Month: June 2021

first_imgCastres did pick up a losing bonus point at Murrayfield in Round 4 but they let three points slip from their grasp when Simon Webster scored a try for Edinburgh in the 77th minute and David Blair converted to claim the points.“Our defeat in Scotland drastically reduced our qualification chances and they are pretty slim judging by the results obtained in other Pools,” said Albouy.“The Round 2 match against the Cardiff Blues in Castres ended in our favour but they led during one period and we led during the other so our next European fixture on Friday night is a fantastic occasion to face a great team and hopefully achieve a great performance.“And, if we are lucky, we will perhaps get a result that will put us back on track, although knowing that we would still have to beat Northampton Saints at the last hurdle to make sure we still stand a chance of qualifying.“We will approach Round 5 as being a massive encounter, but we won’t put ourselves under the pressure of having to qualify because it is too uncertain at this stage. Castres scrum half Alexandre AlbouyCastres Olympique have only qualified for the Heineken Cup knock-out stages once before – and they can take a giant step towards trying to end that nine-year wait with a Pool 1 double over Cardiff Blues when they clash in Round 5 at Cardiff City Stadium on Friday night.Northampton Saints are firmly in control of Pool 1 but Castres are not out of contention for more European action in April.Castres celebrated a 27-20 home victory over the Blues in Round 2 but French international scrum half Alexandre Albouy believes they must contain Blues ace No 8 Xavier Rush if they are to clinch that double and stay in the hunt for quarter-final qualification.“Cardiff Blues have a brilliant squad and, just like in the first leg, we will have to be wary of their No 8 Xavier Rush who is an excellent player,” said Albouy.“He pushes his troops forward and he is a real morale booster for his team – you only have to look at the major impact his red card against Northampton had on the rest of the side.“The challenge will be to stop them up front and try to prevent them from getting hold of the ball. We will have to produce momentum of our own and spread them across the field.“Like Edinburgh, the Scottish side in our group, they have that ability to hold on to the ball for a very long time so it is extremely exhausting for the defence. We will have to be vigilant and not allow them to gain territory and avoid turnovers when we are in possession.“On top of that, their half-backs are really good at directing their team-mates and recycling the ball, so it helps in adding to the phases of play. They have a varied game and a fantastic pair of explosive centres who push their team forward – they know how to make the most of their assets.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img “We are delighted to have got back into the Heineken Cup this season after having created something of a surprise in our domestic league last year by finishing fifth, but the start of this season was tough because we were put under the microscope and people expected a lot from us.“The level of the Heineken Cup is definitely higher than that of the Amlin Challenge Cup but overall I think we have confirmed we have our place on merit in this competition. Even though our current Pool situation is shaky we are on the right path towards improvement and there is still a glimmer of hope to spur us on.”last_img read more

first_img Wales U20 SquadWales U20 team v New Zealand (Stadio Mario Battaglini, Rovigo, Tuesday 14 June, 5.10pm UK time, Live on S4C)The Wales Under 20 coaching team has made seven changes and two positional for their second Pool match of the IRB Junior World Championship against New Zealand tomorrow (Tuesday).Wales beat Argentina 34-8 in convincing fashion on Friday, but head coach Richard Webster says it was a case of horses for courses when it came to selection against the No 1 seeds.Ospreys and Bridgend lock Lloyd Peers will captain the side, replacing squad captain Macauley Cook in the starting line-up. Elsewhere in the pack, WillGriff John replaces Will Taylor at tight head, while fit-again Thomas Young takes his place on the openside flank, alongside Ed Siggery and Owen Sheppeard who starts ahead of Ben Thomas at No 8.Behind the scrum there is a new half-back pairing, with Blues and Pontypridd scrum half Lewis Jones getting the nod over Jonathan Evans, and Steve Shingler moving from full back to outside half in place of Matthew Morgan.The centre partnership is unchanged, while there will be a Scarlets academy pair on the wings, with Dale Ford making his Wales Under 20 debut and Iolo Evans making his first start after coming on against Argentina.Liam Williams moves from wing to full back. PADOVA, ITALY – JUNE 10: Wales players celebrate after the IRB Junior World Championship match between Argentina and Wales at Plebiscito stadium on June 10, 2011 in Padova, Italy. (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Webster said: “We were pleased with the result against Argentina, it’s great to be able to have that platform to build on, but there were a number of areas we need to improve on if we are to do well against New Zealand.“We are lucky that due to the fierce competition within the camp for every position, this side is every bit as strong as the starting line-up selected against Argentina. Every player selected for tomorrow’s game fully deserves his chance, while those on the bench will also be desperate to show what they can do against the world champions if they get the opportunity.“Some areas of our game worked well against Argentina, including our defence, and some of our attacking play, but I felt that we got a bit lazy once we’d scored a few tries. It’s going to be a different proposition against New Zealand and we will have to make a step up in intensity and concentration.“Lloyd Peers is one of the true leaders within the squad, giving him the captain’s armband for this game is a natural progression for him.”Wales team v New Zealand: Liam Williams (Llanelli); Iolo Evans (Scarlets / Llanelli) Owen Williams (Blues / Cardiff), Lewis Robling (Dragons / Newport), Dale Ford (Scarlets / Llanelli); Steve Shingler (London Irish), Lewis Jones (Blues / Pontypridd); Rhodri Jones (Scarlets / Llanelli), Kirby Myhill (Scarlets / Llanelli), WillGriff John (Blues/ Pontypridd), Lloyd Peers (capt, Ospreys/ Bridgend), Cory Hill (Blues / Pontypridd), Edward Siggery (Pontypridd), Thomas Young (Blues / Cardiff), Owen Sheppeard (Blues / Pontypridd). Replacements: Jamie Sollis (Dragons / Cross Keys), WillTaylor (Ospreys / Swansea), Macauley Cook (Blues / Cardiff), Luke Hamilton (Blues / Glamorgan), Jonathan Evans (Dragons / Newport), Matthew Morgan (Ospreys / Swansea), Ross Jones (Ospreys / Bridgend)Referee: Greg Garner (RFU)last_img read more

first_imgGodman, who won the last of his 23 caps in the 2010 RBS 6 Nations against England, has recovered from a knee injury in training in September 2010 to return to Edinburgh duty and is expected to feature in Edinburgh’s squad for their vital Heineken Cup tie against London Irish at Murrayfield on Sunday (kick-off 3.15pm). LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Tom Ryder (L) and Phil Goodman will join the Scotland squad training in St Andrews next weekPhil Godman, the 29-year-old Edinburgh Rugby stand-off and Tom Ryder, the 26-year-old Glasgow Warriors lock, have been called into the Scotland squad for the opening two games of the RBS 6 Nations Championship.Godman, hero of Edinburgh’s Heineken Cup victory in Paris against Racing Metro 92 last weekend courtesy of a last-gasp snap drop-goal, has been added to the squad for training at St Andrews next week. He is enlisted as Ruaridh Jackson has not yet returned to match action following the leg injury that forced his departure during Glasgow’s RaboDirect PRO12 match at Llanelli earlier this month.Ryder has been called up after Fraser McKenzie injured his arm in Amlin Challenge Cup action for Sale Sharks against Brive last night.  McKenzie will be seen by a specialist surgeon but has been ruled out of action in the immediate future.Ryder has since become a key member of the Glasgow front eight, making 29 appearances in the RaboDirect PRO12 and a further six in the Heineken Cup. He helped Scotland A achieve a 100% record in season 2010/11, impressing in the wins over USA Eagles and Italy A.center_img Ryder, the 6ft 5in, 18st 6lb lock, who qualifies for Scotland through his Glaswegian father, Paul, joined Glasgow Warriors from English Premiership outfit, Saracens, on a two-month loan in August 2010 and impressed to the extent where he was invited to make the arrangement permanent.Scotland head coach Andy Robinson said: “It’s a blow for Fraser but I’ve always stressed the importance of performing on Scotland A duty and consistently for your club.  Tom has done this and deserves this chance.”last_img read more

first_img Three down and five to go in the Champions Cup, as we head into the last weekend of pool games with Saracens, Leicester Tigers and Racing 92 all having a cigar on already, after securing home quarter-finals with five rounds of matches gone.The bookies have Saracens and Dan Carter’s Racing vying for favouritism with Toulon just behind them, but I wonder what the odds-makers would have been quoting if the rugby gods had smiled on Wasps in France on Sunday. And who will be joining the three already there when the dust settles on Sunday evening?Outflanked: Josua Tuisova evades James Gaskell and creates a try for Toulon v WaspsA tip of the hat to the organisers as well, whose decision to reduce the number of pools to five last season, from six, has paid off. Too often in recent years the last weekend of the group stages has had a bit of a lame duck look to it. Not this time though.After looking at the weekend’s fixtures, chucking a few bits of paper in the air and dusting off the crystal ball it looks like the Aviva Premiership will have four representatives in the last eight, with three from the Top 14 and one from Wales. Ulster need a hefty win against Oyonnax in Pool One to have a chance of making it.So with the tin hat on, here are the five which could complete the quarter-final line-up: Toulon, Wasps, Clermont Auvergne, Northampton and Ospreys.Make way: Ben Youngs was one of six Leicester try-scorers v Benetton TrevisoYou would have to have had a heart of stone, or be a Leicester fan, not to have some sympathy with Wasps after what they went through on Sunday in France. Missing a couple of their biggest guns, they were leading Toulon 11-8 going into the 81st minute and on course for their biggest win in Europe since Lawrence Dallaglio and co were on the firm. With nearly everyone in their backline playing out of position, and Joe Simpson making his one mistake of a brilliant afternoon, which made you ponder how there can be two better scrum-halves in England, they let in Drew Mitchell for the game-winning try – but they live to fight another day in Pool Five. TAGS: Exeter ChiefsHighlightOspreysWasps Losing bonus points don’t grow on trees on Avenue Franklin Roosevelt next to Toulon’s Stade Mayol and with a home game to come this Saturday against a Leinster team who are already out, Wasps will fancy their chances of claiming a spot in the last eight and they will have Joe Launchbury and James Haskell back in the fold.Amazingly, it looks like two teams could get out of Pool Five – and you could have got long odds on that at the start. Toulon head to Bath and should get enough. They have had their lucky escape this year already and will not be in the mood to leave anything to chance. This was the proverbial pool of death when it was drawn, with four former champions in it, but Wasps put the cat among the pigeons with their home win demolition of Toulon and their victory in Dublin.Exeter Chiefs must be kicking themselves though. They spent the aftermath of their 34-27 defeat to Bordeaux-Begles in Pool Two saying they did not regret picking an almost second-string side but if they had known Ospreys would beat Clermont on Friday they surely would have gone to France fully loaded. As it is, it looks like they are out and Ospreys will be desperate to confirm that by beating the English side on Sunday and make sure their epic win in the previous round is not wasted. However, all four teams in Pool Two have a mathematical chance of getting through. All smiles: Owen Farrell and Sarcens celebrate during last week’s win over Ulster. (Photo: Getty Images) Ospreys flying: Sam Davies celebrates the 21-13 win over ClermontNorthampton Saints should get what they need at Scarlets on Saturday to claim the Pool Three runners-up spot and go through, but after narrowly squeaking through at home against Glasgow Warriors, thanks to Harry Mallinder’s late score, they don’t look candidates to go any further than the last eight.So the order of the quarter-finals could look something like this. Saracens v Northampton, Racing v Wasps, Leicester v Ospreys and Toulon v Clermont. But if Toulon don’t get a big enough win against Bath, Ulster wallop Oyonnax and Exeter withstand Alun Wyn Jones and his pals in the west country on Sunday, it will all look very different and I will be running for cover. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Adam Hathaway takes a look into his crystal ball and tries to predict who will make it to the last eight of the European Champions Cup.last_img read more

first_imgOkay, so now onto the truly perplexing and downright nasty stuff. First up is this incident – a red card for Dominic Robertson-McCoy after a stamp on Josh van der Flier. There is absolutely no room for this in rugby. After the 20-3 win for Leinster, Connacht boss Andy Friend said the prop was “really disappointed with himself”. There was sublime skill, on-field controversy and mind-blowing off-filed antics as the rugby season roars on… At it again: Sinoti Sinoti of Newcastle Falcons made another crazy sidestep Okay, this one is nasty but not intentionally so. There was a moment during the Dragons’ 29-13 loss to Glasgow where Adam Warren came away with a horrible friction burn on his face, after scoring a try. (You can see a photo of it here) Little & Large are back. This time for a Saints v Tigers special edition. @SaintsRugby v @LeicesterTigers // Sat 6 Oct @3PM // Live from Twickenham on @[email protected] @Courtney_Lawes @HarryMal10 @jameshaskell @George_Fordy @benyoungs09 @premrugby pic.twitter.com/WD7xQkwxxd— Channel 5 Sport (@Channel5Sport) September 28, 2018We also have more details about that match in honour of Rob Horne. There were also some big all-round performances. Chiefly amongst them was that of Saracen’s playmaker Alex Goode. After his role in Sarries’ crushing of Bath, many were calling for the full-back to be called back into Eddie Jones’s England squad. His wasn’t the only moment of brilliance over the weekend. How about this: good hands for a big man, Courtney Lawes. Connacht’s Robertson-McCoy was shown a red for this stamp on van der Flier.It should be a long ban. pic.twitter.com/LVOQug7EKu— rugby (@theblitzdefence) September 29, 2018Whilst we’re looking at inappropriate use of the feet, how about this bizarre attempt by a Chinese player to stop Hong Kong passing the ball on the way to a try?center_img Of course, not everything was super-positive over the weekend. No less after a Leicester-Sale match-up that disappointed a lot of neutrals. The Tigers won 19-15, but, well, it left a lot to be desired. Another incredible Sinoti Sinoti sidestepWell it’s happened again. There were as many big discussion points as there were scintillating moments of rugby this weekend. But before we wade into all of the debate, here are a few sublime incidents. Like this – yet another jack-hammer sidestep from Newcastle Falcons wing, Sinoti Sinoti.You may remember his mind-bending step against Exeter last season? Well he did the business again, this time against Wasps… Off the pitch, there is also this developing story, which is potentially about a serious fall from grace for Italy-capped prop Sami Panico. We will have to wait and see how this one ends up… Remarkable story coming out of Zebre, who play Glasgow on Friday. Prop Sami Panico facing charges of possession with intent to supply after almost 2kg of drugs (some marijuana, some hashish) are found in his house near Rome along with c.10k Euros in cash. Panico has 10 Italy caps— Mark Palmer (@MarkPalmerST) September 30, 2018And finally, on a lighter note, the Little and Large of Premiership rugby coverage are at it again. This time it’s to help promote the Midlands derby clash between Saints and Tigers, which is being played in honour of Rob Horne. Then there was this American Football-style throw from Munster’s Alby Mathewson… Who knows what next week will bring…Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Jacob Whitehead has looked into his crystal ball to pick an England team for the next World Cup in France An England XV for the 2023 Rugby World Cup The blow of England’s loss in the Rugby World Cup final has been softened in some quarters by the idea that this team may not have peaked yet. After all, they had the youngest average age of any team to ever take the field in a World Cup final in the professional era. But how could they look in four years’ time? Here’s a possible England starting XV for France 2023… 15. Josh Hodge – This year’s World Rugby U20 Championship wasn’t a vintage one for England, but one bright point was the brilliance of Newcastle full-back Hodge. An accomplished goalkicker whose counter-attacking runs will make the most geriatric supporter stand from their seat, he will be a key figure in the Falcons’ resurgence. 14. Joe Cokanasiga – Perhaps this World Cup came one year too early for Cokanasiga, who wasn’t let loose in the knockout stages. In four yeas he will be a frightening prospect, as his aerial and defensive skills improve to match his bulldozing attacking flair. 13. Henry Slade – The second distributor in this England side, Slade will be one of the team’s leaders in 2023. Outside-centre is a real position of strength – think of the competing claims of Joe Marchant, Alex Lozowski, or even Jack Nowell. Silky Northampton player Fraser Dingwall also has international honours in his future.Centre point: Ollie Lawrence breaks during last season’s U20 Six Nations (Getty Images) 12. Ollie Lawrence – Finding his feet for Worcester in the Premiership at 20 years old, Lawrence’s potential has got both his club and country excited. Capable of marrying the power of Tuilagi with the shiftiness of a Jonathan Joseph, he should make opposition defences afraid. 11. Anthony Watson – It feels as if he’s been around for a decade, but Watson has still not peaked. Having played brilliantly at the World Cup despite an injury-hit season, the Bath talisman will be pushed by Gloucester’s Ollie Thorley and Harlequins’ Gabriel Ibitoye.Related: Downtime with Ollie Thorley 10. Owen Farrell – Farrell will be 32 in 2023, but it would be a shock if he wasn’t England’s elder statesman in the next tournament. We’re predicting he’ll settle at fly-half with his attacking skills still improving and a talented generation of centres in the wings. 9. Harry Randall – Ben Youngs and Willi Heinz are unlikely to make the next World Cup, which will leave Eddie Jones with the job of developing a youngster for the job. Ben Spencer may be in contention at 31, but Bristol’s Randall is our pick. A jet-heeled jinker whose kicking game is rapidly improving, Randall stepped up to Premiership rugby with ease last season and expect him to kick on more this term.Break through: Ellis Genge bursts through the USA defence at RWC 2019 (Getty Images) 1. Ellis Genge – The Bristol-born loosehead rampaged into Jones’s World Cup squad after his impressive form for Leicester. Imagine how good he could be in four years, learning scrummaging from Joe Marler and picking up a few handling tricks from Mako Vunipola. 2. Jamie George – The Saracens hooker will be 32 come the tournament in France and such is his form at the moment, it is hard to see any player surpassing him for the starting jersey. It will be interesting seeing if Jack Singleton, now also at Saracens, can compellingly press his case. 3. Kyle Sinckler – Suffering the cruellest fate of England’s XV in the final, forced off due to concussion in the first five minutes, I pity the man standing in the way of Sinckler’s World Cup redemption story. His battle with Tadhg Furlong for the tighthead shirt on the 2021 Lions tour will be one to watch.Related: The making of Kyle Sinckler 4. Maro Itoje – A star of Japan in 2019, and surely still burning brightly in France in four years at the age of only 28. Saracens and England will need to manage his workload to ensure this generational talent will arrive at the peak of his powers.Making strides: Joel Kpoku makes a break for Saracens (Getty Images) 5. Joel Kpoku – The next star off the Saracens production line may be Kpoku, although the lock has been linked with a move to Northampton Saints due to the presence of Itoje, George Kruis and Nick Isiekwe at his current club. An incredibly hard-hitting carrier in the mould of Eben Etzebeth, a selection in the coming months would not be surprising.Related: Rising Star Joel Kpoku 6. Tom Curry – Nominated for World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year in the same year as his international breakthrough, the fairytale story should continue for Curry. Do not rule out twin brother Ben lining up next to him during the next World Cup cycle. 7. Sam Underhill – Underhill will be in his prime at 27 at the next World Cup. If his tough tackling does not lead to injury, expect to see the Curry-Underhill combination in France. Wasps’ Jack Willis, now back from a serious knee injury, or Gloucester’s young Aaron Hinkley are other names to watch. 8. Billy Vunipola – A tough selection: will Billy’s body still be fit and firing in four years’ time? With the spirit of optimism, and the example of Duane Vermeulen, who won a World Cup at 33, we’ll say he’ll make it – with Bath’s Zach Mercer an heir to develop in the interim.center_img Huddle up: Owen Farrell (12) talks to his team-mates after the World Cup final defeat (Getty Images) Let us know your thoughts on an England team for RWC 2023 by emailing [email protected] Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Scepticism about the success of the Pro14 has prompted renewed talk of a British and Irish League. But would it work? Read this debate from our November 2020 issue Face-off: Should rugby have a British and Irish League?MATTHEW SOUTHCOMB
ERugby Writer for WalesOnlineIn 1998, Welsh rugby blew a golden opportunity to form an Anglo-Welsh League because it wanted more than the five places offered by the RFU.Many a Welsh rugby fan has pondered how different things might now look had negotiations taken a different course all those years ago.The Guinness Pro14 does not capture the imagination of the masses in Wales. Because of the geographical spread of the league, very few, if any, fans travel to away matches.In turn, this means any atmosphere or sense of occasion is largely manufactured, with stadiums rarely anywhere near capacity. It could be that the regions have enjoyed little success, that international players are absent for so many of the league’s matches, or the convoluted conference system.The formation of an Anglo-Welsh League, or even a British and Irish League, would be a shot in the arm for the professional game in Wales.The prospect of rekindling the old rivalry, and being able to travel to away matches without having to fork out for an overnight stay in a hotel, would be a mouthwatering one for fans on the western banks of the River Severn.Rebels: Swansea (above) and Cardiff played English clubs in 1998-99 in defiance of the WRU (Getty Images)Cardiff Blues have had four sell-out matches in the past year or so – three Welsh derbies and a Champions Cup clash with Saracens. The appetite is there.Clearly, there are no guarantees that the regions would thrive in such a league. However, it would certainly generate interest.Creating the competition is far from an easy task and it’s not clear whether the English would even be interested.But plenty of fans in Wales will be hoping that they are. Anglo-Welsh battle: Scarlets and Tigers clash in the Champions Cup. Should they meet in league action? center_img ADAM HATHAWAYFreelance rugby journalistA lot of people are getting very excited about the prospect of a British and Irish League and it may well happen in the next couple of years. But it shouldn’t.There is talk of 24 teams in two divisions but what about everybody else? You can bet your bottom dollar that relegation from that lot will be a no-no and therefore the competition is immediately compromised.Just look at what happened when the Premiership restarted and there was no chance of falling through the trap door, with Saracens already down thanks to the salary cap scandal.Circumstances were slightly different because of Covid-enforced midweek fixtures, but many of the games were mismatches and frankly rubbish. No relegation means lower standards and Richard Cockerill, who has coached in France, Scotland and England, recognises this.He said that in two of the three main European leagues there were consequences for underperforming and that relegation is the only way to sort the men from the boys.Mismatch: games like Wasps v Leicester in September show the danger of playing without jeopardy (Getty)It is easy to see why the Welsh clubs are keen on a British and Irish League. They could do with the money but they need to up their game.Look at the Pro14 or Pro12 or whatever it is this week. Johnny Sexton only goes to Wales to play in a national shirt rather than a Leinster one. If the English clubs had the same approach with their big names then who would bother turning up?And what would the future hold for the Heineken Champions Cup? That competition has had more than enough revamps.Nice try but it is a no from me. What do you think? Email your views to [email protected] debate first appeared in the November 2020 issue of Rugby World.last_img read more

first_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET By Elizabeth PaulsenPosted Mar 13, 2012 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Music Morristown, NJ [Episcopal News Service] Daisy, an early 20th century servant girl on the popular PBS period drama “Downton Abbey,” struggled at the end of the show’s second season to understand and accept the love of another.After the loss of her husband, Daisy questioned her grieving father-in-law’s request to adopt her as a daughter, wrestling to reciprocate his love fully for myriad reasons.For David Zahl, one of the founders of the non-profit organization Mockingbird, this storyline presents a Christian allegory, mirroring the struggle Christians endure to accept, without question, the grace and love of God.“That God relates to you and me not according to feelings or attributes that we bring to the table, but those that His Son brought. As a result, we are adopted as children, receiving the same benefit, the same care, the same inheritance, the same love as the Son,” Zahl wrote on Mockingbird’s website mbird.com.Illuminating God’s message of grace in popular culture, including in television shows like “Downton Abbey” and others like “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood,” is the cornerstone of Mockingbird, which strives to connect Christianity with everyday life.Through mbird.com, contributors, including Zahl, analyze film, music, television, literature, social science and humor, dissecting the contents through a Christian understanding.“We are not trying to cover popular culture,” said Zahl. “But we are trying to reach people through both conscious and unconscious parallels in good art.”Although the organization is not affiliated with any Christian denomination, Zahl is an Episcopalian and licensed lay preacher, serving on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. He founded Mockingbird in 2007 with the help of Jacob Smith, an associate priest at Calvary – St. George’s in Manhattan.The pair wanted to start a non-denominational organization for those who had a negative experience with the church. After struggling to find traction through face-to-face gatherings in New York City, they eventually devoted the majority of their resources to the organization’s website.“If you say Jesus died for your sins, many people will simply tune you out. It’s key to illustrate God’s love, using the people’s language,” said Smith, whose mentor is the Rev. Paul Zahl, David’s father and a conservative Episcopal priest.The organization’s name was inspired by the mimicking nature of a mockingbird.“We are repeating the message of God’s love,” Zahl said.Mockingbird’s website now averages about 70,000 unique visitors a month. And one of its avid readers is Margaret Evans, an editor of a weekly newspaper in Beaufort, South Carolina.Evans was reading the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” for a book club. While searching online about the book, she stumbled upon Mockingbird’s website and began reading.“It grabbed me right away,” said Evans, who attends a Presbyterian church. “It’s intellectual writing that covers both high and low culture. It’s smart but not remotely arrogant.”Looking at the Gospels through popular culture also is what drew Willis Logan, a seminarian at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, who plans on becoming an Episcopal priest. He had heard about Mockingbird through the rector at Zahl’s church in Charlottesville.“The website is gravitating in the way it is presented – blogs, articles, studies. It’s really focused on what it means to play out the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the everyday world,” said Logan, 33. “It appeals to anyone without watering down the Gospel.”In addition to its website, Mockingbird hosts a yearly conference in New York City and other mini-conferences. This year’s New York conference, which will be held April 19-21, offers fellowship through small-group discussion, covering a range of topics including movies, parenting and life in local churches, in addition to guess speakers. Zahl is expecting at least 250 participants and hopes to expand Mockingbird’s conferences into other cities.Logan attended the Mockingbird conference in New York City last spring, and although he won’t be able to attend this year’s conference, he found the experience engaging.“The topics are very much the same as on the website, and it’s a great opportunity to meet new people,” Logan said.One topic the founders and other contributors to Mockingbird intentionally stay clear of is politics, both secular and church politics.“We don’t want to wade into the quagmires of politics,” said Zahl, who does a majority of the writing for the website along with a part-time employee, Ethan Richardson.Richardson wrote a book, which Mockingbird plans to publish this spring, called “This American Gospel: A Companion to the Public Radio Series,” which examines some of the many human interest stories on the popular Public Radio series “This American Life.” This is one of several publications by the organization, which also has published “Grace in Addiction: What The Church Can Learn From Alcoholics Anonymous” and “The Gospel According to Pixar.”Whether it’s through television shows like Downton Abbey, movies by Pixar or radio shows, Zahl and Smith said they hope the organization they founded five years ago will continue to resonate.“It’s God’s grace, and everyone needs to hear it,” Smith said.– Elizabeth Paulsen is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and member of Christ Church in Bay Ridge. 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first_img Posted Dec 14, 2012 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 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 and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Press Release Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Shreveport, LA Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TN The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal City Mission staff and board members and Burgess Urban Fund committee members presented grants to 21 grassroots community organizations Dec. 13.[Episcopal City Mission] Episcopal City Mission (ECM), a faith-based ministry which promotes social and economic justice working through congregations, community-based organizations and people within the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, presented their Burgess Urban Fund grants to 21 grassroots community organizations on Dec. 13.For 36 years, the Burgess Urban Fund (BUF) has supported grassroots community organizing in response to social injustice in Massachusetts and has awarded over $6.5 million in grants. The amounts for this year’s grants also increased with $10,000 being the minimum grant.“The Burgess Urban Fund was established to improve the lives of the urban poor and oppressed.  We reach out into the wider community and partner with community-based organizations that have the power and capacity to reach into so many neighborhoods.  The fund’s focus areas are: faith-based organizing, immigrants’ rights, workers’ rights, affordable housing, poverty-related organizing and youth/senior organizing.  We are especially excited this year as we were able to increase both the grant size and the number of grantees funded,” said Norm Faramelli, interim executive director, Episcopal City Mission.“It is evident within Massachusetts and within our own communities, that there is an overwhelming need for organizing and advocacy to right the injustices of many.  This is illustrated by the increasing number of applications we receive every year; this year hit an all-time high of 60 applications with a large number from the workers’ and immigrants’ rights sectors,” said Katie Campbell Simons, associate director community partnerships and public policy.Burgess Urban Fund grantees must:  engage members of the community to identify shared concerns and create goals for social change; develop new leaders, especially among thoseaffected by social inequality; undertake projects with concrete goals for the core constituency; articulate both the immediate and root causes of the problem through social change, and collaborate with other organizations, regional and statewide.This year’s Boston-based Burgess Urban Fund grantees are:• Boston Project Ministries• Massachusetts Senior Action Council• Boston Workers Alliance• ¿Oiste?• Brazilian Immigrant Center• Student Immigrant Movement• Brazilian Women’s Group• Neighborhood of Affordable Housing• Dorchester Bay Youth Force• Neighbors United for a Better East BostonThe other Massachusetts’-based Burgess Urban Fund grantees are:• Brockton Interfaith Community• United Interfaith Action• Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores• United Neighbors of Fitchburg• Community Economic Development• The Worker Center for Economic Justice Center of SE Massachusetts• Youth on Board• Essex County Community Organization• YWCA of Greater Lawrence: Women’s Health Advocacy Initiative• Merrimack Valley Project• The Neighborhood Developers“We are honored again to receive the Burgess Urban Fund grant so that we can continue to expand our youth leadership and empowerment program,” said Dan Gelbtuch, Program Director of Dorchester Bay Youth Force. “I think I can speak on behalf of many of today’s recipients. For us, this money is transformational. It will truly help us to promote principles and practices of democracy and advance the political, social and economic standing of Latinos in the Commonwealth,” said Alejandra St. Guillen, executive director, ¿Oiste?Alexandra Pineros-Shields, Burgess Urban Fund Committee Chair, closed the awards presentation by thanking the grantees for their quest to improve the lives of those in the Commonwealth affected by social injustice.ABOUT EPISCOPAL CITY MISSIONIncorporated in 1844, ECM seeks to mobilize Episcopal parishes, individuals and resources in partnership with other community organizations for social structural change in Massachusetts, with particular emphasis on the urban poor. ECM does this through support for community organizing, mission-related investments in affordable housing, parish-based community economic development, and public policy advocacy. The Burgess Urban Fund was established in 1976 as a tribute to The Rt. Rev. John Melville Burgess, former Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts; he specifically wanted a collection of money given to community-based organizations that empowered the poor. In recent years, ECM has invested significant resources in affordable housing, including the expansion of the Morville House in the Fenway, grants to parishes seeking to develop affordable housing in their communities, grants to community organizers promoting affordable housing and the expansion of a network of parishes and people working to end family homelessness in this Commonwealth.  ECM’s mission is to work for the economic wellbeing of the underserved as an expression of God’s grace. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Albany, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 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 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal City Mission awards $282,000 to grassroots organizations Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Collierville, TN Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listinglast_img read more

first_img Rector Washington, DC By ACNS staffPosted Oct 14, 2013 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis [Anglican Communion News Service] Anglicans and Episcopalians around the world are being warned to be vigilant after scammers pretending to be Anglican Communion primates have asked for money.People in countries as far apart as Jamaica, the U.S. and Australia have received e-mails, text messages and even phone calls from people claiming to be Archbishop of the Church of the Province of Central Africa Albert Chama or Primate of The Episcopal Church in the Philippines Edward Malecdan.In most cases the fraudsters have claimed they are stuck at an airport en route to meet a relative, then ask for money to pay for additional transport costs or visa charges.Director for Communications at the Anglican Communion Office Jan Butter warned Anglicans and Episcopalians worldwide to be on their guard.“Most people who received these requests suspected they were scams and ignored them, or contacted the provinces concerned to verify the claims, ” he said. “However these people can sound very convincing and we believe one organization handed over $1,500.”Butter recommended that anyone who gets such an out-of-the-blue request should think very carefully before taking any action.“Most primates have well-established contacts in many places around the world. Before you do anything, first ask yourself why they would call a stranger for financial assistance before someone they know.” Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Anglican Communion Comments (2) Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Jay Woods says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Job Listing Rector Collierville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit a Press Release Rector Albany, NY Tags Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET October 28, 2013 at 1:38 am Yes, and many of them are coming from bishops in Nigeria and Ghana. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Dunstan Harding says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Featured Jobs & Calls Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL center_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit an Event Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Press Release Service Scam warning for Anglican Communion members Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Shreveport, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 October 22, 2013 at 10:21 pm Ho-Hum: the Nigerian scams have been going on for years. 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