Slemen’s cross field kick forced Josh Drauninu to concede a lineout and in their eagerness to win back possession Welsh were penalised. With Whitehead off it was another former Dragon, Ulph, who stepped up, only to see his kick hit the right hand upright.Three minutes later, though, from an almost identical spot, Ulph curled over what would prove the winning penalty after Welsh were adjudged to have taken out the jumper at the lineout.Welsh needed a response and they needed it quickly, and Ross provided it with two penalties in the space of a minute. No sooner had Esher looked to have established a winning lead than it was a one score game again.Welsh’s tails were up and a 50-metre Claassens break took the Exiles back to where they needed to be. The Exiles had upped the tempo with Esher firmly on the back foot.Aled Thomas had the chance to level the scores, only to see his attempt shave the right hand upright. A couple of penalties took Welsh up to the Esher line and their forwards pounded away, but the Esher defence held firm and time was not the Exiles’ friend as they slipped to their second away defeat of the season.Esher scorers:Try: Renwick; Con: Whitehead; Pens: Whitehead (4), Ulph (4).London Welsh scorers:Try: Gibson; Con: Ross; Pens: Ross (4).Esher: Chris Whitehead, Sam Ulph, Philip MacKenzie, Arran Cruickshanks, Jonny Hylton, David Slemen, Clive Stuart-Smith, David Millard, Kevin Corrigan, Ricky Nebbett, Robert Anderson, Rudzki Karl, Luke Wallace, Sam Stitcher, Shawn Renwick.Replacements: Samuel Smith for Whitehead (54min), Christopher York for Renwick (58min), Paul Barker for Rudzki (80+1min).Replacements not used: Timothy Tunnicliff, Alexander Walker, Neil Taylor, Andrew Garner.London Welsh: Errie Claassens, Liam Gibson, Hudson Tonga’uiha, Simon Whatling, Josh Drauniniu, Gordon Ross, Ben Stevenson, Michael Holford, Marc Breeze, Shawn Pittman, Martin Purdy, Matt Corker, Ben Russell, Michael Hills, Epi Taione.Replacements: Nick Runciman for Stevenson (61min), Lee Beach for Taione (63min), Lorne Ward for Holford (69min), Dominic Shabbo for Whatling (70min), Aled Thomas for Ross (70min), Vili Ma’asi for Breeze (79min).Replacement not used: Mike Powell.Yellow card: Epi Taione (31min). LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Officials: Ref – Martin Fox; TJ’s Paul Kimber & Gareth Copsy.Half-time: 19-10 Sam Ulph – EsherMATCH: Esher 22 v 19 London Welsh. The ChampionshipChris Whitehead and Sam Ulph returned to haunt London Welsh as Esher took the derby bragging rights at Molesey Road on Friday night.The former Exiles kicked all but five of their side’s points, with Ulph landing what proved to be the winning penalty 13 minutes from time.The win ended Esher’s run of three matches without a victory, while ending Welsh’s two-match winning run, and the Exiles will have to wait until December 27 for the chance to extract revenge.When Whitehead spilt Gordon Ross’ straight forward kick it was an indication, if any were needed, of the testing conditions both sides faced at a rain sodden Molesey Road.Errie Claassens’ half break caught Esher offside and Ross turned down the chance to go for the posts, to nudge the ball into the corner, but Welsh couldn’t turn the opportunity into points as they were penalised for accidental offside.It fell upon Whitehead to open the scoring, after an overthrown Welsh lineout was gratefully accepted by Sam Stitcher and the Exiles were caught offside.But Welsh wiped that penalty out within minutes when Hudson Tonga’uiha found a gap, drew Whitehead and released Liam Gibson to race clear. Ross added the extras.Whitehead immediately cut the deficit to a point with his second penalty but when David Slemen put a testing the ball in behind the Exiles, Josh Drauniniu had the pace to win Johnny Hylton to touch down.Welsh’s attempts to play the game at pace were being frustrated, while Slemen and Whitehead were kicking intelligently.Claassens produced one scintillating break from under his own posts, but Welsh were struggling to build a period of concerted pressure.Esher, though, were beginning to get the upper hand and their forwards barged their way up to the Welsh line.A succession of penalties saw Whitehead probe the corner and although Martin Purdy produced one excellent steal, Esher pressure eventually told when Epi Taione was caught offside in front of his own posts and Whitehead edged Esher ahead.Esher were playing for territory and playing it well, and when the ball broke loose as Gibson was forced back on half way, it was hacked and Robert Anderson dived on it.Shawn Renwick fed Hylton and although Ben Stevenson produced a try saving tackle, Renwick drove over from close range. Whitehead added a superb conversion close to the left hand touchline and added three more when Welsh were penalised at a scrum on their own 22, despite Taione having just returned to the field to swell the Exiles’ pack.Welsh needed half time to regroup and whatever was said looked to have had the desired effect when the Exiles’ early pressure was rewarded with a Ross penalty.The Exiles were immediately back in the Esher 22 thanks to two fine touch finders from Claassens, giving the home side a taste of their own first half medicine.With Welsh pressing, Esher then lost the excellent Whitehead to injury, but the frustration was beginning to build for the visitors as they struggled to turn possession and dominance in the scrums into points.
He was unceremoniously dropped after two games as the rudder man after a thumping against South Africa at Twickenham, with Toby Flood replacing him. Nevertheless, he had climbed back to the top of the game in record time.Back in the game (-ish): Cipriani with England, 2008Paul O’ConnellHe may not have been rebuilt like the Bionic Man or Robocop, clunking back into play months ahead of schedule, but O’Connell was back into Lions contention just in time for tour selection.O’Connell had some dark times after having surgery on a bulging disc in his back,commenting that just after Christmas he found it hard to see himself being in the mix in the summer. He fought back, though, and after a powerhouse display against Harlequins in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals he announced to the world that he was ready to play some tour rugby again.Although he is now out of that tour, he also impressed in the first Lions Test against the Wallabies.Dan LydiateTwo years after a crushed disc, a broken vertebra and torn neck ligaments, Dan Lydiate made his debut for Wales. Comeback kid: Medicine be damned, Tommy Bowe returns to the Lions side only two weeks after breaking his handBy Alan DymockIN A more surprising comeback than the denim jacket, Tommy Bowe has returned to the Lions starting team just a fortnight after breaking his hand.Doctor James Robson has expressed his shock at welcoming Bowe back to full training and the story of his return to the Tests will go down as one of the great tour tales. He is only one of many who have disregarded the docs on their way to a glorious return…Back in black: Steve Thompson re-invented himself at BriveSteve ThompsonIn April of 2007, Thompson retired from rugby after suffering a serious neck injury for Northampton earlier that year.The English World Cup winner and Lions tourist in 2005 signed on with Brive as a “technical advisor” the next season, but just months into his stay he announced a comeback. Everything was declared above board, medically, and he played again some seven months after retiring. He was recalled to England duty in 2009, returned to the Premiership with Leeds Carnegie in 2010, scored for England in the Six Nations in 2011 and signed for Wasps for the 2011/2012 season.He retired just after starting pre-season with Wasps after his neck problems flared up again, but by that point he had already cemented himself in rugby folklore.Danny CiprianiAt the end of the 2007/08 season Cipriani suffered an horrific fracture dislocation of his ankle. Just six months later, though, Cipriani was sprinting out for Wasps against the very club he had fallen against the season before, Bath.His recovery was months ahead of schedule and coincided with an injury to Jonny Wilkinson. Shortly after returning, the talented tyro was pulled into the England starting 15 for the autumn internationals. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS He had been playing for Newport Gwent Dragons in 2007 when he suffered the injury in the Heineken Cup against Perpignan. He clawed his way back from the disappointment and in 2009 he was running out at the Millennium Stadium.Sounds like a resilient bloke? Well he was at it again this season, squeezing himself into the Lions squad despite a broken ankle keeping the flanker out until April. Now he is a Test starter – replacing Tom Croft who also staged a miraculous comeback this season, recovering from a career and potentially life-threatening broken neck to win the Aviva Premiership with Leicester Tigers and play for England and the Lions – for the next hit-out against the Wallabies. BAGSHOT, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 25: Danny Cipriani looks dejected during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park Hotel on November 25, 2008 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Against Tonga it doesn’t really matter how many lineouts were completed, line-breaks made or defenders beaten, one stat will have pleased Warren Gatland more than any other. There were no major injuries.Wales couldn’t have faced a worse team given the current injury crisis in the backline. Despite recent quotes suggesting that they were offended by comments regarding the legality of their tackling , the Tongans hit hard. And their technique certainly comes from the Venus de Milo school of tackling where arms clearly aren’t the focus. Wales on the whole coped very well with the Tongan defence, particularly Ryan Jones whose low carrying style make him perfectly suited to carry under the heavy, upper-body tackles. Gatland has stated that he was frustrated with the Welsh performance, but the lack of injuries will have given him some solace.A chance to play the ‘A-Team’There are those who would like to see Wales play their first choice squad against Tonga and put on a real spectacle. However, it must be remembered that Warren Gatland is building a squad to compete at the next Rugby World Cup. And unlike many of his counterparts he doesn’t have the luxury of an ‘A-team’ with which to experiment. Barring this summer’s tour to Japan, the Welsh selectors have had few opportunities to develop their younger, second string. Whereas Stuart Lancaster et al have the opportunity to expose their next generation to international rugby in the less pressured surroundings of the Saxons camp, Gatland is forced to do it at test level. And that’s exactly what he did. 11 changes from the squad which beat the Pumas and new combinations throughout the starting 15. It was a valuable exercise.Unscathed: Welsh stars survived tough Tongan tacklingWales: Embrace the boredom Surviving the melee: Ryan Jones led Wales to victory during a drab but potentially dangerous game against TongaThe luxury of criticising a victoryWales beat Tonga by 17 – 7, with a score line that belies the dominance of the Welsh performance.There was much talk prior to kick off regarding Wales’ decision to wear their grey kit at home, however such was their dominance that they could have easily played in training bibs. Wales had 62% of the possession and 73% of the territory, and during the second half Wales had an incredible 80% of the territory.The impressive numbers meant that the Welsh backline was able to deliver their largest haul of clean breaks and beaten defenders in this autumn series. The Welsh scrum was stable with Rhodri Jones once again defying the doubters. The Welsh lineout functioned at a highly respectable 88.2% and Leigh Halfpenny was 100% off the kicking tee. Ryan Jones carried well, in a game perfectly suited for his heavy direct carrying. Hallam Amos impressed in his debut with a mix of lateral movement and power through the tackle, whilst Owen Williams has pressed his claims for selection against the Wallabies next week.Yes of course there were numerous handling errors, squandered line breaks, and the Tongans did create a major issue for Wales at the breakdown – Wales turned the ball over 22 times. However, we shouldn’t forget that being able to criticise a victory is a wonderful luxury. A luxury that Welsh rugby has only recently been afforded. There have been stages during the last 15 years where Wales’ first choice 15 have genuinely struggled against tier two nations. Where the result has been in doubt. This was not the case against Tonga.Competition: Owen Williams went wellOwen Williams impressesWales’ massive injury problems in the centre have been far from ideal. However, without the injuries to Jamie Roberts and Jon Davies, Owen Williams realistically wouldn’t have had the chance to impress this autumn, and impress he did. Williams’ try in the 15th minute demonstrated the top end speed, over 40 metres, that some of the larger Welsh centres have on occasion lacked. This isn’t to say that Williams is small. He’s 6ft 3 and the best part of 16 stone. But he is a genuine 13 and not a 12 who has been ‘shunted out one’. He has the pace to make the outside break, an accurate pass on both hands and the defensive skills required at test level. Of course this isn’t to suggest that Williams will take the 13 shirt from Jon Davies – at least not yet. But come the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Jon Davies may have serious competition, and that’s no bad thing.Injury-free LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS <> at Millennium Stadium on November 22, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. Welsh supporters have been thoroughly unimpressed by the win over Tonga. This is understandable. It was a drab affair. Wales and Welsh supporters aren’t used to wins like that. Whether caused by the excitement of a win or the anxiety of a pending loss, Welsh rugby runs on adrenaline. And as a result boring victories don’t quite cut it. As a Welsh supporter, if your heart isn’t racing at 170 beats per minute and you’re not breathing heavily into a brown paper bag when you leave the Millennium Stadium it doesn’t feel like you’ve had a day out.Despite not being the most inspired win, Wales didn’t look like losing that game for a second. We should embrace the boredom and save ourselves for the adrenaline that lies ahead next week. Whether that adrenaline will be created by panic or excitement remains to be seen.
Collapse Fiji Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features.Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The late Jonah Lomu was a bona fide… TAGS: FijiThe Greatest Players Rugby’s Greatest: Jonah Lomu LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby’s Greatest: Jonah Lomu Rugby’s Greatest: Rupeni CaucaunibucaKnown universally as Caucau, the Fijian wing ranks second only to Jonah Lomu for his ability to astound on the pitch. After starting out in sevens, Caucau first came to the attention of global audiences at RWC 2003 with Fiji, although not before he’d shunned All Black advances after a scintillating season with the Blues.First, there was a sensational 60m solo try against France, before being yellow-carded for fighting – a sign of things to come. Next, against Scotland, he scored within two minutes with an audacious finish in the corner. His second try was even more outrageous as he skipped and sidestepped past flailing Scots defenders from Fiji’s 22, leading the commentator to exclaim, “Give it to Caucau and he is go-go, gone!”It led to a shell-shocked Chris Paterson saying: “He can be the world’s best player, the type who can win a game almost on his own.” Fiji Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Expand After the World Cup, the chequebooks were out for his signature, and he plumped for Agen in the Top 14, where he stayed for five helter-skelter years, scoring 65 tries. In this period, his Test appearances were fleeting, though his scoring ratio never diminished. Major teams: Northland, Auckland Blues, Agen, Toulouse Country: FijiTest span: 2003-10Fiji caps: 7 (7starts)Pacific Islanders caps: 1 (1 start)Test points: 50 (10T) Rugby’s Greatest: Bryan Habana Rugby’s Greatest: Bryan Habana Here’s everything you need to know about Fiji… Rupeni Caucaunibuca fends off the Aussies South Africa winger Bryan Habana was the first… Caucau was almost as famous for his off-field indiscipline as his on-field play. Stories would drift over the Channel that Caucau had gone missing back in Fiji and was infuriating coaches but, more often than not, he’d return with a big smile, turn in a match-winning display and be forgiven. Similarly he’d frustrate national coaches and his charge sheet included a one-year ban for missing training camps and a three-month ban for testing positive for cannabis.After a spell at Toulouse, during which he propelled them into the Top 14 final with a semi-final brace v Clermont, he returned to Agen before leaving France last year. He was last heard of playing in Sri Lanka and proclaimed an interest in playing at the 2016 Olympics. A one-off. Expand
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LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Gloucester v Northampton live stream: How to watch the Premiership match online from anywhereCould we see some change at the bottom of the Premiership? If everything goes Gloucester’s way, the Cherry and Whites may climb out of the basement spot. Standing in their way is a Saints side who have not played for a month.Gloucester have made seven changes to try and claim that outcome, with eighth-placed Saints making four swaps since their last outing.For the hosts, experienced nine Willi Heinz makes his first outing of the season and Mark Atkinson returns, his first start since round two. 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Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Martinsville, VA Tags Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Executive Council, Comments (2) Lee Powers says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Smithfield, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Posted Apr 21, 2012 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Gay Jennings, Episcopal Church Executive Council member from the Diocese of Ohio whose term is ending, preached during council’s closing Eucharist in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 20.Jennings’ sermon follows in full._____________________________________________________Episcopal Church Executive CouncilClosing EucharistApril 20, 2012The Rev. Gay JenningsDiocese of OhioMember, Executive CouncilIn the Name of God. Amen.I’ll open with a poem that I have grown to love.The Swan by Rainer Maria RilkeThis clumsy living that moves lumbering as if in ropes through what is not done,reminds us of the awkward way the swan walks. And to die, which is the letting goof the ground we stand on and cling to every day,is like the swan, when he nervously lets himself downinto the water, which receives him gailyand which flows joyfully underand after him, wave after wave,while the swan, unmoving and marvelously calm,is pleased to be carried, each moment more fully grown,more like a king, further and further on.The Church longs to be transfigured – changed into the likeness of Jesus – from glory to glory. I believe this is really what the conversations regarding structure are about. As Winnie Varghese has said, mission is the restoration of creation through covenant relationships. And structure, therefore, is the servant of mission. The servant of the restoration of creation.Matthew’s Gospel for the Feast of the Transfiguration tells the story of the transfiguration of Jesus on the mountaintop with Peter, James and John.The transfiguration happens immediately after the confession of Peter at Caesarea Phillippi. Jesus had asked the disciples to describe how they understood him having traveled together some time. Peter is always Peter. Peter blurted out “You are the Messiah.” Jesus then tells his disciples and friends that he will suffer and die in Jerusalem and Peter quickly objects.Peter is rebuked by Jesus and then gives the disciples a clear choice. They can follow him if they accept that danger that lies ahead. If, however, they put their personal safety first, they must leave.Six days later, Jesus then takes Peter, James and John to the top of a mountain where they see Jesus transfigured and are given a glimpse of the glory of the Christ soon to be revealed. They were given a glimpse of the future – they were given hope in the place of fear, and doubt, and confusion.You and I have seen people both transfigured and transformed throughout the Church during this triennium as we have served on Executive Council together. Our actions as a governing body impact the hearts, souls, bodies and minds of the people known and unknown, many of whom are in need of transformation of one sort or another. Yet, the longer I serve this Church we love so much, the more worried I become about the exhaustion I see in some of the servants. You are tired after serving Executive Council for three years, or six years, or longer as staff or officers. Maybe there are people in your congregations, your dioceses and your provinces who are weary and wish for transfiguration.The poet David Whyte writes of his personal fall into exhaustion. He went to a spiritual friend and the following exchange took place.“Brother David? Tell me about exhaustion.”He looked at me with an acute, searching, compassionate ferocity for the briefest of moments, as if trying to sum up the entirety of the situation and without missing a beat, as if he had been waiting all along, to say a life-changing thing to me.He said, in the form of both a question and an assertion: “You know that the antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest?”“What is it, then?”“The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness. You are so tired through and through because a good half of what you do here in this organization has nothing to do with your true powers, or the place you have reached in your life. You are only half here, and half here will kill you after a while. You need something to which you can give your full powers. You know what that is; I don’t have to tell you.You are like Rilke’s Swan in his awkward waddling across the ground; the swan doesn’t cure his awkwardness by beating himself on the back, by moving faster, or by trying to organize himself better. He does it by moving toward the elemental water where he belongs. It is the simple contact with the water that gives him grace and presence. You only have to touch the elemental waters in your own life, and it will transform everything. But you have to let yourself down into those waters from the ground on which you stand, and that can be hard. Particularly if you think you might drown.” (Excerpted from Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity, David Whyte, Riverhead Books, New York, 2001)I don’t know about you, but drowning – now there is something to be afraid of. We are afraid of death – both physical death and those little deaths that are part of transformation. Death, we all know from hard experience, means loss and change, and in the case of personal or corporate transfiguration and transformation, it likely means letting go of something, while embracing a wholehearted approach in our leadership. As the familiar hymn says, “New occasions teach new duties.”Long ago, I heard a great story about people in Africa who hunt monkeys in order to sell them to zoos around the world. Those who know me well know I detest zoos, but I digress. The hunters use an ingenious method to trap the monkeys. They hollow out a gourd, and they make a small opening on the top of the gourd. At the bottom of the gourd, they put peanuts in the gourd. The hunters hide and the monkeys come to investigate. The monkeys put their hands in the gourd, grab the peanuts and then they cannot get their hands out. The monkeys don’t let go of the peanuts and they scream and yell and the hunters come and pick them up, put them in cages, and ship them to the zoos. I just want to shout at the monkeys and say let go of the peanuts! Let go of the peanuts and you can live free and swing in the trees, and have babies and eat bananas and have a great monkey life. Let go and be free!As a servant in the Church, as a person who works in a variety of ways through a variety of covenant relationships, I know I need to look at the peanuts in my life – what do I need to let go of in order to be free and changed into His likeness from glory to glory? What do I need to let go of so I can grab on to something that which is life-giving and transformative? What do we as a Church need to embrace, to grab onto, in order to be free and changed into His likeness from glory to glory?As the Church engages in surprisingly passionate conversations about structure, governance, roles, responsibilities, canonical and constitutional amendments, rules of order, CCABs, budgets, staff, and General Convention, we need to remember that we are about the business of the restoration, together.No more false choices between mission and governance. No more false wars between individuals or groups. No more jockeying for turf or control. Rather, we have to find ways to move forward together, and envision and incarnate the future God calls us to embrace – and I pray that we will throw ourselves into it with wholehearted abandon.As leaders, we need to consider how we might exercise new models of leadership. Nicholas Petrie of the Center for Creative Leadership writes about interdependent leadership. He suggests that interdependent leadership is a collaborative enterprise and more a shared process than an individual skill set. Who the leader is becomes less important than what is needed in the system and how we together can produce it.This kind of leadership is more likely to flourish when there is open flow of information, flexible hierarchies, distributed resources, distributed decision-making, and loosening of centralized controls. Petrie writes, “We are still at the early stages of thinking about leadership development at a collective level, but I have no doubt that future generations will see networked, interdependent leadership as a natural phenomenon, the way of the world.” We need to pay close attention to this.As I talk to people around the Church, people are clear that there is a need for something new, people are passionate, but there aren’t many concrete suggestions offered, and some are not sure about what the structure of the Church actually consists of. The good news is that people care about how we are structured. Structure is simply the arrangement of relations between the parts or elements of something complex.Structure in the Church is simply the arrangements of relations between the parts or elements for the purpose of the restoration of creation through covenant relationships to the glory of God. How we go about restructuring is as important as how we restructured. Will we be true to our Baptismal Covenant? Will we be courageous and brave? Will we accept what Jesus offers us?We are offered nothing less than the gift of transfiguration and it is ours for the taking. We are given the gift of being transfigured into His likeness from glory to glory. To be transformed as a Church, we have to be transformed as individuals.How are you and I transfigured by the dazzling light of the transfigured Christ? How are we changed into His likeness from glory to glory? What makes the morning star rise in our hearts? How does that happen?You are transfigured into His likeness every time you recognize that sin and death and brokenness are not the last word.You are transfigured into His likeness when you work for justice and peace, when you will not accept the diminishment of any person, when you help others claim their dignity.You are transfigured into His likeness when you pray – for yourself and others.You are transfigured into His likeness when you eat the bread of life and drink the cup of salvation.You are transfigured into His likeness when you believe in the grace and transformation that comes to all of us simply because God loves us.You are transfigured into His likeness when you trust in the power of God to recreate, to bring us free out of debt, and beauty out of chaos.The voice from the cloud said “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased.” That same voice, the voice of God says this:This is my daughter Bettye Jo, and my daughter Winnie, and my daughter Debbie, and my daughters Blanca, Bonnie, Rosalie, Marian, Martha, Anne, Angela, Katharine, Vycke, Sandye, Lelanda, Bronwyn, Kathryn, Sally, Neva Rae, Lori, Mary Frances, Stephanie, Nancy, Carla, Dylan, Dinorah, Lee, Katie, Anita, Jane, Cecy, Hisako, Rosalie, Fredrica, Joyce, and Elizabeth.My beloved. With her I am well pleased.This is my son Mark, and my son Gregory, and my son Paul, and my sons David, Cristobal, Terry, Tim, Wendell, Jon, Chuck, Francisco, Bryan, Sam, Del, Paul, John, Jim, Stacy, Silito, Alex, the two Brians, Steve, Butch, Kurt, Bruce, and Michael. My beloved. With him I am well pleased.You are transfigured into His likeness when you rejoice in the fact that you are the beloved child of God and that your belonging is close to God’s heart in a place that is saved for you and for you alone.Amen. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis April 22, 2012 at 6:38 am “The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness.”Thank you, Gay, for this incredible insight from David Whyte. I recently retired. I was running on empty. I was no longer interested in trying to fix problems in the church, in any church, in any part of the church. I thought I needed rest.I have gotten a lot of rest over these last ten week. I have rediscovered a full night’s sleep.Now that I’m rested, I still don’t want to fix problems in the church. I want to remember what it was that caused me to give my life to Christ and to let everything else go.You are right: we see tired people all around us. We can’t fix our church; only Christ can. And I know He still loves His Church, which means He still loves us. We can’t fix each other; we can only be like those friends who climbed up on the roof of a house and let their friend down on a mat so that Jesus could heal him. Those friends may have been tired, but they were wholeheartedly devoted to bringing their friend to Jesus so he could be made whole again.My prayer for all of us in our beloved church is that we will carry one another back to Jesus.God bless you and thank you. Featured Jobs & Calls Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Comments are closed. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem April 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm Gay, your insight into the cure for exhaustion certainly rings true for this tired old Christian. Wholeheartedness, wait for me. I’ll “get it” sooner or later – I teach women inmates at the local jails and see the transfiguration weekly as they show me how they care for each other. Sometimes I feel they enjoy more freedom than I do. Thanks for your reminder of where the path lies. Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Betsy Willis says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Collierville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Albany, NY Executive Council: Gay Jennings’ sermon at closing Eucharist Rector Tampa, FL
Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Pittsburgh, PA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 March 16, 2016 at 7:52 pm Where can one find a copy of the Bishops’ statement in Spanish? Aaron J. Angel says: March 16, 2016 at 12:56 pm So beautifully written and profoundly powerful… I am immensely grateful for the leadership provided by our House of Bishops at this time. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS March 17, 2016 at 10:06 am This reads like an effort to be on the record as opposing right wing politics while doing nothing to speak directly though belatedly to underlying issues and instead magically leapfrogging to reconciliation. If the church wants to make a difference here and now it is time to shout the message publicly on a daily basis–to shout it from the rooftops in the press, to ring the church bells daily in a call to goodness, to take public risks rather than give retreat summations delivered anonymously. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Steve Catanich says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books March 16, 2016 at 3:16 pm Well said. Definitely praying. Hoping more messages like this get into the public eye to counteract the public rhetoric we hear so loudly on the other side. Paul Ambos says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ann Schumann-Ousley says: Comments (51) Sam Kincade says: [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church, meeting in retreat, unanimously approved the following Word To The Church.A Word to the ChurchHoly Week 2016“We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others.”On Good Friday the ruling political forces of the day tortured and executed an innocent man. They sacrificed the weak and the blameless to protect their own status and power. On the third day Jesus was raised from the dead, revealing not only their injustice but also unmasking the lie that might makes right.In a country still living under the shadow of the lynching tree, we are troubled by the violent forces being released by this season’s political rhetoric. Americans are turning against their neighbors, particularly those on the margins of society. They seek to secure their own safety and security at the expense of others. There is legitimate reason to fear where this rhetoric and the actions arising from it might take us.In this moment, we resemble God’s children wandering in the wilderness. We, like they, are struggling to find our way. They turned from following God and worshiped a golden calf constructed from their own wealth. The current rhetoric is leading us to construct a modern false idol out of power and privilege. We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others. No matter where we fall on the political spectrum, we must respect the dignity of every human being and we must seek the common good above all else.We call for prayer for our country that a spirit of reconciliation will prevail and we will not betray our true selves.The Episcopal Church House of Bishops met in retreat March 11 – 15 at Camp Allen Conference Center in Navasota, TX. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET March 16, 2016 at 1:46 pm What a very polite and lengthy way to say Nothing. This must have been written by a Politician. March 22, 2016 at 10:56 pm You are correct. Same letter placed in Spanish. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group March 16, 2016 at 2:47 pm What, specifically, are you pointing to in this statement. Are we to read into it our own particular biases? Moral relativism seems the order of the day. Elevating evil doers as characterizing the country (“shadow of the lynching tree”) while excusing the manner in which ** the margins of society are turning on US ** just adds to the polarization that is fomented by radical Left and reactionary Right. Political correctness is the gateway to the moral relativism because it punishes the free expression of ideas that must be considered where obvious problems exist. March 16, 2016 at 8:56 pm As a Biblical historian: “the ruling political forces of the day tortured and executed an innocent man” actually “the ruling religious forces of the day caused the torture and execution of an innocent man at the hands of the Romans.”Let’s not try to make what happened 2000 years ago about the Presidential Election of 2016. Let’s keep the Scripture true to the message, please. Rector Hopkinsville, KY March 28, 2016 at 10:17 am So sad when supposedly educated Bishops cannot draft something meaningful instead of something vague and meaningless. If you have something to say, say it! Willam A. Flint, MDiv, PhD says: Max Hill says: Sandra K Llewellyn says: Dan Tabizon says: Vicki Gray says: March 16, 2016 at 1:12 pm Great message! Press Release Service In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Max Hill says: Submit a Job Listing March 22, 2016 at 2:54 pm My Spanish is poor, but I think this is it:https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2016/03/18/un-mensaje-de-los-obispos-episcopales-a-la-iglesia/ Ben Johnson says: March 16, 2016 at 6:52 pm As a Biblical historian: “the ruling political forces of the day tortured and executed an innocent man” actually “the ruling religious forces of the day caused the torture and execution of an innocent man at the hands of the Romans.”Let’s not try to make what happened 2000 years ago about the Presidential Election of 2016. Rector Knoxville, TN Joan Head says: Paul Rider says: March 17, 2016 at 5:29 pm Come Loving God, most mysterious one, and touch our land with your healing love. Grant us ears to hear your call to love and serve each other and the stranger in our midst. Amen March 17, 2016 at 11:08 am Bishops’ did a great job of “Taking A Stand.” Every election cycle there will be candidates that sell the dream of becoming a Utopia under their reign. I never see candidates visiting skid rows or prisons, or championing causes for the most disenfranchised. Why, they don’t vote, it doesn’t make for good press, and Voters would find helping those untouchables as not important. Most People elect politicians that have their similar concerns, their best interests, in mind. As Christians, Our Baptismal Covenant requires sometimes the opposite of politics. By acting on the Five Marks of Mission, we see that nonvoters and the environment are clearly within our realm of caring. No matter what our direction (Left, Right, or Center), our Savior, through Divine FÍat, was elected two thousand years ago. If His Kingdom is to Come on Earth, which candidate, if any, speaks to that? Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Jobs & Calls March 16, 2016 at 5:20 pm The Bishops’ statement comes from the heart of the Gospel. It reminds us that, in the heat and passion of public debate and differing views, we run the risk of overlooking what we hold from our faith as being dear and pre-eminent. That reminder applies to all of us, whether we tend to stand at the right, the center or the left in the political/social spectrum. Comments navigation Newer comments Submit a Press Release Steve Catanich says: Constance Jennings says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC March 16, 2016 at 12:35 pm Was this by any chance cc’d to Abp. Justin Welby? Posted Mar 16, 2016 March 16, 2016 at 6:21 pm Interesting that even a message of reconciliation and hope can be met with division and fear. I applaud our Bishops today. Episcopal bishops issue A Word to the Church The Revd Sarah V. Lewis says: March 17, 2016 at 11:22 am Agree, it’s very frightening. I don’t know who the fascists are but I can plead to God to tell us and not leave us blind. March 16, 2016 at 6:06 pm When the messengers of God sent “A Word to the Church” the Body of Christ, God’s people said: Amen!! Amen!! March 16, 2016 at 6:02 pm Hollow words. The Episcopal Church like every other supports agenda of the right wing fanatics. Without that support we probably wouldn’t be in the position we’re in. They call for “prayer,” and we all k of how much good that goes. I’m glad it allows all you self righteous hypocrites to deny the responsibility for your voting record . Wilmot T. Merchant, II says: Daar Fisher says: March 18, 2016 at 2:42 pm Honorable Bishop Johnson, interesting how you are picking up the secular mood of leftist politics and bringing up Nazi Germany. I hope you don’t think that that has a spiritual import for us today. Where is our message of hope “this is my fathers world.” Where is our faith in the God who will allow us “to pass safely through the tribulations of ou age?” Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson says: Cathy Kinkade says: Marybeth Wright says: Monte Robinson says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Dr. William A. Flint, MDiv, PhD says: March 16, 2016 at 11:47 am WOW! What a powerful message! I agree with it 100%!!! March 17, 2016 at 1:30 pm I agree with the Bishops in the thrust of their letter. But the Golden Calf was made from what they plundered leaving Egypt and they made it because they thought/feared Moses and God had abandoned them. Today’s “golden calf” has been forged by the same sense of fear and a deeper resentment of a perceived abandonment. Until we deal with that, we can only expect more. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Steve Lindsay says: Lynn Vera says: Jim Himes says: Ryan MacConnell says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET March 16, 2016 at 2:38 pm Many thanks to the House of Bishops. I see so many parallels to Germany in the 1930s, in which out-of-control political rhetoric and mob violence made it possible for Adolph Hitler to seize control not by coup but election. With anti-Semitism rising against Jews and Muslims both abroad and at home, we have much to keep in check. Slovenia, for example, has recently elected a fascist leader who has vowed to make life miserable for the Romas. So, yes, the spirit of reconciliation should be the prayer for our country – but also vigilance and the calling out of the fascists of our own day, who, like Amalek of old, would seize the most vulnerable of our day. Carrie Heiman says: March 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm Steve Lindsey, that is so beautiful and so infused with divine energy! Thank you so much. Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Tags 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 March 17, 2016 at 9:46 am Thank you for the BOLD leadership of our bishops. Gregory Willmore says: March 21, 2016 at 3:10 am Christ is our Hope. March 17, 2016 at 10:52 am Where the Roman leaders not gods? They only suffered the Jews to maintain the illusion of their power. The ruling religious forces were the ruling political forces of the day. The distinction between the two is a modern one that ought not be read into ancient writings. March 17, 2016 at 1:40 am Darr, You are right the statement says nothing! Rector Collierville, TN Featured Events 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 Comments navigation Newer comments 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 March 19, 2016 at 9:34 am Well written and the best comment I have read so far. Rector Bath, NC March 17, 2016 at 12:29 am Daar Fisher that is a righteous statement !! March 16, 2016 at 9:01 pm Sorry –but at some point the Episcopal Church is going to have to take a stand like others for what is right and quit trying to appeal to all. It is not sacrificing the hopes of others by not embracing every weird thing that comes along. We will not betray ourselves if we follow Gods word. Not sure this is happening. Also, do not think it is the faithful that may be on the wrong path but the leadership. House of Bishops, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 August 28, 2016 at 2:05 pm Amen Paul. Me too. House of Bishops Spring 2016 Comments are closed. 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Richard Bidwell says: Rector Belleville, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Steve Schneider says: Rector Shreveport, LA Michael Russell says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Michael Craig Patterson, Reno, Nevada says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Daar Fisher says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA March 16, 2016 at 7:31 pm Hmmmm…no mention of the “lynching tree” called abortion on demand, support by TEC. Rector Martinsville, VA March 17, 2016 at 12:26 am Jim Himes I couldn’t agree more with what you have posted. If any church has lost its way, it would be the Episcopal Church. I will continue to pray for all denominations asking God to bring to light the error of their ways and return to the gospel preached by the Apostle Paul. March 18, 2016 at 1:19 am The “margins of society” are indeed turning on those who have systematically abused them. It’s called “survival instinct.” You might find it helpful to avoid name calling, and read the statement by our Bishops along with the words of Christ as taught in the Gospels. Rector Albany, NY Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA March 16, 2016 at 4:47 pm This church has lost itself. Trevor David says: Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Tampa, FL David Johnson says: March 17, 2016 at 1:46 am Is this directed at the Bernie Sanders supporters and BLM activists who started the violence at the Trump rally in Chicago? March 17, 2016 at 1:46 am This is good, but the time has come to be more explicit, more forceful. We are on the edge of an abyss. Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel March 16, 2016 at 7:13 pm I applaud the message that our bishops have sent. The church must stand up against the hate and bigotry that is poisoning the hearts of many of our citizens in this election year by certain political candidates and condemn it as contrary to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel of love and mercy. Hate and bigotry is not only unchristian but it is contrary to our American values. I believe our presiding bishop should declare a day of prayer and fasting prior to the general election and should publicly condemn this cycle of hate and violence that the Evil One has imposed upon our beloved nation. Enough is enough. The church must pray, fast and then do something about it. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Hugh Hansen PhD says: Natalie Bishop says: Hugh Hansen PhD says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Robert Wilson says: March 18, 2016 at 1:22 am You made the association to “right wing politics,” the Bishops didn’t. Director of Music Morristown, NJ
Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC London churches plant trees to make neighborhoods more ‘bee friendly’ Rector Knoxville, TN Tags Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Environment & Climate Change Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Press Release Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Submit an Event Listing Rector Belleville, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Jobs & Calls Press Release Service Rector Bath, NC Anglican Communion, Rector Collierville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, 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 [Anglican Communion News Service] A tree-planting program for London’s churches supported by the mayor of London is aiming to make neighborhoods greener and more attractive for bees. The tree plantings will also offer an opportunity for churches to organize events and ceremonies that involve members of other faiths in their parishes to celebrate and help to enhance the environments that people of all faiths and no faith share. The project is supported by the diocesan bishops.Full article. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Tampa, FL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Advocacy Peace & Justice, Curate Diocese of Nebraska Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Posted Feb 20, 2017 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Rector Tampa, FL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing Press Release Service This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Smithfield, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Jobs & Calls House of Bishops Submit a Press Release Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 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 Rector Washington, DC Featured Events Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Bethlehem accepting nominations for bishop Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL Tags Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC [Diocese of Bethlehem] The search committee for the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem is now accepting nominations. Information about the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem and the process for nominations can be found here.The person elected will succeed the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, who was elected provisional bishop in 2014. Rowe is also bishop of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania.The deadline for nominations is Sept. 11 and the deadline for applications is Sept. 18. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Posted Aug 7, 2017 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 Pittsburgh, PA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Bishop Elections, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Martinsville, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Shreveport, LA
Advocacy Peace & Justice, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Events Rector Bath, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Parishioner and volunteer Nathalie Abejero and the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser, associate rector of Church of the Incarnation in New York, tell a hotel desk clerk at New York Marriott Marquis about the Saving Our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P.) Project, asking that staff use soaps labeled with a toll-free help hotline for sex-trafficking victims. Photo: Amy Sowder[Episcopal News Service] She strode through midtown Manhattan with purpose, her black tote bag held close as she dropped a dollar into the jangling coffee can of a street person stationed on a corner. Weaving around the city sidewalks in her flowered pencil skirt, black flats and black tank with a clerical collar, the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser had four destinations on her list that evening — all upscale hotels where she hopes her efforts make a dent in revealing the horrific secret right under everyone’s noses.Child sex trafficking happens at pretty much every hotel, whether it’s glitzy or seedy, Dannhauser and survivors say. The average age a child is forced into prostitution is 13. Human trafficking, for labor or sex, is the second-leading crime in the world, including the United States, according to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). And one in three children is solicited for sex within 48 hours of running away or becoming homeless.A mother of a daughter who’s almost 9, Dannhauser wants every hotel employee to be trained to recognize the signs and know what to do about it. She wants the children, usually girls, forced by threats, violence and drugs to have sex with countless men behind the hotel room doors, to find a soap in the hotel bathroom with a sticker on the wrapper providing a toll-free hotline to call for help.“We’re ‘soaping up’ midtown,” Dannhauser said as she led the way to the next hotel, carrying bags that each contained 100 hotel-sized labeled soaps and folders full of information. “I’ve talked to hotel staff who said they did see something ‘off’ and didn’t know what to do.”The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser, associate rector of Church of the Incarnation in New York, asks an employee at Fairfield Inn & Suites in New York whether he’s had training to spot and report sex-trafficking victims. She’s leading a committee at her church, as well as a diocesan task force, to help the victims escape and to spread awareness of the problem, which is rampant in the travel and tourism industry nationwide. Photo: Amy SowderThe associate rector of Church of the Incarnation on Madison Avenue brought along parishioner Nathalie Abejero, also a mother, for the hotel visits. They, along with the rest of her parish’s anti-trafficking committee of seven to 10 people, have visited close to 40 hotels in the past year. “It’s so widespread. It could be anyone: the nicest, sweetest neighbor of yours who you’d never guess,” Abejero said as she waited in the lobby of New York Marriott Marquis in the heart of Times Square.“It’s so sick,” Abejero said a moment before the pair approached the hotel’s check-in clerks.Dannhauser is the chairperson of the Diocese of New York’s Task Force Against Human Trafficking. She was recently selected as a New York Nonprofit Media 40 Under 40 Rising Stars honoree for her work to combat human trafficking.Why hotels and motels are ideal targetsThe majority of trafficking happens at hotels and motels, according to Polaris Project, a Washington D.C.-based organization dedicated to eradicating modern slavery globally.Unlike other venues, hotels and motels allow traffickers some anonymity. Traffickers can pay for rooms in cash and change locations easily, which makes it easier to avoid detection than using an apartment, car or legitimate business front, all of which are traceable back to the owners.The biggest problem is lack of awareness. Hotel staff and guests don’t realize that trafficking is happening, or how to recognize the signs. Even if they do sense that a situation is suspicious, they may not know how to report it or whether it’s worth reporting at all.There are two clear ways to draw the line between prostitution and sex trafficking. If a person under 18 is involved in commercial sex, he or she is being trafficked. Also, anyone 18 and older with a pimp is being trafficked.“Trafficking is lack of choice. Slavery is lack of choice,” Dannhauser said. “Obviously, with children, it pulls your heartstrings more.”Volunteer Nathalie Abejero tells a hotel check-in clerk at New York Marriott Marquis about the Saving Our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P.) Project, asking that staff place into the housekeeping carts the special soaps labeled with a toll-free help hotline for sex-trafficking victims. Photo: Amy SowderOnline shopping for underage sexTraffickers also use the internet. Children are more expensive and are most often purchased in the adult or dating sections of classified advertising websites, such as Backpage.com, which sells everything from boats to Beanie Babies. It is second in popularity only to Craigslist. When the woman’s face isn’t photographed, it’s often a girl younger than 18. A recent U.S. Senate report said the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children states that 73 percent of all child trafficking reports it receives involve Backpage.Using a defense of freedom of expression from government censorship and being “merely a host of content created by others and therefore immune from liability under the Communications Decency Act,” the site has been embroiled in legal battles, from criminal charges against its founders and CEO, to politicians’ efforts to modify the federal law.Between 2010 and 2015, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported an 846 percent increase in suspected child sex trafficking, much of it online.A priest’s calling for advocacyDannhauser’s work is needed now more than ever.A former bankruptcy attorney, Dannhauser has no personal connection to this horrifying criminal epidemic, but during her contemplative prayer practice while in seminary, she felt a call from God to pursue this mission.She was resistant at first, but she felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to consider this cause.“It’s all about using the voice we have for the voiceless,” Dannhauser said. “Churches are good about service, but I don’t know that we always get the advocacy piece. I find this so energizing.”After Dannhauser’s committee worked on contacting hotels in the metropolitan area for almost a year, the group joined forces with the S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) Project in the summer of 2017.Volunteers stick labels onto hotel-sized soaps at the S.O.A.P. labeling party in July at Church of the Incarnation in New York. They’re working to spread awareness of child sex trafficking in hotels, and help the victims get out. Photo: Church of the IncarnationIn July, the committee had a S.O.A.P. labeling party, during which they stuck labels onto 2,000 bars of soap that provide a toll-free help hotline for victims to call. They deliver those soaps to the hotels along with a packet of other information, including a missing children’s page, a warning signs list and a hotline mouse pad.A survivor’s taleAnneke Lucas participated in the New York church’s labeling party and told her story, as well.Raised in Belgium, Lucas was sold by her parents to an exclusive sex-trafficking ring for wealthy politicians when she was 6, according to a “Real Women Real Stories” video on the Living Resistance website. For more than five years, she was raped and tortured. At puberty, she was in danger of being murdered, but she got out just in time.Today, Lucas is a mother and leader of an organization that brings yoga to prisons. Lucas, Dannhauser and other leaders advocating for trafficking victims are pushing for legislation to be passed to protect children.Anneke Lucas, a child trafficking survivor who is now a mother and leader of a group that brings yoga into prisons, told her story at the S.O.A.P. labeling party at Church of the Incarnation in New York. Photo: Church of the IncarnationConnecticut passed a groundbreaking piece of legislation — the first of its kind in the United States — requiring hotels and motels to post signs in a visible place spelling out what trafficking is. The notice must also contain information on how to get help by contacting the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline. The law also requires all hotel and motel staff in the state to receive training on how to recognize victims and activities commonly associated with human trafficking.“A law like this could help children who are trafficked in New York,” Lucas said in the video. A tiny hotel soap with a red label could be a trapped child’s saving grace. “I would have found a way to call the hotline, had I seen a notice,” she said.The S.O.A.P. ProjectFounded by Theresa Flores in Ohio, the S.O.A.P. Project is specifically focused on educating and increasing public awareness of the prevalence of human trafficking, in order to help trafficked survivors heal and also to prevent more teens from being victimized this way in the United States. Eighty percent of trafficked victims are women, and half are children, she said.S.O.A.P. representatives travel all over the United States to hold outreach workshops during large public events. The nonprofit organization partners with local groups to distribute millions of bars of soap wrapped with a red band that gives the National Human Trafficking Hotline number — 1 (888) 373-7888 — and resources to high-risk motels and hotels.Based in Ohio, the nonprofit S.O.A.P. Project helps local volunteer groups label soaps with a toll-free help hotline and trains the volunteers to contact hotels and spread awareness of child sex trafficking in the United States. Photo: Amy SowderTrained volunteers such as Dannhauser and Abejero offer the soap free of charge to hotels and motels, along with training to be able to identify and report sex trafficking when they see it in their establishments.An author and advocate, Flores, 52, is also a survivor of child sex trafficking. She came from a good Roman Catholic home with two parents and no abuse. She was taught to be abstinent until marriage. But when she was 15, a boy in school drugged her and raped her, and his cousins took photos. The boy threatened to post the photos all over school, at her church and at her father’s office if she didn’t “work” to get each photo back. Flores was so ashamed of what had happened to her that she didn’t tell anyone. She found herself being called in the middle of the night and driven to mansions where she was forced to have sex with old men. They didn’t know her name or even ask, except for one man, who seemed to not know she was underage. Her pimp rebuked him, saying “she has no name.” She remembers being kidnapped, drugged and beaten, taken far away to Detroit and pulled out of the car by her hair to an open hotel where 20 men waited for her. She was 16 by then, in a sea of men, auctioned off to highest bidder, over and over until she passed out.“Nobody knew this was going on to a kid like me,” Flores said in her TEDx Talk. The Code, as it’s commonly called, was developed by End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT-USA), a nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn, New York, and part of ECPAT International. It’s the only voluntary set of business principles travel and tour companies can implement to prevent child sex tourism and trafficking of children. Those who sign The Code agree to establish a policy and procedures against sexual exploitation of children; train employees in children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation and ways to report suspected cases; include a clause in contracts stating a zero-tolerance policy of sexual exploitation of children; provide information to travelers; and report annually on related activities.Several large travel suppliers have signed The Code, including Hampton Hotels, Hilton Worldwide and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, according to Business Travel News.But while the heads of these hotel companies agree to this code, the training and education don’t always trickle down to every hotel location. That’s where efforts like those of Dannhauser’s committee come into play.Dannhauser is excited that the diocese’s sign-up letter is accessible to anyone in the Episcopal Church, so congregations can share it and educate their own hotels and travel agencies. The letter is downloadable here. She’s pressing to place a set of resolutions calling for the church to support the ECPAT code — similar to the New York diocesan resolutions — on the agenda at General Convention in the summer of 2018.“I also plan to have the toolkit ready at that time — the one for parishes to use to do their own hotel outreach with hotels in their communities,” Dannhauser said.How hotel staff respondOn this particular August evening, Dannhauser’s and Abejero’s second stop was at the 49-story marbled, modern New York Marriott Marquis in the heart of Times Square.The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser, associate rector of Church of the Incarnation in New York, and parishioner and volunteer Nathalie Abejero head to the hotel check-in desks at New York Marriott Marquis to spread awareness of training available to spot and report child sex trafficking, which is common in all kinds of hotels. Photo: Amy SowderThe manager-on-duty and two clerks at the hotel’s front desk were friendly and willing to discuss sex trafficking when the two women showed up unannounced. Hotel employees undergo sex trafficking training with a video every six months, they said.“It’s something we’re actively on the lookout for,” the manager said.Sometimes the volunteers can’t even get a manager to come out to speak to them; it’s hard to tell whether it’s because the manager is busy or just not interested. Most desk clerks and managers said they are aware of the problem and several of them had training by video. Others admitted they didn’t know what to do when they suspected something was awry. They all took the soaps.“It was a better response than I expected,” Abejero said.— Amy Sowder is a special correspondent for the Episcopal News Service, and a writer and editor in Brooklyn, New York.Editor’s note: Combatting human trafficking will be on the agenda during the Oct. 2-6 meetings of the moderators and primates (leaders) of the Anglican Communion’s 39 provinces. Archbishop Francisco de Assis da Silva, primate of the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil, explains why here. Elizabeth Kaeton says: Rector Martinsville, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit a Job Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group The Revd Sarah V. Lewis says: September 21, 2017 at 9:08 pm I think such a description is important in these situations, what ever the gender is. If a male priest was engaged in the same actions as this woman is, perhaps he would dress in a less formal way than wearing a black suit along with his clerical collar. How one is perceived may affect one’s reception. A priest dressed in all in black is likely to be seen as someone trying to further his/her denomination, something unwelcome by many hotels. Jane Palmer says: September 22, 2017 at 10:34 am Very impressive article, with so much information and careful research. Thank you! September 23, 2017 at 12:33 pm What evidence is there that the soap message has been used by youth trapped in sex trafficking? September 23, 2017 at 5:13 am Great article! I learned a lot. I wonder if anyone here in the Harrisburg, PA area is participating in this prigram?! 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 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Her story is an example of how a child from any background, race or socio-economic status can become trapped in sex trafficking. These days, most people find prostitutes online, not by looking for streetwalkers, Flores said. “It’s basically fear,” Flores told Episcopal News Service. “These women are terrified and are being beaten and are threatened by the pimp, who is the trafficker. They tell you they know where your family is and get you addicted to drugs. They all use these tactics.”In these disgusting, deplorable situations, it’s almost guaranteed a trafficking victim will reach for the hotel room’s bar of soap. “That darkest moment is in those hotels, but they all go into the bathroom to clean up afterwards,” she said. That’s how the idea hatched to use soap as the way to reach the trafficked victims. If hotel managers don’t agree to place a labeled soap in each hotel room bathroom, volunteers suggest that they keep the soaps on the housekeeping carts for cleaning employees to place in the bathroom when they notice the signs.The signs include some obvious clues and some more subtle ones:• A man is checking in with a much-younger female.• A young woman looks a bit zonked out or bruised.• A young woman has no identification proof.• A hotel room is paid for in cash.• A hotel room is purchased by the hour or by the day repeatedly, or for extended stays longer than usual.• Several men are seen coming and going from one room.• Many more towels are requested than is typical.• Someone stands guard by the room door or is acting distrustful around security.If you suspect sex trafficking, call the police, FBI or the National Hotline at 1-888-373-7888, or text: HELP to BeFree (233733). For more information, visit www.soapproject.org, www.traffickfree.com and www.ecpatusa.org.Flores has given out close to a million soaps since she founded the organization more than six years ago.She targets her hotel efforts during big events. The Super Bowl, NASCAR races, Republican and Democratic conventions, the Indianapolis 500, entertainment awards shows, the Kentucky Derby and the Detroit Auto Show are a few. When there’s likely to be a flood of people into town for a short time, especially when it’s mostly men, the demand will rise.So, the supply follows. Typically, in Detroit, there are 200 ads of women for sale on Backpage.com, Flores said. But the female ads spike to 500 to 600 during the Detroit Auto Show.Advocacy within the Episcopal ChurchDannhauser wants to encourage this kind of advocacy work throughout the Episcopal Church at large. The priest got the Episcopal Public Policy Network to send an action alert about any related legislation going through U.S. Congress so that more Episcopalians could get involved. The Episcopal network created its own human trafficking page chock full of helpful information, from advocacy updates from U.S. Congress and ongoing efforts by local Episcopal churches to ways to contact local elected officials and resources provided by the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion.Dannhauser was critical in helping to pass a series of resolutions at the Diocese of New York’s annual convention in November. The resolutions encourage the diocese to prioritize doing business with those hotels, travel agencies and airlines that have signed the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct when traveling for church-related business. They also urge all parishes and individual Episcopalians to make those same choices in their business and personal travel.“And if we used a hotel or airline that hadn’t signed onto this code, then we’d try to sign them up; we have a letter for this and you can chat with the general manager about this,” Dannhauser said. “Anybody can do that kind of thing.” Submit an Event Listing This New York priest is on a mission to help children trapped in sex trafficking at hotels Hotel-sized soaps labeled with a toll-free hotline can help. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Tags Rector Pittsburgh, PA September 21, 2017 at 8:20 pm Did the author of this article REALLY need to describe what the priest was wearing? Would she have done similarly if the priest had been a male? Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector Columbus, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Press Release September 21, 2017 at 5:33 pm Great article. This should really open some eyes.Thank you, Amy, Adrian, Anneke, and Church of the Incarnation. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Comments are closed. Micki Hoffmann says: 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 September 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm Thank you for this article. Thank you for the videos. Thank you for including the voices of survivors. Thank you for your fine, engaging writing. But, seriously? In an important story about the serious issue of sex trafficking and this priest’s important ministry does the second paragraph have to be about how the priest dressed? Would you have done that for male clergy? I think not. No one else’s clothing is described. Just the clergywoman. I might have expected something like this in 1987. Or, 1997. Maybe, maybe in 2007. But, it’s 2017. We’ve been ordaining women since 1974. I’m sorry but I’m so very tired of unconscious journalistic sexism. Please, as you raise awareness and conscientiousness about the misogyny and sexism that fuels the abuse and trafficking of women,young girls, and girl-children be aware of how it is you portray all women – especially ordained women. Thank you.Again, thank you for this article and the important work of Rev. Adrian Dannhauser. May God bless her, her brave leadership and her ministry. Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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