on the Episcopal Church to commit herself to engage in a three-year study of the issues which make finding a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians difficult. The resolution will recommend the use of the Kairos Palestine document (co-authored by the Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek and other Palestinian Christians http://www.kairospalestine.ps/sites/default/Documents/English.pdf ) and a newly revised Episcopal version of Steadfast Hope (available from the Episcopal Peace Fellowship http://epfnational.org/PIN/the-episcopal-version-steadfast-hope-now-available/ ). We believe both documents should be read and discussed by all Episcopalians concerned about the Mideast.Among several factual errors in her speech, the Presiding Bishop said that the Palestinian Authority needs to recognize Israel’s right to exist. And yet the Palestine Liberation Organization (from which the PA was born) recognized that right nearly 25 years ago, despite Israel having neither a constitution nor defined borders.And we question her contention that BDS will harm the Palestinians. Palestinians have little opportunity for international trade and ever fewer opportunities to work in Israel. So economic pressure will be felt in the illegal settlements and Israel, where it is intended to move people toward peaceful change. It is hard to imagine BDS having a more harmful effect on the Palestinians than the current Israeli practices of closed borders, internal checkpoints, and land confiscation do.We pray that our Presiding Bishop will hear the prophetic voice of those like Archbishop Desmond Tutu who believe that “if an elephant is standing on the tail of a mouse, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” Sunny Hallanan says: March 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm Several posts ago, a writer accused the Presiding Bishop of distorting the Palestinian Authority’s record on recognizing Israel. As I interpreted Bishop Katharine’s remarks at the Middle East Peacemakers Luncheon in Los Angeles, the newly combined Palestinian Authority – which will soon include Hamas – has yet to come out with a statement recognizing Israel’s right to exist and renouncing violence (though the new unity-PA is widely expected to).The same writer, a couple, claimed that Bishop Katharine’s comments “sucked the air out of the room” and that the response from the 200 attendees to Bishop Katharine included “astonished gasps.” What I heard was very loud, enthusiastic, and sustained applause from a room full of mainstream L.A. Episcopalians who heard just what they wanted to hear from their Presiding Bishop. I assume the “gasps” were coming from the couple writing the comment.I have never found it useful to claim distortion on someone else’s part by adding one’s own distortion. Peter Beinart did not, in his recent New York Times op-ed, endorse the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel. His op-ed called for a Zionist-led boycott of settlements and items produced in settlements – a tiny fraction of Israel’s Gross Domestic Product. Moreover, Mr. Beinart noted his personal abhorrence of boycotting anything Jewish, as he is Jewish, and compared his notion of a settlement-specific boycott to that led by the progressive movement against Arizona for its anti-immigrant laws.Finally, it is important to note that no moderate Jewish organizations, nor mainstream Christian denominations, are in favor of the BDS movement against Israel. No “winds of change” claims by BDS activists will make it so. The Episcopal Church has repeatedly reaffirmed its position on the Israel-Palestine issue. I am grateful to Bishop Katharine for coming to Los Angeles and once again setting the record straight. February 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm “Some 2,800 Palestinian Christians — including the Patriarchs of the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches, and the Mayor of Bethlehem — have already publicly signed the Kairos Palestine document calling for support of BDS.” Nobody should be mislead by this false claim. A former Latin Patriarch signed it as a private individual. No Greek Patriarch signed it; instead it was signed by a Greek Orthodox bishop who is known for hostility to the Patriarchate. For more details, see: http://www.newenglishreview.org/Malcolm_Lowe/The_Palestinian_%22Kairos%22_Document%3A_A_Behind-the-Scenes_Analysis/ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing April 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm Didn’t the likes of Schori call it “constructive engagement,” rather than “deeper engagement,” the last time? I liked that better; it had a nicer ring to it. More practical; less hippie dippie.Thank God the Anglican Communion still boasts Archbishop Desmond Tutu, whose support for the Palestinian struggle against Israeli apartheid (as he describes it) is legendary. His words might prove particularly illuminating for Schori:“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”Or as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. paraphrased Dante Alighieri:“The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.” Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Newland Smith says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Eileen White Read says: Rector Collierville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC April 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm Amen Amen The beginning of the collapse of apartheid was when divestment became a reality. Israel will milk the peace process for as long as possible and continue to build in the illegal occupied territories until the world plays hard ball with them as it did in South Africa. Maurine and Bob Tobin says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Middle East, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET April 1, 2012 at 1:36 am For decades the Palestinian people in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza have endured military occupation, the taking of their land by force, demolishment of their homes, loss of their major water sources, siege and collective punishment – all of this done with the support of American taxpayers to the tune of billions of dollars annually, because our elected officials refuse to acknowledge or address those injustices for fear of losing votes due to extremely well organized and effective Zionists here and abroad.In this country growing numbers of people believe that most churches, including our Episcopal Church, have largely ignored the injustices committed daily against the Palestinians. Many people believe our Church leaders have closed their eyes and ears to these crimes and violations of international law. Do our leaders not have an obligation and responsibility to speak out against these injustices which our nation is supporting – and make sure we do something effective about it?We appeal to our Church leaders to summon the courage to call for and commit our Church to an organized program of education for all our members to become informed about the conditions, events and reasons which have led to today’s continuing injustices in what many of us call theHoly Land and our country’s policies in supporting them…and to do that now!By committing our Church to this program, many people in this country who have lost faith in our Church as a moral force in our society, will immediately be attracted and there will be tremendous support from them and people of many other faiths. Christians, Jews, and Muslims here and abroad are begging us to wake up and stand up for what we profess to believe in – peace and justice. Press Release Service Rector Hopkinsville, KY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate Diocese of Nebraska March 28, 2012 at 8:19 pm “The Episcopal Church does not endorse divestment or boycott.” Reminds me of the Church Pension Fund during the anti-apartheid struggle. There is certainly a process involved in considering divestment, not least of which is what Palestinians are saying, and what voices to listen to when opinions differ. But eventually the Episcopal Church did support divestment in South Africa (in a way), and in any case, the argument that divestment “will only end in punishing Palestinians economically” is a tired and sad excuse not to do so. We might also ask ourselves how our engagement with the State of Israel has been working for us in supporting justice and dignity for Palestinians over the past 60+ years. 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Jobs & Calls Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Tampa, FL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel March 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm What was that expression about “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?” Since 1967 – same strategy – same results from Israel. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR March 28, 2012 at 9:47 pm As a point of clarification, the Palestinian Authority has already recognized Israel’s right to exist. At present it is Israel that frequently does not recognize the rights of Palestinians to their own land. Israeli authorities have waged legal battles for more than 20 years to take the land owned by Daoud Nassar south of Bethlehem for which he has more than adequate documentation of generations of ownership by his family. Nassar’s creation of the Tent Nations program on his land is a witness to his commitment to peace and reconciliation in spite of continued harassment by Israeli authorities. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK April 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm Amen. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Belleville, IL April 4, 2012 at 12:00 am I would like to see the full text of the Presiding Bishop’s speech; but with that in mind, I am deeply disappointed in what the PB is reported to have said on this critical issue. As Leon Spencer highlighted (and given his experience, he writes with authority), her statement that our church does not “support boycott or divestment” sounds chillingly like words that were spoken by resistant church leaders in the 1970s &’80s as BDS momentum grew during the anti-apartheid movement. “We know better,” many church leaders said, arguing against BDS, despite the overwhelming call by black South Africans for disinvestment, economic & political boycotts, and more.That same dynamic exists today. Some 2,800 Palestinian Christians — including the Patriarchs of the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches, and the Mayor of Bethlehem — have already publicly signed the Kairos Palestine document calling for support of BDS. This growing list of “living stones” from the small remaining indigenous Christian community in the Holy Land includes Episcopalians. Shouldn’t ENS interview Bishop Dawani and ask him whether he completely opposes the BDS movement, or if there are aspects of it that he supports? It would be helpful to hear the voice of the indigenous Palestinian Christian leader on this issue, not just our Presiding Bishop and Bishop Bruno.The closing message from the Presiding Bishop, as reported here, is particularly weak. It makes general, bland and/or hopeful calls to “encourage dialogue” (which we have done for decades); to urge our U.S. political leaders “to refrain from de-funding hopeful initiatives” (to what does this refer? Why not specifically address the real issue — widespread efforts in Congress to increase funding for Israel and slash the modest funding for the Palestinian Authority?); to “urge Israel to freeze the settlement activity” (again, we’ve done this for years — can anyone point to any measure of success on this front?); and to “condemn violence everywhere” (who could argue with this?).Finally, I find it ironic to read this article having just digested Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” earlier today, on the eve of the anniversary of his murder. There are so many quotes in that extraordinary and timeless letter about the need for nonviolent direct action that would serve us well to reflect on in light of this current debate. I offer this one selection:“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have never yet engaged in a direct action movement that was “well timed,” according to the timetable of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word ‘Wait!’ It rings in the ear of every Negro with a piercing familiarity. This ‘Wait!’ has almost always meant ‘Never.’ It has been a tranquilizing thalidomide, relieving the emotional stress for a moment, only to give birth to an ill-formed infant of frustration. We must come to see with the distinguished jurist of yesterday that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”I would urge our presiding bishop, her staff, and our clergy and lay leaders to listen seriously to the Christian leaders of Palestinian church-based and human rights organizations that have signed the Kairos call (Holy Land Trust, Wi’am Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center, Palestinian Center for Rapprochement, Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, universities, etc. etc.) as well as a growing number of Jewish anti-occupation activists (from groups like Jewish Voice for Peace, the Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence, the Shministim refuseniks; and in limited ways by Tikkun, The Shalom Center, and others). Let’s have an open conversation at General Convention about this timely issue, and not attempt to dictate ahead of time what The Episcopal Church does or does not endorse. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Press Release March 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm “The Episcopal Church does not endorse divestment or boycott.”I am extremely heartened to hear that. I would leave TEC in a heartbeat if they ever followed the Presbyterians in divestment. Featured Events Rector Albany, NY Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 March 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm The Rev. McCaughan’s otherwise excellent article left out the means by which we who care about Middle East peace can support the Episcopal Church’s programs in the Holy Land that were mentioned at the L.A. luncheon. That is through the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, at http://www.afedj.org.Since 1989, Americans have given more than $20 million in supplies and cash gifts to support the dozens of schools, churches, hospitals, clinics, and social services programs run by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in five countries – Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.I have made a pilgrimage twice since 2009, and have visited the school in Zababdeh mentioned in the article, as well as the Princess Basma Centre for Disabled Children near Jerusalem’s Old City and at least a dozen other Episcopal facilities serving truly needy children and adults. My husband and I have made a donation and have just joined the AFEDJ board of trustees. I urge all of those who read this article on ENS to consider joining us. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Bath, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Vicki Gray says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Cotton Fite says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Bishop J. Jon Bruno of the Diocese of Los Angeles presents a globe representing peace among the Abrahamic faiths to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. The globe is a duplicate of those given to faith leaders at a Los Angeles interfaith event coordinated by Bruno that marked the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Photo/Penny Jennings[The Episcopal News – Diocese of Los Angeles] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori urged Episcopalians to “invest in legitimate development in Palestine’s West Bank and in Gaza” rather than focusing on divestment or boycotts of Israel, during a March 25 “Middle East Peacemakers” luncheon in Los Angeles.“The Episcopal Church does not endorse divestment or boycott,” the presiding bishop told more than 200 people gathered at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles. “It’s not going to be helpful to endorse divestment or boycotts of Israel. It will only end in punishing Palestinians economically.”She also called for “a two-state solution with a dignified home for Palestinians and for Israelis” and for “deeper engagement, people of different traditions eating together, listening to each other’s stories,” she said, adding that the interreligious, multi-ethnic gathering hosted by Bishop J. Jon Bruno of the Diocese of Los Angeles was an example of what is possible.Bruno concurred. “Bishop Katharine and I have the same opinion about peace in Jerusalem and what kind of settlement should be taking place there, and we checked it out with Bishop Suheil Dawani and he agrees with us,” he said.Dawani also addressed the gathering, which raised in excess of $50,000 for ministries and pilgrimages in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem as part of the companion relationship with the Diocese of Los Angeles. Dawani echoed Jefferts Schori’s call for deeper engagement through visits and relationship building with “the living stones,” the people of the land who face economic hardship and such other challenges.Because of concerns about “the Christian community (where) we are losing so many young families and young people who leave and look for a better future outside our land,” education and formation for young people is a major priority, he said.The Diocese of Jerusalem sponsors some 20 educational institutions for more than 6,400 Arab children regardless of faith. They include kindergarten through high school classes and centers for children with special needs, as well as technical and vocational institutions.Bishop Suheil Dawani of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem addresses the March 25 Middle East Peacemakers luncheon, which raised more than $50,000 for ministries in his diocese. Photo/Penny JenningsDawani noted especially “Educate for Hope,” an initiative founded several years ago by Mary Bruno, spouse of Jon Bruno, which helps educate children in Zababdeh, one of the few remaining predominantly Christian towns, located between Nablus and Geniene in Palestine. Funds administered through St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Zababdeh seek to help children build lives for themselves, stay in their home country, and help stem the steady decline of the Christian population in the Holy Land. Educate for Hope now sponsors about 56 students each school year, at a cost of about $700 per child.Similarly, the Department for Peace, Reconciliation, and Interfaith Dialogue, created when Dawani was enthroned as the 14th Anglican bishop in Jerusalem in 2007, oversees Kids4Peace, a program that brings Christian, Jewish and Muslim children from the Holy Land to summer camps with their U.S. counterparts in for peace-building and formation, Dawani said.The department also oversees other interfaith peace-building efforts, including a continuing emphasis on women’s empowerment. An upcoming interfaith women’s conference will further those efforts by bringing women together for prayer, conversation and leadership training.Dawani also praised the contributions of American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, which offers support for many ministries and projects.Emphasizing the need for Jerusalem to “remain open for all,” he added, “We need your support to work for peace and justice.“Jerusalem is known as the city of God, the home of the three Abrahamic faiths. It is a beautiful city, a special place. It must remain open for all. Jerusalem is for unity and not for division. Jerusalem is for everybody,” he said amid applause.Encouraging visits to the Holy Land he said, “It is very important for our people when you come and visit,” adding that such visits offer hope and that the diocese values its partnership with other dioceses throughout the church.“Our hearts always welcome you. Please come and visit us,” he said.The diocese encompasses 6,000 Anglicans in 27 parishes throughout Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Syria and Lebanon, and more than 30 schools and healthcare institutions, educating about 6,400 students in schools, employing about 1,500 people and maintaining about 200 hospital beds.Prayers were offered at the start of the luncheon by Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater of the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center and by Shakeel Syed, executive director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.Bruno presented both Dawani and Jefferts Schori with a glass globe inscribed with symbols of the three Abrahamic faiths, including the Jewish Star of David, the Islamic crescent moon and the Hands in Healing cross-a cross made of hands of all colors reaching out to hold each other, the iconic representation of his ministry as bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles.The globes were unveiled during the “One Light, One Faith, One Peace” interfaith service Bruno organized to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Hundreds of Christians, Muslims and Jews, in addition to civic leaders, attended the event on the steps of the Los Angeles City Hall on Sept. 10, 2011. A representative from each congregation, synagogue and temple served as designated “light-bearer” to take a globe back to his or her house of worship as a reminder of hope and the need to work for peace.“It has a candle inside it and I pray when you get discouraged you light the candle and pray for the peace of Jerusalem,” Bruno told Dawani.Olive tree centerpieces were the gifts of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and offered to anyone who wanted them, provided they were to be planted in a church or school yard as a symbol of peace, Bruno told the gathering.Jefferts Schori described a previous visit to the Holy Land at Dawani’s invitation several years ago, just before Easter and Passover, when she encountered both suffering and pain but also hope of new life through interfaith collaboration in the West Bank and Gaza.“We met the faithful of several traditions who in spite of and likely because of their daily experience were engaged in hope-filled living, bridge-building, seeking understanding, finding ways to work together,” she said.“We saw hope and healing for all at the Al Ahli Arab Hospital,” an institution of the Jerusalem diocese.“Wherever we went we met communities of Christians and Muslims working together. We met leaders of all three Abrahamic faith traditions working together for peace. We met others including representatives of this [Los Angeles] diocese who come to the land of the Holy One to learn and listen, to pray and to build relationships.“Pilgrimage forms peacemakers, people who stand in solidarity with those who suffer,” she said.She added that the Diocese of Jerusalem “is a deeply faithful leader of peace-building, often one person and one encounter at a time.” She urged Episcopalians to support the ministries of the diocese.“They continue to seek partners of solidarity and witness like the people gathered in this room. They continue to seek support for their work of educating and forming new leaders of different faiths to be peacemakers. They develop health care and healing ministries to serve people of all faiths. They are advancing interreligious dialogue, building solidarity and bridges of understanding. They’re developing social and economic infrastructure in Palestinian territories. They are helping to build a society of peace with justice for all, the city of Salaam and Shalom.”But, she added, there is no quick fix to the Middle East conflict.Ultimately, peace will take “continued engagement,” the presiding bishop said. “It takes living out of the deep place of hope. Out of the deep and soul searing sort of hope, the kind that is borne of rejecting fear. What can we do here?“We can urge our legislators and government to encourage dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. We can urge them to refrain from de-funding hopeful initiatives. We can urge Israel to freeze the settlement activity. We can urge the Palestinian Authority to recognize Israel’s right to exist. We can condemn violence everywhere.”“I would urge you to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, to pray and work together for a society of peace with justice for that vision that is shared by all Abrahamic faiths. Salaam, shalom, peace.”— The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for The Episcopal News. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Advocacy Peace & Justice, last_img read more

UMC facing ‘slow, agonizing, organizational death’

first_img Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Bath, NC Rector Belleville, IL The Rev. Lauren Gough says: Press Release Service Rector Shreveport, LA Bob Hansel says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Rev. Aileen Aidnik says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Featured Events 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 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI (The Rev.) Ronald L. Reed says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET May 11, 2012 at 9:09 am No church is in the “soul-saving business.” Only Jesus can do that. We’re supposed to be in the RECONCILIATION business, seeking to bring people into unity with one another and with God. People who have been authentically transformed by God’s grace want to live in peace and want to open doors and knock down any walls that divide. They don’t reject, dismiss, and demean others. That difference makes ALL the difference. Organized religion has become, unfortunately a cult of personal piety whose members spend most of their time acting holier-than-thou and judging everybody else who looks, acts, or talks in ways that are outside the accepted norm. Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN By Maria Dixon HallPosted May 10, 2012 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 May 11, 2012 at 10:03 am This strategy has been employed in the Episcopal Church for 10 years now. It finally came to a partial schism but it has not ended the strategy in our diocesan or General conferences. In July we will come to the same conclusion. It is time for Christianity to re-think and realign. This new reformation is already upon us and those of us in the Church Universal are basically ignoring it.Mission is always local and faith is always relational no matter how we try to ‘discipline’ it or ‘order’ it. Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET center_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY Comments are closed. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Job Listing Tags Ecumenical & Interreligious Submit an Event Listing May 10, 2012 at 8:24 pm What a well-written article! You certainly hit the nail on the head! What I most appreciate about it is that it not only applies to the UMC church, it also to most mainline denominations, my own Episcopal church included! Thank you, thank you, thank you for having the courage to say what you did! Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (4) Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Cathedral Dean Boise, ID This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Release [The United Methodist Reporter] The other day, in an attempt to get some distance between me and the traumatic event now forever etched in my brain as General Conference 2012, I decided to brave the Texas heat and work on my flowerbeds and ideas for the lawn. Isisas Barrario, my faithful landscape and lawn man for over eight years, stood by me in the heat as we discussed what to do about the yard. It’s important to know that when Isisas and I first met, I was single, working toward tenure and couldn’t have cared less about my yard except I wanted it cut and to look good—which meant he had the run of the yard. Now, married with a bigger yard and in a nicer neighborhood, I have become more involved. (Gender roles are very hard to break sometime, but that’s another column).As we looked at the deck, I told him that I saw some nails popping out and that he should get the carpenter to fix them and then get the deck painted. He said, “My friend, the earth around the deck has changed. The sun and rain have taken their toll. It is warped and nailing it won’t fix the problem—the structure is bad. You must tear it down if you want it to do any good.” A gardener had become a prophet right before my eyes and ears.While many things will be written about General Conference 2012 and its inability to enact real change for the United Methodist Church, here is one thing to take from our week and a half in Tampa: The world around us changed. The heat of the culture wars and the rain of a changing demographic are having huge impacts. We are warped and cosmetic changes won’t help—we must dare to tear down to our foundations if we ever hope to be any good to the world.Don’t get me wrong. There are dozens if not hundreds of local churches, annual conferences and general agencies who are doing the work of Christ in wonderful ways; but that’s not the issue. That’s like saying all of my boards in my deck aren’t bad and that many of them are working just fine. Because the good boards are attached to a bad structure, in the end they can only do so much good.Real organizational change cannot happen until an organization reconnects with its foundation—its central mission. This is a lesson I learned from Herb Kelleher and Colleen Barrett, legendary leaders of Southwest Airlines and two of my closest mentors (I didn’t even get married to my husband without them meeting him first). Herb and Colleen often point out that the problem with other airlines is that they believe that they are in the airline business—so they focus on planes, fuel, etc. But at Southwest Airlines, they are in the customer service business and they just happen to use fuel, planes, etc., to ensure that they are serving their customers (which includes their employees, customers, and lastly their stockholders) in an excellent way. Guess what? It works and it has been working well for over 30 years.The United Methodist Church has so much wonderful potential. As many of my colleagues who study religious organizations point out, it is the only one that has a true opportunity to succeed where other denominations have failed. At its core the UMC has always affirmed education, religious and secular inquiry, the ministry to the poor and those on the margins, and dared to speak when others were silent. Our other chief attribute is that we are a pragmatic people, a people known for our reasonability and rationality. But anyone watching the show (and that’s what it was) on Friday, can tell you that when you have United Methodists standing on tables, shouting down the presiding officer, and engaging in personal attacks on and off the floor of the plenary session, we have more than walked away from reason: we have run from it.Our structure is contained in the Book of Discipline. Interesting word—contained. Because that is exactly what our BOD is doing to us now—it is containing Methodism. When organizational change, or attempts at organizational change, can be ruled unconstitutional because they do not permit a new structure to emerge, then your organization has ruled evolution and change out of order.The issue is that the General Conference has powers that it cannot delegate to anyone but the bishops and even then in a limited role. Simply put, only a full delegation from all of Methodism can enact administrative change and no matter how well-equipped another body or bodies may be in executing that legislative and administrative role on their behalf, only 1,000 people can make that decision.Because our system of governance is based largely on the U.S. system of governance, it encompasses both its laudable ideals and its terrible inefficiencies. I think what is attractive philosophically about this system is it tries to provide for everyone to ensure that whether you are from the South Central and Southeastern Jurisdictions or Central Conferences, which have the most members, or the Cal-Pac Conference, where membership is small, everybody has a voice in our governance. But here is the problem: everybody has a voice.Our system allows for minority voices (whether of philosophy, race, gender, sexual orientation) to take an active role in the shaping of policy and legislation. This is a good thing. The majority is not always right, especially if it is made up of homogenous point of view. But as Michel Foucault points out, the minority can exercise its own tyranny over the will of the people just like the majority.Anyone listening to the debate regarding restructuring last week watched an evolution take place. Former adversaries came together and created a coalition that created legislation that was supported by Central Conference delegates, as well as other UMC delegates of all colors, sexual orientations, educations, age and genders. A small minority decided that that because they didn’t get individually consulted that they would use whatever means necessary to stop attempts at reorganization. What really is irritating is that every time I heard, “All voices weren’t represented,” I realized it was code for Adam, Don, Betty, Forbes, Christine or Joe didn’t talk to me personally, so I am offended! Let’s be crystal clear about this: while 40 percent of the delegates did not support Plan UMC, all of them did not support the action taken to take this to Judicial Council. Some were willing to see what reorganization wrought and were willing to come back to the issue in 2016.Again, winning the battle and losing the war became the strategy of the day. The minority point was clear: if we don’t like what you do or we don’t feel like you gave us enough deference, we will shut it down regardless of whom it hurts. Funny, whether it’s Grover Norquist and the Tea Party or the Methodist Federation for Social Action, the rhetoric of organizational hostage-taking has the same effect—polarization, distrust and, in the end, slow, agonizing, organizational death.One of my students in Organizational Communication could look at this mess called GC2012 and diagnose the problem immediately: An 18th Century structure cannot sustain a 21st century global organization. We must be willing to let go of the non-essentials to get back to the first fruits and ideals of why we are a People called Methodist. Asking 1,000 people to make organizational decisions and restructuring is not only dangerous, it is impractical for long-term survival. Being limited by a BOD that has increased in regulation but decreased in effectiveness is an indication that we have become all sound (and petitions) and very little fury or significance. While as a denomination we will not disappear over the next four years, I believe that the Fat Lady has taken off her kaftan and is looking through sheet music and for an evening gown.We must Rethink Church (which is a wonderful campaign if I must say so myself). We are not in the agency business. We are not in the conference business. We are in the soul-saving and soul-sustaining business. Agencies, boards, conferences, elders, deacons, and laity are just the resources we use to do that God-given business. Let’s create a governance structure and reorganization that places this priority first. Over the next weeks I will be exploring how I think that can happen.In the meantime, repeat with me: Hello, My Name is United Methodist Church and I need to change.— Maria Dixon Hall is an associate professor of communication studies at Southern Methodist University and a United Methodist. This column appeared May 9 online at The United Methodist Reporter. Rector Smithfield, NC 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA May 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm Thank you, Lauren; you are quite correct. Having had assignments and employment at the parochial, diocesan and national levels, I have concluded, and not without some grief, that the mission structures we use no longer fit and in fact are now ‘disordering’ us into fear-based scarcity-oriented organizations that resist authentic relational ministry in many, if not most, circumstances. For over two decades, I have substantiated a growing waste of resources as a result our disorder. It was not always so; therefore, I also conclude that a new or higher level of reformation is upon us. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group UMC facing ‘slow, agonizing, organizational death’ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DClast_img read more