first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Price is right: Ali Price gets set to put the ball into a Warriors’ scrum. (Photo: Inpho) I was playing an academy  match for Bedford Blues and someone from the Scottish Exiles was there and  invited me to an Exiles camp. It went from there. I ended up playing for Scotland U20 and got an elite development contract at Glasgow through that.It’s a great club and I was delighted to make my Pro12 debut earlier this season. I really enjoyed it.What are your current goals? I am hoping to push on and get a few more chances (to play in the Pro12 for Glasgow). I want to keep pushing the guys ahead of me and giving the coaches a lot to think about. RW Verdict:  Price missed the whole of last season with a knee ligament injury, but has bounced back and, with the help of the Warriors’ elite player development coach Iain Monaghan, is making an increasingly good impression. You were born in England, so how are you Scotland qualified?My mum, Carol, is Scottish, but I was born in King’s Lynn and went to Wisbech Grammar School.When did you take up rugby?Dad took me to West Norfolk rugby club when I was six or seven to try it and I loved it. I played cricket and hockey too. I joined Bedford Academy in my last year at school. After three years I became a senior player there, for one year, and joined Glasgow in 2013.What positions have you played?I was full-back with my club up to U16s but No 10 for my school. At 18 or 19 I moved to scrum-half and stayed there. I like being involved all the time, using all aspects of the game – ­ pass, kick and run ­ and being able to boss everyone around.How did you end up with Scotland U20 and Glasgow?last_img read more

first_imgA disjointed performance against Italy, paled into insignificance after the serious injuries to Rhys Webb and Leigh Halfpenny. So can Wales cope? Having lost both Rhys Webb and Leigh Halfpenny many took to Twitter to lambast Warren Gatland and his coaching staff. Most asking why were two such key players still on the field with the majority of the game completed? But both of those injuries could have occurred in the first minute of the game, the second minute of the trip to Qatar, the 33rd minute of the first hit out against Ireland or the first minute against Uruguay.Easy target: Warren Gatland has come in for undue criticismThe reality is that injuries happen and in this instance they are nobody’s fault. Come the end of the Rugby World Cup, and its outcome, there may be plenty of genuine opportunities to criticise Warren Gatland’s decisions over the World Cup period, but playing Rhys Webb, and Leigh Halfpenny, against Italy shouldn’t be one of them Missing you already: Leigh Halfpenny’s loss has been keenly felt in Wales Unhappy ending: Mike Phillips will be desperate to make his mark at the World CupPhillips’ game has always relied on hyena-like aggression, a piston-like hand-off and a physique that allows him to ride contact with the majority of elite backrow forwards. Phillips will saunter back into the Welsh camp like rugby’s version the comeback kid. This is a big, and more than likely, final hurrah for Mike Phillips; he won’t want to sign off with any regrets after a stellar career…Opportunity knocks for Eli WalkerEli Walker’s presence in the Rugby World Cup squad is very intriguing; having lost a fullback in Leigh Halfpenny they have replaced him with Walker, a specialist wing and a player who certainly couldn’t confidently cover fifteen at test level. Making a huge assumption, it could lead us to believe that Liam Williams will be fit for the Welsh games that matter, leaving Williams, Hallam Amos and Matthew Morgan covering 15 and Walker covering wing Cuthbert and North. Walker’s inclusion is a defensive risk, but a huge attacking opportunity.Serious wheels: Eli Walker is inexperienced but very exciting in open playWalker is essentially Wales’ Jonny May; a player with more wheels than a millipede’s roller-skates. With the width of passing from both Scott Williams and Cory Allen, at 13, Walker could find himself in positions where his outside speed can exploit space; rather than the short balls that George North and Alex Cuthbert have tended to have to run back in field to collect from Jon Davies. Every Rugby World Cup has a player who ‘bolts’ from nowhere, this time, it could be Eli.Gatland not to blame for the injuriescenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Coping with life after Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys WebbThe only problem with friendlies is that when a team loses a player through injury, it’s particularly galling. A situation where the expense of the injury doesn’t justify the perceived benefits of playing the game. That feeling was multiplied by a factor of ten when Wales played Italy on Saturday and lost both Rhys Webb and Leigh Halfpenny from Wales’ Rugby World Cup squad.Bitter blow: Rhys Webb was the first Welsh player to get injuredEvery supporter, player and pundit winces when an individual is injured in a game. But when it occurs a matter of days before the Rugby World Cup, the emotion is magnified. Such has been the media coverage of punishing training camps and both Webb’s and Halfpenny’s particular brand of excellence, that it didn’t feel like a ‘player’ getting injured, it was like watching your first born ‘face planting’ off a park swing. Both will clearly be missed and we all wish them well with their recovery.Halfpenny’s kicking from distance is irreplaceableAll aspects of Leigh Halfpenny’s skillset will be missed by Wales. His defence and miraculously low error count in particular, but his goal kicking truly is irreplaceable. Many will rightly point at Dan Biggar’s goal kicking ability, which is test standard, and as good as virtually every elite goal kicker. But Halfpenny’s goal kicking percentages are at a different level. When Leigh Halfpenny regularly kicks at 85 per cent that includes kicks from well over 45 metres.Pinpoint accuracy: Dan Biggar is a Test-level kicker but doesn’t have Halfpenny’s rangeHalfpenny’s goal kicking completion includes kicks that few frontline kickers even attempt. He doesn’t even have a ‘weak side of the pitch’, unlike kickers such as Christian Leali’ifano, Halfpenny’s technique produces a perfectly straight ball, meaning that he is equally proficient on both sides of the pitch. But the most important aspect of Halfpenny’s kicking is the affect it has on the opposition – it doesn’t just affect the scoreboard, it can affect the way they defend. Any overly aggressively line speed, hands in rucks, or side entries, within 50m of the posts, have an 80% chance of conceding three points. He will be missed, sorely.Mike Phillips’ last hurrahNo player enjoys being dropped from their national squad; especially a month prior to the Rugby World Cup but Mike Phillips would have felt it more than most. He has owned the Welsh shirt since 2008 and was unchallenged amongst the Welsh squad. Then Warren Gatland, as with Adam Jones, dispensed with Phillips. However, this rejection can be turned into a positive for Phillips. His game has never relied on technical ability, speed of pass or footwork.last_img read more

first_imgScotland won’t be overly concerned with their loss to the USA. Unlike Ireland and England, this was always a development tour. With the end goal being to discover another five to eight players who can cut it in Japan. But that shouldn’t detract from the USA’s performance. They were impressive.The USA took a very pragmatic approach to Scotland and it worked perfectly. Unlike many Tier Two teams who often opt for unnecessarily intricate work in the back-line, in over eagerness to imitate Tier One nations, the USA were wonderfully simple in their execution. They built their entire attacking platform around two players – Joe Taufete’e at hooker and Paul Lasike at 12. If there were few options available on the fringes of rucks, Taufete’e trucked it up. If there was little opportunity out wide, Lasike smashed it up through the centre. It meant that the USA regularly bounced over the gain-line and allowed their flankers to get to the ball quicker than ants on a Pop Tart. Well played the USA.Comfortable in attack: Cory Hill and his Wales team have shone on tourWales look comfortable attackingDuring the Warren Gatland era Wales have always looked comfortable defending, comfortable carrying in the narrow channels, comfortable goal-kicking and comfortable at the ruck. But against Argentina, they have proved that they now have a squad of players who are comfortable handling.Over the past decade, Wales have selected players in key positions, whose specialism was so positive to the squad, that the negative aspects of their skill-sets were accepted. But that has now changed. Wales no longer have back-row forwards who only tackle and do little else. They no longer have centres who can crash the 12 channel, and defend, but offer little else. They no longer have full-backs who defend but are uncomfortable hitting the 13 channels at speed.With Ellis Jenkins, James Davies, Hallam Amos, Owen Watkin, Cory Hill and Josh Adams they have genuine triple-threat players. The previous accusations of ‘Warren-Ball’ really have disappeared. It may have been that Warren-ball was played because that was the only skill-set available to the coaches at the time. But that isn’t the case now. Wales may have faced a Pumas squad short of their best, but that doesn’t change the fact that they now have some big decisions to make with the World Cup just over 12 months away. Do they pick the trusted maulers, or roll with the ballers?Plenty to applaud: The Wallabies are back, says WilliamsFrance, Wallabies and Boks are backThis weekend’s fixtures proved that three of rugby’s superpowers are back.Bizarrely, the reasons for all three’s demise is the same – too much cash in the Top 14. But the impact of that cash looks to have diminished. After the overfishing from France and the English Premiership, the South African and Australian player pools are beginning to restock. Tweaks in overseas selection policies have helped both the Boks and Wallabies to an extent, but it is undoubtedly the return of senior players to their domestic leagues that has had the biggest impact.Kurtley Beale and Duane Vermeulen (contract undecided) are both exemplars. But perhaps the biggest turnaround has been France. Despite two horrendous weekends against the All Blacks regarding yellow and red cards, they haven’t looked like giving up. It might be said that measuring a team’s ability to not ‘give up’ isn’t exactly cutting-edge rugby analysis. But at its simplest rugby is about effort.Related: Siya Kolisi’s journeyTo lose to the All Blacks by just 13 points, having played with 14 men for 68 minutes, demonstrates a very different attitude in the French squad. To score a beautiful try in the 81st minute even more so. France had more ball, more possession, more clean breaks, more defenders beaten and a tackle completion just three percent lower than the All Blacks. Most teams don’t manage that with 15. Well played France. Keep it up.Poacher turned provider: Jonny May has shown different skills of lateJonny May holding England togetherIt is weird that during a tour when England’s players are losing their heads, the player often labelled as a headless chicken has found his. The incident that has us all talking: Benjamin Fall received a red card for this incident with Beauden Barrett Rugby needs an orange cardNew Zealand v France once again saw a card decide the fixture – which has since been rescinded. The clumsy mid-air challenge of Benjamin Fall on Beauden Barrett, was a straight red.But the incident does question the balance between player safety and entertainment for the consumer. Player safety is obviously paramount, but not absolute. The best way to maintain player safety is to not play rugby at all. If France hadn’t played the All Blacks, no-one would have been injured, but then nobody would have been paid. Beauden Barrett wouldn’t have been concussed, but then he would also be back working on the farm with his brothers. With mid-air challenges and high-tackles being rightly highlighted and punished, rugby needs an in-between measure. Where teams are punished for their actions, but the consumer still gets their product.Related: When red cards are fully deservedRed cards should be kept for deliberate and vile acts of foul play – stamping and gouging etc. Orange cards would be used for unintentionally dangerous play, where the outcome was serious, but the intent wasn’t. 20 minutes in the bin for an orange card would damage any team’s chances of winning but wouldn’t ruin the game entirely. The idea of an orange card may be laughed at. But it would work.Man of the moment: Tadgh Furlong was impressive against AustraliaTadhg Furlong – the ‘fright-head’We’re long used to the loosehead’s role being expanded beyond mere scrummaging. Players such as Gethin Jenkins, Tony Woodcock, and the Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira (who was awesome against England in the second test) redefined the skillset of a number one over a decade ago.In the modern game, looseheads like Rob Evans, Ellis Genge and Mako Vunipola are the equal of back-row forwards and the ability to carry and distribute is a given, not an optional extra. But that change in skill-set has been slower for tightheads. Such is the required mass of a number three that speed and handling are very much an afterthought. That was until Tadgh Furlong arrived.His display against the Wallabies in the second test was a game changer. Ireland’s third highest ball carrier and six defenders beaten are ridiculous numbers for a tighthead. Not to mention his try, which also broke the mould. Most tighthead’s tries are two metre trundles, where an impact is followed by a low leg-drive. Furlong, however, hit the angle like a centre. This wasn’t a leg chafing carry, where a prop’s sausage-like thighs were unable to grind past each other, this was a back-row-like leg-lift. He didn’t plop over the line, he flew over it.It’s also worth remembering that none of this was achieved with any compromise at the scrum. Furlong doesn’t just cause problems in the tight, he frightens defences all over the field. The age of the ‘fright-head’ is here.Plenty to ponder: England head coach Eddie JonesCalls for England not to panic are too lateEngland have lost five tests in a row, six games if you include the Barbarians. And whilst the calls to resist panicky overreactions are sensible. One can only assume that the ultimate panicky decision would be to sack Eddie Jones, an overreaction indeed, but there are varying degrees of panicky decisions that are all ready in full flow.The selection of Danny Cipriani in the squad was a clue. Despite his immaculate Premiership season, his inclusion reeked of panic when compared to Jones’s hitherto very conservative approach to outside-half play. The rushed introduction of Brad Shields was another. His involvement was as big a surprise to Shields as it was to Chris Robshaw – whose days as a first-choice option look behind him. The selection of Elliot Daly at full-back and the moving of Mike Brown to the wing was unusual to say the least.Related: Eddie Jones on his life in picturesBrown, whilst immaculate in the air, has looked short of Test-level pace at full-back, let alone on the wing. And whilst the ability to take high balls and jackal in midfield is a valuable skill to have, speed is the primary concern of a wing both offensively and defensively – ‘steady’ wings no longer have a role in Test rugby. England’s summer tour will already be regarded as a ‘Holiday from hell’. A loss in Cape Town and this trip could be upgraded to a Banged Up Abroad-level of fiasco.Powerful figure: Joe Taufete’e, the USA’s physical hookerUSA keeping it simple LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img ‘Headless chicken’ is obviously a very cruel label for anyone who is talented enough to play Test rugby, but prior to this tour May wasn’t exactly regarded as a textbook winger. Wonderfully unorthodox line-breaks either ended in a try of the season nomination or a pass into the face of a spectator. But that isn’t the player that we have seen on the tour of South Africa.May is the most composed of the backs. For the second week in a row, he has beaten six defenders. But these breaks haven’t ended in a dichotomous try or a handling error – they are ending in a simple pass inside and try assist. This new aspect to May’s game has transformed his reputation from a high-risk finisher, to a high-percentage playmaker. Well played Jonny May. Our columnist looks at the key talking points from a jam-packed weekend of Test rugbylast_img read more

first_img Life on tour: Wayne Gadsby was with the Lions in New Zealand Meet experienced tourist Wayne Gadsby, who has picked up firm friends through his travels with Gullivers TAGS: Japan Advertising FeatureLasting Friendships Made On Rugby Tour With GulliversTOURING IS one of rugby’s most treasured aspects. And when Rugby World Cup 2019™ kicks off in Japan in September, there will be one experienced traveller amongst the happy throng.“My first tour with Gullivers was actually in 1997, to South Africa for the Lions tour,” says Wayne Gadsby. “I’ve been on every Gullivers tour since then. I’ve been on six Lions tours!”Which all sounds so dedicated. According to the Leicester Tigers fan, he first headed out on tour with Gullivers as they were the only show in town. However, over the years, as competition in the rugby tour market has increased, he has had “no reason to go elsewhere.”However there is another aspect of Gadsby’s touring ethos that stands out: his readiness to make new friends.Back in 1997, at 24, Gadsby headed out on his own, willing to share a room with anyone else on tour. Through this ‘love rugby, will travel’ approach, he has made steadfast friends in all four Home Nations.Seeing the world: Gadsby sightseeingOn tour in Australia he met Paul Trinder. By the time the Lions were in New Zealand they were rooming together and during Rugby World Cup 2019™ they will share the adventure together.Related: The Best Rugby World Cup 2019™ tour packages“We just hit it off,” Gadsby says of his friendship with Trinder. “When we first met, I was staying with another chap and Paul was in a single room. But by the next tour he got in touch and said if we wanted to save a bit of money we could share a room.“We carried on and next year we’re doing Japan.“We meet up now and again in the season – he lives down Cardiff way so whenever Leicester are playing round there – and we’ve kept up a friendship. I’ve got other friends who are Leicester season ticket holders and in 2009, I shared with one of them. And the last time round, in New Zealand, when I was sharing with Paul, some Leicester supporters came with us.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Visit for more details The Rugby World Cup 2019 logo TM © Rugby World Cup Limited 2015. All rights reserved What Gadsby appreciated about touring with Gullivers is the level of detail put into planning itineraries and the calm, methodical way the group handle the inevitable bumps of touring. He tells one story of how, in 2009, when a mate’s bag never arrived in Durban, the tour group leader calmly went off to handle the issue. The next day the bag was waiting in their bedroom.Like so many Lions aficionados and lifelong England fans, Gadsby knows an awful lot about the familiar tour destinations: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa. However, Japan presents a whole new perspective.Experienced hosts: Gullivers offer plenty of highlights to tourists“In essence it’s nice not to know too much about it!” Gadsby admits. “Paul and I have signed up for a lot of excursions.“I’ll probably do a little research before, but it will be nice to see something fresh that we’ve not seen before. Japan is a bit of the unknown and I’m excited about that. For example, I’d love to see sumo wrestling. Something I may never see again. Whilst you’re over there you want to cram in as much as you can.”And what do you expect from the hosts?“I think they’ll surprise a few people because they’ll be well drilled going in. That cloud of mystery surrounded them will surprise people. If the home crowd get into it, it’s infectious.“Of course, if England were eighth in world, we would still go. But we want them to do well. I think Eddie Jones will get them to the semi-finals.“Even if they don’t, the excitement behind it all and being able to mix with the locals in Japan will be great.”last_img read more

first_img Good vibe: Scotland celebrate a Darcy Graham try at Twickenham in this year’s Six Nations (Inpho) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Craig Chalmers: “Scotland have got a real chance of causing a World Cup upset”You were in the Scotland side for the 1991 and 1995 World Cups. How big is the summer before a World Cup?The boys are going to be excited, trying to keep fit to get on that plane. Warm-up games are the worst thing you can have; you need them but they’re a necessary evil unfortunately because people do get injured.All the home nations will be quite confident going in. The plans will have been laid. They’ll be different playing each team. When it gets down to it, the warm-ups are important for fitness but what matters is how you kick off when you’re there.What happens in Japan is what counts. The preparation is vitally important in terms of conditioning and fitness. The players will need a bit of a break as it comes to a crescendo. Only 31 players get to go, so there’ll be a lot of disappointed faces.Summer graft: Hadleigh Parkes at a Wales training camp in Fiesch, Switzerland (Getty Images)Doddie Weir said last year that “Scotland are on the cusp of a golden age”. Is that starting to come into fruition and what would make it a golden age for Scotland?Win the Six Nations, get close to a World Cup final. It’s hard. We were a kick away from maybe being in the final in 1991 when Gavin (Hastings) missed that kick in the semi against England (at 6-6 with 20 minutes to go). That’s the closest I got. But he misses and then England drop a goal to win, so it’s small margins – you need a bit of luck.I’m not saying Jonny Wilkinson’s drop-goal was luck but if he tried it 100 times more, he’d struggle to get it one time more out of 100 in the rain in Paris. You need luck, you need to keep your main players fit. You need to do it over seven games. You need to win all or most of those seven games.Decisive blow: Rob Andrew’s semi-final drop-goal knocks Scotland out of the 1991 World Cup (Getty)What are the strengths and weaknesses of this Scotland side? How far can they go?Scotland lack a bit of consistency in their results. They come off some great wins and then lose some games where they should do better. They need to be more adaptable to different styles. Mix it up, rather than play this 100 miles an hour game which is really effective at times, good front-foot ball – we’ll see.Finn Russell is adapting, he’s getting better, his decision-making is getting better. We know what he’s capable of when it’s all going well and we’re on the front foot, but there are going to be situations in the World Cup against the top nations when you’re going to have to dig in and play a bit more tactically. It’s getting the balance right.Trump card: Finn Russell is maturing as a player and can drive Scottish success, says Chalmers (Inpho)If Scotland can get all their main players fit and on the plane, they’ve got a real chance of causing an upset. There’s always one or two big upsets. But what’s an upset? Scotland beating South Africa, maybe not so much now. Scotland beating New Zealand would be a big upset.Scotland beating Ireland, is that an upset? Maybe people would expect Ireland to win that game. But it’s the first game in the group, so it’s a massive chance for Scotland to get off to a good start, get real confidence going into the other pool games. Which aren’t easy. Japan and Samoa will not be easy. Russia should be okay. We saw last time, there are no easy groups.Celtic rematch: Scotland will have an opportunity to avenge their Six Nations defeat by Ireland (Inpho)Do you have a favourite?Scotland obviously! Listen, it’s hard to look past New Zealand. But I really do think Scotland will do well – I think they’ll get off to a good start. Former Scotland fly-half Craig Chalmers assesses his country’s chances at Japan 2019center_img The best: If Beauden Barrett turns it on in Japan, the All Blacks will be nigh-on unbeatable (Inpho)Craig Chalmers is available as a speaker from Champions Speakers – click on the link for further information.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We need to win our group to progress. We’ve never beaten the All Blacks, so I think we’d want to play South Africa in the quarter-finals. We could beat South Africa, we’ve beaten them before. But I think South Africa will be good. They’re one of the teams that will be well prepared for the World Cup under Rassie Erasmus. They’ve got some gas, they’ve got some physicality. They’ve beaten the All Blacks, they’ve got that experience and that confidence.Searching questions: Scotland coach Gregor Townsend will hope to have all the answers in Japan (Inpho)Wales are full of confidence and have got that winning mentality. They don’t know how to lose any more. I think they’ve got to take a chance. The Welsh will be desperate to give Warren Gatland a good send-off as well, he’s had a great tenure with Wales.But you look at the depth England have got. If they can resolve the issues they had in the second half against Scotland, then they’re capable as well. It’s so, so open. England have got a tough group with Argentina and France, you just don’t know what to expect. Two teams that can be brilliant one day and not so good the next.So it’s going to be interesting. It’s going to be an exciting World Cup. It’s a neutral ground as well so I think there are five or six teams that can win it.Salad days: Craig Chalmers in action against New Zealand at the 1995 World Cup (AFP/Getty)What I’d love to see is a northern hemisphere team win it. There’s only one that’s ever won it, England. So England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland. Ireland have never made the semi-finals of a World Cup, they don’t perform well at World Cups. They had a bad Six Nations. Come off a Grand Slam, they beat the All Blacks twice, so they’ve got players in the squad with a lot of experience and that mental strength.If they’ve done it before, they can do it again. Not many teams can say that. It’s going to be fascinating, it’s going to be brilliant. Unfortunately, I’m not going out (to Japan). I’ll be in Thailand, so I’ll get close!Can the home nations do anything? Any upsets?In 2015, when Eddie Jones was in charge of Japan, they beat South Africa in Brighton. That’s the sort of upset you could get in Japan. As long as it’s not Japan v Scotland.Yeees! Greig Laidlaw scores against Samoa at RWC 2015 – the sides meet again in Kobe (ActionPlus/Corbis)But it might be, it might be Japan v Ireland – who knows? You can’t take these teams easily – they’re well prepared nowadays. There’s less difference between these teams in the big matches. And you’ve got a lot of Kiwis, Aussies and Islanders playing for Japan nowadays.It’s going to be a good World Cup, people will get behind it. A lot of people will travel from the southern hemisphere as it’s a little closer to them.Who will light up the World Cup?Hopefully someone like Finn Russell. You want the players from your own country to be the ones that are lighting it up.Beauden Barrett has not had a World Cup (he played six games in 2015 but only started once), he’s somebody I enjoy watching. He’s still on his day the best fly-half in the world. He’s not the best kicking fly-half in the world but he’s certainly the best running fly-half in the world. If he’s firing for New Zealand, it’s going to be hard for everybody else.last_img read more

first_img Springboks stick with Rugby ChampionshipDespite taking no part this year, the Springboks will play in the Rugby Championship for the next ten years, SANZAAR announced on Wednesday.We are in the midst of a Tri-Nations tournament, with Argentina, Australia and New Zealand competing without world champions South Africa. However, SANZAAR confirmed that all four unions have signed on to keep the competition until 2030.Related: South Africa withdraw from Rugby Championship 2020The Rugby Championship will be reformatted to include a 12-match structure. Each team will play each other on a home or away basis through the new mini-tour match schedule that was adopted in 2019.SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos said: “The southern hemisphere rugby powers have recognised the need for change in these difficult times and have committed to an international rugby future through to 2030. The re-commitment by the four unions to the long-term future of the international game is an important start as we embark in a new direction. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS South Africa and the other unions to stay on with SANZAAR until 2030. “This is the first of a number of announcements that will be made over the coming weeks and months as we continue to plan into 2021 and beyond.“The disruption during 2020 has been significant. However, despite the numerous setbacks and the inherent complexity of our vast geographical expanse, we have managed to keep the game alive and look forward to the remainder of the revised Tri-Nations to bring the curtain down on the 2020 season.”South Africa are in talks to move their big franchises into an expanded Pro16 competition. It had also been rumoured that parties were exploring the possibility of South Africa entering the Six Nations.Of the moves, SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said: “We welcome the changes announced to the Rugby Championship with our SANZAAR partners and we are looking forward to seeing what the new strategic plan for the competition entails, with possible international expansion on the cards.”center_img Trophy hunters: the Springboks in 2019 (Gerrt Images) Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

first_img England, and the game of rugby, lost one of the greats this week with news of the passing of John Pullin. He was 79.The former Bristol hooker played all four Tests of the legendary 1971 Lions series in New Zealand and enjoyed an unbroken seven-year run in the England team, retiring with a then national record of 42 caps.Pullin was approaching his 78th birthday when a biography of his life came out in 2019.That his story was told owes something to chance, because author Steve Tomlin only came into contact with the rugged front-rower whilst researching a book on Stack Stevens, a close friend of the Pullin family before his untimely death in 2017. Even then it took a few nudges from Pullin’s children to get his acquiescence.A man of the soil, Pullin was a quiet character in the dressing room and in the book you won’t find any rip-snorting tales from the many tours – including four to South Africa – that he undertook. In one players’ court he was found guilty of being “too well-behaved” and made to stand in the corner.Solid muscle: Pullin on the family farm in 1965 (Daily Express/Getty Images)A wartime baby, he grew up in the Gloucestershire village of Aust and his first club was Bristol Saracens. His big break came when the first-team hooker had a bike accident and Pullin filled in; a talent scout pointed him Bristol’s way and in his first two senior matches he outplayed Bryn Meredith and Norman Gale, the best two hookers in Wales.He was only 19 at the time and much of his early career entailed playing second-team fixtures at relatively minor West Country clubs.Gareth Edwards, who provides the foreword, refers to the speed of Pullin’s hooking and it should be remembered that this was an era when the scrum put-in was strictly monitored and a good hooker had a more significant bearing on a match.Pullin wore longer studs on his left boot, to assist with grip, and shorter studs on his right boot, for striking the ball. And he wasn’t shy to (illegally) slip his bind on the opposition put-in to gain more leverage.Paris match: Pullin (No 2) homes in on Guy Camberabero during England’s defeat to France in 1968 (AFP)David Watt, a colleague for club and country, says: “He learned very quickly how to hook with both his left as well as his right foot and was deceptively strong. I guess working on the farm gave him very strong core muscles and he could then use his leg speed to trap a ball coming in against the head for his tighthead prop to sweep it back.”Pullin’s farming gave him a natural fitness, although ironically his worst injury was being butted on the kneecap by an angry ram.The book’s title, At Least We Turn Up, refers to his famous speech in Dublin after the England team he captained had defied IRA death threats to play their scheduled Five Nations match in 1973. More remarkable, however, is the fact that Pullin captained England to away victories against South Africa (1972) and New Zealand (1973) during an era of English mediocrity. He was the first man to captain England to victory over the southern hemisphere big three and not until Martin Johnson three decades later was that feat to be repeated.Unlikely heroes: the 1972 England side that stunned the Boks – Pullin’s first Test match as captainA pleasing aspect of the book is occasional ‘time-outs’ by Tomlin to explain the context of Pullin’s career. Young fans of today might struggle to comprehend just how ‘amateur’ rugby was in so many ways back in the Sixties and Seventies.The absurdity of having no injury replacements is something we’ve raged about many a time. But we didn’t know that even when they were finally introduced, the sub wasn’t allowed to be kitted up in the stands. Thus when Mike Gibson made history on the 1968 Lions tour, replacing the injured Barry John, he had first to hurriedly change out of his civilian clothes!The inherent flaw of England trials – the fired-up ‘Possibles’ XV frequently toppling the ‘Probables’ and so putting a spanner in the selection works – is also discussed.How times have changed! Pullin leaps to snare the ball during a haphazard-looking England lineout session in 1972And we particularly liked learning of Bristol’s pioneering contribution to lineout throwing; wingers always used to do the job but Bristol’s wingers were seemingly not too clever at it, so prop Roger Grove had a go and it went from there. Pullin himself was not keen on throwing in and often let others do it at club level.Pullin was eventually ousted from the England team by Peter Wheeler, his last cap coming in a chastening defeat in Paris in 1976.By the time he concluded his career two years later, he had played 49 Tests (seven of them for the Lions), 296 senior games for Bristol, 48 for Gloucestershire (winning three county titles), and 19 for the Barbarians – he was the only non-Welshman involved in Edwards’s epic try against the 1973 All Blacks.Towards the end of his life, he still attended events at Bristol Saracens, feeling closer to the grass-roots game than the modern razzmatazz of professional rugby.A legend’s tale: the book on Pullin came out in 2019John Pullin lived from 1941 to 2021. At Least we turn up: the biography of John Pullin is published by Amberley Press, RRP £14.99. You can buy a copy here. 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first_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY By Anto AkkaraPosted Jul 31, 2012 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Pradip Ravi says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Associate Rector Columbus, GA [Ecumenical News International, Bangalore, India] Church leaders in India’s southern Karnataka state have joined secular groups in criticizing the state government’s decision to give 170 million rupees (US$3 million) to Hindu temples that agree to pray for rain in a drought-wracked monsoon season.“Lack of rain is a worry for everyone … Let everyone pray for rain. But we cannot approve of the government spending money to conduct prayers in temples,” Bishop John S. Sadananda, head of the Karnataka Southern Diocese of the Church of South India (CSI), told ENInews on July 30.The Karnataka government, led by the BJP Hindu nationalist political party, said 34,000 Hindu temples would receive the money (an average of US$88 per temple) for prayers on July 27 and August 2. The money is for materials used in the Hindu puja prayer ritual, such as rice, flowers, coconuts, oils and decorations.“The government should have spent that money to help farmers” affected by the dry conditions, Sadananda said. Critics noted that churches and mosques were receiving no government grants for prayers.The state government has declared drought conditions in two thirds of the state. Reservoirs are drying up and farmers are unable to till the rock-hard land. The peak monsoon season runs from June to September.The federal government is also developing emergency plans to deal with the situation in places where agriculture is known as “a gamble in the rain.”Roman Catholic archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore, head of the Catholic church in Karnataka, directed churches to pray for rain. “The government … should have spent the taxpayers’ money to give succor to the people hit by the drought-like situation,” he said.A special Mass and adoration for rain was held on July 27 at the Catholic pilgrim center of St. Philomena’s Cathedral in Mysore. Bishop Thomas Vazhappilly of Mysore told ENInews that he has asked priests of the diocese to conduct special prayers for rain. 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These funds are used by government and many activists allege that these are being used for non-hindu purposes.The money that Indian govt is giving back is quite pittance to the revenues earned from hindu temple. One temple in South; Tirumala Devasthanam earns about 100 Million US$, annually, which goes to the govt elected Trustee. Featured Jobs & Calls Comments are closed. 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first_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 September 5, 2013 at 8:13 pm I think you ought not to have omitted the success of The Diocese of Virginia. We stand as a beacon of hope to faithful Episcopalians everywhere who worship a living God who continues to reveal truth through the power of the Holy Spirit. God is not frozen in time nor should be the church. David Veal put it well – if you want to hold tight, the go back to our beginning. It is one thing to chose to leave a church, it is another to take what belongs to the church. And, I may ask, who set you up to decide who is a heretic and crown you the arbiter of all things theological? Just asking. September 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm @Eric, Did Sarah leave? I don’t think so. Those of us like Sarah who are still in the Episcopal Church and who agree with our South Carolina Supreme Court, and apparently Texas, that neutral principles of property law be applied (which ultimately leads to the conclusion that the Dennis Canon cannot unilaterally impose a trust which might take away a parish church’s title to its property) should perhaps now be listened to by the powers that be in our Church. [Diocese of Fort Worth press release] The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., bishop of Fort Worth; the Standing Committee, and the Board of Trustees of the Corporation of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth are disappointed by the August 30, 2013, opinion of the Texas Supreme Court that failed to uphold the summary judgment of the 141st District Court, Tarrant County, Texas. That judgment granted the Local Episcopal Parties’ and The Episcopal Church’s Motions for Summary Judgments.  The opinion can be seen here. and the dissenting opinion can be seen here.Bishop High has issued a letter to the diocese that can be seen, which follows in full. When we have more thoroughly reviewed the opinion, the Diocese of Fort Worth may issue further statements. In the meantime we hold all Episcopalians in our prayers as well as former Bishop Iker and his colleagues, and we bid your prayers as we move forward.30 August 2013Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,On August 30, 2013 the Texas Supreme Court issued an opinion that sent our case back to the lower court for reconsideration. While it is a disappointment not to have a definitive decision, as followers of Jesus Christ, we live in hope.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori joins me in acknowledging our disappointment and urging all of us to be gentle with one another during this trying time, with the important goal of continuing our worship of God and our ministries in this community in as uninterrupted a manner as possible.Now I, other diocesan leaders, and our legal team, including representatives of the Church and its legal team, have to make decisions about our next steps.For now, we all must don the mantle of patience and forbearance.  I ask for your prayers and urge us all to stay focused on the saving gospel of Jesus Christ in the days ahead.I remain convinced that we are right in our affirmation that we are the continuing Diocese of Fort Worth and that I am its bishop.But in the wake of this opinion, as always, we remain committed to preaching that gospel as we celebrate the sacraments, care for those in need, and strive for justice and peace. When we began this litigation in 2009, we did so as heir and steward of the legacy of generations of faithful Episcopalians.Let us move forward together with grace and love, guided by the Holy Spirit.The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High Jr.BishopThe Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth Submit an Event Listing September 3, 2013 at 9:59 am The amount is at least 22 million. That is $22,000,000.00. Ron Caldwell says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Shreveport, LA September 3, 2013 at 9:21 pm Reading above comments brings me back to 7th-8th grade — excluding the vocabulary. Disappointing. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR September 4, 2013 at 6:51 pm Mr. Wheeler, good question. Thanks for asking it. I would like to put in some words on this subject. The Dennis Canon was officially adopted by the Episcopal Church and placed in the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church in 1979. The Diocese of South Carolina acceded to that, recognized and followed it until after Bishop Lawrence came into office (indeed the DSC fought the All Saints Waccamaw case on the basis of the Dennis Canon). The Dennis Canon explicitly states that all property is held in trust for the Episcopal diocese and the Episcopal Church. It has been the clear policy of the Episcopal Church for many years now.When local entities form a union under a constitution they forfeit sovereignty (ultimate authority) to the central body. The framers of the Constitution believed this was obviously implicit and did not need to be spelled out. Therefore, the framers did not include a statement in the Constitution forbidding secession. It was not necessary. The powers of the federal government were enumerated and binding on all the states. The states cannot pick and choose which laws to follow and not follow. Likewise, the Episcopal Church has a constitution called the Constitution and Canons. It is equally binding on all dioceses and clergy. Under the C and C, a diocese may not pick and choose which rules to follow and which to ignore. Thus Bishop Lawrence was incorrect to assert that the DSC was a “sovereign” diocese and therefore could decide to ignore or revoke any Episcopal Church canons at will. And, just because dioceses and states may have existed before the unions were created, they cannot reserve sovereignty once they take part in forming the union under the enumerated terms of the constitution. Ironically, South Carolina then as now claimed the sovereignty of the local entity over the union and went to war to prove it (Bishop Lawrence has stated repeatedly that he is at war with TEC). The Civil War settled that issue for the U.S. President Lincoln could have taken the easy way out for the short run with no bloodshed and no cost by recognizing the existence of the Confederacy, as many urged him to do, but that would have been the wrong thing to do for the long run and he knew it then as most of us now know it in hindsight. Lincoln upheld the Constitution and at tremendous cost because it was the right thing to do. I say thank God he saved the Union.The Presiding Bishop is upholding the constitution of the Episcopal Church for the same reason. We commentators on this page disagree strongly on whether she should do that. I have my opinion and I respect the rights of others to their opinions. As for me, I say the very existence of the Episcopal Church in its constituted state as we know it is at stake. The PB would be derelict in her duties if she failed to do everything in her power, as did Lincoln, to save that union. Anyone may leave the Episcopal Church anytime they wish but they may not do so in violation of the rules to which they had already agreed and cannot change unilaterally. That is why the PB will not “negotiate with departing dioceses/parish.” Rector Bath, NC Patsy West says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Grant Carson says: W T Wheeler says: September 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm Mr. Wheeler: Was it not in the U.S.’s and Lincoln’s “best interest” “to negotiate” with the Confederates in April of 1861? He could have saved the lives of 600,000 men, prevented countless wounds, and kept God only knows how much money from being wasted. Lincoln knew that a higher issue was at stake that was worth it all, the preservation of the United States as the city on the hill, the shining light in the world as the great democratic republic. The Presiding Bishop knows as well that she has the integrity of her institution to serve. If the principle is established that a diocese of the Episcopal Church can secede from the Church intact, the Episcopal Church as we know it will collapse.Now, whether the Episcopal Church should collapse is another question? I think we all know in advance where we stand on that one. Just speaking for myself, a white person who grew up in the Jim Crow South, I say thank God for the leadership the Episcopal Church has shown in the last 50 years as a champion of human rights, first for blacks, then Native Americans, women, and now LGBT people. I believe the Presiding Bishop is right to fight for her institution because it serves a higher calling for God and for man. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Jason Loller says: Episcopalians disappointed by Texas Supreme Court opinion The Rev. Patrick Bone says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group David Leedy says: Featured Jobs & Calls September 1, 2013 at 12:23 am Ugly and expensive litigation that TEC should never had initiatied. Shame on Katharine Jefferts Schori, David Boothe Beers and TEC for having initiated the suits!The departing parties never sued anyone for anything. They just wanted to keep what was theirs.Grant Kathleen Murff Whiting says: September 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm My oh my. What a cloud of witnesses. And to think this was all started by King Henry VIII of not so blessed memory.Dear Sisters and Brothers, I quote verse 9 of the beautiful hymn – “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy” . It is not a verse that, unfortunately, you will find in our hymnal. It may have been excluded because we as supposed Christians, would find too truthful and reminding us what we are not. I quote:“BUT WE MAKE HIS LOVE TOO NARROWBY FALSE LIMITS OF OUR OWN.AND WE MAGNIFY HIS STRICTNESSWITH A ZEAL HE WILL NOT OWN”. Think about it! And think about the stupidity we are putting our church and our selves through. September 3, 2013 at 11:39 pm The problem was that TEC changed and chose to force it on me—, my church, my parish, my diocese—I/We didn’t change. There was no longer a conscience clause….nothing for those of differing convictions. The majority in my church and diocese wished to remain faithful to the historical Christian faith of our fathers and mothers. There was no tolerance, no inclusiveness for those with differing opinions. I am so sorry that you, Pam, experienced this un-Christian behavior but that is not what happened in the diocese I belong to…In our diocese those churches that wished to remain TEC did with their church and their property, and our prayers and good will. In my little church there were those who disagreed with the split and they pledged their membership in an Episcopal church elsewhere but yet remain with us to worship each Sunday, and praise be we continue to worship the same Jesus and unite to expand his kingdom. Personally my decision had nothing to do with LGBT issues and everything to do with what it means to me to be a Chrisitian It had to do with the rejection of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and the number 1 precept that makes me/us Christians is that Jesus is not “one way” but that he is “The way, the Truth and the Life.” This appears to no longer be the foundation of the Episcopal Church. As we have experienced the Christian Goodwill of TEC “inclusiveness” lifetime parishes have been forced to leave their church buildings that in many cases were built with members and/or their parents own hands and sweat and sacrifice. So sad for those churches that when there is no Episcopal congregation to replace the congregation that was forced out, the former resident Anglican Church can not even buy back the property and for those churches that no longer have congregations to support the buildings doors may shut..There are no worries TEC the property is valuable and the money will flow…Isn’t that what being a Christian is all about?Christians suing Christians…. What a great witness to Christ-like love. September 2, 2013 at 10:35 am Mr. Carson, consult the above-mentioned “Annual Litigation Summary…”, also available at [Jan. 8, 2013] and you will see numerous cases where the “departing parties” initiated the lawsuits against TEC, most famously in South Carolina where the Lawrence faction rather cleverly made a preemptive strike on Jan. 5 2013 that has set the stage perfectly for the state court to rule eventually in their favor. W T Wheeler says: Mike Brady says: George Elliot says: September 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm Keep what was “theirs?” Should the members of Trinity Church Wall Street be ableto keep what was “theirs?” Shame on these people, especially the clergy, for misrepresenting their actions. Just trying to “keep what was theirs!” EJ Madden says: An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET W T Wheeler says: September 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm If you choose to leave, you leave behind all the parts of the Church with which you no longer want to be identified. You cannot have your cake and eat it too. And if in leaving, you choose to believe differently from the Episcopal Church of 2013, come up with your own liturgy, your own prayer book, and your own hierarchy. And God be with you in your new endeavors. But please, expend your energies in building your new denomination and refrain from spiteful, mean comments which appear to take the inventory of everyone but yourself. W T Wheeler says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest August 31, 2013 at 11:39 am How much money has the TEC spent to litigate all of these cases? Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME August 31, 2013 at 11:39 am The hierarchial argument has failed. Yes, some cases were won because of the error of the judges looking into what hierarchial was. Thanks to papers and amicus briefs light has been shed on TEc’s deception. Like I saw one person describe it, there are 15 and two different explanations of what hierarchial is. You have the Catholic and the Greek Orthodox hierarchial, then you have all the rest. TEc falls in with that “rest” group. Now that the papers and the amicus brief came out, the judges can see that TEc is trying to be something it is not. It looks to me like TEc is in for a world of hurt with a lot of money lining the pockets so Schori’s lawyers. Meanwhile, they close and sell churches they took through deception. What a wonderful show of how TEc has learned to be a so called “Christian” entity through its secular existence and reality. Duane Alexander Miller says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 W T Wheeler says: David L. Veal says: September 3, 2013 at 11:17 pm We can not just allow radicals to take Episcopal Church money and property. Fr. Will McQueen says: September 4, 2013 at 11:33 pm Lincoln saved the Union by trampling all over the Constitution, and when Marylanders in their State Anthem sing “The tyrant’s heel is on thy shore, Maryland, My Maryland”, the tyrant referred to is Abraham Lincoln. The Southern States would never have ratified the Consititution had they not assumed they could withdraw from the Union. I agree that as long as you stay in the club, you are obligated to follow its rules, but the War between the States settled only which section had the power. The National Church will not negotiate with nor sell property to the seceding parishes because they don’t want a competing Episcopal congregation they can’t control. September 4, 2013 at 11:09 am @Eric: “…generations of Episcopalians have given time, talent and treasure in support of the church, with the express understanding that we are a hierarchical church, and that while people may come and go, the assets belong to the larger church.”This assertion was valid as long as the Episcopal Church was faithful to God, to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and Sciptural truth. When TEC abandoned its faithfulness and demanded fealty to its immoral and unscriptural teachings, it was the one who “changed the rules at halftime”. 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Eric Bonetti says: Doug Desper says: September 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm David,I see nothing wrong with anything you just mentioned here. George Elliot says: September 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm Yes, General Convention may be able to determine the rules of “the game”. However, the point being made is simple: the loud voices currently leading the Church have been at the forefront of the decline of this Church. Revisionists cannot – by some imputed democratic fiat – (for example) decide that marriage is not what it has always been and have any ground on which to stand except an arm-twisting canon. We are not Mormons; the canon of Scripture is not continually added to by the voice of a recognized prophet. If we represent that we are part of the catholic Church we cannot keep putting faith and practice up on the tinkering block every 3 years and have any credibility as a part of the apostolic faith. Today’s liberal progressives demand adherence to their draconian shifts of theology and practice that have no grounds, and then when people don’t sit still for it we begin to see the “me – my – mine” claims, always defending their Episcopal brand – and yet rarely cherishing the individuals that make up that brand. What’s worse, is that many of these same people are perfectly fine to decimate the Church in order for it to become smaller, more liberal, and more revisionist; all the while inviting tens of thousands of members to hit the road – or “be pruned”. What utter gall. Grant Carson says: Tags September 1, 2013 at 5:58 am Hope to see you in the US Supreme Court. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rick Bowen says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC September 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm How many Episcopalians in “your” parish were around in 1877? Press Release Service Eric Bonetti says: August 31, 2013 at 2:26 am Greetings from the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. I must say this seems like a triumph for justice. Perhaps TEC in Ft Worth will be forced to seriously think about the meaning of evangelism and church planting? Comments (58) Grant Carson says: PJ Cabbiness says: Kate Chipps says: September 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm Actually, the Diocese of Fort Worth (ACNA) has grown quite a bit in the last few years. Part of this has been because parishes, such as those of continuing churches, from outside the traditional geographic boundaries of the Diocese have petitioned to join. Part is new missions. Part is the growing number of Hispanics in Texas. (Our largest parish, and our most rapidly growing parish, not the same, are Hispanic.) We now have parishes in Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana and Dallas (with the agreement of the bishops of Dallas and Fort Worth), and a mission in the Diocese of Texas. September 9, 2013 at 4:13 pm Ron;Spouting off TEC’s company line of the Dennis Canon is not answering the question. Is it not in TEC’s best interest from a financial, moral, and mission perspective to negotiate? $22 million in legal fees (unofficial number due to TEC not releasing the number), empty buildings that are untenable, and a swarm of bad publicity. I almost forgot to mention TEC could have used the millions spent in litigation on MGD mission, etc… Milton Finch says: September 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm You are the “radicals” 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 September 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm Carol,I understand your anger but there is no excuse for name calling. Please stop as you make those of use who agree with you look bad. Rector Martinsville, VA September 11, 2013 at 1:29 pm Well, Ron, apparently the judge in Illinois doesn’t see it your way (TEC) at all. There is no canon that says a Diocese cannot leave. There is no canon that says a Diocese must get it’s Constitution approved by GenCon. The Dennis Canon reads, “All real and personal property held by or for the benefit of any Parish, Mission, or Congregation is held in trust for this Church [i.e., the Episcopal Church in the United States] and the Diocese thereof in which such Parish, Mission or Congregation is located. The existence of this trust, however, shall in no way limit the power and authority of the Parish, Mission or Congregation otherwise existing over such property so long as the particular Parish, Mission or Congregation remains a part of, and subject to, this Church and its Constitution and Canons.” Since there is nothing saying in TEC’s Constitution that a Diocese cannot leave and the Dennis Canon does not mention a diocese property being held in trust for TEC, I don’t see where you get that a contract was broken. September 1, 2013 at 9:52 pm Grant,I see nothing wrong with anything you just mentioned here. Much more substantive than anything that followed. Milton Finch says: Chris Walchesky says: September 2, 2013 at 11:57 am Back several years ago the current unpleasantness was dismissed by TEC leadership with divisive phrases like “they (evangelical/traditionalists in TEC) are just a few who don’t want to be with us”. Now – today – the exodus of vital, dedicated leaders, and growing parishes, and dioceses is yet again dismissed and blamed on the Holy Spirit when Presiding Bishop Jefferts-Schori tells the shrinking ELCA that perhaps the shrinking numbers in the churches are due to the Holy Spirit “pruning” the membership. This is mind-boggling. In the past decade our leaders have given thin lip service to a big, comprehensive Anglican tent of inclusion while pursuing divisive and destructive polices demanded by leftist progressives which continue to have the ongoing effect of emptying the pews. Sixty percent of our membership will not show itself on Sundays – maybe because there isn’t much to see in philosophies that deny the unique person of Jesus Christ, or which use Him as a cause celeb to inflame rivalries among the membership. In that frame of mind it appears that lawsuits are the only discourse that will be respected – and in the wake there will be a weakened Church that may never recover. It’s odd, but I just don’t hear lament from our leadership of the loss of so much of our vitality and membership – only opining that one day there will be a much leaner, smarter, more liberal and more progressive Church. How can you reason with such as that? An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Caron Hazel says: Jim Welsh says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Events Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 center_img Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs September 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm Kathleen,You mean TEC is not having it’s cake and eating it too by suing people for property they NEVER put one dime into? September 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm Grant, I completely agree with you. What so many fail to see is in the first cases, the conservatives naively thought they might be dealing with Christians that still had a spirit of Christianity in them. They soon found that, as those in TEc flaunt Biblical prescriptions in many areas, they too would flaunt the one where Christians should never take Christians to court. Now that Bishop Lawrence is slamming them in court, they are also famously forgetting what the rest of that verse foretells. Do not take a person to court, BECAUSE THEY MAY TURN AROUND AND TAKE MORE FROM YOU THAN YOU MAY BE COMFORTABLE GIVING UP. David Yarbrough says: September 4, 2013 at 11:03 am God’s love is not “too narrow” – but God cannot contradict Himself. When Christians speak the truth in love, it is not an unloving thing. When Christians reject Scriptural truth in favor of the norms of a heathen culture, it IS an unloving thing. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books David Yarbrough says: September 5, 2013 at 8:57 am Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Foster (above) and others. It is useful to see a constitution for what it is, a contract. That is an agreement voluntarily made by a number of parties and perhaps expanded later by additional contracting parties. Once made, the terms are binding on all signatory parties. No party, or parties, to the agreement may withdraw from or alter the terms of the contract except by mutual consent or by a mechanism specified in the contract. The U.S. Constitution has a mechanism for change, amendments, the process for which is clearly spelled out in the Constitution. The Episcopal Church’s Constitution and Canons has a mechanism too, through due process in the General Convention. It is implicit in the terms of the original contract that a state may not withdraw from the contract, the Constitution; and it is explicit that no state may alter the laws of the United States to suit itself. Likewise, no diocese may unilaterally withdraw from or alter the laws of the Episcopal Church. These are subject to the due process embedded in the C and C.Therefore, Bishop Lawrence was wrong to claim that the Diocese of South Carolina was “sovereign” vis a vis the Episcopal Church. Sovereignty rests in the Church as a whole, not divided into its separate parts. Likewise he was wrong to nullify the legally constituted canons of the Episcopal Church to which he did not agree. That was breaking the contract. It is the Presiding Bishop’s job to uphold the C and C of the Episcopal Church. That is what she is doing and that is why she will not negotiate with the secessionists. August 31, 2013 at 9:40 am Before we jump to conclusions and get too “disappointed” or “thrilled,” we should stand back and review the overall picture of Episcopal Church legal actions in the last decade. A.S. Haley, aka “The Anglican Curmudgeon,” provides a handy listing in “Annual Litigation Summary for the Episcopal Church (USA)” available at Although meant to throw discredit on TEC, the summary actually shows TEC’s strength. Of the five breakaway dioceses, only one has been finally settled: Pittsburgh. A trial court found in favor of TEC as did an appeal court. The PA Supreme Court refused to take the case. The settlement in Pittsburgh was a clear-cut victory for TEC. The other four dioceses are in various stages of litigation with two important cases, Ft. Worth and San Joaquin, where lower courts ruled in favor of TEC. The new decisions in SC and TX sent the cases back down to lower courts. The secessionists hope, with some reason, that “neutral principles” and property rights will prevail in the state courts giving the edge to the local entities. But looking at the Annual Litigation Summary, one finds that exactly one case has been finally settled for a breakaway group against the TEC diocese: All Saints Waccamaw [Pawleys Island, SC], and that was not appealed to the US Supreme Court. The record shows that the overwhelming majority of the 100 or so cases in the last decade have been settled in favor of TEC, most on the grounds of the rights of a hierarchical institution. We are all in for many years of ugly and expensive litigation. It took six years for TEC to get back St. Paul’s of Bakersfield, the church Mark Lawrence led out of TEC. Both sides are now digging in for the long haul. It should not have come to this. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET September 4, 2013 at 8:35 am My, my. We Christians. How we love one another. Fortunately, God makes up for our sibling rivalries by loving all His creatures–not only Christians–equally. And, “NO!” we can’t theologize Him out of it. September 3, 2013 at 5:23 pm @John Neir — Amen, brother! Rector Washington, DC David Yarbrough says: August 31, 2013 at 12:39 am Neutral principles of law governed this case. Neutral principles negate the Dennis Canon. TEC won’t appeal because the Texas decision was based upon a U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning neutral principles. If TEC appeals, it risks losing all the cases decided so far.The TEC tactic of “litigate until they capitulate” has failed on its merits. David Boothe Beers and Katherine Jefferts Schori were simply wrong, and I might add, un-Christian.Now we who paid for our churches with no help from TEC and have worshipped in them for, in my parish case, since 1877, can continue to worship without the legal threat of turning us out of our home.The only thing that could have made this decision better was for the court to order TEC to pay court costs, in the millions.Shame on TEC for initiating this litigation. Christians shouldn’t sue Christians. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ron Caldwell says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ September 4, 2013 at 9:12 pm @David: Our canons have always been clear: General Convention determines the rules of the game. That was the case when you became a member of The Episcopal Church. It was the case when I became a member. Further, general convention has, inter alia, voted to approve equality for LGBT members of the church, including ordination of LGBT clergy. Those are the rules. If you do not like those rules, so be it. But those are the rules. If you cannot live within that framework, I am sorry to see you go. But the rules of the game remain. Doug Desper says: September 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm I am a relative new-comer to the Episcopal Church. When I decided to change churches, I searched the internet and discovered “Gay Affirming” churches. In my city, San Marcos, Texas, the only church on the list was the Episcopal Church and its outreach on the TxState campus. In neighboring New Braunfels, there are no “Gay Affirming” churches at all. Not all Episcopal Churches are on the list either, but I am so happy to find a loving, open and accepting church in which to sing and worship. Change is coming for those who feel it’s somehow a family or religious value to exclude gay and lesbian people from full communion and fellowship with the church and community. Prejudice and discrimination based on sex or sexual preference is hypocritical and not Christlike, at least in my view. I very much appreciate that the Episcopal Church is not letting its property and name to be usurped by hate-filled, ignorant, sexist and homophobic congregations, while they continue spewing spiritual violence against women, gays and lesbians. Milton Finch says: September 3, 2013 at 6:10 pm @Sarah: Your claiming to be Episcopalian is no more valid than would be the case were I to assert that I am the president of the United States. The United States is the sole determinant of who the president is, and it has a system for making that decision. If you step outside that system, it logically follows that you cannot then claim a role in that system.Similarly, The Episcopal Church’s canons and general convention determine what is and is not part of our denomination. Having chosen to leave, you may assert that you are the Presiding Bishop, the Archibishop of Canterbury, or anything you wish, but saying so does not make it so.As to the issue of property ownership, generations of Episcopalians have given time, talent and treasure in support of the church, with the express understanding that we are a hierarchical church, and that while people may come and go, the assets belong to the larger church. Indeed, your diocese expressed agreed to that understanding, including the Dennis Canon, at the time of its formation. I submit that both from a legal and ethical perspective the diocese and its members gave their word and agreed to that contract. To now assert that you do not wish to adhere to that agreement is akin to playing football, discovering you are losing at halftime, and then arguing that the rules are unfair. September 4, 2013 at 10:24 am “I am proud to be a member of a church that supports women as priests & bishops; a church that welcomes Gays & Lesbians and the Bible & teachings of Christ.”You are a member of a church which openly rejects the clear teaching of that Bible on sexuality – including the teachings of Jesus, who said that his teaching changed nothing at all about the law of the Old Testament.“It should be no surprise when lawsuits are started and appeals are made..etc.” Again, clearly a rejection of scripture, which teaches that lawsuits between Christians are inappropriate.Check for the post in your own eye before you worry about the sliver in another’s. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Fr. Will McQueen says: Andrew Castiglione says: Posted Aug 30, 2013 September 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm This strand of posts misses a larger, unpleasant reality. The current schism is rapidly condemning anglicanism in any form (TEC, ACNA, etc.) to irrelevancy in North America. The leadership of both ACNA and TEC are driven by ego and the desire for power. Unfortunately, the ultimate responsibility for the current state of affairs falls on us, the laity as we have ceded too much power to the clergy over time and they have failed us bitterly. September 3, 2013 at 11:45 pm Wow,How many hungry could we feed,How many could we educate,How many could we share the saving love of Jesus Christ with Submit a Job Listing Comments are closed. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA September 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm I have asked many who remained in TEC one question they cannot seem to answer; Why wouldn’t TEC negotiate with departing dioceses/ parishes? This would seem to benefit all involved. The departing folks would get to leave with property they paid for. TEC wouldn’t have to spend millions on litigation and be able to recover some monetary assets that they could use for their mission. Katherine Schori talks of “Fiduciary Responsibility”. Is it responsible to spends millions on litigation for property and assets TEC may not get? Evelyn Piety says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Fr. Will McQueen says: September 4, 2013 at 8:47 am I don’t think the Diocese of Ft. worth has grown in years. The prohibition ofwomen from the priesthood as their main mission is not appealing to many. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Joseph F Foster says: David Yarbrough says: Sarah Hey says: Pam Hardaway says: September 4, 2013 at 11:30 am Agreed Caron Hazel says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Cathedral Dean Boise, ID George Elliot says: September 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm Imagine the impact that would have had on evangelism! September 4, 2013 at 11:14 am @Patrick:God loves all his creatures equally.God feels pain when his creatures reject the truth He has expressed through Scripture and through the life, teachings, and resurrection of His Son.God has charged us as Christians with proclaiming His truth in love – his WHOLE truth, whether or not it’s consistent with some societal norm.And NO, we can’t theologize around explicit Scriptural truth. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Jason Loller says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA September 3, 2013 at 4:27 pm I see lots of talk about “being Christian” and the like … yet I also see anger and vile in some of the posts …. I urge everyone to re-read their thoughts and opinions …… and to act as Christians …. not just in name only but in love and charity with everyone, even those who differ in opinion from each of us ….. Just my thoughts ….. there is a lot of negative out in the world already, we should make every attempt to put that away and to focus on what Christ taught us …… Thanks,Mike September 9, 2013 at 9:24 am Eric,Unfortunately we will not be judged on playing by the rules of TEC or Gen Con. We will be judged according to our lives lived in accord with the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament. Be very careful in determining whose rules you choose to play by, the result does have eternal consequences.Well said Doug. Rector Albany, NY September 1, 2013 at 5:50 am THE Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is not rejoicing. W T Wheeler says: August 31, 2013 at 10:31 am For Grant and others with his opinion….you have a right to disagree with the Episcopal church. No Episcopalian will dispute that. Anyone who disagrees can change church’s and go elsewhere. My church building was taken from me and I could do nothing about it. Your opinion seems to be that was ok. At the time it was unbelievable and hurtful. Our priest had no care or concern for Episcopalians. He could no longer bring himself to pastor us. We asked for space to meet and were told no. We asked for prayer books and were told no. We asked for a frank discussion about the issues and were told no. We asked to have a parish vote and were told no. What was Christian about that? As it turns out, we were blessed. We meet in a theatre every Sunday morning with an average attendance of 92. We give 10% of our budget to mission but the reality has been more like 22%. We are able to do this because we have no building or grounds to maintain. We have grown every year since the split. God has shown us we don’t need a building to his work. Christians often disagree. No one wanted a lawsuit. There was another way to do this. Those who disagreed could have moved on but they did not. Or, what about the possibly diving the assets so each group had buildings for worship? The decision on how to worship has been made by both sides already. So, isn’t it better to let the court decide the rest? September 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm George, where is your proof? Let’s see some numbers to this claim. In fact the opposite is true. ACNA continues to grow and flourish. How is TEC doing? Where are all of these people TEC promised would come rushing through the doors once same- sex marriage was sanctioned? Rector Tampa, FL Ron Caldwell says: September 3, 2013 at 4:49 pm The simple majority of the TSC justices (five of nine) determined that the ruling by the district court had somehow relegated Texas law (statutes on non-profit corporations) inferior to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution (regarding freedom of religion), although no such statement was made in the lower court decision, and that this qualified the case to come under the jurisdiction of the TSC.I am neither a lawyer nor very astute, but isn’t the converse of what the TSC is saying is that Texas law (statutes on non-profit corporations) is superior (takes precedent) over considerations of the U.S. Constitution and First Amendment? And (I guess) if the US Supreme Court doesn’t agree, the TSC would just take the lead of our erstwhile governor and secede from the United States. Doesn’t this just make me proud?In what was to me a very confusing statement, the majority stated: (referring to the Diocese of Northwest Texas case, known as the Masterson case) “We also concluded that even both the deference and the neutral principles methodologies are constitutionally permissible, Texas courts should use only the neutral principles methodology in deciding this type of controversy.” (My comment: So why are they both permissible?).Finally, I was also surprised that after all of the filings and paperwork, after the oral arguments, and after the over ten months of deliberations, the TSC decision written by Justice Johnson (or was that Johnsons?) could not decide the name of our bishop. On page 4 of the decision, he is referred to as Bishop Ohls two different times, but on page 11 he is referred to as Bishop Ohls once and Bishop Ohl twice. His name is the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl. Rector Smithfield, NC Property Rector Belleville, IL Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA David Yarbrough says: George Elliot says: August 30, 2013 at 11:56 pm RE: “Episcopalians disappointed by Texas Supreme Court opinion”Certainly *some* Episcopalians are disappointed. But many others — me included — are thrilled. Many of us are rejoicing with The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. September 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm @Jim: Apropos Sarah, the first amendment and Supreme Court precedent is clear: Hierarchical churches may determine who is a member, and who is not, without review from the courts. Thus, if Sarah’s only membership is in an organization not affiliated with The Episcopal Church, she is not an Episopalian, regardless of the outcome of the property litigation. No other outcome is possible under our legal system. And this is the case, regardless of what one believes about the ordination of women, or marriage equality. Or, in other words, the property litigation will not, regardless of outcome, result in the former Episcopal Diocese again becoming an Episcopal diocese by virtue of any action on the part of the courts. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Ron Caldwell says: Rector Knoxville, TN Caron Hazel says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL September 1, 2013 at 11:46 am You must be a pretty old guy to have worshiped in that church 1877?If to remain Episcopalians you had to continue the same practices and policies, the same discipline, that was that of the Episcopal Church in 1877, you would have to reject the 1979 PB and the 1928 PB and use the 1892 PB revision that was in use then. You would have to excommunicate anyone who divorced and remarried while the former spouse still lived and you could use only the King James Version, the Coverdale Psalms or the authorized metrical Psalter. Milton Finch says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Press Release Eric Bonetti says: Ron Caldwell says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA September 9, 2013 at 9:18 am Eric,Sarah is a member of an Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. She has not left TEC, and continues to fight for and promote the orthodox faith which abhors the direction that 815 and Gen Con continues to foist on the Church. Before you presume to lecture Sarah about these matters, please find out if she is still within TEC or not. She very much has a right to her voice in the matter as she has not left. Unless, of course, what most of us believe to be true that the “big tent” of TEC has only enough room for those who agree with where it has gone and where it is going. Conservatives within TEC were once tolerated, now they are scorned.last_img read more

first_img Rector Collierville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release Featured Jobs & Calls Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Press Release Service Fort Worth update Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Smithfield, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Tags Rector Bath, NC Rector Tampa, FL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Events Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Restructuration du diocèse de Fort Worth : une « résurrection » Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 [Episcopal News Service – Fort Worth (Texas)] Aux épiscopaliens qui considèrent « l’église » comme un lieu où l’on va plutôt que ce que l’on est, le Diocèse de Fort Worth a de quoi raconter.Son histoire va bien au-delà de la restructuration – voire même de la réanimation – d’une structure diocésaine et congrégationnelle après le vote en novembre 2008 par une majorité d’anciens membres du clergé et leaders laïcs de quitter l’Église épiscopale. C’est une histoire de résurrection – celle d’épiscopaliens réinventant leur église et, ce faisant, eux-mêmes.« Nous n’essayons pas de reconstruire une vieille église », déclare J. Scott Mayer, l’évêque provisoire de Fort Worth, qui est également l’évêque du Diocèse du Nord-Ouest du Texas. « Nous essayons de prendre part à la résurrection pour devenir un nouveau corps ».Ces épiscopaliens ont établi de nouveaux ministères et, ce faisant, développent de nouvelles manières d’être une église dans leur façon de servir leurs communautés.Et lorsqu’ils « vont à l’église », certains épiscopaliens de Fort Worth se réunissent dans des espaces atypiques comme un théâtre ou un centre commercial. Les Wise County Episcopalians (épiscopaliens du comté de Wise) ont par exemple leur lieu de culte dans un bâtiment qui était à l’origine celui de l’Episcopal Mission of the Ascension (mission épiscopale de l’Ascension) en 1889, puis est ensuite devenu une fabrique de matelas et, plus récemment, une chapelle pour les mariages.Même le poste d’évêque est différent. Bien que la formule d’évêque provisoire soit utilisée ailleurs dans l’église épiscopale, c’est tout de même quelque chose de relativement rare qui, selon Scott Mayer, illustre la façon dont les diocèses pourraient mettre en commun leurs ressources.Il fait remarquer que l’évêque Sean Rowe du diocèse du Nord-Ouest de la Pennsylvanie (qui est également évêque provisoire du Diocèse de Bethlehem dans la partie Est de l’État), souligne que dans les années 1960 l’Église épiscopale avait un moindre nombre de diocèses mais que maintenant elle a un plus grand nombre de diocèses et un moindre nombre de fidèles.« Il se pourrait bien que ce ne soit pas un modèle durable pour nous tous », poursuit Scott Mayer, ajoutant qu’il ne préconise pas nécessairement d’associer des diocèses mais que l’Église va probablement devoir trouver de nouveaux moyens de partager les ressources diocésaines.« Et, dans ce cas, la ressource à partager ce serait l’évêque », conclut-il.Scott Mayer est le quatrième évêque provisoire de Fort Worth. Le premier était Edwin F. « Ted » Gulick Jr., alors évêque du Kentucky, suivi de C. Wallis Ohl Jr. évêque retraité du Nord-Ouest du Texas puis de Rayford B. High Jr., évêque suffragant retraité.Forth Worth compte dix-sept congrégations dont une congrégation luthérienne ayant comme pasteur un prêtre épiscopalien. Depuis la scission, le diocèse a connu une augmentation de 19,3 % de ses membres pratiquants et une augmentation de 11,9 % de son revenu d’exploitation. Depuis sa restructuration en 2009, Fort Worth a chaque année versé l’intégralité du montant demandé par l’Église épiscopale pour soutenir le budget triennal de toute l’église. Il est le seul des six diocèses de l’État du Texas à l’avoir fait.Katie Sherrod, directrice des communications à Forth Worth a déclaré à Episcopal News Service qu’au sortir de la restructuration de 2009, toute l’administration était totalement désorganisée car l’ancien évêque occupait les bureaux diocésains et d’autres biens appartenant à l’Église épiscopale. « Nous avons passé 2009 et 2010 à localiser les épiscopaliens, reconstruire les congrégations, trouver le clergé et localiser des lieux de culte. En 2011/2012, nous avons finalement eu une évaluation réaliste du nombre de membres dans les congrégations du diocèse », explique-t-elle. « C’est sur la base de ces chiffres qu’est faite l’évaluation de notre croissance ».Transformer la manière dont l’Église épiscopale gère les vingt-quatre comtés du Centre-Nord du Texas vient en partie de la nécessité en tant qu’Église épiscopale et que diocèse de chercher à récupérer les biens immeubles et autres actifs encore contrôlés par ceux qui ont quitté l’église. La Cour d’appel du Texas étudie l’affaire après avoir entendu les plaidoiries orales, lors de l’audience du 19 avril 2016.« On prévoit, cependant, que la décision de la Cour d’appel soit portée en appel devant la Cour suprême du Texas par la partie à l’encontre de qui la Cour d’appel aura tranché », explique Katie Sherrod.L’Église épiscopale dans son ensemble a soutenu la réinvention du diocèse. Le Conseil exécutif, qui s’est réuni dans le diocèse deux fois depuis la scission, a en juin offert une aide sous la double forme d’une subvention directe prise sur le budget global de l’église – de l’argent recueilli par le Bureau du développement de l’Église et l’Évêque Primat – et de subventions pour l’implantation d’églises et le développement de missions locales par le biais de la résolution 2015-D005 du processus d’implantation d’églises.Le financement, assuré conjointement par le diocèse et ses congrégations, aide à soutenir le clergé en charge des communautés de foi à croissance rapide.Le projet « 4 Saints Food Pantry » (aide alimentaire des quatre saints) qui vise à répondre aux besoins et établir des relations avec des personnes qui souffrent de la faim dans le désert alimentaire de la partie Est de Fort Worth, a reçu une subvention de 20 000 dollars au titre de la « Mission Enterprise Zone ». Le ministère emploiera l’argent pour commencer à acheter de l’équipement nécessaire pour une banque alimentaire homologuée. La banque alimentaire aura ses activités à St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church (Fort Worth). Ultérieurement, elle établira un partenariat officiel avec la Tarrant Area Food Bank. St. Luke, St. Martin (Keller-Southlake), St. Stephen (Hurst) et St. Alban (culte au Théâtre Arlington) sont les quatre « saints » associés à ce ministère.En vue d’obtenir des fonds supplémentaires liés à la résolution D005, d’autres demandes de subventions sont en cours, dont une pour l’implantation dune église dans la partie Ouest de Fort Worth à croissance rapide, ajoute Katie Sherrod. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Shreveport, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 de Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jan 3, 2017 last_img read more