Who should be France’s centre pairing?

first_imgBut those 113 minutes have been the extent of Dumoulin’s international career with an Achilles injury sidelining him for the duration of the Six Nations. No bad thing, probably, as les Bleus never played with the same elan that they’d managed against Fiji and Australia.Centre of attention: Alexandre Dumoulin in action for Racing last season. Photo: Getty ImagesIt was during his rehabilitation that Dumoulin made public what had been an open secret among the French rugby press for years: that he was the illegitimate son of Marc Cécillon, the former France flanker and captain who spent five years in prison for shooting his wife dead. Dumoulin made the announcement in January, a pre-emptive strike against unnamed British tabloids who were apparently going to break the story during the Six Nations.Six months on Dumoulin says that revealing the name of his biological father caused him no pain. “Not at all,” he said in a recent interview in which he came across as a remarkably balanced and level-headed young man. “I knew very early (at five years old) that I’d been born to a father who hadn’t acknowleged my birth. I’ve lived with that since I’ve been very small. There has been no secret and it’s therefore not something which has restrained my life as a man. I had a happy childhood and today I am still happy.”Dumoulin turns 26 on 24 August but he won’t be receiving a card from Cécillon, who’s never contacted his son. “I’ve been raised with affection, by my mother and my stepfather, whom I’ve always considered as my father,” he said. “(But) if one day there’s a rapprochement to make, then it will happen.” There’s plenty of debate over France’s midfield selection for the World Cup French flair: Gael Fickou impressed against England. Photo: Getty Images PSA announces the names of the 31 players  he’ll be taking to the World Cup on 23 August. Should Dumoulin’s name be among them, it will be some present for a young man mature beyond his years.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.center_img It’s not just England who have problems in the midfield. While time is running down for Stuart Lancaster to decide his best centre partnership, France coach Philippe Saint-André has a similar conundrum.Last season PSA went through five starting combinations in eight Internationals, finishing by fielding Gael Fickou and Maxime Mermoz against England at Twickenham. Though France lost 55-35 they did score five tries – one more than their sum total in the previous four games of the Six Nations – and Mermoz and Fickou played with a creativity missing for much of PSA’s reign.Not that it did Mermoz much good. To general surprise, the Toulon centre was omitted from PSA’s World Cup squad, as was Jonathan Danty, the 22-year-old Stade Francais centre, who made such an impression during the Parisian club’s march to the Top 14 title. Danty was named by Midi Olympique as their centre of the season, which makes his exclusion from France’s 36-man squad all the more baffling.Instead PSA stuck with what he knows, selecting as his five centres Mathieu Bastareaud, Rémi Lamerat, Wesley Fofana, Alexandre Dumoulin and Fickou. Bastareaud, by all accounts, has benefited from the three-week extensive training camp that the squad underwent last month, shedding several kilos and looking fitter than he has done in seasons. ‘Basta’ will definitely make PSA’s final squad of 31, though Midi Olympique predicts he’s unlikely to make the first-choice XV. Rather he’ll be used “in case it rains, predictable in September in England”.In shape: Mathieu Bastareaud has benefited from France’s training camps. Photo: Getty ImagesEnglish Septembers have actually been glorious in recent years, so if it is France’s plan to save Bastareaud for a rainy day, he might not be seen much during the World Cup. Fofana and Fickou would both enjoy the hard grounds of late summer but while the former is guaranteed to make the final squad, Fickou and Lamerat, the solidly-built Castres centre, must prove themselves in the warm-up matches against England and Scotland this month.So must Dumoulin, the man who ousted Jamie Roberts from the Racing XV last season with his powerful running and intelligent offloading. It’s no secret PSA and Patrice Lagisquet, France’s backs coach, covet the skills of the 25-year-old known to his team-mates as ‘Dumoule’. At 6ft 2in and 15st, he’s similar in size to the great Yannick Jauzion, the Toulouse centre whose physique belied his soft hands and sharp brain.Dumoulin made his debut in last November’s win against Fiji and the following week won his second cap against Australia. He lasted only the first half of the victory over the Wallabies but in that time demonstrated his defensive qualities, in particular with one scything tackle on Israel Folau. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Shaw gets his teeth into restaurant trade

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Wasps “I don’t have any regrets in not playing. Obviously I want to support the charities and I try to do that as best I can outside playing. I compete in one tournament a year that is on snow, which arguably should be softer landings and less impact.“I got roped into that by Serge Betsen. It’s in France and it’s called the Six Stations and runs alongside the Six Nations. We go to six different ski stations over six nights and play six-a-side rugby in the snow on a half-sized pitch.“So it’s not hellishly hard work, although the competition tends to mount towards the final, which I’ve only been in once thankfully! I generally try to join the team that’s least likely to get further in the tournament. So I do that but mainly because I adore skiing now so it just gives me an opportunity to ski for a week with a bunch of mates, and raise money for charity at the same time.”Cap No 1: Shaw on his England debut against Italy in 1996, when Phil de Glanville was the captainShaw still calls Toulon home, generally spending long weekends there after doing a three- or four-day week in London. He’s not really one for watching rugby and at the time we spoke to him had yet to visit the Ricoh Arena to watch his old team Wasps.“I probably went to three Toulon matches last year. If I have clients coming out who want to watch a game I’ll entertain them and give them the best weekend they could have.“At Wasps I loved playing rugby but I’m not a good watcher, I get very tense and aggressive. A guy came up to me recently and said, ‘I had the displeasure of sitting next to you at the Lions’ first Test in Australia.’ With four Premiership titles, three European crowns and numerous World Cups and Lions tours on his CV, Shaw could be excused struggling to pin down a favourite memory from his rugby career. But one match stands out.Englishmen abroad: with Jonny Wilkinson after a successful Top 14 semi-final with Toulon (Getty)“It’s funny, when Jonny Wilkinson lifted the cup in his final season, it was the first time you ever saw absolute joy on Jonny’s face. Everyone knows what Jonny’s like and that was the moment when you realised he’s been waiting for this his whole career. Which is extraordinary when you think what he’s achieved.“And I had a very similar experience when we beat Leicester (39-14) at Twickenham in the 2005 Premiership final. It was Neil Back’s last game, Martin Johnson’s last game, and Leicester were out-and-out favourites. The whole story had been told – this is their swansong, this is their last game where they’re going to go out on top. And we’d been thrashed by them at Welford Road just two weeks before (45-10).“It’s weird but all the other finals… I’m not very expressive with my emotions but this was the one time where I was fist-pumping and jumping up and down.”Fondest memory: Wasps’ Premiership triumph of 2005 holds a special place in Shaw’s heart (Getty)Shaw racked up hundreds of matches in the engine room, stretching back to the amateur days when he played for Bristol and, at 17, enjoyed a stint in New Zealand. If you suspect he’d jump at any opportunities for a run-out, think again – he’s put that part of his life to bed.“I played in one game in 2013. We played Australia at the Stoop, to mark the ten-year anniversary of England’s World Cup win,” he explains.“It was a real realisation for me. It was the year I retired, so it wasn’t as if I had bits of me falling off, but at the first kick-off Martin Corry got upended and I just thought, ‘I’ve managed to survive 23 years without too many battle scars, I’ve got four young kids and I want to play sports with them. If I do something on this pitch or any other day, I’d really regret it.“A lot of people say ‘That’s wrong, why don’t you play club rugby, you should be giving something back’, but I think after 23 years I pretty much gave enough. From his giant 6ft 8in frame to his 23-year first-class rugby career, Simon Shaw never does things by halves. When the former England and Lions lock hung up his boots in 2013, he had cemented his reputation as one of the finest forwards of the professional era.Seventy-five Test caps, including two for the Lions in 2009, was only part of the story; he won ten trophies for Wasps during a golden age for the club and later bowed out as a European champion with Toulon.England’s second-oldest international player (38 years 37 days at RWC 2011) and the third-oldest Test Lion (35 years 306 days), Shaw was also the first player to make 200 English Premiership appearances.Rugby World caught up with the now 44-year-old Shaw to see what he’s been up to since retiring as a player…Master mauler: doing what he does best in Barbarians colours v England in 2005 (Getty Images)“After I finished, I lucked on a job straightaway with a hotel group called Karma Resorts. I used to look after their philanthropic arm,” he says. “I was in charge of their acquisitions, so I’d be running around Europe in the main trying to find new opportunities, such as potential conversions like castles.“It was good fun for a while but being my height and weight, and not fitting in beds and plane seats, it became a bit arduous after a while. It was never a joy travelling.“I made the decision to break away from that, for health reasons as much as anything. I had a permanent cold as a result of the air conditioning on flights, sleepless nights and all that sort of stuff, so I thought it wasn’t for me long term. But it gave me a great opportunity to work in a different environment.“At the same time running alongside that, I had an events company and still do called Set Piece Events. We run match-day hospitality, travel packages, dinners and various other things. Coupled with that I had a pub called Stokes & Moncrieff, which was our match-day venue really.“We got rid of it because other opportunities came up. The pub business is very tough and while it worked fabulously well on match days, it was a really tough environment to keep the finger on during the rest of the year. You have to keep plugging away, you have to be on site working tirelessly to generate trade, and as I live in France it’s a pretty tricky proposition.”Looking smart: conducting the European draws with Scott Quinnell in Switzerland in 2014 (Getty)Shaw’s main focus now is a new restaurant opposite Twickenham station that opened in September. Called M Bar & Grill, it allows him to use the skills he acquired during his years as a pub owner.“I moved towards partnering with M Restaurants and Martin Williams in particular, who’s a very shrewd operator in the restaurant market. He looks after the business side and I look after the hospitality side, certainly for this particular venue.“It’s a wonderful location. At first I was sceptical because Twickenham doesn’t really have anything of its like, but the local residents have really embraced it. I think it will turn into a destination restaurant for the wider area because of the quality of the food and the décor.“It’s directly opposite the station so on a match day you walk out of your train, which is how 90% of people get to Twickenham, and you’re there. After the game you can enjoy a cocktail and look out at everyone squeezing themselves silly trying to get a train while you wait for the crowd to subside.“We’ve got the only wagyu beef that’s produced in the UK, that’s exclusive to us. There’s a great many USPs but the thing that stands out is the quality of the food. Mike Reid, the executive chef, is an absolute genius in the kitchen.Peter Pan: Shaw was 38 when he turned out for England at the 2011 World Cup (Getty Images)“As a group we wanted to expand from the two restaurants we have in Victoria and Threadneedle Street; they’re the upper high end of the restaurant industry and this is a scaled-down version. We purposely called it M Bar and Grill so it won’t scare away any punters who feel it might be out of their price range.“It’s a fantastic addition and the plan was not just this venue but to roll out to two or three other localities in the London area. To do that we needed extra funding and we had an extraordinarily successful crowdfunding launch where we managed to raise a lot more than we ever expected to. So those plans are going really well.” Former England and Lions lock Simon Shaw tells Rugby World what he’s been up to since retiring in 2013 – and recalls the one match that had him leaping for joy High point: Simon Shaw on the charge for the 2009 British & Irish Lions in South Africa (Inpho) FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERE ‘What do you mean?’ I said.‘Well, you couldn’t stop moving. You were acting out the game as you sat in your seat!’”last_img read more

Japan Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

first_img Japan Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, GuideAt the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Japan pulled off the greatest upset in history, defeating South Africa 34-32 in Brighton. They couldn’t do it again in the quarter-finals this time but they certainly captured a lot of hearts and minds.How They QualifiedAs hosts of the 2019 tournament, Japan qualified automatically.Key PlayersTalismanic skipper Michael Leitch has been through the trenches for Japan. Fumiaki Tanaka brings bags of experience at nine and Kazuki Himeno is an exciting talent in the back five of the scrum.Sunwolf: Michael Leitch is Japan’s talisman (Getty Images)The Coach – Jamie JosephThe former All Blacks flanker also played for Japan (it was a different time). He led the Highlanders to their first-ever Super Rugby title in 2014.Leading the way: Jamie Joseph is the head coach for the Japanese (Getty Images)Major Work-onsJapan played a solid game against Russia but they need to ensure they don’t physically wilt against tougher opposition throughout the rest of the pool stage.Japan Rugby World Cup Warm-upsSaturday 27 July 2019: Japan 34-21 FijiSaturday 3 August 2019: Japan 41-7 TongaSaturday 10 August 2019: USA 20-34 JapanFriday 6 September 2019: Japan 7-41 South AfricaRelated: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-upsJapan Rugby World Cup GroupJapan are in Group A alongside Ireland, Scotland, Russia and Samoa.Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Group Samoa Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Tour: Scotland played Japan twice in 2016 and won both contests (Getty Images)Japan Rugby World Cup SquadJapan have named their 31-man Rugby World Cup squad for the tournament;Forwards (18)Keita InagakiYusuke KizuKoo Ji-wonIsileli NakajimaAsaeli Ai ValuTakuya KitadeAtsushi SakataShota HorieLuke ThompsonWimpie van der WaltUwe HeluJames MooreHendrik TuiYoshitaka TokunagaMichael Leitch (captain)Lappies LabuschagneKazuki HimenoAmanaki MafiBacks (13)Kaito ShigenoFumiaki TanakaYutaka NagareYu TamuraRikiya MatsudaKenki FukuokaAtaata MoeakiolaLomano LemekiWilliam TupouRyoto NakamuraTimothy LafaeleKotaro MatsushimaRyohei YamanakaRelated: 2019 Rugby World Cup FixturesPrevious World Cup Results and RecordJapan’s Rugby World Cup Record: P33 W8 D2 L231987 Pool stages1991 Pool stages1995 Pool stages1999 Pool stages2003 Pool stages2007 Pool stages2011 Pool stages2015 Pool stages2019 Quarter-finalsFollow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Expand Hosting their first World Cup, Japan made history by reaching the last eight TAGS: Japan Collapse Ireland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Russia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Japan Rugby World Cup Kit Ireland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Expand Russia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guidecenter_img Scotland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Scotland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS A lot was expected of Ireland, but they… Having to rely on a play-off win against… Scotland failed to reach the quarter-finals for only… Samoa Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Japan Rugby World Cup FixturesFri 20 Sep Japan 30-10 Russia (Tokyo) Match reportSat 28 Sep Japan 19-12 Ireland (Shizuoka) Match reportSat 5 Oct Japan 38-19 Samoa (Toyota) Match ReportSun 13 Oct Japan 28-21 Scotland (Yokohama) Match ReportSun 20 Oct QF4 Japan 3-26 South Africa (Tokyo) Match Report Russia’s qualification for the tournament was a shock… Expand Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Leinster v Saracens live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_imgCaptain’s run: Leinster players stretch their legs yesterday at Aviva Stadium, the match venue (Inpho) Here’s how to find a reliable live stream for Leinster v Saracens wherever you are.How to watch Leinster v Saracens from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Champions Cup coverage, like Leinster v Saracens, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network. VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Champions Cup live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPNLeinster v Saracens live stream: How to watch from the UK and IrelandLeinster v Saracens, which kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, will be shown live on BT Sport 3 in the UK. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Leinster v Saracens live stream: How to watch from anywhereThis weekend’s European Champions Cup quarter-finals start with a bang – a rerun of last year’s final (3pm). Saracens won 20-10 that sunny May day in Newcastle but since then their world has caved in. If they are to end Leinster’s 25-match winning streak this afternoon in Dublin, it will take one of the great European performances.That’s because of the haemorrhaging of players that followed the salary cap scandal. Nine internationals have moved on, some of them on loan, since Saracens squeezed into the knockout stage back in January. In addition, fly-half and England captain Owen Farrell is suspended following his suspension for a high tackle.Farrell’s absence means Alex Goode steps up to ten from his preferred full-back position, with 20-year-old Manu Vunipola his understudy on the bench. The starting XV still contains 12 internationals, with Alex Lewington, Michael Rhodes and Jackson Wray – making his 250th appearance for the club – the uncapped trio.Milestone: Saracens’ Jackson Wray makes his 250th appearance for his boyhood club (Getty Images)So Saracens’ problems might come deep into the game because their reserve strength doesn’t match the riches in the opposition camp. Josh van der Flier, Man of the Match in Leinster’s Pro14 final win, is one of those consigned to the bench as the Irish province shuffle their vast resources following their 27-5 defeat of Ulster.Johnny Sexton, World Rugby Player of the Year two years ago, got just 21 minutes in that match and returns to captain a side brimming with class and confidence. They breezed through their European pool with 28 tries and have become savagely hard to score against. They looked only mildly uncomfortable against Ulster’s offloading game, which is not Sarries’ preferred style in any case.Leinster’s malfunctioning lineout was their chief concern. In the hope of rectifying that, they have recalled Sean Cronin for the clash at the Aviva Stadium, with Ronan Kelleher demoted after struggling with his throwing. Will Connors, surely destined for his Ireland debut this autumn, will bring his chop tackles to the mix at No 7.Both starting: wing Hugo Keenan and openside Will Connors make their European debuts for Leinster (Inpho)Leinster have won three of their past four European meetings with Saracens and eight of their previous nine quarter-finals. Victory today would be their 30th in 37 knockout games in league and Europe over the past decade. Saracens, lest we forget, have won three of the past four European titles. But Leinster have a fifth crown in their sights, which would put them out on their own above Toulouse.Can they be stopped? Goode certainly thinks so. “We are the last team to beat them and they’re aware of that,” he said. “We hope it sits in their minds that we have the capability to beat them. It’s about us making sure we have the right mindset (so that) we attack the game and don’t just sit back and let them come at us.”Defeat for Saracens would mean a last European hurrah for Brad Barritt and Richard Wigglesworth, two magnificent players over a prolonged period.Both men played in last year’s final, when Sarries fought back from 10-0 down to win after tries by Sean Maitland and Billy Vunipola. You can watch highlights of that match below. Today’s winners will meet Clermont or Racing in the semi-finals.Leinster: Jordan Larmour; Hugo Keenan, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, James Lowe; Johnny Sexton (capt), Luke McGrath; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, James Ryan, Caelan Doris, Will Connors, Jack Conan.Replacements: 16 Ronan Kelleher, 17 Ed Byrne, 18 Michael Bent, 19 Ryan Baird, 20 Josh van der Flier, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Rory O’Loughlin.Saracens: Elliot Daly; Alex Lewington, Duncan Taylor, Brad Barritt (capt), Sean Maitland; Alex Goode, Richard Wigglesworth; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Vincent Koch, Maro Itoje, Tim Swinson, Michael Rhodes, Jackson Wray, Billy Vunipola.Replacements: 16 Tom Woolstencroft, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Alec Carey, 19 Callum Hunter-Hill, 20 Calum Clark, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Manu Vunipola, 23 Dominic Morris. We meet again: Alex Goode kicks through during Saracens’ win over Leinster in last year’s final (Getty) center_img The odds have swung in Leinster’s favour since being toppled by today’s opponents in last year’s final. What a cracking way to launch the Champions Cup quarter-finals Get a BT Sport Monthly PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when Leinster v Saracens takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Leinster v Saracens live stream: How to watch from FranceTo watch Leinster v Saracens (kick-off 4pm) in France, beIN Sports is the place to go as they are the main rights holders. It costs €15 a month to access the coverage or if you commit to six months you get a discount of €12 a month.beIN Sports offersLeinster v Saracens live stream: How to watch from EuropeIf you’re in Austria, Germany, Italy or Switzerland, you can watch Leinster take on Saracens (kick-off 4pm) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN.Leinster v Saracens live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Champions Cup matches is NBC, with matches streamed on NBC Sports Gold so you can watch them anytime and anywhere.Leinster v Saracens will kick off at 10am EST and 7am on the West Coast.The NBC Sports Gold Pass for rugby is $79.99 and includes coverage of the Gallagher Premiership, European Champions and Challenge Cups, and Guinness Six Nations.Leinster v Saracens live stream: How to watch from CanadaFor those in Canada, the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN shows the Champions Cup and you can watch Leinster v Saracens at 7am on the West Coast.Leinster v Saracens live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, a subscription to digital rugby network RugbyPass allows you to watch Leinster v Saracens at midnight (AEST). Subscriptions start from US$4.99 a month.RugbyPass Champions Cup coverageLeinster v Saracens live stream: How to watch from New ZealandSpark Sport, the live and on-demand streaming service, has the rights to show Leinster v Saracens in New Zealand. It kicks off at 2am on Sunday morning.It costs $24.99 for a monthly subscription and you can also sign up for a seven-day FREE trial.Spark Sport detailsLeinster v Saracens live stream: How to watch from South AfricaSuperSport has the rights to broadcast the Champions Cup in South Africa and you can watch Leinster v Saracens at 4pm on SuperSport CSN and SuperSport Rugby.There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from EasyView, with access to Blitz, to Premium, with all ten sports channels.Leinster v Saracens live stream: How to watch from elsewhereEPCR have launched an OTT service, epcrugby.tv, so you can stream live Champions Cup matches outside of its core broadcast territories (UK & Ireland, France, USA, Malta, Spain, Andorra and Sub-Saharan Africa).It’s €2.99 to watch a single Champions Cup match or you can buy a season pass to watch all of the remaining games of the 2019-20 campaign for €11.99. Or if you want to watch both the Champions and Challenge Cups, it’s €17.99 for a season pass for the rest of 2019-20.Find out epcrugby.tv hereWe recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Rachael Burford’s vision for women’s rugby

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rachael Burford’s vision for women’s rugby The lack of visibility in women’s rugby hit home for Rachael Burford during training sessions for her eponymous academy. Mention the likes of Maggie Alphonsi and Emily Scarratt when demonstrating skills and she was met by blank faces and the question: Who?“It broke me,” she says. “These girls are playing the game, they’re the future, but they don’t know the stars of the women’s game. It was a bit of a wake-up call.”That’s where her new project comes in. The Girls Rugby Club (GRC) aims to inspire female players around the world by providing an online platform to share knowledge and resources as well as face-to-face sessions run by women’s internationals.Former England fly-half Katy Daley-Mclean could hold a workshop in the North of England, Australia Sevens star Sharni Williams may do the same Down Under and the past year has shown that sessions can also be held over Zoom too. The World Cup winner is a driving force in the women’s game Amazing to see men championing the women’s game pic.twitter.com/J4jNYZ4PMu— Rachael Burford (@RachaelBurf12) December 12, 2020On a broader level, if Burford could do three things for the betterment of women’s rugby, what would they be?Number one is to have rugby on the school curriculum. Number two is a better broadcast offering; for elite rugby, be it club or international level, to be seen. The fact England’s two-Test series against France last November was televised on BBC Two was significant. And third? More female representatives at the top levels of the game.“It’s having more women involved in leadership, within governance and administration,” says Burford. “I’d love to see more (female) head coaches of international teams, more women in the game as a whole.“That’s critical. The game is moving on and we need women’s rugby, it’s the fastest-growing area, so why not have women involved in decision-making areas. We need to bring in diverse thinking.“People finish playing and want to continue to contribute, to have an impact and make change, but how do we support players getting onto boards? We want players to be part of the RFU or World Rugby, they’re valuable because they understand it, have lived it, have been in the deep end of it, but so many people slip away because they don’t think there’s anything else.”Making strides: Rachael Burford in Allianz Premier 15s action for Harlequins (Getty Images)Burford has seen progress on the administration front. She is on World Rugby’s high-performance rugby committee and law review group as well as the International Rugby Players Council. World Rugby has increased the number of female representatives on its Council as well as launched a review to ensure there is diversity across the governing body.“There are so many women out there, with a law background, a business background, a coaching background, who could contribute to committees… It’s about filling them with the right voices. We don’t just want one person in the room who hasn’t been involved in the game for a long time.“The relationship between International Rugby Players and World Rugby is the strongest I’ve ever seen it. Players are getting the opportunity to have dialogue and ask questions. There’s always stuff to get better at but it’s definitely better than it was.”Whether discussing the future of the game in boardrooms or producing future players through the Girls Rugby Club, Burford is ensuring women’s rugby is getting the respect it deserves. And you can only respect her for the influence she is having. “We’ll still have face-to-face camps but we can make this much bigger than me running up to Sheffield or down to Yeovil. Top women’s athletes are so willing to give back to the game.“It’s also about understanding how to get the best out of female athletes. A lot of training is stuff that men do so it’s taking the time to research it and looking into the detail of it. Girls are different to boys, women different to men.”center_img This article originally appeared in the January 2021 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. As well as practical skills advice, the hope is that GRC can provide more female-specific information on strength and conditioning, nutrition and sport science, as well as redress negative stereotypes around women’s rugby.“There are so many issues all around the world in the women’s game,” says Burford, who was part of England’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad. “I was the only girl in my school to play rugby and it’s still not normal today.“This is about sharing knowledge with, say, 14- or 15-year-olds and it could do so much. You never know where that will take them, in their school life, their career life; it’s not just the rugby side. I hope we create incredible moments to shape players and better people.“The aim is to provide a pathway for young girls in the game and to get rid of stereotypes that girls can’t play, to help normalise it. It’s about growing the game and supporting the next generation. Pointing the way: Rachael Burford runs a Girls Rugby Club session (Girls Rugby Club) last_img read more

‘Smokin’ for Mission’ helps Episcopal Relief & Development

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Tags Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Comments (1) An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET By Kelly HarrisPosted Feb 4, 2013 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Press Release 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Tom Dahlman says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Collierville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Events Jodi Baron, a middler Master of Divinity student from the Diocese of Western Michigan, line up her barbecued offering Feb. 2 during the Seminary of the Southwest’s “Smokin’ for Mission” contest. Photo/Sarah Mullins[Episcopal News Service] Dioceses, churches and organizations united on Feb. 2 at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas to cook some meat and raise money for Episcopal Relief & Development.Thirteen teams came together and started preparing their meat and secret ingredients the night before. A special Compline service was also held in All Saints’ chapel as teams arrived with large grills, special light towers and camping chairs.Teams from the diocese of Alabama, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Western Michigan, West Texas and Texas took part. Teams from local Episcopal congregations and nearby neighborhood restaurants, coffee houses and bars also competed for barbecue bragging rights.The event brought hundreds of individuals to the seminary grounds to taste each team’s barbecue and give to a worthwhile cause. Children enjoyed chasing animals around in the petting zoo, bouncing in the jump castle and baking cupcakes to sell. Individuals sampled ribs and brisket and voted on their favorites. A magnificent band made up of three Episcopal priests came together to highlight the event with music and extra prayers for any trash talking.Local Texas judges with esteemed barbecue palates judged the teams’ meats late in the afternoon. The winner for “Best Brisket” was the Smokin’ Trolls from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The winner for “Best Ribs” was the Longhorn Cookers from Austin. Both teams received a coveted trophy with a large black smoker grill crowning the top. The crowd favorite for “Best Overall” was the Diocese of West Texas.In all, the first annual “Smokin’ for Mission” raised more than $3,000 for Episcopal Relief & Development.“Episcopal Relief & Development is living and sharing the Gospel all around the world all the time,” said Perry Mullins, a middler Master of Divinity student from the Diocese of Dallas. “We are thrilled to have an opportunity, through barbecue, to join with them and to make their voice known at Seminary of the Southwest, in Austin, and beyond.”The students who serve on the seminary Episcopal Relief & Development committee said they wanted a new way to raise money and what better way than smoking some meat and bringing the local neighborhood together. They planned the barbecue for February in hopes that Texas would have a warm winter. With a high of 79 degrees during the event, it was a perfect day for grilling with short-sleeve shirts and flip flops.It takes a panel of experts to judge the fruits of the Seminary of the Southwest’s “Smokin’ for Mission” contest. Here (left to right) Melba Garcia, head chef from Sao Paulo restaurant; Frank Kittredge, husband of seminary Academic Dean Cynthia Kittredge; JV Bryan, owner of The Posse East pub; Steve Bishop, seminary old testament professor and Barbara Frisbie, head chef at the school put their palates to the test. Photo/Sarah MullinsA challenge was even made from the team that pulled their rig from Oklahoma, to have a seminary team compete in the Oklahoma barbecue state competition. The challenge came with a donation of $500 to Episcopal Relief & Development.“I’m so pleased to be a part of a community that cares deeply about the ministry of Episcopal Relief & Development,” said Christian Baron, a middler MDiv student from the Diocese of Western Michigan. “I have been overwhelmed by the support that the Seminary of the Southwest has given this event. It has been great to see various dioceses and home parishes sponsor their seminarians.” Submit a Job Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA center_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC February 5, 2013 at 11:11 am There is a misprint in the article, it should say the event raised 3000 dollars. Also, there are still pledges coming in. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit an Event Listing Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 ‘Smokin’ for Mission’ helps Episcopal Relief & Development Barbecue competition brings together seminary, nearby dioceses, local chefs Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Relief & Development Rector Bath, NC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Belleville, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Comments are closed. Rector Washington, DClast_img read more

CAPA seeks a ‘unified and self-sustaining Anglican Church in Africa’

first_imgCAPA seeks a ‘unified and self-sustaining Anglican Church in Africa’ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Martinsville, VA By Bellah ZuluPosted Feb 21, 2014 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Events Bishops from Burundi, Congo and Rwanda attend CAPA leadership training in Kenya. Photo: ACNS[Anglican Communion News Service] It’s a well-known fact that since the establishment of the Anglican Church in Africa in the 1800s, the Africa churches have largely depended on outside donors for material, mission and financial support. Until recently most Africa Christians did not believe that the church could survive without the support of western donors.The Rev. Canon Grace Kaiso is the general secretary of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA), which coordinates and articulates issues affecting the church and communities on the continent. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Anglican Communion Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Press Release 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 He has been very outspoken on issues to do with the independence of the Africa church. In a special interview with ACNS he said: “Africa has realized that it has resources and so we want the Christians in Africa to now own the mission of the church.”CAPA is a regional faith-based organization that was established in 1979 in Chilema, Malawi, by the Anglican primates of Africa. It operates in 12 Anglican provinces: Burundi, Central Africa (Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe), Congo, and the Indian Ocean (Madagascar, Seychelles and Mauritius); Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Southern Africa (Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa Swaziland), Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, West Africa (Ghana, Cameroon, Togo, Sierra Leone and Liberia), and the Diocese of Egypt.For about 35 years, CAPA has reached out to individuals, communities and groups through her over 40 million dedicated church members in different communities in Africa. Administratively, CAPA is headed by a council that is led by a chairman, supported by other executives and other officers for the smooth running of the provinces’ activities. It also has a secretariat headed by a general secretary located in Nairobi, Kenya.“CAPA endeavors to build the capacity of the Anglican Churches in Africa to better understand the issues of mission and development within and outside the Anglican Communion,” said Canon Grace. “We also aim to provide a forum for the Church in Africa to share experiences, consult and support each other as well as establish opportunity for collaboration, learning and joint initiatives.”Empowering and building the capacity of churches in Africa is among CAPA’s top priorities and over the years training, networking and sharing opportunities have been availed to archbishops, clergy and laity. In October last year, CAPA facilitated for seven bishops from the provinces of Burundi, Congo and Rwanda to attend a weeklong leadership training for French speakers in Nairobi, Kenya.The general secretary emphasized that the “re-articulation of the moral and spiritual resources of the church in the realm of human development will help bring about a new society in which the weak, the poor and the vulnerable have an equal voice and are not divided by selfish gains of tyranny or by the forces of social fragmentation such as tribalism and nepotism.”“We’re also challenging the Provinces in Africa to mobilize the professionals which they have so that they can bring their skills to bear on the mission of the church,” said Kaiso. “It’s simply a question of challenging our professionals in the area of discipleship. How can the use the gifts that God has given them be used as resources for mission.”He added: “In the area of natural resources, the Africa churches are endowed with untapped abundance of resources, social and moral capital to deliver development especially in the most remote parts of the continent. This is a good chance to complement the work of State actors and civil society in education, health, agriculture, rural water supply and infrastructural projects.”“We are on a mission to effectively coordinate and provide a platform for the Anglican Church in Africa to celebrate life, consult and address challenges in the continent,” said Kaiso. “We would like to fulfill God’s promise for abundant life through fellowships, partnerships, capacity building and promotion of good governance and social development.”CAPA as a continental fellowship of the Anglican Communion is committed to “deepening of the values of dignity and integrity, healing and social transformation and to enable the people of God to grow in the faith and live life in its fullness.”In recent years, the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa has been a very positive force on the continent especially in the area of managing conflicts, engaging in peace building initiatives especially in the context of electoral process, which seems to be a big problem in most African countries.The organization emphasizes self-sustainability for the church in Africa, which in so many ways than one, continues to rely on donor support to implement some if not most of its programs.Kaiso said that CAPA looks forward to a “unified and self-sustaining Anglican Communion in Africa that it able to provide a holistic ministry to all and fulfilling God’s promise for abundant life.”The Church in Africa can achieve a lot if it were to take note of the resources that are readily available to them. Drawing on the Gospel where Jesus feeds five thousand people from only five loaves and two fish, CAPA is developing a mapping tool to take note of what the Africa church already has.“We hope this will help parishes and communities around Africa to look at what is there and also challenge themselves to what extent they have been faithful stewards and how can we harness what is there to get where we want to be,” said Kaiso.The issue of empowerment takes center stage in most of CAPA’s programs. There is more emphasis towards helping the vulnerable especially with regards to gender injustices, exploitation, child trafficking and assisting displaced families and communities.It clear that CAPA has a very ambitious program for the Anglican Church in Africa. From organizing meetings for African primates to liaise on issues affecting the continent, building capacity among development workers who address issues of poverty and economic empowerment, to bringing together various clergy and their wives through retreats meant to reflect and meditate on the importance of family life and how that can affect the health and growth of the church.However raising finances from within the African Church has been a challenge. “We are launching a program called Africa reaching out to Africa,” reported Kaiso. “We seek to mobilize Christians across the continent to own the mission of the church. If we can get local people to commit even US$20 per year towards the mission of the church, that would much a huge difference.”Despite the emphasis on local partners, CAPA still hopes to establish and develop lasting partnerships from both within and outside Africa and the Anglican Communion as a whole.Kaiso, who spoke passionately about the potential of Africa, concluded: “We believe very firmly in Africa and the church here. We have a future, but this can only be unlocked if we truly realize the potential that the continent holds.” Rector Albany, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Press Release Service Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Shreveport, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska center_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Bath, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Belleville, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Africa, Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Tampa, FL Tags Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MSlast_img read more

Renewed support for relief efforts in Syria

first_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Anglican Communion, 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 Events Submit an Event Listing Posted Aug 20, 2014 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Press Release Youth Minister Lorton, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Renewed support for relief efforts in Syria Press Release Service Director of Music Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Washington, DC 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 center_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Episcopal Relief & Development press release] Episcopal Relief & Development has renewed its support of the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches’ (FMEEC) relief efforts in Syria.FMEEC aims to reach 500 families in towns west of Homs – the epicenter of Syria’s civil war – including Mashta el Helu, Kafroun, Wadi Nasara, and Tartous.“The project will provide a three-month distribution of much needed food items and rent subsidies to help mainly displaced women, children and elderly cope with the severely deteriorating economic conditions, and to aid in restoring dignity of life,” FMEEC stated.In addition to the immediate challenges of living in a conflict zone, individuals and families are facing extreme inflation and economic depression due to the collapse of regional commerce and devaluation of the local currency.  Factories have closed, causing job losses and shortages of basic goods, and fuel prices have soared, further hampering trade.Although some families have managed to remain in their homes despite the conflict, many have been forced to relocate, leaving behind their homes and livelihoods and uncertain when they may be able to return.  In addition to securing sufficient food and other necessities, another major challenge is finding and paying for lodging with limited or no income.  FMEEC is providing food vouchers and rent assistance through local churches to assist those most vulnerable, particularly elderly people, widows and families with children.UN OCHA estimates that approximately 10.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance due to the ongoing conflict in Syria, including 6.45 million internally displaced people.  An additional 2.9 million people have fled the country as refugees.The most recent death toll from the conflict in Syria exceeds 100,000 people, according to the UN, though the agency reportedly stopped updating this information in July 2014 due to a dwindling of credible sources.  Advocacy groups claim the number exceeds 160,000.  Estimates of the number of homes destroyed range from 700,000 to 1.2 million.In September 2013, Episcopal Relief & Development supported FMEEC’s relief efforts around Homs, which at that time similarly helped to serve over 100 households with food, non-food items and/or housing vouchers.  In addition, support was also provided to the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf’s assistance to Syrians with hearing, vision, physical or cognitive disabilities in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.The Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches is an association of the Evangelical (Protestant) churches of the Middle East, of which the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East/Diocese of Jerusalem is a member.Please continue to pray for those impacted by the conflict in Syria, and for those seeking to provide critical assistance and build foundations for peace. Rector Belleville, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Albany, NY Tags Rector Bath, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Middle East Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs 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 Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS last_img read more

Ben Badgett marks first Sunday as associate rector at Holy…

first_img By Cara Ellen ModisettPosted May 11, 2015 Tags Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Belleville, IL [Church of the Holy Communion] It wasn’t immediately after Ben Badgett proposed to Kendall Terrett that she asked him to join the Peace Corps, but “it might have been the same weekend.” They both said yes, and that’s how they ended up in Madagascar.Before Madagascar, there was Memphis. When Father Ben was nine, his father’s job brought the family to Memphis, and he lived here until he was 18 and left for college at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. In some ways, the Memphis he’s returning to is not completely unfamiliar, but as he puts it, “I knew it from a youth’s perspective, a child’s perspective. It is a much different city to me now than it was then.” That newness is something he’s looking forward to exploring – the city itself and its cultural diversity.But first, Madagascar. Father Ben and Kendall learned French, but as soon as they landed in Madagascar, they found themselves immersed in the language and culture of its indigenous people – Malagasy – not its colonists. They spent a year and a half in the rural village of Andrambovato, where Kendall worked with a women’s organization raising AIDS awareness. They led a health and sanitation awareness program, building 13 latrines in a village which once had none. They worked with an NGO on an ecotourism assessment, building trails and teaching English, composting and guiding.“It was a very secular experience in the sense that our focus was being a bridge of cultures.” Ben and Kendall, as representatives of the Peace Corps, were not there as missionaries, but, he says, “the neat thing was that Christianity was there.”A Lutheran church was the smallest of three in the village, and “every Sunday we’d hear them singing the Doxology in Malagasy.“That was church for us.”Ben met Kendall in school. Though brought up Episcopalian, during his undergraduate years, he’d been active in the Baptist campus ministry. Kendall, one of his residents when he worked as an RA, invited him back to the Episcopal Church through campus ministry, and that’s where he found his individual faith and learning coming together with the idea of communal faith and worship.“I felt a strong call to working in the church” from as young as 16 years old. After graduation, Ben worked for a year as an outdoor and environmental educator at the Mountain Trail Outdoor School at Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina, then for a year as a youth and young adult minister at Trinity Episcopal in Owensboro, Kentucky.Marriage and Madagascar were next, and after a discernment internship at Christ Church Cathedral in Louisville, Ben and Kendall began studies at Virginia Theological Seminary, graduating in 2012.Following that, Ben served as assistant rector and then priest-in-charge at Christ Episcopal Church in Bowling Green, and as Episcopal Campus Ministry chaplain at his alma mater, WKU. In January 2013, Kendall was named Director of Youth Programs and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Kentucky.Nearly eight years after Madagascar, Ben and Kendall have followed his calling to Holy Communion, moving here with their sons, four-year-old Edward and 16-month-old Keenan, and Barnabas, a five-month-old half Australian shepherd, half chocolate lab puppy. Father Ben’s last Sunday at Christ Church was April 12; May 10 was his first Sunday at Holy Communion; he joined us a week before that for May 1-3’s Sacred Arts Festival.Father Ben will oversee Holy Communion’s Christian formation department, including supervising the work of our youth and children’s ministers, and he will oversee the pastoral care teams, as well as participating fully in the preaching, teaching, sacramental and pastoral ministries shared by the Reverend Sandy Webb, Priest-in-Charge; the Reverend Hester Mathes, Curate; and the Reverend Randy McCloy, Deacon.Ben is excited about “entering into this space that’s holy and unique to itself.” The most meaningful part of his early visit, he says, was the warm welcome of the people at Holy Communion. “That was really the heart of the experience,” he says. “They’re excited for Holy Communion… inviting us into their space, that was really the holy moment.” Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Bath, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI People Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Featured Events Rector Hopkinsville, KY Press Release Service Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ben Badgett marks first Sunday as associate rector at Holy Communion Submit a Job Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Tampa, FL Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector Columbus, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Shreveport, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NClast_img read more

San Joaquin poised to take unusual step in bishop election

first_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA Cheryl Nix says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 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 Albany, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit an Event Listing Rector Collierville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Press Release Service New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Scott Elliott says: 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 March 3, 2017 at 7:20 pm The Spirit has been known to do a New Thing from time to time. Blessings to the Diocese and Bishop Rice in their ministry together. Comments are closed. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH March 3, 2017 at 12:41 pm It is commonplace for parishes to have a slate stand for election to Vestry, Delegate to Diocesan Convention, and so on, and to have the same number of candidates as positions to fill. Although nominations ‘from the floor’ are possible, they are rare, and ordinarily reveal a serious rift within the community. The slate is elected by acclamation at the Annual Meeting and that is that. Is that also a Soviet-style phony election? March 2, 2017 at 5:49 pm I am a fairly conservative Episcopalian in the Diocese of San Joaquin. Therefore, I am part of a very small minority and my views differ sharply from those of the Bishop on several practical and theological matters. However, I am grateful for the leadership of Bishop Rice. He is a kind, thoughtful, caring, dedicated and energetic leader whose sincerity and commitment cannot be questioned. We are blessed to have him here. PJCabbiness says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC House of Bishops AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI George Wade says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Pittsburgh, PA Bishop Elections, March 2, 2017 at 10:43 pm I am a newer member of the church, and was confirmed last year by Bishop Rice. I am impressed by his dynamic personality and believe that he is the right person to walk along with our diocese on our pilgrimage to become what God hopes us to be. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest center_img San Joaquin poised to take unusual step in bishop election Convention will meet March 4 to elect Bishop Provisional David Rice as its diocesan Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Comments (6) Submit a Press Release [Episcopal News Service] When the Diocese of San Joaquin meets in convention March 4 to elect a bishop, the path Episcopalians took to get to that moment – and the choice they will make – will be symbolic of the way they are rebuilding their diocese.In addition to the ecclesial challenges Bishop David Rice has faced with the people of the Diocese of San Joaquin, he also faced a medical challenge. Rice spent more than a month recovering from valley fever, a rare fungal infection endemic to the San Joaquin Valley. Photo: Diocese of San Joaquin via FacebookIt has been nearly 10 years since an earlier San Joaquin convention voted to disaffiliate with the Episcopal Church. Then-Bishop John-David Schofield, at odds with the Church over the ordination of women and gay clergy and issues of biblical authority, led the Dec. 8, 2007, action by the Central California Valley diocese.The intervening years have been marked by what Cindy Smith, the current chair of the diocesan standing committee, described as, first, scrambling to recover and trying to heal and then, in the last three years, a change of focus toward moving forward.The March 4 convention will elect the diocese’s bishop provisional, the Rt. Rev. David Rice, as its diocesan bishop, marking the first time in recent memory that a bishop will make that transition. The election will come without the typical bishop search involving multiple nominees and what diocesan officials estimate would have cost upwards of $50,000.The diocese paved the canonical way for Rice’s election in October when the annual convention amended its rules (Title I, Section 1.05 here) to allow such an election by a supermajority and only after a bishop provisional has been serving the diocese for at least 18 months.While such an election may seem unusual, Smith said it feels like the logical next step for the diocese. Diocesan leaders spent 18 months exploring with the presiding bishop and other church authorities the option of making Rice the diocesan bishop, explaining the possibility to Episcopalians in San Joaquin and listening to their reaction.“We made every effort and we took the temperature of the diocese as we did this,” Smith told Episcopal News Service. “We wanted it not to seem to be something being pushed through by the standing committee but the standing committee responding to the will of the diocese.”Smith said the only questions she and others encountered in deanery meetings held to broach the issue were procedural. “The other question was why we waited so long,” she said.A majority of both the Church’s diocesan standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction will have to agree to Rice’s election as diocesan, as is required in all bishop elections. The San Joaquin standing committee will include a letter about the election process in the documentation sent with the consent request, Smith said.Most of the other bishops provisional who have helped the Church’s five reorganizing dioceses have been retired bishops not interested in a long-term job. Rice, on the other hand, “has years ahead of him in the bishop business,” Smith said.When the diocese elected him in March 2014 as the diocese’s third bishop provisional, Rice had since 2008 been the bishop of the Diocese of Waiapu in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. Born and raised in North Carolina, Rice was a Methodist pastor for eight years prior to his ordination in the Anglican Church in New Zealand.Rice brought “enthusiasm and motivation and commitment to the diocese,” according to Smith, who added that the diocese wants to reciprocate Rice’s commitment and solidify the relationship that has been growing for the last three years.“This road map for election may seem slightly odd for some people in the church,” Rice told ENS. “All I would say about that is we’re different. We’re simply doing what we think is consistent with our narrative, how we’re emerging.”Rice and Smith say the diocese leadership believes that, instead of the normal bishop election process, in which candidates travel the diocese together to introduce themselves, San Joaquin has had a three-year “walkabout,” and the bishop and the diocese have really gotten to know each other.Retired Diocese of Northern California Bishop Jerry Lamb and retired Los Angeles Bishop Suffragan Chet Talton, Rice’s predecessors, worked with Episcopalians to reconstitute the diocese. That work included both litigation over church property and pastoral work over pain the split caused.“We acknowledge full well that there have been monumental attitudinal, behavioral, cultural shifts in this place over a very short period of time, given the past,” Rice said. Before the 2007 vote to leave, Episcopalians experienced tactics that kept them divided. Now, he said, they are “working together, being in this together, and far more consultative, collaborative and collegial than, certainly, this place ever imagined.”Those changes came as the diocese reconfigured where and how it operates, and began discerning to what mission God is calling local Episcopalians. Rice said he had been talking since before he became a bishop about the church needing to “travel far lighter, to de-accumulate to minimize, to purge” itself.“What I discovered upon arrival was, all those things I’d been talking about, they’d actually been living here for some time,” he said. Thus, Rice added, he thinks that San Joaquin’s experience can be a template for the rest of the church.“We’re here through particular circumstances. I believe that most if not all this Church will be in a similar place, albeit through different circumstances, before we know it.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is senior editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI March 3, 2017 at 3:03 am I have been a member of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin for about 45 years. Over that period of time I have seen the Diocese grow in its ability to deal with contemporary issues. I personally feel the church has come out of its shell in the service of ALL peoples… members or not, and of course this is what Christ wanted of us. Bishop David Rice is a unique individual dealing with very unique issues of which his personality, style and understanding make it look easy. We have all traveled through some rough waters, but thank the Lord we are home again! Laura Thewalt says: Rector Martinsville, VA Alan Peasley says: Featured Events March 3, 2017 at 10:20 am “The March 4 convention will elect the diocese’s bishop provisional, the Rt. Rev. David Rice, as its diocesan bishop, ” How is it an election when the outcome is a foregone conclusion? Makes me think of Leonid Brezhnev’s election. 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