Video of the Day – The Brumbies having fun at training

first_imgVideo of the day thumbnail LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS In response to the famous All Blacks skills video the Brumbies put on a parody, something all together funnier. They promise no trick photography and they are good to their promise, raising a few smiles along the way. Lovely to see them not taking themselves too seriously! Which one do you prefer?center_img And here is the original All Blacks video the above one was based on:last_img

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

first_img Goode and captain Pennell celebrate Worcester’s promotion and victory over Cornish pirates last yearFinally – time to draw breath. After 22 pulsating weeks of Championship rugby culminating in a mad dash for those unfortunate clubs having to fulfill postponed fixtures, last Saturday was a welcome week off, writes Richard Grainger.But not welcome for all, of course. John Taylor, managing director of London Welsh, was quoted in The Rugby Paper: “…I’m sitting here at the Old Deer Park, having had wonderful weather, with the pitch in good condition, and we’ve got a blank Saturday. I’d rather have played Doncaster this weekend than 10 days ago when it was sandwiched between weekend games”.The Exiles were one of four clubs coerced into midweek involvement by the RFU’s intransigent regulations, which left them having to play three games in six days. Worse still for Doncaster Knights; they had to turn out four times within nine days.The RFU claim that the recent free Saturday was at the request of the Championship clubs who wanted a fortnight to prepare for and promote their play-off fixtures. This seems unlikely as most of the Championship clubs, and the Rugby Players’ Association, consider that the workload for the players, with the existing dictum is unacceptable. There is a groundswell of opinion that the RFU’s insistence on concluding Stage One by the last Saturday in February should be relaxed next season.However, whilst this change may be adopted, it now seems unlikely that the format of the Championship will be significantly altered for the new term, although negotiations are still in progress.The current structure had its detractors when it began back in 2009. Moseley prop Nathan Williams said in the Birmingham Sunday Mercury in February 2010:  “I am all for play-offs to win a championship, like the top four play off in the Premiership. But I don’t like to think of a relegation place being decided that way. You could win nearly half your fixtures and still go down – that’s a very harsh reality.”The other concern was that it allowed little time for clubs to recruit strengthened squads for the coming season.  “I don’t think it’s a very good system because you are talking another six weeks before you can even begin planning for the following season,” Williams added.But three years on, most clubs and players are keen to maintain the current format.  While many clubs throughout the country have nothing to play for at this stage of the season, all 12 Championship teams can still define their own destiny – either up or down. Not only that, having a three-stage competition has allowed and even encouraged clubs to rotate their squads. Most players contracted to Championship outfits have played at least 10 matches, whereas in a league without play-offs, the pressure for results would mean that many squad members would hardly have played at all. This, according to Cornish Pirates head coach Chris Stirling, helps with player development and is a real positive of the current structure.The recruitment drive has begun already, and last week Bristol coach Liam Middleton announced that he had added Leicester scrum-half James Grindal, 31, to his squad for next season. So where do we go from here? Stage Two of the play-offs begins on Saturday and concludes on 21st April by which time we will know who will go through to the two-legged semi-finals, and perhaps on to a two-legged final, and who will be packing their bags and heading for National League One.The top eight clubs have been divided into two pools: 1st, 4th, 5th and 8th – Bristol, London Welsh, Nottingham and Doncaster – comprise Play-off Group A, while 2nd 3rd, 6th and 7th – Bedford, Cornish Pirates, Leeds and Rotherham – are in Group B.Bristol and Bedford, who finished in first and second slot, start the play-off on three points. The Pirates and the Welsh, who ended Stage One in third and fourth place, start on two points. The fifth and sixth placed clubs – Nottingham and Leeds – start on one, while Doncaster and Rotherham start on none.At the bottom, the four clubs fighting for survival – London Scottish, Moseley, Plymouth and Esher will carry over 1 point for each win in the regular season.Surprisingly, all but Esher finished Stage One with a creditable six wins, while the rapidly improving Londoners – the division’s whipping boys before the turn of the year – managed four wins. This only adds to the excitement, as Stage Two commences for pool C with an almost level playing field to which, I would confidently predict, Esher will soon apply their spirit level when they entertain London Scottish on Saturday.This division is too tight to call – at both ends. However, it would be harder to bet against Bristol than the pre-season favourites Leeds whose young side has been woefully inconsistent. Pirates’ supremo, Chris Stirling, is under-playing his side’s chances of Premiership rugby; but if they can better Bedford on at least one occasion they should progress to at least the semis. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS WORCESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 18: Andy Goode (L0 celebrates with club captain Chris Pennell Worcester’s promotion to the Aviva Premiership after their victory during the RFU Championship play off second leg match between Worcester Warriors and Cornish Pirates at Sixways on May 18, 2011 in Worcester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) And at the bottom? I’m going to do something that fledgling rugby reporters should never, ever do and make a prediction, albeit a little one – Esher will avoid the drop.For full fixture details, click herelast_img read more

Where are they now?: Henson & the IRB Young Players of the Year

first_img2006Josh Holmes is not a name that rolls off the tongue, but in 2006 the Aussie scrum-half was the best player at U19 level in the eyes of the IRB and was seen as a pretender to George Gregan’s throne. Time with the ‘Tahs, Brumbies and Western Force played out and now he works a nine to five job and plays Shute Shield rugby at the weekends for Warringah. A steady decline in comparison to the U21 winner, Lionel Beauxis…2007Robbie Fruean, the sole winner of an award in ’07, has progressed and impressed for the Canterbury Crusaders. At only 24 he should have plenty of rugby ahead of him, but heart surgery has meant that he will not have any rugby for a good while. One to keep an eye on should he recover as we all hope.2008Luke Braid? The brother of Sale Sharks’ All Black flanker Daniel is another one with time on his hands at only 24. He is a regular for the Auckland Blues and has led them on a handful of occasions. His stock is rising, but the talent pool in New Zealand is deep…2009Aaron Cruden is now the stand-out selection at stand-off for New Zealand (when Dan Carter doesn’t fancy it). Well, he will be first choice one day.The current holder: Wales’ Sam Davies2010If you do not know who Julian Savea is by now, you will soon enough. He has his own social problems, having been charged with assault following a domestic incident, and must be condemned, if found guilty. However, his rugby is mightily impressive with 13 tries in 11 Tests for the All Blacks. A worthy winner in 2010, despite the issues that were to come.2011The young Leicester Tiger George Ford was touted as the next big thing in 2011. He won the gong and instantly there were calls for Toby Flood to make way for Ford. He didn’t and with Owen Farrell and Freddie Burns the young fly-halves leading England, Ford has melted away. Now at Bath and looking to live up to the promise. Capable, but in need of an outlet. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 2012No hanging around in South Africa for the Baby Boks. Centre Jan Serfontein wins IRB young player award one year, is capped for the Springboks the next. The Bull is another who will have to be watched closely. There’s a World Cup coming up and he could feature heavily.2013Sprightly Sam Davies, son of Gloucester head coach Nigel Davies is a fly-half with the Ospreys who has the world at his feet. He is 19; can kick; can run; has vision; has guts. If handled well he could go far. There are a lot of people hoping he doesn’t waver in the way the Welsh winner from thirteen years ago has… Happier times: Gavin Henson receives the award for IRB Young Player of the Year at an awards dinner in 2001By Alan DymockA PUNCH landed in a Bath pub and the 2001 IRB Young Player of the Year landed on the floor.In last week’s well-publicised fracas between Gavin Henson and team-mate Carl Fearns there was a spill few would be proud of and, the perceived culpability of the punch-drunk Gavin Henson aside, it was yet another slug to the reputation of someone who was once Wales’ most promising talent.We tend to forget that Henson was deemed the best young player in the world in 2001. However, when you look beyond the Bath back and see the other names on the IRB’s list, there are a few others who never quite grew to match the hype, while some have fulfilled their prodigious talent.Remember him?: Prop Pat Barnard was the 2002 U21 POTY2002The IRB decided to give an award to the best U19 and U21 player. So while Luke McAlister became the All Black he was meant to be after a fine year at U19 level, South African prop Pat Barnard never quite reached the level an IRB gong would suggest he belongs at. Never threatening to break out and become a full Springbok, he moved to England and played a little bit for Northampton Saints and London Wasps. He is now at Brive who have just been promoted to the Top 14.2003The U19 winger Jean-Baptiste Payras-Loustalet, anyone? The Frenchman has just signed for Bordeaux in the Top 14 after playing for Beziers, but again he never turned into the talent many were hoping could tear off his wing and shred defences. Equally, Kiwi U21 winner Ben Atiga never conquered the world. He received one All Black cap and played some Super Rugby, but moved to Scotland last year to meet up with Edinburgh. He was by no means a regular last season but has another term to make himself a must-pick.2004Jerome Kaino has been a big success for the All Blacks and a stand out blindside in the world game. Jeremy Thrush, the U19 winner, joined the One-cap Club this year at the age of 28. The Hurricane second-row may go on to collect more caps should fortune (and Steve Hansen) favour him.No longer a pro: Winner Josh Holmes2005No shocks here. Isaia Toeava went on to be a utility go-to for the All Blacks (although he has slinked away to Japan recently) and Tatafu Polota-Nau is a regular Wallaby. VANNES, FRANCE – JUNE 23: Sam Davies of Wales receives the IRB Player of the Tournament during the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship Final match between England and Wales at Stade de la Rabine on June 23, 2013 in Vannes, France. 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A letter from South Africa – May

first_img TAGS: Japan SMIT PLEADS FOR PATIENCE WITH SHARKS FANS IN OPEN LETTEREmbattled Sharks CEO John Smit took to social media to plead for patience to fans in an open letter after the Highlanders smashed the Sharks on their tour opener in Dunedin. The Sharks went down 48-15 for their fourth successive defeat. That on top of lengthy suspensions for Bismarck du Plessis, Jean Deysel and Frans Steyn for foul play.Smit wrote: “There is so much that has been done, not done, said and not said, and along the way, the fans of a team like the Sharks justifiably feel heartbroken, hurt and in desperate need for answers. Everyone wants to know how we have gone from a conference topping team to a team leaking tries and in desperate need of a win; how do seasoned internationals drop balls and why does it seem very difficult to work out what the team strategy is? It’s impossible to dissect each one of the questions out there but having been a player that sadly played a part in some pretty spectacularly bad seasons in 2000 and 2006, I can tell you that the best made plans with the best players can often amount to nothing when a team loses its confidence.”Smit tried his best to be reassuring, but his letter didn’t offer any concrete solutions but rather vague references to “implementing changes” and “leadership.” Smit did trumpet the fact that the Sharks balance sheet is in the black for the first time in years after two years of cost cutting at the union. On the run: Where could Pierre Spies be off to next?CHANGES AT THE BULLSSeveral high profile Bulls players, including No 8 Pierre Spies, wing/scrumhalf Francois Hougaard and former South Africa centre JJ Engelbrecht have been linked to moves to Japanese clubs at the end of the 2015 season. Both Spies and Hougaard are out of contract at the Bulls at the end of the season and neither has been offered a new contract in Pretoria. Bulls backline coach Pieter Rossouw will also quit Loftus at the end of the season. Rossouw, who hails from Cape Town and played his entire career for Western Province, wants to move back to the Mother City so his children can attend high school in the Western Cape. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Physical but struggling: The continued poor form of the Cheetahs has forced Naka Drotske to retire NAKA STEPS DOWNBeleaguered Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske announced in early May that he would retire from coaching at the conclusion of the 2015 Super Rugby season. The Cheetahs have no chance of reaching the play-offs after a dismal campaign that has yielded only four wins in 11 games. Drotske has been at the helm since the tournament expanded to 14 teams in 2006 and the Cheetahs became a stand-alone franchise. At the time of his announcement the Cheetahs had played 141, won 45, lost 93 and drawn three under Drotske for a meagre 31.9% winning ratio. Assistant coach Os du Randt is expected to take up a coaching role in Japan while acting as a Cheetahs “ambassador”. Former Springboks centre Franco Smith has been appointed as Drotske’s successor. Smith guided the University of the Free State (Shimlas) to the 2015 Varsity Cup title.BOK CAMP WAS LIKE A SCENE FROM A HOSPITAL DRAMASpringboks coach Heyneke Meyer’s first Rugby World Cup training squad was hampered by the amount of injuries to players in attendance. The camp began less than 24 hours after two big South African Super Rugby derbies between the Cheetahs versus Stormers and the Bulls against the Lions. As a result less than half the gathered 44-man squad were able to get on to the pitch for field sessions. It resulted in the unusual sight of flank Schalk Burger playing scrumhalf during one particularly haphazard session. If a player had the slightest ache the Boks management didn’t allow him to train. There is tenuous relationship between the Super Rugby franchises and the national team, and Meyer refused to take any chances with player’s health on South Africa national time.Meyer also made the shock announcement that experienced lock Flip van der Merwe, who had been omitted from the training squad, had made himself “unavailable” for the Springboks for “personal reasons”. Van der Merwe was cagey when quizzed on the matter and said that he could “neither confirm or deny” that he was in a contractual dispute with the South African Rugby Union (SARU). The ruling body dismissed suggestions that they were at loggerheads with the veteran lock. A SARU source confirmed that Van der Merwe is not under contract with the union.An option at 9? Schalk Burger in action for the SpringboksPAUL ROOS WIN UNOFFICIAL SCHOOL’S WORLD TITLEPaul Roos Gymnasium recently won the Sanix Rugby Youth Invitational tournament in Japan. The tournament, which crams five matches per team into seven days, has become an unofficial mini World Cup. Paul Roos defeated Australia’s Brisbane Boys College 35-3 in the final to become the third South African school to win the title since the tournament’s inception in 2000. Previously Grey College Bloemfontein and Glenwood Boys High from Durban have won the title. Paul Roos have produced a record 48 Springboks while Grey College are second on the list with 45. The most recent Paul Roos Bok is current fullback Willie le Roux.last_img read more

Black Ferns awarded first-ever contracts

first_img Opinion: What’s next for women’s rugby? Triumph: The Black Ferns celebrate their 2017 Women’s World Cup win (Getty Images) All you need to know about the Women’s… Expand “Yes. Lots of girls here are playing five or six sports at high school and making decisions later. Now getting a full-time sevens contract is an option, as is getting a 15s part-time contract, so rugby union is going to become a really competitive option for that talent and there are also players playing other codes who are looking to come across.”As well as winning the World Cup, Cocksedge says the development of other nations was a catalyst for change in NZ Rugby, who have been criticised for their commitment to the Black Ferns.“While it mostly came off the back of the success last year, it was alongside the fact other countries had moved ahead. We needed to do something to keep our players here and this will help to do that. People will continue to go overseas for a different life experience, but this is a really good incentive and means we’re not going to fall behind.”MORE ON WOMEN’S RUGBY: New Zealand have given their top women’s 15-a-side players contracts for the first time – Ali Donnelly gets the lowdown BACKS: Chelsea Alley, Ariana Bayler, Grace Brooker, Kendra Cocksedge, Krysten Cottrell, Ruahei Demant, Kilistina Moata’ane, Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali, Kristina Sue, Renee Wickliffe, Selica Winiata.This article originally appeared in the June 2018 issue of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagtam. Tyrrells Premier 15s inspiring next generation LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Why rugby must build on the momentum created… Women’s World Cup Final: England 32-41 New Zealand Opinion: What’s next for women’s rugby? Tyrrells Premier 15s inspiring next generation Expand Collapse Women’s World Cup Final: England 32-41 New Zealand Black Ferns awarded first-ever contractsA few weeks on from the news that New Zealand’s 15-a-side women’s stars are receiving professional contracts for the first time, Kendra Cocksedge is reflecting on how well it has gone down with the public.“The reaction has been hugely positive and I think the players, fans and the country are excited about where the women’s game is going,” the scrum-half says. “People have been talking to me about what a positive step it is, so there has been really good awareness of what’s happening and it’s all positive.”Cocksedge played an integral role in the negotiations and although she is keen not to overplay the announcement, she believes it’s a vital stepping stone on the road to being fully professional.“This is a big step forward. There is no going back now as far as I’m concerned. The investment and the profile is only going to get bigger from here on in.”Despite winning five of the past six Women’s World Cups, New Zealand have always lagged behind in terms of investing in the Black Ferns. Sevens has taken precedence in recent seasons, but last year’s World Cup win in Ireland put the 15s team back in the public eye.Star turn: Kendra Cocksedge is a standout at scrum-half (Getty Images)“It’s really taken off since our success last year,” says Cocksedge. “That win has helped changed mindsets. More people watched that World Cup than ever before and the public have been impressed with the quality of the game.”The key detail of the contracts is that up to 30 Black Ferns will be placed on guaranteed retainers, paid between $12,500 and $20,000 (£6,500-10,500) annually, based on Test experience. While this is a hugely welcome move, Cocksedge says in reality it won’t be life-altering for most of the top players.“The way it’s being modelled means for a lot of us it’s about being rewarded for what we were doing anyway. The commitment is something like training ten to 14 hours per week in our hubs and individually.“I was certainly doing that, but for some players the contracts mean extra support in areas they might not have had, like medical, insurance and so on.”As part of the negotiating team, Cocksedge is well-placed to talk about the changing world of professionalism in the women’s game, where contracts are becoming the norm and athletes are playing catch-up in how to deal with it.Reward: Players will now be paid to attend training camps (Getty Images)“I was part of a wider team involved – there were six or seven of us – and I learnt a lot around the whole process. Generally I think there are not many women’s players well equipped yet in understanding what they need to do before signing deals. That is something that we’re going to have to work on.“The more the game goes down this route, the more players are signing on with agents and so on, the better that will be. It is a new world.”Does she believe more youngsters will now choose rugby in New Zealand? The move of the women’s game to a more professional model has led to developments in top domestic leagues, including in England, France and Australia where significant investments are being made. Cocksedge believes New Zealand also have a chance to make improvements in this area.“The NPC is a quality competition and it has become much more competitive. It’s interesting to see how others are investing in their leagues and perhaps the future is a league for us alongside the top Australian team. I believe that is realistic and possible and would be a huge boost to the game here.“The game is just continuing to move forward at every level. I watched a lot of the Six Nations this year and thought France were fantastic; they’re going to be a huge threat in the years to come.“Countries like Japan are investing in their systems and leagues, and players are going there from overseas, so the money is going in and it’s getting more exposure. I’m glad we’re part of it.”The first 28 Black Ferns players to be contracted by the NZ Rugby have been named and include 17 of the 2017 World Cup-winning squad.2018 BLACK FERNS SQUADFORWARDS: Eloise Blackwell, Les Elder, Fiao’o Faamausili, Dhys Faleafaga, Harono Iringa, Aldora Itunu, Linda Itunu, Pip Love, Charmaine McMenamin, Toka Natua, Joanah Ngan Woo, Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate, Aleisha Nelson, Marcelle Parkes, Leilani Perese, Aroha Savage, Charmaine Smith. After Saracens’ success in the inaugural Tyrrells Premier…last_img read more

Rugby Championship Fixtures

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Collapse 18 Aug10.45amWallabies vs All BlacksANZ Stadium, Sydney 25 Aug8.10pmArgentina vs South AfricaEstadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza DateTimeTeamsVenue 25 Aug8.35amAll Blacks vs WallabiesEden Park, Auckland See the Pumas squad new coach Mario Ledesma… With only a few days to go before the tournament starts, take a look at the full fixture list for the 2018 Rugby Championship Argentina Rugby Championship Squad Take a look at the full squad the… Below is the full list of fixtures. (Kick-off times are UK & Ireland)All the games are available to watch on Sky. Australia Rugby Championship Squad 8 Sep11amWallabies vs SpringboksSuncorp Stadium, Brisbane 18 Aug4.05pmSouth Africa vs ArgentinaKings Park, Durban Expand Last year the All Blacks collected the trophy for the fifth time in six years. The last two years they have won the title, in 2016 and 2017, they did not lose a single match. Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter. South Africa Rugby Championship Squad South Africa Rugby Championship Squadcenter_img 8 Sep8.35amAll Blacks vs ArgentinaTrafalgar Park, Nelson New Zealand Rugby Championship Squad New Zealand Rugby Championship Squad 15 Sep11amWallabies vs ArgentinaCbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast Expand 29 Sep4.05pmSouth Africa vs WallabiesNelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 2018 Rugby Championship FixturesThe pinnacle of southern hemisphere rugby, the Rugby Championship, is just days away. Kicking off on Saturday 18 August, the four-team competition will take place throughout August and September, with the final round of matches taking place during the first week of October.The opening game between the Wallabies and the All Blacks is a repeat of the first match of the 2017 tournament, and yet the Australians will be looking for a better performance this time around after losing that match 54-34.The last time the two sides faced off, Australia managed to secure a 23-18 victory in the third Bledisloe Cup match and yet the men in gold have not lifted the cup since 2002 so they will look to make strides to alter that in Sydney this weekend.South Africa begin their tournament campaign against Argentina in Durban. Rivals: Australia and New Zealand kick off the 2018 Rugby Championship (Getty Images) Australia Rugby Championship Squad 29 Sep11.40pmArgentina vs All BlacksEstadio Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires Michael Cheika has named his Australia squad for… Expand 6 Oct11.40pmArgentina vs WallabiesEstadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta 15 Sep8.35amAll Blacks vs South AfricaWestpac Stadium, Wellington Argentina Rugby Championship Squad Take a look at the squad Steve Hansen… 6 Oct4.05pmSouth Africa vs All BlacksLoftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretorialast_img read more

New archbishop elected by Anglican Church of Tanzania

first_img Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Bath, NC Anglican Communion, Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events People Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Tampa, FL Rector Collierville, TN 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 Tags Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA By Bellah ZuluPosted Feb 25, 2013 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector Columbus, GA New archbishop elected by Anglican Church of Tanzania Submit a Job Listing 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 center_img TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Belleville, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Smithfield, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate Diocese of Nebraska New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Africa, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York [Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of the Province of Tanzania has elected Jacob Chimeledya, bishop of Mpwapwa Diocese in Tanzania, as its new archbishop and primate.The announcement was made after elections held during an extra-ordinary meeting convened by the General Synod of the province on Feb. 21.“I am pleased to let you know that Jacob Chimeledya, the bishop of Mpwapwa, has been elected the archbishop of Tanzania,” said the Rev. Agripa Ndatila. “I hope that you will pray for him so that God can be with him in this [new] responsibility that he has been called for.”Chimeledya takes over from the Most Rev. Valentino Mokiwa, who has been archbishop since February 2008.He will be installed in May at a service to be held at the Anglican Cathedral in the Tanzanian capital, Dodoma. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Submit an Event Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Washington, DC last_img read more

Theological resources on persecution published for ACC-16

first_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Pittsburgh, PA 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 Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Hopkinsville, KY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Martinsville, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Anglican Consultative Council AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Featured Events New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Bath, NC 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 Anglican Communion, Featured Jobs & Calls Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ ACC16, Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Posted Mar 21, 2016 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Press Release Service Rector Albany, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Theological resources on persecution published for ACC-16 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Washington, DC Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem [Anglican Communion News Service] A draft report detailing theological resources for times of persecution has been published by the Anglican Inter Faith Network. The report, “Out of the Depths – Hope in a time of suffering” is “an Anglican contribution to ecumenical engagement” and will be discussed during next month’s meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Lusaka, Zambia.The report begins by setting out the context in which it was written. “We are living in an unprecedented time of religious persecution and martyrdom in the modern world,” it says in its introduction. “There were more recognized martyrs in the 20th century than in the whole of previous Christian history.“There are some books on the demography and phenomenology of persecution, but currently a lack of theological resources to help those who are undergoing persecution.“‘Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord’ is the beginning of Psalm 130:1. Facing the threat of being overwhelmed by the waters of chaos, the Psalmist cries out for help from the depths of his heart. Our title, ‘Out of the Depths – Hope in a time of suffering’, draws on that Psalm and also on Psalm 42:7: Deep calls to deep at the thunder of your cataracts: all your waves and billows have gone over me. The Psalmist again uses the image of water for being pounded in the midst of trouble and woe, and cries out for help.”The authors stress the ecumenical context of their work and highlight “three occasions . . . of particular importance” that took place in 2015: the 50th anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae, the decree on Religious Freedom of Vatican II; the Global Christian Forum’s consultation on persecution in November 2015, in Tirana, Albania; and the centenary of the Armenian Genocide.The report was written for ACC-16, but the authors say that “we pray that it will be a resource for Christians of all traditions; for those who are under persecution and also for those who support them.”The draft report outlines the global context through case studies from India, Nigeria, Malaysia, Syria, Sweden and the United States. It has separate chapters looking at scripture, tradition and reason, within which the report explores “how diverse theologies have resourced Christians under pressure through the centuries” and also considers “how people of other faiths have drawn on their own theological resources.” There is also a chapter focusing on worship.In the case study from Malaysia, the report says that the country’s traditional inclusive approach to religion changed in 2001 when the government declared that Islam was the state religion. “It is not just the non-Islamic minorities that feel persecuted, but also some of the more liberal Muslims,” the report says. “This has led to migration from the country; as the more open and academic Muslims have left the situation has become more extreme.”Insensitive activity by visiting missionaries is identified as a source of attacks on local Christians. “There are examples of churches being destroyed after missionaries, from other parts of India, have demonised Hinduism either through the testimonies of recent converts or through distributing pamphlets that demonise Hindu gods,” the report says. “The missionaries doing this then leave the area and don’t suffer any consequences themselves.”In Syria, the report says that “What was suffered under [Daesh] was horrible, but Muslim neighbours, betraying Christians to [them], was worse. The Nazarene sign, meaning a follower of Jesus of Nazareth, was put on houses. This meant the occupier could be killed and property taken; there is the need to start building trust again.”The report also looks at persecution in the West; and gives an example from Sweden. While acknowledging that Jews and Muslims face far more serious problems in the country because of “widespread anti-Semitism and Islamophobia”, it says that “If you are religious at all in Sweden, many people tend to think that you are a bit daft. This will mean that children can be bullied at school if they are openly Christian; not only by their peers, but sometimes even by teachers.“This, however, is slowly changing as more children with an immigrant background are proud to be Muslims or Christians, and the schools realize that they have to take religion more seriously.”The draft report has been published on the webpage for ACC-16. It is the third theological resource published by the Inter Faith Network of the Anglican Communion; after Generous Love: the truth of the Gospel and the call to Dialogue; and Land of Promise? an Anglican exploration of Christian attitudes to the Holy Land. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Job Listinglast_img read more

RIP: Former Mississippi Bishop Duncan M. Gray Jr. dies after…

first_img Rector Bath, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Job Listing [Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi] “Mississippi has lost one of its great leaders with the death of Duncan M. Gray Jr.,” said the Rt. Rev. Brian R. Seage, bishop of Mississippi.The Rt. Rev. Duncan Montgomery Gray Jr. was the seventh bishop of Mississippi, and died at his home in Jackson the morning of July 15. Gray served as bishop from 1974 through 1993.The funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, July 18, at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Jackson. Burial will be in Canton, Mississippi. Visitation with the Gray family begins on Monday, July 17 from 5-7 p.m. and Tuesday from 12 noon to 2 p.m.“He was a breath of fresh air at all times, especially during the turbulent moments in the civil rights era. The Episcopal Church is indebted to him for his courage, his leadership and vision,” said Seage.Gray, born Sept. 21, 1926, was ordained by his father, the Rt. Rev. Duncan Montgomery Gray Sr., fifth bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, in 1953. During Gray’s years of parish ministry, 1953-1974, he served at the following parishes: Calvary, Cleveland and Grace Church, Rosedale; St. Peter’s, Oxford; and St. Paul’s, Meridian.It was while serving St. Paul’s that Gray was elected bishop coadjutor when a special council was reconvened at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Jackson on March 9, 1974. Gray was elected on the fifth ballot and his consecration took place on May 1 of that same year at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, with then Presiding Bishop John Hines as the chief consecrator. Presiding Bishop-elect John Maury Allin, still bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, was a co-consecrator.Gray Jr. believed a bishop’s role “is to be a pastor to the people within his diocese, both clerical and lay … all duties, from ordination to the most mundane of administrative details, need to be carried out in a pastoral manner; in a manner reflecting a creative concern for all persons affected or involved,” wrote Gray in a research and recommendation committee questionnaire in 1974.“His life and ministry have been concurrent with Mississippi’s struggles to bring about reconciliation, equality and justice for all races. He was on the front line of many of those struggles accompanied by his wife, Ruthie,” said Seage.Gray Jr. was also a strong supporter of women in ordained ministry as well as making sure that laywomen were allowed to serve on vestries and diocesan committees.Gray Jr. was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ruthie. They are survived by sons, Duncan and Lloyd, and daughters Anne and Catherine, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Clergy and bishops are invited to vest and process at the funeral on Tuesday.— The Rev. Scott Lenoir is the editor of The Mississippi Episcopalian. Tags 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 People Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Comments are closed. 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Chicago’s St. James Episcopal Cathedral appoints Dent Davidson missioner for…

first_img Rector Knoxville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Tags Rector Bath, NC [St. James Cathedral, Chicago] St. James Cathedral announced today the appointment of Dent Davidson as half-time missioner for music and liturgy, effective January 1, 2018. Davidson will serve St. James alongside his ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago as associate for liturgy and the arts. Davidson also serves as music chaplain to the Episcopal Church House of Bishops.“The Cathedral Chapter is enormously excited at being able to call Dent Davidson to work with us as we expand our liturgical offerings,” said Dean Dominic Barrington. “I have been inspired by Dent’s vision for music and liturgy since I arrived in Chicago, and it is a source of joy for me that we will be able to bring his gifts to the cathedral community.”Cathedral Director of Music Stephen Buzard concurred. “I am thrilled to welcome Dent Davidson to St. James’ music team. Our collaborations on diocesan liturgies have given me a glimpse of what we can achieve through an ongoing partnership. I look forward to our building upon the firm foundation of our musical heritage to reach a wider audience of potential seekers,” Buzard said.Davidson said of the appointment: “Over the last decade my vocation has focused on developing the gift of song as a component of congregational vitality. It’s all about transforming lives and changing hearts. I’m delighted to join with Stephen and Dominic and the rest of the cathedral team, to enhance the scope of St. James’ ministry throughout the diocese and its outreach to the wider church.”A professional church musician since his teens, Davidson’s prior responsibilities include leading music ministry at St. Paul and the Redeemer Episcopal Church, Chicago; St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Medina, Wash.; and St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle. Davidson earned a degree in music composition and vocal jazz at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle.St. James Cathedral is a vibrant and historic Episcopal church in the heart of Chicago. The congregation draws members from our downtown neighborhood, across the city, and from the Chicago suburbs. Our diversity also extends to our worship, which balances traditional liturgy with progressive, theologically grounded preaching which fully embraces all people into the body of Christ regardless of age, ethnicity, expression, orientation, or background. We seek to engage with our communities by listening to our neighbors, serving those in need, and asking challenging and culturally relevant questions about faith, identity, and experience. As the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, St. James is the site of diocesan-wide events and celebrations. 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