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Big plans for the future of French Top 14

first_imgFrench rugby’s power players have put together a plan for the future, including an extra-special finale to the Top 14 season Yellow fever: Napolioni Nalaga dives over to score for Clermont, who lead the Top 14 table TAGS: Highlight LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The great and the good of French rugby gathered last Thursday in a Bordeaux hotel for their General Assembly. What Midi Olympique described as “the Cardinals of the Oval”, had assembled ostensibly to discuss what to do with the €355m they’ll receive over the course of the next five years courtesy of their TV deal with Canal Plus.They were all present, not just the likes of Mourad Boudjellal and Jacky Lorenzetti, millionaire owners of Toulon and Racing Métro, but also the presidents of the 16 Pro2 clubs and even Alain Gaillard, a representative of the Union of Coaches.Before they counted the cash, the delegates were obliged to elect a new member to their executive committee, a position vacated last December by Toulouse president René Bouscatel. He resigned after 15 years on the board in protest at the accord negotiated between the LNR and the FFR, in particular over the issue of international player release that he believes harms Toulouse with their numerous French internationals.Topsy-turvy: French rugby is going through ups and downsTwo candidates had put themselves forward – Castres vice-president Michel Dhomps and Racing owner Lorenzetti – and their battle for election illustrated the rivalry that continues to lurk on the fringes of the domestic game in France like a flanker at the breakdown.The 66-year-old Dhomps is what you would call an Establishment Man, a former employee in a pharmaceutical company who has risen steadily if unspectacularly through the ranks of French rugby. Described as “passionate” about rugby he is, to use the political jargon, “a safe pair of hands”.Lorenzetti is hardly butter-fingered – any man who has built up a property empire is not going to be cack-handed – but he’s not an Establishment figure. Last autumn when the English and French clubs sought to breakaway from the ERC with the launch of the Rugby Champions Cup, Lorenzetti was one of the most enthusiastic proponents of the idea, declaring that tournaments should be organised by the clubs, not the federations.As delegates cast their votes on Thursday, French journalists waited patiently outside in the corridor, marvelling at the 1970s décor of the hotel. When the votes were counted and the result declared, the door opened and out came Lorenzetti, announcing to reporters that he had congratulated Dhomps on his victory. He carried himself with dignity but there was no doubt in his mind that the mentality of many in the room was as outdated as the décor.“The conclusion I draw is that I think the rugby world is  perhaps not ready to open up,” said Lorenzetti. “There is a world evolving with people who have a different vision, even if this election isn’t worth a rupture.” The Top 14 is going places all right but the road could be bumpy. Then again, we’d expect nothing less from French rugby.Gavin Mortimer Adding that neither he nor his supporters wished to “reform” the way French rugby is run, Lorenzetti said he just wanted to give club owners more of a say. “It seems to me normal that we should be represented.”Laurent Marti, president of Bordeaux-Begles, was one of those who agreed with Lorenzetti. “I find it logical that those we call the ‘new presidents’ (the name given to those who have used their money to acquire their presidency) should give their advice,” Marti told Midi Olympique. “They can offer something new.”Champs: Castres won last yearAfter a short break for coffee, the delegates returned to the conference suite to talk money. When Paul Goze, LNR president, emerged to face the press he admitted there had been “conflicts” but also an agreement that the TV money should be split 63-37% in favour of the Top 14, as opposed to the 60-40 division in place since 2001.This will need to be ratified at a later date but in the meantime Goze set out his vision for the Top 14, a vision he entitled ‘Brennus Day’, which will be based on the American Super Bowl. “I had the idea to create such a day after watching everything that happens around the Super Bowl in the USA,” trumpeted Goze. “Even people who know nothing about American Football follow this event.”Goze’s intention is to make Brennus Day the event in the French sporting calendar with a giant concert the day before the Top 14 final, as well as various entertainments laid on in Paris and the cities of the two clubs contesting the final. The inaugural Brennus Day will be in 2015 and the following year Goze has ambitions to stage it abroad with London and Barcelona mooted as possible venues.last_img read more

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Phil Vickery on the Lions: Part 1

first_img Phil Vickery was a fresh-faced Lions tourist in 2001 in Australia and a gnarled World Cup winning tighthead 2009 in South Africa so he knows all about the intensity of touring. In a candid interview,  he explains to Rugby World editor, Owain Jones, what he’s made of the 2017 tour, the Lions’ progress to date and how the Lions need to leave a positive imprint in New Zealand…How do you sum up a Lions tour to New Zealand?“It’s such a difficult tour. Going to play the double World Champions, a side who only seem to lose once a year. It’s also a country obsessed by rugby. In the pubs and offices, rugby is everything to them. The intensity, the passion is all enveloping. It is so intense out there. ”What have you made of their performance on the pitch?“The Lions have lost games by a small margins; games they could easily have won, and depending who you speak to, many people can see progress. The thing with the All Blacks is they perform better for longer periods than anyone else but I’d never seen Canterbury make so many mistakes and they were rammed with All Blacks.”Line-break: The Lions have been creating chances but are yet to find their clinical edgeHas Warren Gatland got his preparation right, or have they given the Kiwis too much respect?“I think it’s good to see the tradition and respect the Lions are showing the Maori people. For me, personally, it’s hugely important. We need to respect each other on and off the pitch. Where I started at Bude Rugby Club, it was about having your boots clean, having clean kit and shaking hands but when you cross the whitewash, it’s game on. I think Gats has got it spot on but he knows he will be judged only on results. We need to make sure that a footprint for what the Lions stands for is left there so when we go back in 2029, they will have fond memories of us.”FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREHas the way the Lions have performed so far in the tour given you belief that the Lions can upset the odds and beat the All Blacks?“Well if we think we’re going to scrum, line-out drive and maul our way to victory, forget about it. We have to play. It’s seeing weaknesses, applying pressure. I think defensively we’re very strong, we just have to make sure we don’t get too narrow.”You love a scrum, what have you made of the set-piece so far?“I’ve seen some whingeing about the scrummage but you have to scrum straight and not push until the ball comes in – that’s the rules and they’re not new. As an old prop forward, I love a scrummage. I love seeing the confrontation, it’s a huge part of our game, but I don’t want to see penalty after penalty. I want people around the world to look at a scrum, ‘wow, I want to be part of that’”. Hard graft: Phil Vickery applauds the Lions fans after their victory in the Third Test Rugby World took a pew with England and Lions legend Phil Vickery to discuss the tour in New Zealand with the First Test looming… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Earning his stripes: Vickery as a young prop on the 2011 tour to AustraliaWhy have the Lions struggled to be clinical in crossing the whitewash this tour?“It’s about pressure, the feeling they have to score. The new combinations don’t help. There have been some monumental defensive efforts by Kiwi sides and some bad luck and we’ve seen what’s happened. As Alun Wyn (Jones) said, we haven’t got to worry about it. It’ll come. The Lions can’t go into their shells. They will have to attack, not by doing silly stuff but winning first-phase, and playing.”And what about the All Blacks’ style of play?“When you play the All Blacks, it’s not just and A, B, C, D. It’s ball-carry, dynamic at the breakdown, round the corner, clean break. Yes they have a framework, but they play what’s in front of them. Defensively, they bounce back up and fill the line. It’s innate rugby knowledge. Rugby is a very simple game done well.”last_img read more

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Argentina Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

first_img Tonga Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Argentina Rugby World Cup GroupArgentina are in Group C with England, France, USA and Tonga.Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup GroupsArgentina Rugby World Cup Kit Tonga Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide France Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide England Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide England Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Expand Collapse All you need to know about Les Bleus… France Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide The Americans have been building in the right… Argentina Rugby World Cup FixturesSat 21 Sep France 23-21 Argentina (Tokyo) Match reportSat 28 Sep Argentina 28-12 Tonga (Osaka) Match reportSat 5 Oct England 39-10 Argentina (Tokyo) Match reportWed 9 Oct Argentina 47-17 USA (Kumagaya) Match Report Expand Argentina Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, GuideLos Pumas failed to make it to the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time since 2003 after losing to both France and England.How They QualifiedArgentina qualified automatically for the 2019 tournament.Key PlayersHooker Agustín Creevy has long been the heartbeat of the team while Pablo Matera now combines a strong carrying game with abrasiveness in the tight exchanges. Emiliano Boffelli is a threat with ball in hand and is accurate from distance off the kicking tee too.Premier: Creevy is one of the top hookers in the world (Getty Images)The Coach – Mario LedesmaA giant of Argentinian rugby who played in four World Cups. The former hooker replaced Daniel Hourcade, who quit last June after a defeat by Scotland left his side with two wins in 18 games.Legend: Head coach Ledesma played 84 times for Argentina (Getty Images)Major Work-onsSquad depth. They have quality across the pitch but ultimately cannot call upon as many world-class players as other teams in the competition. Plus, they appear to have moved away from their traditional strengths at the set-piece, with their scrum coming under pressure.Argentina Rugby World Cup Warm-upsSaturday 20 July 2019: Argentina 16-20 New ZealandSaturday 27 July 2019: Australia 16-10 ArgentinaSaturday 10 August 2019: Argentina 13-46 South AfricaSaturday 17 August 2019: South Africa 24-18 ArgentinaSaturday 7 September: Randwick 0-74 ArgentinaRelated: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-ups Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. USA Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Los Pumas failed to make it to the knockout stages for the first time since 2003 After a disastrous home World Cup in 2015,… Unlikely to proceed to the knockout stages, Tonga… Expand Bronze: Argentina last played France in the third-place playoff in 2007, which the Pumas won (Getty Images)Argentina Rugby World Cup SquadForwards (17):Nahuel Tetaz ChaparroMayco VivasAgustín CreevyJulián MontoyaSantiago SocinoJuan FigalloEnrique PierettoSantiago MedranoGuido PettiTomás LavaniniMatías AlemannoPablo MateraTomás LezanaJavier Ortega DesioMarcos KremerRodrigo BruniJuan Manuel LeguizamónBacks (14):Tomás CubelliFelipe EzcurraNicolás SanchezBenjamin UrdapilletaJerónimo de la FuenteMatías OrlandoMatías MoroniLucas MensaJuan Cruz MallíaRamiro MoyanoBautista DelguyEmiliano BoffelliJoaquín TuculetSantiago Carreras.Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup FixturesPrevious World Cup Results and RecordArgentina’s Rugby World Cup Record: P41 W21 D0 L201987 Pool stages1991 Pool stages1995 Pool stages1999 Quarter-final2003 Pool stages2007 Third2011 Quarter-final2015 Fourth2019 Pool stagesFollow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. USA Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guidelast_img read more

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Wales to play all Autumn Nations Cup home games at Parc y Scarlets

first_img Wales base: Home games will be played in Llanelli for now (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Of course we understand there is a bigger picture at play and the health of the nation and its individuals, which include our supporters, players, administrators and the many volunteers in our game throughout the country, must come first.Related: Wales squad for Six Nations 2020“On a positive note we are delighted that the international game returns this week, that the 2020 Six Nations Championship will finally be concluded and that we have an exciting Autumn Nations Cup tournament ahead of us.“We know the nation will be tuning in en masse and will be with us at Parc y Scarlets in spirit if not in person and we look forward to the day when we will all be able to gather together once again in more familiar circumstances at Principality Stadium.” Wales to play all Autumn Nations Cup home games at Parc y ScarletsWith the Principality Stadium unavailable due to it being used as the Dragon’s Heart hospital, the Welsh Rugby Union had made contingency plans to play Autumn Nations Cup games at a London venue. However, it has now been decided the best option is to play Wales’ upcoming Tests at Parc y Scarlets.The decision was made as it became clear ongoing issues around the Covid-19 pandemic made it increasingly less likely to see the return of paying fans.“It is no secret that more than three-quarters of the annual income which supports Welsh rugby at all levels comes directly from our international game and specifically from hosting Wales matches in front of capacity crowds,” said WRU CEO Steve Phillips of the decision.Related: Autumn Internationals schedule“That is why we made contingency plans to play matches in London and why we have waited as long as possible before resigning ourselves to the prospect of playing ‘behind closed doors’ in Wales.“This news, however inevitable it may have become during recent days, is a financial setback, but it has not been unforeseen and measures have been and will be taken to mitigate for our losses.center_img Wales also face Scotland in Llanelli at 2.15pm on Saturday Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

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NORTH DAKOTA: Fire destroys St. James’ Episcopal Church

first_img Press Release Service An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC July 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm I regard North Dakota as my spiritual birthplace. The people and the land will always have a sacred place in my heart. The decades of the sixties thru the nineties when I lived and served in North Dakota are filled with so many wonderful memories. I remember St. James from several visits there and at many diocesan functions I met so many of the saints that lived and served there.I was serving as deacon at Gethsemane in Fargo during the time of that fire which too was a tragedy but we rose up from the ashes as I believe the people of St. James will do also.Julian of Norwich reminds us:I saw that God is to us everything that is good and comfortable for us: God is our clothing that for love wraps us, clasps us, and all encloses us for tender love, that God may never leave us; being to us all-thing that is good, as to my understanding. Gwen Homer says: Submit a Press Release Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Tampa, FL Rector Bath, NC Lauren Balk says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Deacon Charles Nelson says: 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 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Mary Louise Lyons says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Martinsville, VA Deacon Don Leroux says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Jane Weaver says: A July 25 nighttime fire destroys St. James Church in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.Editors’ note: Story updated at 9:45 a.m. July 27 to add complete information about July 29 Eucharist.[Episcopal News Service] A July 25 nighttime fire has destroyed St. James’ Episcopal Church in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.“At 10 p.m. Central Time a parishioner who lives across the road from St. James’ saw that there was smoke and fire coming from the church,” said the Rev. Canon John Floberg, who has served as St. James’ rector for 21 years and is canon missioner for native ministry in the Diocese of North Dakota. “Flames spread quickly through the parish hall to the church itself, and by quarter of eleven the whole structure was engulfed in flames. It’s all ash today.”July 25 is a major feast day on the Episcopal Church calendar; it is the day it commemorates St. James the Apostle.The cause of the fire is under investigation, said Floberg, adding that the church was a wooden structure and at least the second church built on that site.“I feel like I lost a family member. Very sad,” the Rev. Terry Star, a deacon who serves the Standing Rock Episcopal Community and is a member of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council, said on his Facebook wall early July 26.Star grew up at St. James’ and has served the congregation in the past.St. James’ Episcopal Church in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, before a fire destroyed the property on July 25.St. James’ congregation was established in 1890 in Cannon Ball, which is part of the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation, and has been home to generations of Episcopalians, Floberg said.Cannon Ball, in the south central part of the state, was the first place the Episcopal Church was established on the North Dakota reservation. Three other congregations trace their roots to St. James, according to the diocesan website. Services there include hymns in the Dakota language.“It’s a family church,” Floberg said, adding that there are about 250 members in a community of 800 people where half the population is under the age of 20. “So last night and today we’ve been dealing with the grief that people have over losing the building that has always been the building that they have called their church.”North Dakota Bishop Michael Smith will gather with the St. James community at noon on Sunday, July 29, for Holy Eucharist at the site of the destroyed church.Meanwhile, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Fargo, in eastern North Dakota, echoed the diocese’s call for prayers for St. James and announced that it would take up a collection for the congregation on July 29.Sioux County, where Cannon Ball is located, is one of the poorest counties in North Dakota and among the top ten poorest in the nation, Floberg said. The county has a population of about 4,200 people spread over about 1,100 square miles, all of it reservation land. Just more than 47 percent of those people lived below the poverty line during the period from 2006 to 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.Floberg said that when the church was built, the bishop at the time wanted the congregation to build a stone structure that could withstand the harsh winds, but the people of St. James’ didn’t have the money.“Our congregation serves in one of North Dakota’s toughest towns,” St. James says in its listing on the diocesan website. “Addiction to alcohol and unemployment are both very high. But we aren’t going to give up. The church has been with us for almost 115 years and is important to us and our community.”— Lynette Wilson and the Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg are editors/reporters for the Episcopal News Service. July 27, 2012 at 10:16 am My prayers are with you all. May God’s presence be felt with your church family, may you find a locaton to gather locally and the building be quickly rebuilt. Sincerely, John Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ By Lynette Wilson and Mary Frances Schjonberg Posted Jul 26, 2012 Comments are closed. 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Events Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET July 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm I am so sorry for all of my friends who live in Cannonball and the many parishioners at St. James. I too have many wonderful summer memories of St. James and the welcoming community it serves. I pray that the funds are raised to rebuild. Buildings can be remade, lives cannot. The fact that no one was injured is a great relief and I am thankful. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Job Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 July 27, 2012 at 11:27 am Having lived through the loss of St Edward’s through fire, I have great sympathy and am so sorry for the congregation and it’s leadership. Prayers for all of you and hope that many will respond in support for the rebuilding of the church. It is very disorienting to everyone when a tragedy like this happens. Please know that God is with you and will continue to help you find the right path into the future.Judy Rector Shreveport, LA Comments (11) Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Hopkinsville, KY center_img Rector Knoxville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT John Gillespie says: July 27, 2012 at 9:24 am Do you have a link for donations? Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC July 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm Our Prayers go with As you walk this path of sorrow know that your brothers and sisters in Christ from St. Paul’s, Gread Forks and The Church of The Good Shepherd, Lakota are with you in this time of trial and Need. July 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm God be with you and rebuild your hearts and minds as we the Body help you rebuild the church. Peace of God, Deacon Ashley/Diocese of Texas Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Smithfield, NC July 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm I remember my dad, Frank “Punchy” BraveBull, getting me and my brother all dressed up to go to this church. We were just young boys back then but the memories I hold in my heart about this old church will never be forgotten. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Jobs & Calls NORTH DAKOTA: Fire destroys St. James’ Episcopal Church Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Collierville, TN Submit an Event Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET March 3, 2014 at 8:43 pm My mother is the child of a Standing Rock woman, and grew up here and attended St. James. I first visited at the Centennial celebration before the town of Shields burned in a wildfire. My mother will be 97 this year, and has expressed a desire to be buried with her family at St. James when that time comes. She wishes to travel there this summer, if she is able, to visit her family’s graves. She told me the church had burned, and I am delighted to read that it may have been rebuilt. Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Rev. Ann Fontaine says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH July 26, 2012 at 11:00 pm The first time I laid eyes on St. James church was when I was a teenager, encountering one of the first transformational experiences of my life, leaving my own bubble of privilege and having the honor of being able to visit and work with people who have my respect to this day and beyond. The church was smaller than any I’d ever been in, but there was a great sense of peace and love within its walls, and though the structure may be gone, that peace will stay in my heart forever. I hope that it will be rebuilt soon, stronger than before so that the community will have a place to share and worship together. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Frankie Jay BraveBull says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Judy Hoover says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Albany, NY Deacon Ashley Cook says: August 4, 2012 at 12:44 am I was happy to access the “donations” link and specify my humble contributution in support of your faith! “Don’t stop. Keep going!” http://www.ndepiscopal.org 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY last_img read more

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Está disponible el resumen de las decisiones tomadas en la…

first_img Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Shreveport, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release Rector Belleville, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate Diocese of Nebraska In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Job Listing Está disponible el resumen de las decisiones tomadas en la Convención General 2012 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit an Event Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service Rector Knoxville, TN Posted Aug 23, 2012 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ [Oficial de Asuntos Públicos] Note: the previously released English version of this information is available here or http://www.episcopalchurch.org/notice/general-convention-2012-summary-actions-availableEl Resumen de las decisiones tomadas, detallando las resoluciones, las elecciones y otros asuntos de la 77 ª Convención General celebrada en julio de 2012, ya está disponible en inglés en la oficina de la Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal o http://www.generalconvention.org/gc/gc2012-legislation,  aqui.El Resumen de las disposiciones responde a la obligación canónica de la Regla Común 15 de la Constitución y Cánones de la Iglesia Episcopal. El documento informa sobre las 411 resoluciones consideradas por la 77 ª Convención General:• (Resoluciones A) 167 de los comités, comisiones, agencias y juntas• (Resoluciones B) 29 resoluciones de los obispos• (Resoluciones C) 120 de las diócesis y provincias• (Resoluciones D)  95 resoluciones de los diputadosEl Rdo. Gregory Straub, director ejecutivo de la Convención General, señaló que en comparación la 76a Convención General de 2009 consideró 192 resoluciones A, 32 resoluciones B, 87 resoluciones C, y 107 resoluciones D, por un total de 418 resoluciones.Otros asuntosAdemás, el Resumen de las disposiciones ofrece la lista de miembros del Consejo Ejecutivo y de otros órganos elegidos y designados en la Convención General de 2012. También se indican los diferentes grupos de trabajo, así como los comités, comisiones, agencias y juntas (CCABs) de la Convención General para el trienio 2013-2015.El resumen de las resoluciones presentado por el Resumen de las Disposiciones está disponible en su forma no certificada en el sitio web del Convención General, y será investigado por la Oficina de la Convención General con la ayuda de los Archivos de la Iglesia Episcopal en preparación de una revisada Constitución y Cánones y el Diario de la 77 ª Convención General, que es el registro oficial de los procedimientos (junto con los archivos digitales en el sitio web de los Archivos de la Iglesia Episcopal).Próximos pasosStraub explicó que la Cámara de los Diputados y la Cámara de los Obispos, cada una,  adoptó el 12 de julio en la última jornada de la Convención, una moción de procedimiento con respecto a cuestiones que no fueron completadas en la Convención General. La Cámara de Diputados dispuso que las cuestiones que no se hayan concluido se remitan a la Secretaría de la Convención General, mientras que la Cámara de Obispos las remitió a “un organismo provisional adecuado”.Sin embargo, ninguna de las Cámaras estuvo de acuerdo con la disposición de la otra, por lo tanto, cualquier asunto que no se haya completado se considerará rechazado.Para más información sobre el Resumen de las disposiciones y las otras publicaciones de la 77 ª Convención General, contacte a Christopher Barajas, Asistente Personal de Publicaciones de la Oficina de la Convención General, [email protected] Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI last_img read more

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Diocese of Canterbury welcomes its new archbishop

first_img 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 Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ [Episcopal News Service] Snow and ice hit Kent on the morning of March 23, the day the diocese welcomed its new archbishop at a special service at Canterbury Cathedral. Even with the bitter cold, hundreds filled the cathedral as a smiling Archbishop Justin Welby entered the West Door accompanied by the Very Rev. Robert Willis, cathedral dean, and Bishop of Dover the Trevor Willmott.During the service, titled “Our Jouney into Holy Week,” several people offered testimonies of what the week ahead would mean for them. Welby said that Holy Week was a time “to journey together” and to “say yes to the invitation” to be “partners” in Christ’s mission and plan for the world. He also said that “How much God loves us is what makes us fit” for His service and that accepting Christ’s love and his call will mean our “being with Him forever.”The new archbishop, who was inaugurated at the cathedral on March 21, said, “Jesus loves us and we must share that love.”Speaking of mission, he said, “Our proclamation must be world-changing, that world that we dream of.” The 57-year-old primate said that we must “learn to love” one another, even when that can be “difficult,” adding that “the way we live together,” even in our diversity, is an important witness to the world, yes “even when we disagree.”Attending the service was Archbishop of the Indian Ocean Ian Ernest, whose Diocese of Madagascar shares a companion link with the Diocese of Canterbury. The offering during the service was designated for the Madagascar diocese. Welby invited Ernest to offer the final blessing, which was in French. Willis emphasized the importance of the cathedral being the mother church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, as well as the diocese.The first hymn was the same one sung at the conclusion of the March 21 inauguration service. So to the strains of “And Can It Be That I Should Gain?” the two services were, as the dean remarked, “linked together.”The 90-minute service on March 23 included a gospel choir from Christ Church University, of which Welby is chancellor. Traditional and more modern hymns and songs were sung with the cathedral choir of men and boys singing Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Passion Chorale” and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Love bade me welcome,” with words by George Herbert. Murray Wilkinson, diocesan youth ministry advisor, sang some worship songs as a prelude to the gathering.Members of the Archbishop’s Council led the prayers and there were several “interview slots,” including a conversation with Willmott and the very young students from Bredgar Primary School. Readings were from Isaiah 61 and Luke’s account of the entry into Jerusalem.Welby spoke briefly about the inauguration ceremony and called the experience “uplifting, enjoyable” and thanked the dean for the “Rolls Royce smoothness” of it all. He said, “I had fun!”On the evening of March 21, Welby and his wife Caroline attended a dinner for more than 300 people at the University of Kent at Canterbury, organized by the Nikaean Club, a group of clergy and laity that helps the archbishop in ecumenical matters, especially the hosting of visiting dignitaries operating through Lambeth Palace and Colin Menzies its chairman. Leaders of the Philippine Independent Church, Orthodox churches, the Roman Catholic Church, Lutheran churches, as well as some Anglican bishops, were present. The archbishop made special mention of the presence of Pastor Rick Warren, a well known Protestant leader in the United States, and the Rev. Nicky Gumble from Holy Trinity Brompton, London, home of the Alpha Course.Welby presided at the Palm Sunday rites and Sung Eucharist at 11 a.m. and will bring the clergy together for the annual Renewal of Vows and the Chrism Mass at 11 a.m. on Maundy Thursday. He will celebrate and preach at 11 a.m. Easter Day in the cathedral.The following prayer was offered at the March 23 welcome: Bless those who lead the church’s worship at this solemn time especially Archbishop Justin and Pope Francis in their new ministries. Bless this our diocese and Bishop Trevor. In the preaching of the word and the celebration of the sacraments draw people close to you. By the Savior’s cross and passion, Lord save us and help us. 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New website for Anglican Communion News Service

first_imgNew website for Anglican Communion News Service Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Tags Anglican Communion Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Tampa, FL 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH center_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs By ACNS staffPosted Jun 13, 2013 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Archbishop Welby visits AnglicanNews.org. Photo: Lambeth Palace[Anglican Communion News Service] The news service of the Anglican Communion has today launched its first ever purpose-built news website AnglicanNews.org.The site comes almost 20 years after the electronic news service was first launched. Since then subscribers around the world have received thousands of news articles via e-mail.“This site brings the Anglican Communion’s ability to share its stories of life and mission to a whole new level,” said Jan Butter, director for communication at the Anglican Communion Office.“Until now we’ve been restricted to sending news stories to people’s e-mail inboxes. Anglicans and Episcopalians around the world can visit the new site for, not just news, but also comment, feature stories, podcasts, videos and photos. We hope that the diverse content helps to reflect the richness and variety found across our Anglican Communion.”Butter added, “Existing subscribers will still receive email alerts, but just one a day summarizing the newest content on the site.”In a comment piece written exclusively for the new website, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby highlighted the importance of effective, grace-filled communication between Anglicans, saying it was part of the gift of the Anglican Communion.“If the Communion is a gift, then communication between us is part of that gift. This means sharing insights into what God is calling us to do, wherever we are. It means sharing our witness and our inspiration.”He added, “There have been times [members of the Anglican Communion] have used communication as a tool to hurt each another. But we must remember that above all we are called to share the love of Christ with the world. That means nothing less than communicating in a way that reflects Christ – a way that is loving and generous, patient and forgiving.”The Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, said he was excited about what this site would mean for the Churches of the Anglican Communion.“It has been suggested that the theology of Web 2.0 is Body of Christ theology,” he said. “If so, then good communications is the lifeblood that allows that body to work together to fulfill God’s mission.“I am delighted that we are able to offer this resource to the people of the Anglican Communion and I invite them to contribute content that they think will be of interest to their brothers and sisters around the world.”The site was made possible thanks to funding from The Compass Rose Society and the Church Mission Publishing Company, and to support and guidance from members of Anglican Communion worldwide. It was built by Zebedee Creations Ltd.It is part of a broader communications strategy that includes the relaunched Anglican World magazine (available at http://shop.anglicancommunion.org) and a new website for the Anglican Communion due in 2014.Visit the new website at http://www.anglicannews.orgRead Archbishop Welby’s article in the comment section. 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Porvoo primates call for prayers for solution to refugee crisis

first_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Anglican Communion, Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit an Event Listing Porvoo primates call for prayers for solution to refugee crisis Rector Martinsville, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Tags Submit a Press Release Rector Knoxville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Refugees Migration & Resettlement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Tampa, FL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA [Anglican Communion News Service] The primates and presiding bishops of the Porvoo Communion of Churches have called for prayers for political leaders, recognizing the “pressure” they face in trying to reach a solution to the refugee crisis. The church leaders made the call in a communiqué issued after their biennial meeting this week in Edinburgh as guests of the Scottish Episcopal Church. The Porvoo Communion brings together Anglican and Lutheran churches from northern Europe to “share a common life in mission and service.”The primates and presiding bishops met under the theme of “Prayer, Spirituality and Pilgrimage,” and discussed issues ranging from national identity to the refugee crisis.On refugees, the primates said in their communiqué, that “on a daily basis people risk their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea; people walk long distances to cross into Europe because they do not have any other choice; also in parts of Europe, for example, houses have been set alight, so that refugees do not find a home; and there is a rising anxiety in some parts of Europe that democracy is being eroded by intimidation towards strangers seeking refuge and security. . .“We should not stand back and remain silent, but must both speak and act, remembering the words of Jesus; ‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me’ (Matt. 25:35).”The leaders also expressed their unanimous concern and prayers for Christians and other minority groups threatened by extinction in the Middle East.The primates and presiding bishops recognized the pressure faced by political leaders as they seek to find a solution to the crisis; and they called for prayers for political leaders “and for those who resist the destructive calls of extremist groups that reject all support for the migrant stranger and those seeking refuge.”“The Scottish Episcopal Church is honored to host the meeting of the primates of the churches of the Porvoo Communion,” Bishop David Chillingworth, primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, said. “We have been enthusiastic members of the Porvoo Communion from the beginning of its life and we look forward to a strengthening of relationships during our meeting this week.”The Porvoo primates and presiding bishops will next meet when they gather as guests of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lithuania in October 2017. 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Remember that you are dust … and that you are…

first_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME [Episcopal News Service] Ashes smeared on a forehead in the shape of a heart? Candy conversation hearts that proclaim, “Remember U R Dust?” Apparently, that’s what might happen when Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day.How to manage this clash of calendar? Lean into it or lean away from what priestly blogger called “the precipice of the cute”? Find a way to connect romantic love and God’s love of creation? Find something in between?First, how did Hallmark get pitted against holy this year? It’s by the coincidence of the secular calendar and the Christian church’s calculation of the date of Easter. And this year is a rare occasion. It last happened in 1945 (preceded by 1934 and 1923) and will happen again in 2029.Here’s how it works: Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Lent is 40 days (to mirror the 40 days Jesus is said to have fasted in the wilderness) plus the six Sundays surrounding those days. Thus, Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins, is 46 days before Easter Sunday.By all that is mathematical and calendrical this year that means Ash Wednesday is Feb. 14, that day known for celebrating romantic love with hearts and flowers and chocolates, the go-to substance that some people to give up for Lent.This year, Lent is bookended by the convergence of secular and religious holidays. Easter falls on April 1, April Fool’s Day. (For those thinking ahead, or looking behind, and calculating, note that when Easter falls on April 1 in leap years, Ash Wednesday falls on Feb. 15.)While we are plumbing the depths of ancient church formulas, there is more history to consider. St. Valentine, a third-century bishop in Rome, is believed to have been martyred on Feb. 14. The rest of his story is so dim that ecclesiastical commemoration of him varies. He is not part of the Episcopal Church’s calendar of saints, but his martyrdom is remembered on Feb. 14 by members of the Church of England and by Lutherans. The Roman Catholic Church removed him from its calendar in 1969. Roman Catholics and Episcopalians mark Feb. 14 by honoring the monk known as Cyril and his brother, the bishop Methodius, for their conversion of Slavic people of Eastern Europe in the ninth century.Geoffrey Chaucer is believed to have connected St. Valentine with romantic love in the Middle Ages. His poem, The Parlement of Foules, is thought to commemorate a royal marriage in 1382 by describing a conference of birds that meet to choose their mates on St. Valentine’s Day.That’s how we got here. Now, what to do?Among those who have leaned into the coincidence, at least early on, was Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston. On Feb. 1, its Facebook page offered seven “Valentines” that mashed up the two days. The post invited people who “might need to explain to your special someone why you’re spending the day in fasting and penitence rather than on a date” to share them.They were shared 417 times but played to decidedly mixed reviews there and on other Facebook pages where they were discussed. They also generated strong discussion about what the intersection of the two days might mean. Some heartily endorsed them. Some saw them as a way to explain Ash Wednesday to what one person called “non-liturgical folk.” Others called them, in the words of one person, “too cutesy.”Trinity replied to many of the comments, especially noting those who found them jarring on a day that speaks of death and grief. “We’re sorry if our lighthearted post has made things harder for you. Indeed, this is partly why we’re glad Ash Wednesday falls on the 14th this year: because we don’t know any better place to take our griefs and fears than to church. Wishing you and yours a peaceful and holy Lent,” said one of the replies.Trinity recently announced its Ash Wednesday services on Facebook in a different way.There will not be any heart-shaped ashes on the foreheads of folks who come to Trinity Church in Easton, Pennsylvania, says the Rev. Andrew Gerns, the rector and also the blogger who warned of the precipice of the cute in a post about the day’s challenges of the calendar. He told Episcopal News Service that he has talked about the shape of ashes to come the last two Sundays, while acknowledging “there will be people taking their true love out to dinner with a smudge of ash on their head.”“This is no time to be cute,” was how Gerns titled his blog post on the calendar coincidence. However, he told ENS he is “OK with playing with the world’s symbols and turning them on their head” but said his warning is “a call to be intentional and to be aware of that tension.”He hearkens to Charles Williams, a founding member of the Inklings of the 1930s and ’40s (along with J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, among others). Williams suggested that romantic love could give human beings a glimpse of divine love. Williams, Gerns said, believed that the interaction between people who are in love can lead them into a deeper understanding of the interactions that are inherent in the sacramental life. Gerns said that Williams was rebelling against the idea that sensuality was essentially sinful.Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s falling on the same day “shows that strange relationship where Christians live in God’s time and the world’s time at the same moment,” Gerns said. “The gift of the confluence is that it allows us to have that discussion, but it would be very easy for us to just make it into a gimmick and then cut the conversation short.”It would be “a missed opportunity” not to acknowledge that the two days coincide this year, the Rev. Adrienne Hymes, chaplain and director at St. Anselm’s Episcopal Chapel Center at the University of South Florida, told the Tampa Bay Times.“Ash Wednesday reminds us that we are to love God with all of our heart, with all of our soul and with all of our mind. And we are to love our neighbors as ourselves,” said Hymes. “So, Valentine’s Day this year serves as a wonderful bridge between the sacred and the secular.”The Rev. Justin Lindstrom, dean of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, told his local newspaper that the day could be about paying attention to one’s relationship with God, just as Valentine’s Day calls people to attend to their romantic relationships.“I personally think the couples should observe the discipline of Ash Wednesday through the fasting and abstinence the church asks, as well as reserve a time for each other and spend a special moment to delight in each other. If it doesn’t seem quite right to be feasting and dancing on Ash Wednesday, then perhaps they might set aside a ‘date night’ and just spend time together, as a couple being a couple,” he said.“I’m not one to give relationship advice, but it seems to me that being creative with their time might be the greatest invitation to recognize and celebrate the quality of the relationship they already have.”The Rev. Michael Durning, canon to the ordinary of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, told the Tampa Bay paper that Ash Wednesday should not be regarded as completely solemn. The Episcopal Church’s prayers for Ash Wednesday are, he said, “hopeful in the power that God has come to restore us and reconcile us to one another.” The two days coincide in the God of love, he added.During said he suspects that a planned Ash Wednesday retreat by a local Episcopal school will no doubt feature heart-shaped candy and Valentine’s Day cards. “I don’t see any harm in that,” he said. “You certainly don’t want to convey the message that Ash Wednesday is about feeling bad. It’s a day of introspection and that ultimate feeling of hope.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is interim managing editor of the Episcopal News Service. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Remember that you are dust … and that you are loved Responses vary when Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day occur on same day Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI R H Lewis VTS1963 says: February 14, 2018 at 12:40 pm So much of this seems like unwillingness to face the real message that our time here is short. Denial of death will not stop it. Perhaps a reminder to love our beloveds even more fiercely is worth a mention. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Press Release Service 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 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 Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Feb 14, 2018 Featured Events Rector Collierville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC February 19, 2018 at 5:13 pm Sorry, Mr Gerns, but the Inklings were in session long before Chas Williams joined them, after his company moved to Oxford to escape Germany bombs in London. I think it was @ 1943/44. For an intro to Williams notions of Romantic Love, try Cas Heflings collection of articles ” Essential Writings in Spirituality and Theology”, p. 68 ff, Cowley Press, Boston, Ma , 1993. Comments (2) Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Knoxville, TN Ann Fontaine says: Tags Rector Belleville, IL Lent Submit a Press Release Submit an Event Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Comments are closed. 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