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Rugby World – May 2013 edition contents

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS [imagebrowser id=37]THE LATEST issue of Rugby World brings you the full story of the 2013 Six Nations and Wales’ triumph. As well as an in-depth review of all the matches and Stuart Barnes’s analysis of the tournament, there are big-name interviews with title-winning Wales forwards Richard Hibbard, Toby Faletau and Adam Jones, England’s Dan Cole, Brad Barritt and Chris Ashton, Tim Visser of Scotland and Irish brothers Rob and Dave Kearney. Plus, Stephen Jones picks his 36-man Lions squad.In addition to all the Six Nations features, Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen opens up on how he’s dealing with his terminal illness, France flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo explains why he would trade all his rugby honours to have grown up with his family in Africa and we meet the Ayr prop who’s also a pastor.———————————————————————————————————————————————–Front Row…2013 Six Nations The story of the championship — facts, stats and fabulous picsLions selection, Army v Navy, LV= Cup, Kit Aid, rugby rant and30 minutes with Adam JonesMartyn Williams – Who should lead the Lions?David Flatman – How to derail the WallabiesPaul Wallace – A four-step plan for IrelandSpotlights…Toby Faletau – The quiet man of Wales’ title-winning team spares a few words for Owain JonesBrad Barritt – The Sarries centre believes the big picture is bright for England. Bea Asprey reportsAl Kellock – The Scot tells Alan Dymock why Glasgow have got it right both on and off the fieldLuke Marshall – Fresh from his Ireland debut, the centre is now targeting silverware with Ulster. By Katie FieldCentres…Stuart Barnes – The former England fly-half reviews the highs and lows of the Six Nations and looks ahead to the Lions tourDan Cole – The England tighthead talks F1, a bumpy road to the 2015 World Cup and that stampThe Kearneys – Brothers Rob and Dave share tales from their childhood and talk about their family bondRichard Hibbard – Meet the hooker who played a starring role in Wales’ Six Nations-winning campaignTim Visser – The wing on how Scotland turned things around — and improvements he must make You can also download the issue onto your iPad or iPad MiniOr perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC or android device? If so click here.center_img Pro Insight – International referee Wayne Barnes gives his best adviceFitness – How to raise the intensityPro’s Playbook – Sam Vesty provides this moveMini Rugby – A game to improve passing and how to bind at the scrumSave Your Season – Kettering get a gruelling workout from NorthamptonSouth Africa – Joost van der Westhuizen opens up about his illnessHambo meets… England wing Chris Ashton on why he’s misunderstoodStephen Jones – Which players make it into our columnist’s 2013 Lions squad?The Big Debate – Should the Lions pick France-based players? Tom Smith and John Dawes give their viewsScotland – Do religion and rugby really go together? It seems to work for God-fearing Ayr prop Nick CoxFrance – The heartbreaking story of flanker Fulgence OuedraogoBacks…Club section – What’s going on in your area?Schools – News from the schools gameEssentials – The latest books and productsUncovered – Grand Slam-winning Ireland flanker Siobhan FlemingTour Tale – How one pitch invader made a booboo at Twickenham…———————————————————————————————————————————————–Click here to subscribe to Rugby Worldlast_img read more

2019 Rugby World Cup: The Springboks do just enough in unsexy “arm wrestle” with Wales

first_img 2019 Rugby World Cup: The Springboks do just enough in unsexy “arm wrestle” with WalesAfter their victorious Rugby Championship campaign this season, South Africa crept through in a slog of a warm-up Test against Argentina in Pretoria to win 24-18.After it, director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said: “All week, I knew it was going to be a grind and that it wasn’t going to be a free-flowing game.” For all intents and purposes, they had prepared to win ugly. And who knew that would be perfect preparation for their future months, heading towards Japan.Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi-final Wales 16-19 South AfricaIn their World Cup semi against Wales they won 19-16. But things were level at 16-16 with 76 minutes on the clock. It was what Warren Gatland would later describe as an “arm wrestle”. There were 81 kicks from hand in the match. The pace was much slower than the other semi-final held in the same stadium in Yokohama, the night before.Some may have considered it drip-torture, the way it was won. But Springboks fans won’t care.In 2017 the Springboks were decimated by the All Blacks, 57-0. A proud rugby nation felt wounded. What counts for double now after they have made it to the World Cup final is that they are winning Test matches.Huddle up: South Africa come together at the end (Getty Images)For all its South African significance it was a performance devoid of emotion. Wales now head into the ‘bronze final’ – an obligatory third-place play-off that must feel the booby prize that you run the gauntlet to collect. And you can still finish fourth. And it’s against the All Blacks.If we all believed in fitting send-offs for great servants, Warren Gatland would see his Wales tenure end in a World Cup final. We would also get to see the once-in-a-generation talent of Alun Wyn Jones performing on that grandest stage. But we won’t.Of course, they played their part in this performance, willingly. And there were a few ‘if only’ moments. A break down the left was over-run by Jonathan Davies and there was a forward pass. There were penalty advantages spurned. There were injury stoppages too – Tomas Francis and George North both went off in the first half, the first with a shoulder injury and the other with a hamstring problem.It’s not that this Test was just 80 minutes of pig-hideous, dour play either. Damian De Allende kept the defence honest with his runs and he cut through Dan Biggar and Tomos Williams to score his try. Ross Moriarty at No 8 kept hammering too, with a flicked pass to Williams, who found Jonathan Davies for another pass to try-scoring Josh Adams – a lovely touch. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Keep track of events in Japan via our Rugby World Cup homepage.Follow Rugby World magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. South Africa come out on top in a slow, kick-heavy semi-finalcenter_img Related: Criticised Faf de Klerk is powering Springboks packBut it was the syncopation of box-kicks – clock devouring plays that threw up doubt as well as the ball – that defined so much of this game. Faf de Klerk was criticised for this before the game, but he stuck to his task. Gareth Davies followed suit. At one point there was a series of charged-down punts and a few daisy cutters going in, that almost deserved a soundtrack of slide trombone.Claiming ball: Wales No 8 Ross Moriarty wins a lineout (Getty Images)Eddie Jones said after England’s win that he hoped this would be a 3-3 draw, with extra-time, more of a draw, then more extra-time. Well, he didn’t get that, but it was gruelling. Grinding, even. Something Erasmus was prepared for against Argentina.Back then, he talked about learning when they were winning ugly. It’s no prettier now. However, it’s a grand departure from a few years back.Related: Rassie Erasmus slots a drop-goalErasmus was flattered to hear that Gatland believed that the Springboks could go all the way. He also talked about the changes since 2017. But he added “let’s play the final first” to see if they had really turned the corner properly.You can get England to win at odds of 8-13 already with bookmakers and they are the favourites. Their game looks all the more dynamic. Gatland made an interesting comment about how teams can sometimes play their final a round early. If that’s the case, we have a week for both sides to create something explosive for the real final.Really winning is all that counts. But it would be great if we got fireworks anyway. Plenty of kicks: Faf de Klerk hits another box-kick (Getty Images) last_img read more

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori’s closing sermon

first_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET July 22, 2012 at 8:39 am How is the litigation against fellow Christians and the millions of dollars it has cost the Episcopal Church reaching out in love ?1 Cor 6:1 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints?and verses 4-64So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? 5 I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, 6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? I agree with Timothy Fountain. It is going to take a lot of reaching out in love to those who have been “deposed”, those parishes and entire dioceses who have been forced out/chosen to leave but I seriously doubt that will happen. The places where the Gospel is being proclaimed are the very places that need to be upheld as models for Christians but instead our bishops have “charges” brought against them and we are characterized as being bigots,haters and fundamentalists. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit an Event Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Nancy hilsbos says: Kevin Parkerson says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS July 13, 2012 at 7:54 am Dear Bishop, I do feel the strength of the Father in your words. Thank you for helping me maintain enough courage and focus not to break my leap by flailing and then falling. Maybe I will stay Still enough on the Light of the World to reach the other side of the Chasm of Want and Need and Hunger Games where we find ourselves abiding. Mike Bickel says: Carol McRee says: Press Release Service Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Timothy Fountain says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Job Listing Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Christine Meredith says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (9) Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Shreveport, LA General Convention, Comments are closed. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Justin Riggin says: July 13, 2012 at 10:02 am Great sermon. We are called into one body but a good dose of the spiritual anti-rejection drug called love, seems to be under prescribed. We need to bring all body parts together and get them working in harmony in order to be the fully formed image of Christ. We have actually made some progress over the past 2000 years, but it’s not enough.Our own body is unfortunately comfortable in its own skin. How painful it is to be a burn patient needing new skin, but the grafting must be done in order for the body to be renewed. The new wine of Christ cannot be put into the old wineskin of comfort. Love is all about risk, it’s all about putting your life on the line for others, it’s all about dying to your old comfortable ways, opening your eyes to the scary path ahead, and taking a bold step.I’m proud of us!Mike Bickel Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Press Release July 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm It has been suggested the 7 epistles of Christ (Rev2 & 3) are church ages, Upon closer examination it cannot be denied they are parallel in time. In looking to identify the neomanifestations of these types: The Episcopal church over the past decade has shown herself to be a good match for Thyratira…better check on your children! July 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm I like the appeal to love and taking risks. I don’t think that the litigation strategy and the amount of money spent on it, relative to what was spent on stated mission goals, is consistent with the vision of love. It is going to take plenty of the kind of reaching across that she describes in her last two paragraphs in order to overcome the waste and estrangement generated by a policy accepted uncritically by the GC and Executive Council.center_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 July 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm I thought we were allowed to speak our mind. You can’t even post scripture. Tags Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori’s closing sermon General Convention July 12 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC July 16, 2012 at 11:55 am I am filled with joy and even more profoundly inspired to continue to serve Christ and carry His message of uncompromising love and acceptance into the world after hearing the words of our courageous, deeply prophetic and visionary Presiding Bishop. So proud to be your sister in Christ +KJS and so glad that the Episcopal Church is my heart’s home. Posted Jul 12, 2012 July 22, 2012 at 9:51 am Carol- I couldn’t agree more. The implication that reform is the only path to peace and love is outlandish and largely untrue.The undertone of this sermon suggests that those who stand as advocates of traditional forms of worship and choose not to step onto that invisible bridge that spans the chasm of the unknown remain on the ledge, and are therefore un-loving. It is quite apparent that the voices of traditionalists are not only being suppressed by the church’s leaders, but are also being portrayed as obstructions to the mission of the Gospel. July 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm I am afraid that we are guilty of white washing our own traditions and our own behavior in order to point the accusing finger of judgement at others. We are distressed because we are called to change… to repent… to turn back / re-think. We need to take a close look at what Christ would have us do. Are we Christians or Anglicans or Episcopalians? Are we followers of Jesus or tax collectors or sinners or fornicators or cheaters or liars? We should get used to checking the box “ALL OF THE ABOVE” and thanking God that He puts up with us.Remember that you were bought at a price. Remember that you now owe your life to Christ in order to be part of the body of Christ – and thus, to act like Jesus.The rant going on in this stream reminds me of how many people left the church when we were asked to “pass the peace” and actually touch each other, when we were asked to accept girls as acolytes, when we were asked to accept women as priests and bishops, when were asked to actually participate in the eucharist instead of mostly daily office, when we were asked to change the prayer book and the hymnal. We do a GREAT job of emoting over things that Jesus could not care less about, and yet when it comes to the greatest commandment that Jesus expressed specifically for us to follow, that of actually loving each other – loving your enemy – a sacrificing love that Jesus knew only too well… we just can’t do it. So we cling to the old ways, to the “traditions” that have nothing whatever to do with why our Savior came to earth. The Pharisees did the same thing.We need to reach out touch the corpse, we need to touch the leprosy and touch the pain of the lost sheep in this church and in so doing we may actually heal ourselves! Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Bath, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Nancy Muhlheim, Deacon serving the Diocese of Oregon says: [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The following sermon was presented today at the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, meeting in Indianapolis, Indianapolis, through July 12.CLOSING EUCHARIST OF GENERAL CONVENTION12 July 2012SoderblomThe Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts SchoriPresiding Bishop and PrimateThe Episcopal ChurchI have some bad news. PB&F[1 ] asked Gregory Straub [2] to find the latest audit, and when he went looking in the Archives, he discovered that we have been using the wrong edition of the Constitution and Canons all through our deliberations. The general conclusion is that everything we’ve done here is therefore invalid. Are you ready to start over?That’s basically what happened with King Josiah. Hilkiah went to investigate the Temple finances and discovered that they’d been reading the wrong rule book for years and years.We’ve had some struggles here that sound a little bit like that – like whether this body is hierarchical or not, or what kind of governance or structure fits what those guys who held the first Episcopal Church convention had in mind back in 1785.It will take many more Conventions before we all agree about anything, but, you know what? IT DOESN’T MATTER! We won’t all agree before the Second Coming, but there is only one essential rule – “love one another,” says Jesus, “as I have loved you.” That is the one and only rule of life together in Christ. It is the same one that Augustine of Hippo cited: “love God and do as you please.” Martin Luther’s version was, “sin boldly… and more boldly still rejoice in Christ.”Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preaches July 12 at the closing Eucharist of the 77th General Convention in Indianapolis. ENS photo/Mary Frances SchjonbergOur task is not to timidly take comfort in the details of our nice behavior – not even in impeccable parliamentary procedure! Life in Christ is risky, it’s about leaping into the uncertain choices before us, like Indiana Jones on that light bridge [3 ] – stepping out over the chasm without knowing if the bridge will be there until we do. Way down in the depths, deep down, the body of Christ has an abiding memory of the trustworthiness of that bridge, even if some of the individual members don’t remember quite so well.That’s what Lars Olof Jonathan Söderblom offered the world. The body of Christ, indeed the whole body of all faithful people, has much to teach its members about trust and confidence – and it is all about love.Söderblom – who went by Nathan – was a Swedish Lutheran pastor, theologian, and Archbishop of Uppsala, born in 1866 and died in 1931. He came from a tradition of border crossers, and it was evident even in his early life. His university degree was in Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin, and he started the formal academic study of comparative religions.[4] In 1890 he came to the United States for a meeting of the Student Missionary Association – something like a General Convention for young adults. He went back to Sweden, was ordained and was appointed chaplain to a mental hospital. Then he started looking for a job that would pay enough to let him get married. Anna Forsell was one of 20 women students among the 1700 men in the University, and she was his writing partner as well as his wife. Söderblom did find a job; he was appointed to the Swedish church in Paris, and stayed there until 1901. That Parisian congregation was filled with Scandinavian artists, diplomats, and merchants, among them Alfred Nobel and August Strindberg, and the several older of the Söderblom’s 13 children.The Church of Sweden started planting churches abroad in 1626, and that church in Paris was the first one. Several of the ones in the American colonies were later transferred to The Episcopal Church.[5] The Church of Sweden has an ancient tradition of ecumenism, loving and learning and working with others.Söderblom went back to Sweden to take an academic post in theology at Uppsala University, and he began a theological revival in the Swedish church that spread about the world. He worked on the easy stuff like world peace and liturgical renewal.Söderblom is remembered most distinctly for starting the modern ecumenical movement, with the Conference on Life and Work in Stockholm in 1925. He insisted that personal spirituality made no sense if it was divorced from work for justice in the larger society, and he repeatedly called on Christian leaders to make common cause for world peace. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1930.Peace begins with loving one another. Start with the people in this room. This body has done a pretty good job over the last few days. We’ve seen quite a few leaps beyond old spheres of safety for the sake of the other. Each person who has stepped out has done so in order to meet another. And we have discovered a new place, a third way beyond what either one knew before.Take what you have learned here about deep hospitality [6] and keep moving toward the other. Maybe we can even figure out how to love everybody in this church. This reconciling work isn’t like BASE jumping [7] – finding a thrill by stretching some rubber band that ties you to the earth. God’s mission is real faith work, the kind of trusting vulnerability that knows there’s only one rule to keep us safe, the spirit’s tether that will draw us into the arms of a Friend on the other side of that chasm. [8]So step on out there past this narrow ledge of safety and love one another. Step out there and expect to find your Friend on the other side. Cross the chasm and you will find the other – and every single one of them will bear the image of God. Trust the wings of the morning, and take a flying leap! Take a flying leap into the future, and toward the other. The bridge is there – we call it the Light of the World.[1] Program, Budget, and Finance – committee that develops the budget[2] The Rev. Gregory Straub is the Secretary of General Convention[3 ]Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade[4] A good biographical review here.[5] http://www.colonialswedes.org/Churches/Churches.html and related sites[6] https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2012/07/11/the-rev-stephanie-spellers-preaches-at-convention-eucharist/[7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BASE_jumping[8] Draw us in the Spirit’s Tether, music by Harold Friedell; text by Percy Deamer Rector Washington, DC Featured Events In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Collierville, TN Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA General Convention 2012, Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Mike Bickel says: Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FLlast_img read more

African communicator sought for regional and provincial role

first_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET By ACNS staffPosted Aug 6, 2012 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Job Listing Tags Africa, Anglican Communion Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Submit an Event Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Collierville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Press Release Service Rector Knoxville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Press Release 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Youth Minister Lorton, VA 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH African communicator sought for regional and provincial role An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Rector Belleville, IL Featured Events Rector Shreveport, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Tampa, FL [Anglican Communion News Service] The search is on for a Communications Officer in Africa to help Anglicans there better share their stories of life and ministry with each other and the world.The role, originally planned for Nairobi, Kenya, has now been moved to Lusaka in Zambia after the interview panel decided not to appoint.After consultation with representatives of both the Church of the Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA)1 and The Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA)2, the decision was made to try something different.“The Church of the Province of Central Africa currently has no full time communications capacity,” explained Director of Communications of the Anglican Communion Office, Mr Jan Butter. “So, after not finding the right person in Kenya, it was agreed by all to look again and see whether, this time, we could also support a Province with this appointment.”The successful candidate will act as the Communications Officer for Africa two thirds of his/her time and Provincial Communications Officer for the remaining third. This person will focus on reporting on those Provinces with little or no communications capacity and liaise with the communicators in those that have.Generously funded by a grant from long-time supporters of communications in Africa, Trinity Wall Street, this position is a pilot project. After three years the hope is that African Provinces will together take on the funding of this or a similar position.See the full job description here: http://www.anglicancommunion.org/ministry/secretariat/vacancies/index.cfmFor more information contact: Mr Jan Butter on [email protected] or +447889400889Notes to Editors·         1 The Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) is a regional Faith Based Organization that was established in 1979 in Chilema, Malawi, by the Anglican Primates of Africa. Its goal is to co-ordinate and articulate issues affecting the Church and communities across the region. http://www.capa-hq.org/index.php/about-us·         2 The Province includes Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe http://www.aco.org/tour/province.cfm?ID=C2·         The Anglican Communion Office serves the Anglican Communion, comprising around 85 million members in 38 regional and national member churches around the globe in more than 165 countries. http://www.anglicancommunion.org/ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY 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 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Pittsburgh, PA last_img read more

Bishop Mouneer congratulates Egypt on leadership change

first_img Submit a Press Release Posted Jul 5, 2013 Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Middle East Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Bath, NC Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 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 Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Tags Press Release Service Featured Jobs & Calls Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Bishop Mouneer congratulates Egypt on leadership change Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Job Listing Rector Smithfield, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC 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 Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Tampa, FL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Anglican Communion, The following is a statement from Bishop Mouneer Hanna Anis Bishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa and President Bishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.[Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt press release] At last, Egypt is now free from the oppressive rule of the Muslim Brotherhood! The Armed Forces took the side of the millions of Egyptians who demonstrated in the streets since the 30th of June against President Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Armed Forces responded to the invitation of the people to intervene and force the President to step down at the request of the people of Egypt. Field Marshall Abdel Fattah el-SiSi invited His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and The Grand Imam of Egypt Dr. Ahmed el-Tayyib, and other political leaders, to discuss the roadmap for the future of Egypt. After this meeting, it was announced that the head of the constitutional court will be an interim leader of the nation. The current controversial constitu-tion is now suspended. The new government will involve capable people from different backgrounds.As soon as Field Marshall Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced this, millions of Egyptians on the streets went around rejoicing, singing, dancing, and making a lot of fireworks. I have never seen Egyptians rejoicing in such a way! They deserve this joy as they insisted to write their own history!Since the Muslim Brotherhood ruled the country a year ago, we Egyptians experienced divisions, exclusions, sectarian clashes, fanaticism, a decrease in tourism, and a bad economy.This is an answer to the prayers of so many people from around the world who were praying for our beloved country Egypt. Please continue to pray for protection from violent reaction of the Islamists which already has started. Pray also for unity and reconciliation after more than 1 year of divisions.May the Lord bless you!The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna AnisBishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of AfricaPresident Bishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Events Rector Pittsburgh, PA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israellast_img read more

Children’s program means everyone is present at General Convention

first_img Press Release Service In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Children, Rector Bath, NC Rector Collierville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET General Convention 2015 Tags Submit an Event Listing Rector Belleville, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Jobs & Calls Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Rector Martinsville, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME center_img Submit a Job Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Smithfield, NC General Convention, Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Children’s program means everyone is present at General Convention This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel 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 Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Events Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate Diocese of Nebraska Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA By Tracy J. SukrawPosted Jul 1, 2015 Zofia Graham, 10, of San Antonio, Texas, snuggles up in a blanket on the floor in the children’s area of the General Convention worship space before the opening Eucharist. Photo/Sharon Sheridan/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] Much happens each day during General Convention. In addition to Episcopal News Service’s other coverage, here are some additional news items from July 1, the second day of the June 25-July 3 gathering.The hot topic of debate on the morning of July 1 among the General Convention participants who have taken over the second floor meeting rooms at Salt Lake City’s Marriott Downtown was chocolate pudding.The specific question at hand: Can we have more, please?It was snack time at the children’s program, which has been serving about 20 to 30 infants and children through age 12, each day, according to Becky Ball. She is the local Salt Lake City organizer for the program, a collaborative effort between the Diocese of Utah and the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s Office of Lifelong Formation.“It’s a little crazy at times, but it’s a lot of fun and it’s going really well,” Ball, with a half-opened pudding cup in hand, said during a momentary break in the action.Under the care of a dozen teenage counselors and as many adult volunteers, the children attend the daily Eucharist, enjoy age-appropriate activities and get to do something many adult convention-goers would be willing to trade their voting credentials for: They take naps. There also are field trips for the older kids. So far they’ve visited Salt Lake’s Museum of Natural History, the zoo and the food distribution ministry at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark.The program enables parents, who might otherwise not be able to attend General Convention, to participate fully at the triennial gathering.The program is about more than just childcare, according to its organizers. Its Christian formation component has the children exploring daily Scripture lessons in a hands-on way. Today’s gospel lesson was the parable of the lost sheep, so the little ones were making sheep out of paper plates and cotton balls; the older group was building a LEGO scene from the story.There has been a children’s program at General Convention since 2006. Having children present, the program’s organizers say, means that the entire church community is present.For the children, it means fun, learning and prayer — plus pudding.— Tracy J. Sukraw is part of the Episcopal News Service team covering General Convention.  Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NYlast_img read more

Britain’s earliest Christians reburied

first_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA June 27, 2016 at 4:25 pm It is inaccurate to call these remains “Britain’s earliest Christians.” There were Christians in Roman Britain, hundreds of years before Aidan’s mission. (St. Alban, for one, martyred sometime in the third or possibly early fourth century.) These would be early Anglo-Saxon or Northumbrian Christians. 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Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME By Gavin DrakePosted Jun 27, 2016 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 St. Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh, founded by the saint whose name it bears, is the new burial site of 110 Anglo-Saxon Christian converts who may well have heard the saint preach.Photo: Christine Matthews[Anglican Communion News Service] The remains of what is said to be some of Britain’s earliest converts to Christianity, which were excavated from sand dunes near Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland between 1998 and 2007, have been re-interred in the crypt of St Aidan’s Church after the completion of a research project led by Durham University and the Bamburgh Heritage Trust.Some 110 sets of remains were excavated from the Bowl Hole – a known Christian burial site. The re-burial at Saint Aidan’s Church is said to be particularly poignant because the remains have been dated as being from between AD 650 to AD 700 – meaning they would probably have known Saint Aidan and heard him preach.The Anglo-Saxon saint went to Bamburgh from the holy island of Iona at the request of King Oswald, who wanted his new kingdom of Northumbria evangelized. Saint Aidan’s Church traces its foundation to this time; although no trace of the original wooden church remains except – possibly – for a wooden beam that hangs above the font.Tradition suggests that this beam supported an awning, under which St Aidan died. A simple shrine marks the spot where this happened. The present church building dates back to the end of the 12th century. It is seen as the mother-church of the modern-day Diocese of Newcastle and central to the foundation of Christianity in England.The June 26 reinterment service saw the remains, in zinc-lined boxes, placed in a new ossuary in the church’s crypt during a service which included a reading and a prayer in Old English.“It is incredibly fitting and moving that the final resting place for the skeletons is in the crypt of St. Aidan’s Church,” Jessica Turner, of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, told BBC News. “It is tantalizing to think the some of these people could have actually heard St. Aidan preach on the same site as we know he founded his church here in 635 AD.” Submit an Event Listing Britain’s earliest Christians reburied 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Shreveport, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Albany, NY Rector Tampa, FL 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 Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Tags Rector Martinsville, VA Julianne E. Ture says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Events Anglican Communion last_img read more

Military chaplains in fight against forces’ suicides

first_img Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Anglican Communion Press Release Service Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Bath, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events Military chaplains in fight against forces’ suicides An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release 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 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 Submit an Event Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Tampa, FL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Tags Rector Collierville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC center_img Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Posted Aug 2, 2016 Rector Belleville, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Knoxville, TNlast_img read more

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christmas sermon

first_imgArchbishop of Canterbury’s Christmas sermon Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Press Release Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Events Rector Hopkinsville, KY Tags Curate Diocese of Nebraska Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Press Release Service Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Anglican Communion, Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR center_img 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 Belleville, IL Submit a Job Listing Posted Dec 25, 2016 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Archbishop of Canterbury Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Archbishop Justin Welby’s sermon preached at Canterbury Cathedral the morning of Dec. 25.Luke 2:1-20The normal processes of life do not stop because we are celebrating Christmas; today 360,000 babies will be born, 151,000 people will die. Life in all its rawness continues to happen to people both far away and close to us, even if news-gathering slackens. News does not stop but we choose to put aside those things which trouble us as much as possible. Sometimes we just look away, even from really important things; another series of pictures of barrel bombs in Aleppo, yet more information about killing in the South Sudan, the news from Berlin this week. And we look away. Especially when we want a peaceful and satisfying Christmas, unsullied by grim reality.We all have a deep longing to be satisfied therefore intuitively we go for security, for the opportunity to focus inwards for a moment, and keep the world at bay. But satisfaction is not met by another gift or some more fine food, and it’s not met by another gathering or technological experience. For security we need true life, glorious life , the life of God welling up and overflowing in glory.That’s what those shepherds found, glory. They saw glory in the angels in the sky and they found glory in the baby in the manger, and they returned to their cold hillside full of the glory of God. This was their encounter with the eternal, with the touch of God, the recognition of more than we can see or feel, and the certainty of the eternal. The angels sing of glory. God’s glory is utterly tied up with this child. God has no glory apart from Jesus, and Jesus is the source of all that is truly glorious in life.Glory comes to these shepherds and shines around them. They were economically poor, of no standing in the community and yet glory shines on them. Throughout the bible glory shines in places and on people where it is least expected. God reveals glory to those from whom many turn away. Today, through the birth of Christ, God turns to us as he did towards the shepherds. We may not turn away, but so often Jesus becomes part of the Christmas trimings. To pass by the manger in which is foundGod’s glory is to travel towards uncertainty.The end of 2016 finds us all in a different kind of world, one less predictable and certain, which feels more awash with fear and division. Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney said three weeks ago, “Despite immense progress many citizens in advanced economies are facing heightened uncertainty… rather than a new golden era, globalisation is associated with low wages, insecure employment, stateless corporation and striking inequalities.” That uncertainty of our world, our feelings tells us that our values are in the wrong place. I learned last week of a family in one of our cities who lowered their child in a supermarket dustbin to scavenge for food before fishing him out. What will that family eat today?  Economic progress, technological progress, communication progress hasn’t resulted in economic justice. It hasn’t delivered glory for usIt is amongst those on the edge, those ignored, and amongst persecuted believers that I have most clearly seen the glory of God this year, a glory that chases away the fear of terror, the power of death, and theeconomies of injustice, and presents a path to a more just, more Christ-like world.Let me tell you about a bomb injured woman in Pakistan that Caroline and I met six weeks ago, bereft of her youngest child in the blast that had injured her, who said, “One thing we know, Jesus really is the good Shepherd.” And a lonely elderly woman in London, and a trafficked teenager in Watford both of whom spoke recently at a Carol service at Lambeth Palace: they have seen the glory of God in Jesus and he has brought powerful transformation to their lives. People on the edge.How then do WE find glory? The only place and person who can bring glory to us is the child of Bethlehem who became the victim on the cross.Time and again in his story, Luke tells us it is in this setting that there is glory, glory, glory. For God has come among his people to bring Salvation. Gloryrevealed – because in receiving this gift we receive true life. Glory revealed– because in coming to him our deepest longings and greatest needs are met. Glory revealed – because the birth of this child heralds peace on earth. Here and here alone there is true hope, utter certainty. For One has come who rules by love not by force, who commands forgiveness not revenge, who makes the last first and the first last, who becomes the victim of violence and hatred in achieving peace. This baby is a great challenge to every power and authority; from his first hours when Herod acts in murderous rage to his last hour when the Roman ruler sentences him to death those with authority seek to eliminate the challenge of Jesus. Jesus will never be co-opted to any office or power.To participate in this glory we must respond to this child and respond to those to whom this child came. We cannot pray that we might be given our daily bread, while not caring that there are those today who will have no bread. In our own country whilst many will go to sleep tonight too full, there are also many who will go to sleep hungry. In faithfulness to the glory of the Baby in the manger we are all called to show the glory of God with generous hearts and overflowing love, yet we feel overwhelmed with a world in which every need is brought to our attention by the power of modern systems. What God calls for from us is not a universal answer but a simple obedience by each of us. Like the shepherds none of us can do much, but the angel does not say to them “solve the problems of war torn Palestine under the Romans”, but “go to Bethlehem”. Our response to the child in the manger is not to solve the problems of the world, but to do what we can do, with our resources, in our time, at the age and with the capacity we have. That capacity is liberated when it is centred on Jesus. In faithfulness to the glory of the Baby in the manger we are all called to respond to this child with unlimited devotion, in worship and awe. Then, whoever, wherever we are, we see the glory of God, perhaps at first a faint glow and distant song, but at the end of all things light beyond imagining and the chant of all the angels. We begin a journey which ends as part of that glory in which there is one glorious vision, one eternal certainty, one great assembly in glorious joy. 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Tax exemption for clergy housing allowance ruled unconstitutional – again

first_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Martinsville, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA [Episcopal News Service] A federal district judge in Wisconsin has once again ruled that the Internal Revenue Service’s clergy parsonage exemption is unconstitutional, a decision that ultimately could have profound financial effects on many Episcopal clergy members and congregations.Judge Barbara Crabb, sitting in Madison in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, said recently that “the plain language of the statute, its legislative history and its operation in practice all demonstrate a preference for ministers over secular employees.”She rejected the defendants’ claim that the exemption was an effort by Congress to treat ministers fairly and avoid religious entanglement, and was part of a larger effort by Congress to help employees with special housing needs.“A desire to alleviate financial hardship on taxpayers is a legitimate purpose, but it is not a secular purpose when Congress eliminates the burden for a group made up of solely religious employees but maintains it for nearly everyone else,” Crabb wrote.“A reasonable observer,” she said, “would view the statute as an endorsement of religion.”The judge gave all parties until Oct. 30 to suggest what remedies would be appropriate, based on her ruling.Freedom from Religion Foundation leaders Annie Laurie Gaylor, Anne Nicol Gaylor and Dan Barker have claimed for years that the IRS “parsonage exemption” violates the U.S. Constitution by providing preferential tax benefits to those whom the agency defines as “ministers of the gospel.” (Anne Nicol Gaylor has since died and been replaced in the suit by the personal representative of her estate, Ian Gaylor.)The plaintiffs say that although the foundation gives them a housing allowance, IRS rules deny their attempts to claim the related expenses under the parsonage exemption because they were not deemed “ministers of the gospel.” Annie Laurie Gaylor is a layperson, as was Anne Nicol Gaylor, her mother. Barker, the foundation’s public relations director, is an ordained minister who the foundation says “gradually outgrew his religious beliefs.”The case, originally titled Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Geithner and Shulman, was filed in September 2011. The original suit named then-U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and IRS head Douglas Shulman as defendants. The current filing replaced them with their successors, Steve Mnuchin and John Koskinen.There are also intervenor-defendants: the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and a minister of one of its churches, the Chicago Embassy Church and its pastor, and Holy Cross Anglican Church in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and its rector, the Rev. Patrick Malone.The court’s decision, which will be litigated for several years and no doubt reach the U.S. Supreme Court, does not apply to clergy who live in church-owned housing, such as rectories. Those clerics can continue to exclude the fair rental value of that home from their income for tax purposes under Section 107(1) of the federal tax code.The employers of most but not all clerics who do not live in church-owned housing designate a portion of a cleric’s salary as a housing allowance. However, if such clerics plan to seek the IRS-allowed parsonage exemption, they must have their employers officially declare (by way of a resolution passed by the organization’s governing body) a specific amount of money that the cleric intends to claim on his or her taxes in the following year.If the cleric can later document the amount of eligible expenses, that amount may be deducted from the cleric’s taxable income. Those expenses include furnishings, maintenance and repair, and certain supplies. For instance, if the enabling resolution sets the amount at $10,000 but the cleric can only document $9,000 in allowed expenses, then only the smaller amount can be deducted. If the cleric had $11,000 in allowed expenses, only $10,000 can be deducted. There is no tax penalty for overestimating the parsonage allowance.Retired and disabled clergy can continue to claim the annual exemption and, in fact, all retirement benefits from the Church Pension Fund come to recipients with the IRS-required housing allowance designation.More information about how parsonage allowances work is available in the current Church Pension Group tax guide on pages 12-16.The federal government appealed Crabb’s original 2013 ruling, and the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit vacated her judgment on the grounds that plaintiffs did not have standing to sue because they had not “personally claimed and been denied the exemption.” In her latest ruling, Crabb said the IRS, the foundation and its representatives all agreed that this had since happened and seemed likely to happen again.“The practical effect of any ruling will be delayed until the appeals are exhausted, which could take several years,” the Church Alliance – a coalition of 38 church benefit programs that serve mainline Protestant denominations, two branches of Judaism and Catholic dioceses, schools and institutions said in a statement on its website. The group filed an amicus curiae brief when the federal government appealed Crabb’s first ruling.“As the litigation proceeds, the Church Alliance will assess the viability of legislative options to remedy, if possible, or mitigate the impacts on clergy retirement and welfare benefits of such a ruling,” the group said.Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation has estimated that the exclusions allowed to ministers for housing costs amount to $3.8 billion between 2013 and 2017.Although Church Pension Group has also predicted that the lawsuit will be litigated for years, it warned in its latest tax guide that “ministers and churches should be aware that the housing allowance remains under attack, and one day may be invalidated.”If that happens, CPG said two things must be done immediately. Because ministers covered by the disputed tax code section “will experience an immediate increase in income taxes,” they would need to increase their quarterly estimated tax payments to avoid an underpayment penalty. Most clerics make such quarterly payments because the IRS treats them as self-employed. CPG also noted that “many churches will want to increase ministers’ compensation to offset the financial impact.” Such an increase could be phased in over a period of years to minimize the impact on the church, CPG suggested.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is interim managing editor of the Episcopal News Service. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books October 12, 2017 at 6:25 pm What about retired military, who have enjoyed the same exemption (recognizing military housing provisions)? 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 October 12, 2017 at 9:18 pm Active Duty military receive a housing allowance that is tax free. Retired military receive no such exemption. My husband was in the Army for 22 years and is retired now, so I know this to be a fact. 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