Quins announce trips to Abu Dhabi from £499!

first_imgTAGS: HarlequinsWasps For more information and to book this limited offer please call the Etihad Harlequins Hotline on 01494 733 444 or [email protected] Giles Travel has some packages including flights with Etihad Airways and two nights in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Yas Island starting from only £499 per person. Or if you fancy a little bit of luxury there are great packages including Pearl Business Class flights and two nights at Emirates Palace starting from only £1990 per person. HarlequinsEtihad Airways, the proud sponsor of Harlequins RFC, and the club’s exclusive travel partner Giles Travel, are offering you the chance to escape the winter and travel to Abu Dhabi to watch the LV = Cup game, London Wasps v Harlequins on 30 January 2011, at the World famous Emirates Palace. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Andrew Trimble signs new Ireland contract

first_imgIreland Coach Declan Kidney said, “It is great news that the IRFU and Andrew have come to an agreement that allows him to continue his playing career in Ireland with Ulster. It is important for both the Provinces and Ireland to keep as many of our top players playing here.”Director of Rugby in Ulster David Humphreys said: “Here at Ulster Rugby we’re delighted that Andrew has chosen to continue and further his rugby career in Ireland. He’s enjoying a rich vein of form, and as one of the senior members of the Ulster Squad he’s played an integral part in the improvements we’ve made this season. As we saw from his performance last weekend against Teviso, he’s certainly back to his best.”Here’s Andrew talking about his decision to stay with Ulster: Andrew Trimble has become the latest player to commit his future to playing in Ireland with his home province Ulster by putting pen to paper on a new Ireland international contract that will see him remain playing in Ravenhill for a further two years until the end of the 2012-13 season.Andrew Trimble’s signature follows a successful period of contract negotiations with fellow Ireland international Stephen Ferris also signed under an Ireland international contract until 2013 as well as Nevin Spence, Paddy McAllister and Dan Tuohy also being retained by Ulster Rugby.Andrew Trimble also joins a growing list of international contracts being awarded with Ronan O’Gara, Donncha O’Callaghan and Cian Healy also recently signing Ireland contracts. Trimble made his Ulster debut in September 2005 against Cardiff Blues and has so far played 111 times for his province. He quickly followed that debut with his first international appearance for Ireland against Australia in November and has so far won 31 caps and has scored eight international tries.Andrew Trimble said, “Ulster and Irish rugby are going from strength to strength and my decision to stay in Ireland was to make sure I was part of that. We have some big games coming up, so I am really happy that I was able to agree my new contract before we went into the busy period. As well as the challenges we have in the Heineken Cup and Magners League coming up, I was conscious that I also wanted to concentrate on playing as well as possible here with Ulster so I can challenge for a place with Ireland ahead of the Six Nations and the World Cup this year. Our game this weekend against Biarritz is my first priority and everybody in Ulster Rugby is firmly focused on that.” TAGS: Ulster center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Bath make four changes ahead of trip to Sixways

first_img Dave Wilson on the bech against WorcesterBath Rugby have made four changes to the starting line-up that secured victory over Montpellier last weekend as they prepare to face Worcester Warriors at Sixways tomorrow night, kick-off 7.45pm.Charlie Beech comes in to the front row to make his first Premiership start, packing down with Mark Lilley and Anthony Perenise. David Flatman and David Wilson shift to the bench, with hooker Will Tanner joining them.Dave Attwood partners Ryan Caldwell in the second row, with Stuart Hooper taking his place on the bench. Elsewhere in the pack, Lewis Moody will captain the side as he continues in the back row with Francois Louw and Simon Taylor. Starting XV:15. Nick Abendanon14. Olly Woodburn13. Dan Hipkiss12. Sam Vesty11. Tom Biggs10. Stephen Donald9. Michael Claassens1. Charlie Beech2. Mark Lilley3. Anthony Perenise4. Dave Attwood5. Ryan Caldwell6. Francois Louw7. Lewis Moody (c)8. Simon TaylorReplacements16. Will Tanner17. David Flatman18. David Wilson19. Stuart Hooper20. Guy Mercer21. Mark McMillan22. Olly Barkley23. Jack Cuthbert LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img BATH, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 05: David Wilson of Bath looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Harlequins at the Recreation Ground on November 5, 2011 in Bath, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)last_img read more

Knockout Know-how: The Aviva Premiership Semi-finals

first_imgLONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 26: Nick Evans of Harlequins celebrates with the trophy following his team’s victory during the Aviva Premiership final between Harlequins and Leicester Tigers at Twickenham Stadium on May 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images) Will it be try-time again for Saracens at Allianz Park in this Sunday’s Aviva Premiership semi-final?By Rugby World writer Katie FieldAS SARACENS, Leicester, Harlequins and Northampton prepare to do battle in this weekend’s Aviva Premiership semi-finals, which set of supporters has most reason to feel optimistic?Smiling at SaracensThe self-styled wolf pack finished top of the Premiership table and so have been the most consistent side this season. You have to go back to 2007-08 to find a No 1 team losing in the semi-final, and that was when Gloucester were pipped 26-25 by Leicester. Saracens’ strength in depth, enhanced by their policy of rotating selection, stands them in good stead.Saracens have home advantage over Northampton in their semi-final and they haven’t lost a single game at home this season – a fact made all the more extraordinary by the number of “homes” they had, before they settled in at Allianz Park in February.Finally, it is the fourth year in a row that Saracens have qualified for the play-offs and although they lost 24-15 to Leicester in last year’s semi-final, they reached the two previous finals, losing to the Tigers in 2010 and beating them in 2011, so these boys know how to win a semi.Feeling TigerishThis is the ninth – count ’em – year in a row that Leicester Tigers have been in the play-offs and they have reached the final in every one of those previous eight years. They haven’t won the Premiership trophy since the 2009-10 season, when they beat Saracens 33-27, but as they approach a home semi-final against Harlequins, that won’t be in their minds. Semi-final success is in their DNA.Leicester scored more tries in the Premiership’s regular season than any other team (56) and conceded only 29, putting them joint second in the defence league with Bath and behind Saracens.There are no weak areas in the Tigers’ game and the fact they have six players in the British & Irish Lions squad underlines their quality.Nick Evans holds the Premiership trophy aloft after last season’s final triumphHarlequins aiming highOne major factor in Harlequins’ favour is the fact they are reigning champions. They beat Leicester 30-23 in last year’s Twickenham final so the winning formula is fresh in their minds. Quins haven’t been as consistently brilliant this season as last, but they won their last three Premiership games and so have built up some momentum. Taking on Leicester at Welford Road is not a challenge for the faint-hearted, but recent results between the two sides are all in Harlequins’ favour, as they won 22-9 at Leicester in September and beat the Tigers 25-21 at The Stoop in February.If Quins need any more motivation, their players who were overlooked for Lions selection will have a point or two to prove.Northampton – Never say never!The odds seem to be stacked against the Saints as they prepare to meet Saracens at Allianz Park. They have lost in the Premiership semi-final for the last three years and not since 2007-08 has the fourth-placed team beaten the top team in the knockout stages.To make matters worse, Northampton haven’t beaten Saracens at any of their various homes since 2004 and they lost home and away to them this season. This will also be the Saints’ first experience of playing on a 4G artificial surface.However, Northampton only have one trophy to aim for this time, unlike in 2011 when they were preparing for a Heineken Cup final. Also, their Premiership try tally of 55 for the regular season is bettered only by Leicester and shows they are a potent attacking force.The annals of knockout rugby are littered with surprise results, so never say never!Aviva Premiership semi-finalsSaturday 11 May: Leicester v Harlequins, Welford Road, 3pm (live on Sky) Sunday 12 May: Saracens v Northampton, Allianz Park, 3pm (live on ESPN)The June edition of Rugby World magazine includes interviews with Leicester Tigers, England and Lions centre Manu Tuilagi and Saracens flanker Jacques Burger. Don’t forget to buy your copy!It’s on sale now, until 4 June. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Super Rugby: Key battles for the semi-finals

first_imgQuick service: Faf de Klerk has been a fine link man for the Lions this season Similarly, Ruan Combrinck has made a formidable first impression on the world stage. Coming off the bench at half-time to debut against Ireland in June, the farmer’s boy from Vryheid put in an inspiring performance, scoring a try and helping his side snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.Power runner: Ruan Combrinck has proved difficult to stop for the Lions this year Cane has missed more tackles and has a lower tackle success percentage with 91.4% this season, compared to Savea’s 92.1%. Saturday will be a seismic battle between the two back-rowers, and Ardie Savea has an opportunity to nail down the All Black jersey after wearing it with distinction in his fleeting appearances against Wales in the summer.Lions v Highlanders – Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg [30 July, KO 14:00] Defending Super Rugby champions, the Highlanders, squeezed past a resilient Brumbies team 9-15 in Canberra last week, scoring two well-worked  tries along the way. The Lions have bagged the most tries so far in Super Rugby this season – alongside the Chiefs – with 76, and have been credited for playing an ‘NZ-style’ of attacking play. They saw off the Crusaders 42-25 in Johannesburg last week, in a game that saw them up 12-0 within six minutes.  Key battleAaron Smith v Francois ‘Faf’ de KlerkThis clash of the No.9’s screams experience versus youth. Aaron Smith is unchallenged as the best scrum-half in the world; he can turn a game on its head with a sniping run, late offload or penetrative box-kick and he was at the heart of everything the Highlanders did right in last year’s Super Rugby triumph. He will be just as important this weekend. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS An attacking five-eighth, Barrett is most dangerous when playing off the cuff, and he will not hesitate to hit a gap, if one opens, in the Chiefs defence this weekend. The occasion got to Barrett in last year’s final, when it seemed as though he switched off in defence, enabling Lima Sopoaga to outshine him. But Barrett is a different calibre of player to last year. Emboldened by a World Cup winners medal, he has added a level of consistency to his game and is a more level-headed, mature fly-half oozing in confidence. The Cake Tin will have a Test match atmosphere on Saturday.Ardie Savea v Sam CaneArdie Savea and Sam Cane are two men expected to fiercely contest the All Black No.7 shirt for years to come, and on Saturday we get the first notable instalment of their duel. Savea is a modern day back-rower: lean, explosive and blessed with a wing’s pace. Cane is a more traditional 7, similar to his mentor Richie McCaw, hard-working and capable of putting in a technical masterclass at the breakdown. Finishing touch: Waisake Naholo has proven to be a clinical finisher Box of tricks: Beauden Barrett has a brilliant skill-setBoth can stake a genuine claim. Last week, Barrett showcased a masterful kicking display against the Sharks, slotting three conversions and a penalty in gale force winds and driving rain. Cruden also did no damage to his reputation by providing a sturdy platform and quick ball which enabled his side to chalk up 60 points.Historically, Steve Hansen has opted to start with Cruden, and bring Barrett off the bench as an impact sub. But if the young Hurricane gets the best of Cruden this weekend, it’ll give Hansen a selection headache.As a result of Damian McKenzie’s unerring accuracy with the boot this season, including 18 penalty goals and 43 conversions, Cruden has been absolved of place kicking duties of late – similar to the dynamic shared between England team mates Owen Farrell and George Ford – and as a result, a weight has been lifted from the 27-year-old’s shoulders, enabling him to focus on his game management and ball distribution, two areas that will be key if the Chiefs wish to reach the final.Calling the shots: Aaron Cruden’s game management has been top-class Two seismic Super Rugby semi-finals will take place tomorrow as the Lions face the Highlander in Johannesburg and the Hurricanes take on the Chiefs in Wellington Leader: Sam Cane is widely expected to be Richie McCaw’s heir Faf de Klerk made his Test debut against Ireland in June, and is a player who thrives on quick ball. He has enabled his team to play at a high-tempo, by burrowing into every breakdown, giving fly-half Elton Jantjies the best platform to play free-flowing and expansive rugby. De Klerk has to implement an intelligent tactical kicking game on Saturday, hoist box-kicks skyward and weight clearing ones adroitly. Field position will be paramount. TAGS: Highlight Three teams from New Zealand and one from South Africa clash this weekend for a place in the Super Rugby Final on August 6. The first semi will be contested by the Hurricanes and the Chiefs, at the Westpac Stadium, followed by the Lions hosting the Highlanders at the Emirates Airlines Park later in the day. Below, we take a look at some of the key battles that could decide the games.Hurricanes v Chiefs – Westpac Stadium, Wellington [July 30, 08:35]Both teams put in monumental performances in their respective quarter-final matches last weekend. The Canes’ defence proved impenetrable, as they denied the Sharks from scoring any points, running out comprehensive 41-0 winners. It was a shambolic showing from the Natal men, with captain Tendai Mtawarira calling it “an embarrassing effort”. The win marked the first time in Super Rugby history that a quarter-finalist had been whitewashed. Later the same day, the Chiefs dominated the Stormers 60-21, showcasing clinical attacking play, replicating performances that saw them lift back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013.Key battlesBeauden Barrett v Aaron Cruden Jack in the box: Aaron Smith is unchallenged as the world’s best scrum-half Cane has long been tipped as the heir to McCaw, and already oozes leadership qualities beyond his 24 years, but Savea’s  attacking prowess makes him a more dangerous threat. He’s played one less game than Cane this year in Super Rugby, and has made double the metres, beaten double the defenders, had quadruple the amount of clean breaks and supplied more try-assists. But his defensive nous tends to be overlooked, with Cane’s supporters suggesting that their man does ‘the work that nobody sees’, when in fact Savea’s statistics are just as noteworthy. Combrinck boasts the more impressive club credentials heading into Saturday. The wing cum full-back has beaten more defenders (48) than Naholo (17) . Nevertheless, the defending champions will look to utilise their dangerous wing, and if Naholo gets ball in space, he will cross paths with Combrinck, and we’ll get to see who comes out on top. On Saturday, Beauden Barrett and Aaron Cruden’s sole focus will be on their team’s performance over 80 minutes, but fans around the globe will be dissecting their individual performances, and speculating about which one will be wearing the All Black No.10 jersey against Australia on August 20. In the thick of it: Ardie Savea’s all-action style has made him a fan-favourite Jumping for joy: The Highlanders are the reigning Super Rugby champions Bragging rights are on the line, and with Test matches between New Zealand and South Africa fast approaching, expect both scrum-halves to be at their very best.Waisake Naholo v Ruan CombrinckWaisake Naholo announced himself on the international scene last year when New Zealand hosted Argentina in Christchurch, and he imposed himself quickly. A route one winger with an eye for the line, Naholo has adopted the Lomu blueprint, often opting to run over his opposite man rather than around him. The 25-year-old has scored four tries in five starts for the All Blacks’ and seven for the Highlanders this season.last_img read more

South Africa squad for Tests against Wales and England

first_imgWho has Rassie Erasmus picked in his squad to face Wales in Washington and England in a three-Test series in South Africa? BACKS: Bosch, Esterhuizen, Gelant, Ismaiel, Jantjies, Kriel, Mapimpi, Papier, van Zyl, Wright.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. New skippers: Siya Kolisi and Pieter-Steph du Toit flank Rassie Erasmus (Getty Images) South Africa squad for Tests against Wales and EnglandSiya Kolisi will make history against England next month by becoming the first black player to captain South Africa.The Springboks flanker has been appointed skipper by Rassie Erasmus for the three-Test series against England, while Pieter-Steph du Toit will lead the team against Wales in Washington on 2 June.Related: Siya Kolisi’s journey from township to Test starErasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby, said: “It’s a huge honour to captain the Springboks and Siya and Pieter-Steph are two honest, hard-working men who enjoy the respect of their fellow players.“I believe both of them will do a good job as captains. My philosophy is that each player must take responsibility for his position and must therefore work extremely hard with that one goal in mind – to make the Springboks successful again.”Fine nine: Sale’s Faf de Klerk has earned a Springboks recall (Getty Images)Erasmus has also recalled five overseas-based players for the upcoming Tests – Sale Sharks scrum-half Faf de Klerk, Wasps full-back Willie le Roux, Montpellier hooker Bismarck du Plessis and centre Frans Steyn, and Toulon No 8 Duane Vermeulen.South Africa’s Test schedule2 June Wales (10pm, Washington) Live on Channel 49 June England (4.05pm, Johannesburg) Live on Sky Sports16 June England (4.05pm, Bloemfontein) Live on Sky Sportscenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 23 June England (4.05pm, Cape Town) Live on Sky SportsRelated: England squad to face South AfricaIn all, Erasmus has selected a squad of 43, which includes 17 uncapped players. Twenty six of those players have travelled to Washington to prepare for the Wales Test while the remainder of the squad – bar du Plessis and Steyn, who are involved in this weekend’s Top 14 final – are training in Johannesburg ahead of the England series.Tight match: South Africa lost 24-22 to Wales in Cardiff last year (Getty Images)This is the 43-man South Africa squad for their four June Tests:FORWARDS: Nizaam Carr, Bismarck du Plessis, Dan du Preez, Jean-Luc du Preez, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Thomas du Toit, Jason Jenkins, Steven Kitshoff,Siya Kolisi (captain), Wilco Louw, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, Oupa Mohojé, Franco Mostert, Tendai Mtawarira, Ox Nche, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Trevor Nyakane, Marvin Orie, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Kwagga Smith, RG Snyman, Akker van der Merwe, Duane Vermeulen.BACKS: Lukhanyo Am, Curwin Bosch, Damian de Allende, Faf de Klerk, Robert du Preez, Aphiwe Dyantyi, André Esterhuizen, Warrick Gelant, Travis Ismaiel, Elton Jantjies, Jesse Kriel, Willie le Roux, Makazole Mapimpi, Sibusiso Nkosi, Embrose Papier, Handré Pollard, Frans Steyn, Ivan van Zyl, Cameron Wright.This is the 26-man squad to play Wales in Washington:FORWARDS: Carr, du Preez, PS du Toit (captain), T du Toit, Jenkins, Kitshoff, Louw, Malherbe, Mbonambi, Mohojé, Nche, Notshe, Orie, Ralepelle, Smith, van der Merwe.last_img read more

Namibia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

first_img New Zealand Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Outclassed: Namibia last played New Zealand in 2015, and lost 58-14 (Getty Images)Namibia Rugby World Cup SquadNamibia have named their squad for the tournament below;Forwards (18):Andre RademeyerNelius TheronDesiderius SethieA J de KlerkJohannes CoetzeeObert NortjeLouis van der WesthuizenTorsten van JaarsveldTjiuee UaniviJohan RetiefThomasau ForbesRohan KitshoffMax KatjijekoPrince GaosebWian ConradieP J van LillAdriaan BooysenJanco Venter.Backs (13):Cliven LoubserHelarius KistingDamian StevensEugene JantjiesDarryl de la HarpeJohan DeyselJustin NewmanJ C GreylingJohann TrompChad PlatoLesley KlimJanry du ToitP J Walters.Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup FixturesPrevious World Cup Results and RecordNamibia’s Rugby World Cup Record: P23 W0 D1 L221999 Pool stages2003 Pool stages2007 Pool stages2011 Pool stages2015 Pool stages2019 Pool stagesFollow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Dominant: Namibia secured the Rugby Africa Gold Cup (Getty Images) South Africa Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Winners of the past two World Cups, the… Expand New Zealand Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Canada Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Expand Italy Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide The last team to qualify for the tournament,… Namibia Rugby World Cup GroupNamibia are in Group B alongside New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Canada.Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup GroupsNamibia Rugby World Cup FixturesSun 22 Sep Italy 47-22 Namibia (Osaka) Match reportSat 28 Sep South Africa 57-3 Namibia (Toyota) Match reportSun 6 Oct New Zealand 71-9 Namibia (Tokyo) Match reportSun 13 Oct Namibia 0-0 Canada (Kamaishi) Match cancelled – click here for details Namibia booked their place once again at the World Cup, but are still awaiting a wincenter_img Four years on from their shock loss to… Namibia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, GuideWinning just one of their four Rugby World Cup pool games would trigger scenes of celebration in Windhoek. However, Typhoon Hagibis denied them their best chance with the final pool match against Canada cancelled on safety grounds.How They QualifiedNamibia qualified for the 2019 World Cup by winning the Rugby Africa Gold Cup.Key PlayersWith Jacques Burger now retired, there are no household names in the squad. Sharks centre Johan Deysel is captain while lock Tjiuee Uanivi shone at RWC 2015, even stealing two All Blacks lineouts.Leader: Johan Deysel introduces his team to the president of the Confederation of Africa Rugby Abdelaziz Bougja (Getty Images)The Coach – Phil DaviesThe former Wales forward took charge three years ago and has maintained Namibia’s dominance of the Africa Gold Cup. He does a bit of consultancy on the side, most recently at Nuneaton.Tough Group: Davies is coaching Namibia side at the World Cup (Getty Images)Major Work-onsThe scrum has been an Achilles’ heel against top nations. Higher-calibre fixtures would help development and pulling out of the Currie Cup, for financial reasons, was a setback.Namibia Rugby World Cup Warm-upsSaturday 24 August: Sharks Invitation XV 0-43 NamibiaSaturday 31 August: Namibia 28-22 Southern KingsSaturday 7 September: Namibia 21-17 Southern KingsRelated: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-ups South Africa Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Collapse In a tough group, Italy were denied chance… Italy Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Canada Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Expand TAGS: Namibia Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Jubilee Ministry grants awarded for Episcopal programs, mission work

first_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Jubilee Ministry grants awarded for Episcopal programs, mission work Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Press Release Service Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Cathedral Dean Boise, ID [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The Episcopal Church has awarded 67 Jubilee Ministry grants in 35 dioceses for 2012 in two categories for $55,750 to support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church.The 2012 categories are health/nutrition and diocesan initiatives.Jubilee Ministries are congregations or agencies with connections to the Episcopal Church whose mission efforts affect the lives of those in need, addressing basic human needs and justice issues. Grants to Jubilee Ministries are awarded annually.Health/nutritionA total of 45 grants for $750 each for funding to 28 dioceses for Jubilee Ministries that respond to the nutritional needs of food deserts. A food desert is a district with little or no access to foods needed to maintain a healthy diet but often served by fast food restaurants. $33,750.00• Diocese of California: Holy Child Health & Wellness Program/Bread for the World Ministry• Diocese of California: St. Cyprian’s Community Kitchen• Diocese of Chicago: Shelter Care Ministries• Diocese of Chicago: St. Clement’s Jubilee Ministries• Diocese of Colorado: Brigit’s Bounty• Diocese of Colorado: Broomfield Farmers’ Market at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church• Diocese of Colorado: Cooperating Ministry of Logan County• Diocese of Colorado: Metro CareRing• Diocese of Colorado: St. Clare’s Ministries• Diocese of Colorado: St. Joseph Episcopal Church Outreach Ministry and Peace & Justice Ministry Communities• Diocese of Colorado: St. Patrick’s Episcopal Food Pantry• Diocese of Connecticut: Trinity Episcopal Church/Trinity Episcopal Day School on Asylum Hill• Diocese of Dallas: Our Saviour Community Garden• Diocese of East Tennessee: The Hosanna Community• Diocese of Iowa: St. Thomas Community Garden• Diocese of Kansas: Episcopal Social Services/Venture House (ESS/Venture House)• Diocese of Kansas: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, KS• Diocese of Lexington: Reading Camp• Diocese of Lexington: St. Paul’s Food Pantry• Diocese of Maine: Trinity Jubilee Center• Diocese of Michigan: Bound Together• Diocese of New Jersey: Christ Church New Brunswick Food Pantry• Diocese of New Jersey: Peter’s House• Diocese of New Jersey: St. Andrew’s Jubilee Center• Diocese of New Jersey: Trinity Cathedral Food Pantry Ministry• Diocese of New York: People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWA)• Diocese of New York: The Community Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Mohegan Lake• Diocese of Newark: Jubilee Center/All Saints Community Service and Development Corp. (ASCSDC)• Diocese of Northern Michigan:  Grace Church Community Garden• Diocese of Ohio: St. James Lunch Program• Diocese of Olympia: Eco-Justice Ministry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle, WA• Diocese of Pennsylvania: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Food Pantry• Diocese of Rio Grande: Our Lady of Las Palomas• Diocese of Rio Grande: Outreach Ministries, St. James Episcopal Church, Taos, NM• Diocese of San Diego: Episcopal Refugee Network• Diocese of San Diego:  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church• Diocese of Southern Ohio: Episcopal Community Services Foundation• Diocese of Southern Ohio:  St. John’s Episcopal Church• Diocese of Southern Virginia: Church of the Ascension, Norfolk• Diocese of Spokane: Trinity Neighborhood Services• Diocese of Virginia: Christ Church Cares Food Pantry• Diocese of West Texas: International Community Garden at St. Francis Episcopal Church• Diocese of Western Louisiana: St. Luke’s Episcopal Mobile Medical Ministry• Diocese of Western Michigan: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church• Diocese of Western New York: Trinity Produce PantryJubilee Ministry diocesan initiativesA total of 22 Jubilee Ministry diocesan development grants of $1,000 each will fund 22 dioceses to support Jubilee Ministry development plans of the local bishop and the appointed diocesan jubilee officer.  $22,000.00• Diocese of California: Santiago/St. James Ministry Center• Diocese of Chicago: Episcopal Diocese of Chicago• Diocese of Colorado: Diocesan Jubilee Office, Diocese of Colorado• Diocese of Connecticut: Trinity Episcopal Church/Trinity Episcopal Day School on Asylum Hill• Diocese of Dallas: Diocese of Dallas Jubilee Ministry• Diocese of East Tennessee: Diocese of East Tennessee• Diocese of Florida: Grace Mission Episcopal Church• Diocese of Kansas: Diocese of Kansas• Diocese of Lexington: Reading Camp• Diocese of Maryland: Harford Family House, Inc.• Diocese of Montana: St. Michael & All Angels Wood Bank Ministry• Diocese of Navajoland: Welcoming Them Home• Diocese of New Jersey: Diocese of New Jersey• Diocese of Northern Michigan: Diocese of Northern Michigan• Diocese of Pittsburg: Coal Country Hangout Youth Center• Diocese of San Diego: Episcopal Church Center, Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA• Diocese of Southern Ohio: Gabriel’s Place• Diocese of Southwest Florida: Cornerstone Kids, Inc. at St. James House of Prayer Episcopal Church• Diocese of Spokane: Diocese of Spokane• Diocese of Texas: St. John’s After School Program• Diocese of Western Michigan: Diocese of Western Michigan• Diocese of Western New York: The Episcopal Partnership for Mission and OutreachFor more information contact Sam McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission, [email protected] In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Press Release Rector Pittsburgh, PA 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 Posted Dec 18, 2012 Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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William Brosend to resign Episcopal Preaching Foundation post

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William F. Brosend II[University of the South School of Theology press release] The Rev. William F. Brosend II has announced his decision to step down as executive director of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation (EFP), effective June 30, 2015.Brosend, who has served as executive director since 2010, will continue as professor of homiletics at The School of Theology and director of the School’s Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program.“I told the Board of Directors when I accepted their invitation that my goal was to grow the position into an important and interesting full time job. It happened, to be honest, more quickly than I expected.”Founded by A. Gary Shilling, an investment manager and Episcopalian,  in 1988, the Episcopal Preaching Foundation has sponsored the annual Preaching Excellence Program, a week-long preaching intensive for rising senior Episcopal seminarians, for 27 years. Since Brosend moved from board member to executive director the work of the foundation has expanded significantly, holding annual national Episcopal Preaching Conferences since 2010 and providing programs for more than 20 diocesan clergy conferences.This year, the foundation, with support from a grant from the Robertson Foundation, launched a new conference for the recently ordained, and has begun supporting peer groups for sermon preparation and evaluation. They have also put in place plans for a one-on-one mentoring program for preachers.“Bill Brosend led the expansion of the EPF’s work from its original annual preaching conference for seminarians to diocesan conferences co-sponsored by bishops, national preaching conferences, and preaching conferences for Episcopal and Lutheran military chaplains,” Shilling commented. “He has achieved my long-held hope for the expansion of our efforts and the formation of career-long relationships with preachers.”Brosend confirmed the need for a full time executive director, and it is his intention to remain involved in the work of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation. “We have taken significant strides in the last few years, but it is time for the foundation to identify new leadership to take us even further. If asked, I will do everything I can to support my successor in those steps.”Commenting on Brosend’s decision, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said, he has “brought the Episcopal Preaching Foundation to new levels of effectiveness as it has reached out to established preachers as well as emerging ones. His creative initiatives have yielded a harvest so large that it now demands more hours and hands. I can only say, ‘well done, good and faithful servant!’ and at the same time offer deep thanks for his insightful, visionary, and productive leadership. Bill has helped The Episcopal Church respond to changing contexts and realities so that the Word might grow in new fields.”Jefferts Schori continued, “I first encountered the Preaching Excellence Program as a seminarian invited to what was then the annual conference. It was a challenging, informative, and extremely helpful experience. Gary Shilling has had a bee in his bonnet for decades about improving the preaching quality in The Episcopal Church, and his efforts have yielded significant results. He knows that, like the bees he keeps, preachers spread the Word and help it become fruitful across the vineyard.”The foundation hopes to have a new executive director in place in time for the next Preaching Excellence Program set for May 25-30, 2015 at the Roslyn Conference Center in the Diocese of Virginia. 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Making reconciliation and evangelism the church’s new normal

first_img Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Tags General Convention, Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Bath, NC By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Mar 11, 2016 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Comments are closed. March 14, 2016 at 12:32 am The myth of race and the still greater and more destructive myth of white supremacy remain very muddy influences in U.S. culture. Much of the kinds of dialogue envisioned by TEC leaders happened during the two decades, starting in 1991, as the church engaged antiracism training, a program lost with the enormous 2010 budget cuts. Restoring dialogue is critical. I now co-facilitate a (technically secular) ministry started by an African American Baptist minister and now co-hosted by a Roman Catholic Church, enabling racial justice dialogue twice monthly and undertaking outreach to both secular and faith-based audiences. (So far, no Episcopal response.) In the report above, Anita George and David Bailey offered some wise counsel. Deepest thanks to our Presiding Bishop for his leadership, and I pray that our other bishops will replicate it. Submit a Press Release Rector Albany, NY Rector Belleville, IL The Rev Dr Margaret Shepard says: Louis Stanley Schoen says: Rector Tampa, FL Executive Council, Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] The General Convention last summer set a bold agenda for Episcopalians to work for racial reconciliation and evangelism; work that now has begun in some unexpected ways.For instance, church leaders have begun the work of racial reconciliation by deeply listening to each other rather than immediately asking staff members to develop new programs. And, the church’s new and continuing evangelism work includes plans, for example, to gather and support the church’s hidden evangelists and to revive revivals.Convention’s 2016-2018 triennial budget includes $3 million for starting new congregations with an emphasis on Hispanic communities, $2.8 million for evangelism work, and also funds a major new $2 million initiative on racial justice and reconciliation.Working for racial justice and reconciliationLast summer, convention attempted to shift the church’s focus on racial issues by way of Resolution C019, which gave the presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies an extraordinary mandate to “lead, direct, and be present to assure and account for the Church’s work of racial justice and reconciliation,” especially targeting systemic racial injustice.Resolution C019 acknowledges that racism continues to plague society and the church despite repeated efforts at anti-racism training and other racial justice and reconciliation initiatives, including more than 30 General Convention resolutions dating back to 1952. It calls on the church to begin anew.The decision to place the supervisory work of implementing the resolution with the presiding officers, rather than a committee or task force is unusual but “impressive,” in the words of Anita George, chair of Executive Council’s Joint Standing Committee on Advocacy and Networking.George, commenting during a Feb. 27 joint meeting of her committee and council’s Joint Standing Committee on Finances for Mission, said that the fact that the church decided to speak on this issue and to speak starting with its leadership “is what some of us have been requesting for such a very long time: That when the leaders speak, the church listens.”House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings discusses a February gathering she and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, left, held on the issue of racial reconciliation. The two were speaking during a recent joint meeting of the Executive Council’s committees on finance and advocacy. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceFirst, the leaders had to discern where to begin. Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings joined vice presidents of the House of Bishops Mary Gray Reeves and Dean Wolfe, House of Deputies Vice President Byron Rushing, and General Convention Executive Officer Michael Barlowe in Austin, Texas, Feb. 3-4  to discuss the directions of the work called for in Resolution C019.During that meeting, they heard from New York Deputy Dianne Pollard who chaired convention’s Social Justice and United States Policy Committee, which sponsored the resolution. Representatives from the Dioceses of Atlanta and New York described anti-racism work in their communities. Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, who joined the presiding bishop’s staff in December; Missioner for Social Justice and Advocacy Engagement Charles A. Wynder Jr.; Missioner for Racial Reconciliation Heidi J. Kim; and Domestic Poverty Missioner the Rev. E. Mark Stevenson supported the work of the meeting.Most importantly, Curry told the Executive Council, rather than plot out a course of action on the assumption that the group knew where to go, the participants listened to each other. “We told dimensions of our own racial stories,” going back to childhood in some cases, he said.“There was some pretty powerful sharing,” he added, “and it was out of that that we began to think: How can we help the church to engage on a deeper level?”It is at that deep level that changes will happen, Curry suggested. Taking time to listen to the stories of each other’s experiences both inside the church and in the world, he told the two council committees, “in the long run may bear fruit both for our church and our country and for the various countries in which the Episcopal Church is located.”The outline of a plan to implement C019 “emerged out of listening to each other’s stories and hearing the pain and the hope of our culture through our own stories,” he said.Included in those outlines are such possibilities as:* Convene a churchwide gathering to discuss racial justice and reconciliation, similar to the 2011 gathering to discuss same-gender blessings, or perhaps a series of smaller gatherings around the church. Spellers said during council’s recent meeting that these meetings would not be about people presenting ways to spend the $2 million. Instead, they would center on “listening for where God is moving, where the wisdom is, what are the best practices and, frankly, how does transformation happen, as we hear deeply how do we become reconciled.”* Identify other ways to share our stories, develop “reconciling relationships,” listen to the church’s neighbors (including around the Anglican Communion and in other denominations), and increase formation opportunities for all ages.* Consider a census to gain a clearer understanding of the church’s demographic makeup and its historic and current participation in systems of racial injustice. “The simple fact is we don’t know the racial makeup – or for that matter, really, the gender makeup or age makeup – of the Episcopal Church, and so to speak of reconciliation, to speak of transformation, to speak of righting historical wrongs is hard when you don’t know who’s here,” Spellers told the committees.* Identify the church’s current assets and ministries of racial justice and reconciliation, perhaps by means of an audit. The Episcopal Church has apologized for various aspects of its behavior over the years but, Spellers said, as important as that is for people to hear, “what we haven’t necessarily done is a churchwide listening for what hurt, what went wrong, historically and currently, how are we still participating in systems of injustice and racial disparity as a church … how have we been engaged in the work of making things right.”Council member George said the plan for having the “whole church listen and then speak” is important because of the stories that will emerge. “All of those stories are essential, all of those stories must be heard,” she said.And that will take time.“This really isn’t a triennial program; this is the long haul,” Jennings told the meeting of the finances for mission and advocacy and networking committees during council’s Feb. 26-28 meeting. “It’s clear that this is not predominantly or only a black-white issue; [it’s clear] that we have a multicultural, multiethnic, multinational church and so that the issues around racial justice and racial reconciliation are extremely complex.”During that same committee meeting Navajoland Bishop David Bailey warned that carrying through with the work would require strong leadership across the church. “Whether we like it or not,” a large part of that leadership in a church called “episcopal” (meaning bishop) rests with the House of Bishops and success depends on whether its members “choose to move things forward.”Curry and Jennings said they plan to send a letter to bishops and deputies soon inviting them and, by extension, the whole church into the work.Tess Judge, the council member who chairs the Finances for Mission committee, urged Curry and Jennings to find ways to get information about the plans out to every diocesan convention and to urge those participants to talk about it back home. “We need to get this in the pews,” she said.As church leaders made clear at Executive Council, the work of racial justice and reconciliation and the evangelism work to which convention also called the church are intertwined.‘How about we make evangelism the new normal?’The presiding bishop and others in the church would like to banish to the history books the days of when Episcopal evangelism was an oxymoron.Curry said he can “remember very clearly the days when evangelism was on the back burner and not taken seriously.” Now the Episcopal Church is poised “to take a step to reclaim our heritage as Christians and followers of Jesus in the Anglican and Episcopal tradition” to find and nurture new disciples, he told another group of Executive Council committee members.Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation the Rev. Stephanie Spellers speaks to a recent Executive Council committee meeting while Anita George, chair of council’s Joint Standing Committee on Advocacy and Networking listens. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceThere was a time, Spellers said during her sermon at Executive Council, when a parish outreach or mission committee was a rarity; now it is unusual for a parish not to have such a group.“How about we make evangelism the new normal?” she suggested.Just as there were always Episcopalians doing outreach and mission work with or without committees behind them, there are evangelists already at work in the church. “They’re out there, they’re hiding; we can welcome them home,” Spellers said.One of the first ways to do that, council heard, will be an evangelism summit, tentatively planned for Nov. 18-19 in Dallas, co-hosted by Forward Movement, and to be followed by a conference for the wider church.“The idea is to build a network of evangelism professionals and others across our church who will be able to carry the Jesus Movement into their local communities,” the Rev. Susan Snook, chair of council’s Joint Standing Committee on Local Ministry and Mission, explained during the council meeting.There are also plans to adapt and share existing evangelism formation materials across the church and create new materials where needed.And there are those revivals. “Revivals are part of our history,” Spellers said of the Episcopal Church, “We’re going to reclaim that part of our history.”While those gatherings will have a dynamic preacher, they will also be about training local teams “to practice relational evangelism and deep listening with their neighbors, schoolmates, friends, co-workers.”Included would be what Spellers called neighboring artists and musicians and “local folk offering testimony.”“There’ll still be an altar call, but this time to church fellowship and neighborhood action,” she said in her sermon.Because the revival ought not be just a one-time mountain-top experience, Spellers said follow-ups will link newcomers to churches and ministries, strengthen those ministries and look for places where new communities of faith might be planted.Evangelism doesn’t just take place face-to-face these days and convention funded a major digital evangelism initiative. The Task Force on Leveraging Social Media for Evangelism will facilitate the creation of new materials designed to train “digital storytellers for Jesus,”Spellers said during the council meeting.The church’s Office of Communications is tasked to manage a renewed online evangelism effort that will not be about pushing new content but, instead trying to meet people who come there with their “big questions about God, faith, about community” by using such tools as Google AdWords, Spellers explained. This effort will take place both in English and Spanish.Convention also envisioned a “churchwide network for planting congregations, training and recruiting planters”; Resolution D005 allocated $3 million for the work, including just more than $1 million for Latino/Hispanic ministries.Work is underway to update the grant application process for church plants and more Mission Enterprise Zones. That new process is due to be released soon.The work also involves ways to increase accountability and assessment, and be more proactive in recruitment of people and places, Spellers said. And the budget includes a new missioner for new church planting capacity to join with the Rev. Thomas Brackett, the Episcopal Church’s missioner for new church starts and mission initiatives.Snook described the new position as “another laborer in the vineyard” and Spellers said “without more infrastructure, without growing staff capacity, we are just throwing the seed of grant money on dry, shallow soil.”Those involved also want to develop a “community of practice” among church planters and other evangelists because “it can be very lonely work,” Snook told the council.The members of council heard over and over again that, in all the interconnected work of evangelism and racial reconciliation, collaboration across the church and with like-minded people in other churches is essential.“This is not a moment for competition,” Spellers said in her sermon. “The days of competition between denominations are over. It’s a moment for collaboration for the sake of the Jesus Movement.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Harrison Heidel says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Events Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY Making reconciliation and evangelism the church’s new normal Episcopalians asked to live out convention’s call for new attitudes, approaches Presiding Bishop Michael Curry March 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm This is perfect timing for the Episcopal Church. During a season of disturbing presidential campaigns based on prejudice, targeting groups of people, condoning violence, I believe the country is in desperate need for a strong voice of compassion, tolerance, loving our neighbor, being clear that Christian values do not support carpet-bombing our neighbors, calling others to join us in putting the focus on “the Jesus walk”. Our church (St. Stephen’s, Sebastopol, Ca) read PB Curry’s book “Crazy Christians” during this Lenten period – we have been inspired by his call to be active crazy Christians. We are looking at how to make our current outreach better, more visible in our community, and we are sponsoring meetings (recently had a presentation from the Islamic Networks Group) and are finding ways to support minorities and to join in speaking out on prejudice, violence and hatred. The book is challenging us in new ways and also helps us as individuals not to feel overwhelmed by the current social climate. We are finding strength in our faith community and in taking purposeful action. Thank you to our church leadership for addressing these critical issues of race and reconciliation, and for inspiring our involvement within our faith community. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Music Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH March 12, 2016 at 11:57 am Indeed, it is time to “get this (and so much more) in the pews” “In the pews” is so important for forward movement, and yet, so often, where it stops. Submit a Job Listing Rector Martinsville, VA last_img read more