Chris Brooker re-signs for Quins

first_imgChris Brooker will call Harlequins home until atleast June 2013Harlequins are delighted to announce the re-signing of Chris Brooker, until at least June 2013.English qualified Quins hooker, Chris Brooker, joined Quins from Bath in the summer of 2007 and has since made 56 appearances for the London club.A dynamic, modern day hooker, Brooker is a great ball player, which suits the Quins style of play. Still only 24 years old, Brooker is an established member of Conor O’Shea’s match day squad in a front row that boasts young quality props like recent re-signatories Joe Marler and James Johnston.Chris Brooker, says: TAGS: Harlequins Harlequins Director of Rugby, Conor O’Shea, says:“We are delighted that Chris has committed to us and at 24 he is just going to get better and better. He fits the profile of the type of player and person we want at this club and I am sure he will be ambitious to succeed both with Harlequins and also to push on and add to his Saxons honours at a higher level.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “I am really happy to have re-signed for Quins. This is a team that has so much potential, and a great team spirit. There are so many young, English players that are coming through the academy and challenging for our first team places that there is no doubt that there are exciting times ahead for Quins and I want to be a part of it”last_img read more

Wales positive despite loss

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Morgan (Stoddart) also looked sharp and dangerous on the ball tonight and we know about his attacking abilities,” continued Gatland. “We thought we might lose him to injury early on in the game but he dug deep and had a good game.” CARDIFF, WALES – FEBRUARY 04: Wales player Jonathan Davies in action during the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium on February 4, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) Wales head to Murrayfield next week hoping to rediscover their winning form, and captain Matthew Rees can’t wait to get back on the pitch.“We’re frustrated and we need to bounce back, and there’s no better way of doing that than going up to Murrayfield,” said Rees. “We’ll take a lot of positives from today – individuals played well and we weren’t a million miles away. Now we just need to make sure we play well next week, but if we can just respect the ball a bit more I’m confident we can come away with a win.” The losing run continued for Wales on Friday night as England beat them 26-19 in the opening round of the Six Nations, but Warren Gatland and co were still able to take many positives from their team’s performance, and will go to Murrayfield believing they can win, writes Bea Asprey. “I can’t fault the effort of our guys,” said Gatland. “England spent more time in our 22, and they had more chances and took them, but there wasn’t a huge amount of difference between the two sides tonight.”Each team lost a man to the sin bin during the game – England’s Louis Deacon seeing yellow in the first half and Wales’ Craig Mitchell in the second – but only England managed to capitalise, with Ashton’s second try coming in the ninth minute of Mitchell’s absence, and Gatland admitted that at times his team was lacking the confidence to keep the ball in hand.“We tried to deliver the message to the players to keep the ball in hand, and we did talk about that at half time, but at times we kicked away too much ball,” admitted Gatland. “It’s about having the confidence to play.”But one positive Gatland will take from the game was Jonathan Davies’s performance in the midfield, and he said of the youngster: “I thought he was outstanding tonight. Seeing Jon Davies’s development over the last 16 months makes you realise he’s definitely one for the future. He’s strong, quick and powerful.last_img read more

David Strettle to re-visit the Stoop

first_imgTAGS: Saracens LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 3 Carlos Nieto4 Hayden Smith5 Mouritz Botha6 Jacques Burger7 Andy Saull8 Ernst Joubert ©16 Jamie George17 Rhys Gill18 Petrus du Plessis19 Steve Borthwick20 Justin Melck21 Richard Wigglesworth Saracens travel to Harlequins on Saturday as the Aviva Premiership regular season draws to a close.With a home semi-final already secured, Sarries head to Twickenham looking to extend a winning run of 10 matches in all competitions.In team news ahead of the game, Hayden Smith and Mouritz Botha form the second row partnership with club captain Steve Borthwick named on the bench for this week’s game. Aviva Premiership Player of the Year nominee Schalk Brits continues at hooker while Land Rover Discovery of the Season contender Owen Farrell starts at fly half.Saracens player of the Year Jacques Burger starts in the back row alongside Andy Saull and Ernst Joubert who captain’s the side.Saracens line-up vs Harlequins15 Alex Goode14 David Strettle13 Chris Wyles12 Brad Barritt11 James Short10 Owen Farrell9 Neil de Kock1 Matt Stevens2 Schalk Brits 22 Nils Mordt23 Noah Catolast_img read more

Lions 2013: Flattery gets you everywhere

first_imgAshley-Cooper may not be deliberately talking to this end, but he can only explain what he knows or what has been made evident to him. Twin this with the continued Lions capitulation at the lineout and the aerial abilities of the Aussie back three and it certainly suits the Wallabies for the Lions to put the ball through O’Driscoll’s hands often.The reactionary thing Warren Gatland could do after the loss to the Brumbies is to retreat back into his shell and play the tactics he is most comfortable with and Australia are prepared for. You need a compliment: Adam Ashley-Cooper has said some charming things about potential opposition BODBy Alan DymockWHEN MIND games start it is hard to know which tact to take. Overuse of saccharine sweet compliments, describe the opposition as clueless or just call everyone cheats? Well, when it comes to Australia versus the British and Irish Lions we could get seven different shades of sledging, particularly after the Brumbies scalped them.However, when Adam Ashley-Cooper – a man that teammate Benn Robinson tells Rugby World was the down-to-earth spitfire who keeps everyone humble – compliments Brian O’Driscoll, it could be out of deep, masculine, mutual respect.Superfreak: Brian O’Driscoll preparing“He’s an absolute freak and I’m looking forward to lining up against him for the first time,” Ashley-Cooper told Press Association.Ashley-Cooper goes on to say that O’Driscoll still has the spritz that saw him fizz through Australian defences 12 years ago and clearly the admiration is there. Nevertheless, lurking in the background is that hint of ulterior motive. When he said: “I haven’t seen a northern hemisphere side be as expansive as these Lions have been for a while,” there is a sense that he is trying to force Lions’ hands for the sake of his Wallabies.“Their ability to spread the ball has been quite impressive. They’ve come out with a very physical and confrontational approach to the start of the game and then have that ability to throw the ball wide.” CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 18: Billy Twelvetrees of the Lions is tackled by Matt Toomua during the International tour match between the ACT Brumbies and the British & Irish Lions at Canberra Stadium on June 18, 2013 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Expansive and physical? Bearing in mind the Lions created no space at all against the Brumbies, AAC is blowing hot and cold.There are several messages here, but the essence is that he expects and wants the Lions to hit round the corner several times and spin it wide, as Wales do and as the Wallabies have grown accustomed to. Throwing cut-out passes wide earlier and throwing the ball in behind an in-drifting player from the 13 channel to an inside centre when the defence is stacked is also something the Lions have done since game one.Cut down: Billy Twelvetress and his mates got ‘Brumbied’Against the Waratahs the Lions hinted at a drive from the lineout, were it ever thrown accurately. They did the same against the Brumbies on Tuesday, though there were more wayward throws to contend with. The Wallabies now have glimpses of what they should expect from the Lions and if they can cajole them into playing nearer their game plans it helps. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Aviva Premiership: Round five preview

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 07: Samu Manoa of Northampton Saints during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Exeter Chiefs at Franklin’s Gardens on September 7, 2013 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images) Rugby World’s prediction: Saracens by 20Warriors v FalconsPreviewing this is almost unnecessary. It will be a slobberknocker with a lot of kicking. Headlines may come from the return of Carlo Del Fava for Falcons and Jeremy Becasseau for Worcester, but regardless of personel this will be closer than a shave with an industrial thresher.Rugby World’s prediction: Worcester by 3Terminator returns: Samu ManoaTigers v SaintsImagine Godzilla fighting Optimus Prime. In the Colosseum. On doomsday. At happy hour.OK, so games like this draw too much hyperbole already, but the way the season has gone so far, this is the pick of the weekend. Monsterous back-rower Samu Manoa returns for Saints alongside leader Tom Wood as the only changes from last week while Graham Kitchener is the only addition for Tigers.Yet it could come down to battles like George North versus Blaine Scully, Dan Cole versus Alex Corbisiero and Phil Dowson versus Julian Salvi to decide how this explosive clash ends up rumbling out.Bring popcorn.Rugby World’s prediction: Leicester by 6Gloucester v ChiefsOn Sunday scrum-half Dave Lewis starts for Chiefs against his former club, who have in turn have made several changes. James Hudson makes his debut in the Gloucester boiler house, Tavis Knoyle starts at 9, Martyn Thomas moves to full-back, Mike Tindall comes in for Henry Trinder and two props Yann Thomas and Rupert Harden slide into the front-row. All this being said, Gloucester still look a little more fragile than they would like, without ever really cracking and Chiefs could hound them for 80, as is their wont.Rugby World’s prediction: Gloucester by 2 Roaring past: Mark Cueto scred for Sale last week. Can he do the same again as the Sharks welcome BathTHE FIFTH round of the Aviva Premiership is here and without even a little ado we jump right into previewing the ties and offering you our SuperBru predictions. Think you can do a better job than us? Bring it on…Sharks v BathDanny Cipriani is like the Teflon pan you’re angry with for not cleaning itself. He gets hyped and chirped and then when he does not score 100 points a game he is rated a persistent disappointment. It makes little sense, but he is guiding Sale again and they look happy together. Captain Dan Braid is now talking up the demands to win week in, week out.Thumping ton: Seymour makes 100 gamesDavid Seymour is in his favoured position at 7 and plays his 100th game, playing alongside Braid while the outspoken Mark Cueto continues to rush through from the wing and Joe Ford, brother of Bath’s fly-half George and son of Bath’s coach Mike, will sit on the bench waiting to come on for Sale against his family.They welcome a Bath side who have done well without truly obliterating anyone yet. Stuart Hooper comes in for the injured and in-from Dave Attwood – who may now miss England’s autumn internationals – and Jonathan Joseph and Kyle Eastmond continue their budding partnership in the centres. They may plan to slide past Sharks with Ford taking the ball to the line. The key will be whether Sale can keep their discipline at the AJ Bell stadium.Rugby World’s prediction: Bath by 3Irish v QuinsRemember the second-row crisis Quins were supposed to be having? They appear to have calmed themselves, coped and although Irish have looked sprightly and reinvigorated this season they have not won more than once and Harlequins should be able to grind Irish down.Matt Hopper replaces George Lowe for Quins, while Karl Dickson is in at 9. The pack is unchanged. Meanwhile Irish have the huge boon of welcoming back George Skivington. Will that be enough?Rugby World’s prediction: Harlequins by 10Sarries v WaspsWith Joe Simpson, Tom Palmer and Sam Jones all missing for Wasps they are truly up against it when they visit Allianz Park. And Saracens are unforgiving.Changing the number on his back: Alex Goode is now at 10Well, at least they were, but they have shuffled a lot. With Owen Farrell on the bench and Charlie Hodgson out, Alex Goode comes in at 10, with Chris Wyles in at centre beside Joel Tomkins. Neil de Kock replaces Richard Wigglesworth and Michael Tagicakibau comes in for David Strettle.Of course, bringing in Will Fraser and James Johnston for their first starts of the season is hardly a weak move. Wasps will just be happy Jaques Burger is not rampaging about…last_img read more

Rugby World’s New Season Special Edition

first_img TAGS: Highlight Here’s everything you need to know about the October 2018 issue of Rugby World The experienced referee meets us at The Shard, where he still works part-time as a barrister, to discuss the balance between rugby, work and family.DOWNLOAD THE DIGITAL EDITION OF RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINELeinster UnleashedLast season, Leinster were domineering on their run to a Pro14 and Champions Cup double. Can they do it again? We talk to those in the know about why this is only the beginning…Meet Nick FrisbyGlasgow’s latest addition is the former Wallaby scrum-half. He tells us about life settling in at Scotland’s second city and what he expects from Dave Rennie’s side.Dragons Add FirepowerWe head to Newport to meet Richard Hibbard and Ross Moriarty, two powerful recruits determined to add a bit more of an edge to the Welsh region.Dragons duo: Moriarty and Hibbard at Rodney ParadeAnalysis of Sarries’ StrengthsOur resident analyst Sean Holley takes an in-depth look at Saracens’ strengths going forward.New Saint Dan BiggarNow outside the goldfish bowl of Wales, fly-half Biggar explains his move to Northampton and looks at the challenges ahead. Rugby World’s New Season Special EditionIt’s back! The Gallagher Premiership and Guinness Pro14 are all set to kick off for the 2018-19 season so Rugby World are giving you this packed new season special.There have been some big changes over the summer, new coaches have had a chance to embed their new systems and we’re all ready to go again. Has that whetted your appetite? Well below we have ten reasons for you to pick up the October 2018 edition – your essential guide to the start of the season…Team GuidesWe look at the ins and out, the key strengths and predicted fate of each team in the Premiership and the Pro14.Every team covered: Every Pro14 team, like the Cheetahs, and Premiership sidesHow To Improve Your ClubFor those who help run grass roots rugby clubs, we have some advice to help you out. From finding grants to increasing participation and even cutting down on your energy bills, we offer a helping hand.Shark AttackStephen Jones takes a look at Sale Sharks, explaining why he feels the the North West club (and recent signing Chris Ashton) are on the march again and should be competing for the Champions Cup places.Welcome to SaracensOur Welcome to my Club feature returns and this time Alan Dymock visits Saracens for a fan day, meeting the reigning men’s and women’s Premiership champions.At his desk: Wayne Barnes in his chambersWayne Barnes at Workcenter_img There is, of course, plenty more. As well as these ten whopping reasons to read, we also have these brilliant nuggets of insight:Falcon Josh Matavesi opens up about a family tragedyHot stepper Telusa Veainu talks about life in LeicesterSurvey results reveal many elite women want more 15s TestsExeter’s Dave Ewers breaks down the art of ‘latching’Edinburgh team-mates talk in appreciation of Ross FordGiant new Gloucester wing Matt Banahan on pranks, party guests and impressions of team-matesThe Secret Player considers what it’s like when big-name signings arrive at a clubWe get inside the mind of Ulster’s Billy BurnsMasterChef’s Gregg Wallace tells us why he loves rugbyBen Ryan offers training tips for amateur coachesOur nutrition pages offer advice on using supplements safelyMeet rising stars Guy Graham and Diarmuid BarronFollow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

All Blacks wing Caleb Clarke wows in Bledisloe Cup Game Two

first_imgNew Zealand beat Australia 27-7 at Eden Park to take 1-0 lead in series Catch me if you can! Caleb Clarke bursts through Australia’s defence (Getty Images) Human wrecking ball and rising star Caleb Clarke is going home to watch the game with his dad, former @allblacks Eroni Clarke That’s what it’s all about! #BledisloeCup #NZLvAUS pic.twitter.com/S3iebx82AO— Sky Sport NZ (@skysportnz) October 18, 2020The All Blacks’ victory means they take a 1-0 lead into the final two Tests of this year’s Bledisloe series. The next two matches take place in Sydney (31 October) and Brisbane (7 November), and the Wallabies will need to bounce back from this defeat and win both if they are to lift the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002.Those two games will double up as fixtures in the Tri-Nations competition that has replaced the Rugby Championship for 2020 following South Africa’s decision not to participate.Related: South Africa withdraw from Rugby ChampionshipThe All Blacks Tri-Nations fixtures against Argentina are on 14 November (Sydney) and 29 November (Newcastle). Check out this duo Caleb Clarke and Ardie Savea are on FIRE #BledisloeCup #NZLvAUS pic.twitter.com/NjkYgKaM7G— Sky Sport NZ (@skysportnz) October 18, 2020Statistics don’t always tell the full story but they give a clear indication of Clarke’s impact on this match. He may not have crossed the whitewash himself but he made 123 metres – the only player on either side to reach triple figures – and beat 14 defenders – twice as many as any other player.Clarke is the son of former All Blacks centre Eroni, who scored six tries in his ten Tests during the Nineties, and he has paid tribute to the influence of his father on his career, of the analysis and advice he provides. 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.center_img In his post-match interview with Sky Sport NZ, he talked about how his dad would probably go over the match footage with him later that night… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS All Blacks wing Caleb Clarke wows in Bledisloe Cup Game TwoCaleb Clarke delivered an incredible performance in New Zealand’s 27-7 victory over Australia at Eden Park in the second of four Bledisloe Cup games in 2020.Clarke impressed in the domestic Super Rugby Aotearoa tournament for the Blues earlier in the year, demonstrating the pace and power that have also proved so effective on the sevens circuit, and now he’s doing the same at international 15-a-side level.The 21-year-old wing came off the bench to make his All Blacks debut in the closing stages of last weekend’s 16-16 draw with the Wallabies then, with George Bridge ruled out for six months after suffering an injury in training last week, Clarke was selected to start in the Bledisloe Cup tie in Auckland and he caused havoc with ball in hand.He may be young but he is built for the physicality of the modern game, and he can balance that power with agility. There were numerous line breaks as Wallabies defenders struggled to contain him; Clarke skipped through outstretched arms and fended off would-be tacklers.A prime example came at the start of the second period when he launched an attack from his own half that led to a try for Ardie Savea. You can watch it here…last_img read more

Atlanta: Bishop urges lawmakers to pass stronger gun laws

first_img Rector Shreveport, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Hopkinsville, KY Press Release Service Ruppert Baird says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET February 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm Bishop Wright makes me proud to be an Episcopalian. Bruce Garner says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group February 21, 2013 at 6:27 pm I wish they cared more what our outstanding bishop had to say, but I expect very little from them. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Tampa, FL February 25, 2013 at 11:14 am Powerfully said. Thank you, Bishop Rob. And as for those who already believe that your message is not new, we remember that the prophets delivered the same message over and over again until change was made. Keep saying it until change is made. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Susan Speir says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Submit an Event Listing Featured Events Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Smithfield, NC 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Belleville, IL February 22, 2013 at 2:12 am This man’s ignorance is appalling. There already ARE universal background checks for gun purchases. It is sad that a man of such standing would stand in such an auspicious place and proclaim a desire to require something that already exists. Amazing. Gun Violence Curate Diocese of Nebraska Cathedral Dean Boise, ID AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Bob Van Keuren says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Frank Derrickson says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI February 21, 2013 at 6:23 pm That’s my (wonderful) bishop! Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Atlanta: Bishop urges lawmakers to pass stronger gun laws Tags Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Collierville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Knoxville, TN Comments (6) Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Martinsville, VA Youth Minister Lorton, VA By Don PlummerPosted Feb 21, 2013 Submit a Press Release [Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta] Bishop Rob Wright opened a session of the Georgia House of Representatives by speaking out on issues important to Episcopalians and other people of faith.After meeting with House Speaker David Ralston and being introduced by Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, an Episcopalian from Decatur, Bishop Wright told lawmakers that he brought greetings from 56,000 Episcopalians in middle and north Georgia “men, women, children, teenagers and feisty seniors in 109 worshiping communities  ‒ Georgians from every walk of life, every political persuasion, every income level: your constituents.”Wright said Episcopalians pray weekly at worship services for legislators “because you hold the public trust and enlarge the common good. We pray that you … will walk with the powerful but remember to keep the common touch, … and hold on to your souls and your most generous selves in the face of the insidious temptation to care narrowly for your own constituency.”The real task of legislators, Wright said, is not “to mummify the Constitution with our fear but to revive its best hopes with our courage and compassion.”He called upon Georgia representatives to provide “greater safety for her citizens ‒ greater safety for her children” by enacting universal background checks for gun purchases.“It is hollow to respond to parents who have lost children to gun violence that their dead child is somehow just the price of keeping the Second Amendment intact.  And it is unseemly to bury our law enforcement men and women knowing we didn’t given them every advantage over the criminals they face.“On what reasonable grounds can we argue against background checks before the purchase of a weapon?  To issue a weapon to someone without a modicum of scrutiny is not an exercise in liberty, it is an exercise in folly.  I urge this body: Lead the South again from this gold dome, provide for the law-abiding gun owner and sportsman while at the same time making Georgia more safe.”He also called upon lawmakers to pass legislation providing for “the ignorant, the indigent and the immigrants of our state.”“Step over your fears and do what is right on behalf of the elderly, the poor, the orphan, the veteran, the prisoner and those who love differently,” he said. “The time is always right to do right. This is what Jesus of Nazareth invites us to do.” Read full text of his remarks HERE.Wright ended his time at the State Capitol by offering the following prayer, then leading representatives in the Pledge of Allegiance.“Wonderful God, whom we know by many names, who is the Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of all men and women: We know you to be good and faithful, gracious and full of mercy.Look down on the state of Georgia and bless her richly.  Where she is corrupt, purify her.  Where she is in error, direct her; where she is right, strengthen her.  Where she is in want, provide for her; where she is divided, reunite her.  We ask all these things in the Name of God and of his Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.”Afterwards Wright and his wife, Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright, were greeted by scores of legislators, who thanked him for his message and words of encouragement. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Comments are closed. February 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm We experienced his fervor last Saturday in Miami. He is truly a man of God sent to help as many who will listen. Canon Richard Miller says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT last_img read more

Un viajero encuentra que los cristianos coptos aman a sus…

first_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Course Director Jerusalem, Israel 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 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 center_img Un viajero encuentra que los cristianos coptos aman a sus prójimos pese a los ataques que han sufrido Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Gavin Rogers comparte unos tragos con vecinos de “la ciudad de la basura” o la comunidad Zabaleen. Su guía, Wael Fahim, de camisa blanca, aparece sentado a la extrema izquierda. Foto de Matthew Aragonés. [Episcopal News Service] Por lo general, el oír que hay disturbios en un país no inspira a la gente a viajar allí. Pero cuando el Rdo. Gavin Roger se enteró de que docenas de iglesias cristianas estaban siendo incendiadas en Egipto, después de las protestas que provocó el derrocamiento del presidente Mohamed Morsi, su respuesta fue: “tengo que ir”.Rogers, ministro de la iglesia de Cristo y ministro para las misiones, los jóvenes y las familias jóvenes en la iglesia episcopal de San Pedro [St. Peter’s Episcopal Church] en Kerrville, Texas, realizó recientemente dos viajes a Egipto para reunirse con la comunidad cristiana afectada y ver por sí mismo lo que estaba sucediendo. Estas fueron visitas con un propósito, aunque sin un itinerario.“La gente dice ‘¿qué vas a hacer?’” mientras estés allí, dijo Rogers. “Bueno, realmente nada. Todo lo que hacemos es compartir la solidaridad. Sólo recordarnos mutuamente que ‘no están solos’”.Rogers viajó a Egipto del 15 al 20 de septiembre y de nuevo del 2 al 15 de octubre. Pero, de algún modo, el viaje comenzó realmente cuando emprendió una peregrinación a Egipto en 2006 luego de estudiar cristianismo alejandrino mientras hacía su maestría en la Escuela de Teología de Duke, en Durham, Carolina del Norte. Se enteró de algunas de las “cosas radicales” que hacían los monjes en los monasterios del desierto para guardar la Cuaresma, tales como meterse en una cueva, ponerse una piedra en la boca y mantenerse en silencio. Una vez de regreso a su casa, una pregunta le había estado rondando la cabeza: ¿qué podía hacer él en Cuaresma que realmente lo “llevara a una situación límite”?Se había graduado de Duke. Consiguió un empleo como líder de jóvenes y misiones en una iglesia bautista de San Antonio, Texas, que dirigía un centro comunitario en el centro de la ciudad. Y, en 2012, tuvo una inspiración: pasaría una Cuaresma sin hogar, viviendo como algunos de los “vecinos desamparados” a los que el centro les prestaba servicios.“Fue una aventura sorprendente. En verdad llegué a sentirme cerca de algunos de mis prójimos”, contó él. “Todos ellos con diferentes experiencias vitales”.Comenzó por dormir en un albergue municipal al aire libre, luego en lugares tales como edificios y furgonetas abandonados. “No le dije a nadie que yo era pastor”, dijo Rogers, que está ahora en el proceso de discernimiento en la Iglesia Episcopal. “En los 48 días que estuve en las calles nadie me preguntó por qué yo me encontraba sin hogar… Simplemente vivía entre ellos, quería ser parte de su ambiente, ser tratado de la misma manera que ellos”.“Aprendí que todos tenemos una humanidad común y que en verdad la razón por la que a veces no reconocemos a los desamparados o a nuestros prójimos sin hogar es porque tememos resultar vulnerables”.Durante los días que pasó sin casa, conoció a la Rda. Lorenza Andrade Smith, ministra de la Iglesia Metodista Unida, que estaba dedicando tres años a “vivir bajo las estrellas” como una persona sin hogar. “Ella no tiene dinero, no tiene agenda… Todos los días, hace sólo lo que ellos hacen, y se ocupa de ellos y ellos la cuidan. No es algo unilateral, como tantos de nuestros viajes misioneros”.Los dos se hicieron amigos. Luego, en agosto de 2013, Rogers estaba trabajando en Camp Capers, un centro de conferencias de la Diócesis Episcopal de Texas Occidental, cuando vio un informe de CNN sobre las iglesias que estaban quemando durante el estallido de violencia en Egipto. “Me afectó por una razón”, dijo él. “Yo había estado allí”.“Tres minutos después de haber empezado a leer el artículo, llamé a Lorenza… y le dije: ‘tenemos que irnos a Egipto’”.Un mes más tarde, estaban en camino. “Aterrizamos y durante esa semana estuvimos a merced de las personas con que nos encontrábamos, intentando entrar en las ciudades y comunidades que fueron afectadas por estas tragedias, por estas iglesias que estaban quemando. Queríamos hablar con los sacerdotes o las hermanas o los ministros coptos que se veían afectados por todo esto. Todo lo que oíamos en la prensa era sobre lo mal que estaban”.Les tomó cuatro días convencer a alguien que los llevara en auto a Minya, una zona a unas cuatro horas al sur del Cairo donde se decía que había ocurrido la mayoría de los ataques. Una vez allí, “todo lo que pudimos hacer fue tomar fotos”, dijo Rogers.“Durante los dos primeros días de nuestro viaje, Lorenza y yo nos limitamos a conocer a taxistas y personas de la localidad y a escuchar sus historias y su opinión sobre todo”. Encontraron a un chofer llamado Muhammed que estuvo dispuesto a llevarlos a un monasterio copto que se había librado del ataque, pero no a los sitios de las iglesias quemadas. “Él nos dijo, ‘vuestra vida y la mía y la vida de mi familia son más importantes que el que ustedes lleguen a Minya’”.Durante el trayecto, habló de su vida como musulmán. “Para nosotros, él era un musulmán muy moderado”, dijo Rogers. “Nos pareció muy genuino y muy preocupado por lo que respecta a su país”. Se refería a los cristianos y a los musulmanes, particularmente en Egipto, como parientes cercanos —hermanos o primos.Si bien usábamos la palabra “copto” para significar cristiano en Egipto, dijo Rogers, el término originalmente significaba simplemente egipcio. En Egipto, “muchísimas personas tienen un sentido de unidad y de orgullo entre las dos fes”, agregó. “Eso me enseñó muchísimo. Incluso en las graves diferencias que probablemente son de vida y muerte para muchas personas, ¿cómo puede uno vivir con el otro o con tu enemigo o con el vecino que no te gusta o con quien no estás de acuerdo? En Egipto, logras ver el lado más hermoso de eso, porque a veces lo hacen bien. Pero también ves el lado violento de esa decisión”.“Eso es algo que aprendí: muchísimas personas optan por amar a sus prójimos”, dijo, añadiendo que le gustaría cuestionar la noción dictada por la prensa y por los extremistas de que tal amor es imposible. “Querría creer que es posible. Cristo dijo que era posible”.En el monasterio de Wadi Natrum, ellos vieron esto en acción, mientras su chofer y uno de los monjes compartían el té. Observando como los dos discutían problemas de fe, podían verles asentir con la cabeza, y luego disentir, pero ellos lo dejaban pasar”.Muhammed y el monje terminaron su té, se abrazaron y posaron juntos para los fotógrafos. : ¿Qué podría lograrse bebiendo más té?, musitó Rogers.De izquierda a derecha, la madre superiora del convento e iglesia católica del Buen Pastor, en Suez; el guía Wael Fahim y Gavin Rogers supervisando los daños después que el Buen Pastor fuera atacado y quemado durante un brote de violencia en agosto pasado. Foto de Matthew Aragonés.Finalmente, hacía el final de su viaje, conocieron a Wael Fahim, un guía de turismo que se encontraba desempleado y que los llevó a Minya, donde fotografiaron algunos de los edificios afectados. Luego Rogers se fue a Texas, para hablar en un evento ya concertado, prometiendo regresar a Egipto tan pronto pudiera.De regreso a Egipto
La oportunidad se le presentó más pronto de lo que él esperaba. Al final de su plática [en Texas], una mujer se le acercó y le dijo: “Auspiciaré su próximo viaje”.Fue así que Rogers regresó a Egipto por dos semanas, esta vez acompañado de Matthew Aragonés, estudiante de cuarto año en la Universidad (católica) de San Eduardo [St. Edward’s (Roman Catholic) University] en Austin, a quien él había conocido durante su ministerio con los jóvenes. Rogers se reconectó con Fahim, quien los guió durante su viaje. Esta vez, “vimos todo”.Gavin Rogers se reunió con el papa copto Tawadros II durante su segunda visita a Egipto. Foto de Matthew Aragonés.Eso incluyó una reunión de 15 minutos con el papa copto.El papa copto Tawadros II les dio una cruz que dice en árabe: “El amor nunca falla”. Y él le pidió que los cristianos estadounidenses continúen orando por él y por la Iglesia, que no se olviden de lo que ha sucedido y que amen a las personas que tienen en su entorno, dijo Rogers. “¿Cómo ayudan a Egipto? Él en esencia dijo: ‘amen a su prójimo’”.Rogers y Aragonés visitaron cuatro comunidades eclesiásticas, hablaron con monjes, sacerdotes y monjas cuyos edificios fueron atacados. Viajaron dos veces a Suez, una zona muy afectada por los ataques de la Hermandad Musulmana a las iglesias. Visitaron iglesias, un convento y un monasterio latino, “todos ellos quemados y destruidos”.“Logré hablar con las hermanas [del convento] que estaban allí ese día cuando esto sucedió…cómo tuvieron que rescatar a los niños de la escuela”, contó Rogers. Sin embargo, mientras hablaba con ellas, fue como si estuvieran haciendo un recorrido por un edificio nuevo, explicó él. Yo estaba algo lloroso, y ellas estaban sonriendo y riéndose porque se sentían jubilosas”.Las monjas se dieron cuenta de que, aunque sus atacantes pudieran intimidarlas, no tenían que imponerles su respuesta. “Ver eso fue completamente inspirador”.Las monjas le dieron algunas páginas de un libro de oración y otros objetos quemados como recuerdos. “Cuando los miro, no veo el pesar. Veo la esperanza, veo la alegría y la confianza y la manera de actuar motivada por el amor. Resultó fascinante”.Secciones de un libro de oración y de una estampa de las iglesias quemadas en Suez. Foto Gavin Rogers.En Suez, visitaron también la iglesia anglicana del Buen Pastor. “Fue la única iglesia que no quemaron”, explicó Rogers. Aunque fue atacada, fue la única iglesia sin tanques que la protegieran. “Ese sacerdote anglicano le pidió al Ejército que no la protegiera con tanques. La Hermandad Musulmana buscó los sitios que contaban con protección del Ejército y los incendió”.Al final, Rogers cree haber tenido éxito en encontrar testimonios de esperanza y de amor, y de compartir solidaridad con los cristianos de Egipto. “Tal como dijo el papa [copto], el amor nunca falla. A veces es tan sencillo como ir allí y dar una vuelta. Partimos juntos el pan, nos dieron de beber y nos asomamos a su vida, y resultó sorprendente [comprobar] cuánto júbilo derivaron de esta [experiencia].– Sharon Sheridan es corresponsal de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Submit a Press Release New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Job Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Por Sharon SheridanPosted Dec 2, 2013 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 Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Knoxville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Washington, DClast_img read more

Long Island welcomes Assistant Bishop Chilton Knudsen

first_imgLong Island welcomes Assistant Bishop Chilton Knudsen Posted Apr 10, 2014 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA April 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm Blessings on you, Dear Bishop Knudsen! I was the beneficiary of your pastoral presence in the Diocese of Chicago and I am delighted that you still enjoy a rich and fruitful ministry. 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George 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 Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Press Release Rector Martinsville, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Rev’d Maurice Charles, PhD says: Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA [Episcopal Diocese of Long Island press release] Bishop Chilton Knudsen, former Bishop of Maine and current Assistant Bishop of New York, has been appointed Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Long Island.  Starting on September 2, Bishop Knudsen will be asked to share in Bishop’s visitations three weekends per month and provide oversight on behalf of Bishop Provenzano for the ongoing work and ministry of Episcopal Charities and Episcopal Community Services.  She will work directly under Bishop Provenzano’s pastoral direction and in collaboration with diocesan staff.  Of her appointment, Bishop Knudsen writes, “I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve the Diocese of Long Island as Assistant Bishop and look forward to working with Bishop Provenzano in this part of the Body of Christ.”Bishop Knudsen received her M. Div from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 1980.  She was ordained deacon in 1980 and priest in 1981, first serving a new mission in Bolingbrook, IL; she later served in other congregations, both in rural and inner-city areas.  In 1987, Bishop Knudsen was called as Pastoral Care Officer (later Canon for Pastoral Care) in the Diocese of Chicago, where she developed a nationwide ministry of consulting and training about Sexual Misconduct in church settings.  The material she developed continues to be widely used.While serving on diocesan staff in Chicago, Bishop Knudsen refreshed her high-school Spanish and served as supply priest and pastor for several Spanish-speaking congregations.  Her fluency was further refined as she helped establish La Mision de San Lucas in the Diocese of Maine.Additionally, Bishop Knudsen has a long and personal interest in issues of addiction and recovery, especially regarding systems (congregations, dioceses, organizations) that have experienced the subtle yet powerful effects of addiction-in all its forms-in clergy or lay leaders.  As Bishop of Maine, she planted three new Maine congregations (including Maine’s only Latino congregation) and led in the revitalization of several congregations, including congregations that suffered from the aftermath of addiction in their leadership.During Bishop Knudsen’s tenure in Maine, the Dioceses of Maine and Haiti inaugurated a Companion Diocese relationship with a number of ongoing partnerships in mission.  Bishop Knudsen herself served in 2009 as a missionary in Haiti, where she gained great respect for Haitian culture, learned to function liturgically in French, and built enduring friendships with clergy and lay leaders of that diocese.Bishop Knudsen was born into a Navy family and grew up overseas in Guam/the Marianas Islands, the Philippines, and Japan.  She studied biology/ecology at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA, earning a BA in 1968. During graduate study at the University of Pittsburgh, she taught at her alma mater, developing interdisciplinary courses in Behavioral Biology and Ecosystem Analysis.  She later taught interdisciplinary courses at the community college level, and served as a counselor in women’s health clinics in Pittsburgh, PA and in Wheaton, IL.Married since 1971 to Dr. Michael J. Knudsen, a retired engineer and composer, Bishop Knudsen delights in their adult son Dan, golf, opera and classical music, coastal scenery, and cross-cultural experiences.  The Knudsens make their home in Bath, Maine. Youth Minister Lorton, VA April 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm Good news for Long Island! 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