Rugby book Review – A Fan’s Guide to World Rugby

first_imgBUY AT:  newhollandpublishers.com RRP:  £12.99   PUBLISHED BY:  New HollandGot a rugby book or DVD you’d like us to review in the Armchair Zone? Email [email protected] article appeared in the July 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK Prize venue: do you know what stadium this is? Then enter our competition“When i die I don’t want to go to Heaven,” said former Wales wing Glenn Webbe, “I want to go on tour.” We can all relate to that, and this guide to global rugby hotspots will whet the appetite of fans planning to follow their team at home or abroad, writes Rugby World deputy editor Alan Pearey.Rugby nations big and small feature, the heavyweights getting the full treatment of overview, stadium info, club histories (no Leeds or Exeter), what to do in the capital, facts, stats, even weather watch. It’s no substitute for an out-and-out travel book but authors Adam Hathaway and Daniel Ford – who got together after a chance meeting in a London pub – provide informative reading with an appealing lightness of touch. Much of the info comes from first-hand experience.The ‘need to know’ facts always entertain, and one in particular was jaw-dropping: that the region of Ospreylia in Swansea really exists, measuring 37 miles by 24 and appearing on the latest Ordnance Survey. If you also want to know when whisky becomes Scotch, what Aironi means in Italian, the origins of Ulster’s Red Hand or where to eat Bunny Chow or find the world’s steepest street, the answers are within these pages. Refreshingly, too, stadiums are given their proper names – no Coca-Cola Park nonsense here.And Hathaway’s favourite tour destination? “I’d move to Brisbane tomorrow,” he says. “I love the Aussies’ attitude, the weather, their enthusiasm for sport.” Look out for him in the Normanby hotel…The book is published on 5 July but readers can take advantage of a great launch discount by pre-ordering for just £7 (with free P&P) from newhollandpublishers.com. Use the code ‘Rugby World’.We’ve six copies to give away. For a chance to win one, tell us: Which ground, dubbed the Cake Tin, is pictured above? Email answers by 8 July [email protected] Please give a phone number.RW RATING 4/5 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here.For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visitlast_img read more

Cashel – Team of the Month (December 2011)

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Canterbury KitbagsCheck out November’s Team of the Month.This article appeared in the March 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. Munster team Cashel are thriving in their first taste of senior rugbyHow well the successful blending of youth and experience is demonstrated at Cashel, from rural Munster.Howard Stanley and Emmet Hall, both 21, sandwich 22-year-old hooker Dave McCormack in the youngest of front rows. Two rows back can be found the strength of the team: Ed Leamy (ex-Cork Con and the brother of Munster’s Denis) and the O’Connor brothers Brendan (the captain and ex-Connacht) and John Ed (ex-Irish Amateurs captain) have all played at a higher level and are relishing lifting Cashel to new heights.The club was formed in 1919 and this season is their first in senior rugby. Having won seven trophies (first and second team) last year, Cashel plundered wins over Ards (42-8) and Nenagh (21-3) to reach Christmas as leaders of Ulster Bank League Division 2B.They were the only unbeaten team in Ireland’s National Leagues and, with just 41 points conceded, had the meanest defence. “The players are a driven bunch,” says head coach Ian Dunne, “and nothing they achieve surprises me.”Dunne, whose coaching team includes former Scotland scrum-half Greig Oliver, oversees a team strong on family ethos. There are four sets of brothers and the desire to play both for Cashel and for each other promises to take the club far.Half-a-dozen games remain and the top two go up, with third place securing a play-off.Fitness coach Shaun Curry nominated Cashel for our award. “John Hayes’s club, Bruff, are our role model,” he says. “They were in the junior ranks a few years ago and are now in 1B. If we can emulate them I’d be very proud.”center_img Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here.For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170last_img read more

Five things we learned in the rugby world in September

first_imgBroadening his search for hot topics, Paul Williams brings you the five things he’s clocked in the last month of world rugby… The same can be said of Bordeaux Begles who currently lie fourth in the Top 14.  This season they are playing sublime rugby, with a genuine commitment to total rugby where all 15 can handle the ball at pace. Okay, Bordeaux aren’t exactly scraping around in the gutter for Euros but their squad is nowhere near the standard of some of teams in that league. Yet this team shredded Clermont Auvergne in the latest round of Top 14 games by 51 -21, scoring six tries. It’s heartening to see.Read all about Dan Biggar and two of the Exeter Chiefs’ most exciting young players in the November issue of Rugby World. Click here for all the latest deals, or find out how to download the digital edition here. Stunned: Leicester Tigers look on as London Irish celebrate a shock win in the Aviva Premiership Slipping giantsIt was reported last week that global tiger populations have stabilised. This will come as little consolation to the people of Leicester, as their Tigers are in a really bad way. Leicester Tigers, once giants of European rugby, have had a desperately disappointing start to the Aviva Premiership.They currently sit tenth in the table with a points difference of minus 42. In truth, losing three from five matches this early in the season isn’t that disastrous – but the nature of the defeats are. The 45-0 loss to Bath was an undoubted eye opener for Richard Cockerill and in fact such was the severity of the loss that it would have felt more like an eye-gouge. The performance against Gloucester was equally alarming. Leicester’s wide channel defence was so badly organised that it was ‘jumbled’ after just three phases, setting up simple overlaps on the wing. But Leicester aren’t the only European giants struggling. So too are Toulouse who lie 11th in the Top 14. The overwhelming popularity of football means that the demise of former European gods Manchester United receive the headlines, but Leicester and Toulouse’s desperate early showings are equally noteworthy.Ospreys prove a pointThe Ospreys proved a huge point in the opening weeks of the Guinness Pro12 – 22 points in fact. They are a point off top and have swept all teams and pre-season criticism aside. This summer’s sceptism over the Ospreys’ potential seems way off the mark, although initially understandable. Losing a spine of Adam Jones, Richard Hibbard, Ian Evans and Ryan Jones seemed like a major problem but this now seems not to be the case. The enormously promising Nicky Smith and increasingly impressive Scott Baldwin have performed well in the front row. The low key but highly successful acquisition of Josh Matavesi has given the Ospreys a No 12 who can genuinely hit the line and tie in the opposition’s back row forwards from phase play.Dan Evans has been faultless at fullback and Jeff Hassler is continuing to run lines last witnessed by kamikazes during the Second World War. But the biggest praise must be reserved for Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb and Alun-Wyn Jones. All are playing at the peak of their game in every aspect. Well done the Ospreys.The definitive No 7: Richie McCaw trudges off during his 134th All Blacks gameMcCaw is the benchmarkThe final round of The Rugby Championship saw Richie McCaw play his 134th game of test rugby. A truly remarkable number. In a modern game where 50 cap milestones can be achieved in under five years of test rugby, McCaw’s career raises the bar in what is expected from a genuine great of the game, particularly when you consider the position that he plays. The collisions endured by modern sevens, particularly with rugby’s recent penchant for flying, armless ruck clear-outs, are genuinely astonishing. Of course, this isn’t to denigrate the achievements of the other great test centurions such as Brian O’Driscoll, George Gregan and Ronan O’Gara et al; but achieving 130 plus caps in the backline is an easier task.McCaw is the only openside in the world’s top ten most capped players. But by far the most staggering aspect of McCaw’s haul is the team in which they were earned. The All Blacks are the SAS of rugby – the best of the best. This is a country that only deemed the talent of Xavier Rush, Ben Blair and Casey Laulala worthy of 14 caps between them. In reality, earning one cap for the All Blacks is almost worth one and a half caps for any other nation. Not sure we’ll ever witness another McCaw and he still has at least 12 months to go. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The high ball is the new scrumThe rugby world loves a grey area. The game’s law book looks like the research centre at Just for Men.No sooner has the scrum become a more stable aspect of the game, albeit not perfect, then a new area of confusion emerges. The challenge for high balls has become a contentious issue recently, with a series of high profile decisions seemingly refereed in very different ways. It is of course a very serious issue. Having two players hurtling towards each other, with their eyes trained on the ball, then flying into the air like two testosterone fuelled buzzards is chaotic at best. With neither player anchored to the ground any force is likely to tip one or both players over.It is easy to see why the mid-air challenge is receiving so much attention from referees. The resulting player safety issues are exactly the same as a tip tackle or ‘playing’ a lineout jumper in the air. This new focus is also altering the way in which this area of the game is coached. Some coaches are encouraging players to stay down after a mid-air challenge so that the resulting break in play ‘encourages’ the referee to consult the TMO and look for an infringement. Let’s hope the high-take doesn’t become rugby’s new low.Rattling Clermont: Bordeaux’s Metuisela Talebula attacks the giantsSuccess doesn’t require superstarsThe opening month of the season has shown that you don’t necessarily need a tonne of gold dust to succeed – sometimes a few kilos of granite will do. There was a magical moment during September when both Exeter Chiefs and Connacht topped their relevant leagues. Yes, Connacht have Mils Muliana, and Exeter have Jack Nowell but the core of their teams are just plain old hardworking pros. TAGS: Leicester TigersOspreys last_img read more

Six Nations fixtures announced for 2018 and 2019 Championship

first_img Double-champs: England have won the last two Six Nations titles LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The dates and times for the 2018 and 2019 Six Nations have been announced and there are a wealth of mouth-watering fixtures lined up in the grand old tournament 16 MarchItaly v France, Saturday 12.30pmWales v Ireland, Saturday 2.45pmEngland v Scotland, Saturday 5.00pm The Six Nations big-wigs have announced the fixtures for the next two years and title-holders, England kick off their campaign with an away trip to Conor O’Shea’s Italy in Rome. Wales, with Warren Gatland back at the helm, have an early chance to avenge their 29-13 loss to Scotland at the Principality Stadium.On the final weekend of the tournament, it’s a repeat of this year’s last day, with Italy v Scotland kicking off events, before England have the chance to gain retribution against Ireland, in a potential title decider. The final game of the Championship takes place in Cardiff, where fans will hope last year’s near-100 minute game will not be repeated.2018 CHAMPIONSHIP3/4 FebruaryWales v Scotland, Saturday 2.15pmFrance v Ireland, Saturday 4.45pmItaly v England, Sunday 3.00pm10/11 FebruaryIreland v Italy, Saturday 2.15pmEngland v Wales, Saturday 4.45pmScotland v France, Sunday 3.00pm23/24 FebruaryFrance v Italy, Friday 8.00pm*Ireland v Wales, Saturday 2.15pmScotland v England, Saturday 4.45pm10/11 MarchIreland v Scotland, Saturday 2.15pmFrance v England, Saturday 4.45pmWales v Italy, Sunday 3.00pm17 MarchItaly v Scotland, Saturday 12.30pmEngland v Ireland, Saturday 2.45pmWales v France, Saturday 5.00pm TAGS: Highlight *Venue for this match will be announced at a later stagePlaymaker: Johnny Sexton will be looking to avenge the 2017 defeat to Wales in Dublin2019 CHAMPIONSHIP1/2 FebruaryFrance v Wales, Friday 8.00pmScotland v Italy, Saturday 2.15pmIreland v England, Saturday 4.45pm9/10 FebruaryScotland v Ireland, Saturday 2.15pmItaly v Wales, Saturday 4.45pmEngland v France, Sunday 3.00pm23/24 FebruaryFrance v Scotland, Saturday 2.15pmWales v England, Saturday 4.45pmItaly v Ireland, Sunday 3.00pm9/10 MarchScotland v Wales, Saturday 2.15pmEngland v Italy, Saturday 4.45pmIreland v France, Sunday 3.00pmlast_img read more

A statistical review of the 2016-17 Aviva Premiership season

first_img Wasps’ defeat in the Aviva Premiership final was a rare blot in Jimmy Gopperth’s 2016-17 gold-plated season. The Kiwi won a hat-trick of Player of the Year awards – Aviva Premiership, Rugby Players’ Association and Wasps – to go with the Gilbert Golden Boot award for scoring the most league points.Most Premiership points292 Jimmy Gopperth, Wasps190 Stephen Myler, Northampton183 Freddie Burns, Leicester183 Gareth Steenson, Exeter175 Alex Lozowski, Wasps* Best in a season: 343 by Barry Everitt (London Irish, 2001-02)In addition, his try at Northampton in round four, capping a brilliant counter-attack that started within Wasps’ own 22, won the Citizen Try of the Season, whilst at 33 years 333 days he became the oldest try-scorer in a Premiership final.Wasps may have been pipped by Exeter to the English title but they provided twice as many players to the Dream Team chosen by BT Sport pundits. Gopperth is the fourth player to make the Premiership Dream Team with two clubs after Toby Flood, David Strettle and Tom Varndell.Premiership Dream Team15 Telusa Veainu, Leicester14 Christian Wade, Wasps13 Elliot Daly, Wasps12 Brad Barritt, Saracens (capt)11 Olly Woodburn, Exeter10 Jimmy Gopperth, Wasps9 Richard Wigglesworth, Saracens1 Mako Vunipola, Saracens2 Jamie George, Saracens3 Kyle Sinckler, Harlequins4 Joe Launchbury, Wasps5 Courtney Lawes, Northampton6 Don Armand, Exeter7 Jackson Wray, Saracens8 Louis Picamoles, NorthamptonWasps director of rugby Dai Young said of Gopperth: “It’s difficult to put into words just how valuable Jimmy has been for our squad, both on and off the pitch. We all know he is a quality fly-half but his ability to play 10, 12, 13 and even a couple of games at full-back for us this season really helped the side.“Jimmy always puts the team before himself and he’s played at a very high standard in every position he’s played. He’s a real clubman who deserves all the accolades he’s got. He’s also one of the most modest guys you could meet.”Run Wade, runHaving matched Dominic Chapman’s try haul for a season when dotting down against Saracens in round 22, Christian Wade couldn’t find the score in the play-offs that would have given him the record outright.But the Wasps wing still finished streaks ahead of the rest, and his second try against Bath at the Ricoh on Christmas Eve won Wasps’ Try of the Season – ahead of Gopperth’s effort at Franklin’s Gardens.Award winner: this Christian Wade score against Bath was deemed Wasps’ Try of the Season (Getty)“The first thing Shaun Edwards taught me at Wasps,” Wade said on Wasps’ award night, “was when I get the ball to run. And that’s still what comes into my head.”Most Premiership tries17 Christian Wade, Wasps (1,803 minutes)11 James Short, Exeter (1,061)10 Jimmy Gopperth, Wasps (1,761)10 Semesa Rokoduguni, Bath (1,501)10 Denny Solomona, Sale (943)10 Olly Woodburn, Exeter (1,621)* Best in a season: 17 by Dominic Chapman (Richmond, 1997-98) and Christian Wade (Wasps, 2016-17)Henson’s parting giftBristol’s relegation had nothing to do with poor goalkicking. If assessing those who took at least ten kicks at goal, Bristol occupy the top two places with Billy Searle’s ten out of 11 attempts (90.9%) giving him an edge over the Dragons-bound Gavin Henson (90%).Accurate: Gavin Henson missed only two of his 20 kicks at goal off the tee for Bristol (Getty)Raising the minimum criteria to a more substantial 20 kicks gives Henson first place and produces the following top six:Best Premiership marksmenGavin Henson, Bristol 18/20, 90%Tane Takulua, Newcastle 22/25 88%Freddie Burns, Leicester 62/72 86%Gareth Steenson, Exeter 77/91, 84.6%Billy Burns, Gloucester 32/38, 84.2%AJ MacGinty, Sale 40/48, 83.3%* Minimum 20 kicksBath disciplineBath had the satisfaction of attaining the season’s biggest win, their 53-point drubbing of the Falcons still way short of the all-time 94-point record set by Richmond at Bedford in 1999.Todd Blackadder’s side also achieved the fewest yellow cards, alongside Exeter, whilst plaudits too for Worcester’s Ryan Mills, whose eight penalty goals against Saracens fell only one short of the record of nine (which has occurred on seven occasions).Flowing: No one bettered Bath’s 58-5 rout of the Falcons in round two of the campaign (Getty)Most points in a game (club)70, Wasps v Bristol (Ricoh Arena, 18 Sept)Most points in a game (individual)25, Jimmy Gopperth, Wasps v Gloucester (26 Feb)Most penalties in a game8, Ryan Mills, Worcester v Saracens (11 Feb) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Biggest win53 points – Bath 58 Newcastle 5 (The Rec, 10 Sept)Fewest yellow cards5 Bath, ExeterMost yellow cards (club)14 Sale SharksMost yellow cards (individual)3 Halani Aulika (Sale), Darren Barry (Worcester)Highest attendance79,657 – Exeter v Wasps (Twickenham, 27 May)Fastest try51 secs – Brendan Macken, Wasps @ Worcester (4 Dec)Quickest bonus-point try29 mins – JP Pietersen, Leicester v Bristol (18 Feb)Fast work: JP Pietersen bagged two early tries as Leicester sealed a swift bonus point v Bristol (Getty)So close for DowsonPhil Dowson takes up an assistant coach’s role with Northampton this summer and he returns to the East Midlands as the second-most experienced Premiership player of all time.The former England back-row finished his playing days with 262 Premiership appearances, just three shy of Steve Borthwick’s record.The season also saw Tom Varndell overtake Mark Cueto in the all-time try list and Nick Evans climb to third spot in the points list prior to retiring and taking the job of Harlequins attack coach.Great ambassador: Worcester back-row Phil Dowson on his 262nd and final Premiership appearance (Getty)Most Premiership points (all time)Charlie Hodgson, 2,623Andy Goode, 2,285Nick Evans, 1,656Stephen Myler, 1,648Olly Barkley, 1,605Most Premiership games (all time)Steve Borthwick, 265George Chuter, 262Phil Dowson, 262Charlie Hodgson, 254Tom May, 247Most Premiership tries (all time)Tom Varndell, 92Mark Cueto, 90Chris Ashton, 80Steve Hanley, 75Christian Wade, 69Parling’s doubleExeter Chiefs are the eighth club to become English champions since the Premiership sprung into life in 1997-98.Before heading off to Japan’s Top League, former Tiger Geoff Parling became only the seventh player to win a Premiership final with two clubs.The previous six are Ayoole Erinle and Jeremy Staunton (both Wasps and Leicester), Richard Wigglesworth and Charlie Hodgson (both Sale and Saracens), and Christian Day and Ben Foden (both Sale and Northampton).Family man: Geoff Parling has tasted Premiership success with both Leicester Tigers and Exeter Chiefs (Getty)Peter Richards is the only man to play for three different clubs in a Premiership final – Wasps in 2004, Gloucester in 2007 and London Irish in 2009.Premiership champions Point-machines, try-getters and long-servers – a look at those players who shone statistically during the 2016-17 Aviva Premiership campaigncenter_img Golden oldie: Jimmy Gopperth sets another record when scoring in the Premiership final (Getty Images) 1998 Newcastle1999 Leicester2000 Leicester2001 Leicester2002 Leicester2003 Wasps2004 Wasps2005 Wasps2006 Sale2007 Leicester2008 Wasps2009 Leicester2010 Leicester2011 Saracens2012 Harlequins2013 Leicester2014 Northampton2015 Saracens2016 Saracens2017 ExeterHappy Chiefs: Dave Dennis, Geoff Parling and Kai Horstmann with the Premiership trophy (Getty)* Stats compiled by SFMS Ltdlast_img read more

Hotshot: Dragons lock Ben Carter

first_imgYou made your Dragons debut this season… It’s great to test yourself against the best, to find out things to work on as the standards are a lot higher. If you’re playing every week, your recovery has to be really good too.Who has been the biggest influence on your career?Probably my parents. Not with the actual playing side, but they talk a lot of sense. Whether I’ve had a bad game or a good game, they remind me rugby isn’t everything, keep me grounded. They have supported me with everything.What do you do outside rugby? I’m studying international relations at Cardiff University. It’s online this year, but it’s nice to have something else to focus on.RW Verdict: At 6ft 4in and more than 18st, Carter is a sizeable unit and makes his presence felt – he made 29 tackles for Wales U20 against Italy last year. Enjoyment is his focus this term and Dragons DoR Dean Ryan seems to enjoy picking him. Dragons lock Ben CarterDate of birth 23 January 2001 Born Crowborough, Sussex Position Lock Region Dragons Country WalesHow did you get involved in rugby? I went to Caldicot rugby club with a friend when I was eight or nine.I was a No 8 when I was younger and moved to second-row when I was 15. You get a bit more space and ball at No 8, but I like that you have a lot of involvements at second-row.What are your strengths? I pride myself on having a good work-rate, the things that don’t require any talent. I enjoy the physical aspect too; I can get better at it but that’s one of the things I enjoy most.What are you looking to improve? My defence of the driving maul. Everything is a step up in senior rugby – players are stronger, more streetwise and you can’t get away with being in wrong positions like you could at age-grade level.Who was your childhood hero? I didn’t have one standout but I liked people like Alun Wyn Jones, Eben Etzebeth, Sam Whitelock. When I was younger, it was No 8s Kieran Read and Taulupe Faletau.You captained Wales U18. How do you find leadership? I might not be the most aggressive leader, get people up for it, but I think I have a quiet calm, keep other players calm and manage the referee well. I enjoy the responsibility. The second-row has been impressing for the Welsh region this season LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img This article originally appeared in the March 2021 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Ben Carter has represented Wales at age-grade level (Inpho) last_img read more

As South Sudan rivals agree truce, church plays pivotal role

first_img Rector Knoxville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Events Rector Martinsville, VA By Matthew DaviesPosted May 12, 2014 Africa, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Press Release Service Submit an Event Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Belleville, IL Rector Bath, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Sudan & South Sudan 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Albany, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH As South Sudan rivals agree truce, church plays pivotal role Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Youth Minister Lorton, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar (R) and South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (L) hold Episcopal Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul’s hands as they pray before signing a peace agreement in Addis Ababa May 9. Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters[Episcopal News Service] South Sudan’s political rivals have struck a new peace deal to end the five-month conflict that has left thousands dead and forced some 1.5 million people to flee their homes.Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan departed early from a London meeting of the Anglican Communion Standing Committee last week when he was summoned to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to take part in the May 9 negotiations between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his sacked former deputy turned rebel leader Riek Machar.It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two rivals since the conflict erupted in December after Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup d’etat. Deng led the two leaders in prayer before they signed the peace deal.But despite the deal, fighting has continued throughout the Upper Nile and Unity states, with each side accusing the other of violating the truce.Deng was appointed chairperson of the national reconciliation committee by Kiir in April 2013, a move that highlights the central role that the church plays in peacebuilding and helping to heal the mental wounds in South Sudan following decades of civil war with the Islamic north.During the past five months, South Sudan has faced its greatest challenge since becoming the world’s newest nation in July 2011, when it seceded from the north in a referendum on independence.As part of the May 9 peace agreement, both leaders have committed to forming a transitional government, the drafting of a new constitution and to new elections.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who has called the Episcopal Church to prayer and action for South Sudan, told ENS May 9 during a break from the Standing Committee meeting that she sees hope “in the presence of Daniel Deng Bul in the midst of conversations, in the midst of challenges between political leaders in his own nation.”“He continues to walk with hope; his people continue to walk with hope; the least we can do is join them.”Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby visited South Sudan in late January and witnessed some of the atrocities of the conflict. In an interview with ENS also on May 9 in London, Welby relayed his visit to Bor, in Jonglei State, where he said he saw hundreds of dead bodies lining the streets and where he consecrated a mass grave.In the midst of evil, Welby said that he saw God “in the extraordinary fact that after half a century of civil war, and the hardening that that causes, that we could stand in Bor and see people weeping with compassion because the spirit of God still moves with love in their hearts.”Deng’s role as chair of the reconciliation effort in South Sudan and in the May 9 peace talks in Addis Ababa “speaks volumes to the centrality of the church” in society and in peacebuilding, Welby said. It’s a church, “that has mobilized against despair … and is leading the struggle against violence.”[ooyala code=”FxbDF2bTow_-C_ofdQMOCj8DvyeraYBp” player_id=”d4a5625b85af485eb1fff640076c5be6″]But even as the May 9 truce brings hope, church and world leaders warn that the task of building a lasting peace and rebuilding trust in South Sudan is daunting.The U.N. has accused both the South Sudanese government and the rebels of crimes against humanity and estimates that five million people are now in need of humanitarian aid.“The common people are the ones who suffer always and that’s very much the case in South Sudan,” said Jefferts Schori. “The displacement of people, the people who are starving, the children who are suffering in the midst of this. It’s a humanitarian disaster of the first order. I want to call the church to prayer about this until it is resolved.”Richard Parkins, director of the American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, told ENS: “As we welcome the prospect of peace, let us understand that the cessation of hostility ushers in the opportunity to do some serious peace and reconciliation work to repair the deep mistrust among warring factions that this brutal conflict has produced. We must pray that the church, as the leader in rebuilding trust and fostering healing, will have the strength and wisdom to meet this daunting challenge.”U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who was instrumental in bringing Kiir and Machar together, said the agreement “could mark a breakthrough for the future of South Sudan. The hard journey on a long road begins now and the work must continue.”Gabriel Tor, a member of the Sudanese diaspora living in San Jose, California, has looked back on the last five months with despair and describes the peace agreement as “just a glimmer of hope in a desperate situation of crisis.”Tor, who worships at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in San Jose, told ENS in a telephone interview that he wonders if Kiir and Machar would be willing to step aside “and leave the government to the rest of the leaders in South Sudan for a long-lasting peace and reconciliation after the peace process has been finalized. Of course we don’t know yet, but only if the two leaders are committed to what they’ve signed, will the future [bring peace] for the South Sudanese people.”Kiir is Dinka and Machar is of the Nuer tribe, representing the two main Sudanese ethnic groups. Although there have been some ethnic dimensions to the conflict, Tor and many fellow Sudanese, both Dinka and Nuer, share the same view that the disagreements have been primarily political rather than tribal.Tor said that in many places in South Sudan, members of different tribes continue to live peacefully and attend the same churches. They have not been in conflict, he said, “because they realize that the issues are mostly political … But the abuse came when both men [Kiir and Machar] used their tribal names to establish their claims.”But Tor also acknowledged that the situation is complicated, varies from region to region, and that it has been challenging for accurate information to reach all the communities of South Sudan.Welby told ENS that although there has been an ethnic element to the conflict, “to simplify it to the degree of saying that it is a tribal conflict is insane. It’s a mixture of things … It has a very strong economic element. It’s very strongly to do with development and the allocation of resources within that development. It has a lot to do with issues of justice, of accountability, and non-impunity. And I think it has a lot to do with leadership. And there are probably a million other reasons I haven’t thought of and don’t know enough about. All I know is that when we simplify conflicts, we drive out approaches to resolution.”The church has a presence in almost every community in South Sudan, with Episcopalians and Roman Catholics accounting for the vast majority of the population.The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, visited Juba, South Sudan’s capital, in early May to meet with representatives of local churches.In a recent statement, he stressed that the South Sudanese churches have “rich spiritual resources” and play “a significant role in national dialogue, affirming unity and a sense of nation-building by strengthening a process of reconciliation.”“We will pray and work with the churches in South Sudan, while they continue addressing these struggles in their pilgrimage for justice and peace,” he added.Long-standing partnerships with Episcopal dioceses and agencies in the U.S. have brought these issues closer to home. Churchwide advocacy and prayer has meant that the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion has found tangible ways to walk alongside its Sudanese brothers and sisters.“The Episcopal Church has been integrally involved in this issue for several years,” Jefferts Schori said. “I would like Episcopalians to learn more about the situation, to be in contact with their legislators, to pray, and to reach out to the Sudanese in their own neighborhoods.”Jefferts Schori was joined May 9 by heads of the North American Lutheran and Anglican churches in calling the church to prayer, especially as the Episcopal Church calendar commemorates the Martyrs of Sudan on May 16.The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations provided a template for an advocacy letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, urging him to support peace and reconciliation in South Sudan.“Prayer at the very least changes our own hearts; it joins us to people who are in the midst of radical suffering; it’s a reminder that we are all connected, that we are all children of the same God,” Jefferts Schori said.Asked why prayer is so important and what difference it makes, Welby said: “As we pray, our hearts and minds are shaped by the wisdom and power of the spirit of God, and as we pray we engage with God in the struggle against human evil … We must be battering at the gates of heaven in prayer; remorseless, unceasing prayer.”For further information about the crisis in South Sudan and resources for prayer, study and action, visit: www.episcopalchurch.org/sudan.— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Standing Committee asks Maryland bishop suffragan to resign

first_img February 2, 2015 at 10:55 pm I find it very very disturbing and suspicious that Mark Hansen who caused so much pain and deceit and financial harm to the Episcopal Church is a supporter of Bishop Cook and put up a significant amount of money towards her bail. She was elected on a fourth ballot. FOURTH! I cannot imagine that the other candidates had nearly killed anyone previous to the election, nor had been criminally charged for marijuana and DUI. FOURTH ballot? I seriously doubt that any clergy of color would have been allowed any of the chances and privileges Cook has been granted–by the church or the legal system. I suppose it is not in her best interest to resign because the Diocese of Maryland will be liable for her legal fees. Unless of course, Mark Hansen can rally his break away Anglican group to help her. But, I greatly doubt that–since she is a FEMALE. LAWD, what a sad and tragic mess. The big story is a man is dead, kids have no father, wife no man and the legal system continues to cast a blind and unfair eye towards whites. Tod Roulette says: December 10, 2017 at 10:52 pm A tragedy for all concerned. The negligence of the TEC is astounding. This most likely could have been avoided if the HC went into in-patient rehab following the 2010 DWI. My deepest sympathies to the Palermo family . It seems like Tom Palermo was a great husband, son, and father. 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 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT February 5, 2015 at 9:04 am Frank: This election and consent/consecration process is probably the most recent extreme failure of truth-telling in recent memory. The responses are showing that no one owns their part of the mess — except the delegates who elected Heather Cook and who are now righteously indignant. That’s a good start, and will be even better when they demand resignations and pursue Title IV actions in their diocese. In no other world than the Church can such leaders retain their job. The evidence is in and it stinks. It’s showing that marginally qualified clergy can be cheap-graced with opportunities even though a child abuser (Bede Parry), or given opportunities although convicted and repeatedly caught abusing substances (Heather Cook—and others). Perhaps the Maryland delegation will prove that truth will prevail and pursue actions to demand new diocesan leadership, even up to the office of the Presiding Bishop. This is not small and nothing less than removal of leadership should be part of the cure. Death and the ruination of lives has occurred. Let’s hope that the death of truth doesn’t rest there as well. Doug Desper says: Judith Wood says: January 31, 2015 at 3:57 pm I hope and pray that Bishop Cook and her family receive the support and help that they need to deal with the problem of alcohol and the unfavorable results that substance abuse can cause. Yes, she caused a fatal accident, but God’s love needs to shine through, both for the family of the victim and her and her family as well. Hopefully, being properly cared for she can resume her duties. After all, we are a “Christian Body” or our we? February 2, 2015 at 10:58 pm Feed My Sheep, not ‘harm my sheep’. If she cannot do that–she needs to sit in the pews. God’s people are too precious for careless leaders. She needs help, but not at the expense of other persons rights and safety. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS February 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm I just heard the audio of Heather Cook’s Oct.2010 court appearance for her 2010 DUI. So many things noticed. As a person in Recovery for many years, it is clear this is one very sick person. True to the Disease of Alcoholism, she masterfully even manipulated the Judge when he tried to pin her down about A.A. meetings. He even reworded the question due to her evasiveness. And her terminology in responding to the question makes it clear she has no clue what A.A. is all about…or cares. She had a very smooth and experienced lawyer, and he did a masterful-yes–repeat-masterful job of representing her. Unfortunately, for Heather, she would have done better with a hard nose, no nonsense, experienced A.A. person. Tom Palermo might be alive today if she had had major help to get her out of denial and into being able to go deep inside herself to deal with her very real Disease of Alcoholism. Instead, she got off with a $300.00 fine. You can hear the kind judge trying to be “nice” and the lawyer doing his job of getting her off. But the Disease of Alcoholism is a physiological progressive disease that is fatal if not arrested. The Disease of Alcoholism is not “nice”-cunning , baffling, and powerful. She didn’t need forgiveness-she needed a hard core no-nonsense 12 step recovery program and A.A. -Big Book, sponsor, the whole nine yards. And I don’t know what the clinical social worker was doing that she said she was seeing once a week for over a year???? Most licensed counselors won’t even begin to see someone for therapy until they have a minimum of one to two years real sobriety with a program and some won’t even then. It takes a lot of work for an alcoholic to get a program to maintain their sobriety. What’s worse is that her BAL was .27!!! Any person in recovery can tell you that that in itself was a red flag-and after a year of “counseling?’” C’mon. Also, what about those who were close to her and knew about her history of Alcoholism keeping quiet during her examination to become bishop? They are also cupable. Every “functioning” Alcoholic has at least 15 people around them who assist them in being “functional.” She should have never even been considered for the office of bishop. The fact that the convention that conducted the voting on the candidates was also deprived of the true facts about her history of Alcoholism and that is inexcusable. I’m surprised that the people at that convention aren’t raising holy “Heck” right now. That was not acceptable on any level. Electing a person bishop requires total knowledge of their background, etc. etc. I have hopes that the Diocese will get some education on Alcoholism/Addiction by some real experts and have parish meetings for the whole family on how Alcoholism works in the alcoholic and how it works on the family and friends and others who are related to or have a history with or know and alcoholic. 50 per cent of Alcoholics are children of alcoholics. This is a family disease and everyone needs to be in recovery. A.A. , Al-anon, and Alateen programs are seasoned, historical, and solid. Just the literature alone in all of those programs give tremendous knowledge and insight that is unique to the Disease of Alcoholism and how people are affected by it. I hope Heather will resign though.She really needs the people who care for her to give her the solid truth and she needs to focus just on her recovery. We don’t need any more Tom Palermo situations. Such a tragedy that should never have happened. Tom Palermo was an incredible father, husband and person. What a tragedy. February 2, 2015 at 12:26 am Judith – what do you mean by “God’s love needs to shine through?” Do you mean Heather, if convicted, should not have to go through any of the prison terms that go with her charges? It sounds like you’re saying she should be forgiven without any kind of punishment, legal or otherwise? If that is what you mean, how would letting her go with no punishment be an example of God’s love for Tom and his grieving family? Yes…but? How long would she need to be “properly cared for” before she could “resume her duties” as a bishop?It seems that part of this whole problem is the search committee’s not being concerned about her “first time” drunk driving with blood alcohol of 0.27, when 0.08 is the sobriety limit. That is not a level at which someone is likely to be functional (and she wasn’t, according to the police report). They did not have a long-dry alcoholic on the committee, one who knows the tricks of the trade for interviews, etc. (I hope they learned not to let that go, but will have long-dry alcoholics on committees interviewing future candidates, including those applying for seminary.)Forgiveness, either God’s or fellow man’s, does not eliminate punishment, including imprisonment, or deposing, or restriction.“Yes….but God’s love needs to shine through.” Would this apply to an elementary school teacher who has sexually abused the young children in his classes by having them wear skimpy costumes in drama, including taking pictures of them without underwear? ‘Yes, he abused children, but God’s love needs to shine through for the children’s families and for him and his wife and 2 kids’? So he shouldn’t be punished, and he’s welcome to teach young children again, since he has been so good in the past? (“Well, no, it actually wasn’t my first time, but….”) [I know a case of that, and he recognizes it was wrong, and is truly sorry – he’s even a Christian who was involved in a church, went to Bible studies and recognizes it as “sin,” not just wrong. He’s in therapy about it. And he’s sentenced to 15 years in prison.]“After all, we are a ‘Christian body,’ or are we?” Does forgiveness mean no kind of punishment from or by ‘Christian bodies,’ especially to members of them? Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Anne Folan says: Press Release Service Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Comments are closed. Rector Smithfield, NC February 4, 2015 at 12:41 pm From all the investigative news coming forth about the vetting process for Heather Cook, it’s clear that many red flags of her Alcoholism were seen, but those in charge of making her bishop chose to pass them off in order to make her bishop. Several articles have been printed in several newspapers that she got drunk at her pre-consecration dinner. In the article it also states Bishop Sutton made a point to inform Bishop Schori about it and she stated she would speak with Heather. However, two days later the consecration went through. The whole process of Heather Cook’s road to become bishop gets worse and worse. So sad. James McArthur says: James McArthur says: By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jan 30, 2015 February 3, 2015 at 11:29 pm Tod – Mark Hansen did not go the Anglican route. He was defrocked by TEC and now has non-priestly church-oriented work. So that Anglican group’s wallets aren’t applicable targets for his hand. The breakaway Anglicans are not settled on women’s ordination. There are people on either side of the question. The ordained women are recognized by the full communion, but the clergy who don’t go with women’s ordination are not required to hire any women, etc. I don’t think you’re being fair to the legal system on this. Heather Cook is currently at a dry-out place instead of prison, and here’s hoping there’s success. BUT it does NOT mean there will be no trial, or that she will not go to prison if/when convicted. There was a lot of disappointment while no charges were announced day after day. The head of the Baltimore court system was elected in November, sworn in the night before making the Friday announcement of the charges against Heather Cook, and it’s an extensive list of charges. It’s thorough enough that if the jury doesn’t think it’s X level of severity, there are more layers available for conviction, X-1, X-2. They also have permission to use another issue not on the charge list. The charges weren’t announced sooner because the prosecutors wanted to have a full list and built-in protection from losing the whole thing.This new court Head Honcho has a major case sitting on the desk when she starts the position, and I’ll be very surprised if she’s oh-so-sympathetically-lenient. She went and talked to Tom Palermo’s wife (and probably others were with her) before the charges were announced publicly. I do hope it can be settled out of court, if the Palermo family doesn’t want it dragged out. But I don’t think this judge would go easy to get the out of court settlement, and I don’t think the defense team would expect a lighter punishment from a judge than from a jury. I’m curious to see which way it will go. She’s also black, and she was not expected to win the election. This case isn’t one to let go of easily. That sounds crass, but I’m sure it will have a bearing toward not “cast[ing] a blind and unfair eye towards whites.” February 10, 2015 at 5:37 pm The “Living Church” magazine has three articles about Heather Cook and the ramifications her Alcoholism is having on the Episcopal Church and its policies about the examination process for bishop and its policies for dealing with alcohol and drug abuse among it’s members and clergy. The Presiding Bishop has put Heather on “Restricted” status concerning her ordination status. Title IV-4 is the disciplinary status of Heather Cook for an unlimited time. She is not allowed to do any priestly/bishop functions whatsoever. She is not in good standing in the church. The Diocese of Maryland has put Heather on paid leave-apparently she will continue to receive her $130,000 per year salary for the unlimited future. Most of the recoverying Alcoholics I have known over the years did not have “paid leave” from their job- some had medical disability if needed, but that doesn’t last long. Most recoverying alcoholics go through a lot of problems financially in their desire to get sober. Most low-cost Recovery programs have waiting lists and not enough beds for in patient and not enough places for outpatients. A lot needs to be done in this area. No wonder she can afford a fancy rehab. As a person in recovery for many years most of the people I have known who got sober went to programs that cost 0 – sliding scale-they didn’t have the money to go to fancy rehabs, but they had the determinationt to work a program, and although no alcoholic is “gleeful” at going through what it takes to achieve enough sobriety to work a program to stay sober,they went to whatever rehab they could get a place in and worked extremely hard to get sober. So far, I have seen none of the desire to get sober from Heather Cook. A “wake-up” call is what she termed the DUI where she had a .27 bal in 2010-that’s more than a wake-up call!-that’s serious and life threatening Alcoholism-both to her and those she has anything to do with-and as it turned out the person she killed while drunk she had never met. So, Alcoholism is a progressive complex physiological/psychological /spiritual/ genetic/ fatal if not treated Disease. But she didn’t have any direction from her Diocese to get into a rehab program and sober living and a follow up outpatient program and thorough examination of her Disease and what she was doing to maintain sobriety when she came up for nomination to bishop. The Bishop of Nebraska said that while he is at General Convention he will abstain from alcohol to show support for all people in Recovery. It’s a start. Standing Committee asks Maryland bishop suffragan to resign Attorney says request is ‘under advisement right now’ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 February 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm Diocese of Long Island ask its churches to have special collection for family of deceased. Is this an attempt to get the family to say what great people Episcopalians are? The church is going to have to pay big time for this as they should. And all the money should come from church coffers.Time to man up. Mistakes made, need to be addressed, or just keep enabling, in the name of God.What did Jesus say about the narrow gate, and many who think they will be in heaven are going to be surprised and disappointed. Rev. Lee L Cunningham, OSL says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH February 5, 2015 at 4:10 pm Amen Frank Riggio-Preston says: Selena Smith says: 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 Rector Columbus, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 February 4, 2015 at 9:02 pm Heather Cook needs to resign now with no additional delay. Forgiveness requires confession, penance and accepting punishmentThere was a terrible lack of leadership in the entire process from church leadership. There must be a question in their suitability to lead after allowing the consecration to move forward and to not allow the information during the selection process to go to convention for a true election. The convention was duped and the consenting bishops were duped.Now the PB needs to undo the consecration which she can do and do it quickly before the Episcopal Church election process looks even worse then it already does. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA February 10, 2015 at 8:30 am John. There is a man-sized dent on Heather Cook’s car. There is a caved-in windshield. There are witnesses who chased her down. There was a crushed bike and dying father left on the road. There is a drunken bishop. There was dishonesty in her election process and she did not disclose her past “problems” as suggested in the pre-election walkabouts. For these and other such reasons people just do not see pastoral responsibilities in her future. Color me simple. February 1, 2015 at 12:04 pm Maybe the church is finally acknowledging that clergy are employees, not just called.. We are all called to do something. No one is privileged or should be considered as privileged.That is really the only way to help someone.Speaking for myself, I have already experienced what happens to the privileged and those around them.Honesty is the only way, and tough love is not easy.Bp. Cook has along way to go, and as person in recovery, only God and surrendering to God can help, no matter what the position people have bestowed. Anne Bay says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Doug Desper says: Jake Bradley says: Tod Roulette says: Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Anne Bay says: center_img February 3, 2015 at 10:49 am Being compassionate, forgiving and anything else Christ-like does not require that we have amnesia when we relate to other people. In Bishop Cook’s case much was known by key leaders but given a pass in an effort to seem like generous and enlightened Christians. The seriousness of that self-indulgence is now obvious and can’t be assuaged by more talk of compassion and forgiveness. A life was taken. Lives are ruined. The integrity of an election as a bishop was compromised. The trust of leadership is tainted. Nothing good has come from being oblivious.Apparently the secular media is even now uncovering far deeper problems of dysfunction. It is coming to light that Bishop Cook was known to have substance use issues and that this fact was known by church authorities but not disseminated in the discernment process. The Washington Post reports that Bishop Cook was suspected of being drunk during her pre-consecration dinner and that the Presiding Bishop and Bishop Sutton knew.Aside from this let’s look at the position this places other dioceses in. Other dioceses had to consent to Bishop Cook’s election. It truly looks like such a consent is a mere rubber stamp requirement considering what the dioceses do not get to know as they are being asked to elevate a bishop.Every bit of this could have been avoided. Sally Rowan says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Bishop Elections, Anne Bay says: Anne Bay says: Sally Rowan says: Rector Knoxville, TN Comments (21) 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 February 6, 2015 at 3:11 pm More and more information is coming forth about Heather Cook’s history of Alcoholism. There couldn’t have been more clear red flags, but the people that needed to intervene and assist her to get into treatment failed to do so. That’s not uncommon, but it is true. The Grand Jury indicted her with additional new charges which make her potential years in prison add up to 39 years and ups the fines to $30,000.00. An alumni of the all girls highschool where she was chaplain several years ago has come forward with detailed facts about Heather driving she and another student while drunk and relating how scared they were due to her eratic driving. So, Heather has a long long history of Alcoholism, and probably more people will come forward to relay their experiences with her when she was intoxicated. While she is not a unique Alcoholic-it’s all typical of an Alcoholic-it’s proving to be a bigger tragedy than originally presented. Yes, she needs to resign, but the amount of mis-management of her vetting and background checks to be cleared to run for bishop are also tragically at fault. The bottom line is it takes someone trained in Alcoholism to determine if a person is capable of fulfilling job requirements-whatever the job is. Also, one person shared that after her 2010 DUI she only went to group meetings once a week for two months to address her drinking, so she didn’t get proper treatment or go into a program in 2010-she has been hiding herAlcoholism ever since, and anyone who understands and knows the Disease of Alcoholism knows how well that works!!! But she had lots and lots of enablers and still does!!! Rector Shreveport, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem February 4, 2015 at 6:23 pm I’m a United Methodist pastor who has come home to Mother Anglicanism in retirement. I’m also a recovering alcoholic with nearly 20 years of sobriety, one day at a time. It is not my place to pass judgment on nor excuse Bishop Cook’s behavior, nor to second guess the body which decided she had the gifts and graces to enter the Episcopacy. Like the recent Superbowl loss by the Seahawks, there is plenty of after-the-fact criticism to go around. What I do know is alcoholism is an equal-opportunity killer. Over the years I have met everyone from homeless street people to clergy and judges in the recovery fellowship. It is a progressive, degenerative, incurable, but arrestable disease. Part of the disease is denial and dishonesty. I cannot help, nor am I “morally responsible” for being an alcoholic. I am powerless before this disease. I am, however, responsible for admitting my powerlessness and seeking help. The first step of the 12 steps is in many ways the hardest. I am also responsible for the damage done to others by my drinking. Being addicted is not a moral choice, but it is also NOT an excuse for the consequences of my addiction. In fact, protecting the alcoholic from the consequences of their drinking is an all-to-common way of enabling the disease. There have been times when my counsel to concerned families whose loved one was arrested for a DUI was “Don’t bail them out! Let him/her stew in jail for a bit. Perhaps that will convince them their drinking is out of control.” If Bishop Cook had been able to admit that she was powerless over alcohol, got a sponsor, worked the steps of an ongoing spiritual program of recovery, we might not have been having this conversation. As a Bishop with the disease of alcoholism who is in recovery, God could have used her mightily in ministry to other alcoholics and their families. God can still use her mightily even defrocked and in prison. That will depend upon whether or not this will truly be her turning point… New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska February 1, 2015 at 7:46 am If by “unfavorable results” you mean: the agonizing violent death of an innocent citizen who was left to die on the roadway in the freezing cold by his killer, and the widowing and orphaning of his wife and children, and the heartbreak of his parents and siblings and friends . . . then yes, I hope the “unfavorable results” are “dealt with.” And yes, “God’s love needs to shine through,” but how about we let God do God’s job, instead of presuming to do it for Him, and we focus on our own, which is to ensure justice (not to be confused with vengeance) and public safety. Geez louise. Rector Albany, NY February 5, 2015 at 8:05 am Resign!!!!! I should hope so, IF she does not resign, that will be the “last straw” as far as validity for The Episcopal Church goes. February 2, 2015 at 12:11 pm Employer asking for the employee’s resignation: the secular way. How could or should the Episcopal Church be different in its approach? Then the ex-employee will be sent to a therapist (if not already done) who will tell her that she should lose the license to practice: the way of the state. How could or should the Episcopal Church be different in its approach? Is the process of reconciliation only for other provinces (South Africa) in the Communion? This tragedy is at least about a bicyclist & family and a clergy person. It is beginning to feel and appear that it is about the Episcopal Church distancing itself and looking good and feeling good about itself. Is that disowning process an example of addictive behavior or at least being part of the process of addiction? How could or would we expect the Episcopal Church’s approach to be different, maybe to look to a higher power/God and to be more of God? Rector Belleville, IL Rector Bath, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA [Episcopal News Service] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland wants Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook to resign her position in the diocese in the wake of her involvement in a fatal car accident.“The Standing Committee has concluded that Bishop Heather Cook can no longer function effectively in her position as Bishop Suffragan. Therefore, we respectfully call for her resignation from her service to the Diocese,” the committee said in a Jan. 28 statement.Diocese of Maryland Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook, who remains on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into her involvement in a fatal accident, has been asked by the diocesan standing committee to resign. Photo: Diocese of MarylandThe committee’s request is “under advisement right now,” Cook’s attorney, David Irwin, told Episcopal News Service Jan. 30. “We just got the letter a couple of days ago.”The Standing Committee said the unanimous decision was made Jan. 22 “after significant and prayerful discernment, and with due and proper consideration of the best interests of the Diocese and its people.” The committee sent Cook a certified letter on Jan. 26 asking for her resignation.In a Jan. 28 press release, Maryland Bishop Eugene Sutton said, “It was clear that our lay and clergy leaders on the Standing Committee felt that the best interests of the diocese would be served were Heather to resign. Since this does not impede the Episcopal Church’s investigation into the matter, it is my hope Heather will see the wisdom in this recommendation.”The diocese “is acting as swiftly as it can in the context of the Episcopal Church’s disciplinary action,” the release said, adding that “… nothing prevents her from resigning as an employee of the Diocese of Maryland.”Cook spent six days in a Baltimore jail after being charged in connection with a fatal car accident in which she allegedly was intoxicated and texting as she struck and killed bicyclist Thomas Palermo, 41. She is also accused of leaving the scene for more than 30 minutes before returning and being arrested. She is now out on bail and at an alcohol-treatment facility, her lawyer said.The diocese said shortly after the accident that Cook was involved.The bishop faces eight charges, including four criminal counts of negligent manslaughter by vehicle, criminal negligent manslaughter by vehicle, negligently driving under the influence resulting in a homicide and negligent homicide involving an auto or boat while impaired. Those four charges carry a combined maximum penalty of 21 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.The other four charges are traffic offenses of failing to remain at an accident resulting in death, failing to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in bodily injury, using a text-messaging device while driving causing an accident with death or serious injury, and driving under the influence of alcohol.Cook was formally charged Jan. 9 and turned herself in later that day after an arrest warrant was issued. She was booked into jail and a $2.5 million bail was set. A judge later refused to lower the bail amount, according to news reports.Cook was bailed out Jan. 25 by Mark H. Hansen, a deposed Episcopal priest whom she referred to as her “steady companion” and a “passionate Anglican” in an autobiographical statement submitted as part of the search process that resulted in her being elected suffragan in May 2014. The bishop said in her autobiographical statement that she and Hansen had dated in their 20s and reconnected in 2012.Hansen posted $35,000 in collateral and signed a $215,000 promissory note agreeing to pay $1,000 a month, according to the Baltimore Sun. The paper reported that the only condition of her release is that she not drive.Cook returned that day to Father Martin’s Ashley, a drug and alcohol treatment facility near Havre de Grace, Maryland, where she had spent 12 days after the accident before being charged, Irwin told ENS.A preliminary hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 6 but Irwin said Cook withdrew her request for that hearing. The next step in the legal process is up to Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who said Jan. 9 when she charged Cook that she intended to present the case to a grand jury.Meanwhile, The Episcopal Church’s disciplinary process is in motion. Title IV of the Canons of The Episcopal Church governs ecclesiastical discipline of clergy members. Canon 17 of Title IV outlines the disciplinary process for bishops.There is also an ongoing review of the process that resulted in Cook’s election, said Sutton in a Jan. 13 pastoral letter.Cook was arrested in 2010 in Caroline County in the Eastern Shore for driving under the influence of alcohol and for marijuana possession. Cook pleaded guilty to drunken driving in that incident, and the prosecution of marijuana possession charge was dropped. A judge sentenced her to supervised probation and ordered her to pay a $300 fine. Court records available online do not note the length or conditions of Cook’s probation.Cook disclosed the arrest to diocesan leaders during the bishop suffragan search process, according to a diocesan statement released after the Dec. 27 accident, but the entire convention that elected Cook on May 2, 2014, however, was not told about it.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Scott MacDougall named visiting assistant professor of theology at Church…

first_img People, Featured Events Curate Diocese of Nebraska Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Theological Education 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 Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit an Event Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Pittsburgh, PA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Job Listing Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Shreveport, LA center_img Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Scott MacDougall named visiting assistant professor of theology at Church Divinity School of the Pacific Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Bath, NC Featured Jobs & Calls 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 (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Scott MacDougall, a scholar who has taught at Fordham University since 2010, has been named visiting assistant professor of theology at Church Divinity School of the Pacific for the 2015-2016 year.MacDougall, who earned his PhD at Fordham, is the author of the forthcoming book “More Than Communion: Imagining an Eschatological Ecclesiology” and has written for Huffington Post and Religion Dispatches as well as academic publications. He earned his master of arts in theology at General Theological Seminary in 2007, where the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, now dean and president of CDSP, was his advisor.While at CDSP, MacDougall will teach two required theology courses as well as electives titled “Contemporary Theologies of Church” and “Eschatology and Christian Practice.”“Scott’s theological voice is clear, focused and timely. He interprets the contemporary context and the kind of leadership needed to serve the church in our day. I am confident that students will feel his passion for theological dialogue and reflection as well as the depth of his preparation,” Richardson said.MacDougall, an experienced grants manager who has worked for the Rockefeller Foundation and consulted for the Open Society Foundations, is married to Michael Angelo, founder and creative director of the prestigious Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor in New York.Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a seminary of the Episcopal Church and a member of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, educates students in an ecumenical and interreligious context to develop leaders who can proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world through traditional and emerging ministries. Learn more at www.cdsp.edu. 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Video: Sandye Wilson preaches at Vigil Eucharist for Curry’s installation

first_imgVideo: Sandye Wilson preaches at Vigil Eucharist for Curry’s installation Rector Collierville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Bath, NC Virginia Jenkins – Whatley says: Submit an Event Listing October 31, 2015 at 10:45 pm Dear Sandye,Thank you so much for this moving sermon on the eve of the Installation of our new Presiding Bishop. It should be read by all members of the Episcopal Church as we prepare to do the work of ministry where God has planted us. You continually inspire us all to preach better and to share the love of Jesus.Blessings and peace,The Rev. Monroe FreemanPriest Associate, St Paul’s-Atlanta GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Tags The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group November 1, 2015 at 6:06 am Thank you, this sermon fills my heart and soul with hope, with determination and with love for the Church. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Knoxville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Youth Minister Lorton, VA 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID [Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Sandye A. Wilson, rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Andrew and Holy Communion in South Orange, New Jersey, preached at the Vigil Celebration and Eucharist, sponsored by the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE), in honor of the next presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael B. Curry.The service was held on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. EDT at the D.C. Armory.A video of the full service follows. Wilson’s sermon begins at 41:50 and the full text is below.Sermon for The Vigil Eucharist for the Installation of The 27th Presiding BishopSaturday, October 31, 2015The Armory, Washington DC 11 AMThe Reverend Canon Dr. Sandye A. Wilson God is good…all time.Let us pray:Let us be still and know that we are not God!Let us be aware of God’s continuing and compassionate presence.Let us be sensitive to our particular strengths and weaknesses.Let us be open to new faces, new ideas, new ways.Let us be quiet long enough to hear God’s voice and long enough our neighbor’s cry.Let us be fair, let us be friendly, let us be faithful.Let us be adults in the world and yet still always be Children of God.Amen.Good morning saints!  What a joy it is to be with you in this place, in this community, on this great getting up morning!  Thanks be to God for this time together. You are in the ‘hood.  It is good to be here on this Eve of All Saints, giving thanks for the ministry of the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori on her last day in office, and on the Eve of the Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Michael Bruce Curry, gathered together at this Eucharistic Vigil of reflection and hope.  Thank you, Bishop Curry, for your kind invitation to preach today, thank you National Union of Black Episcopalians for providing a venue in which the Body of Christ gathered may worship the Living God in the ‘hood, in the Washington, DC Armory. Thanks to all of you who have made major contributions to this day and thanks to those who have given to this day in any way. Thanks to the UBE Planning Committee. We are grateful to Almighty God and to you. It is delightful to note today, that the church is not following the world.  Tonight our clocks in the United States are turned back as our church moves forward.  Chronos says go back; kairos says move forward in the fullness of time–in God’s own time.On this eve of All Saints, All Hallows Eve, on this historic occasion, we are reminded that we stand on the shoulders of the ancestors—those who have gone before us and who have born the weight of the struggle in the heat of the day. Some were famous and others’ names will never be known, but they are all important to God and to us.  We remember today the many ways in which their faith, their struggle, their hope and their belief in a better way of life for those who would come after them, sustained them, strengthened them and inspire us.  These ancestors we remember today include Bishop and Mrs. Curry’s parents, Father Kenneth Curry, Dorothy Ada Strayhorn Curry, Mabel Robinson Clement, Troy Rufus Clement, Frank Jones and other Currys and Strayhorn family members who stand on that far-too-distant shore. We remember also Bishops John Burgess, John Walker, Walter Decoster Dennis, E. Don Taylor, Quinton Primo, Frank Turner, Jay Walker, the Reverends Charles Smith, Michael Marrett, James Woodruff, Waylon Melton, Pauli Murray and Sister Althea Augustine.In Hebrews we read :Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised,  since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.These ancestors, without us, will not rest in peace. They have done their work, but if we do not do our work, they will never rest in peace.  So as Bishop Curry has reminded me,this one is for the ancestorsthose who came beforethose who labored througha hard and bitter bondagewho toiled through unspeakableuncertainty andlived in the midst of harrowing hopelessnessAnd yetwho learned the way of Jesusand believed against beliefand hoped against hope thatsoon I will be done with the troubles of the worldsoon evil will cease from troublingsoon the weary will find their rest.And if it is for the ancestors, we are reminded that a torch has been passed to a new generation that includes the greatest generation, The Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation Z whom we call the Boomlets, and everyone behind them.  They have done their work and they leave this church and this society in our hands to do the work that God gives us to do. Carl Daw said it well when he penned the word of a wonderful song:God Has Work For Us To Do(words by Carl Daw, music by M. Miller) Till all the jails are empty and all the bellies filled;Till no one hurts or steals or lies, and no more blood is spilled;God has work for us to do, God has work for us to doBelieve in the promise, “I make all things new”God has work for us, work for us to do.Till age and race and gender no longer separate;Till pulpit, press, and politics are free of greed and hate:In tenement and mansion, in factory, farm, and millIn board room and in billiard hall, in wards where time stands still,In classroom, church, and office, in shops or on the street;In every place where people thrive or starve or hide or meet:By sitting at a bedside to hold pale, trembling hands,By speaking for the powerless against unjust demands,By praying through our doing and singing through our fear,By trusting that the seed we sow will bring God’s harvest near.God has work—work for us to do.This is our work, dear friends.  Bishop Michael – the seed sower – is calling us into the Jesus movement, and many people have challenged me about the meaning of the movement. Some are concerned that we must be more than social workers in communities.  Others worry that the movement takes us away from the “institution”—but friends, what is a movement? A movement is something that exists to change people’s lives.  It moves, it grows, it expands.  It challenges the status quo.  It causes revolutions.  It upsets people in power.  It turns over tables and it turns lives around.  As people of The Way, we are part of that movement.  Institution is what happens to a movement when it grows up. It creates a structure; it has meetings; it funds the structure; it exists to maintain order; it exists to perpetuate itself.  It sometimes resists change and it is totally predictable.  We have become the institution and we are being called to find ourselves forward into the Jesus Movement, so that we exist to change people’s lives; moving, growing, expanding, challenging the status quo, causing revolutions and realizing that at the heart of every revolution is human kindness; turning tables and turning lives around.On November 4, 2008, when President Barack Obama was elected, many people who voted for him stood outside with tears streaming down their faces, filled with such joy, believing that the nation would change overnight because of his election. People were filled with hope that he would be the new Messiah, to lead us to the Promised Land and certainly to reform this nation into a place of liberty and justice for all.  Soon after the election, President Obama invited us to get up off our duffs and get to work on transforming this society.  Then he made decisions with which some people disagreed, and suddenly he wasn’t quite as popular as he was! We didn’t elect you to ask us to do any work—we elected YOU to do the work!  God has work for us to do as we bear Christ in this world!  No leader can do it alone. No leader can do it alone.  The ancestors started the work for us, the baton has been passed to us —They, without us, will not rest in peace!On March 13, 2013, Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio was elected 266th Pope.  Many were excited about his election—believing his option for the poor and his deep commitment to climate change and justice—meant that he could and would change existing structures in the Roman Catholic Church.  In our euphoria about his election and good spirit, many were surprised when the Pope looked around like Jesus on that mountain in the feeding of the 5000, looked at us, and said, “there are millions of hungry people in this world: YOU feed them!  YOU sacrifice so that we have a healthy climate to leave to generations yet unborn.  You be Jesus’ hands and feet and heart in the world.  There are decisions he has made and will make with which you will disagree. He is calling us to a place in the Jesus Movement. But no leader can do it alone.  The ancestors started the work for us—They, without us, will not rest in peace.In Salt Lake City, on June 27, 2015, when Bishop Michael Curry was elected, many were euphoric!  More selfies were taken with him, a smiling Bishop sharing his joyful witness, than anyone could imagine!  We think we invented selfies, but the first real selfie was one the Mount of Transfiguration when Peter begged Jesus to stay on the mountaintop and keep things exactly as they were.  Jesus told him they could not stay in that place. They had to leave that mountaintop and go down to the places of ministry and change and life. There are two problems with selfies. The first is that they are a freeze frame in time. They capture the present moment for all time.  The second is that they sometimes engender confusion about who has what role.  Sometimes we are convinced that if we are in the selfie with someone else, we become that other person and we know better than they do, how to do their job. So Bishop Michael is elected and he invites us to get up off our duffs and do the work of transformation and reconciliation called for in the Jesus Movement.  He invites us to gather up all the fragments of our frayed humanity, that none be lost and they none be left out.  He invites us to live into and become the love of Jesus in a world desperate to know and feel that love.  He invites us as Episcopalians to sing out, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”   He is inviting us into a love fest of discomfort, because we can’t choose who Jesus will give us to know and to love as companions on the way.  The more he calls us to work in the vineyard of the movement, the less time and energy we will have to gossip anything but the good news of the gospel or to second guess why someone else does what they do. Let our new selfies be of each of us and the work of transformation and bearing Jesus Christ into the world.   Let our selfies be of our engaging in real, adaptive change rather than technical solutions to problems before us.  Put those selfies up beside our selfies with Bishop Michael and both photos will come alive.There will be days when we are convinced that we know better than the new Presiding Bishop and days when we are convinced that he is making decisions counter to the decisions we would make if we were in his shoes, but that is the nature of leadership and I would like to invite you to make a covenant today to pray for him and not prey on him.  When you are most disturbed or angry over the next nine years, pray with him ASAP – always say a prayer – and find a way to communicate with each other that is joyful, generative and life-giving.  No leader can do it alone.  He does not believe in silo work and he is a collaborative leader.  The ancestors started this work for us, they passed the baton to us—without us, they will not rest in peace.Langston Hughes has written a poem entitled The Negro Speaks of Rivers:I’ve known rivers:I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.My soul has grown deep like the rivers.I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset.I’ve known rivers:Ancient, dusky rivers.My soul has grown deep like the rivers.(Langston Hughes, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” from Collected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by The Estate of Langston Hughes. Reprinted with the permission of Harold Ober Associates Incorporated.) Source: Selected Poems (Vintage Books, 1987)Bishop Michael, I know the movement of the river and its history in our lives as a people intrigues you.  I invite you in this new ministry to walk over the river rocks to stand in the middle of the river, for it is only in the middle of the river that you can reach both sides of the shore.  It is on the shores of the river that many have stood for generations staring with enmity at one another because they disagree theologically, socially, historically, and for many other reasons including that they just plain don’t like each other and have different world views.  The joy and challenge of your work can be found in the words of the Most Reverend Helder Camara, Retired Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Olinda and Recife:The Bishop belongs to all.Let no one be scandalized if I frequentThose who are considered unworthyOr sinful.  Who is not a sinner?Let no one bind me to a group.My door, my heart, must be openTo everyone, absolutely everyone.You and only you will be able to invite all parties to travel over the river rocks until they come to the bridge made by the sturdy, strong backs of the ancestors.  Your invitation and your willingness to be for everyone in the Jesus movement, we hope, will bring folks from both sides of the shore to meet at that central place in the river, so we can gather at the river, of renewal, relationship, reconciliation, resurrection and ultimately new life for all of us.  Righteous anger has its place, but it must ultimately lead us to that place of reconciliation, relationship and reflection.   Once folks get onto the bridge, please remind them that there has been a table set in the wilderness, and there is a seat at the table there for everyone.  And remember dear friends that when Jesus calls us to dine with each other, the proverbial place cards that identify where you sit, are permanently attached to the table so that we cannot run around and change the place cards to sit with our friends.  We are invited intentionally in the Jesus movement to come to know those we might least like to know and to remember that we are all in this together, brothers and sisters, children of the living God.Finally – and don’t you love that word? – finally, Gloria Wade Gales, a professor at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges, wrote a memoir called Pushed Back to Strength.  In the first chapter she is speaking with her grandmother and is animatedly telling her about her life in the world. She says, “Grandma, it seems that every time I stand up, I get pushed down.  Everytime I try to go forward, grandma, I get pushed back.  Grandma do you hear me?”  Her grandmother, wise beyond knowing looked up from her sewing and said, “When they push you back, they are pushing you back to strength.  They are pushing you back to us—where you can get strong again.  So do not be afraid, because they are pushing you back to us.”  Bishop Michael, there will be days when I am sure you, like Gloria, would like to ask your grandmother about why…And on those days, as you know so clearly the Jesus of your faith and history, as you know that the God behind us is greater than any problem ahead of us, know also that you are being pushed back to the ancestors who make it possible for us to be here today.  Pushed back to strength so that you can get strong again and come into our midst and challenge us to have the moral courage to be strong in this work that God has given us to do.And so, for the ancestors,soon love will winsoon justicesoon forgivenesssoon goodnesssoon kindnesssoon a new heaven and a new earthFor allsoon Glory!  Glory!This one is for the ancestorsSo come what mayTo God be the gloryThy kingdom comeThy will be doneOn earth as in heavensolift every voice and singtill earth and heaven ringcauseThis one is for the ancestors.For if, we are able to do this together, if we are willing to recognize that since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, we can also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and we can run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.And once we do this work, dear friends, with joy, all those ancestors, all those saints named and unnamed, for whom we give thanks in these days, as they shout Hallelujah in Heaven today, will finally be able to rest in peace.Amen. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Video Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Rev Monroe Freeman says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Press Release Service Rector Pittsburgh, PA Judy Kolwicz says: Featured Jobs & Calls In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Tampa, FL Curry Installation, October 31, 2015 at 6:46 pm Thanks for your witness. Thanks for your analysis. Thanks for the challenge! November 5, 2015 at 10:34 pm Hey SandyeThanks so much for this deep, relevant, moving and challenging sermon. Much love.Howard Rector Albany, NY Micki Rios says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Posted Oct 31, 2015 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Hopkinsville, KY Comments are closed. November 2, 2015 at 7:32 pm A beautiful message for all of God’s people. We welcome our new Bishop and all of us need to rise up to the challenge. Each of our parishes should share your sermon with all of their parishioners. Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY last_img read more