Here comes the boom

first_imgThis will not end well…This video should come with some form of warning. Well here’s yours. This is a compilation of the some of the games most brutal tackles. Prepare yourself to be amazed or scared by the sheer force that is dished out on the pitch. Don’t say we didn’t warn you… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img

Hoani cooks up a storm

first_img Not just a talent on the pitchLife on the rugby pitch may be the key ingredient for all of Rob Baxter’s squad as they prepare for the new 2011/12 season, but off it Exeter Chiefs prop Hoani Tui has been cooking up a bit of a storm.The New Zealander has used the off season to not only bag some well earned rest and relaxation after a demanding first season in the Aviva Premiership, but he’s also took the opportunity to brush up on his love of cookery thanks to Michael Caines, one of Britain’s most acclaimed chefs.Under the watchful eye of Caines and his team of executive chefs, the 27-year-old forward has worked closely in conjunction with the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) to set up a number of days working in the kitchen at the Abode Restaurant in Exeter.It has, according to Tui, been a memorable experience and one which he hopes to continue well into the future.  He said: “I got involved with Michael and the Abode through the RPA. I know I am not always going to play professional rugby forever, so I thought I would check out something outside of playing and try something a bit different.“I spoke to Josh [Frape] from the RPA and he got me in touch with Michael and Julian Wilkinson, the general manager at the restaurant. There were a few discussions and they said I could come in and work. I’ve always been really interested in cooking and working with different foods, so it didn’t take long to get me in here.”Already Tui – who has previously played in New Zealand for Wellington and also Calvisano in Italy – has been hard at working helping to rustle up a number of scrum-ptious meals at the highly-rated and popular Devon venue.“I’ve learnt quite a bit already, especially the delicate touches to things,” said Tui. “Playing in the forwards it’s not quite like that, you have to work hard and graft and you’ve got to have a bit of roughness about you. But making little dishes like I have, you have to be able to show that little bit of finesse.”One man impressed by the efforts put in by the Chiefs man is Caines himself, who took time out of his busy schedule to work alongside Tui in the heat of the Abode kitchen. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Having himself overcome a number of challenges during a distinguished cooking career, Caines says: “At 25 I thought I was going to be invincible, but then I had a car accident and I lost one of my arms. It’s at times like that when you realise you are vulnerable and it’s the same for players – they can have a bad accident in training or in a game and that can be their careers over.“I think it’s great that rugby and the RPA are looking after their players and making them think about a trade for once they finish. A lot of guys can easily finish playing and then have to look to try and pick something up. At least with schemes like this they are thinking about the future and learning new skills.” “I think it’s great that Hoani has come in with us and that he has a genuine interest in food,” added Caines. “He’s been getting stuck in working with the guys on both morning and evening service, so he’s had a good introduction to what happens here.“Working with him you can see he’s not intimidated by the environment at all – he’s really enjoyed it. The guys here have said he’s cracked on really well and you can see he’s used to working within a team, which is what we are here in the kitchen. We’re a tight knit unit, so in a lot of ways there is quite a lot of symmetry between ourselves and the Chiefs.”A keen supporter of the Chiefs, Caines says he was impressed by what he saw from Tui and his team-mates last term and is confident they can again prosper amongst English rugby’s elite this season.“I go to watch the Chiefs when I can and I am heavily involved with the Exeter Foundation, which is the club’s official charity. The Chiefs did an awesome job in their first year and I think everybody has a lot more respect for Exeter now.“Last season they very nearly took some top scalps and they pushed some big, big teams close. They gave us a lot of good memories last season and they have a lot of talent and a lot of belief in the side, so it will be great to see how they get on next season.”Caines has also given his backing to the ideas of the RPA to get more players looking to their futures once their careers come to and end. EXETER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 04: Hoani Tui of Exeter attempts to get past Alex Brown of Gloucester during the AVIVA Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester played at Sandy Park Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)last_img read more

Lions 2013: Tour villains

first_imgWELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND: British and Irish Lions coach Clive Woodward (L) points out a dangerous tackle on Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll by New Zealand All Black captain Tana Umaga and Keven Mealamu, during a press conference in Wellington, 26 June 2005. O’Driscoll dislocated his shoulder and is out of the tour due to the tackle. The All Blacks defeated the British and Irish Lions 21-3 in Christchurch 25 June to take a 1-0 lead in the three Test series. AFP PHOTO/William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images) Evangelical Christian fly half Jaco van der Westhuyzen made an unlikely bid for acrimony on this tempestuous tour, taking on the mantle of chief wind-up merchant in a cheap-shot ridden midweek match for the Southern Kings. The former Leicester Tiger was also sin-binned for a cynical late hit on Riki Flutey.When the Test series rolled around though, the physicality intensified to a frankly intimidating level. Pocket battleship Heinrich Brussow and Bakkies Botha – on a personal crusade against Mike “blue eyes” Phillips – thrived, but abrasive flanker Schalk Burger crossed the line by gouging Luke Fitzgerald’s eyes at Pretoria. How only a yellow card resulted will forever be a mystery. He was later banned for eight weeks for his misdemeanour. Stepping over the line: Schalk Burger tackles Mike Phillips during the 2009 Series but he was later banned for gougingBy Charlie MorganTHE NAMES of yesteryear’s Lions heroes roll off the tongue with consummate ease. Way before the latest promotional offering, when they stepped aboard a galleon set sail for Australia, dressed in late-19th century attire, JPR Williams and Willie John McBride became synonymous with the British and Irish Lions.With any luck, a few Warren Gatland’s crew will be canonised over the next six weeks, too. But what of the hosts? When plotting a way past the trio of gnarled southern hemisphere giants, Sir Clive Woodward always used to call his imminent opposition “the bad guys”. And, at certain points, certain individuals lived up to that moniker perfectly.So without further ado, here is a run-down of the villains that have (dis)graced the past four tours.1997Motor-mouthed winger James Small warrants a mention here, if only on the basis that his appearances for Western Province and South Africa brought about priceless sledging matches. His main adversary John Bentley has dined out on the expletive-ridden exchanges ever since, not least because his dry Yorkshire wit produced the famous comeback: “You’re a bully. And bullies don’t like being bullied.”During a 64-14 battering for his side, though, Mpumalanga second row Marius Bosman shamefully entered the realms of thuggery by launching a horrific hack at Doddie Weir on the periphery of a ruck, he hyper-extended the left knee of his opposite number and sent the popular Scot packing with lacerated medial ligaments. Fly-on-the-wall footage of incensed team doctor James Robson breaking the bad news to Weir is gut-wrenching stuff.Red mist: Duncan McRae is sent off 2001 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Duncan McRae’s x-rated pummelling of Ronan O’Gara during a hot-tempered tussle against the Waratahs registers on any roll of ignominy, and lumbering lock Justin Harrison – immortally christened “plank” by Austin Healey – made such a fantastic anti-hero for Australia A and the Brumbies that he earned a victorious Wallaby debut in Sydney’s decider.But for an underhand act that altered the course of the series, Nathan Gray takes some beating. The Lions led 11-3 and looked rampant half and hour into the second Test when the abrasive centre sent a savage flying elbow into Richard Hill face. It ended the brilliant blindside’s trip and, from there, George Smith ran riot at the breakdown, allowing George Gregan to orchestrate a momentum-shifting rout.2005Demonising Dan Carter for derailing the siege on New Zealand with pure skill seems very unfair. Given the fly half’s sublime performances that emasculated the best of Britain and Ireland though, it is somewhat tempting. Carter’s haul of 44 points in the first two Tests definitely laid sturdy foundations for a humiliating “blackwash”, leaving the Lions faithful shell-shocked.However, there was the small matter of a double-spear tackle before that. Precisely 45 seconds into proceedings in the First Test, Keven Mealamu and Tana Umaga up-ended captain Brian O’Driscoll as he tried to counter-ruck, dropping the Irish skipper onto his shoulder. Screams of pain were audible to television viewers thanks to the microphone of referee Joel Jutge, but the Kiwi pair were never punished and BOD was out of the tour.The evidence: Sir Clive Woodward points at foul play2009last_img read more

Lions 2013: 5 Things We’ve Learned. Australia v Lions – First Test

first_imgIt’s hard not to be impressed by the Wallabies performance against the Lions. They have had no warm-up matches and are missing three of the best backrow forwards in Super Rugby – David Pocock, Scott Higginbotham and George Smith. The best outside half in Australia, Quade Cooper, has been excluded from the squad and their coach Robbie Deans is under enormous pressure. This was all before the whistle has blown. When it did blow, they proceeded to have three players stretchered off and then had to play 34 minutes with an open-side flanker at inside-centre.Such is the Wallabies’ bad luck that I can only presume one of their training drills involves shuttle runs underneath a series of ladders. Yet despite all of this, they nearly, and probably should have – won. However, that’s where the congratulations and empathy ends. In my view, James Horwill’s stamp on Alun-Wyn Jones’ face was unbecoming of a test captain and we will soon find out if he is to be banned. Decisive try: Alex Cuthbert scorched through the Australian defensive line for what turned out to be the winning scoreBy Paul WilliamsPerfect start – if not a perfect performanceTHE LIONS secured an agonisingly narrow, but vitally important 23-21 win in the opening test against the Wallabies. It was a game full of heart-stopping drama which ended Warren Gatland’s cursed run against the Australians. The previously unreliable lineout functioned at a 100% and produced safe, if not quick, front and middle ball. The scrum, in the first half, was dominant and after conceding an initial free kick for a twitchy early-engage, yielded quality possession and valuable penalties. The Lions completed 93% of their tackles and George North delivered a ‘Man of the Series’ performance. Barring a defensive slip up, against the mesmerising Israel Folau, Jonathan Sexton offered test level game control and Leigh Halfpenny’s boot continues to produce arguably the finest goal-kicking display in Lions’ history.However, whilst the win will have calmed Gatland’s nerves, the manner of the victory won’t. The Wallabies’ ruck defence nullified Mike Phillips. The replacement props significantly weakened the Lions’ scrummage – Adam Jones and Alex Corbisiero must play 65 minutes next week. Plus, this tighest of winning margins occurred against a team with three players stretchered off, an open-side playing at centre and a goal-kicking percentage of 44% – they won’t kick that badly next week. They can’t afford to. But the niggly negatives should not overshadow the major positive – the Lions are 1-0 up and halfway to winning their first series in 16 years.On fire: North terrified the WallabiesGeorge North. UnplayableGeorge North’s contribution to the Lions was breathtaking. His try in the 25th minute was a text book example of 20 metre acceleration, exquisite lateral movement and a physique that creates enough inertia, in contact, to tilt a planet off its axis. Some have pointed to North’s try being the result of a missed tackle from Berrick Barnes – however there is a difference between missing a tackle and not making one in the first place.But whilst North’s try will undoubtedly rank as one of the all-time Lions’ greats, other aspects of his game were equally impressive. North’s defensive work was invaluable. His tackle on Digby Ioane – I say ‘tackle’, he lifted him in the air like a father scooping his three- year-old out of the bath – created a maul and led to a valuable Lions’ scrum in the Wallabies’ 22. Northern Hemisphere supporters have long known that North is one of the finest players in the game – now the rest of the world does too.Breakdown interpretation LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The manner in which the breakdown was refereed on Saturday had a huge impact on the first test – it also affected the perceived performance of both back-rows. The exacting standards to which players were required to support their body weight when ‘jackaling’ the ball made it impossible to affect a turnover. Whilst nobody wants the breakdown being contested to the point where it slows the game unnecessarily – ‘jackaling’ is and must remain a part of the game.Not allowing players to compete at the breakdown affects the game-plan and ultimately team selection – why pick a genuine open-side to arrive at breakdown first if he can’t do anything when he arrives? Many will argue that players should adapt to the referee, and to a certain extent that is correct, however you can’t expect players to completely alter the body angles that they have used all season on the whim of one man. Unfair for players. Unfair for supporters.Explosive: Folau shone on debutMike Phillips shutdownA quick gander at the boxes of the Wallabies’ analysis DVDs would surely reveal Mike Phillips’ name along the majority of the spines – they had clearly analysed his game. The Wallabies regularly used their first and second guards to dive straight out of the ruck defence and shut down the space in which Phillip’s chooses to run his ‘arc’ along the base of the ruck.Usually one of the Lion’s top ball carriers, the Wallabies’ ruck defence reduced Mike Phillips to just 26 metres with the ball – the second lowest in the Lions’ backline. As a result Phillips was often scragged in the narrow channels or forced into rushed box kicks. This isn’t to say that Phillips had a very poor game, but the Lions will need to figure out the Wallabies ruck defence if he is to excel in the second Test.Congratulations to the Wallabies BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 22: Israel Folau of the Wallabies makes a break to score a try during the First Test match between the Australian Wallabies and the British & Irish Lions at Suncorp Stadium on June 22, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) last_img read more

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_imgWe look at the heroes and villains from a truly memorable weekend of rugby The SaintsFinal flourishThere are some people who still don’t like to see playoffs decide league titles, but without them we wouldn’t have dramatic occasions like Saturday’s Aviva Premiership rugby final to enjoy.The players from Northampton and Saracens ran, tackled and passed themselves to an absolute standstill over the course of 100 minutes-plus, in an effort to become champions of England.It was an epic, nail-biting, brutal encounter. Big hits, gliding runs, deft passes, superb kicks, and so, so much tension – this game had everything. The balance of power swung from one team to another, and back, and the drama lasted to the very last nano-second.Standout performers included George North, Ken Pisi, Courtney Lawes, Stephen Myler, Schalk Britz and his buddies in the tremendous Saracens tight five.It was breath-taking stuff and while it left the players needing a good holiday, it left the supporters wishing next season started tomorrow.Hape’s horror storyFormer England centre Shontayne Hape set out to right one of rugby’s biggest wrongs this weekend, by giving a shocking and brutally frank interview to the New Zealand Herald about the brain injury he has suffered by playing the game.Forced to retire because of the repeated concussions he suffered in a career that took him from rugby league in New Zealand to union with London Irish, Montpellier and England, Hape describes the symptoms that he still endures every day and his uncertain future.Hape is telling his story to try to warn other players, especially young ones, that concussions have to be taken more seriously. He also wants rugby’s authorities to sit up and take notice once and for all, and to stop turning a blind eye as players are pressured into playing on when they absolutely should not be.He takes some of the blame upon himself, admitting he hid the severity of his problems from the coaches at Montpellier for a long time. “In the back of your mind you are aware of the dangers, but you are paid to get out there and play and you want to play. You never think anything bad is going to happen to you. So you just do it,” Hape says.However, he is also highly critical of the club officials who put their own short-term interests before a player’s welfare. “There was constant pressure from the coaches. Most coaches don’t care about what happens later on in your life. It is about the here and now. Everyone wants success.“Players are just pieces of meat. When the meat gets too old and past its use-by date, the club just buys some more. You get meat that’s bruised or damaged, the club goes and buys some more.”When a specialist told Hape he had to retire immediately, Montpellier said they would rest him for a couple of months and see how he was. It is time rugby put a stop to such insensitive and short-sighted behaviour. Hopefully Hape’s brave stance will help that to happen. Read his article here.Home run: Leo Cullen helped Leinster add another trophy to their collection on SaturdayLeo the leaderHe has played 219 games for Leinster and led them to a trio of Heinken Cups, so it was entirely fitting that Leo Cullen helped the province win their second successive RaboDirect Pro 12 title in his final match before retirement.He didn’t attract the same amount of wider attention as his fellow-retiree and team-mate Brian O’Driscoll, but among the Leinster players and fans Cullen is as well-loved as the super centre and will be missed just as much, if not more.Having battled away at the heart of the Leinster engine room for 14 seasons, Cullen will go down in history as one of the province’s great servants.Young gunsA couple of young British players grabbed the headlines on the opening day of the Junior World Championship. Wales wing Dafydd Howells took just seven seconds to score the opening try of the tournament in New Zealand, and his team went on to beat Fiji 48-19.England U20s also enjoyed a big win, as they trounced Italy 63-3 and wing Nathan Earle topped the try-scorers’ list for the men in white, with a hat-trick. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Caught shortThe final sinner is Jamie Heaslip’s new haircut. I can say no more!The final cut: Jamie Heaslip tries out a new look for the RaboDirect Pro 12 final The SinnersLast legsJonny Wilkinson glided into retirement on Saturday night with a Top 14 champion’s medal to balance the Heineken Cup winner’s one he pocketed last week. He kicked 15 of Toulon’s 18 points in their win over Castres and had the gloriously noisy and joyful send-off he deserved.Unfortunately, Brian O’Driscoll wasn’t able to relish his own swansong quite so much as he was let down by his own injured calf, or by his script-writer, if you prefer.Unhappy ending: Brian O’Driscoll limps off the pitch after his leg spoiled his Leinster leaving partyHis Leinster team-mates ensured this outstanding Irish hero finished his glittering career as a RaboDirect Pro 12 champion, as they played on without him and beat Glasgow Warriors 34-12 in the final in O’Driscoll’s native Dublin, but the man himself lasted just nine minutes of the match before he was forced to limp off.O’Driscoll still lifted the trophy, alongside Leo Cullen, and enjoyed the moment of victory with his closest rugby friends, but he deserved to play a bigger part in the game. It has been a pleasure, an honour, to watch you Brian, and it’s a great shame your final scene turned out to be a cameo role. Your battered body finally let you down.Official verdictReferee JP Doyle and his team of match officials did plenty right during the Aviva Premiership final, but the events surrounding Owen Farrell’s disallowed try were so confused and controversial that they undid a lot of their good work in those few, extraordinary minutes.Farrell touched down after 61 minutes, seemingly bringing Saracens right back into the game as they had been trailing 14-9. The first howler from the officials was the fact that neither Doyle, nor assistant referee Paul Dix spotted Alex Goode’s forward pass in the build-up. They didn’t even think there was enough doubt to ask the television match official to take a look. Doyle awarded the try and if Farrell had not then needed treatment for a leg injury he inflicted upon himself in his celebration, he would have kicked the conversion and the game would have continued.Instead, there was time for several replays to be shown on the big screen at Twickenham and after seeing the forward pass, TMO Graham Hughes told Doyle he should have a rethink.I don’t ever recall a TMO taking such action when a try had already been given and it is questionable whether it is within his remit. Nevertheless, Doyle and Hughes then reviewed the try, disallowed it and Saracens took another 12 minutes to score the try which ultimately took the game to extra time.Erase and rewind: JP Doyle watches a replay on the big screen at TwickenhamSaracens officials and fans were incensed by Doyle’s about turn, and about the fact that Luther Burrell threw what looked like a forward pass during the build-up to a Northampton try but that was not reviewed.The protocols surrounding the use of the TMO have become increasingly confused this season, with their wider remit leading to a feeling there is nothing they can’t do. I am all in favour of using technology to ensure the right decision is taken, but there is now too much inconsistency in the way the replays are used from match to match. Before the start of next season, the powers that be and the match officials need to sort out what is and isn’t allowed and then make that clear to everyone involved in the game, so we don’t have a repeat of Saturday’s chaos.Led astrayWith extra time all but over, Saracens led Northampton 20-17 and looked set to be crowned Aviva Premiership champions. However, the Saints were attacking and because they had scored two tries to Saracens’ one during the game, they only needed a penalty or a drop-goal to tie the scores, and they would have won the trophy.Amazingly, it seemed like Northampton skipper Tom Wood and the half-backs, Lee Dickson and Stephen Myler, didn’t know this, as they went through phase after phase in their efforts to cross the Saracens’ try-line. Yes, they manufactured a try for Alex Waller in the end, and so won the game 24-20, but the TMO had to take a long, hard look before giving the try as he barely reached the line under a pile of bodies. What turned out to be the Premiership-winning score could easily have been disallowed.Going through the phases under extreme pressure is terribly risky, as there is always the danger of a fumble or an accidental offside. Once Saints were inside the 22 there is no doubt in my mind they should have taken the drop-goal chance.If Wood and co deliberately chose to eschew the kick and go for the try for the hell of it, it was an enormous gamble. If they didn’t know they only needed a kick, they should make sure that next time they are in a competition final they know the rules inside out, because they might not be so fortunate as to see their gamble pay off again.center_img You don’t have to wait long for another chance to see these talented youngsters in action. England play their second game on Friday, 6 June against Australia, while Wales face Ireland on the same day, with Ireland looking to bounce back from a 19-13 defeat by France. Scotland, who were hammered 61-5 by South Africa in their first game, take on Samoa on 6 June. That’s what it’s all about: Northampton celebrate their nail-biting Aviva Premiership final win TAGS: Northampton SaintsSaracens last_img read more

Sarah Hunter targets strong finish to Women’s Six Nations

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Pointing the way: Sarah Hunter wants England to bounce back from their France defeat (Getty Images) Sarah Hunter targets strong finish to Women’s Six NationsEngland Women’s Six Nations Grand Slam hopes crumbled in the 78th minute against France last weekend. The Red Roses were on course to win consecutive Grand Slam titles but ended up losing the match 18-17 in front of a record crowd in Grenoble.This means that France are now the only side remaining with a chance of winning a Slam, with England unlikely to retain the championship.England play Ireland at Wasps’ Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Friday night, kicking off half an hour before France take on Wales in Colwyn Bay. Providing the Red Roses can overturn Ireland, a defeat for les Bleus could hand England the championship, but captain Sarah Hunter insists her side aren’t worrying about the France result. England’s Grand Slam dream may be over but captain Sarah Hunter tells Shay Waterworth that she is hoping for a win against Ireland in their final game of the Women’s Six Nations “Mathematically we can still win the competition, but all we can do is win,” says Hunter. “We’re in a good place now, we discussed the disappointment of last weekend and we’re now ready to bounce back.“Last weekend was an excellent Test match, it’s just unfortunate that we were on the losing side. I think we had lots of opportunities to take control of the match earlier on but we failed to take them.“Looking back I think our breakdown work was quite loose, which let them disrupt our play, and we need to increase our performance by 1% in different areas for Ireland.”England head coach Simon Middleton has made three changes to his back-line, with Kelly Smith coming onto the wing, Lagi Tuima in at outside-centre and Caity Mattinson at scrum-half.In the clear: Lagi Tuima scores against Scotland in the third round (Getty Images)Ireland are third in the table after losing at home to Scotland in the last round. They have made three changes to their starting line-up, with Louise Galvin starting on the wing, Nicole Cronin at scrum-half and Ashleigh Baxter at blindside.Hunter adds: “The Irish are a Celtic nation who play with a lot of pride and passion. They’ve been in a period of transition but they have Niamh Briggs at fly-half who pulls their strings and their pack have a lot of power to put them on the front foot.” Sunday 18 March Italy v Scotland, 2pm, Stadio PlebiscitoFollow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Twickenham Stoop has been the home of the Red Roses in recent seasons, so Coventry is a new venue for the women, who play their match before England U20 take on their Irish counterparts.Friday night lights: Coventry’s Ricoh Arena is the venue for England v Ireland Women (Getty Images(Hunter says: “The Stoop is a fantastic venue to play at but it’s also important to keep growing the game. Coventry is a big rugby hub for England so it’s exciting to go there and I’ve heard there are already 8,000 tickets sold so it should be a great atmosphere on Friday night.”Although England have failed to retain their Grand Slam title from last season, Hunter remains positive about the progress made. “We set out to win the Six Nations. We knew it would be a step up from the autumn Internationals and we have made some positive strides, but now all we can do is try to finish strong and leave it up to France.”Grand Slam deciderFrance have made two changes with Céline Ferer and Lise Arricastre coming into the pack to try to seal their fourth Grand Slam in history against a wobbling Welsh team.Clean sweep? France Women are on course for a Grand Slam after beating England (Inpho)Wales are unchanged for the final round in Colwyn Bay, with prop Caryl Thomas set to earn her 50th cap. The Welsh are currently joint bottom with Italy and Scotland after last week’s disappointing defeat at home to the Italians and with a rampant French side chasing glory, it could be a bleak Friday evening for Wales.Playing for prideItaly won their first game of this year’s competition last weekend against Wales at the Principality Stadium and have a good chance of making it two in a row at home to Scotland.However, the Scottish are also coming into the final round on the back of a shock away win over Ireland, so although this is a potential last-place play-off, it could be a fierce conclusion to the tournament on Sunday.Women’s Six Nations Round Five FixturesFriday 16 March England v Ireland, 5:30pm, Ricoh Arena, Live on Sky Sports + RTEFriday 16 March Wales v France, 6pm, Parc Eirias, Live on S4Clast_img read more

British & Irish Lions to play Japan

first_imgWarren Gatland’s side will face the Brave Blossoms before their tour to South Africa next year British & Irish Lions to play JapanThe British & Irish Lions will play Japan at BT Murrayfield next year before they depart for their tour of South Africa.This is the first time the Lions have faced Japan and the match will take place on Saturday 26 June, with the Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup on offer for the winners.With the 2020-21 Gallagher Premiership final also due to take place that day, Lions head coach Warren Gatland will likely be without his full squad for the Test but it does provide an opportunity for players to get game time ahead of the eight-match tour to South Africa.Related: Schedule for 2021 Lions tour to South AfricaJapan impressed at last year’s World Cup, where they reached the quarter-finals for the first time and Gatland is expecting a fast-paced Test next summer.“We saw Japan play some excellent rugby during the World Cup and they will come to Edinburgh fully-motivated to win,” said Gatland.“They are a talented side who play high-tempo rugby, so it’ll be a good challenge for us ahead of the tour, and a chance for the match-day squad to put their hands up for Test selection.” In the diary: The Lions will face Japan at Murrayfield next June 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.center_img Japan coach Jamie Joseph has described the fixture as “a truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our players”.This will be only the third Test match that the Lions have played on home soil, after the fixtures against a Rest of the World XV in 1986 and Argentina in 2005.Tickets will go on pre-sale on Tuesday 3 November, but supporters are able to register their interest at from today.Lions managing director Ben Calveley said: “One of our objectives is to give Warren and the playing squad as much meaningful preparation as possible before departing on tour, so we are delighted to have agreed this fixture.“A Lions Test is one of the most iconic events in world sport, but a huge number of fans from the home nations never get the chance to see one live. The Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup match will give even more supporters the opportunity to be part of the next chapter in Lions history.“It will be an ‘I was there’ moment, against an entertaining and highly-respected opposition.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Archbishops suggest ‘open-ended engagement’ with breakaways

first_imgArchbishops suggest ‘open-ended engagement’ with breakaways By ENS staffPosted Jan 20, 2012 Tom Rightmyer says: [Episcopal News Service] Archbishops Rowan Williams of Canterbury and John Sentamu of York have suggested that the Church of England and the Anglican Communion ought to be in “an open-ended engagement” with the Anglican Church in North America.The organization is made up of individuals and groups that have left the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada, as well as those that have never been members of those two provinces. It includes entities such as the Reformed Episcopal Church, formed in 1873, and the Anglican Mission in the Americas, founded by Rwandan Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini and Moses Tay, the now-retired primate of the province of South East Asia, in 2000.Williams and Sentamu made their remarks in a report to the Feb. 6-9 sessions of the Church of England’s General Synod.The report comes in response to a resolution the synod passed two years ago in which the Church of England recognized and affirmed ACNA’s desire “to remain in the Anglican family,” but said it was not yet ready to be in full communion with the breakaway entity.The archbishops said that theirs was “a report on work in progress since the consequences of the establishment of ACNA some two and a half years ago are still emerging and on a number of issues any assessment at this stage must necessarily be tentative.” They offer some details on three issues: the range of possible relationships between other Christian churches and the Church of England, how a “particular local Church” can be accepted as part of the Anglican Communion, and under what circumstances the orders of another church might be recognized and accepted by the Church of England.They noted that General Synod determines the nature of its relationship with other Christian churches and that the Anglican Consultative Council‘s constitution allows for new members by decision of the Standing Committee of the Communion and with the assent of two-third of the primates of the Churches already listed in the constitution. And, they said, people ordained in churches that accept the historical episcopate may be received into the Church of England and be authorized to minister.The February 2010 resolution referred to “the distress caused by recent divisions within the Anglican churches of the United States of America and Canada,” and the archbishops said that that distress will continue “for some considerable time.” The divisions occurred over the decisions of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada related to full inclusion of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people in the life of the church, the ordination of women and the authority of scripture.“Wounds are still fresh,” Sentamu and Williams write. “Those who follow developments in North America from some distance have a responsibility not to say or do anything which will inflame an already difficult situation and make it harder for those directly involved to manage the various challenges with which they are still grappling.”Thus, they said, the outcome of the open-ended engagement that they suggest “is unlikely to be clear for some time yet, especially given the strong feelings on all sides of the debate in North America.”The two men stressed that the Church of England “remains fully committed to the Anglican Communion and to being in communion both with the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Church.” January 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm This is nonsense. Suppose a group broke away from the Episcopal church because it has black priests and black bishops on the ground that scripture clearly (to them) says that black people should be subservient to white people. Shouldn’t we call this bigotry as it clearly is? Then what is the difference. Clearly in the 21st century it is bigotry wrapped in scripture to deny woman and gay people the right to be priests and bishops and to live in faithful relationships. Why do we want or need open-ended engagement with such bigoted people. I say let us terminate our relationship with the Anglican Communion which is headed by the most spinless creatures since the evolution of the jellyfish. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ January 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm I don’t have a problem with Canterbury recognizing these break away groups, as long as, they make it clear that The Episcopal Church IS THE ANGLICAN CHURCH recognized FULLY by Canterbury. These other groups can be recognized but should only have visitor status BUT NO Voice or Vote at Lambeth or at the PRIMATES Meetings. They have walked away from the ANGLICAN CHURCH/EPISCOPAL CHURCH. If they want to join us fine, but don’t give DIVISIVENESS a VOICE or VOTE. Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel January 20, 2012 at 9:56 pm Great to read all the “they’re obviously bigots but we’ll be magnanimous and love ’em anyway” posts. And you STILL wonder why traditionalists walked away? But it’s even better to see how much this report seems to have rattled the Episcopalians. Tags January 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm As far as I am concerned the ACNA is a man-made institution not truly based on Christian teaching, interpreting the Gospel as they choose. Ever since the church was formed man has imposed its principles of discipline regarding Christian teaching and Christian ethics. This institution does not welcome openness of Christ’s love but dictates how his love should be shared with others. I often wonder when they get to the passage where Jesus tells his disciples/followers to leave what they are doing and follow him if they include unless, of course, if you are blind in one eye, deaf in one ear, walk with a limp or are gay, turn and go the other way. Jesus accepts all who wish to follow him, not just particular folks as the does the ACNA. Their followers have to meet their criteria and not Jesus’. It’s going to take more then an open-ended engagement to deal with this bunch of blasphemous people. They are not true children of God when they can’t accept all of God’s children with love and understanding and take it into their hands to determine how a child of God should conduct himself. Until the members of the ACNA allow all people to live their lives fully as God as intended there’s not much point to an open ended discussion. Submit a Press Release Fr Don Heacox says: Celinda Scott says: John W Ward says: Annie Boardman says: Celinda Scott says: Jim Stockton says: January 22, 2012 at 1:42 am Correction above: meant to say (about the bishops who affirmed the creeds when they voted against the consecration of a bishop who did not) that I appreciated their witness to those who don’t, and their encouragement of those who do. January 24, 2012 at 12:48 am I don’t know how someone can say someone else follows the “idea” of Christ instead of the “reality” of Christ. Was hoping this would be a constructive blog, and there have been some constructive comments–but just a few people insulting the church to which I belong, and the people of deep faith who follow Christ and lead other people to him (that doesn’t mean I don’t disagree with some of the leadership), makes me not want to be a part of it. It’s like the other blogs I used to enjoy but have now dropped. 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 Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Michael Neal says: January 22, 2012 at 1:39 am Not sure who you’re referring to, Fr. Morrissey, about the vitriol. There’s quite a range of opinion expressed in the all the comments above, some of which appears vitriolic to me, and some which does not. I agree with you about Borg, dropping the creeds, etc. and I’m somewhat angry about it, and say what I think when given the opportunity–but I’m not so angry about it that I want to leave. One thing one can do is quote other scholars. Also– I respect those who differ from me in our diocese and appreciate their respect for those who differ from them. — What puzzles me is why we don’t rejoice when bishops do affirm the creeds (as did the ones I was talking about above), hoping their voices will encourage those who don’t. –I belong to a parish with an orthodox rector, and a congregation which is part liberal and part orthodox. We have excellent Bible study and adult study groups. Another parish has presented a series of Bible teachings by an orthodox/evangelical who just got his doctorate as he reached retirement age. Fortunately, he’s not retiring from teaching. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Jose Landaverde says: January 22, 2012 at 11:21 pm I firmly believe Christ is purging HIS church. This is exactly what happens when you abandon ABOSLUTE TRUTH for liberal theology. You can spin it all you want but look at the numbers, TEC is loosing, ACNA gaining, why? People want “TRUTH”. I have brothers and sisters on both sides ,and it is sad, but you can not abandon the truth of the SCRIPTURE for what the world “thinks” is “right” or “ok” or “accepted”. To GOD be the glory. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Celinda Scott says: Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Belleville, IL Rector Tampa, FL Judith Wood says: David L. Greene says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis January 21, 2012 at 9:47 am Jim Stockton, you say: “Failing to admit that people have substantial differences of opinion that make functional and regular common witness impossible is condescending to those whose opinions differ from our own.”It’s so good to see someone agree that the differences of opinion really DO split the church! So much of the official leadership talks about the communion welcoming everyone, no matter what.Kind of like 2 people living in NYC but on totally skewed lines: one’s a Yankees fan, the other goes for the Mets. Both baseball teams, but incompatible rivals. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Shirley E. Viall says: Joseph Frary says: Donald Frye says: Comments (27) Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Celinda Scott says: January 23, 2012 at 7:02 am It wasn’t too many years ago that the “dissidents” were dismissed by Episcopal officials at the top of being “just a few who don’t want to be with us.”My, my – all of the energy spent on something so insignificant! Or, perhaps it isn’t after all. Our leadership’s dismissive tone of conservative concerns for heterodoxy and indiscriminate inclusion of any and all things has lead us to today’s crisis.One would think that we should wonder why we as a Church tolerate lawsuits worth millions and yet our own 20/20 Vision was passed and then unfunded and de-prioritized by the Executive Council. Millions to lawyers and yet at the same time our evangelism and youth departments at 815 were all but closed. OK, let the “few” go their way – and let’s try not to show our ignorance about it as they leave. Right now we should be grieving that we are rent asunder. We have a major clean-up of image and priorities for what is left in the Episcopal Church. When a lesbian priest can preach at the National Cathedral about the new bishop being “kick ass” and the same bishop recognize Jesus as one of many spiritual masters, we HAVE a problem! We are now numbering below 2 million with MAYBE 600,000 bothering to darken our doors. Looks like there’s more than a “few of US who don’t want to be with us” and it’s time to focus in-House. And let’s not forget that the next General Convention will be determined to drive yet another wedge into the patience of the ever-shrinking numbers that we have left. There’s not but so much more that the average person in the pew will keep watching before they make us even fewer. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK January 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm People’s intellects cannot reconcile the contradictions in life. Follow Jesus, keep your eyes on Jesus, and He will help you to hold the contradictions in a redeeming, holy, instructive relationship. If you keep your eyes on all the political/intellectual contradictions, if you focus on the “idea” of Christ rather than the reality of Christ, then you will wind up in one of the hells of intellectual/theological polarization which abound in today’s Episcopal Church and in all other churches. “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” said Jesus. Follow him! Jesus is Lord! Jesus brings all the divergent realities, personalities, and opinions into a relationship called “the Church.” If your priest does not assert that Jesus is Lord, find another Episcopal Church where Jesus IS Lord! Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Jim Stockton says: Press Release Service Anglican Communion Bruce Bogin says: Featured Events Clark Myers says: Comments are closed.center_img January 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm Whenever the question comes up about The Episcopal Church being asked to leave the Communion, I always ask myself this question, “How will being kicked out of the Communion affect the Episcopalian in the pew and their ability to worship Christ in God in their church?” The way I answer it has always been the same. It will have no effect. Rector Bath, NC The Reverend John Hartman says: Featured Jobs & Calls January 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm Loving enemies and forgiving people who have wronged us or with whose bigotry we disagree doesn’t equate to pretending that the differences that make us enemies to them and that instigated the wrong-doing don’t exist. That’s not forgiveness or love, that’s self-serving delusion. Failing to admit that people have substantial differences of opinion that make functional and regular common witness impossible is condescending to those whose opinions differ from our own. They have the right to disagree with us, even when they are demonstrably wrong. And they deserve to the have us acknowledge their differences with us rather than have us paternalistically pretend that their opinions are insignificant. Rector Shreveport, LA January 25, 2012 at 2:43 pm Mr. Bogin is entirely correct, and Mr. Stockton is totally wrong. It is not a mere “difference of opinion”; that is what the Episcopal Church used as its excuse for not taking a stand against slavery before the Civil War. For the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to issue such a statement is a case of institutional expediency taking precedence over moralty. It is a shocking confusion of values by the two leaders of the Church of England. What makes it even worse is that they surely know better. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET January 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm It grieves my heart that the members of a.c.n.a. abdicated their ability to have a powerful voice at the table by walking away. Theologicly I agree with the “old timers” but I have to agree with Donald Frye Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN Doug Desper says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs January 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm Another comment, this time on the principle cause of the split: I believe the Bible is the Word of God. However, I do not believe that disagreeing with certain passages in St. Paul and the OT make one a disbeliever in the Bible and the authority of scripture. For instance, when I quoted two bishops of TEC who were liberal on the sexual issues, but quite conservative on the Christological issues and voted against allowing the election of a candidate for bishop whose record and writings showed a much more Unitarian idea of Christ than what is presented in the creeds, I was told that those bishops’ liberal views on the sexual issues made their views on any other issues immaterial. This made me realize that there is really only one issue for those who have left, and it’s the sexual one. That attitude shows me that the Christological issues are either dependent on the sexual issues for them, or that they don’t really care about the Christological issues. Either attitude makes me–for one–not want them to have voice and vote. However, when they don’t tie the sexual issues and Christological issues together (that’s what caused them to leave the church), they are quite eloquent on the Christological issues. That’s why I would like to see them as visitors in the Anglican Communion. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI January 20, 2012 at 6:19 pm Why do we want or need open-engagement — ? Because if we follow Jesusl we are in the business of forgiveness. Confronting, always in love, allows the Holy Spirit to bring about healing and restoration in situations where human thought and wisdom fails. We are to be people who demonstratively love our enemies. That is a hurdle that most of us have difficulty getting over. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Sam Cuthbert says: Celinda Scott says: Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Smithfield, NC Joseph Frary says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY January 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm As I mentioned in my last comment: Canterbury does have the right to invite toi Lambeth. And the next Lambeth (under ++Rowan’s successor) may well invite a couple of people form ACNA after teh example of inviting some Inglesia Filipino Indpendiente bishops or perhaps the Porvoo bishops. Also, the decision only affects the Church of England and the Nigerian, Sudanese, and perhaps Kenyan provinces have already establised full commiunion with ACNA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI January 21, 2012 at 10:54 pm Re Lionel Deimel’s comment that this shows the low esteem that AbpofC holds the Episcopal Church. I don’t read that way. I don’t understand it. I think it is just more of the same kicking the can down the road. There is dissention in the “Orthodox” Anglican world as the dust up between the AMiA and Rwanda has shown. The more “orthodox” of the “orthodox” seem to side with Rwanda and that includes ++Duncan of the ACNA. I think the issue is ecclessiology. If one has a high sense of ecclessiology, one tries to work within the “church” he or she values. If one has a low sense of ecclessiology one can shop for a “church” that is congenial. January 20, 2012 at 7:05 pm It’s important to remember that ‘Canterbury’ no longer determines membership in the Anglican Communion. The ABC doesn’t have authority even in his own Church of England to create a formal relationship between the CofE and some other church or fellowship; that happens through meetings of synods Much less does the ABC have authority to declare any such relationships on behalf of the entire Anglican Communion. Admissions to the AC are determined by the Anglican Consultative Council. Despite implication or inferences to the contrary, the ABC has absolutely no ex cathedra authority whatsoever. The ABC can and does write what he wishes. His preferences, however, are not determinative. Thanks be to God. January 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm First, a correction: ACNA no longer includes AMiA. AMiA has most recently been a “mission partner” of ACNA, but, given the recent squabble with Rwanda, even this relationship seems to be in trouble.As for the paper by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, it is yet another example of the low esteem in which Rowan holds The Episcopal Church. ACNA threatens to become either a replacement province in the Anglican Communion or a hostile parallel province in the Communion, and the English archbishops seem to have no interest in defending the fellowship against such disastrous innovations.I think the experience of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh and of some of its parishes has been instructive. Although the departure of the Duncanites—they have been called Angrycans as well—has left us with reduced resources, it has also lifted a great burden from our shoulders and freed us—mostly, anyway—to get about the business of living into and spreading the Gospel. I suspect that disengaging from the Anglican Communion would have an analogous effect on The Episcopal Church as a whole.As I suggested in a comment on Thinking Anglicans, it may be time to split the current Anglican Communion into it component parts: liberal, conservative, and—this would include The Church of England—clueless. January 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm A number of the GAFCON bishops of Anglican churches in parts of Africa and other places recognize the ACNA. Several Anglican churches have broken communion with the Episcopal Church. I don’t know whether these churches have formal intercommunion relationships with the ACNA.As a member of the 2000-2003 dialogue between the Episcopal Church and the Reformed Episcopal Church and the Anglican Province in America (which includes many members and parshes of the former American Episcopal Church), now suspended, I would encourage informal communication between Episcopal and ACNA lay people, clergy, parishes, and judicatories. Both the Episcopal Church and the Reformed Episcopal Church suffered when we basically ignored one another. Isolation breeds bad feeling.The Episcopal Church dialogues with the ELCA and with the Moravian Church have led to agreements of full communion. Dialogues continue with the Orthodox churches, with the Roman Catholic Church, with the United Methodist Church, and with other churches in the Church of Christ Uniting. I look forward to formal dialogues on many levels with the ACNA, the AMIA missionary society, and with others who “profess and call themselves” Anglicans. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Lionel Deimel says: Christopher Johnson says: Submit an Event Listing The Rev. John Crist says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA January 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm The point would be mute if TEC and ACC were each to admit their defiance of scripture and the great harm they have done to the Anglican Communion. Don’t misunderstand me, the separatist are not without fault.The whole mess arose over the desire to give LGBT persons full inclusion in church life. Well they were never excluded; only their actions were excluded. I am a cradle Episcopalian and was raised to “hate the sin not the sinner.” We all have a duty to point out when our brother/sister has sinned and pray for/with them of guidance back to the path of righteousness. The TEC (of which I am still a member) has strayed dangerously close to heresy with the ordination of practicing homosexuals. The Anglican Church of Canada has jumped right over the cliff with the blessings (in some dioceses) of same sex mirages.The Anglican Communion asked for an apology for the actions which had strained the ties that bind the communion. Instead the TEC arrogantly apologized not for the actions but for the offence others took at those actions.I remain in TEC and work for reform and a return to orthodoxy. My argument with the splinter groups is that they have left me and a few others to wage this fight alone. They have abandoned me and the rest of the church to sin and not sought to help return us to the path of righteousness. I number them among the pharisees and myself among the Samaritans.If the conservative who have left the church since 1979 would only return to TEC and work with the moderates like myself (who since the conservative splinters now find ourselves on the right instead of the middle) we would have the votes in General convention to elect a moderate or conservative Presiding Bishop and enact moderate and/or conservative cannons. It was Conservative division that led to the defeats of Bishop Stough instead of Bishop Browning and Bishop Parsley instead of Bishop Jefferts Schori.Pax Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ January 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm I agree with Donald Frye and John Ward: recognize those who left as visitors in the communion recognized by the ABC, but without voice or vote. I don’t agree with Jim Stockton’s assessment of the ABC–it’s a reminder of how painful our division is. I also don’t agree with Lionel, and hope he doesn’t mean what he says above. He and I started a petition in our diocese in 2003, he as a “liberal” and I as a “conservative.” People who believed that the differences on the gay issue were not a good enough reason to split our diocese were invited to sign. Liberals and conservatives who signed respected each other, despite their differences, and wanted to stay together. That is still my hope for this diocese, and I hope it still is for Lionel. It is also my hope for TEC. Please don’t let’s try to drive each other out, and please let’s respect the ABC and his continued attempt to find a way for that to happen in the communion as a whole. The communion as a whole is different from TEC, in that not all the splitting groups have declared themselves out of the communion as a whole, as they did with TEC. However, I have to agree that to give them voice and vote would be going too far and make it very difficult for TEC to stay in. There has been too much hurt. January 23, 2012 at 8:34 am Canterbury does, however, have the right to invite whom he chooses to Lambeth Conferences January 27, 2012 at 11:20 am I heartily agree with Peggy Kay! Those who wish to leave the Episcopal Church should do so. But they should stop trying to take property and endowments that belong to the Episcopal Church. We are in dialog with a lot of Christian and non-Christian bodies–and that type of dialog is healthy. But a key element of such dialog is a recognition that we don’t agree about everything. January 21, 2012 at 1:40 am Peggy, maybe you did not have commitment with the Church, you were looking for spiritual comfort only for you. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, ORlast_img read more

New Zealand: Synod sees way forward for same-sex blessings

first_img Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Job Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis [Anglican Taonga] General Synod on May 14 passed a resolution that will create a pathway towards the blessing of same-sex relationships – while upholding the traditional doctrine of marriage.It will appoint a working group to report to the 2016 General Synod on “a process and structure” that would allow those clergy who wish to bless same-sex relationships – using a yet-to-be developed liturgy – to do so.The working group will also be charged to develop “a process and structure” to ensure that clergy who believe that same-sex blessings are contrary to “scripture, doctrine, tikanga or civil law” to remain fully free to dissent.The “process and structure” in their case would mean these clergy would not only be exempt from performing these same-sex blessings – but that their “integrity within the church” would be assured, and they would have full protection for their dissent in any relevant human rights legislation.Synod has therefore upheld the traditional doctrine of marriage – but also moved to find ways to respond to committed relationships between two people, regardless of gender.In effect, it has also established a four-year timeline for change to take effect: the working group will present its recommendations to the 2016 General Synod, and any constitutional and canonical changes would then have to be reported back to episcopal units before confirmation at the 2018 General Synod.New liturgy to be developedThe working group has been asked to propose a liturgy to “bless right-ordered same-gender relationships” – and to develop a process and legislation (whether church or parliamentary) by which such a new liturgy might be adopted.Synod has also asked the group (which is yet to be formed) to report to the next synod on the impact of its work on the church’s theology of marriage, and of ordination.The preamble to the resolution adopted by the General Synod also includes an unreserved apology to the LGBT community:“Over many years,” this reads, “our church has become increasingly aware of the pain of the LGBT community. All too often our church has been complicit in homophobic thinking and actions of society, and has failed to speak out against hatred and violence against those with same-gender attraction.“We apologise unreservedly and commit ourselves to reconciliation and prophetic witness.”‘Recognition’ now for couplesIn the last part of the resolution, synod says it is “acutely aware of the desire of some clergy to make further response pastorally and prayerfully to LGBT people in their faith communities.”It therefore says such clergy should be permitted “to recognize in public worship” a same-gender civil union or state marriage of members of their faith community – provided the permission of the licensing bishop is gained, as well as the permission of their vestry.Such “recognition,” however, “cannot be marriage or a rite of blessing of a same-gender relationship.”“We recognize that this may cause even further distress,” the resolution says. But noting the commitment of the church to move forward, “we ask the LGBT community to recognize that any process of change within our church takes time.”Archbishops commend spirit of debateThe archbishops say that by adopting the resolution, synod has shown its commitment to protecting diversity in the church.And they have expressed their gratitude for the way synod has debated the issues and come to its resolution.Archbishop Winston Halapua says synod has shown “it is committed to ongoing talanoa as it considers change” and is following “the mandate of Christ to love one another at all times.”Archbishop Philip Richardson was equally moved by the way debate flowed:“We have witnessed across the church,” he says, “a depth of extraordinary trust and respect. There is a unity in Christ in conversations that have enabled us to get to this point.“There is a hope that this trust we have seen with faith, hope, and love will continue as change is considered.”• The full, unedited text of the General Synod resolution is available here. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 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 an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Same-Sex Blessings Tags Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CAlast_img read more

Toronto church hosts ‘creation care fair’ to discuss climate change

first_img Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Submit a Job Listing Rector Washington, DC Anglican Communion, Associate Rector Columbus, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Tags Rector Martinsville, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Events The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Belleville, IL 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Albany, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Environment & Climate Change Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Toronto church hosts ‘creation care fair’ to discuss climate change Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Youth Minister Lorton, VA [Anglican Communion News Service] At a day-long “creation care fair” held at St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church in Toronto’s Leaside neighborhood, Anglicans and community members had a chance to ask church and secular leaders about how they were responding to the challenge of climate change. Front and center were questions about whether or not the Anglican Church of Canada will divest from fossil fuel companies.Full article. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Posted Apr 3, 2017 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Bath, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA 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 Shreveport, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Tampa, FL Rector Collierville, TN Advocacy Peace & Justice, last_img read more