LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 19: Tim Shieff of Great Britain competes during a practice session in the ‘Red Bull Art of Motion’ competition at Southbank Centre on March 19, 2011 in London, England. Established in 2007, The Red Bull Art of Motion is the first free running competition in the world. Competitors will use various disciplines of free running, parkour, martial arts and gymnastics. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images for Red Bull) Mike Tindall Mike Tindall and Co challenge some crazy free runners to touch rugby, just in time for summer. Watch as the free runners leap on top of the crossbar and perform some great tricks in and around the home of English rugby. They were there as part of the RFU’s Choose Rugby Campaign, getting people more involved with rugby in the run up to the 2015 World Cup. O2 Touch even gives the chance for 10 teams to play at Twickeham. All you have to do is upload a video to the Choose Rugby Facebook page and you could be in one of 10 teams playing touch on the Twickenham pitch.
Roger Harrision, Marketing Director Puma UK, commented: ‘We’re both proud to have again worked closely with both the players and coaching staff to deliver a range of kits that perform to the highest standard. Both the home and alternative shirts have been designed with player comfort as priority, while incorporating the latest PUMA technological developments. We wanted again to produce a kit that has an understated modern look and feel, whilst paying tribute to the IRFU’s heritage.Padraig Power, Commercial & Marketing Director IRFU commented: ‘There has always been a strong tradition of the Ireland alternate white jersey being worn against South Africa, wearing it against France for the first time in the game in Bordeaux is going to help the team to build a new tradition. We are thrilled with the new kit and I firmly believe our supporters will be also delighted and will wear it with pride. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The new alternative shirt follows Puma’s ‘speed theme’ with a dynamic look offering all of the benefits of the home shirt complete with a contemporary neck line. The neck itself is highly engineered to ensure the best possible player comfort and maximum durability. To enhance player confidence, the shirt also features padded detail on the nape of the neck for more impact cushioning during contact. David Wallace, Luke Fitzgerald and Paul O’ConnellThe IRFU and Puma have announced the launch of the new home and alternative kits. The Ireland rugby team will wear the new Puma Ireland alternative jersey for the first time against France on 13th August in Bordeaux. This is the first time that Ireland will ever have worn an alternative shirt against any test side other than South Africa.The home shirt takes its inspiration from the styling of traditional buttoned neck Rugby shirts from the 1800’s and incorporates an off centre placket detail, a direct reference to an original Ireland shirt image that was found within IRFU archives. The Crest itself uses a unique lenticular application that gives it a three dimensional optic, designed to give the crest a premium look and feel.The shirt is made using an innovative ‘four way stretch’ fabric that allows unrestrictive body movement and is engineered to wick away moisture to help regulate body temperature and therefore improve player comfort. Cut for an athletic fit, the shirt works with the body during exertion providing compression to support muscles and improving blood circulation. In addition, the control panel on the chest takes the shape of the basalt columns that make up the Giant’s Causeway for extra support when on pitch.
Wing man: Alex Cuthbert combines size and skillFrench changeDespite the change in management, with the outgoing Marc Lievremont widely derided for his selection policy, the supposedly pragmatic Philippe Saint-Andre is still clearly searching for his magic formula. After casting Julien Dupuy aside after a shocker against England, he has parachuted the on-form Dimitri Yachvili back in a No. 9 and said thanks but no thanks to Lionel Nallet thus ending his 12-year international career. Who know’s whether Saint Andre’s tinkering will work? In fact it’s difficult not to roll out that well-worn cliché, ‘you never know which French team is going to turn up’ because it’s true, we simply do not know. What is unequivocal is that they do have the potential to deliver a Gallic masterclass and come away with a win. Amid the pre-match hype, that’s the fear Warren Gatland has to keep repeating to his players.VerdictPrevious games at the Millennium Stadium have been one-sided against the hosts, with France winning seven out of the last eight encounters, but I expect Wales to win, and win ‘relatively’ comfortably to set off a giant Grand Slam party and a fitting tribute to the incomparable Mervyn Davies. I’m going for 28-17.WALES v FRANCE, MILLENNIUM STADIUM, SATURDAY 17 MARCH, KICK-OFF 2.30pm LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The backrow battle will be led by Toby Falatau, seen in action against France during the World CupBy Owain Jones, Rugby World EditorRiding on emotionIf ‘revenge’ for the controversial semi-final loss to France in October wasn’t enough motivation for the Wales squad, Mervyn Davies’ sad passing will ensure the atmosphere in the Millennium Stadium is brimming with emotion. Warren Gatland’s task will be to temper any unnecessary rushes of blood to the head. Wales will need to show maturity for the entire 80 minutes and can ill afford to lose another player to a yellow card, let alone red, after Sam Warburton’s well-documented solitary march to the sidelines in Auckland. In fact, the old adage about using the ‘top two inches’ has never been more important.Prolific: France’s Wesley FofanaRainy daysA top-level sports event is not the same without some form of controversy attached to it. This week’s palaver is the old ‘roof-on or roof-off’ chestnut. Showers are threatening to rain on Wales’ parade, so when Philippe Saint-Andre said he wanted the roof open, Warren Gatland was unimpressed arguing the game would be less of an attractive spectacle with water on the deck. In terms of omens, Wales will cast their eyes nervously back to1988 when the side lost the chance to win the Grand Slam thanks to heavy rain at Cardiff Arms Park, losing in a forward-dominated encounter 10-9. The class of 2012 look unlikely to suffer the same fate. The Lions front-row of Adam Jones, Matthew Rees and Gethin Jenkins should be grizzly and gnarled enough to withstand the attentions of veteran props Jean-Baptiste Poux and David Attoub along with the retiring William Servat, while the battle of the backrow promises to be titanic, with Imanol Harinodoquy, Julien Bonnaire and Thierry Dusautoir looking to hand a salutary lesson to the ‘three amigos’ of Dan Lydiate, Toby Faletau and Sam Warburton. Expect seismic collisions.Clash of the titansMuch has been made of the size of Wales’ gargantuan backline, with some commentators pointing out that Wales are now showing more grunt than guile out wide. This is a little harsh on the likes of George North and Alex Cuthbert who have shown they are fine footballers, not just battering rams. Indeed, any side lacking Shane Williams and an on-form Gavin Henson would lose some subtlety and flair, but there’s no doubt the kids can play. As for the visitors, Philippe Saint-Andre has been forced to shift France’s outstanding back, Wesley Fofana, out onto the wing, due to Vincent Clerc’s injury, so he is banking on Florian Fritz and the statutesque Aurelien Rougerie to stand up to Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies in midfield. He will also be hoping Lionel Beauxis can display a creativity that has so far proved eluded him in his international career. AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – OCTOBER 15: Number eight Toby Faletau of Wales charges upfield during semi final one of the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup between Wales and France at Eden Park on October 15, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) Wales : L Halfpenny, A Cuthbert, J Davies, J Roberts, G North, R Priestland, M Phillips; G Jenkins, M Rees, Adam Jones, AW Jones, I Evans, D Lydiate, S Warburton (c), T Faletau.Replacements: K Owens, P James, L Charteris, R Jones, L Williams, J Hook, S Williams.France : C Poitrenaud, W Fofana, A Rougerie, F Fritz, A Palisson, L Beauxis, D Yachvili; JP Poux, W Servat, D Attoub, P Pape, Y Maestri, T Dusautoir (c), J Bonnaire, I Harinordoquy.Replacements: D Szarzewski, V Debaty, J Pierre, L Picamoles, M Parra, F Trinh-Duc, JM Buttin.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Head in hands: MAtt Scott cannot believe the result We’ll find out next week how ruthless Cotter is prepared to beWith all but eight players released back to their clubs this week, it will be interesting to see if there is any noticeable difference to the Scotland squad when it reconvenes next Sunday.Cotter gained praise early in his stewardship for picking the players on form, and there is a spectrum between grudging admiration and puzzlement for the way in which some of the old guard (Al Kellock, Kelly Brown, John Barclay et al) were swept aside in favour of talented youngsters who were not yet used to losing. However, Ross Ford and Greig Laidlaw are clinging on despite not showing the November form that gained them a reprieve. Dropping your captain (and his likely deputy) mid tournament may be rash, but on the other hand if we are building for the future, is there really any point in keeping them around till after the World Cup and suffering another six months of this?If you need their skills or leadership in camp, stick them on the bench or make them water carriers; the Wooden Spoon is all but in the bag and we’ve not seen enough skill and leadership from either this tournament to justify continued starts.Maul magic: Italy score from a driving lineout. Credit: InphoBetter learn to defend a maul, and quickAfter Mark Bennett bagged a quick interception try moments into the Italy match on Saturday, Italy hit straight back with a rolling maul, grabbing a try in the process. Luckily for Scotland they seemed to forget how successful this was almost immediately and the game resumed its fast and loose pace. They were quite likely reminded of it at half time, whereupon they reappeared and mauled Scotland to despair, especially in the last quarter when the home side were powerless to stop it, either through lack of fitness or lack of preparation. We’ve learned we’re still not learningIt was pointed out to Vern Cotter in the post match press-conference that he and others had talked about discipline after every game so far and yet here it was, still a subject worthy of discussion. His response, suitably bemused:“I’m obviously not getting that message across.”I would imagine that he will be searching for some new and particularly tortuous methods of drilling the message home before Scotland head to Twickenham in two weeks, but there’s a growing sense that perhaps it doesn’t matter who the coach is at this level, are we just paying for a lack of development talent earlier in their careers?Sure, you can teach them to kick a ball nicely, but shouldn’t a professional rugby player appreciate the importance of a safe touch from a penalty when your team is under the cosh? Taken in the abstract away from the big-game hype, it’s hardly a new situation.The Wooden Spoon’s in the bagItaly have their win and have two home games left against France and Wales which they will fancy one of for a win you would think. Scotland have nothing and face England and Ireland, this year’s two strongest teams. There’s not much more to say on that front…Wrong-footed: Horne worked hard, but Russell was missed. Credit: InphoWe miss Finn Russell alreadyPeter Horne ran some nice lines and distributed reasonably well, at least until the game was being forced late on, but there was never a sense that he was in charge of where the game was going. Scotland’s tempo and kicking dictated that early on, and once Italy seized momentum just before half time Sergio Parisse was in charge. Both our young tens are guilty of criminal missed kicks to touch in recent games but Finn Russell runs the game with a greater sense of the (chaotic) control required and should be returned to face England after his ban. Where no doubt they’ll pepper him with high balls and leaping players… With the powerhouse pack of England to face in two weeks time, and no lesser a threat from the Munster-driven Ireland pack the weekend after – who may yet be hunting a grand slam – the Scottish forwards will need to rediscover the tenacity they showed in the Autumn very quickly, or it won’t matter how talented the back division is, opposing teams will keep the ball till we cough up a penalty, and run lineout after lineout at us from the corners.The end of Scotland’s Six Nations campaign promises yet more misery if these basics cannot be addressed.
France are limping towards the World Cup with coach Philippe Saint-Andre in the firing line from the press and getting compared with Marc Lievremont It’s all becoming wearily familiar for the French public, a distressing déjà vu if ever there was one. A squad allegedly at loggerheads with its coach, a media showing no mercy, and a run of results that suggest France’s hopes of winning the World Cup in six months are as slim as the legs on Brice Dulin. For Philippe Saint-Andre in 2015, read Marc Lievremont in 2011.History has not been kind to Lievremont. His reign as coach is best remembered for a  questionable moustache, picking Morgan Parra at fly-half and insulting his players in press conferences. Yet he still managed to steer France to a World Cup final, win a Grand Slam and draw a Test series in New Zealand – not bad for any coaching CV.Le Tache: Marc Lievremont polarised opinion during his coaching reign with France (Pic Inpho)It was during Lievremont’s last season in charge that it went horribly wrong. France began the 2010-11 season as European champions, which made their implosion to Australia in November all the more stunning. The Wallabies scored six second-half tries in a record 59-16 victory but Lievremont looked to have restored order by the time of the 2011 Six Nations. France began with victories at home to Scotland and away in Ireland, before losing 17-9 at Twickenham.The French were still in contention for the title when they travelled to Rome, but another slack second-half performance saw Italy claw back an 18-6 deficit to win 22-21. It was France’s first Six Nations defeat to the Italians, and one that didn’t sit well with Lievremont. “To put it mildly, I can say I’m disenchanted,” he muttered. “I feel like I’m responsible for this, but the players are lacking courage. There is a certain cowardice. When I speak with them, nothing happens. Some of the players maybe wore the France jersey for the last time.”It was an extraordinary statement given the stature of some of the men in the squad, players such as Imanol Harinordoquy, Lionel Nallet, Aurelien Rougerie, Yannick Jauzion and William Servat, who had rarely been found wanting in their illustrious Test careers. They took the censure in silence, and the threat of wholesale changes never materialised. Instead the players responded to the insults by hammering Wales 28-9 in their final match of the campaign.Bond: Lievremont question the integrity of France players, that included Imanol Harinordoquy (Pic Inpho)But the bond of trust, so vital between players and coach in any sport, had been broken, and it shattered six months later during the 2011 World Cup. Lievremont branded his players “spoiled brats”, describing them to a wide-eyed press pack as “undisciplined, disobedient, sometimes selfish. Always complaining, always moaning.” A man apart: Philippe Saint-Andre is under fire from all sides (Pic Inpho) Harinordoquy countered with some critiques of his own. “He was lost, I will not miss him,” he said of Lievremont after the tournament. “After the [pool] defeat against Tonga I did not attach too much importance to what Marc said.”Lievremont’s mistake was to heap all the blame on his players, and publicly. “He cast the stone at us too often,” explained Harinordoqoy. “When something goes wrong, we’re all in the same boat. There are no good or bad guys.”Saint-Andre should have remembered Harinordoquy’s wise words before he addressed the press the morning after France’s defeat to Wales. In an emotional tirade he labelled his players “starlettes”, accusing some of being more concentrated on having their photo taken than in representing their country. It was a foolish outburst, and one for which he was widely ridiculed.Blind support: French fans will back the team but patience is wearing thin (Pic Inpho)Claude Fauquet, the swimming coach responsible for transforming the fortunes of France in recent Olympic Games, described PSA’s rant as “pathetic”, adding in a tweet: “When the only guilty ones become the players, we’re nearing the irreparable.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Like Lievremont four years earlier, PSA’s initial response to Six Nations defeat was to threaten sweeping changes for the next game but it the end he has merely tweaked the squad. Meanwhile his players – emulating their predecessors in 2011 – have kept their counsel in the wake of their coach’s insults but in private all is not well. This correspondent was told last month by a reliable Top 14 insider that the France squad is not happy with PSA’s methods, and Monday’s Midi Olympique suggested stormy times ahead: “Is the Tricolore squad on the brink of implosion?” it asked.Lose to Italy on Sunday and the Eternal City will become the Infernal City for PSA and his players.
Takes some stopping: Billy Vunipola on the charge for England. (Photo: Getty Images). Jackson on target Paddy Jackson landed a late, long-range penalty to snatch a 17-15 victory for Ulster over the Dragons on Friday evening and put the Irish side top of the Guinness Pro12.The Dragons led 10-7 at half-time and 15-7 soon afterwards, but Ulster fought back with a penalty try and won the game with Jackson’s 78th-minute heroics. The victory put Ulster top of the table and ensured the Dragons must continue their search for a first win in Belfast since 2008. The SaintsDouble dose of Vunipola magicThe Vunipola brothers both played a leading role in England’s 15-9 win over Scotland on the opening day of the RBS Six Nations. Billy was named Man of the Match after an outstanding performance at No 8. He carried the ball no less than 22 times, making 51 metres and beating five defenders.Meanwhile, older brother Mako, who was on as a replacement, helped set up Jack Nowell’s try with a delicious piece of handling. As England surged forward into the 22, Mako received the ball and flipped it back inside and behind himself to Owen Farrell with the softest of hands. From there, Farrell found Nowell outside him and the wing strode over the line. Cool itOwen Farrell’s petulant side emerged again towards the end of England’s win over Scotland, when he pushed Greig Laidlaw needlessly into touch as the Scotland scrum-half tried to shepherd the ball out. What would have been a lineout to England a few metres from the Scotland line turned into a penalty to Scotland and denied England a possible chance to extend their 15-9 lead. After the way last year’s Six Nations finished, players should know that every point counts. Why, oh why? Stuart Hogg can’t believe he hasn’t got the ball. (Photo: Inpho)Running manStuart Hogg put in another top notch performance for Scotland in their defeat by England. The full-back made 101m with the ball in hand, which was easily the most in the game. He carried 18 times and beat five defenders. Hogg might well have scored a breakaway try if only Finn Russell had realised he was outside him when Russell intercepted a pass inside his own 22, but kicked ahead instead of giving Hogg the chance to run. England were 12-6 up at the time, with a quarter of the game to go, so a try then could have been critical. Foden’s final flourishThere was a full round of matches in the Aviva Premiership this weekend and an injury-time try by Ben Foden enabled Northampton Saints to snatch a 27-23 win over Harlequins and become the first team to beat them at the Stoop this season.Harlequins had gone 23-20 up with a penalty from Ben Botica after 72 minutes, but Northampton – who had led three times in the first half – did not give up hope. Botica tried to find touch with the clock in red time, but Foden did well to keep the ball in play and after several phases he took a pass from Luther Burrell and dummied his way through the last line of defence for the winning try.He’s there! Ben Foden crosses the try line to win the game for Northampton. (Photo: Getty Images) Two narrow wins and a draw were served up on the first weekend of the RBS Six Nations, while teams continued to fight for every point in the Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12. Who were the heroes and villains this time? The SinnersThe wrong manSergio Parisse is in my bad books this week for giving himself the responsibility of taking the drop-goal which could have won the match for Italy, rather than putting a goal-kicking back in the hot seat.Italy were 23-21 down to France in the final play of their Six Nations match and worked patiently to set up the chance which could have given them their first win in Paris.Wrong place, wrong time: Sergio Parisse attempts his drop-goal. (Photo: Getty Images)However the No 8 stepped back into the pocket to take the shot and missed the kick by a mile. Unfortunately, fly-half Carlo Canna was off the pitch by then, but Kelly Haimona had taken over the place-kicking and had slotted a penalty, so surely he would have had more chance of grabbing the crucial three points?For years, and in this game, Parisse has been effectively carrying this Italy side on his shoulders, but he cannot try to do everything. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Kicking himself Ben Botica will have nightmares about his failed touch-finder, which enable Northampton to score a last-ditch try and beat Harlequins 27-23. The clock had gone past 80 minutes with Quins 23-20 up and his forwards scrambled the ball back to him in his own in-goal area after a scrum. Instead of dinking a kick to the nearest touchline, Botica hit the ball with the outside of his boot up the right and towards the 22 and there Ben Foden managed to leap up and keep it in play. A few phases later, Foden was gliding over the line to score the winning try and Botica had some explaining to do. Number up: Rieko Ioane scored a hat-trick but were New Zealand playing Eights? (Pic: Getty Images)Sevens, or eights?New Zealand Sevens could be in hot water after World Rugby launched an investigation into whether they had eight players on the pitch during the second half of their pool match against Australia at the Sydney Sevens on Saturday. New Zealand scored a try at the death to draw the pool match 17-17, which enabled them to go through to the Cup quarter-finals as group winners. A day later they beat Australia 27-24 in the final to win their second consecutive tournament. No way throughWales centre Jamie Roberts put in a massive shift during Wales’s 16-16 draw with Ireland in Dublin on Sunday. He made 20 tackles – more than anyone else in the match – and missed just two. It was not just the number of tackles, but the bravery and aggression involved and the way Roberts sometimes gambled by charging up out of the line to meet an opponent at full tilt, but never lost the bet.Here comes Jamie: Roberts closes in on Simon Zebo. (Photo: Inpho)As well as acting like a one-man brick wall in the defensive line, Roberts also carried 11 times.Just a whisker behind Roberts in the defensive stakes was Taulupe Faletau, who made 19 tackles and missed none. Not a bad startIreland blindside CJ Stander picked up the Man of the Match award on his Test debut after putting in an excellent performance in Ireland’s Six Nations draw with Wales. He made 12 tackles without missing one, stole a lineout and carried the ball 23 times.There is also a brief round of applause due to Andrew Trimble, for his try-saving tackle on Alun Wyn Jones. Just eight minutes into the game, with Ireland 3-0 up, Wales were attacking and the lock had George North outside him, but Trimble hit the bigger man effectively enough to stop him offloading. By Saturday evening a photo was doing the rounds on social media which appeared to show eight black-shirted players on the pitch in the late stages of the pool game. World Rugby issued a statement saying it was “investigating an apparent breach of Law 3 (number of players on the field of play) by the New Zealand sevens team”.Procedures in Sevens tournaments don’t allow for results to be overturned but World Rugby can take disciplinary action against New Zealand if they are found guilty.
Expand Our next section of the 100 best players… Our next section of the 100 best players… Welsh talisman Alun Wyn Jones takes the top… “He’s smart too. He will kick the ball back but once there’s a poor kick return, he’ll use his speed to ghost in and out of the line.”Would it be a surprise if he inspired New Zealand to a third straight World Cup in the autumn? No. That’s what wondrous players can do. Barrett is only 28 and has many fine years ahead of him. There’s uncertainty about what he does after Japan – home comforts or wanderlust? Wherever he ends up, we’ll be fascinated by him.Cup Leader?: Will Barrett lead NZ to World Cup glory in Japan (Getty Images)Barrett has more of an understated confidence than any hint of arrogance. Press him about his standing within the game and he is modest, saying: “It’s a privilege to be talked about as one of the world’s best players, but personally I don’t really want to be put on a pedestal because ultimately it’s a team sport. I’m only as good as the ball the forwards give me and the service I get from my scrummie. Then it’s down to the options I’m getting from the backs outside me.”As for career ambitions, Barrett admits an obsession to be the best will lead to him scrutinising his own game. “When you sit back and set yourself goals, you want to be the best player you can be in your position and, quite often, what stems from that is being coveted as the best in the world. I would say there’s always room for improvement. I’m never satisfied with what I’ve done.” The 100 Best Players In The World: 100-91 Collapse Our next section of the 100 best players… The 100 Best Players In The World: 20-11 We kick off our list of the 100… The 100 Best Players In The World: 10-4 The 100 Best Players In The World: 90-81 Expand Beauden Barrett narrowly misses out on top spot in our list of the Top 100 Players In The World Our next section of the 100 best players… The 100 Best Players In The World: 80-71 The 100 Best Players In The World: 70-61 Expand LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The 100 Best Players In The World: 80-71 The 100 Best Players In The World: 70-61 Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter. The 100 Best Players In The World: 10-4 Expand Expand Expand The 100 Best Players In The World: 40-31 The 100 Best Rugby Players In The World: 2 Beauden Barrett 2 Beauden BarrettAge 28 (27.5.91) Position Fly-halfSave for the occasional reminder of his game-breaking genius, Barrett has not been at his imperious best of late. You wouldn’t say his aura is slipping – as soon as the words were out of your mouth, he’d be liable to produce an awesome display – but he’s been finding it harder to impose himself on defences that usually bend to his will.Yet he earned his deserved reputation as one of the greatest tens of all time on the back of freakish moments when he conjured something out of nothing – and he hasn’t lost that knack. For his extraordinary speed, his hands and kicking wizardry, and his ability to run a back-line, he is still unsurpassed.Like Lightning: Barrett playing for the Wellington Hurricanes (Getty Images)Ex-All Blacks fly-half Nick Evans has watched Barrett’s progress with interest and highlights his rugby intelligence. He says: “When the game opens up, he has that priceless ability to manipulate defenders. If you watch him, he loiters in the backfield waiting for those unstructured attacks. The 100 Best Players In The World: 100-91 Expand Expand Take a look at who has made it… The 100 Best Players In The World: 50-41 Our next section of the 100 best players… Our next section of the 100 best players… The 100 Best Players In The World: 60-51 The 100 Best Players In The World: 3 Mako Vunipola The 100 Best Players In The World: 30-21 The 100 Best Players In The World: 60-51 The 100 Best Players In The World: 1 Alun Wyn Jones The 100 Best Players In The World: 90-81 Runner Up Again: Barrett has come in second place again this year (Getty Images) The 100 Best Players In The World: 30-21 Our next section of the 100 best players… The 100 Best Players In The World: 1 Alun Wyn Jones Expand The 100 Best Players In The World: 50-41 Our bronze medallist in the list of the… The 100 Best Players In The World: 3 Mako Vunipola The 100 Best Players In The World: 20-11 Our next section of the 100 best players… Will he go on to usurp Carter as the greatest All Blacks No 10? Only time will tell, but the fun will be in the watching… Expand The 100 Best Players In The World: 40-31 Expand
Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Featured Events Rector Tampa, FL Rector Collierville, TN Rector Bath, NC El ministerio de sanación ofrece comprensión, amor y oración por el cuerpo, la mente y el espíritu Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Por Sharon SheridanPosted Oct 22, 2012 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Job Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Rector Smithfield, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI [Episcopal News Service] Cuando a la Rda. Cathy Dempesy le diagnosticaron cáncer de mama, ella se lo dijo inmediatamente a sus feligreses.“La razón por la cual fui tan directa al respecto [fue por] estar consciente de la necesidad de oración. Me ungieron e impusieron las manos sobre mí inmediatamente después de mi diagnosis inicial”.Hoy, 18 de octubre, en la fiesta de San Lucas, Dempesy y otras tres mujeres clérigos de la diócesis episcopal de New York Occidental que fueron sobrevivientes de cáncer de mama presidirán un oficio de “sanación, esperanza y acción de gracias” para conmemorar el Mes de la Concientización sobre el Cáncer de Mama. La predicadora será la Rda. Alison Martin, una sobreviviente de mucho tiempo; y la presbítera Judy Breny y la diácona Penny Foster también participarán en el oficio para pacientes y sobrevivientes de cáncer de mama, sus familias, amigos y miembros de la comunidad médica. El programa incluirá Eucaristía, oportunidades para oraciones de sanación individuales, una conmemoración de las que han muerto de cáncer de mama y una pequeña feria de materiales sobre el tema.En la Diócesis de Nueva York Occidental y en otras partes de la Iglesia Episcopal, el ministerio de sanación se mantiene vivo y creciente. Esto incluye equipos parroquiales de sanación, centros de sanación y capítulos de la Orden Internacional de San Lucas el Médico.Los que participan del ministerio de sanación dicen que están viviendo permanentemente un mandato del evangelio.“La conclusión es que Cristo en Lucas 9:2 dijo que hemos de predicar el [evangelio del] reino y sanar a los enfermos”, dijo el Rdo. Nigel Mumford, director del ministerio de sanación de la Diócesis de Albany en el Centro de Vida Espiritual Cristo el Rey [Christ the King Spiritual Life Center] en Greenwich, Nueva York. “Ése es mi grito de guerra”.Setenta por ciento del ministerio de Jesús fue de sanaciones, dijo el Rdo. Jack Sheffield, sacerdote episcopal y fundador, junto con su esposa, Anna Marie, del Centro de Sanación de Cristo [Christ Healing Center] en San Antonio, Texas. “No creemos que el ministerio de sanación es algo para estar apagado en algún rincón y que ocupe el tres por ciento de nuestro tiempo. Creemos que podría ser un formidable foco de participación comunitaria para cualquier iglesia.“Estamos iniciando centros de sanación en iglesias. Resulta muy evangelístico. Cuando las personas experimentan el amor y la misericordia y la liberación y la libertad de Dios mediante una oración sanadora, quieren quedarse y juntarse con nosotros.Mumford y Sheffield son líderes de la orden de San Lucas, como vicepresidente de la junta nacional y director norteamericano interino respectivamente. Un sacerdote episcopal, el Rdo. John Gayner Banks, y su esposa, Ethel Tulloch Banks, fundaron la orden ecuménica en 1932.Más de 7.500 laicos, clérigos y profesionales norteamericanos pertenecen a la orden, y sus capítulos en varias denominaciones existen a través del mundo, según la página web de la organización. El ministerio está creciendo particularmente en la India, dijo Sheffield.“Es una orden de sanación antigua y bien establecida”, afirmó. “Existe con el propósito de devolverle a la Iglesia el ministerio de sanación de Jesucristo… Está basada en los laicos, y en consecuencia creemos que hay realmente, en los bancos de las iglesias, un ejército de personas que podrían ser equipadas y adiestradas en [la búsqueda de la] excelencia y en una teología bíblica realmente sólida sobre cómo el Señor Jesucristo sigue sanando a las personas hoy”.En el tiempo en que Banks fundó la orden, dijo él en una ocasión, “habíamos perdido mucho del ministerio de Cristo en lo que respecta a sanar a las personas, no sólo físicamente, sino también espiritual, emocional y mentalmente”.Los miembros de la orden pagan sus cuotas y siguen una regla de vida. “Ésta incluye [lectura] diaria de las Escrituras, especialmente de los pasajes de los Evangelios donde Jesús sana a personas”, dijo Sheffield. Incluye también oraciones diarias por la orden, su liderazgo y los que sus miembros ministran, [así como] educación continua y la búsqueda de “tal salud mental y emocional y espiritual y física en nosotros mismos que realmente encarnemos la verdad y la enseñanza de nuestro ministerio con fulgor”.Los miembros se someten a entrenamiento, que incluye estudiar los milagros de Jesús y varios libros, e incorporarse a los capítulos locales con un capellán —con frecuencia el sacerdote o pastor del capítulo de la iglesia, explicó Sheffield. La Orden de San Lucas está concibiendo un plan para permitir también la existencia de capellanes laicos, agregó él.Las congregaciones pueden expandir aún más su ministerio de sanación mediante la formación de centros de sanación, tal como uno que existe en San Antonio. “Los centros de sanación están un poco más concentrados [en esta tarea], y activan realmente los equipos de oración”, explicó Sheffield. “Hay una enorme cantidad de dolor ahora mismo en nuestra cultura. Muchísimo temor, muchísimo quebranto… y hay muchísimos traumas en las vidas de la gente, y este ministerio aborda eso con gran brío”.En el centro de Texas, a los individuos que buscan sanación les dedican una hora completa en la primera visita y pueden regresar repetidas veces en busca de oraciones de sanación. “Tenemos médicos que nos envían a sus pacientes”, dijo Sheffiel “Creo que debería constituir una parte importantísima del proceso terapéutico”.La esencia del ministerio de sanación, dijo Mumford, es escuchar, amar y orar. A veces ocurren sanaciones físicas, explicó él, y recordaba a una pareja que él encontró llorando incontrolablemente en el fondo de su iglesia. A ella le habían dicho que necesitaba un trasplante de corazón para salvar su vida —y tenía que tener un aborto para hacérselo. “Estaba embarazada, iban a abortarle el bebé, y podría morirse de todas maneras”.“Puse a todo el mundo en la iglesia a orar”, contó él. Trajeron la pareja al altar y les impusimos las manos, Al día siguiente, la mujer llamó con emocionantes noticias: una sexta y última prueba mostraba su corazón curado en un 50 por ciento. Finalmente siguió con su embarazo y, después de dar a luz, le dijeron que su corazón estaba “perfectamente normal”.“Si todos nosotros pudiéramos adoptar la mentalidad de la Iglesia: confiar en Dios, que él sí sana, que sí quiere que vivamos vidas de abundancia plena —es por eso que Cristo murió por nosotros”, dijo Mumford, veterano de los comandos de la real Infantería de Marina de Gran Bretaña, cuyo libro más reciente aborda la sanación postraumática.“La gente se asusta mucho del ministerio de sanación. Se asustan de que nada pudiera pasar, y se asustan de que algo pudiera pasar”, afirmó. “Yo diría categóricamente que todo el mundo es sanado, y alguno son curados. Y eso es el misterio”.El Rdo. David Bryan Hoops, sacerdote episcopal y prior de la Orden del monasterio de la Santa Cruz [Holy Cross] en Toronto, sirvió como capellán de la orden de San Lucas de la región oriental de Long Island antes de convertirse en superior de la Santa Cruz durante nueve años a partir de 1999. En la Diócesis de Toronto, de la Iglesia Anglicana del Canadá, pertenece al comité del obispo para la unción de los laicos.“Adiestramos a los laicos para que sean ministros de la unción y parte del equipo de sanación del ministerio”, explicó. Alrededor de 60 personas se han inscrito para participar de la próxima conferencia de adiestramiento en noviembre.“En el tiempo que llevo de sacerdote, que es cerca de 40 años, realmente he sentido que el ministerio de la sanación era una parte esencial del ministerio de Jesús, y creo que él nos impartió esa responsabilidad en la Iglesia que prosigue su obra”.Una persona puede recibir una oración de sanación sin que la toquen, o mediante la imposición de manos o siendo ungida con óleo [o aceite] santo, dijo. “Depende de las circunstancias, de lo que alguien desea”.Si me preguntan por qué se usa el óleo, “diré que es una costumbre bíblica y, usted sabe, el óleo es símbolo de la sanación. Es símbolo de consagración, y creemos que cada ser humano es un hijo amado de Dios, y es una especie de honor esa consagración… Éste puede ser un símbolo externo del amor de Dios y de la gracia de Dios”.Pero uno no quiere transmitir un mensaje de que es algo “mágico”, que garantiza eliminar el cáncer, dijo él. “Es simplemente elevar la persona ante Dios y pedir la intervención de Dios de cualquier modo que Dios lo crea adecuado”.Él recordó a su madre, paralizada por una rara forma del síndrome de Guillain-Barre, quien recibía oraciones de sanación. “Una vez le dije, ‘Madre, ¿sientes que has sido sanada? Y ella me respondió, ‘he sido sanada de la amargura y de la ira y eso es una gran liberación’”.“Sí creo que hay sanaciones físicas”, dijo Hoops. Pero en otras ocasiones, la gente no recibe sanación física, sino que “se curan de algunos problemas muy importantes en la vida que les impiden ser íntegros, como la amargura y la ira y los resentimientos”.El recibir una oración de sanación después de su diagnóstico de cáncer de mama en 2003, ayudó a Foster a relacionarse con aquellos que más tarde vendrían a ella para [recibir] esas oraciones.“Al orar por una persona”, explicó ella, “especialmente si has estado en el puesto de la persona por la que estás orando, sabes como se siente. Sabes que vale la pena. Sabes lo que eso significa para una persona que está en busca de la sanación de Dios. Supongo que una de las cosas por las que puedo darle gracias al cáncer, porque me puso en ese puesto”.Dempesy escribió recientemente una columna para el Huffington Post que decía, “Gracias, Dios mío, por el cáncer”.“Yo le digo a la gente constantemente que tener cáncer me ha hecho mucho mejor sacerdote”, afirmó.Para ella, el “toque” de sanación es importante. La “experiencia táctil del santo óleo y de las manos” puede brindar alivio y consuelo, dijo, haciendo notar que la Eucaristía también es un acto táctil.“Creo que en nuestro mundo no tenemos suficiente contacto físico. Gran parte de nuestra comunicación la hacemos por medios electrónicos, digitales, etc.” Durante los oficios de sanación en la catedral, “supe que para un asombroso número de personas ése era el único contacto físico semanal que era sano y amoroso”.Cuando tuve el cáncer, “nunca oré pidiendo curación. Pedí tan sólo gracia”, resaltó ella. La gente con frecuencia le dirá que oraron pero no fueron sanados. 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National Cathedral to charge admission on a trial basis in 2014 By Lynette WilsonPosted Nov 26, 2013 November 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm This is one of the most unspeakably short-sighted ideas I’ve heard lately. The notion that “A House of Prayer for All People” charges admission is simply scandalous. Washington National Cathedral will begin charging admission on Jan. 1 in an effort to raise an estimated $300,000 in additional annual revenue. Photo: Craig Stapert[Episcopal News Service] Seeking to raise an estimated $300,000 in additional annual revenue, Washington National Cathedral on Jan. 1 will launch a six-month trial of charging tourists to visit its historic building.Though charging admission is a new policy, the cathedral has charged for specialty and group tours, said Richard Weinberg, the cathedral’s director of communications in a Nov. 26 phone call with ENS.“The change that’s coming effective Jan. 1 is that anyone coming for sightseeing, self-guided or a docent-led highlights tour, will be charged,” he said.Adult visitors will be charged $10, and senior citizens, children, students, veterans and members of the military will be charged $6, said David J. Kautter, chair of the Cathedral Chapter, in a Nov. 25 statement to members, donors and volunteers. The cathedral will remain open to those visiting for prayer, worship and pastoral care, and it will offer free admission on Sundays, he said.“The Cathedral Chapter [governing board] and leadership are sensitive to the cathedral’s foremost identity as a house of prayer and as a living faith community in the Episcopal tradition,” Kautter said. “Despite the wonder of the art and architecture here, the cathedral is not a museum.”“Volunteers, members of the cathedral’s congregation and members of the National Cathedral Association will be admitted without charge,” he said. “We will be in touch again soon as our policies and procedures for the fixed admission are finalized over the coming months.”The decision to charge admission was made “reluctantly,” Cathedral Dean Gary Hall told the Associated Press in a Nov. 25 article, noting that cathedrals and churches in Europe charge tourist admission fees.“All we are charging for is tourism essentially,” Hall said. “We’re not charging for the essential services of the cathedral.”In 2012, 375,000 people, in addition to parish members and other worshipers, visited the cathedral, up from 275,000 in 2011, when in August of that year the cathedral suffered $26 million worth of damages from a rare 5.8-magnitude earthquake and remained closed for more than 60 days. The cathedral since has raised $10 million in funds toward restoration.Though it is less common to charge admission to cathedrals in churches in the United States than in Europe, at least two domestic Episcopal cathedrals and one church charge for tours.The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York does not charge admission to enter the cathedral, but it does charge up to $15 for its Highlights, Vertical and Spotlight tours. Trinity Church in Boston, charges $7 for its guided and self-guided tours. Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California, charges $25 for its grand tour.Washington National Cathedral, which is the seat of both the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church and the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, often is referred to as the “spiritual home” of the nation. It is located on Wisconsin Avenue, about five miles northwest of the Capitol Building, which sits at the eastern head of the National Mall and Memorial Parks.In 2012, Washington, D.C. hosted a record 18.9 million tourists, with most (16.9 million) coming from inside the United States, according to Destination DC, the city’s official bureau of tourism.Whereas the Capitol Building and other popular, federal government-sponsored destinations and cultural institutions (including the National Gallery; the Smithsonian; the Lincoln, Jefferson and Vietnam Veterans memorials; the Washington Monument; and Arlington National Cemetery) offer free admission, the cathedral is self-supporting and operates on a $13.3 million annual budget. This financial independence, Kautter noted, “increases the cathedral’s freedom to speak freely in the public square and to convene people of all faiths. It also requires us to seek other means of ensuring our sustainability.”After breaking even in 2010, the cathedral operated with a $400,000 surplus in both 2011 and 2012. This year, the cathedral operated at a $1.6 million deficit as a result of a shortfall in annual fundraising, said Weinberg.“It is worth noting the cathedral relies on philanthropy to provide 65 to 70 percent of its annual operating revenues,” he said via a Nov. 26 e-mail in response to questions from ENS. “Operating expenses for fiscal year 2013 were in line with our plan for the year.”In its vision statement, the cathedral states that it “will be a catalyst for spiritual harmony in our nation, renewal in the churches, reconciliation among faiths, and compassion in our world.” Besides offering approximately 2,200 worship services annually, the cathedral strives to accomplish that vision by offering a wide assortment of concerts and forums, some free, some at modest prices, Weinberg said.The cathedral was designated a “national treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2012. In August of that year, it received a $5 million Lily Endowment grant to jumpstart the post-earthquake restoration. In May 2013, the cathedral won first place in a Partners in Preservation competition, receiving a $100,000 grant toward its restoration.“We are called to preserve and restore a building that is more than a century old and to offer programs that have a distinctive impact on our city, our nation and the world,” Kautter said. “To support that work, we must implement this carefully developed fixed-admission policy, and we believe it can be understood by all who have the cathedral’s best interests at heart.”— Lynette Wilson is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. The Rev. James Boston says: martha knight says: The Rev. Tally Bandy says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT David Azzolina says: Bruce Garner says: John Shaw says: David Fletcher says: Mary Frances Schjonberg says: December 4, 2013 at 9:39 am Having just moderated 13 comments, six of which were spam, I thank John Shaw for his comment. And I point to ENS’ commenting policy here https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/comment-policy/ It outlines our moderation policy. Joan C. Browning says: November 26, 2013 at 11:29 pm That is exactly what I thought as I read this article. I have so many found memories of just wandering into the cathedral and gaping in awe at the splendor. The first time I visited I could never have afforded to pay an entrance fee and yet the cathedral became a significant part of my journey toward God, the Episcopal church, ordination and becoming rector of an historic church with expensive maintenance challenges. . I am so disappointed that the cathedral chapter has decided to cut off a part of the cathedral’s ministry to the world by putting a price on it. John Shaw says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Rev. E. Clare Nesmith says: The Rev. Sidney Breese says: Joseph D Herring says: November 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You … for a $10 fee of course” Comments navigation Newer comments November 26, 2013 at 6:49 pm I do understand the Cathedral’ s financial agonies. I’m a Fellow of the College of Preachers. I lament the extinction of the College. What we need to be clear about is that this new financial plan makes it official that the Cathedral is a museum. Rev Joseph D Herring Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Surya-Patricia Lane Hood says: November 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm As an Episcopalian, I understand the financial difficulties that our churches and Cathedrals labor with. That said, the National Cathedral is first and foremost God’s house as an Episcopal Cathedral and its doors are open to all without cost. “Welcome” loses its meaning when we stand in line to pay a fee to enter the Great Doors. The Rev. Dr. Howard W. White said it the way I feel it. The Rev’d Lawrence A. Britt says: November 26, 2013 at 8:40 pm Howard, I agree completely. David Krohne says: November 27, 2013 at 8:38 am I was ordained to the diaconate in the National Cathedral, and I will never forget the joy it gave me to bring friends and family to worship and visit there. Nearly every member of my family and all of my friends experienced the Cathedral as a blessing and a privilege, a gift the Episcopal church was giving the country, the surrounding region, and the nation’s capital.Without a willingness to give gifts that cost us something, “the Episcopal Church welcomes you” is an empty slogan and a pious hope. What a pity. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI November 26, 2013 at 6:24 pm I volunteered at the Cathedral for many years. If you do this I will drop my membership in the National Cathedral Association and you will be removed from my will. This is the last straw in your continual grab for money. Remember the Soper Trust? November 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm In principle, I find no problem with charging some nominal fee which does a small bit to offset “traffic” costs; however, as someone who has spent decades dealing with very effective annual stewardship and capital funding, I do not understand from the article going from a nice surplus $1.6 deficit in one year. Perhaps the article is lacking in clarity on this issue. However, again, the National Cathedral may have become complacent and devolved since Bp John Walker’s superb work in funding. In general, stewardship has been somewhat spiritualized and generalized into stewardship of nearly everything and has lost its once clear mission to educate and challenge lay and clergy leadership to witness to their giving and challenge their followers to join in their efforts. For those whose history knowledge is limited to the 21st Century, check out the clear and successful witness provided by the Episcopal Church in Venture in Mission, the largest capital funds project in the history of global Christianity and in the mid 1980’s being the highest annual per unit congregational givers among the top 10 Protestant denominations. Of course now, we are not even in the top ten and progressively decline in apparent self satisfaction that we are socially righteous at least in the House of Bishops and Deputies. Please check my assertions before BSing your opinions to the contrary. . . J. Dye says: December 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm Howdy,Concerning moderation: I once operated a web forum for a very specialized type of engineering. The people who used it (about 100 regular users, about 1 post per day) debated some of the fine points and details of the engineering field. However, I had to moderate it because of the large number of “spam” posts such as “see my site at www. fake drugs.com” (my description, you can guess what the real name might be) or the people that would find some fun in posting a string of obscenities. I am sure it could be much worse here. I am sure that the operators of this site do not like having to spend the time reading post and trashing the spam or obscene ones, but it is a necessity of operating a web site. News papers have had similar problems with letters to the editor.John November 26, 2013 at 8:03 pm So, it must be that people who are vacationing in our nation’s capitol have more disposable income than those of us who would be making a special trip to see the Cathedral? I have 3 children, one of whom will be 18 in January, and we are kicking around the idea of going to D.C., from Texas, as an educational trip for the kids before our eldest goes off to college. If I’m doing my math correctly, it would cost us $44 to set foot in the historic Cathedral that is the seat of power for our faith. I understand that we could go there to worship for free, but I had hoped to be able to go there to see the Cathedral as a historic building that is central to being an Episcopalian. I’m torn about being charged to see the place, and it’s yet one more thing we’ll have to work into our very tight budget if we do decide to try and see more than the worship space. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY November 26, 2013 at 11:46 pm I can understand the move, but it is disappointing. When in DC I always make a “pilgrimage ” to the cathedral. I guess I will now have to pay. November 26, 2013 at 7:12 pm Its common practice in Europe. Perfectly understandable in a building that has sustained $26 million worth of damages. November 26, 2013 at 11:56 pm David Kautter says that the “Cathedral is not a museum” in the article. Very true; but neither is it being a House of Worship, or House of God, when you are charged a fee to enter. I believe that the National Cathedral should reconsider their plan; this is not good. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Nevin C Brown says: November 27, 2013 at 12:19 am Money changing tables at the entrances? How much shall Jesus be charged to enter? November 26, 2013 at 6:38 pm I don’t think it will be difficult for someone to simply tell whoever is at the door that they wish to pray or pastoral counseling. And while I do not really like the idea of charging visitors, it is an unfortunate aspect of our lives these days. Someone has to pay for the maintenance and sometimes the restoration of our buildings. My parish faced similar issues around providing 24 hour access to the campus. But the damage being done by some folks who didn’t or couldn’t respect the sacredness of the space by virtue of mental illness and/or substance abuse had to be addressed. The gates to the gardens are locked at night. However, the church itself is open from 9am to 4pm each day and we are an urban parish.I have to think that if we, as Episcopalians, were more generous with our own personal resources, many ministries would get funded, buildings would get restored and kept open and there would be no need for visitors to pay to see them. But too many of us use our pledges et al as a means of gaining leverage to advance our particular position. We forget that all we have is a gift from God and we are beholding to God for at least 10% to be returned…..and without strings, questions or conditions. Perhaps if we truly understood gratitude we would be more generous.The Episcopal Church does not, to my knowledge, provide funding to the National Cathedral for its ongoing operations. I doubt that the Diocese of Washington does either since the actual parish is not the cathedral per se. Maybe we should fund it. Maybe we should also fund The General Seminary as well. General is a creature of the church via General Convention and is the only seminary actually owned by The Episcopal Church, yet receives no funds from the General Convention budget or the church-wide budget.We do what we must to keep doors open these days. God has called us to be extraordinarily generous in thanksgiving for the incredible blessings we have received. How many of us even come close to generous, much less extraordinarily generous? Bruce Garner, AtlantaP.S. – I don’t think being moderated has anything to do with agreement or disagreement with a poster to this blog. It is intended to prevent inappropriate postings that violate the boundaries of decorum. 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 November 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm Charging for tours is fine. Charging for admission is outrageously wrong. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs November 27, 2013 at 8:03 am For perspective: A visit to Canterbury Cathedral costs an adult visitor BP 9.50 or about $15.50 (BP 8.50 seniors/6.50 children under 18) unless attending a worship service there. Being a member of a church in the diocese of Kent and some other exceptions qualify a person for a free pass. November 27, 2013 at 8:20 am It could not have been said better, I’m embarrassed being Episcopalian right now! November 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm The Cathedral Choir concerts are hardly offered at “modest prices.” The prices they charge are comparable to what one pays at the Kennedy Center and other concert venues in the area. Apparently they are for generating income more than anything else.The article mentions trying to raise $300,000. On the local news today it was said they are trying to raise $19 million for structural repairs. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC The Rev’d Patricia Hanen, Ph.D. says: Press Release Service Comments (40) Submit a Job Listing Comments are closed. Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ November 26, 2013 at 7:09 pm With all due respect, the National Cathedral IS an historic site as well as the location of the College of Preachers and the Presiding Bishop; however, given the financial exigency of the Church and the significant damage done to the Cathedral, we can ill-afford to deny the financial challenges of Church and Cathedral. I am sure those managing the site can distinguish between the needy worshipers and the tour buses. Fathers White and Herring, $10 is a modest contribution for most to pay to see the most visible site of the Episcopalian tradition in American and the so-called “national Church.” I would urge our presiding Bishop and the Bishop of Washington to take the lead on insuring repair to this national treasure and site of worship. November 27, 2013 at 8:10 am Having lived in the Washington area for 36 years, I watched The Cathedral being built and went often not just to worship but to take in the marvels of the Gothic Building. It was the last place I went before retiring to North Carolina 20 years ago. I sat in the Great Choir and cried to be leaving this holy place. I’ve been back a few times ~ Advent 1 on one occasion and for The Rt. Rev. David Jones’ consecration in 1995. If you must, charge for a docent’s tour, but $10.00 to come in and sit and soak up all the prayers that have been offered there seems very harsh to me. It makes me very sad. 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Steven McCarty says: Rector Bath, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC November 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm I would suggest that all who are scandalized by the National Cathedral asking for a donation from tourists, put their money where their mouth is… and give a very generous donation designated for the repairs and restoration of the cathedral. Maybe each parish might think of giving something for our National Cathedral? I plan to ask my parish leadership in the light of this news. Comments navigation Newer comments John B. White says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Rev. Eileen Shanley-Roberts 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books November 26, 2013 at 6:40 pm My objection is not about charging admission to historic buildings, but since Washington itself is a national monument, my opinion is that the admission policy needs to reflect the National Monuments, such as Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Capital, Supreme Court, White House (if you have enough sway to get this ticket), and Post Office. The Church isn’t THAT special. Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release November 27, 2013 at 2:06 am I rarely if ever comment on news articles of any kind, but this news has troubled me deeply. I can understand the fundraising needs and problems faced by the cathedral. Nonetheless, despite all the words framing its decision, this still feels to me like a move toward “pay to pray”. Modern American culture is quickly moving in the direction of attaching a price to everything, regardless of the impact on the growing percentage of our population unable to find the resources to meet basic daily needs. This move on the part of the cathedral is deeply disappointing, particularly to someone like myself who has served as a volunteer at the institution for a long time and has a deep affection for it.Interesting that this decision comes at the same time that our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters have been reminded by Pope Francis of the spiritual problems of our fascination with money. Ruth Ratliff says: Rector Shreveport, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel (The Rev.) Ronald L. Reed says: Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Knoxville, TN Kathleen Moore says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Craig Clere says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME November 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm I suspect there will be backlash to this.I suspect some will lie about praying and tour for free.I think $10.00 is a bit steep. Even the $6.00 will be a bit much for a school group with a bus load of kids. Even more so if those kids come from one of Washington’s impoverished neighborhoods.I suspect a lot of folks will just take a cathedral off their list of sites of visit, or will only do the exterior.So, all that to say, I think they will collect less than they expect and may live to regret the day they decided to charge. Washington DC is not Europe and there is plenty of really cool free MODERN stuff to do instead of visiting a lovely anachronism, a GOTHICK Cathedral in a contemporary city. I would gussy up the gift shop and try to increase sales, myself. I would do more with online sales as well. There is a gold mine in internet shopping waiting to be tapped especially for Episcopalians looking for tasteful, Episcogifts.I disagree with Dr. Fr. White. While my taste in vestments tends towards the traditional, I find the modern vestments at the Cathedral thought provoking and even lovely. As regards High Altars, High Altars should be reserved for High Days. There has been a reformation and we don’t hide altars behinds screens anymore, no matter how lovely.Kiddie rides, he suggests? Perhaps it could be billed as EuroDisney America.High Cost Tours – Why not a Dan Brown” Lost Symbols” Tour? Seriously, I bet he would come to an inaugural tour, sign books, etc., to help with the restoration. I would consider paying for that and enjoy it too. December 3, 2013 at 7:22 pm David,The difference is that the Cathedral is a church and cannot receive any government support, unlike the other monuments and historical sites. The first amendment prohibits any such support.John Featured Events November 27, 2013 at 2:20 am Since going to college 48 years ago up Wisconsin Avenue from the Cathedral, it has been a much loved and often visited place, for both worship and inspiration. I don’t mind charging for tours, with generous exceptions, but am very sad at the idea of charging admission, especially at a price which seems high. I am moved to resume my giving to the Cathedral, and so might many more if an appeal were made on the basis of trying to avoid charging admission.Jim+
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Thomas E. Fountain enseña a leer a centroamericanos en los años 40 con sus relatos de personajes bíblicos[Diócesis Episcopal de Texas Occidental] Cuando era una bebita, el padre y la madre de Sarah Willingham la montaron en su Plymouth de 1939, engancharon un remolque cargado con sus muebles y enseres domésticos y un viejo órgano de fuelle y salieron rumbo a México. Eso marcó el comienzo de un viaje que los llevaría a la misión de por vida de llevar el Evangelio a personas de habla hispana en todo el mundo.Thomas E. Fountain, o Tomás de la Fuente como era conocido en los libros que escribió en español, se sentía motivado por el deseo de divulgar la Biblia entre la población indígena de México, Honduras y otros países de Sur y Centroamérica. Prolífico autor en inglés, expandió sus tones de escritor al traducir relatos bíblicos al español y recontarlos de un modo que fuera culturalmente sensible, de manera que personas de limitada preparación pudieran leer, entender y aplicar sus lecciones a sus propias vidas.Entre sus libros para este público había una serie sobre personajes bíblicos, empezando por Abraham, seguido por José y luego por Sara. Han estado agotados durante muchos años, pero ahora, casi 75 años después de que ella viajara a México con sus padres, Willingham está trayéndolos de vuelta a la vida.Miembro de la iglesia episcopal de San Marcos [St. Mark’s], ella ha comenzado la empresa Libros de la Fuente, una casa editorial sin fines de lucro en Wimberley, al suroeste de Austin. Su objetivo es volver a imprimir los libros de su padre y ponerlos en las manos de los hispanohablantes de hoy a través de feligreses, de la Diócesis Episcopal de Texas Occidental y de otras iglesias episcopales y denominaciones, en viajes de misión. Willingham dijo que los libros también tiene un lugar en las congregaciones de habla hispana de EE.UU.Su labor comenzó hace unos nueve años cuando Willingham, después de la muerte de su padre, se encontró los libros. “Muy pronto el Espíritu Santo estaba induciéndome” a reimprimirlos, contó ella. Trabajando con su nombre en español, Sarita de la Fuente, ella le hizo alguna corrección de estilo a la obra original de su padre, y luego probó su fluidez en base a un programa elaborado por su hermana. “Lo tenemos en un nivel de escolaridad que no sólo resulta fácil para la persona que tiene habilidades de lectura básicas, sino también a todos los niveles”, dice ella.Además, ella creó cuestionarios de estudio para los libros, de manera que puedan leerse de principio a fin o en segmentos.En la actualidad, ha publicado los libros sobre Abraham, Sara y José, pero se propone añadir más, incluida la reimpresión de algunos de los otros títulos de su padre sobre las Parábolas y sobre Jesús. “Él escribió 18 de estos [libros]. “Ahora mismo tenemos solamente los tres primeros”.También se propone escribir uno ella sobre Isaac, basándose en las instrucciones que dejara su padre respecto a cómo escribir para este público en particular. “Lo llamamos Isaac y sus hijos mellizos, dijo ella. “Intentamos darle un poquito de sabor de familia al título”.Los libros cuestan $7 cada uno. La Diócesis de Texas Occidental está poniendo estos folletos a disposición de líderes de equipos que van en viajes de misión a países de habla hispana, dijo Marthe D. Curry, directora del Centro para las Misiones Mundiales en la diócesis.“A todo el mundo les gusta”, dijo Curry. “Las estamos promoviendo más este otoño con las nuevas ediciones de Sarah.La diócesis también está planeando ofrecerlas como parte de un taller foro sobre escuelas dominicales en las iglesias mexicanas que se celebró en conjunto con Frontera Unida, una asociación del clero del valle del Río Grande y la diócesis de Nuevo México.La Oficina del Ministerio Latino/Hispano también está al tanto de los libros. Otras denominaciones también los han usado.“La gente de México en particular expresó que no se leen como una traducción”, dijo ella. “Es como si los hubieran escrito para mí y no que los hubieran escrito para otra persona y me lo tradujeran”.Ella dijo también que los lectores perciben que los libros hacen los personajes bíblicos más accesibles “y pertinentes a sus vidas actuales. Una persona dijo que hasta ahora estos individuos eran como personajes de cartón o iconos en la pared. Ahora me parecen reales”.Criado en Nueva Jersey, Fountain comenzó su obra cuando le aplazaron el servicio militar obligatorio durante la segunda guerra mundial. Siendo un hombre casado, padre de familia y ministro bautista, las Fuerzas Armadas aplazaron su reclutamiento. Sin embargo, él quería ayudar a otros a través de su ministerio.Aunque no hablaba ni una palabra en español, se unió al grupo de Mexican Indian Mission, lo enviaron a Ciudad de México a aprender el idioma y luego al México rural, a Husuchinango, en Puebla.“Papa creía que estas personas estaban realmente necesitadas de leer la Escritura”, dijo Willingham. El problema era que muchos tenían tan limitado nivel de alfabetización, “que se sentían completamente intimidados cuando intentaban leer la Biblia con sus [escasas] destrezas en la lectura”.“Él descubrió que el número de lectores era tan limitado que incluso los que estaban en el seminario pasaban trabajo [para leer] los materiales traducidos”, apuntó ella. “Algunos de los prejuicios culturales eran una cosa. La otra era que a veces el vocabulario estaba sencillamente fuera de su alcance”.“Eso se convirtió en el cimiento de lo que él hizo”, añadió ella. “Él decidió regresar [a EE.UU.] y obtener un diploma avanzado en alfabetización y fue a Honduras con el objetivo de enseñar a leer a la gente. Tenían un índice de alfabetización de sólo el 40 por ciento. Él percibió que era terreno fértil”.Se valió de programas de radio para reforzar las lecturas y “luego se dijo que debía encontrar materiales para que los leyeran. Así fue cuando empezó a escribir estos folletos”, explicó ella.“Él tomó diferentes personajes bíblicos y recontó su historia en lenguaje contemporáneo y utilizó un vocabulario que los lectores inexpertos o los recién alfabetizados podían entender”, siguió diciendo ella. “Lo que descubrió fue que no sólo estas personas recién alfabetizadas respondían a estos [textos], sino que muchísimos ministros y líderes de estudios bíblicos encontraban el material muy útil”.Los ministros hasta empezaron a citar su obra en los sermones y los líderes de estudios bíblicos lo utilizaban para su trabajo.“Él realmente quería que la gente sintiera una conexión personal con la Escritura y con el Evangelio”, afirmó. “Que no era algo remoto, sino que era algo con lo que podían realmente relacionarse”.Escribir los libros de los relatos bíblicos no fue el único éxito editorial de Fountain. También creó una compañía editorial en México con oficinas en Costa Rica y publicó los textos de muchos autores cristianos así como algunas de sus propias obras. Uno de sus libros más notables fue una Hermenéutica que todavía se sigue usando en algunos seminarios de América del Sur.“Escribía constantemente”, contó ella. “Su pasión era que la gente en verdad pudiera tener acceso a la Escritura. Si sentían que la Biblia que ponían en sus manos estaba más allá de su capacidad de entendimiento, entonces debía haber otra vía para ayudarles a acceder a eso. Esa era realmente su pasión, que conocieran el Evangelio, que conocieran la Biblia”.La visión de Willingham es llevar adelante la misión de su padre al continuar proporcionando material que sea legible para cualquier nivel, fundamentalmente en español. Para más información, diríjase a Libros de la Fuente en [email protected]— Mike Patterson es escritor y fotógrafo independiente. Asiste a la iglesia episcopal de San Miguel y Todos los Ángeles [St. Michael and All Angels] en Blanco, Texas. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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