Month: June 2021


France v England: The Preview


first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS England No 8 Ben Morgan is at his best when given a solid scrum platform from which he can burst forward and capitalise on his speed and power; if England’s scrum is put under pressure then their attacking game will immediately be put on the back foot. FRANCE: Clement Poitrenaud; Vincent Clerc, Aurelien Rougerie, Wesley Fofana, Julien Malzieu; Lionel Beauxis, Julien Dupuy; Jean-Baptiste Poux, Dimitri Szarzewski, Nicolas Mas, Pascal Pape, Yoann Maestri, Thierry Dusautoir (captain), Julien Bonnaire, Imanol Harinordoquy. Replacements: William Servat, Vincent Debaty, Lionel Nallet, Louis Picamoles, Morgan Parra, Francois Trinh-Duc, Maxime Mermoz.ENGLAND: Ben Foden; Chris Ashton, Manu Tuilagi, Brad Barritt, David Strettle; Owen Farrell, Lee Dickson; Alex Corbisiero, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole, Mouritz Botha, Geoff Parling, Tom Croft, Chris Robshaw (captain), Ben Morgan. Replacements: Rob Webber, Matt Stevens, Tom Palmer, Phil Dowson, Ben Youngs, Charlie Hodgson, Mike Brown. Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland) French force: Imanol Harinordoquy gets stuck into England’s forwards during France’s 19-12 win at last year’s RWCBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features EditorPARIS IN the springtime (well nearly). That’s the venue for this weekend’s RBS 6 Nations tie between France and England – the first time the two sides have met since Les Bleus knocked Martin Johnson’s men out of the World Cup in October. Both sides have new coaches in charge now – Philippe Saint-Andre in the blue corner and Stuart Lancaster in the white – so what can we expect when the two sides meet at Stade de France on Sunday afternoon?A FEW STATISTICSEngland’s unchanged first XV contains 197 Test caps – less than a third of France’s 623.England’s starting players are on average four years younger than France’s – 25.5 years compared to 29.6.France haven’t lost at the Stade de France in ten championship matches, but England are the last side to beat them there in the Six Nations: 24-13 in 2008. In fact, England have won four of their last five games against France in the Six Nations.If England triumph in Paris it would be the first time they have won three away games in the championship since the Six Nations began in 2000.THE KEY AREAS NOT FOR FEATURED Looking for an opening: Chris Ashton has yet to rediscover his best formCutting edgeThe French haven’t excelled in terms of attacking rugby to date but they still have the ability to turn on the style when they choose and have scored seven tries in their three games while England have managed two, both Charlie Hodgson charge downs.France’s discipline means England can’t rely on Farrell’s boot and if they are to win in Paris they need to show the same passion and determination that they did against Wales but step up another level in attack.Ben Foden, Chris Ashton and David Strettle, who have had a minimal impact on the championship to date, need to get more involved in the game. They should be looking for more work themselves by coming off their wings or counter-attacking from deep while the likes of Farrell and Tuilagi can also bring them into the attack earlier with offloads and short balls in midfield.THE VERDICTIf France get a strong foothold up front it could be a tough afternoon for England, but I’m backing Chris Robshaw to give as good as they get and, in fact, I think there could well be a second stalemate in Paris in as many weeks. Yes, I’m going for a draw!FRANCE v ENGLAND, STADE DE FRANCE, SUNDAY 11 MARCH, Kick-off 3pm, Live on BBC1 New duo: Julien Dupuy and Lionel BeauxisThe half-backsAs a reaction to last weekend’s 17-17 draw with Ireland, Saint-Andre has changed his half-back pairing, bringing in Lionel Beauxis and Julien Dupuy for Morgan Parra and Francois Trinh-Duc. The newcomers should bring a more pragmatic approach to France’s game and expect to see Beauxis playing for territory with his boot rather than Les Bleus running the ball from the first whistle.Beauxis and England’s Owen Farrell are both accurate goalkickers, but France have the best disciplinary record in this year’s Six Nations, conceding just 16 penalties compared to England’s 31, so the Toulouse man is more likely to be given the opportunity to build a lead for his team than Farrell.Kicking aside, Farrell must build on his strong performance against Wales, particularly where England’s attack is concerned. He and Lee Dickson, who will no doubt be put under pressure by Dupuy, need to ensure the back-line has some quick ball to play with so they can get Manu Tuilagi across the gain-line and bring the back three into the game for the first time in 2012.The set-pieceFrance will be looking to assert their authority at scrum time with their front of Jean-Baptiste Poux, Dimitri Szarzewski and Nicolas Mas vastly more experienced than England trio Alex Corbisiero, Dylan Hartley and Dan Cole. France also have the benefit of simply participating in more scrums in this Six Nations – 23 in their three games compared to only ten by England – and they’ve won every single one.last_img read more


Rugby Rant: Residency rule needs tightening up


first_imgThat’s not a Scot! Sean Maitland flew from New Zealand straight into the Scotland – and Lions – teamsBy Sarah Mockford THE SRU have generated negative headlines recently with their ‘project players’ – and I have to agree with them.Bringing players over from South Africa – or elsewhere – with a view to them qualifying to represent Scotland after the three-year residency period leaves a bitter taste. It devalues the international jersey and does nothing to inspire young Scottish players.As an aspiring player, toiling away week in, week out as you strive to don national colours, it must be so disenchanting to see the union looking overseas, denying them a chance to fill that jersey.The move also smacks of an inferiority complex. The home nations should back their own talent and not put a player on a pedestal simply because he’s from New Zealand or South Africa.So what’s the solution? I’d extend the residency qualification from three years to five. That way players have to show a real commitment to their chosen country and it will stop older southern hemisphere players heading north in their late twenties having failed to make a Tri-Nations squad, thinking they’ll find it easier to be selected for Test rugby on this side of the world. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS At the moment, players can strive to make the World Cup squad of one country, then move abroad to qualify for another in time for the next tournament.Secondly, I think playing for a country’s U20 team or any senior side should automatically tie you to that country.This creates a standardised system that prevents the confusion generated by last year’s Steve Shingler case. He couldn’t represent Scotland because Wales had designated their U20s side – for which Shingler had played – as their ‘second team’. He clearly hadn’t understood those ramifications.Many fans question how the likes of Thomas Waldrom and Brad Barritt can play for England after representing NZ Maori and the Emerging Boks respectively. By drawing a clear line from the U20s upwards, the policy is far more consistent.center_img Playing Test rugby is an honour and a privilege – having players switch allegiances willy-nilly tarnishes that idea. Yes, rugby’s a professional sport, but we should cherish the traditional values of pride and passion, especially at the highest level.This was published in the February 2013 edition of Rugby World. Click here to find out what’s in the current issue.last_img read more


Hotshots: New Zealand sevens star Akira Ioane


first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS It’s a bit of both: having a word and putting an arm around your shoulder. He is supportive, and he wants the best for every player. If he gives you criticism you have to take it on the chin and workon it. He’s a hard man!What’s next for you?I haven’t decided whether I want to stay in sevens yet. I’m still working on it with my family. At the end of the day it’s about what’s best for me and will excel my rugby career. If that’s sevens great, but if it’s the 15s route I’ll have to get on that. How have you found playing for the All Blacks Sevens team?I didn’t think I’d ever play sevens for New Zealand. I always thought of it as a backyard game when you are chilling with the boys. So it was definitely a shock.What have you learnt?I just need to work on my game, the simple things, and get more game time. I had to take the opportunity while it was there and being involved has been good.What’s Sir Gordon Tietjens like as a coach? Shock factor: Ioane was surprised to get Tietjens’s call RW verdict: His parents were both rugby internationals, so a big future beckons for this 19-year-old.Want to stay up to date with the latest rugby hotshots every month? Why not subscribe to Rugby World? Click here for the latest deals, or download the digital edition here.last_img read more


Acer Aspire Switch 10E – hands-on review


first_imgThe addition of Windows 10 software allows you to use the Live Tiles, so everything is at your fingertips. You can check the weather, get news updates and browse your social media feeds. If you want to Skype your mates, you can do it within seconds.If you need to use it as a productivity tool you can dig into Office 365* to use Word or Excel. What I like about it is you don’t feel you have to go looking for updates, which makes it a really immersive piece of tech. The Action Centre gives you all the notifications and connectivity options you’ll need.With its portable size, it could easily work as a secondary device, with a larger screened, heavier-specced piece of hardware back at home.All-in-all, it’s a pukka piece of kit.To find out more on how to upgrade to Windows 10, visit windows.com. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS *Microsoft Office sold separately Living day-to-day with Acer’s 2 in 1 notebook This is a Rugby World advertorial.I do a lot of work and planning on the go and after a few weeks living with the Acer Switch 10, which is powered by Windows 10, I’ve grown rather attached.Firstly, if you’re in the market for a budget 2-in-1 Notebook, you’re onto a winner, because you can pick it up for under £250, which is a complete bargain – you can barely buy a decent mobile for that price, let alone a tablet-come-laptop.The textured, almost rugged outer casing makes the device easier to grip, which means you can lay it on your lap without fear of it slipping off your lap on the train. It’s also similar in weight to a MacBook Air, which is no mean engineering feat.I’ve already sung its praises about how versatile it is and it continues to impress me. Every morning I’ll chuck it in a laptop sleeve and barely notice I’m lugging it round.The really long battery life is impressive which means, if you are out and about you don’t have to take cables or chargers which saves on weight. I have to mention the Snap Hinge, enabling you to clip and unclip the keyboard allowing you to use the 10-inch screen as a stand-alone tablet.It’s great to use in tablet form for watching movies on the go and then adding the keyboard for  when I need to write some notes or emails on the train.The speakers aren’t too shabby with headphones plugged in – something I did on my commute, but adding some Bluetooth speakers at home gives it an extra boost.More and more often, I found myself bypassing the keyboard and going straight for the tablet and touch features to delve into Windows 10. The mix of a touchscreen and physical keyboard is a winning combination, in my eyes.last_img read more


Scotland: Five things we learnt v France


first_imgBy Rory Baldwin LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS There are perhaps a couple of selection questions still to answer though. Where previously the question was “Who will partner Alex Dunbar in the centre?” the question is now: “Who will partner Duncan Taylor,” with the Saracens man once again in superb form. The answer for next weekend is likely to remain Dunbar, but come the summer tour to Japan both Mark Bennett and Matt Scott will return to the equation and Cotter will be looking to build as many comfortable combinations as possible out of a deep pool of talent.With Finn Russell to be monitored this week under the return-to-play protocols, the other question mark is at ten. Pushed into service from the bench after only five minutes, Peter Horne attacked the line with verve and is one of the finer passers of the ball that Scotland possess. Against Ireland he may get a start, to show that he has banished all demons from his Six Nations debut last season.Spring in his step: Stuart Hogg is having an incredible tournamentWhat else can you say about Stuart Hogg?It wouldn’t be a complete reflection of the match without mentioning the superb Man of the Match Stuart Hogg, who scored one try, and set up another with his overhead, backwards flick to Visser. In possibly his finest Scotland performance, he also took a long range penalty and ably took on touch-kicking duties when Russell went off very early on. The extra territory his mammoth boot gains his pack actually suggests he should retain these duties and take the pressure off his playmaker, whoever that may be.For many fans outside of Scotland, Hogg has for the last few years been one of the few Scotland players they would pick in their own side, or a fantasy Lions team. There were still question marks over his temperament, but frustration has been at a premium in Scottish ranks for the last few years and now that things are on the up, Hogg is maturing along with a Scotland team starting to play some very nice rugby. He is also no longer the only attacking threat, as both Horne and Taylor illustrated.Team player: Barclay and Dickinson help make the team tickA team performanceHogg and poster boy Richie Gray aside, Scotland will never be a team of galacticos. They can quite easily fail through mistakes by one or two players, but when they succeed it is always as a team. Against France the team were tackling for each other – heck, they even managed to defend a trundling French maul at one point. Singling out newer players like Duncan Taylor or John Hardie tends to ignore the Al Dickinsons and John Barclays of this world, old heads who have been toiling away in losing teams for years – both were first capped after Scotland last beat France in 2006. Or Tommy Seymour, who didn’t score this time but under the radar snaffled the penalty that Taylor turned into a tap-and-go solo try.They finally play like men enjoying their rugbyThe next step then could be the toughest, against a wounded Ireland team who put together plenty of all-court rugby of their own against Italy and whose previous iteration handed out a thumping to plenty of these Scotland players on the last ‘Super Saturday’ in 2015. Hug it out: Scotland celebrate a try during their 29-18 win against France center_img We’re learning how to learnIt is often quite hard to assemble a list of five things that any given Scotland team will have learned, when all evidence is often that they’ve learned very little from past mistakes, fixing one thing only for another flaw to appear. So the most satisfying thing about the manner of the 29-18 victory over France on Sunday was that it was actually well-deserved, based on a foundation of high accuracy, high intensity rugby.The scrum platform was maintained, lineout performance was improved and there was good discipline and good ball retention. There are always things to work on – Scotland again fell off the pace for spells in each half – but if you are looking for the baseline for where Scotland need to go from here, the last two games have been it.Rampaging: Richie Gray on the runWill the jitters ever go away?Even after Tim Visser’s wonder-try, and Greig Laidlaw kicking a penalty to take Scotland well out of reach on the scoreboard, there was still a lingering suspicion that somehow they might implode and France might still sneak it, even a French team stumbling as badly as this one. We remember Wales in 2010.That is the biggest mental block that Scotland fans will have to overcome – we believe in the team, but do we believe that they believe in themselves? The hope is that now the players are showing signs of putting such dread in the past, the fans can too. There was certainly a welcome resurgence of the Murrayfield roar and the odd bit of singing too.That Scotland kept their heads and defended strongly to see out the win will probably be most pleasing for Vern Cotter. Twice Scotland have been superior on the pitch, and twice now they have taken the win. The bench was a lot more capably managed too, fed on as required and allowed to play their way into the game so that even when WP Nel went off, Moray Low still nabbed a scrum penalty of his own.There aren’t too many changes in approach required for next week, it just has to be more of the same, but better, and all the way through.Reasons to be cheerful: Head coach Vern CotterThe team is getting a lot easier to pickThe players are making Cotter’s job a lot easier and the spine of this Scotland side pretty much picks itself to face Ireland in Dublin next weekend. Where previously there were ifs or maybes in certain positions, the likes of Richie Gray and Greig Laidlaw have settled all question marks next to their numbers with performances full of heart and effort. Gray in particular was at his rampaging best against the players he faces week in, week out for Castres and also seems to have added a little of his brothers quiet efficiency in defence. It will be Cotter’s chance to see how this brand of Scotland team handle punching above their weight.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more


Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points


first_imgSouth Africa’s tacticsSouth Africa were well beaten by England at Twickenham and while they clearly have some complex problems to pick their way through, they didn’t help themselves with a baffling lineout strategy. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS I’ll have that: DTN van der Merwe steals Marshall’s pass from O’Halloran. (Photo: Inpho)Sean O’Brien and Luke MarshallIreland were made to battle for their win over Canada, even though the final 52-21 scoreline was convincing enough, and their cause wasn’t help by some sloppy first-half play.Sean O’Brien was one of the culprits as he knocked on with the line at his mercy after Jack O’Donohue had made a strong break from the back of a close-range scrum.Luke Marshall scored Ireland’s second try, to put them 14-0 up after 22 minutes but then gifted one to Canada straight from the restart. Canada had kicked long and Ireland were attempting to run the ball from their own 22 when Marshall’s pass which was intended for Tiernan O’Halloran was instead snaffled by DTW van der Merwe and he strode over the line for a try.Ireland took the opportunity to blood eight new Test players in this match against weaker opponents and so there were bound to be teething problems, but O’Brien and Marshall would both hope to have done better. The SinnersJerome GarcesThe French referee is a Sinner this week as he was surely the only person at Twickenham who did not think Francois Venter’s pass to Warren Whiteley went forward in the build-up to Johan Goosen’s try.Jerome Garces looked at some replays on the big screen but not even the fact that No 8 Whiteley had to reach well in front of himself to take the pass convinced Garces to disallow the try.The officials missed another clear forward pass later in the game, by JP Pietersen inside his own 22. It didn’t lead to a score this time, but if the offence had been spotted England would have had a good position to attack from. The SaintsBen Youngs and CoJoe Launchbury won the Man of the Match award but Ben Youngs made the most eye-catching contribution to England’s 37-21 win over South Africa. The scrum-half set up two tries in the second half which took England from 20-9 to 37-14 ahead. Both scores came from breaks round the side of rucks, with the hapless Pieter-Steph du Toit – who is usually a lock but was playing out of position at flanker – buying a pair of dummies from Youngs.The first time, with 43 minutes on the clock, Youngs raced through a gap, dummied to pass to Mike Brown and when du Toit moved to tackle the full-back, Youngs ran on and passed to George Ford who sprinted up on his right shoulder and scored the try.Youngs repeated the trick 23 minutes later, this time darting round a ruck on the South Africa 22 and dummying to pass to Marland Yarde. Du Toit was left waving his arms in frustration as Owen Farrell appeared to take the scoring pass from Youngs.The scrum-half wouldn’t have had the space in which to operate so effectively around the rucks if it hadn’t been for great work from the England forwards, but Youngs made a telling contribution for his team as they beat South Africa for the first time since 2006 and ended a run of 11 defeats and a draw against the Springboks. Beauden Barrett and Sarah HunterThis duo won the World Rugby Men’s and Women’s Players of the Year respectively, at the World Rugby Awards in London on Sunday.Fly-half Barrett becomes the fifth All Black in a row to receive the prestigious award, while England captain Sarah Hunter beat two other skippers to win her trophy, New Zealand’s Fiao’o Fa’amausili and France’s Gaëlle Mignot. Liam Williams and Gethin JenkinsWales needed to get their show back on the road after last week’s dismal loss to Australia and they managed to, with a 24-20 win over Argentina.One of the stars for the home side was win Liam Williams, who scored a decisive try early in the second half and carried the ball 14 times in all in a lively performance on his return from injury.Dan Biggar must take some credit for Williams’s try as his strong break from the ten-metre line into the 22 created the pressure, but Williams had several men to beat when he received the ball out on the left a phase or two later and he managed to power through the tackles and ground the ball under a pile of bodies.Cheeky: Gethin Jenkins chips the ball over Argentina. (Photo: Huw Evans Agency)Gethin Jenkins provided another golden moment for Wales and set up their second try. The veteran loosehead forget which number was on his jersey and lofted a lovely chip over the Argentine back line and into the 22. Santiago Cordero just put a foot in touch as he fielded the kick and from the ensuing attacking lineout Wales created a scoring chance for scrum-half Gareth Davies. That put them 18-10 ahead and they hung on to win. TAGS: Highlight Tiernan O’HalloranThe Ireland full-back scored two tries as a largely reserve-strength Ireland beat Canada 52-21 at the Aviva Stadium.Tiernan O’Halloran’s first score was really impressive, as he cut a great line to collect an offload from prop Finlay Bealham and change the direction of attack, then ran 50 metres to touch down. The scores had been tied at 14-14 at the time so his try allowed Ireland to take a 21-14 lead into half-time.He scored again with just two minutes of the match to go, this time going over from about three metres out, but he did have to spin around neatly to take the pass from Garry Ringrose, which had gone behind him.O’Halloran also came within a whisker of pulling off a great try-saving tackle on his opposite number after 16 minutes of the second half, but Matt Evans just managed to ground the ball for a fraction of a second as the Connacht man rolled him onto his back over the line.Finishing touch: Tiernan O’Halloran grounds his second try late in the game. (Photo: Inpho)center_img Jonny MayI beg your forgiveness if the fact I am a Gloucester supporter has coloured my judgement here, but I am making Jonny May a Saint this week after his try-scoring comeback for England.The super-fast wing got England on the scoresheet against South Africa after ten minutes when he finished a training-ground move from a lineout. Every one of the seven backs and half-backs was involved either as a passer or a decoy runner and when the ball came to May in space on the left, he finished the move perfectly, diving under the cover tackle of Rudy Paige to touch down in the corner.Roaring back: Jonny May celebrates his try for England. (Photo: Getty Images)May did much more than that in this match. His excellent chase of an Elliot Daly kick forced Ruan Combrinck to drop the ball in his own 22 and from there Mike Brown kicked it to the line and Courtney Lawes dived on it for his first England try on the occasion of his 50th cap.In all May made seven runs with the ball in hand, making 55 metres of ground, he did plenty of other work off the ball and made seven tackles. Not a bad return for a player who had been out with a knee injury since the start of 2016 and had made just one Premiership appearance before joining up with England. Coach Allister Coetzee picked lock Pieter-Steph du Toit out of position on the flank, giving his side an extra lineout option to exploit, but the Boks opted not to challenge for England’s ball there and so allowed the hosts to win all 15 of their lineouts. Former South Africa hooker Schalk Brits, who was working as a Sky Sports pundit at the match, couldn’t see a reason for that tactic. “Your guess is as good as mine,” he said, when he was asked about it mid-match. “I don’t know.” Tevita KuridraniThe Australia centre broke Scotland’s hearts five minutes from time at Murrayfield by scoring they try which enabled the Wallabies to snatch a win after trailing for almost the entire match.Tevita Kuridrani bulldozed to the line and reached out through a despairing tackle from Stuart Hogg to just ground the ball over the whitewash close to the posts. From there Bernard Foley was able to slot the conversion which took Australia to a 23-22 win.Australia coach Michael Cheika said Kuridrani was especially pleased to score the decisive try as he had missed a tackle which led to one of Huw Jones’s two first-half tries.Kuridrani himself said: “I was pretty down when I missed the tackle. It was one on one and I missed it. I really wanted to make up for it and luckily enough I got the try.”It’s there: Tevita Kuridrani reaches out to score the crucial try for Australia. (Photo: Getty Images)Huw JonesTo score two tries on your first Test start takes some doing but Huw Jones showed his class for Scotland against Australia with a double strike in the first half.Jones had won his first cap off the bench on Scotland’s June tour to Japan. He was handed the No 13 jersey for the clash with the Wallabies at Murrayfield and repaid Vern Cotter’s faith by scoring twice. He collected a chip over the defence from Finn Russell for his first try after seven minutes and finished off a period of pressure from Scotland to claim his second try with 26 minutes on the clock.“He has been playing well in the Currie Cup and carried that through,” said Cotter. “There was energy from everybody in the week and he fed off it. He has got the quality.” Will SkeltonAustralia replacement Will Skelton incurred the wrath of coach Michael Cheika when he got himself sin-binned just seven minutes after coming onto the pitch during the match against Scotland. He was penalised for hitting Jonny Gray shoulder first after the referee had already blown for an Australia penalty. When Skelton headed for the cooler his team were 22-16 down with 12 minutes to go, and so really needed all hands on deck.As it was, they managed to score the match-winning try while they were down to 14 men but Cheika still had some harsh words for Skelton after the match.“He has got to put his arms around that guy and he knows that. It was ill-discipline from him. We had our own penalty, it was after the whistle and it wasn’t clever. He knows that.” The wait is over: Bristol celebrate their win v Sale. (Photo: Getty Images)BristolFinally, at the ninth time of asking, Bristol got their first win of the season, beating Sale Sharks 26-11 at Ashton Gate.Tries from debutant Jason Woodward, Rhodri Williams and Jack Tovey, plus eight points from the boot of Billy Searle, were enough to give Bristol that winning feeling and although it was in the Anglo-Welsh Cup rather than the Aviva Premiership, it will still give them a boost as they get ready to return to league action with a trip to The Rec to face Bath on Friday evening.Woodward, 26, has just arrived in Bristol from his native New Zealand where he played for the Hurricanes. Playing at centre, he scored his try after just nine minutes and added to his heroics with a cheeky after-match interview. When asked “how was that for you?” by the Sky Sports reporter, Woodward quipped: “Pretty cold!” Rochelle ClarkIt was a record-breaking weekend for England and Worcester Valkyries prop Rochelle Clark as she won her 115th Test cap, making her the most capped England player of either gender as she overtook Jason Leonard’s 114.To put icing on the cake, Clark scored England’s first try in their match against Ireland and the Red Roses went on to win 12-10 in Dublin.Nora Stapleton scored all Ireland’s points with a try, conversion and penalty while Izzy Noel-Smith scored England’s other try and Kay Mclean kicked the match-winning conversion. England made it 11 Test wins in a row by beating the Springboks, Wales got back on the horse after last weekend’s loss, Scotland were pipped at the post and Ireland beat Canada. Who played a starring role and who fluffed their lines?last_img read more


Rugby’s talking points from May


first_img TAGS: Exeter ChiefsNorthampton SaintsScarlets  Northampton Saints can’t feel hard done by over PicamolesThe poaching of Louis Picamoles to Montpellier has resulted in some rather aggressive teeth-grinding in English rugby. But it is worth remembering that Scarlets’ supporters sloshed that same dental debris around their mouths when George North was taken to Franklin’s Gardens.Power play: Louis Picamoles’ transfer reflects a changing marketNorthampton Saints have received a sizeable transfer fee for Picamoles, which compensates for the two remaining contracted years, and many will argue that a structured transfer market is a logical progression for rugby – which still remains a very new professional sport. Whether rugby follows football in that regard remains to be seen, but one thing remains certain – you can’t complain when teams with bigger budgets rough you up, when you have done it to others.Scarlets resurrect Welsh regional rugbyDespite starting the season having retained the bulk of their international talent and attracted the likes of Johnny McNicholl, nobody expected the Scarlets to win the Pro 12. Indeed, the season started with most of Wayne Pivac’s social media mentions being suffixed with “out”. Ironically, the word ‘out’ became the very definition of the Scarlets’ play and resulted in some of the best rugby played by any team in the world this season. The Scarlets’ desire to move the ball outside the narrow channels is what differentiated their play from that of the competition. The majority of the Scarlets’ squad have been comfortable passing the ball, at pace, from anywhere on the pitch.Standout: James Davies was one of many outstanding performers on the dayBe it the increasingly impressive distribution of Rob Evans at loose head, the hugely impressive skillset of Tadhg Beirne or the all-court game of James Davies, the Scarlets forwards have been equally skilled as the backs – which is praise indeed given the performances of Scott Williams, Jon Davies and Johnny McNicholl. All of which came into fruition in a very rare six try demolition of Munster, in Dublin. To beat Munster is rare. To beat Munster in Ireland is rarer. To beat Munster, in a Guinness Pro 12 final, in Ireland is blue. To beat Munster, in a Guinness Pro 12 final, in Dublin, having scored six tries really is steak tartare. Doff of the cap, Scarlets.Exeter. All that is good about club rugby rewardedProfessional club rugby has some unsightly aspects. Whether it’s salary caps, allegations of cheating on the touchlines or the poaching of players, elite club rugby has a smattering of clubs who have transgressed. There is however one club who has no such record. A club who stays within the laws, the budgets and largely shuns superstar signings in favour of players who buy into an almost amateur rugby ethos.A story of success: Exeter Chiefs embody everything that is good about rugbyThat club is Exeter and May saw them rewarded with the highest honour in English club rugby. It capped what has been a tremendous journey for Exeter. Yes, they have money now, but they have largely chosen to ‘shop local’, or buy ‘own brand’, unlike than some of the ‘Harrods’ shoppers who dominate the French and English rugby. Exeter remain the blueprint for professional rugby and the envy of all.Jon Davies. A miraculous change in form On cloud nine: The Scarlets celebrate their stunning Pro12 victory LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Ben Smith, the success of the Scarlets and Exeter Chiefs, King Louis Picamoles’ departure and the return to form of Jonathan Davies are all covered May saw Jonathan Davies’ move from becoming a British and Irish Lions’ outsider to the British and Irish Lions’ outside-centre. It was a marked upturn in form. His performance in the final against Munster was remarkable and capped a six-week swing in performance change that transformed him from a player who was always looking to set up rucks, into a player who is now looking to set his backline on fire. Gone were the obvious steps back inside and in came a subtlety of passing and offloading rarely seen from Davies.On fire: Jonathan Davies has returned to his 2013 Lions form in recent weeksHis new found passing range has also created a lot more space for his running game. Whereas defenders used to just set their feet and wait for the thump of his sizeable shoulders, in May they weren’t sure what his intention was – the result was unstable defenders unable to cope with Jon Davies’ industrial handoff when he chose to deploy it. Wayne Pivac and Stephen Jones deserve massive credit for changing Jon Davies’ style of play. Let’s hope he is allowed to continue in that vein in New Zealand.Ben Smith remains the best fullback in New ZealandMay saw the return of Ben Smith to Super Rugby and pour a giant pale of cold Dunedin water over the question of who will play at fullback for the All Blacks in June. Many, due to Ben Smith’s recent injury, had been hypothesising as to who would replace him as the AB’s fullback – and with the stunning form of Jordie Barrett and Damian McKenzie who could blame them? However, Smith’s performance against the Waratahs was everything that Steve Hansen could have wished.Peerless: Ben Smith remains the consummate full-back in the world gameEven after a sizeable injury layoff, Ben Smith remains the Tippex of rugby – he simply doesn’t do mistakes and often has an amazing ability to undo the mistakes of other players. There simply isn’t another player in the world, weighing under 14st 7lbs, who breaks as many tackles or makes as many yards in contact. And that’s without discussing his ability to avoid contact all together. The Kiwis have some tremendous talent coming though in their back three, but Smith is still the mild-mannered guv’nor.last_img read more


After the storms have passed


first_img March 7, 2012 at 8:05 pm I have noticed that Rev. Ehrich’s commentary on who you can praise or rely on in the moment of crisis clearly delineates whom he believes the unreliable offenders are:“Not even our smug and arrogant politicians…”“Not even the powerful have enough power…”“Not even the wealthy can prevent a blizzard…”“Opportunistic partisans can blame a president…”This is beneath all of us. If you believe that people fall short – yep, WE do. Start at the mirror. The sort of invective Mr. Ehrich reacts to in others by naming them as opportunistic and divisive should not be perpetuated in this commentary, if it is wrong. But, on a another level, I just think that Mr. Ehrich is way off base in his condemning of groups of people. I’ve known several servant politicians and I’m personally sick of those who haven’t been elected to much (if anything) lumping them into a despicable category to villainize them as a group. The wealthy? I’ve seen unnoticed charitable acts given by wealthy folks, including propping up churches after they have been nearly emptied and shuttered by near-dead preaching and leadership. I personally know of a wealthy man who is taking a beating in taxes in order to keep his business open, because as he says, “They (the employees) are my family.” He could retire a multi-millionaire but he believes in more than that. The view from the sidelines of commenting are often fuzzy – and it’s too easy to try to get by with sweeping remarks to get the effect of proving a point. The kind of condemnation commentary here denigrates people with little effort to individualize people, type-casts people into anonymous groups (the “dreaded other” as Mr. Ehrich calls them), and is a blot on the character of many fine people who are among us. Must we have this? I don’t remember Jesus type-casting or railing against Matthew as a “smug or arrogant politician”; should He have taken a lesson from this commentary and done so? Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Doug Desper says: Comments (1) Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Belleville, IL By Tom EhrichPosted Mar 7, 2012 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT 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 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA center_img In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Featured Events Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Comments are closed. Submit an Event Listing Rector Collierville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Smithfield, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Washington, DC After the storms have passed Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Press Release Service Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest [Religion News Service] As I boarded a flight in New York, television monitors in the terminal told horrific stories of tornadoes devastating towns and cities across the Ohio River Valley, where I was heading.I recognized some places being hit, including my birthplace in southwestern Indiana. Others, like Henryville, Ind., just north of Louisville, were unfamiliar to me.Still, I recognized the stories they told, of school buses filled with children racing to stay ahead of the storm; of houses flattened and lifetime treasures destroyed; of businesses closing early and hoping to find walls standing the next day. More than 30 people died, including a baby who was carried 10 miles by the wind and dropped into a cornfield.You don’t grow up in the Midwest without knowing about tornadoes and the sudden damage they can do. My childhood was punctuated by a tornado siren drill each Friday.I remembered a wedding in central Indiana. As the bridal party and guests exited into the parking lot, we saw a black funnel tearing straight toward our church. People ran back inside. Bridesmaids placed the bride in the center of the floor and lay on her, protecting her and the new life she had just started.Weather wins. Weather always wins. Not even our smug and arrogant politicians can cause rain to start or to stop. Not even the powerful have enough power to tame a tornado. Not even the wealthy can prevent a blizzard.Ideologues can deny climate change all they want when it doesn’t fit their theology or their politics, but climate change happens anyway. Opportunistic partisans can blame a president for not responding adequately to a hurricane, but that is just dancing on another’s grave. The storm itself is the problem.When I lived in North Carolina, I learned early that hurricanes happen. You respect them, you take action when one comes, but you don’t live in fear of them. You build wisely, and then, if necessary, you build again.When evacuation of coastal areas becomes necessary, you don’t check political credentials, religious affiliations or ethnic identities. You help each other nail plywood to windows, and then you take your turn heading inland.To understand American politics, follow the money. But to understand American goodness and resolve, follow the storms.Watch towns rally to save children and to provide emergency shelter. Watch people share water and food with strangers. Watch people share chain saws and rowboats. Watch religious communities collect offerings of money and supplies.Watch people stop work in order to pile sandbags along cresting rivers. Watch hard-hit towns discover their core oneness. All those fears of the dreaded “other” that politicians try to whip up seem to evaporate when storms hit.When our host led prayers for the victims of the tornadoes, no one asked if they were “our kind of people.” They were victims, and that’s all we needed to know. While politicians raged across the landscape shouting invectives, rekindling old grudges, stirring pots of fear and distrust, and seeking votes in hardship, actual victims of hardship were joining hands to serve the least of these.While the political class channels more wealth to the mega-wealthy, people of limited means were showing grace and generosity.Weather, you see, not only carries the day, but it shows what we are made of.— Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He is the author of  Just Wondering, Jesus and founder of the Church Wellness Project. His website is www.morningwalkmedia.com. Follow Tom on Twitter @tomehrich. Rector Tampa, FLlast_img read more


Western Louisiana diocese elects Jacob W. Owensby as bishop


first_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Music Morristown, NJ Bishop Elections, House of Bishops, Comments are closed. Tags Rector Pittsburgh, PA April 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm Dear Jake:I was so happy to hear of your election as the Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Western Louisiana.May God be everpresent with you, the people of Western Louisiana, and General Convention as you and they prepare for your consecration and as G.C. prepares to give consent regarding your election. My trust is that all will go well in these days bebore July 21, 2012. Give my high regards to Joy. Faithfully and in Christ, Nathaniel (Than) Pyron. Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Rev. Wilson Nathaniel Pyron, Jr. says: Christopher Johnson says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Youth Minister Lorton, VA By ENS staffPosted Apr 21, 2012 Jacob Owensby[Episcopal News Service] Note: Updated at 9:12 p.m. with remarks from Bishop-elect Owensby.The Very Rev. Jacob W. Owensby was elected April 21 as fourth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana.Owensby, 54, dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Shreveport, Louisiana, was elected on the sixth ballot from a field of three candidates. One other nominee withdrew after the second ballot, two others withdrew after the third, and a fourth after the fifth. Owensby received 78 votes of 143 cast in the lay order and 30 of 58 cast in the clergy order.The election was held at a special convention at St. James’ Church in Alexandria. Delegates participated in a service of holy Eucharist before balloting began.Owensby will succeed the Rt. Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson, who will retire in July after 10 years as bishop of the diocese.Shortly after his election, Dean Owensby said: “I am humbled to be called to be the fourth Bishop of Western Louisiana and filled with affection for the good people who make this part of our state their geographical and spiritual home.  Joy, excitement, and anticipation have me a little tongue-tied right now.  But I can say that my first and most important job is to love the people of this Diocese and to help them grow in their witness to the extravagant love of God in Jesus Christ.  I am especially looking forward to building deep relationships with my fellow clergy, visiting with our congregations and helping them to grow in vitality, and serving our Lord together with these wonderful people.”Owensby has been dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral, the seat of the Western Louisiana diocese, since January 2009. He previously served as rector of Emmanuel Church, Webster Groves, Missouri; as rector of St. Stephen’s Church, Huntsville, Alabama; and as assistant rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in Jacksonville, Florida. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Emory University, and a master of divinity degree from School of Theology at the University of the South. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1997.He is married to Joy Bruce Owensby, and they have three children; Andrew (23), Meredith (19) and Patrick (15).Because the election took place within 120 days of a meeting of General Convention, the House of Deputies and a majority of bishops with jurisdiction must consent to the election during their meeting in Indianapolis in July 2012.Pending necessary consents, the consecration is due to take place at 10 a.m. on July 21 at St. Mark’s Cathedral.The other nominees were:The Very Rev. John B. Burwell, 60, rector, Church of the Holy Cross, Isle of Palms, South Carolina (Diocese of South Carolina)The Rt. Rev. William O. Gregg, 61, assistant bishop, Diocese of North CarolinaThe Rev. Canon Gregg L. Riley, 65, canon to the ordinary, Diocese of Western LouisianaThe Rev. Frederick A. Robinson, 60, rector, Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota, Florida (Diocese of Southwest Florida)The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, 47, canon to the ordinary, Diocese of LouisianaThe Rev. Canon Larry G. Wilkes, 61, rector, Church of the Epiphany, New Iberia, Louisiana (Diocese of Western Louisiana)Information about all the nominees is available here.The Diocese of Western Louisiana is composed of 50 churches and chapels in an area of the state stretching from the Arkansas border in the north to the Gulf of Mexico in the south. Rector Collierville, TN Rector Albany, NY 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 Western Louisiana diocese elects Jacob W. Owensby as bishop Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Belleville, IL Press Release Service 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI People Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Featured Eventscenter_img Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Press Release An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA April 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm Well what do you know, I’ve actually met a bishop. Congratulations, Jake. Rector Martinsville, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Job Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Comments (3) An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Bath, NC John Phillips says: Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit an Event Listing April 28, 2012 at 8:19 pm Jake,Congratulations to you and best wishes. Godspeed to all of you.Your Brother in Christ,John PhillipsSt. Andrew’s This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Smithfield, NClast_img read more


Convención General Sermón predicado por Stephanie Spellers


first_img 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Collierville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 General Convention, Press Release Service Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI La Rda Stephanie Spellers. Foto/Janet Kawamoto[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] El siguiente sermón fue presentado hoy en la 77a Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal, que se reúne en Indianápolis, Indiana, hasta el 12 de julio.Oren como lo sientenHomilía para la Eucaristía de la Comunidad en la Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal (11 de julio de 2012)Por la Rda. Stephanie Spellers(Cantado) Espíritu del Dios vivo cae con frescura sobre mí. Espíritu del Dios vivo cae con frescura sobre mí. Derríteme, moldéame, lléname, utilízame. Espíritu del Dios vivo cae con frescura sobre nosotros.Si ustedes quieren saber lo que creen los anglicanos, vean cómo oran. Bueno, acabamos de rezar: “Danos la gracia, siguiendo las enseñanzas y el ejemplo de tu siervo Benito, para caminar con corazones amorosos y decididos en la escuela del servicio del Señor”. Es una hermosa oración. Por supuesto, espero que lo sintamos.Benito de Nursia apareció en escena en la Italia del siglo sexto, cuando la corrupción había saturado la iglesia. Incluso los monjes estaban haciendo sus propias cosas, indistinguibles de la cultura en general.La fe no cambió a nadie y no le costó nada a usted. Era como el hombre del evangelio de esta mañana, que un buen día decidió, “construir una torre”, a pesar de que no tenía idea de lo que costaría, o el sacrificio que tendría que soportar. En los días de Benito, la gente se decía cristiana, pero no tenía ningún interés en cargar la cruz y transformase en gente de Jesús. ¡Imagínense eso!Pero Benito quería ser cristiano. Quería que Jesús le derritiera, moldeara, llenara y utilizara, y quería estar rodeado de compañeros que le mantuvieran e impulsaran durante ese cambio. Así que fundó una nueva comunidad monástica, una “escuela al servicio del Señor” formada en torno a tres compromisos. Son – por favor me acompañen al mencionar el latín y respondan- stabilitas, obedientia, conversatio morum. Si ustedes oran para seguir los pasos de Benito, tienen que saber esto.Stabilitas: la estabilidad, el permanecer con su comunidad. Obedientia: la obediencia, obededer a la autoridad de la comunidad y de Dios. Y luego estaba el compromiso más distintivo, al cual todo lo demás apuntaba: conversatio morum. Es una frase intraducible que significa comprometerse con esta norma, llevar la cruz, abrazar Al Otro, y confiar en que Dios está utilizando todo esto para convertirles a ustedes, transformarles y, en última instancia, bendecirles.Stabilitas, obedientia y conversatio morum. Estas son las enseñanzas básicas de Benito. Hemos orado por la gracia de seguir su ejemplo. Espero en Dios que lo sintamos.Ya sé que lo sentimos de muchas maneras, porque las marcas se notan en toda mi vida. Yo soy un libro de texto de la Generación Xer, por lo que nunca he estado muy inclinada a la estabilidad y aún menos a la obediencia. Hasta hace 12 años, yo he estado vagando de la iglesia a la “sangha” y al compañerismo. Cuando me enteré de este cuerpo, encontré lo que tanto había deseado, y mucho de lo que no nunca hubiera pedido y ahora no puedo imaginarme vivir sin ello. Una mesa (altar) en la que Jesús vive, no en memorial sino encarnado. Una liturgia que aún vibra con los ritmos del ordo antiguo. Una tradición teológica que tiene sentido para mí en la cabeza, en el corazón y en el intestino. Una vida consagrada como sacerdote, obediente al llamado de la iglesia y de Dios.Me encanta esta iglesia. Es, fácilmente, la más larga relación de compromiso que he mantenido. Mi madre vino hoy conduciendo desde Kentucky, no sólo para oírme, sino para darles las gracias. La Iglesia Episcopal me ha dado stabilitas y obedientia, y sé que mi salvación depende de la conversión que Dios está obrando en mí aquí con ustedes.Pero si mi mamá bautista condujo todo esto hasta aquí, si usted, mi familia de iglesia, se han levantado para la penúltima eucaristía de la Convención, entonces tengo que ser honesta y contarles el resto de la historia. Y lo que he visto es que nos gusta orar por estos compromisos, y nos gusta vivirlos siempre y cuando no nos cambien demasiado.Si alguna vez quieren poner a prueba ese compromiso, Benito les pediría que dieran un vistazo a la hospitalidad. Él estaba obsesionado con la buena acogida de El Otro. En su regla, escribió: “Que todos los huéspedes que llegan sean recibidos como Cristo, porque Él va a decir, ‘Vine como un huésped y me recibieron”. Benito pidió a sus monjes que ofrecieran oraciones y alabanzas cuando alguien llegara a la puerta, especialmente a los pobres y a los deshonrados. Envíen al abad, al hermano hospedero, a toda la comunidad a inclinarse y lavar los pies del huésped.Y recuerden: esto no se refiere, ante todo, a la comodidad del extraño. Esta disciplina se refiere a ustedes: que reciben, que se humillan y se preocupan, que se convierten y son bendecidos por Dios. Si ustedes están verdaderamente arraigados en Cristo, si son obedientes a sus mandamientos, si se han rendido al misterio de la conversatio morum, recibirán Al Otro como a Cristo, y serán cambiados.A lo largo de la presente Convención, hemos orado y proclamado nuestro deseo de dar la bienvenida a las nuevas generaciones y culturas, de buscar y servir a Cristo en todas las personas. ¿Lo decimos en serio? ¿Queremos cambiar lo que implica la hospitalidad? Es confuso decirlo. Nos reímos del estándar de la hospitalidad episcopal: “¡Bienvenido! Este es el Libro de Oración Común. Obedézcalo. Esta es nuestra tradición musical. Domínela. Esta es nuestra herencia inglesa. Adóptela. Este es nuestro sentido del orden. Internicela. ¿Y los dones de su cultura de origen, su cultura de jóvenes, de su cultura de clase inferior? Por favor, déjenlos a la puerta y recójanlos a la salida. No son lo suficientemente episcopales”.No creo que no queramos ser amables o queramos ser displicentes. Creo que nos encanta lo que hemos recibido y lo más natural del mundo es compartirlo con los demás en esa misma forma. Creo que tenemos miedo que al abrirnos a una transformación de dos vías con El Otro podamos borrar las mismas características que en primer lugar pudieran atraerlo.Benito hubiera dicho que no es así. Valoren la stabilitas. Aférrense a lo que es santo y verdadero. Luego, estiren la otra mano para recibir a ese extraño, y a la santidad y la verdad que tienen, para que ustedes puedan recibir la bendición y la conversión que Jesús quiere ofrecerles a través de ellos.El miedo grita, “¡cierren filas!” Solamente la oración nos mantiene lo suficientemente abiertos para decir: “Estos son nuestros elementos esenciales, lo que hemos amado. ¿Cuáles son sus dones, expresiones y sabiduría? ¿Cómo podemos tejerlos y construir una iglesia, proclamar el evangelio, de una manera más plena de lo que ninguno de nosotros pudo imaginarse?” El miedo dice: “Yo podría perderlo todo”. La oración nos permite decir: “Estoy confundido, tengo miedo, pero acepto esta muerte y resurrección, este sacrificio y bendición, esta transformación en la plenitud de Cristo. Y, sí, le abrazo a usted”.Sigan orando con nuestro hermano Benito. Rueguen a Dios que es nuestro creador y áncora, el Dios que nos redime, y el Dios que nos agita y nos convierte. Oren para que Dios nos derrita, nos moldee, nos llene, nos utilice. Y luego, tengan cuidado, porque podría hacerlo. Amén y Aleluya. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Tags This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Posted Jul 11, 2012 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Bath, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 Pittsburgh, PA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Convención General Sermón predicado por Stephanie Spellers Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Press Release Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA General Convention 2012 Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Albany, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 Submit an Event Listing Submit a Job Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC last_img read more