Month: June 2021

Sale confirm signing of Asaeli Boko

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Height 1.99m. (6ft 6ins)Weight 99kgs (15st 8lbs) Sale Sharks have today confirmed the signing of Flying Fijians back row forward ASAELI BOKO (29). He played three times at number 8 for the Flying Fijians in their European tour of November 2009, against Scotland, Ireland and Romania. The third game, in Bucharest, was a 29-18 win. He has been training at Carrington with the club since Summer, after ending a trial spell with Saracens in the latter stages of the 2009-10 season. Born in Nadi, on the main island of Viti Levu, Asaeli is one of the few players to have represented his country in both the Sevens and the full fifteen-a-side teams.Head Coach, Mike Brewer said, “ I had the pleasure of working with Asaeli on the European tour last autumn and was impressed with him. He has been with us now training and conditioning and he has earned his contract to play for us.”Asaeli Boko : born 16 Sept. 1981last_img read more


June 23, 2021 0

All change in front row for Leeds Carnegie

first_imgLEEDS, ENGLAND – APRIL 24: Danny Paul (l) and Rhys Oakley of Leeds show their dissapointment after being beaten from Harlequins during the Aviva Premiership match between Leeds Carnegie and Harlequins at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on April 24, 2011 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) Danny Paul returns from injuryLeeds Carnegie Head Coach Diccon Edwards has made three changes to his side for this Friday’s massive clash with Rotherham Titans at Headingley Carnegie, kick off 8pm.All three changes come in the front row with USA international Mike MacDonald returning to the starting line up after playing the second half last week at Esher, skipper Andy Titterrell starting at hooker and David Young coming in at tight head prop.On the bench there is a welcome return from injury for Danny Paul, the club’s longest serving player, who is set to make his first appearance of the season after recovering from a hip and Achilles injury. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Starting XV:15. Tommy Bell14. Lee Blackett13. Iain Thornley12. Joe Barker11. Michael Stephenson10. Joe Ford9. Robbie Shaw1. Mike MacDonald2. Andy Titterrell (c)3. David Young4. Tom Denton5. Dan Hemingway6. Ryan Burrows7. Chris Walker8. Jacob RowanReplacements:16. Phil Nilsen17. Sam Lockwood18. Mo Mustafa19. Richard Beck20. Danny Paul21. Dan White22. Pete Lucocklast_img read more


June 23, 2021 0

World Cup 2015: Who makes our Team of the Pool Stage?

first_imgThis isn’t a Team of the Tournament – we’d rather say Pride of the Pools as we compile a scintillating XV from the pool stages of England 2015… TAGS: CanadaFijiGeorgiaJapan LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Flying by: Santiago Cordero, part of an exciting Pumas side, on his way to scoring against Tonga 8 David Pocock (Australia)Tough competition at No 8, not least from Samu Manoa (57 carries) and Taulupe Faletau, but Pocock’s extraordinary breakdown work demands inclusion. His ten turnovers – including three against England – put him top of that list and he got a couple of tries for good measure in Australia’s opener against Los Teros. Has fought back from two knee reconstructions to make this tournament and nobody could grace the stage better.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. 15 Ben Smith (New Zealand)Japan’s Ayumu Goromaru went close but how can you not go with this immensely likeable All Black? Smith has made eight clean breaks from his 45 carries, and shares with Mike Brown the distinction of being the only full-back to make more than 300 metres in the World Cup pool stages. His try against Tonga was a classic of its kind – could anyone but New Zealand have scored in such a narrow channel?14 Santiago Cordero (Argentina)The Pumas average 15 breaks, 18 offloads, 35 defenders beaten and 672 metres a match – table-topping figures in each of those categories. The three-try Cordero (13 defenders beaten, 259 metres) is instrumental to that, and has won five turnovers to boot. And to think this 5ft 9in 21-year-old only got his chance because of the injury to Manuel Montero. Edges out Nehe Milner-Skudder.Hitman Hearn: Centre Ciaran Hearn, here taking on France, was at the heart of Canada’s attacking brio13 Ciaran Hearn (Canada)Everyone warmed to Canada’s gloriously adventurous rugby and it’s no coincidence the wings dazzled with Hearn as their supplier. The Newfoundland player made 46 carries, a chart-topping 27 of them over the gain-line, and his combination with van der Merwe against Italy conjured arguably the best long-range try of the tournament.12 Damian de Allende (South Africa)His tackle stats need a little polishing but the young Stormer, one of the stars of Super Rugby 2015, is continuing to impress. He has beaten more defenders (18) than anyone else in the tournament and is making 37 metres per carry – one reason why the Springboks are averaging 44 points a game. Matt Giteau and Fiji’s Lepani Botia were other strong contenders at 12.11 DTH van der Merwe (Canada)Yes, you read it right, a second member of the Canucks team that lost every match at this World Cup. New Scarlets winger van der Merwe had a sparkling tournament, becoming the first non Tier One player to score in four consecutive RWC games. Before packing his bags for Llanelli, he made the most metres (389) in the tournament, beat 14 defenders and delivered 14 offloads.10 Bernard Foley (Australia)His 56 points (89% kick success) isn’t quite enough to make him leading scorer, but the Waratah produced the individual performance of the World Cup with his 28-point master class against England. We wondered pre-tournament whether Foley had lost his touch, with Matt Giteau, Quade Cooper and Matt Toomua all options for the No 10 shirt, but we are wondering no longer. Not bad for a former sevens player who only converted to fly-half in 2013.The only way is up: Bernard Foley has silenced critics with his best form for Australia, scoring 56 points9 Gareth Davies (Wales)It was tempting to install Italian Edoardo Gori as our No 9, to reward his fine running and offloading game, but as scorer of one of the most famous Welsh tries at Twickenham, Davies gets the nod. The Scarlet has been a little selfish at times but for a player who hadn’t started a Test before this World Cup he’s made a decent fist of replacing Rhys Webb. He is one of only three quarter-finalists to have played every minute of the tournament, Bryan Habana and Francois Louw the others.1 Scott Sio (Australia)An unmovable presence at loosehead, Sio has contributed to a 92% scrum success for the Wallabies and 12 scrum penalties – the second-highest figure behind Georgia. But Sio’s work around the park has also been exceptional, with an average of nine tackles (and no misses) a match. He was born three days before the 1991 quarter-finals and named after Scotland because they beat the Samoa side his dad was playing for. 2 Shota Horie (Japan)The former Melbourne Rebels hooker is proving a magnificent support player and a highly consistent set-piece performer, Japan winning 93% of ball on his lineout throws before departing with three pool wins. Horie underwent a gruelling rehab programme after neck surgery this year to make the World Cup, a pinched nerve previously preventing him from gripping with his left hand. Stephen Moore is a close second at hooker.3 Manasa Saulo (Fiji)The Fijian scrum, now under Kiwi scrum coach Alan Muir’s expert tuition, has been a revelation. They were one of four teams to win 100% of their own scrum ball in the pool stage – New Zealand, Japan and USA being the others – and much of that was down to Saulo, a former sailor who got his big break in pro rugby in Romania. Blotted his copybook with a ten-week ban for stamping on Luke Charteris but too good to ignore.Heavy traffic: Manasa Saulo takes it to England in the RWC opener4 Iain Henderson (Ireland)Man of the Match against Italy and superb off the bench against France. The thunderous Ulsterman is making 11 tackles and carries a match to go with a 94% tackle rate, though thus far he’s barely featured as a lineout option – something that may have to change with Paul O’Connell now injured. “He has the potential to be one of the best players in the world,” says ex-Ireland fly-half David Humphreys.5 Leone Nakarawa (Fiji)Always thrilling to watch and one of the first names on our team sheet, eclipsing even Alun Wyn Jones. The king of the offloads, with 26, he also won 26 lineouts and won nine turnovers – the second-highest figures in those categories. He was voted Man of the Match against Uruguay, one of the few awards in this World Cup that went to the right man. Look out for some tips from this remarkable player in the next issue of Rugby World.6 Michael Leitch (Japan, capt)With 52 hits, nobody made more tackles than Japan’s skipper in the pool stage. And he also topped the carries chart with 60, ahead of Samu Manoa and Schalk Burger, the only other men to reach 50. Japan averaged eight penalties a game conceded – the fewest in the tournament – and Leitch helps drive that discipline. Pips Sean O’Brien to the blindside spot and is captain of our team.Leading from the front: Michael Leitch, here crossing South Africa’s line, has proved a superb captain7 Mamuka Gorgodze (Georgia)He should never have won Man of the Match v New Zealand, but he was awesome against Tonga (24 tackles and a try), and Georgia fell apart without him when he was sin-binned v Argentina. He made 17 offloads and won seven turnovers, and his giant personality was writ large across this World Cup. Wears seven, where he faced the Kiwis, but can swap in at No 8. Thierry Dusautoir and Francois Louw unlucky to miss out.last_img read more


June 23, 2021 0

Autumn Internationals France vs South Africa Preview

first_img Autumn International Fixtures 2018 How To Watch The 2018 Autumn Internationals “The conditions here in the northern hemisphere demand a different approach and while we created a lot of opportunities last week we have to better with our execution.” Expand South Africa Autumn Internationals Squad Kick-off DetailsFrance v South Africa, Stade de France, Paris, 8.05pm. Referee: Nigel OwensWhat are the line-ups?FranceMaxime Medard, Teddy Thomas, Mathieu Bastareaud, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Damian Penaud, Camille Lopez, Baptiste Serin; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado, Cedate Gomes Sa, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Yoann Maestri, Wenceslas Lauret, Arthur Iturria, Louis PicamolesReplacements: Camille Chat, Dany Priso, Rabah Slimani, Paul Gabrillagues, Mathieu Babillot, Antoine Dupont, Anthony Belleau, Gael FickouSouth AfricaWillie le Roux, Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi; Handré Pollard, Faf de Klerk, Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi (capt), Duane Vermeulen, Warren WhiteleyReplacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Thomas du Toit, Vincent Koch, RG Snyman, Francois Louw, Embrose Papier, Elton Jantjies, Cheslin Kolbe LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS How To Watch The 2018 Autumn Internationals Autumn Internationals France vs South Africa PreviewA week after losing to England in controversial fashion, South Africa will go up against France in Paris this weekend.One of the few teams to not schedule a match outside of the international window, France are playing their first match of the Autumn. After coming off an up and down Six Nations and a 3-0 series whitewash against New Zealand, which was not as one-sided as the score suggests, Les Bleus will be looking to kick off their campaign against the Springboks.However they have a dismal record of late against South Africa. They played four times in 2017 and the French failed to win a single match with the 18-17 loss in November being the closest affair. In fact the French have not beaten the Springboks since 2009, so they are facing a tall order.That being said, on paper, Jacques Brunel has named a strong side as you can see below.South Africa are coming off a loss to England however Rassie Erasmus has had the luxury of being able to select his overseas based players this time around – such as  Franco Mostert, Faf de Klerk, Willie le Roux, Cheslin Kolbe, Vincent Koch and Francois Louw.Three of those players have gone straight into the starting line-up and the other three have gone to the bench so clearly this is a stronger outfit than the one that trotted out against England despite the injury to Eben Etzebeth which rules him out.What did the coaches say? Speaking on the inclusion of Maxime Medard instead of Benjamin Fall, Brunel said “For the Springboks, territory is all important. We think that Maxime has a longer kicking game than Benjamin. He is one of the most experienced players we have.”He also admitted; “we are looking for the spine,” which refers to his attempts to find reliable players at hooker, number eight, scrum-half, fly-half and full back. In Guirado, Picamoles, Serin, Lopez and Medard, we are not sure he has found what he is looking for.Springbok Coach Rassie Erasmus said; “The French are very physical and skilful, and we will have to be good on defence and also be disciplined. Take a look at which teams are playing… Revenge: France lost 18-17 against South Africa in 2017’s Autumn Tests (Getty Images) Autumn International Fixtures 2018 South Africa will be looking to rectify a tough loss to England this weekend against France. South Africa Autumn Internationals Squad Interesting StatsHandré Pollard needs one point to reach 300 career points in Test rugby. Should he score 14 points or more in this Test, he will surpass Naas Botha’s career record of 312 points and will move up to fourth position on the all-time point scoring list for South Africa.The Springboks’ first Test at the Stade de France was the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against England on 24 October 1999 – Jannie de Beer scored 34 points through two conversions, five penalty goals and a world record of five drop goals.The referee is Nigel Owens of Wales, the most experienced referee in the world, carrying the whistle in 85 Test matchesDon’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest rugby news. Make sure you know when, where and on… Rassie Erasmus has named his 35-man squad for… Collapse Expandlast_img read more


June 23, 2021 0

Bristol v Bordeaux live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_imgIt’s a Challenge Cup semi-final… and Semi Radradra faces his old team, too! Bristol v Bordeaux live stream: How to watch from the UK & IrelandBristol v Bordeaux, which kicks off at 7.45pm, will be shown live on BT Sport 2 in the UK and Ireland. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25.Get a BT Sport Monthly PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when Bristol v Bordeaux takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Bristol v Bordeaux live stream: How to watch from FranceTo watch Bristol v Bordeaux (kick-off 8.45pm) in France, beIN Sports is the place to go as they are the main rights holders. It costs €15 a month to access the coverage or if you commit to six months you get a discount of €12 a month.beIN Sports offers Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPN Facing old friends: Semi Radradra of Bristol Bears (Getty Images) Bordeaux have handed a first start to cult hero tighthead Ben Tameifuna, while Moldova’s Vadim Cobilas is on the bench. Cameron Woki starts in the back-row, Maxime Lucu comes in as a new face and keep your eyes on full-back Nans Ducuing – star of one of the weirdest contract signing shoots ever!Bristol are favourites with the bookies but Bordeaux boss Christophe Urios said: “We’re in the semis and we want to go as far as possible. Our heads and hearts took over from our legs against Edinburgh, and that’s what I like about my team.”Bristol: Max Malins; Luke Morahan, Semi Radradra, Siale Piutau, Alapati Leiua; Callum Sheedy, Harry Randall; Jake Woolmore, Harry Thacker, Kyle Sinckler, Ed Holmes, Chris Vui, Steven Luatua (captain), Ben Earl, Nathan Hughes.Replacements: Will Capon, Yann Thomas, John Afoa, Joe Joyce, Dan Thomas, Andy Uren, Ioan Lloyd, Piers O’Conor.Bordeaux: Nans Ducuing; Santiago Cordero, Jean-Baptiste Dubié, UJ Seuteni, Ben Lam; Matthieu Jalibert, Maxime Lucu; Jefferson Poirot, Clément Maynadier, Ben Tameifuna, Kane Douglas, Jandré Marais, Cameron Woki, Guido Petti, Marco Tauleigne.Replacements: Joseph Dweba, Lekso Kaulashvili, Vadim Cobilas, Alexandre Roumat, Yann Lesgourgues, Pablo Uberti.Now, we explain where you can stream all the action from Bristol v Bordeaux…On the run: Bordeaux’s Jean-Baptiste Dubié (Getty Images)How to watch Bristol v Bordeaux from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Challenge Cup coverage, like Bristol v Bordeaux, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Challenge Cup live stream you would at home. Bristol v Bordeaux live stream: How to watch the Challenge Cup match online from anywhereA Challenge Cup final beckons for whichever of these two comes out on top, and there are a few subplots to contend with.Bristol breakaway star Semi Radradra has already scored a few tries in the Challenge Cup this season – for Bordeaux. And it’s a family affair for Bristol boss Pat Lam, with his nephew Ben starting for the French outfit. Let’s hope familiarity breeds blockbuster action!Bristol and Bordeaux arrive for this fixture with the same record in the Cup this season, each winning six matches and drawing one. And for both, their current streak of seven games unbeaten is their best run in the competition.Bristol make five changes to their side. Charles Piutau is out but brother Siale returns. Exciting nine Harry Randall is back and so is full-back Max Malins.center_img We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.  Bristol v Bordeaux live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Challenge Cup matches is NBC, with matches streamed on NBC Sports Gold so you can watch them anytime and anywhere.Bristol v Bordeaux will kick off at 2.45pm EST and 11.45am on the West Coast.The NBC Sports Gold Pass for rugby is $79.99 and includes coverage of the Gallagher Premiership, European Challenge and Challenge Cups, and Guinness Six Nations.Bristol v Bordeaux live stream: How to watch from South AfricaSuperSport has the rights to broadcast the Challenge Cup in South Africa and you can watch Bristol v Bordeaux at 8.45pm.There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from EasyView, with access to Blitz, to Premium, with all ten sports channels.Bristol v Bordeaux live stream: How to watch from elsewhereEPCR have launched an OTT service, epcrugby.tv, so you can stream live Challenge Cup matches outside of its core broadcast territories (UK & Ireland, France, USA, Malta, Spain, Andorra and Sub-Saharan Africa).It’s €1.99 to watch a single Challenge Cup match or you can buy a season pass to watch all of the remaining games of the 2019-20 campaign for €9.99. Or if you want to watch both the Champions and Challenge Cups, it’s €17.99 for a season pass for the rest of 2019-20.Find out epcrugby.tv here LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 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.last_img read more


June 23, 2021 0

Convention pledges continued advocacy for peace in Sudan

first_img By Lynette WilsonPosted Jul 9, 2012 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Bath, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Sudan & South Sudan 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 General Convention, General Convention 2012, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Convention pledges continued advocacy for peace in Sudan A group of Sudanese men from Chicago attended Indianapolis Day festivities in Victory Field during a General Convention event hosted by the Diocese of Indianapolis July 8. Photo/Araceli Ma[Episcopal News Service — Indianapolis] On the first anniversary of the formation of the Republic of South Sudan, the Episcopal Church, meeting here in its 77th General Convention, re-affirmed advocacy support for peace in Sudan through the passage of Resolution A019.“When Sudan divided into two countries, it created lots of challenges,” said Rev. John Augustino Lumori, acting provincial secretary of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and an international guest of convention, adding that continued support is important so that the church can continue to prosper.The Episcopal Church’s long-standing support for Sudan is manifested through its partnerships and companion diocese relationships, programs supported by Episcopal Relief & Development, and advocacy work of the Washington, D.C.-based Office of Government Relations, which is rooted in General Convention resolutions.The Episcopal Church of Sudan, home to 2 million Episcopalians, has 31 dioceses — 26 of them in South Sudan where it is one of the nation’s largest non-government organizations and has played a role in reconciliation in the aftermath of a two-decades-long civil war fought largely between the Arab and Muslim north and rebels in the Christian-animist south.In 2005, the warring parties — the north’s Khartoum-based Government of Sudan and the south’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement — signed a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), ending the civil war that killed more than 2 million people and displaced an estimated 7 million more.In January 2011, as specified in the CPA, a plebiscite was held allowing residents of what was then southern Sudan to decide whether to stay a unified country or become an independent nation. Six months later on July 9, 2011, the Republic of South Sudan was born.“The church is still one, we have not been split,” said John Bior, development officer in the Diocese of Bor in the eastern South Sudan state of Jonglei, where post-independence, inner-ethnic violence has killed some 900 people from the end of 2011 into February of this year.(The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has faulted the South Sudanese Government for not being able to protect civilians in Jonglei state.)Humanitarian crisisThe government of South Sudan is basically broke, because it hasn’t received any oil revenue and the fledgling country is almost without infrastructure, said Bior, who is attending General Convention along with others from the Diocese of Bor as guests of its companion, the Diocese of Indianapolis.Among other things, the CPA called for equal oil revenue sharing between north and south; fair demarcation of north-south boundaries; and resolution citizenship issues, all of which remain unresolved. Christians living in the north have faced continued violence and persecution.“There was war and we just came out,” said Atong Chaw in the Sudanese dialect Dinka, as interpreted by Bior. “There is a lot of poverty, and when there is poverty there is nothing. There are a lot of needs and wants.“Women and children are suffering,” she said, adding that many men died fighting the war. “[Women] are left to take care of everything.”As secretary of the Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Bor, Chaw is working to establish a women’s center to provided education and training and childcare.Women, both Chaw and Bior said, need to be educated about HIV/AIDS and negative cultural practices. For instance, they said if a woman’s husband dies his brother inherits the wife. If the husband died of HIV/AIDS and the wife is also a carrier, the brother, and subsequently his other wives, may also become infected.Bor Town, the county seat of Bor and where the diocese is located, the town and the church are struggling with the large number of rural South Sudanese, who escaping the violence, have fled to the city.“Ninety to 95 percent of the population in Bor County is Christian,” said Bior, adding the first thing the villagers do upon arriving in Bor is find the church.During a July 4 open hearing of the National and International Concerns Committee held at the Downtown Marriott, Richard Parkins, the executive editor of the American Friends of the Episcopal Church in Sudan testified that AFRECS described the situation as an “unparalleled humanitarian disaster,” and recognized the role the Episcopal Church of Sudan has played in reconciliation, and the importance of the U.S.-based Episcopal Church’s continued support for the church in Sudan.Awareness and advocacyThe Episcopal Public Policy Network in May issued an action alert asking its members to contact their congress members in support of the Sudan Peace, Security and Accountability Act of 2012, which calls for the “development of a comprehensive strategy to end serious human rights violations in Sudan,” and also for an investment in agriculture.Meghan Johnson, a visitor from the Diocese of Minnesota and an Episcopal Peace Fellowship young adult representative, gave impassioned, tearful testimony during the July 4 hearing imploring the Episcopal Church to continue its support for peace in Sudan.“If we want to live up to our Baptismal Covenant,” she said. “This has to be something that we advocate for.”Johnson also expressed frustration at the American public’s limited awareness of the humanitarian crisis that continues in Sudan, a crisis dating back to the 2003 war in Darfur, where hundreds of thousands of people were killed and more than 2 million displaced.In 2005, as a freshman in high school in De Pere, Wisconsin, Johnson often wore a “Save Darfur” T-shirt and started an awareness campaign aimed at educating her classmates, she said in a July 5 interview with Episcopal News Service.She couldn’t remember, she said, exactly how Darfur got on her radar, but once it did, she became impassioned.At the very least, she said, the Episcopal Church should support international efforts promoting peace in Sudan.“I don’t want our support to be a prayer,” Johnson said. “That’s not enough.”— Lynette Wilson is a reporter/editor for Episcopal News Service. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Course Director Jerusalem, Israel center_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Press Release Service Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Africa, Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Knoxville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Press Release Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Tags Submit a Job Listing Advocacy Peace & Justice, An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Tampa, FL Rector Pittsburgh, PAlast_img read more


June 20, 2021 0

Pittsburgh ordains new bishop with pomp and a parable

first_img Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Smithfield, NC House of Bishops, TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Comments (1) October 23, 2012 at 11:54 am Good for you, Bishop McConnell. May “Morgan the bridge builder” continue to share in your journey in the episcopate. 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Morgan, aka Dorsey McConnell. Photo/Andy Muhl, Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh[Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh] The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh ordained its 8th diocesan bishop on Oct. 20 in a ceremony of reverence and ritual that included a touch of comedic drama.Moments after the sermon, and just before the assembled bishops were to examine and ordain the Rev. Dorsey W. M. McConnell, attention turned to man in a brown trench coat and hat making his way up the center aisle and introducing himself as Morgan, an early 20th century Welsh bridge builder who immigrated to Pittsburgh.“Bridges! Bridges are the most beautiful things in the world,” he shouted.Morgan, in fact, was McConnell, a one-time actor. He and a group of diocesan youth then performed a six-minute sketch that told a parable about Morgan’s heaven-inspired vision to build a splendid “bridge of the angels.” As the story goes, his idea was rejected by all, save for a few children who built a “rather unusual” prototype that would miraculously save dozens of families from the flood and resulting fires that ravaged Pittsburgh in 1936.The lesson was that God is in the business of building bridges for salvation and as “Morgan” McConnell repeatedly confessed, “Everything is possible with God!”The skit in that setting “made a clear statement that Bishop McConnell is someone from whom to expect the unexpected,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted in its coverage.Photo/Andy Muhl, Episcopal Diocese of PittsburghBridge-building in the City of Bridges has been a theme McConnell has sounded since his election last April and one he carried forward from his most recent post as rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and previous ministries in the dioceses of Olympia and New York.About 1,000 people filled the towering Gothic revival nave of Calvary Church for the ordination liturgy, which lasted almost three hours. McConnell will be formally seated at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Pittsburgh on Nov. 9.Photo/Andy Muhl, Episcopal Diocese of PittsburghPresiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori served as chief consecrator, along with co-consecrators that included bishops Kenneth L. Price (bishop suffragan of Southern Ohio and former provisional bishop of Pittsburgh); M. Thomas Shaw (bishop of Massachusetts); J. Clark Grew (retired bishop of Ohio); Edward S. Little (bishop of Northern Indiana); Paul V. Marshall (bishop of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania); and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Bishop Kurt F. Kusserow of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod. In all, 20 bishops took part in the service.The House of Deputies was represented by its former president, the Very Rev. George L. W. Werner, dean emeritus of Pittsburgh’s Trinity Cathedral and current president of the diocesan Standing Committee.Nearly 300 lay members and clergy of the diocese participated in the day’s celebration. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Hurmon Hamilton, a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and currently teaching pastor of the Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Mountain View, California. He is a close friend and longtime associate of McConnell from their days serving in the Boston area.“God has the peculiar power of bringing good news out of crisis,” Hamilton said in a sermon that mirrored the theme of building bridges in a time of turmoil.That task will be aided, he said, when believers stop finding fault in others and instead confess their own failings, then come together to be healed and nourished by the Eucharist.“One of the amazing things about a service like this is that it brings us together, from the left and from the right, and all the places in between. And we come from our various perspectives, just convinced that we are right and everybody else is wrong,” he said as some in the congregation chuckled.“And as you stand before the Holy Eucharist there will be something within you that will quietly say, ‘Thank God for the crisis.’ Because out of the crisis, good news will come.”Of the four Episcopal Church dioceses (Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, Quincy and San Joaquin) to re-organize in recent years after a majority of former members voted to secede, Pittsburgh is the first to call and consecrate a permanent bishop.Pittsburgh is one of 27 dioceses in the Episcopal Church that grew in membership this past year.Currently the diocese includes 37 actively participating parishes with a total of approximately 9,050 members.The three bishops who helped the diocese rebuild after the 2008 split — Kenneth Price, Robert H. Johnson and David C. Jones — appeared together during the consecration to hand McConnell the diocesan crozier.During the announcements, McConnell introduced Betsy, his wife of 32-years, and their son, Evan, 22. The bishop also welcomed 31 members of his former parish and representatives of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the union which he served for years as chaplain.A webcast of the consecration service can be view here.During her visit to the diocese, the presiding bishop met with diocesan clergy and spent part of an evening at a youth rally. On Oct. 21, she celebrated the Eucharist at the Church of the Holy Cross, a predominantly African-American congregation in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood.McConnell’s first visitation occurred the same day at St. Stephen’s Church in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.— Rich Creehan is communication director for the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. Fr. 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June 20, 2021 0

Urgent prayer, help needed for Iraq’s Christians

first_img Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Urgent prayer, help needed for Iraq’s Christians Youth Minister Lorton, VA Press Release Service Bud McAllister says: Rector Martinsville, VA By ACNS staffPosted Jun 16, 2014 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 June 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm “We’re all in this together; we all live downriver” Dartagna Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Fr. Stephen Stanley says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Tampa, FL June 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm Dear Brother Andrew,Every day I wear the Cross of Nails that you gave me when I last saw you at a CCN meeting, years ago. I pray for you and for your people in Iraq, whenever I put on this cross, which is my most treasured religious possession. I cannot imagine the horrors that you and your Christian people have been experiencing. But I also know that there is great faith and courage and God’s Grace in your community of St. George’s. I am committing some funds to your mission and support and will have my congregation pray for all of you and for Iraq. May God watch between us and between us and our people and between us and our enemies, that we all might be transformed and protected in His Love. 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Submit a Job Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL [Anglican Communion News Service] In the wake of the growing crisis in Iraq, a plea for prayer and help has been issued by the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf and the Anglican vicar of St George’s Church in Baghdad.An estimated half a million people, including hundreds of Christian families, are fleeing the area with many attempting to find refuge in the nearby Kurdish provinces of Northern Iraq. At least one Assyrian church in Mosul has been burned down in the recent violence.A statement from the diocese said that Christians are feeling particularly vulnerable, “especially in light of the treatment of Christians in the Raqqah province of northern Syria where ISIS* has also established its authority.“Recall that, in February 2014, ISIS commanders in Raqqah forced Christian community leaders to sign a contract agreeing to a set of stringent conditions. These included the payment of a special tax (known as jizya), conduct of Christian rites only behind closed doors so as to be neither visible nor audible to Muslims, and adherence to Islamic commercial, dress code and dietary regulations.“Mosul and the surrounding Nineveh plain is the traditional heartland of Iraq’s Christian communities. Many Christians fled to this region when forced to leave Baghdad and other areas in recent years. Christians are alarmed at the ISIS take-over of Mosul, fearful that this will further accelerate the decline of the Christian presence in Iraq.”The statement said Christians in the country have asked for prayer for the following issues:The Christians of Mosul will know the close presence of Jesus, the guidance of the Spirit and the protection of the FatherThose who have chosen to remain in the city would not be subjected to violent or unjust treatmentHumanitarian assistance would reach all who are in need, whether having been displaced or remaining in MosulChristians throughout Iraq will know the peace and presence of Jesus each day, and will remain faithful to him and clear in their testimonyThe Iraqi authorities will act decisively to improve security for all citizens of Iraq.Anglican vicar of St George’s Church in Baghdad, Canon Andrew White, also issued an appeal entitled “Please, please help us in this crisis”. Canon White who has lost hundreds of his congregation to the violence over the years, said Iraq was facing its worst crisis since 2003. “ISIS, a group that does not even see Al Qaida as extreme enough, has moved into Mosul, which is Nineveh. It has totally taken control, destroyed all government departments. Allowed all prisoners out of the prisons. Killed countless numbers of people. There are bodies over the streets. The army and police have fled, so many of the military resources have been captured. Tankers, armed vehicles and even helicopters are now in the hands of ISIS.”Writing on the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, Canon Andrew said his work at St George’s–providing a spiritual home, medical care and humanitarian relief as well as promoting reconciliation amongst different religious groups–is inevitably suffering.“The summer is by far our worst time of the year for support,” he writes. “Both our Foundation in the UK and US have seriously had to reduce our funding. We are in a desperate crisis. So many of our people had returned their homes in Nineveh for the summer now they are stuck in this total carnage unable to even escape. We desperately need help so that we can help the Christians of this broken land just get through this new crisis. Please can you help us, we are desperate.The terrible fact is that ISIS are in the control now of Fallujah in the South and Mosul in the North they could now move down towards Baghdad between the two and cause a total crisis there. So to be honest I don’t know what to do, do I stay or go back? I have a huge amount of commitments here. If I go back, I cannot change the situation but I want to be with my people. Here we are with this huge crisis and need and we do not even have the resources to help those most in need.”For more information on supporting Canon White’s ministry visit http://frrme.org/please-please-help-us-crisis/*the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Group Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Collierville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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June 20, 2021 0

Iglesia de Kansas se arrepiente del trato que le dio…

first_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Events Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Miembros de la iglesia de San Pablo y algunos invitados se reúnen junto a la tumba de Mai DeKonza, 56 años después de su muerte, para la bendición y dedicación de una lápida sepulcral en lo que había sido hasta ahora una tumba sin nombre. Foto de Melodie Woerman/Diócesis de Kansas[Diócesis Episcopal de Kansas] En una reciente tarde dominical, la iglesia episcopal de San Pablo [St. Paul’s Episcopal Church] en Clay Center, Kansas, estaba repleta de fieles, entre ellos media docena de invitados de la capilla Ward de la Iglesia Metodista Episcopal Africana de la vecina Junction City.Se habían reunido el 20 de septiembre para un servicio de arrepentimiento, restauración y reconciliación con el fin de reconocer el mal trato de que había sido objeto el único miembro afroamericano que ha tenido esa iglesia en sus 134 años de historia: Mai DeKonza, que murió en 1959.Una y otra vez, la congregación rezaba: “perdónanos nuestros pecados. Perdónanos nuestros pecados. Perdónanos nuestros pecados”.DeKonza, que fue confirmada en 1900 en la pequeña iglesia del centro norte de Kansas, fue poeta, músico, dramaturga y prolífica escritora a quien la mayoría de sus correligionarios ignoró durante sus 59 años como miembro de la congregación. Su separación de ellos fue incluso más completa por el uso de un cáliz específicamente destinado a administrarle la comunión sólo a ella.Durante el oficio de arrepentimiento, feligreses e invitados cantan un himno cuya letra escribiera Mai DeKonza. Foto de Melodie Woerman/Diócesis de Kansas.Ahora, para contribuir a darle una voz en la iglesia, la cual ella no tuvo en vida, el oficio incluyo fragmentos de cartas que ella le había escrito al obispo James Wise, el cuarto obispo de Kansas, quien estuvo al frente de esa diócesis de 1916 a 1939, así como un himno que escribió y al que la organista parroquial, Sandra Carlson, le hizo un arreglo con la tonada Finlandia.Y cuando llegó el momento de la comunión, el único cáliz en el altar fue aquel que una vez habían reservado para DeKonza.En su sermón, la Rda. Lavonne Seifert, presbítera a cargo de la iglesia, dijo que el oficio tenía por finalidad abordar un doble pesar. “Hoy expresamos nuestro pesar por las acciones e inacciones de esos buenos cristianos que adoraban en la era de ‘la iglesia de la discriminación’, como Mai la describiera”, dijo Seifert. “Pero yo siento el mayor pesar por aquellos que nos precedieron y que perdieron la oportunidad de conocer realmente a Mai DeKonza y oír de su sabiduría, beneficiarse de sus conocimientos y disfrutar de su compañía”.El obispo de Kansas, Dean Wolfe, envío un comentario que se incluyó en el boletín del oficio: “Hoy, arrepintámonos de los pecados del prejuicio y del racismo y esforcémonos en ser el pueblo acogedor y amoroso que Dios nos ha llamado a ser. Digamos hoy ‘gracias’ a una mujer que no conocimos, y que sin embargo sigue enseñándonos mucho después de haberse unido a los santos en luz”.Hazel Washington, una afroamericana que se encontraba entre las personas que vinieron de la iglesia de la AME en Junction City, dijo que ella creía que el oficio “aportaba muchísima restauración”. Y añadió, “Siento que Dios está aquí”.DeKonza: músico, poeta, episcopal comprometidaLa actitud de la iglesia hacia DeKonza había sido reconocida en una historia escrita para el centenario de la parroquia en 1981. Ese relato definía el trato que le habían dado como “una mancha en la gloriosa historia de San Pablo” y hacía notar que durante años “ella fue tolerada, pero no aceptada”.Hazel Washington deposita flores en la tumba de Mai DeKonza. Foto de Melodie Woerman/Diócesis de Kansas.Pero la profundidad de esta alienación, y los talentos que DeKonza poseía, se mantuvieron ocultos hasta que Jim Beck y su esposa Ginny se mudaron para Clay Center cuando se jubilaron en 2013. Después que el leyó el relato de 1981, dijo que su preparación en el terreno de la psicología —él tiene un doctorado en este campo— lo llevó a preguntarse: “¿Cómo ocurrió esto?”Con licenciatura en historia y experiencia de investigar, así como un hobby en la esfera de la genealogía, comenzó a indagar. Encontró información en el museo de la localidad y en los archivos del censo, así como en los archivos de la Diócesis de Kansas.Beck supo que DeKonza nació en 1870, hija de un hombre blanco de Inglaterra y de una negra a quien el general de la Unión y senador federal James Lane libró de la esclavitud al traerla al estado libre de Kansas.Su nombre de pila era Elizabeth May Lawton, pero al cumplir 21 años se cambió legalmente el apellido a DeKonza como un reconocimiento a su querido estado natal. Se desconoce cuando comenzó a usar Mai como primer nombre, una adaptación de su segundo nombre.De niña, DeKonza contrajo la fiebre tifoidea que la dejó permanentemente discapacitada y en necesidad de usar muletas para caminar. Aunque ella sólo tenía una instrucción de octavo grado, trabajó como maestra de música, taquígrafa, costurera y empleada doméstica para tareas livianas.También compuso e interpretó música y escribió poesía y obras de teatro, algunas de las cuales se publicaron. Pronunció discursos y dio conferencias sobre la raza, y participó activamente en la política, incluido su apoyo a la Prohibición [de consumo de bebidas alcohólicas].Más tarde en su vida, y luego de ser atropellada por un auto, pasó la mayor parte del tiempo confinada en su casa.San Pablo, en Clay Center, colocó esta lápida en la tumba de Mai DeKonza, la única miembro negra en la historia de esta iglesia, como una señal de arrepentimiento por la falta de aceptación de que ella fue objeto de parte de la congregación durante su vida. Foto de Melodie Woerman/Diócesis de Kansas.Beck no pudo enterarse de lo que atrajo a DeKonza a la Iglesia Episcopal, pero en los archivos diocesanos encontró lo que él llamó un tesoro de 20 cartas de DeKonza al obispo Wise, y copias de algunas cartas de él a ella. En esas cartas “ella describía sus propias experiencias”, dijo Beck. “Eran como un diario”.En ellas compartía la profundidad de su compromiso con la fe y con la Iglesia Episcopal, a pesar del trato que recibía de sus cofeligreses.El 11 de abril de 1934, ella le escribió a Wise que, a pesar de su sentido de alienación de la iglesia, había intentado asistir al oficio de Pascua, haciendo el trayecto de 11 cuadras con sus muletas. Al llegar, descubrió que la iglesia había cambiado la hora del oficio, de las 8 a las 6:00 A.M. y que ella había llegado cuando la gente estaba acabando de desayunar.Al respecto escribió: “Y yo pensaba, mientras los veía disfrutando tan alegremente de la mañana de Pascua, que si la Iglesia les hubiera pedido que hicieran una caja de Pascua para los paganos de África, cuan alegremente habrían contribuido; pero nadie en San Pablo pensó en mí, de la raza africana, que me encontraba allí, para [obsequiarme] un huevo de Pascua, o una tarjeta, o un mensaje de júbilo, ni para sugerirme que me enviaban un bocado de su magnífico desayuno. Sencillamente me ignoraron”.Más tarde, cuando ella oyó decir que todos los episcopales negros podrían ser puestos bajo la jurisdicción del Rvdmo. Edward Demby, obispo sufragáneo para la obra [entre las personas] de color, dijo sencillamente que no acataría eso. Ella se sentía apegada al obispo de Kansas. Él había sido un pastor para ella cuando su clero local no lo había sido.Ella escribió: “Permítame afirmar este hecho, querido obispo, que todos los obispos de la Iglesia Episcopal, de todo el continente americano, respaldados por todos los obispos de la Iglesia de Inglaterra, no tendrían la fuerza suficiente para hacerme cambiar del obispo Wise al obispo Demby. Soy menuda y débil de cuerpo, pero ¿ha visto usted alguna vez mi espíritu?Beck también supo que cuando ella murió en 1959, su funeral tuvo lugar en una funeraria del pueblo; no en San Pablo, y que fue enterrada en una tumba sin nombre en la sección de los menesterosos del cementerio local.Hacer enmienda a través del arrepentimiento y una piedra tumbalA Beck le llevó casi seis meses concluir su investigación y compilarla en lo que se convirtió en un documento histórico de 19 páginas. Cuando los miembros de la congregación lo leyeron, supieron que tenían que hacer algo. Necesitaban hacer algún tipo de reparación respecto a cómo la iglesia —su amada iglesia— había tratado a DeKonza. Y tenían que poner una lápida sobre su tumba.Seifert sugirió que tuvieran un oficio para reconocer públicamente el mal comportamiento que San Pablo había tenido con su único miembro negro.Carolyn Garwood, la guardiana mayor de la iglesia, dijo que resultaba doloroso enterarse de la profundidad de la historia de DeKonza. Miembro de la iglesia de toda la vida, Garwood se dio cuenta de que su abuela habría sido una contemporánea de DeKonza. “Mi abuela era bastante tolerante —al menos yo creía que lo era— y nos enseñaba a respetar a las personas con discapacidades”, dijo Garwood. “Yo aprendí de ella la tolerancia. Esperaría que ella hubiera aceptado a Mai. Me asusta porque conozco a todas estas personas que yo no habría esperado que la ignoraran. Eso me hace sentir mal”.La Rda. Lavonne Seifert, sacerdote a cargo de San Pablo, consagra el vino en el cáliz que previamente se había reservado para el uso exclusivo de Mai DeKonza. En el oficio de arrepentimiento, toda la congregación recibió la comunión de él. Foto de Melodie Woerman/Diócesis de Kansas.Beck se preguntaba qué había sucedido con el cáliz reservado para el uso de DeKonza. Después de alguna indagación, aparecieron dos viejos cálices en el sótano de la iglesia. Él entonces le fue a pedir ayuda al Rdo. Frank Holtz, sacerdote jubilado en San Juan [St. John’s] en la vecina ciudad de Abilene. Holtz había crecido en San Pablo y, de adolescente, había sido el sacristán de la iglesia. Él le dijo a Beck que una vez había preguntado por un cáliz que había visto en el sótano de la iglesia y que le habían dicho, “ése es para la señora de color”. Beck llevó ambos cálices a Abilene y Holtz le señaló al que él recordaba. Seifert dijo que ella sabía que en el oficio que estaba planeando ese cáliz sería el único que se usaría.Los miembros de la iglesia también donaron dinero para hacer una lápida para su tumba, y un comité trabajó con la compañía local de monumentos para diseñarla: incluye el boceto de un cáliz, con un escudo episcopal que forma el cuenco y rodeado por una hiedra que, la compañía que hizo la tarja, les dijo que era un símbolo de fuerza.Seifert recibió autorización de la Diócesis de Virginia Sur para adaptar el oficio de arrepentimiento por la esclavitud que tiene esa diócesis. El oficio en Clay Center se llamó un “Oficio de arrepentimiento, restauración y reconciliación” e incluyó una variedad de himnos y música con el tema de la reconciliación, entre ellos “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, un himno de esperanza y profunda significación para la comunidad afroamericana.Después del oficio, la mayoría de los 75 feligreses que asistieron, se dirigieron en caravana al cementerio local para dedicar la nueva lápida en la tumba de DeKonza y poner flores en torno a su base. “Uno no puede restaurar algo que no se haya revelado”Heidi J. Kim, misionera m de la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera para la reconciliación racial, dijo que los empeños de San Pablo muestran que sus miembros entienden lo que significa la reconciliación. “El pueblo de San Pablo ha dicho, ‘esto es una herida, y vamos a tratar de descubrir lo que ocurrió’”.(La Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) es el nombre con el cual la Iglesia Episcopal está incorporada, funciona empresarialmente y lleva a cabo la misión).El mirar con honestidad su propia historia, le dio a San Pablo la oportunidad de experimentar “una mutualidad de arrepentimiento y restauración”, dijo Kim. “Uno no puede restaurar algo que no se haya revelado”.Ella dijo que la profundidad del amor que los actuales miembros tienen por su iglesia provoca su sensación de dolor y de pena de que ese amor no se extendiera a DeKonza.Kim agregó que desde que supo lo que San Pablo había hecho, había compartido la noticia con otros en la Iglesia Episcopal, “y todo el mundo a quien se lo conté se ha conmovido hasta las lágrimas”, afirmó. “Esto es notable, y tengo prisa por compartirlo con toda la Iglesia”.El obispo jubilado Nathan Baxter, de Pensilvania Central, presidente honorario de la junta directiva de la Unión de Episcopales Negros, dijo en un correo electrónico que lo que hizo la gente de San Pablo fue “una increíble historia de gracia”. Él dijo que como obispo había oído hablar de algún feligrés negro en comunidades pequeñas y dispersas, pero pocas personas, incluido él, se habían detenido a preguntar sobre sus historias.Añadió que la labor de San Pablo de descubrir la verdad acerca de su relación con DeKonza muestra “que nunca es demasiado tarde para restaurar nuestras historias conscientes e inconscientes con la verdad, la confesión y los actos sinceros de penitencia colectiva”. Tales esfuerzos, subrayó, “cuando están bendecidos por la sinceridad, pueden convertirse en un testimonio liberador de la gracia cristiana para nosotros y para el mundo en nuestro entorno”.Un comienzo, no un finGarwood, la guardiana mayor de San Pablo, llamó al oficio del 20 de septiembre un comienzo importante, pero no puede ser un fin. “Tenemos que mantener esto en marcha”, afirmó “y alentar a otras parroquias a contar sus historias. Esto no puede pasar a un segundo plano. Tenemos que mantener el impulso”.Beck dijo que su investigación sobre la vida de DeKonza hace pertinente para él y sus cofeligreses encontrar “quiénes son los Mai DeKonzas de 2015 que viven en Clay Center, pero que han sido marginados”. Él se preguntó qué acciones realizadas por algunas personas hoy día causarán una vergüenza semejante a su comunidad dentro de cincuenta años.En su sermón, Seifert dijo que la iglesia ahora tiene la oportunidad y la responsabilidad de entender mejor el racismo sistémico y otros formas de opresión que dejan a las personas con una sensación de desesperanza. “Este es el momento”, afirmó ella “de dedicarnos nuevamente a notar a las Mai DeKonzas que encontramos aquí y ahora, a cuidar de ellas y a caminar con ellas”.Washington, de la iglesia AME de Junction City, dijo que le gustaría ver a congregaciones [compuestas] de diferentes personas reunirse, tal vez alrededor de Acción de Gracias. Y agregó que deben haber más oportunidades de compartir más allá de las diferencias raciales “no para corregir un error, sino porque es lo correcto”.– Melodie Woerman es directora de comunicaciones de la Diócesis Episcopal de Kansas. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Recuerdan a víctimas de linchamiento en Georgia según se expanden…

first_img In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS El momento de develar en LaGrange, el 18 de marzo, una tarja histórica que recuerda a las víctimas de linchamiento en Georgia. Foto cortesía de Wesley Edwards.[Episcopal News Service] En uno de los rincones más sórdidos de la historia de Estados Unidos —el linchamiento de víctimas negras por agresores blancos—, los detalles de muchos de estos crímenes que se extendieron durante décadas han permanecido durante mucho tiempo como un misterio mientras investigadores actuales tratan de identificar a las víctimas y de aportar reconciliación racial a sus comunidades.Esos empeños han adquirido mayor auge en Georgia, donde el año pasado la Diócesis Episcopal de Atlanta inició una serie de peregrinaciones de tres años de duración que se proponía sacar a la luz a esas víctimas y sus historias. Al mismo tiempo, un grupo de residentes de LaGrange, una comunidad de Georgia centrooccidental, ha estado colaborando con la policía, con líderes cívicos y con las iglesias para enfrentar los casi olvidados linchamientos de la ciudad.“El viento del Espíritu está soplando … y llevándonos a comprender que, a fin de que la reconciliación racial tenga lugar, tenemos que enfrentar los linchamientos”, dijo Catherine Meeks, que dirige la Amada Comunidad: Comisión para el Desmantelamiento del Racismo de la Diócesis de Atlanta.Meeks encomia el trabajo del equipo de LaGrange, que se llama Troup Together, por el nombre del Condado de Troup, donde se encuentra el pueblo. La diócesis y Troup Together están llevando a cabo esfuerzos separados, pero paralelos, con objetivos semejantes: recordar a las víctimas de linchamiento, revelar sus historias inéditas y alentar la reconciliación racial.Casi dos años de trabajo de Troup Together culminó en enero en una disculpa pública del jefe de la policía Lou Dekmar por el papel de su departamento en el linchamiento de Austin Callaway en 1940. A Callaway lo encontraron gravemente herido en una carretera luego de haberlo extraído de una celda de la cárcel de LaGrange por una turba de blancos, una injusticia que los agentes de LaGrange consintieron.Y en marzo, pastores blancos hablaron en un oficio de la iglesia para confesar la complicidad de las congregaciones blancas en la muerte de Callaway y otros actos de violencia racial. A ese servicio siguió la dedicación de una tarja histórica en la iglesia metodista unida y el oficio en un cementerio en honor de Callaway y de más de 500 víctimas de linchamiento en el condado de Troup y en todo el estado.La iglesia episcopal de San Marcos [St. Mark’s Episcopal Church] se encuentra entre varias congregaciones de LaGrange que colaboran con Troup Together. La iglesia auspició un almuerzo para los familiares de Callaway y los de otras dos víctimas de linchamiento antes de que asistieran al oficio de la iglesia en marzo.“Si bien no podemos cambiar [el pasado], podemos reconocer su horror y hacer nuestra expiación”, dijo Janet Beall, educadora jubilada y miembro durante años de San Marcos, que asistió a las ceremonias junto con el rector de San Marcos, el Muy Rdo. R. Allen Pruitt.Troup Together surgió a partir de un grupo birracial en LaGrange que, hace dos años, leyó y debatió La cruz y el árbol del linchamiento [The Cross and the Lynching Tree] un libro publicado en 2011 por James H. Cone. La subsecuente investigación del equipo de historia local reveló información sobre el linchamiento de Callaway. Eso dio lugar a un oficio de oración en septiembre de 2015 para conmemorar los 75 años del crimen. Los esfuerzos de reconciliación han aumentado a partir de ahí.“Nuestro objetivo es aprender a amar a nuestros prójimos, y encuentro que no podemos hacer eso de una manera significativa a menos que conozcamos nuestras mutuas historias”, dijo Wesley Edwards, uno de los líderes de Troup Together. “Aunque vivamos en la misma comunidad no compartimos las mismas historias como grupos raciales, y hay muchas cosas que no conocemos ni apreciamos los unos de los otros más allá de las fronteras raciales”.El libro de Cone extrae un paralelo directo entre la muerte de Jesús en la cruz y el profundo sufrimiento de estadounidenses negros que se continuó después de la esclavitud en lo que se identifica como “la era del linchamiento”, de 1880 a 1940.“En esa era, el árbol del linchamiento y la cruz eran los símbolos cargados de mayor emoción en la comunidad afroamericana”, dice Cone. “Tanto la cruz como el árbol del linchamiento representaban lo peor de los seres humanos y, al mismo tiempo ‘una insaciable sed ontológica’ de una vida que rehúsa dejar que lo peor determine nuestro sentido último”.En las comunidades segregadas del Sur, el mensaje intencionado de un linchamiento era el miedo, dijo Meeks.“El propósito era aterrorizar a los negros y a cualquier blanco que fuera a simpatizar con los negros, luego el linchamiento tenía que ver con el terror”,  dijo Meeks. Sus raíces estaban en una amenaza de la sociedad estadounidense que sostenía una creencia en la supremacía de los blancos, dijo ella “y esa misma amenaza de la supremacía blanca sigue obsesionándonos en este país”.La Comisión sobre el Desmantelamiento del Racismo, cuyo programa de adiestramiento antirracista ha servido como modelo para otras diócesis episcopales, está laborando para honrar a las cerca de 600 personas que han muerto por linchamiento en Georgia. Su primera peregrinación, en octubre, atrajo a cerca de 200 personas a Macon, Georgia, y al sitio donde en 1922 una turba de linchadores lanzó el cadáver de John Glover (“Cockey”).La comisión tiene por delante un ajetreado 2017. Está planeada una segunda peregrinación, esta vez a Athens, en octubre, dijo Meeks, y su comisión está esforzándose para abrir un centro de recuperación racial cerca de Morehouse College en Atlanta para ese mes. La comisión también está alentando a las parroquias de la diócesis a exhibir la película 13th., acerca de la injusticia racial en el sistema de prisiones de Estados Unidos.Meeks y su equipo también quieren establecer un monumento permanente a las víctimas de linchamiento en Georgia que incorpore la lista de los nombres, semejante al Monumento en Memoria de los Veteranos de Vietnam en Washington, D.C. Meeks está en contacto con el Centro pro Derechos Civiles y Humanos en Atlanta como un sitio posible.“Hay un gran interés en esta idea”, dijo Meeks, calculando que hará falta un plazo de dos años para que el proyecto se concrete.Hay multitud de víctimas que recordar, entre ellas algunas cuyo preciso destino sigue siendo desconocido.Bobbie Hart, uno de los líderes de Troup Together, nunca supo del paradero de su abuelo paterno. Desapareció hace décadas mientras trabajaba en los ferrocarriles, y cuanto más Hart y su hermana han llegado a saber acerca de él y de su misteriosa desaparición tanto más se convencen de que resultó víctima de un linchamiento.Hart, que se crió como bautista y que ahora asiste a una iglesia metodista, conoce a parientes de Austin Callaway, pero era inconsciente del linchamiento hasta que trabajó en Troup Together con Edwards. Ella se sintió embargada por la emoción mientras asistía al oficio de oración por Callaway en 2015.“Sentí una tristeza que se apoderó de mí y sentí la necesidad de pedirle al Señor que perdonara a los hombres que les habían hecho esto”, dijo Hart, que ahora tiene 64 años. “Y sentí que eso era importante, siendo yo una mujer negra… Decidí perdonar esta injusticia”.– David Paulsen es redactor y reportero de Episcopal News Service. Pueden dirigirse a él a [email protected] Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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