Heijmans offloads Brit unit Leadbitter

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England rugby: EPS training squad – winners and losers

first_imgIf the Gloucester flanker is not in the top 45 players in England then World Cup glory is surely a formality for Jones in 2019. It is hard to see what Kvesic has done wrong since being overlooked for the famous pair of six-and-a-halves in James Haskell and Chris Robshaw who did an outstanding job in Australia.Missing link: Matt Kvesic can count himself unlucky not to make the squad Kvesic was outstanding for the Saxons in South Africa and if England do truly want a number seven, rather than the make-do-and-mend option they have used so brilliantly so far then Kvesic is your man. But he is out with the washing for the moment and with Haskell injured must be wondering what he has got to do to get a look-in.Luther BurrellHooked after half an hour of the first Test in Brisbane and now dropped from the training squad – it must be a confusing time to be Luther Burrell right now. He missed out on the World Cup thanks to the Sam Burgess farrago and it is just possible he might not see the light of day in an England Test jersey again after 15 caps since 2014. Haley only played three minutes of the second game, before going off injured, but his running the week before caught the eye. The 23-year-old has just signed a new three-year contract at Sale and has been tipped to go all the way by club boss Steve Diamond.Nathan HughesRugby’s romantics would have liked to have seen Hughes running out for Fiji at the last World Cup but it was pretty clear when he arrived at Wasps that he had his eyes set on playing for England. The Fijian-born backrower’s qualification period ended just after England’s series in Australia and he has made the first squad he is eligible for.Wrecking ball: Nathan Hughes tallies physicality with sweet offloading skills Outplayed by Billy Vunipola, when the two big No. 8s met in the Champions’ Cup semi-final in April, Hughes is seen by Jones as more of a six than an eight although the boss admits he has plenty to work on. Hughes will definitely win Test caps for England but they might be later rather than sooner.Jonny MayThere was no such thing as out of sight, out of mind for the Gloucester wing May who has not played since just after Christmas thanks to a serious knee injury. May, who has 19 caps, was always in the forefront of Stuart Lancaster’s selection thinking but cannot have been expecting this call-up after so long away from the fray. Ashton, 29,  may have felt that with 39 caps, 19 international tries and a new baby on the way, the second-string trip was not for him, but Jones obviously felt differently despite Saracens’ pleas, the Australian had given him the thumbs-up to stay at home.Danny CiprianiCipriani was one of the headline omissions after seeming to do his bit with the Saxons. The 28-year-old last played for England, off the bench, in a World Cup warm-up match in Paris and has managed just 14 caps more than eight years after his debut. After missing out on the Australia tour though, Cipriani did the right thing by knuckling down with the Saxons and playing a leading role in the wins in Bloemfontein and George.Face doesn’t fit: Danny Cipriani continues to be overlooked by England The centre needs a massive start to the Premiership season with Northampton to get a shot with Jones but with the Ford/Farrell axis set to last the 28-year-old is bang up against it.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here and find out how to download the digital edition here. Eddie Jones has named his first England training squad of the new season – a 45-man party – who will gather this weekend in London for a four-day camp. Predictably the head coach has pulled out some unpredictable selections, so who are the winners and losers?WinnersMike HaleyLike Nathan Hughes, Mike Williams, Josh Beaumont, Kyle Sinckler, Joe Marchant, Charlie Ewels, Dan Robson and Ben Te’o full-back Haley is one of a number of uncapped players named in the squad and it is reward for an excellent season where he was virtually ever-present for Sale. He and Beaumont have proved you don’t have to play for one of the so-called fashionable clubs to get noticed, and his display in the first Saxons match in South Africa, a 32-24 win in Bloemfontein was enough for him to get the nod.Breakout: Mike Haley has followed a successful Saxons tour with a call-up But he has obviously not done enough to get in front of George Ford, Owen Farrell and Henry Slade and you get the feeling his move to Wasps will be his last chance to impress and get a foothold in the international team. If he does not make it, it would be a criminal waste.Matt Kvesic Back from the cold: Tom Youngs had fallen out of favour with England May day: Jonny May has been out injured but his call-up showed he’s not been forgottenHowever he is quick-witted and has plenty of gas and if that package is back, then there is no reason why he won’t be challenging Anthony Watson for the left wing berth come the Six Nations. Probably not before. LosersChris AshtonAshton is still feeling the fall-out from his 10-week ban in the spring which ruled him out of the Six Nations and it looks a long way back for the Saracens wing. In January he was in decent form and had been named in Eddie Jones’ first England squad before being suspended for an eye-gouging incident with Ulster’s Luke Marshall. That put the kybosh on an immediate return – he has not played a Test since June 2014 – and his decision to miss the Saxons trip to South Africa looks like the wrong one now with plenty of wings in front of him.Out in the cold: Ashton’s prolific form for Sarries hasn’t seen an England call-up Youngs is probably in a scrap with Luke Cowan- Dickie to be the third hooker, behind captain Dylan Hartley and Jamie George, but at least he is in there and it is a welcome boost for a hard-working player trying to get rid of the stains of the last World Cup. He has won 28 caps but with Hartley and George about, probably needs someone to get injured to add to them. Tom YoungsNo-one saw Youngs’ omission from the training squad in January coming and no-one really saw his re-instatement, as one of four hookers, coming this time around either. The new Leicester captain has not played a match since 24 January after suspension and back surgery but Jones must be keen to have a look at him or he would not have bothered to call him up for this camp. Australian downer: Luther Burrell was replaced in the First Test and hasn’t been figured since Eddie Jones has named his provisional EPS squad for a four-day squad camp later this month but who will be elated and who will be deflated from it?last_img read more


Hopes and gratitude for incoming, outgoing archbishops of Canterbury

first_imgHopes and gratitude for incoming, outgoing archbishops of Canterbury New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rev. William Underhill says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL By Matthew DaviesPosted Nov 9, 2012 Rector Bath, NC Robert Waters says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Events Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Comments (3) Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Press Release November 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm He seems to be full of the Spirit and wisdom qualified leading the turbulent Anglican sea.May God bless him and his family. 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Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Archbishop of Canterbury Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Tags November 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm Sounds like a great choice. May God sustain and inform him in that awsome new ministry. Archbishop of Canterbury-designate Justin Welby smiles during a news conference at Lambeth Palace in London. Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters[Episcopal News Service] The Nov. 9 news that the Rt. Rev. Justin Welby was named the next archbishop of Canterbury has generated reactions from many corners of the Anglican Communion, the global body of 38 provinces that the bishop of Durham, England, and former oil executive has been called to lead spiritually.During a Nov. 9 press conference at Lambeth Palace, Welby told media that he wanted the church to be a place where people could disagree in love and that he was averse to the language of exclusion.An active user of Twitter, he said that he intended to continue to use social media as a means of communication.As the 105th archbishop in a succession spanning more than 1,400 years, Welby will assume the multifaceted role of spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, primate of All England and bishop of the Diocese of Canterbury, upon his enthronement March 21, 2013.Many Episcopalians have welcomed the news, expressing enthusiasm for Welby’s appointment and appreciation for incumbent Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams’ leadership during the past 10 years.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said she was “delighted” to hear the news, adding that Welby “brings knowledge of the immense challenges of the world in which the Anglican Communion seeks to partner in the service of God’s mission to heal and reconcile.”Welby has experience of churches in several parts of the Anglican Communion, “which should serve him well,” said Jefferts Schori, who recently returned from New Zealand and a meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council, the communion’s main policy-making body.“I give thanks for his appointment and his willingness to accept this work, in which I know his gifts of reconciliation and discernment will be abundantly tested,” she said. “May God bless his ministry, shelter his family and bring comfort in the midst of difficult and lonely discernment and decisions.”President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, who also represented the Episcopal Church at the ACC meeting, told ENS that she had left every international gathering of Anglicans that she had attended with the same conviction: Most people in the Anglican Communion are eager “to work together for the sake of the gospel, whatever our difference over specific theological points.“We need an archbishop of Canterbury who wants to facilitate that cooperation and encourage the partnerships that are waiting to be born,” she said.Welby “is held in high regard” by Episcopalians who know him well, Jennings said.“As a conflict negotiator, he has demonstrated extraordinary courage and unusual skill in persuading people with far greater differences than those within the Anglican Communion to work together and to reconcile,” she said. “This gives me hope that he is the right person for this challenging moment in the Anglican Communion’s history.”Strength of varied background citedChurch of England bishops are appointed rather than elected, with a 16-member Crown Nominations Commission putting forward two names — a preferred candidate and a second candidate — to the United Kingdom prime minister. He then seeks approval from the British monarch, who is the supreme governor of the Church of England.Before his ordination to the priesthood in 1992, Welby studied law and history at Cambridge University and then spent 11 years as an executive in the oil industry. After a decade in parish ministry, he was appointed a canon residentiary, and later sub-dean, of Coventry Cathedral. He served as dean of Liverpool Cathedral from 2007-2011.As bishop of Durham, the fourth most-senior position in the Church of England to which he was consecrated in October 2011, Welby automatically is granted a seat in the House of Lords.Bishop Pierre Whalon of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe called the appointment “a judicious one,” citing Welby’s “wide and varied background that will serve him well as archbishop of Canterbury, both within the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion.”Welby “will take an evenhanded approach to the provinces of the communion,” Whalon told ENS.He also brings useful new skills to the role, said the Rev. Marek Zabriskie, rector of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.“Because of his background as a successful businessman in the oil industry, I believe that he will bring fresh skills to the role of archbishop of Canterbury, including strategic planning,” he told ENS. “This is something that has been desperately needed in the Church of England and in the Anglican Communion, and it is something that few if any of his predecessors have brought to the See of Canterbury before.”Zabriskie met with Welby during a recent visit to the United Kingdom as part of a tour to promote and raise awareness of the Bible Challenge, an initiative that encourages and facilitates reading the entire Bible in one year. Both Welby and Williams have supported the initiative.“Bishop Welby is a strong believer in regular Bible reading,” Zabriskie said, “as this is how he came to his own faith later in life – through reading the Scriptures and attending church at Holy Trinity Church, Brompton,” birthplace of the Alpha Course, which seeks to offer people a way to explore the Christian faith more deeply.While Welby “is inclined towards the evangelical side of the church,” Zabriskie said, the archbishop-designate “seems to wear the designation lightly so as not to be type-cast in the Church of England and the Anglican Communion as a member of only one particular branch of the larger church.”When Zabriskie asked Welby about his candidacy and being considered for the post, he responded, “It’s a very difficult job … I pity the man who has to shoulder the responsibility. It will take a great deal of prayer and enormous efforts to carry out the role.”The Rev. Lee Alison Crawford, canon missioner of the Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador and a former member of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council, said she hoped that Welby would continue his predecessor Williams’ commitment to tackling issues of social and economic justice.“Archbishop Williams recognized that engagement in the social and political realms complements the gospel imperative to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, heal the sick, visit the prisoner and free the captive,” Crawford, an Episcopal priest based in Vermont, told ENS. “May Bishop Welby continue his work of reconciliation, bringing together all voices to the table for the difficult but essential conversations the Anglican Communion must have on ecclesiology, mission, proclamation of the gospel and a changing world, and how those changes affect people’s understanding of what it means to be human and how we are all interconnected and interdependent.”Crawford said she also hoped Welby would encourage the Anglican Communion “to take some risks and move beyond the status quo.“I pray he can bring together the many facets of the Anglican Communion — a rich, diverse and unified, but not uniform, body — through his proclamation of the gospel message of Christ’s love for all.”In March 2012, Welby attended the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops as an international guest. In his remarks at the close of the meeting, he said the indaba conversations the bishops had engaged throughout the meeting facilitated generosity and clarity and that he would leave the meeting with a “‘deeper understanding of different contexts and realities.”After having met Welby and shared lunch with him during that meeting, Bishop Ed Little of Northern Indiana told ENS the bishop impressed him on several levels.“He’s very perceptive of the challenges facing the Church of England and the Anglican Communion, and has a good grasp of both the issues and the complexity of the struggle,” said Little. “At the same time, he is enormously engaging, with a wonderful sense of humor and real warmth. He’s a deeply committed Christian with deep faith and a ‘sparkle’ in his eye. He will, I believe, be able to reach out to disparate elements both within his own church and throughout the communion.”Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, who serves on the ACC and as a member of the Anglican Communion Standing Committee, said that he had found Welby “to be a faithful and forward-looking Christian leader dedicated to God’s mission of reconciliation.“His varied experience will give him a broad base from which to lead an increasingly diverse and changing church and Anglican Communion in the 21st century,” he said. “I very much look forward to working alongside Bishop Welby on the standing committee.”Diocese of Springfield Bishop Daniel Martins said that he found Welby to be “intelligent, disarmingly transparent, politically savvy and with excellent ‘people skills.’“I believe his pastoral and administrative instincts will make him a blessing to the diocese and province of Canterbury, and his ability to deal effectively with people will serve him well as he engages the monumental challenges facing the Anglican Communion,” Martins, who interviewed Welby soon after he visited the House of Bishops meeting, told ENS.When Martins asked him at the time how he hoped to be best known, in headlines or otherwise, Welby responded that his main ambition “would be not to be too much in the headlines at all, as given the state of the British press it would probably mean I had done something immensely stupid.”But if he had to be in the headlines, Welby said, he hoped it would be for the church growing in numbers and in spiritual depth, for working effectively with those on the margins of society, adding that he would like to be known “as a bishop who cared about God and cared about the people.”Following the Nov. 9 announcement, Welby said: “I don’t think anyone could be more surprised than me at the outcome of this process. It has been an experience, reading more about me than I knew myself. To be nominated to Canterbury is at the same time overwhelming and astonishing. It is overwhelming because of those I follow, and the responsibility it has. It is astonishing because it is something I never expected to happen.”Williams said in a Nov. 9 statement that he was “delighted at the appointment … I have had the privilege of working closely with [Welby] on various occasions and have always been enriched and encouraged by the experience.“He has an extraordinary range of skills and is a person of grace, patience, wisdom and humor. He will bring to this office both a rich pastoral experience and a keen sense of international priorities, for church and world. I wish him – Caroline and the family – every blessing, and hope that the Church of England and the Anglican Communion will share my pleasure at this appointment and support him with prayer and love.”Welby and his wife, Caroline, have five children, aged 16-27.Among the messages that flooded in from around the Anglican Communion at news of Welby’s appointment was a statement from the Most Rev. David Chillingworth, primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, saying that Welby “brings to this task a wonderful range of gifts — spiritual, relational and intellectual — as well as his varied life experience.”Gratitude for Williams’ leadershipWelby, 56, will succeed Williams, who will step down at the end of the year after serving as the 104th archbishop of Canterbury since February 2003. Williams has accepted a new post as master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and will begin in that role in January.Williams has led the Anglican Communion through some turbulent times, trying to bind together – despite some deeply held theological and cultural differences – Anglicans in more than 165 countries.During the past 10 years, Europe’s Episcopal Bishop Whalon said he has come to consider Williams a friend.“The ministry he has exercised as archbishop will be, I believe, seen in the future in much clearer light than today, and his vital contributions to the life and ministry of the Anglican Communion and the Church of England will be recognized,” said Whalon, who is based is Paris and oversees the Episcopal Church’s congregations and ministries throughout France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Poland.Williams, as primate of All England, also has led congregations throughout the Church of England’s Diocese in Europe.“In our churches in Europe we have prayed for him every Sunday, so he goes forth to his new ministry with our very best wishes,” said Whalon.House of Deputies President Jennings called Williams “a deeply faithful person of prayer who served during a difficult time in the life of the communion.”During the ACC meeting, Jennings said, she “was particularly impressed by his passion for justice and peace and his deep respect for the dignity and worth of every human being.“The church will be blessed by his continuing theological reflection and writing in the coming years.”Of his several encounters of Williams, Indiana’s Bishop Little said, one memory that stands out comes from the first days of the 2008 Lambeth Conference of bishops that were devoted to a retreat in Canterbury Cathedral.“For two days, the bishops had the cathedral to themselves — no tourists — and Archbishop Rowan led us in a time of reflection. It was a wonderfully enriching experience: encountering Christ, encountering one another, pondering our ministries,” Little said. “He has brought to the archiepiscopal office the gifts of teaching and pastoral service on behalf of the body of Christ. In a contentious era, he has striven for reconciliation, and has given himself tirelessly to that ministry. His love for Jesus and his devotion to the unity of the church are gifts for which I praise God.”Williams has just returned from two weeks in New Zealand, where he presided over his final meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council.Asked at the ACC’s closing press briefing about the characteristics needed in the next archbishop of Canterbury, Williams quoted Swiss Protestant theologian Karl Barth: “You have to preach with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.”“You have to be cross-referencing all the time, saying, ‘How does the vision of humanity in community that’s put before us in the Bible map onto these issues of poverty, privation and violence and conflict?’” Williams said. “And you have to use what you read in the newspaper to prompt and direct the questions you put to the Bible. So, I think somebody who likes reading the Bible and likes reading the newspaper would be a good start.”Josephine Hicks, the Episcopal Church’s lay member of the ACC, said that Williams’ lasting legacy would be “that the Anglican Communion held together in spite of deep divisions that threatened to tear it apart for most of his time in office.”An equally important legacy, she said, is that he returned the Lambeth Conference to its original purpose of consultation, worship, prayer and relationship building, “rather than what had become politically driven decision making. I am thrilled that the last ACC meeting focused on peace and justice issues, Bible in the Life of the Church, Continuing Indaba and mission, rather than divisive issues.”Connecticut’s Bishop Douglas described it as “an incredible privilege and joy” to work alongside Williams on the Anglican Consultative Council and as a member of the Design Group for the 2008 Lambeth Conference.“I thank God for the gift of Archbishop Rowan,” he said. “He has led the Anglican Communion and the Church of England from a place of deep prayer, profound wisdom, and a generous spirit.”Under Welby’s leadership, Hicks said, she hopes the Anglican Communion “will continue to move forward in mission and ministry, not ignoring difficult or divisive issues, but discussing them in ways that help us understand each other and learn from each other and move toward consensus rather than reaching decisions with winners and losers — decisions that would marginalize one ‘side’ or the other.”The transition from Williams to Welby, Zabriskie noted, means “replacing a liberal catholic theologian of the highest order, who possesses an almost photographic memory … with an evangelical, latecomer to the Christian faith, who is almost completely unknown as a theologian … and is known first and foremost as a manager and a strategic thinker with a strong understanding of finances and a gift for diplomacy and reconciliation.“His gifts might be just what we need at this time, but only time will tell.”— Matthew Davies is an editor and reporter with  the Episcopal News Service. 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Episcopalians take part in UN forum on eliminating poverty worldwide

first_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Tampa, FL Rector Knoxville, TN [Episcopal News Service] Leaders from The Episcopal Church participated over the past several weeks in a United Nations forum on eradicating global poverty. During that time, they represented the church, shared updates on the work that church-affiliated groups are doing and learned about progress that has been made so far.The U.N. High-Level Political Forum, or HLPF, on the Sustainable Development Goals is a yearly meeting to review progress toward achieving the 2030 Agenda, a document outlining the U.N.’s plan to eliminate poverty by 2030. That plan is broken down into 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, which focus on solving specific issues that contribute to poverty, like insufficient education, climate change, gender inequality and unhealthy living conditions. During the HLPF, which took place at U.N. headquarters in New York July 9-18, various entities from inside and outside the U.N. gathered to evaluate the status of those goals.The Episcopal Church has been building up a presence at these forums for years, having endorsed the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs when the U.N. adopted them in 2015.“The Episcopal Church has been aiming to eradicate poverty long before the U.N. was even created,” said Lynnaia Main, The Episcopal Church’s representative to the U.N., who attended the forum. “After all, in Matthew 25, Jesus called on his disciples to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, etc. So there is a natural alignment between what Jesus calls us to do as Christians and what the countries of the world are trying to do in calling for an end to poverty, via the lens of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals.”The SDGs line up well with the work that various Episcopal entities have been doing for years, Main said. Episcopal Relief & Development in particular has been working to relieve suffering and foster sustainable development through programs around the world that target hunger, disease, inequality, economic disadvantage and environmental destruction. Episcopal Relief & Development is using the SDGs (which emphasize the importance of collecting data and measuring outcomes) to evaluate its relief efforts, and the organization’s program knowledge manager Chou Nuon was one of the Episcopal delegates at the HLPF.Other delegates included Jamie Coats, executive director of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation, who was there in support of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative. OPHI, which is headed by Anglican priest and economist Sabina Alkire, has developed a new way of measuring poverty called the Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index. While poverty has traditionally been determined by income alone, this analytical tool incorporates other weighted factors like education and health and living standards, producing a more accurate result for an individual’s status. This has given the U.N. – and the entities that work within and around it – the ability to more specifically track progress toward the SDGs.The Rev. Nigel Massey, chair of the Diocese of New York’s Global Mission Commission and rector of the French Church du Saint-Esprit in Manhattan, attended the forum to learn more about the U.N.’s definitions of sustainable development. The Global Mission Commission helps parishes in the diocese engage with communities in developing countries by providing grant funding, as well as training and assistance with mission trips. As with Episcopal Relief & Development, the Global Mission Commission uses the SDGs to evaluate its own mission work.Episcopalians also hosted side events during the forum, including “Education to End Inequality and Promote Peace,” which The Episcopal Church co-hosted with several other NGOs at its headquarters in Manhattan.– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Job Listing Poverty & Hunger, TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopalians take part in UN forum on eliminating poverty worldwide AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Events Youth Minister Lorton, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Music Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Gender Justice, Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA last_img read more


Jason Robinson on life at Fylde Rugby Club

first_imgWednesday Nov 24, 2010 Jason Robinson on life at Fylde Rugby Club Only a few months back former England fullback Jason Robinson announced that hed be returning to rugby with a stint at division 2 club Fylde. The move surprised many, but since then Robinson has thrived not only on the field, but in his personal life too.Totally Rugby caught up with the World Cup winner recently to hear about how his move to the small club came about, including the role that former England coach Brian Ashton played.As we saw in a recent video with another England back, Will Greenwood, the passion for the game lives long after professional retirement and Robinson seems to be getting the same value from rugby that he was at the highest level.“Its quite different from playing at Sale, but it is an environment where I can enjoy it,” said Robinson recently.“I have never lost my appetite for the game, even though the World Cup final seems a long way from Fylde today,” he added.Robinson will actually be turning out on a bigger stage this Friday night as he, along with other England Legends, take on a South African Legends side at the Twickenham Stoop. The game is part of the build up to the England vs Springboks match on Saturday.Led by former captain Martin Corry, the England Legends will field players such as Robinson, Josh Lewsey, Mark Regan, Dan Luger, and Paul Grayson.The South African side will have AJ Venter, Joost van der Westhuizen, Braam van Straaten, Brendan Venter, Robbie Kempson, Cobus Visagie, Marius Hurter, Pieter Muller, Breyton Paulse and ex London Irish player Ryan Strudwick. Time: 05:52 Note: With thanks to Total RugbyADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Watch: Reforging the Steelers | Episode 2 | RugbyPass Original Documentary In Episode 2 of Reforging the Steelers, we follow the team through rounds two to four as they try to get their season on track after an opening loss to competition powerhouses Tasman. Shock result: Crusaders left to rue costly errors with win over Rebels not enough for final guarantee In a shock result, the Crusaders have failed to record the requisite winning margin needed over the Rebels to book themselves a spot in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final and are now reliant on the Blues dropping the ball against the Force. ‘I deliberately haven’t mentioned it too much this week’: Tim Sampson keeping mum ahead of Blues battle The Western Force aim to play the role of party poopers on Saturday when they take on the ladder-leading Blues at a venue that shall not be named. Highlanders player ratings vs Brumbies | Super Rugby Trans-Tasman The Highlanders have given themselves a decent shout at playing in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final. Who were the top dogs in what was effectively a semi-final showdown with the Brumbies? Hurricanes player ratings vs Reds | Super Rugby Trans-Tasman How did the Hurricanes rate in their final game of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman, their 43-14 victory over the Reds? Jason Robinson on life at Fylde Rugby Club | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. Username * Password * Email * Password Repeat * Please send me news, information and special offers from RugbyDump By clicking register you agree to our Privacy Policylast_img read more


House of Reticence / FORM | Kouichi Kimura

first_img Area:  164 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:   Takumi OtaText description provided by the architects. This house is built on the triangle site with a width of 18 m. Save this picture!©  Takumi OtaRecommended ProductsWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesThe client has requested to make the best use of the characteristic site form to build a house with both privacy protection and a sense of openness in the house. Save this picture!©  Takumi OtaThe building is composed of the echelon volume successive along the site form, and the high wall. Save this picture!©  Takumi OtaThe landscape-oriented façade, which is one of the external features and brought about by making good use of the site width, allows people’s line of sight to be introduced in the horizontal direction. Save this picture!©  Takumi OtaThe interior space design also takes advantage of the site width. On the first floor the entrance hall is located at the center. On its both ends are the spot gardens that are allocated in the spaces separated by the Japanese room on the irregular site form. Save this picture!©  Takumi OtaAs the line of sight is designed to be as long as possible, the internal space is visually expanded so as to realize the space that gives an open feeling. On the second floor the living room and the balcony are laid out on both ends. In addition, the ceiling of the living room is designed to be higher than that of the other rooms. These designs intensify visual expansion. Save this picture!©  Takumi OtaThe opening at the upper side of the living room, as well as the glass wall on the balcony where a bench is furnished, is one of the elements that produce a sense of openness. By considering the site form to select the locations for the openings and control the line of sight, this house realizes the spaces that give a sense of openness but are closed off to the periphery.Save this picture!©  Takumi OtaProject gallerySee allShow lessProblems for Piano’s Modern WingArticlesShutter Fence / Noa Biran + Roy TalmonArticles Share House of Reticence / FORM | Kouichi Kimura Houses “COPY” Photographs “COPY” ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/79475/house-of-reticence-form-kouichi-kimura Clipboard Japan House of Reticence / FORM | Kouichi KimuraSave this projectSaveHouse of Reticence / FORM | Kouichi Kimura ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/79475/house-of-reticence-form-kouichi-kimura Clipboard Year:  Projects Save this picture!©  Takumi Ota+ 21 Share CopyHouses•Japan 2010 Architects: FORM | Kouichi Kimura Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeFORM | Kouichi KimuraOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesJapanPublished on October 01, 2010Cite: “House of Reticence / FORM | Kouichi Kimura” 01 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar PanelsMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausStonesCosentinoDekton Surfaces – Cap Ferrat BuildingStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Strata Argentum – Classtone CollectionAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®CeramicsTerrealCustom Shape Terracotta CladdingSeatingInterstuhlPillows – HUBPartitionsBuzzispacePrivacy Booth – BuzziRingMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more


Pru gives Esmee a windfall

Howard Lake | 12 March 1999 | News The Prudential, the largest life insurer in the UK, has agreed to buy M&G, the country’s largest unit trust group. The Prudential, the largest life insurer in the UK, has agreed to buy M&G, the country’s largest unit trust group. One of the beneficiaries of the £1.9b deal will be the Esmee Fairbairn Charitable Trust, which, with 33.3%, is M&G’s largest shareholder. Provided the sale is approved, the Trust will sell its entire holdings. Given that the Prudential is making a cash offer of £25 per share, which was 40% higher than the closing share price the day before the deal was announced, it looks likely that the Trust will enjoy a considerable windfall.  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Pru gives Esmee a windfall AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement read more


Austin Pride: FIRE challenges police presence, capitalist cooptation

first_imgWith temperatures in Austin creeping just over 100 degrees, Austin Pride kicked off Aug. 10. This year, activists representing Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere showed up at the Texas capitol building’s south steps, where the parade took a southern turn down Congress Avenue, saying, “We do not want pigs in our community.”Playing music just behind the mounted cops, FIRE chanted slogans such as “Cops and borders, we don’t need ‘em. What we want is total freedom!” and “Sexists, Racists, anti-Gay, APD, go away!” Many people came up to show support and to talk about the upcoming action against Greyhound. Austin Police Department’s (APD) cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement was also addressed.Pride, a time of festivities, began June 28, 1970. The original Pride march was the “Christopher Street Liberation Day March,” named for the New York City street where the Stonewall Inn—​flashpoint for the famous uprising against police brutality—​is located. It is a time when LGBTQ2S+ people can freely celebrate themselves out in the open, rather than being rebuked. They are instead put on a pedestal or a float and enjoy a day of celebrating unconventional sexual expression and gender identities, free from the everyday oppressions faced on the streets any other time of the year.Pride, however, like many other revolutionary movements and icons under capitalism, has increasingly become more and more embedded into the capitalist mainstream. Rather than being a revolutionary display of defiance against a reactionary system that has historically repressed gayness, gender expression or anything that doesn’t meet the neat and clearly defined cis heteronormative lifestyle, Pride has become a way for markets to expand into a new demographic. Pride has also become increasingly more policed, with dire consequences for many LGTBQ2S+ folk.Alcohol companies first to exploit LGBTQ2S+ marketCompanies started appealing to gay communities as far back as 1981 with “coded targeting,” when Absolut Vodka began running ads in The Advocate and After Dark, two magazines regularly read by gay men. Since then, other companies such as Miller Brewing Co. and Smirnoff have taken the lead in appealing to the gay community with marketing schemes.Stereotypes of Dionysian parties, stretching long into the night, filled with debauchery and drugs, have dominated the image of gay life. But clubs were getaway spaces in a time where being out meant being out of a job, or worse, losing your life (as if that’s changed much). These companies made one thing clear: What they saw was a new market to exploit.“If you’re not appealing to every minority community, be that racial or in terms of sexual orientation, you’re missing out on market share,” said senior editor of Adweek Robert Klara. (June 29, 2014) Thus began the assimilation of gay culture into capitalism. In a VinePair article, vice president of Smirnoff Jay Sethi said, “We do know that the Smirnoff brand is category leader with the LGBTQ audience, and we also know that LGBTQ vodka category consumption has grown year over year.” (June 8, 2018)Recent times have seen much more ingratiation between corporate entities and LGBTQ2+ communities. Companies like Apple, Google, Indeed and a host of others have changed their logos to a rainbow alternative during Pride month to claim support for the community, but ultimately, LGBTQ2+ people will never be fully accepted under capitalism.Leslie Feinberg’s “Rainbow Solidarity in Defense of Cuba” explains how colonialism and class society always tend to suppress gay and trans communities, often through unspeakable violence. (Free download from workers.org/books.) At least 26 trans people, mostly Black, were violently killed in 2018, as reported by the Human Rights Campaign. At least three trans refugees, including Johana Medina Leon, died or were killed shortly after being released from ICE custody.Austin Pride ingratiates cops, ICEAustin Pride has been especially sinister. Last year, Austin Pride included an APD recruitment booth at its annual festival in an effort to make their brutal police force more inclusive.The Austin Police Department is infamously violent. APD murdered a man on July 31 in the midst of a mental health crisis. In 2016, APD shot and killed an 18-year-old unarmed Black man, who was completely naked at the time. And anyone who has ever attended a protest in Austin could attest to the APD’s willingness to break necks and leave people without treatment, as happened to someone this writer knows. Recently, it was discovered by Grassroots Leadership that Austin police were in fact collaborating with ICE and providing them with immigration status reports, despite Austin supposedly being a sanctuary city.This year, after the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Austin Pride announced on its Facebook page that it was going to increase police presence, plainclothed and uniformed, as well as SWAT cops, sheriffs and drones as a “safety measure.” It’s hard enough for immigrant LGBTQ2+ people to exist in this country, but this is a perfect way to exclude them altogether from the one place they should feel safe and accepted. Not to mention the violent history between police and the LGBTQ2+ community. Pride Austin has not only become a capitalist playground, where it can cost hundreds of dollars to participate in festivities, but a highly militarized one at that.FIRE’s action made one thing clear. In the words of an organizer, “We do not want or need our existence justified by just being another marketable demographic—​but that our right to exist is intrinsic and that police are a real existential threat to that existence, and we do not want them in our spaces. Needless to say, an event which was once meant to commemorate the Stonewall uprising would doubtless now have [Stonewall Uprising leader] Sylvia Rivera back up in arms.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


Attacks on LGBTQ2S+ youth continue in Florida

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Occupied Seminole/Calusa/Taino land — South FloridaOn Nov. 20 the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in favor of reactionary conversion therapists, striking down previous bans on conversion therapy in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County, Fla.Conversion therapy, aimed primarily at LGBTQ2S+ youth, is a term that covers a range of dangerous and discredited practices that attempt to “fix” an individual’s queer sexual orientation or gender-nonconforming identity.The court ruling is a major step back in the LGBTQ2S+ liberation struggle, attacking one of its most vulnerable groups: youth.Backed by right-wing religious and political ideology, conversion therapy uses emotional manipulation, shaming, mental abuse, and sometimes even physical abuse to “cure” an LGBTQ2S+ individual. It is rooted in the fascistic belief that queerness and transness are mental illnesses that are severe and need aggressive, abusive treatment.Despite the continued horror stories about conversion therapy, countless LGBTQ2S+ people have survived to testify that it doesn’t work and that they are still queer or trans. That includes confirming revelations from some leaders in conversion therapy themselves! Over 700,000 people in the U.S. have been subjected to conversion therapy. (tinyurl.com/ydxdz7mn)This fake “therapy” is often practiced on youth who do not have any autonomy over themselves and are forced by hateful family members to attend the sessions. Conversion therapy has been condemned across the U.S. as meaningless, harmful and a major contribution to depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation in youth. It is currently banned in 20 states and Washington, D.C.As many cities, especially in Florida where this writer lives, struggle to pass a human rights ordinance to protect more LGBTQ2S+ people at work and in housing, this attempt is often blocked by right-wing religious politicians and their donors. These same reactionaries work to chip away at what has been won by LGBTQ2S+ organizers who have worked hard to ensure some protections do exist for youth and their communities of queer/trans people.LGBTQ2S+ youth deserve a safe and stable life that encourages them to be themselves and allows them to have full self-determination. In order for this to occur, hateful reactionary practices such as conversion therapy must be done away with once and for all. A widespread struggle is now being waged, including in Florida, to make this happen.Devin C is a transgender Marxist organizer and writer. They are the president of Strive (Socialist Trans Initiative) and a member of Workers World Party – Central Gulf Coast branch.last_img read more


Death threats against Bangladeshi blogger accused of “defaming Islam”

first_img BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms JihadismImpunityFreedom of expressionPredatorsJudicial harassmentViolence July 28, 2020 Death threats against Bangladeshi blogger accused of “defaming Islam” RSF_en Follow the news on Bangladesh BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms JihadismImpunityFreedom of expressionPredatorsJudicial harassmentViolence RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Asad Noor, who has lived in hiding for the past six years because of threats from Muslim fundamentalists, has been sought by the police since 13 July after posting videos contradicting government propaganda against a Buddhist monk who opposed the illegal appropriation of a Buddhist temple in the southeastern city of Chittagong.The police are accusing him under the Digital Security Act of spreading rumours and defaming Islam on Facebook and other digital platforms because he defended the monk and 10 Minute School, a pro-LGBT educational platform that has been threatened by the local branch of Al Qaeda.Saying Noor and the monk should be hanged, a government ally encouraged Islamists to take to the street in Chittagong on 17 July to demand their arrest. In response to the dangerous climate created by this demonstration, members of the local Buddhist community formed a human chain around the local press club.The next day, police went to the Noor family home in Amtoly, a town in the southern district of Barguna, abducted several members of his family and held them for 48 hours.“We call for the immediate withdrawal of the charges against Asad Noor and we urge the authorities to restore his passport,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “He has been hounded for more than six years. It is high time the authorities ended the persecution of this blogger and those close to him. Otherwise, we will hold them responsible for anything that happens to them.”While in transit at Dhaka airport in December 2017, when he was 25, Noor was arrested on a charge of “hurting religious feeling” in comments on Facebook and YouTube. Initially released on bail in August 2018, he was re-arrested as a result of pressure from radical Islamist groups. He was finally freed in January 2019, but the authorities confiscated his passport. Since then, he has continued to live in hiding, partly in India and partly in Bangladesh, but now without any papers.Bangladesh is ranked 150th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information February 26, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists News Newscenter_img to go further News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls of the withdrawal of all charges against Asaduzzaman Noor, a dissident Bangladeshi blogger better known as Asad Noor, and condemns acts of intimidation targeting him and his family in the latest of many hate campaigns against him that is receiving high-level encouragement. Asaduzzaman Noor, a Bangladeshi blogger better known as Asad Noor, has been living in hiding in India and Bangladesh for the past six years (photo: Asad Noor’s Facebook account). Organisation Receive email alerts News May 19, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more