Lions 2013: Australia is a catwalk, not a shop window

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS If these men do that and strut along their Aussie catwalk, they may still have to worry about money and their lives elsewhere, but they’ll never have to buy a pint in Britain or Ireland again.Find out more about Jonny Sexton, Richie Gray and George North’s big moves in three exclusive features, only in Rugby World’s July edition. On sale now! Strutting his stuff: Jonny Sexton stops, puffs out his chest and prepares for a kick at goal against the BarbariansBy Alan DymockIN THE team that took to the field against the Barbarians, only one of the British and Irish Lions was someone who plays their regular rugby outside of the home nations. That it was the Man of the Match Mike Phillips was merely coincidence.The robust scrum-half is one of only two men in the squad who plies his trade in France, the other being fellow Welsh international Gethin Jenkins who will re-join Cardiff Blues upon his return from the tour. This is merely a spit in the sink when you consider how many top international rugby stars now call the Top 14 home.Making a splash: George North hits the beach in Perth, WAHowever, this Lions tour is not so much a shop window for the best of Britain and Ireland as a catwalk where specimens can be displayed. Five of the big names have already secured lucrative moves away from their clubs, with four heading for the milk and honey of France and one for the glamour of, erm, the East Midlands.With George North off to Northampton Saints, Jamie Roberts, Jonny Sexton and Dan Lydiate off to Racing Metro and Richie Gray off to Top 14 champions Castres, there are no cases of players playing to get picked up. They are there purely for the rugby.With their brand new challenges waiting for them when they finish the tour the players are left with glory, rather than riches, as their prize. Of course the Lions players are rewarded for their time, but so are the Australians and that will not diminish the effort from either side. No slouch: Big Richie Gray lurks in defenceAnother aspect seldom explored is that while some players may be overawed by the circus surrounding Lions rugby, those gentlemen moving to more profitable climes may be happy to fly away from the tribalism, the accusations of money-grabbing and the preparation for the new season in an inward-looking league by busying themselves for Test rugby. There is no time to pause and contemplate on a Lions tour. There is too much going on and these men have to show off. For the whole rugby-watching world.Anyway, these players are valuable to big clubs with deep pockets because they have proven quality. That is why they are on the Lions tour and exposed to the globe.Until the series is over these men will be firm friends and more than aware of the task in hand. They do not have to worry about the future because they will not be allowed to think of anything beyond the next few weeks. All of them have a realistic chance of making the test side, too. If they do line up to face the Wallabies no one will care where they are from, where they are going or how much they will be worth: all that will matter is that they perform. HONG KONG – JUNE 01: Richie Gray of the Lions looks on during the match between the British & Irish Lions and the Barbarians at Hong Kong Stadium on June 1, 2013, Hong Kong. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) last_img read more

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_imgIn control: South African scrum-half Ruan Pienaar barely put a foot wrong in Ulster’s crucial win at LeicesterBy Katie FieldThe SaintsPerfect nineUlster went into the final weekend of Heineken Cup pool matches as the top ranked team and duly completed a near-perfect qualifying campaign, making it six wins out of six with a 22-19 win at Leicester Tigers. Their back row were in storming form but the Man of the Match was scrum-half Ruan Pienaar, who oozed class and composure from the first whistle to the last and scored all of Ulster’s points.With his side trailing 19-9 at one stage, the No 9 ensured his team didn’t panic and they took control of the match and won the group, earning themselves a home quarter-final against Saracens and condemning Leicester to a trip to Clermont Auvergne, who haven’t lost at home in 72 games.Magic MunsterHome advantage is a handy thing to have in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals and Munster relish nothing more than a massive match at their Thomond Park fortress. Before the last round of pool matches they were heading for an away quarter-final as they were ranked sixth among the probable qualifiers. However, the Irish side knew what they needed to do and rose to the occasion magnificently, beating Edinburgh 38-6 to claim the five points they needed to rise to fourth out of the eight quarter-finalists.Captain Peter O’Mahony scored the crucial fourth try, but it was a great team effort featuring outstanding work from James Coughlan and Paul O’Connell. Toulouse will need to bring their A game to Thomond Park in April to have any hope of stopping Munster in their tracks.Cool QuinThe Scarlets hosted Harlequins in a winner-takes-all clash with a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals at stake. The Welsh side were leading 20-19 inside the final five minutes when they conceded a penalty.Quins’ regular kicker Nick Evans was suffering with cramp, so Ben Botica stepped up to the tee knowing a successful kick would keep his team’s European season alive, but a miss would in all likelihood kill it stone dead. Yes, it was a relatively straightforward penalty but the pressure could hardly have been greater. Botica was equal to the occasion and found the target to steal a 22-20 win.Hotshot: George Ford scored 17 pointsBy GeorgeBath fly-half George Ford made it 45 points in three games in the Amlin Challenge Cup this season with his haul of 17 against Bordeaux-Begles this weekend and ensured Bath maintained their 100% winning record in their pool matches. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The wrong cardConnacht tighthead Nathan White escaped with a yellow card rather than a red despite seeming to catch Brad Barritt’s face with his boot during the Heineken Cup pool clash with Saracens. Referee Leighton Hodges and TMO Gareth Simmonds both agreed to sin-bin White instead of sending him off, saying they couldn’t see the incident clearly enough. However, the television pictures seems to show the boot contacting with the face and White was lucky the officials decided to fudge the issue. TAGS: Bath RugbyHarlequinsMunsterUlster center_img The 54-13 victory which featured a try and six conversions from the nerveless Ford, kept Bath ahead of London Wasps in the Amlin rankings and thereby earned them a home quarter-final against Brive in April.Nice one, NigelIt’s great to hear a referee come out with a good one-liner and Nigel Owens lightened the mood of the tense encounter between Leicester and Ulster at Welford Road when he had to tick off Tigers centre Anthony Allen. Unhappy about something Allen had done, Owens advised him “the football ground is 500 metres that way” if he wanted to continue to misbehave.The SinnersWasteful WelshFor the second season in succession not a single Welsh region has reached the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup or the Amlin Challenge Cup. The Ospreys had already blown their chances before this weekend’s 36-3 capitulation at the hands of Leinster, but the Blues and the Scarlets still had a sniff, before losing at home to Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins respectively.Welsh blues: Cardiff (in pink) slump while the Chiefs celebrateYes, the regions have less money to spend on their squads than the French, Irish and English teams, but when the Ospreys can boast of having six British and Irish Lions in their starting pack they cannot use that as an excuse at the moment. There is a massive amount of talent in these Welsh regional sides this season, but for some reason they are unable to get near to replicating the success of the Welsh national side. With a number of players heading to English and French clubs for next season, that situation looks likely to get worse, not better.A little respectClubs drawn in the Heineken Cup pool which contains the weakest Italian side, at present Zebre, know they have a better-than-average chance of harvesting enough points to claim a home quarter-final. Toulouse must have fancied their chances of doing just that when this season’s competition began, but a lack of respect for their weaker opponents has been the French side’s undoing.They produced a winning double against their toughest pool rivals, Saracens (17-16 away and 21-11 at home) but weren’t mentally switched on enough against Zebre or Connacht to take full advantage. Toulouse lost at home to the Irish side 16-14 and although they did the double over Zebre, their failure to glean a try bonus point this weekend means they must travel to Munster for the quarter-finals instead of playing at home. Talk about looking a gift-cheval in the mouth!Over-eager EmyrWhen your team is 20-19 up with four minutes to go and heading for a place in the Amlin Cup quarter-finals, it is essential to keep a cool head. Unfortunately, the Scarlets hooker Emyr Phillips failed to do that against Harlequins and charged up to hit a ruck from an offside position as the Welsh side tried to keep the Londoners at bay. His over-eagerness presented Quins with a simple penalty chance and that was all it took to turn a home win into a defeat and send the Scarlets out of Europe. Good discipline in defence wins matches. It’s a lesson Phillips has learned the hard way. CARDIFF, WALES – JANUARY 18: Kai Hortsmann of Exeter celebrates victory during the Heineken Cup Pool 2 match between Cardiff Blues and Exeter Chiefs at Cardiff Arms Park on January 18, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images) last_img read more

First skirmishes at 2020 Six Nations launch

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “All okay, son?” Andy Farrell confers with Owen in a pic that attracted much comment on Twitter (Inpho)The conference rooms in which the sessions are held are located on a long tiled corridor, at the end of which is a replica of a merchant ship that used to transport tobacco and spices from the East and West Indies. It was designed to be a floating pirate museum for kids when Tobacco Dock became a shopping precinct but the project failed, and now the Dock is a successful events venue for IT businesses, Christmas parties and so forth.“We chose this space because it’s very Guinness,” a member of the PR team tells me, and the company has taken the opportunity of plugging their Guinness Clear – 100% water! – as part of a campaign to promote moderate drinking. Commemorative bottles will be given to the Player of the Match through the men’s and women’s championships.French scrutiny: captain Gaëlle Hermet and head coach Annick Hayraud take their turn on stage (Inpho)Other lines to emerge from proceedings include Alun Wyn Jones expecting a “bumpy road” for Wales as they transition after the long reign of Warren Gatland, Stuart Hogg revealing that he asked to be appointed Scotland captain, and Fabien Galthié, standing out in his shades and white shoes, explaining his mission to rebuild the France team’s relationship with fans.The women’s championship presently produces far more mismatches and a major talking point is whether a rethink is needed over the format. France and England – who between them have won all but two of the 18 Six Nations tournaments to date – meet on the opening weekend and the victors will be expected to march on towards another title.It’s comparatively early days in its evolution but how heartening to see the women sharing equal billing with the men at the launch, helping to grow the championship step by step.The men’s tournament kicks off with Wales-Italy and Ireland-Scotland on Saturday 1 February, with France-England the following afternoon. It will be broadcast in more than 170 countries and more than a million people will attend the 15 matches. New digital viewer records are predicted, including surpassing the 2019 figure of 47m video views. With so many new faces and head coaches, picking a men’s winner in January is a mug’s game. But it’s interesting to note that the last four championships that followed a World Cup were won with a Grand Slam: France in 2004, Wales in 2008 and 2012, England in 2016. Will someone win big in 2020? Within eight weeks or so we will find out.All done: a few handshakes, now for the real business of winning Six Nations matches (Inpho)Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. First skirmishes at 2020 Six Nations launchFirst hurdle cleared, five to go. For the captains and coaches of the Six Nations teams, the media launch that precedes the tournament is as mentally taxing as any of the matches. Question after question is fired at them and carefully batted away, with one slip of the tongue potentially harming a country’s chances for weeks to come.This year’s launch had a new venue, tournament sponsors Guinness having swapped the slightly cramped confines of the Hurlingham Club in Fulham for the wide spaces and wow factor of Wapping. Tobacco Dock was built in 1812 as a hub for cargo arriving from the New World and its listed timbers and curved brick vaults make a grand if chilly setting. Part of its colourful history, commemorated by a statue near the entrance, is a heroic rescue act in 1857 after an imported tiger escaped and attacked a boy.Today’s wild animals are the hordes of journalists scenting stories for their newspapers, websites and television channels. In his recent book about New Zealand’s World Cup campaign, Kiwi Jamie Wall wrote that the English and Irish press “don’t have as much sentimental attachment as we do and therefore hunt as a pack. We like to think we’re fairly critical of the All Blacks but compared with the Poms the vast majority of Kiwi writers are basically just a thinly veiled PR machine”.Question time: Ireland coach Andy Farrell and skipper Johnny Sexton face the media at the launch (Inpho)The days of casually mingling with your interviewees are long gone. The coaches and captains, men and women following identical schedules, are whisked from room to room by minders for precisely managed “rotation sessions”, 25 minutes in duration. There’s a room for ‘Dailies & Sundays’, of course, but also for Radio & Podcasts, Online & Social, Broadcasters, Host Broadcasters, Guinness Social & Open Photoshoot and Six Nations Partners.Other rooms house crews and equipment while Will Carling spends much of the morning with AWS, a company promoting the new enhanced stats service that will feature heat maps and kick predictors and metrics on rucking efficiency. A large lounge, where journalists can get fed and watered, is busy throughout and offers a chance to warm up.While most of the questions concern each country’s prospects for the championship, the England press conferences inevitably take a different turn in the wake of Saracens’ recent relegation from the Premiership for repeatedly breaching the salary cap.Owen Farrell, addressing a room of some 80 journalists, starts by effectively saying he’s not here to talk about Saracens, which prompts lots of questions about Saracens. It’s not long before Eddie Jones, who’s not used to being a sideshow, intervenes irritably to steer the questions back to the championship.If there is a line to come from the subject, it’s that England will have a clear-the-air meeting in their Algarve training camp. “It’s a great opportunity for us to get it all out on the table,” says Jones. “If players are angry about it then say it, get it out on the table.”center_img One from the vault: the captains who attended the 2020 Six Nations launch in Tobacco Dock (Inpho) Round one of the 2020 Six Nations has already happened – the media’s grilling of the head coaches and captains. Rugby World reports from London’s docklandslast_img read more

All Blacks name Rugby Championship squad

first_img All Blacks name Rugby Championship squadThe All Blacks selectors – head coach Ian Foster, assistant John Plumtree and Grant Fox – have named seven uncapped players in their 35-man squad for the 2020 Rugby Championship.Blues prop Alex Hodgman, Chiefs lock Tupou Vaa’i, Crusaders second-row Quinten Strange, ‘Saders back-rower teammate Cullen Grace, Blues No 8 Hoskins Sotutu, Blues wing Caleb Clarke and flying outside back Will Jordan from the Crusaders have all come into the squad.There are also some familiar names returning to the All Blacks set-up, with young Chiefs hooker Asafo Aumua joining back-row Akira Ioane and cult hero prop Karl Tu’inukuafe back in the fold.Following the North v South match, players were told by New Zealand management they would get a phone call the next morning – between 7.30am and 8.30am – to let them know whether they had made the 35-man squad. Foster told those not selected while All Blacks team manager Darren Shand informed those who had made it.Man in charge: New Zealand head coach Ian Foster (Getty Images)Foster said of the selections: “On behalf of Foxy and Plums, I want to congratulate all the players named today and particularly the seven new caps. This is a really special day for Alex, Quinten, Tupou, Cullen, Hoskins, Caleb and Will and their families and we congratulate them all. All seven have walked a slightly different path to get here, but the common thing for all of them today is that feeling of hearing your name read out as an All Black.”SANZAAR are yet to confirm the upcoming schedule for the Rugby Championship, so in the meantime these players will head off to compete in the Mitre 10 Cup.Here is the squad:Forwards:HookersAsafo Aumua (23, Hurricanes, uncapped)Dane Coles (33, Hurricanes, 69 caps)Codie Taylor (29, Crusaders, 50 caps)PropsAlex Hodgman (27, Blues, uncapped)Nepo Laulala (28, Chiefs, 26 caps)Tyrel Lomax (24, Highlanders, 1 cap)Joe Moody (31, Crusaders, 46 caps)Karl Tu’inukuafe (27, Blues, 13 caps)Ofa Tuungafasi (28, Blues, 35 caps)LocksQuinten Strange (24, Crusaders, uncapped)Patrick Tuipulotu (27, Blues, 30 caps)Tupou Vaa’i (20, Chiefs, uncapped)Sam Whitelock (31, Crusaders, 117 caps)Loose ForwardsSam Cane (28, Chiefs, 68 caps) – captainShannon Frizell (26, Highlanders, 9 caps) Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Cullen Grace (20, Crusaders, uncapped)Akira Ioane (25, Blues, uncapped)Dalton Papalii (22, Blues, 3 caps)Ardie Savea (26, Hurricanes, 44 caps)Hoskins Sotutu (22, Blues, uncapped)Flying: Outside back Will Jordan (Getty Images)Backs:Scrum-halvesTJ Perenara (28, Hurricanes, 64 caps)Aaron Smith (31, Highlanders, 92 caps)Brad Weber (29, Chiefs, 5 caps)Fly-halvesBeauden Barrett (29, Blues, 84 caps)Richie Mo’unga (26, Crusaders, 17 caps)CentresBraydon Ennor (23, Crusaders, 1 cap)Jack Goodhue (25, Crusaders, 13 caps)Rieko Ioane (23, Blues, 29 caps)Anton Lienert-Brown (25, Chiefs, 44 caps)Outside backsJordie Barrett (23, Hurricanes, 17 caps)George Bridge (25, Crusaders, 9 caps)Caleb Clarke (21, Blues, uncapped)Will Jordan (22, Crusaders, uncapped)Damian McKenzie (25, Chiefs, 23 caps)Sevu Reece (23, Crusaders, 7 caps)Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door. Seven uncapped players earn a call-up for New Zealandcenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS New mix: Players at the All Blacks anouncement, in Wellington. (Getty Images) last_img read more

Scotland v Georgia live stream: How to watch

first_img Hamish Watson: How to win turnovers On the ball: Adam Hastings passes against Georgia last year (Getty Images) Scotland v Georgia live stream: How to watch from South AfricaIf you want to watch Scotland v Georgia from South Africa, SuperSport is the place to go. It kicks off at 8.30pm on SuperSport Variety 2.There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from Access, which has the Blitz and Variety 4 channels, to Premium, which includes all 18 sports channels.We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.  Rory Sutherland – the secret and sacrifice behind his rise to the top Scotland v Georgia live stream: How to watchRugby’s autumn international programme may look a little different this year given the impact of Covid, but the first of a series of Test matches over the next seven weeks takes place tonight.Scotland face Georgia in a one-off International at BT Murrayfield (kick-off 7.30pm), with Fraser Brown captaining the Scots for the first time and Duhan van der Merwe making his Test debut.Oli Kebble could also play his first Test from the bench, where he is joined by experienced fly-half Finn Russell, who is back in the squad after building bridges with Gregor Townsend.Levan Maisashvili, who has moved up from assistant to head coach of the Georgia team since the World Cup, has been joined in the back-room team for this campaign by former internationals David Humphreys and Sebastien Bruno.They have handed prop Lexo Kaulashvili his first cap at the age 0f 28 and captain Merab Sharikadze returns after a long-term injury.The Scots have beaten Georgia in all four Tests they have played, including back-to-back home-and-away fixtures last year before the World Cup, and Townsend will be hoping his side can take that tally to five.“Georgia provide a real test as a first-up match and we have taken the opportunity to select a side that reflects where our players are in terms of their game time this season, their current form, as well as the contributions they made during the Six Nations at the start of the year,” says Townsend.“Georgia have a new coaching group in place and will want to put down a marker for their own campaign so we have picked as strong a squad as possible to go up against what will be a very physical and motivated opponent.”MORE ON SCOTLAND AND GEORGIA Gregor Townsend’s side start their autumn campaign with a one-off Test against the Lelos Get to know Georgia’s Beka Gorgadze Get to know Georgia’s Beka Gorgadze Collapse Scotland v Georgia live stream: How to watch from the UKThe good news is that Scotland v Georgia is available on free-to-air TV in the UK. The match kicks off at 7.30pm tonight and will be shown live on ITV4.Jill Douglas is presenting the coverage, which starts at 7pm, with Sir Ian McGeechan and Jim Hamilton providing analysis.If you’re from the UK but are overseas when Scotland v Georgia takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Scotland v Georgia live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, Scotland v Georgia (kick-off 5.30am early on Saturday morning) is live on beIN Sports 3.Access to beIN Sports’ Connect package is $19.99 a month or $179.99 for a year and also includes lots of European football action. Plus, there is currently a two-week FREE trial offer.beIN Sports Connect packageYou can also stream beIN Sports’ coverage live and on-demand through Kayo Sports. A basic package is $25 a month and premium is $35 a month – and they are offering a FREE 14-day trial to new customers.Kayo Sports offer Rory Sutherland – the secret and sacrifice behind his rise to the top Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.center_img Expand Expand A fascinating chat with the Edinburgh and Scotland… Scotland: Blair Kinghorn; Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, James Lang, Duhan van der Merwe; Adam Hastings, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, Fraser Brown (captain), Zander Fagerson, Ben Toolis, Scott Cummings, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.Replacements: Stuart McInally, Oli Kebble, Simon Berghan, Rob Harley, Nick Haining, Cornell du Preez, George Horne, Finn Russell.Georgia: Soso Matiashvili; Akaki Tabutsadze, Deme Tapladze, Merab Sharikadze (captain), Sandro Todua; Tedo Abzhandadze, Vasil Lobzhanidze; Mikheil Nariashvili, Jaba Bregvadze, Lexo Kaulashvili, Nodar Cheishvili, Grigol Kerdikoshvili, Otar Giorgadze, Beka Saghinadze, Beka Gorgadze.Replacements: Shalva Mamukashvili, Guram Gogichashvili, Giorgi Melikidze, Giorgi Javakhia, Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, Gela APrasidze, Giorgi Kveseladze, Tamaz Mchedlidze.Here’s how you can watch the first autumn International of 2020, Scotland v Georgia…How to watch Scotland v Georgia when abroadIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local rugby coverage, like Scotland v Georgia, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network. The No 8 is fast becoming a crucial… Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPN The Scotland back-row’s top tips for winning the… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Hamish Watson: How to win turnovers Scotland v Georgia live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIf you want to tune in to Scotland v Georgia from the Land of the Long White Cloud, the match kicks off at 7.30am on Saturday morning on Sky Sport NZ 2 – a great way to start your weekend!It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 31 January 2021 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offerlast_img read more

Anglican Communion Office reflects on work in annual review

first_img Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Featured Jobs & Calls Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI By ACNS staffPosted Jul 12, 2012 Anglican Communion Rector Shreveport, LA 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Bath, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET [Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Communion Office has published its first ever Annual Review that reports on its work for the Anglican Communion during 2011.The ACO officially exists as the permanent secretariat for the Instruments of Communion: the Lambeth Conference, the Primates’ Meeting and the Anglican Consultative Council. Staff based in London and other parts of the world, however, do more than people might imagine in support of the Anglican Communion.Highlights in the 2011 report include:Facilitating consultations on relief, development and advocacy in Africa, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean;Supporting Anglicans in Zimbabwe and other places where Christians are persecuted;Facilitating conversations across difference between dioceses around the world;Supporting Anglican networks involved with such issues as the environment, the family, health, and Anglican youth;Supporting Anglican Communion members involved in church growth, evangelism, and inter faith work.“More than 20 staff from countries including Colombia, Japan, Wales, Zambia and Canada work out of the London office–as well as locations including New York, Geneva, Kenya and Brazil–to support the members of the Anglican Communion as they carry out their part in God’s mission,” said Director for Communications, Mr Jan Butter.“It’s a particular privilege to be able to connect with all parts of the Anglican Communion and to learn how Anglicans and Episcopalians are sharing God’s Kingdom with their local communities. And it’s great to think that we have a part to play in supporting that.”He added, “We hope that members of the Anglican Communion enjoy learning more about our work over the last year, and that the Review gives them more of an insight into what staff here do to serve the global fellowship of Anglicans and Episcopalians.”To read the Annual Review online visit http://bit.ly/NoqODi Submit a Job Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Anglican Communion Office reflects on work in annual reviewcenter_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Music Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Albany, NY Rector Tampa, FL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Belleville, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Smithfield, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Press Release Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Tags Press Release Service Cathedral Dean Boise, IDlast_img read more

Gaza Christians upset over ‘forced conversions’

first_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Tampa, FL Gaza Christians upset over ‘forced conversions’ [Ecumenical News International, Jerusalem] The small Christian community of Gaza is in a state of uproar and has held an uncommon public protest against the Islamic Hamas government over what they say are forced conversions of two Christians in recent weeks.Led by Gaza’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop Alexious, the protesters gathered on July 21 in front of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Perfidious in Gaza City. They said they felt growing pressure from Gaza Muslims to convert, although there is no official Hamas policy for the conversion of Christians.“We are afraid more young people will be forced to convert,” one Christian who asked not to be named told ENInews. “If they want to convert of their own free will, okay, but why keep them away from their families?”They said 24-year-old Ramez al-Amash was kidnapped from his home, and that a young mother, 32-year-old Hiba Abu Dawoud, along with her three daughters was also forced to convert to Islam. A video on a pro-Hamas website TV showing Abu Dawoud and her daughters wearing traditional Muslim dress and saying they willingly converted to Islam was made under duress, said family members.Her now-estranged husband told the Associated Press that Abu Dawoud had complained during her university studies about the pressure she felt from her Muslim colleagues to convert.But al-Amash and Abu Dawoud said they came to the decision on their own through careful deliberation through their exposure to Islam during university studies and willingly embraced the Muslim faith.The families said they were prevented from seeing their children while the converts themselves said they had gone into hiding out of fear of repercussions from their families. Al-Amash told Reuters he wanted to return home as long as his mother would accept his conversion, and was home one day later.However, Gaza Christians said they feel uneasy. “We aren’t safe anymore,” Gaza City resident Josef Elias, 44, told the Associated Press. “This is a conspiracy against our existence in the Holy Land.”AP quoted Hamas government minister Bassem Naim as saying the Christians were part of the Palestinian people and had “the full right to practice their faith.”Fewer than 3,000 Christians live among Gaza’s 1.7 million Muslims as Christians have left the Gaza Strip during a five-year-old Israeli blockade. They say they are trying to escape a crumbling economy and growing Islamic extremism which includes efforts to convert them since the Hamas government took power in 2007 and restricts civil freedoms from drinking alcohol to ways of dress.According to media reports, ten Christians are known to have converted in the past eight years. In recent years Christian institutions have been attacked by Muslim hardliners and one Christian bookstore owner was murdered. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Martinsville, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT last_img read more

El devocional de Cuaresma 2013 se enfoca en el hambre…

first_img Posted Jan 7, 2013 Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Belleville, IL Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA 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 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service Rector Washington, DC [La Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo] El décimo cuadernillo anual de Meditaciones para la Cuaresma de la Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo ahora se encuentra disponible en inglés y español. Encontrará el cuadernillo en formato PDF y otras publicaciones de Cuaresma en la página web de la Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo: www.er-d.org/Lent. Para recibir devocionales diarios por correo electrónico, inscríbase en línea.“Nos complace ofrecer estos materiales para la Cuaresma y esperamos que las familias, los individuos y las congregaciones se enriquezcan con ellos esta temporada”, comentó Pamela Penn, Directora del Programa para la Participación en la Iglesia. “El devocional de este año, escrito por un grupo de líderes de la Iglesia Episcopal de diversa trasfondos, nos ayuda a concentrarnos en aliviar el hambre alrededor del mundo a la vez que nos preparamos para la sanación espiritual”.Puede ordenar las Meditaciones para la Cuaresma en la Tienda Episcopal en línea o llamando por teléfono a 1.866.937.2772. También hay cofres de la esperanza, tarjetas de oraciones, marcadores de libros y sobres para las ofrendas, y se pueden utilizar junto con el cuadernillo devocional. Recomendamos que tanto las iglesias como los individuous hagan sus pedidos, no mas tarde de el viernes 1 de febrero, para garantizar que reciban los materiales a tiempo para el 13 de febrero, Miércoles de Ceniza.Además, invitamos a las congregaciones a conmemorar el Domingo dedicado al trabajo de la Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo el 17 de febrero, que es el primer domingo de la Cuaresma, o en otro domingo de la temporada que les resulte conveniente. En la Convención General de 2009 se designó oficialmente a la Cuaresma como un tiempo para recordar y apoyar la obra de esta importante organización, cuyo trabajo está dedicado a salvar vidas. En este domingo especial, las congregaciones oran por las personas que viven en la pobreza y hacen una ofrenda para colaborar con el Fondo de Necesidades Globales de la Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo, que brinda asistencia en los sitios que más la necesitan.“La temporada de Cuaresma nos ofrece la oportunidad de reflexionar sobre nuestras vidas y sobre la manera en que nos relacionamos con los demás, tanto con los que están cerca como con los que están lejos”, expresó Rob Radtke, Presidente de la agencia. “Este año especialmente nos enfocamos en el alivio de hambre y en la labor que realizan los socios locales de la Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo para mejorar el suministro de alimentos y la nutrición en sus comunidades. Cuando experimentamos el hambre física durante el ayuno cuaresmal o reconocemos el hambre espiritual de nuestras vidas en esta temporada, nos predisponemos a ver el hambre en todas sus formas. Al recordar a la Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo y la obra que lleva a cabo en nombre de todos los episcopales, podemos ayudar, con el espíritu y con la acción, a combatir el hambre en el mundo que nos rodea”.En la página web, www.er-d.org/Lent, puede encontrar muchos recursos y directrices sobre como celebrar el Domingo dedicado al trabajo de la Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo, así como ideas para el resto de la temporada de Cuaresma. Si tiene alguna pregunta, escribi al [email protected] o llama al 1.855.312.HEAL (4325). 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La promoción de una reforma migratoria lleva a líderes religiosos…

first_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector Columbus, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Por Janet KawamotoPosted Mar 11, 2013 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA La promoción de una reforma migratoria lleva a líderes religiosos de Los Ángeles a la frontera Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Una miembro del Consejo de Líderes Religiosos de Los Ángeles habla con Oscar, que creció en el área metropolitana de Los Ángeles, pero quien, hace año y medio, vino a México con sus padres, que fueron deportados. La familia ahora vive en Chilpancingo, un barrio marginal cerca de Tijuana. Foto de Janet Kawamoto[Diócesis Episcopal de Los Ángeles] Un grupo de unos 25 líderes interreligiosos de Los Ángeles viajaron a San Diego y cruzaron la frontera hasta Tijuana el 26 y el 27 de febrero para estar más al tanto de cómo las políticas migratorias de EE.UU. afectan a los pobres de México. Y quedaron impuestos, ciertamente, con una fuerte impresión que les dejó decididos a encontrar medios para alentar una reforma migratoria efectiva.El grupo, que incluía a Mary D. Glasspool, obispa sufragánea de la Diócesis Episcopal de Los Ángeles, representaba al Consejo de Líderes Religiosos de Los Ángeles (LACRL, sigla en inglés) y estaba encabezado por el rabino Mark Diamond, presidente del Consejo y director regional de AJA-LA una rama local de una organización mundial dedicada a la promoción social.Entre los viajeros también se contaban representantes clericales y laicos de la Arquidiócesis Católico Romana de Los Ángeles, la Conferencia de California-Pacífico de la Iglesia Metodista Unida; la Conferencia de California Sur-Nevada de la Iglesia Unida de Cristo y el Presbiterio del Pacífico de la Iglesia Presbiteriana.A partir de las presentaciones del primer día, Diamond le recordó al grupo del LACRL que el Antiguo Testamento constantemente le manda a los hebreos —y a los cristianos— a recibir al extranjero. Él citó [en apoyo de esto] Levítico 19:33-34: “Cuando algún extranjero se establezca en el país de ustedes, no lo traten mal. Al contrario, trátenlo como si fuera uno de ustedes. Ámenlo como a ustedes mismos, porque también ustedes fueron extranjeros en Egipto. Yo soy el Señor y Dios de Israel”.Aunque hay una amplia variedad de opiniones en el terreno político de EE.UU. respecto al complicado tema de inmigración, dijo Diamond, “en 2013 tenemos una tentativa seria de una reforma migratoria global”.Carmen M. Chávez —abogada de inmigración y directora ejecutiva del Centro Legal Casa Cornelia, un ministerio catolicorromano en San Diego que se ocupa de problemas de inmigración— se mostró de acuerdo.“Creo por primera vez que mis colegas, no sólo en Casa Cornelia, sino en ejercicio como abogados de inmigración, tanto en el sector privado como en el sector sin fines de lucro, por primera vez en mucho tiempo están hablando de una reforma migratoria como si pudiera llegar a producirse realmente en nuestro tiempo”, le dijo ella a los líderes religiosos.“No sabemos qué aspecto tendrá, pero sí tenemos que decir que va a llegar a todos nosotros”, afirmó, señalando que la aplicación de cualquier nueva ley va a tomar muchos años.El papel de las comunidades religiosas en encontrar soluciones humanas factibles será enorme, agregó.“Será la comunidad religiosa —como siempre ha sido— la que responderá al llamado de las personas cuando necesiten ayuda y que se les tienda una mano. Será la comunidad religiosa la que aporte, con suerte, no sólo civilidad, sino un cierto grado de apertura a la realidad de esta migración, que es un migración global”.Casa Cornelia trabaja con los que buscan asilo en Estados Unidos por ser víctimas de persecución en sus países de origen. También atiende a víctimas de violencia doméstica, así como a niños que intentan cruzar solos la frontera. La mayoría son varones entre los 14 y los 16 años, pero Casa Cornelia ha llegado a atender a niños hasta de 2 años de edad.La búsqueda de asilo“Carlos,” que huyó de la persecución en su natal Nicaragua, dijo al grupo de L.A. que estuvo detenido en una instalación dirigida por la Corporación de Correccionales de América (CCA), una agrupación con fines de lucro que administra varias prisiones en EE.UU.“Vine para salvar mi vida y lo que encontré fue una cárcel”, dijo a través de un intérprete.En Estados Unidos, explicó la abogada Elizabeth A. López, de Casa Cornelia, el derecho migratorio es un derecho administrativo, no penal, y los migrantes indocumentados —incluso niños— no tienen [por consiguiente] derecho a que un abogado los represente. Unos pocos pueden encontrar servicios legales a bajo costo o gratuitos que brindan organizaciones caritativas o religiosas. Otros intentan asumir su propia defensa.Carlos, que no disponía de recursos económicos y de ninguna asesoría legal, actuó como su propio abogado. La prisión tenía una biblioteca pequeña y desactualizada sin acceso a Internet, y fue allí que Carlos intento elaborar una defensa para que no lo deportaran. Le daban sólo cinco horas a la semana en la biblioteca —y a menudo se las reducían a tres.Aunque no hablaba inglés y no contaba con representación legal, Carlos fue capaz de defender su caso y, aunque no le concedieron el asilo formal, pudo quedarse legalmente en Estados Unidos. “Gracias a Dios”, dijo él “que el juez entendió que moriría si regresaba a mi país.“Con los pocos recursos de que disponía, pude probar que tenía credibilidad y que necesitaba quedarme en Estados Unidos”.“Carlos representa a la mayoría de los que buscan asilo y de los inmigrantes que no tienen recursos para contratar a un abogado”, dijo López, quien agregó que sólo el 3 por ciento de los que optan por la autorrepresentación logran obtener la residencia legal en EE.UU. “Él es elocuente, capaz de exponer su caso. La mayoría no tienen esas ventajas”.López también mencionó que las prisiones privadas constituyen una industria de enorme crecimiento, con una poderosísima presencia en Washington, D.C. Quieren que las leyes migratorias sean más estrictas y punitivas, agregó, para tener más presos a fin de ganar más dinero.Testigos en la frontera“Según nos acercamos al muro verán la patrulla fronteriza que nos protege del pueblo mexicano”, dijo el Rdo. Carlos Correa, de la Iglesia Unida de Cristo, a los visitantes del LACRL mientras cruzaban la frontera entre EE.UU. y México para dirigirse a Tijuana.“Gracias a Dios” añadió, con una risa irónica.Una gruesa malla de metal superpuesta al enrejado del muro en el llamado “Parque de la Amistad” impide todo contacto físico y la mayor parte del contacto visual entre ambos lados de la frontera mexicoamericana. A unos 15 metros por el lado de EE.UU. hay una segunda cerca que se abre sólo por breves períodos los fines de semana para permitir que personas de cada lado del muro conversen con sus familiares y amigos del otro lado. Foto de Janet Kawamoto.Correa Bernier es un ministro auxiliar para el ministerio fronterizo y latino, de la Conferencia de California-Nevada de la IUC, y director ejecutivo del Centro Romero, un ministerio de inmigración localizado en San Isidro, California. El Centro Romero trabaja con obreros migrantes en ambos lados de la frontera y ofrece experiencias  de inmersión a los que quieren entender mejor los problemas de inmigración.Mientras el grupo examinaba un segmento del muro, Correa Bernier hacía notar que tales barreras eran medios ineficaces de control fronterizo, porque si las pueden construir, también las pueden violar o evadir.“He visto fotos de una furgoneta que pasa por encima del muro —levantaron carriles de cada lado de la frontera”, agregó. “Como suelen decir, si ustedes tienen un muro de 50 pies de alto, todo lo que necesitamos es una escalera de 51 pies.“De manera que la política de construir muros no funciona. Nunca funcionó ni va a funcionar”.Correa Bernier esbozó para el grupo las dificultades que enfrentan los que quieren ingresar en Estados Unidos, así como los que han sido deportados.Él guió al grupo hasta una zona a 1,6 kilómetros aproximadamente de la frontera donde vieron docenas de enormes fábricas a las que llaman en el español de México “maquiladoras”,  o “plantas de ensamblaje” En esos edificios sin ventanas, jóvenes mexicanas, que trabajan supervisadas por hombres, ensamblan diferentes artículos que van directamente al mercado norteamericano.Las mujeres, explicó Correa Bernier, trabajan por unos pocos dólares diarios, seis días a la semana. No les conceden recesos laborales, les descuentan del sueldo cualquier tiempo que pasen en el baño o almorzando. Están sujetas a perder el empleo cuando cumplen 30 años; la razón oficial es que los administradores creen que [después de esa edad] ya no pueden mantener el ritmo de trabajo, gran parte del cual es hacer televisores de gran pantalla y otros artículos electrónicos para el mercado norteamericano. Las mujeres también están sujetas a despido si salen embarazadas.Al preguntársele por qué no se le puede imponer a las compañías que paguen mejores salarios y tengan mejores condiciones laborales, Correa Bernier tuvo como respuesta una sola palabra: NAFTA.El Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte, explicó él, permite que las compañías exploten la mano de obra barata en México para fabricar esos artículos. Cualquier compañía que aumente los salarios tendrá que aumentar los precios para encontrar compensación, y pocos están dispuestos a hacerlo en los mercados extremadamente competitivos de EE.UU. En el papel, las compañías son responsables de tratar bien a sus obreros, pero la aplicación es muy laxa, agregó Correa Bernier.“Nuestra posición en el Centro Romero es que EE.UU. no necesita un tratado de libre comercio” dijo, “necesitamos un tratado de comercio justo”.Y añadió: “la gente trabaja en las maquiladoras, esencialmente, para mantener mi estilo de vida en Estados Unidos, porque yo quiero que todos mis trastos domésticos sean baratos y accesibles.“Como solía decir mi padre, nadie es culpable, y todos somos responsables”.Un pueblo de desesperanzaUn momento particularmente emotivo para los líderes religiosos fue una visita a Chilpancingo, una villamiseria que no aparece en el mapa, pero donde viven miles de personas que intentaron cruzar ilegalmente la frontera de Estados Unidos, o que han sido deportadas, y ahora se encuentran trabadas aquí, sin recursos suficientes para dirigirse a ninguna otra parte. Algunas de ellas trabajan en las maquiladoras cercanas, pero los empleos suelen ser escasos.A Chilpancingo se llega cruzando el lecho, bordeado de cemento, que canaliza las aguas del río Tijuana. Correa Bernier dijo que ha visto como el agua ha cambiado de color debido a los productos químicos tóxicos que vierten en ella las fábricas. Mientras el grupo miraba del otro lado del río unas 10.000 chabolas construidas de fragmentos de madera y metal, podían verse a los niños que jugaban junto a las aguas contaminadas. No hay ninguna escuela en la zona, dijo Correa Bernier; en cualquier caso, estos niños no podrían costear las cuotas que exigen tanto las escuelas públicas como las privadas.“Los niños se quedan abandonados durante el día, porque mamá y papá están trabajando”, subrayó él. “Se ven expuestos a las drogas, al abuso sexual, al abuso emocional, al abuso físico y a otras cosas por el estilo. En consecuencia, se trata de un círculo vicioso”.Un joven que viven en Chilpancingo y que andaba cerca con su esposa y su hija, le dijo al grupo que él había crecido en la zona sur-central de Los Ángeles desde que era un bebé, y lo había deportado recientemente. En fluido inglés explicó que había sido enviado a prisión, aunque negó que hubiese comedido algún delito.“Pagué la culpa de otro” dijo.Apenas si tiene 24 años. Tenía documentos, pero se los quitaron y lo deportaron a México cuando cumplió su sentencia de prisión. Sus padres aún viven en Los Ángeles con sus cinco hermanos y una hermana, que son ciudadanos estadounidenses.Explicó que el único trabajo que ha encontrado es peleando gallos. “No puedo conseguir un empleo debido a mis tatuajes y mis antecedentes. Conseguir un empleo es difícil”.“Aquí la cosa es dura” afirmó.Un miembro del grupo también trabó conversación con Oscar, un niño de unos ocho años que explicó que había vivido en Estados Unidos toda su vida, pero que vino a México con sus padres que fueron deportados.Él dijo en inglés que quería ir a la escuela, pero que su madre y su padre no tenían dinero para enviarlo a él o a sus hermanos. Había intentado seguir sus estudios en el año y medio transcurrido desde que llegaron a Tijuana, pero le ha resultado difícil.“¿Qué hacen durante el día?” le preguntó un miembro del grupo.Sin ironía, Oscar le respondió que “limpiaban la casa”. Y le señaló hacia el hogar de su familia que, al igual que todas las casas de Chilpancingo, está construida de objetos encontrados.¿Te gustaría regresar a Estados Unidos?“Sí”, respondió sin dudar, pero no sin su familia. “La vida es dura en Chilpancingo”.“No ha sido una buena experiencia,” añadió en tono triste.Casa de Las PobresEl grupo del LACRL se detuvo en la Casa de Las Pobres, un ministerio que desempeñan cuatro monjas catolicorromanas que proporcionan comida, ayuda y atención sanitaria a los pobres de Tijuana, muchos de los cuales son migrantes.  En un tiempo daban tres comidas al día, pero, por razones económicas, se han visto obligadas a reducirlas tan sólo al desayuno. También ofrecen bolsas de alimentos, la mayoría de las cuales son donadas por tiendas de víveres de San Diego.Mary D. Glasspool, obispa sufragánea de la Diócesis Episcopal de Los Ángeles, con el P. Alexei Smith, encargado de las relaciones ecuménicas e interreligiosas de la Arquidiócesis Católica Romana de Los Ángeles, y Carlos Correa Bernier, ministro de la Iglesia Unida de Cristo y director ejecutivo del Centro Romero, conversan con una de las cuatro monjas que dirigen la Casa de las Pobres, un ministerio para los menesterosos de Tijuana. Un grupo de unos 25 líderes religiosos de Los Ángeles visitó San Diego y Tijuana los días 26 y 27 de febrero para enterarse más de los efectos de la política migratoria de EE.UU. en los pobres de México, y empezar a determinar cómo podrían laborar en pro de una reforma migratoria efectiva y global. Foto de Janet KawamotoCorrea Bernier, que tienen una larga relación de trabajo con Las Pobres, contó una historia de haber visitado el lugar, donde se encontró a una de las hermanas,  que se sentía angustiada porque estaban a punto de servir una comida, pero no tenían tortillas (un elemento esencial de la dieta mexicana). Correa Bernier les mostró lo que él les había traído: un camión lleno de tortillas donadas.Correa Bernier sirvió de intérprete mientras una de las hermanas le decía al grupo que el ministerio recibe “sólo un pequeño apoyo” de la Iglesia.“Los que nos ayudan son los ángeles y la gente que trabaja aquí, y la providencia de Dios”, dijo ella.El grupo del LACRL hizo una última escala en lo que Correa Bernier llama “El parque que ya no es de la amistad”. Explicó que hace pocos años el muro estaba más abierto, y las personas podían encontrarse y tocar a sus amigos y parientes del otro lado de la frontera. En los últimos años le han instalado [al muro] una gruesa malla metálica que impide todo contacto directo.De regreso a San Diego, los miembros del grupo estaban conscientes de la enormidad de la tarea de la reforma migratoria, pero estaban determinados a trabajar juntos para encontrar medios de aliviar los sufrimientos humanos de los inmigrantes.“Sobre todo y en primer lugar, podemos mostrarle a la gente que éste no es un problema episcopal, un problema católico, un problema judío, sino que es un problema humano”, dijo el P. Alexei Smith, que sirve como funcionario de relaciones ecuménicas e interreligiosas de la Diócesis Católica Romana de Los Ángeles. “Con todas las tradiciones religiosas que tenemos representadas en este viaje, podemos dar un testimonio unificado de la verdad a que nos enfrentamos, de lo que debemos hacer.“Creo que tenemos que empezar por mirar a las personas humanamente”, continuó Smith. “Tenemos que reconocer que cada uno de nosotros fue creado a imagen y semejanza de Dios, y para nosotros, desde un punto de vista cristiano, en ese extraordinario evangelio del juicio final, Jesús dice con bastante claridad,  ‘fui forastero y me recogisteis’; ‘fui forastero y no me recogisteis’ —y sabemos las consecuencias. Y creo que tenemos que vivir a la altura de eso.“Creo que el objetivo debe ser lograr una legislación para una reforma migratoria radical”, dijo la obispa Glasspool de la Diócesis de Los Ángeles. “Una de las cosas que aprendí de nuevo es que en esto tenemos una larga tarea por delante. No se trata tan sólo de redactar una ley o de aprobar algunas resoluciones. Es un proceso largo. Incluso mientras escucho [los comentarios] entusiastas, particularmente del personal de Casa Cornelia, sobre la posibilidad de una acción legislativa en este año 2013, oigo también que han de tomarse hasta ocho años en efectuar los cambios que se expresen inicialmente a través de la ley.“Todo lo cual hace más urgente que la ley se apruebe lo antes posible, porque va a tomar tiempo cambiar la manera en que hacemos las cosas”.– Janet Kawamoto es directora de The Episcopal News, una publicación de la Diócesis de Los Ángeles. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Sandy reflections: Staten Island recovery ministry ‘holds onto hope’

first_imgSandy reflections: Staten Island recovery ministry ‘holds onto hope’ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Collierville, TN Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Press Release Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job 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 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Editors’ note: A year ago today, Oct. 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy set to reeling a large part of the East Coast of the United States. At least 147 people died in the Atlantic basin because of the storm; of that number 72 were killed in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States. Sandy caused an estimated $65.7 billion in damage, including destroying or damaging 650,000 homes and damaging hundreds of thousands of businesses. Episcopal News Service invited seven people to reflect on their experience of Sandy, what lessons they and their faith communities learned and what challenges they still face. All seven reflections are available here.[Episcopal News Service] After Hurricane Sandy ripped through Staten Island, destroying about a quarter of the island, there was an enormous outpouring of kindness and compassion from the community. Thousands of people whose homes were spared the destruction of Sandy came to the aid of their neighbors who lost everything. Young and old showed up to help clean streets, homes, beaches and parks. People realized that whether or not their home was damaged they were still part of this storm and it served as a catalyst to really bring everyone together with a common purpose of rebuilding community.This pulling together led to the creation of the Long Term Recovery Organization, a collaboration of over 80 organizations to better serve the Staten Island community throughout the process of recovery. This organization is an attempt to capitalize on the idea that things get done better together than apart.— Darrell Hayes is the Diocese of New York’s disaster recovery coordinator.It was remarkable to see how within six months a sense of normalcy returned due to the hard work and collaboration of many organizations. And, although the most visible destruction of Sandy has been removed – debris, boats on the streets, houses that were scattered across fields – the situation is still desperate for many people. There are still hundreds of homes that need to be rebuilt.It has been disheartening to see so many homeowners having to fight insurance companies to collect from their insurance policies. Many people have been told they weren’t covered by their polices due to technicalities. I have spoken to many homeowners that were not compensated fairly by their insurance companies and are left to rebuild their entire home with little or no money. Despite the lackluster response of the government and the insurance industry, Staten Island is recovering. Through the generosity of many disaster response programs like the Episcopal Church and other non-profit organizations, the homeowners have found some hope with rebuilding their lives.Beyond the immense challenge of rebuilding, homeowners also have the looming challenge of figuring out how to afford to raise their homes the required 10 to 15 feet that the government and insurance companies will be requiring in order for them to qualify for future insurance coverage. It will cost thousands of dollars that many simply don’t have, in addition to the long term increase in cost of flood insurance.While many homeowners are still facing a variety of challenges, the community also faces challenges of maintaining togetherness to see everyone to complete recovery. This community has withstood so much and needs to keep working together to ensure that the character of the neighborhoods remains intact. As time moves forward and Sandy is replaced by more immediate and visible disasters the work of the disaster response organizations becomes even more important. While many challenges remain, the community of Staten Island holds onto hope while moving everyday towards recovery.If anyone is interested in volunteering with the rebuilding effort please send an email to [email protected] or call us at 347-942-3787.— Darrell Hayes is the Diocese of New York’s (http://www.dioceseny.org/) disaster recovery coordinator. 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