Do you want to buy the issue of Rugby World in which this article appeared? Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit http://mags-uk.com/ipcOr perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. TAGS: Munster Ronan scoring the Grand slam winning drop goal against Wales during the Six Nations 2009 tournamentIt’s 8.30 in the evening, and Ronan O’Gara can finally put his feet up, writes Bea Asprey. These days, after a hard training session, it’s straight home to help look after the kids – two-year-old twins Molly and Rua, and six-month-old JJ. These arrivals have given O’Gara an escape from rugby that he didn’t have before – as soon as he walks through the door he has to turn his attention to Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam – and he admits that is no bad thing.Back on the pitch, however, the fly-half is the same competitive beast of old. He accepts nothing but the highest of standards when he runs out in a green jersey and says the mediocre results that Ireland produced in the autumn were simply not good enough. Having won a Grand Slam in 2009, he expects victory in this year’s RBS 6 Nations – and anything less simply will not wash. England and France must visit Dublin this year while Ireland travel to Rome, Edinburgh and Cardiff. But despite the majority of Ireland’s games being away from the Aviva Stadium, O’Gara is confident of challenging for the title.“We should be trying to win the championship,” he says. “That’s the standard we set for ourselves and anything other than that will be hugely disappointing, especially after winning the Grand Slam the year before last. You can still have a successful season if you lose one game, but with England and France at home there’s a big chance of winning those. We’ve Italy, Scotland and Wales away and if you perform well, you have a chance of winning those games too.”The loss to Scotland in Ireland’s final game at Croke Park sent them into a downward spiral for the rest of last season, and O’Gara believes the team can use that to motivate them throughout this tournament. He says: “Last year, losing to Scotland at home was a low point for the team and that’s unacceptable. We should be hurting from that performance and it should be fresh in our minds.”Ireland will also be hoping for improved attendances at the Aviva Stadium following disappointing turnouts in November. A large crowd and an intimidating atmosphere could work to their advantage against the French and English. “Our supporters are going to be hugely important because when the team give them something to shout about I think they’re the best around,” says O’Gara. “A lot of rugby is played emotionally, and you draw on the crowd when things get tough, and when the pressure comes on the crowd can have a big effect on the game. That’s exactly what happens in Lansdowne Road, so the home crowd is a big plus.”O’Gara has reached many milestones in his glittering career. He’s the all-time top point-scorer for Munster, Ireland and in the Heineken Cup, and last November he won his 100th Test cap when he came off the bench against South Africa. O’Gara has mixed feelings about that day as his achievement was marred by a frustrating performance by the team and while he brought some much-needed tempo to the game as a replacement, Ireland ultimately lost and he missed a late conversion in the 23-21 defeat. He is only the third Irishman to become a centurion after John Hayes and Brian O’Driscoll, but for a man at this stage of his career it’s no longer the taking part that counts.“From a personal point of view it was a very proud moment, but you don’t play rugby for yourself, you play for the enjoyment and winning with your team-mates,” he says. “When you’re young and just starting out you’re just trying to accumulate caps and play for your country, but at my stage it’s all about winning. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “From the standards I’ve set for myself, and the experienced players in the team, we were disappointed with the autumn series because we’d hoped to beat South Africa and give New Zealand a rattle, but when you lose by 20 points, and at home too, it’s a big defeat.”Having been a certain Ireland starter for many years, O’Gara is now playing second fiddle to Leinster’s Johnny Sexton. It was a hard pill to swallow at first, but he now enjoys the competition. And while he is contemplating retiring from Test rugby after the World Cup, he insists he will be around for a long while yet with Munster.“You want to get to the World Cup in the best possible position and hopefully contribute to a successful competition for Ireland. Then you’d be looking at someone else coming through and hopefully wearing the Irish jersey with pride and conviction. I’d be looking at giving it everything to the World Cup and if I’m required after that all well and good, but if I’m not I’d be more than happy to move over. “I’ve years left at Munster. My body is in good shape, I’ve been very lucky with injuries, and I’ve a lot to offer and just want to repay how good they’ve been to me.”O’Gara’s family hope to make the trip to the Aviva Stadium this month. “It’s cool when you think about it that you’re playing an International and your children are watching you. That’s something that as a young boy you’d never think would happen.”This article appeared in the March 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine
Of course, much more predictably fierce will be the all-English clash between Worcester Warriors and Sale Sharks. Could it end up more like an LV Cup game? Maybe, but those are always entertaining and fast-paced games and momentum is such a part of Aviva Premiership rugby that neither side will want to effectively throw a game. Particularly not against a rival who could be in a relegation dog-fight with you later. Juggling act: some clubs struggle to flit between competitions, but this weekend some will graft in in the AmlinTHE SECOND round of the Amlin Challenge Cup is almost here and despite the complaints of some about the level of competition in Round 1, there are some mouthwatering clashes coming up.On Friday night, Wasps host Bayonne. No doubt Wasps will want another win, but it is likely they would also like more of a contest after ransacking Viadana last week, winning by an embarrassing margin of 90-17. At this stage the Amlin is as much about exercising towards the next domestic game as anything else for the bigger clubs and the prospect of playing Bayonne offers less of a team run. Sure, Mike Phillips is not playing and Joe Launchbury and James Haskell warm the bench, but this is less likely to be a stroll in the park.Needing a boot up the backside: BiarritzBiarritz versus Oyonnax is one of those fixtures that could be a waste of time, with Biarritz struggling so much in the Top 14 that they would never risk injuring their top players, but Oyonnax are pulling out so many surprises in the league and offer something so refreshing that they could maybe just stun their more famous opponents out of their current stupor. of Sale in action with of Biarritz Olympique during the Amlin Challenge Cup match between Sale Sharks and Biarritz Olympique at AJ Bell Stadium on October 10, 2013 in Salford, England. Bath versus Newport Gwent Dragons will have a little bit of spice to it, with Dragons going all out to trip their Premiership opponents and there is enough quality in Bath to make a credible and victorious home appearance, particularly after gritting their teeth and doing the job against Bordeaux last week, when five penalties from George Ford was enough to ensure a win.Meanwhile two teams with shaves so close they might have needed paramedics in the opening round, Brive and Newcastle Falcons, line up on Friday to try and right a few wrongs. Brive drew 20-all with Calvisano when they would have expected to blow their lowly Italian counterparts away, weakened team or not, and Falcons only nipped ahead by a point as they defeated unfancied Bucharest Wolves 13-12. Both will want to make amends and both would love to have something they can at least proudly build upon for their return to domestic competition and hey, it’s always nice to score more than a few tries in Europe after a fortnight of graft, full team or not. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
The controversial signing of Paddy Jackson from Perpignan will see a competitive battle for the stand-off shirt, with young Theo Brophy Clews and Premiership winner Stephen Myler also in the mix. Australia scrum-half Nick Phipps will be hoping for a late-career bloom in Reading.4. Pro14 conferences rejiggedThe Guinness Pro14 is a confusing competition, but you’ve just got your head around it. Right? Wrong! For the next two seasons, the conferences for the Pro14 have been rejigged, with six teams swapping between the two.High quality: Leinster and Glasgow will battle it out in Conference A (Getty Images)The draw was made on 2018-19 finishing positions and tailored so there is an equal spread of teams from each nation. Conference A looks decidedly the stronger, boasting last year’s winners Leinster, runners-up Glasgow, the highest-ranked Welsh region Ospreys and semi-finalists Ulster. Can Zebre build on last year in such a competitive conference?Munster and Scarlets will lead the charge in Conference A, although Edinburgh and Cardiff Blues will look to crash their party.5. Cardiff Blues revitalised? Cardiff have replenished their back-three stocks over the summer, recruiting a pair of blockbuster internationals. Hallam Amos has joined from the Dragons, while Josh Adams has crossed the border from Worcester.Big impact: Owen Lane stood out for Cardiff Blues last term (Getty Images)The emergence of Owen Lane, unlucky to miss out on the Wales World Cup squad, has given the Blues possibly the best outside backs in the league – and handed Jarrod Evans quite a set of weapons to play with. If Rey Lee-Lo gets going, opposing defence coaches will be scratching their heads.6. A month into the Top 14 The Pro14 still doesn’t start until Glasgow travel to Bloemfontein to face the Cheetahs on Friday 27 September, whilst the Premiership is still a month away. But the Top 14 has been going on for a month already – and there have been some truly surprising results.Lyon and Bordeaux-Bègles are the runaway leaders having won all four of their matches, with young fly-half Matthieu Jalibert starring for the latter after returning from a severe knee injury.Flying: Matthieu Jalibert has been in great form for Bordeaux (Getty Images)Meanwhile, Toulon and Clermont Auvergne lie sixth and seventh respectively – they keenly await the return of their World Cup stars. Racing 92 are in a disastrous tenth, but powerhouse Toulouse are in even worse shape – they lie in twelfth.7. James Haskell’s career change After retiring from rugby and winning 77 England caps, James Haskell has wasted no time in pursuing his next career.Career change: James Haskell is training to be an MMA fighter (Getty Images)Once he’s finished with his punditry work for the Rugby World Cup, Haskell will enter full-time training as he attempts to pursue a career in Mixed Martial Arts. He has signed with Californian agency Bellator MMA as a heavyweight. Huddle up: Harlequins after a Premiership Rugby Cup win over Bristol (Getty Images) Jacob Whitehead reports on seven rugby stories you may have missed with all the focus on happenings in Japan LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS What’s going on away from the Rugby World Cup?The Rugby World Cup is drawing all our attention and rightly so, but there’s plenty happening at club level too. Jacob Whitehead reports on seven stories you might have missed…1. Harlequins go on recruitment driveDirector of rugby Paul Gustard has overhauled his squad for the coming year as Quins attempt to penetrate the play-off bubble, with his squad construction as imaginative as it has been ruthless.Club stalwarts such as Charlie Walker, Luke Wallace and Dave Ward have departed, whilst the retirement of James Horwill and Tim Visser has seen a great deal of experience leave South-West London.New nine: Scrum-half Martin Landajo is one of Quins’ signings (Getty Images)To that end, Gustard has signed a few veteran Premiership players, most notably Vereniki Goneva from Newcastle and centre Michele Campagnaro from Wasps. Welsh hooker Scott Baldwin also has leadership experience.Most exciting, however, are Quins’ signings from overseas. Scrum-half Martin Landajo has racked up 84 caps for Argentina and is a sniper to rival Danny Care, while South African flyer Travis Ismaiel, who can consider himself unlucky to only have a single Springbok cap, could be a surprise star of the season.2. Marquee signings aboundAlthough Harlequins may have been the most prolific club in the transfer marker, they are not the only team making a big splash. Leading clubs Exeter and Saracens have each signed a marquee full-back, in the form of Stuart Hogg and Elliot Daly respectively, although the latter may feature more at outside-centre for the champions due to Alex Goode’s often overlooked panache.Due south: Stuart Hogg (left) in Scotland training (Getty Images)London Irish seem to be constructing a fantasy rugby team (more on them later), whilst Bristol’s acquisition of Nathan Hughes and Dave Attwood will lend their pack some added heft. The departure of Matt Toomua has given Leicester the chance to add the highly physical Jaco Taute from Munster, whilst Jordan Taufua will provide sizable bite in the back row after starring in the Crusaders’ threepeat as Super Rugby champions.Meanwhile, Wasps have shuffled their outside backs by complementing the sizable presence of Malakai Fekitoa with the power of Paolo Odogwu and Zach Kibirige – a combination that smaller wingers will not look forward to facing.And look out for the X-factor of Melani Nanai, a new arrival at Worcester, whose quality in the back three for the Blues was often masked by the inconsistencies of his team-mates.3. No Newcastle, whilst Irish are rising… The Gallagher Premiership will miss Newcastle Falcons this season, their relegation meaning the league has lost the only professional club in the North-East. Their back-line has been picked off by other clubs, but Mark Wilson has only departed on loan to Sale for a year and they have retained the core of a talented, youthful forward pack.Hooker Jamie Blamire will look to put pressure on George McGuigan, prop Adam Brocklebank is one to watch, and they still boast the experience of Rodney Ah You, John Hardie and Gary Graham.In the clear: George Nott breaks for a London Irish try (Getty Images)The Falcons have been replaced by London Irish, looking to make an impact in the Premiership after their meek relegation two years ago, in which they won only three games. Director of rugby Declan Kidney and head coach Les Kiss have recruited aggressively, targeting experience and star quality. When he recovers from injury, Sean O’Brien will join Blair Cowan to create a troublesome back row, while Australians Sekope Kepu and Adam Coleman will add heft to the front five.Most exciting is the signing of Waisake Naholo from the Highlanders. The winger has scored 16 tries in 26 appearances for the All Blacks, but injuries in the past year dropped him from the World Cup reckoning. England coach Eddie Jones said: “I’ve already got an order in. I’ll be sitting ringside. Hopefully I don’t get any of his blood on me.”Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis May 31, 2012 at 8:17 am Hi Bob,In comparing ministries of the churches, no one can even touch the Falls Church (Anglican). Their evidence of commitment to productive ministry is on their website, and it’s undeniably awesome, comprehensive, holistic, local-regional-worldwide, fully funded, and well-attended. Now, we shall see what the Falls Church (Episcopal) will do. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH June 1, 2012 at 10:11 am And TEC continues its slippery slope……………………….. it won’t be long before the TEC churches are sold to the highest bidder because no one will go…………..TEC and the CoE need to wake up…………….while 70% of the Anglican Communion have revival, they continue the slow death, oh well , Jerusalem or Alexandria look good to be the NEW Canterbury………….. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Doug Desper says: VIRGINIA: ‘Continuing congregations’ turn focus to future Comments (9) Pegram Johnson III says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA June 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm Hi Pegram,The thousands who are associated with the departing congregations to become ACNA are not led by a few loud voices who object to women’s ordination as the main issue. The issue at hand for their dissent was and is the therological revisionism that plagues our Church. One can simply turn to the Easter Message by the PB and see what is missing: the name of Jesus Christ, His victory over death, and our hope of resurrection with Him. The Church’s high holy day was instead reduced to ruminations over “green” theology with no mention at all of Jesus Christ. Thankfully enough, there are still a lot of Episcopalians who have a problem with that revisionism. Those who have left and are leaving have not done so over “theological niceties”. By Emily CherryPosted May 30, 2012 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Press Release Press Release Service Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Tampa, FL An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET May 30, 2012 at 11:37 pm We have to peacefully embrace the opposition to discern our way forward. There is no reconciliation without conflict. Ordaining women and embracing all of God’s children are the ways to move forward in our mission to reconcile all with Christ. The litigation was the means to do this. We ought not resent the challenge. It is part of the work of the Church. michael Neal says: Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Albany, NY John Pollock says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Steven Long says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Music Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Church of the Epiphany Episcopal welcomes the community to worship. Photo/Frances Caldwell[Episcopal News Service] The past weeks have been a time of transition for the Diocese of Virginia. Congregations that have worshiped away from their home churches for more than five years have made joyful homecomings to their church buildings. The entire diocese has joined in celebrating these returns, all while entering into a discernment process to help these congregations make plans for the future.The recent returns and celebrations have been a longtime coming for the four “continuing congregations” that have worshipped in temporary spaces while the diocese and breakaway congregations that had joined the Convocation of Anglican Churches in North America fought over rights to diocese-owned properties in the courts. The breakaway congregations occupied the church buildings throughout the court proceedings.In all, seven church properties (and a number of additional buildings and land parcels) have been returned to the Diocese of Virginia following the near conclusion of a five-year legal dispute. Each has a different story to tell, and telling these stories is a key part of a diocesan initiative known as “Dayspring,” an effort to discern the work of the Holy Spirit with graciousness and patience as the diocese explores how best to use resources and properties for the ministry of the church.As the continuing congregations have begun discerning their way forward, each has realized that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to a new beginning.Members of Church of the Epiphany in Fairfax returned home on May 6, after worshiping in a local school. While making that transition, they’re also welcoming a new interim vicar and are turning to social media and marketing to increase their visibility in the community.It’s been a time of challenge, but since returning home the congregation has tripled Sunday attendance and doubled its membership from 25 to 50 members.The congregation also has benefitted from what the Rev. Jennifer McKenzie, interim vicar, calls the “Blessing-a-Day Club.” A slew of blessings that “seem to fall out of the sky,” she said, have landed on Epiphany’s doorstep, including volunteer musical groups for Sunday worship, pro-bono graphic design services, and more.“The biggest challenge right now for us is building the staff infrastructure that we need to support this growth, so that as this growth continues, we don’t let people slip through the cracks and lose people,” said McKenzie.The congregation’s hopes for the future are high. It’s launching a new branding- and direct-mail effort to raise the church’s image and presence in the community; hosting community groups, from the Boy Scouts to an Irish dance group; and participating in a local festival. And it’s rolling out the welcome mat. “Our big thing here is, ‘All are welcome,’ said McKenzie. “And we really mean that. When people walk in the door, we want them to know that there is a place for them.”The Rt. Rev. Ted Gulick, assistant bishop in Virginia, and the Rev. Kate Chipps, priest-in-charge of St. Margaret’s, Woodbridge, celebrate a baptism with the continuing congregation. Photo/Courtesy St. Margaret’s, WoodbridgeThe continuing congregation of St. Margaret’s in Woodbridge, meanwhile, hasn’t made an official “move.” Although the original St. Margaret’s church property was returned to the diocese earlier this spring, the congregation continues to worship in its “temporary” worship space, which it shares with three other denominations. Members of the congregation are joining together to discuss what shape their physical church will take in the years to come. Meanwhile, they’re saying goodbye to the Rev. Kate Chipps, priest-in-charge, who has led them through this difficult process. Chipps will retire in July.St. Margaret’s vestry is leading the congregation through this time of transition, gathering input from members on the best possible worship space to meet their needs, and meeting with the Dayspring teams to discern a way to move the congregation out of “reaction mode” into “planning mode,” explained Eleana Boyer, senior warden.“The spirit of the church is moving more toward a positive direction,” added Boyer. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t facing challenges, including how to grow their congregation and how to financially support their ministries. But they’re meeting those challenges head-on. “Once we get through this transition and change, you’ll see us really shine,” said Boyer. “We are a faithful people. We have come this far by faith, and we are moving forward in faith.”Members of St. Stephen’s in Heathsville returned to their church building on Palm Sunday and the congregation is as active as ever. Members are busy planning their community strawberry festival and the annual spring barbecue and bluegrass event. Read more about their story here.And then there’s the Falls Church, a congregation that continued to grow while worshipping in a temporary space, and where a large number of members have just “returned” to a church building where they’ve never worshipped before.“It’s just really exciting to see how things are falling into place,” said the Rev. Cathy Tibbetts, priest-in-charge.On the congregation’s first evening back in its worship space, members opened the doors to the building, inviting families to come and explore the church grounds. “We wanted them to have the opportunity to explore the blessings that God has bestowed on us,” said Tibbetts.The congregation is looking at growing its clergy staff, including calling a “planter-builder” to oversee the church’s growth process.A community focus is a large part of the Falls Church Episcopal DNA, according to Mike Lockaby, the senior warden.“I think that being involved in the community is going to draw in people who previously did not feel welcome, or previously were un-churched,” he said. So the congregation focuses on “being more open to our community and more positive toward our community and more involved in what’s local.”In addition, they’re looking inward by establishing small group ministries, in which 10-to-16 parishioners will gather for fellowship and/or Christian formation. The congregation also has instituted a “partnership ministry,” which gives newcomers a contact person who is familiar with the church’s culture and spirit and who can determine the best way to welcome that person. “The message that we have been stressing and that we wish to continue to stress is, ‘We welcome you,’ and there’s no asterisk to that,” said Lockaby.The Falls Church Anglican is the only one out of the seven properties returned to the Diocese that continues to pursue its appeal. The diocese has made settlement negotiations with the other six congregations involved in the litigation. In these cases, the Convocation of Anglicans in North America congregations agreed to return church property and Episcopal funds, and to withdraw their appeals.In addition to the church buildings belonging to the four continuing congregations, three additional church properties have been returned to the diocese as a result of the litigation. These churches previously did not have continuing Episcopal congregations associated with them. The diocese already has reinstated Episcopal worship services at St. Paul’s in Haymarket; and the property of Church of the Apostles, Fairfax, also has been returned to diocesan ownership. The diocese has arranged a yearlong lease with the Anglican congregation of Truro Church, Fairfax, and both parties have agreed to enter into a “covenant of mutual charity and respect,” a piece of the agreement which the Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston, bishop of Virginia, describes as “an opening for a transformative witness to many across the worldwide Anglican Communion.”Coordinating these efforts amidst unique circumstances is no small task. And that’s where Dayspring comes in. The Dayspring initiative – so named for the poetic, biblical term that translates to “new dawn,” brings together leaders from across the Diocese of Virginia to plan, vision and strategize about the properties returning to the diocese, and how best to put them to use for the mission of the Episcopal Church in Virginia. Johnston is at the head of the effort, which also is guided by the Rev. Canon Susan Goff, bishop suffragan-elect, and Henry D.W. Burt, secretary of the diocese.“It is heartening to consider how the Diocese of Virginia is responding to the staggering richness of the possibilities before us,” said Burt in a recent letter to the diocese. “Each of the continuing congregations remains profoundly committed to its mission and ministry. They are experiencing significant growth, and Dayspring teams are considering a number of transformational mission efforts at churches where no continuing congregation exists. There is tremendous energy and a gracious spirit ever present in this work.”— Emily Cherry is the communications officer for the Diocese of Virginia. 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 Doug Desper says: 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Youth Minister Lorton, VA May 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm Well, I wouldn’t call ordination of women and embracing all of God’s children “theological niceties,” nay rather, they are theological necessities. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 June 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm Michael Neal is spot on. Most of the properties associated with returning congregations are in danger of or have been foreclosed as the smaller congregations don’t have the resources to pay debt and associated expenses. One facility was sold in a fire sale (after the departing congregation had offered to pay a much higher amount) and is being converted into a mosque. Where’s the victory in this? If the TEC was a public company, there would be countless lawsuits over such gross negligence. Rector Smithfield, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Bath, NC Doug Desper says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT July 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm What a wonderful article! I am the rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Morehead City, North Carolina. A continuing Episcopal parish which went though a departure in 2000. Since reclaiming our buildings in 2003, we have not only survived, but have thrived in the work of the Holy Spirit. The evidence of the Risen Christ working among us and in us is seen in the dramatic growth in membership, outreach and Christian Formation. God blessing these continuing congregations. They are signs of resurrection to all. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ May 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm Seems to me that this was such an inevitable outcome, isn’t it a shame all the time, expense, and personal distress had to be lived-through? Although the ‘Anglican” adherents clearly believed in what they were doing, they have caused the loss of countless hours and thousands of dollars that would better have gone into productive ministry. Our intramural squabbling over theological niceties is just too expensive a pastime for the Church to indulge in. Comments are closed. Rector Belleville, IL Bob Hansel says: June 26, 2012 at 7:50 am Steven,A few bloggers have opined about what would happen if the New York Attorney General ever became motivated to examine the books of our Church. One wonders how that would fare considering that our foreign and domestic missionary society has turned more resources into lawsuits and forced cohesion than into…missions. Very murky disclosure these days. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group James Dirlam says: Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Job Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Shreveport, LA
Rector Shreveport, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Tampa, FL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Combatir el tráfico ilegal de personas a través de la conciencia y de la acción La Red Episcopal para la Justicia Económica presenta una resolución Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Por Lynette WilsonPosted Jul 5, 2012 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit an Event Listing Featured Events 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Job Listing Submit a Press Release Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Martinsville, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest [Episcopal News Service] En el Sur de la Florida, un conocido vivero de la trata de personas, Sheila Acevedo ha pasado 17 años de voluntaria, ayudando a las víctimas en la línea del frente. Su vigilancia ayudó a rescatar a dos niñas, de 3 y 5 años, que vivían en un auto con su padre. Las niñas, que no sabían usar cubiertos y que no llevaban ropa interior, se brindaban a dar masajes, cuenta ella.“Las estaban entrenando para el comercio del sexo”, dijo Acevedo, que trabaja a través de la iglesia episcopal y centro comunitario de San Jorge [St. George’s] en Riviera Beach, una misión de San Marcos [St. Mark’s] en Palm Beach Gardens. En la actualidad, añadió, una de las niñas está en las fuerzas armadas y la otra tiene una ocupación profesional.San Jorge administra un comedor de beneficencia que sirve más de 100.000 comidas al año. A través del comedor de beneficencia, Acevedo, una educadora que se jubiló recientemente, logra conocer personas, y se mantiene vigilante respecto a las mujeres y los niños. “San Jorge es un lugar seguro para cualquier víctima que quiera venir y conseguir asilo… Todo lo que tienen que hacer es decir que quieren ayuda”, dijo Acevedo. “La Mayoría de las niñas con las que trato son de EE.UU., de otros estados, pero las historias que suscitan mayor publicidad no son de EE.UU.En otro ejemplo, un feligrés trajo a una niña llamada “Mary”, que mostraba señales de abuso y abandono y que era adicta a la cocaína de crack. Acevedo se ofreció a ayudar a Mary, quien la aconsejó que “ella no sabía en lo que se estaba metiendo”. A pesar de eso, Acevedo se involucró, y ayudó a Mary a entrar en un centro de rehabilitación y posteriormente a reconectarse con algunos miembros de su familia que se encontraban fuera del estado.A los 21 años, Mary estaba cobrando pagos de Ingresos Suplementarios de la Seguridad Social por concepto de discapacidad y había estado en las calles desde que tenía 16 años. Antes de que Acevedo interviniera, la muchacha había estado cautiva de una pareja, un hombre y una mujer de apariencia normal que vivían con un bebé a seis cuadras de la iglesia y quienes se habían ofrecido “a ayudarla”. Pero ellos ni la alimentaban ni la vestían, sino que la obligaban a andar por las calles y les robaban sus cheques de la Seguridad Social, contó Acevedo.El patrón es concentrarse en adolescentes ingenuos escapados de sus hogares o con problemas y captarlos con cigarrillos, alcohol y otras drogas, añadió.No es un problema pequeño.Nacionalmente, el Departamento de Justicia de EE.UU. calcula de 12 a 14 años el rango de edad de los que entran en la industria del sexo comercial y que cada año de 100.000 a 300.000 niños y niñas están en peligro de ser víctimas de explotación sexual comercial —una forma ilegal de tráfico de personas— en Estados Unidos. En 2011, 10.000 personas llamaron a la línea de emergencia de 24 horas del Centro Nacional de Información sobre el Tráfico de Personas, que controla el Proyecto Polaris.En 2000, Estados Unidos puso en vigor la Ley de Protección de Víctimas de Tráfico Ilegal de Personas, que define el comercio sexual como “una forma grave de la trata de personas” en la cual “un acto sexual comercial se induce por la fuerza, por fraude o por coerción, o en cual la persona inducida a realizar tal acto no ha cumplido los 18 años de edad”. La ley está lista para su relegalización.Reconociendo la seriedad del problema, la Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal en 2009 aprobó una resolución en que pide “la protección de todas las víctimas de la trata de personas, particularmente mujeres y niños, proporcionando la atención necesaria a sus necesidades físicas, psicológicas y sociales, y valiéndose de enfoques que respeten los derechos e integridad de las víctimas”.Luego de su aprobación, la dirigencia denominacional sometió la resolución a la consideración, información y decisión de las diócesis. Según el Libro Azul, publicado el 13 de abril, 13 diócesis consideraron la resolución, 17 dijeron que no lo habían hecho y las restantes 81 no respondieron.Pero los ejemplos de individuos, congregaciones y diócesis que combaten la trata de personas, ya sea mediante campañas de concienciación o de la acción directa, pueden encontrarse a través de toda la Iglesia. En la Convención General de este año, la Red Episcopal para la Justicia Económica presentó el 4 de julio una nueva resolución (D042) que aborda la trata de personas, dijo Laura Russell, que es miembro de esta red y quien trata con el problema como abogada en Nueva York. Ella también es diputada por la Diócesis de Newark.Russell es miembro de la Comisión Permanente sobre Justicia Social y Política Pública y de la Potenciación de Mujeres Anglicanas, que publicó un material llamado “Tráfico ilegal de personas: liberar a mujeres, niños y hombres”.El material ofrece también percepciones desde una perspectiva global de las causas fundamentales del tráfico de personas, así como ayuda legal y rehabilitación de víctimas, el imperativo de la fe y los mejores métodos para intervenir en la lucha para frenarla.Según el Informe sobre el Tráfico Ilegal de Personas del Departamento de Estados de EE.UU., publicado en 2010, unos 12,7 millones de personas están esclavizadas en todo el mundo, la mayoría de las cuales han sido obligadas a trabajar y a actividades sexuales.En una presentación en la conferencia sobre la misión Todos en Todas Partes, que tuvo lugar en Estes Park, Colorado, en octubre de 2011, Russell desacreditó algunos mitos de la trata de personas, siendo el primero que la mayoría de las víctimas provienen de otros países. De hecho, dijo ella, la mayoría de las víctimas son [individuos] en la temprana adolescencia que han escapado de sus hogares, y que suelen llevárselos de zonas rurales a zonas urbanas.Muy semejante a los casos de violencia doméstica, donde como promedio ocurren siete intentos antes de que una víctima se libere de su opresor, las víctimas de tráfico ilegal de personas —que también padecen maltrato físico y manipulación emocional— pasan por una etapa difícil al separarse de sus abusadores, explicó Russell.Crear concienciaUna diócesis episcopal que está enfrentándose al problema es la de Atlanta, la cual en 2009 aprobó una resolución por la cual creaba el Equipo de Trabajo sobre Trata Sexual que en 2011 se convirtió en la Comisión sobre el Tráfico Ilegal de Personas. La labor de la comisión incluye una campaña de concienciación.“Atlanta se supone que sea uno de los lugares donde hay comercio sexual, en parte porque tenemos muchísimos negocios de convenciones y una población al norte de Atlanta donde los hombres disponen de muchos ingresos discrecionales”, dijo la Rda. Maggie Harney, que preside la comisión y dirige el Lugar de María y Marta [Mary & Martha’s Place], un centro espiritual que responde a las necesidades de las mujeres. “Tenemos un aeropuerto grande, y sí sabemos que los hombres vuelan para tener relaciones sexuales con menores”.Harney, que ha defendido los derechos de las mujeres durante mucho tiempo, se enteró por primera vez de la vastedad del comercio sexual de menores durante una reunión del consejo diocesano en 2009 e inmediatamente supo que ella tenía que tomar parte [en combatirla], dijo.La tarea de la comisión es preparar a la gente de la diócesis, brindándoles al clero, al personal de la Iglesia y a las congregaciones una oportunidad de conectarse con otros en la comunidad de la fe y en organizaciones no gubernamentales dedicadas a la labor de combatir la trata, así como ofrecer información sobre lo que están haciendo los gobiernos locales y estatales y las agencias de orden público, dijo Harney.“No salimos a la calle a rescatar a estas personas. Tenemos que dejarle eso a la policía. Lo nuestro es un despertar moral, ético y espiritual entre las personas de la diócesis”, y añadió que todos los meses hay unos 7.200 hombres en George que pagan por tener relaciones sexuales con muchachas adolescentes. “Queremos que las parroquias estén conscientes de la trata sexual y que preparen programas en su zona para ayudar a prevenirla”.A través de programas como Salvaguardar a los Hijos de Dios [Safeguarding God’s Children] y la Comisión sobre Violencia Doméstica, que ofrece presentaciones a clérigos y talleres, la diócesis está intentando establecer la conexión entre el abuso y dónde éste puede conducir, apuntó ella.“La violencia doméstica puede hacer que un niño se escape. Se van a una cochera de autobuses, y los proxenetas están allí y se los llevan… [Nosotros] les hacemos saber que esto es lo que puede suceder cuando un niño se escapa”, dijo Harney, añadiendo que los factores de riesgo que conducen a estas fugas incluyen los conflictos en el hogar, el abandono de los padres, la inestabilidad familiar, el fracaso educacional y los niños con problemas emocionales y psicológicos. “Si vamos a hablar de salvaguardar a los hijos de Dios en nuestras parroquias, esto debería ser parte de [ese empeño].La Diócesis de Atlanta tiene también un grupo que trabaja con personas que han sido víctimas de incesto, explicó ella.“Si hay incesto en el hogar, un niño puede escapar”, dijo Harney. “El hecho [es] que estos niños y niñas son víctimas de abusos sexuales o físicos en sus propias casas, de manera que cuando esto comienza a ocurrir con un proxeneta, ya entienden como son las cosas”.“Esto ha pasado así en este país desde el comienzo, pero la trata de personas está llegando ahora a un punto que es espantoso… cuando comienzan a esclavizar a personas y esto ocurre a una escala que no habíamos visto antes”, dijo Harney. “La Internet es la savia nutricia de esto: antes los “fulanos” andaban en sus autos por la calle, pero ahora sólo tienen que entrar en la Internet y hacer un pedido”.Es un reto para el clero llegar a los blancos opulentos que se sientan en los bancos de las iglesias en los suburbios del norte, concienciarlos respecto a la pornografía y acerca de Backpage.com; que no está bien “asomarse” a estos sitios, dijo Harney, que también trabaja como sacerdote asociado en la iglesia episcopal de San Dustano [St. Dunstan’s] en Atlanta.En 2010, Backpage.com, propiedad de Village Voice Media, reemplazó a Craigslist como líder en la Internet en el espacio publicitario dedicado a la prostitución, cuando ésta última eliminó los anuncios de prostitución. Backpage.com se ha visto presionada a hacer lo mismo. En octubre de 2011, la obispa primada, Katharine Jefferts Schori, y otros líderes religiosos firmaron una carta abierta que publicaron en The New York times en la que le pedían al Village Voice Media que dejara de publicar anuncios ‘para adultos’ en Backpage.com, citando las conexiones entre estos anuncios clasificados y la trata sexual.Además de estar ocurriendo vía Internet, la trata sexual en Estados Unidos ocurre habitualmente en los salones de masajes, en los burdeles residenciales, en las calles, en los clubes de bailarines que se desnudan, a través de los servicios de acompañantes y en las paradas de camiones, dicen los expertos.Ministerio de presenciaLo primero que hace Sue McCoy, miembro de la iglesia de San Albano [St. Alban’s] cuando llega a la parada de camiones de la carretera Interestatal 80 al nordeste de Davenport, Iowa, es orar para sacralizar el espacio y pedirle a Dios que la prepare a escuchar.Luego, desempaca un cartel que dice “Oración, Conversación, Comunión” y su estuche de comunión —completo con vino y hostias consagrados. En una de sus visitas en el mes de marzo, en un intento de llamar más la atención de su presencia, también llevó un libro de colorear, lápices de colores y un sacapuntas automático.La visita quincenal de dos horas de McCoy a esta parada de camiones, la mayor de este tipo de instalaciones en el mundo, según el letrero que la anuncia, forma parte del Ministerio de Presencia de San Albano, un programa de extensión parroquial creado para combatir la trata de personas.El Rev. Brian McVey, rector de San Albano y miembro de la Fundación de la Iglesia Episcopal, comenzó a investigar sobre la trata de personas en su comunidad hace unos cinco años. Él visitaba regularmente la parada de camiones de la I-80, para ofrecer cuidado pastoral a prostitutas, jóvenes fugados de sus hogares y camioneros. Los feligreses de San Albano han continuado el ministerio.San Albano es la única iglesia, de 60 que hay en la diócesis, con un programa comunitario centrado en la trata de personas, pero está en proceso de expandir este ministerio de presencia a otras iglesias a lo largo de la carretera Interestatal 380, desde Waterloo al sur hasta Coralville y Cedar Rapids, y posiblemente a lo largo de la Interestatal 35 también, dijo Leslee Sandberg, coordinadora del [Ministerio de] Jubileo de la Diócesis de Iowa.“No estamos limitando esto sólo a personas de la iglesia”, dijo ella, y añadió que están empezando con iglesias y agrupaciones comunitarias que han expresado su interés en participar.Maggie Tinsman, ex senadora estatal de Iowa, miembro de la iglesia episcopal de San Pedro [St. Peter’s] en Davenport y quien forma parte del Comité Nacional e Internacional de Responsabilidad Social, redactó un proyecto de legislación y llevó a cabo una campaña destinada a lograr la primera ley contra la trata de personas en el estado, la cual se aprobó en 2006.Desde su aprobación, la ley de Iowa ha servido para procesar seis casos, todos los cuales incluyen niñas fugadas de sus hogares, dijo Tinsman, que trabaja como analista de política y asesora sobre trata de personas y quien ha fundado Breaking Traffic una organización sin fines de lucro para luchar contra este azote.Davenport es una de las cuatro ciudades de la frontera entre Iowa e Illinois que integra las llamadas “Ciudades Cuatrillizas” [Quad Cities], junto con Bettendorf, Rock Island y Moline. La población total es de aproximadamente 380.000 habitantes.Un día cualquiera, de 15 a 25 anuncios en Backpage.com publicitan relaciones sexuales con muchachas de las Quad Cities, dijo Stephanie Kraft, directora ejecutiva de Breaking Traffic, quien agrega que palabras como “nueva” “fresca” y “joven” indican que se trata de chicas menores de edad.“No sucede en las calles, por tanto, resulta muy fácil explotar a muchachas menores de edad”, dijo Kraft. “Existe la idea de que la prostitución es voluntaria… cuando ya tienen 20 años se han añejado en eso; de repente es una opción para ellas”.Además de visitar semanalmente la parada de camiones, Robin Sade supervisa los anuncios de Backpage.com, lo cual indica que las chicas mantienen un circuito que se mueve de Cedar Rapids a Iowa City y a Des Moines.“Las cosas que se escriben sobre ellas: ‘No tengo estrías en la piel’, ‘Tengo un hermoso cabello largo’—, las muchachas no dicen esas cosas de sí mismas”, dijo la feligresa de San Albano y abuela de 60 años.Actuando a partir de la experienciaEn 2001, Kathi Hardy comenzó a trabajar con la Fiscalía de la ciudad de San Diego, que dirige un Panel para Combatir la Prostitución [Prostitution Impact Panel], que también se conoce como “escuela de clientes de prostitutas” y que tiene por objeto concienciar a los infractores y potenciar a la comunidad. La policía hacía sus redadas, arrestando a prostitutas y clientes, y a los hombres les daban una opción: declararse culpables y pagar multas, o participar en una sesión del panel y lograr que le cambiaran la acusación: en lugar de “solicitar los servicios de una prostituta”, sería sólo de “perturbar el orden público”, cuenta ella.A partir de ahí, Hardy, ex prostituta y miembro de la iglesia episcopal de San Marcos [St. Mark’s] en San Diego, quiso ayudar a las mujeres y comenzó a visitar residencias de grupos y centros de detención de juveniles. Ella es la fundadora y directora de Libertad de la Explotación [Freedom From Exploitation], una organización con sede en San Diego que ofrece ayuda de colegas y amigos y asesoría de grupo para mujeres y niñas en peligro de prostituirse o ya involucradas en la prostitución, en el tráfico ilegal de personas y en todas las formas de explotación sexual. Desde su fundación en 2002, la organización ha ayudado a 1.500 personas.En 2011, Hardy recibió el Premio Norma Hotaling contra el Tráfico Ilegal de Personas, que reconoce “el liderazgo, el valor, el trabajo arduo y la innovación en erradicar la trata sexual y la explotación comercial de mujeres y niños”.Lo que la gente no se da cuenta, dijo Hardy, es de cuan extendido está el abuso en la sociedad.“Una de cada cuatro niñas menores de 14 años ha sido víctima de abusos o ha sido importunada sexualmente, y no hablamos de eso”, dijo ella, añadiendo que son estas condiciones las que llevan los niños a las calles.Hardy compartió el ejemplo de una niña de “Podunk, Washington” que llegó a la ciudad y tenia amigas que estaban haciendo dinero y tenía cosas bonitas. Le presentaron a su presunto novio, quien le dijo lo bella que era y le compró ropa. Luego él necesitó dinero para el alquiler de su casa y ella se fue a trabajar en las calles.“Y suena relumbrante y suena glamoroso… ven la película ‘Mujer bonita’ [Pretty Woman] y es la versión equivocada”, dijo ella. “Les están vendiendo una mentira, las están coaccionando y preparando para ello. Ninguna niñita dice ‘quiero ser prostituta cuando sea grande’”.“Puede ocurrirle a alguien que sea vulnerable, que carezca de un sistema de apoyo.El proxeneta te alejará de la familia”, apuntó Hardy, cuyo “novio” se convirtió en su primer proxeneta. “Es alguien que se ocupa de ti, de que te peinen, de que te arreglen las uñas… al principio todo suena muy bien hasta que te cansas de hacer cosas que no quieres hacer, o de cosas que te dan asco … [hasta] que no haces la cuota”.En un caso, contó Hardy, cuando una muchacha intentó abandonar a su proxeneta, éste la llevó hasta la escuela primaria a la que asistía su hermanito y amenazó con matarlo si la chica no cooperaba.Ayude a las víctimas, procese a los clientesEn febrero de 2010, Nikki Richnow viajó a Tailandia con 40 mujeres para un simposio de nueve días sobre el tráfico ilegal de personas: Tailandia es uno de los primeros países dedicados al turismo sexual y un origen y punto de tránsito importantes para el tráfico ilegal de personas.De regreso a Houston, ahora concienciada y curiosa, Richnow llevó a cabo una investigación a nivel local y encontró que Houston es un centro importante de trata de personas y no contaba con ninguna instalación para albergar y rehabilitar a menores de edad víctimas de trata sexual. Según dijo ella, se calcula que hay 17.500 víctimas internacionales que entran en Estados Unidos cada año, y se calcula que unos 300.000 niños estadounidenses se convierten en mercancía sexual cada año.“Me he concentrado en las víctimas de trata sexual nacionales y menores de edad”, dijo. “En mi investigación eso salió a relucir una y otra vez: los niños del país no tienen ningún lugar adonde ir, no hay fondos públicos ni lugares para rehabilitarlos. Hay dinero y servicios para mujeres y niños que han sido víctimas de tráfico ilegal de personas internacionalmente, pero casi ningún dinero para los menores del país”.En año y medio, Richnow llevó a cabo una campaña para recaudar $1,5 millones para abrir un centro de rehabilitación de 30 camas en el sitio de un antiguo campamento en medio de un terreno de 44 hectáreas de bosques en las afueras de la ciudad. El centro está trabajando con agencias de orden público y con tribunales para identificar a muchachas en centros de detención y en las calles que estén dispuestas a someterse a un tratamiento.“El noventa por ciento han sido víctimas de abuso sexual en el hogar”, dijo Richnow, cuyo esposo, Douglas, es el primer rector asociado de la iglesia episcopal de San Juan el Teólogo [St. John the Divine] en Houston. “Ésa ha sido la experiencia de la mayoría de los niños que nos encontramos; gracias a un trauma repetido, su proceso químico cerebral ha llegado a cambiar… uno no puede tratarlos como haría con un niño que ha tenido una crianza normal”.En Texas, los defensores de la infancia se han empeñado en conseguir que la legislación estatal cambiara de manera que a un niño o niña de 13 años o menos no se le pueda acusar de prostitución.“Es patético”, afirma Richnow, “pero la razón es que en Texas si tienes 14 años estás en edad legal de casarte. Esa ley debe [proteger] hasta los de 18 años y menos. Cuando veo a una niña que se la llevan esposada, pienso ‘¿No lo entiende? Es contrario a la ley tener relaciones sexuales con una menor, es una violación’”.“De igual manera que con la violencia doméstica en los años 70, la mentalidad tiene que cambiar”, afirmó. “Es al perpetrador a quien se tienen que llevar esposado”.– Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. 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Rector Martinsville, VA January 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm As your conservative soulmates choose schism over engagement, the legitimate expectation of give and take, point-counterpoint, in other words a church polity of representative democracy is weakened. If the only way conservatives can be part of a church is when they are the unquestioned majority, democratic processes are irrelevant. You might as well rejoin the monarchical Roman Church where liberal dissent is really squelched. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Ronald J. Caldwell says: Chris Walchesky says: January 10, 2013 at 4:27 pm The total drop in SBC membership from 2007-11 was approximately 400,000 on a base of 16 million.TEC in the US dropped approximately 200,000 on a base of 2.4 million. This represents over three times the percentage drop experienced by the SBC. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT January 12, 2013 at 8:49 pm Parishes and laypeople and clergy who wish to form a new diocese in communion with General Convention are should do so, but they need a new name and seal. How about ‘Diocese of Lower South Carolina’? January 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm I was talking to an SBC pastor recently who told me that the Southern Baptist Convention has made a genuine effort to have it’s churches eliminate people from their church rolls who have not been active in the life of the church. This may account for much of their loss. Can you imagine what our losses would look like if we did something like that in The Episcopal Church? I know my parish continues to count people who haven’t darkened the doors of the church for years. It was the same in the last TEC parish where we used to live. January 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm Nothing I said above was intended to support those who do not restrain themselves from going beyond what has been agreed to in General Convention. Such actions are part of the problem. Schism is not a response that will help restrain the disobedience of others. Changing the meaning of schism is an intellectual mistake, Doug. Schism is disaffiliation, disobedience is the correct word for those who go beyond what is allowed. I agree that the unwillingness of many in leadership to hold those who have gone too far in pursuit of their own definitions of the truth are also responsible. Therefore, for me, the fault lies with lazy leadership on one side and schismatic leadership on the other. I have little respect for either. We are trying to do things differently in Colorado, but that has not kept some clergy from tearing congregations apart as they followed “their own conscience” and then insisted that the laity must follow them if they want to be ‘right’,’pure’, ‘ prophetic’, or any other word used to lead parishioners into either disobedience or schism. There can be only one body of Christ, the mystical union of Christ and those who believe in His saving grace and resurrection. Slicing and dicing the earthly church will never produce what already exists in God’s economy. Episcopalians who are nowing giving that strategy a try should simply look at the constantly fragmenting wreckage of protestantism in America to see that it never succeeds at forming a truly better church. No matter what, sooner or later, human sin and/or intellectual and spiritual laziness will foul the pond. The world will only think we have something profoundly new and divine when we love one another in the tension-filled bonds of restraint and freedom, no matter what. Something like I think Christ loved us on the Cross. I had great respect and affection for most of those who have left. I do not respect their leaving or the denial of how profoundly unchristian behaviour has attended that process by conservatives defending ‘the truth.’ walter combs says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Br. Hal Weiner, OUM says: Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC Chris Walchesky says: Elizabeth Von Wahlberg says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI April 15, 2013 at 11:39 am As one of the inhabitants of a revisionist/pocket of the ECUSA let me assure you that you will have to endure limitless insults, Rev. Elizabeth, from the luddites and leftovers of the worst pockets ( with holes in them ) of the Anglican Communion who are supporting renegades like the Bishop of South Carolina and people forming various ” consultative councils whether Anglican, faux-Anglican, or faux-Christian. As a very NON cradle Episcopalian, I chose this Church for the same reason those of you who voted in Katharine Jefferts-Schori as PB did, and do, and that’s why I stay. I am luckier than most of you because I chose the ECUSA after looking around at various ways of manifesting my new found Christianity, ” discovered ” the same way that big mouth Saul of Tarsis discovered it….. by trashing Jesus enough to get His attention and be thoroughly chastised and humbled. Don’t bore me with how many people want to leave. Let them. Recruit real Christians……. ones who think that maybe ” God is Love ” is not just a slogan to put on the side of a church bus, but a way of life to be lived; and shuck off the shackles of racism, homophobia, and ” the good old days ” when y’all gave us Biblical authority for slavery. Gone with the wind……. and godspeed. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS January 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm Here my case is made. Nowhere in Mr. Caldwell’s comment is credit given that the people of the diocese have independent thought. No credit for experience, spiritual formation, education, and critical reasoning; instead they are dispargingly called “Lawrenceites”. This patronizing type of commentary reduces those who dissent and act on convictions as incapable of weighing issues and erroneously ascribes to them the tendency of being mere followers. I do not agree with many of the diocese’s actions but with the overwhelming dismissive responses to their legitimate concerns, what is left? If we had true reconciling leadership in this Church we would not be at this point. Jason Newton says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL walter combs says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Comments are closed. January 4, 2013 at 9:03 pm How many more of these insults must we take? Danny Anderson says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK February 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm The Episcopal Church will be reduced to a few pockets of socially revisionist/progressive cosmopolitan parishes? That is indeed the trend. Im 65 and have been an Episcopalian all my life, but stopped going to church a few months ago. I don’t always agree with the people who are seceding. I accept women clergy and would be willing to accept the idea of gay marriage for example. However, I have no confidence in the leadership of the national church or in most of the bishops. It’s very clear that, for them, Christianity is all about politics. They use the church as a platform for positioning themselves as advocates for various social and political issues and their chief concern within the church is to hang on to property and other tangible wealth. Whenever I think of Jesus referring to the synogogues of the pharisees as whited sepulchres, I am reminded of Bishop Schori and her followers. Chris Walchesky says: January 9, 2013 at 7:31 am Scott: General Convention has not changed the definition of marriage (for now). According to our official liturgy and catechism of the Prayer Book, Christian Marriage is still as it has been for the entirety of Christian history. However, the National Cathedral has just announced that it will begin performing same-sex marriages – not the same gender blessings approved by General Convention – but a step beyond to a fully revisionist understanding of Christian Marriage. This development, like so many, many others just continues to demonstrate that only in matters of property is strict adherence to canons required – the rest is a theological free-for-all where nearly anything that can be blamed on the Holy Spirit becomes a new movement of God. Note this well: this Church has not redefined marriage (yet) but our nation’s leading cathedral has just gladly done so without any consequence. They also invite anyone to receive the Holy Eucharist despite General Convention’s latest word that the Sacrament is reserved for the baptized. There is the schism. In actions like this replicated for years by revisionists, there is the schism. The leaving of members, churches, and dioceses are just the response to these unrestrained movements currently tearing at this Church. Doug Desper says: January 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm “..some members”? Didn’t their convention vote well beyond a majority to disassociate from the current Episcopal Church as organized and being led by General Convention?One very glaring trend continues in these types of stories, starting way back in 2003. Then, as now, there are those who minimize the exodus of tens of thousands of members and keep saying that they are just “a few that don’t want to be with us”. We now number below 650,000 ASA and nothing that is being attempted to redefine faith and practice is reversing that. Apparently things have to get much worse before leadership finally emerges to reconcile this Church. Or do we just keep shrinking until a few pockets of socially revisionist/progressive cosmopolitan parishes comprise the Episcopal Church? And, let’s stop this nonsense of calling people “followers”. As a layperson I am offended that such a relied-on label often reduces people to being mere dupes who are led about by loud voices and the wind, and can be blindly swayed by a mere bishop. It should (and must) finally occur to our leadership that people – intelligent, trained, well-reasoned people – have measured this Church and have found it wanting. They don’t “follow” anything. January 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm LOL! Sucks the Dennis Canon is dead. Submit a Job Listing January 10, 2013 at 4:29 pm So your point is that conservative Christ loving churches (sorry, liberals don’t have a monopoly on Christianity) are losing members too, just not as quickly? Featured Events Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET January 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm The spin on this article is pretty incredible. Maybe if we took things like this as serious as they are, our church would be in better shape. The fact is we have lost several dioceses in the last several years and continue to lose members even in those who have stayed! It is alarming and really sad! As far as “Canon 1.7.4, enacted by General Convention in 1979 and known as the “Dennis Canon,” it speaks about the property of a parish, it does not seem to address the status of a Diocese. Either way it may not be applicabe in SC given their Supreme Court decision in a recent case. Soon in Texas , SC and other places the courts will render their verdict, but I fear that no matter the outcome we come out a much impoverished church. Lord have mercy! Property, Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs David Yarbrough says: Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Collierville, TN walter combs says: Fr. Miguel Rosada says: January 8, 2013 at 5:06 pm What is missed in the above comments are the provisions of the offending canons which give the diocesan bishop control of any liturgical innovation for same-sex couples. The Diocese of South Carolina did not have to go anywhere theologically that it did not want to. My deepest sadness is that the theologically conservative wing of the church didn’t have the fortitude to be the loyal minority, which many liberals remember being for decades. Schism is the worst sort of witness to the beliefs you hold dear. Submit a Press Release Press Release Service January 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm SBC is measuring there decline in terms of declining baptisms, not membership roles. Colorado is one of 28 dioceses who grew last year. Measuring faithfulness purely on gross numerical terms, is a tricky business. Just think how Godly you might have thought German Nazism was in 1937 if you based it on the number of Lutherans and Catholics who were joining. Ungodly organizations can be very popular and God’s people just a remnant at times. We must all be very careful about equating wordly success with faithfulness and membership loss with unfaithfulness. Humility is a sorely lacking virtue in all these debates. Terry Francis says: Comments (30) Ronald J. Caldwell says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ January 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm Right. Because this is clearly an objective article. I’d call it propaganda. Dorchester county is about to throw TEC’s strategy in the Ashley River. Ronald J. Caldwell says: January 5, 2013 at 9:38 am This is another move in the Lawrenceites increasingly manic quest for legitimacy that has been going on since Lawrence was delegitimized in the Episcopal Church. In November, DSC filed petition with the U.S. patent office to own the titles and shield of the diocese (not granted yet). After Lawrence was deposed on 12-5, DSC fired off three statements within five days asserting its legitimacy and attacking that of TEC and its ongoing diocese, even presuming to tell the loyalists what they should do. Citing letters of support from Anglican prelates, the Lawrenceites proclaimed Anglican Communion legitimacy. 80 clergy of the diocese endorsed Lawrence along with 36 local churches with 16 of them joining the lawsuit of 1-4, more assertions of legitimacy.In reality the Lawrenceites have no legitimacy except among themselves. Lawrence has no status in TEC and therefore none in the Anglican Communion which is represented only by TEC in the U.S. There is no such thing as an extra-territorial diocese in the Anglican Communion. The prelates who endorsed Lawrence speak only for themselves, not the Archbishop of Canterbury has never recognized a splinter group in the U.S. and will not. The 80 clergy endorsing Lawrence in fact represent only 37% of the canonically resident clergy of the old diocese. The 36 local churches following him make up only half of those in the old diocese; and the 16 joining in the lawsuit represent less than a quarter of the parishes. While it is true that the majority of the communicants of the old diocese are following Lawrence, it is still embarrassingly true that more than half of the clergy have not endorsed him and only half the local churches. Perhaps this accounts for DSC’s increasingly shrill assertions of legitimacy.It does not take a bookie in Vegas to tell us who is going to win this one. Terry Francis says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ronald J. Caldwell says: January 9, 2013 at 9:55 am Some of us must follow our desire to take a clean communion. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY January 9, 2013 at 11:48 pm I have never seen such backbiting and arguing in church in all my life. The Southern Baptist Convention has reported a loss of baptized membership for 2 or 3 years in a row now. That tells you that its not just liberal Christ loving churches that are losing members .. January 6, 2013 at 11:57 pm Wow. Some common sense on ENS. Praise to You, Lord Christ! Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC South Carolina January 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm Although I continue with The Episcopal Church, I am frustrated that the leadership has done little toward reconciliation with those who have left us. And let’s be real here, there are many more than just ‘some members’. The Diocese of South Carolina was one of the largest and one of few growing diocese in TEC. Practically ALL of the diocese chose to leave us. This is a huge loss! January 7, 2013 at 5:09 am Chris, there is nothing funny about this tragedy. In fact, there is a great deal and pain and suffering on both sides in SC, and it is only going to get worse. This is a time of sadness. In a few years all will look back in sorrow on what might have been. walter combs says: Scott Turner says: January 7, 2013 at 12:00 am This is downright hilarious. How will ENS and 815 refer to the REAL DIOCESE OF SOUTH CAROLINA (according to SC law, TEC is NOT hierarchical) when it wins the court case? Either way you’re going to have to eat your words. “People and parishes may leave but dioceses can’t.” Right. Just because I declare the sky to be green doesn’t make it so. January 9, 2013 at 5:35 pm I couldn’t agree more with Walter Combs. As a conservative I feel less and less a part of this church with each passing year. I have attended Episcopal services for well over 20 years but have chosen to not be formally confirmed as a way of protesting the church’s social and political stands on so many issues that I am against. And at the rate things are going I’m not sure if I’ll ever get confirmed. Bottom line the church simply doesn’t care about my concerns. At this point I’m not sure if it ever will. Director of Music Morristown, NJ January 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm Read the title of this article again. Featured Jobs & Calls Submit an Event Listing 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jan 4, 2013 [Episcopal News Service] Mark Lawrence, who led some members of the Diocese of South Carolina out of the Episcopal Church, on Jan. 4 joined with a group of those people to file suit in South Carolina Circuit Court against the Episcopal Church.The action, the group said, was taken “to protect the diocese’s real and personal property and that of its parishes.”The suit also asks the court to prevent the Episcopal Church from “infringing on the protected marks of the diocese, including its seal and its historical names, and to prevent the church from assuming the diocese’s identity, which was established long before the Episcopal Church’s creation,” according to the press release.Neva Rae Fox, public affairs officer for the Episcopal Church, said via e-mail that church officials had “not received the legal papers in any such lawsuit in South Carolina and therefore cannot comment at this time.”The Rev. Jim Lewis, who serves as Lawrence’s canon to the ordinary, said in the group’s press release that its is seeking “to protect more than $500 million in real property, including churches, rectories and other buildings that South Carolinians built, paid for, maintained and expanded – and in some cases died to protect – without any support from the Episcopal Church.”Many of the parishes are among the oldest operating churches in the nation and predate the establishment of the Episcopal Church, he said. “We want to protect these properties from a blatant land grab.”According to Canon 1.7.4, enacted by General Convention in 1979 and known as the “Dennis Canon,” a parish holds its property in trust for the diocese and the Episcopal Church.A fact sheet on the Episcopal Church’s website notes: “Dioceses cannot leave the Episcopal Church. While some clergy and individuals may choose to leave, congregations and property remain in the diocese to be used for the mission of the Episcopal Church.”Lawrence wrote on Jan. 4 that “we are saddened that we feel it necessary to ask a court to protect our property rights, but recent actions compelled us to take this action.”Lawrence said those actions include calling a convention to elect new leadership for the diocese, designing a website using the diocesan seal and “producing material that invokes the name and identity of the Diocese of South Carolina.”That convention, set for Jan. 26, is meant for the remaining Episcopalians in the diocese to elect a bishop provisional and choose people to fill other diocesan offices made vacant by Lawrence’s actions.The continuing Diocese of South Carolina needs a new episcopal leader because Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said Dec. 5 that Mark Lawrence had renounced his orders. She and her Council of Advice agreed that, in a Nov. 17 speech to a special diocesan convention, Lawrence said the diocese had left the Episcopal Church a month earlier on Oct. 17 when she restricted his ministry after the church’s Disciplinary Board for Bishops had certified to her that he had abandoned the Episcopal Church “by an open renunciation of the discipline of the church.”The day the board’s decision was announced, the diocesan Standing Committee said that the action “triggered two pre-existing corporate resolutions of the diocese, which simultaneously disaffiliated the diocese from the Episcopal Church and called a special convention.”Lawrence asked for and received affirmation from those at the Nov. 17 gathering of that departure.It appears that, nine days before that gathering, Lawrence and other leaders submitted four applications to trademark various versions of the name of the diocese, according to a listing here.In his Jan. 4 letter, Lawrence claimed that 22,244 of the 30,000 Episcopalians in the diocese’s 71 congregations chose to follow his leadership while 5,300 wanted to remain in the Episcopal Church and another 1,900 were “undecided.” However, the group called South Carolina Episcopalians said on its website that “in fact, no such survey has taken place.”“Records show that only half of the parishes and missions in the diocese have formally indicated they want to join Lawrence, and only one-third of the canonically resident clergy have publicly declared their intent to do so,” the group said.A full-page advertisement that ran Nov. 25 in The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, contained one list of clergy that backed Lawrence.Lawrence and those he leads say that he is still the bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina. He said in his Jan. 4 letter that “while the diocese has disassociated from the Episcopal Church, it remains a part of the Anglican Communion.”This is similar to a claim he made during his address to the Nov. 17 convention when he said that “for now and the foreseeable future, having withdrawn from our association with TEC, we remain an extra-provincial diocese within the larger Anglican Communion.”Such a designation requires action by the Anglican Consultative Council, which concluded a 12-day meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, on Nov. 7. No action on South Carolina was taken during that meeting, and the council will not meet again until May 2016.Meanwhile, Lawrence and his followers have touted a letter to Lawrence from a group of Anglican Communion leaders from the Global South saying, “We recognize your episcopal orders and your legitimate episcopal oversight of the Diocese of South Carolina within the Anglican Communion.”A lengthy rationale for the suit, “Stewardship of the Gsopel — Stewardship of the Diocese,” is posted here.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Paul Spengler says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Youth Minister Lorton, VA Scott Turner says: 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 Chris Walchesky says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Belleville, IL January 17, 2013 at 8:47 am “TEC’s strategy”? And what would that strategy be? It is the PECDSC that broke away from TEC and then filed suit in court against TEC. The truth is that time and again, all around the country, courts have affirmed that TEC is an hierarchical institution entitled to manage its own structure. The one and only exception to this was All Saints Waccamaw, the local parish that after 10 years won its case (ironically against PECDSC). Now PECDSC is basing all of its hopes on this one case. We shall see. Anyway, whoever loses in Dorchester County is certain to appeal. I suspect that is the real motive behind this suit is for the Lawrenceites to delay as long as possible what they know is inevitable, that TEC will wind up winning here as it has nearly everywhere else. January 7, 2013 at 7:50 pm Surely this all could have been avoided. How are we truly an ‘inclusive’ church if we cannott tolerate the few conservatives that have not already left us. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Doug Desper says: Rector Tampa, FL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Scott Turner says: David Yarbrough says: 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 Diocese of Nebraska Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC walter combs says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Washington, DC Contingent that broke from Diocese of South Carolina files suit Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Albany, NY January 23, 2013 at 11:35 pm The S.C. courts just issued a temporary restraining order favoring Bishop Lawrence and The Diocese of South Carolina. TEC has not fared well in S.C. courts so far. Time will tell. Scott Turner says: Tags Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Doug Desper says: January 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm In answer to Mr. Turner’s comments, my only question is simply WHAT give and take? WHAT engagement? Having a dialogue with its conservative members concerning issues of the day, be it same sex marriage, immigration, the environment, or what have you, has always been low on TEC’s list of priorities. This isn’t about wanting or choosing schism and it’s not about conservatives wanting to be the majority in the Episcopal Church. That’s never going to happen even if we wanted it to. This is about having our opinions and concerns looked at and considered with the same amount of seriousness as those of progressives. I’m all for the democratic process, but when you have a church where progressive membership outnumbers conservative membership 10 to 1, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who’s going to benifit from those democratic processes. I have witnessed too many examples of where liberal activism has taken the place of the Gospel in many a sermon preached on a Sunday. Indeed, there have been times when I felt more like I was attending a DNC fundraiser than a Christian church service. Ther have been times when I have considered becoming a Catholic. There’s just one problem – I don’t want to be a Catholic. I love the Anglican form of worship. I love the Book of Common Prayer. All I ask is that this church consider conservative opinions and viewpoints as legitimate as those of our progressive brothers and sisters. If that’s not possible, then allow parishes where the majority wishes to leave, to leave. Let the diocese offer a fair price for the purchase of the property and if they can pay it, wish them God’s apeed. That is the Christian way of doing it – NOT taking them to court the way our present PB, our “lady of litigation” has as her policy.
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Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem [Episcopal News Service – Lusaka, Zambia] The outgoing chair of the Anglican Consultative Council says ACC-16, which concluded here April 19, formed a unique vision of the body of Christ and its members felt that God was with them.“We’ve been able to see that our diverseness and that some of our differences in culture, language and ways of being are actually an enrichment of the body of Christ,” retired Malawi Bishop James Tengatenga said during a closing news conference the evening of April 18, the last full day of the April 8-19 meeting at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross here.“It has been a celebration of the life of the church and God has been with us,” he said.Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, speaking at the same news conference, said the meeting’s opening Eucharist, which combined thousands of Anglicans with Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and Kenneth Kaunda, the country’s first president, and other government officials, epitomized what the work of the church is about.Calling the service a “hugely joyful celebration,” Welby said it “summed up most of what the church is about.” The service gave the sense “that we can count on Christ for strength even in difficult times and difficult places; to look for truth as what the presiding bishop of [the Episcopal Church] calls a Jesus people.”That unity in Christ was echoed on April 19, the last day of the meeting, when Bishop of Nairobi Joel Waweru told the council that his experience at the meeting and his election to the Standing Committee the day before was a “big step to the church in Kenya.”Kenyan Archbishop Eliud Wabukala was one of four provincial leaders – the others were Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, Nigerian Archbishop Nicholas Okoh and Rwandan Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje – who said they would not send their ACC members to the meeting. However, Kenya’s three ACC members came and Wabukala acknowledged that decision, claiming that those three members had “been encouraged to disregard my spiritual counsel and attend this meeting.” Waweru is one of six candidates who will soon stand for election as Kenya’s archbishop.The Episcopal Church’s three Anglican Consultative Council members pose April 18 for the traditional group photo with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, second from left. House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, clergy member, is at the far left. Lay member Rosalie Ballentine, a deputy from the Diocese of the Virgin Islands, is third from left. Diocese of Connecticut Ian Douglas, right, is completing his three-meeting term as the church’s bishop member. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceThe three Episcopal Church ACC members all said that they had been warmly welcomed to the meeting despite tensions that had been simmering since the 78th General Convention’s decision to change canonical language that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman (Resolution A036) and authorize two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples (Resolution A054).Lay member Rosalie Ballentine, a deputy from the Diocese of the Virgin Islands; House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, clergy member; and Diocese of Connecticut Ian Douglas met privately the evening of April 15 with Welby; his wife, Caroline; David Porter, communion director of reconciliation; and the Rev. Canon Precious Omuku, Welby’s adviser on communion affairs.“It gave me more appreciation of his role and his responsibility, and the burden of responsibility that he carries,” Jennings said during a conversation among the three members at the end of the day April 18. “I think it gave him a deeper sense of who we are as the Episcopal Church.”Douglas agreed, saying the meeting had a “relaxed atmosphere where we could be very honest and open about how some of the actions of the Anglican Communion have impacted us.” The three were able to share the “emotional impact” of the primates’ communique, he said.Ballentine, who was assigned with Welby to the same table group during the meeting, said the archbishop had been “very gracious throughout.”“I think he does have an appreciation for who we are,” she said, adding that she got a sense of “the balancing act a person in his position has to play when you’ve got some loud voices on two ends of the spectrum.”There had been varying levels of pressure, along with a sense of expectation, over how the ACC would respond to the January call of the communion’s primates for three years of “consequences” for the Episcopal Church because of its actions on marriage. “It is both my and the primates’ desire, hope and prayer that the ACC should also share in working through the consequences of our impaired relationships,” Welby, in his formal report on the primates’ actions, told the members on the first day of the ACC meeting.And, while there was much informal discussion and even some behind-the-scenes negotiations, in the end, the council simply noted in a resolution dubbed C34that it had “received” Welby’s report and affirmed the primates’ commitment to walk together. The resolution (dubbed C34) also committed the council “to continue to seek appropriate ways for the provinces of the Anglican Communion to walk together with each other and with the primates and other Instruments of Communion.”The resolution was moved by Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak and seconded by Harriet Baka Nathan, that province’s lay member.Jennings said she and her two colleagues were aware of the concern throughout the Episcopal Church about how the ACC would respond to the primates’ action. The resolution that was passed “was a way for all of us in the communion to move forward,” she said.Douglas said the resolution was focused on the work of the ACC and “not so much on what the primates did or said but, what it means for us to live together in our differences in light of another meeting that happened a few months before.” The members listened to the archbishop’s report, “considered its impact on our lives and then decided accordingly as to our work as the ACC.”“We’ll look back on today and see that the door could have closed or opened,” he said. “It opened.”Another resolution, labeled C35, that would have said the council “welcomes” the primates’ communique, was withdrawn just before debate on it was scheduled to begin.The work of the ACC that Douglas spoke about included reviewing work across the communion since the last ACC meeting in the fall of 2012 and then pointing toward work yet to be done.“There were an amazing number of resolutions about issues that are of common concern and, frankly, are desperate situations in many places,” Jennings said.Jennings was struck by the fact that “gender justice and gender-based violence cuts across every province in the communion and I think that the ACC and its networks are really struggling on how to address this and find concrete ways to solve some of these issues that diminish so many human beings in our provinces.”Ballentine also pointed to the series of resolutions that the ACC passed about instituting safe church policies throughout all the provinces as an example of how gender issues were addressed across the board during the meeting.Ballentine, Douglas and Jennings issued a letter to the church at the end of the meeting.The ACC also lived into the meeting’s theme of “Intentional Discipleship in a World of Difference” by accepting a report titled Intentional Discipleship and Disciple-Making: An Anglican Guide for Christian Life and Formation calling for a “season of intentional discipleship” from now until ACC-18, which could run until approximately 2021. Douglas said during the meeting that such a call would be a major statement about the communion’s priorities.The ACC agreed on the last day of the meeting to amend its constitution to allow the Standing Committee to meet electronically as a way of reducing the communion’s footprint. Outgoing ACC Vice Chair Elizabeth Paver cautioned that face-to-face meetings are invaluable, especially with the large number of new members elected to the Standing Committee during this meeting. However, Margaret Swinson, her successor, said the additional intent of the amendment was to allow more frequent meetings of the committee without incurring the costs of travel and lodging.Among the other resolutions passed were ones on climate change, youth involvement in the communion, solidarity with persecuted people and interfaith and ecumenical relations. Paver said during the closing news conference that the ACC resolutions can be seen as a commissioning of the council members to return to their provinces and promote the mission and ministry to which the council committed.And, Wilfred F. Baker, lay member from the Church of Ireland, said during the final evaluation that there was a “sense of purpose” during the meeting “and we can go home and try to bring that to our churches.” Baker also said his table group affirmed that, despite disagreements, the meeting had exhibited unity amid its diversity.Suzanne Lawson, Anglican Church of Canada lay member, said that when she goes home she strives not only to tell people what the ACC has done but she also talks about the relationships she has made. “I want them to understand their sisters and brothers [around the communion] as people with stories to tell,” she said.“We have discovered that our baptismal identity trumps everything,” said Bishop of Chelmsford Stephen Cottrell, Church of England bishop member.The 17th meeting of the ACC will take place in 2019 in the Diocese of Sao Paulo, a part of the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil.Once the April 19 session was over, the ACC members and staff adjourned to the cathedral steps where they videotaped birthday greetings to Queen Elizabeth II, who turns 90 on April 21.The Anglican Consultative Council’s leadership changes at the end of this ACC-16 meeting. Hong Kong Archbishop and Primate Paul Kwong, second from left, is the new chair, and Church of England lay member Margaret Swinson, second from right, is the new vice chair. They succeed the outgoing chair retired Malawi Bishop James Tengatenga, third from left, and Church of England lay member vice chair Elizabeth Paver, third from right. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, ACC president, is on the right and Anglican Communion Secretary General Josiah Idowu-Fearon is on the far left. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceRead more about itACC background is here.Ongoing ENS coverage of the ACC is here.The House of Deputies News page is also posting stories about the meeting.The Anglican Communion News Service is posting its ACC-16 coverage here.Tweeting is happening with #ACCLusaka.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Alabama judge dismisses ex-Episcopal Church official Stacy Sauls’ lawsuit Rector Bath, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL September 6, 2017 at 3:58 am If a reasonable offer of severance was made and Rev. Sauls refused it, then shame on him. When he left the legal profession to go to seminary, he said he felt called to serve in a parish. Instead, he quickly rose up through the ranks, moving from Atlanta to Kentucky to NYC. Perhaps the Catholic Church has it right with its vow of poverty for priests. Either way, one cannot “serve” if the flock does not wished to be served by that individual. The Bible instructs us to live in modesty and humility, neither of which are Stacey Sauls’ strong points. Perhaps he can learn some personal characteristics of kindness and quiet service from his lovely wife. Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Events Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 [Episcopal News Service] An Alabama judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the corporation of the Episcopal Church, called the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS), by former Chief Operating Officer Bishop Stacy Sauls after he was let go from his post.Mobile County 13th Judicial District Judge Ben Brooks said in his Aug. 22 decision that Alabama was not the proper place for Sauls to bring such a suit.The former chief operating officer said that because the Episcopal Church is present in Alabama, he ought to be able to file suit there. The church had argued that the case did not belong in the Alabama courts but, instead, in New York where Sauls was based.The judge agreed with the church, saying all the actions described in the suit took place in New York, where Sauls still lives and where the church maintains its denominational office.“The only potential Alabama witnesses are the lawyers [Sauls] hired,” Brooks noted.Neva Rae Fox, the church’s public affairs officer, said late on Aug. 22 that “we believe this to be a just and proper decision.”“We will continue to keep everyone involved in our prayers,” she said.Brooks’ decision came about two months after he had ordered Sauls and church representatives in June to engage in state-mandated mediation. He took that action after he had heard oral arguments on the church’s request that he dismiss the lawsuit.The judge appointed Michael Upchurch, an Alabama lawyer and mediator, to lead that process. Upchurch was ordered to finish the mediation and report to Brooks by Aug. 18. Upchurch attends St. James Episcopal Church in Fairhope, Alabama, according to his profile on the website of the Mobile law firm Frazer, Greene, Upchurch, and Baker.Sauls’ suit against the DFMS and an unspecified number of unnamed defendants associated with the church claimed that Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s decision to replace him as chief operating officer had damaged his reputation and made it difficult, if not impossible, for him to be employed elsewhere in the church.Sauls filed suit in early February, nearly a year after Curry relieved him of his job. In announcing the lawsuit, the presiding bishop said that, in consultation with legal counsel, he had “tried his best to negotiate a severance with Bishop Sauls.” Curry said he made “a good faith and compassionate offer, but that offer was not accepted.”The presiding bishop also said that “as a steward of church resources” he could not go beyond that offer and explain it in good conscience to the church.The presiding bishop had announced April 4, 2016, that Sam McDonald, deputy chief operating officer and director of mission, and Alex Baumgarten, director of public engagement and mission communications, were terminated after an investigation found they “violated established workplace policies and have failed to live up to the church’s standards of personal conduct in their relationships with employees, which contributed to a workplace environment often inconsistent with the values and expectations of the Episcopal Church.”At that time, Curry said Sauls would not continue as chief operating officer even though he had “operated within the scope of his office,” did not violate workplace policy and was unaware of the policy violations by McDonald and Baumgarten (both of whom reported to Sauls). The three senior managers had been on administrative leave since Dec. 9, 2015, pending an investigation into formal complaints and allegations from multiple members of the presiding bishop’s staff that the three had violated personnel policies. 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Rector Pittsburgh, PA By Amy SowderPosted Apr 21, 2018 Rector Collierville, TN General Convention 2015, Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Comments are closed. Associate Rector Columbus, GA General Convention, Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Comments (1) John Miller says: May 2, 2018 at 12:08 am Proposed resolutions A104, A105, and A148 all require background checks for various elected offices. What they do not say is who will be privy to the information reviled in that process, or how — or even if — the voters will be given access to that information. In the case of Heather Cook, a background check was done and turned up the 2010 DUI. The search committee reviewed that information and made a deliberate choice not to make it public.What good is a background check if we then hide the information from voters? 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Photo: Getty Images[Episcopal News Service] It often takes a well-publicized tragedy to activate legislation, and the Episcopal Church is no exception.After then-Maryland Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook, who was driving and texting while drunk, killed bicyclist Thomas Palermo in December 2014, the church has taken a deeper look at the way it handles impairment of various kinds at every level and stage. The church’s culture surrounding alcohol also has faced scrutiny. Cook had a prior drunken-driving charge in 2010.About three months after the fatal crash, the church’s Executive Council affirmed a House of Bishop resolution calling for the creation of what became known as the Commission on Impairment and Leadership, and provided funding for the work. The group was charged with exploring “the canonical, environmental, behavioral and procedural dimensions of matters involving the serious impairment of individuals serving as leaders in the church, with special attention to issues of addiction and substance abuse.”A year after turning in the report to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, the report became public in March of this year. Executive Council received the report before the start of its April 21-23 meeting in Austin, Texas. Curry summarized the group’s work during council’s opening session.“How do we respond when leaders are impaired in a variety of ways; how do we effectively respond as the community of faith?” Curry said about the focus of the report’s recommendations. That response, he said, also needs to consider how the church can practice prevention by doing things that “foster health and wholeness, and that can screen, as best we can, for problems that may emerge.”Curry said that some of the recommendations are already being implemented by his Office of Pastoral Development, which assists dioceses in bishop elections and disciplinary issues, as well as in providing pastoral care and training for bishops. The Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley, the bishop in charge of that office, will brief the council in more detail at its January meeting, Curry said.In one such change that has already happened, the presiding bishop said his office has a new consulting psychiatrist to help improve the existing psychiatric and psychological screening process for bishop candidates. Dioceses are in charge of their own search and election processes. While Curry’s office cannot require dioceses to do so, he said the staff is encouraging dioceses “as strongly as we can” to do those screenings before an election, perhaps when the slate of candidates is chosen.Dioceses are responding well to that suggestion, Curry said. Dr. Kevin Kelly, who is also the New York Fire Department’s consulting psychiatrist, has 30 such assessments to do in the next six months, the presiding bishop said.At the same meeting, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies and council vice president, said several members of the impairment commission will serve on General Convention’s legislative committee on church-wide leadership. Jennings has asked the deputy members to consider drafting resolutions that pertain to parts of the report’s recommendation that have not been addressed elsewhere.The report summarizes the commission’s work and makes recommendations about the church’s ordination, training, transition, deployment, wellness, management and oversight processes. The report focuses on substance abuse, while also acknowledging behavior patterns and mental health issues may also lead to impairment.The 29-page report is now available online in English here and in Spanish here.“We are recommending actions that promote a significant cultural shift in the Episcopal Church,” the commissioners wrote. “These recommendations address the problem of impaired leaders, but they also diagnose and suggest treatment for an impaired system that maintains denial and helplessness toward addiction, mental illness and physical disease.”The Rev. Jan Brown leads a workshop in October 2017 at the Gathering in Phoenix, Arizona, an annual networking meeting held by Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church. Photo: Holly CardoneAt the 78th General Convention, held June 25-July 3, 2015, the Special Legislative Committee on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse recommended three resolutions, all of which passed after some revisions.“Our church culture too often avoids hard conversations about alcohol use, and the role of forgiveness and compassion in healing and recovery,” Resolution A158, titled “Adopt Policy on Alcohol and Other Drug Misuse,” states.(The other two resolutions were A159: Promote a Healing Ministry to Those Affected by Addiction and D014: Evaluate Individuals in the Ordination Process for Addiction Concerns.)The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason was chairman of the legislative committee, as well as a member of the impairment commission. He is the dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, Washington, as well as a physician who was once the medical director overseeing a large group of doctors.“So, I had experience dealing with physicians who had impairment; I’d usually come out of it from an advocate point of view, dealing with state medical board, seeing how they can get help,” Thomason told Episcopal News Service. “As a physician, I recognize addiction as a disease much the way I’d recognize diabetes or high blood pressure. And we don’t apply moral judgment on those other diseases; it’s about how we can be supportive as they struggle with that and find their way into healthier waters. That’s what the church is called to do.”Practicing moderation is not a viable option for those whose alcohol use has gone beyond abuse and into addiction, which is a medically recognized disease. Photo: Getty ImagesTrue, clergy struggling with substance abuse or addiction risk disappointing their congregations, facing disciplinary action or possibly losing their jobs, but factors that often prevent alcoholics or addicts from seeking help aren’t unique to clergy, he emphasized.“Yes, it is difficult for leaders, but I don’t want to suggest that it’s somehow a harder road for a priest as it is for anyone,” Thomason said. “Everyone who has this disease experiences it in his or her own unique way. It’s just hard.”What the commission foundIn the same way that an alcoholic has to first acknowledge the problem in order to solve it, commission members had to dig into what the difficulties are within the church relating to impairment.To do this, they looked at drinking and drug-related convention resolutions dating back to the 1970s, interviewed people involved in other impairment cases church-wide, and looked at procedures used for handling other impaired professionals, such as airline pilots, doctors and lawyers.They also relied on research into the dynamics and treatment of addiction, and turned to Christian theological tradition.Several dioceses and churches are re-examining their policies on the way alcohol is presented at church events and meetings. Photo: Getty ImagesTo “uncover both individual and systemic failures that led to negative outcomes” in their case studies, the commission said it used the model for in-depth forensic accident investigations originally developed by the National Transportation Safety Board for accidents in the airline industry.“We did feel that there are definitely systemic changes in the church that need to be addressed,” the Very Rev. Martha J. Horne, commission chairwoman and dean and president emerita of Virginia Theological Seminary, told ENS.The commission found that some Episcopal dioceses and congregations are proactive, while others are not, she said. On the plus side, when Horne was undergoing her ordination process more than 35 years ago in Virginia, the then-bishop of Virginia was very open about being in recovery. He required anyone going through ordination to go through alcohol awareness training, and the seminary had a required course in addiction, Horne said.On the minus side, the commission said it observed “how the isolation of leaders and the authority structures within and among dioceses can work together with the denial and codependence that are typical of addiction to prevent identification and treatment of impairment.”A key conflict is the tension between the right to privacy and accountability to the church and community, according to the report. There’s a need to distinguish between loyalty and responsibility, commissioners wrote. Fear of exposure to liability, as individuals and as a corporate body, is another reason impaired people, or those affected by them, avoid action. The report states that case studies revealed often an “underdeveloped theology of forgiveness” can allow substance abusers to repeat their behaviors without consequences.Still, the commission asserts that many impairment issues would be better addressed with a ministry canon rather than a disciplinary one, to provide more opportunities for recovery, reconciliation and healing.In each impaired leadership situation that the commission studied, those interviewed described the same four experiences: isolation, disempowerment, mistrust and guilt.The report’s recommendationsThe commission identifies five key phases of ministry that present opportunities for preventive measures and effective responses throughout the lifespan of ordained leadership in the church:The discernment and screening process for ordination and episcopal elections.The training and formation process for those preparing for ordination and for newly elected bishops.The transition and deployment process for clergy of all orders.Self-care and wellness practices (including CREDO) for deacons, priests and bishops.Ongoing management and oversight of all clergy, including bishops, particularly with regard to evaluation and licensing.Details on the recommendations are here.As bishop of the Office of Pastoral Development, Ousley is right in the thick of this issue. He’s been counseling more bishops lately about impairment issues who are asking whether a cleric should continue to serve or is able to serve and how they should serve that cleric, Ousley told ENS.“We’ve worked really hard in the church to create an environment where you can come and ask questions, speak the truth and expect the support you need. We want that throughout all the dioceses and on the congregational level,” Ousley said. “We’re about fostering healthy spiritual community; that means meeting people where they are, challenging them and holding them accountable, and getting them the help they need either individually or community-wide.”The Rev. John Christopher, Pastor Tom Weller, the Rev. Steve Lane and the Rev. Lisa Kirby participate in discussions at the Gathering in October 2017, an annual program hosted by Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church. Photo: Holly CardoneWhen it comes to discernment and screening for ordinations, “we have to ask questions differently to assess whether they’re in addiction or recovery,” and if they are in recovery, whether the longevity of their sobriety can support the major changes that ordination brings, Ousley said. While relapse is always a possibility no matter how many years in recovery, some experts say three years of active work in a recovery program may be enough to be considered for leadership roles, while others assert 10 years is needed. The answer may also depend on the person and situation, Ousley said. After her first drunken-driving charge in September 2010, Cook had one year of sobriety before relapsing, her defense attorney said at her October 2015 sentencing.Activating GC2015 resolutions at the grassroots levelThe solution is not limited to making better policies, whether more resolutions at the next General Convention or canon revisions, according to the report.Horne said members were clear that the commission’s charge was to explore and examine issues of addiction as they pertain to the church and present a report to Curry, not to craft resolutions or propose canonical changes.“The commission cannot state strongly enough our belief that legislation and policy alone cannot accomplish the greater cultural shift required in our church to address issues of addiction and substance abuse,” the report states. “We believe firmly that the health and wellbeing of our church invites a more concerted, broad-based, grassroots effort.”Meanwhile, at least two groups that report to the General Convention — the Standing Commission on Structure, Governance, Constitution and Canons and the Task Force on the Episcopacy — already have filed resolutions that address some of the same areas that concerned the commission. Specifics are in an ENS article on the commission’s recommendations.Despite the 2015 resolutions falling in line with a history of impairment resolutions using soft language such as “encourage” rather than “require,” Episcopalians have been working to make these most recent resolutions matter in their congregations and dioceses.St. Mark’s vestry in Seattle has adopted the convention’s Resolution A158 on alcohol policy “word for word,” Thomason said, because it was more robust than its old policy.Resolution A159 encourages dioceses to work more with Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church, a church-wide ministry for clergy and laypeople that provides resources, education and awareness about addiction. The organization holds an annual Gathering to provide networking and support for those doing recovery work within the Episcopal Church. The next Gathering is Sept. 26-29, in Asheville, North Carolina.At the October 2017 Gathering in Phoenix, Arizona, Eleanor Stromberger received the Sam Shoemaker Award for her grassroots work. She’s been active in recovery in San Antonio, in the Diocese of West Texas and the nation, leading recovery commissions, hosting gatherings and doing a lot of legwork.“I believe that each one of us who does the work of recovery ministry serves as a doorkeeper for the wisdom, healing and recovery about which the larger church needs to know,” Stromberger said as she received her award. “And trust me, we will always have a mission field in which to work.”Support, hope and healingDespite its failings with this issue, the Episcopal Church has a rich history in recovery, said the Rev. Ben Nelson, the new president of the board of Recovery Ministries.“We’re connected to Bill W. [co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous]. He got sober when he met with a friend named Ebby, who got sober with the Oxford Group, which was led by an Episcopal priest named Sam Shoemaker,” Nelson told ENS, which explains the name of the award Stromberger received. “I think the 12-step movement is really a great spiritual movement, and the Episcopal Church has been present since the beginning. When we’re at our best, this is who we can be.”The Rev. Holly Cardone, Sandy Blaine and the Rev. Ben Nelson attend the Gathering, a meeting for those who do substance abuse recovery work within the Episcopal Church. Clergy and lay leaders meet to swap ideas and tips and to provide support to one another in their own recovery ministries. Photo courtesy of Holly CardoneNelson is also rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Marcos, Texas, and co-chairman of the Recovery Commission in the Diocese of West Texas. The commission is revisiting the alcohol policy of the diocese to see how it compares to the 15-point policy in Resolution A158, he said.For anyone, cleric or layperson, who wants help, Nelson first recommends Alcoholics Anonymous. Al-Anon provides the same support, but for family and friends worried about someone with a drinking problem. There are 12-step meetings for other addictions as well, from Narcotics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous to Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous.Many churches offer their facilities for 12-step meetings, and clergy can seek meetings outside their own community to feel safe enough to share honestly while protecting their anonymity, Nelson said.The Episcopal Church is the first mainline church to have an official prayer for victims of addiction, which is in the Book of Common Prayer, Nelson said. People also can order liturgical templates for a Recovery Eucharist on one of Recovery Ministries’ webpages.“Many people go to clergy asking for help, and there is a responsibility to help. And if clergy need help, I think it’s the responsibility for the diocese to help. We’d put them in touch with people who might help, possibly in-patient, out-patient, 12-step or therapeutic help,” Nelson told ENS.“It takes a diocese that says, ‘We can walk you through this. There can be a process so that you don’t have to lose everything to get well. You’re responsible for what happens in your own life, but there is help.’”— Amy Sowder is a special correspondent for the Episcopal News Service and a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn. She can be reached at [email protected] The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg, ENS interim managing editor, contributed to this report. 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