Yes you!Rugby World is on the look out for players, coaches or supporters to take part in a global survey about the world’s best-selling rugby magazine and for as an incentive we have teamed up with rugbystore.co.uk who will give the first name picked at random – of those who fill out the survey – a voucher worth £100 and 5 runners-up vouchers worth £50 to be spent at www.rugbystore.co.uk. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS So click here to take part We are looking for your opinions as we shape the next few years of Rugby World. What you think is crucial to us. MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND – MAY 01: Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley in action during the Heineken Cup Semi Final between Northampton Saints and USA Perpignan at stadium mk on May 1, 2011 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Starting XV:15 David Harvey, 14 Sam Wara, 13 Will Tupou, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 Ben Seymour, 9 Brett Sheehan, 1 Pek Cowan, 2 Nathan Charles, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 4 Toby Lynn, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 6 Matt Hodgson, 7 David Pocock, 8 Ben McCalmanReplacements:16 Salesi Manu, 17 Elvis Taione, 18 Phoenix Battye, 19 Lachlan McCaffrey, 20 Josh Holmes, 21 Winston Stanley, 22 Alfie Mafi “It’s great to include Will in the side after he’s had a long layoff with injury and he’s been playing some great rugby at club level and we’ve brought Rory in off the bench so we’ll be expecting a big impact from those two in getting some good forward play,” Blake said.The back row has seen a reshuffle with Ben McCalman making his return to the No.8 jersey after recovering from an arm injury aggravated during the game against the Stormers. Two time club fairest and best player Matt Hodgson has slotted back into the blindside flanker role with Richard Brown rested to recover from a knock to the knee sustained in the game against the Sharks.Nick Cummins will also miss this week’s game with a quadriceps strain but Blake expects both to be available for selection next week.The last time these sides met the Rebels made an explosive start and despite an impressive comeback from the Western Force they held on for a one point victory. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Nick Cummins, scored at their last meeting, is out after straining his quadAFTER KEEPING an unchanged squad for the past two rounds, the Western Force coaching team have made six changes for their Round 13 clash against the Rebels on Sunday.The backline has seen a significant reshuffle with Ben Seymour moving into the playmaker role for his second start in the run on side this season while David Harvey moves to fullback.Skills and Defence Coach Phil Blake said the disappointing results in South Africa encouraged them to go with the combination to add some thrust and good forward momentum that was lacking in previous games.“We’ve moved Dave (Harvey) into fullback because he’s been exposed most of the year anyhow and we feel as if he can give us a bit more stability in the back there with his kicking game,” said Blake. “Seymour’s core skills are really suited to the way we want to play and we feel as if it’s right to give him a shot at 10 to build his experience in the role.”After an extended period on the sidelines with injury Will Tupou is fully fit and returns to the side following standout performances for Pindan Premier Grade side Wanneroo and will pair up with Rory Sidey in the centres. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 23: Nick Cummins of the Western Force on his way to scoring during the round five Super Rugby match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Western Force at AAMI Park on March 23, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 03: Mark Bright of London Scottish during the 2013/14 Greene King IPA Championship Launch at St Margarets Pub on September 03, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images) Smokin’ Joe: Try-scorer Joe AjuwaWelsh, who still have a game in hand, ran in five tries against Moseley to take their tally to 17 in their last three games. Ollie Stedman scored two, and Nathan Morris, Joe Ajuwa and Nick Scott also crossed.“It was a good win,” said Exiles head coach Justin Burrell. “We set a target of winning all five of our games in March and our last three games — Rotherham, Ealing and Moseley — have produced three bonus point wins.”Burrell, clearly smarting from allegations that Welsh’s success is simply down to having a big pack added, “People are quite quick to say we’re a big heavy pack, and we are a big heavy side, but the skills within our pack are the best I’ve seen from a team that I’ve worked with.”Titans top of the try classNottingham 7, Rotherham Titans 51This eight-try demolition of Nottingham at Meadow Lane on Sunday leaves Titans only two points behind Bristol’s tally of 374, and as Rotherham have conceded two fewer, the sides are level on points difference. However, despite having been docked one point, it is Bristol’s 16 bonus points compared to Rotherham’s nine that leaves the Yorkshire outfit in fourth slot. That, and the fact that they have yet to beat a side placed above them.Wingman Curtis Wilson scored a hat-trick, Sean Scanlon bagged a brace and Ali Birch, Dallan Murphy and Michael Keating also touched down.Exiles’ still entertain play-off hopesLondon Scottish 42, Ealing Trailfinders 13Bright spark: Scottish captain Mark BrightScottish are still in the play-off hunt — should Rotherham fluff their lines — following a perfect six goal win over relegation favourites Ealing in the Richmond sun on Sunday. James Love, Miles Mantella and Mark Bright bagged a couple each while Love knocked over all six conversions.Plymouth punish ticker-less Bedford Bedford 18, Plymouth Albion 33It’s hard to believe, on the evidence of this performance, that the Blues were slugging it out with Newcastle for a place in the Premiership little more than a year ago.Plymouth, who had two men in the bin during the second half, were still good enough to beat lack-lustre Bedford on their home patch. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS What it is all about: Below are the latest comings and goings in the ever competitive ChampionshipBy Richard GraingerWith five rounds left in stage one of the Greene King IPA Championship, this weekend the top four sides virtually rubber-stamped their tickets to the play-offs, scoring 22 tries between them.Long away-day leaves Leeds with lower energy levelsJersey 13, Leeds 18Leeds were the only promotion hopefuls not to enjoy fun in the sun and almost paid the penalty for their day return to St Peter on Saturday.Steady Freddy: Fred BurdonThe hosts led 13-11 until the 68th minute thanks to two Aaron Penberthy penalties and a converted try from Jack Burroughs. Carnegie had their chances, and it took a superb tackle from new boy Ryan Hodson to prevent Ollie Goss from scoring. But the Yorkshiremen were finally rewarded for their patience when Fred Burdon scythed through the middle to score for Jonny Bentley to knock over the extras.“I put my hand up about the decision to travel on the day,” said a relieved Leeds head coach James Lowes, “It did affect the boys’ energy levels and was a risk.”A losing BP doesn’t put clear water between Jersey and Ealing, with an eight-point gap not insurmountable.Dire defense won’t deliver championshipsBristol Rugby 46, Cornish Pirates 33Marco Mama ran in four tries as Bristol defeated the Cornish Pirates 46-33 at the Memorial Ground on Sunday to remain in top spot. But this was no defensive masterclass, as promotion candidates Bristol leaked four tries in a contest that was palpably closer than the score suggests.The Pirates, who picked up a try bonus point themselves, were in contention trailing 36-33 with ten minutes to go. It was no surprise that Director of Rugby Andy Robinson was less than sanguine about Bristol’s cat-flap defence.“The disappointment, however, is the manner that we are conceding tries,” said Robinson. “It’s frustrating and a regular occurrence for us. It’s something that we need to look at.“We have to be able to defend and that’s a responsibility from all of us to be tight defensively – that’s what will deliver championships.”Welsh outclass mid-table MoseleyLondon Welsh 42, Moseley 18The London Welsh faithful enjoyed the return of GKIPA Championship rugby to the Old Deer Park on Sunday before events down the A316 at Twickenham took the tarnish off their day. Skipper James Pritchard was brutally honest about his side’s commitment saying, “We’re just not showing any ticker out there… they’ve scored two tries when they’ve gone through untouched and I’ve never seen a Bedford side do that.”Ealing will be looking forward to Bedford’s visit to Vallis Way this Saturday.
The club have been tight-lipped on the subject, but Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal still seems to be taking steps towards selling the club. Cash is the keyThe sale “could be finalised before the end of the month”, according to the paper. Boudjellal won’t sell until he has “ultimate bank guarantees” that money-man Barba has the financial means to continue what was started in 2006. Since then Boudjellal, who has invested an estimated €7m of his own money, quadrupled the club’s budget to €25.5m and increased annual turnover from €7m to €30m.Attacking force: Samu Manoa on the charge for star-studded Toulon. (Photo: Getty Images)The club’s wage bill has also increased to a little over €10m during the same period, which is why Boudjellal wants to be sure Barba has the money to match his ambition. As Simon recently acknowledged: “Mourad has created a winning model and, with my associate, we are aware of the task which awaits us if we are chosen.”Barba doesn’t appear to be short of a few bob. The 51-year-old Frenchman is described as discreet, publicity-shy and in possession of a sharp business brain. His fortune has been made with an investment fund in France and a production company in the USA, which produces four or five films a year for the Video On Demand and DVD markets. According to Midi, Barba recently sold a property in Key Biscayne, Florida, for $10.5m.Mayor and council have a say Toulon took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to officially deny a report in Midi Olympique that they were courting Glasgow lock Jonny Gray. That was soon followed by a Tweet from the club’s fly-half, Matt Giteau, dismissing a suggestion in the same newspaper that he plans to retire at the end of the season.In contrast, the club has been conspicuous by its silence this month in response to the story that Mourad Boudjellal is in the throes of selling Toulon. Rumours that he was thinking of getting out of the game first emerged last month. Since then, the story has gathered pace with little word from the Toulon president but plenty of comment from the other parties involved.This Monday’s Midi Olympique quoted one of the lawyers involved in negotiations saying the sale should be agreed within “eight to ten days”. The paper alleged that Boudjellal will sell his 51 per cent stake in Toulon as well as his Red & Black business, which owns the club’s four boutiques and two brasseries, for around €10m.Splashing cash on Ash? Is Chris Ashton heading for Toulon? (Photo: Getty Images)Are new signings a sign?Is Boudjellal just playing games? Many sceptics in France believe so, and say he will never relinquish the stake he acquired a decade ago. What about all the players he is chasing for next season, they say? Chris Ashton has allegedly already agreed terms; Israel Dagg is poised to do the same; Ma’a Nonu has been discussing an extension with his club president, as has Bryan Habana. Hardly the behaviour of a man about to bail.But, according to Midi Olympique, Boudjellal will recruit heavily in the coming months so that his legacy is a world-class squad. That will mean reflected glory for him if they win titles in the seasons to come, while also putting pressure on his successor to meet the stars’ salaries.That’s why he’s playing hardball with Gerard Barba and Lucien Simon, the two men tipped to become the next owners of Toulon. According to reports, the three men and their legal teams have met three times in recent weeks and a fourth discussion is scheduled for this Thursday. Trophy hunter: Mourad Boudjellal has brought huge success to Toulon. (Photo: Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS If Barba and Boudjellal agree on the terms of a sale, the next step for Boudjellal is to present details of the deal to the club’s remaining four stakeholders and the administrative council – SASP (Societe Anonyme Sportive Professionnelle). Under French law, when a sporting organisation generates revenues in excess of €1.2m an administrative council must be formed.Council house: Stade Felix Mayol is owned by Toulon’s city council. (Photo: Inpho)Boudjellal and SASP meet on 8 November and monitoring proceedings with interest will be Toulon Mayor Hubert Falco, whose city council owns the Stade Mayol and the club’s training facilities. Though he has no influence in the actual sale, he did use an interview in L’Equipe to issue a warning: “As I am in the habit of saying, Toulon rugby club belongs to the people of Toulon. Anyone who would like to take it over will have to come and knock on the door of the town hall. I have the keys to the Mayol. If the buyer doesn’t come and knock on the door he can buy the club…but he will play elsewhere and it will no longer be Toulon rugby club.”
Eddie Jones verbally abused after Calcutta Cup defeatFootage has emerged of England coach Eddie Jones being verbally abused outside a Manchester train station on Sunday.Jones had travelled from Edinburgh to Manchester by public transport to watch Manchester United’s match against Chelsea at Old Trafford. He took the train on Sunday morning following England’s defeat by Scotland in the Calcutta Cup at BT Murrayfield that ended their Six Nations Grand Slam hopes.Related: Scotland 25-13 England match reportAfter posing for a photo with members of the public outside Manchester Oxford Road station, Jones was then subjected to verbal abuse as he got into a car waiting to take him to the football match.The BBC’s Dan Roan has tweeted this footage of the incident – warning: the video contains offensive language: Let’s hope the authorities look into this incident and the people in this video are held to account.Be sure to follow Rugby World on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Confronted: Eddie Jones was verbally abused on Sunday (Getty Images) Comment from Rugby World editor Sarah MockfordIt is a disgrace that Eddie Jones has been subjected to such verbal abuse and I think everyone in rugby would condemn the actions of the people captured in this video as well as anyone else who taunted Jones.Jones should be applauded for taking public transport and agreeing to requests for photos, but his generosity was thrown back in his face here.This incident means he no longer feels able to do so because he fears for his personal safety. No one should be put in that position, whether the coach of a national sports team or Joe Bloggs on his regular commute.The actions of a few mean that true rugby fans will not have the opportunity to engage with Jones in an informal manner on journeys such as these.Rivalries are part of what makes sport so great and few go back as far as Scotland v England, but that rivalry should never spill over into this sort of disgraceful behaviour. Individuals should never be targeted with abuse and taunts, whether verbal or physical.The actions of the people in this video – who should not be described as fans or supporters – go completely against rugby’s core values. Regardless of your sporting allegiances, everyone deserves respect and none was shown here.As the Scottish Rugby Union said: Jones had opted to travel alone to Manchester on Sunday and subsequently took a train back to London following the match, where there were reportedly further incidents that made him uncomfortable.Following these incidents on Sunday, Jones has said he will no longer travel by public transport.“For me to travel on public transport, I thought was OK,” he said. “But I’ll make sure I won’t in future. It’s as simple as that. After a loss, no, I wouldn’t do it again.“I never knock back a request for a selfie unless I’m racing off somewhere. So I try to do the right thing by the fans, but if that happens then you’ve got to have a look at your own safety.” Eddie Jones was verbally abused outside a train station on Sunday after travelling from Edinburgh following England’s Calcutta Cup defeat. Warning: the video contains offensive language
Celebrate rugby’s return with the new issue of Rugby World magazineThe wait is nearly over. Professional rugby returns to the UK and Ireland this month, with the Gallagher Premiership and Guinness Pro14 restarting.To celebrate we’ve pulled together exclusive interviews with star players from across the two leagues in the new issue of Rugby World magazine, finding out how they dealt with lockdown and what they are hoping for in the coming weeks.We also analyse the new breakdown interpretations and take an in-depth look at the return-to-play guidelines for community rugby in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.If you can’t get to the shops to buy a copy, you can now order single issues online and get the magazine delivered direct to your door – click here and select Rugby World’s Sep-20 issue.Or you can find out how to download the digital edition to your tablet here. We also have incredible subscription offers, including three issues for just £5 – find out more here.Here are a dozen reasons to buy Rugby World magazine’s September 2020 edition…Over time: Anthony Watson scores a try for Bath against London Irish (Getty Images)1. England wing Anthony WatsonThe Bath man tells RW’s Alan Dymock how exploring new perspectives is improving his all-round gameRelated: Win an England shirt signed by Anthony Watson2. Refereeing in rugby“O’Keeffe and his men have landed a silent blow for sanity.” Stephen Jones is hoping northern hemisphere referees follow the firm and fair officiating we’ve seen in Super Rugby when it comes to the breakdown and offside lines. Plus, Sean Holley explains how to stay on the right side of the ref at the breakdown in The Analyst3. Scotland scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-ClyneAfter two years on the road, he is settling in at title-chasing Exeter Chiefs4. Guinness Pro14 derbiesWe’ve picked out the top ten matches between local rivals in the history of the Celtic League5. South Africa scrum-half Faf de Klerk LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Find out what exclusive interviews feature in the September 2020 edition TAGS: Highlight After playing a key role in the Springboks’ World Cup win, the Sale Shark is now setting his sights on new goals6. The Big Interview: Dr Eanna FalveyWorld Rugby’s chief medical officer talks concussion, Covid and conditioningModel pro: Ross Moriarty wearing his Trak Athletic range (George Hanks)7. Wales No 8 Ross MoriartyAn athleisure range and a car business are keeping the back-rower busy off the pitch while he’s excited about what the Dragons can do on it8. My life in pictures… Chris RobshawAs the former England captain prepares to swap the Premiership for Major League Rugby, he reflects on his career to date9. Rugby’s grass-roots returnProfessional rugby may be back in the UK and Ireland this month, but what about the community game? We run through the return-to-play guidelines in different countries10. New Zealand hooker Dane ColesThe Hurricanes skipper talks firefighting, family and the future in this exclusive interview11. Sevens debateShould Team GB join the Men’s World Sevens Series? Rob Vickerman and Colin Gregor give their views12. Spotlight on… Callum SheedyJoin Bristol’s fly-half on a metaphorical tour via Cardiff, Chew Valley and Hawaii Plus, there’s all this…Downtime with… Gloucester and England wing Jonny MayTommy Bowe on the Guinness Pro14 title run-inRising back-row stars Emeka Ilione and Harry WilsonWhat it’s like to… Coach in indigenous communities in CanadaClub Hero: Worcester Warriors prop Nick SchonertA rant about domestic rugby in WalesInside the mind of… England Sevens star Celia QuansahGiselle Mather on the state of play in the women’s gameTackle tips from former Scotland back-row Jason WhiteThe September 2020 issue of Rugby World magazine is on sale from 4 to 31 August 2020.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
— EK Rugby Analysis (@ek_rugby) February 8, 2021How to practise“In practice I’ll drop in the spiral alongside other kicks. I don’t do it that often, maybe four or five times a session, but I know my spiral is rolling if I can pull it off during those random times.“We try to recreate the pressure of a game in training by kicking at the end of the session when we’re tired and out of breath. Then the coaches will give us a time limit or number of steps that we have to get our kick-off in. Callum Sheedy is really good at that.”Related: Callum Sheedy and Ioan Lloyd in conversationWhen to use it“During the week we’ll decide on our exit strategies. Usually in our 22 we want to kick the ball long using the spiral but everyone will scan to see if there is an option to run instead.“If we’ve kicked long a few times, they might have the wings covered; that would open up the middle of the field for us.” How to spiral kick – Top tips from Ioan LloydThe spiral kick is having something of a resurgence in rugby right now. Here Bristol Bears and Wales back Ioan Lloyd offers his advice on how to master the skill…Why spiral kick“I try to use the spiral kick because when you connect properly it goes further. You get that bit of a glide with a spiral kick that carries it on. If we were in our 22 and I’m trying to kick it as high and as far down the pitch as possible, ideally into touch in their 22, that would be very hard to do with a normal kick.”Where to position hands and feet“Sean Marsden (skills coach) and Mark Tainton (CEO and ex-fly-half) both talk about holding the ball at 11 and five. For a right-footed kicker, one end of the ball would be pointing at 11 o’clock and one end at five o’clock.“I want to keep my plant foot solid and I try to get my hands as far out in front of me as I can, so I can step into the kick. I place the ball just outside my right leg so I can get a swing into the kick.” Spiral it like StuartHere’s a new video breaking down the technique behind Stuart Hogg’s brilliant spiral kick for the @Scotlandteam against England last Saturday. Hope you enjoy! Sound on #TechTips #ScotlandRugby #BringBackTheSpiral pic.twitter.com/fSadVq79VO LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ioan Lloyd kicking during a Bristol Bears warm-up (CameraSport/Getty Images) The Bristol Bears and Wales back’s tips on putting boot to ball This article originally appeared in the June 2021 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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 Por Onell A. SotoPosted Feb 15, 2012 Press Release Service [Episcopal News Service] Henrique Capriles Radonski, un joven abogado de 39 años de edad perteneciente a una familia de inmigrantes polacos-judíos, se convirtió el domingo en el rival que se enfrentará al gobernante Hugo Chávez en las elecciones presidenciales de octubre al obtener la gran mayoría de votos de la coalición de la oposición. Capriles es abogado y lleva 14 años en la política de Venezuela donde ha sido alcalde y actualmente es gobernador del estado Miranda. Es soltero.El mundo de la música llora la muerte a los 48 años de Whitney Houston, la extraordinaria cantante que comenzó su carrera en una iglesia evangélica de Newark, Nueva Jersey. Una amiga dijo que durante su programa de rehabilitación se reunieron con ella y abundaron las lágrimas cuando cantó la canción infantil “Cristo me ama”. Aún no se sabe la causa de su muerte aunque se presume que fueron las drogas.Un sínodo general de la Iglesia de Inglaterra rechazó varias mociones que buscaban oponerse a las ordenaciones de mujeres al episcopado. Al final se acordó reunirse otra vez en julio para hacer la votación. De los 44 sínodos diocesanos, 42 están a favor de la ordenación. La aprobación final tendrá que hacerse con mayoría de las dos terceras partes en las tres cámaras de la iglesia (obispos, clérigos y laicos).Un viaje de exilados cubanos a la isla con motivo de la visita del papa Benedicto XVI a Cuba en el mes de marzo, está siendo organizado por la arquidiócesis de Miami y su arzobispo Thomas Wensky. Varias organizaciones del exilio han protestado por el plan debido a que el gobierno de Cuba tiene que autorizar cada una de las visas. También se dice que el viaje cuesta tanto como un viaje a Europa. Aún otros dicen que viajar a Cuba es darle legitimidad al gobierno y aumentar sus recursos económicos.La revista médica internacional The Lancet dice que las religiosas “pagan un precio terrible por su castidad debido a que entre las mujeres que no quedan embarazadas, ni dan el pecho a sus hijos aumenta el riesgo de sufrir cáncer de mama, ovarios o útero”. En el mundo hay más de 110,000 monjas entre las tres iglesias que tienen órdenes religiosas, esto es, la anglicana, la católica romana y la ortodoxa. El informe médico ha causado controversia porque sugiere que las religiosas tomen fármacos anticonceptivos debido a que éstos pueden disminuir el riesgo de cáncer de ovario y de endometrio entre un 50 y un 60 por ciento.Steve Gallardo, senador estatal de Arizona, está decidido a acabar con lo que llama “la madre de todas las leyes antiinmigrantes”. Por eso, ha propuesto una nueva ley que dejaría sin efecto la SB1070, conocida en todo el mundo como “Ley Arizona”. La SB1070 califica como un crimen ser indocumentado y faculta a la policía a detener a una persona y solicitarle sus documentos migratorios si tiene “sospechas razonables” de que es indocumentado. Observadores le dan pocas probabilidades de que la ley sea aprobada.Un simposio celebrado en la Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana de Roma, reveló la semana pasada que a nivel internacional la Iglesia Católica Romana ha gastado más de 2,000 millones de dólares como consecuencia de las demandas de víctimas de abusos sexuales por parte de clérigos. Parte del dinero se ha gastado en juicios, ayudas legales, terapias para las víctimas y seguimiento de los agresores. El fiscal del Vaticano, Charles Scicluna, dijo que es erróneo e injusto aplicar la “ley del silencio” ante los casos de pederastia y afirmó que su iglesia tiene la obligación de cooperar con las autoridades civiles.Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz, hijo de un expreso político cubano y graduado de abogado de la Universidad de Harvard, aspira al senado de Estados Unidos por el partido republicano. Ha ocupado importantes cargos en el estado de Texas y ha criticado la educación bilingüe. Es miembro de la Iglesia Bautista.Gianfranco Girotti, director del penitenciario del Vaticano, dice que pecado es también daños al medio ambiente, experimentos científicos dudosos, acumulación excesiva de riquezas, consumo y tráfico de drogas y ocasionar pobreza, injusticia y desigualdad social.Con el fin de destacar la violencia imperante la Iglesia Episcopal de Santa Ana, cerca del barrio francés de Nueva Orleans, ha puesto un gran cartel que se llama “Tablero del Crimen” donde aparecen los nombres y las fechas de las personas asesinadas. Ya van por 25 este año…VERDAD. Hay dos cosas infinitas: el universo y la estupidez humana. Y del universo no estoy muy seguro. Albert Einstein (1879-1955), científico alemán. Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Job Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Hopkinsville, KY 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 Knoxville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Press Release An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Albany, NY Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rapidísimas Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Washington, DC Rector Bath, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA
Ed Adcock says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Comments (12) Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC General Convention 2012, July 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm Maybe I’m crazy but I don’t see anything in this story about “lobbying” at all. Is there something in this budget document you know but we don’t? 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 Curt Zimmerman says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Program Budget & Finance Rev. Angel Andres Solis says: June 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm This certainly does not seem to be a radical change in how things are done; it is more akin to reordering the deck chairs on the Titanic. Rather than seeking to solve problems, it looks to lobby to get some government agency to implement its vision. Don’t recall reading anywhere that we should go forth and lobby. Featured Events An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET June 26, 2012 at 9:07 am For a Presiding Bishop and Primate, this is true leadership… a document that appears to be less about us and more about the world. Thank you Bishop Katherine and thanks be to God! Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Comments are closed. Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Tags (Rev.) Charles W. V. Daily, Jr. says: Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Collierville, TN Presiding Bishop proposes alternative 2013-2015 budget Proposal ‘beginning of reforming effort’ to ‘reorient’ church towards mission June 21, 2012 at 11:30 pm to our Presiding Bishop: Good on ‘ya. June 25, 2012 at 2:31 am We have found that with charity ATTENDING the poor people, our church is growing most people have,Please, view FaceBook “Catedral Anglicna Mexico” because we have grown from a few members in our church to grow with new members.I agree that our ministry and the Church in general should be centered in the Mission.Nosotros hemos encontrado que volcando nuestra atención en caridad hacia los que menos tienen, nuestra Iglesia esta creciendo con los que mas tienen,Ver FaceBook “Catedral Anglicana Mexico” pues hemos pasado de ser pocos miembros a crecer en nuestra Iglesia con miembros nuevos.Estoy de acuerdo que nuestra labor y la de la Iglesia en general debe estar centrada en la MISION. Rector Martinsville, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Charles Smith says: Gerard F. Beritela says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group June 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm From the PB’s introduction:“Budgets are moral documents. Our investment of time and energy in preparing a budget is a kind of liturgical work, giving shape to the “public work of the people.” Budgets reflect our hopes and dreams as a community.”(I apologize to my environmentalist self, but I’m going to have print out the budget itself so that I can read it. I will recycle the paper.)I believe the PB has expressed herself very succinctly and GC ’12 gets to sort it all out.BTW: Does PB&F read like Peanut Butter & Figs to anybody else? Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 General Convention, Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT June 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm When we are holding hands at the “Our Father,” sometimes one or another of us has no one on the left or right to hold hands with and we raise our empty hand as if waiting for someone to take it! To me that is symbolic of our mission always to leave room for another to join us.Good for our presiding bishop to follow the Lord’s command to share the faith, not just keep it! We should not be afraid of those who take the initiative if it comes from the Lord. JAE Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL Johnnie E. 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The ethos and polity that flow from the independent behavior(s) may mean more than the differences in the proposals. Are we seeing a consolidation of power and authority that is more Roman Catholic than that which is based on the mutual affections that were heretofore the dominant model? Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Jeff Parker says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Press Release June 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm I’m curious as to why the lead of this story characterizes a move that, according to the Secretary of General Convention, has not been done before in the history of TEC (and the article cites no evidence to the contrary), as “somewhat unusual” rather than, for example, “unique,” or “unprecedented.”I say this not as a reflection of any point in the PB’s proposed budget, which I have not had time to review in detail. I do wish the PB and COO had chosen to share their mission-based vision for the budget while they were meeting with the Executive Committee of Executive Council, with the Executive Committee and/or the Finances for Mission Committee of Council, and/or with the full Council in session. It would have been most helpful to Council as well if the PB and/or COO had shared appropriate staff input with Executive Council as well.Again, I think I might find the PB’s proposal much to my liking; I won’t know until I study it. It just seems a terrible waste of time and resources not to have shared the information and ideas upon which the PB based her proposals when she was presiding over the Executive Committee and in her or the COO’s report to Executive Council instead of months afterward. The PB is the President of Executive Council, after all, and the Chief Operating Officer has seat and voice in Executive Council just for this kind of purpose.I do hope to have time soon to read the PB’s proposal carefully. I’m for the best ideas regardless of the source. I might have voted for the PB’s proposal had she given Council opportunity to vote on it. Rector Knoxville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH June 22, 2012 at 9:58 am I’m with Charles Smith. I am often troubled by the lobbying activities of the Episcopal Church. This could be a lengthy subject, but, suffice it to say, I don’t believe the Church should discharge its responsibilities by trying to turn them over to government. There is often a big difference between a GC resolution, and its execution. The course of the interpretation leading to action is not transparent, and in some cases not legitimate. Rector Bath, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Editors’ note: Story updated June 22, 2012, to include comments from budget committee chair.[Episcopal News Service] In a somewhat unusual step, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on June 21 proposed an alternative budget for consideration by the upcoming meeting of the Episcopal Church’s General Convention.The proposal is “more clearly based on missional strategy than the current draft proposed budget” approved in January by the church’s Executive Council, Jefferts Schori said in an eight-page message that accompanied the proposed budget.She said that “the heart” of the Episcopal Church is mission “in partnership with anyone who shares that passion” and her proposed budget “is intended to help us reorient ourselves to that passion.”“The strategic and spiritual principle of this budget proposal is that the church is most truly itself, the Body of Christ, when it lives and breathes mission,” she said.When asked by Episcopal News Service, the Rev. Canon Gregory Straub, General Convention secretary and the church’s executive officer, said that to his knowledge this was the first time a presiding bishop had proposed a budget after Executive Council had sent its draft budget to the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance.“I didn’t know that Bishop Katharine was preparing her own budget,” House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson said via email June 21.Anderson was attending an afternoon baseball game at Detroit’s Tigers Stadium and said she would “study what she has come up with when I get home.”Diane Pollard, PB&F chair, told ENS that committee members have interviewed a number of people, including church center staff and people served by programs funded in the current budget. They also have attended provincial synod meetings and received a “wide variety of comments and ideas about the various items that we should include” in the budget the committee will propose to the General Convention.“The document that was submitted by the presiding bishop today is another piece of information and we welcome that,” she said.Pollard also posted a statement on PB&F’s blog here.Diocese of Maine Bishop Steve Lane, who is PB&F vice chair, told ENS in a telephone interview that he too welcomed Jefferts Schori’s proposal.“I believe that budgets are leadership documents and I had been hoping that the presiding bishop, as our leader, would make a statement about budget priorities and strategy,” he said. “I am very pleased to see that she has done that. I think that is an important offering to the church.”While her decision to propose an alternative budget might seem “unusual,” Lane said, “I don’t see that it’s any kind of violation of canon or other things for the presiding bishop to make her own statement about direction and purpose.”Lane said PB&F will make “the appropriate adjustments” to council’s proposed draft budget based on all the input it has received and what it will hear at General Convention. He called Jefferts Schori’s proposal “important data” that lays out some clear priorities and said that “Program, Budget and Finance will have to consider that along with the rest.”He and other committee members are aware of “lots of proposals in the blogosphere, some of them quite specific,” and have been interviewing members of the church center staff and other church leaders “in order to be as prepared as possible when we gather” in Indianapolis July 4.A zero-based beginningJefferts Schori said her proposal began as zero-based budget, to allow for “a more theologically based and strategic process” that is “spiritually enriching rather than depleting” and made for a forward-looking document.She also noted that the proposal is more detailed in the areas of mission and administration because that is where she has oversight. It suggests an overall five percent reduction in governance costs and anticipates “allocating those costs collaboratively, in consultation with other elected leaders including the President of the House of Deputies, the Executive Officer of General Convention, and the Executive Council.”The proposal is based on asking the church’s dioceses and regional mission areas to pay 19 percent of their annual income from two years previous (minus $120,000) during each year of the triennium. That percentage is the same as the asking for 2012 after having decreased from 21 percent in 2010 and 20 percent in 2011.Council crafted its final draft version of the 2013-2015 budget by assuming the 19 percent asking and the spending outlined in a 15-percent version. To that spending scenario, council members then ranked their priorities for restoring parts of the budget to the 19 percent levels. Those priorities include investing in emerging networks and supporting existing ones, empowering local ministry and communications.Among the staff of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, 12.75 positions would be cut under the presiding bishop’s proposal, although as many as five of those positions are currently empty.Jefferts Schori centered her proposed budget around the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission, which the General Convention endorsed in 2009 (via Resolution D027) and said the church’s 2013-2015 budget ought to center on the marks as “strategic priorities.”Her message highlights six initiatives focused on the five marks and amounting to $8 million.A change in budget organizationThe presiding bishop also anchored her proposal in the continuing call by herself and others to restructure and reform the church. “As it is in every age, our church is in need of reform, in order to engage the mission God has set before us,” Jefferts Schori said. “This budget proposal is intended as the beginning of that reforming effort.”The budget is organized by “spiritual priority” with mission being followed by governance and administration, she said, with the second and third being “servants” of the first.The presiding bishop also noted that her proposal represents a change from the triennial budget’s usual canonical (Canon I.4.6(b) and (c)) budget model of lining out canonical, corporate, and program expenses. Such a model “no longer adequately serves the Church in responding to a world very much in need of our partnership,” she said.Each line item in the proposal is designated as belonging to one of those three areas “in order to satisfy the canons,” Jefferts Schori said, “but the existing canonical categories do not seem strategically useful and the budget proposal is not organized accordingly.”Jefferts Schori said this proposal is needed because while the Executive Council was “faithful” in its effort to prepare and approve a draft budget in a different way from previous convention years, “a coherent strategy did not emerge” from those efforts.Jefferts Schori cited a portion of Canon I.2.4(a)(1) as her authority in making the proposal. The portion says the presiding bishop is “charged with responsibility for leadership in initiating and developing the policy and strategy in the Church.”The presiding bishop, with the help of certain members of the church center staff, traditionally presents Council with a proposed draft budget in the months leading up to each General Convention. The council then may alter that proposal.General Convention’s joint rules (in II.10 10 (a)) require council to give Program, Budget and Finance a proposed budget no less than four months before the start of convention. Neither council nor PB&F is allowed to change the budget document between the time it is sent by council to PB&F and the beginning of General Convention. Once convention begins it is up to PB&F to craft a budget for the convention’s approval.However, there have been questions about and a certain amount of frustration with the budget process and the documents it has produced. At the end of its April meeting in Salt Lake City Executive Council issued a memo saying that the proposed draft budget released to the church “is not exactly” the one it passed.On June 1, Jefferts Schori, Chief Operating Officer Bishop Stacy Sauls and Treasurer to General Convention Kurt Barnes released an annotated version of council’s draft budget.Program, Budget and Finance began to study the 2013-2015 draft in early February. At General Convention it will hold three hearings:July 4 at 12:30 p.m. on the framework of the budget and the budget process,July 6 at 7:30 p.m. on funding, andJuly 7 at 7:30 p.m. on spending.PB&F will present its proposed budget to a joint session of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops on July 10 at 2:15 p.m. A final vote on the budget is expected on July 12, the last day of convention.“Program, Budget and Finance is facing a daunting task,” Lane said, noting that its work on the budget must be done by July 9 in order for the budget to be presented the next day.Lane promised, “We will present to General Convention as clear a budget as we can manage to pull together in the time that we have.”— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Jerry Rankin says: June 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm To paraphrase from Star Wars, “The more they tighten their grip, the more that will slip through their fingers.”The lack of transparency over the Ellen Cook affair had a major impact on where my charitable giving went (in significantly away from ECUSA) and the current focus on lobbying in both budgets merely strengthens my moral belief that putting any funds under my control within the hands of the national church would be a profoundly immoral act as long as there’s a line item for a Washington DC based lobbying office. June 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm I believe this is leadership on the part of our PB! This shouldn’t be seen as radical (which it is); this should be our norm at the national, diocesan, and local levels. Sarah Dylan Breuer says: Joyce Ann Edmondson says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI
Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS July 15, 2012 at 8:18 pm I had the privilege of sitting in the “pews” of the JW Marriott as Bishop Curry preached this amazing sermon. It gave me goose bumps then, and again, as I re-listened to it. Thank you for making it available in both its written and, particularly, its amazing oral version – to tap whenever we need an injection of “craziness.” Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI July 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm Thank you Bishop Curry. Crazy Christians are in our midst; Altar Guild, ECW, and the tireless greeter who week after week welcomes the newcomer. These are all disciples of Jesus willing to stand at the foot of the Cross, and they are all in my parish. July 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm We clip our own wings and hide in our cages when we deny the joy, honor and profound responsibilities of living out our baptismal vows. The vow which has grabbed at me for decades is “will you respect the dignity of every human being?” Crazy Episcopalians are often the only ones who are nutty enough to believe they can soar with the majestic eagles. In time they will discover they can indeed soar with the eagles, instead of flopping around in their cages with clipped wings and hoping for a hug. It does require crazy courage to say enough is enough. Mature eagles leave their nests and bring nourishment back to the young. Within this nourishment is the courage to grow, to mature, to think, to love and to make good decisions. This nourishment also provides encouragement to let go of our fears and actually jump away from our theoretical sources of security; those being our cradles and nests where we can pretend to honor our lack of love and compassion for other eagles whom we have not yet met.This nourishment is of God.We are called by God to help free others from rejection and exclusion due to the ways in which they have been created. Freedom from suppression, bigotry, racism, homophobia and all sorts of other very ugly stuff must be “allowed” by you and me. I finally refuse anyone to clip my wings; and I challenge you to do the same. I am not yet soaring with the Bald Eagles who can see things more clearly, but with God’s help I will continue to try. Yes, we must have a great abundance of Crazy Episcopalians. Those who dare to be crazy are often the ones who truly thrive; as they do all in their power to help release their brothers and sisters in Christ from the sins of suppression and rejection. 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 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Josefina Beecher says: Comments (19) July 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm I agree with Jane Wolfe. It is difficult to be different, even if for the benefit of the church. In one instance I found outright mistrust, but these are people and I will not leave the church. The incident was somewhat like the Virgins at the marriage gate. Something once refused, is gone. Not with Jesus, however.Re: the above sermon. Great. We can turn no one away. We were forgiven for doing it once, let’s not push the envelope.As Bishop Curry says we need crazy people. They are the ones who believe that it CAN be done and then DO it. A crazy 88 year old who has done many crazy things, within and for the Episcopal Church. Bless all of the crazies within our church. July 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm BTW, Harriet’s mother was an Episcopalian and Harriet was instrumental in founding an Episcopal mission in Florida for freed slaves in her later years. She became an Episcopalian after writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin and after enduring her father’s and brother’s fire and brimstone preaching growing up. Brother Henry also sought a Gospel based in love and not in damnation in his own brand of Congregationalism. Rector Martinsville, VA July 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm We need this craziness in our parishes; more important, we need this craziness in the 116 waking hours a week we are not in the parish. We need it in our work places; we need it in schools; we need it where we play; we need it in our families; we need it driving down the interstate. If we will be truly Christian during the week, imagine what Sunday worship will be like. Submit a Press Release Rector Smithfield, NC July 9, 2012 at 12:04 am Whenever Bishop Curry speaks, we know we will be set on fire to do the work we are commended to do as we leave our churches each Sunday. As I read his words on my computer, in Lockport, New York, I’m as inspired as if i would have had the privilege of being at the Celebration with all you lucky delegates. July 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm This was a very inspiring sermon…BUT…Please redub the recording and raise the level of the audio. We had a very hard time hearing parts of the recording.Thank you,Gary GruenebergJerome, Mi Mimi Grant says: Susan Mocsny Thomas says: Submit an Event Listing July 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm If nothing else comes out ofIf nothing else comes from G.C. this message should be it!!! I know this is wishfull thinking but lets hope Jesus will win !!!!! Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT July 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm I want to see multiple civil wars all over this nation and in the world with Episcopalians intimately involved! July 8, 2012 at 1:06 am Thank you, Bishop Curry! Just at the moment one wonders how to call a congregation to action, to new life and new impact on their community, there you were to lead us on.Might we not expect within ten years to have grown, instead of shrunk some more? July 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm I received a youtube copy of his sermon this morning. Perhaps you can open the below site and enjoy Bishop Curry’s delivery at Convention. “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abJMKeyCWoQ” Charles Rountree says: Rector Knoxville, TN General Convention, Director of Music Morristown, NJ North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry preaches at Convention Eucharist liz dodge says: Larry Jelf says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Gary L. Grueneberg says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Norm Morford+ says: Rita Walpole Ague says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Mary Lee Harris says: July 10, 2012 at 10:37 am Bishop Curry, this is one of the most inspiring sermons I’ve read from any Christian hierarch in a long time. I’m not Episcopalian, I’m a United Methodist lay preacher, but you can rest assured I’m saving your sermon to use as a resource for future messages (with proper attribution, of course). God bless you, sir, and may the Gospel seeds you sowed through this sermon take root and bear fruit throughout all of Christianity. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Robert S. Hayden+ says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 James Handsfield says: [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The following sermon was presented today at the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, meeting in Indianapolis IN through July 12.A Sermon Preached at the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal ChurchThe Commemoration of Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)Saturday, July 7, 2012We Need Some Crazy Christiansby the Rt. Rev. Michael B. CurryDiocese of North CarolinaThis day we are commemorating the witness of Harriet Beecher Stowe, a woman who used her words to set the captive free. I’ll say more about her later, but right now I want to note that in 1944 her witness was celebrated in a Broadway play titled Harriet. It was Helen Hayes who played the part of Harriet Beecher Stowe. At the end of the play Beecher Stowe’s family stands around Harriet and sings the words of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” affirming the Christian witness of this brave and bold woman. Part of the hymn goes like this:In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea,With a glory in his bosom, that transfigured you and me:As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men freeWhile God is marching on.Glory, glory hallelujah,Glory, glory hallelujah,Glory, glory hallelujah,God’s truth is marching on.For a text today, I offer these words from Mark 3:19-2: “Then [Jesus] went home; and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’”The King James Version of the Bible translates the concern of Jesus’ family for him in these words: “He is beside himself.” The old J.B. Phillips New Testament translates it, “People were saying, ‘He must be mad!’” But my favorite is from the 1995 Contemporary English Version which says, “When Jesus’ family heard what he was doing, they thought he was crazy and went to get him under control.”So, forgive me for saying it this way, but Jesus was, and is, crazy! And those who would follow him, those who would be his disciples, those who would live as and be the people of the Way, are called and summoned and challenged to be just as crazy as Jesus. So I want to speak on the subject, “We Need Some Crazy Christians.”I don’t want to be too quick to judge Jesus’ mother and the whole family. They had good reason to be concerned. We just read from 1 Peter a teaching that reflects what Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount: “Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing” (1Peter 3:9). That’s crazy. In the Gospel reading from Matthew, read just a few moments ago, Jesus says, “The greatest among you will be your servant” (Mt. 23:11). That’s crazy.What the world calls wretched Jesus calls blessed. Blessed are the poor and the poor in spirit. Blessed are the merciful, the compassionate. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst that God’s righteous justice might prevail. Blessed are those who work for peace. Blessed are you when you are persecuted just for trying to love and do what is good. Jesus was crazy. He said, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, pray for those who despitefully use you. He was crazy. He prayed while folk were killing him, “Father, forgive them; they know not what they do.” Now that’s crazy.North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry preaching during the July 7 General Convention Eucharist. ENS Photo/Lynette WilsonWe need some Christians who are as crazy as the Lord. Crazy enough to love like Jesus, to give like Jesus, to forgive like Jesus, to do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God — like Jesus. Crazy enough to dare to change the world from the nightmare it often is into something close to the dream that God dreams for it. And for those who would follow him, those who would be his disciples, those who would live as and be the people of the Way? It might come as a shock, but they are called to craziness.Let me suggest one example of such a call from the New Testament: Mary of Magdala, Mary Magdalene. For whatever reason, Mary often gets a bum rap.Think back to the crucifixion of Jesus. Crucifixion was execution by the Empire for crimes against the state. It was public torture. It was an intentionally brutal means of capital punishment, an execution designed to send a message that revolution and revolutionaries would not be tolerated. If you were a supporter or follower of the person being crucified, it was dangerous to stand too close by during the execution. The rational and sensible thing to do was to go into hiding or exile.Having said that, let’s call the roll of those Jesus called to follow him, let’s take the attendance of the apostles at the crucifixion of their Lord. Simon Peter? Absent. James? Absent. Andrew? Absent. Bartholomew? Absent. Thomas? Absent. Judas? Definitely absent. Mary Magdalene? Present and accounted for! That’s a disciple! When the old slaves sang, “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” there was a woman named Mary who could answer, “I was there!” Now that’s crazy!Now it may not be obvious at first, but we actually have a day to remember crazy Christians. I think we call it All Saints’ Day. It’s not called “All the Same Day,” it’s All Saints’ Day, because, though they were fallible and mortal, and sinners like the rest of us, when push came to shove the people we honor as saints marched to the beat of a different drummer. In their lifetimes, they made a difference for the Kingdom of God. As you know, we are even working on a book to help us commemorate them. We are calling it Holy Women, Holy Men. But we might as well call it The Chronicles of Crazy Christians.One of the people we celebrate in the book is Harriet Beecher Stowe, a descendant of Mary Magdalene. She was born in 1811 into a devout family committed to the Gospel of Jesus and to helping transform the world from the nightmare it often is into the dream God intends. She is best known for a fictional work titled Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In this fiction, she told the truth. She told the story of how chattel slavery afflicted a family, afflicted real people. She told the truth of the brutality, the injustice, the inhumanity of the institution of chattel slavery. Her book did what YouTube videos of injustices and brutalities do today. It went 19th-century viral. It rallied abolitionists and enraged vested interests. The influence of that book was so powerful that Abraham Lincoln is reputed to have said, upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe for the first time, “So this is the little lady who started this great war!”A woman of her era was supposed to write nice stories, not stories that would disturb the conscience of a nation. She was supposed to marry well, raise well-bred children, participate in a few charitable activities, and be fondly remembered by all who knew her. That was the life she was supposed to have. But she had been raised in a family that believed that following Jesus means changing the world from the nightmare it often is into the dream that God intends. And sometimes that means marching to the beat of a different drummer. Sometimes that means caring when it is tempting to care less, or standing up when others sit down. Sometimes it means speaking up when others shut up. Sometimes it means being different – even being crazy.When Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple Inc., died last year, an old Apple commercial from the 90’s went viral on YouTube. It was a commercial that aired in 1997 and that attempted to rebrand Apple products. The tag line for the commercial and the company was, Think different, a phrase that is grammatically incorrect, which is part of the point.In the commercial they showed a collage of photographs and film footage of people who have invented and inspired, created and sacrificed to improve the world, to make a difference. They showed Bob Dylan, Amelia Earhart, Frank Lloyd Wright, Maria Callas, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, Jim Henson, Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein, Pablo Casals, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer, and on and on and on. As the images rolled by, a voice read this poem:Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels.The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules.And they have no respect for the status quo.You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.Because they change things.They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore.They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.Maybe they have to be crazy.How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.Because the people who are crazy enough to thinkthey can change the world,are the ones who do.We need some crazy Christians. Sane, sanitized Christianity is killing us. That may have worked once upon a time, but it won’t carry the Gospel anymore. We need some crazy Christians like Mary Magdalene and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Christians crazy enough to believe that God is real and that Jesus lives. Crazy enough to follow the radical way of the Gospel. Crazy enough to believe that the love of God is greater than all the powers of evil and death. Crazy enough to believe, as Dr. King often said, that though “the moral arc of the universe is long, it bends toward justice.” We need some Christians crazy enough to believe that children don’t have to go to bed hungry; that the world doesn’t have to be the way it often seems to be; that there is a way to lay down our swords and shields, down by the riverside; that as the slaves used to sing, “There’s plenty good room in my Father’s kingdom,” because every human being has been created in the image of God, and we are all equally children of God and meant to be treated as such.In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea,With a glory in his bosom, that transfigured you and me:As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,While God is marching on.Glory, glory hallelujah,God’s truth is marching on. Susan Belasco, “Harriet Beecher Stowe in Our Time,” www.nationalera.wordpress.com Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (New York: Church Publishing, 2010), p. 448 Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997 Rector Belleville, IL General Convention 2012 July 17, 2012 at 10:40 am What an inspiring message. Rest assured, even though us Presbyterians have a “rep” as being the “frozen chosen”, many of us are NOT frozen!! It is a blessing to be a crazy christian! How else will we be noticed if we are afraid to step out of our comfort zone, and stand up for Jesus Christ? Stand up for what the Word teaches us is right. Stand up for the least of those. Our Bible is our road map if we ever get confused. STAND UP AND BE THE CRAZY CHRISTIAN GOD CALLS YOU TO BE!! The joy you will see, and feelas you step out in faith, AND, thanks to technology we can come back to read/listen to Bishop Curry sermon over & over again! Thank you Bishop Curry for delivering the word to us, God bless you Sir, A crazy christian from Georgia! An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rev Dan Lediard – Diocese of Eastern Oregon says: John D. Andrews says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ July 10, 2012 at 11:57 am You are absolutely wonderful! I loved your sermon.At the ripe old age of 85, I can finally identify with who I am – a crazy Christian!Blessings+Mary Lee HarrisGalilee Church,Virginia Beach, Virginia Rector Pittsburgh, PA Tags Featured Jobs & Calls Press Release Service July 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm Crazy Christians the whole family were! Thank you for your inspiring words about my great aunt Hattie. Rector Washington, DC Elizabeth L. 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Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA July 12, 2012 at 11:39 am Dear Bishop Michael,I am also a former Roman, now Episcopalian Catholic. Raised in the “one, true Church” I found it hard to make the move in one respect, but easy in another. I believe that Rome has strayed from the path of the Spirit.My husband and I are planning a move to North Carolina. We have already purchased a home and had considered South Carolina at one point, only to be led to NC by the welcoming spirit of its people and its church. Your charismatic leadership is part of how the Spirit directed us.I am proud of our church and proud of your ministry.In His peace and love,Susan Mocsny Thomas January 9, 2014 at 3:41 pm I agree with Jane also. Crazy Christians are so often led to the slaughter by vestries, congregations opposed to change, the “we’ve always done it this way” folks. It’s hard but challenging to be Jesus crazy, but to follow Him, we do not take on an option. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Events Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET July 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm Thanks so much to Rt. Rev. M. B. Curry. I confess, I’m a Cathepis (Catholic turned Episcopal). And the main reasons for my moving from one ‘catholic church to another (in my mind and heart, same lodge different local, a la Vatican 2) has to do with the Episcopal’s support for women priests, allowing priests to marry (far, far fewer sex abuse scandals resulting), allowing gay priests to ‘come out of the closet’ and even with same sex spouses in tow, be ordained bishops, thereby firmly saying no to hatred and abuse and bullying of LGBT adults and kids (too often resulting in suicides), and no condemnation of birth control and abortion if and when needed, allowing people, especially women, to follow their consciences in such matters, and supporting, both nationally and internationally, justice and peace movements (i.e. Occupy Wall Streeters).And, for the national General Convention Eucharist to feature such a justice and peace promoting priest is a real ray of hope. Pres. Oh Bomb Ah and wannabe Pres. Raw money, please take note.