LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Toby (Booth, Assistant Academy Manager at the time) and I could see straight away how determined he was to achieve. That determination has stood him in good stead and under Toby’s continued tutelage, Alex has gone on to develop into one of the best front rows in Aviva Premiership Rugby and now at just 22 years of age gets his opportunity on the international stage. “The front row is a tough area to break into and Alex has learned from some very good players at Irish, but he has been part of successful Irish team domestically and in Europe, as well as playing consistently well in the England under 20s and Saxons. I am sure Alex will grasp the opportunity with both hands and it’s a chance he richly deserves.” “I told him you are only an injury away from starting and you have got to be ready. He’s strong, fit and he can play at this level. He’s played against some of the best props in the world in the Premiership.”Corin Palmer is Premiership Rugby’s Head of Academies and Development and has just concluded the review of the academy structure that has informed the new collaborative academy agreement between the RFU and the clubs. Corin was Academy Manager at London Irish from 2001 to 2006 and has watched Corbisiero develop. Palmer said, “It is always gratifying to see someone come into an academy set up as a young player and a young man and go on to realise their potential and play international rugby. “Alex was one of a group of highly talented young players in that group; Delon Armitage, Matt Banahan, Shane Geraghty, Nick Kennedy, Topsy Ojo and David Paice, all of whom have gone on to represent England. London Irish’s New York-born prop Alex Corbisiero replaces loosehead Andrew Sheridan, who has pulled out with a back injury, in England’s starting line-up against Italy. The uncapped Corbisiero, 22, trained with England at Twickenham this morning having spent two days in the camp earlier this week as an injury replacement for Tim Payne (London Wasps).A former IRB Junior World Championship finalist, he played for England Saxons in the 2010 Churchill Cup and against Italy A and Ireland A earlier this year.England Team Manager Martin Johnson said: “Sheri has progressed a bit this morning but not enough and we made the call that Alex is starting.“We have no qualms putting him in there at loose head and starting. David covers loose-head from the bench but Alex has more experience there.“We trust all the squad to play. I had the conversation with Alex as we walked off the field on Tuesday. He was saying ‘thanks for having me in’.
Speaking ahead of the match, Cardiff Blues Director of Rugby, David Young, said, “The Dragons try to play a more expansive game than maybe they have done previously but we have also got to respect the ball and not get turned over. That will be huge for us.”“They have a tremendous attitude and really work for each other and we’ve got to match that.” We have to match their hunger and desire, but I believe we have the quality, which I think will be the difference. However, we can’t underestimate how important attitude is.”“We’ve won three more games that the other teams fighting for the play off places, which is great, but we would like to win with more style. The performances aren’t what I would like them to be, but we have had the results which is the most important thing.” Cardiff Blues starting XV:15 Dan Fish14 Chris Czekaj13 Casey Laulala12 Jamie Roberts11 Tom James10 Dan Parks9 Richie Rees8 Xavier Rush7 Sam Warburton / Ben White6 Michael Paterson5 Paul Tito (c)4 Bradley Davies3 Taufa’ao Filise2 Gareth Williams1 John Yapp CARDIFF, WALES – JANUARY 29: Blues fullback Dan Fish in action during the LV Anglo Welsh Cup match between Cardiff Blues and Ospreys at Cardiff City Stadium on January 29, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Fullback Dan FishDan Fish will play at fullback for the Blues when they take on the Dragons on Friday 29 April, 4.05pm kick off, in the crucial Magners League matchFish comes in at Fullback with Chris Czekaj moving to the Wing in place of the Leigh Halfpenny who picked up and ankle injury in the win over Treviso. Halfpenny is expected to miss the remaining matches of the regular season.The Blues travel to Rodney Parade knowing that a victory would guarantee them a top four finish; deny Scarlets a Play-Off spot and end Ospreys hopes of retaining their title. Any other result would see the make up of the remaining three Play-Off places go down to the last round of games.The Blues require a win by a margin of more than nine points and also obtain a try bonus point if they are to displace Leinster in 2nd place in the league table going into the last round of fixtures.The Blues have lost just once on the road in the competition since December: 13-32 at Ulster on 25 February and have won their last eight clashes with Dragons since the Men from Gwent were victorious 14-13 at Rodney Parade on 27 December 2006.Newport Gwent Dragons’ two game winning run in the Magners League came to a halt against Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Friday. Dragons have lost just one of their last seven league matches played at Rodney Parade since September: 16-26 to Leinster on 27 March.The Dragons may no longer be able to make the Magners League Play-Offs themselves, but they hold the destiny of the other Welsh Regions in their hands, as the play both the third and fourth placed teams, Cardiff Blues and Ulster, before the end of the season, and the results of those matches will have an impact on Scarlets and Ospreys chances of claiming a top four spot. Replacements:16 Rhys Williams, 17 Sam Hobbs, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Deiniol Jones, 20 Ma’ama Molitika, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Ceri Sweeney, 23 Dafydd HewittInjury ListAndries Pretorius – KneeLeigh Halfpenny – AnkleRichard Mustoe – GroinT Rhys Thomas – HipBen Blair – KneeJames Down – FootGethin Jenkins – ToeTom Davies – Calf
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Bernard Laporte is set to bid for FFR presidency after France’s disastrous World Cup campaign Down and out: France players look dejected as they exit the World Cup. Photo: Getty Images Laporte versus Camou. The winner of the power struggle will be either the saviour of French rugby, or its slayer.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. And to think English rugby has a few rocky weeks in store as the RFU’s World Cup review panel sifts through the rubble of their disastrous campaign. It will be mild compared to what’s brewing across the Channel because the next 12 months promise to be the stormiest in France’s history.A battle for the soul of French rugby is underway between the old conservative guard, led by Pierre Camou, the 70-year-old president of the Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR), and the revolutionary guard, headed by Toulon director of rugby Bernard Laporte, 20 years his junior.Camou has been in the post since 2008, a period which has witnessed unprecedented failure for the national team, culminating in Saturday’s record defeat by New Zealand. France have been playing Tests for 109 years but never in 723 matches have they conceded as many as 62 points.Heading home: FFR president Pierre Camou boards the team bus in Wales. Photo: Getty ImagesYet Camou appears to believe these failings have nothing to do with his presidency. Indeed, the noises coming from the FFR suggest he will stand for a third term in December 2016, despite an earlier understanding he would not.It was Camou and his cronies who earlier this year appointed the 61-year-old Guy Noves as the next France coach, a poor choice given his age, his reputation as a difficult character and the fact he’s overseen a dramatic slump in Toulouse’s fortunes during several years.It’s been alleged that the selection process for the new coach was a sham, and that far from studying the candidatures of several prominent applicants – including Fabien Galthie and Raphael Ibanez – it was always the intention of the FFR to appoint Noves; in effect, in recognition of services rendered to Toulouse.Now it emerges that Noves might not be in his position for long. According to an astonishing disclosure in Monday’s Midi Olympique, if Laporte wins the presidency he “will very rapidly terminate Guy Noves’s mandate at the head of the French XV, certainly without waiting until the end of the 2017 Six Nations”.Only highlight: Louis Picamoles scores in France’s heavy defeat by NZ. Photo: Getty ImagesThat incendiary information was provided to Midi Olympique “off the record” but it’s entirely credible. Laporte and Noves are not the best of friends. When the former Toulouse coach was named as Philippe Saint-Andre’s successor, Laporte recalled the lack of cooperation he’d received from Noves while coach of France. “He often barred the path of selectors and we couldn’t go to Toulouse to watch training sessions,” said Laporte. “One shouldn’t forget that.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS But will Laporte triumph in next year’s election? His stock has certainly risen given the calamity of France’s World Cup campaign. It’s difficult to convey the depths of the despondency in France right now. Just about everyone involved in the sport recognises that a fundamental change is required in the way rugby is coached, structured and managed if France isn’t to slip irredeemably into the second tier of world rugby.And Laporte represents the face of that change. “My first objective is to restore the democracy in our sport,” he declared in August, when officially declaring his candidature for the presidency. “I am for new ideas carried by new people.” He is also for greater accountability and transparency within the FFR, an organisation that he has likened in the past to a “dictatorship”.Laporte is also desperate to decentralise the powers invested in the FFR, and that includes the election procedure for the presidency. At the moment it is all weighted in favour of the incumbent. Individual clubs don’t vote, instead it’s the rugby chiefs of the Department (similar to English counties), who cast the final vote. Many of these chiefs are on very good terms with Camou, as seen by his winning 89% of the vote when elected for a second term in 2012.Power play: Toulon DoR Bernard Laporte plans to bid for FFR presidency. Photo: Getty ImagesAware of this network of old-boy self-interest, Laporte advised Camou in August he should not seek a third term next year because it would convey the impression he and his cronies “don’t want to leave their posts”. A week after Laporte’s comments, a story broke in the French press linking Toulon to a doping scandal. The club president, Mourad Boudjellal, furiously rejected the allegations, telling reporters: “There are people who might have an interest in sullying us.”It wasn’t hard to work out who he meant.Camou looks determined to cling to power, while simultaneously distancing himself from the failings of the national team. A French rugby journalist told me that the FFR president was invited into the television studio on Sunday; as the head of the sport surely he would want to explain to the nation’s rugby followers (12m of whom tuned in for the quarter-final) what has gone wrong and how it can be fixed. “He refused,” explained the journalist. “He is running away from his responsibilities and in doing so he is ruining French rugby.”
Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Take a look at what Warren Gatland’s tourists will be wearing in South Africa next year 2021 British & Irish Lions shirt revealedThe 2021 British & Irish Lions shirt has been revealed.The tour to South Africa is less than a year away and we now know what Warren Gatland’s squad will be wearing when they take on the world champions.Canterbury describe the new jersey as one that “celebrates the journey a player must undergo to reach the very top of the game, as well as those who have helped them get there”.The main body of the Pro jersey is made from 100% recycled polyester, which makes it the Lions’ most sustainable ever. The red shirt also has a graphic design on the shoulders featuring a multitude of individual pieces that come together to form the image of a lion. Head coach Gatland said: “The jersey looks awesome and I think Lions supporters, as well as the players, are going to love it too. Canterbury, as we have become accustomed to, have done a great job yet again.“Some of the best experiences I’ve had as a Lions coach have been looking out across a stadium ahead of a match and seeing a ‘Sea of Red’ Lions jerseys. Literally entire stands turned red; it’s an incredible thing to witness and creates an atmosphere that is truly unique to the Lions.”Red alert: The 2021 British & Irish Lions shirt (Canterbury)The Pro jersey costs £75 (adults) and £55 (junior) and is available now from canterbury.comCanterbury has also launched the largest-ever range of Lions’ training and off-field supporter wear, with a total of 112 items. This includes three times as many women’s products than previously and its biggest-ever junior range.Take a look at the best of the British & Irish Lions range here.
Worth the wait! Scotland are the winners of the 2021 #CalcuttaCup #GuinnessSixNations #ENGvSCO pic.twitter.com/HXIv5YrLtk— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 6, 2021In the coming days we will see hefty criticism levelled at England’s attack (or lack thereof). Centre Ollie Lawrence made his first carry of the game on 62 minutes while wideout Anthony Watson made his first on 58 minutes. Does that speak of the attacking endeavour we all hoped for from the reigning Six Nations champions?Scotland played at a pace from the get-go, with debutant centre Redpath undaunted and even coming away with a crucial turnover in the second half. Skipper Stuart Hogg kicked with precision and distance while the team’s defence was brutal all match.Hogg told ITV Sport: “It’s amazing for us, we believed in each other and to a man deserved it. We got excited during the week, we knew we could put in a performance. If we got everything right, we stood a chance of winning.“We stood firm defensively, and that was the winning of the game. We went for multi-phase and caused England problems. We are not going to get too far ahead, enjoy this and then onto Wales next week.” Calcutta heroes: Scotland celebrate their win (Getty Images) Scotland win Calcutta Cup at TwickenhamA generation of Scots finally got to feel it – a sensation from 38 calendars ago. Scotland beat their great rivals England at Twickenham for the first time since 1983.On the 150th anniversary of these two first doing battle, Scotland came to town and claimed an 11-6 victory.It was a triumph founded as much on savviness as it was ferocity. England struggled with their discipline all match long and let in a Duhan van der Merwe try when they were down to 14 men after a Billy Vunipola yellow card, and England did get half their points while Finn Russell was in the sin-bin for an attempted trip. Duhan Van Der Merwe showing some serious power to get over the line @Scotlandteam #GuinnessSixNations #ENGvSCO pic.twitter.com/QSc7fQZ7up— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 6, 2021But when it was a full compliment of players on the field, it looked like Scotland had the much better gameplan – and delivered it better.Indeed, when Russell came back onto the field eight minutes into the second half and kicked a penalty to make it 11-6, that was it for point-scoring, and the visitors knucled down to see out the result.Immediately after the match Eddie Jones made it clear that he took responsibility for not preparing his charges well enough. He also saw his team as second best in a number of departments and he reiterated several times that in the first half alone, England enjoyed just 25% possession.This was only Scotland’s fourth win in an opening match in the Six Nations era. And it was their first of those opening wins away from Murrayfield. It’s been 38 long years, but Scotland finally won at Twickenham The latest issue of Rugby World magazine – a Six Nations special – is in shops now. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The great shame of it all is that no Scotland fans can say “I was there”… But that will not dampen the sense of jubilation one bit.While none of these Scotland players had won at Twickenham before, it was debutants Cameron Redpath and David Cherry who had the honour of lifting the Calcutta Cup. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
TAGS: Book Review England celebrate a try during the Six Nations, a tournament they have won 29 times outright (Inpho) It’s 150 years since England took part in the first rugby Test Match. To celebrate their sesquicentennial, there’s a new book out charting the fortunes of the Red Rose nation Happy 150 – the rich history of English rugbyIt’s a landmark year for England and Scotland because 27 March signalled 150 years to the day since the countries contested the first rugby International ever played.Raeburn Place, home of Edinburgh Accies, hosted the two 20-man teams, the Scots winning by a goal and a try to a try in front of 4,000 spectators. The participants that day – England’s side contained 11 old boys of Rugby School – cannot possibly have conceived of what had they started, with the sport now played by more than 8 million people across the globe.While the SRU marked the anniversary with a wide range of digital initiatives, the RFU have produced a splendid history book, England Rugby 1871-2021: 150 Years, in conjunction with distinguished publishers Vision Sports Publishing.BUY NOW with AmazonWritten by Phil McGowan and Richard Steele, respectively curator and researcher at the World Rugby Museum, the lavishly illustrated ‘coffee table’ book is impeccably presented and leans on a bibliography of around 200 previous works.Jess Breach takes a selfie as her England team-mates pose with the 2021 Six Nations trophy (RFU/Getty)There is a welcome message from RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney, whose eclectic club CV comprises Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Rosslyn Park and Weybridge Vandals.It’s amusing to think that the average age of those at the inaugural RFU meeting in 1871 was just 23, and that many selected themselves to face Scotland. Blackheath’s Fred Stokes was 20 when he captained England in the famous match and 24 when he became RFU president!His brother Lennard was England’s first ‘star’ player and held the country’s conversions record for 100 years. There is a profile of him in the book, as too with a host of legendary names from across the eras.They include England’s first two Grand Slam-winning captains from 1913 and 1914, both of whom died in world wars. Norman Wodehouse drowned after his ship was sunk by a U-boat in 1941 while Ronnie Poulton-Palmer was killed by a sniper in 1915, three weeks after playing his final game of rugby in Nieppe on the French-Belgian border. Soil from Twickenham lies at his grave in Belgium, placed there by World Rugby Museum ambassador Lewis Moody.The Core Values sculpture, unveiled in June 2010, is a popular meeting point at Twickenham (Getty)The poignancy associated with conflict is a strong theme of the book. In 2015, the World Rugby Museum staged an exhibition in tribute to the 27 England internationals and many more from other nations who died in the Great War. It featured the painting Forever England that depicts the 1914 England side that clinched the Grand Slam in Paris. Six of the side didn’t return from the war and are identified by darkened roses on their jerseys.There is a panel explaining the history of the rose emblem – in the early days, players bought their own and sewed them onto the jersey. The panels crop up throughout the book and cover everything from how the Calcutta Cup came about, dual cricket/rugby internationals, referees, siblings, the sculptures and memorial gates at Twickenham, and the history of England & Wales v Scotland & Ireland matches.Younger readers may be unaware that the home unions used to pair up for centenary games. The last such occasion was 1980, when England & Wales beat Scotland & Ireland 37-33 with the help of Bill Beaumont’s only international try. Watch highlights of the match below.Rows and divisions were as much a part of the rugby landscape in the early days as in the modern era. There was the contentious try in the 1884 England-Scotland match that led to Scotland cancelling the next fixture. And another controversial moment occurred against the 1888-89 New Zealand Natives, when England scored a try while the rest of the team were shielding AE Stoddart as he put his shorts on. The visitors were so incensed when it was awarded that three of them walked off the field.A spread from the book on the NZ Natives game. The painting depicts the 1886 Scotland v England matchThe Great Schism – the north-south rift that led to the start of rugby league – is covered in depth, of course. It’s interesting to note that Yorkshire (seven) and Lancashire (one) won the first eight editions of the County Championship, and that the England team that thrashed Wales in 1892 contained 11 northerners. That year England won the Triple Crown without conceding a point – the only time that has happened.There is a treasure trove of photographs in the book, a particular favourite being the sea of people packing the completed two-tier West Stand in 1927 as they watched a match. So many faces and so many hats! Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Twickenham had opened in 1909, with a Harlequins-Richmond fixture. Eighty-two years later, Chris Hewett, at that stage still to become an award-winning rugby journalist, found himself ticketless as he contemplated how to get into the 1991 England-France Grand Slam decider. The answer? He took advantage of “an elderly turnstile operator who was too engrossed in his bacon sandwich to notice that the ‘ticket’ produced for the briefest of inspections was in fact a packet of seeds. A variety of garden pea rings a distant bell”.Other notable rugby journalists, among them Rugby World editor Sarah Mockford, have provided essays on topics such as the England head coaches, the impact of professionalism, and England’s most capped players, Rocky Clark and Jason Leonard.Leonard, incidentally, is in elite company: Ronald Cove-Smith, Dave Davies, Cyril Lowe and the current Lions chairman are the only English men’s players to win four Grand Slams.Related content: Jason Leonard’s Life in PicturesJason Leonard passes during an England training session in Perth at the 2003 World Cup (Getty Images)As the book wends its way towards 2021, there’s a bundle of content on the women’s game that took root in 1984 through some enterprising students at University College London. The first women’s International, GB v France at Richmond, took place two years later and 1987 saw England’s first women’s match, a 22-4 win over Wales in Pontypool.Their World Cup victories of 1994 and 2014 are given suitable billing, so too the men’s triumph in 2003 when Sir Clive Woodward’s team racked up a 12th successive win against the southern hemisphere’s Big Three in the final against Australia.England’s finest hour – the 2003 World Cup win in Australia that made Jonny Wilkinson a household nameThere were shades of Barry John in Jonny Wilkinson’s aversion to the personal adulation that greeted him after his famous drop-goal. Somehow the reluctant hero was persuaded to appear on Michael Parkinson’s chat show. Parkinson later related how no one – not even one of Hollywood’s finest – ever received a standing ovation as thunderous as that given to Wilkinson as he descended the stairs on the TV set to be interviewed.As with the blizzard of player profiles, the World Cup finals and Grand Slam clinchers are given special prominence alongside other epic games like Obolensky’s match in 1936 and Sharp’s match in 1963.In February 2010, England played in sponsor-free heritage jerseys against Wales to mark 100 years since the first Test at Twickenham. England won 30-17, with two tries by James Haskell, in a match watched by 81,000 fans instead of the 20,000 from a century earlier.James Haskell hands off Gareth Cooper during the 2010 England-Wales match at Twickenham (Getty)Just as the stadium helped the national cause in World War Two, when it was used as a Civil Defence Depot, so it did again over the past 12 months, the West Car Park becoming an NHS national testing centre.The book ends with a list of every player to have represented England at senior level. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS BUY NOW with AmazonEngland Rugby 1871-2021: 150 Years is published by VSP, RRP £30. It makes a super addition to any discerning fan’s book collection. There is also a collectors’ edition signed by World Cup winners Martin Johnson and Katy Daley-Mclean that comes in a luxurious box (RRP £65).
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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Belleville, IL [Episcopal News Service] As I make my way through the season of Lent again this year, my thoughts return to a visit I made to Jerusalem in January. If I close my eyes I can summon in an instant the twisting labyrinth of streets in the Old City, its narrow thoroughfares crowded with orthodox Jews, robed Muslims, Israeli soldiers, and Christian pilgrims from around the world.In the midst of the crowds, the Via Dolorosa, the “Way of Sorrow,” marks the path followed by Jesus from the Roman judgment court to Golgotha. Was this the exact route taken by Jesus? Probably not, say historians. But as with so much in the Holy Land, exactitude is not the point. Jesus did walk through the city of Jerusalem on his way to be killed, and then, as now, the Old City was a bustling place, full of the heady aroma of spices, the playful antics of children, and the banter of shoppers. The everyday activities of the world did not stop for that tortured journey, and neither does the Old City keep quiet for the pilgrims who follow the Via Dolorosa today.On my own walk along the Via Dolorosa, I struggled to maintain a sense of reverence while dodging street carts and brushing off the enticements of eager merchants. Even after I reached the route’s end at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, I found myself distracted, for this church built on the site where Jesus is said to have been killed, entombed, and resurrected is one of the most curious holy sites I’ve ever visited. It’s not a church in the conventional sense, but rather a series of shrines. Inside its massive front door, visitors climb the stairs to Golgotha, a spot marked with a gilded and highly ornamented Greek Orthodox altar. Descending the stairs, they pass by the Stone of Unction, which commemorates the spot where Jesus’ dead body was anointed and wrapped for the grave, and then pass to the sepulchre itself.On the days I visited, the church was filled with people speaking languages from around the world. Amid the crowds, clergy members from various denominations bustled back and forth, immersed in a complicated set of rituals that didn’t seem to involve anyone but themselves. The lighting was subdued, making the flickering candles of the various shines even more evocative and mysterious. And at the center of the building was a long line of people standing in front of the sepulchre, patiently waiting to enter the tomb itself.The time-worn icons and shrines were impressive, but another part of the church appealed to me even more: a spare and unadorned room that held a somewhat-woebegone altar. To one side was the entrance to a small cave hewn out of rock. “According to tradition, this cave is the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea,” a guide had told me on my first visit to the church. “All the crowds go to the sepulchre, but I think this spot may well have been the place where Jesus’ body was laid.”A lamp burning in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. PHOTO/Lori EricksonI returned several times to that spot at the back of the church, not caring overmuch whether the guide’s surmise was true. It was quiet there, for one thing, the noise of the crowds in the main sanctuary nearly inaudible. And I was mesmerized by the small oil lamp that burned inside the cave, its light creating a halo of radiance in the darkness.As I journey through this year’s Lent, I am beginning to understand why the darkness of that cave spoke so urgently to my heart. Resurrection is far more likely to occur in a place like this than amid the noisy hubbub of crowds. Rebirth needs darkness and quiet. We need darkness and quiet, in this season of Lent most of all.Through this somber season, the memory of that small lamp has become my talisman. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it,” wrote the author of the Gospel of John. We still struggle to comprehend that mystery, do we not?— Lori Erickson writes about inner and outer journeys at www.spiritualtravels.info. She serves as a deacon at Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City, Iowa. 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This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Press Release The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Tampa, FL Por Onell A. SotoPosted Aug 7, 2012 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Events Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rapidísimas Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Press Release Service An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Bath, NC Submit an Event Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Smithfield, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 La agencia EFE informa que Tomás Gómez, secretario general del Partido Socialista de Madrid-PSOE, ha dicho que el gobierno del Partido Popular de Mariano Rajoy “está al servicio del Opus Dei” y piensa que habría que elevar a rango de ley para que personas que militan en “pseudosectas como el Opus Dei no puedan ocupar responsabilidades públicas”. Fundado en 1928 por el sacerdote Josemaría Escribá de Balaguer, el Opus Dei existe en 90 países y es criticado por elitismo, apoyo a gobiernos autoritarios y oposición al ministerio femenino. Un miembro de la organización contestó a Gómez diciendo: “Usted debería saber que, para ser humilde, es preciso ser veraz”.Intelectuales cubanos dentro y fuera de la isla han emitido un documento titulado “Por una Cuba mejor y posible” en el que hacen reclamos como la inmediata supresión de los permisos de entrada y salida del país, la eliminación del terrorismo, la violencia, la tortura, el acoso y la discriminación de cualquier tipo, y permitir el acceso masivo a la internet.François Hollande lleva dos meses como presidente de Francia. En este tiempo ha hecho o prometido reformas drásticas para disminuir el gasto público. Por ejemplo, ha suprimido los 2,3 millones de euros otorgados anualmente a la Iglesia Católica Romana para subsidiar su prestigioso sistema de educación. Ese dinero se empleará en la creación de cientos jardines infantiles y escuelas primarias que beneficiarán a las clases de bajos recursos. La Primera Dama, Valérie Trierweiler, hija de un minero, no está acostumbrada a lujos. Ella tiene tres hijos de dos matrimonios anteriores pero esta vez no se ha casado para probar el concubinato.A la baja popularidad de Laura Chinchilla, presidenta de Costa Rica, se une ahora el lamentable video de la subministra de Salud y Juventud, Karina Bolaños, en ropa interior, enviando un mensaje erótico a un amante. La presidenta ha sido criticada por dejarla cesante y no ayudarla en momentos de verdadera necesidad. La mayoría del pueblo “le tira la toalla” a Karina, según la prensa.Estela de Carlotto, líder de las Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo en Buenos Aires, ha dicho que “no se puede tener lástima, ni compasión” a los militares argentinos acusados de robar bebés durante la dictadura (1976-1983). La prensa informó que se han recuperado 105 niños de los 500 que fueron secuestrados. Carlotto padeció en carne propia la tragedia de ver familiares secuestrados y aún muertos.La Sociedad Misionera de la Iglesia (CMS), una de las agencias más antiguas de la Iglesia de Inglaterra (1799) ha nombrado a Philip Mounstephen, capellán de la Iglesia de San Miguel en Paris que sirve a inmigrantes de 40 naciones, como nuevo ejecutivo de la sociedad que tiene su sede en Londres. CMS envía misioneros a varias partes del mundo y provee medicinas y alimentos a países en desarrollo.El arzobispo anglicano sudafricano Desmond Tutu está luchando para despenalizar la homosexualidad a nivel mundial, recordando que se debe trabajar para que todas las “formas de amor y de compromiso” sean respetadas. Tutu dijo que las actuales leyes homofóbicas provocan una “terrible pérdida de potencial humano”.Dan Cathy, propietario de la popular cadena de comida rápida Chick-Fil-A ha liderado una campaña nacional contra los matrimonios del mismo sexo, diciendo que se opone a ellos basado en sus valores cristianos. Grupos homosexuales han respondido visitando sus restaurantes e intercambiando abrazos y besos. Cathy dijo recientemente que “estamos invitando el juicio de Dios sobre nuestra nación. Que Dios tenga compasión de la presente generación”.Por primera vez en 52 años se ha inaugurado un viaje humanitario semanal entre Miami y La Habana para llevar alimentos, medicinas y otras necesidades. El buque Ana Cecilia ya realizó su primer viaje a pesar de varias demoras burocráticas. Los envíos cumplen con los requisitos de las leyes de Estados Unidos, dijeron directivos del programa. Los usuarios tendrán que pagar $5.99 por cada libra que envíen.Durante la celebración de un culto evangélico en un barrio de João Pessoa, Brasil, llegó un joven huyendo de otro que lo perseguía. En medio de los presentes lo apuñaló sin que nadie pudiera salvarlo. Ambos tenían 16 años. La policía atribuyó el crimen a las drogas.Desde Asunción, Paraguay, Eva C. Wagner, lectora de El Nuevo Herald de Miami, se queja de que “las misas se han convertido en una ocasión para mostrar muslos, escotes o pantalones súper-ajustados que degradan la sacralidad de los templos”. Añadimos nosotros: lo mismo ocurre en otras denominaciones.VERDAD. Respete para que lo respeten. 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Shreveport, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ
An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Latin America Pbro. Lic. Alejandro Moralkes A.+ says: Archbishop of Canterbury, [Lambeth Palace press release] El Arzobispo de Canterbury, Justin Welby está visitando México los días 13 y 14 de Agosto por invitación del Revdmo. Francisco Manuel Moreno, Arzobispo de la Iglesia Anglicana de México y Obispo de la Diócesis del Norte. Esta visita es parte de una serie de visitas a los Primados de la Comunión Anglicana que el Arzobispo Justin hará durante sus primeros 18 meses como Arzobispo.A su llegada a Monterrey en el Norte de México, el Arzobispo Justin dijo:“Doy gracias a Dios por ésta oportunidad de visitar México, para ver algo de ésta gran nación y compartir el compañerismo con mis hermanos y hermanas de la Iglesia Anglicana de México. Felicito al Arzobispo Francisco Moreno al convertirse en su nuevo Primado y espero pasar tiempo con él y su pueblo”.“Siendo el primer Arzobispo de Canterbury que visita México, deseo expresar especial aprecio por el testimonio de Jesucristo de la Iglesia Anglicana de México, y de su participación en el testimonio de la comunión Anglicana como un todo en los retos globales tales como: seguridad alimentaria, desarrollo sustentable y cambio climático”.“Espero conocer a muchos de nuestros clérigos mexicanos y a muchas personas y ver el trabajo de la iglesia en acción entre aquellos más marginados por la pobreza e inseguridad”.Durante la visita del Arzobispo a México, predicará en la celebración de la Eucaristía en Monterrey, también visitará la Comunidad de “San Judas Tadeo” en Juárez, Nuevo León.El Arzobispo Justin está viajando con su esposa Caroline Welby. La visita a México concluye una visita de siete días a los Primados de la región, qué incluyó Guatemala y Barbados. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Posted Aug 13, 2013 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Comments are closed. Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Job Listing Press Release Service Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Press Release 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 El Arzobispo de Canterbury visita Mexico Rector Bath, NC Featured Jobs & Calls Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Albany, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Anglican Communion, Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK August 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm Gracias por la Visita del Arzobispo de Canterbury Su Gracia Justin Welby y su esposa, la Sra. Caroline Welby, a la Misión San Judas Tadeo de Cd. Benito Juarez ,N. L., México. Dios les proteja y ayude en su Ministerio en el Mundo. estarán siempre en nuestras Oraciones. Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID 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 Rector Martinsville, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Comments (1) Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Events Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Tags Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector Columbus, GA