Aled Brew enjoying French leave with Biarritz

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Between now and the start of the Heineken Cup Brew is focusing solely on the Top 14, with perhaps  a little bit of bodyboarding thrown in if he’s not learning French or taking his Vespa for a spin. “I want to surf eventually,” he says, laughing, “but I’ve got to ease myself into it. One or two of the boys have said they’ll give me lessons.”So far Brew has proved a quicker learner in his new environment so what odds he’ll be ‘hanging ten’ by Christmas? French resistance: Despite plying his trade in France, Brew (left) still hopes to represent Wales in the futureBy Gavin MortimerHE’S GOT the Vespa, he’s learning French and Aled Brew has even been bodyboarding in the famous Biarritz surf. Yes, the former Dragons’ wing is enjoying his new life in the Basque Country – both on and off the pitch.When Rugby World caught up with the 26-year-old, he’d just played a blinder in Biarritz’s 22-17 defeat of Top 14 champions Toulouse. The victory leaves Biarritz top of the pile in the French league, unbeaten in three matches and ahead on points difference of Toulon, the only other club with a 100 per cent record thus far. Not a bad start considering  Biarritz’s talismanic No8 Imanol Harinordoquy is still recovering from a long-term injury.Brew was instrumental in last weekend’s win, creating Biarritz’s only try of the match with an explosive burst that split open the Toulouse defence before sending Damien Traille over the tryline with an impeccably-timed pass. Brew’s form hasn’t gone unnoticed by Midi Olympique, France’s rugby bible, with the newspaper lauding the Welshman as the “decisive” factor against Toulouse and an “invaluable recruit” to the club’s ranks. “I’m very pleased with how things are going,” admitted Brew. “The way Biarritz are playing is how I enjoy playing. They like to move the ball about and it’s been easy to integrate. And the atmosphere at games is incredible, the crowd generate so much noise that it’s a big lift for the players. There are things to work on [in my game] but I’m having a great time.”Brew is also putting in the effort away from the training ground. He has three French lessons a week – a total of 4 1/2 hours in total – and he and his young family (his fiancée and two young children) are determined to immerse themselves in all aspects of  French life. “Before signing for Biarritz I discussed the move in depth with my fiancée,” explains Brew, who’s had spells with the Ospreys and Blues, as well as the Dragons. “We both wanted to sample a new culture and I wanted to improve my rugby by playing in France. My son has just turned six so it was the right time for him; any later and it would have been hard for him to move schools.” Biarritz’s winger Brew Aled (L) is tackled by Agen’s fly-half Barnard Conrad during their friendly rugby match Biarritz Olympique Pays-Basque vs SU Agen Lot et Garonne on July 27, 2012 at the Aguilera stadium in Biarritz, southwestern France . AFP PHOTO GAIZKA IROZ (Photo credit should read GAIZKA IROZ/AFP/GettyImages) Brew isn’t the only Welshman at Biarritz, there’s also prop Ben Broster, and with the likes of Iain Balshaw, Magnus Lund and American flier Takudzwa Ngwenya in the squad the dressing room has its share of English speakers. Across the Top 14 as a whole Brew is one of an increasing number of Welshmen earning his crust in France. He caught up with Jamie Robinson after Biarritz had beaten Agen last month and at the end of September Brew will came face to face with Mike Phillips of Bayonne in what should be a fiery Basque derby.The fact the Top 14 contains so many Welsh players gives Brew hope that he’s still very much in the thoughts of the national selectors. “I definitely want to win more caps,” he says emphatically. “Obviously the first thing I have to do is play well for Biarritz  but with there being so many Welsh players in France I think I’m still on the radar. Hopefully if they do watch me more opportunities to play for Wales will come my way.”The Heineken Cup will give Brew a good opportunity to show the selectors how his game’s improved in France. The Dragons have never been one of Europe’s powerhouses but Biarritz have pedigree in the competition, twice reaching the final and finding themselves this year in a pool featuring Harlequins, Connacht and Zebre of Italy. Brew acknowledges the draw could have been a lot worse. “It’s pretty good for us. We haven’t really discussed the Cup yet but I imagine we’ll expect to do fairly well in our group.”last_img read more

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Cardiff BluesMunster Off you go: Dragons lock Rynard Landman receives his red card. (Photo Inpho)The SinnersRed DragonNewport Gwent Dragons lock Rynard Landman let his team down in a big way when he stupidly elbowed Connacht outside-half Jack Carty in the head in the 15th minute of their Pro12 clash and was deservedly sent off.Carty had just kicked the ball down field when Landman struck him as he ran past. It was an utterly pointless piece of violence and with the Dragons already 10-3 down, it made it doubly difficult for them to get back into the game. Money well spent: JK Rowling has sponsored Geoff Cross. (Photo Action Images)Write moveWhen Geoff Cross promised to shave off his extraordinary beard if £10,000 was pledged to the Wooden Spoon charity, he cannot have expected a single donor to take him half way to that total. However, world famous author JK Rowling pledged £5,000 to his Just Giving page, to give him a great start. Yes, I know she has plenty of money to spare, but I haven’t noticed any other Scottish millionaires dipping into their pockets for that kind of amount.On his page, Cross says his year-old beard is going to get the chop after “an increasing amount of pressure from my wife”.At the time of writing his fund-raising total was around £6,400, so if you would like to help Cross reach the £10,000 target, go to www.justgiving.com/DrX/ Daly’s masterclassSlade wasn’t the only young, English back showcasing the very best of his skills this weekend. Elliot Daly produced some magical rugby for Wasps during their 23-23 draw at Newcastle Falcons. A brilliant show-and-go from the outside centre created a try for Rob Miller, then he fielded the restart on his own 22, broke up the left, executed a perfect one-two with Thomas Young and scored a try of his own.There was more excellence from Daly in the second half when he broke the line again to set up a try for Guy Thompson. He made 92 metres in the game from six carries, beat seven defenders and also found the time to make 11 tackles.Daly’s dart: Elliot Daly on the charge during his magnificent performance for Wasps. (Photo Action Images) Roko in the wrongA moment of stupidity by Semesa Rokoduguni cost his Bath team three points and contributed to their defeat by Northampton Saints on Saturday.With Bath trailing 12-10 after 46 minutes, the wing – who was making his 50th appearance for the club – tidied up a chip through the defence by James Wilson. Rokoduguni was forced to run the ball into touch in the corner, and then he chucked it over the advertising boards to stop Wilson taking a quick throw.That silly move meant Northampton had a penalty instead of a lineout and Stephen Myler kicked it to extend the lead to 15-10. Bath did not manage to get back to within one score of their visitors again. Jamie makes his markBath hadn’t lost a Premiership match at the Recreation Ground since Sale downed them 12-11 on 28 March last year, but Northampton – who haven’t been in the best form of late – took that proud record with a 21-13 win on Saturday.Wing Jamie Elliott was the Man of the Match, making 128 metres in attack for the Saints and beating seven defenders. Plaudits also go to openside Callum Clark for his 16 tackles and eight carries and to hooker Mike Hayward who charged over to score the try of the day. The SaintsKing HenryEveryone’s talking about George Ford and Danny Cipriani, but Henry Slade reminded the rugby world of his excellent credentials at fly-half when he scored 27 points in Exeter Chiefs’ 32-21 away win at Harlequins and guided them up to fourth in the Aviva Premiership table.Slade’s try, two conversions and six penalties meant he equalled Gareth Steenson’s club record for points in a Premiership game and the 21-year-old’s all-round excellence earned him great praise from head coach Rob Baxter.“Henry is up against some very good players in the England set-up, but he looks like the guy who is going to have the most complete package in the future. He kicked very maturely today, both at the posts and for field-position.“Everyone knows he is a very good and strong defender and today he showed some real attacking quality as well. Ball in hand he glided in for his try, he almost looked untouchable.” Aer Lingus to the rescueReferee Nigel Owens almost missed the Leinster v Zebre match he was due to take charge of on Friday, when he turned up for his Ryanair flight from Bristol to Dublin with photo-id, but not his passport.The airline wouldn’t let him fly without it, but Aer Lingus came to the rescue by flying Owens from Cardiff to Dublin instead.Owens Tweeted: “Massive thanks @aerlingus for sorting flight to Dublin for me from Cardiff now after Ryanair passport policy debacle”. He did, however, make a point of saying he didn’t blame Ryanair and should have known their policy. What’s going on? Samuela Vunisa looks at a loss to explain the Blues’ plight. (Photo Huw Evans Images)Boos for the BluesThe Cardiff Blues team as a whole are in disgrace this week after losing 40-24 in Treviso, to an Italian side that had only won two other Pro12 games all season.With unconfirmed news leaking out on match day that director of rugby Mark Hammett is leaving only six months into a three-year contract, things are clearly not right at Cardiff and former skipper Martyn Williams said on BBC’s Scrum V “it hasn’t been a happy camp” with Hammett in charge.However, that is no excuse for the woeful performance of the team in Italy, as they conceded four tries in the first half.Former Wales star Jonathan Davies called their performance “scandalous” on Scrum V, and said: “Irrespective of what’s going on, you are paid to do a job. You go out there and play to the best of your ability. Have a little bit of pride.” Making amendsIt was an eventful afternoon for Hallam Amos when Newport Gwent Dragons took on Connacht in the Pro12, as he showed his attacking skills and his strength of character.The young wing cut into the line nicely to score a first-half try, but was the villain later in the day as his kick was charged down for a Mick Kearney to dive on and score. However, Amos had the final say when he danced through the Irish defence in the dying minutes of the game to make the final score 30-25 and earn a losing bonus point for the Dragons. The Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12 served up some scintillating rugby action this weekend, with some players in glorious form and others ending up shame-faced. Slade stars: Henry Slade slides over for a try for the Chiefs against Harlequins. (Photo Action Images) Wayward marksmenThey have days when they are the heroes for scoring the winning points, but a trio of kickers were rueing missed chances this weekend.Tom Heathcote missed two penalties as Edinburgh lost 20-17 at home to Ulster and head coach Alan Solomons blamed his side’s kicking from hand, place kicking and lineouts for the defeat.New Bath signing Tom Homer didn’t fare any better as he missed four penalties in his team’s 21-13 home loss to Northampton Saints.Finally, Sam Davies failed to hit the target with a 76th minute penalty which would have given the Ospreys a draw at Glasgow Warriors. He couldn’t quite hit the target from around 43 metres out and they lost 19-16 and slipped out of the top four. Trying timesLeicester Tigers are still very much in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Aviva Premiership but their rugby isn’t exactly entertaining for the neutral at present. They are enduring their longest spell without scoring a Premiership try, as their 12-6 win at London Irish on Sunday took them past their previous “best” of 284 minutes, set in the 2009-10 season (statistics courtesy of Stuart Farmer).Tom Youngs was the last Tiger to cross the whitewash in the Premiership, in the 16th minute of their clash with Bath on 4 January – 304 minutes of playing time ago. Back from the brinkHats off to the Munster spirit. Every point counts in the chase for the Guinness Pro12 playoff places and Munster fought back from 12 points down with five minutes to play at Parc y Scarlets to draw 25-25 and keep themselves in contention for a top-two finish.Late tries from Felix Jones and JJ Hanrahan, plus a last-kick conversion from Ian Keatley, broke the Scarlets hearts and reminded everyone yet again that only a fool writes off Munster in any game. In the doghouseThere’s a dog with a lot to answer for this week as Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni apparently needed 14 stitches on his nose after being bitten by a friend’s pooch. He may miss Italy’s clash with Scotland as a result. Must have been a brave dog, to take on Castro!last_img read more

Six Nations: Five things Wales learnt against Ireland

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Roar on: Luke Charteris is fired up against Ireland Half of the people reading this will agree with the statement above and half will despise it. That’s the uncomfortable reality of being a referee or commentating on the performance of a referee. But whilst Wayne Barnes obviously didn’t get every decision correct, no ref can, he whistled the game in a way that largely allowed quick ruck ball for both sides.Test rugby has received a lot of negative press recently, due to the efficiency of modern defences stifling the game. However, the one thing that can nullify elite defence is quick ruck ball and Barnes was red hot on that front. Any player slowly rolling away or clinging to a tackle was pinged. Soccer has a problem with player’s innocently throwing their arms in the air to suggest that they haven’t infringed, rugby has a problem with players doing the same when their body is casually draped over a ruck like a duvet. Barnes’ obviously didn’t get every call correct, but he got enough right to allow rugby to be played as it should. Wales unravel the third-best team in the WorldWales’ 23 – 16 victory over Ireland will rightly draw rapturous applause. Against any Irish team, in the modern era, this would have been a fine performance. Dominating the breakdown, deciphering one of the best lineout systems in the world, kicking and chasing with nano accuracy and making an extraordinary 250 tackles would be noteworthy against any Irish team of the last 20 years. But this isn’t any old Irish team.This is Joe Schmidt’s team, one that prior to kick off occupied a World Rugby ranking usually reserved for Australia or South Africa. Wales’ team performance was so complete that it seems trivial to even mention individuals – but mention them we must. Alun Wyn Jones and Luke Charteris delivered one of the finest performances ever witnessed from a Welsh lock partnership.Dan Biggar’s execution, with and without the ball, was hugely impressive and anyone who continues to question his role at ten clearly has an agenda. Sam Warburton had a career defining performance on the ground and in the air – his work at the lineout was exemplary. Jamie Roberts carried and tackled like a man whose lack of concern for his own wellbeing is gloriously careless when you consider the knowledge that he has of the human body. Leigh Halfpenny was Leigh Halfpenny – a player so stunningly dependable that you’d bet your last penny, mortgage, the national debt of the UK and the IMF’s cash assets on him executing any task he is presented with. It was a great result for Wales and rugby as a whole. That was a proper test match.The finest defensive display in professional Welsh rugbyI can’t recall a finer Welsh defensive display. It’s a struggle to think of a greater defensive display from any test team in the last decade. A tackle count of 250 with a completion of 92% is almost unthinkable. Wales worked at a level that, in any normal job, would warrant a visit from the European Court of Human rights.Nine players completed more than 14 tackles and five Welsh players completed more than 20 tackles. Charteris completed 31 tackles on his own – that’s three games worth of tackles for a tier-one lock. During the second half Wales defended 45 phases over seven minutes in a manner that has been compared to Rorke’s Drift. But it was bigger than that. Driving back Ireland’s heavy carriers and well organised ‘pick and go’ game for 45 phases was more akin to the Ewoks beating the Empire in Return of the Jedi. Shaun Edwards doesn’t smile often but I’ll guarantee that even he will be beaming this week.Pleased as punch: Shaun Edwards with Jamie RobertsYouTube moments everywhereIt’s very rare that you see a complete team performance in elite rugby where every player exceeds their already Test-standard performance indicators. But Wales did. Be it with or without the ball virtually every player had a moment that was worthy of a Vine or YouTube post. Jonathan Davies demolishing Jonathan Sexton when Davies’ hand momentarily turned into a medieval lance. Warburton’s tremendous lineout steal five metres out from the Welsh line. Scott Williams’s gorgeous outside drift that led to his try in the 61st minute. Biggar’s Dan Carter-like composure in nailing a drop-goal when Wales were down to 14 men. Charteris, Alun Wyn Jones and Dan Lydiate creating a defensive net that was tight enough to catch sardines. Liam Williams’ almost Michael Jordan-like ability to hang in the air under high balls – rumours in Llanelli suggests that Nike are soon to launch Air Sanjay. And of course Halfpenny, who’s 86% goal kicking completion was sublime and the foundation of the victory.But the final ‘hat tip’ has to be reserved for Samson Lee’s crutches; any structure which can support that beast deserves praise indeed.The unseen workThere were many obvious examples of Wales’ positives on Saturday. Moments that can be spotted and rewound on TV. But many of Wales’ most effective pieces of work may have gone largely unseen. The reading of the Irish lineout was first class. Not only did Wales lose just one of their lineouts but they reduced Ireland’s to a completion of 66.7%. Warburton’s steal five metres out showed that Wales had clearly done their homework on Ireland’s lifting sequence and footwork, as jumping defensively on a five metre lineout is hugely risky.The lack of reliable lineout possession removed a vital piece of Ireland’s game-plan and forced Jonathan Sexton into an uncharacteristically nervous display. Welsh carriers deliberately hit contact low, with closed shoulders, and nullified Ireland’s penchant for exploiting high body positions. Wales also made a deliberate effort to move the ball out to wider carriers and frequently passed the ball beyond their favoured 12 channel in an effort to keep the Irish backrow six to ten yards away from the first contact. Much was made of Schmidt’s tactical prowess prior to kick off, but Warren Gatland won that battle.Whistle stop: Wayne Barnes awards a penalty on SaturdayWayne Barnes deserves praiselast_img read more

Conquering Everest – the new book about the heroic Lions of 1997

first_img The 1997 Lions celebrate their incredible series win after the third Test at Ellis Park (Getty Images) The first Lions tour of the pro era produced one of the great upsets as world champions South Africa were stunned on home turf. A new book relives those extraordinary events LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rob Howley had a superb tour before injury hit (Inpho)Many of you will be familiar with the major incidents that peppered their progress. The disgusting kick by Marius Bosman that ended Doddie Weir’s tour in the match against Mpumalanga Pumas.The shoulder injury against Natal Sharks that brought Rob Howley such sorrow.The frightening moment when Will Greenwood swallowed his tongue against Orange Free State in Bloemfontein and Leonard had to stop Greenwood’s panic-stricken mum running onto the pitch while he was being treated.The Test series was one for the ages. The fear was that the Lions would be obliterated in the set-piece and have no platform to work off. The contrast in size was highlighted by the two looseheads: world champion Os du Randt, 6ft 3in and 22st, versus four-cap newbie Tom Smith, 5ft 10in and only a shade over 15st.The opening minutes at Newlands seemed to confirm those fears as the Lions were sent shuddering backwards in the first few scrums. But Smith, Wood and Paul Wallace steadied the ship, winning the technical battle. At times Wallace scrummaged with his nose almost on the floor but he kept his feet. And the Lions stayed in the fight.Matt Dawson reckons the try he scored with six minutes remaining came partly because the Boks didn’t know who he was – they just didn’t consider him a threat. When Alan Tait then crossed the line too, his gran was passing the Black Swan pub in Kelso as it happened and she heard a huge roar. “She said she thought the roof was going to blow away,” Tait says.The two tries, and the seismic 25-16 victory it brought, are among McGeechan’s happiest moments. “Sport can touch your soul,” says Sir Ian. “When you slow down some action and out of all the physicality comes a piece of sublime skill and balance within a physical context, there is a beauty about it.”Wallace, Wood and Smith prepare for a scrum during the opening Test in Cape Town (Getty Images)There was more unbearable drama and tension to come in the second Test, of course. The Boks had contributed mightily to their first-Test downfall through their malfunctioning lineout and errant kicking, three times putting the ball out on the full.In Durban, they scored three tries to none but missed six out of six kicks off the tee. In contrast, Neil Jenkins, who had only just made the tour after breaking his arm against England, landed five penalties and Jerry Guscott applied the coup de grâce with his late drop-goal. Austin Healey says he would have had a clear run to the line had Guscott passed and he was shouting “You greedy bastard!” as the Bath star delivered the series-clinching kick.Happy reading for Keith Wood, whose hack downfield led ultimately to the series-winning kick (Inpho)That is the bare bones of it but it’s the delicious detail that you will love in the book, like the fact that even today Stuart Hogg likes to mimic Telfer’s reaction to a break that Gregor Townsend made in the match that ended with him turning over possession. “No, no, Gregor, you’re wrong, you’re wrong, man!”Teichmann says the Boks deserved to win the second Test by 20 points and that it wasn’t a strong Lions team. A degree of arrogance undermined them throughout. When they hammered Tonga 74-10 in a warm-up game, Teichmann had said it wasn’t ideal preparation but that “we weren’t overly concerned – we were playing the Lions, not the All Blacks”.When Joost van der Westhuizen was asked to pay tribute to the Lions over the PA system at the end of the Boks’ 35-16 win in the third Test, he said, “Ja, well, we wanted to give them a klap [slap] and I’m pleased we did that today.” The Lions fans booed.“People talk about Gareth Edwards – Joost [above] was just as good,” says Neil Jenkins in the book (Inpho)The Lions won because of heart and desire, because they were more united. They won because of a tactical edge, as in the way they negated Honiball’s threat by targeting the support runners around him. They won because of selection, such as accommodating fly-half Jenkins at full-back due to his peerless goalkicking. And when they needed luck they got it.You feel South Africa never really gave the Lions the respect they deserved, that they view the series result as a freak aberration. The scars ran deep. John Smit and Bryan Habana have both spoken about avenging 1997 as a powerful motivation for the Boks that were next to have a crack at the Lions in 2009.Tragedy and misfortune has befallen many of the participants from 24 years ago. Van der Westhuizen (MND), Ruben Kruger (brain cancer) and James Small (heart attack) all died far, far too young. André Venter was left paralysed by a condition called transverse myelitis. Weir and Smith are waging similar poignant health battles.Du Plessis, now fighting cancer, was replaced soon after the 1997 series by Nick Mallett, who many felt should have had the job ahead of him.Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s current director of rugby, made his Test debut in the Lions series (Getty)There are powerful words from many of those involved. The contribution of Tim Rodber, the midweek captain, is particularly compelling. Some players lost their way a bit, like Williams, John Bentley, Eric Miller. “I’d hoped to go in 2001 and 2005 but it didn’t flow like that,” says Miller, who was 21 at the time. “Every four years I go through a period of mourning.”And as for the tour video, with its heartbreaking scenes of injured players discovering their tour was over and the industrial language of the changing room (Wood swore 30 times in 34 seconds in one edited speech), Rory Best hits the nail on the end.“It was probably the first time that people got an insight into what it was like on tour. You’ll never get another rugby film like it,” says the former Ireland and Lions hooker.“Nowadays if that happened you’d get players behaving differently in front of the camera. They’d either be guarded because of what social media would do to them or they’d play up to the camera. It wouldn’t be natural, whereas in 1997 it was almost innocent.“We’re used to cameras being everywhere now but those guys weren’t. That tour was a major influence on a lot of international players that came after. Everybody’s watched that film.”* BUY NOW WITH AMAZONThis Is Your Everest by Tom English and Peter Burns is published by Polaris, RRP £17.99.We have six copies to give away in a competition – enter now for your chance to win. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. TAGS: Book Review Conquering Everest – the new book about the heroic Lions of 1997There have been six previous British & Irish Lions tours in the pro era. If you were to rate them in order of significance, there could only be one winner – the 1997 trip to South Africa.That tour is the subject of a brilliant new book, This Is Your Everest, co-written by Tom English and Peter Burns for leading sports publishers Polaris.* BUY NOW WITH AMAZONAs the first Lions tour undertaken since the fall of amateurism, there was – incredible to think – a faction who felt the Lions no longer warranted a place amid the fulsome diet of domestic, European and international fixtures.Thus in some ways the 35-man squad that travelled south under the stewardship of Ian McGeechan, Jim Telfer and Fran Cotton were playing for the Lions’ very existence.Scotsmen Ian McGeechan and Jim Telfer were the brains behind the Lions’ unexpected triumph (Inpho)Political horse-trading had compromised the Lions in 1993 and head coach McGeechan wasn’t prepared to allow that to happen again. He accepted the job on the condition that he, assistant coach Telfer and team manager Cotton would have sole charge of selection.The squad they chose was full of surprises, even before you factor in the presence of six former rugby league players to help imbue professional standards.Will Greenwood was picked as an uncapped player (Inpho)For example, they ended up with three English scrum-halves on tour yet not one of them was England’s starting nine, Andy Gomarsall, from the 1997 Five Nations. They took two English centres yet left behind England’s championship midfield duo, Will Carling and Phil de Glanville.They took the third-choice Wales hooker, Barry Williams, and a Scottish prop, Tom Smith, who 18 months earlier had been turning out for Dundee HSFP’s second team.Skipper Martin Johnson admits he didn’t know Smith from a hole in the head before the tour. But then he himself, although an established international player, raised eyebrows because he had never captained a Test team. Cotton had rung Johnson’s mum for a character reference.Up against them were the reigning world champions. South Africa had the confidence borne of their natural self-belief and a decent winning run, yet the cracks were there.The Springboks were on their fifth head coach of the decade in Carel du Plessis – the previous incumbent, Andre Markgraaff, had resigned after being secretly recorded making racist comments. Du Plessis had been a world-class wing but had never been a head coach at any level. Many of his players were left bored and confused by his messages.Unequal pay was another thorn in South Africa’s side because the players who had won the World Cup in 1995 were on giant salaries while newcomers were getting peanuts in comparison. The likes of Henry Honiball, André Venter and Gary Teichmann – the captain – justifiably felt aggrieved. Honiball said he could earn more money just sitting on his farm.The Lions take on Emerging Springboks at Boland Stadium, a match the tourists won 51-22 (Getty Images)McGeechan likened the tour to playing ten Five Nations matches and three World Cup finals in the space of eight weeks. He also convinced his players that there would be no easy period in a game, let alone an easy game.This was a time before Twitter and camera phones, before you could jump on the Internet to look things up. The players lived in a bubble and their lives became the world of pain inflicted on them by Telfer in his infamous marathon scrum sessions or with his broom handle if they moved too high in ruck drills.Related content: Lions 2021 Latest NewsHooker Keith Wood, who finished the second Test in agony with a torn groin, says that the players weren’t actually fit enough to cope with what Telfer demanded – they pushed themselves beyond their limitations.The book is chock-full of fascinating insights from both camps, the authors adopting that part first-person chatty style that is the hallmark of many a Polaris sports publication.Forwards Martin Johnson, Eric Miller and Neil Back splash about in the sea near Durban (Inpho)The tour is famous not just because the Lions, huge underdogs, achieved a near miraculous series victory. It is synonymous with Living With Lions, a tour video watched by scores of players and fans in the subsequent decades and described by ex-Liverpool and England footballer Jamie Carragher as the best sports documentary he has ever seen.The film makers paid £30,000 for the rights and expected the BBC or ITV to jump in with funding. When they were told, ‘Sorry, the Lions will lose and no one will be interested’, director/producer Clive Rees remortgaged his house to keep the project alive.They put microphones on ‘Geech’ and Telfer every day, they gave video cams to players – “It was like giving lunatics machine guns!” said prop Graham Rowntree.A critical moment arrived on the day of the first game against Eastern Province, when Jason Leonard asked the film makers to leave the changing room as the Lions psyched themselves up. A hasty conversation with Cotton ensued and they were allowed to stay.Lawrence Dallaglio leads the charge during the Lions’ 39-11 win against Eastern Province (Getty Images)Living With Lions enthused a generation and the title of Polaris’s book, This Is Your Everest, alludes to a legendary speech from the video that Telfer made on the day of the first Test at Newlands. “I think I’ve watched that speech alone a hundred times,” says Kyle Sinckler, who gave renditions of it to team-mates on the 2017 tour. Watch Telfer’s Everest speech below.The book takes readers through the tour match by match, and how satisfying it is that the more the South Africans dismissed the Lions as soft or “pussy cats”, the more the Lions rammed such sentiments back down their throats.Apart from the dead rubber of the third Test, when the Lions were depleted because of injuries and illness, the tourists lost just once: 35-30 to the Blue Bulls (Northern Transvaal).Outside of the Tests, there were few bumps performance wise – the scrum against Western Province was one, which prompted Telfer’s wrath – and the Lions racked up some big scores with their fluid, high-tempo, handling game.last_img read more

Andrew M.L. Dietsche consecrated bishop coadjutor of New York

first_img An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET By ENS staffPosted Mar 12, 2012 Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Bishop Consecrations, House of Bishops, Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Steven Long says: Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Andrew M.L. Dietsche consecrated bishop coadjutor of New York Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate Diocese of Nebraska Comments are closed. Rector Tampa, FL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Press Release 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 Comments (1) Featured Events This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Martinsville, VA center_img Rector Smithfield, NC March 14, 2012 at 11:03 am In addition to his day job as a bishop, he can moonlight as Father Christmas. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Tags In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Press Release Service Rector Shreveport, LA 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Coadjutor Andrew M.L. Dietsche, his wife Margaret, and their family. PHOTO/Kara Flannery[Episcopal News Service] Andrew M. L. Dietsche was ordained and consecrated bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of New York March 10 during a ceremony at a packed Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan.As bishop coadjutor, Dietsche has the automatic right of succession to the current bishop of New York, the Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk, who must retire before his 72nd birthday in August 2014.Dietsche, a resident of Poughkeepsie, has served since 2001 as the diocese’s canon for pastoral care. He was elected bishop by the diocesan clergy and by lay representatives of the diocese’s 199 parishes at a special convention held at the cathedral—the largest Gothic cathedral in the world—in November 2011.Some 2,500 people, including clergy and parishioners of the diocese, ecumenical and interfaith guests and civic leaders, among them former mayor New York David Dinkins, attended the consecration.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori led the service as chief consecrator and preached the sermon. Co-consecrating bishops included Sisk, Bishop of New Jersey George Councell, retired Bishop of New York Richard Frank Grein, Bishop of Long Island Lawrence C. Provenzano, Bishop of Michigan Wendell Nathaniel Gibbs, retired Bishop Suffragan of New York Catherine S. Roskam and Bishop Robert Alan Rimbo of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.The presiding bishop preached about Peter and the other disciples fishing on the Sea of Galilee, when Peter is told to, “‘feed my lambs, tend my sheep, feed my sheep.’”“Andy, you are named and blessed in this place to feed the sheep and tend the lambs, and to encourage those around you in doing the same,” the presiding bishop told Dietsche. “A good deal of your work will deal with the baptized, those already engaged in fishing or shepherding work – and your task is to remind them continually that they too are chosen, beloved, good creation, for they and we cannot love others unless we know ourselves well loved. But some of your work must attend to the sheep not of this fold, and the nations beyond this one, for the great banquet will not be complete until all are invited and gathered in to the wedding feast of the lamb.”“Your work must tend to the creatures of this great city, and the sheepfolds of rural New York, as well as the sheep of the nations. Some of the sheep around here will insist you aren’t spending enough time with them. That’s an opportunity to remind the sheep that they are also called to be shepherds, and for you to remember that you are a sheep, in need of rest and good pasture. The current bishop of New York can teach you something about the healing qualities of good grassland.”Together, the presiding bishop and the co-consecrating bishops gathered around and laid their hands on the new bishop’s head in a gesture symbolizing the unbroken connection of the line of bishops back to the earliest days of the church.Dietsche then for the first time put on his episcopal vestments, and was presented with a gold cross, an episcopal ring engraved with his seal, a miter, a Bible, and a crozier that he designed himself and that was made by a local craftsman using maple from the new bishop’s own garden.Following this, the presiding bishop presented him to the congregation, whereupon the clergy and congregation offered the traditional “acclamation and applause.”For a photo gallery click here. Click here for a video. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Belleville, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Knoxville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI People The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NYlast_img read more

Resources for Advent waiting

first_img Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Posted Nov 26, 2014 Rector Albany, NY Featured Events 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 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 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Press Release Service Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Belleville, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Resources for Advent waiting Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Bath, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA center_img Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN 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 a Job Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Advent Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Martinsville, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Tags Submit a Press Releaselast_img read more

Jerusalem archbishop criticizes U.S. immigration restrictions

first_img Tony Oberdorfer says: Rector Bath, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL Immigration, Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Comments (2) Anglican Communion, February 14, 2017 at 1:50 pm Archbishop Mouneer’s foolish comments deserve a response. In writing that the “Oklahoma City bombing, we recall, was conducted by an American, not a Muslim,” he is (perhaps inadvertently) saying that Muslims cannot be Americans.I rejoice to see that Archbishop Mouneer acknowledges “the right of the government to protect the nation from terrorism,” but regret his criticism of “the decision to prioritise the refugee applications of Christians in the Middle East.” Is he possibly unaware of the fact that thousands of fellow Christians have been brutalized and killed in the most savage manner by Muslims otherwise intent on killing each other? Surely the relative handful of Middle East Christians who remain deserve special treatment and it is bizarre to see the Archbishop saying otherwise.I wonder if he would change his tune if some colleague in Jerusalem had his head chopped off by a Muslim terrorist. Tony Oberdorfer says: February 16, 2017 at 8:01 am Religious discrimination is not the issue and to call the desire to save fellow Christians from death for being Christian “simply un-American” is just silly. Posted Feb 14, 2017 Refugees Migration & Resettlement New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Martinsville, VA Jerusalem archbishop criticizes U.S. immigration restrictions Youth Minister Lorton, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Advocacy Peace & Justice, Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Featured Jobs & Calls Press Release Service This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Middle East, Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Albany, NY center_img [Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis, primate of the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, has described U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to restrict entry to the United States from seven Muslim-majority nations as a “naive” solution based on “generalization and discrimination.” He also criticized the decision to prioritize the refugee applications of Christians in the Middle East.Full article. 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Tags Submit a Job Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Israel-Palestine, Rector Belleville, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Press Release Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Comments are closed. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ last_img read more

Seminarians, clergy from around world visit Anglican Communion Office in…

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Music Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Tags Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Bath, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET [Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Communion Office in London on June 5 welcomed 31 Anglican seminarians and recently ordained clergy from across the world to learn more about the Communion and to network with each other. The group represents 18 countries, and a variety of cultures and languages.Read the full article here. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Collierville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Events Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Job Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Press Release Service Posted Jun 5, 2018 Anglican Communion Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Martinsville, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminarians, clergy from around world visit Anglican Communion Office in London Rector Knoxville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit an Event Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Belleville, IL last_img read more

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to release book of sermons, ‘The…

first_img Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Tampa, FL Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to release book of sermons, ‘The Power of Love’ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Bath, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Featured Jobs & Calls General Convention 2018, Youth Minister Lorton, VA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Collierville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Shreveport, LA center_img 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 Knoxville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Press Release Service Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Belleville, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Events Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches May 19 during the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain. Photo: Reuters[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has collected five of his most notable sermons, including his royal wedding sermon, in a book that will be released on Oct. 30.“The Power of Love” takes its title from the theme of Curry’s May 19 sermon for Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle’s wedding, 13 minutes of preaching that elevated Curry to worldwide renown, though the five sermons span his three years as head of the Episcopal Church. Three of the sermons are from July, when he preached during the church’s 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas, and the fifth is his 2015 installation sermon at Washington National Cathedral.Hardcover copies of “The Power of Love: Sermons, Reflections, and Wisdom to Uplift and Inspire” will sell for $20. It is being published in the United States by Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House, which plans to send a courtesy copy to each diocese of the Episcopal Church.Curry told Episcopal News Service in an emailed statement that he began talking with the publisher before General Convention about turning his royal wedding sermon into a book. The publisher later asked if Curry had more material, so he suggested the three sermons from General Convention: the opening Eucharist on July 5, the revival on July 7, and the prayer service July 8 outside the Hutto Residential Center, a detention facility in Taylor, Texas.“To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about including those sermons in a book, but when the publisher saw them, we all realized that they would take the message of the love of Jesus deeper and apply it to life,” Curry said. “I hope and pray that this message of the way of love, which is the way of Jesus, can be a message for our world at this time.”Curry is due in London at the end of this month for the book launch.“The Power of Love” will be published Oct. 30 by Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House.Penguin Random House touts the 112-page book as Curry’s royal wedding sermon and “four of his favorite sermons on the themes of love and social justice.”“The world has met Bishop Curry and has been moved by his riveting, hopeful, and deceptively simple message: love and acceptance are what we need in these strange times,” the publisher says in its online description.The presiding bishop isn’t new to the book world. His 2012 sermon at General Convention generated plenty of attention within and outside the church and led to his 2013 book, “Crazy Christians.” A follow-up, “Songs My Grandma Sang,” focused on his faith upbringing and was released in June 2015, the month he was elected the 27th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, the church’s first African-American leader.Curry’s past acclaim, however, offered no precedent for the intense global buzz and widespread praise he received for his royal wedding sermon. For a week afterward, Curry was interviewed or profiled by seemingly every major media outlet, from the BBC to ABC’s “The View” to the celebrity gossip site TMZ.In the introduction to “The Power of Love,” Curry describes how he received the invitation to preach at the royal wedding and how he approached the task of crafting a sermon that would be heard by a billion or more people around the world. He emphasizes, as he did in his post-wedding interviews, that his focus was always on the young couple and their example of love.“The miracle is that we all got to experience that love,” Curry writes. “We witnessed the love of these two people. We witnessed something bigger, the source – God – while we were watching. For a while, this powerful love brought us all together. … Whatever sermon I actually preached was only an attempt to find words for that.”Video and text of the May 19 sermon are here. The text was “edited lightly so that it is more suitable for reading,” Curry notes in the book’s introduction.Curry and thousands of other Episcopalians gathered in Austin for General Convention just six weeks after the royal wedding sermon. The General Convention sermons expanded Curry’s message about the power of God’s love.“They actually went deeper on the Way of Love as the way of Jesus and the way to real life,” Curry told ENS. For the book, he decided they “would be the right sermons to talk about what it means to love God and to love your neighbor.”Presiding Bishop Michael Curry introduces the Way of Love during his sermon July 5 at the opening Eucharist of the 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas, in this image taken from an Episcopal Church video of the sermon.The book’s second sermon, from the opening Eucharist at General Convention, is titled “Living the Way of Love.” At that July 5 service, Curry described seven practices to help Episcopalians lead a Jesus-centered life as he unveiled the Way of Love as a churchwide rule of life. Video and text of that sermon are here.It is followed by “The Good Life” from the Austin revival. Curry preached for nearly 45 minutes on July 7 to more than 2,000 people in the Palmer Center, with thousands more watching online video feeds of the service.“God is love. And guess what, that’s the reason we are here,” Curry said. Video and text of that sermon are here.The third sermon during General Convention, titled “Love Your Neighbor,” was part of an off-site prayer service July 8 at a detention facility for women, including immigrant detainees. About a thousand Episcopalians joined the service in public witness to federal immigration policies that had separated families.“We come in love,” Curry told the crowd. “I would submit that the teachings of Jesus to love God and love our neighbor is at the core and the heart of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.” Video and text of that sermon are here.The book closes with “Welcome to the Movement,” Curry’s installation sermon on Nov. 1, 2015. Video and text of that sermon are here. Curry says in the book’s introduction that he “turned back the pages” for this earlier sermon, in which “the themes of movement, love and transformation were already front and center.”The publisher is working with Episcopal bookstores to stock the presiding bishop’s book. No book tour has been announced, though Curry is scheduled to appear at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at a book launch event hosted by London’s Southwark Cathedral.Not long til @PB_Curry joins us at @Southwarkcathed to talk about #Love. Hosted by @revkatebottley + in conversation with @ColeMoreton hear more about THAT sermon from #HarryandMeghan #RoyalWeddingTickets only on sale in advance from https://t.co/38YWamWDfj#BishopCurryLove ️ pic.twitter.com/GwOZPQnXsL— Greenbelt Festival (@greenbelt) October 17, 2018The publisher also is planning a #poweroflove social media campaign on Oct. 30, encouraging people to share “a moment you saw the power of love firsthand.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] By David PaulsenPosted Oct 22, 2018 Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Course Director Jerusalem, Israellast_img read more

Demings calls for end to ICE detentions of domestic violence victims

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The photo shows the ICE agents escorting Irvin Gonzalez, who also is known as Ervin Gonzalez, from the courthouse. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name herecenter_img TAGSRepresentative Val Demings Previous articleTree climbers hang out in ApopkaNext articleApopka Burglary Report and Map Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Reps. Demings and Rice circulate letter to House membersU.S. Representatives Val Demings (FL-10) and Kathleen Rice (NY-04) are circulating a letter to House colleagues urging the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to issue guidance making it clear to ICE personnel that victims of crimes should never have reason to fear that seeking justice in the court system could lead to detention or deportation.The letter comes after reports last week that ICE agents detained a transgender woman in an El Paso, TX court while she was seeking a protective order for alleged domestic violence.ICE agents escorting Irvin Gonzalez, who also is known as Ervin Gonzalez, from the courthouse.The ICE agents conducted surveillance at the courthouse based on information from an unidentified source who provided the time and place of the hearing, as well as the fact that the alleged victim was living in a domestic violence shelter.The criminal complaint against Gonzalez shows seven deportations from the US (an initial voluntary deportation in 2007 followed by deportations in 2010, 2011, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016).The complaint lists eight criminal convictions in the U.S. for Gonzalez from 2010 through 2015.  Convictions included assault, domestic violence and false imprisonment.Use this link to read the three-page criminal complaint.In their letter, Representatives Rice and Demings note that a 2011 ICE memorandum advised personnel to exercise all appropriate prosecutorial discretion for cases involving victims and witnesses of crime in order to avoid deterring individuals from reporting crimes and pursuing justice in the court system.“Domestic violence survivors, victims’ advocates, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers agree that fear is both a tool for abusers and a barrier to victims seeking refuge and justice,” write Representatives Demings and Rice. “Unfortunately, these recent actions only encourage fear and run counter to decades of work to build relationships between law enforcement and victims of violent crime. We respectfully urge you to issue guidance making clear to ICE officers, special agents, and attorneys that victims of crimes should have no fear of seeking justice in our court systems.”Representative Val Demings was a member of the Orlando Police Department for 27 years, and served as the Chief of Police from 2007-2011. Representative Kathleen Rice is a former state and federal prosecutor, and the former District Attorney of Nassau County, NY.Use this link to read the full text of the Demings/Rice letter. A final copy of the letter with a full list of signatures is expected to be released in the coming weeks. Please enter your comment!last_img read more