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LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Northampton and Englang Flanker, Tom WoodTHE BIGGEST compliment anyone can pay Tom Wood is that when Tom Croft returned from injury towards the end of the Six Nations, it was Wood and not the Leicester man who was picked for the Grand Slam decider against Ireland.Leaving Croft out of the England side even three months ago would have been unthinkable and especially for an uncapped Northampton flanker who was merely a twinkle in Martin Johnson’s eye until the start of this championship. Johnson doesn’t take the credit for Wood’s emergence, even if the two men share many of the same qualities, instead praising forwards coach John Wells for spotting him first.“We don’t get upset when we find international-quality players and I think we’ve found a couple this season. Tom is not from nowhere. Ever since I’ve been in this job Wellsy has been talking about Tom’s potential. These guys don’t come out of nowhere,” says Johnson.“Woody’s had a fantastic season. He’s a worker – he works incredibly hard and just wants to get better. He’s a tough guy who hasn’t been fazed by Test rugby. I said from the start that his character gave me a great indication he was going to be pretty good. He’s an instinctive and smart player who’s established himself in the team very quickly. He’s his own man. He’ll make his mind up on things and he won’t go with what he’s told because someone is his boss. He’s a good lad.”Being a “good lad” can often be underestimated in Test rugby and is one of the qualities Johnson continually refers to as he needs men who will fit into a 30-man squad, and who will this year be away from home together for most of July, August, September and October.Wood’s style couldn’t be more laid-back. When I meet him at England’s team base in Bagshot, he’s very relaxed in his team tracksuit and flip-flops. He makes you feel immediately at ease and it’s easy to see why he has impressed Johnson both on and off the field, the later achievement becoming more important.“It’s been brilliant,” Wood tells me before the defeat to Ireland, “and it has been remarkably easy to feel a part of the England squad. That is testament to the guys and the team – the whole management staff have made me comfortable and made it clear what my role is.“There are no egos in the England squad. Everyone is good mates and the players make you feel right at home; everyone looks after everyone very well. They have made me feel confident in my own ability and I’ve been encouraged to go out and do what I do.”Wood was thrown into the white-hot atmosphere of the Millennium Stadium at the start of the championship and grew from there. Even he would admit his first 20 minutes in Cardiff were quiet, but showing the mark of a good player he grew into his role at blindside and by the end of the game was acknowledged as one of England’s most impressive performers. “It was a very big deal when they said I was starting. I had to put aside all the emotional aspects of it and the pressure and concentrate on what I’ve been doing for Northampton.”Wood, who like the England manager spent time in his formative years playing in New Zealand, recognises Johnson’s description of him. “I can’t afford to be anything else apart from being down to earth and level-headed,” says Wood. “There’s a lot of media, a lot of hype around playing for England. I have to concentrate on the rugby, the thing I do best. It’s easy to get carried away with playing for England. “I have massive family support, which means I can get away from rugby and relax. I enjoy talking about something else now and again. It’s been strange for my mum to hear me on the radio and for my parents to be asked to do interviews for the local papers.“With England you have to get straight down to business. You have to be very matter-of-fact about the whole situation. You can’t be joking and having throw-away comments in the media. You’ve seen how France and Wales have done it against us, it has only spurred us on, fired us up – it doesn’t serve a purpose for your team. When personal attacks were made against the likes of Dylan (Hartley) in this championship it only brought us closer together.“Playing for England has been a big challenge but I’ve learnt so much to take into the rest of the season – it’s been a really positive learning curve. We’ve come out with a lot of credibility and I’m proud of that.”Wood’s emotional side did surface after the defeat in Ireland, which ended their hopes of a Grand Slam. “It pretty much felt like I’d had my heart ripped out because the Grand Slam was there for us and we just weren’t good enough,” he said in the bowels of the Aviva Stadium. “We didn’t come here for scars and lessons, we came here for a Grand Slam but we got it wrong and it’s a bitter pill to swallow.”It’s a pill, of course, that could benefit England in the future. But one thing’s for sure, when the trophies do arrive Tom Wood won’t be getting carried away with the plaudits and the gongs.This article appeared in the May 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit
Starting XV15. Alfie Mafi, 14. Nick Cummins, 13. Will Tupou, 12. Rory Sidey, 11. Napolioni Nalaga, 10. Ben Seymour, 9. Brett Sheehan, 1. Pek Cowan, 2. Nathan Charles, 3. Salesi Ma’afu, 4. Toby Lynn, 5. Nathan Sharpe, 6. Matt Hodgson, 7. David Pocock, 8. Ben McCalmanReplacements16. Elvis Taione, 17. Salesi Manu, 18. Phoenix Battye, 19. Richard Brown, 20. Lachlan McCaffrey, 21. Josh Holmes, 22. David Harvey THE CLASH against former coach John Mitchell’s Lions will see just two changes to the starting 15 with Nick Cummins returning from injury and Alfie Mafi back in the side after an electrifying performance against the Rebels last week.Cummins returns on the wing after a week’s rest to recover from a quadriceps strain and will lead his side onto the field in his 50th Western Force and FxPro Super Rugby cap.“It’s great to see Nick reach the 50-game milestone and we are looking forward to seeing him back out there and making an impact on the wing,” said Emirates Western Force forwards coach Nick Stiles. “He started off the year in very good form but he fluctuated there for a couple of games and now we want him out on the field as much as possible.“Nick is a very strong ball-carrier. You look at our side this week with him, Napolioni Nalaga, Will Tupou and Rory Sidey and it’s evident we’ve got a lot of size. It’s up to us now to utilise their power and strength with their running to give us the best potential we can of winning.”Mafi’s impact from the bench against the Rebels was a pivotal turning point for the side as he injected some much needed speed and energy into the game with a try in the second half. This week will see him start at full-back against the Lions, with David Harvey moving back onto the bench.Saturday will be the Western Force’s last game before the bye in round 15 and a three-week break for the international Tests so the side is focused on bringing home a win against the Lions and finishing the season on a high. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “It would be great to hit the break on the back of our third win for the year and it would give us a really good target to finish the season off, freshen up and come back and play the last three games and win as many as we can,” said Stiles. “There are still four games to go and we’ve got to win as many of those games as we can because we’ve definitely made some improvements.“Even though we lost against the Rebels on the weekend we’ve analysed the game and it’s some of the best stuff we’ve done all year. There are still areas we need to work on definitely but we’ve just got to get a better performance through the full 80 minutes.”Super Rugby Round 14Western Force v LionsSaturday, 26 May 2012 at nib Stadium, PerthKick-off: 12:40 [GMT] Super 50: Nick Cummins will celebrate his 50th cap by leading out the team (Getty Images)
Man with vision: Leicester Tigers fly-half and captain previews the upcoming Midlands derby with NorthamptonTHIS WEEKEND second place Northampton Saints take on third place Leicester Tigers in the fifth round of the Aviva Premiership at the Tigers’ den, Welford Road.It will be the first meeting between the two sides since the Premiership final in May in which Tigers were victorious, and for their captain Toby Flood, there will be no love lost in the Midlands on Saturday at 3:15pm.“It’s the East Midlands derby and it always comes down to a huge contest between two sides who just want to tear into each other. Ever since I’ve been involved at Leicester it’s been the biggest game on the fixture list. People in the surrounding area let you know how important it is. Cockers (Richard Cockerill, Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby) lets you know how important is. Things really get amped up, and I can’t wait.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Toby was speaking at the home of Bowdon RUFC’s under-12s, near Manchester. They were the lucky recipients of a training session from him as part of a special prize won at last season’s Sale Sharks Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.Read all about Leicester Tigers’ preparation for the Heineken Cup with Toby Flood’s Leicester and England teammate Geoff Parling in the November edition of Rugby World – out now!
Fewer foreign recruits are making their way to French clubs for the coming season – but is this a temporary trend or a long-term change in policy? Crossing the Channel: Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny will be playing for Toulon next season TAGS: Highlight LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS THE TOP 14 transfer window has closed for summer. No more big names and no more big-money deals, at least not full-time ones. Clubs can still sign players on short-term deals as cover for long-term injury cases – what’s known in France as ‘medical jokers’.Given that in January the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) signed a new five-year TV rights deal with broadcaster Canal Plus for €355m one might have expected a rise in overseas signings. In fact the number of foreign players is on the wane – only 34 recruited to the Top 14 for the 2014-15 season, compared to 58 last season, 48 in 2012-13 and 61 in 2011-12.The explanation is twofold. Firstly, clubs have one eye on the JIFF (Joueurs Issus des Filières de Formation) rules that for the 2014-15 season will remain the same as last season. So 55% of each club’s squad must be JIFFs – a player who before the age of 21 has spent either three seasons at a French club’s youth academy or five seasons licenced to play in France.Recruitment drive: Grenoble have signed six overseas players – more than any other Top 14 clubBut from 2015-16 the rules become tighter with the 55% figure still in force but also a fine levied against clubs that fail to field a match-day squad containing a minimum of 12 JIFFs. The season after (2016-17), clubs will have to field at least 14 JIFF players for each game. Consequently clubs have reined in their overseas signings to comply with regulations.The trend this summer has been for clubs to sign young players as ‘espoirs’ as this category is not included in the salary cap. In the last week alone, Toulon have signed Italy U20 prop Simone Ferrari, Grenoble have given a three year contract to New Zealand U20 loose forward Dylan Hayes and Racing Métro welcomed 21-year-old Pumas lock Tomas Lavanini on a three-year deal described by the club as a ‘mixte espoir/pro’ contract.But additionally next year is the World Cup and for most of the game’s top stars the lure of playing in the sport’s showpiece event outweighs the riches on offer in France. All Blacks, Wallabies and Springboks in particular are staying put to ensure they don’t miss the cut.Short break: Johnny Sexton, here in the middle of a maul, could return to Ireland at the end of his contractSo don’t be fooled by the diminution in the number of overseas stars coming to France. The drop is temporary and come 2015 there’s likely to be a surge as ageing greats look to finish their careers by building a financial nest egg in France. Already there is talk of Toulon signing Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Ma’a Nonu and Sonny Bill Williams.How will this work with complying with the JIFF rules? Most contracts in the Top 14 are two or three seasons so that’s another reason for this summer’s relative calm; players signed in 2012 or 2013 will be out of contract next summer and many, such as Toulon’s Bakkies Botha and Johnny Sexton of Racing Métro, are likely to return home. What position?Props: 5. Hookers: 2. Second rows: 6. Back rows: 4. Scrum-halves: 1. Fly-halves: 3. Wingers: 5. Centres: 4. Full-backs: 4. So the drop in overseas stars is just a blip, one that will be welcomed by France coach Philippe Saint-André as he sifts through the wreckage of Les Bleus’ disastrous Test series whitewash against Australia.Number of overseas signings per club 2014-15Grenoble: 6. Montpellier: 5. La Rochelle: 4. Toulon, Oyonnax, Lyon & Clermont: 3. Brive, Toulouse & Racing Metro: 2. Stade Francais: 1. Bayonne, Castres & Bordeaux-Begles: 0.Where are they from?New Zealand: 11. South Africa: 8. Australia: 6. Wales: 2. Fiji: 2. England: 2. Ireland: 1. Italy: 1. Fiji: 1.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The SaintsRoko-Houdini magicTwo rounds played and only three teams in the Aviva Premiership still have a 100% record. Of those, Wasps and Newcastle won on the road without being at their best, while Bath produced a grandstand finish to defeat European champions Saracens, 31-21.Todd Blackadder’s side was trailing 21-17 and down to 14 men because of injuries when they won a scrum 40 metres out. Rokoduguni took the ball at first receiver, wrong-footed Ben Spencer, sidestepped the sweeper and touched down for a brilliant try that very few players are capable of.A few minutes later, a length-of-field interception score – following a similar effort at Leicester – secured victory as Sarries threatened to snatch the spoils.Ugo Monye dubbed the Bath winger “Roko-Houdini” and “a complete phenomenon” and at such times it seems ludicrous that the Fijian-born soldier has won just two England caps. In truth, his defensive game remains fallible and it’s probably right that others are deemed ahead of the 30-year-old at national level. Probably.In the limelight: Ugo Monye, the ex-Quins and England wing now doing punditry for BT Sport (Getty)Ugo’s arrow Talking of Monye, the ex-England wing was responsible for the funniest moment of the weekend – better even that watching Michael Cheika’s reactions in the Wallaby coaching box – during the Worcester-Wasps match.A Sam Olver clearance arrowed straight into the BT Sport commentary position high above the Sixways pitch and was caught by Monye. After a few seconds, he lobbed the ball down to the pitch and we saw him hurriedly apologise to someone below.Shortly after that, a replay showed why he had contritely held his hand up… Monye had managed to hit Jack Singleton square on the back of the head just as he was about to throw in at a lineout. The Worcester hooker saw the funny side. Eventually. Spring in his step: Elliott Stooke runs out ahead of Bath’s win over Saracens at the Rec (Getty Images) Worcester’s verbals also grated, with excessive questioning of Foley’s decisions. The facility to march a team back ten metres for dissent is one of rugby’s smartest rules and I’d like to see referees use it more often to deter perpetual backchat.Losing patience: RFU referee Tom Foley had to give Wasps the hurry-up at Sixways (Getty) Blue protestGood to see so many home fans make their point at the drawn Australia-South Africa match in Perth.Western Force’s axing from Super Rugby having been confirmed by the High Court, thousands of the franchise’s fans wore blue instead of Wallaby colours for the Test at NIB Stadium. It’s reckoned only about 15% of the crowd donned green and gold, and the Sea of Blue made a powerful protest at the ARU’s handling of the Super Rugby issue.Show of Force: Fans wore Western Force colours at Australia’s Test against the Springboks in PerthLeinster’s pearlBest try of the weekend? Charlie Walker’s for Harlequins was right up there, along with Rokoduguni’s first for Bath and a beaut from the training ground scored by Exeter’s Henry Slade.But pipping them all was replacement scrum-half Nick McCarthy’s late try against Cardiff Blues that brought Leinster a bonus point. It featured great hands by Devin Toner and Isa Nacewa before McCarthy latched on to Jack Conan’s inside offload.Impressive: Leinster celebrate one of their four tries against Cardiff Blues on Friday night (Inpho)Fifita’s impactWrite Jerome Kaino off at your peril but the 81-cap flanker, omitted from recent All Blacks teams after reports of an extramarital affair, has his work cut out.Liam Squire was excellent in the back-to-back wins against Australia and on Saturday it was the turn of Vaea Fifita to produce a star turn at blindside flanker. Fifita has a winger’s pace but also a high knee action that makes tackling him devilishly difficult. Lured to the Hurricanes by Murray Mexted after he spotted him playing for a Tongan schools side, the now 25-year-old Fifita conjured an eye-popping burst to mark his first Test start with the try that brought New Zealand level against Argentina.A similar left-flank gallop set up a Damian McKenzie try that was chalked off for a forward pass.FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREIn all, Fifita ran 113 metres and beat ten defenders in New Plymouth and his performance did as much as anyone to preserve the All Blacks’ unbeaten record against the Pumas after they had trailed 22-15 with half an hour to play.“He’s a bit of a freak,” said Nehe Milner-Skudder of his team-mate – but will Fifita be given an extended stay in the No 6 jersey?What a score: Vaea Fifita tears past the defence to end Pumas’ hopes of a shock victory in TaranakiThe SinnersLineout debaclesArgentina’s opening try by Nicolás Sanchez followed New Zealand’s failure to win a defensive lineout in the final play of the first half, and was part of a catalogue of lineout woes at the weekend.It started on Friday night when Sale Sharks lost eight of their own throws in the first half against the Falcons, leading to hooker Cameron Neild being subbed off at the break.Newcastle’s Calum Green, named as ‘One to Watch’ in Rugby World’s start-of-season guide, was Man of the Match after a lineout performance of intelligence and athleticism.Sale’s 62% lineout figure for this season is the worst in the Premiership, but they aren’t alone in struggling. Gloucester, Leicester and Worcester all have similar issues, and Wasps conceded a try to Biyi Alo after Ashley Johnson’s throw failed to find the target.Ball secured: Graham Kitchener wins possession but the Tigers struggled in the lineout (Getty)Brits hard done byIt’s rare to see Schalk Brits without a smile but he was left furious by a decision that cost Saracens three points at the Rec.The hooker found himself on the wrong side of the breakdown, a short distance away but crouched down so as not to impede the pass. Kahn Fotuali’i milked the situation anyway, deliberately passing low into Brits – an angle of pass that he would never have made normally and which would not have reached a team-mate.No matter, according to referee Wayne Barnes, who awarded a penalty that Rhys Priestland slotted for a 14-0 lead. “That’s the law,” Barnes said, but even Bath fans could see this was plain wrong.Happy lad: the Schalk Brits smile we’re used to (Getty)A trying dayThere were two unappealing elements in the Wasps-Worcester game. One, the slowness with which Wasps went about their business when the ball was dead, which led to referee Tom Foley asking them to speed up.It’s something Wasps also did in last season’s Premiership final but on that occasion was more understandable because it was a hot day and they were under the cosh. Roko-Houdini up to his tricks at Bath, Ugo Monye’s stray dart, a Sea of Blue in Perth, the All Blacks unearth a No 6 to fear, lineout woes and why Schalk Brits lost his cool TAGS: Highlight
Support play: Antoine Dupont runs in a try against Ireland (Getty Images) Sam Larner looks at how the France scrum-half is able to predict play and put himself in the best positions It’s a 100th @EnglandRugby cap to remember for @benyoungs09#ITAvENG #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/0NOoSZHZ2h— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) October 31, 2020That same principle is evident here from England‘s Ben Youngs. He makes the pass to Mako Vunipola but then runs across the pitch rather than backwards. When Vunipola passes to Owen Farrell for the break, Youngs is already up with the play. He just accelerates ahead of the chasing Italian defenders and is on hand to run in the first of two tries.You can also see how Tom Curry has made the effort to get into a second support position. He doesn’t receive the ball and so by the stats this wouldn’t have counted for anything, but he has impacted the defence by forcing them to account for a second attacker.Most of the time tries scored from a clean break with a support runner look deceptively simple. In actual fact, your local club would struggle to convert these at much higher than 60% success rate. Sometimes, though, a try looks as hard as it is, even with excellent support. Give France an inch, and they’ll take a mile… What a score from Antoine Dupont#FRAvIRE #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/m2B9ao7D9Q— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) October 31, 2020For the opening try against Ireland you can see why the scrum-half would have so many opportunities to finish tries off.When Gael Fickou makes his break around Andrew Porter Dupont is level with him. This is because when a scrum-half passes from a ruck they obviously pass backwards but they don’t then run backwards and follow play. Instead, they run forwards and pre-empt where the next ruck will be. This is key for young scrum-halves: don’t run to where the ball is, run to where you think it will end up.When Fickou gets into open space Dupont simply accelerates and is there to finish off the two-on-one again. It might seem simple but it is Dupont’s speed and awareness that allows him to get into these positions so consistently. Six Nations Analysis: Antoine Dupont’s support linesThe supporters may have been lacking on Super Saturday but the support lines certainly weren’t.Support lines refer to the runs made by other members of the team after a clean break has been made. Scrum-halves are usually associated with this action; the way they track play means that they are often on hand to receive a try-scoring pass once a break has been made.This is a relatively new phenomenon, however. At the 2019 World Cup Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis at Gracenote, showed that an overwhelming majority of scum-half tries came from support play. By the knockout stages, scum-halves had scored 26 tries, behind only wingers as the most productive try-scorers.In 2015, nines scored just 14 tries and only two of those came from something other than sniping around the fringes. The game is changing and that change has brought scrum-halves many more tries.Having said all that, let’s start off with a try scored where the nine played only a supporting role. It’s a classic French counterattack, finished off in style by Romain Ntamack #FRAvIRE #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/SzQu8zstCF— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) October 31, 2020Watch how Ntamack gives the pass and then continues his run. He knows that Fickou will accelerate on the outside, which will put him onside. He doesn’t want to stop then not be quick enough to catch back up with play.Dupont is doing something similar to what we saw before. This try came from a counter-attack so he is catching up rather than pre-empting where the ball will be. When the kick goes through it becomes a race between Ntamack and Dupont to see who will be the try ‘assister’ and who the scorer.Related: Toulouse trio Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack and Thomas RamosAs we have discussed, the immediate threat is the ball. It is for that reason that both Irish players gravitate to where the ball bounces. Dupont wins the race and draws both defenders. There is no space for a traditional pass, so Dupont just hurls it up knowing that Ntamack is trailing him and the fly-half scores.If you play yourself, try to imagine where the ball will be, not where it is. You will sometimes make mistakes and be out of position but most of the time you will arrive at the ball before anyone else. It is this skill that leads to bags of tries.Hopefully soon we will be able to see supporters and support lines together in the same place. We could watch this try all day long @FranceRugby backs combining beautifully for a BP score.#GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/r8qAV22uJW— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) November 1, 2020France’s bonus-point try against Ireland was the final nail in the coffin of Ireland’s title hopes. You can see how Antoine Dupont follows his pass from the ruck, which brings him into play as an inside option after Romain Ntamack has regathered his own kick.The kick and regather of Ntamack presents immediate problems for Ireland because the defensive line has been bypassed and the remaining defenders need to charge towards Ntamack – if they don’t stop him then he will just score a try. This is where the support is so vital. Virimi Vakatawa holds his width and Ntamack calmly puts him away in the two-on-one. Can’t get to the shops? 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Three are nominated for president of the House of Deputies Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Comments (2) Course Director Jerusalem, Israel [Episcopal News Service – Indianapolis] Three people were nominated July 9 to stand for election as president of the House of Deputies. They are:Martha Alexander, deputy from North Carolina;The Rev. Gay Jennings, deputy from Ohio; andThe Rev. Frank Logue, deputy from Georgia.The election will take place on July 10.The position becomes vacant at the end of this General Convention. The incumbent, Bonnie Anderson, announced on May 23 that she would not run for a third three-year term.Martha Bedell AlexanderAlexander is a trustee of the Church Pension Fund and also a North Carolina state legislator. She is serving on the World Mission legislative committee at this convention. She also is a member of the Diocese of North Carolina Standing Committee and is the companion diocese coordinator for Province IV.She was nominated by Deputy Alice Freeman of North Carolina, who said Alexander’s life has been “about building bridges among people.” She said Alexander “is one who can lead in times of change” and in the Diocese of North Carolina “was able to help bring together various groups and perspectives to shape a common vision for a new way of being.”Gay JenningsJennings left the staff of CREDO, a wellness program of the Church Pension Fund, in June. She just completed a six-year term on the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council and is co-chair of the General Convention’s Committee on Structure. She also is the clergy member of the Episcopal Church’s delegation to the Anglican Consultative Council, the communion’s main policy-making body, which next meets this fall in Auckland, New Zealand.She was nominated by the Rev. Lowell Grisham, deputy from Arkansas, who said her “breadth of knowledge about the church is awesome, and that she knows how to get things done.” He said she “has a huge heart, a heart for wholeness, justice and reconciliation.” He added, “She is working toward the kingdom of God at all times, and she wants all of us there together.”Frank LogueLogue serves as canon to the ordinary for the Diocese of Georgia and previously was the founding rector of King of Peace Church in Kingsland, Georgia.In his nominating speech, Deputy Matthew Hall of Arizona said Logue is “a proven leader who will bring a fresh perspective to the office” of president. He said he would be a “new, energetic, technically savvy president who embodies the change to which we are called.”Following the election for president, nominations will be received for vice president, who must be a different order from the president. The vice president will be elected on July 11.— Melodie Woerman is a member of the Episcopal News Service team at General Convention. Rector Collierville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Comments are closed. General Convention, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 July 10, 2012 at 12:00 am Pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit and cast your lots.Bonnie, thank you for your serviice! I’ll always remember; “Saddle your own horse!”Ed Adcock, THE Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. 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Donna Mayfield (Ohio) says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK By Melodie WoermanPosted Jul 9, 2012 Rector Hopkinsville, KY July 11, 2012 at 12:34 am To The Rev. Gay Jennings:Congrats! Gay, there is no one better to serve the Church in this capacity. Am proud of you and blessed to have worked with you and to call you ‘friend’.Blessings, Donna 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 House of Deputies, Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Pittsburgh, PA Ed Adcock says: Press Release Service Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Bath, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI
Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Events Submit a Press Release This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Jobs & Calls Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Office of Public Affairs 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 Pittsburgh, PA Posted Aug 6, 2012 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] La Iglesia Episcopal, uniéndose a otros socios de defensa, está solicitando aportaciones de los miembros de toda la Iglesia a fin de establecer la información que formará la base de la presencia de la Iglesia y la participación en la reunión del 2013 de la Comisión de las Naciones Unidas sobre la Condición de la Mujer (por su sigla en inglés, UNCSW).Se ha preparado una encuesta para solicitar comentarios y sugerencias: http://www.formstack.com/forms/DFMS-csw_espEl tema prioritario para la reunión de la UNCSW de 2013 es: “La eliminación y prevención de todas las formas de violencia contra las mujeres y las niñas”.“La Iglesia Episcopal participará en la 57 ª Comisión de las Naciones Unidas sobre la Condición de la Mujer, uniéndose una vez más a las Mujeres Ecuménicas, una coalición de iglesias cristianas y organizaciones ecuménicas, en la defensa relacionada con el tema del 2013”, señaló Lynnaia Main, Directora de Relaciones Globales en la Iglesia Episcopal. “La defensa depende de la información recibida de las mujeres, de los hombres y de jóvenes de toda la Iglesia. Nos gustaría escuchar a todos los episcopales que sea posible. Por favor, complete el cuestionario para que su voz sea escuchada en este tema tan importante”.La encuesta, elaborada conjuntamente por las Mujeres Ecuménicas con el aporte de la Iglesia Episcopal y otras iglesias, está disponible aquíhttp://www.formstack.com/forms/DFMS-csw_espLa encuesta puede ser llenada ya sea por particulares o por un grupo. La encuesta consta solo de once preguntas. No se requiere el nombre, la información demográfica se limita a la ubicación del que responde y de su género.La fecha límite para participar en la encuesta es 1 de septiembre.Los datos de las encuestas, tras su presentación, se enviarán automáticamente a la Iglesia Episcopal y a la Mujeres Ecuménicas. De las respuestas, se formularán las prioridades de defensa y una declaración conjunta preparada por escrito para ser todo presentado a la Comisión de las Naciones Unidas sobre la Condición de la Mujer [por su sigla en inglés, UNCSW] para el evento de 2013.Para más información póngase en contacto con Main en [email protected] 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 Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Se solicita la participación de la Iglesia Episcopal en un evento importante anual de las Naciones Unidas Rector Martinsville, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Press Release Service The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Washington, DC Tags Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Bath, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Music Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit an Event Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA
Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN 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 February 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm One of the meditations during our council sessions was given by a lay person and one was given by a deacon. We are still trying to educate our diocese that clergy includes bishops, priests, AND deacons. Many still equate clergy with priest. Rector Belleville, IL An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Mareea Wilson says: Virginia: Annual Council embraces new model for energy, inspiration Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Comments (3) Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 February 6, 2014 at 5:09 pm It was great to see members of Council step out of their comfort zone and recognize that things are really changing in the Dioceses and the country, especially in Northen Virginia. This new centtry(2014)must be a wake up call for each of us as CHRISTIANS, we must recognize that each can make a contribution in this JOURNEY that OUR BISHOPS have ask us to take, stretch ourselves, PRIEST and LAY, CAN WE DO THIS AS Chritians, my Brothers And Sisters,? I think we can it is not about US but about JESUS. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 Tampa, FL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Music Morristown, NJ February 7, 2014 at 4:16 am To add to what Emmetri wrote and to complete the circle, I prefer focusing on the question in our Catechism which asks, “Who are the MINISTERS of the Church?” As Emmetri wrote, a lay person spoke in addition to a deacon and other clergy. In my opinion, the only way our Diocese of Virginia will achieve our optimistic goals is to train and support transformational LAY leadership to work shoulder to shoulder with our ordained leaders. And yes, it was a wonderful council! Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 Hopkinsville, KY Rector Albany, NY Emmetri Monica Beane says: Comments are closed. Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Scott Christian says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Episcopal Diocese of Virginia] Members of the Diocese of Virginia Annual Council stepped out of their comfort zones at their Jan. 23-25 meeting in Richmond, where they gathered under the theme “Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve.”In his opening remarks, Bishop Shannon S. Johnston explained that the 2014 council would focus – with a decidedly optimistic tone – on sources of energy and inspiration. “Our theme speaks both to what is clearly now going on in our diocese, and to our continuing aspirations – what we are being called to be like in the months and years to come,” said Johnston.Both the format and content of the meeting spoke to that commitment to stretching and newness. In the new “State of the Diocese” presentation, the bishops joined in a moderated, conversational question-and-answer session, in which they discussed everything from the mix of faith and “politics” to their favorite bands and “weirdest” hobbies.Groups from across the diocese then offered fast-paced, media-driven mini-presentations on a series of out-of-the-box ministry ideas:Members and leaders of Grace on the Hill, Virginia’s Episcopal Service Corps intentional community program, reflected on their experiences.Virginia’s first downtown missioner told stories of her work engaging community at an urban parish.The Girls in Real Life (GIRLs) group of St. George’s, Fredericksburg, presented a live “radio show” on issues relating to the intersection of females and faith – with a surprise video call-in from the presiding bishop.Virginia bishops the Rt. Rev. Ted Gulick, assistant; the Rt. Rev. Susan Goff, suffragan; and the Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston, diocesan, lead the way in Virginia’s interactive info-gathering session at their Jan. 2014 Annual Council – powered by text-response survey software. Photo: Megan-Drew TillerFor the first time, council members participated in a real-time electronic survey, in which participants texted their responses to a series of questions and were able to view the responses as they were submitted live, via large screens on the council floor. (Learn more.) The results provided some glimpses into church life that will inform the work and vision of the Diocese of Virginia in the future, including:For 32 percent of respondents, their greatest challenge as a congregation is the changing status of church in society.85 percent of respondents are optimistic or somewhat optimistic about the future of their congregations.Over 50 percent of respondents use social media for ministry either daily or a couple times each week – while about 15 percent never use social media.Feedback from this new format was overwhelmingly positive. The format “promoted an intimacy and connection between the parishes,” said one participant in a post-council survey, and “gave us a sense of vitality, optimism and commitment to mission.” Another council member said, “I’ve never exited a church meeting so excited about the possibilities before us,” while another added, “After this experience, I now feel better connected to the diocese.”Both the interactive info-gathering session and the State of the Diocese presentations were marked by a sense of energy. “These examples of ministry from across our diocese are offered to you for your edification, your inspiration and learning, toward the awakening of your souls, and for strengthening your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,” said Johnston. “So now, let the stretching begin!”— Emily Cherry is the communications director for the Diocese of Virginia. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Collierville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID By Emily CherryPosted Feb 6, 2014 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Featured Events Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC