Leinster to win the Heineken Cup

first_img Leinster’s display against Saracens on Saturday makes them major contenders for this year’s Heineken Cup title. After a frustrating performance in the Magners League game against the Ospreys the previous week, they bounced back in style to claim a bonus point win, scoring six tries on their way to a 43-20 win, writes Rugby World’s Bea Asprey.Saracens are in second place in the Aviva Premiership table and haven’t dropped outside the top four all season, but they were made to look distinctly average at the RDS as Leinster dominated in the set piece, and punched holes in their defence left, right and centre. Leinster’s centre Brian ODricoll (R) breaks away from Toulouse’s centre Florian Fritz (L) during their European cup rugby union semi-final match Toulouse vs Leinster, on May 01, 2010 at the stadium municipal in Toulouse, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANI (Photo credit should read PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: LeinsterSaracens Leinster were without their talismanic No 8 Jamie Heaslip, and first choice full-back Rob Kearney, and Luke Fitzgerald, having recently returned from injury himself, was drafted into the starting line-up at the last minute as Gordon D’Arcy had to withdraw on the day with a calf strain. But understudies Sean O’Brien (No 8), Isa Nacewa (full-back) and Fergus McFadden (moved to centre from the wing, with Luke Fitzgerald starting on the left wing) not only held their own but proved instrumental in their side’s victory, showing what great strength in depth this team has. Eoin O’Malley, who was named to fill in on the bench on the day, scored a try with his first touch of the ball, and Joe Schmidt has got selection headaches that most coaches can only dream of.Solid in defence and threatening in attack, Leinster showed the sort of ruthlessness that is required to win this tournament. Fly-half Johnny Sexton runs the show and, crucially, adds the extra points with his boot. This team has quality from 1-15 and you’d be mad to bet against them. So, my money is on Leinster to win the Heineken Cup for the second time in three seasons.last_img read more

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Parisse inspired by legendary Barbarians of the past

first_img“I hold players like George Smith and Martyn Williams in high esteem and it will also be a great privilege for me to take the field alongside them against Wales.”Parisse expects the clash to be a gruelling contest but is determined to get the most out of his Barbarians experience and that means finishing up on the winning side against Wales.“I know Wales will be using this match to fine-tune their squad for the Rugby World Cup, but there will be players like Martyn in the Baa-Baas squad who will also be vying for their places,” added Parisse. “We will have a side full of quality players and we will all be intent on winning and doing justice to the great tradition of Barbarians rugby in the process. Sergio celebrates with his Italian side after beating France in the Six NationsItaly and Stade Francais back row talisman Sergio Parisse says his selection for the Barbarians squad which will face Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday 4th June, is ‘a great personal achievement and one of the highlights of his rugby career’.Parisse, the current Italian captain who has 74 caps for his country and is still just 27 years of age, is set to line-up in an all-star back row alongside the 110-times capped Australian George Smith and 98-times capped Welshman Martyn Williams.Wales announced their 26-man squad for the match yesterday and named Williams’ Blues colleague Sam Warburton as captain in a group which retains the likes of Shane Williams, Mike Phillips, Jonathan Davies, Stephen Jones and Ryan Jones and also sees the return of Toulon centre Gavin Henson and Dragons wing Aled Brew alongside five uncapped players.Partnering Williams, who is still vying for a place in Wales coach Warren Gatland’s final Rugby World Cup Squad, to be announced in August, and Smith is particularly appealing for Parisse who regards his invitation to play for the Baa-Baas as a huge honour. “Barbarians rugby is one of the greatest traditions in the game and something that I grew up watching and which very much inspired me,” he said.“It will be a great honour for me to make my Barbarians debut and take on Wales at the Millennium Stadium. I will regard it as a great personal achievement and one of the highlights of my career so far to be able to pull on the famous jersey which so many legends of the game have worn. ROME, ITALY – MARCH 12: Sergio Parisse of Italy celebrates after the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and France at the Stadio Flaminio on March 12, 2011 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “From those great matches in the 70’s which were played at the Cardiff Arms Park right through to recent matches like the victory over New Zealand at Twickenham, Baa-Baas games are always historic matches. “I’m very much looking forward to being a Barbarian and all the tradition and the history that goes with it, but it will be even better for me if I can finish the game as a winning Barbarian.”Tickets are available now, from £30 for adults, £15 children and £100 for a family of four, for Wales’ exciting clash with the Baa Baas at the Millennium Stadium on 4th June (Kick-off 2.30pm), call: 08442 777 888 or order online at www.wru.co.uklast_img read more

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All Blacks squad named for Tri-Nations

first_imgWELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – JUNE 29: Coach Graham Henry talks to his players during a New Zealand All Blacks training session at Rugby League Park on June 29, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Graham Henry talks to his squad during training for the Tri-NationsAll Blacks Coach Graham Henry and his Assistant Coaches Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith have today announced the squad for the 2011 Investec Tri Nations and the All Blacks Test against Fiji For Canterbury, with the selection of new All Black Jarrad Hoeata and the return of several All Blacks the key features of the 30-strong squad.The squad, which will be captained by All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, is made up of 16 forwards and 14 backs and packs huge experience with 1028 Test caps between them.There is a sole new All Black in the squad, Highlanders and Taranaki lock Jarrad Hoeata, who started every match for the Highlanders this year in his outstanding second Investec Super Rugby season.  The 27-year-old, who was born in Tauranga, made his provincial debut in 2006, played for the New Zealand Sevens team the same year and also featured strongly for New Zealand Maori in last year’s Sealord Centenary Series.All Blacks Coach Graham Henry said:  “We are excited to be naming this first squad of the year in what is undoubtedly a huge year not only for the All Blacks but the country as a whole.”Henry also offered his congratulations to Hoeata: “He is the only new All Black selected so this will be a very special moment for him. He thoroughly deserves his selection and we congratulate him.”Four players named in the Investec Tri Nations squad are recovering from injuries – Tony Woodcock (foot), Isaia Toeava (hip), Hosea Gear (hamstring) and Israel Dagg (thigh muscle) – so the All Blacks selectors have also announced that four players will assemble with the squad as injury cover: Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett, Hurricanes winger Cory Jane, Chiefs winger Sitiveni Sivivatu and Highlanders winger Ben Smith.Henry said they were confident that the rehabilitation plans in place for the four injured players would see them play some part in the Investec Tri Nations.“They are all making good progress on their individual rehab plans and will play some ITM Cup games before returning to Test match rugby.”The squad also sees the return of a number of players to the All Blacks, most notably 61-Test Blues and All Blacks lock Ali Williams who made his rugby comeback this year after two years out of the game with Achilles and shoulder injuries.  Corey Flynn, Richard Kahui and Piri Weepu also return to the All Blacks after injury ruled them out of contention for last year’s Telecom BackingBlack Grand Slam tour to the Northern Hemisphere.One player, Blues and North Harbour lock Anthony Boric was not considered due to the foot injury, suffered in the Blues’ Investec Super Rugby Finals Series qualifying match against the Waratahs last month. All Blacks v South Africa. Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth,South Africa, 5.05PM, Saturday 20 AugustAll Blacks v Australia. Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia, 8.05PM,Saturday 27 August “Our first Test against Fiji in Dunedin will be an important first step in our season, plus there’s extra significance because we are playing for the people of Canterbury.  The thoughts of the team are still with the folk of Canterbury as they try to rebuild their lives so we hope we see as many fans as possible at Carisbrook for this fundraising match,” Henry added.“The Investec Tri Nations also remains an important competition for the team this year.  We are proud of the record we have achieved over the years and the fact that we have held the Bledisloe Cup since 2003 and it is crucial as we look to build towards the Rugby World Cup.”The All Blacks will continue their preparations with a two-day camp in Auckland next week (Thursday and Friday).  The team will then assemble in Dunedin on Monday 18 July to prepare for the Test against Fiji at Carisbrook on Friday 22 July.The All Blacks squad (with province and Test caps in brackets) is:Forwards: John Afoa                      Auckland (30)Corey Flynn                  Canterbury (12)Ben Franks                   Tasman (7)Owen Franks                Canterbury (22)Jarrad Hoeata               Taranaki *Andrew Hore                 Taranaki (50)Jerome Kaino               Auckland (37)Richie McCaw (capt)   Canterbury (94)Keven Mealamu           Auckland (83)Liam Messam               Waikato (6)Kieran Read                  Canterbury (30)Adam Thomson           Otago (17)Brad Thorn                    Canterbury (50)Samuel Whitelock       Canterbury (13)Ali Williams                   Auckland (61)Tony Woodcock            North Harbour (74)Backs: Daniel Carter                Canterbury (79)Jimmy Cowan              Southland (44)Israel Dagg                    Hawke’s Bay (6)Andy Ellis                      Canterbury (18)Hosea Gear                   Wellington (6)Zac Guildford                Hawke’s Bay (4)Richard Kahui              Waikato (11)Mils Muliaina                Waikato (94)Ma’a Nonu                    Wellington (56)Colin Slade                   Canterbury (1)Conrad Smith               Wellington (45)Isaia Toeava                  Auckland (30)Piri Weepu                    Wellington (44)Sonny Bill Williams     Canterbury (4) * New All Black Investec Tri Nations All Blacks v South Africa. Westpac Stadium, Wellington, 7.35PM, Saturday 30 July.Tickets from Ticketek, phone: 0800 842 538 or www.ticketek.co.nzChildren from $26. Adults from $72All Blacks v Australia. Eden Park, Auckland, 7.35PM, Saturday 6 AugustTickets from Ticketmaster, phone: 0800 111 999 or www.ticketmaster.co.nzChildren from $15, Adults from $45.last_img read more

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Bernard Jackman revives Grenoble

first_imgThe former Ireland hooker is hoping to propel Grenoble up the Top 14 table with a fresh approach and a few new signings Head man: Bernard Jackman has made a successful switch from player to coachJackman says that Grenoble will look to play at a high tempo this season, keeping the ball in hand more and asking questions of other teams’ fitness. That’s one reason why he had the squad start their pre-season training on 10 June, although he stresses that it’s not all work and no play. This week, for example, the squad is enjoying a week off and then it’s back to training in readiness for their two-week tour to Argentina. So while their rivals are playing each other in gentle friendlies under the French sun, Grenoble will be facing Argentina in two matches that are part of the Pumas’ preparation for the Rugby Championship.It’s proof that Jackman means business. By appointing him head coach Grenoble have just made French rugby a little less wacky and a lot more wiser. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS THE WORLD would be a duller place without French rugby clubs. Take Grenoble. Ten years ago the club was going places. They hired Dean Richards, arguably then the most successful club coach in Europe having guided Leicester to back-to-back Heineken Cup titles in 2001 and 2002, and there were ambitions within Grenoble of doing something similar. Richards lasted a season in the job, quitting as the club went bust with debts of €3.6m. Relegated to the amateur leagues, Grenoble regrouped and slowly worked their way back into the top flight while also putting their finances in order.A decade on, Grenoble are once more dreaming big and it’s an outsider tasked with turning the fantasy into reality. Unlike ‘Deano’, however, Bernard Jackman has a good grounding in the complexities of French club rugby. The former Leinster and Ireland hooker joined the Grenoble staff in 2011 as forwards coach and his long apprenticeship will stand him in good stead now he’s in the top job.As head coach, the 38-year-old has carte blanche to do things his way and that includes recruitment. “When I bring a foreigner in I want someone who’s going to assimilate into the culture,” explains Jackman. “Not someone who goes around complaining about the way the French do things.” With that in mind, the first of his big pre-season signings was Ross Skeate from Agen. The athletic South African has been hired to boss the lineout. “He brings something to the squad not just with his mobility and his calming presence on the field,” says Jackman, “but also the fact he’s educated, well-rounded and speaks fluent French.”Fast mover: Gio Aplon, here attacking for the Stormers, is joining GrenobleSkeate’s experience will be crucial, as will that of Gio Aplon and Charl McLeod, two other South Africans signed by Jackman. At the other extreme is 21-year-old Chris Farrell, the former Ireland U20 international who has joined from Ulster. “I think Chris could be the next Yannick Jauzion,” says Jackman. Like the former Toulouse and France centre, Farrell is big (in his case 16st 7lb and 6ft 5in) but he possesses more pace.“He’s a massive coup for us,” says Jackman. “He’s not a household name in Ireland but people who know their rugby know of his potential.” Injuries hindered Farrell’s progress in Ulster but Jackman says if he stays fit he could be the club’s secret weapon this season. Significantly, Farrell has already mastered the basics of the French language, something that goes a long way in determining which foreigners make a fist of their time in France.Farrell will have inside him at fly-half Jonathan Wisniewski, recently arrived from Racing Métro after seven up-and-down seasons in Paris. When he’s good, the Frenchman is very good but he’s struggled at times with consistency. “My goal with Jonathan is to get him into the France squad,” says Jackman. “He’s a guy who needs the coach’s confidence and I’ll give him a game plan that I hope helps him fulfil his massive potential.”center_img Unfulfilled potential: Jonathan Wisniewski is swapping Paris and Racing Métro for GrenobleJackman admits that a game plan was something Grenoble missed for much of last season, a season that at one point saw them in the top six only to suffer a slump in form late on that had them scrapping for survival in the final weeks of the campaign.However, since taking over as head coach Jackman has been meticulous in his preparations for the coming season. It’s going to be a long one, even by French standards, beginning on 16 August and ending with the Top 14 final on 13 June. “I’m working very closely with the S&C (strength and conditioning) people to ensure we have a global plan for the season,” explains Jackman. “It’s such a long season that it’s a case of monitoring everything: from minutes played, to metres run, to loads on players. Fortunately GPS allows us to monitor players much more scientifically so we can build up accurate data on each and make them as fit and as fresh as possible in what’s going to be a marathon season.”But it won’t be a programme set in stone. “When a season is so long you have to be reactive, perceptive and flexible, so you can change the plan if you think the players need it.”Such attention to detail hasn’t been the hallmark of all the Top 14 clubs in recent seasons, some of whom have a more old-fashioned approach to fitness than their Anglophone counterparts. As a result, explains Jackman, “the French are capable of playing very fast for a few minutes, when they get caught up in the emotion of the occasion and the passion of the crowd, but they generally struggle to last the pace for 80 minutes”. This is equally true of the national team, whitewashed 3-0 by Australia last month in a series that demonstrated France’s inability to compete at the same intensity as their opponents. Training days: Grenoble’s players will be working hard on their conditioning during pre-season last_img read more

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Analysis: What Dave Ewers would bring to England

first_img Long levers: Dave Ewers offloads on a trademark charge for Exeter Chiefs …is pretty special.DefenceIn the same way that his primary function is to pierce the gain-line on attack, one of Ewers’ key defensive responsibilities is to prevent the opposition gathering impetus in phase-play.In this month’s superb win at Allianz Park, he was crucial in this aspect. While he only made seven tackles across the 80 minutes – significantly fewer than his customary tally somewhere in the mid- to late-teens – Ewers patrolled matters well and picked his moments.Here, Saracens recover their own restart. Richard Wigglesworth is given quick ball and Mako Vunipola marauds forward. Ewers is equal to the task:Starting in the body guard position, Ewers is out of the traps quickly – one of Andy Farrell‘s primary defensive principles:Though the prop’s footwork prevents a straight-on hit, Ewers still manages to fell Vunipola behind the gain-line too:Saracens opted to kick off the next phase. That cannot happen a great deal following a Vunipola carry.Exeter needed heroic work-rate in the second period as wave after wave of Saracens runners battered their line. From this set-piece, the Chiefs were stretched off the back of an effective, intricate lineout move. Even so, the danger was snuffed out:Once more, Ewers’ intervention is multi-faceted. Scooping up the loose ball before aiming a massive fend at Wigglesworth is more eye-catching, but a scrag-tackle on the scrum-half just as he looks to put through David Strettle is crucial:Such subtleties are where back-rowers earn their keep, which brings us onto the defensive breakdown – another area in which England were comprehensively bettered by Ireland in Dublin.Again, Allianz Park is the scene. Again, Saracens are in the ascendancy:As Leicester Tigers showed during their victory over Wasps a week back, the breakdown is not simply about snatching Hollywood turnovers. Slowing down opposition ruck-speed can be just as vital.In this case, Ewers must fight to get to the ruck in the first place. George Kruis has cleaned him out far beyond the previous breakdown (another Tigers tactic), so he makes referee JP Doyle of the situation:Eager not to concede a penalty, Kruis lets go. Ewers is free to compete for the ball after Mako Vunipola is felled from the next phase. Notice that it takes four Saracens to budge him:Naturally, Saracens are down on numbers for the rest of their attack, all because Ewers has made a nuisance of himself.England are at their best when they have their most effective breakdown operators on the field together. Remember the 2014 Six Nations, when both Joe Launchbury and Dan Cole were helping out the back row?Ewers would enhance those efforts, as this coup against Harlequins demonstrates. Full-back Ollie Lindsay-Hague attempts to counter before getting caught:Even with Luke Wallace in close attendance, Ewers cannot be prised off the ball thanks to his bulk and copybook body position:Referee Matt Carley has a straightforward decision and Henry Slade banged over three points.Ewers is a lineout option for Exeter, though he is very rarely used. This will be one consideration for Lancaster, especially considering Wood has been a key cog of the England set-piece over a 36-cap career.That said, Graham Rowntree has a wonderful track record of readying promising youngsters for Test level. The vast majority of England forwards that have been blooded in recent years – Launchbury, Kruis, Tom Youngs, both Vunipolas – have stepped up and excelled.In fact, three of two of those men are British and Irish Lions, with two more almost certain of involvement in 2017. Ewers has that sort of elite potential.He made the leap to Saxons level easily, and was a stand-out as Irish Wolfhounds were ousted in Cork this January. His versatility and aptitude at No 8 mean he would be a great option for the bench or one of the pool matches to ease the burden on Vunipola or Morgan. The much-scrutinised practice of selection in sport boils down one essential equation: known quantities against potential– proven performers against untried talents.In the coming months as the Rugby World Cup encroaches to within touching distance, international coaches will try to strike this balance. And the stakes are astronomically high.With a multitude of worthy names vying for five slots in a 31-man squad, the conundrum awaiting England boss Stuart Lancaster with regard to his back-row blend is a painstakingly tough one.An initial party of around 50 will be announced on Wednesday. Expect intense debate. Skipper Chris Robshaw, James Haskell, Tom Wood, Billy Vunipola and Ben Morgan – fitness permitting – are in pole position having won caps throughout Lancaster’s three-and-a-half-year tenure. However, a certain Exeter Chief cannot have done more this season to disrupt the status quo.Rob Baxter’s side missed out on the Aviva Premiership play-offs on points difference at the end of a thrilling final afternoon. Still, they boasted one of the most influential performers in the division.Since September, Dave Ewers has shown himself well worthy of a shot at the Test arena. Here is a look at how the blindside flanker could make England a better side.AttackWhen Lancaster’s team have lost over the past season, their phase-play in midfield has let them down, becoming stagnant and predictable in the middle third of the field.This was most noticeable against South Africa and New Zealand this autumn, but the below passage from a 19-9 defeat to Ireland is emblematic of the same thing:Luther Burrell‘s outside arc has turned the hosts and a further foray from Robshaw gets over the advantage-line. Then though, momentum ebbs away. We isolate proceedings as George Ford shapes to distribute:Vunipola was England’s top-carrying forward in this game, bringing the ball into contact 14 times. Rosbhaw, second on the list among the pack, only trucked up on six occasions.Ireland could therefore take an educated guess as to the recipient of Ford’s pass, and were rewarded handsomely. First, Robbie Henshaw makes an excellent tackle to win the collision……before Best latches onto the ball……and comes away with it in a turnover referee that Craig Joubert is happy with:With Ewers in the line-up alongside Vunipola, another powerful runner would be added to share the load, inciting defensive indecision from the outset.This carry came 80 minutes into the recent clash with Wasps:Alapati Leiua is a mightily strong man. However, he goes too high and Ewers punishes him with overwhelming leg-drive:The most effective way to quell such a specimen is through rapid, focussed line-speed. Saracens tried to impart this technique a fortnight ago. Unfortunately for them, Ewers and Exeter were ready.Watch what happens when Jamie George shoots up out of the defensive line:A swift pass to Thomas Waldrom shifts the point of contact and capitalises on the dog-leg created between George and Petrus du Plessis:It is a lovely piece of skill, and brings to mind the thought of Ewers combining with Tom Youngs or either Vunipola, unbalancing the defence to send them rampaging on.For good measure, to underline his awareness and industry, the Zimbabwe-born behemoth follows up to attend the ensuing ruck:With Sam Warburton and David Pocock likely to be lurking in a beastly Pool A,  ball retention and vigilance at the breakdown will be vital.Finally, to a spark of magic in the Challenge Cup quarter-final triumph over Newcastle Falcons:Lancaster would categorise this as a ‘something from nothing’ moment. Certainly, the vision to spot blindside defence’s sluggishness in getting off the line……and the pace to exploit it before the execution of a superb out-the-back flick to Waldrom… TAGS: Exeter Chiefs LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Stuart Lancaster names his wider World Cup training group on Wednesday. We examine how Exeter Chiefs back-rower Dave Ewers could improve England’s squad. In two months and three warm-up games before the main event, England could harness Ewers’ considerable ability into something truly terrifying.Thanks to BT Sport and Premiership Rugby for the match footage. You can purchase tickets to the Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham here.last_img read more

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England Women 39-6 Canada Women: as it happened

first_imgLive updates from the England v Canada women’s Test at Twickenham Canada: Julianne Zussman; Brittany Waters, Alexandra Tessier, Andrea Burk, Magali Harvey; Emily Belchos, Chelsea Guthrie; Carolyn McEwen, Laura Russell, Daleaka Menin, Tyson Beukeboom, Latoya Blackwood, Kelly Russell (capt), Karen Paquin, Jacey Grusnick.Replacements: Gillian Boag, Demi Stamatakis, Olivia DeMerchant, Kayla Mack, Barbara Mervin, Elissa Alarie, Mackenzie Higgs, Frederique Rajotte.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 26min TRY! Amy Cokayne, England 10-0 CanadaEngland set the maul from a lineout on the 22 and get a big cheer from the few thousand fans who’ve stayed to watch as Amy Cokayne touches down after a long drive. Scarratt misses with the conversion again.25min England pressurise the Canada line but visitors are able to turn the ball over and kick clear.24min Big hit on Magali Harvey by Lydia Thompson in Canada 22.23min Scarratt kicks long looking for touch but Julianne Zussman collects the ball before it crosses the line and Canada look to run the ball from their own half again. They do love to keep ball in hand!20min England get a crucial and clear to outside 22 – but Canada come again.19min Canada into 22 and Jacey Grusnick is brought down 10m out.18min Canada work ball along the line from that scrum and Magali Harvey takes play up to halfway.16min Kay Wilson makes ground on the left but move breaks down and it results in Canada scrum just inside their own 22.15min Canada having a few forays into England 22 but are then pinged for holding on and hosts are able to clear.11min Waterman showing lovely footwork on the right wing as she tries to make ground around halfway.9min Scarratt misses the conversion.8min TRY! Alex Matthews, England 5-0 CanadaThe England blindside bursts over from 15m out after good work from England following lineout, Emily Scarratt and Danielle Waterman making notable runs in the build-up.6min Canada clear to the 22 after their own scrum 8m from the line.4min England have a 5m scrum after getting close to the line after Danielle Waterman run.3min Alex Matthews makes a strong charge into the Canada 22.1min Bad start for Canada – Magali Harvey’s kick-off doesn’t go ten so it’s an England scrum on halfway.Canada to kick off.England full-back Danielle Waterman looking very emotional during the anthems.The temperature has definitely dropped since the end of the men’s game at Twickenham – singer Laura Wright has put on a jacket for the anthems.England Women are taking on Canada in the final match of their autumn series and will be looking to make it two wins from two for the English at Twickenham today after the men beat Argentina 27-14.Here’s a little scene-setting: so far this November, England have beaten France and Ireland but lost to New Zealand while Canada enjoyed a big win over Ireland before losing to the Black Ferns in midweek.This is a replay of the 2014 World Cup final in Paris. England triumphed on that day while Canada thumped England 52-17 in the Summer Series in July, so this is likely to be a close-run match.Rewind: Emily Scarratt on the attack against Canada in the 2014 World Cup final. Photo: Getty ImagesEngland: Danielle Waterman; Lydia Thompson, Emily Scarratt, Rachael Burford, Kay Wilson; Emily Scott, La Toya Mason; Rochelle Clark, Amy Cokayne, Laura Keates, Tamara Taylor, Harriet Millar-Mills, Alex Matthews, Izzy Noel-Smith, Sarah Hunter (capt).Replacements: Emma Croker, Vickii Cornborough, Sarah Bern, Poppy Cleall, Marlie Packer, Natasha Hunt, Megan Jones, Claire Allan. England ended their autumn campaign in style by running in seven tries against Canada at Twickenham. The margin of victory means they will move above Canada to second in the World Rugby Rankings on Monday – and will head into 2017, World Cup year, with confidence.FULL-TIME: England 39-6 Canada78min Harriet Millar Mills is named Player of the Match.77min Canada still searching for that elusive try as they attack through Kelly Russell from a scrum, but an error results in an England scrum.72min It’s fair to say the game has lost a little intensity now. Canada’s players must be very tired with this their third game in a week.64min TRY! Claire Allan, England 39-6 CanadaMarlie Packer and Harriet Millar-Mills make the hard yards to take England within 4m of the line. A quick recycle and Allan goes over out wide. Scott conversion missed.63min Andrea Burk makes a great break but can’t get the final pass to Magali Harvery outside her.61min A raft of substitutions are on now and England release Marlie Packer at pace from a lineout on the 22. But Canada turnover and counter.Hard yards: Alex Matthews makes a break during the match with Canada. Photo: Getty Images55min TRY! Lydia Thompson, England 34-6 CanadaRachael Burford feeds Emily Scott and then a lovely pop pass sets Marlie Packer free, quick interchange of passes with Millar-Mills and Packer gets to within 5m before passing to Thompson for the try. Scott converts.53min Canada get a big shove at a scrum on halfway but England manage to get the ball.50min TRY! Emily Scarratt, England 27-6 CanadaLaura Russell makes a good break through the middle for Canada but England counter-ruck well, spread the ball wide to Lydia Thompson, who breaks down the wing and pops the ball over the Canadian defenders to Scarratt for a clear run-in. Emily Scott slots the conversion.48min Rochelle Clark makes way for Vickii Cornborough in the front row.46min TRY! Kay Wilson, England 20-6 CanadaAlexandra Tessier tries to pass the ball through her legs but it goes loose and is picked up by Emily Scott. Quick hands from Rachel Burford to Emily Scarratt to Kay Wilson and it’s a try in the corner. Conversion missed.43min Canada win a penalty and this time Magali Harvey kicks for touch – they have a lineout on the 22. But England turn the ball over and clear.41min The teams are back out and both have changed their scrum-halves – Natasha Hunt replaces La Toya Mason and Elissa Alarie is on for Chelsea Guthrie.HALF-TIME: England 15-6 Canada40min Penalty Andrea Burk, England 15-6 CanadaCanada win a penalty as Harriet Millar-Mills goes in at the side at a ruck. Burk slots her second. And that’s half-time.Super score: Danielle Waterman touches down a superb individual try. Photo: Getty Images37min TRY! Danielle Waterman, England 15-3 CanadaSarah Hunter makes good yards from back of scrum and ball is recycled. Emily Scott feeds Emily Scarratt and Waterman beats five Canada defenders with some incredible footwork to score in the corner. Scarratt’s conversion fall short.36min Canada find Harvey in space on the left after retaining possession well but moves breaks down when Julianne Zussman knocks on.33min Penalty Andrea Burk, England 10-3 CanadaBurk slots a penalty from in front of the posts to put Canada on the board.32min Scarratt’s kick is charged down by Emily Belchos on the edge of England’s 22.28min Cokayne follows up her try with a  big hand-off on Canada fly-half Emily Belchos.last_img read more

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Polly Getz might seek House of Deputies vice president post

first_img In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Rev. 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Getz, who has served as House of Deputies parliamentarian since 2003, announced late June 25 that she would stand for election as vice president of that house.In a posting on her Facebook page, Getz said she had been asked to run by some of the leaders of the Episcopal Church’s Province VIII group of dioceses in the western United States.She agreed, she said, because “Province VIII deserves more representation in the councils of the church.”“I can bring that voice to the table,” she said.Getz is the second lay person to announce that she intends to stand for election as vice president of the House of Deputies. Sally Johnson, a seven-time General Convention deputy from the Diocese of Minnesota, disclosed her plans June 24.Johnson and Getz will be able to enter the vice presidential election if a clergy person is elected to be president of the House of Deputies. Canon I.1.1(b) requires that the president and vice president be of different orders.Known to many in the church as “Polly,” Getz, 59 and a deputy from the Diocese of San Diego, has served the last three meetings of General Convention as House of Deputies parliamentarian. She began in 2003 for the Very Rev. George Werner’s first term as House of Deputies president, continued with Werner at the 2006 convention and went on to serve with House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson in 2009. She is to be Anderson’s parliamentarian for the July 5-12 meeting of convention in Indianapolis.Getz said in her announcement that her experience as parliamentarian has given her “an inside view as well as a good understanding of how the sausage is made.” She added that she understands “who we are and who we can be.”Getz, who has lived in the dioceses California, Arizona, San Joaquin, San Diego and West Texas, is a six-time deputy to convention and will be San Diego’s lead lay deputy in Indianapolis.Getz, an attorney, recently closed her law firm Getz & Associates in Poway, California, north of San Diego in southern California. She did so, she told Episcopal News Service via email, to launch a start-up venture with a longtime client. LuminOre Copper Touch, a company founded in 2011 cold sprays products with copper to create antimicrobial surfaces. Getz is the venture’s executive vice president and general counsel. She also serves as the vice chancellor of the Diocese of San Diego.Getz is one of five children and the daughter and sister of Episcopal priests. “That has given me a churchwide view of our family of Christ,” she said in her announcement.“The only ‘camp’ I am affiliated with is Camp Stevens, our diocesan church camp which we share with Los Angeles,” Getz said. “I make my decisions after prayerful consideration and not based on an agenda. Absolutely not implying anyone else does, just saying ‘this is me’.”Getz will have been married to her husband, Ron Enos, for 25 years on June 27.House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson has said she would not ask this meeting of General Convention to elect her to a third and final term as president. The election for her successor will be held July 10 with nominations opening July 9 with a “meet the nominees” reception that evening.Thus far, the Rev. Gay Jennings and Martha Bedell Alexander have announced they intend to stand for election as president.Nominations for House of Deputies vice president will open July 10 and that election will take place the next day, July 11. Getz will celebrate her 60th birthday on July 10.The office of vice president has been vacant since Feb. 15, 2010, when Diocese of Minnesota Bishop Brian Prior, who had been vice president, was ordained bishop.At the organizing session of the House of Deputies on July 5, the house will elect a vice president to serve at the 77th convention. The Very Rev. Scott Kirby, retired dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and a deputy from that diocese, has agreed to be nominated to serve as vice president. Other persons may also be nominated from the floor. If Kirby is elected, he has indicated that he will not stand for election for any office for the next triennium.The president-elect and vice president-elect take office at the adjournment of the regular meeting of the House of Deputies at which they are elected and continue in office until the adjournment of the following regular meeting of the General Convention. They are both eligible to stand for election for three three-year terms in each office.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Rector Martinsville, VA Youth Minister Lorton, VA General Convention 2012, July 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm Polly would make an extraordinary VP in the House. She is level headed, has a wonderful sense of humor and one smart lady. She is also dedicated to the faith in an extraordinary way always seeking to bring people together. 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Kurt Dunkle elected dean, president of General Theological Seminary

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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Washington, DC Posted May 15, 2013 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Press Release Service Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA [General Theological Seminary — Press Release] The Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle was elected on May 14, 2013 to be the 13th Dean and President of The General Theological Seminary in New York City by the GTS Board of Trustees. He will officially begin serving as Dean and President on July 1, 2013.In his address to the Board of Trustees following his election, Dunkle said, “we need to return importance to the word ‘General’ in our title; we are The General Theological Seminary. We are the seminary for the entire church, not just one aspect or discrete group. We need to embrace the meaning and importance of being The General Theological Seminary in preparing for the leadership of the entire church.”Dunkle voiced another goal in his first year of making sure that General is “joyful, thankful and useful: joyful in serving our mission of creating real leaders for the 21st century church; thankful to God for providing us this wonderful opportunity for ministry in Jesus’ name; and useful to the Episcopal Church. I am so excited to see how this joy will unfold, how we can be most useful to growing our faith communities. This is a wonderful time to be an Episcopalian and a great time to be at General. Alleluia!”Before coming to General, Dunkle served as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Orange Park, Florida, a parish that experienced significant growth under his leadership. Just before his arrival in 2006, 965 of the 1,000 members had left the parish because of disagreements with The Episcopal Church. Today, the parish has over 500 members, an average Sunday attendance of almost 200, an expanding parish day school of students from preschool through eighth grade, a new organ, and emerging programs and parish life created from scratch. “I like to grow things and people,” Dunkle said.Prior to his ministry at Grace, in his first call after ordination, Dunkle served as Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of Florida, with responsibilities for staff administration, deployment, and representing the Rt. Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard in all aspects of diocesan life, particularly managing clergy and congregational conflict.Dunkle is a graduate of General Seminary, where he earned the Seymour Prize in Preaching and served as a member of the Admissions Committee. Previously, he worked as a partner at Rogers Towers, the largest law firm in Jacksonville, Florida. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida’s College of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the university’s Journal of Law and Public Policy, and his bachelor’s degree from Duke University.Dunkle believes one important characteristic of General Seminary’s future mission will be to teach future leaders how to help faith communities thrive. “Right now, one of the fundamentals largely missing in seminaries is how to grow the church in numbers of participants and in depth of engagement with Jesus Christ,” he said. “Training leaders to grow people and institutions, not just maintain them or even manage the decline gracefully, is essential in our Episcopal Church today. The Church and General should not just focus on survival; it’s about thriving. We need to develop a culture where thriving is the norm, and having more people in our Church with an increased focus on Jesus is the key to thriving.” Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Knoxville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Collierville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Albany, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Hopkinsville, KY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Tampa, FL Theological Education Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Events People, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel last_img read more

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Video: Robert Two Bulls notes importance of Taizé coming to…

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Folks flat-out having fun with traveling laminated Jesus cutout

first_img Featured Jobs & Calls By Sharon SheridanPosted Jul 22, 2013 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Comments (3) Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Kyle Matthew Oliver says: Rector Belleville, IL July 28, 2013 at 9:47 am How can I get a Flat Jesus? Mine is going to ride a bicycle to some weird and wonderful places. Not the least of which would be Climate Ride 2013. We will be cycling from NYC to Washington DC. We will be raising awareness around sustainable transportation options. This falls right in line with our Christian values to care for our neighbors.Thanks Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Shreveport, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Robert Nagy says: July 23, 2013 at 10:29 pm This just cracked me up. One time, when doing Stations of the Cross, at station #8, Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem, someone read the passage as, “…the women wailed and laminated him.” And I thought, “Wow, and I thought crucifixion was bad enough….” Many thx for a good chuckle. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Robin Brodsky says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Press Release TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Flat Jesus riding in a hot air balloon. Photo: Courtesy of Chris Gannon[Episcopal News Service] If God is everywhere, a laminated dude named Flat Jesus is doing his best to prove the point.Just check out his Facebook page and you’ll find him riding in a hot air balloon with Virginia Episcopalians, accompanying mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Kenya, watching Despicable Me 2, assisting with sermons (is that cheating?), relaxing on the beach and snuggling a dog. He even hangs out with the much-taller Flat Andy, modeled after Bishop Andy Doyle of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.Flat Jesus is a laminated, hand-colored paper doll traveling the world this summer courtesy of St. James Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Michigan. The original “flat” character was Flat Stanley, star of a book by Jeff Brown in which a boy has remarkable adventures after waking up one day to discover he is flattened to half-an-inch thick. Today, schoolchildren routinely write letters accompanied by Flat Stanleys to friends and family, who provide fun geography lessons by snapping photos of the paper fellow posing at various local sites. There’s even a Flat Stanley Project app.Stanley inspired other “flat” folk, including Flat Andy. Chris Gannon, Flat Jesus handler and minister to youth and adults at St. James, saw something about Flat Jesus online and thought, “Oh, wow, what a cool way to keep our congregation kind of connected over the summer.”A bulletin board at St. James Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Michigan, tracks the travels of Flat Jesus. Photo: Chris GannonGannon created a template and enlisted the parish’s children in coloring a few dozen and distributing them to parishioners to take along on vacation and send photos. “I think they were a little hesitant at first,” Gannon said.But a vestry member brought Jesus to Germany and posted pictures. One family reported back from a multi-generational vacation in Alabama. “The pictures were just priceless” – including Flat Jesus buried in sand at the beach – Gannon said. Lamination has allowed him to walk on water in several locales.Word spread. Folks outside St. James began requesting Flat Jesus – about six a day, now – and posted their pictures and conversations about him on the Facebook page. An overflowing bulletin board at the church charts his travels. From June 17 to July 18, 114 Flat Jesuses headed out the door.Not stuck in a fashion rut, he sports several different tunics. “We’ve got peace signs on them. We’ve got Larry Boy from Veggie Tales,” Gannon said. They’ve created special tunics for the different states he hasn’t been invited to yet – the first Vermonter to request a Flat Jesus, for example, will receive one depicting his favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor, Whirled Peace.And he does like ice cream, at least according to an entry on the Rev. Elizabeth Kaeton’s blog, in which he and his priestly chauffer discuss issues of both justice and calorie counting.“You know, it’s a good thing these are only 170 calories, or I’d quickly move from being ‘Flat Jesus’ to ‘Fat Jesus,’” he says after a celebratory ice cream cone.Kaeton was among the first to request Flat Jesus and boosted his profile with her blog posts about him, Gannon said. “I think she was probably a huge reason why it’s gotten so big and gone so far.”But “fat Jesus” moments, not to mention a Facebook photo of the flat vacationer enjoying a beer at the beach, sometimes make her worry that someone will object to the Flat Jesus project. So far, Gannon said, no one has.“Those are the moments when I fear that somebody would see it as heretical or spoofing too much,” she said. “I think it just makes Jesus more accessible.”And, far from being silly, she said, “I think we’re being very serious about evangelism. I just think this is a perfect way to start conversation. Folks who don’t normally talk about Jesus … wouldn’t talk about what Jesus thought about their day together as a family, are doing so, and I just think that’s wonderful.”Jesus does a little outreach with Jessie Cragg of Trinity Episcopal Church at a summer feeding program in Kirksville, Missouri. Photo: Maria EvansDr. Maria Evans, a laboratory medical director at a hospital in Kirksville, Missouri, ordered a Flat Jesus after reading about him on Kaeton’s blog and immediately brought him along to help out at Food for Kids in town.A large percentage of the county’s children receive free or reduced school lunches, she explained. “That means during the summer they may not be getting lunch. Several churches in town have partnered together to have a summer feeding program, where everybody who comes to one of the city parks can get a nutritious lunch, and that includes the adults that accompany the children. So Flat Jesus went there. The kids thought he was kind of cool.”Later, he attended a nursing home Eucharist and Bible study on the story of Mary and Martha.“He kept quiet,” Evans said. “I figure, if he had any problems with the way we were interpreting it, he would’ve said something.”How much Flat Jesus talks, Gannon observed, “depends [on] who he’s talking to.”“He is ecumenical,” she noted. He traveled to Indiana to attend the Presbyterian Church’s triennial youth event and also visited a Presbyterian vacation Bible school.Evans planned to take her Flat Jesus to vacation Bible school as well as worship at her church, Trinity Episcopal in Kirksville. “I’m hoping to talk to a couple of the youth at my church to see if they want to borrow Flat Jesus for a while.Camp Chicago creations. Photo: Courtesy of Chris GannonShe hopes Flat Jesus will give local youngsters a larger perspective on the world. “Growing up in a small town, the world was very insular to me. It was hard for me to imagine places outside of small towns in Northeast Missouri. … A project like this, I believe it connects these youth with a much wider world – in this particular case, the much wider world of the Episcopal Church.”“Even if it’s kind of silly, anything that we do for the youth that widens their world and the world of the church is going to help them when they become adults to learn how to live up to the Baptismal Covenant, to see Christ in everyone,” she said.In an e-mail, Kaeton said she’d taken Flat Jesus “everywhere” and had been intrigued by how instantly recognizable he was.“My hospice patients who are Christian have loved it when I’ve brought him along with me when I visit. I have also taken him into skilled nursing facilities where many of my patients also suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and senile dementia,” said Kaeton, an Episcopal priest and hospice chaplain in Delaware.“Most times, I don’t even have to introduce him. ‘Oh, look,’ they say, ‘It’s Jesus!’ More often than not, that’s more words than they’ve said in weeks. It’s interesting that ‘Flat Jesus’ doesn’t exactly look like ‘traditional’ images, but they recognize him immediately. It’s also deeply moving to me that they recognize ‘Flat Jesus’ but no longer recognize their spouse or children or grandchildren.”Bishop of Central New York Gladstone B. (Skip) Adams III visited the Binghamton Mets to throw out the first pitch. Flat Jesus was there to welcome the bishop to the game along with more than 140 Episcopalians from the Binghamton district. Photo: Courtesy of Chris GannonThe same thing happens at church, along the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk and in local restaurants. “I’m amazed that no one – no, not one – asks, ‘What/Who is that?’ They may be a bit tentative and ask, ‘Is that who I think it is?’, but most exclaim, with some excitement and delight, ‘Wait! Is that who I think it is? Is that … Jesus?’”“I think it’s a wonderful way to keep a congregation connected to their communities of faith during the summer vacation months,” she said, adding, “I love ‘Flat Jesus’ because it’s an easy way to start a conversation about Jesus. In my experience, most Christians (well, okay, most Episcopalians) do not have a problem talking about God or the Spirit, but they stumble over talking about Jesus, even though they self-identify as Christians. There may be lots of reasons for that, but I suspect there’s a strong impulse to avoid association with more fundamentalist Christian groups whose Christology is narrow and rigid and judgmental.“I think ‘Flat Jesus’ helps us to reclaim Jesus from those who have hijacked his image and his teaching. It allows me the opportunity to do some teaching about his unconditional love and the gift of forgiveness and grace which are undeserved and unearned. It also allows me to talk about the ‘deep joy the apostles first knew.’ Those are critically important messages for people who are hungering and thirsting for Good News, but especially for hospice patients and their families to hear.”While everyone has recognized the cutout as Jesus, she noted, “I have had Asians and African Americans and Hispanic folk say wistfully, ‘He doesn’t look like me’ or ‘That’s not the way I imagine Jesus.’ I’ve also had some women and men who are feminist Christians say, ‘Jesus, for me, is Sophia.’ I’ve had some wonderful conversations about how the church needs a broader Christology with several folks that I think the institutional church needs to hear.”Flat Jesus, meanwhile, is clearly interested in saints past as well as present. He recently posed with the just-released Lent Madness bracket for 2014. “We’re big Lent Madness fans here,” Gannon said.The Rev. Tim Schenck, rector of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Hingham, Massachusetts, and creator of the annual saints competition modeled after basketball’s March Madness, wrote to ENS that he had not “personally encountered Flat Jesus.”“While at first glance, the idea of Flat Jesus is rather one-dimensional, anything that gets people talking about Jesus is terrific,” he said. “Maybe we’ve been misquoting him all these years. Instead of saying ‘Follow me,’ perhaps he really said ‘Flatten me.’ I’m delighted he’s taking an interest in next year’s Lent Madness bracket and, who knows, maybe Flat Saints aren’t far behind?”To Evans, it’s all about finding creative ways to spread the Good News. Like Flat Jesus, she said, “Lent Madness has been another one of those things that people are like, ‘Oh, is this really evangelism?’ and yeah, I think it is.”To request a Flat Jesus, contact Chris Gannon at [email protected]— Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent.center_img Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET July 22, 2013 at 11:38 am A friend who’s a parishioner at St. Luke in the Fields in Manhattan has been cracking me up with his “Big Apple” Flat Jesus posts on FB. I especially liked “‪#‎FlatJesus‬ Hailing a cab on Park Avenue !” Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Tampa, FL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Bath, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit an Event Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Albany, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Folks flat-out having fun with traveling laminated Jesus cutout Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Martinsville, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Job Listing Comments are closed. 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