June 23

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_imgNEWPORT, WALES – JANUARY 25: Both teams run into the changing rooms as the match is abandoned for 5 mins due to a heavy hail storm during the LV Cup match between Newport Gwent Dragons and Northampton Saints at Rodney Parade on January 25, 2014 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Cardiff BluesHarlequinsLeicester TigersSaracens Dickson’s act means he will miss his own home leg of the series, which takes place in Wellington, New Zealand on 7 and 8 February.center_img The SinnersBurns bungles itHe thought he saw a chance to score a vital try for England Saxons, the smallest of gaps on the blindside of a maul right on the Ireland Wolfhounds’ line. With the Saxons trailing 14-8 and the match in its final play, Freddie Burns went for glory, trying to single-handedly secure the try which would then set up a match-winning conversion chance for him. But the fly-half went from potential hero to zero when the ball slipped out of his grasp as he dived into the corner and ended up hitting the touch-judge instead of the turf.His expression afterwards said it all, as he lay prone on the turf with his head in his hands. The error rounded off a disappointing afternoon for the Burns, who was trying to play his way back into the running for the England No 10 jersey. He missed a conversion and a penalty for the Saxons, hitting the woodwork with both, and he threw a few wild passes in open play too. The conditions were difficult in the wind and rain, but Burns and the Saxons had hoped for better.Take cover! A storm forces the players off at Rodney ParadeStorm forceEuropean rugby players are used to playing in the wind and the rain, but the conditions at the Twickenham Stoop for Saturday’s LV= Cup clash between Harlequins and Leicester went from bad to potentially disastrous as the game neared its climax.The referee was forced to call time nine minutes early as such a storm hit the ground that advertising hoardings were blown onto the pitch and some scaffolding on the South Stand was threatening to come down.Harlequins were leading 20-6 at the time and the final score was allowed to stand by the cup organisers, but the dangerously foul weather ruined the afternoon for many of the supporters.Further west, Newport Gwent Dragons’ LV= Cup clash with Northampton Saints had to be stopped for a few minutes during the first half due to a hailstorm, but was then completed successfully, albeit in atrocious conditions.Roll on spring!Sinner SamNew Zealand Sevens star Sam Dickson picked up a nine match ban for gouging an opponent during the pool match against Fiji at the Las Vegas Sevens. Such serious foul play is a rare occurence in the HSBC Sevens World Series, hence the length of the ban. No way through: Ireland Wolfhounds Iain Henderson (left) and Darren Cave stop Saxons centre Matt HopperBy Katie FieldThe SaintsGreen machineThe O2 Ireland Wolfhounds proved that excellent defence is just as valuable as exciting attacking play as they defeated England Saxons 14-8 on Saturday. The English team had more than 60% of possession and spent long periods of the game battering away at the Ireland 22, but the more experienced visitors defended superbly and refused to buckle.The Wolfhounds conceded just one try, an interception snaffled up and run in by Anthony Watson, but their excellent one-on-one tackling – they made more than 120 tackles – and their faultless defensive organisation meant England could not breach the barricade again.Home boysSam Warburton and Alun Wyn Jones both put a desire to stay at home in Wales ahead of the megabucks they could have earned in France by signing new contracts this week. Jones opted to stay with the Ospreys for the next two years, putting a long-term end to speculation about his future.Warburton’s new contract caused more of a stir as he became the first player to sign for the Welsh Rugby Union on a central contract. It means the Union, not Cardiff Blues, will have to foot the bill for his wages and he will be “leased” free of charge to the Blues outside of the international window.The Welsh regions have said they will not play any centrally contracted players until their current war with the union ends, but surely it will be resolved before the start of next season?The Wales’ captain’s decision attracted criticism from people who are anti-central contracts, but ultimately Warburton has put Wales first, so should be applauded for his loyalty.Jackson on songJackson Wray blasted through for two tries within five second-half minutes to help Saracens beat Newcastle 41-8 and claim a place in the semi-finals of LV= Cup. The 23-year-old back row, who has made six Aviva Premiership and two Heineken Cup starts this season, grabbed his opportunities well, while scrum-half Ben Spencer was also key to the victory, kicking 21 points and missing just one attempt.Saracens had played the Sharks from South Africa 24 hours earlier (and beaten them 23-15) so to defeat the Falcons with such ease proved what strength in depth they have in their 41-man squad.last_img read more

June 23

Saints and Sinners: the weekend’s talking points

first_img Pack power: Dave Ewers makes one of his 20 tackles for Exeter Chiefs. (Photo Getty Images) Every point counts as the battle for playoff places in the Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12 hots up. Which players stepped up to the plate this weekend and who fell short? Bright move by SummersHats off to Jeremy Summers and his RFU appeals panel who had the courage to overturn the ridiculous three-week ban handed to Nathan Hughes for knocking-out George North.No rugby fan could understand how the original RFU disciplinary committee had seen fit to ban the Wasps back row for what was clearly an accidental and unavoidable collision.It is very unusual for decisions to be reversed like this, but Friday’s appeal panel said they had new evidence at their disposal and concluded “no act of foul play took place”.The new evidence reportedly included testimony from a biometrics expert who proved Hughes could not have stopped before he clattered into North on the floor. The original panel, led by RFU head of independent rugby judiciary Sir James Dingemans, may not have had his or her expertise at their disposal, but they could still have used common sense and agreed with the thousands of rugby watchers and players who had no doubt Hughes should not have been sent off or banned.Sadly for Hughes and Wasps, he had already missed their European Champions Cup quarter-final due to the ban. Haley’s horrorSale Sharks boss Steve Diamond was unhappy with the refereeing of Greg MacDonald during his side’s 25-23 loss to London Irish at the Madejski Stadium but he could not have been thrilled with his own full-back Mike Haley either, as he handed the hosts a gift-wrapped seven-pointer just before half time.The Exiles missed a penalty and Danny Cipriani decided to run the ball out of defence rather than kicking for touch to go in at half-time 10-6 up. The fly-half passed to Haley, who managed to drop the ball right at the feet of his opposite number Andrew Fenby and he coasted in for a try which Chris Noakes converted for a 13-10 lead at the interval. What a DudeMonbeg Dude is the final Saint this week. For those not in the know, he is a racehorse owned by three former Gloucester players, Mike Tindall, James Simpson-Daniel and Nicky Robinson, plus trainer Michael Scudamore, and he finished third in the Grand National on Saturday.The Dude, ridden by Liam Tredwell, certainly netted his owners some big money, but a few hundred Gloucester fans would also have had an each-way flutter on the 40-1 shot and so have a bit of beer money in their pockets ready for next Saturday’s big European Challenge Cup game day. Priestland comes up trumpsRhys Priestland hit the target with a late, late penalty from the left touchline to snatch a 28-26 victory for the Scarlets at Zebre in the Guinness Pro12.For the Scarlets, who are chasing European Champions Cup qualification, to have lost to the league’s bottom club would have been a major blow, but Priestland put earlier potentially crucial misses behind him to slot the kick at the death.While the Scarlets are out of the Pro12 title race, very much in the hunt are the Ospreys who are looking secure in fourth spot after winning 33-13 at Benetton Treviso. Rhys Webb, always a threat with the ball in hand, played a major role in their victory and scored the bonus-point try at the death. TAGS: DragonsExeter Chiefs Sharp work: Did Charlie Sharples deserve to be sin-binned against Harlequins? (Photo: Action Images)Is it a yellow?Should a yellow card always be the punishment for a deliberate knock-on? Both Gloucester’s Charlie Sharples and Northampton’s Stephen Myler were sin-binned for that offence this weekend when they were instinctively reaching out to try to intercept a pass, but only made the slightest of contact and failed to catch the ball.When players are sin-binned for minor violence like leading with an elbow, punching and even some tip tackles, is the same sanction really deserved for even the most marginal deliberate knock-on? I think not. It should be a penalty every time, but only a yellow card when it’s blatant. Neither Myler nor Sharples should have been sin-binned.While we are on the subject, no less than 17 yellow cards were shown in this weekend’s six Premiership matches and ten more were produced in the Pro12. Are players transgressing more as the stakes grow higher at the sharp end of the season, or are referees becoming a bit too quick to wave their cards? Brace for BenjaminNewport Gwent Dragons achieved a league double over reigning Pro12 champions Leinster, coming back from 22-8 down in the second half to win 25-22, thanks largely to a try double from replacement back row James Benjamin.The 21-year-old pounced on a loose ball in the in-goal area after Eoin Reddan’s kick had been charged down, and a couple of minutes later he popped up on the left wing to take a scoring pass from Hallam Amos.center_img Coach Kingsley Jones was ecstatic about the way his young side battled back to take the spoils, telling BBC Wales: “A bonus point against the champions is beyond our wildest dreams.”At the double: James Benjamin scores the second of his two tries for the Dragons. (Photo: Inpho) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Flying FalconNewcastle Falcons’ Samoan wing Sinoti Sinoti scored arguably the try of the weekend. Receiving the ball closer to the Bath 10m line than the 22, he thundered off on an arcing run to the left, battered his way past and through three tacklers and used his pace and power to score.The try gave his team a 13-12 lead and hopes of an upset against the top-four side, but Bath accelerated away in the second half to win 29-19. The SaintsChiefs in chargeA strong – in every sense – performance from the Exeter Chiefs pack earned the Devon side a 21-10 win over reigning Aviva Premiership champions and current leaders Northampton Saints and moved them up into the top four with just three rounds of matches to go before the playoffs.Leading the way was 22-year-old tighthead Tomas Francis who, in his first Premiership season, had the better of England and Lions prop Alex Corbisiero at scrum time, helping to force a succession of penalties. Blindside Dave Ewers also had a magnificent game and was named Man of the Match thanks to his 20 tackles and 12 carries. Horne calls the tune: Peter Horne scored a hat-trick for Glasgow. (Photo: Inpho)Horne on songGlasgow Warriors centre Peter Horne grabbed the Guinness Pro12 headlines with a hat-trick in 12 minutes that helped his table-topping side to a 36-17 victory over Cardiff Blues.With Dougie Hall already having crossed for the first try, Horne capitalised on great breaks from Tommy Seymour for his first two tries and then darted over from close range for the third, which gave the Warriors a valuable bonus point in the extremely tight battle for the playoff places.Horne was in the right place at the right time on every occasion and was named Man of the Match. Naughty Niki: Leicester’s Goneva was binned. (Photo: PA).The SinnersCostly cardsLeicester lost 22-6 at Saracens and slipped out of the top four and they will be counting the cost of their own indiscipline. With the Tigers leading 6-0, Tom Youngs was sin-binned for a silly piece of off-the-ball contact with Chris Ashton as he tried to ensure the wing would not impede Matt Smith’s clearance kick out of defence. While Youngs was in the bin Saracens scored two tries to take a 14-6 lead and the home side never looked back.Niki Goneva was sin-binned late in the game when the score was already 22-6, this time for leading with his forearm as he crashed down on top of Kelly Brown after the Saracens flanker had driven through a ruck. It had no impact on the result but Leicester will need to cut out such silly indiscipline if they want to climb back into the playoff places. Certainly, in addition to the Sharples and Myler cards, the yellows shown to Harlequins back row Jack Clifford and Ospreys scrum-half Rhys Webb seemed very soft and there were a few others I didn’t see. The sin bin has done a lot of good in the game, but I don’t want to see it being over-used when a penalty would be sufficient punishment.last_img read more

June 23

Jake White expresses interest in England coaching job, should Lancaster quit

first_imgWhite would bring World Cup-winning experience to the table, should he replace Lancaster, having lifted the trophy with the Springboks in 2007 – when they beat England 15-6 in Paris.Currently coaching Montpellier in the French Top14, White said he would have to consider the job if he was offered it. Former South Africa coach Jake White has confirmed his interest in taking over the England job, should Stuart Lancaster leave the position after the World Cup.Lancaster has said he will not decide his future until after the Uruguay game this weekend, but with England crashing out of their own World Cup at the group stage, many people are calling for him to resign.White has been linked with the top job in English rugby several times, but believes he was never seriously considered for the role as England opted for home-grown, but inexperienced, coaches.“When I was with the Boks, I was approached to put my name in for Rob Andrew’s job,” White is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail. “Then they contacted me before appointing Martin Johnson and Stuart Lancaster. All three times, they’ve gone for English people. Generally it’s used as a means to make the other candidates look like they have a bit of credence.“The last three World Cups must send a message: if you go for a coach who’s never coached international rugby, it’s going to be ‘same old, same old’. They’ve tried it with Andy Robinson, Martin Johnson and Stuart Lancaster. They have one of the biggest budgets in the world but their coaches only have a few years’ experience.” World Cup winning former South Africa coach Jake White said he would be crazy not to consider the England job should it become available LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img “England have everything going for them in terms of resources, players and history,” he told the Guardian. “If they were genuinely interested and they approached me, of course I would be interested. It’s one of the biggest jobs in world sport and you’d be crazy not to consider it.”The Mail report that Japan coach Eddie Jones is the frontrunner for the position if it becomes available, although the Australian recently agreed to join Super Rugby’s DHL Stormers after the World Cup finishes. Jake White is currently coaching Montpellier last_img read more

June 23

How two former school mates are facing each other for Women’s World Cup glory

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Welcome to my town: Rob Jones shows Sam Whitelock and Aaron Smith around CardiffCokayne’s promise was soon recognized as she progressed from provincial rugby with Manawatu to a Black Fern triallist where for the first time in her career she found her progress stalled, in large part, due to her age, 16 and the fact that captain and World Cup winner Fiao’o Faamausili, was filling the Black Fern No 2 shirt. “The coaches didn’t give her the time of day and I knew about Amy’s English roots, so I said to her, where’s your heart, who would you like to play for?” She said, “I’m English, I want to play for England but it’s not going to happen.” I told her not to give up.Jones phoned the RFU and tracked down Gary Street, the former England head coach. “I told him I had a Black Fern triallist, who wanted to play for England. I knew the Red Roses were coming over to play the Black Ferns in the summer of 2013 and we agreed to meet at a Starbucks in Auckland. The rest, as they say, is history.”Amy Cokayne and Sarah Goss turn out for Fielding High SchoolJones says both girls, who took on leadership roles and Feilding High School, are role models for the next generation. “Sarah is fantastic with the younger kids. She always gives time to the school at the shortest notice. Nothing is ever a problem. She takes coaching sessions because she’s desperate to see the growth of women’s rugby. I can’t speak highly enough of her. Amy is of the same mould, and only too happy to help out.”The staff at the school have erected a good luck message to the girls, and are thrilled that two of their former pupils are appearing in a World Cup final, with another member of staff also involved. “Their assistant coach, Wesley Clark, is our coaching coordinator at school. He’s had a massive input on both of them, too.”A keen advocate of the women’s game, Jones says it’s a real fillip that the final is on prime time TV in the UK. “We still have a long way to go to but the more publicity we have the better. Personally, I’d like to see it aligned with the men’s World Cup, as a curtain raiser to the World Cup final – how good would that be?”Good luck girls: Fielding High School are very proud of their former pupilsOf the upcoming final, Jones says there will be plenty of verbals before the final. “Gossy and Amy are friends. They played together in school and at Manawatu in Sevens and fifteens. There will be heaps of banter and they’ll be having a crack at each other on the field but whoever wins, I’m sure they’ll be sharing a beer together afterwards, which is how it should be.” Sarah Goss and Amy Cokayne used to play rugby together for Fielding High School and face each other for World Cup. RW speaks to their former coach, who hails from Cardiff So who will the Welshman be backing? “I want England to have a good game but with my wife and four daughter’s Kiwis, I’d better play safe and say New Zealand.”center_img Proud trio: Rob Jones with World Cup finalists, Amy Cokayne and Sarah Goss “Hold on, I’m just watching a re-run of the All Blacks semi-final. That was a walloping, wasn’t it? Portia Woodman is outstanding, a real specimen. She wouldn’t look out of place in the Bledisloe this weekend!”I’m speaking to Rob Jones, Head of PE at Feilding High School, two hours North of Wellington, on New Zealand’s North Island.After 13 years spent 12,000 miles away from home in the small village of Creigiau, where he grew up playing rugby at Pontyclun RFC, Jones’ vowels are a mix of South Walian and North Island but there’s no mistaking the pride in his voice when talking about two former pupils, Sarah Goss and Amy Cokayne, who are set to go toe-to-toe in the Women’s World Cup final on Saturday evening.Jones, a rugby-mad Welshman, ended up on the other side of the world after being diagnosed with testicular cancer while teaching in the Scilly Isles, which led to him taking a decision that would change his life. “I decided I wanted to see the world. My friends who had been travelling recommended New Zealand, so I sent off 28 job applications and the only people to get back to me were Feilding High School. I headed over there without a clue what to expect. That was in 2004!”Pace to burn: Amy Cokayne shows a clean pair of heels to the Irish defenceFeilding High school has a long-list of former All Blacks including World Cup winners Sam Whitelock and Aaron Smith, while scorer of the first try in the Lions Series Codie Taylor, is another notable alumni.None however, has impressed Jones more than Goss, the fearless Black Ferns openside who came through a few years ahead of England’s rumbustious, and equally impressive hooker, Amy Cokayne.Speaking of Goss, Jones said she started rugby, as a way keeping fit for hockey in her early teens. “In Year 9, she rocked up an asked if she could play rugby for a bit of extra fitness, so I started her on the wing, so she could pick up the game and within years, she was playing at 10 for the school.”Multi-talented: Sarah Goss is a Black Ferns Sevens star tooWhat stood out most to her coach was her relentless work ethic. “Sarah’s a farm-girl and one of the hardest workers you’ll ever meet. She has a great skill-set and while she may not have the wheels of Portia Woodman, she’s integral to the Black Ferns.”As for Cokayne, three years Goss’ junior, she came to Jones’ attention at a similar age, when her father Ian, was posted in New Zealand with the RAF. Her talent and mental resolve soon became apparent. “Amy had played a lot more rugby than Sarah. She comes from a big military family and had trials with Aston Villa – she’s a brilliant goalkeeper. Sport courses through her veins and she was the North Island record javelin holder. As a player, she’s very physical, very dominant and totally fearless. She’s bit like Jamie George in a way. She has really good skills and a real a turn of pace. I’d love to see her in Sevens, because she’s certainly good enough.”last_img read more

June 23

Professional Rugby Player Enters Love Island Villa

first_imgIrish professional rugby player Greg O’Shea has just joined the TV show We take a look at what each team… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 2019 Rugby World Cup Kits A lot was expected of Ireland, but they… Expand Ireland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Ireland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide 2019 Rugby World Cup Kits Collapse Professional Rugby Player Enters Love Island VillaProfessional rugby player Greg O’Shea has entered the Love Island villa this week after the departure of Joanna Chimonides. The Irishman, who has represented his country at two different levels will join the other contestants in what is the 5th series of the show.O’Shea first started playing rugby when he was seven years old and he quickly showed his talent by getting noticed by Munster’s Academy. It obviously helped his cause that he was a very good sprinter when at the age of 16 he competed for Ireland at the 2011 European Youth Olympics 100 meters. He finished sixth.Because of this speed he found a home on the wing or sometimes at full-back however he went through a significant injury in 2015 which put his career in jeopardy. He fell off a bicycle and lacerated his Achilles tendon which left a rather impressive scar.Speaking to The 42, O’Shea said of the injury; “It was insane It’s not like rupturing it. When you rupture it, you blow the fibres and then they eventually grow back in together. But I actually fell off the bike and kicked the cog of it, which is the disk, you can see it there… the scar.”“It was just like getting a knife and cutting your Achilles. There was just blood everywhere and I went to put my foot on the ground and your leg doesn’t work without your Achilles, so your foot just flops.” Despite this Munster extended his academy place but eventually moved on after he failed to secure a spot for the senior team.He then turned his attention to Sevens rugby and found a spot in the Irish national side. He previously made appearances at the 2018 Rugby World Cup and he also helped Ireland qualify for the World Rugby Sevens Series too.O’Shea interestingly also has a maternal grandparent from Hong Kong and his parents Niall and Carol were also sprinters for Ireland. He joins the popular Love Island tv show looking for love. He said recently; “I want a girl who backs herself and someone who lives a positive lifestyle.”For more rugby news don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

June 23

England Bid Goodbye To Genki Okoshi

first_img Expand 2019 Rugby World Cup Final: England 12-32 South Africa England Bid Goodbye To Genki OkoshiFor the past few weeks at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, England head-coach Eddie Jones has been using his past experiences and connections with Suntory Sungoliath to mix up his training sessions. He has been bringing in several of their players to give the English something different to train against and one man who has been there throughout is Genki Okoshi.Well after their final training session the England players bid farewell to what appears to be a good luck charm in Genki, by gifting him a shirt signed by the team as you can see below. The Suntory Sungoliath scrum-half was helping the English in their training sessions. Remember the last time England and South Africa… When is the biggest match in rugby union… When Is The Rugby World Cup Final? A storied rivalry, we take a look at… Five Of The Best England v South Africa Matches Expand South Africa were crowned world champions for the… Elliot Daly said;”It has been because we have had a few niggles and it’s been good to have a full XV to train against. (Scrumhalf) Genki (Okoshi) has been our boy. He has been with us probably the most amount of time. You can just see how excited they are to come and train. It is slightly different as well training against people that you don’t train against every day, it makes you concentrate a bit more in training, definitely.” Five Of The Best England v South Africa Matchescenter_img Billy Vunipola said; “It’s nice to have different people and different energy levels. We have had a few bumps and knocks but to have people like Genki in, not just to help with training but with the emotions of the group has been great. I think we have named-dropped them enough but he’s a good lad.” When Is The Rugby World Cup Final? Also make sure you know about the Groups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Hugs all round: Marler lifts up Okoshi (Getty Images) 2019 Rugby World Cup Final: England 12-32 South Africa Flashback: The 2007 Rugby World Cup Final This will be the second time England and South Africa have faced each other the Rugby World Cup Final. Previously South Africa emerged victorious in 2007 but Eddie Jones and defence coach John Mitchell are preparing for anything the Springboks throw at them.“They play in a particular way, but you must always be prepared for anything that comes at us. They have a very clever (No.) 9, who is sharp,” Mitchell said.“Polly (flyhalf Handre Pollard) is in really, really good form. They have four second-rowers who love winning the gain line. They have their own armory. It’s exciting. Last week (against New Zealand), we dealt with a lot of speed, a lot of footwork. This week they are certainly going to be a team that is more direct.”No doubt the training sessions England have had with players like Genki have allowed them to but their best preparations into fruition.Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Collapse Flashback: The 2007 Rugby World Cup Final Expandlast_img read more

June 20

Proposed draft 2013-2015 budget, explanation now available online

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Rector Bath, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit an Event Listing Comments are closed. Rector Belleville, IL March 2, 2012 at 10:51 am 90% decrease in Formation and Vocation? How does that help the church grow? Program Budget & Finance Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC By ENS staffPosted Mar 1, 2012 [Episcopal News Service] The draft proposed 2013-2015 budget adopted by Executive Council in January has now been posted on the General Convention website here.The budget is located under “Attendee Resources” and is accompanied by a narrative explanation prepared by a subcommittee of Executive Council.That narrative says that council has proposed a budget that “responds to the changes facing us by funding the development of new kinds of resources for congregations, dioceses and provinces. These resources enable us to increase capacity, foster relationships, generate leadership, and imagine a new way of being the church together.”The council also said that it heard from Episcopalians “that the church is participating in new ways of being church and should support new ways of doing ministry on a church-wide level. These new ways include changes in the role of church-wide staff, provinces and the emerging voices of other kinds of networks.”Thus, the council said, “funding is reduced for mission that we were told was best done on a local level.”At the same time, the budget includes three new line items that the council said in its narrative will fund “new work that we believe must be coordinated church-wide.” One designates money for a churchwide consultation on “the significant structural change we believe must be our faithful response to our changing context,” council said. The other two new line items call for an “Episcopal Co-op” to create church-wide arrangements for contracting certain administrative services and purchases, and a covenant with the Episcopal Service Corps to develop its ability to develop and plant new programs as a sustainable organization that empowers local ministry with a church-wide focus.The council noted that it had provided “significant investment in the ministry of Communications, including the Episcopal News Service, as a primary resource for evangelism and to ensure Episcopalians everywhere have the information they need to create the networks necessary to do the work of mission. ”The 2013-2015 draft budget represents $105 million in income from dioceses and investments plus other sources such as facilities rental, and an equal amount of expenses. That amount does not include income and expenses for the church’s refugee resettlement work, which is performed in large part under government grants. The total income for that government-supported work is forecast to be $47.6 million.The draft budget reflects a decrease in income from the current triennium. That budget, as approved by General Convention in July 2009, was based on income of $141 million, including $118 million in non-governmental sources and $22.8 million in government grants for refugee resettlement.In January, Treasurer Kurt Barnes estimated that 2010-2012 income from government grants to Episcopal Migration Ministries for its refugee resettlement work will have increased to slightly more than $40 million by the end of the triennium. At the same time, non-governmental income for the triennium is estimated to end up at $109 million rather than $118 million. That difference results from several factors: slightly reduced income from diocesan contributions, the closing of the unprofitable Episcopal Books and Resources and the Episcopal News Service’s monthly newspaper, and a reduction in fees received for the General Ordination Exams.The difference in expected income for church-supported activities between the two triennial budgets is also due in part to General Convention’s decision in 2009 to reduce the amount of money the church’s 110 dioceses were asked to contribute to the cost of funding the denomination’s work. The amount went from 21 percent of diocesan income in 2010 to 20 percent in 2011 and 19 percent in 2012. The draft 2013-2015 budget is based on an annual 19 percent asking. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Tags Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DClast_img read more

June 20

Task force on church structure plans first meeting

first_img Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC [Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church’s Task Force on Structure will conduct its inaugural meeting February 14-16 at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.The opening prayers and remarks from Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings on Feb.14 at 3:00 p.m., as well as a review of the group’s mandate, are open sessions, according to a media advisory here.The remainder of that day, the next two days’ proceedings and small-group discussions are private. The closing worship on Saturday is open.The task force plans to issue a statement following the conclusion of the meeting, the advisory said.The task force was called for via Resolution C095, approved at the July meeting of General Convention.Resolution C095 calls for a 24-member task force charged with presenting a plan to the next General Convention in 2015 “for reforming the church’s structures, governance, and administration.” According to the resolution “the membership of the task force shall reflect the diversity of the church, and shall include some persons with critical distance from the church’s institutional leadership.”The roster of the task force is here and below:The Rev. Jennifer L. Adams, Diocese of Western MichiganThe Rev. Joseph M.C. Chambers, Diocese of MissouriCanon Judith G. Conley, Diocese of ArizonaBishop Michael Bruce Curry, Diocese of North CarolinaBishop C. Andrew Doyle, Diocese of TexasThe Rev. Canon Marianne S. Ell, Diocese of North Dakota.The Rev. Miguelina Espinal-Howell, Diocese of NewarkProfessor Victor A. Feliberty-Ruberte, Diocese of Puerto RicoThe Venerable Robert Anton Franken, Diocese of MissouriDr. Catherine George, Diocese of New JerseyBishop Mary Gray-Reeves, Diocese of El Camino RealIan L. Hallas, Diocese of ChicagoJulia Ayala Harris, Diocese of FloridaThe Rev. Dr. Bradley S. Hauff, Diocese of PennsylvaniaThe Rev. Leng Leroy Lim, Diocese of Los AngelesThomas A. Little, Esq. Diocese of VermontThe Rev. Canon Craig W. Loya, Diocese of KansasSarah Miller, Diocese of AlabamaThe Rev. Kevin D. Nichols, Diocese of New HampshireBishop Sean W. Rowe, Diocese of Northwestern PennsylvaniaMargaret B. Shannon, Diocese of TexasT. Dennis Sullivan, Diocese of New YorkJonathan McKenzie York, Diocese of North CarolinaThe Rev. Dr. Dwight J. Zscheile, Diocese of MinnesotaIn addition, two partners from other Anglican Communion provinces have been appointed: the Very Rev. Peter Elliott of the Anglican Church of Canada, dean of the Diocese of New Westminster and rector of Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver; and the Rev. Sathianathan Clarke, Th.D., of the Church of South India, who is the Bishop Sundo Kim Chair in World Christianity and professor of theology, culture and mission at Wesley Theological Seminary.The task force will conduct a special gathering with representation from every diocese in preparation of its final report, due by November 2014, the advisory said. The date and location of the special meeting will be determined later. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Tags New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Press Release Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET February 15, 2013 at 11:12 pm I do! There are several of us in the group that fall under the critical distance from institutional leadership category. The Rev. Donna Gleaves says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA By ENS staffPosted Feb 11, 2013 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Structure Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Bath, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ February 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm Of this list I’m wondering who might have ‘critical distance from the institutional leadership ‘? Press Release Service Task force on church structure plans first meeting The Rev Dr Thomas Nixon says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Rev. Dann Brown says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group center_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Job Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Comments (4) Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK 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 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Belleville, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Albany, NY 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 Rector Washington, DC Julia Ayala Harris says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Shreveport, LA Comments are closed. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET February 12, 2013 at 10:29 am I am a bit disappointed that there is no one from the dioceses in the West, many of which have small parishes in very rural areas and which often don’t fit the typical East Coast/urban format and style. We can be very different. February 12, 2013 at 10:54 am Why are ANY of the meetings private? An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Featured Jobs & Callslast_img read more

June 20

Convention calls for closer relations with Cuban church

first_imgConvention calls for closer relations with Cuban church Possibility of reunification explored By Lynette Wilson Posted Jul 2, 2015 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Press Release An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Erna Lund says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books General Convention, Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Tags Rector Knoxville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Jobs & Calls Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Comments are closed. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Marilyn W. Peterson, a visitor from the Diocese of Florida, Bishop of Cuba Griselda Delgado Del Carpio and El Salvador Bishop David Alvarado during a June 25 hearing of the Standing Committee on World Mission. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] The U.S.-based Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Church of Cuba took a step toward closer relations during the 78th General Convention, meeting here June 25-July 3. Convention also passed a resolution calling for the U.S. government to lift its economic embargo against Cuba.“As state-to-state diplomatic relations between the United States and the government of Cuba are quickly progressing, the focus of The Episcopal Church upon our relationship with the Episcopal Church in Cuba should be intensified wherever possible,” said the Rt. Rev. James Magness, bishop suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries of The Episcopal Church, who visited Cuba recently and proposed Resolution B003.“The Episcopal Church in Cuba, our Anglican Communion partner, is a clear multiplier when it comes to the spiritual, social and physical infrastructure of the country of Cuba, and therefore has the potential to be a significant partner for us as we move forward to enhance our relationships,” he said.Resolution B003 called on General Convention to “acknowledge and affirm” the Cuban church’s decision to request membership as a diocese, and to identify and address the canonical issues, including offering pensions to clergy, involved with Cuba becoming a diocese.Resolution B002 called for the embargo to be lifted, and directed The Episcopal Church’s Washington, D.C.-based Office of Government Relations “to concentrate its effort with respect to this issue toward lifting aspects of the embargo that impede The Episcopal Church’s partnership with The Episcopal Church in Cuba.”The decades-long U.S. economic embargo and Cuba’s extra-provincial status has left the Cuban church feeling isolated, said the Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado Del Carpio during a June 25 hearing on resolutions A053, which was later discharged, and B003 in General Convention’s Legislative Committee on World Mission.“These have been tough times nationally and in the life of the church,” said Delgado, who became bishop of Cuba in 2010, adding that the last five decades under the embargo and as an extra-provincial diocese have been difficult.During a March synod meeting the Episcopal Church of Cuba voted 39 to 33 in favor of returning to The Episcopal Church. The Cuban church was a diocese of The Episcopal Church prior to the Cuban Revolution, before Cold War politics inhibited travel and communication between the two churches.The 78th General Convention could not formally welcome the Episcopal Church of Cuba back into the U.S.-based Episcopal Church during this convention, as such an action requires a study of the constitutional and canonical implications.Despite the hardship and isolation, however, the Episcopal Church of Cuba has a mature, thriving ministry focused on evangelism, as evidenced in its strategic plan.“The last decade has been one of creativity: Our churches (are) always open, always in prayer, and expanding in spirituality, and always believing we belonged to a larger family,” said Delgado during her testimony. “We, after these years, feel mature and solid in every aspect.“We have an identity as a culture. And the Cuban people work with society, especially children and youth, focusing always on mission training for laity and clergy, and always preparing lay people so that they can become formed in Christianity. I believe that with our human resources and spirituality, we have something to offer the rest of the church.”Following the Cuban church’s 1967 separation from The Episcopal Church, the Metropolitan Council, which includes primates of The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Province of the West Indies, was created to govern the church as an extra-provincial diocese.Resolution B003 also calls on the church to seek to strengthen relationships with the goal of creating “greater understanding and fellowship,” and that such efforts “seek to promote mutual ministry and understanding through cultural exchange, prayer, worship, fellowship, education, and humanitarian work – identifying and facilitating specific opportunities for exchange, including, but not limited to, travel so that an exchange may occur between Cuban and North American Episcopalians.”The embargo and the strict travel restrictions didn’t stop some Episcopalians from the United States from organizing mission trips and traveling on religious visas to the island, the largest and most populated of the Greater Antilles.For example, during her June 25 testimony in regard to strengthening the relationship between The Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Church of Cuba, the Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate, an alternate from the Diocese of New York and its missioner for Latino and Hispanic Ministry, described the personal impact of visiting Cuba.“I went to Cuba 12 years ago and met Griselda when she was a priest. She had seven churches, and was my inspiration. For the last six years I have led 16 to 20 teens to Cuba every year. We have done little work but they have loved us,” said Bass-Choate.“Our Episcopal Church of Cuba needs our support,” she said. “It is a magnificent church and they do a fantastic job. The ministry has transformed my life and my ministry. It is our church, we need to open our hearts and our doors to the diocese of Cuba.”The warming of relations between the U.S. and Cuban governments, and the anticipation that the U.S. economic embargo imposed on Cuba could be lifted, has sparked new hope in the church.On Dec. 17, 2014, President Barack Obama ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with the Cuban government, more than half a century after the United States severed relations with the communist government of then-President Fidel Castro. Prior to the Castro-led Cuban revolution, U.S. companies owned huge shares in Cuba’s economy, infrastructure, and utilities, and imported 90 percent of its sugar. Cuba is just 90 miles from Key West, Florida, and historically was a popular tourist destination for Americans.In 1960, the United States placed an embargo on all exports to Cuba except food and medicine; by 1962 the embargo covered all imports and exports. Following the Cuban Missile Crisis, President John F. Kennedy imposed travel restrictions on Feb. 8, 1963. Despite a loosening of some travel and trade restrictions following Obama’s December announcement, the embargo cannot be lifted without congressional action. In February, the U.S. Senate introduced legislation to lift the embargo.In October 2014, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to lift the embargo, with only the United States and Israel casting nay votes. It was the 23rd time a majority of the 193 member states voted to lift the embargo.“The Episcopal Church has called for the lifting of the embargo before but nothing has happened to the suffering of the Cuban people that we in America are creating. I believe it is time now for this to happen. We are continuing our failed policies of 50 years ago,” said retired Bishop Leo Frade during a June 24 hearing of the Legislative Committee on Social Justice and International Policy. Frade was born in Cuba. “We are losing billions of dollars. … It will be ridiculous if this General Convention doesn’t make a statement about the question of the embargo. This injustice is created by the USA and we have been doing it for five decades. … it’s time to stop it.”The Rev. Jose Luis Mendoza–Barahona of the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras, member of the international policy committee, spoke June 25 on behalf of lifting the embargo.“About three years ago I went to Cuba and I was able to witness the suffering, the pain and limitations the Cuban people are experiencing. I believe our committee has created too many expectations. … We need to demand that both governments support the lift(ing) of the embargo. The Cuban government has imposed an internal embargo against its people and they are not free to have relationships with other countries … So I would like our committee to support this resolution,” he said.Two currencies exist in Cuba, the peso and the convertible peso; the latter is used by foreign visitors and has a U.S. dollar equivalent. Professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, earn the equivalent of $20 per month.Lifting the embargo, for the church, would mean more money for mission and ministry; for the Cuban people, “it would signify a radical change,” said Delgado during an interview with ENS. “First of all, both countries would be in closer relationship.”Specifically, in terms of the Cuban church, she added, funds could be transferred directly to Cuba rather than routed through Canadian banks at a 10 percent fee.The Episcopal Church’s 2013-15 budget allocated $106,000 to the church in Cuba.For clergy ordained in Cuba before 1966, the embargo eliminated their pensions, explained Delgado; a few years ago, those still living began to receive some pension money. Clergy ordained since 1966 are not part of a pension plan.— Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for Episcopal News Service. Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Comments (1) Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Pittsburgh, PA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ July 4, 2015 at 2:41 pm This all sounds so “Well and Good”–no argument there so to speak … It is encouraging to those of us who have long voiced/spoke out re justice for the Guantanamo “residents”/Inmates many of whom have already been “ready for release” per attorneys, but U.S. refusal …Now the Cuban government has insisted that the U.S. must close/return Guantanamo to Cuba–rightly so–before any official diplomatic/consular residency can occur. We must honor this for Respect for Humanitarian and Territorial Integrity. I hope that the U.S. government will follow through with this very basic requirement 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 General Convention 2015 Featured Events Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MSlast_img read more

June 20

Brazil’s churches respond to Zika virus through Lent campaign

first_img Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem By Anglican Alliance staffPosted Feb 12, 2016 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Anglican Communion, Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS [Anglican Alliance] The Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil has joined with other churches in the country to raise awareness of the Zika virus and promote preventative measures through an ecumenical Lenten campaign for a healthy environment.The campaign, “Care for our Common Home,” lifts up the right to clean water and sanitation in Brazil, a significant economy but with great inequality and severe gaps in basic services and environmental standards. The mosquito which transmits the Zika virus is able to breed where there are pools of water left standing in the environment.“CONIC’s [National Council of Christian Churches in Brazil] mission is to strengthen the ‘ecumenism of service and justice.’ This international ecumenical Lenten Campaign can help to achieve that, so the struggle to prevent diseases and the spread of the mosquito in this period is essential,” Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil (IEAB) Bishop Flavio Irala, President of CONIC, has said.Care for Our Common Home is rooted in the biblical text calling for justice to “roll down like waters” and righteousness “like an ever flowing stream” (Amos 5:24). CONIC coordinates the campaign, which links churches with faith-based organizations and social movements.The Zika virus is spreading rapidly and has now been detected in at least 23 countries across the Americas, leading the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare a global public health emergency.The virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. Pregnant women are at particular risk due to a suspected link between the Zika virus and microcephaly in babies, a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age. According to WHO, if microcephaly is combined with poor brain growth, developmental disabilities may result. Around 4000 babies have been born with microcephaly in Brazil since October 2015.WHO is advising in particular women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites.The need for proper sanitation is also critical. According to the WHO, any amount of standing water is a potential mosquito breeding site and needs to be cleaned, emptied, covered, or otherwise treated. This is a particular challenge in urban areas, where poor sanitation leaves pools of water hidden in waste grounds and amongst refuse.For IEAB, the current Zika crisis is a key moment to promote community action and advocate for a strong governmental response to ensure sustainable and just living conditions.“Half of the population of Brazil has no access to sanitation and a great number have no clean water. The outbreak of Zika is an example of the neglectful situation in which our people live. All of this can be overcome with education, mobilisation and public policies that take into consideration the preservation of the environment,” noted Archbishop Francisco de Assis da Silva, IEAB primate, in lending his support to the Lenten Campaign.The Anglican Alliance welcomes the IEAB’s engagement in “Care for Our Common Home.”“Access to health care and proper sanitation, such as safe water, sewage treatment and garbage collection, are targets of the new Sustainable Development Goals and fundamental elements for communities to live in health and dignity,” said Anglican Alliance co-executive director, the Rev. Rachel Carnegie.The Anglican Alliance will continue to monitor the situation of the Zika public health emergency, highlight advice from the WHO and share examples of responses within the Anglican Communion.“With its presence in every community, the churches have a key role to play in raising awareness on prevention of the Zika virus, as well as advocating with governments on water and sanitation issues,” she said.On behalf of the churches in Brazil,Carnegie asked members of the Anglican Communion to remember in prayer families who have been affected by this public health emergency or are living in anxiety. “Pray that they will receive care and support at this time.”––––––––––––––––––––––––Zika virus preventative measuresUse insect repellentWear clothes (preferably light coloured) that cover as much of the body as possibleCover openings in buildings with screens, and close doors and windowsSleep under mosquito nets, especially during the day, when mosquitoes are most activeEmpty, clean or cover containers that can hold water, such as buckets, flower pots and tyresIn particular women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant who should take extra care to protect themselves from the bites of the mosquito that transmits Zika.Source: WHOWhile the usual symptoms of the Zika virus are not severe (mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain and headaches), the suspected link to microcephaly in babies is serious and preventative measures are crucial. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Job Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Belleville, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Health & Healthcare, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Tags 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 Collierville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Course Director Jerusalem, Israel 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA center_img Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Lent, Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Events In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Martinsville, VA Ecumenical & Interreligious, Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Washington, DC ––––––––––––––––––––––––Related ResourcesRead the 2016 Lenten Message from the IEAB Primate in English and Portuguese Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Press Release Service Brazil’s churches respond to Zika virus through Lent campaign The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY South America 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ last_img read more