Pool 1: Gloucester Rugby, London Irish, Bordeaux-Bègles, Mont-de-MarsanPool 2: Perpignan, Worcester Warriors, Femi-CZ VEA Rovigo, Bizkaia Gernika RTPool 3: London Wasps, Newport Gwent Dragons, Bayonne, Rugby MoglianoPool 4: Bath Rugby, Cammi Rugby Calvisano, Agen, Bucharest WolvesPool 5: Stade Français Paris, *Newcastle Falcons, I Cavalieri Prato, Grenoble*Newcastle Falcons’ participation is subject to an appeal to the RFU by London Welsh Players fight for the ball in a ruck during the European Challenge Cup quarter final rugby union match Stade Francais vs. Exeter at the Charlety stadium in Paris on April 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images) Tough battle: Another tough draw for English clubsFormer Amlin Challenge Cup champions, Gloucester Rugby, have been drawn with high-quality opposition in English rivals, London Irish, as well as French representatives, Bordeaux-Bègles and Mont-de-Marsan, following the pool draw for the 2012/13 tournament.Gloucester will renew their Amlin Challenge Cup rivalry with London Irish, who they dramatically defeated 36-34 after extra-time in the 2006 decider, in a competition which will culminate in the 2013 final at the RDS, Dublin on Friday, 17 May (20:00).Another former winner, London Wasps, who were victorious in 2003, have been drawn in Pool 3 along with Newport Gwent Dragons, Bayonne and Italian newcomers, Rugby Mogliano, while the 2008 champions, Bath Rugby, will be up against Cammi Rugby Calvisano from Italy, Agen, and Romania’s Bucharest Wolves in Pool 4.Worcester Warriors’ contests with Perpignan could well be the highlight of Pool 2 which includes Spanish debutants, Bizkaia Gernika RT, and in Pool 5, Newcastle Falcons are also scheduled to meet strong French opposition in the guise of the 2011 beaten finalists, Stade Français Paris, and Grenoble, as well as I Cavalieri Prato from Italy. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The five pool winners will progress to the quarter-finals where they will be joined by three pool runners-up from the Heineken Cup.Amlin Challenge Cup 2012/13 Pools TAGS: GloucesterLondon IrishNewport Gwent DragonsWasps
WalesPerformance: A tour of two halves. Good enough to beat Japan once, but unceremoniously dumped in the second outing. Some fans may be angry with the outcome, but some new names have pushed ahead while others have shown they are not quite up to it yet.Development: The improvements in Liam Williams, Harry Robinson and James King will make Welsh fans happy, but the way in which the team fell to Japan for the first time ever, 23-8, may be heartbreaking. There is clearly depth there in Wales and it is about breeding confidence to take forward into future internationals. Dan Biggar may now be considered a leader, too.Improvements for next season: Instead of turning over a volume of players, the challenge is turning those who could be knocking on the door into fully-fledged Test rugby players. Can the new caps make use of their Japanese experience? Japanese forward Takashi Kikutani (C/red jersey) raises his arms after the team’s win during a test match against Wales in Tokyo on June 15, 2013. Japan made history by beating Six Nations champions Wales 23-8 for their first ever victory over a major rugby nation in nearly 80 years of international competition. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS IrelandPerformance: They cut it fine against the USA Eagles but finished well by clapping a heavy score on Canada. Mission accomplished for Ireland.Development: Robbie Henshaw has been smoothly eased into international rugby and Stuart Olding has seen action, but the most important aspect for interim coach Les Kiss was to show on-looking and incoming boss Joe Schmidt what auxiliary options he has at fly-half. Ian Madigan has stepped up.Improvements for next season: Ireland started well in the Six Nations before fading, and in the new regime they have to make use of the new generation and those who will aid the transition as older players prepare to hang up their boots. Expect Dave Kilcoyne, Darren Cave, Kevin McLaughlin, Tommy O’Donnell plus Henshaw and Olding to be used more in the near future.ItalyPerformance: Went hard, but fell short once again. The same song, if only with a few different dance moves.Development: New players? Italy wanted to be competitive and so it was a case of same old, same old when they fell to South Africa, Samoa and then Scotland. By this point we all know their strengths, but at least Matias Aguero and Davide Giazzon hint at options in the front-row.Improvements for next season: There are no new names, no bright young superstars. Italy need to continue improving as a team while begging the powers that be to improve their Pro12 sides.ScotlandPerformance: Outmuscled by Samoa; furious and belligerent against the Springboks; just good enough to beat Italy. Scotland’s summer stint in South Africa for the Quadrangular Tournament was a mixed bag, but when you consider they scraped through with a patchwork squad and many new caps it is a wonder they survived at all.Jubilant Japan: Beating Wales for first timeDevelopment: New caps for Duncan Taylor, Fraser Brown, Tim Swinson, Tommy Seymour, Peter Murchie, Pat MacArthur, Alex Dunbar, Greig Tonks, Stevie Lawrie and Pete Horne tells you what sort of tour it was. Several different stand-offs and jersey swapping to boot, consistency was hard.Improvements for next season: Keep everyone fit and make sure that the management are able to keep competitive fires burning and men well managed heading towards next season’s camps. Bright futures: England’s young team celebrate a series victory over Argentina at the end of their summer tourBy Alan DymockTHE SUMMER tour schedule is over, with the exception of the Lions. All the Six Nations sides are done and now the players can look forward to a relaxing five minutes of rest before the hard work for the 2013/14 season begins.It was a summer where development was at the forefront of thinking, with all the touring coaches wanting to be competitive as well as readying younger charges for the harsh and unforgiving environment of Test rugby.In some circumstances this was a triumph, while in others it was a rougher ride.EnglandPerformance: Slashing and restricting like cruel seamstresses, England handily dispatched all in front of them in their South American tour. A select side made up of Argentine amateurs and internationals from Brazil, Chile and Uruguay were dealt with before an understrength Pumas side was obliterated on two occasions by Stuart Lancaster’s belligerent squad.All Black and blue: Marc Andreu winces during the final TestDevelopment: While more experienced players like Tom Wood, Ben Morgan and Mike Brown showed up well, it was the impressive upstarts Christian Wade, Marland Yarde and Kyle Eastmond flashing through opposition backlines and Matt Kvesic getting his hands dirty. In Freddie Burns, too, Lancaster has a challenger for Owen Farrell to deal with.Improvements for next season: With options in the backline that are exciting and nimble, Lancaster needs to decide on what style he wants England to play going forward. If he keeps things the same, he must impartially decide which of those options is able to fit into that style.FrancePerformance: It is hard to determine which word to use to describe France’s disastrous summer. ‘Incroyable’ sounds too positive and ‘catastrophe’ doesn’t encompass the thigh-slapping ludicrousness of the selection policy used by Phillipe Saint-Andre. In 18 months the team have been as shapeless as Jabba the Hutt’s body-sock and just as ugly, watching them trying things out for the first time.Development: Remi Tales is no spring chicken at 29, but with the experiment with Freddie Michalak appearing to be total bust – again, visualise the body-sock – the Castres fly-half is the man France need to pair with Morgan Parra when he is good to go again. Apart from that, France still have a plethora of players like Antoine Claasen and Jean-Marc Doussain who could be used, but only really as back-up to their recognised names.Finally, time to rest: Beattie and Lamont after beating ItalyImprovements for next season: Big meetings are being held to discuss the breakdown of the current preposterous Top 14 season as well as the number of foreign players in the league. However, beyond the politics, it must be asked whether Saint-Andre is really the right man for the top job. Either way, a long-term plan for the national side needs to be set out.
FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREShannon Parry, the second co-captain of Australia’s sevens team, believes that winning the inaugural Olympic Games title, two years ago in Rio de Janeiro, improved the general attitude towards women’s sport in her country, led to greater nourishment of rugby in particular, and paved the way for this pay parity.“That gold medal has been fantastic for the growth of women’s rugby in Australia, and it has helped develop rugby at all levels, from the grass roots to the top,” the 28-year old told me earlier this week. “Now we have a clear pathway for women’s 7s and 15s players, with the introduction of the Super W, which is starting in March, as well as the new Aon University Sevens Series. It is clear that youngsters can make it all the way to become an Olympic champion or win the World Cup.”Speed merchant: Ellia Green cuts loose against SpainIn another first, this April’s Commonwealth Games, held on the Gold Coast in Australia, will see women’s sevens teams going for glory. And, following the conclusion of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, the Sevens World Cup – for men and women – takes place in San Francisco in July.It’s some year for women’s rugby, and after the pay-parity boost, confidence is high in the Australian camp, understandably. It would surprise no one if the buoyed hosts, who won the first stop of the series in Dubai before Christmas, triumphed this weekend in Sydney.“For any Australian to play on a home soil and in front of family and friends it’s definitely a special moment that you’ll always remember, and it doesn’t happen very often,” continued Parry. “For us it promises to be a great year. First up is Sydney, in the HSBC Sevens Series, and then we have the Commonwealth Games on home soil – it will be the first time women’s rugby features, so that will be special. Finally it’s the World Cup. Three bigs ones in a year. A great way to start will be with victory in Sydney this weekend.” All smiles: Sharni Williams and Shannon Parry celebrate. (pic by Dom Thomas) Australia women’s sevens are breaking down barriers in their hunt for successBy Oliver PickupIn modern sporting parlance, “game changer” – alongside “legendary” and “awesome” – is one of the most wince-inducing, hackneyed expressions. However, when Rugby Australia announced, earlier in January, a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) had been struck that guarantees the women’s and men’s sevens and Super Rugby starters will be handed the same base pay, it truly was a game changer.It is the first time in history that a top-tier rugby nation has taken this progressive – and, for many, long overdue – step to pay parity. The entry-level salary of A$44,500 (£25,260) will stretch across all formats of the game until at least 2020, when the present broadcast deal expires; it would be scandalous if a similar deal is not established at that point.Further, female players also have a new pregnancy policy built into the current package, which again marks a huge advancement for women’s sport, in Australia and beyond.“Everybody is talking about equality at the moment, and it is so exciting that our nation is leading the way with our sport,” Sharni Williams, co-captain of the Australian women’s sevens team, told me on the eve of the HSBC Sydney Sevens, which began on Friday. “The pay parity will make Australia thrive. We are proud to be the first union to achieve equal pay. I’m sure others will follow – in sport and other areas.”In it together: Australia women huddle up before competingGame changing, epochal, call it what you want … the fillip achieved from the newfound equality for Australia’s female players was obvious on the first day of competition in Sydney – Australia Day, appropriately enough – which also represented the first time the men and women will be playing across the same three days at the same tournament.The hosts, in the second round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, were on a different level to their opponents, in more ways than one. They advanced to the quarter finals from Pool A after chalking up 122 unanswered points, against Spain (29-0), Papua New Guinea (50-0), and France (43-0). LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Clean through: Emma Tonegato scores in the rout of Papua New GuineaWilliams, a 29-year-old qualified mechanic, added: “If I were to pick one of the three titles I would choose success at the Commonwealth Games. Being the inaugural event, and it being at home, will be a huge driving force. To win that and add it to our Olympic gold medal would be pretty special.”Victory this weekend could spark a glittering gold-and-green winning streak for Australia’s women. Should that happen it will only serve to emphasise that it is high time other top-tier unions stump up the monies to compete, and achieve pay parity. Now that really would be awesome and legendary, if you will excuse the clichéd turns of phrase.
The roar from the crowd at that moment was huge and beer went flying all around the stadium as Wales fans celebrated.Wales dealt with the England kicking game – so effective in the first two rounds – extremely well, with full-back Liam Williams named Man of the Match. And they closed down the half-backs quickly so Ben Youngs and Owen Farrell didn’t have so much time to put boot to ball.It was a tight, feisty affair, with several scuffles breaking out in the second half, and some of the tackles going in were brutal. There were myriad double hits to stop players’ momentum or even drive them back in the tackle.Here’s a statistic to illustrate the defensive effort: England’s Kyle Sinckler and Tom Curry both made 16 tackles in that first 40 minutes.Related: Downtime with Kyle SincklerThe two defences didn’t allow either side to break through into open space too often. Curry did find a gap in the 25th minute, breaking from a ruck near the Welsh line to score.Yet it was Wales’ patience in that final quarter that reaped dividends, with the tries from Hill and Adams proving crucial. Wales head to Scotland in round four and face Ireland at home in their final game, so the clean sweep is far from sealed – and England could still lift the title – but it is in the hands of Warren Gatland’s side.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Tries from Cory Hill and Josh Adams help Wales to a 21-13 Six Nations win over England in Cardiff Watch the tries that keep Wales’ Grand Slam bid on trackWales set a new record of 12 consecutive Test victories by beating England 21-13 at the Principality Stadium to keep their Six Nations Grand Slam bid on track.England had led 10-3 at half-time in a ferociously physical Test match but Wales chipped away at that lead in the second period with a couple of Gareth Anscombe penalties before Cory Hill and Josh Adams both crossed in the last 12 minutes.The Hill try came after a 30-plus phases move that lasted four minutes in and around England’s 22 and included a series of pick-and-goes.The closing phases of the move involved a long pass to George North, who surged towards the line but was brought down two metres short.The ball was recycled, Dan Biggar feeding Hill and despite both Harry Williams and Billy Vunipola tackling the lock he managed to touch down on the line.Watch the Cory Hill try here…Biggar converted to give Wales a 16-13 lead – then came the Adams juggling act.Wales had penalty advantage from a scrum and Biggar launched a cross-field kick towards Adams. The winger jumped above Elliot Daly and managed to keep hold of the ball as he juggled it between his hands and then stretched over the line.Watch the Josh Adams try here… Jumping for joy: Josh Adams celebrates scoring Wales’ second try (Getty Images)
Owen Farrell: How to kick out of hand Emily Scarratt: How to regain at restarts Saracens’ Max Malins explains how to mix up… Expand The Wales fly-half explains how to test defences… Felix Jones: How to Read the game from full-backThe former Munster 15 is an assistant coach who helped the Springboks on their way to Rugby World Cup glory in Japan, in 2019. Here are his top tips for analysing the game in front of you from the full-back position…Be aware“In defence, communication with the front line is important. In attack, you need to know the system. Most teams will have a 15 who can pop in and out, counter-attack or change direction freely. But it’s about anticipating the picture a phase ahead – seeing a forward has momentum on a carry and thinking 15 seconds ahead and seeing the likelihood of you striking on to the ball.”Put in study“I used to have a few one-on-ones with coach Rob Penney when he was at Munster. He would play 20 seconds of footage, then he’d stop the clip. He would ask me where the ball was going to end up and in what context.”Cutting loose: Jones at 15 for Munster (Getty Images)Read cues Up in the air: South Africa full-back Willie le Roux (Inpho) Max Malins: How to vary kick-offs Be reflective“You can work on anticipating pictures but for it to really set in your brain, be reflective. So on the training paddock try something, and use footage to review. If not, think: ‘I got smashed because I took the ball too flat. Why? Because I didn’t work back hard enough or there wasn’t as much momentum as I anticipated.’ But you can also think about it in a walk-through or sitting in your living room.”This article originally appeared in the August 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine. Expand Expand Emily Scarratt: How to regain at restarts Owen Farrell: How to kick out of hand The World Player of the Year gives her… Dan Biggar: How to kick to regain LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The England talisman explains the key rules for… “Dropping back for a kick, it’s about reading the cues of players in front of you and knowing who the kickers are. It’s analysis. It’s knowing they never kick off nine, so you have a bit of time, or nine kicks when they lose momentum. You have to work with wingers or in your system. It’s hard to get footage of the backfield but some leave two or three players back, some just one – who has to be more central.”MORE SKILLS ADVICE… Max Malins: How to vary kick-offs The South Africa assistant coach explains decision-making for 15s Dan Biggar: How to kick to regain Collapse Every month Rugby World features advice from professional players and coaches on specific skills. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit an Event Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Protestors in favor of women bishops gathered in July 2006 on the campus of York University before the debate began on a motion that addressed the process of ordaining women to the episcopate. ENS Photo/Matthew Davies[Episcopal News Service] The Church of England‘s General Synod, meeting Feb. 6-9 in London, has rejected a bid to provide greater concessions for those opposed to women bishops. A final vote on the legislation that will enable women to become bishops is expected to come before synod in July.The Manchester Diocesan Synod Motion, introduced in September 2011 and backed by the archbishops of Canterbury and York, would have supported amending a draft measure to enable two bishops to exercise episcopal functions within the same jurisdiction by way of “co-ordinating” their ministries.The same amendment was rejected 18 months earlier when in July 2010 General Synod backed the currently unaltered measure that paves the way for women to become bishops, a setback for traditionalists who had hoped for more robust provisions for those in opposition. Some supporters of women bishops feared the Manchester Motion would force women bishops to accept limitations on their authority.During the past 18 months the legislation supporting women bishops has been given the nod by 42 of the 44 diocesan synods throughout England, but it now requires a two-thirds majority in each of the three houses of General Synod – bishops, clergy and laity – for it to be adopted. Before the legislation comes to synod for final approval, likely when it next meets in July, the House of Bishops will have one last chance in May to tweak the text of the draft measure.The text of the Manchester Motion was entirely replaced by the text of an amendment that calls for the women bishops measure to return to synod “substantially unamended,” meaning a woman diocesan bishop would not be obligated to cede any of her episcopal authority to a male alternative.The Rev. Canon Clare Edwards of the Diocese of Canterbury said during a Feb. 8 synod debate that the Manchester motion “would fundamentally change the episcopacy creating a barrier between those on either side. Our Christian identity needs to be in being equally loved sons and daughters of God … I believe we will have nothing to say to our world if we resort to legislation to coexist.”The Rev. Canon Kathryn Fitzsimons, from the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds, reminded synod of the Feb. 7 address from Sally Keeble, director of the Anglican Alliance, in which they heard about the value of empowering women throughout the Anglican Communion. “Let’s not let our statement of public policy let down women throughout the communion,” she said, urging them to reject the Manchester motion.Motions identical to the one proposed by Manchester were passed by four other diocesan synods.The Diocese of Wakefield supported the Manchester motion “even though a majority are in support of women bishops,” said the Rev. Paul Cartwright. “I think this is a lesson to learn. Today’s business could be a make or break for the Church of England. We need to ensure that we care for those who do not support women bishops … We need to work for a win-win situation and one way we can do this is to support the Manchester motion in tact and unchanged.”Archbishop of York John Sentamu reaffirmed Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams’ earlier plea that “all desire to proceed in a way that would maintain the highest degree of communion,” and that the Manchester motion would provide an opportunity to accomplish that goal.Bishop Michael Perham of Gloucester, who received the loudest and longest applause throughout the three-hour debate, disagreed. He explained that the current draft measure unamended already represents “a huge sacrifice by the supporters of women bishops. The draft legislation is a huge compromise. It is the middle way … The last thing we want is for the legislation to go down at the last moment. Supporters of women in the episcopate won’t be able to vote for the [amended] legislation. Manchester ties everyone’s hands unhelpfully… and it is not the way forward.”Christina Rees, a lay member from St. Albans and former chair of women-bishop advocacy group Women and the Church, or WATCH, said that passing the Manchester motion amendment would send the message that “we are a church that has said yes to women bishops, but in law they are not quite the same as their male counterparts. At a stroke passing this … motion [creates] a two-tier episcopate.”Anne Foreman, a lay member from the Diocese of Exeter, also urged synod to reject the motion because it would further delay the appointment of women bishops, restrict their role and authority “and it will change what the dioceses have voted for.”But Emma Forward, a lay member also from the Diocese of Exeter, described herself as “a young Anglo-Catholic who cannot in conscience accept women bishops … We’re relying on this amendment to pass” she said, describing it as “our best chance to have a future in the Church of England.”A measure is a piece of legislation that, once passed by the General Synod, requires approval by the U.K. Parliament. Parliamentary approval is necessary because the measure effectively changes English law as the Church of England is an officially established Christian church with Queen Elizabeth II as its supreme governor. Assuming all stages of the legislative process proceed without delay, the first woman bishop could not be consecrated in England until at least 2014.According to the Church of England’s constitution, only the House of Bishops has the authority to alter any measure because of the implications it has on English law. Any debate in the General Synod, therefore, is simply advisory.Only if the legislation is “substantially” amended, would it need to be referred back to the dioceses for approval, thus delaying the process by a further 12-18 months. The decision on what determines a “substantial” amendment, falls to a committee of six people – appropriately named the “Group of Six” – made up of the presidents and prolocutors of the Convocations of Canterbury and York, and the chair and vice chair of the House of Laity.History of women’s ordained ministryThe General Synod began its steady course toward allowing women in the episcopate when in July 2005 it passed a motion to remove the legal obstacles to ordaining women bishops.In July 2006, synod called for the practical and legislative arrangements of admitting women to the episcopate to be explored. It also called for the formation of a legislative drafting group to prepare a draft measure and amending canon necessary to remove the legal obstacles.At its July 2008 group of sessions, synod agreed that it was the “wish of its majority … for women to be admitted to the episcopate” and affirmed that “special arrangements be available, within the existing structures of the Church of England, for those who as a matter of theological conviction will not be able to receive the ministry of women as bishops or priests.”General Synod voted in February 2009 to send a draft measure on women bishops to a revision committee so it could rework the legislation.The revision committee met 16 times beginning in May 2009 and considered 114 submissions from synod members, and a further 183 submissions from others. In May 2010, the committee published its 142-page report, which offered a detailed analysis of the draft legislation in time for the July 2010 synod debate and vote.The long path towards accepting women’s ordained ministry in the Anglican Communion began in 1920 when the Lambeth Conference called (via Resolutions 47-52) for the diaconate of women to be restored “formally and canonically,” adding that it should be recognized throughout the communion.The first woman priest in the communion, Li Tim-Oi, was ordained in Hong Kong in 1944. Due to outside pressure she resigned her license, but not her holy orders, following World War II. In 1971, the Rev. Jane Hwang and the Rev. Joyce Bennett were ordained priests in the Diocese of Hong Kong, though their ministries were not recognized in many parts of the Anglican Communion.In 1974, there was an “irregular” ordination of 11 women in the U.S.-based Episcopal Church, which officially authorized women’s priestly ordination two years later.Bishop Barbara Harris, now retired suffragan of Massachusetts, was elected in 1988 and became the Anglican Communion’s first woman bishop after her consecration and ordination in 1989.The Rt. Rev. Penelope Jamieson made history in 1989 when she was elected as bishop of the Diocese of Dunedin, New Zealand, and became the first woman to serve as a diocesan bishop in the Anglican Communion.The Rt. Rev. Mary Adelia McLeod, who was ordained a priest in 1980, was consecrated in 1993 as bishop of the Diocese of Vermont, becoming the first woman diocesan bishop in the U.S.-based Episcopal Church. She retired in 2001.The Rt. Rev. Canon Nerva Cot Aguilera became the first woman Anglican bishop in Latin America when she was consecrated bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Church of Cuba in June 2007.The Church of England opened the priesthood to women in November 1992, five years after women were first ordained to the diaconate. More than 5,000 women have been ordained as priests in England since 1994 and today they represent nearly 40 percent of all clergy.The General Synod is the national assembly of the Church of England which came into being in 1970 replacing an earlier body known as the Church Assembly. It continues a tradition of synodical government which, in England, has its origins in the medieval period.— Matthew Davies is editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate Diocese of Nebraska Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cathedral Dean Boise, ID [La Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo] El Fondo de Inspiración NetsforLife® ha superado con éxito su objetivo de 5 millones de dólares debido a la increíble generosidad de los colaboradores de toda la Iglesia Episcopal y personas externas a la organización. Durante el trienio 2010-2012, miles de personas se unieron a congregaciones, diócesis, escuelas y organizaciones en esta iniciativa de base que abarca a toda la iglesia y busca unir a los episcopales en la lucha contra la malaria. Desde 2006, la asociación del programa NetsforLife® de la Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo ha distribuido más de 11 millones de mosquiteros y reducido las muertes relacionadas con la malaria en un 45% en las comunidades del África sahariana que participan del programa.“El hecho de haber recaudado 5 millones de dólares, a nivel base, a través del trabajo conjunto de las comunidades de la iglesia es muy significativo”, dijo Laura Ellen Muglia, copresidente del Comité Asesor de la Campaña nacional del Fondo de Inspiración NetsforLife®. “Aún más impactante es saber que los mosquiteros distribuidos harán que niños, madres, padres, abuelos, primos y comunidades enteras tengan una vida sin malaria, una nueva vida con muchas posibilidades, una vida de esperanza”.Mediante su labor conjunta con iglesias y grupos religiosos, NetsforLife® ha sido líder en la prevención de la malaria: distribuyó más de 11 millones de mosquiteros, capacitó a 82,000 agentes comunitarios de malaria y llegó a más de 30 millones de personas en zonas remotas de todo el continente africano. NetsforLife® combate la malaria con educar a los miembros de la comunidad sobre el uso y el mantenimiento adecuados de los mosquiteros, capacitar a los agentes comunitarios para la entrega de dichos mosquiteros, que salvan vidas, y evaluar las prácticas de prevención de la malaria. De los 17 países en los que NetsforLife® se encuentra activo, cinco de ellos (Angola, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leona y Zambia) han incorporado diversos aspectos de la metodología del programa a su política nacional de lucha contra la malaria; y muchos otros han solicitado asesoramiento para la planificación estratégica a nivel nacional.En la Convención General de 2009, la Iglesia Episcopal hizo el Fondo de Inspiración NetsforLife® la pieza central de su respuesta profética a los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio (ODM) de las Naciones Unidas y se comprometió a destinar el 0,7% de su presupuesto a esta campaña. Se invitó a todos los episcopales a aprender más sobre esta enfermedad y las formas de prevenirla, y a colaborar con esta importante tarea. Un Comité Asesor integrado por cuatro copresidentes y miembros de toda la Iglesia se encarga de dirigir la campaña, que superó su objetivo de recaudación de 5 millones de dólares a principios de 2013.“No se me ocurre ninguna otra iniciativa individual que haya unido tanto a nuestra diócesis en una misión y un esfuerzo común. La campaña proporcionó un enfoque renovado en la labor de los ODM y reunió individuos de sorprendente talento y liderazgo de pequeñas y grandes parroquias”, reflexionó el Reverendísimo Michael Curry, Obispo de la Diócesis Episcopal de Carolina del Norte, copresidente del Comité Asesor de la Campaña nacional del Fondo de Inspiración NetsforLife® y Miembro de la Junta Directiva de la Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo. “El trabajo de la Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo ocupa un lugar central en nuestro llamado como cristianos a curar a un mundo que sufre”.El Fondo de Inspiración de la Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo permite a los episcopales vivir su fe al marcar una diferencia positiva en las vidas de millones de personas del mundo entero a través de la participación local y de base en comunidades de todo el país.“Fue muy conmovedor ver la forma en que las iglesias y diócesis episcopales se unieron para mejorar significativamente la vida de millones de personas del África subsahariana a través del trabajo de NetsforLife® y esta campaña”, manifestó Barbara Case Senchak, copresidente del Comité Asesor de la Campaña nacional del Fondo de Inspiración NetsforLife®. “Todas nuestras comunidades se fortalecieron gracias a esta iniciativa. Realmente representa la participación de lo mejor de la cristiandad en un esfuerzo global”.Si bien la campaña ha finalizado, la labor de NetsforLife® continuará. De hecho, los logros alcanzados en la lucha contra la malaria son aún frágiles y requerirán una inversión permanente. Para el 2013, el objetivo es distribuir más de 3 millones de mosquiteros.“La pasión, la creatividad y el entusiasmo que toda la Iglesia le aportó a esta campaña ha sido algo poco menos que extraordinario”, afirmó Joy Shigaki, Directora del Fondo de Inspiración NetsforLife®. “Mediante la organización de torneos de baloncesto, carreras, ventas de galletas y foros educativos sobre la malaria, esta campaña ha constituido una iniciativa vivificante y transformadora”.Vea nuestro video de agradecimiento y lea relatos inspiradores de la campaña:“Thank You” VideoEpiscopal Diocese of New JerseyEpiscopal Diocese of ChicagoEpiscopal Diocese of MichiganEpiscopal Diocese of Southern Ohio La Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo es la agencia internacional de ayuda y desarrollo de la Iglesia Episcopal y una organización 501(c)(3) independiente. La agencia sigue el mandato de Jesús en Mateo 25. Sus programas buscan alcanzar las Metas de Desarrollo del Milenio. La Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo trabaja en estrecha colaboración con la Iglesia a nivel mundial y los socios ecuménicos para ayudar a reconstruir sitios que han sufrido catástrofes y a fortalecer a las comunidades locales para que puedan encontrar soluciones duraderas que combatan la pobreza, el hambre y las enfermedades, incluidos el VIH/SIDA y la malaria. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Tags Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL
Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit an Event Listing October 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm I myself was seminary trained, and did some STM pre work beyond. After thirteen years of full time ministry, I was inactive for a couple of years. For the last thirty I have been doing bi-vocational work. I must say… I hold my hat to the local priests in the area. For a time, I was teaching Bible and church history in a local school. We poured it on! They learned. And I am glad to serve as a fellow worker in the vineyard with the rigorously trained local clergy. Rector Shreveport, LA November 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm I’m beginning to see that the opposite is becoming true. people with the general of moving experience is enhancing the theological learning experience. As lay persons in the field already, these learners are broadening the mutual learning of one another in a very respectful environment. 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 Bob Griffith says: October 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm My questions is whether there will now develop, or rather the rate will increase, of two classes of clerics – those who are seminary trained and those who are not? I understand that we are running out of money, yet… I don’t find this a viable and long term solution, unless we think providing a less-educated class of clergy for our congregations will actually help even small congregations thrive beyond our current circumstances – or the dumbing-down of clerical “profession” is the acceptable outcome. October 2, 2013 at 9:08 am I am a VTS graduate with 30 + years in the ministry. I welcome this step forward. I think it will bring us clergy with a vision that will enhance our theological and pastoral response to the world. I have20 + years that in a parish blessed with seminary interns many who suffered from an ivory tower set apart vision of the church, they need some of the in the world understanding of how to join the teachings of the church and the living of the faith. Byron Banks says: An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET November 2, 2013 at 2:41 am “Dumbing Down” is what goes on in “government” schools. This reminds me of internship which produces persons who actually want to be in the chosen profession. Kindness and compassion can’t be taught. Comments are closed. The Rev. Canon Robyn Szoke-Coolidge says: Tony Green says: November 21, 2013 at 9:31 pm CORRECTION: (People are bringing a broad range of experience to this type of learning — enhancing….) The Rev. Rob Baldwin, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas, uses a milking stool to illustrate the “three-legged stool” of Anglican theology during a class on Anglican identity for students at the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry. Photo/Melodie Woerman[Episcopal Diocese of Kansas] Class is now in session for the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry, the newly created school that provides theological education to students from the dioceses of Kansas, West Missouri, Nebraska and Western Kansas. The school’s first group of students, 35 people from all four dioceses, met for the first time Aug. 10-11 in Topeka.To celebrate the school’s creation, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will be in Topeka on Oct. 5. She will speak at a public forum on the emerging shape of the church and the changing face of ministry. She then will officiate at a service to mark the school’s opening and dedicate school facilities, and she will greet people at a public reception.The school is named for Bishop Jackson Kemper, the first missionary bishop of the Episcopal Church, who was the organizing bishop when each of the four dioceses was founded in the 19th century. He also was committed to the value of local theological education for the growth and health of the Episcopal Church.The school was formed from existing diocesan programs to provide a high quality theological education for people preparing for ordination and for lay leaders in congregations, all without having to head off to a traditional seminary, where costs can run more than $30,000 a year.And for the bishops of the partner dioceses, it provides something critical – the ability to provide pastoral and sacramental leadership for their congregations.Nebraska Bishop J. Scott Barker said the school “is an answered prayer” for his diocese, in part because the curriculum addresses “the uniqueness of the church in the Midwest,” which includes lots of smaller congregations in cities and towns that are miles apart.Kansas Bishop Dean Wolfe said the school’s goal is to develop “visionary leaders, faithful leaders, courageous leaders” for congregations, no matter the diocese in which they are located.West Missouri Bishop Martin Field said the school will provide “well-prepared and able” clergy for congregations that aren’t able to afford the cost of a seminary-trained priest. It also will prompt those congregations to identify natural leaders in their midst to send to the school, he said.Western Kansas Bishop Michael Milliken called his diocese a “rural/frontier area” made up of very small congregations. This school is “one of the few ways available for a great theological education” for leaders in those churches, he said.Field added, “I am as excited about this project as I’ve ever been about any project to engage the church for its betterment.”Exploring the nature of ministryThe school’s dean, the Rev. Andrew Grosso, said that the benefit of having four diocesan partners is that together they “take seriously the emerging missional character of ministry in today’s church.” As the school’s structure was being decided, he said some fundamental issues – the nature of ministry and the shape of the church – became very important.He said, “‘How do you form a priest?’ implies you are asking ‘What does Christian ministry in today’s church look like?’ It’s all part of a larger context.”Sending bivocational and nonstipendiary clergy into congregations only makes sense if lay people understand they are part of the ministry in that place, he said. One of the school’s purposes will be “empowering and inspiring more people to engage in more forms of ministry.”Initial efforts have centered on a curriculum for the ordination track, since the four dioceses had people ready to start those studies. But Grosso said classes also will equip lay leaders to be catechists, evangelists, youth minsters, parish administrators, outreach ministers, worship leaders and lay preachers, among other ministries.A high quality educationWhile the school is new, most of the students are returning for a second or third year. The program for priests runs three years and for deacons, two. Each diocese sets its own criteria for who can enroll in the school.Charles Everson, a first-year priesthood student from the Diocese of Kansas, discovered quickly that the courses are thought-provoking. After just two weekends of classes he said, “I have a challenging and exciting road ahead of me for the next three years!”Bruce Bower is a second-year student from the Diocese of West Missouri preparing to be a deacon. He called the courses “rigorous” and the instructors “top notch.” He said that attending the Bishop Kemper School “doesn’t mean the students have to settle for a theological education that is somehow less than we might receive elsewhere.”The Rev. Carolyn Ballinger is a third-year priesthood student from the Diocese of Western Kansas who was ordained a transitional deacon in May. She said the courses she has taken “exceed the offerings and demands” she had when earning a Ph.D.But beyond the quality of instruction, students praised the community that is formed among them. Ballinger said that after spending a weekend a month living, eating, learning and praying together, she and others stay in touch outside of class, “asking, giving and receiving friendship and encouragement.”Bower said a friend of his attends a traditional Episcopal seminary and “expresses envy about how BKSM students have so much interaction together, and how we are able to grow in relationships.”Everson said the local aspect of the school is critically important. “There are many men and women called to ordained ministry … for whom a formal seminary degree is not a viable option.”Alison Black, a second-year priest student from the Diocese of Kansas, said, “Being a stay-at-home mom to three small children, there is no way that I could attend a traditional seminary anytime in the near future.” Ballinger said that the local setting makes theological education accessible to people from “any social class, age group, level of financial influence, and cultural or ethnic background.”A unique structureGrosso said he believes the school’s structure is the only one of its kind in the Episcopal Church. The Bishop Kemper School for Ministry is a non-profit corporation operated jointly by the four dioceses.The desire for a different model for the school developed in the past year, as students from Western Kansas, West Missouri and Nebraska attended the Kansas School for Ministry. The four bishops soon saw the need for a school that was jointly owned, to allow it to grow beyond what a single diocese could provide. The Kansas school and other diocesan educational programs merged into the Bishop Kemper School.Each of the dioceses makes a financial contribution to the school’s operations. Tuition from students also helps fund the school’s budget, including a salary for the dean, faculty stipends and reimbursement for facilities the school uses.The board, including the four ex officio bishops, is responsible for overseeing the life of the school, as well as the work of the dean and faculty.Ten months of classesBishop Kemper School students come to Topeka once a month for 10 months and take one course per weekend. Classes during the current academic year include biblical studies, ministry, theology, Anglicanism, spirituality, church history and ethics.Faculty members are drawn from the four dioceses and include instructors with special expertise in a field. Many are ordained clergy.Students also participate in informal sessions with experienced clergy to explore real-world, practical applications of what they are learning. They also take turns leading worship services and preaching.The cost for ordination-track students is $1,800 a year, and the school suggests it be shared equally between the student, and the student’s parish and diocese.Part of a trendThe Bishop Kemper School isn’t the only multi-diocese educational program in the Episcopal Church. Another is the Iona Initiative, whose structure is different from the Bishop Kemper School. It is based on the Iona School in the Diocese of Texas but now operates under the auspices of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.The initiative, which is in the second year of a three-year pilot program, includes Texas and seven other dioceses.Once a month for 10 months, students gather for a weekend in their own diocese where they receive instruction via videos and voice-over PowerPoint presentations that were developed by seminary faculty. Local teachers guide the video courses and teach the practical aspects of the program, such as how to lead worship. It currently provides education only for those seeking ordination as deacons and nonstipendiary priests.Mary MacGregor, who heads the diocese’s Iona School, said programs like theirs and the Bishop Kemper School are what the church needs. She noted that in the Diocese of Wyoming, one of the Iona partners, 90 percent of their priests are bivocational. And the need for local education programs will only grow, she said.“This is the movement that is going on in the church. There will be more internal schools in the Episcopal Church,” she said. And while quality content is essential, it isn’t the only requirement, she said. “We have to have a mix of quality, accessibility and do-ability.”— Melodie Woerman is director of communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Theological Education 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 The Rev. Mary S. Janda says: Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS October 5, 2013 at 8:04 pm “Milking stool” and “emerging missional character”: how does that appeal to and relate to latte-drinking, i-pad-using 20 & 30 year olds? What about interactive learning across the country and countries? Tony Green says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 October 2, 2013 at 12:51 am We have pretty much the same system in the Church of England. There is a course called STETS which covers my diocese and several others which is based at Sarum College. It works very well, and trains people to a high standard. It doesn’t train people to as high a standard as the highest you can achieve at a seminary, but then again, not everyone who goes to seminary has the desire or capacity to achieve the highest standards. In reality, many seminary trained priests leave seminary with the same level of theological education as the average STETS student. Protecting the future of scholar priests and insisting that there should be more of them is an important priority for the Church. Nevertheless, not every priest needs to be a PhD. 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 October 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm As a clergy person that went thru this type of school, I am sick and tired of people saying that we are 2nd or 3rd class clergy. In the eye of the church if you would care to read the canons we are all the same. Also the one of us that have worked outside the church also bring in life long knowledge that some if not all the seminary trained clergy dont have. And somme of us have taken it on your selfs to go and take a class or two at a seminary when we can. So in the future please know what you are talking about. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK New theological school launched by 4 Midwestern dioceses Comments (12) Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT October 1, 2013 at 5:02 pm Dear Bob,As an Episcopal priest who went through a similar “local” seminary experience, I can assure you that this is not a “dumbing down” of priests. I agree that there are people who view this as 2nd-class or even 3rd class, but they are passing judgment without even giving the person a chance. If I were you, I would try and talk with the leaders of this type of seminary and get engaged. Just a thought . . . Rev. Randy McIntosh says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Father Les Singleton says: Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Job Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC The Very Rev. Stuart Schadt says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 November 21, 2013 at 9:38 pm (An important, emerging distinction, as the term, “Anglican,” for good or bad, is meaning very different things to different people Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI October 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm What great opportunities for integration of practical theology with academic rigor as new diocesan educational systems develop for vocational formation. I am seminary trained with over 25 years experience now developing a new vision, offered and supported by our Bishop, in our diocesan School of Christian Studies. This new version of SCS includes formational/educational/instructional opportunities that integrates 8 weeks of on line learning and reflecting through cohort groups with two three day experiences; one in the beginning of class the second at the end, in order to be in face to face community for discernment and learning. What we are learning is that by developing an excellent faculty who are able to educate, instruct and are in formational relationship through technology , as well as in face to face community, our students are being prepared for an understanding of mission and ministry in the emerging church in a way that allows technology to support and enhance faith development and faith formation. Our plan is to integrate our opportunities with Episcopal seminary offerings to deepen and enhance Anglican identity. A both/and approach, with a majority of the work done locally. I look forward to learning more from other diocese, as we continue to evaluate our vocational work in preparing strong and healthy leaders By Melodie WoermanPosted Oct 1, 2013 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Tony Green says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Jay Woods says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Events Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Barnaby Perkins says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME
Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Knoxville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Church of Pakistan forges new links with China Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Asia, New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Tags Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Job Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Members of the first Church of Pakistan delegation to ChinaPhoto: Church of Pakistan[Anglican Communion News Service] A new link between the Church of Pakistan and Christians in China started last month with the very first visit to the neighboring country by an official delegation led by the Moderator of the Pakistan church.Bishop Samuel Azariah, along with eight representatives from Pakistan, met with Christians of the People’s Republic of China from May 16-26 following an invitation from the China Christian Council, through its vice president and general secretary, the Rev. Baoping Kan. The two leaders serve together on the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches.“As the Church of Pakistan this was the first step in the history of the church to establish a relationship of our own with a church in the East,” said Azariah.“We wanted to reach out and see the changes in China and as good neighbors we want our churches to develop good cooperation.”Although the countries are close and many people now fly in and out of China, he said the churches have never used that fact to their advantage.“This is not only a breakthrough of a new relationship but an opportunity of learning for both churches on mission, self-reliance and development,” said Azariah.“We see China as a church which has developed its confidence recently on its own with its own resources. We believe that is something we can learn from and we hope that we as the Church of Pakistan can achieve self-reliance just as they have done.”The churches in China are celebrating a post-denominational period, as there are no official church denominations. The Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) caters to the pastoral needs of the churches and its members, and for administrative purposes the China Christian Council, both at the national and provincial levels, takes care of international relations and administration.Azariah hopes the visit will develop a relationship of love and prayer, caring and sharing, a joint Christian witness. “We can see the importance of how we can cooperate in terms of mission and in joint ventures in sharing the gospel, leadership training and theological education. We are looking forward to receiving a delegation from China in the next 6 or 7 months and further ahead we would like to develop exchanges with pastors, youth leaders, women’s ministry leaders and others.” In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC Ecumenical & Interreligious By Rachel FarmerPosted Jun 7, 2016 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET CAROLYN MARKSON says: Rector Belleville, IL Poverty & Hunger Rector Bath, NC Little church hosts big ministry with free lunches in Minnesota Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem David Paulsen says: February 9, 2017 at 1:34 pm The lunches draw a mix of church members, non-Episcopalians from the community and also visits from residents of two local group homes. It’s a ministry like other churches’ ministries, except that it happens to draw a crowd disproportionately large compared to the this church’s aging membership. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Martinsville, VA Comments are closed. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY February 9, 2017 at 8:11 pm For the folks living in the group homes, this gives them something to look forward to each month. Truly a valuable ministry to people forgotten and ignored by society. Well done! Tony Oberdorfer says: Kilty Maoris says: Comments (15) February 9, 2017 at 7:37 pm My church does this once a year. I can’t imagine doing it once a month! I think it’s a wonderful ministry and hope it goes on for a good many more years. I wish you all the best. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT February 9, 2017 at 9:40 pm Sorry you feel that way. I have been ordained for 25 years and feel quite real. Rather like the Velveteen Rabbit. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Tony Oberdorfer says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Press Release February 9, 2017 at 4:56 pm This church also supports other outreach projects. This is just one but it is a humdinger. They also collaborate with other like minded churches during special services during Advent and Lent. It is a joy to serve this small but lively congregation. Pamela Payne says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID February 9, 2017 at 7:55 pm Thank you for being Christ’s hands in the world. What an amazing ministry. You bring joy to others, while you also grow spiritually and enjoy fellowship. How wonderful!”We are one in the Spirit”! The Rev’d Paul Gill Rider says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Judy Erwin says: February 10, 2017 at 2:32 pm I apologize if I inadvertently gave the impression that I am in principle against such outreach programs as Trinity’s free dinner. My own church in Boston hosts a dinner each Tuesday requiring considerable effort intended largely for local down-and-outers virtually none of whom attend church on Sunday. The point I was clumsily trying to make is simply that too many churches these days see their mission as primarily one of social welfare (that’s particularly true in left-wingish Massachusetts) and their main job of tending to the spiritual needs of parishioners is often almost lost in the process. Perhaps things are different in Litchfield, I send Trinity my best wishes. The Rev. Brian Chace says: Rector Tampa, FL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Kay Amelia Bell says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Knoxville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books February 9, 2017 at 7:49 pm Congratulations, Trinity. Well done. Keep up your good work. Our “little” church is All Saints’, Pontiac, Michigan. Our Sunday attendance is about 80. We serve a free breakfast every Saturday morning to 120-140 very hungry folks from inner-city Pontiac. Hard work, but we get back so much more than we give. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rev Judy Hoover says: February 9, 2017 at 1:24 pm Is a monthly free lunch the best thing this church has to offer? I’m afraid that if Trinity can attract only about 15 of its 100 members to show up on Sunday morning it has pretty much degenerated into nothing more than a social welfare organization. Featured Events Frank J. Corbishley says: February 9, 2017 at 6:05 pm THANK YOU FOR SOME GOOD NEWS!! I believe your monthly free lunch is a grand outreach, obviously enjoyed and used by the community, which is our mission: love our Lord and our neighbor!! February 9, 2017 at 5:33 pm Wow. Just. Wow. February 9, 2017 at 8:39 pm Absolutely right! Small size…15 people not enough to form a decent altar guild. They should give up and go to a decent church with real priests. February 9, 2017 at 9:02 pm If it takes the supply priests an hour to get to Litchfield, I wonder how far away the closest “decent church with real priests” is. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit an Event Listing Rector Collierville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska February 9, 2017 at 5:34 pm I think that it is wonderful that such a small congregation is still able to make a valuable contribution to the community…in this case, size does not matter!! Press Release Service Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls Rev Judy Hoover says: Melanie Barbarito says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Shreveport, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab February 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm What a lovely ministry for the community. I’m sure that the presence of God is felt in a very real way as neighbors share a meal. Hm. That reminds me of something . . . Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Trinity Episcopal Church in Litchfield, Minnesota, hosts a free lunch every last Friday of the month, drawing more than 100 people to this small parish. Photo: Jane Settergren[Episcopal News Service] As an outpost of the Episcopal Church in a small Midwestern community, Trinity Episcopal would easily be overlooked if not for an unlikely success story that is told once a month through food and fellowship.Even the most active members of this parish in Litchfield, Minnesota, population 6,726, openly describe the congregation as “pretty small,” “fairly small” and “little.” The church, on its profile page on the Episcopal Church’s website, calls itself as “a small but lively parish.”Trinity Episcopal Church’s building in Litchfield, Minnesota, was built in 1871.Its roots date back to 1871, with the construction of the church building that still is used for worship every Sunday morning. In recent years, the congregation’s membership has shifted older while diminishing in size to about 100. Attendance has dwindled even further, typically about 15 members at services that are led by a rotating lineup of supply priests who travel more than an hour west to Litchfield from the Twin Cities.But visit Trinity Episcopal at lunchtime on the last Friday of any month, and you’ll find the congregation seeming to swell to several times its size, as members of the community pour in for the parish’s monthly free lunch and fellowship time.“Everybody’s very proud of what we do and very thankful that we’re able to do it,” senior warden Dennis Rutledge said, estimating that the free lunches draw more than 100 people to the church each month. “We’re a fairly small congregation, but this is the best way for us to be effective and do the things we can do.”The free lunch is the most prominent example of the outreach underway at Trinity, which has money from gifts set aside to support other social ministries, said the Rev. Judy Hoover, one of the supply priests who travel to Litchfield.“Everyone at that parish has a job, and they work really well together. They’re really kind of unique,” said Hoover, 83, who lives in Plymouth, Minnesota.Once in a while, Rutledge said, he’ll raise the question of whether the church should keep organizing the monthly free lunches. No one, apparently, takes the question seriously, perhaps including Rutledge himself.“I’ve been almost shouted down – ‘Of course, we’re going to do this!’” he said.The mastermind of each month’s meal is a man named Paul Foley, whose wife, JoAnn, is active in the Episcopal Church Women group. He was raised Roman Catholic but no longer considers himself a churchgoer. About 15 years ago, the church needed a cook to keep the lunches going.“‘Nobody’s willing to take charge,’” Paul remembers his wife telling him. “I said, ‘I will.’”Foley has been cooking since he was a boy growing up in Litchfield. He first learned how to prepare food by shadowing his mother in their kitchen. As an adult, he said he spent some time living in Chicago with friends who, when they discovered his skills at preparing a meal, told him they’d buy the groceries if he cooked.Paul Foley is the meal planner and cook behind most of the free lunches held each month at Trinity Episcopal Church in Litchfield, Minnesota. Photo: Jane SettergrenFoley, now 79, briefly worked later in life as a cook for a hotel and then for a caterer, but mostly he cooks for fun, family and fellowship. The free lunches at Trinity provide the perfect canvas for this culinary artist.“It’s kind of a release,” he said. “I enjoy it so much and then the fact that we’re doing it for these people, and I look out to the opening and I see them out there all happy and visiting. … It makes me feel good.”A typical Friday meal starts on Tuesday, when Foley drive up to St. Cloud to buy the groceries and brings them back to the church kitchen. Wednesday is devoted to prep work, and by Thursday he tries to have as much of the meal done as he can. He finishes off Friday morning by preparing the items that need to be hot and fresh.The congregation and community have come to expect certain menu items at certain times of the year: October’s meal follows a German Oktoberfest theme, Foley said, and November is chow mein, just because people seem to like it. Ham is a must for December.“You get to visit with everybody,” free lunch regular Veronica Caswell told the local Independent Review for a feature story about Trinity’s lunches in January. “Sometimes, you just don’t know what you’re going to cook, so it’s nice to come here,”Hip surgery sidelined Foley in January, so he had to pass the apron that month to family members, but he plans to be back in the kitchen for February’s meal. His two Lenten meals are the same every year: “a tuna recipe everybody loves” and salmon loaf.“If I didn’t make salmon loaf, they’d just come after me,” he said.The menu isn’t the only diversity at the lunches. The meals draw a mix of people from the congregation and the community, including two group homes in the area whose residents suffer from developmental disabilities, church member Jane Settergren said.“Those folks just enjoy it so much,” Settergren said. “We like to see them.”And members of the congregation have gotten used to taking on certain roles every month, she said. One of the men is in charge of brewing the coffee. JoAnn Foley makes sure the bathroom supplies are stocked.“I’m kind of the assistant washer,” Rutledge, the warden, said.Settergren, 71, and others are stationed in the dining room to welcome diners. And one of the women, if she can break from serving the food, will play her cello while the crowd socializes.“We haven’t really made a profit for the last couple years, but that doesn’t worry anybody because that’s not the object,” Paul Foley said. “It’s to get them together and have a good meal.”And they expect to keep serving up the monthly meals at this “super little church,” as Settergren calls it, as long as they are able.“It’s fun. Everybody seems to enjoy it,” she said. “We would miss it terribly if we didn’t do it anymore.”-David Paulsen is an editor/reporter for Episcopal News Service. Rector Smithfield, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET By David PaulsenPosted Feb 9, 2017 Peggy Goldsmith says: