The greatest second-rows of all time: Walter Spanghero

first_img Walter Spanghero (R) France’s Walter Spanghero was one of the greatest second-rows to ever play the game TAGS: The Greatest Players At 6ft 3in, however, he was small for a second-row; lineout play was not his forte, so in mid-career he transferred to No 8. Dauga, however, underwent the same conversion and what had been an effective partnership became a bitter rivalry.Spanghero fell out of favour with the national selectors for two years until recalled as captain when Dauga was dropped in 1972. He inspired his charges to adopt the expansive approach France are renowned for and England suffered a spectacular 37-12 defeat. Major teams: NarbonneCountry: FranceTest span: 1964-73Test caps: 51 (51 starts)Test points: 14 (4T)“Cometh the hour, cometh the man,” said French critics when Walter Spanghero made his debut against South Africa in 1964. France were yearning for a heavy, fast second-rower to strengthen their pack. Spanghero, a last-minute choice, filled the role to perfection. He was the most mobile forward in an 8-6 Test victory against a Springbok side that labelled him rugby’s quickest 15-stoner.Spanghero became the automatic choice as second-row partner to Benoit Dauga in the seasons leading to France’s historic first Grand Slam in 1968. Broad-shouldered with powerful legs and a lust for the ball, he had all the attributes of a dynamic forward.In the open, he showed he was perfectly suited to the emphasis on second-phase play that laid the foundations for France’s Five Nations title in 1967 and Grand Slam the year after. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS He was thus welcomed back as a national hero and led France through the unique five-way Championship tie in 1973 before retiring to concentrate on business interests in his beloved Narbonne.Colin Meads described Walter Spanghero as “that most docile, delightful man off the field, and in a match hard but scrupulously fair”. But it was Spanghero’s own view – that rugby was nothing without heart – that summed up the philosophy of one of the French game’s best-loved characters.last_img read more

The greatest centres of all time: Bleddyn Williams

first_img Welsh centre Bleddyn Williams Major teams: Cardiff Country: WalesTest span: 1947-55Wales caps: 22 (22 starts)Lions caps: 5 (5 starts)Test points: 24 (8T)That was just another chapter of Williams’s astounding ‘boy’s own’ story. A player Gareth Edwards idolised as a boy, Williams was born in Taffs Well, a few miles outside Cardiff and was one of eight brothers who all played for the Black and Blues.He was schooled in North Wales and, while showing sporting aptitude, with the onset of the Second World War he trained as a fighter pilot and took part in many Parachute and Commando campaigns. At one point he crashed in a ditch in Germany and slept under a parachute for a week before making it back to play for Great Britain against the Dominions at Welford Road, where he scored a glorious try.He joined Cardiff after the war, turning down a lucrative offer to play rugby league and forming a celebrated pairing with Jack Matthews. In all he played 283 times for Cardiff, scoring 185 tries, including a record 41 tries in 1947-48. Powerfully built for his era, Williams was blessed with a turn of pace and a jink that was only bettered by Gerald Davies in the red of Wales. Bleddyn Williams led Wales to a 13-8 win over New Zealand in 1953, a feat yet to repeat itself. The win was just one of many achievements, that made him one of the greatest centres of all time TAGS: The Greatest Players LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The late and great Cliff Morgan said of him: “He taught us the old-fashioned principles of courtesy and courage. His love of the open, running game set him apart: his glorious sidestep, his perfectly timed pass, his speed and strength, made him a very special world-class centre.” That class and cerebral back play saw Williams crowned the ‘Prince of Centres’ in an eight-year international career. Williams was also to tour with the Lions as vice-captain in Australia and New Zealand in 1950. He played in three Tests, and 20 out of the 29 games on the six-month tour, despite travelling with a knee injury.After retiring in 1955, Williams, who became an MBE in 2005, became a respected rugby journalist, writing for the Sunday People for 30 years. A former president of his beloved Cardiff RFC, he passed away in 2009 aged 86.last_img read more

RIP: The Rev. Sipo Mzimela

first_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Posted Feb 5, 2013 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Jobs & Calls In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET RIP: The Rev. Sipo Mzimela Former South African cabinet minister was leader against apartheid Director of Music Morristown, NJ Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 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 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL thulani mzimela says: Submit a Press Release Rector Bath, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Stephanus van Schalkwyk says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit an Event Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Martinsville, VA February 9, 2013 at 10:08 am Father Sipo was one of the first priests that I met when I joined St Bartholomew’s. His gentle spirit, devotion to God, his great preaching, and just welcoming me to a new church was what made him a great man. When I finally got to spend some time to talk to him about South Africa, it was a history lesson right in front of me. Thank you Father Sipo for all you did in your life. Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory! Rector Shreveport, LA Lynn Pasqualetti says: Wes Quesenberry-Poteete says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC February 5, 2013 at 4:48 pm It was a great privilege to know Sipo and to call him my friend. He was a great blessing to many people. Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Obituary, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Youth Minister Lorton, VA 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 Bob Van Keuren says: Rector Smithfield, NC People Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Rev. Sipo Elijah Mzimela of Decatur, Georgia, a leader in the struggle to end apartheid and a cabinet minister of former South African President Nelson Mandela, died Feb. 2 from complications of pneumonia. He was 77.The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta. Bishop of Atlanta Robert Wright will preside.Born a Zulu in Durban, South Africa, Mzimela grew up in the Anglican Church, graduated from the General Theological Seminary and was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1976 in the Diocese of New York. In the mid-1980s, he moved to Atlanta where he founded the South Africa Education Fund and assisted at St. Bartholomew’s.He returned to his homeland in 1994 to serve as minister of correctional services and represent the Inkatha Freedom Party in the South African Parliament. He worked closely with Mandela to reform the prison system, freeing political prisoners and child inmates. He returned to Atlanta area in 2002, where he taught in the Religious Studies Department at Agnes Scott College and assisted at St. Bartholomew’s. He retired from active ministry in 2007. He authored three books, Apartheid: South African Naziism, Wither South Africa, and Marching to Slavery.Committal of his ashes will be in the parish’s memorial garden. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Road, Atlanta, GA 30329; 50 percent will be sent to a South African ministry in Mzimela’s honor. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Comments (5) March 16, 2014 at 5:12 am what a legacy he left, I am afraid I never had a chance of meeting him personally, I love him for bearing my last name and being an astute theologian and an academic. to his surviving wife Gail and children, please receive our heartfelt condolences.Mnguni Lwandle, Donda!!! Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs 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 Tags Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Belleville, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT February 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm I met Sipo Mzimela in South Africa in the late 80s and then in the 90s in Atlanta. He was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed.Step van Schalkwyk Associate Rector Columbus, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest February 5, 2013 at 8:11 am My heart breaks knowing Sipo is no longer here with us. He was a brilliant, kind, gentle and wonderful man who, no matter how may people were in the room made you feel like it was just the two of you. Wh en he took your hand and looked into your eyes to speak to you, it was just magical. RIP my friend. I am honored to have known you for so many years. My prayers and love go out to Gail and Kanyi and the rest of the family. Rejoice in all the wonderful memories.last_img read more

Zambian Anglicans ‘played vital role’ in fight against gender violence

first_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET By Bellah ZuluPosted Mar 7, 2013 Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Rector Knoxville, TN Africa, Anglican Communion, Gender Justice Press Release Service Submit a Job Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC 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 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit an Event Listing Featured Events 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Zambian Anglicans ‘played vital role’ in fight against gender violence Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Belleville, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Tampa, FL [Anglican Communion News Service] The government of the Republic of Zambia has praised the Anglican Church in Zambia for being a proactive leader in the fight against gender-based violence and especially has applauded women for choosing to speak out.John Zulu, a director from the Ministry of Gender and Child Development, made the announcement during the International Women’s Day Sensitization Service held at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lusaka, Zambia, on March 5.Zulu was speaking on behalf of the minister of gender and child development, Inonge Wina. He said, “The government values and recognizes the participation of all stakeholders in the fight against gender-based violence and the [Anglican] Church, being a beacon of peace, has played a very vital role.”He said the Zambian government is committed to providing a conducive policy environment where the “scourge” of gender-based violence would be dealt with effectively.Speaking during the same occasion, the preacher of the day, Enala Banda, moved congregants when she spoke passionately against gender-based violence. Drawing from the Bible story of Tamar — a young woman who met violence in a place where she should have been safe — her home — Banda bemoaned the growing levels of gender-based violence in homes.“Women have been taken advantage of because of not being as strong as men,” she said. “As women today, we are saddened by the lack of freedom that we suffer in our communities.”Banda said she is saddened by the “culture of silence” being practiced in some homes where victims of abuse are warned not to talk about their experience. “We have too much incest and rape in our own homes,” she said. “The truth is ignored when the news of an abuse reaches us and victims are even held responsible for their misfortunes.”The preacher warned of the devastating consequences suffered by victims of gender-based violence. “That abused girl will never be the same again and can never walk with her head high. Most people ignore the [long-lasting] aftermath of an abusive act,” she lamented.She encouraged all women to “voice out our unhappiness on this special day” and reminded them to “evaluate [all] advice we receive by God’s standard,” even when it comes from people they trust in order to protect themselves.Meanwhile, Monica Masonga, the Mothers’ Union president for the Diocese of Lusaka, emphasized that gender is not about women only and that men equally get affected. She said: “A lot of men have also suffered gender-based violence [but] most of them have just not come out in the open for fear of embarrassment.”“Our socialization as Africans emphasized silence whenever something bad happens in the home,” she said. “Women are taught to be silent to maintain their marriage and fear to come out for fear of being laughed at by their neighbors and relatives.”During the same event, outgoing Mothers’ Union president for the diocese, Fridah Sakala Kazembe, currently a trustee of the worldwide Mothers’ Union, urged all women to “adhere to the objectives of the Mothers’ Union in order to create safe havens for women and children in our families.”“Our objectives as Mothers’ Union are towards getting families together and creating safe environments for our children,” she said. “If our objectives were strictly followed, we would not have broken families and consequently we would increase safety for our families.”She also revealed that the Mothers’ Union in Zambia has embarked on an empowerment programs for women to help make them more independent. She added, “We have even acquired a piece of land to build a girls’ school in Zambia where our children can learn in a safe environment with Christian values.”Commenting on the outcomes of the service, Grace Mazala Phiri, national director of projects for the Zambia Anglican Council (ZAC), said the idea of a sensitization service grew out of the preparatory workshop organized by ZAC for the Church of the Province of Central Africa to find out how best the church can utilize International Women’s Day.She proclaimed: “This is a breakthrough! We [shall] be the only church or among the few that have taken such an initiative. The Anglican Church has taken the lead in advocating against gender-based violence .”The service was attended by many clergy, including Robert Kaunda, Lusaka diocese vicar general, and the Rev. Canon Charley Thomas, dean of the cathedral. Congregants were treated to an assortment of songs in different languages and styles by choir groups drawn from various parishes within the diocese. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET last_img read more

Video: Bishop Dinis Sengulane, Mozambican pioneer of peace

first_img Africa, Comments (5) 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Advocacy Peace & Justice, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Comments are closed. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Video Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Albany, NY Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Anglican Communion, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis [Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. Dinis Sengulane, the longest-serving bishop in the Anglican Communion, retired March 25 after leading the Diocese of Lebombo in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa for almost 38 years.Consecrated as bishop in 1976, Sengulane made his mark as one of Africa’s greatest peacemakers when his efforts to mediate between the Mozambique government and the rebel group Renamo brought an end to 15 years of civil war in 1992.Once dialogue had been established and peace was in sight, the bishop didn’t stop there. His Preparing the People for Peace program bore many fruits, including the much-acclaimed Swords Into Ploughshares initiative that exchanged thousands of weapons for tools of construction.About 1 million weapons have been decommissioned since the end of the war. Many have been converted into art, a project that continues today with works exhibited throughout Mozambique and all over the world.A long-standing partner with the Episcopal Church, Sengulane also has played a significant roll in fighting malaria, one of Africa’s biggest killers, through his involvement in the Rollback Malaria initiative. Sengulane and the Diocese of Lebombo have partnered in particular with Episcopal Relief & Development and the Diocese of Connecticut in various asset-based development programs and other initiatives.In 2013, Sengulane joined more than 400 Episcopalians in Washington, D.C., for a march against violence.As he enters retirement, Sengulane reflects on his ministry of peacemaking. Yet he doesn’t see this as his story.— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter of the Episcopal News Service. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK March 28, 2014 at 4:40 am thanks Bishop for long and committed service to the church of God and we wish you a pleasant retirement . we will miss in Zimbabwe especially Bernard Mizeki festival Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Press Release Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem March 25, 2014 at 11:02 pm I, too, give thanks for the ministry of Bishop Dinis. In Connecticut we have been blessed by his friendship, prophetic witness, passion for peacemaking, and humor. He is one of my dearest friends. Last month, six of us from Connecticut joined in pilgrimage in Mozambique in observance of the Baptism of Bernard Mizeki (catechist, evangelist, and martyr). It was a privilege to be present as Anglicans gathered from all parts of the diocese to be in prayer with their bishop for one last time. Immediately after Sunday Eucharist, Bishop Dinis was called back to Maputo to facilitate the mediation for a cease fire in the current tensions between the Government of Mozambique and armed rebels from the opposition party, Renamo. As Bishop Dinis retires, he plans to focus his ministry on restoring peace in his cherished country, to draw attention and resources to improve health in Mozambique, and to create a center for bringing ethics to bear in civil society. All his life is rooted in prayer. May God continue to bless him and us through him Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing The Rev. Dr. Alla Renée Bozarth says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Cathedral Dean Boise, ID 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Katerina Whitley says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Smithfield, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI ISHANESU GUSHA says: Canon em. Jake Dejonge says: March 31, 2014 at 6:16 pm From 1973 through to 1978 I was parish priest of Nelspruit, Eastern Transvaal, South Africa and, with four colleagues, responsible for ministry in that area. Being resident in the parish nearest to Mozambique, I had the honour of meeting bishop Dinis and play a small part in supporting the church in the diocese of Lebombo.We first met when the bishop had collected his new Landrover, supplied by the Lebombo Society of the CPSA, the Anglican Church of Southern Africa . He came to sleep with us (in one of our daughters’ bunk beds) and my wife, Irene, asked leave of the principal of the Convent School where she was teaching at the time, to go shopping with the bishop the next morning.Later on we were asked to arrange food transport to the border for the seminary students in Maputo, since the Communist regime thought that allowing them rations would be a sheer waste. So we bought rice and corn flour, communion wine and whatever and with the help of a parishioner who provided the van, crossed the border into no-man’s land to meet bishop Dinis or some of his clergy and transfer the goods. One trip my (Canadian) passport had expired and I was not allowed to cross the border; a local farmer who was crossing with a lorry load of food, agreed to take our wares. In the afternoon I telephoned the bishop’s house to hear whether the goods had arrived, spoke with his wife Berta, through the good offices of the telephone operator, who acted as interpreter from Portuguese to English and vice versa. In the evening the bishop himself kindly called to assure us that all had gone well.In 1988 we came for a temporary appointment to the Netherlands, the country of my birth, with the Old Catholic Church, in full communion with the Anglican Churches. That became permanent and I have now been retired for over ten years.Great and precious memories of a wondeful and holy man, dear Dinis; we wish him well in a well deserved retirement and do thank the Almighty for all the good work he has done. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Video: Bishop Dinis Sengulane, Mozambican pioneer of peace Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Press Release Service March 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm In 1989 I had the great honor and privilege of accompanying Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning to Mozambique and South Africa. Mozambique was still suffering from the Renamo civil war and extreme violence. I was struck by Bishop Sengulane’s holiness; he was a young man at that time, with a young, beautiful family. Together with the leaders of other communions he was already changing his country, turning it toward peace. I have never forgotten the moments I spent in his presence, and I find that I talk about him to other Episcopalians whenever I have the chance. His peacemaking efforts fill me with hope, something I lose when I observe the gun worshiping atmosphere of this country. May we learn from his example to turn swords into plowshares, indeed, and to transform them into art. I thank God for Bishop Dinis and his ministry. Bishop Jim Curry says: By Matthew DaviesPosted Mar 25, 2014 Featured Events March 25, 2014 at 10:20 pm We are so blessed in our living saints! Bishop Dinis consulted with our Boss and came from prayer with an idea~ two ideas: dialogue is the only hope for the end of violence; and today’s swords into plowshares might mean guns into sewing machines. Beautiful. To reach out to the artists and engage them in core dialogue was essential~ and fruitful, for the power of art transforms consciousness~ the first step in social change, for good or ill, as he said. Enough ill, he said. Let us have some good come from all this creative energy.. This is the directness and simplicity of holy wisdom. Thank you for actively nurturing peace in both hemispheres, Bishop Sengulane, by coming to America to march with us for an end to violence here and everywhere. May your retirement bring great blessings and give you peace as you daily witness and carry the Peace of Christ in our midst. Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group last_img read more

El foco de la mayordomía pasa a las donaciones de…

first_img Rector Bath, NC Tags In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Por Pat McCaughanPosted Nov 29, 2016 Featured Events 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 Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA El foco de la mayordomía pasa a las donaciones de todo el año y a la creación de una comunidad Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK [Episcopal News Service] Este año, los feligreses de San Bartolomé [St. Bartholomew’s] fijaron notas en un “Muro de las Dádivas” en el santuario de la iglesia de Poway, California, en el que compartían sus razones para dar.Una de las muchas notas autoadhesivas en el Muro de las Dádivas de la iglesia episcopal de San Bartolomé en Poway, California. Foto de la Iglesia Episcopal de San Bartolomé.“Porque me enamoro tan fácilmente del dinero”, escribió uno de los que fijaron notas en el muro, “dar, aunque me asuste, me obliga a advertir cuando el materialismo me mueve más que la confianza en Dios”.La invitación a vincular la vida monetaria de los miembros con sus vidas de fe transforma la totalidad de sus vidas, según el Rdo. Chris Harris, clérigo auxiliar de San Bartolomé.El Muro de las Dádivas, como autobiografías del dinero y las sencillas clases vitales que él ofrece, son ejercicios espirituales y parte de los empeños de formación de la Iglesia durante todo el año —que no deben confundirse con las campañas por las promesas estacionales.El foco y el énfasis de las tradicionales campañas de mayordomía están cambiando, según Richard Felton, director ejecutivo de la Red Episcopal para la Mayordomía [The Episcopal Network for Stewardship] o TENS (por su sigla en inglés) la cual se asocia con recursos que ofrece a las diócesis a través de toda la Iglesia Episcopal.Han desaparecido los ganchos de recaudación estacionales. Los grandes termómetros rojos con signos de dólares y centavos que van subiendo lentamente han sido reemplazados por presupuestos que detallan los medios en que el personal y las horas de oficina se traducen en misión y ministerio.Las otrora cenas de gala denominacionales que marcaban las campañas de mayordomía han sido sustituidas por pequeñas comidas a la canasta, y oportunidades más íntimas de diálogo y profundización de relaciones en los hogares de los miembros, según explicó Felton.Han desaparecido también las solicitudes de ayuda para la reparación de recintos de parte de feligreses con una inclinación a las finanzas. En lugar de eso, los feligreses oyen relatos personales de transformación, de profundización de la fe y el ministerio que, dijo Harris, cuando son “auténticos y vulnerables, terminan por edificar la comunidad de una manera que da seguimiento a partir de eso”.El nuevo foco de la mayordomía incluye relatos como el que Joyce Vidal contaba recientemente a los asistentes al oficio del domingo por la mañana en San Bernabé en el Desierto [St. Barnabas on the Desert] respecto a haber dejado de ser una “asistente reacia a la iglesia y que quiere pasar inadvertida” para [dar paso a] la gratitud por “la oportunidad de servir, de crecer en la fe y en mi relación con Dios y de experimentar la presencia sanadora de Jesús”.Luego de participar en el coro y en varios ministerios, la miembro de ocho años de la congregación de Scottsdale, Arizona, dijo que empezó a entender que “esta comunidad es una expresión del discipulado en muchísimos niveles.“Pertenezco”, dijo Vidal. “Cuanto más participo en San Bernabé, tanto más aumenta mi gratitud”.La misión de la Iglesia: hacer discípulosHacer discípulos es la misión de la Iglesia, dijo el Rdo.. Jim Clark, rector de San Bernabé.“Las personas dan para la investigación del cáncer porque resulta claro para ellos cuál es la misión y la valoran; dan para la misión de una universidad porque resulta claro lo que hace la universidad”, dijo Clark a Episcopal News Service. “Otras personas contribuyen de una manera muy particular porque creen en lo que se está llevando a cabo.“Pero la Iglesia no ha hecho un buen trabajo de comunicar el gran valor de hacer discípulos de Jesús. Esa es la misión de la Iglesia”.Él dijo que la misión de la Iglesia “no es una cocina de beneficencia o un banco de alimentos. Si los discípulos salen y hacen todas esas cosas, eso es genial, pero el carisma, lo único que la Iglesia tiene que ofrecer al mundo, es hacer personas como Jesús. Ello vale la pena, acaso lo más importante que cualquier ser humano puede hacer para el apoyo mutuo”.Marcia Shetler, directora ejecutiva del Centro de Mayordomía Ecuménica con sede en Richmond, Indiana, dijo que la mayordomía más exitosa tiene lugar en las iglesias que ofrecen formación durante todo el año y que practican la generosidad como una disciplina espiritual, como “parte de lo que Dios nos llama a hacer como cristianos”.Al mismo tiempo, la directora de la ESC dijo que una campaña de promesas es necesaria también porque “es la manera de mostrar y de practicar lo que planeamos hacer”, especialmente si las iglesias presentan presupuestos basados en la misión que detallan la manera en que las donaciones repercuten en los diversos ministerios de la Iglesia.El ESC ofrece materiales y oportunidades educativas a 20 asociados denominacionales de América del Norte, entre ellos la Iglesia Episcopal y TENS, un miembro asociado.Pero un gigantesco desafío es la renuencia o incapacidad de nuestra cultura de hablar de dinero, y eso con frecuencia se extiende a la vida de la iglesia, dijo ella.A diferencia de la Iglesia primitiva donde los miembros integraban todos los recursos económicos para ayudarse mutuamente, “el desafío para nosotros en América del Norte en general es la actitud de secretismo respecto al dinero, de que nuestras finanzas son un asunto privado, no realmente algo de lo que debamos hablar en la iglesia”, apuntó Shetler.Y para los que están cargados de deudas, “se convierte en un asunto casi vergonzoso, y lo último que quieren hacer es compartir [el estado] de sus finanzas con sus hermanas y hermanos en Cristo, desafortunadamente, porque la Iglesia no siempre ha hecho un buen trabajo de crear un espacio seguro para ellos”.El Muro de las Dádivas en la iglesia episcopal de San Bartolomé, en Poway, California, está cubierta por las razones de los feligreses por las cuales se comprometen a contribuir a la iglesia. Foto de la iglesia episcopal de San Bartolomé.Harris, un ex abogado, se mostraba de acuerdo en que hablar de dinero supone un reto. “Échele un vistazo a las redes sociales. Ponemos toda suerte de cosas en Facebook. Compartimos nuestra vida amorosa, nuestra salud, si se nos muere el perro, pero ¿con cuánta frecuencia ves un post donde diga “¿Alguien conoce a un buen abogado [especializado] en quiebras? Estoy preocupado con mis deudas’”.Y sin embargo, dice Harris, de 47 años, la mayoría de los episcopales están estadísticamente a tres sueldos de si podrán o no pagar su próxima hipoteca o alquiler. “Es difícil predicar acerca de la abundancia cuando las personas están viviendo en esa realidad”, puntualizó.“Hay una razón por la que Jesús habló acerca del dinero tan a menudo como lo hizo”, añadió Harris. Es un completo error en esta cultura hiperconsumista en que vivimos cuando no abordamos el tema. Si el dinero era una de las mayores distracciones en nuestra relación con Dios hace 2.000 años, díganme si no lo es mil veces más hoy día. Además del sexo, es la otra razón de nuestra ruptura de relaciones.“Si no queremos hablar de dinero y nos ponemos nerviosos al respecto, entonces en verdad necesitamos abordar el asunto”.O, dijo él, si la conversación sobre dinero provoca que la gente ponga los ojos en blanco y que espere que volvamos a los asuntos espirituales y dejemos este tópico del dinero “preste atención, porque ese es el punto central de lo que Jesús intentó que advirtiéramos”, señaló Harris. Toda esta noción es falsa: que puede dejar que Jesús entre en parte de mi vida, pero no en mi estilo de vida ni en mi bolsillo (porque) no quiero cambiar eso mucho”.A menudo los rectores, también, se sienten incómodos al hablar de dinero —“, Clark, de San Bernabé, reconoce que a él le pasaba.Pero se dio cuenta de que “hacer discípulos no es sólo acerca del dinero… es acerca del cuadro mucho más grande —de mi vida entera en respuesta a la bondad, la abundancia y la generosidad de Dios hacia mí, a la gracia de Dios— y cuál es mi respuesta a eso?”Con 455 familias comprometidas, la triple campaña económica de San Bernabé este año incluía compartir historias del crecimiento de feligreses en la fe, presentar a la congregación un presupuesto basado en la misión y una serie de comidas canastas en hogares para compartir la gratitud hacia la iglesia.“Tuvimos conversaciones. Contamos historias. Pusimos notas en tablillas en torno al recinto”, explicó Clark. “Todo el mundo dijo que es una de las cosas más importantes que hemos hecho. Cambia las vidas de la gente. Es una misión a la que vale la pena contribuir”.Shetler dijo que otro reto proviene de la renuencia de la iglesias de adoptar hábitos filantrópicos aceptables, tales como usar programas de legados y dotaciones. “Muchos miembros de la Iglesia hacen grandes donaciones a las universidades donde han estudiado y otros a instituciones de beneficencia, pero de cierto modo a la Iglesia no la miran de la misma manera”, afirmó ella. “Y la mayoría (de las iglesias) no animan a la gente a contemplar el dejar un legado a la iglesia en su testamento”.Pero ella agregó que hay esperanza —y ayuda. El Instituto Lake para la Fe y la Dádiva [Lake Institute for Faith and Giving] una agencia docente y de investigación de la Universidad de Indiana, ofrece ayuda y recursos para la recaudación de fondos [a favor de instituciones] religiosas.Felton, de TENS, dijo que las percepciones sobre la mayordomía han evolucionado desde que era una temida tarea estacional hasta [convertirse en] “enseñar e inspirar generosidad de diversas maneras. A eso es a lo que la Iglesia debe dedicarse, la generosidad —no sólo en dinero, sino en cómo perdonamos a las personas y cómo acogemos a los forasteros”.“Viviendo generosamente”, los materiales de mayordomía de la organización, les brindaron ayuda a los miembros asociados en 2016. Ahora se planea una conferencia anual, [bajo el título de] “Trayectoria a la generosidad” [Journey to Generosity] del 18 al 20 de mayo de 2017 en la catedral de San Marcos [St. Mark’s Cathedral] en Mineápolis.Vidal, de San Bernabé, dijo que ella todavía no se siente totalmente cómoda al hablar de dinero, pero “me siento cómoda al hablar de mi gratitud a San Bernabé por incluir mi compromiso a contribuir… y cómo esta gratitud se manifiesta en mi promesa.“Hacer mi cheque es un acto de oración por la misión de San Bernabé, dijo ella en sus palabras a los feligreses. “Echar ese cheque en la bandeja, ver que la levantan y la bendicen me recuerda que Dios bendice mi don de la gratitud”.–La Rda. Pat McCaughan es corresponsal de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Program Budget & Finance Rector Martinsville, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Albany, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Job Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Press Release Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MSlast_img read more

El Domingo de Episcopal Relief & Development se Celebrará el…

first_img Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit an Event Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Shreveport, LA Featured Events Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Relief & Development Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Bath, NC Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Press Release Service Rector Tampa, FL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Se invita a los episcopales a que celebren el Domingo de Episcopal Relief & Development (La Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo) el 5 de marzo, el primer domingo de Cuaresma, con oraciones especiales, encartes en boletines y una ofrenda especial para apoyar la misión de la organización de sanar a un mundo que sufre. El Domingo de la Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo, una tradición episcopal cuaresmal, es una oportunidad para que las feligresías se concentren en oración y acción para tratar las necesidades del mundo.“El Domingo de Episcopal Relief & Development nos concentramos en la manera en que participamos más profundamente en la vida y en el mundo, para realmente sanar a un mundo que sufre, para realmente orar y trabajar en aras de la justicia social, económica y ambiental, y para realmente responder al sufrimiento humano agudo”, dije el Reverendísimo Michael B. Curry, obispo presidente y primado de la Iglesia Episcopal. “Invito a todos en nuestra Iglesia, como lo expresa nuestro Libro de Oración Común, a ‘la observancia de una Santa Cuaresma mediante la oración, el ayuno y la autonegación’, y mediante obras de compasión, justicia y misericordia como las que se realizan por medio de Episcopal Relief & Development”.Hay recursos de culto y una guía de planificación para el Domingo de Episcopal Relief & Development disponibles para descargarlos en episcopalrelief.org/Sunday.La organización también ofrece un Juego de Herramientas Cuaresmal en episcopalrelief.org/Cuaresma, con enlaces para pedir folletos de Meditaciones de Cuaresma y otros materiales del Episcopal Marketplace. Los pedidos se deben realizar a más tardar el 15 de febrero para garantizar su entrega el o antes del Miércoles de Ceniza, el 1º de marzo. Hay folletos de Meditaciones de Cuaresma disponibles en inglés y en español en formatos impreso y PDF y en mensajes diarios por correo electrónico.El Domingo de Episcopal Relief & Development por lo general se celebra el primer domingo de Cuaresma, si bien las feligresías pueden celebrar servicios religiosos especiales en cualquier momento del año que les resulte cómodo. Las observancias dominicales pueden incluir anuncios especiales que resalten la importancia de la labor de la agencia en cerca de 40 países del mundo entero o se puede mostrar un video inspirador durante o después del servicio religioso. Hay disponibles sobres para ponerlos en los bancos de las iglesias y cajas de esperanzas para las ofrendas. El encarte en el boletín proporciona otras maneras en que los miembros pueden demostrar su apoyo.“Agradezco el liderazgo del Obispo Primado Curry y a todas las iglesias y personas que hacen que el Domingo de Episcopal Relief & Development sea parte de su práctica cuaresmal”, dijo Rob Radtke, el presidente de la agencia. “Significa muchísimo para esta organización ser el centro de la reflexión y acción durante esta temporada, así como ofrecer a nuestra comunidad humanitaria maneras múltiples de hacer que la misión mundial sea parte de su vida espiritual esta Cuaresma y durante todo el año”.Por más de 75 años, Episcopal Relief & Development (La Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo) se ha desempeñado como una compasiva reacción al sufrimiento humano en el mundo. La agencia trabaja con más de 3 millones de personas en cerca de 40 países del mundo entero para combatir la pobreza, el hambre y las enfermedades mediante programas multisectoriales empleando Objetivos de Desarrollo Sustentable como un marco de referencia. Como una organización independiente sin ánimo de lucro de tipo 501(c)(3), trabaja en estrecha colaboración con la Comunión Anglicana y con socios ecuménicos para ayudar a las comunidades a crear estrategias de desarrollo a largo plazo y a reconstruir después de haber sido afectadas por un desastre. Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Tags Rector Knoxville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Posted Jan 23, 2017 Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Smithfield, NC El Domingo de Episcopal Relief & Development se Celebrará el 5 de Marzo Rector Martinsville, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT last_img read more

Episcopal churches spared in deadly Alabama tornadoes; diocese responds to…

first_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit an Event Listing Rector Albany, NY Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Press Release Associate Rector Columbus, GA By David PaulsenPosted Mar 5, 2019 Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal churches spared in deadly Alabama tornadoes; diocese responds to aftermath Featured Events 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 (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Job Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Collierville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Press Release Service Curate Diocese of Nebraska Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Bath, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Jed Roberts stands March 5 on the remains of his sister’s trailer home, destroyed by tornado, in Beauregard, Alabama. Photo: Reuters[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians in Alabama have begun responding to the aftermath of devastating tornadoes that cut a swath of destruction through the state’s midsection over the weekend, leaving at least 23 dead, including four children.Tornadoes also were reported in parts of Georgia and the Florida Panhandle, though the worst of the damage was centered about an hour east of Montgomery, Alabama, in Lee County, where three Episcopal churches are located: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Smiths Station, Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Opelika and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Auburn.A statement released by the Diocese of Alabama on March 4 reports a tornado passed within a mile of St. Stephen’s but the church doesn’t appear to have sustained any damage. The Rev. Larry Williams, priest-in-charge, and the Rev. Deacon Judy Quick are working with local agencies to assess the needs in the area and determine how the congregation can assist with relief efforts.The Diocese of Alabama Disaster Relief Fund has made an initial contribution to those efforts at St. Stephen’s, and the diocese is receiving assistance and guidance from Episcopal Relief & Development. Donations to the diocese can be made online by selecting “Disaster Relief” in the dropdown list.“As we have learned from past events, it will take days or weeks for us to learn the full impact of these storms, and we will provide information about needs and response as we learn more,” Bishop Kee Sloan said in the diocese’s statement.“We are thankful that the people of St. Stephen’s Smiths Station are safe and that the church there is able to respond to the needs of their neighbors,” Sloan said. “I ask folks to keep the community of Lee County in their prayers, especially those affected by these storms, those that are grieving the loss of a loved one or grieving the loss of their home. Please also pray for the first responders and all those that will take part in the work of recovery.”Episcopal News Service tried contacting the three Episcopal churches in the region by phone and email but was not able to reach any church leaders for this story.The “monster tornado” on March 3 that caused the most damage was a mile wide and traveled more than 26 miles, according to the National Weather Service’s initial estimates. With a wind speed of 170 mph, the EF-4 storm leveled homes, downed trees and power lines and left Beauregard, Alabama, a community of about 10,000 residents, looking like a “war zone.”BREAKING: Preliminary EF-4 Tornado Damage has been found along County Road 39 just east of Cave Mill Road in southwestern Lee County. Winds have been estimated at 170mph. Single family homes were completely destroyed. Photos are from those survey locations. #alwx pic.twitter.com/euYNfSDY11— NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) March 4, 2019About 90 people were reported injured, and Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said at a news conference March 4 that the death toll from the storm could rise as emergency crews search for people still missing. It was the deadliest tornado in the United States since 2013, when 25 people died in Oklahoma, and the Alabama death toll tops the total tornado fatalities from all of 2018.The National Weather Service in Birmingham confirmed three additional tornadoes touched down on March 3 in the region with lesser wind speeds and no reported fatalities.On March 5, a group from Lee-Scott Academy in Auburn gathered in the morning outside the Christian school to pray after learning that a student, fourth-grader Taylor Thornton, was among those killed by the more powerful tornado, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.Episcopal Relief & Development released a statement March 5 pledging continued support for the diocese and its congregations.“Disasters have three phases: rescue, relief and recovery,” said Katie Mears, senior director of Episcopal Relief & Development’s U.S. Disaster Program. “Right now, the disaster response is moving from the initial rescue phase, where first responders such as police and fire department are focusing on saving lives, into the relief phase. In the coming weeks and months, we will work with the Diocese of Alabama to provide relief and help communities recover.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Belleville, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ last_img read more

Former priest pleads guilty to child sexual abuse spanning decades…

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 [Episcopal News Service] Howard White Jr., a former Episcopal priest who was previously convicted of molesting a student during his time as a chaplain at a Rhode Island boarding school, pleaded guilty on Oct. 21 to 15 charges of child sexual abuse in North Carolina.White, 78, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the assaults that took place from 1984 to 2004, while he was rector of Grace Church in the Mountains in Waynesville, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.Allegations of sexual misconduct against White stretch all the way back to 1967, the Citizen-Times reported, and cover multiple states. During his extensive career serving in schools and parishes, White worked in West Virginia, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.White was first charged with sexual abuse in 2016, after the Rhode Island State Police investigated reports of abuse at St. George’s School, an Episcopal boarding school in Middletown, Rhode Island, from the 1970s. Among them were allegations that White, then the school’s associate chaplain, assaulted a student during trips to Boston in 1973. White was charged in Massachusetts and pleaded guilty in December 2016, receiving an 18-month prison sentence.In 2007, White had retired and moved to Bedford, Pennsylvania, where he was serving as a supply priest, according to the Providence Journal. When the St. George’s School allegations became public, Central Pennsylvania Bishop Audrey Cady Scanlan placed him on leave, and she deposed him – permanently removing him from the priesthood – in October 2016.While White was still under investigation in the St. George’s School case, a woman in Waynesville contacted the Diocese of Western North Carolina to report that he had abused her in the mid-1980s in the rectory of Grace Church in the Mountains. A police investigation followed, revealing more victims, and White was charged in North Carolina while serving his prison sentence in Massachusetts.White has also been accused of sexual abuse dating back to his time in West Virginia and at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire in the late 1960s and early ’70s.“I’m relieved that the survivors of Howard White’s crimes are being given some measure of justice in this sentencing,” Bishop W. Nicholas Knisely of Rhode Island wrote in a statement to Episcopal News Service. “I’m sorry that it has taken this long for it to arrive, and I’m sorry that the church did not live up to its responsibility over the years.”Bishop José McLoughlin of Western North Carolina told ENS his diocese “embraced the need for a full and accurate understanding of any wrongs committed by Mr. White during his time in the diocese.”“While Mr. White was removed from the priesthood almost three years ago in accordance with the rules of The Episcopal Church concerning misconduct, it was especially important that he also be investigated under our criminal justice system,” McLoughlin wrote in his statement. “We are grateful for the work of those in law enforcement and the district attorney’s office for investigating the claims and now securing a conviction to hold Mr. White accountable for those matters to which he has confessed responsibility.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Long live the King…

first_img Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment!center_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. A profound example of God’s great loveInspirationBy Charles TowneOne thing I have noticed in my somewhat eventful life is that animals are very perceptive people. I mean they live, and survive on a very primitive level, and yet, just perhaps, and forgive my sacrilege, they are often more Christ-like than people.What in the world do I mean by making such a statement? Well, take the issue of trust.Here we are, supposedly a higher life form, and yet we go about our lives wearing a diadem of fear as though it were our sole purpose in life. Yeah, we are afraid. We are afraid of people, animals, the dark, even God, which is more the pity. Animals have reason to fear us, after all we eat them, and if we don’t eat them we kill them for sport.In my eighty plus years of hobnobbing with animals as a naturalist and zoo director, I have perceived enough four-leggeds, and two-leggeds to have witnessed some rare examples of profound, even miraculous trust.There was that time I reared a fledgling red-tail hawk to maturity and eventually released him back into the wild. A couple years later I was hiking in the woods some twenty miles from my home when I heard the shrill shriek of a red-tail hawk.Looking up I was pleased to see the beautiful bird watching me from his vantage point on a dead snag not far away. We stared at each other, and then, on a wish or a whim, I am not sure which, I called to him. “King, is that really you?” He fluffed himself up, stared at me, cried again, and flew closer still. Then, hopping from branch to branch, he approached until only ten or twelve feet separated us. We visited, that red-tail hawk, and the red-headed boy-man and exchanged banalities, until having caught up on recent events, with a final “chirp, chirrup, and another shriek, he flew away. (He told me that he had a date with a sweet little field mouse on the other side of the woods.) I know that was King because such an event is so far from typical between hawks and men.That was a special moment in space and time, and a beautiful gift from our wonderful, generous and loving God. Only by God’s grace can we imagine such a demonstration of trust. King displayed no fear that day. What a profound example of God’s love.Live simply,Love generously,Trust God, and make a difference, today.Charles Towne is a longtime Apopka resident, member of Insp!re Church and a published author. Red-tailed Hawk. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleApopka’s Joel Berry II heading to NCAA Championship game for second straight seasonNext articleA Hazard to Myself Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more