Future Faces – Zach Kibirige and Robin Hislop

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Zach Kibirige(Newcastle)England U17 starNewcastle may be going through a torrid time in the Aviva Premiership, but one man who is clearly thriving in the Falcons environment is academy back Zach Kibirige. Still just 17, Kibirige has appeared in A league games for the Falcons on the wing and at full-back, and he is also captain of the club’s academy.A pupil at Yarm School, which has close links with Newcastle’s academy, Kibirige’s pace makes him a great attacking threat on the pitch. His speed and finishing skills haven’t gone unnoticed by England selectors, and Kibirige was selected to represent England U17 a year early, a gamble that paid off as he scored a try against France. Furthermore, whilst on tour in Australia with his school last summer, England U18s called him up to fill a gap in their team, and he played on the wing in the 27-0 victory over Australia Schools.England Academy coach John Fletcher says: “Zach has started the season well and to be playing A league games at such a young age is a great achievement. At clubs like Newcastle, who have small squads, youngsters get more opportunities because their academy players are often given a go in first-team games. Even relegation wouldn’t be a bad thing for the younger guys.”Jamie Muncer, who works at Yarm School, says that Kibirige is a great role model for younger pupils and adds: “By far the best thing about Zach is his humility. He has not let his success affect him in any way.”Rugby World Verdict: Kibirige’s skills and modesty will stand him in good stead. Bea AspreyRobin Hislop(Edinburgh)Member of the Scotland U20 squadProps traditionally develop at a later age than their team-mates in the back-line, but loosehead prop Rob Hislop seems to be bucking the trend. The teenager – he will be 20 at the end of this month – has already been named as a replacement for Edinburgh in the RaboDirect Pro12, and made appearances for the team against the likes of Cardiff Blues, the Ospreys and Connacht during the World Cup.Robin is the son of former prop Brian ‘Bomber’ Hislop, who played for Scotland B, and he has gained a lot of his knowledge of the front row from his father. Hislop, who plays for Boroughmuir if not in Edinburgh’s squad, is 6ft tall and weighs 16st 5lb, and his scrummaging technique has been highly praised. However, he’s also very mobile for a man of his size, and has a good skill-set around the park in the model of a modern-day loosehead.He has already represented Scotland in the U17 and U18 age groups, and is now a member of the U20 squad. Having played for the side during last summer’s Junior World Championship, he’s now gearing up to take on his European counterparts in the U20 Six Nations. TAGS: Edinburgh RugbyNewcastle Falcons Craig Chalmers, who coaches the U20 side, said: “Hislop is not only a solid scrummager but has great hands and a fantastic work-rate. The RaboDirect Pro12 is a tough environment for a young prop. You have to have a certain mentality to play in the front row and Robin has that. And if he’s anything like his father he’ll be tough mentally too!”Rugby World Verdict: Hislop could go one better than his dad and win a full Test cap. Bea AspreyThis article appeared in the March 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine. Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here.last_img read more

Saints and Sinners: the weekend’s talking points

first_imgTHE SINNERSJust the ticket – not!Okay, this wasn’t strictly at the weekend, but we felt the long delays people faced trying to book Rugby World Cup tickets last week deserved a mention. Around 70,000 tickets went on sale on Tuesday but some people had to wait more than seven hours just to gain access to the website.England Rugby 2015 repeatedly assured people that their website, run by Ticketmaster, would be able to cope with demand, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Given the problems that occurred with ticket sales for the London 2012 Olympics, you would have thought Ticketmaster would have found a way to deal with such a high volume of traffic three years later. Disappointing.Poor reactionsAlex Waller scored a late consolation try for Northampton in Clermont – but he then let himself down with his reactions. Irked by John Ulugia crashing into him as he dived over the line, Waller decided to throw his arm at the Clermont hooker’s head.Crossing the line: Alex Waller scores a try then tussles with John Ulugia. Photo: InphoThe officials reviewed the incident and decided no action was needed, but this looked to be something of a let-off. There has been much talk of ‘reckless’ behaviour over the past week following Nathan Hughes’s ban, but there was more intent than recklessness in this act.Yellow fellowAli Williams scored the final try for Toulon in their 32-18 win over Wasps on Sunday – the irony being that he shouldn’t have been on the pitch at that time. Wasps had staged an impressive second-half comeback after trailing 22-6 at the break, with Will Helu scoring two tries. In the build-up to the second try, however, Williams clearly pulled back Elliot Daly, who, along with Joe Simpson, had a superb game.Despite the fact Wasps still scored, the foul play from Williams should have resulted in a yellow card. The on-field officials may have missed it but this is exactly the sort of incident the TMO should alert the referee to. If Toulon had been down to 14 players with the score 25-18, who knows how the game would have finished.Stinging blow: Ali Williams crosses in the corner for Toulon’s last try against Wasps. Photo: InphoFalse advertisingRW columnist Stephen Jones reported in The Sunday Times that M&C Saatchi Merlin – a ‘talent management’ company – were promoting Stuart Lancaster’s availability to give talks on leadership to companies. M&C Saatchi listed the England head coach’s achievements, including England being ‘runners-up’ for various trophies for which only two teams play for, meaning they lost! THE SAINTSSevens in heavenTeam GB’s Olympic qualification hopes are back on track! After last weekend’s disappointing showing in Hong Kong, England sat fifth in the HSBC Sevens World Series standings and trailed Australia by six points. Now they are back in fourth and nine points ahead of the Aussies after beating South Africa 21-14 in the Tokyo Sevens Cup final – their first tournament victory since 2013.With just two rounds of the series left – in Glasgow and London next month – England are in a strong position to finish in the top four and thereby qualify Great Britain for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.Special mention must also go to Scotland Sevens, whose 17-14 pool win over Australia meant the Aussies didn’t make it through to the Cup competition, thus denying them precious standings points, and Canada, who shocked New Zealand 19-15 in the Cup quarter-finals.A tale of two backsIn the opening European Champions Cup quarter-final in Dublin on Saturday, it was two rising stars who stole the show. Ian Madigan’s pinpoint accuracy from the kicking tee punished Bath’s every indiscretion while George Ford scythed through the Leinster defence to score one try and set up another for Stuart Hooper.Euro stars: George Ford is tackled by Ian Madigan during Leinster’s win over Bath. Photo: InphoIt was Leinster who emerged victorious 18-15, but Toulon are no doubt going to be reviewing Ford’s high-calibre performance to see if they can find similar holes when it comes to the semi-final in a fortnight.French flairClermont were a class apart in destroying Northampton 37-5 in their last-eight tie – and it was the ability of their back-line to be so clinical that made the difference. Saints simply couldn’t hold out wave after wave of attack, with Noa Nakaitaci, Wesley Fofana and Nick Abendanon all crossing. If one player was brought down, another was ready and waiting to take the offload.Abendanon has won many plaudits since, with people talking about his possible inclusion in the England squad, but from a French point of view, people will be asking why the likes of Fofana can play so effectively for Clermont but not for France.Centre of attention: Clermont’s Wesley Fofana splinters the Northampton defence. Photo: Getty ImagesAs a sidenote, we must mention Tom Wood. While the Saints were completely outplayed at Stade Marcel Michelin, the flanker retained his sense of humour and later tweeted: ‘Thanks to Clermont for inviting us to their open training session today. We’ve left our non-contact bibs in the changing rooms #humbled”.The Mighty BoschTwo cosmopolitan sides went head-to-head in Paris on Sunday and it was an Argentinean who decided the outcome of an extremely tight contest. Racing Metro led 11-9 going into the last minute against Saracens, but poor game management from the hosts led to a late penalty against them.Group hug: Marcelo Bosch is mobbed by his team-mates after kicking the winning penalty. Photo: InphoUp stepped Marcelo Bosch, who had earlier put in a try-saving tackle on his countryman Juan Imhoff, to slot the crucial three points from long range. A 12-11 win earns Sarries a repeat of last year’s semi-final against Clermont (not to mention their two pool meetings this season) – only this time they have to travel to Saint Etienne. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS It was a dramatic weekend of rugby – we take a look at who and what stood out for the right, and wrong, reasonscenter_img All smiles: the England squad celebrate after winning the Tokyo Sevens. Photo: Getty Images Lancaster is probably good at such speaking engagements, but the manner in which he is being promoted is not so good. Apparently the promotional material was published without his knowledge and M&C Saatchi have apologised – but it has still no doubt caused embarrassment for Lancaster.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here and to find out how to download the digital issue click here.last_img read more

World Cup 2015: Tonga 10-17 Georgia

first_img28% – Georgia’s share of the possession. They only had 26% of the territory too, but still came out on top.16 – the number of turnovers conceded by Tonga. Georgia conceded 13.13 – the age of Georgia’s replacement lock Levan Datunashvili when his young team-mate Vasil Lobzhanidze was born.Tonga: V. Lilo; T Veainu, W Helu (S Piukala 52), S Piutau, F Vainikolo; K Morath, S Takulua; T Mailau (S Taumalolo 52), E Taione (P Ngauamo 52), H Aulika (S Puafisi 65), T Lokotui, S Mafi (H T-Pole 59), S Kalamafoni, N Latu (capt, J Ram 71), V Ma’afu.Try: Vainikolo. Con: MorathPen: MorathGeorgia: M Kvirikashvili; T Mchedlidze, D Kacharava, M Sharikadze, G Aptsiauri; L Malaguradze, V Lobzhanidze (G Begadze 78); M Nariashvili (K Asieshvili 60), J Bregvadze (S Mamukashvili 60), D Zirakashvili (L Chilachava 60), G Nemsadze, K Mikautadze (L Datunashvili 63), G Tkhilaishvili (S Sutiashvili 66), V Kolelishvili, M Gorgodze (capt)Tries (2): Gorgodze, Tkhilaishvili. Cons: Kvirikashvili 2Pen: KvirikashviliSin-bin: Kvirikashvili 73 minReferee: Nigel Owens (Wales) Georgian joy: The final whistle is the cue for Georgian celebrations. (Photo: Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS All you need to know about the first match in Pool C – and the first upset of the tournament. TAGS: GeorgiaTonga Georgia produced the first shock of the 2015 World Cup as they beat Tonga – who sit five places above them in the World Rugby Rankings – 17-10 at Kingsholm.Tonga took the lead with a sixth-minute penalty but had to wait another 65 minutes before troubling the scorers again.A first-half try from Man of the Match and Georgia skipper Mamuka Gorgodze, a 56th-minute score from Giorgi Tkhilaishvili and seven points from the boot of Merab Kvirikashvili gave Georgia a 17-3 lead and although Tonga hit back with a try from Fetu’u Vainikolo nine minutes from time and Georgia lost Kvirikashvili to the sin-bin, the Lelos held out for a famous win.Record breaker: Scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze became the youngest RWC player (Photo: Getty Images).WHAT’S HOT… Mamuka Gorgodze – a monumental presence in this match. He led his Georgia side superbly, crashed over for a crucial try, carried the ball in attack eight times and was at the heart of his team’s defensive effort, making an astonishing 27 tackles. No wonder the No8  was Man of the Match.The atmosphere – a sun-soaked Kingsholm crackled, fizzed and almost exploded as the game built to a magnificent, noisy crescendo. The chanting of the Georgia fans made it feel like a home game for the Lelos for much of the time and thousands of enthusiastic locals who had adopted a team for the day, or just come to enjoy the return of World Cup rugby to Kingsholm after a 24-year break, made this a great occasion.Georgia’s scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze – he made history by becoming the youngest player to take part in a Rugby World Cup, at 18 years and 340 days, but he did not look out of place at this level. He made good decisions, passed and kicked well and has been tipped by coach Milton Haig to be a fixture in his team up to the 2019 World Cup and beyond.Full English breakfast in the media centre – delicious! Just what the doctor ordered before this early kick-off.All in Vain: Tonga wing Fetu’u Vainikolo dives in for a try but it was not no avail. (Photo: Getty Images)WHAT’S NOT…Tongas’s handling – they dominated the territory and possession stats, but Tonga dropped so many passes that they failed to turn pressure into points. They improved in the last quarter and at that stage it was Georgia’s outstanding defence which kept them at bay, but their poor skills in the first half suggest they might not have been as switched on as they should have been.Decision-making – Tonga butchered a few try-scoring chances with poor decision-making. Twice Kurt Morath opted to kick through the Georgian defence when his team were battering away inside the 22 and neither kick resulted in a try.STATISTICS213- the number of tackles Georgia made, compared to 48 from Tonga. Man of the Match: Mamuka GorgodzeAttendance: 14,200last_img read more

Mervyn Davies

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS His Lions record was exemplary. In eight Tests on New Zealand and South African soil in 1971 and 1974, he only lost one, and only nine Tests in 46 if you add his Wales appearances.As a leader, he was quiet and unassuming. What made him stand out above other captains was that not only was he a good talker but a good listener. Mervyn Davies, who passed away in 2012, will be remembered as a Wales and Lions legend for what he achieved during the Seventies.Had his career not finished so abruptly at 29 on account of a brain haemorrhage incurred in a game against Pontypool, barely a year after he’d led Wales to a Grand Slam, then his list of achievements would have included captaining the 1977 Lions.Davies was a magnificent lineout jumper and a great source of ball, either to set up an attack or feed Gareth Edwards with a deft tap down. Physically, at 6ft 5in and with long arms and huge hands, he was on the gangly side, but he was hugely effective.A lifelong friend, Derek Quinnell, commented: “You knew that if you threw it anywhere in his vicinity he would catch it. He was also a masterful tackler and able to wrap up the opposition with ease. Invariably he’d emerge from the bottom of any ruck, killing opposition ball and slowing the ball down to help the team.”When people look back at the Seventies, they tend to think of the Welsh backs but the fact ‘Merv the Swerve’ is mentioned in such rarefied company shows he bucked the trend. TAGS: The Greatest Players center_img On the 1971 tour of New Zealand, the great Colin Meads said that Davies was the biggest nuisance of all. It was some accolade. Davies had a galvanizing effect in that he drew people together. He was never into his image but he will indelibly be linked with that headband and moustache. A giant among men.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Major teams: London Welsh, SwanseaCountry: WalesTest span: 1969-76Wales caps: 38 (38 starts)
Lions caps: 8 (8 starts)Test points: 7 (2T)last_img read more

Juan Martin Hernandez Retires From Rugby

first_img WATCH: Vince Aso Scores Gravity-Defying Try For Hurricanes… WATCH: The Stormers Tell Terrible Jokes Retired: Hernandez has called an end to his career (Getty Images) The Argentinian legend has decided to retire from rugby with immediate effect after suffering injury for Jaguares And yet the game of rugby, of which he has been a brilliant servant, has inflicted one too many injuries on his body. In a recent Super Rugby match for the Jaguares he suffered a knee injury which has forced him to retire from the game with immediate effect.“The cruciate ligaments aren’t affected but it’s very painful and the demands of Super Rugby don’t allow me to play in this competition diminished,” Hernandez said.“So I’ve decided to stop playing rugby. There you go, it’s finished. I didn’t want to have any regrets, I think I wanted the end to come on a rugby field.”It is a sad announcement for rugby, and yet what is clear in rugby, is that when you’ve had enough, you’ve had enough.Deft: Hernandez was famous for his offloads (Getty Images)When pressed on what the future holds, Hernandez said; “We’ll see! First of all I’ll take six months off for me and my children. I’m going to be a normal father, taking the little ones to school in the morning and collecting them in the evening.” Juan Martín Hernández est éternel Quel geste de grande classe signé “El Mago” ! #ENGvARG cc @PSaintAndre @PierreAmmiche @LaurentDepret @BoucherieOvalie pic.twitter.com/AAUxK2JDa0— SFR Sport (@SFR_Sport) November 11, 2017 WATCH: The Stormers Tell Terrible Jokes WATCH: Vince Aso Scores Gravity-Defying Try For Hurricanes In a recent video, the Stormers backs and… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Watch: Incredible kick from Jordie Barrettcenter_img Hurricanes and All Blacks full-back Jordie Barrett shows… WATCH: Vince Aso Scores Gravity-Defying Try For Hurricanes Expand Expand Coaching, and teaching the game could be on the horizon, but right now all we can do is thank El Mago for his rugby career. Collapse Juan Martin Hernandez Retires From RugbyEl Mago – The Magician – has called it a day on a illustrious career.Juan Martin Hernandez has amazed and excited crowds for nearly 20 years now, from Stade Francais in France, to the Jaguares in his home Argentina.He also had over 70 action-packed appearances for Los Pumas too, with the 2007 World Cup being a particular highlight for the 35-year-old veteran. After being selected at fly-half, he helped Argentina beat the hosts France in the very first game in the tournament 17-12.He would eventually guide them to a third place after beating France again in a final play-off match. Hernandez was nominated for an IRB World Rugby Player of the Year award in 2007 thanks to his exemplary play.Deft offloads, audacious kicks and a brilliant flair for the game, often Hernandez’ left people wondering what he was thinking. But more often that not, we were left wondering, ‘how on earth did he do that?’ That is often the way with geniuses. Watch: Incredible kick from Jordie Barrett Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

All The Summer Tour Fixtures And TV Details

first_img Scotland name squad for their summer tour Summer Tours Fixtures List and TV Details (times are in BST) Saturday 2nd JuneSouth Africa 20-22 WalesSaturday 9th JuneNew Zealand 52-11 FranceAustralia 18-9 Ireland Scotland name squad for their summer tour Wales squad for 2018 summer tour UPDATED: Wales squad for 2018 summer tour Wales… Expand Riding High: Ireland are confident, but can they beat Australia Down Under? (Getty Images) Ireland squad to face Australia Eddie Jones’s England squad to face South Africa Ireland squad to face Australia Who has Joe Schmidt picked to take on… Expand Expand All The Summer Tour Fixtures And TV DetailsWith the Six Nations a distant memory and domestic finals having been contested, global rugby shifts its focus to the summer tours of the northern hemisphere teams.South Africa will play England in a three-Test series that both sides need to win. Eddie Jones’s England recently conceded more than 60 points to the Barbarians and have lost four games in a row, while the Springboks will be looking to bounce back under new boss Rassie Erasmus after a disappointing 2017.Australia will play three Tests against Grand Slam champions Ireland and New Zealand will host France.Wilting rose: England will want to bounce back from their defeat by the Barbarians (Getty Images)Wales will also play one Test against South Africa, in Washington, before travelling to Argentina for a two-Test series.Scotland take in both North and South America on their summer tour, going up against Canada, the United States and then Argentina.Sky Sports will be televising the majority of the games live, such as all the France, Ireland and England games.Channel 4 and the BBC are covering the Wales and Scotland matches.SQUADS FOR THE SUMMER TOURS Wales squad for 2018 summer tour Collapse Who, what, where, when, watch – we tell you everything you need to know about the 2018 summer tours Argentina v Scotland (8.40pm, Resistencia) – Live on Channel 4Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Eddie Jones’s England squad to face South Africa Find out which players Eddie Jones has picked… UPDATED: Scotland name squad for their summer tour… South Africa 42-39 EnglandArgentina 10-23 WalesCanada 10-48 ScotlandSaturday 16th June New Zealand v France (8.35am, Wellington) – Live on Sky SportsAustralia v Ireland (11am, Melbourne) – Live on Sky SportsSouth Africa v England (4.05pm, Bloemfontein) – Live on Sky SportsArgentina v Wales (8.40pm, Santa Fe) – Live on Channel 4USA V Scotland (2am, Houston) – Live on BBCSaturday 23rd June New Zealand v France (8.35am, Dunedin) – Live on Sky SportsAustralia v Ireland (11am, Sydney) – Live on Sky SportsSouth Africa v England (4.05pm, Cape Town) – Live on Sky Sportslast_img read more

Women’s Six Nations 2020 Round One

first_imgCatch up on what happened in the first round of this year’s women’s championship Wales went into this tournament with high hopes after decent performances in the autumn but were beaten 19-15 by Italy in Cardiff in their first game.The Italians, who finished second in last year’s championship, outscored Wales three tries to two with Melissa Bettoni, Sofia Stefan and Maria Magatti crossing. Hannah Jones and Kelsey Jones got Wales’ tries.Blue tune: Italy celebrate their victory over Wales in Cardiff (Inpho)Ireland were the only home team to win their opening match, seeing off Scotland 18-14.Ireland led 13-0 after 14 minutes thanks to tries from Cliodhna Moloney and Sene Naoupu but the Scots came back into it just before half-time with a try from Lisa Thomson.Scotland continued to put pressure on Ireland after the break but it was from one such attack in the Irish 22 that led to the decisive score. Beibhinn Parsons read the Scots’ play expertly to pick off a pass around the five-metre line and sprint the length of the field to touch down.Watch the Parsons try here.Emma Wassell’s late try ensured Scotland left Dublin with a losing bonus point but it was Ireland who had the opening victory.Ireland host Wales on Sunday and will be looking to avenge their November defeat by the women in red while Italy travel to France for Saturday night’s game. The Italians won the same fixture 31-12 last year, but will they be able to repeat the feat on French soil? The victory puts England in pole position to lift the title and win a second straight Grand Slam such is the gap between these two sides and the other nations. England face Scotland at Scotstoun on Sunday.MORE ON THE WOMEN’S SIX NATIONS Get to know Wales Women’s captain Siwan Lillicrap Rugby Rant: Women’s Six Nations schedule is ridiculous The lock has been a mainstay in the… Fine line: Emily Scarratt celebrates her decisive try in France (Getty Images) The March 2020 issue of Rugby World magazine – a Six Nations special – is out now.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Rugby Rant: Women’s Six Nations schedule is ridiculous Emma Wassell: The Scotland player who hasn’t missed a Test in six years The Welsh back-rower is now thriving in the… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Collapse Fixture clashes in the women’s championship have angered… Get to know Wales Women’s captain Siwan Lillicrap Expand Women’s Six Nations 2020 Round OneEngland came out on top in what was billed as the ‘title decider’ of this year’s Women’s Six Nations, beating France 19-13 in Pau.It was England’s first win on French soil in the Six Nations since 2012 but their fifth in a row against France having beaten them four times in 2019.Tries in the first quarter from Abby Dow and Vicky Fleetwood put England in control before France hit back with Laure Sansus touching down and there were just two points in it at half-time (10-12).The hosts started the second half strongly and were overpowering England at the scrum, but a 62nd-minute try from Emily Scarratt proved decisive.In a set move from a lineout, Amber Reed took the ball to the line and popped a great offload into the hands of Scarratt and the Women’s World Player of the Year burst through to score near the posts. Expand Emma Wassell: The Scotland player who hasn’t missed a Test in six yearslast_img read more

¿Son las iglesias, lugares sagrados, fácil blanco de los ladrones?

first_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Martinsville, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL Rector Knoxville, TN Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Events ¿Son las iglesias, lugares sagrados, fácil blanco de los ladrones? Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Bath, NC Rector Washington, DC center_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Several stained-glass windows at St. Paul and St. James Church in New Haven, Connecticut, were damaged by vandals during a break-in in 2011. Photo/Ryan DeLoach[Episcopal News Service] El “robo de iglesias” en Google y otros motores de búsqueda arroja una tendencia en aumento.Robos recientes de cableado eléctrico de cobre, principalmente de unidades de aire acondicionado que se encuentran al descubierto, así como otros casos, menos frecuentes, de allanamientos, robo a mano armada y desfalco, le han enseñado una dolorosa lección a funcionarios de la Iglesia: que aún los lugares sagrados pueden ser fácil blanco de ladrones experimentados.El problema es que muchos funcionarios eclesiales desprevenidos no suelen pensar en medidas de seguridad, ni en que ellos pueden resultar víctimas de un robo, hasta que lo son.La iglesia episcopal de San Felipe [St. Philip’s] en Nueva Orleáns fue víctima de los ladrones de cableado de cobre, no una vez sino dos veces, el año pasado, según contó el Rdo. Steve Craft, rector de la misma.“Primero se robaron los cables de cobre de la unidad de aire acondicionado de la oficina”, dijo Craft en una reciente entrevista telefónica desde su oficina.“Cuando fuimos a trabajar creímos que la unidad necesitaba recargarse, ya que tal cosa sucede de vez en cuando. Eso ocurrió un viernes. El domingo alguien vino y me dijo “¿Sabe que falta el tubo de cobre de la unidad de aire acondicionado?”Una semana después los ladrones volvieron, esta vez se robaron el cableado de cobre de una unidad de aire acondicionado de la escuela. “Volvieron en medio de la noche”, señaló Craft. “En el transcurso de una semana, habíamos sufrido daños por valor de unos $10.000. Incluso se llevaron el bombillo de la lámpara de seguridad de los edificios de la escuela”.Las clases de preescolar tuvieron que cancelarse durante más de una semana porque “uno no pude tener niños dentro con calor”, explicó Craft.Cuando las autoridades locales le dijeron que “la cantidad de dinero que [los ladrones] obtendrían de la venta de ese cobre era de entre $100 a $150, en tanto habían causado daños por valor de $10.000”, él colgó un cartel que decía: “si necesita dinero, toque a la puerta, por favor”.“Preferiría darle a alguien los $100 que pasar por todo este rollo otra vez”, dijo él.La cobertura del seguro amortiguó algunas de las pérdidas y la iglesia ha tomado algunas medidas preventivas, tales como aumentar la iluminación alrededor de la propiedad y restringir el acceso al estacionamiento. Ahora están haciendo una recaudación de fondos para comprar coberturas protectoras para las unidades de aire acondicionado, pero en tiempos económicamente difíciles los dólares escasean y la iglesia aún no ha recobrado el número de miembros que tenía antes del huracán Katrina, admitió Craft.Él teme que los ladrones puedan volver otra vez. “Puede que ocurra de nuevo en cualquier momento. Sólo esperamos haber resuelto todo antes de que eso pase”.La ordalía llegó a ser “todo un desastre por un poquito de dinero”, añadió Craft. “Es una cosa muy triste cuando la gente cree que tiene que profanar una iglesia o cualquier otro edificio, y causar tanto estrago por tan poquito dinero. En verdad es sorprendente, y no en el mejor sentido”.No es sólo un problema en Estados Unidos. Los ladrones de metales de unidades de aire acondicionado también constituyen un reto para la Iglesia de Inglaterra, y tanto que el Rvdmo. John Hind, obispo de Chichester, sacó el tema a relucir el 6 de febrero en una reunión de la Cámara de los Lores.Al intervenir a favor de una enmienda que le otorga a los agentes del orden el derecho a entrar en los depósitos de chatarra para determinar si los metales se obtuvieron ilegalmente, Hind dijo que “en el año [transcurrido] del 2010 al 2011, los ladrones de iglesias aumentaron en un tercio, dando lugar a una pérdida para la Iglesia de 4,5 millones de libras [esterlinas] (alrededor de 7 millones de dólares), en ese solo año”.En enero, Theresa May, secretaria del Interior de Gran Bretaña, anunció que aumentarían las penas por el robo de metales y las transacciones ilegales en efectivo que tienen lugar en los depósitos de chatarra.La diócesis de Manchester acogió con beneplácito la medida. En una declaración que se publicó en su página web, Anne Sloman, presidente del Consejo de Catedrales y Edificios Eclesiales de la Iglesia de Inglaterra, expresó: “La Iglesia ha hecho campaña durante mucho tiempo a favor de una ley que ilegalice las transacciones en efectivo de la chatarra. Seguimos siendo víctimas del robo del plomo de diez techos de iglesias por día, y todos las armas que el gobierno y la policía puedan usar para ayudarnos a combatir este delito se apreciaría enormemente”.Del mismo modo, la agencia de seguros de la Iglesia [Church Insurance Agency Corp.], que ampara aproximadamente al 86 por ciento de las iglesias episcopales en seguros inmobiliarios y de accidentes, informa que el robo de cobre se ha cuadriplicado en los últimos tres años. Los ladrones con frecuencia se dirigen a los techos, las canaletas y las unidades de aire acondicionado y, en algunos casos, las construcciones nuevas, según Nancy Fisher, portavoz [de esta agencia].Mike Marino, vicepresidente de reclamaciones inmobiliarias y de accidentes dijo que la agencia “colaborará con las iglesias si tienen preguntas que hacer sobre algún tipo de prevención de riesgos.“Muchísimas iglesias han discutido entre sí y con sus feligreses acerca de estos problemas”, dijo Marino en una entrevista reciente desde su oficina. “Por ejemplo, en las unidades de aire acondicionado, puede buscarse la ayuda de un contratista o de alguien de la parroquia que sepa de construcción de cercas y de unidades que pueda resultarle más difícil o imposible a alguien desarmar [la unidad] y llevarse el metal”.El Grupo de Pensión de la Iglesia también ofrece materiales para ayudar a las congregaciones a evaluar sus necesidades de control de riesgos.‘La llamada de las 4:00 A.M. a la que todo sacerdote le teme’De manera semejante, la iglesia de San Pablo y Santiago [St. Paul and St. James] reforzó su sistema de seguridad luego de ser víctima de actos vandálicos y de allanamientos el año pasado, según contó su rector, el Rdo. Alex Dyer.Además de robarse una cruz y un candelabro que databa de principios del siglo XX, Dyer dijo que un aspecto perturbador del incidente fue “que destrozaron una Biblia y todos los sitios sagrados fueron profanados o agredidos”, incluso los vitrales, dando lugar a que él hiciera un llamado de perdón para el perpetrador.“Recibí esa llamada de las 4 A.M. a la que todo sacerdote le teme. Mi primera idea fue, ¿quién querría robar en una iglesia? recordaba Dyer, de 32 años, durante una reciente entrevista telefónica desde su oficina. “Pero sospecho que se está convirtiendo en un hecho corriente”.La iglesia había tomado algunas precauciones para proteger el espacio de las oficinas, pero no el santuario, agregó. “La gente creía que las computadoras de la oficina serían un objetivo bastante común, pero en esta iglesia -como en muchísimas otras- se pensaba ¿quién querría agredir a la iglesia? De modo que no teníamos allí ningún detector de movimientos”.Después de su llamado público al perdón, devolvieron la cruz y el candelabro. No obstante, la iglesia consultó a una firma de seguridad privada de la localidad y “desde entonces hemos hecho una gigantesca mejora en nuestro sistema de seguridad. Instalamos más detectores de movimiento, bandas magnéticas de contacto en las puertas y un perfeccionamiento [del sistema de seguridad] en torno a la iglesia en general. Esta es la época en que vivimos, pero estamos tratando de ser astutos como serpientes y mansos como palomas, para citar a Jesús”.Con posterioridad, él llevó a cabo una liturgia, tomada del Libro de Oficios Ocasionales, para la restauraciones de cosas profanadas, “no es un oficio que uno quisiera tener que hacer”, apuntó Dyer, pero añadió que, si bien el siente que la iglesia está mejor protegida, “ningún lugar está realmente protegido. Uno hace lo que puede, básicamente, pero nada es perfecto”.Una lección aprendida a punta de pistolaEl Rdo. Chad Lawrence, sacerdote asociado de la iglesia parroquial de Santa Elena [St. Helena’s] en Beaufort, Carolina del Sur, aprendió esa lección a punta de pistola.“Estaba ensayando mi sermón la noche del sábado el pasado 25 de junio. Eran aproximadamente las 8:30 P.M. cuando cerré la iglesia, apagué las luces y me dirigí a la oficina para tomar las llaves de mi auto”.Un hombre saltó de los arbustos cercanos a la iglesia y le puso a Lawrence una pistola en la cabeza y lo amenazó de muerte. Le quitó el reproductor MP3 y le exigió que le diera su billetera y las llaves del auto.El ladrón obligó a Lawrence a entrar en la oficina para coger la billetera y las llaves, lo ató y “se subió encima de mí y me dijo ‘quiero matarte ahora mismo. Dame tres razones por las cuales no debería matarte. Nadie me vería”.“Le dije, ‘tengo una esposa y tres hijos a quienes quiero mucho. Estoy aquí haciendo la obra de Dios y si tú me matas, tendrás que rendirle cuentas a él’”, replicó Lawrence, que es hijo de Mark Lawrence, el obispo de la diócesis de Carolina del Sur.“Me mantuve orando todo el tiempo”, recordaba Lawrence, de 37 años, durante una reciente entrevista telefónica desde su oficina. “Uno empieza a preguntarse, en qué momento empiezas a resistir. Luego él cogió una extensión eléctrica y me ató las manos a los pies. De nuevo me puso la pistola en la cabeza y me dijo, ‘vuelvo enseguida’ y salió andando de mi oficina para el auto.“En ese momento, estaba inclinado a creer que iba a regresar”, recuerda. Luego supe que había puesto topes en todas las puertas a lo largo del camino para que no se cerraran detrás de él”.Lawrence esperó unos 15 segundos, se liberó y llamó a la policía local, que se personó en cuestión de minutos. El ladrón aún se encontraba en el auto de Lawrence, pero escapó a pie y no ha sido arrestado.Desde entonces, [la iglesia de] Santa Elena ha revisado sus medidas de seguridad “asegurándonos de que tenemos normas y hábitos y que no andamos solos en el área de la iglesia”, afirmó Lawrence. “Ponemos cámaras en ciertas zonas de mucho tránsito como un elemento disuasorio. También usamos un mando de control remoto en la puerta principal de entrada y salida, de manera que esa puerta permanezca cerrada la mayor parte del tiempo. En el pasado, de noche esa puerta permanecía abierta, se quedaba sin llave”.Un experto en seguridad recomendó que el personal -incluidos los maestros del preescolar y de la escuela diurna- no se queden en el lugar tarde en la noche o durante los fines de semana. “Estamos intentando fomentar algunos hábitos generales de seguridad”, apuntó.En consecuencia, no habrá más ensayos de sermones por la noche para Lawrence -no en la iglesia ciertamente.Él recordaba que después del shock inicial “del tipo saliendo de los arbustos pistola en mano, me sentí muy tranquilo. Era una especie de paz y calma sobrenaturales las que sentí durante todo el episodio, y que no puedo explicar de otro modo que diciendo que sabía que Dios estaba conmigo. Sabía que si iba a morir estaría con él. Esa no era mi esperanza ni mi deseo, por supuesto. Al mismo tiempo, me sentí muy expuesto y vulnerable, y en la presencia de una maldad genuina”.Después de recorrer toda una suerte de emociones, “fui capaz de orar por él”, agregó. “El proceso de perder mi billetera y de tener que pasar por el trámite de cancelar las tarjetas de crédito y de ir al Departamento de Vehículos de Motor fue muy molesto y me sentí furioso por eso, pero le hice frente. Ahora miro hacia atrás y me siento agradecido porque Dios me sostuvo y por el resultado que tuvo para mí”.‘Sólo lo que escondemos nos enferma’Un robo en la iglesia de la Santa Fe [Holy Faith Church] en Inglewood, California fue igualmente siniestro, pero más doloroso aún porque el perpetrador fue un amigo y asociado de confianza: un administrador parroquial que defalcó $400.000 de la iglesia a lo largo de un período de siete años, según la Rda. Altagracia Pérez, que ha sido la rectora durante los últimos nueve años.“Contábamos con más factores de seguridad en el lugar que los usuales”. Sólo hubo una recomendación que no se cumplió al pie de la letra. “Sí teníamos a un miembro del personal atendiendo el correo”, dijo ella durante una reciente entrevista telefónica desde su oficina.Pérez agregó que ella quería compartir con el público la experiencia del defalco en su congregación, porque espera que anime a otros a romper lo que parece ser un código de silencio, de vergüenza asociada con el hecho de resultar víctima [de un hecho como éste].“Sólo lo que escondemos nos enferma”, dijo Pérez, añadiendo que cuando compartieron su experiencia con colegas a través de la Iglesia, “no había una persona que no tuviera una historia semejante. O bien la habían experimentado directamente o conocían a alguien que había pasado por esto”.Sin embargo, “nadie quería hablar de eso”, agregó. “Incluso la policía, cuando fuimos a denunciar lo que había sucedido, ni siquiera pudieron fingir sorprenderse, aunque se sorprendieron del nivel de complejidad de nuestro caso. Me dijeron que, al menos una vez a la semana, una iglesia o una institución sin fines de lucro denuncia una experiencia semejante”.La Santa Fe, que celebró su centenario en 2011, había estado experimentando permanentes problemas económicos, tantos que, en un momento, Pérez se quedó sin paga y los feligreses aumentaron sus contribuciones para balancear los libros de la iglesia. No obstante, “parecía que nunca podíamos salir adelante”, recordaba ella. Más tarde se enteraron que era porque el administrador parroquial -que ha sido acusado y está a la espera de juicio- había creado una serie de libros falsos.“Su experiencia profesional era de bancos, finanzas y sistemas de computación, que fue lo que le permitió crear duplicados de los estados de cuenta bancarios”, explicó ella. Resumiendo, sin que Pérez y el resto de la congregación lo supieran, el administrador creó una cuenta electrónica independiente a su nombre y utilizaba los fondos de la iglesia para pagar el saldo. Cuando abría el correo, creaba nuevos estados de cuenta que omitían los registros de esas compras.Finalmente, el auditor de la iglesia entró en sospechas y decidió revisar “todos los papeles de un año entero para intentar encontrar la explicación a lo que estaba sucediendo”, dijo Pérez. Él escogió el año 2010 y “encontró un estado de cuentas sin ningún respaldo de papeles”.“Fue una locura, un golpe devastador para la iglesia”, afirmó Pérez. “Habíamos estado luchando por tanto tiempo. Él había robado de la bandeja de la ofrenda, de las cuentas de inversión, del dinero que se entregaba para dádivas, de todo”.Cuando lo confrontaron, el administrador parroquial admitió el defalco. “Era un miembro activo de la parroquia, participaba en todo, la gente confiaba en él. Cuando le pregunté cómo pudo haber hecho esto, él tampoco entendía cómo pudo haberlo hecho”, dijo ella.A ello siguió una auditoría forense, en que los miembros de la iglesia se brindaron a ayudar. Ahora bien, aun más descorazonador es que “no se ha hecho nada con el caso”. Según contó Pérez, se transfirió a la unidad de delitos mayores, “pero no hemos sabido nada. Hemos intentado saber lo que ha sucedido, pero nadie nos responde”.Aunque se pudo recuperar algún dinero a través de seguros y pólizas bancarias, ha sido una experiencia dolorosa que Pérez está deseosa de que otros eviten, si pueden aprender de lo ocurrido en la Santa Fe.Según ella, “al parecer los lugares más pequeños resultan afectados con mayor frecuencia porque carecen de los recursos humanos o de los recursos económicos para tomar las medidas adicionales que requiere la protección de las personas”, añadió ella.“Entiendo [el sentimiento de] vergüenza y de culpa” que se asocia con el haber sido víctima de algo así, “pero cuando veo la frecuencia con que ocurre y que nadie habla de estas cosas, esa tiene que ser la razón por la cual [los delincuentes] se salen con la suya. Si las personas oyeran lo que ocurrió en otros lugares, al menos les serviría de advertencia para estar alerta, para tener cuidado”.“La vigilancia es esencial al seguir las prácticas fiduciarias establecidas para seguridad fiscal de cada congregación y cada obra eclesial”, dijo a ENS J. Jon Bruno, obispo de la diócesis de Los Ángeles.“Aquí en la diócesis de Los Ángeles tenemos listos todos los procedimientos proactivos para garantizar auditorías regulares y proporcionar asesoría financiera profesional a todas las congregaciones y a otras organizaciones eclesiásticas. La situación de la parroquia de Inglewood es una claro aviso para todos de la importancia de atenerse a estos procedimientos sistemática y minuciosamente sin excepción”.Como resultado, el liderazgo de la Iglesia está más consciente y se siente más optimista respecto al futuro, añadió Pérez. “La gente se siente más en posesión de la iglesia y realmente se siente mejor sabiendo que hay una explicación para todo por lo que atravesamos.“Ha redundado en un gran cambio para la moral de la iglesia. Hay una conciencia de que Dios realmente obra con nosotros y a través de nosotros y que está realmente presente en la manera en que una crisis nos une. [Crisis] que ha descubierto dones y a personas que se han preparado para hacer cosas que nunca pensaron que harían”.—La Rda. Pat McCaughan es corresponsal de Episcopal News Service y está radicada en Los Ángeles. 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Mission to Seafarers launches Corporate Partnerships Portfolio

first_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Anglican Communion AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Shreveport, LA Submit an Event Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME [Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican mission agency Mission to Seafarers has launched a Corporate Partnerships Portfolio with suggestions for how the maritime industry can deliver on corporate social responsibility. The document also describes how the mission, and more widely the shipping community, can provide practical support for seafarers’ welfare projects around the world.The 32-page document details key areas that are vital for the operations carried out by the mission, corporate social responsibility, its network of branches, corporate partnership, and the support it receives and employee engagement. As well as these, the Corporate Paternships Portfolio offers a comprehensive guide to the work of the mission and lists a number of sponsorship and corporate partnership opportunities.“This document signals an important move to showcase the work we achieve, while at the same time raising awareness of the issues that depend on the shipping industry’s support and generosity,” the agency’s secretary general, Andrew Wright, said. “Raising funds is extremely challenging and we are deeply grateful to the support we receive in our work. Seafarers need our help. Life at sea is often dangerous and demanding. Our service to them meets a very real need and it changes thousands of lives for the better.”The Portfolio was launched at the industry’s leading global gathering Posidonia, which took place last week in Athens, Greece. The Mission to Seafarers had been chosen as the official charity for this year’s event. Posidonia director Theodore Vokos commented: “We are very happy to welcome the Mission to Seafarers as an official supported charity at Posidonia 2016 and to promote their very important work.“Seafarers are the backbone of this important industry and organisations like the Mission to Seafarers, who support them, play an essential role in assuring that shipping will continue to serve the global economy.“By supporting the mission we aim to increase awareness amongst members of the international maritime community about the issues facing seafarers. 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In Dallas, thousands seek comfort in prayerful response

first_imgIn Dallas, thousands seek comfort in prayerful response By Kimberly DurnanPosted Jul 9, 2016 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Job Listing Tags July 2016 shootings Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Smithfield, NC Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Tampa, FL Director of Music Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Press Release Service An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Freda Marie Brown says: Comments (1) Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit a Press Release Rector Collierville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Bath, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Shreveport, LA Gun Violence, Featured Events Comments are closed. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Jobs & Calls Photo: Diocese of Dallas[Episcopal Diocese of Dallas] Thousands of people sought comfort in the Lord on Friday, July 8, at numerous prayer services offered throughout North Texas just one day after an ambush in downtown Dallas brought the city to its knees when a gunman shot 12 law enforcement officers, five of them fatally.“Our city is broken, aching and torn,” said diocesan missioner for evangelism Carrie Headington, who attended one of the services. “Today was a clarion call to action. A call to pray. A call for racial reconciliation. A call for justice and peace. A call to see the dignity in all persons. A call for the church to live fully into our mission as ambassadors for Jesus. Today is a call to love.”Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings organized an outdoor ecumenical vigil in downtown Dallas that drew hundreds of people at noontime into the Texas heat. Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House nondenominational church told the crowd to hold hands and said, “We are gathered together at Thanks-Giving Square in Dallas to pray for our city and our nation.”It was powerful to listen to civic and religious leaders speak about healing and building a more peaceful society, said the Rev. Casey Shobe, rector for Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas. He noted the importance of taking the prayer back out into the world and trying to transform society into a more peaceful world.”Many people at the event showed their support and care for the city. One man carried a sign that read, “Free Hugs,” while workers from 7-Eleven passed out free bottled water to the hot crowd on a day when the temperature neared 100 degrees. Police officers were also on hand tying navy and yellow ribbons around tree trunks in solidarity for their fallen officers.Headington, who is involved in justice and reconciliation work in the city of Dallas and with the Greater Dallas Coalition, said the prayer gatherings should serve as a springboard for reconciling action needed in the city. She is currently working with Dallas Bishop George Sumner to organize a powerful reconciliation event for the diocese in the fall.“Today’s events show that we need to have grace and love for our neighbors,” said the Rev. Keith Turberville, rector of Holy Trinity by the Lake in Heath, Texas. “Christ wants us and needs us to have big hearts opening ourselves to a wider circle. So let us all be challenged together and learn from this and may we all build a bigger neighborhood.”The Rev. Bill Cavanaugh, rector at Church of the Epiphany in Richardson, agreed. “I hope as we build bridges here we might build bridges in our parishes and we might truly begin to build that Kingdom that God desires us to experience not only as Episcopalians but as brothers and sisters throughout the world.”Several churches throughout the diocese offered prayer services including Saint Michael and All Angels, Good Shepherd in Dallas and Church of the Incarnation where the Rev. Thomas Kinkaid III asked the nearly 200 mournful who filled the pews, “how do we know God is still here?”Kinkaid, who is vice rector, pointed out that the protest was against police brutality, and began as a peaceful, respectful event. “Then the shooting started, and protesters grabbed their kids and ran for cover, police officers ran at the bullets. Doing exactly what we count on them to do each and every day, they ran toward their own danger, and for some, their own death.“How do we know God is still here? Jesus said: ‘This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.’”Sumner, who is traveling to Dallas from Costa Rica, said that there is no easy answer to the crisis that Americans face. He asked that for prayers for all those who are harmed in spite of all the fault lines in our society. “May the Holy Spirit guide us all in discerning the shape of our common witness. May we all be praying for the welfare of our city and all its inhabitants. May He protect all exposed to danger in their work.”Immediately after the shooting rampage, the Rev. Oliver Lee, rector of Trinity, served in the hospitals talking to family members of a deceased officer as they absorbed the atrocity of the night and the fate of their loved-one. “As you can imagine the strain of these events have taken an unbearable toll on the families of the dead, and also on the officers, many who had been with their colleagues mere moments before, and on the community, which has borne the burden of this unimaginably tragic event,” Lee said.The need for prayer has not ceased and more events are scheduled including a diocesan-wide Requiem Mass for the Fallen and Prayer for the City of Dallas at 4 p.m., July 10 at St. Matthew’s Cathedral with Sumner as celebrant and Lee as preacher. Sumner will also attend New Millennium Bible Fellowship Praise Center with its Bishop J.L. Slater, at 10:30 a.m., July 10.Kincaid tried to put the horror of the shooting into perspective during his sermon when he said that God showed up in the brokenness. “Dallas Police Chief David Brown put it this way: ‘I’ve never been more proud of being a police officer …seeing the courage …and…grit to stay on the scene, looking for suspects, knowing that we are vulnerable.’“How do we know God is still here? Because when bullets start raining down from above, some people ran at those bullets laying down their lives for friends they didn’t know they had.”Prayer suggestions from the Rev. Oliver LeeWe request your prayers for the officers who were killed in the line of duty that their souls may rest in peace and that light perpetual would shine upon them. We request your prayers for those who were injured, that they may be healed and restored to the fullness of body, mind, and spirit. We request your prayers for the officers’ families, friends, loved ones, and co-workers, that they be comforted and strengthened, confident in God’s mercy and loving care. We request your prayers for the City of Dallas and this great nation. That from Bangor, Maine to Eureka California we may unite as a nationwide community of love, compassion and respect, and that individually and collectively, we will honor our pledge, united as “one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.” — Kimberly Durnan is director of communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. July 10, 2016 at 9:57 pm The CHURCH needs more than prayer. The CHURCH needs repentance and conversion…a turning from the world’s way and opinion….and a turn to GOD. We have spent much time manifesting religion…but denying the power of the same. We have denied the good news to many by taking up the call of the elite..the privileged…and those who have authority and power in accordance with the world’s perception of power and authority. God is not pleased. We ignore the oppressed and marginalized because it benefits us to do so; we ignore the pain of our brothers and sisters in Jesus….because it’s too uncomfortable for us to do otherwise; we ignore the poor because we judge that they should do more (or should’ve done more) with their lives. we have an opinion, but it is our own. We judge, but we do not Love….we talk about it, but there is little to show that we get it! WE are expected to express the Spirit of Jesus in our lives….even unto death. Instead we spout our opinions and attitudes, and ways of thinking that are are our own.. We show no mercy, no compassion, no gratitude, no openness to the other; because frankly, If the truth be told…they don’t think or act like US. We do not acknowledge the reality of the Incarnation at all..that God just might be working through the other for Us!Repent…for the”Kin-Dom” of God is near.Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon your Church.Amen. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Belleville, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC last_img read more