LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight The SaintsEngland – the championsIf you don’t want to see England get some credit where it’s due, then look away now, because England deserve major congratulations for becoming the first team to win the RBS 6 Nations Championship with a week to spare.Saturday’s win over Wales and Scotland’s defeat of France on Sunday meant England can’t be caught, so now they can shoot for a Grand Slam in Paris next weekend knowing the trophy is already theirs.In this year’s championship England are the only team to have scored more than 100 points in the first four games and they have conceded 13 points fewer than any other team. Their defence has been the tightest, leaking just four tries and their total of ten tries scored is bettered only by Ireland with 11, after the Irish ran nine past Italy on Saturday. England made RBS 6 Nations history, Scotland defeated France and Ireland found their mojo once more. Who were the stars of this weekend’s action and who will dread the video analysis session? Jumping for joy: Stuart Hogg and Scotland celebrate the final whistle. (Photo: Getty Images)Hogging the limelight Scotland beat France for the first time in a decade and the outstanding moment of the 29-18 triumph came courtesy of full-back Stuart Hogg.A touch of genius out of the very top drawer created a try for Tim Visser in the 67th minute which put Scotland 26-18 up. They were attacking in the France 22 with a penalty advantage and Greig Laidlaw flung a long pass out to the left in the hope of outflanking the defence. Hogg leapt in the air as the ball threatened to sail over him and flipped it back over his head while in full flight, forcing the ball out of the reach of the waiting France full-back Scott Spedding and instead parrying it to Visser outside him. The wing had just enough space to dive over in the corner and Scotland were eight points clear.That magical moment was far from being Hogg’s only positive contribution to the match. He kicked a long penalty just after half-time to put Scotland 21-12 up and was often involved in attacks. But that flip for Visser’s try will live long in the memory.Hats off too to Peter Horne, who had to come on to replace the injured Finn Russell early in the game and fitted in beautifully, to Duncan Taylor for his dangerous attacking play and absolutely excellent try, and to Laidlaw who kicked 11 points and led his side superbly. A short breakWhen Henry Slade broke his leg and damaged his ankle ligaments against Wasps in December it looked like his season was finished, but astonishingly the Exeter Chiefs centre was back in action on Saturday, helping his team beat Newcastle Falcons 32-17 in the Aviva Premiership.Slade has obviously worked extremely hard to recover from such a serious injury in such a short time and the Chiefs are delighted to have him back as they continue to challenge for the Premiership title. Good lad: Maro Itoje gets a pat on the head from George Kruis. (Photo: Getty Images)Super Maro England lock Maro Itoje was the leading light in Saturday’s 25-21 victory over Wales and deservedly picked up the Man of the Match award. The 21-year-old, winning only his third cap, was eye-catching from the outset, stealing a Wales lineout as early as the fourth minute and pinching another 18 minutes later, as well as taking four on England’s throw.He got himself involved in the match around the pitch in attack and defence. It was Itoje’s break which helped create Anthony Watson’s try after 31 minutes and before half-time he forced a turnover from Scott Baldwin when Wales were on the attack. He was England’s top tackler with 14 and made seven carries. If Itoje can do this so early in his career, imagine how good he might get!Of course Itoje was by no means the only England player to have a great game and special mention also goes to Owen Farrell for a perfect day from the kicking tee. He scored 20 points in all and made sure all Wales’s indiscretions were punished. Irish are now eight points adrift of Newcastle Falcons at the bottom of the table after losing 26-16 to Saracens. In their predicament, they need to be concentrating on picking up all the league points they can, not trying to drum up interest from an American public which has given rugby a barely lukewarm reception until now.You might say that Irish couldn’t have known what a lowly position they would be in in the league when they organised this American adventure, but as they have finished tenth in the table for the last two seasons it was a fair bet that they might have been among the candidates for relegation. Whoever came up with this idea has their priorities wrong. Crowd pleaser? These London Irish fans in the USA don’t look too happy. (Photo: Getty Images)No time for gimics London Irish and Saracens played the first Aviva Premiership game outside England on Saturday when they met at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, USA.The match is supposedly the first of three to be played Stateside by Irish in the next three years – but unfortunately for them it looks like they might not be able to take a Premiership match there next season as they are hot favourites to be relegated to the Greene King IPA Championship. Cross words: Joe Marler and Samson Lee clash at Twickenham. (Photo: Getty Images)The SinnersA sledge too far Joe Marler is in trouble for calling Wales prop Samson Lee “gypsy boy” during the first half of England’s Six Nations win over Wales. The Six Nations bosses are investigating the incident and under World Rugby regulations concerning the verbal abuse of players based on religion, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, Marler could be banned for four weeks or more if he is found guilty.The England prop sought out Lee during half-time to apologise for what he said, but he still faces a nervous wait this week before he finds out whether his foolishness will cost him a place in the team to take on France in Paris next Saturday.Sledging opponents is part of rugby’s confrontational aspect, but it is totally unacceptable to bring race, ethnicity or religion into that and Marler was out of line. Unsteady Eddie Ireland were already 25-3 up against Italy at half-time but the Azzurri fly-half Edoardo Padovani thought he would give them a helping hand to increase that lead. He threw a loose pass across the midfield in his own half, giving Jared Payne the opportunity to sprint through onto the ball and stroll across the line with it for Ireland’s fourth try.Padovani was by no means the only sinner in an abject performance from Italy. The back three was at sixes and sevens from the outset, with a mix-up between David Odiete and Leonardo Sarto contributing to Ireland’s first try after just six minutes.Yes, Italy are struggling with injuries, but to concede nine tries in a Six Nations match and provide such weak opposition is unacceptable. He’s gone: Jonathan Davies misses a tackle on Mike Brown. (Photo: Getty Images)Leaky defence Wales have built much of their success in recent years on a strong defence but on Saturday they were all over the place for the first 60 minutes. Their defensive line was often out of place and they fell off tackles and were beaten at the breakdown.In all, Wales missed 26 tackles and Dan Biggar was bottom of the class, with four misses, including one on Itoje as he made the break which led to England’s try. Jonathan Davies missed three tackles and Scott Baldwin, Taulupe Faletau, George North and Jamie Roberts two each. Defence coach Shaun Edwards will have them working hard this week. Outstanding: Jamie Heaslip touches down the try of the match. (Photo: Getty Images).Dublin delightIreland finally gave their fans a win to cheer in this year’s Six Nations and what a win, as they beat Italy 58-15 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The visitors were a long way from their spirited best but Ireland deserve credit for scoring nine tries.There are plenty of candidates for the Saints list among their number. Donnacha Ryan was named Man of the Match after a great performance up front, while Josh van der Flier equaled the lock’s tackle count of 15 while winning just his second cap. Jamie Heaslip sprinted 80 metres to keep up with a fantastic break involving Johnny Sexton, Simon Zebo, Andrew Trimble, Jared Payne and Fergus McFadden, to score the try of the game – if not the championship. Robbie Henshaw and Sean Cronin were also excellent on a day when Ireland put an admittedly limited opposition to the sword in style. Eye spyAnother prop who is potentially in trouble after the England v Wales clash is Wales replacement Tomas Francis, who was warned and penalised by referee Craig Joubert for making contact with the eye or eye area of Dan Cole, and was then cited after the match.The incident happened after 71 minutes when Cole collapsed a maul close to the England line. Francis came piling in on top of the Englishman and replays appeared to show his fingers raking across Cole’s nose and eye area. Cole certainly put his hand up to his eyes as if in pain, but didn’t say anything to the referee about it when Joubert sin-binned him for collapsing the maul. It wasn’t until the TMO, Ben Skeen, drew Joubert’s attention to the incident a few minutes later that it was reviewed and Francis was penalised.The officials concluded that as they only had one angle of footage of the incident to look at, they couldn’t determine if the act was deliberate or not, so couldn’t do anything other than give a penalty. However, Joubert warned Francis he may be cited after the game and that is what happened on Sunday. That’s what it means: Owen Farrell celebrates England’s win. (Photo: Getty Images)
Best of friends: The Six Nations captains strut their stuff at the launch Conor O’Shea has taken up the challenge of a root and branch upheaval of Italian rugby with his customary zeal, showing off passable Italian, albeit with a Limerick lilt. Sergio Parisse, such a huge figure in the Azzurri changing room, has spoken in glowing terms of his new boss, but look beyond O’Shea and you’ll see he’s assembled a coaching team from his days as a player with London Irish, with whom trust is a key ingredient.Tough task: Conor O’Shea has made a positive start in reviving ItalyAlong with Brendan Venter, the newly appointed defence coach, and attack coach Mike Catt, another former team-mate, O’Shea spearheads a cerebral trio capable of masterminding the odd Italian job on Six Nations counterparts. Rob Howley and his Welsh side will approach that first fixture with ill-disguised trepidation. The only question is, will the Italian side who beat South Africa, or capitulated against Tonga turn up? We won’t have to wait long to find out…Can being the underdog be helpful to the Wales’ psyche?In recent years, perhaps since 2011, Wales were used to striding into the Hurlingham club as favourites, or at least sharing the top billing, but for once, Wales enter the Six Nations under the radar, unfancied and with fans unsure quite what to expect from a much-changed Welsh squad.Natural born leader: Alun Wyn Jones will set the tone in campThey host the two most in-form sides in the Northern Hemisphere, and in the past, both Ireland and England have been lifted from the cacophony of noise in the cauldron of the Principality, while they face Italy, Scotland and France on their travels – all fixtures have the potential to turn the most optimistic of Welsh fans puce, but with the incentive of a Lions tour, dampened expectations, and the energy brought by seven new caps, Wales might, just might, start to play with smiles on their faces and cut loose.Is the loss of England’s big hitters a loss or opportunity?Eddie Jones is a glass half-full type, and despite missing half of his first-choice pack for the opening game, with nearly 200 caps of experience – Mako and Billy Vunipola, Chris Robshaw and a doubtful James Haskell – he prefers, instead, to focus instead on opportunities for new faces. While there is no doubt the replacements are fine players, the go-forward and work-rate of the missing four, would hurt any side.Big boots to fill: Nathan Hughes will replace Billy Vunipola at No 8Jones wants to have three players for each position leading up to the World Cup and he may well get his wish if his front-line troops keep getting crocked but it does present a silver-lining longer term. Jones, a born winner, will have prepared for all scenarios, and you can bet that if the do succumb to their first loss, he will use it to his benefit. The Six Nations launch is usually a convivial get together, bordering on the mundane, but eyebrows were raised at Eddie Jones’ almighty shiner caused, we were told, by falling in the shower in his hotel, but that wasn’t the only talking point to arise from the day. Here are seven debating points to chew over as kick-off draws ever closerWhere have all the leaders gone?Leadership has become a theme ahead of the year’s Six Nations. Eddie Jones, so long an agenda setter, mentioned a dearth of ‘leadership intensity’ beneath Dylan Hartley, very much pointing the England’s merry men were a work in progress when it comes to making taking ‘consistently smart decisions’. Wales, missing the ageless Gethin Jenkins for only the second time in 16 Six Nations Championships, will look to Alun Wyn Jones, a man very much in the natural leader bracket, yet Jones made a call-to-arms by quipping ‘followers are for Twitter’.Captain of men: Dylan Hartley has natural leadership qualitiesScotland picked up the theme with Greig Laidlaw expressing a contentment that his leadership group was been setting themselves high standards, while Rory Best and Joe Schmidt, seemed fairly content with the senior leadership group. Whether this is a growing trend of fully professional players, spoon-fed in the professional game, losing independence of thought is a moot point, but in the final throes of games over the next seven games, any shrinking violets need raise their hands.Are Ireland relaxing into their favourites tag?Depending on which bookmaker you frequent, you’ll see Ireland and England are comfortably the two sides backed to be fighting it out to be Champions in March. Usually, you ask a coach or captain if they’re favourites and they feign anything from indifference, denial, right through to downright incredulity. Ireland, far from bristling at top dog status, welcomed the tag. “We’re not worried about being favourites, we’ve always been more about the collective.” commented Rory Best.Raising expectations: Ireland’s victory over New Zealand raised eyebrowsOne nagging concern is the fitness of the talismanic Johnny Sexton, who has played little rugby in recent months and is nursing a bruised calf. With only two fly-halves – Paddy Jackson would slot in, in Sexton’s absence – an injury to Sexton would leave Munster debutant Rory Scannell a bench option, unless Ian Madigan, himself, just about on the comeback trail out in France was parachuted in. Ireland’s blockers in the pack, will be shielding Ireland’s MVP as possible, with the opposition knowing full-well, his importance as a conductor of the outfield.After Glasgow’s exertions, can Scotland maintain the feel-good factor in Europe?Vern Cotter is a man of few words at the best of times, but did at least concede that the camp was lifted by a Glasgow side that had thundered into Europe’s last eight with considerable elan. There’s no doubt Scotland are in a better place now, than when Cotter took over at Murrayfield and on paper, so can they kick on?Lifting spirits: Finn Russell and his Glasgow team-mates are in Europe’s last eightWell, along with Jonny Gray they have a backline to match of any in the tournament and the likes of Stuart Hogg, Finn Russell and Tommy Seymour who would have right to be miffed if the plane for New Zealand left without them. With three home games, there’s a growing feeling Scotland have the talent to register three wins for the first time since 2006, with Glasgow’s exploits helping to galvanise belief the squad and rid them of any inferiority complex. Scotland’s game management in the final quarters of the tournament will be crucial.Can Italy be inspired by the (London) Irish? TAGS: Highlight LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Six Nations is nearly upon us and after the glitzy launch in South-West London there were a wealth of discussion points…
Take a look at which teams are playing… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Collapse Make sure you know when, where and on… Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Sekope Kepu, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Ned Hanigan, Nick Phipps, Matt To’omua, Jack Maddocks.Michael Cheika and his Australia side emerge from a poor Rugby Championship with the pressure continuing to mount with only three wins from nine Tests and they have dropped to seventh in the world rankings.In a recent press conference he said he still backs his players and went on; “Why do I believe in them? Because I’ve seen them do it. I’ve seen them perform on a day-to-day basis here, all the staff and players. We have to be more consistent as coaches delivering the correct message to get the change we want to get and also deliver the content at training. But I’d be saying that even if we won four [Rugby Championship] matches, not two, because the goal is to win six.”At the press conference Cheika named his 31-man squad for their upcoming match against the All Blacks and their were some surprising call ups. For example, uncapped players Jed Holloway, Jake Gordon and Angus Cottrell are set to tour, and importantly Australia’s midfield gets a boost with the return of Samu Kerevi. Flanker Jack Dempsey also returns after an injury layoff.Sekope Kepu is going to collect his 100th cap for the Wallabies provided he makes the match day squad.Cheika is yet to name his full squad for their matches against Wales, Italy and England in November. We will update this page as soon as it is announced. Expand New Zealand Autumn Internationals Squad Australia Autumn Internationals SquadDavid Pocock has been declared fit to play against England this weekend after suffering a neck injury against Italy, however there is no room for Kurtley Beale who has been dropped.Matt Toomua and Bernard Foley keep their play-maker roles and Will Genia earns his 100th cap.Australia team to face England in the Autumn internationals – 24th NovemberIsrael Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Samu Kerevi, Bernard Foley, Jack Maddocks, Matt Toomua; Scott Sio, Tolu Latu, Sekope Kepu, Izack Rodda, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper (c), David Pocock.Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Jermaine Ainsley, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, Ned Hanigan, Pete Samu, Nick Phipps, Sefa Naivalu.Australia team to face Italy in the Autumn Internationals – 17th November Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Samu Kerevi, Bernard Foley, Marika Koroibete, Matt Toomua, Jake Gordon, Scott Sio, Folau Faingaa, Taniela Tupou, Izack Rodda, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper (capt), David PocockReplacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Jermaine Ainsley, Sekope Kepu, Rob Simmons, Pete Samu, Will Genia, Kurtley Beale, Dane Haylett-Petty.Australia team to face Wales in the Autumn Internationals – 10th NovemberDane Haylett-Petty; Israel Folau, Samu Kerevi, Kurtley Beale, Sefa Naivalu; Bernard Foley, Will Genia; Scott Sio, Tolu Latu, Allan Alaalatoa, Izack Rodda, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper (capt), David Pocock Tom Banks, Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Jake Gordon, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Jack Maddocks, Sefa Naivalu, Nick Phipps.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter. Expand How To Watch The 2018 Autumn Internationals Midfield Boost: The return of Samu Kerevi will give the midfield some added punch (Getty Images) Autumn International Fixtures 2018 The All Blacks have named a 51-man squad… Playing Bledisloe 3 in Yokohama, see Michael Cheika’s squad for the All Blacks below. New Zealand Autumn Internationals Squad Autumn International Fixtures 2018 How To Watch The 2018 Autumn Internationals Australia Autumn Internationals SquadFORWARDS:Jermaine Ainsley, Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Angus Cottrell, Jack Dempsey, Folau Fainga’a, Ned Hanigan, Jed Holloway, Michael Hooper (c), Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, David Pocock, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Taniela Tupou.BACKS:
Smith’s innovative ability to support his own bodyweight, latch onto ball and snaffle possession at tackle situations was an indelible feature of the Brumbies’ Super Rugby win later that year too, and individual prizes mounted up. Nine Brett Robinson Awards for Brumbies players’ player supplemented two John Eales Medals.Smith then took his talents globetrotting with Toulon, Japanese outfit Suntory Goliath and Stade Français. Tempted back to Australia when the Lions toured in 2013, he starred for the Brumbies, clinching a tenth Brett Robinson gong and earning a 111th outing against Warren Gatland’s men. This would be his last appearance for the country. Landmark: George Smith is the youngest man to play 100 Wallaby Tests, a figure he reached before age 30 The Wallabies were whacked 41-16 in that decider and Smith received a sickening head knock when colliding with Welsh hooker Richard Hibbard.However, this was not farewell for one of the most durable figures in the professional era. Smith joined Lyon in the Top 14, demonstrating versatility across the back row in a campaign that ended in relegation and impressing enough for Wasps to bring him over the Channel for the 2015-16 season. Major teams: Brumbies, Toulon, Suntory Goliath, Stade Français, Lyon, Wasps, Queensland Reds, BristolPosition: Openside flankerCountry: Australia Test span: 2000-13Test caps: 111 (93 starts)Test points: 45 (9T) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Collapse TAGS: The Greatest Players Rugby’s Greatest: John Eales All Black Richie McCaw is the greatest openside… Australia always seem to raise their game for… Expand Rugby’s Greatest: Richie McCaw Expand Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Rugby’s Greatest: John Eales Rugby’s Greatest: George SmithIn the wake of an agonising 27-22 defeat to the Chiefs in the 2013 Super 15 final, Brumbies coach Jake White saluted George Smith.“He’s a phenomena,” said the South African. It was easy to forgive the grammatical error. Over the years, Smith has certainly seemed like a plural form. Besides anything else, he has almost single-handedly altered the breakdown landscape.Signed by Eddie Jones to the Brumbies, he stormed onto the Super Rugby scene as a dreadlocked 20-year-old in 2000, making his debut against the Sharks and scoring a try in the final as the Crusaders won 20-19.A senior cap in France followed and 11 months on, the British & Irish Lions were Down Under. Smith’s reputation rocketed. The openside hauled Australia back into contention after defeat in the first Test, celebrating his 21st birthday with a Man of the Match display in the series-sealing victory at Suncorp Stadium. John Eales’s influence on rugby was so profound… Rugby’s Greatest: Richie McCaw There was still time for stints at the Reds and Bristol, where he finally brought the curtain down on his stellar career at the age of 38 in May 2019. In his recently published autobiography, Eddie Jones called him the greatest player that he has ever coached.Bowing out: Smith is tackled in one of his last professional games, for Bristol at Leicester in April 2019Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Focus: de Carpentier before an Olympic qualifier (Getty Images)If clarity does not arrive in sevens the dream scenario, he makes clear, would be to take on a gig as a back-rower in 15s, with the US and France of interest if nothing comes in England. He would want guarantees that he could return to the sevens fold in order to prepare meaningfully for possible Olympic selection.Once again de Carpentier reiterates that the current crisis is no one’s fault, and he appreciates why the programme is where it is at the moment. It is just that life decisions must be made eventually.Related: Premiership Rugby agrees salary cap cut“I completely get where the RFU are coming from,” repeats de Carpentier, who is currently living and training on the Isle of Wight. “They are a business at the end of the day. They’ve got to look after themselves and there’s no point paying people just to sit around for a year. But at the same time, this group of players has been around for six, seven years, and we don’t really break the bank with the salary – I know everything’s relative, but in comparison (to others).“The disparity in wages comparing 15s to sevens is massive. Absolutely massive. I think some of our top players could get signed at the drop of a hat in the Premiership because the (sevens) wage bill is so low.“It’s a tough one because in 15s you can speak to other clubs and negotiate with other clubs. Say I’m at Worcester and I’m playing really well, I say ‘Gloucester have offered me X, can you match this?’ And then it drives it up. But with sevens if you’re playing well for England, ‘well done’. You’re doing well but you’re not going to go and sign for Scotland or Wales.” De Carpentier could well hold on with the sevens set-up and a trip to Tokyo is a massive motivator. The global crisis brought on by coronavirus has thrown up a lot of uncertainty, painting unions into corners. Big decisions take time.Whenever the Sevens Series does return, things could be very different anyway – this is a circuit where air travel, switching hotels, eating at buffets and inter-mingling with 15 other teams is simply part of any tournament weekend.In the lead up to the Olympics, fans of Team GB will simply want as many prospects as possible to be healthy, sevens-honed and available for consideration. De Carpentier hopes he is in the running. Richard de Carpentier on the uncertainty facing sevens playersWhile we have provisional restart dates for some 15s leagues, there is pervading uncertainty over any return to World Rugby Sevens Series action. And with decisions yet to be made on the viability of tournaments in London, Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore in coming months, some athletes are weighing up big decisions on their future.England sevens prop Richard de Carpentier’s contract is up this month, after which there is the option of a rolling deal for as long as the Government’s furlough scheme lasts. With no set plans for the return of international sevens and unions holding on to assess that landscape, players like de Carpentier have to consider whether to take up other job options in 15s or hang on until the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021.This week he put out clips of his recent highlights from the sevens circuit, to show what he is capable of.“I completely get where the RFU are coming from, not being able to say whether we’ve got contracts next year, because why would they contract us?” the ex-Worcester back-row says. “It’s like having a lawnmower for an astroturf pitch – it doesn’t make sense. If there’s nothing to do, if there are no tournaments next year or there’s no return date, I get why the RFU aren’t contracting us.“When World Rugby have made a decision then the RFU can make a call. It’s tough for them but it’s tough for us as well because I can’t put wheels into motion to try to find anywhere properly for next year, being as I want to stay in sevens because of the Olympics. “If I could go and sign somewhere (in 15s), then it might limit my chance of playing sevens, therefore limiting my chance to be selected for the Olympics, which to be honest is the main goal for me.“I’ve got to find something that works around that. But then who knows? And obviously all clubs are in different spots, everyone’s suffering because of the coronavirus. There’s not a lot out there.”At the start of the season, England boss Simon Amor and de Carpentier agreed that this would be 30-year-old’s last season in sevens, with a final hurrah in Tokyo before exploring options in 15s. Moreover, he describes the build-up to the next Olympic Games as like the Last Dance for a group of England players that have been through a lot together on the circuit.However, as it stands, de Carpentier is seriously considering any option he is approached with. De Carpentier adds, pragmatically: “If the Olympics wasn’t on the horizon I would be leaving sevens this year, definitely. But that’s the goal.”Explaining his current thinking, he adds: “We’ve just had a kid. I’ve got a five-month-old baby. So it’s not the best time to be on a rolling contract that can be ended or extended. It is tough and I’m sure there are people in tougher positions, but it’s weighing up how much the Olympics means to you, to try stay around sevens, versus needing a job for next year.“I might try and get 15s gig for six months and then whenever World Rugby decide when sevens comes back then I’d try and get back to the sevens. But it’s a real tough situation to be in – for everyone.” The England forward considers the tough decisions ahead Breaking free: Richard De Carpentier in action at Twickenham. (Getty Images) 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.
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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 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 Press Release Service The Rt. Rev. William Grant Black, the seventh bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, died on July 7 of complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He was 93. Black was the son and grandson of Free Methodist (Wesleyan) ministers in the Southern Indiana/Central Illinois circuit. Born on his parents kitchen table in Muncie, Indiana, April 17, 1920, Black’s family moved from parish to parish every 2-3 years. He loved education, becoming the first person in his family to attend college, graduating from Greenville (IL) College in 1941. It is there he met the love of his life, June Mathewson. Black was working the front desk at the YMCA on the campus of the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana on Dec. 7, 1941 when he heard news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor coming over the radio. Black continued his education through the Spring, 1942 semester, then enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was sent to Infantry Office training at Fort Benning Georgia, graduating as a second lieutenant. He married June on December 3, 1942, before shipping out for the island of New Guinea with the 31st Dixie Division. Through campaigns in Aitape, Morotai and Mindanao, Black led a platoon on missions to root out the enemy in the jungles of the South Pacific. As a result of his work in these campaigns, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for valor. Black discussed his war record only reluctantly. His silver star commendation, authored by his battalion commander, noted he “wiped out several Japanese machine gun nests using hand grenades.” In these dangerous operations, he drew enemy fire on to himself as his platoon circled around behind to cut off enemy escape routes. Returning to the United States after his stint in the Army, Black returned to his work at the YMCA in Champaign, Illinois, then served for two years with the intercollegiate student Christian movement before completing his Master’s of Education at Illinois in 1952. From 1952 to 1962, Black took classes at the University of Chicago School of Divinity, earning a second bachelor’s degree in 1955, converting to the Episcopal Church in 1957 and becoming an Episcopal priest on his 42nd birthday at Rockefeller Chapel in Chicago.Black accepted the call to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Athens, Ohio in 1962, where he spent the most productive period of his professional life. In his time in Athens (1962-1973), he: served as chair of the Athens Human Relations Commission (seeking to, among other things, integrate housing), chair of the O’Bleness Regional Hospital Board project, was appointed by Ohio Governor James Rhodes to both the State Commission on Mental Health and Retardation and to the 13-state Appalachian Regional Commission – serving with two U.S. Senators, Robert Byrd (D-WV) and Ohio Senator Robert Taft (R-OH), was named “Man of the Year” in 1971 by the Southeastern Ohio Regional Commission for his work on serving the needs of the poverty-stricken in that region of Appalachia, served as a facilitator at the Carl Rogers Institute in San Diego from 1971-1972 and was named University of Chicago Divinity School Alumnus of the Year in 1972.Black moved to Cincinnati, serving as rector of the Church of our Savior, an inner-city parish with a storied past, as well as leading the effort to establish ecumenical dialogue between Christians, Jews and Muslims in Cincinnati area and serving on other Diocesan committees. He was briefly chair of the search committee for the next diocesan bishop after Bishop John Krumm announced his intention to retire. Colleagues convinced him to run for the post, so he resigned as committee chair and put his name in the hat. Elected on the fourth ballot, Black served as bishop of the 88-parish diocese from 1979 through 1992, when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 72. His major accomplishments as bishop included increasing pastoral care, strengthening relationships with the Anglican community around the globe, especially in Africa, and putting the diocese at the forefront of peace efforts through active involvement at the peace tables in Geneva, Switzerland and raising funds for the Peace Studies Chair at the Ohio State University. Black holds honorary doctoral degrees from Kenyon College (1980), Ohio University (1993) and the Hebrew Union College and Jewish Institute of Religion (1993).Long a believer that God’s grace saves us from even the worst of civilization, Black’s favorite scripture reading is from Roman’s 5:3-5 “…we triumph even in our troubles, knowing that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope – a hope which never disappoints us, since God floods our hearts through the Holy Spirit.” Long into retirement, Black continued his work in the area of dialogue between Christians, Jews and Muslims, believing that is the most promising area for continued peace and stability in the Western world. Black was preceded in death by his wife June in July of 1993. He is survived by his second wife, Frances King Mathewson Black (married, May 15, 2000), his children Greg (Ginny) Black of Danville, IN, Jan (Dave) Mortensen of Aurora, IL, and David (Kari) Black of Madison, WI, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be private. There will be a public memorial service, to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in the name of Bishop Black to Greenville College, 315 East College Avenue, Greenville, IL 62246 or the Church of the Good Shepherd “Good Earth Farm” hunger project, 64 University Terrace, Athens, Ohio 45701. Submit a Press Release Rector Martinsville, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Polly Hewitt says: July 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm Bp. Black confirmed me, and was rector in my home parish. A good man. God rest his soul, and may he be raised in Christ to the glorious company of saints…. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Belleville, IL Dave Black says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY LaRae Jordan Rutenbar says: August 18, 2013 at 12:15 am Bishop Black was a kind person, I was always welcomed at 412 Sycamore and if was close to 12:00pm he always took me to lunch. He loved Sayler Park the most west part of Cincinnati.Robert KelleySayler Park July 26, 2013 at 7:06 pm Thank you all for your kind words. I should have asked Mike Barwell to write the obit Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Anne Warrington Wilson says: Rector Tampa, FL The Rev Thomas P. Davis says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Raleigh Daniel Hairston, D.Min. Rector Retired says: August 9, 2013 at 7:38 pm Josh–this is a really lovely reminiscence of Bp. Black. He accepted me into the ordination process in 1980 and was thrilled that I came from an Episcopal/Roman Catholic family background. Your comment and the ones above it have captured the man I knew and admired. One could have really exciting conversations with him, ranging over an amazing number of topics that he delighted in connecting. Featured Events Comments (13) Josh Thomas says: August 29, 2016 at 2:57 pm of course I remember, Richard, I am glad you are doing so well and had such a wonderful career July 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm This wonderfully detailed biography of the great Bishop and pastor Bill Black somehow fails to mention the thing he was most famous for – at least in Cincinnati: he opened Church of Our Saviour, Mt. Auburn, to Gay people, decades before the rest of the Episcopal Church got its act together. Starting in the 1970s, Our Saviour hosted a fledgling MCC congregation, which met there every Sunday night despite the opposition of some in the parish and the reluctant acceptance of others. Some people were members of both churches, and Our Saviour grew as a result. For years, every time the local LGBT community had a crisis (and they often did, thanks to homophobic politicians and police), someone would call a community meeting at Our Saviour and the place would be packed. Unless you’ve experienced discrimination, you can’t know how important it is to a stigmatized group just to have a place to go. Every other church in town was closed to us – but not Fr. Black’s church; he welcomed us. How many lives did his hospitality save? How many souls were brought to Christ because of him?That’s what made his election as Bishop so amazing; “My God, they’ve elected the friend of the queers.” No one expected him to win – but by God he did. And he used his office to further the inclusion for women and LGBTs in the city, the diocese and the national Church. I should know; I was one of the Gay leaders he embraced. When the city and the Church went through excruciating Gay turmoils – including the Disease of the Century and a billionaire’s successful campaign to write homophobic discrimination into the city charter – he put us front and center. And where were those later meetings held? In Bill Black’s old church – which to this day remains, under the leadership of Mother Paula Jackson, the capital of Gay Cincinnati. We revered him. You know that word “reverend” that clergy routinely get appended to their names? It means “revered one.” I have to tell you, I’ve met a lot of reverends in my time, but not so many revered ones. But Bill Black was one – and on his death the heavenly choirs burst into song. “Forasmuch as you did it to the least of these my family…” – and that’s what we were, the very least, not even human to some people – “you did it to me.” Hallelujah! July 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm With fond memories I recall the years when I was in Lincoln Heights, Ohio as the Rector of St. Simon of Cyrene Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Southern Ohio when the late William “Bill” Black was elected as Diocesan Bishop. He was well loved in the Diocese, served well, and did a creditable job while I was present there. My prayers and sympathies are with his family and loved ones. May his soul rest in peace, and someday rise in glory with our Lord Jesus the Christ. Posted Jul 8, 2013 Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Obituary, House of Bishops, Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 July 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm Bill was a wonderful friend and a caring Bishop. I will miss him greatly. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Mike Barwell says: Dave Black says: Karen Strand Winslow says: Robert Kelley says: Rector Smithfield, NC September 29, 2013 at 10:47 am Bishop Black was the answer to my prayers for my task of raising funds for the Chair of Jewish Christian Studies at Greenville College. We met one Sunday on the steps of Hogue Hall and thereafter became fast friends. He was able to help me establish the Samuel Sandmel lectureship at Greenville College by providing funds that were then matched by the Shapiro Foundation of Chicago, which then led to a huge increase of required amount for the Chair and the Jewish-Christian Studies program. Through all our meetings and conversations we grew in respect and fondness. He came to my GC classes and told the stories of his life as FM, as an episcopal priest, as a Bishop, as a friend of people of other faiths, as a family man.Later, after we moved, he sent me letters that he had sent to his family with handwritten copies of prayers from the BCP that I still have on my refrigerator and in my devotional books. One of the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do was tell him we were moving to California.We maintained contact by snail mail–he gave up on email! I knew that someday he would pass to behold the face of his father in heaven and I feared I would not know. This did indeed happen. I learned through the Greenville Response about his passing to glory and was reduced to great grief. Unlike Charles Wesley, I love life on earth and Bishop Black did as well. But we know he is seeing God in a new way, and, as with all our passed on loved ones, we rejoice for him. My prayers are with his family, which he loved so much. Karen Strand Winslow, Azusa Pacific University. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS July 21, 2013 at 10:01 am Bishop Black was my rector in Athens during the turbulent late ’60s. The Church of the Good Shepherd had a vibrant youth ministry under the leadership of Edward (Ned) Daughterty, who exposed us to political activism, community service — and even better, foreign films! It was a wonderful environment that had a lasting and profound impact on my life. November 9, 2014 at 9:55 pm This is a very late posting. I just saw the news of your dad’s passing David. I was a student at Ohio U from ’63-’67, member of the student Episcopal youth group and an active member of the Good Shepherd. Your father had a profound effect on my faith, and mentored me through some difficult family times. I moved back to my home in Canada after graduation. in the 1980s my family and I became missionaries to the Middle East. Your dad flew out to visit us there as part of his keen interest in Muslim-Christian relations. He generously supported our mission work. After our years there both my wife Linda and I entered seminary in Toronto graduating in 94. . This past spring we retired from parish ministr in the Diocese of Algoma, Ontario. We of course will continue to be active, just as your dad was. David, your father was instrumental in shaping my Christian walk. He was the kind of compassionate pastor and priest I have always aspired to be. He was, quite literally, a father-figure to me. God bless you Bill Black ! Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL 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 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Course Director Jerusalem, Israel People Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector Columbus, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 July 9, 2013 at 11:29 am Bill was a fascinating man who was more than a “boss” — he was a mentor, colleague and friend for many years. He hired me in 1986 as communications director for the diocese and almost immediately pushed me out the door to explore the worldwide church as well as cover the diocese. With his encouragement and enthusiastic blessing, I covered or staffed dozens of national and international conferences and my travels over 12 years took me all over the U.S., and to Africa, England and Russia, among other places. I accompanied him to Egypt and the Middle East in 1989 to write about his passion for creating “trialogue” between Christians, Jews and Muslims. Sometimes controversial (he once said he thought his job as bishop was to walk along the street and throw cherry bombs into the little fenced-in yards we call churches to see who would come out and yell at him!), he was incredibly well-read, interested in everything, willing to challenge conventional thinking, and at heart an evengelical in the best sense of the word. He opened my eyes to a large and beautiful world and to dozens of places, people and issues I might never have explored, met, or considered. In our lives we sometimes are privileged to encounter people who change us forever; Bill Black was one of those important people for me. I shall miss him.Mike Barwell Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Bath, NC August 31, 2013 at 8:32 am Bishop Black mentored me as I was caught between Dioceses and a nightmare of a diocese who wouldn’t ordain women and another diocese that wanted me to go through their entire process. Bp. Black was one of the kindest and courageous Bishops I have ever known. The church has lost a great advocate and leader. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Fr. 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Mari-Lou Triebenbach says: September 7, 2013 at 7:24 am In disputes involving the PB and her leadership I am inclined to trust the other party. I see an ever increasing desire for control and the elimination of independent decision-making that might be at odds with her agenda. Dissent is not tolerated. Those who do so are usually especially vilified. It was Bishop Charles Jenkins (Lousiana, retired) who commented some years ago about the Episcopal Church becoming a “monobloc that does not tolerate dissent” – sadly this has become true and it seems that the UTO is the victim of another take over. Kudos to those who have stood up and said “NO.” Rev. James Wilson says: September 6, 2013 at 9:31 pm As I read through these documents, I see that the members of the board represent provinces of the Episcopal Church. But no where that I saw were the specific provincial reps identified. Is there a reason for that? Why were they not identified? Why is it that we need to “lawyer up” before we can talk in the church these day? This is very sad to me. Tags Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 September 9, 2013 at 10:10 am Does your post help, Joseph? Do you have a legitimate basis for your claims? And are you an Episcopalian or merely someone who wishes to stir up trouble? September 10, 2013 at 5:53 pm That’s right, Doug. It seems that ANY disagreement with decisions made at 815 earns you an ‘anti-TEC’ label by Ron Caldwell. October 7, 2013 at 9:28 pm My name is Patricia (Patty) Tourangeau, and I write to offer my perspective and experience to this conversation. That perspective and experience comes from having served for six years (2003-09) as Finance Officer on the UTO Board. Previous to that I had served as Treasurer for the ECW Board for six years, from 1997-2003.During those twelve years of service and ministry I spent substantial amounts of time working with the finance department/staff at the Church Center in New York City, keeping accurate and open financial records for both organizations. Beginning in October of 2007, however, It became harder and harder for me to do this. Indeed, after Joanne Chapman retired from her Church Center staff position as UTO Coordinator and liaison with the UTO Board in 2007 it became harder for all members of the Board to do what we had been elected to do. Beginning in December 2007 I experienced numerous insinuations that I was “authorizing expenditures of the UTO fund inappropriately”, coming from Church Center leadership: the new UTO Coordinator and her supervisors (not the behind-the-scenes clerical staff).In December 2007 the Executive Committee of the UTO Board was informed, by the new UTO Coordinator, that she (and staff that she and Church Center staff would hire) would be more knowledgeable and better informed to administer UTO funds and approve the “right kind” of grants (implying that the UTO Board were NOT so qualified and WERE “out of step” with Church Center priorities). This new Coordinator informed me that she was now the person who would develop the budget and administer income from the Trust Funds. These Trust Funds were given and specifically designated to provide operation funds by which the UTO Board could perform its ministry throughout the Church.December 2007 marks the first “official” indication that there was an administrative intention to eliminate the UTO Board from their historic role of stewardship of Trust Fund income and the decision-making process regarding the distribution of that income, as well as from their role in the Ingathering granting process. I must add, however, that I had heard this hinted at in June of 2007 while on a trip to the Philippines (representing the UTO President), to represent the UTO Board at the final meeting of the Joint Committee on the Philippine Covenant (JCPC).Early in 2008 I had a conversation with Judy Gillespie, who had served as the UTO Coordinator in 1985. During our conversation Judy told me that when the Memorial and Gift Trust Fund was established it was set up for the use of the UTO Board and was not intended to pay any “salaries” for Church Center staff, even the UTO Coordinator. Judy was very surprised that UTO was providing 20% (around $35,000.00) of the Coordinator’s salary and benefits (2007). My understanding is that now the UTO contributes approximately $100.000 toward this salary & benefits. Judy also mentioned she had worked on the wording for the Memorial & Gift Trust Fund, and the money was to be used solely for the travel and expenses of the UTO Board members to do the work they were elected to do.I had hoped this was all settled with the agreements between Executive Council and the UTO Board, and the vote of General Convention in 2012. I am, however sadly, not surprised that authorities at the Church Center continue a program of neutralizing and disregarding the elected members of the UTO Board.The Women’s Auxiliary was established almost 125 ago and has been doing mission in Jesus’ name and under the banner of The Episcopal Church throughout the world and the Anglican Communion for those 125 years. People outside the USA might not know of The Episcopal Church, but they certainly do know of the United Thank Offering!! This is all thanks to Women in the Pew, giving thanks for God’s daily blessing and incarnating that Thanksgiving through their offerings of time, talent, treasure and self.I have heard over and over again the frustration of UTO Board members and others who ask in one way or another, “Why are the funds gathered through the UTO Ingathering decreasing?” Certainly, for a time, the church-wide response to one natural disaster or another (e.g. Hurricane Katrina) and our recent economic circumstances account for a portion of that decline. In some quarters there may even be significant doubt about the direction of this Church. But the major reason, I believe, is because of the efforts since 2007, on the part of individuals at the Church Center in New York to neutralize and dismiss the UTO Board and any voice the Women in the Pew have in the mission of the Church by their prayers and coins dropped in their Blue Boxes and then gathered in and granted through the United Thank Offering Grants each year. Indeed, there are men who are very active in this mission work and who daily give thanks and put coins in the Blue Boxes; men have even served on the UTO Board many years ago (!), and so it should be noted that the decision taken to neutralize and dismiss this “Women’s” ministry in fact reaches beyond gender to all who support the UTO effort from their pew at each service held in an Episcopal Church in all nine provinces of this Church.My husband, a priest of this Church and sometimes less diplomatic than I, has his own perspective on what is going on. Having lived with me throughout these years, read letters and listened to telephone conversations and been trailing spouse to more than one Board meeting (tacked on to a family vacation), driven me to Chicago to get my passport renewed at the last minute, and supported my ministry in numerous ways, has likened this entire turn of events to an “ecclesiastical purse snatching”.But that’s my husband. For myself, I pray that the newly proposed By Laws are not accepted, and that a respectful and gracious way is found the UTO Board to continue to serve and be served by the Women in the Pew as Board members as well as prayerful and thankful givers. That said, at this point I believe it would be better for the UTO Board to be its own 501(c) 3 corporation. I continue to pray for the UTO Board until this is settled once and for all!God’s Blessing,Patty Tourangeau(UTO Finance Office 2003-2009) September 9, 2013 at 10:05 am Are your comments helpful, George? September 7, 2013 at 11:44 am Are we lawyers or servants of Christ? What is 815? This is an old, old argument. Read all about it in Mary Sudman Donovan’s A DIFFERENT CALL. Perhaps the UTO should be incorporated separately from TEC, then the legal niceties will be followed and the independence of the UTO Board will be honored. We are on the same team but as Robert Frost pointed out “good fences make good neighbors.” This is not supposed to be a church organized along the lines of the Roman army but a fellowship, not an outgrowth of the American Bar Association but a spiritual family that honors the views and independence of both its members and its neighbors. I have seen little of either out of 815. 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Jane Boram says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Ian Montgomery says: By ENS staffPosted Sep 6, 2013 Milton Finch says: Rector Smithfield, NC 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 Rector Belleville, IL September 7, 2013 at 6:41 pm Let us all pray for the protection of this beautiful program that enables we people in the pews to feel an intimate part in the missionary arm , thus taking the WORD to where it is need while we strengthen our personal prayer lives. Rector Pittsburgh, PA September 8, 2013 at 5:32 pm As a priest of the church and long-time supporter of the UTO, I find it interesting anddistasteful that the “power structure” of the church should engage the UTO board in the wayit has. Surely the P. B. and the Executive Council and others responsible for this situation shouldsit down and try to work out a solution that gives the Church Women control and oversightof the UTO. Its legal or tax status should be set up to satisfy the ECW and legal requirementsregarding tax status. Where is the Christian leadership and Christ like compassion for allconcerned? Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Joseph F Foster says: Marc Kivel says: Sue Triebenbach says: Comments navigation Newer comments Marc Kivel says: September 9, 2013 at 8:05 am You have a point about the polarization and automatic, sometimes unthinking, opposition. However, it seems to me that you in your various comments tend strongly to automatically support and be an apololgist for anything the National Headquarters wants to do and the means they try to do it with. Ken Brannon says: Marc Kivel says: September 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm As a former member of the National UTO Board I am very upset with the responses to the resignations. The Executive Council and the General Convention, 2012, approved the new bylaws for the UTO. The UTO Board also approved them. Now the group of 5 at 815 is presenting new revisions? As I understand it the Episcopal Church Women are removed from any part of UTO. The ECW in the 9 provinces elects the members to the UTO Board. While I was on the Board,we complied with every regulation of DFMS. So why all the “new directions” from 815? The Memorial & Gift Trust Fund of the UTO, consists of gifts and memorials to be used for the operating expenses of the UTO Board. These monies have accumulated over many years and to my knowledge have never been misused. The resignation of Dr. Sumners is a great lost to the UTO Board. Director of Music Morristown, NJ September 9, 2013 at 10:23 am Thanks, Marc. The phrase “entrenched interests” is meant to refer to an organization’s natural resistance to change, not the character or integrity of members of the board. Canon Ngijoe Joseph of Cameroon says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID September 7, 2013 at 7:52 pm I’m glad that Mary Roehrich has reminded us of Mary Donovan’s book, “A Different Call” which recovered to memory the remarkable ministries of women that took place long before we sanctioned the ordination of women. It’s been a while since I’ve consulted it, but I do remember that according to “A Different Call”, the UTO was developed specifically to give the women of the church, through its organizations, the autonomy needed to spend some of the funds raised for the church by the women. Until that time it was the Mission Board, which was the DFMS Council, composed exclusively of men, who determined how those funds were to be given. It may well be true that legal developments since then mean that the relationship between the TEC and the UTO needs to be reconsidered. I find this all confusing reading, to be honest. But, at the very least, there appears to have been a serious breakdown in communication. And I must say that from my perspective, it looks like organization legalities have taken precedence over tradition and respect for the UTO’s remarkable ministry. Yes, there is a sense that the UTO has “always” been a ministry of the entire church in that the UTO offers this program on behalf of the church. But I wonder about whether the cause of legal and organizational tidiness need trample the competent, devoted work shown by the UTO board and staff and the thousands of women whose blue boxes have funded its ministries. As a professional lay woman church worker, I received the only program funds I had to work with from the UTO. The monies came with the personal interest of the woman at 815 who administered it and to whom it was a great pleasure to write reports about the progress of the ministry in which I was engaged. It wasn’t only the money; it was the personal interest and support shown. I’d hate for that to be lost. September 8, 2013 at 9:35 am The term “entrenched interests” is perhaps not the best way to characterize the UTO Board? Press Release Service September 7, 2013 at 11:09 pm I don’t get the issue at hand. The UTO is an Episcopcal Church entity to me. When I give annually to the UTO it’s for the use of the Episcopal Church. so what is the issue that has raised feathers ? is it that the PB is looking to govern and have some additional TEC governance ? Comments navigation Newer comments George Bergoglio says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 September 7, 2013 at 12:02 am So, as Title Four placed all the power in the hands of a few and they can use it any way they wish, because it is a circle, so this puts 14 and a half million dollars in the hands of a few and no questions asked because it is the UTO and it begins with thanksgiving? Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY September 7, 2013 at 11:10 pm This is not related to the topic at hand Rector Martinsville, VA September 8, 2013 at 9:34 am Agreed… griselda delgado says: Doug Desper says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Doug Desper says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis September 7, 2013 at 12:51 am As a woman who has been active in the Church on the local level, and the National level as well as at the Provincial level, I have found Ellen Sumners to be a knowledgeable person. She is a great leader and is very hospitable. If she found the document one sided and felt devastated and betrayed, something is wrong with the document. If Bylaws were accepted in 2011, why are new bylaws needed now? In reading the Presiding Bishop’s statement saying she is distressed and that the resignations of the women “appear to be the result of grave suspicion and the attribution of inappropriate and unhelpful motives,” I wonder if she has even seen or read the proposed drastic changes to the Bylaws that (in part) caused 3 strong leaders in the church to resign. I have seen and heard Stacy Sauls speak, and I have concerns about him, what he has said and his motives. Please remember that the: “INC-055 AdHoc committee report said: We believe that the United Thank Offering must continue to be autonomous but interdependent as regards the corporate entity that constitutes The Episcopal Church.” In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit an Event Listing September 9, 2013 at 8:14 am John Neir writes in response to a comment on the request for a full accounting of costs of litigation that “This is not related to the topic at hand.” Don’t be naïve. It is if the General Headquarters of the Episcopal Church are desperate for money. Remember St. Paul (in I Corinthians, I believe) told us to be as innocent as babes but as wise as serpents. September 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm Seize the assets, silence dissent and centralize authority. That’s the way to run a church. September 9, 2013 at 9:58 am John, there are significant good-faith differences of opinion among loyal Episcopalians as to the proper roles, relationships, and responsibilities of the Executive Committee corporately and of its ex officio members to the Church as a whole as represented in General Convention. I offer my personal opinion that the concerns by former and current members of the UTO Board expressed in this matter are more a symptom of a pattern of pastoral and political tone-deafness on the part of the Executive Committee and its staff resulting in a push back which triggers defensiveness on the Executive Committee’s (and their staff’s) part. While I can appreciate and applaud reviewing and bringing the Church organization into conformance with common corporate law principles and practice, HOW one goes about it, particularly given the voluntary and long-term history of the UTO in loyal support of TEC, is at least, if not more, important. Marc Kivel says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Susan Mills says: Marc Kivel says: Featured Events Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, Ron Caldwell says: Comments are closed. The Rev. Vicki T. Burgess says: September 9, 2013 at 9:45 am I understand the need to make by-laws, canons, written procedures and such reflect legal realities and the proper structure under which a body can operate well, transparently and acknowledging accurate accountability. My parish has done it as has my diocese; we attempt it at General Convention. There’s that undisputable goal… and then there’s the reality of gathering all the players to begin to accomplish that task together. Church work is ALL about the process and whatever goal is at the end is, at best, accomplished in a way that fosters love and growth of the individuals involved. It can be a long process as there are always stories to be heard and assumptions that must be explored and expectations voiced about what everyone is “up to” and wants to happen in the task. It typically takes a long time to air all that and to reach the true place of beginning what some may think is a cut-and-dried task of re-writing the rules. Whatever happened with the resigning UTO board members dropping out of that process is regrettable and leaves me wondering where that process broke down, was it truly the end of what should have been a collaborative effort to reach some agreed-upon goals, and how can the process begin again in a way that does not leave it looking like the Executive Council has shut down collaboration? Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Elizabeth l. Phillips says: September 10, 2013 at 10:22 am Some of the documents released imply that the DFMS has already been refusing to give grant money to those the UTO board chooses. If true, I think it bodes very poorly for the future if these bylaws are passed and the UTO board become nothing more than advisors. TEC will do whatever it wants with the money with nobody able to stop them. September 7, 2013 at 2:39 pm Ron – I’m 100% pro-Episcopal. I chose very intentionally to be in my church and I serve devotedly. I do not, however, have to agree with heavy-handed and graceless tactics as a loyalty test. Your comment is fairly dismissive to people of good conscience who do not deserve the “anti–” label. September 10, 2013 at 10:00 am I’ve served the church for a very long time, first as a layperson, as a deacon, then as a priest, for thirty-six years (and still serving). The UTO has been an important part of my life in the Episcopal Church. I support this ministry whole-heartedly.My question is why? Why the need to change further the changes made in 2012? What is so broken that it needs such drastic “fixing?”Yes, I believe the church must be an organism where transparency and clarity are the norm. However, even after the PB’s statement, the linked documents, the letter of resignation of UTO Board Members, the comments of faithful Episcopalians, I fail to see clearly the reasons for further change. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ September 12, 2013 at 11:32 am This is yet another reason why religion is shrinking; you can be sure that the Red Cross doesn’t have to deal with this level of pettiness. Anyone trying to do half of this nonsense, and then dress it up in terms of “caring”, would be shown the door by the end of the working day. Rector Shreveport, LA September 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2013/09/13/thoughts-from-a-united-thank-offering-board-member/ John Neir says: Rector Knoxville, TN September 13, 2013 at 7:10 am I offer the thought, Mike, that many of us dislike change and many of us only choose change when change cannot be avoided – I find that goes for organizations as well as myself. I do not believe I know enough to speak for or against the proposed changes other than to note the UTO Board appears to have done very worthy service for TEC for many years without the current proposed changes. Of more concern to me is how we work with others in the midst of change: it is an opportunity to walk our Christ talk, to let the world “see how much they love one another.” I believe, perhaps wrongly, we as a faith community have acquired some bad habits from our surroundings – we seem to be forgetting the injunction to be in the world but not of it. While I deeply appreciate the need for compliance with secular laws as a disestablished church in a democratic republic, it seems we expend a great deal of time, talent, and treasure in secular legal matters rather than in serving Christ – I only ask, is there not an alternative? Might we as a church consider learning from our brethren in the Peace Churches ways of resolving issues in the leading of the Holy Spirit without first recourse to civil law? I do not dispute our need to comply with relevant local, state, and federal laws – I ask only, among ourselves, if that secular law should be our bond one to the other as Christians? [Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori issued a statement Sept. 6 regarding the recent resignation of four United Thank Offering board members in response to a draft revision of UTO’s bylaws.“The resignations of several members of the United Thank Offering board in the past few days deeply distress me. They appear to be the result of grave suspicion and the attribution of inappropriate and unhelpful motives,” the presiding bishop said.“The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS), and its elected and official leadership … have no intention of divesting the United Thank Offering of its funds or applying excessive controls to its practices. Our goal is the one that has continued from the beginning of this United Offering – to relieve suffering and help to build a series of ministries that ‘proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,’” she added.The presiding bishop’s statement came after two of the resigning board members – Robin Sumners and Barbi Tinder – issued a public declaration on Sept. 3 saying that under the proposed new bylaws they believe “the United Thank Offering board will possibly be rendered powerless and voiceless by Episcopal Church leadership.”“The abuse of power seems staggering. With the revision of bylaws written by DFMS leadership, anticipated to be presented to the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church in October 2013, the current United Thank Offering board, representing 125 years of service, will cease to exist,” the statement said.The presiding bishop, in her statement, sought to clarify that the United Thank Offering is “a ministry of the whole church, and has been overseen since its beginning through members of the Episcopal Church Women and mission staff of the DFMS. It is not, and has never been, a separate corporation, and the current state of law in the United States (where the DFMS is incorporated) requires accountable connections with the corporation which holds non-profit status. That reality prompted a clarification of relationships between the United Thank Offering and the DFMS, with work begun in Executive Council in 2008.”That work has continued, the presiding bishop added, and the most recent conversations have centered on “bringing the operating procedures into compliance with both federal law and with DFMS policies, and developing a memorandum of understanding between the two bodies. That work is not finished, and unfortunately the recent resignation of several United Thank Offering board members purported that those conversations were closed. We anticipate continued developmental work on those agreements and procedures, and look forward to continuing these conversations with the remaining board members, and the new members, when they are named. The goal of all this long work is to the continued existence and thriving of the ministry of the United Thank Offering. We fervently pray for a healed world, and the United Thank Offering is a very important way in which the year of the Lord’s favor must continue to be proclaimed.”Jefferts Schori called a meeting with UTO board members and DFMS staff on July 15 at the Episcopal Church Center in New York, during which time she appointed a committee to work with Tinder, who was at the time the UTO board president, and three other board members to revise the UTO bylaws approved by Executive Council in October 2011 and adopted by General Convention in 2012.“As we prepared for the joint meeting called by Bishop Katharine in July, we began to review all of the pertinent documents to understand the present structure by which the UTO board was operating,” said Paul Nix, legal counsel for the Episcopal Church and a member of the committee appointed by Jefferts Schori.“The review of their bylaws raised several questions about various provisions which did not appear to reflect the actual structure of the board as it had been and was presently operating. There were also provisions we simply needed to discuss to fully understand their intent and how they were actually being applied. Thus, we placed a discussion item about the bylaws on the first meeting’s agenda. We also all anticipated that a new memorandum of understanding needed to be drafted, so that was placed on the agenda as well.”Also serving on the committee with Nix, are Bishop Stacy Sauls, chief operating officer; Heather Melton, who has served as the UTO coordinator on the DFMS staff since June; and Steve Hutchinson, who serves as the chair of the Executive Council Joint Standing Committee on Governance and Administration for Mission and as chancellor of the Diocese of Utah.In addition to Tinder and Sumners, Georgie White and Dena Lee were chosen on July 15 to represent the UTO board.“All seemed quite willing to participate,” said Nix. “At the end of our second session in August, Robin Sumners agreed to serve as my main point of contact to work towards trying to reach a mutual agreement about the bylaws revisions and the memorandum of understanding created in time for the UTO board to approve them at their Sept. 26 meeting. This approval would then allow the Executive Council to consider the documents for possible final approval at its October meeting to be held in Chicago.The second meeting of the committee and the designated UTO board members took place at the Church Center on Aug. 1 and was a “brainstorming session,” said Sumners, who resigned from the UTO board on Sept. 3 and who served as its communications convener, during a Sept. 6 phone interview with ENS.During the Aug. 1 meeting, Sumners said, the UTO board members stressed the importance of autonomy and UTO maintaining control of its communications, grant making and oversight of funds.On Aug. 29, Sumners received a draft of the revised bylaws from Nix. She shared them with the rest of the UTO board.The draft revised bylaws would put the “United Thank Offering Board entirely under the control of the Chief Operating Officer of DFMS and removes all autonomous functioning from the board,” she said, adding that they would remove the board’s oversight of funds, its responsibility for communications, and would dissolve the relationship between UTO and the Episcopal Church Women.Sumners felt betrayed, she said, when she received the draft revised bylaws and for that reason she and the others resigned in protest.The other two resigning board members are Georgie White, who served as the convener of the continuing review committee and who represented Asia and Pacific, and Secretary Renee Haney, representing Province 7, Sumners confirmed.(The UTO board consists of one member from each of the nine provinces in the Episcopal Church plus three additional appointed members.)A more detailed explanation of events is included in a supporting document prepared by church center staff and released Sept. 6 along with the presiding bishop’s statement.The document explains that there “is not now, nor has there ever been, an attempt to ‘take over’ the United Thank Offering or to sever its ties with the Episcopal Church Women.” The document underscores that the UTO is a ministry of vital importance, squashes any rumors that there has been a misappropriation of funds, and that “100% of the annual gifts of the people of the church will continue to be used for making grants … None of these funds were ever entrusted to the UTO board or the committee that preceded it. DFMS is charged with the fiduciary oversight of those funds for the benefit of the United Thank Offering, not its board, and is legally obligated to use those funds for no other purpose. It has not, and it will not.”And finally, the document said, “it is necessary that certain obligations be fulfilled by the DFMS rather than the board because the board is not a corporation and cannot assume any legal responsibility or liability. That is borne entirely by DFMS, its officers, and its board, the Executive Council. These obligations include personnel management and the fiduciary responsibilities for the appropriate use of trust funds, as already mentioned. New bylaws and a Memorandum of Understanding were being considered by the board and DFMS to recognize and implement these legal responsibilities.”UTO is considered a board included in the church’s Committees, Commissions, Agencies and Boards (CCABs). UTO was established in 1889 as the United Offering by the Women’s Auxiliary to the Board of Missions and primarily supported the work of women missionaries. UTO later broadened its emphasis to include all areas of the church’s work.UTO suggests that people should daily pray and give in recognition of their daily thanks for what God has given them. Oftentimes, the people whom the UTO calls “thankful givers” supplement their daily contributions before sending the money to UTO either individually or through a process known as the diocesan in-gathering. The UTO believes that thankful giving spiritually unites the givers with the people who benefit from their gifts.Since the Sept. 3 resignations, senior church leadership – including President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, General Convention Executive Officer Canon Michael Barlowe, and Sauls – have been reaching out to the UTO board through its new president, Barbara Shafer, and to the Episcopal Church Women through its president, Nancy Crawford, to consult on the resignations and other matters of concern about the board’s functioning, at least under its previous leadership, according to a supporting document prepared by DMFS staff released with Jefferts Schori’s Sept. 6 statement.Discussion dates back to 2008A study group was formed in October 2008 to conduct a “serious and extensive” study of the UTO. The council’s request resulted from a series of conversations that began in January 2008 and centered on the need to clarify the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s legal relationship with UTO. (The DFMS is the church’s corporate legal entity.)The Executive Council, at its October 2011 meeting, welcomed a report from the UTO study group saying that the group and the UTO have developed a much closer working relationship and have resolved many of the concerns that prompted the study.Mark Harris, who chaired the study group and was a member of Executive Council, said at the time: “We discovered that, in the process of doing this work, we rebuilt confidence between the two organizations.” Harris adding that a new set of bylaws passed by the UTO board in September 2011 “straightened out most of the issues that had to do with structure in ways that both satisfied the UTO and satisfied the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.”That work was the result of a two-year effort to clarify the organization’s relationship to the church, explore ways to increase giving to the UTO, ways to make UTO better known to others in the church and ways to expand the organization’s approach to funding mission activities. Marc Kivel says: Rector Bath, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL September 12, 2013 at 2:19 pm All valid questions, Ted. I do not believe there is any one particular reason for TEC members’ emigration; I note that it is not solely seen in TEC, either. You ask, “Why emulate the Romans?” Yet some of those leaving TEC over the issue of local vs. national control of property, scriptural hermeneutics, and hierarchical authority are advocating a Presbyterian or Congregationalist governance form (and an extremely evangelical understanding of religion) which should raise a few questions as well. Speaking solely for myself, I find myself wondering if our 400 year Anglican swing between Catholic and Evangelical poles might benefit by being infused with Eastern Orthodox willingness to acknowledge the creations and thoughts of fallible men may not have the definitive Truth – that’s God’s bailiwick, or require a formal immediate decision absent consensus?There is also the Celtic church from before Augustine of Canterbury and the Synod of Whitby – perhaps there are places where regular diocesan and parish organization is no longer helpful and a neo-monastic missional community would be a more faithful witness of TEC and Our Lord? We are a very large country and the cost of centralized administration and the huge variances of needs, socioeconomic conditions, and pastoral concerns might benefit from fewer dioceses and more small missional communities overseen by missionary bishops without cathedrals ….And finally, perhaps we also need to look to the Mother faith – Judaism, for some lessons on daily individual living into our baptismal covenant? Perhaps we need to ask, “How do we create and encourage distinctive Episcopalian living in our homes and not only our churches?” TEC has much to offer, but perhaps we need be less concerned about those leaving and more concerned for strengthening the loyal remnant? Chris Harwood says: September 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm Healthy organizations have clear and accountable systems. Aligning an organization’s functioning with the rules that undergird it can actually be an act of love. I am tired of the “law vs. love” argument; those who study the scriptures know that love and law are interdependent. I imagine that two things may be happening here: 1) Entrenched interests are being disturbed causing fear and discomfort; 2) TEC leadership is moving too quickly and analytically for the flesh and blood human beings involved in the process. What to do now? 1) Fear not and 2) slow down. Marc Kivel says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET United Thank Offering John Neir says: September 7, 2013 at 8:19 am It’s sad to see such mis-understanding and possibly a “rush to judgment” by some of the UTO Board members … from a layperosn’s perspective, I can only say how appreciated UTO funds are in countries like CUBA, where a passenger mini-bus was purchased w/ such funds for the Sacred Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Havanna. That bus took several of us then-EPF-ers (Episcopal Peace Felowship) in 2000 to outlying mission-fields around Havanna so the then Dean of the Cathedral could minister to the poor peasants, children and farmers there. It also transported us to the awesome work done at the State-run-Mental Hospital in Havanna where ballet & baseball therapy, as well as a full orchestra and theatre group help bring healing to residents. Thanks Be to God for UTO! I hope its work continues and its structure supports its mission. George Waite says: September 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm We need UTO independence to continue to assist the poorest women of African churches in Jesus name. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group September 11, 2013 at 12:02 am Yes, George has made his point a bit crudely, but right down to the quick of things. Why emulate the Romans? Why are parishes, priests, and bishops leaving the National Episcopal Church? 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 Comments (42) Fr. Gaylord Hitchcock says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest September 6, 2013 at 11:07 pm TO THE WHOLE CHURCH: STARTING NOW, LET US DEVOTE OURSELVES TO CONDUCTING OUR DISCOURSE AND MAKING ARRANGEMENTS TO THE INCLUSION OF LOVE. FOREGO OR FORGET THE LAW. WE HAVE ALWAYS LOVED EACH OTHER. THE UNITED THANK OFFERING BEGINS AS A THANKSGIVING, IT DOESN’T DESERVE ANY DISSENSION. Joseph F Foster says: Church, presiding bishop respond to UTO resignations Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Alda Morgan says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Press Release September 9, 2013 at 10:04 am My only question, Father James: do the Constitution and Canons of TEC allow the Executive to undertake your thoughtful proposed actions without prior approval by the General Convention? Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ted Peykoff says: Rector Washington, DC Mary Roehrich says: Patricia Tourangeau says: Ken Brannon says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel September 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm Esperamos en que los corazones de quienes trabjan y sirven en la UTO, sean guiados por la fuerza del Espiritu Santo. Y cada corazon vele por los que necesitan grandemente un apoyo. Damos gracias a Dios por su apoyo solidario a la Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba a traves de los anios. Con las diferentes contribuciones de la UTO, nuestra Iglesia pudo levantar las construcciones de edificios, reparar antiguos templos, obtener vehiculos para el trabajo diocesano. De esta manera se hace viva la Palabra del Evangelio de Jesus. Dios en su gracia, guie el trabajo de la UTO para los proximos tiempos. +Griselda Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Jobs & Calls September 7, 2013 at 2:35 pm I recall that not so long ago 8 bishops (retired and active) requested a full and plain accounting for all of the litigation costs to date associated with dissenting/departing clergy, parishes and dioceses. To my knowledge we are still waiting on that. Perhaps this accounts for some of the suspicion regarding the seismic shift in UTO authority and accountability. September 6, 2013 at 10:05 pm What appears to be a power struggle (or, better, an autonomy struggle) is very damaging. I doubt that too many Episcopalians care much about who holds legal title to unexpended UTO monies. I think that many, if not most, active Episcopalians care a great deal for the capacity of the UTO leadership to identify and fund opportunities for Mission and Ministry that, for one reason or another, might not make it through the cheese cloth at the Episcopal Church Center. Valuing the UTO as I do, as a priest of many years’ standing, I think it would be tragic for its Board to be placed entirely under the control of the Chief Operating Officer of the DFMS (read “Presiding Bishop,,” whoever he or she may be.) This “tidying up” of the By-Laws risks the very future of the UTO, the Women of the Church, and an important source of needed funds for mission and ministry. September 7, 2013 at 10:55 am Thanks ENS staff for this article. The more information we get on this subject the better. Unfortunately, the atmosphere between the anti and pro Episcopal Church parties has become so poisoned that any and every act of the Presiding Bishop is automatically seen as malevolent by her detractors. It is rather like the Republicans and President Obama. Virtually everything he is for, they are against in advance. Of course they are now in a quandary because the people who were aggressive militarists under Dubya and had no problem with a “preemptive” (aggressive) war have to choose between their past attitudes and supporting Obama on Syria. Apparently most cannot get beyond their hate for the President. Even in the state where I live, and in the nearby states, governors and legislatures are deliberately cutting off millions of desperately poor people from Medicaid because they can’t stand Obamacare; and it’s the “Obama” part of that they won’t accept. Have we become so polarized in this country, are we so divided in our church that we are resolved to demonize in advance the other side? If so, it would be a suicidal betrayal of both democracy and Christianity. Marc Kivel says: September 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm Having read the article, and the referenced document with addenda, I’m left with the impression, possibly mistaken, that the Church executives at 815 need to step away from their corporate mentality and consider that we Episcopalians are a part of the body of Christ; consequently, the folks in the executive offices are called (and compensated) to be the servants of the body, not the governors. While Church Executives are undoubtedly trying to do the right things from a legal and business standpoint, it appears they have forgotten the pastoral and political obligations that attend their work….I would hope that this causes the Committee re-visioning TEC for this century to investigate this event and draw lessons relevant to their charge.I do believe Mary Roehrich offers one thoughtful way forward – have UTO incorporate itself and have DFMS transfer all funds to UTO’s direct oversight and care. Perhaps the DFMS might be given one seat ex-officio on the Board to be a contact with the Church. I should think the release of the liability, staffing, and oversight functions to a stand alone UTO would improve the DFMS balance sheet and also signal the recognition that subsidiarity AND alliances are a hallmark of our Church in the 21st Century. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Marc Kivel says: Allison Duvall says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL
Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Anglican Communion, Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Events The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Martinsville, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Tags Rector Tampa, FL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Archbishop of Canterbury, 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Hopkinsville, KY [Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has set out his support for the U.K.’s continuing membership in the European Union. Voters in the U.K. will vote in a referendum on June 23 to decide whether they will leave or remain in the 28-member political and trading union. Opinion polls show the nation is evenly divided on the issue and Welby says that there is no official Christian or church line on which way to vote. “Voting is a matter for each person’s conscience,” he said.Writing in the Mail on Sunday at the weekend, Welby said that U.K.’s Christian heritage was built on the “glorious principles” of the Beatitudes. “Among those principles are a vision of peace and reconciliation, to being builders of bridges, not barriers,” he said.“The principles Jesus taught and which have so shaped us also include love for the poor, the alien and the stranger. The EU came together in a Europe broken beyond description by war, and has shaped a continent which until recently has contributed to more human flourishing, and more social care, than at any time in European history.”In the article, which was also published on his website, Welby described the decision to be taken by voters in the referendum as “a choice that will change the lives of all of us, and the next generations, both for this country and indirectly for much of Europe.“Sacrifice, generosity, vision beyond self-interest, suffering for others, helping the helpless, these are some of the deeply Christian principles that have shaped us. They are principles that show us at our best, as an example to other countries, as a home of freedom and democracy, as a beacon of hope that shines around a dark world.“They are forward looking virtues. Those who fought in two world wars were not looking back but forward. Those who built the EU after the two wars, in which millions of Europeans had died, looked forward.“The vision for our future cannot be only about ourselves. We are most human when we exist for others.“This referendum seems to me to be so important because it is about our vision of what kind of country we are, for ourselves and for the world.”Welby acknowledged the “very blunt” language of the referendum campaigns, but said that “this is the question of a generation, and merits passionate campaigning.”He continued: “Personally, I have huge respect for politicians on both sides as they seek to put their case, a case in which they genuinely believe, and which they know matters hugely. Apart from anything else those who pray should pray for them all, especially given the strain they face.“There is no official Christian or church line on which way to vote. Voting is a matter for each person’s conscience. Two things are sure. Each of us should turn out and vote if we can. And after the referendum we must come together as one people to make the solution we choose work well.”In a video message released to coincide with the Mail on Sunday article, Welby said: “My prayer is that we make that decision with a sense of generosity and vision of what we can be in the world: a vision based on our history and our past, and a vision that is full of ambition, of self-sacrifice, of being here for others.” Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC EU Referendum Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Featured Jobs & Calls 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 Submit a Job Listing Archbishop Welby on U.K.’s referendum on membership in the European Union Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Albany, NY 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 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Press Release Service By ACNS staffPosted Jun 14, 2016 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing
Featured Events Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY By Gavin DrakePosted Dec 23, 2016 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Rector Bath, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Jobs & Calls 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 Anglican Communion New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Tampa, FL Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Job Listing Rector Washington, DC 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, 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 Rector Belleville, IL 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 Submit a Press Release [Anglican Communion News Service] Police and security services in Australia say that they have foiled a Christmas Day terror attack that had been planned against Melbourne’s Anglican Cathedral. In a joint operation involving more than 400 heavily armed officers, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Australian Federal Police and Victorian State Police arrested six men and one woman as they executed five warrants in the north of the city.Full article. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Security services foil Christmas Day Melbourne cathedral terror plot Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Tags This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID
Submit an Event Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA People Rector Collierville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Pittsburgh, PA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Tags Press Release Service Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Rev. Tom Callard (left) and Western Massachusetts Bishop Doug Fisher.[Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts] The Chapter of Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield, MA, has voted to call the Rev. Tom Callard to serve as the eighth dean of Christ Church Cathedral effective Feb. 2. Callard has served as priest-in-charge since the Very Rev. James G Munroe retired in the summer of 2015.Callard came to the Diocese of Western Massachusetts in 2013 to serve as canon at the cathedral and diocesan missioner for Latino/Hispanic ministry. Prior to that he served as rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, Los Angeles, and as vicar of St. Luke Parish in Chelsea, Massachusetts.In his announcement Western Massachusetts Bishop Doug Fisher said: “The cathedral community has been enriched by Tom’s leadership. He has a heart for the poor, a passion for justice and a commitment to ecumenical and interfaith work. In the last 18 months, Tom has directed the ministry of our cathedral in bold and creative directions. I am convinced that Tom will lead the cathedral into God’s future of mercy, compassion and hope.”Callard’s installation will take place May 19. Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Albany, NY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Posted Feb 3, 2017 Featured Events Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Tom Callard named dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield, Massachusetts Submit a Job Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ