Eliota Sapolu – Magic moments

first_imgFun Fact: A firm believer of life after rugby, Eliota is actually a trained Soliciter.Say What?! A prolific tweeter – @Eliota_Sapolu “From Bath England to Manurewa New Zealand. From spot the Brown to spot the White. Wish my Gloucester boys could experience this #worldsapart” Weight102 kg (16 st 1 lb) PositionCentre Not to mention his ‘header’ try playing for Auckland University a few years ago. HonoursSamoa (17 caps) Height1.85 m (6′ 1″) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The first of the two videos includes his windmill dummy for Gloucester against the Dragons, Gloucester’s LV= Cup final win over Newcastle, against Wasps in the Aviva Premiership ClubGloucester GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 02: Gloucester centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu breaks through the Falcons defence during the Aviva Premiership game between Gloucester and Newcastle Falcons at Kingsholm Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) Gloucester and Samoan centre Eliota Fuimaono-SapoluEliota Fuimaono-Sapolu was one of the stars of last season’s Aviva Premiership bringing a swagger and a style that lit up Kingsholm throughout a great season for the Cherry and Whites. But there is far more to Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu than the man you see on the field. He is, it is safe to say, one of the great characters of the English game and here we take a look at the man who has been taken to the hearts of fans across England.Who: Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu DOB31st Oct 1980 BirthplaceApia, Samoalast_img read more

Ireland XV v Fiji: The Preview

first_imgKidney says he only decided on such a youthful and untried line-up – Marshall has made only eight starts for his province – after seeing their enthusiasm in training. The players are hungry and so they should be.Will there any complacency? Not according to defence coach Anthony Foley. “We’re preparing like a Test match,” he says. “It’s no different to how we prepared last week – same meetings, same intensity and with the same vigour in training.”That approach should bring a heap more misery for Fiji.Prediction: If the same Fiji turn up as at Twickenham, Ireland should fill their boots. Home win by 40.IRELAND XV v FIJI, Saturday 17 November, 5.30pm, Thomond Park, Live on BBC2IRELAND: Denis Hurley; Fergus McFadden, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy; Paddy Jackson, Conor Murray; David Kilcoyne, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross, Donncha O’Callaghan, Dan Tuohy, Iain Henderson, John Muldoon, Jamie Heaslip (captain).Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Cian Healy, Michael Bent, Mike McCarthy, Chris Henry, Paul Marshall, Jonathan Sexton, Simon Zebo.FIJI: Metuisela Talebula; Simeli Koniferedi, Vereniki Goneva, Josh Matavesi, Watisoni Votu; Jonetani Ralulu, Nicola Matawalu; Jerry Anuyanutawa; Viliame Veikoso, Deacon Manu (captain), Leone Nakarawa, Api Naikatini, Iliesa Ratuva, Malakai Ravulo, Nemani Nagusa. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Green and mean: Rob Kearney eludes Leone Nakarawa during Ireland’s 41-6 Dublin rout of Fiji three years agoBy Alan Pearey, Rugby World Deputy EditorTHIS IS not to belittle England’s 50-point spree last weekend but the Fiji squad touring Britain and Ireland is a desperately mediocre bunch. No team should concede tries as soft as that scored by Ugo Monye at Twickenham and Fiji’s midweek defeat at Gloucester will have done nothing to lift the spirits of a team that has a decent midfield and not a lot else.After flopping in front of 82,000 in London, the Islanders will perform in front of less than a quarter of that number in Limerick. Ireland shouldn’t need an excuse to take Internationals around the country, but the decision to play at Thomond Park hinged on commercial reality: Fiji, beaten by an average of 39 points in their three previous meetings with the Irish, are not a big draw card.Looking over their shoulderBizarrely, Ireland aren’t awarding caps for a match that will have no bearing on their world ranking. As such, they will find themselves out of the top eight this weekend should Scotland reproduce their feat of 2010 by toppling an ordinary-looking Springbok side.Next weekend’s Ireland-Argentina match will be monumental but the visit of the Fijians also has much riding on it. Ireland have now lost five in a row – albeit to top-ranked outfits – and the heat is on Declan Kidney as he contemplates extending the contract that expires at the end of this season. Statistically it’s Ireland’s worst run since they lost seven successive games in the 1997-98 season.Stepping up to the plateIn losing to the Boks, Ireland at least showed they can compete without a host of big-name players. Paul O’Connell, Stephen Ferris, Rory Best and Sean O’Brien is a lot of muscle to be missing from the pack, and the locks, in particular, stood up to be counted. Donnacha Ryan and Mike McCarthy look accomplished footballers and if a couple of the absent back-five forwards had made the cut in Dublin then the result would surely have been different.Link-man: Murray will look to fire backsMike Ross and skipper Jamie Heaslip are retained for the Fiji game, along with scrum-half Conor Murray (right), in a line-up full of fresh faces. Fly-half Paddy Jackson, 20, centre Luke Marshall, 21, and wing Craig Gilroy, 21, are joined by 20-year-old flanker Iain Henderson, capped last week off the bench. All four are from Ulster, who are also represented by the older Darren Cave and Dan Tuohy.Intensity and vigour TAGS: Fiji Replacements: Tuapati Talemaitoga, Manasa Saulo, Setefano Somoca, Apisai Ratuniyarawa, Jovili Domolailai, Kelemedi Bola, Saula Radidi/Ravai Fatiaki, Tomoci Matanavou.Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)last_img read more

Lions 2013: 5 Things We’ve Learned. Lions v Brumbies

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Whilst the loss against the Brumbies is damaging for the current touring party, it’s arguably good for Lions tours’ long-term appeal. We don’t want to see a procession of one sided victories over weak regional teams and depleted Super Rugby franchises; at times this tour has been the Monaco Grand Prix of rugby. Lions tours are supposed to be attritional, competitive encounters where the result shouldn’t be decided the minute that the teams have been selected.The Brumbies have deservedly joined the lucky few who have rolled over the tourists – and that’s what these tours are all about. This loss for the Lions team was actually a victory for the Lions tour, and as a strange as it sounds, long may they continue. not for featured It is hard to be overly critical of the Lions loss against the Brumbies. Whilst all Lions teams have little time to learn the nuances of each other’s game, this lot barely had the chance to learn each other’s names. Gatland has called up seven new players into the squad, eight would match the all-time record, and five of them were involved in this game.This was elite rugby’s equivalent of the team bus driving through the village, with twelve players on board, and seeing if any passers-by fancied a game of rugby in return for a Ruby Murray and chips and two beer vouchers. The central axis of the back-line, 12 though to 14, all flew into Australia this week and therefore can’t be expected to deliver a performance good enough to beat the best team in Super Rugby, regardless of their individual ability. If you could, then the Barbarians should, theoretically, be one of the best teams in the world.Good goal kicking vs elite goal kickingTuesday’s loss against the Brumbies illustrated the difference between good goal kicking and elite goal kicking. The Lions had a kicking completion of 67% – four from six. Whilst this isn’t disastrous, it fell below the 80% completion required at this level and the standard that we are used to seeing from Leigh Halfpenny, and Owen Farrell, who has also kicked well on this tour. Both of the missed kicks were taken from simple positions and comfortable distances.The missed goal kicks took on extra significance because the Lions were unable to score a single try – as is so often the case, goal kicking could have won the match. It may seem harsh to blame the defeat on two missed goal kicks, though, and they weren’t the reason for this loss. However, elite rugby is a game of nano margins, and if the first miss was two inches to the right and the second miss two inches two the left then the Lions would have won by four points and retained their 100% win record. As a footnote, it would be unfair to blame Stuart Hogg, at 20, and with only a single game at N0 10 for the misses. Blame should be directed squarely at the non-selection of a third kicking fly-half from the original squad.Crowd pleaser: the loss will benefit future Lions toursA loss is good for the Lions Tour Shane shackled: Brumbies winger Henry Speight prevents Williams from strutting his twinkle toesBy Paul WilliamsFirst lossTHE LIONS registered their first loss of the tour with a 14-12 defeat against the Brumbies. Prior to this game the tourists had been able to rely on their set-piece, but this was not the case on Tuesday. The Lions scrum was under pressure in the first half. It reduced the opportunity for quick No 8/No 9 pick-ups and didn’t yield a single penalty in the first 40 minutes. It’s worth noting that the second half replacements of Richard Hibbard, Dan Cole and Alex Corbisiero made a notice difference, winning a kickable scrum penalty on their second attempt.After a promising opening lineout, an accurate back-ball to Richie Gray, the Lions lineout became painfully erratic and a hindrance to their game plan. Slow, messy possession from both the scrum and lineout allowed the Brumbies defensive line to regularly gain an extra yard, often shutting down the twelve channel and leaving Billy Twelvetrees stranded behind the gainline to get smashed. Shaky set piece possession also contributed to the Lions carrying the ball just 281 metres – their lowest on this tour. Whilst Warren Gatland will be alarmed by the lineout percentage and the number of metres carried, the number that will worry him most is 100% – the win ratio that he can no longer attain.Trumped: the Lions lineout struggledThe lineout – a genuine concernThe Lions lineout has been a talking point on this tour, but after the Brumbies performance Gatland may have turned it into a shouting point. The men in red had a debilitating lineout completion of 61.9%, missing eight from 21, having only missed eight in total up until the Brumbies fixture. It meant that the Lions weren’t able to control any meaningful territory – particularly in the redzone.It’s very difficult to gain territory in modern rugby. 50 yard line breaks are a rarity, and the easiest way to gain 50 metres, and maintain it, is a penalty kick to touch and to win the subsequent lineout. As a rule the hooker usually, and often unfairly, receives the blame for a shaky lineout, but on Tuesday that criticism seemed justifiable. Whilst some of the Lions eight losses at the lineout could arguably be blamed on a combination of jumpers and lifters, unfortunately for Rory Best, many were directly attributable to the accuracy of his delivery.Makeshift squadlast_img read more

Meet RUGGEDSTOCK, the new name in sports bags

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS This is an advertising feature http://ruggedstock.com/This is an advertising feature. And yes it looks good but, more importantly, it also performs excellently. Chuck it in the back of the car, throw it down in a wet field, or shove it under your desk at work – it’s made for real-life handling. We’d go so far as to say that a bit of dirt only adds to its rugged charm. Team it with our wash bag, which fits neatly into the end pocket, allowing you to transport your essential toiletries with ease. Our wash bag works just as well solo. The carry handles double up as hanging hooks for when you’re on the move and the wide-opening main compartment means you can avoid that annoying rooting around – so you can get on with the rest of your day. No distractions, right?Whether you’re at the top of your game or just starting out, hard work can help you to realise your loftiest ambitions. And while it’s true that the right products are no substitute for grit and determination, they sure make the journey that bit easier.Rugged and resolute, you don’t baulk at the challenge. And neither do we. We are for the go-getters and the non-quitters. We are for the determined. Change occurs outside of your comfort zone. Talent goes a long way but we all know that there’s no substitute for hard work and determination – both on and off the pitch.Achieving your most important goals requires embarking on a journey. It is often difficult; sometimes taking you in unexpected directions; always remarkable. And while the destination is what keeps you going, the experiences you have along the way are just as valuable.Whether you’re the best in your field or a complete amateur, your dreams and ambitions count. Day in and day out they motivate and inspire you: to keep pushing; to keep striving; to be the best that you can be. When it’s raining, the ground is muddy and churned up and you’re just not feeling your best (we’ve all been there!), that’s when you have to dig deeper and find that hidden, inner strength. It’s in there somewhere, even when you feel like you can’t keep going.So you need products that are as strong and determined as you are. You need products that won’t let you down and that will be in it with you for the long haul. When you’re laser-focused, the last thing you need is an unnecessary distraction.RUGGEDSTOCK is a new sports brand, whose products are designed and manufactured with you in mind. Tough, durable and stylish to boot, they won’t give up on you – because chasing your goals can be tough. Our sports bag is perfect for storing all your sports and fitness essentials. With an easily-accessible main compartment and multiple pockets, it can hold all manner of things. Sweaty gear? Check. Mucky boots? Check. Your electronic devices? Check. Its padded lining keeps your valuable items protected, meaning you can transition between work and the pitch with ease.last_img read more

Eddie Jones admits he got Calcutta Cup preparation wrong

first_imgEngland’s head coach admits a failing in his prep. Here’s what else he’s had his players doing before games this Six Nations As Jones said after the Scotland defeat, he will go back and look at things. His prep was always going to change after this match, win or lose. He will forever change his preparation tactics.As he said back in November: “In Japan (for the 2019 World Cup), we might have to change hotels two days before a game. We might have to fly to a hotel that has had karaoke in it for ten days and we’re going to have to adjust. It’s not a perfect world. Life at Pennyhill is perfect but that’s not going to win us the World Cup. We have to be adaptable and adjustable and robust.” Eddie Jones admits he got Calcutta Cup preparation wrongIn the wake of their first Calcutta Cup loss in ten years, England boss Eddie Jones has held his hand up. In a magnanimous display, the Australian coach first lavished praise on Scotland before insisting that he had got the team’s preparations wrong.Talking immediately after the 25-13 Six Nations loss, he said: “These lessons (from losses) you don’t want to have but they are the best lessons in the world. We will learn a lot from this. Unfortunately the lesson isn’t sometimes nice to take but it is a great lesson for us. We weren’t there in the first half and again I take responsibility for it, I didn’t prepare the team as well as I should have. It’s my fault.”Related: Scotland win the Calcutta CupOf course Jones could be talking about how he addressed his players, what the make-up of match day was like or simply how much contact time he had with his squad. However, he then qualified what he meant.“We changed the preparation for this game remarkably,” he said. “We got Georgia in as we wanted to improve our set piece work and that didn’t transfer to the game today. We are always changing our preparation.Scrum on down: England faced the Georgians in training“If we were able to get away with the game today we would still have things to work on. The loss hurts, with a win you get a good feeling. There is one happy team here – one dressing room singing songs and the other one is kicking stones. We are the ones kicking stones. Regardless of the result you look at things you haven’t done well and you prepare the team for the next game so it doesn’t change anything.”England have employed a few varied approaches so far in these Six Nations, to keep the players guessing. As mentioned above, Georgia came in to train with England during the first fallow week.The intention was for the forwards Jones called “the biggest, ugliest, strongest scrum pack in the world” to challenge and eventually galvanise his English scrum. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Stunned: Eddie Jones says he did not prepare his team well enough However, there have been other approaches. Before the Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome, Jones hoped to avoid any repeat of last year’s antics at Twickenham.On the hunt: Italy created havoc for England in 2017In 2017, Italy unleashed ‘The Fox’ Simply put, the Italians decided not to create rucks. This meant that there was no offside line, which allowed defenders to dart forward and block off scrum-half passes.Related: What Six Nations sides did with their fallow weekSo before the two teams met this season, Jones and his coaches utilised an American Cold War process known as “red-teaming” in their prep. This meant that the management would meet twice weekly to generate session plans that deliberately challenged the team’s most vulnerable points. The intention was to learn from this and, as a group, come up with ways to improve further.Then, before the showdown with Wales, the England coaches looked at drills designed to replicate centre Scott Williams trying to rip ball out of an attacker’s hands.Ball stripper: Scott Williams hones in on the ball v EnglandThis involved sessions where players paired off and wrestled for control of the ball. Jones said of the practice that he asked his squad to: “imagine it’s Williams – every time he sees the ball he tries to rip it out.”Related: How Scotland celebrated their Calcutta Cup winlast_img read more

Presiding Bishop’s Christmas Eve sermon in Jerusalem

first_img Associate Rector Columbus, GA Press Release Service Curate Diocese of Nebraska Tags Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit an Event Listing Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Comments are closed. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC [1] http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/12/at-interfaith-luncheon-an-appeal-for-a-miracle/ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Israel-Palestine, Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Joyce Ann Edmondson says: Comments (1) 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/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Posted Dec 25, 2012 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 Submit a Job Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest center_img Rector Shreveport, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Presiding Bishop’s Christmas Eve sermon in Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Featured Events Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Belleville, IL [2] http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-making-of-a-miracle-the-chief-rabbi-and-the-imams/ 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Press Release December 25, 2012 at 11:19 am “Holy God, creator of us all, remind us of the dignity you bestow on every human being through your birth in human flesh. Help us hold up mirrors to see your face in tyrant and prisoner alike. ”This reminds me of Mother Teresa’s words to the effect that we might see Christ in the faces of all we meet in their “distressing disguise…” In this way, we can be a light in the darkness too. Middle East, The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Bath, NC [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “A child is born, a prince of peace who will establish justice, here and around this earth,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said in her sermon on Christmas Eve, December 24 from St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem.The following is the text of the Presiding Bishop’s Christmas Even sermon:Christmas EveSt. George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem, 11:30 pm24 December 2012The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts SchoriPresiding Bishop and PrimateThe Episcopal ChurchI bring you glad tidings of great joy! A child is born, a prince of peace who will establish justice, here and around this earth. He will be guide and counselor, a ruler to lead us in paths of peace, who will break down walls and make the path straight. The prophet promises a prince of peace who will burn all the combat boots and bloodied uniforms, stoking a fire to light the way toward justice and peace.That world still feels a very long way off. More than 2000 years later we are still waiting and hoping and yearning for that light to banish the darkness once and for all, and deliver us from the long night. We gather on this night to celebrate the kindling of that light in human flesh – in the birth of the Holy One among us. We are here to remember and discover again the light that burns bright in the darkness, a light the darkness did not put out – not in this land so many years ago, nor through the years since. The darkness did not prevail; it will not and cannot overcome the light of Christ. The light continues to burn through trials and migrations, wars and plagues, political machinations and death. The light is here this night, burning still in human hearts set ablaze by God.The Holy One comes among us in light and darkness, when we are most in need and despair, as well as in rejoicing. God is here, Emmanuel.We remember the Christ child delivered on a bleak midwinter night. His mother Mary and Joseph set out into darkness, seeking shelter on a cold and bitter night, knowing that the time of delivery was very near. In cities around the world tonight homeless teenagers still struggle to find shelter. In many of those cities, they stand in line to see if a lottery will produce a bed for them in an overcrowded shelter. Tomorrow will bring the same challenge – will there be a place in the inn?We remember a holy child and family fleeing into exile, refugees before an earthly king who sought to finally silence every threat and opposition. This Land of the Holy One still waits for earthly leaders to come to the table and deliver homes where all children might grow and flourish in the light of peace. O Lord, you set a table before us in the presence of our enemies, you spread your feast, and let your bounty overflow. Let your children’s fear of one another be banished by the light you shed in our midst.The empires of this world continue to make war – in Afghanistan, in the China Sea, in Pakistan and in Congo. We wait with trepidation for the next chapter in Iran and Syria and Egypt. Give us your peace, O Lord; let your kingdom come, and speedily. Give us hearts of hope while you are working your purposes out over all the earth. Make us vessels of your peace, set us alight as partners with your eternal flame.Herod threatened this child, this babe of Mary. Children are still dying at the hands of the angry and confused and possessed, shot to death in schools, and turned into drug-addled soldiers in wars of conquest. Good Lord, deliver your people from themselves. Let your fires consume the hardware of violence and the instruments of death. Teach us peace, let peace prevail this night and every night.Human beings here and around the globe live in fear, assaulted by petty tyrants who dominate others to escape their own fear and anxiety. Holy God, creator of us all, remind us of the dignity you bestow on every human being through your birth in human flesh. Help us hold up mirrors to see your face in tyrant and prisoner alike. Teach us equity in your embrace of all the world this night. For you are born in our midst for the healing of every division.God answers the darkness of human hearts with a tiny cry in an occupied land – the cry of a babe born to a surprised teenager who said yes to God’s daunting invitation. That mother and child are sheltered by the compassion of a foster father, who has answered another surprising invitation. Jesus is God’s own “yes” to humanity, as he is reminded at his baptism: “you are my beloved; in you I am well pleased.” God’s yes overwhelms the darkness, and the YES of Jesus brings restoration and wholeness to humanity and all creation. God says to us this night, “you are my beloved children, among whom I rejoice to dwell.”Sometimes the invitation to embrace that divine light comes in surprising places. Two weeks ago in New York the leader of the largest mosque in that city and the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel sat down to a Hanukkah meal together with several other rabbis and imams.[1] That meal, too, was lit with candles in the darkness. The Chief Rabbi invited the imams to visit Israel – and several accepted.[2] There is a growing flicker of light in the darkness, as the children of Abraham seek peace in this Land of the Holy One.How will you answer God’s invitation this night? Will you seek the light in the darkness? Our own “yes” answers God’s yes in human flesh – and the Christ light is kindled within us like a candle in the night. Will your own heart welcome Christ’s birth within? Will you fan and feed that Christ light to flame up and banish the darkness?For unto us is born a child, healer of humanity and all creation, the prince of peace. This is indeed good news of great joy for all people. Raise your voice, ring out your joy, sing a new song, and tell of light born this night in human flesh, Emmanuel. Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to all people – to all God’s creation. May the Christ light burn within us, and among us, and between us. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. May the peace of Christ spread abroad as fire to consume the instruments of violence and war. Let that light blaze forth like the dawn! The Sun of righteousness is born in our midst! The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will never overcome it. Rector Smithfield, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Knoxville, TN last_img read more

Archbishop of Canterbury meets Pope Francis in Rome

first_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Posted Jun 16, 2014 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Tags Anglican Communion, Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Martinsville, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit an Event Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Rector Shreveport, LA 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Archbishop of Canterbury meets Pope Francis in Rome An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Events Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Press Release Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem center_img Press Release Service Rector Hopkinsville, KY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC June 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm If this is permitted. I have written a beautiful e book as pdf on God, America and Liberty called Miracle America Miracle. It reveals the ideals of my Nation from rescuing the homeless in Law to understand the cancer research science to ask the Lord for the cure. The writing is lyrical in part and otherwise is simple in its prose,. I enter political issues from the point of reference to create harmony and awe at the wonder of divinity in the origin of our Constitution. Thus Knowledge of God will fufill Law and Land. The pdf is available at store.payloadz.com. Just search by title. Submit a Job Listing Comments (1) Rector Knoxville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ [Lambeth Palace] In their second meeting within eighteen months Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby today recommitted themselves resolutely to the struggle against modern slavery and human trafficking.Following their first meeting last year the two global leaders have continually spoken out to challenge this crime against humanity, and have acted decisively to support the foundation of the new faith based global freedom network. They both endorsed this network as a crucial force in the struggle to rid the world of a global evil.Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin also spoke about areas in conflict and how churches around the globe are called by Christ, our reconciler, to act as peacemakers. They described their Christian passion for peacemaking in places torn apart by war, and pledged their ongoing commitment to act as agents of reconciliation and restorative justice.The Pope and Archbishop also spoke of their appreciation of the recent work of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) following its meeting in South Africa. The burdens of division continue but the opportunities for new collaboration and much deeper understanding between the two world communions are compelling and timely.Read the text of the Archbishop’s address to Pope Francis here:http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5345/archbishop-justins-address-to-pope-francisRead about the Archbishop’s gifts to the Pope here:http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5346/archbishop-justins-gifts-for-pope-francis Rector Albany, 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Featured Jobs & Calls Ecumenical & Interreligious Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK 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 Archbishop of Canterbury, Rector Bath, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Comments are closed. Stewart David Wigdor says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Collierville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MIlast_img read more

Opposing gun violence, Seattle Episcopalians join in faith march

first_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Gun Violence Director of Music Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Comments (3) Rich Basta says: Submit a Press Release Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Press Release Service Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Opposing gun violence, Seattle Episcopalians join in faith march Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA [Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral] Members of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle joined with more than 30 other Washington faith communities in a “March to the Ballot” on Oct. 19 in support of Washington State Initiative 594 (I-594). This initiative is one of two gun-related measures on the ballot for Washington voters this fall. I-594 closes the so-called “gun show loophole.” If passed this measure would apply the currently used criminal and public safety background checks required of licensed dealers to all firearm sales and transfers, including gun show and online sales, with specific exceptions.The march began at Temple De Hirsch Sinai and made stops at St. James Cathedral (Roman Catholic) and Plymouth Congregational Church for interfaith prayer, song and community. The march ended at the King County Administration Building in downtown Seattle, the site of a ballot drop box. Because Washington State votes by mail-in ballot, marchers were able to cast their ballots in a collective and highly visible vote in favor of Initiative 594.Seattle Mayor Ed Murray also joined the marchers. Earlier this summer following the shootings at Seattle Pacific University, Murray had remarked that Initiative 594 was a “small step toward a more rational conversation about gun violence.”The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason, who serves as the dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral and rector of the Parish of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, spoke during the march. “We join here today bearing the wounds of loss, each in our own ways,” he said. “It is a lamentable fact that no family in this country is untouched by gun violence. It seems no child is immune from the terror anymore. We can do better.“As Washingtonians, we have the opportunity to lead the nation, to set the example, with I-594 and with our efforts to save lives. We stand here today in solidarity with all who bear the wounds of senseless gun violence, with the majority of people in this state who say ‘enough’. It is time.“As people of faith, we are compelled by a divine narrative that inexorably draws us to healing and wholeness. This initiative and our support for it is a part of that journey of faith.“Today, we make a symbolic journey together as a sign of the commitment that we collectively say, we demand better for our state, for our communities.”I-594 was endorsed this summer by the Saint Mark’s vestry after a careful listening process and vote. This process was designed to answer requests to take a position on current controversial topics. The first step was reception of the request by the dean and wardens and a decision for or against sending this request into the process. The second step was the listening event attended by parish and vestry members: a facilitated and structured session open to the parish. A speaker representing each side of the topic was listened to respectfully and a comment and question period followed.The listening session for I-594 was held on July 20, when Phil Watson from Washington Gun Rights and Zach Carstensen from the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility spoke to members of the Saint Mark’s community.Just over a week after the listening session, the vestry voted unanimously in favor of endorsement of the request. On July 29, on action by its vestry, Saint Mark’s Cathedral Parish voted unanimously to endorse I-594. The cathedral joined other faith and business communities at the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, “a coalition of concerned citizens and organizations working together to forge commonsense solutions to reduce gun violence.”A second bill on the ballot, I-591, would “prohibit government agencies from confiscating guns or other firearms from citizens without due process, or from requiring background checks on firearm recipients unless a uniform national standard is required.”— Liz Sloat is communications director for Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Martinsville, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Steve Thomason says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA center_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Belleville, IL By Liz SloatPosted Nov 4, 2014 Curate Diocese of Nebraska November 4, 2014 at 4:03 pm You might want to read this article, on the very topic. Churches really risk the ire of the Feds if they are not wise.http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/2014-elections-pastors-endorsing-candidates-irs-112434.html Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Shreveport, LA Advocacy Peace & Justice, Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Tampa, FL Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Collierville, TN Comments are closed. November 4, 2014 at 2:02 pm I’m glad St. Mark’s allowed an open and honest debate at their church before the vestry decision. That’s representing the best of democracy, and the Episcopal Church. A question out there to any tax attorneys: does a vestry of a church that advocates publically for a specfic bill or voter initiative, rather than issuing a position on the general issue itself, put into jeopardy the church’s 501(c)3 tax exempt status? I’m not an expert in these matters, so I would appreciate any insight anyone with professional expertise in this area could offer. Thanks. Featured Events In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Bath, NC Submit a Job Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Albany, NY 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 Tags November 4, 2014 at 4:38 pm In answer to Rich Basta’s question: yes, we considered this carefully, and sought legal opinions which consistently have concluded that this endorsement is within the scope of our gospel mandate. Specifically, I offer the following explanation, and we encourage other faith communities to consider how their voice is needed in the political arena as we seek justice, respect and dignity for every human being.As a 501(c)(3) organization, (a) St. Mark’s cannot participate in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office and (b) no substantial part of the activities of St. Mark’s may consist of attempting to influence legislation. The Cathedral’s support of I-594 relates to (b) and, given the full scope of the Cathedral’s many programs and activities, the efforts on behalf of I-594 clearly are not a substantial part of the activities of St. Mark’s. mark hatch says: last_img read more

‘Public engagement’ is theme of conference of Brazilian theologians

first_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Knoxville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Posted Apr 28, 2017 Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Shreveport, LA 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 Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Collierville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Tags Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA [Anglican Communion News Service] Five theologians from around Brazil participated in a theology conference this week under the theme “Anglican theology and public engagement.”The mission theology project exists to “raise up new ‘Doctors of the Church’ in the global South to write, network, publish and engage with theologians in the global North, to renew the worldwide Church and influence society,” said the Rt. Rev. Graham Kings, co-chair of the conference and mission theologian in the Anglican Communion.Full article. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Tampa, FL center_img Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC ‘Public engagement’ is theme of conference of Brazilian theologians The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Bath, NC Submit an Event Listing Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Anglican Communion Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Youth Minister Lorton, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Music Morristown, NJlast_img read more

« Aimer Dieu, aimer son prochain » : une formation pour devenir des…

first_img Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries, Rector Tampa, FL 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 Submit an Event Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Belleville, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Music Morristown, NJ « Aimer Dieu, aimer son prochain » : une formation pour devenir des militants. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Press Release Service [Episcopal News Service – Hartford (Connecticut] Il y a un an, l’organisme Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) s’inquiétait de savoir comment il allait mobiliser l’Église pour aider à la réinstallation de 25 000 réfugiés supplémentaires pour l’exercice 2017. À présent, EMM et les autres organismes de réinstallation luttent pour leur survie dans un environnement de plus en plus fracturé, dominé par la peur, la désinformation et les malentendus.« Il y a un an, le principal souci que nous avions était de savoir comment nous allions passer de 85 000 à 110 000 réfugiés… et nous pensions alors que si nous n’avions pas de militants, de personnes pour s’engager dans ce très important ministère, nous n’allions jamais pouvoir réinstaller 110 000 réfugiés ou plus », a déclaré le révérend E. Mark Stevenson, le directeur d’EMM.« Notre travail de défense des droits est à présent simplement d’éduquer les gens à pouvoir filtrer les absurdités qu’ils voient et entendent tellement dans les médias. Les réfugiés fuient les mêmes types de problèmes que nous voulons arrêter pour notre propre sécurité nationale. Ce sont des personnes qui ont été attaqués et nous craignons d’être attaqués ».La défense des droits et les témoignages qui humanisent le vécu des réfugiés sont deux manières pour les épiscopaliens et les autres de corriger les faux récits fondés sur la peur qui circulent actuellement sur les réfugiés. Dans cette perspective, EMM a organisé ici une formation de trois jours du 5 au 7 juin pour habiliter les épiscopaliens à être des agents de réconciliation en tant qu’alliés, défenseurs et ambassadeurs pour leurs prochains qui sont des réfugiés.« Nous avons eu cette idée et avons rédigé ce programme sur la base des relations que nous avons établies avec des diocèses et des personnes individuelles – prêtres, diacres et laïcs – au cours de ces dernières années. Des gens qui sont désireux de se retrouver non seulement pour constituer un réseau, se rencontrer et comprendre comment ils exercent leur ministère auprès des réfugiés dans leur propre contexte mais également pour acquérir des compétences, tout particulièrement maintenant, afin de changer la perception du public et véritablement changer les cœurs et les esprits à un moment où les réfugiés sont profondément mal compris », a déclaré Allison Duvall, directrice du programme de co-parrainage et relations de l’église pour EMM.L’Église épiscopale œuvre à la réinstallation des réfugiés aux États-Unis depuis les années 1930. EMM est l’un des neuf organismes qui travaillent en partenariat avec le Département d’État des États-Unis pour accueillir et réinstaller les réfugiés. Au travers de ses 31 organismes de réinstallation affiliés dans 26 diocèses, EMM apporte une aide directe aux réfugiés récemment arrivés. EMM a réinstallé 3 404 réfugiés au cours du présent exercice qui a commencé en octobre 2016. L’exercice précédent, EMM avait réinstallé 3 071 réfugiés.Onze personnes provenant de toute l’Église épiscopale – des États de Californie, du Texas, du Rhode Island, du Vermont, de Pennsylvanie, du Massachusetts, de Floride, de Caroline du Nord et du Kentucky – ont assisté à la formation d’EMM : « Aimer Dieu, aimer son prochain ».Financée par une subvention du Constable Fund, la formation était une formation pilote pour une série sur la défense des droits, programmée sur les douze prochains mois.« Le Constable Fund est un nouvel exemple de la façon dont l’Église épiscopale trouve des solutions créatives pour l’exercice d’un ministère en période critique. Les instances dirigeantes de l’Église épiscopale recherchaient diverses manières de nous aider à diffuser le message », a déclaré Mark Stevenson, lors d’une entrevue avec Episcopal News Service à St. John’s Episcopal Church de West Hartford, là où se déroulait la formation.« Elles [les instances dirigeantes] ont reconnu le fait qu’un ministère véritablement efficace s’exerce au niveau local et ce programme a pour objectif de donner aux gens au niveau local les outils dont ils ont besoin pour se mobiliser au nom des réfugiés… c’est un exemple fantastique de la façon dont une instance dirigeante peut mettre en œuvre un processus qui a un réel impact sur le ministère de terrain ».Le Constable Fund apporte un soutien à des initiatives de formation chrétienne à travers l’Église épiscopale qui ne sont pas incluses dans le budget de l’Église. EMM prévoit d’organiser deux à trois autres formations en matière de défense des droits des réfugiés avant la Convention générale de 2018 et de faire de cette formation une partie permanente de son ministère.Pour Amanda Payne, responsable du ministère de la jeunesse dans le diocèse de Dallas qui travaille avec des réfugiés à St. James Episcopal Church, les vérifications intensives de sécurité auxquelles les réfugiés sont confrontés avant d’être acceptés pour la réinstallation lors d’une séance intitulée « Le B.A. BA du réfugié » a été pour elle une découverte qui l’aidera dans ses actions de défense des droits, explique-t-elle. La révérende Paula Ott, diacre à Christ Church Cathedral à Lexington (État du Kentucky) et fille d’un juif syrien arrivé aux États-Unis en tant que réfugié dans les années 1920, explique qu’acquérir des compétences sur la façon de raconter de manière personnalisée le vécu des réfugiés est simplement un outil qu’elle prévoit d’utiliser pour intensifier ses efforts de défense des droits.Outre la séance intitulée le B.A. BA du réfugié, d’autres séances d’éducation et de formation ont comporté des techniques de récits personnels destinées à les contextualiser ; les principes du développement communautaire axés sur les acquis ; ainsi que le contexte, les stratégies et les outils décisionnels pour la défense des droits.Le révérend Sean Lanigan est actuellement recteur adjoint de St. Peter’s Church à Philadelphie (État de Pennsylvanie) une église qui collabore avec un organisme local de réinstallation des réfugiés pour co-parrainer une famille de réfugiés bhoutanais. Pour lui, la conférence a renforcé le message que les témoignages personnels doivent inclure, non seulement les récits des réfugiés mais également les récits de la façon dont le co-parrainage a transformé les bénévoles et les congrégations.Partout aux États-Unis, des épiscopaliens s’associent à EMM et à d’autres affiliés pour réinstaller des réfugiés ; le co-parrainage de l’Église constitue une partie importante du programme de réinstallation. Et parallèlement à l’engagement au niveau de la communauté, le co-parrainage de l’église et un ministère personnalisé, le volet de défense des droits est un outil important également.« La défense des droits doit absolument être l’un des éléments, tout particulièrement lorsque l’on parle de la réinstallation de réfugiés », déclare Lacy Broemel, analyste des politiques de réfugiés et d’immigration pour l’Église épiscopale. Le Congrès américain approuve le financement et le Président décide chaque année du nombre de réfugiés à réinstaller. « Si vous voulez des réfugiés dans votre communauté, il vous faut leur parler [aux élus]. Vous n’avez pas besoin d’être un expert pour être un bon messager, il n’est pas nécessaire d’avoir travaillé pendant quarante-cinq ans à la réinstallation des réfugiés en tant que chargé de dossiers pour savoir, pour voir l’humanité de quelqu’un, pour savoir que ce programme est bon, juste et bénéfique ».L’Église épiscopale est non partisane mais les épiscopaliens s’engagent en politique au niveau local, national et international suivant une approche axée sur les valeurs chrétiennes.La formation en matière de défense des droits arrive à un moment critique. Depuis son officialisation en 1980, le Programme américain de réinstallation des réfugiés a dans l’ensemble bénéficié d’un large soutien public bipartisan. En outre, les États-Unis ont de tous temps été le chef de file mondial de l’accueil d’un grand nombre de réfugiés fuyant la violence et la persécution. Toutefois, en 2015, l’acceptation et l’attitude des Américains envers les réfugiés ont commencé à changer et à passer d’une acceptation sans protestation à un sentiment de peur.Deux choses se sont produites, a expliqué Lacy Broemel lors d’une séance le 7 juin qu’elle organisait sur le ministère prophétique de la défense des droits.Tout d’abord, début septembre de cette année-là, une photographie d’un petit garçon syrien de trois ans noyé et échoué sur une plage de la côte sud-ouest de la Turquie, s’est propagée de façon virale, déclenchant un mouvement mondial de soutien aux réfugiés syriens fuyant la guerre civile qui sévit dans leur pays. Alan Kurdi, son frère plus âgé et sa mère avaient embarqué dans l’esquif surchargé pour aller de Turquie en Grèce, esquif qui avait chaviré quelques minutes après le début de leur traversée.Puis, deux mois et demi plus tard, le 13 novembre 2015, des attaques terroristes ont tué 130 personnes et blessé des centaines d’autres dans six endroits différents de Paris. Immédiatement après les attaques, les médias ont annoncé par erreur qu’un des attaquants était un réfugié syrien, alors qu’en fait les attaquants étaient des ressortissants belges et français. Quelle que soit l’identité des attaquants, la peur, le nationalisme et l’afflux massif de réfugiés fuyant la Syrie et d’autres zones de crise qui arrivaient en Europe ont commencé à dresser l’opinion publique contre les réfugiés en Europe de l’Ouest et aux États-Unis.Après les attaques de Paris, la rhétorique des groupes extrémistes anti-réfugiés est devenue monnaie courante, la peur s’est développée et la réinstallation des réfugiés est devenue une question politique controversée, exacerbée par la désinformation et l’incompréhension du processus de réinstallation, a poursuivi Lacy Broemel.Pourtant, en 2016, le Président de l’époque Barack Obama avait augmenté le nombre de réfugiés de 85 000 à 110 000 au cours de 2016 et s’était engagé à réinstaller 10 000 réfugiés syriens aux États-Unis au cours de l’exercice 2017, qui se termine le 30 septembre.Au début de cette année, lorsque le Président Donald Trump est entré en fonction, l’une de ses premières actions en tant que président a été de signer un décret présidentiel suspendant le programme de réinstallation aux États-Unis. Un tribunal fédéral a suspendu l’exécution du décret, qui se retrouvera probablement devant la Cour suprême vers la fin de cette année. Le décret a aussi réduit de plus de moitié le nombre d’admissions de réfugiés pour l’exercice en cours, action qui a contraint EMM à réduire la taille de son réseau d’affiliés.Le budget proposé par Donald Trump pour 2018 réduit de 25 % le financement du programme de réinstallation.EMM est associé à la campagne nationale Stand With Refugees organisée du 12 au 16 juin.– Lynette Wilson est rédactrice en chef de l’Episcopal News Service. Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Shreveport, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Advocacy Peace & Justice, Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Bath, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Job Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Refugees Migration & Resettlement Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS de Lynette WilsonPosted Jun 12, 2017 Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Press Release Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Collierville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Hopkinsville, KY last_img read more