Chris Ashton’s World Cup Verdict

first_imgChris Ashton is… the England and Northampton wing who scored four tries against ItalyIt was a very frustrating start to the England World Cup training camp for me. I was delighted to be named in the 45-man squad but knew I would start behind everyone else as I needed a long-overdue knee operation.I had a number of dates pencilled in for the operation, but once we lost the Aviva Premiership semi-final, I knew it would come within 48 hours of the Heineken Cup final.The surgeons took half the cartilage out from the inside of my left knee, so it meant I couldn’t take a full part in the rugby sessions for the first few weeks.I hateChris Ashton modelling the 2011 England Kitmissing even one training session so when the squad got to together at Pennyhill Park in June it was killing me standing on the sidelines watching them. I know it will be for my benefit in the long run but that hasn’t helped my level of frustration.It was made worse because of the way Martin Johnson laid down the law when we first arrived. He left us in no doubt – if it was needed – that none of us was guaranteed a place at the World Cup.He said if you don’t pay attention, if you don’t switch on now, you will fall between the cracks, and someone else will take your place. He said to go and get a taxi if you aren’t ready to work hard, which meant that the lads were using this in every training session, taking the mick. If someone did anything wrong someone was guaranteed to say, “You’re falling through the cracks” or “Go and get a taxi!”Johnno means every word of it and we all know – in all seriousness – if we drop off at training we’ll be on our way home. Why would anyone who knows Martin Johnson think he was joking! Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit I regard it as a massive honour to be involved in my first World Cup squad. I was glad to be there and be in the room with the rest of the lads. I think it’s good to have new faces around the squad and a lot of them are really young. Johnno actually called up seven wingers, which I thought was unusual, so in my position the competition is very high. A few of those, like Matt Banahan and James Simpson-Daniel, can play other positions of course, but it’s still competition for me.As usual I’m sharing a room with Ben Foden. I’m always with Fodes so when I arrived at the hotel I didn’t even need to ask. It’s even the same room we were in through the Six Nations. We were bored with the first one so asked to change. They put us in one which is the same but with the layout reversed!My injury meant I was on the sidelines in one sense, but that concept doesn’t really exist with England at the moment, so instead of getting out on the pitch I’m confined to the marquee that’s been erected at the hotel for our fitness work.They have all these horrible machines – rowers, skiing machines, weightless running machines and spinning bikes with a rowing wheel – specially adapted for us. I’d love to meet the guy who invented them as he needs a good talking-to.If you’re injured, it’s no excuse to sit in your room all day, that’s for sure. The training is intense, but that’s what you need if you’re going to play for your country. There are no questions asked and if there are… you can order yourself a taxi.This article appeared in the September 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UKcenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Lions 2013 Player Profile: Brad Barritt

first_imgFresh from the plane! England centre Brad BarrittFAST FACTSClub SaracensAge 26 (7 August 1986)Born Durban, SADimensions 6ft 1in & 14st 13lbCountry EnglandTest caps 16 Power play: Brad Barritt attempts to barge through the Wales’ defence during the Six Nations game in CardiffTHE SOUTH Africa-born centre’s importance was recently highlighted by his absence. Injured for Saracens’ end-of-season play-offs they missed his defensive solidity in midfield and failed to collect any silverware. He’s been a regular in Stuart Lancaster’s England squad, proving extremely reliable in the centre.WHY SELECTEDAs the number of backs struggling with niggles increased, the Lions coaches wanted to be prepared for all eventualities. Andy Farrell is a big fan of Barritt and his rock-solid defence so his holiday in America was cut short!TEST PROSPECTSWith the centres on the mend and Jamie Roberts the only doubt for the first Test, he’s unlikely to be involved against Australia, especially as they’re likely to opt for more versatility and creativity on the bench.GREATEST DAYEngland’s win in Dublin this year. It wasn’t a day for all-out attack – the rain making sure of that – and that suited Barritt perfectly. He led the defensive line, making seven tackles and missing none, and kept the Ireland backs in check.IF HE WERE A FOODCorn flakes – a traditional, solid base. Test points Five (one try)Every 2013 Lions player is profiled in the July edition of Rugby World, with Lions legend Sir Ian McGeechan giving his verdict on each member of the squad. It’s on sale now.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Six Nations: Five things Ireland learnt against France

first_imgAs Lopez would surely know, he comes from a long line of petit French tacticians. One of the most famous, a certain N. Bonaparte, once made a famous, and oft-repeated, quote about lucky generals.Schmidt is an excellent general, but is also extremely lucky in his opponents. Before Saturday, Philippe Saint-Andre was in a minority of one when he considered Rory Kockott the best scrum-half in France. After yet another ineffective display of Lee Dickson-esque arm-flapping and pointing, he was mercifully hauled ashore for the infinitely superior Parra. Had Parra been on from the start, Ireland may not have been as comfortable for so long. On-field general: Johnny Sexton kept Ireland ticking over. Credit: Inpho In the end, the ayes had it – the overwhelming verdict ahead of the game was that Ireland would win and the only danger was that France would . This type of situation always makes us nervous, and, while we trusted in the system of Joe ‘Deep Blue’ Schmidt, we couldn’t see anything other than a one score game. It wasn’t high-quality fare, and wasn’t hugely watchable – “one for the purists” as they say – but Ireland were on top for long enough to call this win deserved. The bandwagon rolls on, and what did we learn?Good-looking GaulsBack in the noughties, the merest mention of an insouciant Frenchman strolling under the posts before having a fag in the changing room was cue for the entire Irish nation to go weak at the knees and worship their very unpredictability, their excellent culinary culture and their rugged good looks.The team played accordingly, losing seven in a row, and 11 of 12, and several Six Nations Championships to the French. When the draw for the World Cup was made, pairing the two together, we said that Deccie’s homework was to learn how to beat France. Between himself and Schmidt, it’s an A on that assignment – four games unbeaten against Les Bleus makes this, incredibly, the longest unbeaten stretch since 1971-73. Keeping the jackboot on the throat of the French is very important ahead of the tournament.By the time RWC15 comes around, only Morgan Parra, Pascal Pape, Guilhem Guirado, Thierry Dusautoir and Yoann Huget from Saturday’s 23 will know what it’s like to beat Ireland.Looking for the positives: France captain Thierry Dusautoir23-man gameIn the first half, Ireland owned possession and momentum, and the French were living off scraps from Irish indiscipline. That all changed, however, when the French changed their front row en masse on 50 minutes – suddenly all the go-forward ball was French and they seemed to be making two metres on every carry.The momentum turned on a dime and Ireland were going backwards. So how did we counter it? Erm, by doing very little. When the game seemed to be crying out for DJ Church or Henderson to come on to counter France, management sat on their hands for 15 minutes. Now, there is a chance this was a classic Belichickian ploy – the replacement front rowers only ever last for 25 minutes anyway, and Schmidt was saving his bullets for the last ten – but the lack of reaction felt like something the big southern hemisphere nations would punish more severely.Schmidt was very pro-active with the bench last year, but this felt like substitution by numbers and nearly saw Ireland come unstuck. The gospel according to Whiff of Cordite…center_img Multiples of threeAgainst Italy, Ireland used the boot early and often – but this time our tactic early on was to run it from everywhere and anywhere and not give the French the ball. Totally understandable when you consider Scott Spedding’s counter-attacking elan … or something.Anyway, the new approach got them close to the opposition 22 often, but Ireland never threatened the try-line, or even a linebreak. Ireland’s only two tries in the tournament to date were against 14 men, and when it’s been 15 versus 15, they haven’t come close. In last year’s edition, Ireland were the leading try scorers with 16, and 10 of those came against Italy and France. Scoring in multiples of three isn’t going to cut the mustard from here on, against England and Wales in particular.Here’s JohnnySpeaking of multiples of three, the five points Camille Lopez left behind from his boot might have been crucial – Ireland kept France out pretty easily when they needed a converted try to draw, but it’s a different dynamic if three points wins you the game.The 100% return from Johnny Sexton on his return was a critical part of that. Sexton played well in the first half, but he won’t have been pleased with his second half showing – it started: kick out on the full, charge down, kick dead, off for 10 minutes to get stitched up, prime butchery. He was given a rather generous MOTM award from Shaggy, at least partly driven by his heroics in defence in the presence of Mathieu Bastareaud, but make no mistake – this was not vintage Sexton and he will can only improve. For the record – Peter O’Mahony would have got our champagne.Cork boy popping corks: O’Mahony a MOTM candidateLucky generals LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Hotshot: Wales U20 flanker Tommy Reffell

first_imgHe captained Wales U20 during the 2018 Six Nations and is developing his game at Leicester Tigers – find out more about Tommy Reffell So I went up when I was 15 and moved in with another family. Now I’m living with a couple of the England U20 boys.Was it a difficult decision to leave home? Moving away from my family and friends was tough. But I put rugby first and I haven’t looked back since.Did you have any interest in Wales? The Ospreys wanted to keep me as part of their academy system but Leicester was the right decision for me. A lot of players offer help and the coaching staff are great as well. Just seeing how senior players are at training, you can learn off them and pick up things.What are your goals for the rest of the season? To keep developing as an athlete, improve my athleticism and size to make that next push to senior rugby. As a young player you always want game time, but you have to be patient and when your chance comes, you’ve got to take it. Wales U20 flanker Tommy Reffell Date of birth 27 April 1999 Born Bridgend Club Leicester Country Wales Position Back-rowHow did you get involved in rugby? All my family are involved and they got me into it aged four at my local club, Pencoed. I stayed there through minis and juniors until U16s.Have you always played in the back row? I started off as centre and then gradually worked my way in because the coaches couldn’t keep me away from rucks! I like the contact stuff.What’s your preferred position? I play openside normally but I was put at blindside by Wales U20 (and captained them in the Six Nations). I like openside because of the link play between backs and forwards, and being able to get over the ball and jackal. But I’m happy to play wherever as long as I’m in the team!How did the move to Leicester come about? They approached me and gave me a tour of their facilities. It was after the Lions tour to Australia and when I went up there I could see all their Lions training. I could tell it was a special club. In the clear: Tommy Reffell scores a try during the U20 Six Nations (Huw Evans Agency) center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS RW VERDICT: Reffell cites his dad, Gary, as his biggest influence. He’s the one who persuaded Reffell to make the move to Leicester and it’s paid off with his development. And Wales fans can rest assured he will not be switching to a white jersey!This article originally appearing in the May 2018 edition of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Sapporo Dome: The amazing stadium hosting England’s first World Cup match

first_imgFor football – and in the case of the Rugby World Cup – the baseball flooring is rolled up and a grass pitch is wheeled in from outside, where it is grown under the natural elements. So it is an outdoor pitch played on indoors!The seating structure is designed so it can move around to first allow the grass pitch to roll in and spin round, then to create a different-shaped stadium bowl so fans can get the best view for football and rugby as opposed to baseball.The whole process takes around eight hours but you can watch a time-lapse video of Sapporo Dome transforming here…It’s ingenious design from the Japanese and fans at the stadium for these two matches on the opening weekend should enjoy a great view of the action. The fact it’s an indoor stadium should also help generate a great atmosphere. Sapporo Dome: The amazing stadium hosting England’s first World Cup matchEngland kick off their Rugby World Cup campaign against Tonga on Sunday 22 September on the Japanese island of Hokkaido at Sapporo Dome – and the stadium is pretty amazing.Sapporo Dome is hosting two World Cup matches – Australia v Fiji on Saturday 21 September and England v Tonga the following day.Not only does the stadium look somewhat futuristic, appearing on the skyline like a spaceship, but its clever design means it is an effective multi-sport venue.The indoor stadium is more commonly used for baseball or football, but will transform into a rugby venue for the opening weekend of Japan 2019. And the way it transforms is incredible.Multi purpose: Sapporo Dome in baseball mode (Getty Images)When used for baseball, the stadium has an artificial pitch and the seats fit around a traditional baseball diamond. Futuristic venue: A general view of Sapporo Dome in Hokkaido (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Japan Find out what makes the Rugby World Cup venue in Sapporo so special With no risk of rain affecting conditions, both Australia and Fiji will be looking to demonstrate the full array of their attacking skills on the Saturday while England v Tonga is sure to be a highly physical match 24 hours later.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

George Horne: How to be a sniping nine

first_img Danielle Waterman: How to sidestep On the run: George Horne makes a break for Scotland (Getty Images) Collapse Ben Youngs: How to throw a dummy England Women’s full-back Danielle Waterman gives her top… The Australia back offers tips on exploiting space… Matt Toomua: How to find space at centre Element of surprise“People tend to think you should only go for a gap in the attacking half, but deep in your territory they may expect you to exit and it’s a great opportunity to catch defences unaware. Support lines are also important – your ability to follow play and take the ball on the inside means you may score from a second touch. Your work-rate and fitness must be good so you can run those lines.”This article originally appeared in the August 2018 edition of Rugby World magazine. Expand Expand Danielle Waterman: How to sidestep George Horne: How to be a sniping nine George Horne made his Scotland debut against the USA in 2018 having impressed for Glasgow Warriors with his sniping style. Here are his top tips for being an attacking threat from scrum-half…Right time“Before making a break around the edges, you want a positive ruck from your team; a good carry and clearout, so you’ve got fast ball. If the opposition are not set in defence, it’s a chance to get on the front foot when they’re not ready.”Show of pace“You need a burst of acceleration to get through the gap. We do a lot of speed work in the gym, things like jump squats and resistant sled sprints. That resistance helps to build stride length. Use footwork to get past defenders as well 
as speed.”The mismatch Ben Youngs: How to throw a dummy Matt Toomua: How to find space at centre LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Vision is a big part of scrum-half play. It’s about seeing who you’re up against. If it’s the tight five, the larger guys, in or around a ruck, you should beat them for speed. Shoulders turned out is another good read. If a player thinks you’ll be passing to ten or a forward, it’s a chance to get outside their soft shoulder and accelerate through the gap as they won’t have time to get you.”MORE SKILLS ADVICE… Leicester and England scrum-half Ben Youngs explains how… The Glasgow and Scotland scrum-half gives his top attacking tips Every month Rugby World features advice from professional players and coaches on specific skills. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

England Six Nations Fixtures 2021

first_img England Six Nations Fixtures 2021The 2021 Six Nations fixtures have been unveiled, as Eddie Jones looks to guide England to glory once again.Having finished runners -up in the 2019 Six Nations and falling in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final to South Africa, England immediately bounced back in 2020 by triumphing in the Six Nations.Related: England Six Nations SquadEngland’s 2020 tournament starts with two games at home to Scotland and Italy, before travelling to Wales and then welcoming France to Twickenham. Their final match is in Ireland in Dublin.England Six Nations Fixtures 2021(All kick-off times are GMT)Round 1Sat 6 February, England 6-11 Scotland Scotland win Calcutta Cup at TwickenhamRound 2Sat 13 February, England 41-18 Italy Jonny May scores wonder try against ItalyRound 3 Sat 27 February, Wales 40-24 England Wales lift Triple CrownRound 4Sat 13 March, England 23-20 France Late Maro Itoje try wins Six Nations thrillerRound 5 Sat 20 March, Ireland 32-18 England Keith Earls try sparks Ireland rout of EnglandDon’t miss a game with our TV coverage guide2020 Six Nations ResultsRound 1Wales 42-0 Italy Reaction: Josh Adams scores a hat-trickIreland 19-12 Scotland Reaction: Stuart Hogg drops ball over the lineFrance 24-17 England Reaction: France’s fire-up youngsters overcome England LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Title defence: Jones and Farrell will want to lift the Championship in March once again (Getty Images) Also make sure you know about the Fixtures, Injuries, TV Coverage by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagramcenter_img Round 2 Ireland 24-14 Wales Reaction: Jordan Larmour’s brilliant footworkScotland 6-13 England Reaction: England hold nerve in sodden Calcutta Cup boutFrance 35-22 Italy Reaction: France go top after blowing hot and coldRound 3Italy 0-17 Scotland Reaction: Stuart Hogg scores scorching try in RomeWales 23-27 France Reaction: France keep Grand Slam bid on trackEngland 24-12 Ireland Reaction: Sexton fumble leads to George Ford tryRound 4Ireland 50-17 Italy Reaction: Hugo Keenan scores double on Ireland debutEngland 33-30 Wales Reaction: Wales score stunner to bring clash to lifeScotland 28-17 France Reaction: Mohamed Haouas sent off against ScotlandRound 5Wales 10-14 Scotland Reaction: Scotland win in Wales for the first time since 2002Italy 5-34 England Reaction: Ben Youngs marks 100th England cap with two tries against ItalyFrance 35-27 Ireland Reaction: Cian Healy scores try on 100th Test appearanceSix Nation Squad and Team NewsEngland Six Nations SquadWales Six Nations SquadScotland Six Nations SquadIreland Six Nations SquadFrance Six Nations SquadItaly Six Nations Squad2019 Six Nations ResultsRound 1France 19-24 Wales Reaction: Yoann Huget howler gifts George North try in Wales’ comeback winScotland 33-20 Italy Reaction: Blair Kinghorn scores hat-trick in Six Nations try-festIreland 20-32 England Reaction: Henry Slade scores braces as England beat IrelandRound 2Scotland 13-22 Ireland Reaction: Jacob Stockdale scores a try, makes a try and stops a tryItaly 15-26 Wales Reaction: Wales equal record winning runEngland 44-8 France Reaction: Jonny May scores 30-minute hat-trickRound 3France 27-10 Scotland Reaction: Watch incredible Romain Ntamack tryWales 21-13 England Reaction: Wales stay on track for Grand SlamItaly 16-26 Ireland Reaction: Ireland struggle to see off ItalyRound 4Scotland 11-18 Wales Reaction: Watch the tries as Wales beat ScotlandEngland 57-14 Italy Reaction: Joe Cokanasiga entertains as England crush ItalyIreland 26-14 France Reaction: Johnny Sexton scores classic loop tryRound 5Italy 14-25 France Reaction: Marco Zanon error costs Italy victoryWales 25-7 Ireland Reaction: How Wales won the Grand SlamEngland 38-38 Scotland Reaction: England and Scotland draw in closerFollow our Six Nations homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Last year’s Champions will be hoping to retain their crown in the 2021 Six Nations. last_img read more

Episcopal Relief & Development posts new disaster response report

first_img Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 Shreveport, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID [Episcopal Relief & Development] Episcopal Relief & Development’s new report “Moving Forward: Disaster Response in 2011” is now online here.The report highlights three examples of Episcopal Relief & Development’s disaster response work from the past year, putting the organization’s activities in the context of different stages on the “disaster cycle.” The examples involve the organization’s response to tornadoes in the U.S. Southeast and the triple disaster in Japan and its continuing response in Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake. Episcopal Relief & Development posts new disaster response report Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector Columbus, GA Tags Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Tampa, FL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Posted Jan 12, 2012 Rector Bath, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Press Release Service The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Events Rector Belleville, IL Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY 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 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit a Press Release This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Martinsville, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Haiti Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Smithfield, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Relief & Development, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OHlast_img read more

Fe, promoción social y liderazgo: un adiestramiento de inmersión para…

first_imgFe, promoción social y liderazgo: un adiestramiento de inmersión para jóvenes adultos. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Tampa, FL Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Por Sharon SheridanPosted Apr 3, 2012 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 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 Collierville, TN Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Un grupo ecuménico de jóvenes adultos asiste a un taller durante una reunión de la Comisión de Naciones Unidas sobre la Condición de la Mujer. Andrea Bardelmeier, la representante de la Iglesia Episcopal, es la tercera de izquierda a derecha. En primera fila al centro está Jason Sierra, funcionario encargado de liderazgo y vocaciones de jóvenes adultos en la Iglesia Episcopal.[Episcopal News Service] Hace dos años, Andrea Bardelmeier asistió a la reunión de la Comisión de Naciones Unidas sobre la Condición de la Mujer (UNCSW) con un grupo de otros jóvenes adultos episcopales. “Esa fue de las experiencias que te cambian la vida”, dice ella.En la actualidad, como líder de un ministerio ecuménico y multirreligioso en la Universidad de Xavier, en Cincinnati, ella está pasando esta semana a otra experiencia de “inmersión” mediante el Instituto Episcopal de Liderazgo, que esta vez se concentra en el Ministerio Episcopal de Migración.El instituto es una iniciativa de la Oficina del Ministerio Universitario de Jóvenes Adultos de la Iglesia que comenzó oficialmente el año pasado a partir de los programas de jóvenes adultos de la UNCSW que la Iglesia puso en marcha en 2009.  “Consiste básicamente en conectar a jóvenes adultos con el liderazgo de nuestras redes para ver realmente cómo podemos infundirles a éstas un nuevo liderazgo y ayudar a los jóvenes adultos a tener acceso a una mayor escala del quehacer que cada uno realiza”, dijo Jason Stewart Sierra, encargado de liderazgo y vocaciones de jóvenes adultos.El instituto se concentra en cuatro componentes, comenzando con experiencias de inmersión a corto plazo donde pequeños grupos de jóvenes adultos —de 18 a 30 años de edad— asisten a una reunión de la iglesia donde se debate un tema de promoción o defensa social. La primera de tales experiencias tuvo lugar en 2009, cuando 10 mujeres jóvenes pasaron una semana en la UNCSW. “Esa fue una oportunidad para ellas de ver a gran escala cómo las mujeres estaban organizándose en torno a [los temas de] justicia de género y derechos femeninos y ver cómo la Iglesia Episcopal tomaba parte en eso”, dijo Sierra.Entre los programas posteriores se incluyeron uno con Iglesia para la Paz en el Medio Oriente, que incluía  adiestramiento en promoción social con la Oficina de Relaciones Gubernamentales de la Iglesia Episcopal, y una experiencia de inmersión en [un programa de] eco-justicia, que tuvo lugar en Seattle para 20 jóvenes adultos. Hasta la fecha, 73 jóvenes adultos de al menos 41 diócesis han participado en programas del instituto, incluidas las visitas a la UNCSW.“La segunda parte se concentra en la formación de la identidad episcopal, de manera que empezamos y concluimos cada día con un oficio”, dijo Sierra. Allí exploran la política episcopal, “de manera que las personas tengan una comprensión más plena de cómo se inserta esta obra de promoción social en la totalidad de nuestra estructura”.En tercer lugar, los participantes tienen la oportunidad de ser instruidos por expertos en la materia, “no simplemente observar a distancia”, agregó Sierra. “Intentamos llevarlos realmente hasta [el punto] donde la conversación es vital, , de manera que no estamos para nada sobreprotegiéndolos en el trabajo, sino haciendo que tengan acceso directamente a los líderes de nuestra Iglesia donde el quehacer es realmente dinámico… Con la Paz en el Medio Oriente, tuvieron la oportunidad de ir directamente al Capitolio y acercarse a todos estos líderes que han estado  ocupándose de este problema durante mucho tiempo”.Finalmente, agregó él. “tratamos de hacerles partícipes en la preparación del desarrollo del liderazgo”. Esto significa fomentar las destrezas en el terreno de la presentación y las comunicaciones, así como en la promoción o defensa social, “de manera que puedan comenzar a pensar de sí mismos como líderes de la fe, funcionen dentro de la Iglesia o no”.Los participantes deben escribir acerca de sus experiencias de inmersión para sus publicaciones diocesanas y hacer una presentación, “de manera que comiencen a ser vistos como líderes de la promoción social en sus comunidades de base”, apuntó Sierra. El instituto apoya a los participantes en la formación de comunidades que se mantendrán en contacto unas con otra, y que les vincularán a las redes de la Iglesia. “Nuestro papel es ayudarlas a establecer la conexión y prepararlas para hacer el trabajo”.La esperanza, agregó él, es que los jóvenes adultos comenzarán a trabajar en las redes existentes, en lugar de permanecer segregados.Esta semana, cuatro jóvenes adultos participantes del ministerio universitario se unieron a Sierra en la conferencia anual del Ministerio Episcopal de Migración (EMM) que tuvo lugar en Atlanta. Ellos dedicarán tiempo concentrados en cómo relacionar el ministerio universitario con el trabajo del EMM, explicó él, haciendo notar que ésta es la primera experiencia de inmersión que atrajo pocos solicitantes. “Tuvo algo de sorpresa”.“Eso es interesante”, dijo Bardelmeier, “porque creo que es realmente un problema de nuestro tiempo, y me pregunto dónde está la desconexión”.En Dayton, Ohio, hay una reunión de la Iglesia Episcopal sobre refugiados africanos, dijo ella.“Me encantaría hacer algo que trajera algunos de nuestros estudiantes africanos a Xavier para hacer alguna labor con refugiados”, dijo Bardelmeir, de 29 años, que es subdirectora del Centro pro Fe y Justicia Dorothy Day de la universidad.Dan Trudeau, director del programa de EMM para comunicaciones y desarrollo de medios de difusión, trabajó primero con refugiados a través de una agrupación de servicio de aprendizaje, en la Universidad de Michigan y participó en trabajo voluntario en un programa que ayuda a personas a la obtención de asilo.“Sé el poderoso impacto que una experiencia como esa puede tener a esa edad”, dijo. “Para mí fue realmente fascinante porque logré conocer a muchas personas de muchos países diferentes… Sirvió para abrirme los ojos”.En la conferencia de esta semana, añadió él, “nuestro plan es hacer que los jóvenes adultos que participen se relacionen directamente con el personal que tenemos en nuestra red afiliada y que realizan labores de extensión comunitaria para las iglesias”. Los participantes recibirán adiestramiento en técnicas de servicio comunitario a fin de crear conciencia y apoyo para el programa de reasentamiento de refugiados.“En verdad queremos crear la próxima generación de promotores y defensores de los refugiados en la Iglesia”, dijo Trudeau. “Espero que esta interacción de primera mano con nuestro personal local que labora en sus diócesis y comunidades realmente les de a estos jóvenes adultos un cuadro de todo lo que ocurre al recibir refugiados en Estados Unidos y una idea de cómo ellos pueden realmente contribuir a tener un impacto positivo en ese empeño”.Ashley Pagan, de 23 años, se graduó en diciembre de la Universidad de Arizona y se entero de la experiencia de inmersión del EMM a través del capellán universitario. El mudarse a Tucson y trabajar con inmigrantes había despertado su interés en los problemas de inmigración y refugiados, dijo. Ella trabaja regularmente de voluntaria en una cocina de beneficencia y un orfanato en Naco, México.“Estoy realmente entusiasmada, pero al mismo tiempo un poco nerviosa y asustada”, dijo antes de la conferencia. “Estoy segura de que será una semana de la que nunca me voy a olvidar”.El aspecto de la “inmersión” le atrajo, contó. “Definitivamente, prefiero eso a simplemente sentarme y oír hablar”.La primera experiencia de inmersión de Bardelmeier fue en la UNCSW 2010. “Conocí a mujeres de todas partes del mundo, que se enfrentan a muchas cosas”. Ella recordaba a una mujer de Turquía a quien habían expulsado de la universidad por usar un hijab. “Ella no pudo educarse por razón de su fe. Fue ese tipo de conversaciones las que caracterizaron toda la semana. Resultó muy impactante”.“Creo que el impacto perdurable ha sido las conexiones que hice con otras mujeres de la Iglesia Episcopal a través del país”, agregó. “En definitiva, es por eso que solicité participar en otra”.“Lo que me llevó a querer tomar parte en esta conferencia en particular es que mi cuñado es refugiado de Camboya”, agregó. “La Iglesia Cristiana Reformada lo trajo y lo reasentó en mi pueblo. Siento que eso, en alguna medida, ahora forma parte de mi historia”.“Creo que la Iglesia Episcopal es generosa en abrir el camino con el ministerio de la migración”, afirmó. “Yo quiero aprender más”.— Sharon Sheridan es corresponsal de ENS. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. 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In Portland, ‘Beer n’Hymns’ draws diverse congregation

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In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Tags Emergent Church, Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Tampa, FL Participants enjoy refreshments and music at a “Beer n’Hymns” event at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Portland, Oregon. Photo/Karen Ward[Episcopal News Service] The ages-old tradition of beer and religion has come to Portland.About 75 people gathered in the parish hall at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church for “straight-up Christian hymns, beer and bratwurst and — this being Portland — gluten-free beer and veggie sausages,” said the Rev. Karen Ward, who organized the April 20 Pop Up Church‘s “Beer n’Hymns.”Intending to offer “something for every lifestyle” at the event, Ward provided all kinds of beers, lagers, and ales, even homemade brew — up to and including ginger ale and root beer for the children as well as nonalcoholic beer and water. Tambourines and other musical instruments were strategically placed throughout the parish hall so a dozen or so children could accompany an alternative Christian rock band, she said.“The music was great,” said Katy Breazeal, 53, who lives in Portland and attended the event. “You could sing along and not feel stupid if you were a little bit off” on such standards as “Great is thy Faithfulness,” “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing,” “Be Thou My Vision” and even some original music, she said.Matt Addis, 29, donated his homemade gluten-free imperial pale ale for consumption and “had a great time” at the event.“One of the best things about it was that there were a lot of different denominations represented, all age groups — it was a diverse crowd. Just to be able to eat and drink together and meet new people and find out that there are people doing really cool things in your city and to be able to sing with them was exciting,” said Addis during an April 23 telephone interview from Portland.Pairing beer with a hymnsing “brings a level of comfort to the people involved who wouldn’t normally be there if it was just a church service. To be able to do those two things together brought people who wouldn’t necessarily talk to each other, wouldn’t necessarily sing with each other. It had a very sweet spirit,” he said.“A few people shared with me that it felt like doing something new, that it was open enough and compassionate enough that people really felt welcome and didn’t feel forced by it in the way they might with some liturgies,” added Addis, a senior at the George Fox Seminary in Portland. He aims to help create the Habitat Brewing Company after he graduates this December. He is also a co-founder of Community Missions, which hosts bimonthly “pint theology” and other interfaith and interdenominational gatherings throughout Portland.There was an informal liturgy and prayers, Ward said. “It’s an alternative liturgy, a holy meal and a holy communion but not in the literal sense of the church’s official rituals,” she said. The event also aimed to raise money and awareness for two local faith-based agencies; the HIV Day Center, which assists persons living with HIV/AIDS, and Rahab’s Sisters, which offers support to women marginalized by the sex industry, homelessness and substance abuse.Ward was inspired by a beer n’hymnsing at the Greenbelt Festival, a yearly arts, faith and justice gathering in the United Kingdom. This year’s gathering is planned for Aug. 24 – 27 in Cheltenham. Its American counterpart, the Wild Goose Festival, is set to hold its second justice, spirituality, music and art gathering June 21 – 24in Shakori Hills, North Carolina and a similar festival is being planned for the Pacific Northwest, Ward said.But the tradition of beer and spirituality and religion dates to the Middle Ages, she added.“Benedictine monks have been brewing beer in Europe since the 12th century. Monastics brewed beer especially during Lent; if the monks were on a fast, it had all the nutrients of bread,” Ward said during a recent telephone interview from Portland.She hopes to adapt the hospitality associated with monasteries to fit Portland’s culture, to tap into the lives of people who may not go to church but “might like singing, might like beer drinking, to introduce seekers to church in a way they’ve never been.“In our culture, people think of coffeehouses and pubs as those spaces churches used to fill. That’s where people go to find community,” she said. “They don’t go to church, so what is that saying? And churches have gotten away from being part of the regular culture. I think Jesus wouldn’t be hiding behind the walls of a church and expecting people to come in, instead of being out where the people are.”Lindsay Ross Hunt is program director of the HIV Day Center in Portland, a 23-year-old faith-based drop-in center that offers meals, laundry, showers, social workers and other assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS. Many are struggling with mental illness, homelessness, racial and ethnic minority status and other complicating issues, she said during an April 23 telephone interview from her office.She was surprised — pleasantly — at the new faces she saw at Beer n’Hymns.“Oftentimes, you see some of the same people at community events, but this was a unique gathering of individuals that might not bump into each other otherwise,” said Hunt, 33.“People had a great time,” Hunt added. “We shared a meal together before diving into the hymnsing, which was also really different and unique. It was a hopeful space, a very traditional practice of singing hymns together in a different kind of way, especially with children participating in the production of music itself. There were instruments all over the room, and a piano, which people could grab and participate.”The Rev. Dan Morrow, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oregon City, agreed.“It was a time of prayer, a very safe place for anyone who hasn’t been to a church before. People were dancing, kids were running around with tambourines and shakers and everyone could play with the band.”But, he added, “it was a worship service and it didn’t shy away from the fact that we were there to sing hymns and have prayers, but at the same time it was a safe space.”Beer n’Hymns is evangelism, he said, particularly among “disaffected evangelicals, people who have grown up with faith as a formative part of their lives but feel the community they grew up in is too closed off and fundamentalist.“Beer n’Hymns meets in the middle of evangelical worship and traditional Episcopal worship. There was a discernible liturgy but minus the pomp and circumstance, which can be daunting for people who aren’t familiar with it,” Morrow said.Daniel Palmer, 43, an e-commerce businessman, describes himself as “a recovering evangelical” who was seeking alternative worship when he heard about the Church of the Apostles, an emergent church Ward started in Seattle in 2002.Then he learned about Ward’s Pop Up Church — emergent worship that meets at various locations around Portland.“I like what Karen’s doing,” he said of Ward. “I’m excited about how she’s so inclusive of everyone and really reaching out to lots of different people. I love singing, so Beer n’Hymns sounded perfect. We were standing the whole time during the singing portion and my ten-year-old daughter, Sienna, was playing the tambourine.”For Breazeal, 53, Beer n’Hymns was filled with a lively bunch of people “that maybe don’t fit into the mainstream of Christian churches” and perfect for someone like her, without a particular faith tradition. “I don’t know what I am,” she said laughingly about her faith journey. “I have always looked for ways to connect with people over spiritual issues but hadn’t found a church or anything.”She frequently attends Pop Up Church on Sundays, a more contemplative experience which she treasures. Yet, she also enjoyed the vibrant energy of Beer n’Hymns, she said. “It wasn’t any holier-than-thou kind of experience – it was quite sweet and Karen is very open and accepting and actually sort of shy but puts herself out there just because it’s her calling. She’s shaking things up and making things happen.”— The Rev. 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