The Rugby Week in Review: May 30 – June 5

first_imgWeek in Review: May 23-29 |   May 16-22 |    May 9-15 |     May 2 – 8 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 04: Cedric Heymans of Toulouse is hoisted aloft as he celebrates their victory during the French Top 14 Final between Montpellier and Toulouse at Stade de France on June 4, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Mike Phillips has been included in the 45-man Wales World Cup squad, but earlier in the week Gareth Thomas’s league side Crusaders have offered Phillips a discipline swap. It appears they feel the need to replace recent convert Willie Mason, I’m not sure if they are aware, but a one in one out policy doesn’t exist.Heading down south…Crusaders lose captain McCaw for the next two weeks due to the screw in his metatarsal causing irritation. He had the first six weeks off in order to have it inserted. It will prove a frustrating time for the All Black captain, as Super Rugby play off spots are being handed out shortly.The Brumbies beat top of the table Queensland Reds 14-22 away from home. After being slated publicly by coach Tony Rea, the win couldn’t come at a better time. During the match, the tackle made by Brumbie Ita Vaea on Digby Ioane resulted in Ioane being knocked out cold. The dangerous tackle has resulted in him being suspended by the SANZAR board for one week. Here’s the highlights, the tackle is around the 4 minute mark… Catch up in the Rugby week that was: May 30 to June 5…Mike Petri of USA tackles Saxon Micky Young at Franklins Gardens during the 2011 Churchill CupEngland Saxons started the Churchill Cup with an astounding 87-8 victory over the USA Eagles. The side featured a number of players who are vying for a World Cup spot, including Matt Stevens.Cedric Heymans celebrates beating Montpellier in the Top 14 Fina The Baa Baas headed to the Millenium Stadium on Saturday to take on Wales in a capped match which saw Stephen Jones pick up his hundredth cap for his country. Both Mike Phillips and Gavin Henson – who had to prove they’re worthy of a World Cup shirt, overshadowed the momentous occasion.  Later that evening Warren Gatland named his 45-man squad, which included the club less duo. The Baa baas stole a win in the last minutes beating the boys in red, 28-31. Catch the highlights here…Over to France where Toulose are the Top 14 champions after beating Montpellier 15-10 at Stade Francais. Head Coach Guy Noves must be relieved to be finishing the year with at least one piece of silverware.Leeds have appointed Diccon Edwards as the new head coach, after they parted ways with Neil Back. Edwards returns to Yorkshire after working as the National Academy Coach and England U20 Assistant Coach for the RFU.This week’s Weird and Wonderful…last_img read more

Dermody returns to captain Exiles against Cardiff

first_img Clarke Dermody returns from injury to captain his side London Irish has made six personnel changes and two positional changes from the side that played against Edinburgh last weekend for tomorrow evenings Heineken Cup round two game against Cardiff Blues at the Cardiff City Stadium (kick-off 8pm).Clarke Dermody returns to captain the side in a front row that contains David Paice at hooker and Faan Rautenbach at tighthead prop. Declan Danaher comes in at blindside flanker. Steve Shingler moves from outside to inside centre where he will be partnered by Joe Ansbro who moves into the centre from the wing. Topsy Ojo will start on the wing.London Irish head coach Toby Booth said: “Both sides play entertaining rugby so it should make for a great spectacle. We know what is required of us tomorrow evening. We will go there to be competitive and look to come away with a result.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Replacements:16. James Buckland;17. Alex Corbisiero*;18.Paulica Ion*;19. James Sandford;20. Jamie Gibson;21. Jonathan Spratt;22. Adrian Jarvis;23.Paul Hodgson**Denotes International LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Clarke Dermody of London Irish attends the Heineken Cup Launch at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images for ERC) London Irish Starting XV:15.Tom Homer;14.Topsy Ojo*;13.Joe Ansbro*;12.Steve Shingler;11.Adam Thompstone;10. Dan Bowden;9.Ross Samson;1.Clarke Dermody* (Captain);2. David Paice;3.Faan Rautenbach*;4. Nick Kennedy*;5. Matt Garvey;6. Declan Danaher;7.Richard Thorpe;8. Jebb Sinclair*last_img read more

Six Nations player watch: Jake Ball, Scarlets and Wales

first_imgAs previously mentioned, Scarlets hooker Elias was rather inexperienced. He is clearly talented, but you cannot expect to play mistake-free rugby at senior level just nine days after his 20th birthday.As such, the Wayne Pivac‘s men had a few problems after earning a succession of lineouts close to the Tigers line. First, this one was overthrown:Then, Geoff Parling got up to nick this one:On both of these attempts, a throw to the middle of the lineout is called. The intended targets are Ball and George Earle. However, on their third attempt – and with Tigers second-row Graham Kitchener in the sin bin – a different approach is called for. Elias hits the front and Scarlets find success:Ball’s role here is best seen from a reverse angle. Initially, he switches from jumper to lifter:As the drive comes on and Tigers splinter, he then works around to hit the maul from the back foot and add irresistible impetus:38:00 – Subtle spoilingGauzere showed very little tolerance all night for tacklers failing to roll away from the contact area. Here, Ball is very clever. Aiding with the challenge on  Seremaia Bai, he then goes to contest before twisting out of the ruck after losing balance.However, while it looks as though Ball is appeasing the referee, he comes towards Leicester scrum-half Ben Youngs, therefore slowing down Tigers’ attack considerably. He is not penalised, meaning it is an intelligent intervention:54:45 – On the chargeInto the second half now, and Leicester’s superior ballast up front has started to show. Even so, Ball’s energy levels remain high. This break was great to watch, coming about from some expert disruption form John Barclay and a lovely Elias offload:Powering away from both Youngs brothers and Burns is strikingly athletic, but Ball then aims a majestic offload to find Scott Williams through a sea of scrambling defenders while turtled on his back to keep the attack alive – a superb piece of skill:59:50 – Trundling onBall’s influence did not wane. On the hour mark, he linked up with Rhys Priestland for this carry to get in behind the hosts:A roll on the ground means Tom Youngs cannot slow the phase-play down and Harry Robinson goes over in the right-hand corner from the very next phase.74:52 – Forceful ’til the lastA heavy surface made for tired legs in the dying embers of this clash. Even so, Ball refused to relent. Watch how Leicester replacement Matt Smith, a hugely underrated club stalwart and a spiky carrier, looks to pick a gap in the Scarlets line: Every now and then, amid the high-and-tight haircuts, base-layers and white boots, you come across a player who would look right at home on a 13th century battlefield. Very occasionally, they pop up in the backline – think Tana Umaga in recent times.More often though, it is forwards that take on this primeval aura. Remember how gnarled John Hayes poured raw emotion into every Ireland anthem? Who could forget a simmering Sebastien Chabal staring down the haka in 2007, hair billowing behind him?Jake Ball, the mightily-bearded Scarlets lock, is undoubtedly a member of this cult hero club. Resembling an enraged Viking warlord wrapped in a cloak of steam, he marauded around a muddy Welford Road magnificently on Friday evening. Though his injury-ravaged region were overpowered and succumbed to a 40-23 loss, the lock was superb.Pest: Ball and Tom Croft contest possessionIt will be two days short of a year since Ball’s Test debut when England head to the Millennium Stadium for a firecracker to open the Six Nations on 6 February. The 23-year-old has developed brilliantly in that time. He should be alongside Alun Wyn Jones at the white-hot epicentre of the Cardiff cauldron.A seam-up bowler good enough for the Western Australia youth set-up, Ball could easily have been lost to rugby entirely. Warren Gatland should feel lucky he headed back to Wales in 2012. Here is a run-down of his display against Leicester Tigers.1:04 – Search and destroyDecision-making at the breakdown is a huge part of any forward’s job description, especially at the top level of the modern game where scavengers are so proficient at pilfering and slowing down ruck ball.Julian Salvi is one of the best exponents of the ‘jackal’ – clamping onto a tackled player – on the planet. The Australian street-fighter has been integral to so many Tigers wins. The Scarlets would have identified as much. Track Ball on this early attack:Salvi only twitches in anticipation of a steal and is smashed to the ground. It is dubious whether the cleared-out player is attached to the ruck, but referee Pascal Gauzere is on the spot and sees no infringement worth whistling.In any case, watch how far Ball has come to make the play, shown by the screenshot circling both Ball (red) and Salvi (green):The robust clear-out technique, which puts his rival on the floor and therefore out of the game, is also worth another look:1:34 – Brawn against BurnsA six foot six, 19-stone frame and sound technique mean Ball is an intimidating figure on the gain-line. This tackle – one of 11 he made during the game – drives Freddie Burns backwards:3:00 – Set-piece speedThe best strategy for the Scarlets against the cohesive, heavy Leicester pack was to maintain a high tempo. Here, with decent field position, a swift off-the-top move directed by jumper Ball sends Scott Williams into midfield. It was a move that eventually resulted in three points for the visitors:5:30 – Restart uncertaintyThe only slight blemish on a fine performance for Ball were a couple of problems in the face of Tom Croft‘s kick-chase. As this instance shows, he was perhaps hindered by some lackadaisical lifting from youngsters Rob Evans and Ryan Elias:However, on closer inspection it is possible to see that Ball tried to use an old-fashioned basket technique of catching, rather than going with his hands above his head:That small error in judgment allows Croft to steal ahead. Certainly, it is an area that England’s analysts will have clocked.25:10 – Composure on the counterIt will probably not be that surprising given Ball’s Antipodean upbringing, but he is also an exceptional handler. Receiving the ball in space here, he draws in two Tigers defenders before setting away wing Hadleigh Parkes and charging off in support to hit the ensuing ruck and force a penalty:A glance at the moment Ball catches Aled Davies‘ pass is telling. The lock holds it in two hands, interesting both Jordan Crane in front of him and Adam Thompstone further wide, before distributing flawlessly:26:00-33.20 – Problem solving TAGS: HighlightScarlets The most revered beard in northern hemisphere rugby was in business at Welford Road on Friday evening. Just before the Six Nations, Jake Ball was outstanding for the Scarlets against Leicester. We analyse his all-action effort. Quickly, Ball makes up ground to his left and envelops his opponent, forcing a turnover.Whatever the result, it is nice for an individual to end any match on a positive. Ball saturated his shift with contributions from start to finish. Despite defeat, Gatland will surely have inked his name into his Six Nations plans. Beard on beard: Jake Ball in the Welford Road mist LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Poll: Who should captain England during the Six Nations?

first_img“The first thing with a captain is that he has to be one of the first players selected. You’ve got to know the guy is going to be in the team. Secondly, whatever values we have in the team, they have to live those values so that every time a player looks at that captain they know the values that are important for the team, he’s leading the way.“Those stories about Richie McCaw are true. In training they go from one drill to the next and he sprints there, he’s the first there. He cleans the changing room after the game, that’s the sort of guy you want. But it’s not just one guy, you need a group of players around him to support him. I’m sure those players are in England, we just have to find them. Leadership is something you have to develop.” Team leaders? Dylan Hartley and Chris Robshaw during anthems LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS So which of these fellas do you think should captain England into the Six Nations? Remember this is the top five according to the bookies – perhaps none of these men should be leaders in the new-look England side. Let us know what you think by voting! Who should captain England during the Six Nations? (Poll Closed) None of the above  32.17%      Joe Launchbury  26.65%      Dylan Hartley  12.83%      Chris Robshaw  12.75%      Tom Wood  11.82%      Owen Farrell  3.77%      Create Your Own Poll   Who should captain England during the Six Nations? With Eddie Jones taking over as the head coach of England, there are sure to be some big changes at Twickenham. Chiefly amongst them, many believe, is with his choice of captain.During the World Cup, Jones had said in a newspaper column that Chris Robshaw was “not outstandingly good in any area”. However, in a U-turn during his unveling, Jones claimed he was being a “bit naughty” and that he would seek to sit down with Robshaw and talk things through with the incumbent captain.Explaining his position now, Jones said: “One of the first things I have to do is sit down with Chris and chat to him. I’ve watched a couple of his games since the World Cup and, as with all the players, he’s starting from zero. There’s always an opportunity to change things and he’s in that position. He’s got a nice cafe in Winchester. Fantastic coffee. Best coffee in England. I might grab him for a coffee down there.”Clean slate: Eddie Jones in his first appearance at TwickenhamDespite these comments, the bookies have installed Wasps lock Joe Launchbury as the favourite to lead England into the Six Nations, with Robshaw second favourite. Jones did further explain what he expects from a captain.last_img read more

Old heads come to the fore as Wales beat Italy

first_imgFaletau – 2 assists, 18 runs for 63m, 3 clean breaks, 6 defenders beaten, 2 offloads, 6 passes, 10 tackles— Russ Petty (@rpetty80) December 5, 2020It was that back-row pair who combined to set up the first try after just seven minutes. Tipuric was put through a hole by Faletau and he in turn found Kieran Hardy in support. Star man: Taulupe Faletau was Player of the Match against Italy (Getty Images) Old heads come to the fore as Wales beat ItalyGeorge North simply loves scoring against Italy.He now has ten tries in ten Tests against the Azzurri after crossing in the 69th minute of this Autumn Nations Cup fifth-place play-off at Parc y Scarlets that Wales won 38-18.The 28-year-old has also moved ahead of Gareth Thomas to become Wales’ second highest try-scorer in history with 41. Only Shane Williams, with 58, has more and it will be interesting to see if North can overtake the iconic winger in the next few years.North was one of several experienced players in the Welsh line-up to impress in this victory over Italy. It wasn’t smooth sailing for the hosts but they were clinical when they needed to be while Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau, who was named Player of the Match, were particularly impressive. What a score from @Federugby Can @WelshRugbyUnion respond in the #AutumnNationsCup LIVE on #PrimeVideo? pic.twitter.com/DzOzhDh7yQ— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 5, 2020Tipuric and Faletau helped swing momentum back in Wales’ favour as they combined again with neat offloads to send Gareth Davies into space and the replacement scrum-half sprinted over from the Italian ten-metre line.Then a turnover in the 69th minute proved crucial. Italy decided to attack from their own half, Wales turned over the ball and quickly spread it wide from Jonathan Davies to North to Adams to Jonah Holmes, who took play to a couple of metres out.North then picked up the ball from the ruck and powered over. Callum Sheedy’s conversion made it 31-18 with ten minutes to go.Over time: George North burrows over for his 41st Wales try (Getty Images)It was fitting that Faletau and Tipuric wrapped up the scoring, the former breaking the Italian line and then passing to the latter to run in Wales’ fifth try.It was far from a perfect performance from Wales but it should relieve some of the pressure on Wayne Pivac, who has built his squad depth ahead of next year’s Six Nations.As for Italy, they end 2020 with nine straight defeats – the first time they have failed to win a match in a calendar year in the pro era. 𝗠𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗪𝗮𝗹𝗲𝘀 @WelshRugbyUnion open the scoring in their final #AutumnNationsCup outingWatch #WALvITA LIVE on #PrimeVideo pic.twitter.com/YhPRkq9r4X— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 5, 2020Then Sam Parry burrowed over from close range after an initial break involving the back three of Josh Adams, Louis Rees-Zammit and Liam Williams. Wales were 14-0 up and all looked rosy.However, their ill-discipline, particularly at the breakdown, and malfunctioning lineout allowed Italy to go in at the break trailing by just one point. And they would have a one-man advantage for the opening minutes of the second half.Paolo Garbisi slotted two penalties either side of a converted Marco Zanon try that was created by a Carlo Canna grubber on Wales’ 22 following a driving lineout. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Faletau, North and Tipuric prove crucial to a 38-18 victory in the Autumn Nations Cup — Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 5, 2020Garbisi’s second penalty also saw Adams yellow-carded for not releasing the tackled player, Stephen Varney. Wales had been penalised several times by referee Wayne Barnes for the same offence – all eight penalties Wales conceded in the first half were at the ruck – and Adams was sent to the sin-bin in the 38th minute.Italy capitalised on that man advantage early in the second half. Jacopo Trulla launched a counter-attack down one side of the pitch, then the ball was spread to the other wing where Johan Meyer beat Louis Rees-Zammit and bounced Ioan Lloyd to score in the corner. 𝗣𝗶𝗻𝗽𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘆 @Federugby respond with a try of their own Watch #WALvITA LIVE on #PrimeVideo now pic.twitter.com/qMYkVIRUju Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

A summary of Executive Council resolutions

first_img Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Jobs & Calls Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City, Utah] During its April 18-20 meeting here, the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council adopted several resolutions, which are summarized below.Executive CouncilSubmit an A resolution to General Convention to recognize the work of the Episcopal Church Foundation and its management of the church-wide Rebuild our Church in Haiti campaign and the contributions of individuals, parishes and dioceses in support of the Diocese of Haiti’s determination to re-build post-earthquake; reaffirm church’s desire to stand with the diocese “as it continues to renew its life and rebuild for a stronger future” through continuing fundraising work (EC000).Joint resolution: Advocacy & Networking for Mission, Governance and Administration for Mission, Local Mission and MinistryReaffirm the importance of ongoing anti-racism training for the church, and commit council to participate in anti-racism training at its regularly scheduled meetings on a periodic basis (A&N-GAM-LLM001)Advocacy & Networking for MissionState opposition to racial profiling by law enforcement and civil authorities that unjustly victimizes persons of color, causing undue harm to the victims, their families and their communities; support for Senate Bill 1670 (End Racial Profiling Act of 2011); stand in solidarity with suffering of the victims, families and communities of the harm caused by racial profiling, and lament the lack of adequate training on racial profiling issues as part of law enforcement training, the lack of effective policies that prohibit racial profiling, and the lack of monitoring of discriminatory racial profiling practices by jurisdictions (A&N053)Urge the U.S. Congress to adopt Senate Bill 1925 to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act; urge Episcopalians, through the Episcopal Public Policy Network, to contact their legislators and express support; support new provisions in the law to protect Native American women by giving tribes expanded authority to prosecute domestic violence-related cases, raise cap on visas issued to undocumented aliens who are victims of domestic violence, and prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in domestic-violence shelters supported by the act. (A&N054)Support work of Children’s Defense Fund’s “Cradle to Prison Pipeline” campaign and similar campaigns (A&N055)Reauthorize the Executive Council Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Executive Council Economic Justice Loan Committee as continuing committees of council pursuant to Canon I.4.3(h) (A&N056)Finances for MissionEstablish Trust Fund 1050 as St. John’s Episcopal Thrift Shop Fund as an investment account for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Fallbrook, California (FFM065)Authorize the Rev. Rosemari Sullivan, special assistant and coordinator for Haiti Long Term Recovery Project, to raise approximately $26,000 to bring Choeur D’Anges from Mirebalais, Haiti to perform at General Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana; such funds to be held in a designated account administered by the treasurer for this purpose (FFM066)Governance and Administration for MissionAmend the by-laws of the Executive Council of the General Convention and the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society to revise nomenclature (GAM027, GAM028, GAM029)Submit an A resolution to General Convention asking that it amend Canon I.4.3(h) to provide that any committee of Executive Council (other than its standing committees) will cease to exist at the close of the second General Convention following its creation unless otherwise extended and that council may revoke, rescind, or modify the mandate or charter of any Executive Council Committee not otherwise created by canon (GAM030)Amend Article VIII, Section 5 of the bylaws concerning the Joint Investment Committee to add at least one of the additional members shall be a member of Executive Council’s Joint Standing Committee on Finances for Mission (GAM031)Adopt the Employee Handbook of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and related documents (GAM032)Local Mission and MinistryReview and affirm a list of Jubilee Programs (LMM025)Recognize the companion diocese relationship between the Diocese of Southeast Florida and the Diocese of Haiti until such time as this relationship is terminated by mutual consent (LMM026)Propose an A resolution to General Convention to amend the mandate and membership selection for the council’s Committee on Anti-racism (LMM027)Continue council’s Committee on Indigenous Ministries with a revised mandate (LMM029)World MissionThank Episcopal Church Foundation for its work on the Rebuild Our Church in Haiti project, direct church’s development staff to take up management of that work through the end of the year, direct council to make more permanent plans for continuing the work and thank those who have contributed and will contribute to the efforts to help the (WM024)Urge council’s World Mission Committee in the next triennium to develop a plan for conversation with Province IX, Mexico and Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America for revisioning the mutual mission-based partnership as a model for working with all other covenant partners (Brazil, Liberia and the Philippines). (WM025)Note: An “A” resolution is one submitted to General Convention by the church’s committees, commissions, agencies and boards, known as the CCABs. Most, but not all, A resolutions are contained in those groups’ reports to convention known as the Blue Book. The Blue Book for this summer’s convention is due to become available online April 23. Resolutions submitted to convention by bishops are “B” resolutions; those from dioceses are known as “C” resolutions and those from deputies are “D” resolutions. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson assign each resolution as it is received to one of the convention’s legislative committees. Once those assignments are made, resolutions are posted here.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is a writer and editor for Episcopal News Service. Tags Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Albany, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 A summary of Executive Council resolutions The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Press Release Service Featured Events The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Belleville, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit a Job Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Executive Council, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Apr 20, 2012 Submit an Event Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Press Release Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector Columbus, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Executive Council April 2012 Rector Bath, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC last_img read more

One candidate added to Dominican Republic bishop coadjutor slate

first_img An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Latin America, Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Pittsburgh, PA Province IX Bishop Elections, Comments (1) Submit an Event Listing 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 Featured Events Submit a Press Release Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Albany, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Press Release Service Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls By ENS staff Posted Apr 27, 2015 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Associate Rector Columbus, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest [Episcopal News Service] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic has announced an additional candidate to stand for election as bishop coadjutor.The Rev. P. Salvador Patrick Ros Suarez, 59, rector, Church of the Good Shepherd, Rahway, New Jersey, Diocese of New Jersey.Ros joins three other candidates who were announced in March. They are:The Rev. Ramon Antonio Garcia De Los Santos, 50, vicar of Misiones San Lucas and La Anunciacion in Santiago, a school principal and archdeacon in the north region of the country;The Rev. Moises Quezada Mota, 58, vicar of Misiones Jesus Nazareno and Buen Samaritano, in San Francisco de Macoris, and a school principal; andThe Rev. Daniel Samuel, 58, vicar of Misiones Santa Maria Virgen, Divina Gracia and San Cornelio, and a school principal.Bishop Julio Cesar Holguin Khoury called for the election of a bishop coadjutor during his address during the 2014 Diocesan Convention. A special convention to elect the bishop coadjutor will be held on July 25. The bishop coadjutor will serve with Holguin until his retirement, which according to The Episcopal Church’s Constitution (Article II, Section 1 here) must take place within 36 months of the consecration of the bishop coadjutor.Details about the election are available here. Rector Shreveport, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Youth Minister Lorton, VA Comments are closed. 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Knoxville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Music Morristown, NJ April 27, 2015 at 6:44 pm ¡Bendiciones y oraciones para todos! Rector Collierville, TN One candidate added to Dominican Republic bishop coadjutor slate Rector Bath, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Tags Charles Ridge says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OHlast_img read more

Prayers, statements and liturgical resources for Orlando

first_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Tags The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Albany, NY Rector Smithfield, NC 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 Prayers, statements and liturgical resources for Orlando Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Music Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Rector Tampa, FL Press Release Service Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Gun Violence, Posted Jun 13, 2016 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Belleville, IL Liturgy & Music, Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Orlando Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit an Event Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Knoxville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Press Release Submit a Job Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR last_img read more

Episcopal Church Memes uses Facebook popularity to mix laughs, evangelism

first_imgEpiscopal Church Memes uses Facebook popularity to mix laughs, evangelism Rector Smithfield, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Knoxville, TN Evangelism, Rector Bath, NC Social Media Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Albany, NY March 24, 2017 at 12:22 pm I have been following the “Memes” from the beginning. THANK YOU Rev. Bass, and please keep them coming! Not only are they appreciated by all my “Friends” on Facebook, but I feel it is a fantastic way to promote (market) our lovable Episcopal Church USA to all. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Youth Minister Lorton, VA Tags Comments (2) TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Ford Royer says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Press Release Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 [Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Art Bass is a trial lawyer and Episcopal deacon in Cleveland, Tennessee. He also happens to be the mastermind behind one of the most popular Episcopal-themed pages on Facebook – a page he maintained mostly in anonymity until he was confronted with his growing online popularity at a diocesan workshop.One of the speakers at the workshop was advising congregations to use social media to reach parishioners and the community. One of the examples cited as effective outreach on Facebook was the widely popular humor page Episcopal Church Memes.Bass listened quietly. After the presentation, he went up and introduced himself to the speakers.That’s me, he told them. I post those funny photos and captions.The Rev. Art Bass is a deacon at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland, Tennessee. Photo: Art Bass, via Facebook“That was the first time I ever told anyone in my diocese that I was doing this,” Bass, 66, said in a phone interview with Episcopal News Service. “I don’t hide the fact that I do this page, but I don’t make a big deal about it either, because it’s not about me.”Instead, Bass sees Episcopal Church Memes as his humble Christian ministry, spreading the good news and promoting the Episcopal Church, one impact-typeface headline at a time. At nearly 70,000 followers, the message and the humor is clearly connecting with his page’s audience.Bass, a lifelong Episcopalian, takes his faith seriously but also thinks a bit of humor goes a long way when evangelizing. He’s been known to sprinkle one-liners into his sermons – “Every good homilist does” – because, he said, often that is what worshipers will remember days later. And he’s convinced Jesus had a sense of humor.Take Matthew 19:24, the Gospel passage about how a camel trying to get through the eye of a needle would find that squeeze easy, compared to a rich man’s efforts to get into heaven.“That’s humor, that’s hyperbole,” Bass said. “I’m sure some of the people who heard Jesus tell that parable probably chuckled.”Jump ahead a couple millennia, and Jesus’ biblical one-liner might be told (or retold) as a meme. For those unfamiliar with this social media phenomenon, a meme is incredibly easy to produce: Take a popular stock image, like Grumpy Cat or The Most Interesting Man in the World, and use an online meme generator to add a snarky caption or witty joke. Then post away.But it’s much harder to make a meme funny, harder still to make a funny meme go viral. Bass’ successful formula on Episcopal Church Memes could be seen at work in his March 21 post featuring Grumpy Cat. In this image, the perpetually downcast Siamese has found his way into a church or cathedral. Bass’ caption in big bold letters reads: “Holy Eucharist to be followed by a special meeting of the vestry? Heaven and hell on the same day.”As of March 23, that image had been shared from the Episcopal Church Memes page more than 350 times and generated plenty of approving comments, like St. George Pinckney’s quip, “For God so loved the world, that he didn’t send a committee.”Original meme: The Most Interesting Cat in the WorldThe best memes can feel both timeless and ephemeral, like a high-protein snack for the funny bone, but the first one Bass ever created served a very specific ecclesiastical purpose in his role as deacon at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland, Tennessee.It was early fall 2012, and St. Luke’s was preparing for its annual Blessing of the Animals. Bass was thinking of ways to get more people to come to the church with their pets. He also had been following a popular Facebook page that offered a steady stream of funny Catholic memes.Combining the two, a social media marketing plan was born.Bass started with the iconic image of the gray-bearded Dos Equis pitchman known as the Most Interesting Man in the World, who says in ads, “I don’t always drink beer, but when I do I prefer Dos Equis.”In Bass’ variation, a cat took the place of the Most Interesting Man. His caption put these words in the Most Interesting Cat’s mouth: “I don’t always allow priests to bless me. But when I do, it’s Father Joel Huffstetler at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.”It was a big hit when he shared it on his personal Facebook page. “I got a lot of comments from people,” Bass said. “They came back and said, ‘Do you have more of these?’”He didn’t yet, but if Catholic memes could promote the Catholic faith, Bass thought, why not Episcopal memes to promote the Episcopal faith?Since then, he has produced or shared thousands of memes and cartoons for his Facebook audience, averaging 20 to 25 images a week. He typically updates the feed just on weekdays, with a couple memes to start the day, another couple in the afternoon or evening and a cartoon in the middle.Some are meant to educate people about theological concepts, like transubstantiation, which got the “Princess Bride” treatment in a Feb. 11 meme.Others aim to leave them laughing in the pews, like this Jeff Foxworthy meme that has been shared nearly 1,400 times since March 12: “If you think Nicodemus is a patch to quit smoking, you might need to stop sleeping through the sermon.”Bass couldn’t identify a favorite, though one that sticks out in his mind featured Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Watson.Watson: “I say, Holmes, as an Anglican, how do you explain Eucharistic real presence?”Holmes: “That, my dear Watson, must always remain a divine mystery.”That generated a lively theological discussion in the responses. “I would answer with Summa Theologica Tertia Pars 73-77,” commenter Thomas Knight offered.Bass usually takes weekends off from posting – but not from thinking up funny captions. That’s the tough part, given how many images he’s already created.“That’s a lot to do, without repeating,” Bass said. “To come up with something that’s new and novel gets harder all the time.”A meme from April 13 features Rod Serling and a reworking of Serling’s “Twilight Zone” opening.“Imagine a church that seeks to serve Christ in all persons and respects the dignity of every human being. You have just entered the Episcopal Zone.”Bass was happy with that one, which has been shared 2,300 times, though he said some people commented that the clever reference to the old TV show might be lost on anyone under age 50.Sometimes he also shares images submitted by his followers, giving them credit. Generally, political memes are off limits. And he’s dabbled in other social media, but Facebook is where he spends most of his time and has found his biggest audience. Bass encourages followers to share his images wherever they wish.Popularity rises, even after a hijackingIf you’re working in the digital sphere, part of your success is defined by what the industry calls metrics, so take a quick look at the numbers.At the time of this story, Episcopal Church Memes stood at 68,843 likes. To put that in perspective, the Episcopal Church’s Facebook page is approaching 162,000 likes, while Episcopal News Service clocks in at a modest 11,500.There are dozens of Facebook pages devoted to Catholic memes but only one tops Bass’ Episcopal meme page in popularity. It’s this one, with a staggering 300,000 likes. If you giggle at jokes about meatless Fridays in Lent, you may already be a Catholic Memes follower.Bass said he keeps in touch with the administrators of that and other Christian meme pages, such as United Methodist Memes (43,000 likes), many of which started after his page.“Some of what I put out there really could apply to any Christian meme page,” he said, particularly posts about the Gospel, though other posts appeal directly to Episcopalians.One other number of note is 2,000 – the number of photos his timeline is quickly approaching. But that isn’t the whole story. In 2015, he had to start from scratch after his page got hijacked by a Facebook phishing scam.“The next thing I knew someone had added themselves as administrator, closed me out as an administrator and took over the page,” he said. “I couldn’t get back into it.”He contacted Facebook, which helped him shut down the page. All the images were gone, as were the page’s 35,000 followers.“After having put all that work into it for several years and then just to have it all vanish overnight, it was depressing,” Bass said.Bass still had a personal Facebook page and an “Arthur Bass, Attorney at Law” page. A third, “Deacon Art Bass,” is devoted to more straightforward Episcopal matters, but he took about a month and a half off from Episcopal memes. When he bowed to meme fans’ requests and started a new Episcopal Church Memes, it quickly gained back and even doubled his old audience.That audience is so large now that he sometimes gets inquiries from companies interested in buying his page, because the tens of thousands of followers would make it a valuable marketing outlet, but he always turns down the offers.He has never spent money on the page and never makes any money from it. The only marketing that interests him here is of a higher order.“We’re trying to promote the church and the Gospel,” Bass said. “We’re doing it through humor.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS March 23, 2017 at 9:29 pm Thanks for introducing us to the person behind this marvelous webpage. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Rector Columbus, GA 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 last_img read more

The Episcopal Church in Vermont announces slate of candidates for…

first_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Collierville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Women’s Ministry Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Press Release Press Release Service Rector Bath, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Episcopal Church in Vermont announces slate of candidates for 11th bishop diocesan New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Knoxville, TN 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 Featured Events Rector Shreveport, LA 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 From left to right are the Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown, the Rev. Hillary D. Raining, and The Very Rev. Hilary B. Smith. Photo: Maurice L. Harris/The Episcopal Church in Vermont[Diocese of Vermont] The Standing Committee of The Episcopal Church in Vermont has announced a slate of three candidates for the 11th bishop of the diocese. The candidates will stand for election on Saturday, May 18, 2019. The new bishop will succeed the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, who is retiring from the position of bishop diocesan in September after 18 years. The candidates are (in alphabetical order):The Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown, Interim Rector, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Franklin, Indiana.The Rev. Hillary D. Raining, Rector, St. Christopher’s Church, Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.The Very Rev. Hilary B. Smith, Rector, Holy Comforter, Richmond, Virginia.The Standing Committee received and approved the slate of candidates by unanimous vote in a closed-door session Saturday. The approval of the list marks the culmination of a process that began nearly 15 months ago at which time the Standing Committee appointed a Bishop Discernment & Nominating Committee to lead the process of discerning and proposing candidates for bishop.Maggie Thompson, chair of the Bishop Discernment & Nominating Committee and member of Christ Church, Montpelier, commented, “Our committee met every other Saturday for a year. We took time to get to know each other and build trust and rapport. Collectively, we brought many skills, insights and wisdom to the process, along with buoyancy and humor. Our chaplain, the Rev. Carole Wageman, was an integral presence, always centering our work in listening for God’s call as we entered into mutual discernment with our applicants. We came to know and love these three finalists and have the utmost confidence that they represent the characteristics the people of The Episcopal Church in Vermont are seeking, as we heard in our 38 listening sessions in parishes around the state. We are grateful for the support and affirmation of the Standing Committee. The Holy Spirit has swirled among us throughout this lengthy, prayerful, and joyous process.”The Rev. Rick Swanson, president of the Standing Committee and rector of St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church, Stowe, commended, “The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Church in Vermont is deeply grateful for the ministry of the Bishop Discernment and Nominating Committee for their commitment to listening to the Spirit through the churches and institutions of the diocese, the candidates and nominees, and their own hearts. They have faithfully offered to the Church in Vermont three individuals who are faithful servants of Our Lord, and any one of them will lead the diocese to embrace the love of God in Jesus Christ and share God’s abundant grace throughout the state of Vermont and the world. We are blessed by their ministry and excited about the future.”Brett Murphy, member of the Standing Committee and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Northfield, concurred adding, “The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Church in Vermont is excited to present this slate of three candidates for the 11th Bishop of Vermont. We thank the Bishop Discernment and Nominating Committee for their exhaustive work in considering a diverse pool of applicants and their sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit to bring these excellent candidates to the Church.”Detailed information on the individual candidates can be found on the Bishop Search website at.Candidates for bishop may still be added to the final slate through a process of “nomination by petition,” the details of which are stated on the Bishop Search website. Nominations by petition may be filed until at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on March 29, 2019.A special convention for the election of the 11th bishop of The Episcopal Church in Vermont is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington. A service of ordination and consecration is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, at the Ira Allen Chapel on the campus of the University of Vermont, Burlington.The Episcopal Church in Vermont encompasses 45 congregations across the Green Mountain State. Rector Belleville, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing Tags Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls Youth Minister Lorton, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit an Event Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA House of Bishops, Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Posted Mar 25, 2019 Bishop Elections, Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 last_img read more