Joe van Niekerk Q&A

first_imgFormer Springbok Joe van Niekerk has proved a big hit with Heineken Cup quarter-finalists Toulon – but what’s life really like at the star-studded club in the South of France? We paid a visit to Toulon’s training HQ to ask the back-rower about both the good and the bad at the club… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img

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History backs Vodacom Bulls to win tour opener

first_imgJOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 19: Victor Matfield of the Bulls looks on during the Super Rugby Round 1 match between Lions and Vodacom Bulls at Coca Cola Park on February 19, 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images / Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Bulls captain Victor MatfieldOpening Vodacom Super Rugby tour matches have traditionally suited the Vodacom Bulls as they depart South Africa for New Zealand or Australia.The defending champions have won four of the last five opening games of their Australasian tours, only losing in 2008 to the Reds in Brisbane, by 40-8.In 2006, the Vodacom Bulls started their tour with a game against the Western Force, then in their first season of Vodacom Super Rugby. The team from Pretoria won 30-21 in Perth, which was also their only victory on that tour.A year later, the Vodacom Bulls kicked off their Australasian tour with a 19-7 victory against the Brumbies in Canberra. In the lead-up to their first Super Rugby title later in 2007, they also beat the Waratahs (32-19) in Sydney and Highlanders in Dunedin (22-13). The 2008-season was not a good one for the Vodacom Bulls, when they lost all four their tour matches, but they were back to winning ways in 2009, kicking off their tour with a 19-14 win against the Hurricanes in Wellington – their same opponents in their tour-opener this wekeend. Also in 2009, the year of the Vodacom Bulls’ second Vodacom Super Rugby title, they beat the Waratahs 20-6 in Sydney in their fourth match on tour.The team captained by Springbok lock Victor Matfield won two games on their 2010 Australasian tour – the opening game against the Western Force in Perth (28-15), as well as against the Chiefs in Hamilton (33-19).last_img read more

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Durante la Eucaristía en la Convención general La Obispa Presidenta…

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Jobs & Calls Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Comments are closed. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Events Rector Washington, DC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 General Convention 2012, An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 General Convention, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET July 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm Esperamos noticias en español de lo que está ocurriendo en la convención. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 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 Press Release Service 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 Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori center_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Tampa, FL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA By Cesar CardozaPosted Jul 9, 2012 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Press Release Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Durante la Eucaristía en la Convención general La Obispa Presidenta nos insta a ‘Actuar por el Sueño de Dios’ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Tags Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Narcisa Cabrera Molina says: [Episcopal News Service – Indianápolis] Estando la Convención General en su punto medio, miles se reunieron en el Hotel J.W. Marriott para celebrar este domingo la Santa eucaristía y la Reunión de la Ofrenda Unida de Acción de Gracias (UTO).Un coro de cientos de voces, integrado por diversas congregaciones de Indianápolis, junto con órgano y metales interpretó himnos en la ceremonia. Obispos, representantes de UTO e invitados ecuménicos nacionales e internacionales llenaron con sus voces el gran salón del hotel con el himno “Christ is made the sure foundation,” con una melodía del siglo 17 del compositor inglés Ralph Vaughan Williams y de los compositores contemporáneos Joel Martinson de Dallas, Craig Phillips de Los Ángeles y Frank Boles de la iglesia de St. Paul en Indianápolis.La Obispa Presidenta Katharine Jefferts Schori ofició la misa con un mensaje de unidad en la diversidad y en la misión y un llamamiento a la acción. “Un profeta simplemente es alguien enviado a hablar en nombre de Dios.  A decir las cosas tal como son. A veces los profetas dicen palabras de  aliento y fortaleza, (…) y a veces el profeta dice cosas que son difíciles de escuchar  (…) recordándonos que debemos amar a Dios de todo corazón y amar al prójimo como a nosotros mismos –dijo la Obispa Jefferts Schori- “un recordatorio que usualmente obedece a que los que escuchamos no hemos estado cumpliendo con esa expectativa.”“Las palabras significan mucho y como Cristianos lo afirmamos cada vez que nos reunimos para dar gracias por la palabra trascendente y viva entre nosotros. Los profetas hablan y actúan en nombre de Dios, con palabras y acciones de Fortaleza esperanza y reto. Ese ministerio se da en diversas formas”, dijo la Obispa Presidenta.Instándonos a todos y a cada uno a actuar bajo nuestra fe, a pesar de las dificultades, la Obispa Jefferts Schori manifestó: “cuando Jesús impuso sus manos y sanó a unos pocos, aun en un sitio donde pensaban que no tenía mucho que ofrecer, estaba haciendo algo profético (…) ¿Qué pasa con tus manos? Ellas son también instrumentos de sanación, reconciliación, re creación. Muestren sus manos. He aquí un sacramento de la misión de Dios. ¿Cómo vas a usar esas manos en un ambiente impúdico y rebelde? Esa manos pueden ser instrumentos de advertencia, o de aliento y fortaleza…”La Obispa Jefferts Schori hizo un paralelismo entre la misión encomendada por Jesús a los Apóstoles y nuestra misión en el presente: “cuando Jesús fue a los pueblos a enseñar, uso las palabras y sus manos de manera profética, anunciando el reino de Dios, alimentando, sanando y atrayendo gente a la comunidad. Él envió a sus amigos a hacer lo mismo; a pregonar el mensaje de Dios, del Reino de dios, a enseñar a los nuevos creyentes, a sanar a los necesitados, a confrontar las injusticias y a cuidar del jardín que compartimos con toda la creación. Esos cinco pilares de la creación son el trabajo y sino de los profetas. De todos los amigos de Jesús (…) ir como emisarios de la palabra encarnada, ser el don, y de hablar y actuar en nombre del sueño de dios. Adentrarse en el mundo soñado por Dios.”Instándonos a actuar a todos y cada uno, la Obispa Presidenta manifestó: “Dios te está enviando a un mundo rebelde, lleno de gente impúdica y terca (…) algunos de esos somos nosotros. Tu tarea es decir: “escuchen, la cosa es así: Dios tiene en mente un mundo mejor y te necesita para hacerlo realidad; y una vez que comiences la conversación sobre las nuevas de Dios, sigue adelante, sigue mostrándole y diciéndole al mundo como es el sueño de dios, y a la larga el mundo sabrá que ha conocido a un profeta, a toda una comunidad de profetas.”Representantes de La Ofrenda Unida de Acción de Gracias, (UTO) de cada provincia y diócesis, muchas de ellas vestidas con el color azul característico de la organización, se acercaron al altar y entregaron tarjetas con los montos recaudados en el último trienio para la UTO, una entidad que ayuda a costear programas Para aliviar el sufrimiento humano. Las donaciones canalizadas por UTO en su mayor parte provienen de donativos de los Episcopales en las “alcancías azules” que muchos tienen en sus hogares y oficinasEl Obispo de Haití Zache Duracin y el Obispo Sufragante Ogé Beauvoir concelebraron la Eucaristía con Jefferts Schori. Los  Reverendos Drew Klatte de Indianápolis Pamela Nesbit de Pennsylvania fueron los diáconos.— Cesar Cardoza es miembro del  equipo del Episcopal News Service en la Convención General. Rector Belleville, IL Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Comments (1) Rector Bath, NC Rector Shreveport, LA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Knoxville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, MElast_img read more

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Continuing Indaba enables ‘gospel-shaped conversation’

first_img Rector Washington, DC By Matthew DaviesPosted Jul 30, 2012 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC Tags July 30, 2012 at 8:50 pm Because in order for “gathering” or “meeting” to happen people have to show up. Which the Orthodites have quit doing. There is, in point of fact, a distinct difference between feeling excluded because you’re disagreed with and being excluded because of who you are. the Indaba process welcomes all who will come to listen, to be open, to be transformed, to be changed and to be in community. Indaba Indeed! Anglican Communion, Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Tom Sramek Jr says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Tom Sramek, Jr. says: July 31, 2012 at 2:15 am The point of Indaba is that there are no preconditions for meeting. El Camino Real, Gloucester, and Western Tanganika are in provinces of the Anglican Communion that have vastly differing views on homosexuality, women’s ordination (especially to the episcopate!), and other things. And yet their unity in Christ allows them to continue to come together and become friends. The point of the story is that no one walks away. Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Continuing Indaba enables ‘gospel-shaped conversation’ Video: Canon Phil Groves speaks about the process Art House says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Comments (9) Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Pittsburgh, PA Christopher Cleveland says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit a Job Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate Diocese of Nebraska Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Press Release Service Doug Desper says: Featured Events Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC center_img Peter Cabbiness says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Continuing Indaba Julian Malakar says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI July 31, 2012 at 3:22 pm I have been growing up spiritually within umbrella of Anglican Communion for more than 50 years watching cosmetic changes within the Church, but keeping CORE value of the Bible. But this time, after the year 2003, when a part of the body of Church as Anglican adapted different outlook on righteousness of the Church and cast doubt on the Bible, contradicting CORE value of the Bible, shook the foundation of the Church built on the body of Christ. Christians believe Christ by faith, love and works, based on biblical truth. But this radical change jolted the foundation of Anglican Communion built under Body of Christ.Knowledge about misty of Body of Christ that saves our souls is founded on biblical truth. Generation of the past since resurrection of Christ carries that glorious torch of Christ to new generation and proclaims the gospel to every individual like Olympic torch passing thru individual hand to another finally enlighten the greatest show of the earth. Enlighten human heart with new idea need miraculous sign, only “Indaba” or reasoning could not transform. If purpose of “Indaba” is to transform faith of the generations to newly found idea, originated from cultural evaluation, it is sure be failed, as Christ taught us God’s Holiness differs from holiness of the world which comes from body and blood of human. Indaba could help identify the difference and live peacefully. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA July 30, 2012 at 8:01 pm So how come “indaba” wasn’t/isn’t used with orthodox Episcopalianswho feel alienated from the Church due to recent actions and inactionsof General Convention?Instead the PB has enforced a policy of sueing fellow Christians to thetune of 18 million dollars.Indaba indeed. July 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm Not one in a thousand Episcopalians knows what the word “indaba” means, and of the handful of those who do, many find it elitist leftist-speak.Effective communications demand the use of understandable language, not trendy terminology meant for the few, and spoken by the few. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Comments are closed. Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Africa, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA August 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm …”Orthodites”? Sounds like an insult more than an invitation for a conversation. Little wonder there has been a Great Walking Away. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Father Ron Smith says: July 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm The word “indaba” isn’t “elitist leftist-speak: it is a word that comes from our brothers and sisters in Africa and isn’t meant to be trendy, but to be universal and descriptive. It means “gathering” or “meetings” and may be linked to what former Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu said when he was asked what the strength of the Anglican Communion was: “We meet.” Rector Albany, NY August 9, 2012 at 6:20 am “The reckoning will be rooted in the fact that God does not change and there is no “progressive” element in the Holy Trinity.” – Peter Cabbiness –Then this would have ruled out the Incarnation of the Third Person of The Holy Trinity. Was that not some sort of ‘progression’ in the heart and mind of God? Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH [Episcopal News Service] Enabling conversation across difference has been the main objective of the Anglican Communion’s Continuing Indaba and Mutual Listening Process. But the fruits of the program in breaking down barriers and building friendships across vastly different contexts have far exceeded any expectations, according to the Rev. Canon Phil Groves, who said the guiding principle and the key to its success has been in placing Christ at the center of the conversations.“People are passionate about the gospel, and sometimes that leads to deep disagreements,” Groves, the program’s facilitator, told ENS in a recent interview. “But once Christ is placed at the center of a conversation, people begin to work for the good of the whole rather than to win an argument.”Groves attended the 77th General Convention in Indianapolis and witnessed the Episcopal Church commit itself (in Resolution D008) to deepening its involvement with Anglican Communion ministries and networks and to using the Continuing Indaba process to encourage “conversations across differences to strengthen relationships in God’s mission.”Groves said he found the deliberations at General Convention encouraging. “There was a clear sense that the Anglican Communion is something very significant and that [there is a] … deep desire to be linked up with people who may radically disagree with the direction of the Episcopal Church.”[ooyala code=”l1M21pNTqPLgcqD_SoOTVqW2t0J7FtcR”]Since its 2009 launch, the Continuing Indaba and Mutual Listening Process has facilitated four pilot conversations, each consisting of three dioceses from different Anglican Communion provinces. Participants from each diocese included the bishop, and several clergy and lay leaders.The program, which is partly a continuation of the Anglican Communion Listening Process, has enabled Anglicans to discuss and learn about experiences from contexts far removed from their own and to wrestle with differences concerning issues such as human sexuality and theological interpretation. (A process of Indaba, a Zulu word meaning purposeful discussion, formed the basis for groups of around 40 bishops that met each day during the Lambeth Conference in 2008.)Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori recently told ENS that the Continuing Indaba program has “provided remarkable opportunities for Episcopalians and Anglicans to learn about the realities of life in different parts of the world, and hearts are being transformed thereby.”Continuing Indaba is helping “to provide the life-blood and breath that can revivify and revitalize the communion to action and service in mission,” said the Rev. Tobias Haller, a General Convention deputy from the Diocese of New York, who has served on the Continuing Indaba reference group alongside representatives from Africa and the United Kingdom.“When Jesus described how it was that his disciples would be known, it was not by the splendor of their churches or the number of their congregants, by the beauty of their worship or the nobility of their ethics, but by the love they show to one another,” said Haller, in a recent post on the Continuing Indaba website. “Continuing Indaba is a means to demonstrate this love, in gospel-shaped conversation and engagement with one another…”“The relationships are key to our healing,” said Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves of the Diocese of El Camino Real, which joined its companion dioceses of Gloucester in England and Western Tanganyika in Tanzania to participate in one of the Continuing Indaba pilot programs.“We gather in Christ. We are one in Christ. That is what binds us together. Not our particular beliefs, not our theology, not in the way we read Scripture,” Gray-Reeves told ENS during the program’s final encounter in February in the Diocese of Gloucester.[ooyala code=”8xanRvMzqa_pphKMxLuLDckx-ySfEhg-“]The participants visited each of the three dioceses, usually for more than a week each time, to experience the church’s mission in its local context and to engage in “meaningful conversation,” which is at the center of the Zulu concept of “indaba.”Gray-Reeves said the El Camino Real-Gloucester-Western Tanganyika partnership had begun with a focus on human sexuality issues but that the group had since learned to accept one another’s differences concerning that topic. “We all realize that the bigger conversations are about poverty, about generations, about Millennium Development Goals, about evangelism and discipleship,” she said.In early July, Gray-Reeves and bishops Michael Perham of Gloucester and Sadock Makaya of Western Tanganyika wrote to Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams reflecting on their Indaba process, underscoring the importance of the project and expressing their hope that it will be expanded within the Anglican Communion.“The Indaba experience has accelerated our bonding; our depth of candor with each other; and our sincere caring for each other as individuals and as representatives of our own dioceses and our respective cultures,” the bishops wrote.Makaya told ENS that unity throughout the Anglican Communion “is very important because it was the prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ … that we should all be one. It is only when we are united that we can be a witness of the gospel.”For Anel Agueyo, a lay Latina from San José in the Diocese of El Camino Real, experiencing different cultures through the program has “opened my eyes to the broader aspect of what life is and what it consists of, and who God is.”The dioceses of New York, Derby in England, and Mumbai in the Church of North India also formed one of the pilot programs.For the Rev. Winnie Varghese, a lesbian Episcopal priest and native of Texas with family roots in the Mar Thoma Church of India, the path towards deepening relationships through indaba was not without challenges.Continuing Indaba works as long as it is “rooted in Bible Study and a daily common experience,” Varghese, rector of St. Mark’s-Church-in-the-Bowery in New York City, told ENS. “Its fundamental value is time together with people willing to be in conversation. But it means for all [involved] – particularly people of color, women, laypersons and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons – a willingness to put up with some insult for the sake of conversation.”During the first meeting in New York, Varghese said the group “spent a lot of time trying to figure out why we were there and wanting to ask big questions but nervous that we would cause offense or short circuit the process in some way.”Towards the end of the program, Varghese said that one of the women from India approached her to discuss sexuality because she felt the topic had not been adequately addressed during the group’s conversations. “We talked about it for a few hours. It was a good conversation. Basically, she did not want to dismiss me because of the relationship we had developed over the six weeks of time together, and I felt the same,” said Varghese. “In the end it’s all about relationships.”The other two pilot conversations included Toronto (Canada), Jamaica (West Indies), and Hong Kong; and Saldanha Bay (Southern Africa), Ho (Ghana) and Mbeere (Kenya).Now that the pilot program has concluded, Groves hopes that provinces and dioceses throughout the Anglican Communion will take the concept and model of Continuing Indaba and apply it in local contexts.Groves said that there’s a strong indication that several provinces – including Kenya, Hong Kong, West Africa and the U.S.-based Episcopal Church – “want to push the Continuing Indaba methodology forward.”“Episcopalians who participated in Continuing Indaba are advocating to those around them that this is something that is very significant for the Episcopal Church,” Groves said. Episcopal Church dioceses relating to partners around the world “will be inspired by the Diocese of El Camino Real and those relationships and will begin to ask: ‘how can we do the same things?’”Haller believes that Continuing Indaba “will be the lifeblood and breath of the Anglican Communion.” The program is “catching fire and inspiring people around the communion,” he said.The Church of England’s General Synod, meeting in early July, commended the use of Continuing Indaba to build relationships at diocesan and parish levels.Groves said that the program has worked so well because the participants have used biblical principles to understand how Christians should relate to one another. “Once the journey begins you find that you are working with very committed Christians,” he said, adding that the participants have understood that the key to relationships is holding up the “good of the whole with Christ as the head of the church.”The Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, told ENS that he has been encouraged by the commitment of Anglican provinces, including the Episcopal Church, to the Continuing Indaba program.“As more dioceses have engaged themselves in indaba across the communion, they have more and more wanted to import the lessons that they have learned. That is a very positive thing and it is promising that it is going to be replicated,” he said. “It’s about serious listening, serious engagement and a profound respect for one another. Any person or diocese that has experienced that finds new ways of expressing being Anglican.”–– Matthew Davies is an editor/international correspondent of the Episcopal News Service. Rector Tampa, FL The Reverend Canon Susan Russell says: Rector Belleville, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Shreveport, LA August 3, 2012 at 11:44 am It is amazing how quickly our radical leftist leadership has replaced the faith given to us by Christ with a completely mythological humanist construct. Wow! The temporary joy of abandoning any concrete standard of truth will at some point turn to grief. The reckoning will be rooted in the fact that God does not change and there is no “progressive” element in the Holy Trinity.last_img read more

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Executive Council gets glimpse of work done at church center

first_img TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Tags Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Tampa, FL John D. Andrews says: October 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm I think it is great that the Executive Council is being schooled on what the church is doing concerning diversity, especially as it is related to Muslims. I have many Muslim ESL students, and I am learning a lot from them about Islam, and about the different cultures that they come from. Because of my Christian faith, I am connected to God and to other Christians. But, I am also connected to those of other faith traditions because of our common connection to God, our creator. Just as my Christian faith was enhanced by learning about Dine’ (Navajo) religion when I lived on the Navajo Nation, it is also being enhanced by my learning about Islam. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Executive Council gets glimpse of work done at church center Islam, Muslims and immigration highlight diversity training Rector Pittsburgh, PA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Bath, NC Submit an Event Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Executive Council, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Some of the members of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council listen Oct. 16 as Barry Merer, manager of web and social media services in the Office of Communication, explains part of the office’s work. The session took place during council’s meeting at the Episcopal Church Center in New York. Photo/Mary Frances Schjonberg[Episcopal News Service – New York] The members of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council got a crash course on the work of the church-wide staff Oct. 16 during a visit to the Episcopal Church Center in New York.During the morning, the council split into five groups and toured the building, meeting with members of the mission staff who work both in the New York location and across the church. They also heard from the mission support staff, including the Office of Communication, treasurer’s office, and human resources.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, right, and the Rev. Gay Jennings, president of the House of Deputies listen Oct. 16 as staff members explain their work to members of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council who came to the church center in New York for the day. Photo/Mary Frances SchjonbergThe visit to the church center was significant, in part, because General Convention said in July (via Resolution D016) that “it was the will of this Convention to move the church center headquarters away from the church center building.” That statement came after the House of Bishops rejected a call by the House of Deputies to sell the building at 815 Second Ave.A comprehensive study of real estate owned by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Episcopal Church is being conducted by the real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield and funded by Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop Jon Bruno. The study involves both the Episcopal Church Center at 815 Second Ave. in New York and a city block in Austin, Texas, that was purchased with the intent of constructing a new building for the Archives of the Episcopal Church. The study is also meant to explore the cost of relocating the church center and its impact on the staff.Council and many staff members also participated in an anti-racism/diversity training session during the afternoon. Sarah Sayeed, program and communications associate for the Interfaith Center of New York, and Christina Warner, campaign director of Shoulder to Shoulder, spoke to the session about understanding Islam and Muslims in America. They were followed by a session on immigration issues led by Rachel Steinhardt, deputy director of Welcoming America.Sarah Sayeed, program and communications associate for the Interfaith Center of New York, speaks to members of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council and the church-wide staff during a diversity training session Oct. 16 at the church center in New York. Photo/Mary Frances SchjonbergThe Oct. 16 gathering at the church center came on the second day of the Oct. 15-18 meeting which began at the Heldrich hotel and conference center in New Brunswick in the Diocese of New Jersey and council will return there for the final two days of the meeting.During the center’s regularly scheduled noon-hour Eucharist the Rev. Gay Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, called on the council, staff and visitors to boldly “do something else” with “how we live our lives and structure our communities and ministries.”“Something else that might just bring us closer to the heart of God and those we are called to serve – the last, the least, the lost, and the left behind,” she added.Jennings noted that the church was celebrating the feast day of Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, bishops who were martyred in 1555 for their beliefs about the need for reform in the church. “While you and I won’t be called upon to give up our physical lives for the cause of structural reform, we have given our lives to Jesus Christ and committed to serve God’s church,” she said. “This is always the first step.”The House of Deputies president said she was not sure what “something else” will look like in the 2013-2015 triennium. “But I am ready and willing to be part of creating something else, something new,” she said. “I believe you are as well. Let’s go there. Let’s be bold and visionary disciples of Jesus. We are called to do no less.”Council will spend most of Oct. 17 in committee meetings after a final orientation session in plenary. The members serve on one of five joint standing committees, including Advocacy and Networking (A&N), Finances for Mission (FFM), Governance and Administration for Mission (GAM), Local Ministry and Mission (LMM) and World Mission (WM).On Oct. 18 council will meet in plenary session to hear committee reports and to consider resolutions.ENS coverage of the first day of the meeting is here.The Executive Council carries out the programs and policies adopted by the General Convention, according to Canon I.4 (1)(a). The council is composed of 38 members, 20 of whom (four bishops, four priests or deacons and 12 lay people) are elected by General Convention and 18 (one clergy and one lay) by the nine provincial synods for six-year terms, plus the presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies. About half of the members are new to the council with this meeting, having just been elected by General Convention and the provinces. – The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Press Release Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Shreveport, LA F. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Featured Events Comments (2) Rector Knoxville, TN Executive Council October 2012 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC October 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm Islamists snd Muslims are involved in a ntion-wide campaign to improve their image with billboards, ads and propaganda. There would be no need for any of this if Muslims were not such a bellicose and violent people. I recognize that some may be peaceful but the fact remains that all too many of them desire the destruction of the U.S, our Judeo-Christian roots and all that America stands for. Once here, they rally and protest against our Judeo-Christian beleifs and symbols and seek to remove traditionall Christian thought and symbols from our life. Many migrate to America for its freedoms and then seek to overturn the justice system and freedoms we enjoy. When caught by authorities for terrorist acts, they pervert our justice system to save their skin. If Muslims/Islamists were so just they would not have to spend millions on a public relations campaign. Their actions would speak for themselves as they do now.F. W. Thewalt Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel last_img read more

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Video: Longkee Vang reflects on Hmong youth ministry and [email protected]

first_imgVideo: Longkee Vang reflects on Hmong youth ministry and [email protected] Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Smithfield, NC Submit an Event Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Martinsville, VA [Episcopal News Service – Burlingame, California] Longkee Vang of St. Paul, Minnesota, spoke with Episcopal News Service June 22 about the youth ministry he leads at Church of the Holy Apostles and about the journey of his Hmong community to the U.S. and to the Episcopal Church. He also spoke about the importance of the church’s Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Albany, NY 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Tags Featured Events Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Bath, NC Rector Collierville, TN Video Ethnic Ministries, Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jun 25, 2013 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL last_img read more

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Canada’s vote on same-sex marriage: What went wrong?

first_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit an Event Listing July 16, 2016 at 6:17 pm Is the Canadian Church now going to be disciplined by the Lambeth bishops like the TEC now? By André ForgetPosted Jul 15, 2016 Rector Belleville, IL William Russiello says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Comments (1) Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Photo: Art Babych[Anglican Journal] One miscounted vote reversed the Anglican Church of Canada’s rejection of same-sex marriage, July 12.So how did the error occur?Incorrect information sent to Data-on-the Spot, the electronic voting services provider contracted to manage the voting by clickers, led to the mistake, according to Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary.The vote to change the marriage canon (church law) to allow the solemnization of same-sex marriages required a two-thirds majority in each of the Orders of Laity, Clergy and Bishops, but the original count of the vote on the night of July 11 showed the motion had failed to pass by one vote in the Order of Clergy.The error, according to Thompson,  originated with an Excel spreadsheet compiled by his office, which listed him and General Synod Chancellor David Jones as being non-voting members of General Synod. The spreadsheet had listed Thompson as “clergy, non-voting.” According to the Constitution of General Synod, both the general secretary and the chancellor have full voting privileges.“This was an error that took place in my office,” Thompson said in an interview with the Anglican Journal. “It is not an error that was caused by the electronic voting. It is a mistake that we made…[Data-on-the Spot] simply took the information that we gave them and accurately coded it into their electronic system.”Thompson had previously issued an apology on the floor of General Synod in which he noted that the “good order of General Synod is my responsibility as general secretary…[and] I want to apologize to the General Synod for the confusion that has been caused.”The issue of Jones’s and Thompson’s voting privileges was brought to light the day before synod began, said J.P. Copeland, integration specialist for Data-on-the-Spot (DOTS), the electronic voting services provider contracted by General Synod to manage the voting by clickers. When Thompson was manually added to the list of voting members, however, he was wrongly coded as a layperson, instead of as a member of the Order of Clergy—a fact that was discovered only after a printed list of how General Synod members had voted was examined.“It was literally like a hand addition that was communicated to me,” Copeland told the Anglican Journal,speaking of the request to have Thompson added to the voting list. “I don’t have a record of where it came from, who told me what, or whether I heard improperly or whether I read it improperly.”Thompson said that once General Synod members noted the apparent discrepancy between the vote as it was announced Monday night and the numbers that were made available the next day identifying how members had voted, it was Copeland who first realized the nature of the error.“The people who helped us most know the nature of the error that had taken place was Data-on-the-Spot,” said Thompson.Prior to the vote it was requested that the names and votes of each member be made public in the minutes. (For this to happen, three members of synod must make the request before the vote takes place.)A motion was then brought Tuesday afternoon, July 12, requesting that the information be made available to synod members before the end of the 41st session of General Synod—rather than wait for publication of the minutes, which requires a few weeks—so that members could check their own votes.The motion was moved by Canon Kevin Robertson and seconded by Canon David Harrison, both of the diocese of Toronto.Harrison had approached the floor earlier on Tuesday asking if the publication of the voting data could be expedited, but was told it would not be available until the minutes were. He had spoken on the same point following further confusion with voting in the afternoon, to no avail.Finally, he asked his fellow diocesan member, Robertson, if he would be willing to join him in bringing a motion asking for the information to be provided.“We figured it was a public list, it was not a secret ballot, and if we weren’t using clickers and we were voting in the old way, people would know in the moment who was voting and how,” Robertson said in an interview with the Anglican Journal.Harrison said that given the issues with technology that were seen on Tuesday, he simply wanted clarity on the issue.“Given that it was a matter of one vote…I thought it was appropriate to have people have the chance to see the numbers to confirm their votes were counted, and that is what happened,” Harrison said in a separate interview.Once the motion passed and the list was made available, several groups of members independently examined the numbers, and found that while the Monday night vote had recorded 51 of 77 clergy in favour of changing the marriage canon, according to the list that had been published, 52 of 78 had voted in favour—enough to push the vote over the two-thirds threshold.Recount shows the final numbers and percentages in the three orders: bishop, clergy and laity. Graphic: Saskia RowleyThompson confirmed that if the decision had not been made to record the identities of the voters, the error would never have been caught.But concerns about the integrity of other parts of the process were also raised on Tuesday. Three members—Archdeacon Pierre Voyer, the Rev. Danny Whitehead and Ruth Sheeran—told the house that while they had voted in favour of the motion on Monday night, they were not recorded as having done so.These concerns were not addressed by synod, because immediately after they were brought forward, it was discovered that Thompson’s vote was enough to swing the decision.“There didn’t seem to be a will on the part of the house to pursue that, since the discovery of my missing ballot had made that less vital—it wasn’t going to change the outcome [of the vote],” Thompson said, when asked why the three concerns raised were not dealt with by synod.Thompson added that while he did not know why those votes were not recorded, there are many possible explanations, one being that they were a result of mistakes made by the voters themselves.Copeland, who said he has conducted hundreds of electronic elections, agreed, cautioning that there is always room for human error in electronic voting.“It’s hard to say why their vote wasn’t recorded,” he said, noting that there are a number of possible explanations, such as pressing the wrong number or voting too late. “I am supremely confident in the system itself…the most likely scenario is that although they think they voted, for one reason or another, they didn’t.”Thompson does not believe this should bring into question other decisions made by the 41st General Synod.“While some people may have made a mistake and done the electronic equivalent of a spoiled ballot, I don’t think there is any doubt on the integrity of the process,” he said.Copeland agreed, noting that following the discovery of the error, he revisited another close vote that had taken place earlier in the day and ascertained that Thompson’s vote would not have influenced it either way.“[The marriage canon vote] literally was the only vote that was close enough to be compromised by the miscategorization,” Copeland said.Thompson said the church will need to think through how best to approach voting at future synods, and while he was reluctant to comment on what exactly that will look like, he said many people are “highly motivated” to ensure maximum accuracy.“We are going to look at all the things we learned from this synod, and make improvements in the way we conduct business in the next one,” he said.Copeland said there are several technological options available to make sure that voters have as much confidence as possible that their votes are being recorded accurately, including screens that will show when each member has voted. 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Ellen Clark-King joins Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

first_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem [Grace Cathedral press release] Grace Cathedral welcomed this week the arrival of the Rev. Ellen Clark-King as its executive pastor, subsequent to announcing the appointment in September.As executive pastor and canon for social justice, a newly created position at the cathedral, Ellen’s chapter-level position will oversee pastoral care, formation, social justice, music, liturgy and evangelism. She most recently served as cathedral vicar for Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, Canada (2005 -2016).Clark-King brings a wealth of knowledge, ministerial experience and leadership to Grace Cathedral.She was one of the first women ordained as a priest in 1994 in the United Kingdom. She holds a Ph.D. in theology and spirituality from Lancaster University (U.K.) and a master’s degree in Christian Spirituality from Heythrop College, London. She is married to the Rev. Jeremy Clark-King, rector of St. Mary’s Kerrisdale in Vancouver.“Ellen’s career of service to the wider church has been underpinned by her deep commitment to helping people discover their true identify as beloved children of God,” said the Very Rev. Malcolm Clemens Young, the cathedral’s dean. “We’re excited to have this capable and accomplished professional as a member of our pastoral leadership team.”She will preach her first sermon at Grace Cathedral on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the 11 a.m. choral Eucharist service. Tags Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Collierville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Press Release Service Rector Albany, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 Submit a Press Release An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Rector Belleville, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL Posted Dec 15, 2016 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit an Event Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ellen Clark-King joins Grace Cathedral in San Francisco Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA People Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Events Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 last_img read more

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With two dioceses under one bishop, first-of-its-kind experiment to emphasize…

first_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books [Episcopal News Service] The “least likely” friendship in the House of Bishops between the Episcopal Church’s oldest active diocesan bishop and its youngest has fostered a first-of-its-kind collaborative experiment that could point to the future shape and feel of dioceses.Western New York Bishop William Franklin, 71, recently told the House of Bishops that he and Northwestern Pennsylvania Bishop Sean Rowe were the “least likely of friends.” Franklin called himself “an Anglo-Catholic church historian.” He holds a doctorate in church history from Harvard University and was dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. He has served the Diocese of Western New York for seven years. Rowe, 43, has been bishop of Northwestern Pennsylvania for 11 years. He holds a doctorate in organizational development from Gannon University. Franklin called him a “very low church expert in adaptive change.”However, Rowe said, they “took an idea that came out of friendship” and a common concern for the mission of the church and have been collaborating in new ways. When Franklin and Rowe explained their experiment to the House of Bishops on July 13, General Convention’s closing day, Rowe said that the Great Lakes region is in “an adaptive moment” and that the church ought to be part of that moment by trying a new model that could free up more resources for ministry by eliminating duplication in administrative costs.For the past five years, Episcopalians in the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania have been sharing certain operations. They have a joint formation process for deacons and a shared board to examine chaplains for the ordination process, and they have held some joint clergy conferences. The dioceses have just started sharing transition ministry functions, and a Northwestern Pennsylvania diocesan staff member is now the intake officer for disciplinary matters in Western New York.The next step will come Oct. 26-27 when the two dioceses hold a joint convention in Niagara Falls, New York. At that gathering, Western New York will vote on whether to make Rowe its bishop provisional for five years. Rowe has served as bishop provisional of the Diocese of Bethlehem in Pennsylvania since August 2014 while the diocese had what the standing committee called “a healthy, productive period of reflection and discernment about the mission to which God is calling us” after the retirement of Bishop Paul V. Marshall. Rowe will continue to serve as bishop provisional in Bethlehem until the Sept. 15 consecration of Bishop-elect Kevin D. Nichols. Franklin is due to retire April 2, 2019, a milestone that had a lot to do with the proposal.How the two dioceses got to this pointIn April 2017, when he announced his retirement, Franklin asked his diocesan standing committee to consider calling Rowe as provisional bishop. After talking to both bishops, the standing committees of both dioceses agreed to consider the prospect.The bishops presented the idea to a joint clergy conference in September 2017 when, Rowe told Episcopal News Service, it initially “played to mixed reviews.” Clergy wondered about hidden agendas, and some wished the plan were more fleshed out. Rowe and Franklin told them the only agenda was to put the idea to them and “honestly let people be part of planning it.” There was enough of a consensus to have a small group of people from both dioceses meet to think the idea all the way through.The results of that process went to both diocesan conventions last October, and both agreed to keep moving forward. More than 500 people in both dioceses came to eight listening sessions last winter to discuss the proposal with its pledge to enhance the collaboration between the two dioceses. In May, the standing committees of the two dioceses unanimously voted to support the idea.If the Western New York convention elects Rowe on Oct. 26, the collaboration would be just that and not a merger of dioceses. A merger would require the consent of General Convention, and right now neither diocese wants to lose its identity, the two bishops told ENS.“We’ve never used the word merger,” Franklin said in an interview. “It’s a proposal to have one bishop for two dioceses, and for five years have a provisional bishop.”Rowe said the experiment “is being driven by a real call to mission and being a missional church and to try to experiment.”“The only way we’re going to know if these models work is to try them, so it’s a risk. This is not being driven by finances or trying to drive success,” he said. “This is us asking, ‘What do we think is the next best step, given where we are?’ And we’re going to experiment with it. There’s too much conversation about these things in the church and not enough implementation, and this is a big step. We don’t know if it will work.”James Isaac, chair of the Western New York Standing Committee, told ENS that his attitude is “why not give it a try.”“The pooled energy of ministry of both the clergy between Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania and the strength of the laity has huge potential,” he said.Rowe and Franklin met at Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center in 2015. “We realized that we had a very similar vision of the church,” Franklin said. “Even though I’m a historian, I’m pretty radical about wanting to do different things.”Just don’t call it the Rust BeltWhat they have in common is a love of their neighboring dioceses, which are in a part of the United States that has undergone a massive economic downturn. Lake Erie forms the dioceses’ western boundaries. Western New York, with headquarters in suburban Buffalo, comprises 57 parishes in New York located between the borders of Pennsylvania and Canada. Northwestern Pennsylvania, with headquarters in Erie, is composed of 33 congregations. [The maps above of the two dioceses come from the Episcopal Asset Map. The unnumbered markers point to congregations, while the number ones point to clusters of congregations.]The presence of coal, inland waterways and a ready labor force once made the area a manufacturing center with steel mills at its core. But those mills eventually became outdated, and as the American automobile industry declined, jobs were lost. Wages stagnated. People left.The area became known as the Rust Belt, but that moniker is not a happy one for many of its residents. When the two bishops and others set up a website for their effort and called it “Rust Belt Episcopal,” they got a lot of pushback.“It makes my people angry,” Franklin said.However, redevelopment is happening in cities in both dioceses. “Both areas have seen the worst, and they’re coming back in a different form,” Isaac said, adding that it is not outlandish to use the word “resurrected” when talking about Buffalo and Erie.“We’re trying to do church in a way that allows the Episcopal Church to survive and flourish in an area where we’ve had challenges – demographic and cultural challenges,” Franklin said.Rowe agrees. “This is not a move to save an institution. This is not about diocesan viability. In fact, I don’t like that word,” he told the House of Bishops. “Even the smallest of places might be viable. What this is about is what’s best for the mission of the church in our region and the mission of God.”Rowe told ENS that he and Franklin talked often about the long-term future of the church in a region like theirs. “We put everything on the table, and we said we want a missional church and we want what’s best for the mission of the Gospel,” he said. “What is the best way to do that?”Working out the details will take timeEventually, there will be one staff for two dioceses. Rowe will have offices in both Buffalo and Erie, which are about 90 minutes apart, and will make visitations in both dioceses. Elected leaders in both dioceses will exercise their canonical functions, and each diocese will maintain its cathedral.During the first three years of Rowe’s tenure as bishop provisional, the two dioceses plan to explore more deeply their relationship and “develop shared mission priorities,” to a set of frequently asked questions here.“If it’s a complete disaster, we could end it at any time,” Rowe said, but he’s asked people to commit to five years “so that we have a long enough time to try this.”Both bishops and Isaac, the Western New York Standing Committee chair, point to the possible financial efficiencies that could free up more money for mission. There is the possibility, in Rowe’s words, for “a pile of savings.” First off, a bishop search can cost upwards of $200,000, according to those FAQs.Combining diocesan staffs will “increase the staff capacity for the same number of dollars” by allowing for more specialized staff, Rowe said. He doubts any staff members will lose jobs because both staffs anticipate retirements and other pending departures.If some people do lose their jobs, Rowe said, “we’re going to treat people like a church does. We’re going to be good to people and fair and help people find the next thing.”Franklin, acknowledging that he will be removed from the equation once he retires, hopes that the two dioceses “learn to be a missional church above all, that we cannot do business as usual and that we have to do new things.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Collierville, TN Eliza Marth says: August 16, 2018 at 5:27 pm I grew up in WNY and am curious and pleased there is willingness to experiment Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA August 16, 2018 at 5:40 pm The two Oregon dioceses could learn from this. 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 (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Youth Minister Lorton, VA John Hobart says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME August 17, 2018 at 1:16 pm Bishop Sean Rowe came to Bethlehem after Bishop Paul Marshall step down. He has moved this diocese forward. Making changes in our structure as a diocese, that were needed. We owe Sean and Family and Friends who supported his family while he was away many, “Thank You’s”.Also a Big Thank You to Northwestern Pennsylvania for working with us over the last four years, “Thank You”. May God Bless Sean and Family. August 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm Mission is the mandate given to us by Jesus. If we can do more mission and service work in the world with efficiencyand love, what a great idea! We’ll be watching this experiment with eager eyes and ears. Praying it is a success no matter the final format. Rector Shreveport, LA mfschjonberg says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest mfschjonberg says: Rector Smithfield, NC Donald R Clamser Sr says: Thomas Margrave says: August 21, 2018 at 3:44 pm I think this work is an excellent example of action learning which our church needs. However, the reporter’s grasp of geography has left me shaking my head. While they share a common border, neither has an eastern boundary with Lake Eire. August 23, 2018 at 9:13 pm It seems to me that two dioceses under one bishop is a legal fiction to keep people happy. They are effectively consolidating two dioceses into one (which is the right thing to do, in my opinion). Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Comments (13) Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Paul Griffith says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Washington, DC August 23, 2018 at 2:34 pm I once worked in an industry where common independent companies Information Systems and Telecommunications resources, and used the term “Shared Services” where the cost were shared. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Press Release Service Featured Eventscenter_img Carter Kerns says: With two dioceses under one bishop, first-of-its-kind experiment to emphasize collaboration Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York ponder sharing one bishop, one staff, one mission Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Margaret Easter says: Submit an Event Listing Bill Thewalt says: August 28, 2018 at 10:38 am Greetings and sorry for the late reply. I have been on vacation. The situations are not analogous. The NWPa And WNY folks have chosen to do this without facing a crisis. The need for a bishop provisional in Ft. Worth was prompted by the departure from the diocese of many Episcopalians, including Bishop Iker. This led to a crisis in leadership and property. Bishop Mayer, the current provisional, is the fourth bishop to hold that office. The two diocese have not combined their staffs or budgets. Background here https://episcopalnewsservice.org/2017/01/03/reorganized-diocese-of-forth-worth-is-participating-in-resurrection/ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY August 28, 2018 at 11:00 am Greetings and sorry for the late reply. I have been on vacation. I got my directions wrong. They share a western boundary. The story has been corrected. Rector Bath, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Comments are closed. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis August 17, 2018 at 9:08 am An important correction, since the tenure as dean of [email protected] was very brief, if memory serves. Franklin wasn’t ordained at the time, not that Orders were at issue. Some might say the meteoric rise to episcopacy was unprecedented, but perhaps Ambrose of Milan offers analogy! This “yoking” of sorts testifies to the corporate nature of “doing church” – Franklin’s useage – and if, for a time, it results in maintaining institutional structures, so be it, if it is to the Glory of God, not simply TEC. My experience in such “creative reuse” scenarios (not to mention the nuances of ecclesiology left unmentioned here) leaves me hopeful, but not optimistic. Roland Allen’s Missionary Methods and a solid re-education in the pneumatology of Missio Dei might be well chosen for prayer and study during the 5 year experiment! Pax Christi! 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 Submit a Press Release August 16, 2018 at 11:18 pm Bishop Franklin was not the Dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale when he was elected Bishop Diocesan of Western New York. His tenure as Dean ended in 2002. He was elected Bishop in 2011. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Martinsville, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Marylin Day says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR August 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm I hope this experiment goes well. Our church must adapt to changing conditions in the way we organize and govern ourselves. This could well provide a model for other dioceses to improve their services to parishes and parishioners. 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Michael Hartney says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA August 16, 2018 at 3:39 pm This is so interesting! I cannot wait to hear about the joys and growing pains as this develops. 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first_imgInvitation to participate in survey about sexual misconduct in The Episcopal Church Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Albany, NY Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Gender Justice Featured Events Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit a Press Release This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Belleville, IL Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Press Release Service Rector Shreveport, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Job Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC Tags Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel 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 Back to Press Releases Episcopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted Jun 8, 2020 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Collierville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska A letter to Episcopalians from Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings.Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church:In early 2018, we issued a call for The Episcopal Church to come to a fuller understanding of how it has handled or mishandled cases of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse through the years. That work began to take shape at General Convention 2018 when the House of Deputies Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation submitted more than twenty resolutions and the House of Bishops held a Liturgy of Listening to lament and confess the church’s role in harassment, exploitation and abuse.Since General Convention, several task forces have been hard at work carrying out the resolutions of convention that address gender-based discrimination and violence. Today we are asking you to assist one of those groups—the Task Force on Women, Truth and Reconciliation—by taking an online survey designed to assess patterns of church-based harassment and abuse and the effect that it has on victims. Please take the survey online by July 1, 2020.We know that recalling and recounting experiences of abuse and harassment can be difficult. We urge anyone who feels the need for pastoral care to seek support from their clergyperson or bishop, which can include a referral to local mental health resources. In addition, anyone can make a complaint against a clergyperson or bishop under the disciplinary canons of the church, called the Title IV canons. More information about that process is available on the Title IV website.The Task Force on Women, Truth and Reconciliation is tasked with “making an accounting of things done and left undone in thought, word, and deed, intending amendment of life, and seeking counsel, direction, and absolution as we are restored in love, grace, and trust with each other through Christ.” Thank you in advance for taking their online survey, which is part of this work.Please join us in praying for all victims and survivors of sexual abuse, violence and harassment, and in supporting the work of this task force and all those who are helping the church to be a community of safety that stands against the spiritual and physical violence of sexual exploitation and abuse.Faithfully,The Most Rev. Michael B. CurryPresiding BishopThe Rev. Gay Clark JenningsPresident of the House of DeputiesTake the survey online: SURVEY LINK Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET last_img read more

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