Gareth Thomas on the Ellen Degeneres Show – Video

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Mickey Rourke recently confirmed he is planning to play Alfie in a film about his life. ‘Alfie’ going Stateside to share his story on the Ellen showFormer Wales and Lions captain Gareth Thomas has been in Los Angeles this week, as a guest on one of America’s biggest chat shows with Ellen Degeneres. A year after coming out as an openly gay man, Alfie opens his heart to Ellen, a few weeks after appearing in the pages of Rugby World Magazine celebrating his first ‘birthday’.If you’d like to watch the 5-minute video when he explains how he played rugby with what was an open secret in the game then click below. Why not give your views on Alfie.last_img read more

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Few facts about England wing Charlie Sharples

first_imgLONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Charlie Sharples of England in action during the Investec international friendly match between England and Wales on August 6, 2011 in Twickenham, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) He had booked a holiday with his girlfriend last June, but had to cancel when called into England’s World Cup training squad.He ran 40 metres in 4.82 seconds in pre-World Cup training – quicker than anyone else in the squad.You can follow him on Twitter @CharlieSharples. A recent tweet reads: “About to watch Twilight with the missus, would rather stab myself in the eye with a needle!” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Sharlples in action against Wales (friendly) August 2011The England EPS squad was named today, and included the Gloucester wing, Charlie Sharples. Here’s a little bit about him…Charlie Sharples was born in Hong Kong on 17 August 1989 and spent two years at the Dursley club from the age of 14.The year after winning the 2006 Daily Mail Cup final, he toured Australia with England U18.Sharples made his Premiership debut for Gloucester against London Irish on 8 March 2008 and scored a maiden top-flight hat-trick against Sale Sharks on 7 May 2011.He won the Gloucester Young Player of the Year award for 2010-11 and was also among the nominees for the Land Rover Discovery of the Season.He made an instant impact with England Saxons, scoring a try against the USA only 17 minutes into his debut off the bench in the 87-8 win over the USA last June. To find out more about Charlie, and read the rest of his interview pick up our February issue now!Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad.last_img read more

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Mobility: the walking triangle

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS THIS MONTH’s workout is all about repairing your body. That may mean losing a few pounds, getting a soft tissue massage (above), working on your mobility – or all of the above! John Dams, Harlequins head of performance, has designed a workout to help you in the January 2014 edition of Rugby World, and the walking triangle is one of the exercises that features in it. If you’ve never done one before, see how it’s done below! TAGS: Harlequins center_img Click here to see what’s in the current edition of Rugby World!last_img read more

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RWC 2015: Disabled station access at Twickenham not up to scratch

first_imgHe can’t judge the clubs now but he can say with authority that ‘reactive’ behaviour to the disabled is the norm in everyday life. People are nice as pie, the on-the-ground railway staff at Brighton and Victoria are brilliant, but the problems keep recurring and Higgy, and many others like him, are having their lives blighted. “It’s a downer,” he says. “It’s something we have to deal with, but it should be better.”Quite so. It should be better. In the meantime, we should be thanking Higgy and the other 800,000 UK wheelchair users for their forbearance. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Twickenham-bound: Alastair Hignell (centre) back in 2009. Disabled fans may struggle to reach HQ Take Higgy’s trip to this aforesaid lunch meeting. First, he had to ring up to alert railway staff of his intended journey – that can take ten or 15 minutes even after getting past the recorded messages.Still, it meant that someone was going to meet him off the train with a ramp at Clapham Junction. Except that no one did and, worse, the train started pulling away with him stuck on it, and a fellow passenger had to shout and bang on the window to stop the train.Ah well, at least he would be okay at Richmond, because after ringing up he knew a taxi would be waiting to whisk him to Twickenham. The railway company is obliged to pay for this if no disabled access is provided at the destination station.Station overload: Platforms will be rammed with fans during RWC 2015But no, foiled again! “The staff were surprised to see me and when they phoned for a taxi it was going to be an hour and a half’s waiting time. So I caught a black cab and paid myself.”Once he was home, he set about trying to get a refund for his taxi. And to that can be added this week’s journey, because this time the platform lift at Clapham wasn’t working, so they said he’d have to carry on to London. “But I was in danger of missing my appointment (a speaking engagement at a school) so I ended up getting a train to Woking and catching a taxi to Farnham. I do about three school talks every fortnight and the nearer you are to London, the worse it is.”You might laugh if it wasn’t so shameful.It’s about ten years since Higgy conducted a disability audit of English Premiership grounds and concluded that “there wasn’t a single club that tried to solve problems before they arose. Not one of them was proactive. Not one of them felt the need to make changes unless they were asked to. All of them were reactive, waiting for a complaint or a request to be made before deciding to take action”.center_img There was a lunch meeting last week about the Varsity Match, held in a hospitality box at Twickenham stadium. At its conclusion, the affable convener Rob Cole, a director at Westgate Sports Agency, offered to help former England international and Bristol full-back Alastair Hignell as he set out on his homeward train journey to Brighton. Higgy, as he’s affectionately known within rugby circles, has MS and uses an electric scooter.A few of us waited for Rob to return so we could say our formal goodbyes. Five minutes became 10 minutes, and then 20. Another 20 minutes passed and still no sign of Rob, we mused over where could he be?Rob finally returned and we had our answer. He’d walked to Richmond station with Higgy because there was no disabled access at Twickenham station.Consider that for a moment. A wheelchair user going to watch England play rugby cannot alight at the proper train station. In this day and age, that’s a disgrace.And relax: Hignell back at home in more peaceful surroundingsMore than 6,000 people a day pass through Twickenham station, which will be full to bursting next September when the 2015 World Cup kicks off. Will the station be modernised in time for that England-Fiji tournament opener?Yes and no. An ambitious project, involving residential and retail building, has been put on hold because of local opposition. It could take years to resolve.So Network Rail has opted for an immediate £5m package of improvements that include – hooray – step-free access between the ticket office and platforms. And, for that matter, a bigger area to help cope with the crush of fans being shepherded on to trains after a Test match (cue the sheep noises).“A proper access-for-all scheme, like they’re doing at the nearby Whitton station (not in time for the World Cup), involves huge lifts that cost millions each,” a Network Rail spokesman told me. “The work at Twickenham won’t be like that but there will be a stair lift for disabled passengers. And it will be completed by the World Cup.”I passed on this good news to Higgy. “A stair lift will be no good for powered wheelchairs,” he replied.So he will be obliged to go through the usual travel aggro, and when you realise that the hassle starts before he even embarks on a journey, and continues long after he’s back home, you get an idea of how demoralisingly tedious life can be for a disabled person. With the Rugby World Cup now less than a year away, Alastair Hignell finds Twickenham Station’s disabled access leaves a lot to be desiredlast_img read more

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Rugby Rant: Don’t scrap the Aviva Premiership salary cap!

first_img TAGS: Saracens Sixteen years on, the salary cap is rising in line with commercial revenues and that’s the basis of a healthy, sustainable business.This Rant first appeared in the March edition of Rugby World – but what do you think about this issue? If Saracens’ Ed Griffiths was testing the water when he suggested abolishing the salary cap in England, he got badly scalded. Coaches and fellow CEOs were quick to shoot down his proposal.There are lots of reasons why many pro sports leagues, from America’s NFL to English county cricket, employ a cap. They want a level playing field where every team is competitive, and tactical skills can override the size of a benefactor’s wallet.Even with the stranded London Welsh, the Aviva Premiership can claim to be the most competitive league in the world, with 44% of games decided by a single score (or drawn). The result is a steady rise in attendances and record TV viewing figures – proof that English rugby has got it right.Griffiths’s contention that English clubs will lose out on star names to French rugby is partially true. But the provision of the ‘marquee player’ clause – which excludes the highest earner from the cap – permits any Premiership club to sign a Dan Carter. And next season clubs can have two marquee players, so you can have Carter and Kieran Read!Yet this misses the point, because overdo the number of foreign players and you undermine the national team. France, who have some 250 foreigners in their Top 14, struggle to get the balance right and are paying the consequences at Test level. In contrast, the number of England-qualified players in the Premiership passed 70% last season and young players have been granted the game time needed to fast-track their development. England have won back-to-back Junior World Cups partly because of such exposure.Rugby union has only been professional for 20 years and in the early days some clubs spent beyond their means, or saw a ‘sugar daddy’ withdraw. The incentive to avoid the financial strife encountered by Richmond, London Scottish et al lay behind the creation of a cap in 1999.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The haves and have-nots: Sarries versus London Welsh last_img read more

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Sam Underhill announces arrival on the biggest stage in rugby

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “You can enjoy these games and playing with a smile on your face there’s no better feeling in the world. I’m glad to be back at Twickenham today and we dug really deep against the best.”Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest rugby news. Thumping tackles, big carries and a poacher’s finish… the Bath flanker was in fine form Then there was his non-try.Related: Controversy as late England try ruled out by TMOIgnoring whether or not Lawes was behind the hindmost foot of the ruck, Underhill did what any good poacher will do by taking the spilt New Zealand ball. Then he showed a clean pair of heals as he charge for the line. With Barrett – now at full-back tracking his run, Underhill showed an sharp finisher’s mind.The flanker stepped off his left foot, feigning to run towards the post. As Barrett turned his back to anticipate this, Underhill stepped back to the left and gunned it towards the left corner. Cue scenes of real jubilation from the English side… before the match officials stepped in. WELCOME TO the big time, Sam Underhill.England may have lost to the All Blacks 16-15 in the driving Twickenham rain, while a potentially match-winning try for the Bath flanker was ruled out after the TMO ruled that Courtney Lawes was offside when he charged-down TJ Perenara. However, there was nothing to detract from Underhill’s outstanding display.The building blocks for a standout performance were all there. After 20 minutes, the Bath flanker zeroed in on All Blacks full-back Damian McKenzie, as he pulled in a kick, and hammered him. By minute 33 he had also rattled Beauden Barrett with a big tackle as the fly-half fielded a kick. Busting through: Sam Underhill carries hard for England against New Zealand Those two hits by Underhill on the Kiwi playmakers were two of ten hits in the first half. He would make a further ten tackles in the second half. But as impressive was the flanker’s willingness to make big carries.Talking to BBC 5live after the game, the bath back-rower said of his shot at glory at the end: “I don’t know what I was thinking when I went over. When it got brought back it was what it was but it’s those small margins.“I wasn’t watching the screen. At times like that we don’t watch the decision, we look to the next job. I loved it. We worked hard and were in control.last_img read more

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Pro14 Rainbow Cup becomes dual tournament due to Covid restrictions

first_imgSouth African sides were not given approval to travel LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Pro14 Rainbow Cup becomes dual tournament due to Covid restrictionsThe Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup has become a dual tournament after South African clubs were not given permission to travel due to Covid restrictions.The tournament was due to involve the 12 Irish, Italian, Scottish and Welsh teams that compete in the Pro14 as well as four South African sides – Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers.However, South Africa is on the travel red list for many countries involved in the tournament and restrictions relating to the pandemic could not be overcome, so there will no longer be cross-hemisphere matches.Instead the competition has been split in two, with a northern tournament consisting of Welsh, Irish, Italian and Scottish clubs. There will then be a Rainbow Cup SA, which will see the four South African sides playing each other.Leinster beat Munster in the recent Pro14 final (Getty Images)What avenues were explored?Organisers said they exhausted every avenue and had looked at various options for base camps, medical protocols and entry for teams. but could not find a solution where South African clubs could travel.They looked into 12 venues across the UK, Ireland and Europe to be a base for South African clubs. Places in the Middle East were also considered to host fixtures for South African teams.Pro14 CEO Martin Anayi said: “Among our unions, our own staff and SA Rugby there is no more that could have been asked in terms of designing plans that were medically sound. However, there has been no perfect solution found in time to allow for South African teams’ entry into our territories.“Whilst the outcome is clearly different from what we had intended, our relationship and partnership with SA Rugby has been greatly strengthened and enhanced by this experience.” South Africa teams like the Lions and Bulls will now play in a separate tournament (Gallo Images/Getty Images) center_img Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Jurie Roux, the CEO of SA Rugby, added: “This is a huge disappointment, but time had simply run out.“No stone was left unturned to try and find a solution to the challenges – including basing our teams for ten days in locations in the Middle East or Europe. But the pieces of the jigsaw would not fall into place in time to allow us to put those plans into action.”The four South African teams are still expected to join an expanded Pro16 next season.last_img read more

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Jerusalem churches celebrate Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

first_img The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Episcopal 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Job Listing Ecumenical & Interreligious Featured Events Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Hopkinsville, KY Anglican Communion, Rector Tampa, FL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Tags Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ [Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem] During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 19-27) ecumenical celebrations are being held throughout the Christian churches in Jerusalem. The Theme for the week is “What Does the Lord Require of Us?”On Sunday, Jan. 20, a 5 p.m. Evening Service in celebration of the week of prayer was held at the Anglican Cathedral of St. George the Martyr in Jerusalem. The theme for Sunday was ‘Walking in Conversation,’ based on the Road to Emmaus story from Luke 24.Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani welcomed the large Christian congregation and spoke of the fellowship amongst the heads of churches in Jerusalem, how “we often walk together and share our common interests and concerns.”Dawani spoke about the importance of “our care for and protection of Christian holy sites to ensure that Christian pilgrims of every denomination, and from around the world, can come to the Holy Land and experience the places sacred to the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord.”Dawani said that “among our many important concerns and responsibilities is our mutual sense of urgency about the dwindling presence of Christians here in the Land of the Holy One. Not so long ago, indigenous Christians were more than 20 percent of the population. Today we are less than 2 percent. Christian faithful have been in Jerusalem since the First Pentecost, and we must ensure we remain present and faithful witnesses here till our Lord comes again.”Dawani reminded the congregation that Christians in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East “have been peacemakers, building a bridge of understanding, tolerance, and acceptance between diverse peoples. The peace we seek and pursue is one with justice at its core. We are the voice of the voiceless and our voice needs to be heard here and around the world, as we remind Christians and non-Christians alike, that God demands justice for all God’s children.”The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, he said, “is answered in our context by being bold in our witness to our Lord Jesus Christ, of encouraging indigenous Christians to remain in the Holy Land, and of pursuing peace with justice.”Following the service, The Olive Branch Choir offered a performance of choral works, including Vivaldi’s Gloria and W.A. Mozart‘s Te Deum. The choir includes Palestinian Christians from Bethlehem, Beit Sahour and Beit Jala and a number of resident foreigners. The director and accompanist for the choir is Fr. Aurelio Mule Stagno.The choir seeks to be a witness to the Christian faith and hope within the Palestinian people.The theme of the Week of Prayer 2013 was prepared in India. It was decided that in a context of great injustice to Dalits (“outcasts”) in India and in the church, the search for visible unity cannot be dissociated from the dismantling of the caste system and a greater appreciation of the contribution of the poorest of the poor to unity.The brochure for 2013 is available here.Saturday, January 19Anastasis (Holy Sepulchre), Calvary at 5.30 p.m.Sunday, January 20Anglican Cathedral of St George, Nablus Road at 5 p.m.Monday, January 21Armenian Cathedral of St James, Old City, Armenian Quarter at 5 p.m.Tuesday, January 22Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Old City, Muristan at 5 p.m.Wednesday, January 23St. Saviour’s Latin Parish Church, Old City, near New Gate at 5 p.m.Thursday, January 24Upper Room, Cenacle, Mount Zion at 4 p.m.Friday, January 25St. Mark’s Church, Syrian Orthodox Old City, near Jaffa Gate at 5 p.m.Saturday, January 26Ethiopian Orthodox Church, off Prophets’ Street at 5 p.m.Sunday, January 27Greek Catholic Church of Annunciation, Old City, near Jaffa Gate at 5 p.m. 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Press Release Service Rector Knoxville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Posted Jan 22, 2013 Rector Bath, NC Submit a Press Release Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL Rector Smithfield, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Jerusalem churches celebrate Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit an Event Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Collierville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Pittsburgh, PA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GAlast_img read more

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The making of an LGBT ministry in El Salvador

first_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 April 5, 2013 at 4:49 am Speaking as a former roman catholic who was born and raised in a family where moral conservatism silences all discussions about sex and later on went to an equally conservative evangelical school where i am literally fed with memorized bible verses that taught me to view myself as a sinner and my body as a piece of dirty flesh and bombarded me with enforced sunday schools and altars calls at weekly school services….then i can definitely say i have come full circle in having found a liberating, loving and nurturing community of faith in the episcopal church. But i was in for another surprise when i found myself literally alone when i received a pastoral letter given to all clergies and seminarians (while i was on my third year in divinity studies) issued by the retired prime bishop and his council expressing their strong objection over bp gene robinson’s consecration and new westminster’s blessing of same sex unions-thus announcing to all that the episcopal church under their leadership has joined in the global south anglican bandwagon in attacking the episcopal church and further adding that proverbial salt to an open wound declaring that they expect all clergies and persons in ministry formation to follow the resolutions of lambeth ’98 and enforce moratorium and punishment on erring church provinces…and even extending these prohibitions not only on ordaining bishops who are openly lgbt but went on to include all priests and deacons and with special mention to persons in ministry formation warning that they won’t be ordained to the ministry should they persist on remaining in this lifestyle. Now that was a harsh reality check on me that literally closed the doors of ordination on a very liberal and openly affirming lgbt episcopalian like myself. But i didn’t let this temporary setback tied my vision to their agenda instead i fortified myself with the thought that ’twas the inclusive spirituality and liturgy of the prayerbook that drew me inside the church and so i returned to my hometown and my rector who is now the bishop was very gracious in accepting me nevermind the position of conservative leaders in manila, that enabled me to continue on as a committed episcopalian serving in a small rural intentional community of faith practicing the inclusive prayerbook spirituality as episcopalians (and in spiritual fidelity to the episcopal church) in this part of the world. Anglican Communion, The making of an LGBT ministry in El Salvador Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI March 25, 2013 at 2:13 pm As a gay man and former Roman Catholic, I know what it is like to be raised in a culture where it is taken for granted that society, the Church, and even God think that I am defective and second-class (at best). I’ve come to see that leading a person to believe that s/he can’t be embraced fully by God is a terrible form of abuse. I thank God that I eventually found the Episcopal Church, and that increasingly our Church is a force for healing and justice around the world – not just when it comes to sexual orientation and gender identity, but in many other areas as well. Our leaders and faithful members have not always taken the easiest path over the past half century or so, thank goodness. Now I think we are emerging with a sense of mission and a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit that could not have been possible if we had put institutional interests and comfort ahead of Jesus’ call to love and justice. Looking at the state of the world it is easy to be pessimistic and scared about what will come tomorrow, but the Episcopal Church fills me with hope. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Events Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI March 22, 2013 at 11:25 pm I think the only peace of mind conservative people who take the Bible literally can do is to stop judging others. That too is biblical. What one does in one’s personal life is nobody’s business really. Even marriage is between two people and God, not government. I really believe it should have stayed that way, but I understand the reasons behind wanting to be equal with equal rights by law. I just feel called to pray for everyone and to accept that God will have the last word, if not here, then hereafter. Peace be with you. Latin America Featured Jobs & Calls Sister Jeannine Gramick of New Ways Ministry, a longtime Roman Catholic crusader for LGBT rights, lights candles for victims of hate crimes during a memorial service March 14 during the first-ever conference for LGBT human rights held at the University of Central America in San Salvador. ENS photo/Lynette Wilson[Episcopal News Service – San Salvador, El Salvador] In 2007, while working in the library and studying psychology at the University of Central America here in San Salvador, Cruz Torres discovered the Episcopal Church.He was cataloguing “The Anglican Review,” a prospectus from the Anglican Church in Guatemala. As he read it and later researched the Episcopal Church, he learned about the 2003 election of New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest elected bishop, and the church’s openness to LGBT people.“And I wondered if there was an Anglican church here,” he said during a recent interview with ENS.Torres eventually found La Parroquia San Juan Evangelista de la Iglesia Episcopal Anglicana de El Salvador and, after three Sundays, approached the Rev. Luis Serrano, the church’s rector.“I told him, ‘Well, Father, I don’t want to lie. I want to tell you the truth. I’m Roman Catholic. I’ve read about LGBT rights in the Episcopal Church. I am gay. I am a Christian, and I want to live my spiritual life in a place that doesn’t damn me,’” said Torres, during the interview at San Juan Evangelista.Serrano responded: “Our doors are open.”It was November 2007. Not long after Torres arrived, a male couple found the church. And then came another gay man and another, and eventually the number grew to six. Bishop of El Salvador Martin Barahona suggested that the group help the diocese begin a ministry on sexual diversity, but the group declined, Torres said. “We said, ‘No, El Salvador isn’t ready.’”Two years later, the group was meeting regularly on Saturday afternoons and had doubled in size.“We were 12, and we started to talk about our experiences in the [other] churches, and we said maybe it was time to call and invite the people we know,” Torres said. “Half of the people who came wanted to change [their sexual orientation] but that wasn’t our vision or our mission.”The Anglican/Episcopal Church of El Salvador is one of five churches in La Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America, which also includes Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Guatemala, that have formed a covenant with the Episcopal Church. El Salvador’s diversity ministry is the only one of its kind in the region’s Episcopal churches, said Torres.(Two other full-inclusion ministries exist in El Salvador, one in the Metropolitan Community Church and the other in a Protestant evangelical church.)That is not to say the situation for LGBT people is particularly different in El Salvador. Conservative sectors, including in the church and the media, call homosexuality bad and a sin, and the families of LGBT people are made to believe that, which affects how they sometimes treat their sons and daughters, said Torres.“Their families believe that because of what they are told by fanatics,” he said. LGBT people must demonstrate to family members how they’d like to be treated, he added. “That is the principal thing we do here [in the ministry]; people need to be fine with themselves.”The group’s mission was not to make gay people straight, as is the mission of some churches, but rather to help members work through their feelings, Torres explained. “We said: ‘God loves you as you are. If you are gay, it is because of His will, and you have a mission in life.’”Since forming the Ministerio de Diversidad Sexual in 2009, a diocesewide ministry, the group has grown to between 25 and 30 people – Roman Catholics, Methodists, Mormons, Evangelicals — many of whom have been received into the church. But evangelizing, Torres pointed out, isn’t the group’s mission either.Historic eventDespite advances in human rights, LGBT Salvadorans and those across the region often face discrimination and violence, topics recently addressed during the first-ever conference for LGBT human rights in El Salvador, held March 14-15 at the University of Central America.The group from San Juan Evangelista was well represented at the conference hosted by Asistencia Legal para la Diversidad Sexual El Salvador and the SHARE Foundation, a nonprofit human-and-civil-rights-advocacy organization. More than 1,000 people attended the two-day conference, including members of the Committee on Gender Diversity of Parroquia San Juan Evangelista de la Iglesia Episcopal Anglicana de El Salvador.“This is the first time this has happened in El Salvador, a place where to be openly gay, lesbian or transgendered could get you killed,” said Olivia Amadon. She attended the conference as a representative of Foundation Cristosal, a faith-based human rights and community-development organization that has its beginnings in the Episcopal and Anglican churches. “So it’s very inspiring to see organizations that support LGBT rights come together and put a face on the issues.”The conference included speakers, panels and discussions addressing:  what it means to be LGBT in El Salvador; community empowerment through the political process; inclusive faith communities as promoters of human rights; using international law to combat impunity; and access to justice as a human right.(In the last few years, the United Nations has begun to frame LGBT rights as basic human rights.)Speakers and panelists, Amadon said, talked of LGBT rights as human rights that should be protected, but the question remains: “Where does the conversation go from here?”The government of El Salvador’s executive branch has passed a decree banning discrimination based on sexual identity in the public sector, but that decree doesn’t extend to the private sector and can easily be overturned, and the laws protecting women and children from violence don’t extend to LGBT people, said Amadon.Even though the police are already receiving sensitivity trainings, transgender women continue to be beaten in the streets, said Amadon. “The law won’t solve discrimination, but there would be less impunity when violations do happen.”Passing a law is one step; the next is promoting awareness so homophobia and systemic discrimination decline, she said.It is a hate that has been around for generations, said Salvador Ramos, 22, in an interview at the conference.“It’s about changing the psychology of the masses,” said Nestor Urquilla, 41, adding that at most there are 3,000 Episcopalians in El Salvador (the total population is 6 million).Besides being the first conference on LGBT rights in El Salvador, the March gathering was significant in making clear a situation that needs to be changed, Torres said. That change cannot come from government, but through the grassroots efforts of society, he added.In general, straight members of the Episcopal Church in El Salvador have been supportive of the group, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been resistance, said Wendy Castillo, 28, a member of the diversity group.“It hasn’t all been rose-colored,” she said, adding that there is still work to be done.When Torres and the others from the LGBT community first began attending services at San Juan Evangelista, the parish was open to their presence, but two or three families left, said Serrano.Torres, now 30, first revealed his sexual identity during confession with a Roman Catholic priest when he was 18. Even though the priest didn’t reject him, he said, he didn’t feel welcome in the church and was without a spiritual home from 2005 to 2007, when he found the Episcopal Church.“It’s God’s will that I am here,” Torres said. “I accept myself and am happy with me, since I found that last piece of my heart.”“I was happy being gay, but there was this last thing in my heart,” Torres concluded. “When I came here I could be me, being Christian and being gay.”— Lynette Wilson is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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John-David Schofield, leader of San Joaquin departure, dead at 75

first_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Andrew Dulaney says: An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET People New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Retired Bishop John-David Schofield, who was then bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin and then-House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson talk Feb. 10, 2007, after the end of an all-day meeting of Episcopalians in Lodi, California. The meeting occurred 10 months before Schofield and a majority of the diocese’s congregations voted in December 2007 to realign with the Argentina-based Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg, Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] Retired Bishop John-David Schofield, who nearly six years ago voted with a majority of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin’s congregations to realign with the Argentina-based Anglican Province of the Southern Cone, died Oct. 29.A statement on the Anglican Church in North America’s website said Schofield, 75, was found dead seated in a chair in his home in Fresno, California. Friends had come to check on him, according to Bishop Eric Menees of the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin.Details about funeral services are not yet certain.Schofield, at odds with the Episcopal Church over the ordination of women and gay clergy, and issues of biblical authority, had urged the Central California Valley diocese to disaffiliate and join the Southern Cone. That vote happened Dec. 8, 2007, during a diocesan convention. He called the vote “a historic moment…a vote for freedom.”His was the first of five efforts by bishops to lead diocesan leaders and members out of the Episcopal Church, which is made up of 109 dioceses and three regional areas.After the San Joaquin vote, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori deposed Schofield on March 12, 2008, after the House of Bishops agreed with the findings of a Title IV Review Committee that Schofield had abandoned the communion of the church.He served as vicar of Saint Columba Parish Church in Inverness, California, and became bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin in January 1989. Six months later he signed onto the creation of the traditionalist Episcopal Synod of America, which opposed the ordination of women and was committed to combating an alleged erosion of episcopal and biblical authority.The ESA grew out of the Evangelical and Catholic Mission, an organization formed in late 1976 in opposition to General Convention’s decision earlier that year to allow women to be ordained as priests and bishops. The ESA later joined the Britain-based Forward in Faith, becoming known as Forward in Faith North America.In 1992 Schofield signed an ESA statement that denied critics’ claims that the group’s efforts to set up a “missionary diocese” were aimed at fragmenting the church. Schofield’s support of the synod upset many in the Episcopal diocese.Schofield became the leader of Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin after the 2007 split. He retired from that post in 2011 and then acted as a bishop in residence. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID November 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm Truly a pillar in the faith. May his memory be eternal! Anthony Christiansen says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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At news of his death, one thing comes to mind: the anthem or motet that we sang when I was a Grace Cathedral chorister:“Oh, sing joyfully unto God our strength!”David — I always knew him as Father David — was always joyful. Not merely optimistic, in the sense of having a conviction that things would get better. Joyful. Every moment with David was a moment of joy in the awe-inspiring beauty of the God-createdness of everything.RIP November 3, 2013 at 9:46 pm The Reverend Bishop John-David Schofield remained steadfast and true to “The Way, the Truth, and the Life,” “the only way to God the Father,” “the Living Water,” “the Bread of Life,” “the Good Shepherd,” the “only Wise God and Savior,” – Jesus Christ. This genuinely Godly man “feared God rather than man.” Bishop Schofield held true to Jesus who “remains the same, yesterday, today, and forever.” Bishop Schofield remained solid and did not shift with the ever-changing unsteady winds of time that brought with them contra-biblical quicksand theologies. His example helped to lay a foundational example of He consistently made and held his courageous stand so well up to the very end of his earthly existence. He upheld the infallible truths of the Holy Bible. Bishop John-David Schofield demonstrated well, the courage of his convictions, giving all of us who desire to follow Christ more closely, a great example of a devoted man who faithfully walked with God and finished well. I will miss him greatly, and pray God will inspire and raise up countless others to courageously and kindly walk in Christ Jesus’ footsteps in like-manner as he did. 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He was a magnificent preacher- always using many illustrations, and a grand sense of humor in his presentations. He was an avid “fan” of Kat Kerr, and her recent books on “Revealing Heaven.” I believe John-David’s mansion in Paradise has a huge dining room for his many friends and for us who consider him part of The Family of Christ!Christ! Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Jobs & Calls 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The Rev. Elise Astleford says: November 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm Typical of the Episcopal News to vilify Bishop John-David even in his ‘obit’. It is indicative of the intolerance of anyone not in goose step with the revisionist AEC. Now even they have a saint in heaven to pray for them. They need it! 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None of these can distract from the fact that his primary aim in the last years of his life was division. All of us contain both the light and the dark and nothing is black and white. It could well be that Schofield’s inability to see in anything but black and white was his fundamental foible. May he know God’s mercy. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel November 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm Schofield seemed to have become self-centered in his exclusionary form of Christianity. I have no doubt that Jesus would not have agreed with his version of things. With his departure, maybe things will finally settle down among people of faith in the San Joaquin Valley. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJlast_img read more

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