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Chris Ashton Wins IRPA Try of the Year Award 2010

first_imgFor more information on IRB Awards in association with Emirates Airline click here Chris celebrates after scoring the try against Australia that’s been awarded the IRPA Try of the YearA wonderful individual try scored by England’s Chris Ashton at Twickenham against Australia in November has been named the International Rugby Players’ Association Try of the Year 2010.The England international’s try won the public vote having fought off stiff competition from some outstanding scores finished by Mils Muliaina, Felipe Contepomi, Shane Williams and Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010 star Danielle Waterman. Ashton’s memorable try, his second in the match, combined pace, power and panache as the wing raced clear to finish off a superb counter-attack that started near his own try-line.The try received the most votes following an online poll at www.irb.com which saw the global Rugby family select his score from a shortlist of 18 from the RBS Six Nations, Tri Nations, Women’s Rugby World Cup, Pacific Nations Cup and IRB Nations Cup as well as the June and November internationals.“It’s a fantastic accolade to win the IRPA Try of the Year Award, and it means a lot to me that so many people took the trouble to vote for me ahead of so many other great players,” said Ashton. “Even though I had the job of putting the ball down over the whitewash it was a team effort with the whole team playing its part in defending and forcing the turnover before Ben Youngs and Courtney Lawes gave me the ball. They all deserve the credit too – it wouldn’t have happened without all of us working together.”IRPA Chairman Damian Hopley said: “The IRPA Try of the Year is a highly prestigious Award featuring world-class Rugby action from players representing seven nations. Chris Ashton’s outstanding try will live long in the memory of those of us fortunate enough to be at Twickenham that day, and he is a very deserving winner. We had great difficulty narrowing the field from our original 230 entries to the 18 nominees which were presented for the public vote as there were many spectacular tries scored in 2010. The public vote proved equally close with Danielle Waterman and Israel Dagg polling considerable votes, before Chris emerged as the winner.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img The full shortlist was: Shane Williams (2), Ben Foden, Dan Carter, Felipe Contepomi, Gonzalo Tiesi, Mils Muliaina, Israel Dagg, James O’Connor, Danielle Waterman, Cobie-Jane Morgan, Huriana Manuel, Chrysander Botha, Nikola Matawalu, Juan Jose Imhoff, Chris Ashton, James Hook and Adam Ashley-Cooper.Ashton follows in the footsteps of 2009 winner, South Africa centre Jaque Fourie, Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll in 2008 and Takudzwa Ngwenya of the USA who claimed the inaugural award in 2007.View Chris Ashton’s winning try…last_img read more

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_img TAGS: Exeter ChiefsNorthampton Saints England Women were also celebrating after their 35-3 victory. Emily Scarratt led the way with 20 points and wing Natasha Brennan scored a try with her first touch in international rugby.The SinnersRisk managementA Saint just a couple of weeks ago, Scotland stand-off Duncan Weir is a Sinner this time after a moment of madness cost his side what would have been a valuable try. Leading France 14-9 in the 47th minute, Scotland were attacking deep in their opponents’ 22 and just needed to keep their composure and patience in order to score. However, Weir opted to throw a risky, long miss-pass to Alex Dunbar, rather than going for Matt Scott inside him. France’s Yoann Huget read the pass, intercepted and raced the length of the pitch to score.Don’t do it! Duncan Weir gets set to make the fateful passInstead of leading 19-9 or, probably, 21-9, against a fragile French side, Scotland found themselves 16-14 down.Weir redeemed himself a little by kicking a tough penalty to restore Scotland’s lead with 61 minutes gone, but he missed another chance later, leaving France within touching distance in the closing minutes. Replacement lock Tim Swinson was penalised for not releasing the tackled player and Jean-Marc Doussain kicked the penalty which allowed France to steal a 19-17 victory.Flawed and flooredWarren Gatland and the Wales coaches deserve some criticism this week, after their team – packed with such potent attacking forces as George North and Alex Cuthbert – failed to score a try in a match for the second time during this Six Nations Championship. Their tactics against England were flawed, as they kicked repeatedly to a back three who are full of counter-attacking confidence, allowing them to get on the front foot in the game. If it was the execution that was poor rather than the plan, the coaches should have hauled the half-backs off sooner, instead of letting the 53rd minute injury suffered by scrum-half Rhys Webb prompt one change and waiting until the 62nd minute to bring Dan Biggar on for Rhys Priestland. Gatland’s decision to select Jonathan Davies so soon after his return from long-term injury also backfired, as the centre looked rusty and out of touch. EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – MARCH 08: Duncan Weir of Scotland passes the ball which resulted in France wing Yoann Huget interception the pass and breaking away for a try during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield Stadium on March 8, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Catch him while you can: Brian O’Driscoll played a starring role in his record-breaking penultimate Test matchBy Katie FieldThe SaintsBrilliant BODOnly one man could head up the Saints list this week – the irrepressible Brian O’Driscoll, who became the world’s most-capped Test player on Saturday when he made his 140th international appearance. His deft touches, breaks and vision lit up the Aviva Stadium in his last match there for Ireland before his retirement. He might have thought it was “a bit of a joke” to get the Man of the Match award for his 60 minutes on the pitch, but no one else did. O’Driscoll once again left everyone with nothing but good memories. He is a player who will be talked about for decades to come.The Stuart dynastyEngland won their first Triple Crown for 11 years when they beat Wales 29-18 at Twickenham on Sunday and much of the credit for their good form this spring must go to head coach Stuart Lancaster. The England boss has rebuilt the squad from the doldrums of January 2012 and his leadership skills, the loyalty he shows to his players and his thoughtful attention to detail have empowered the team to go out and play with confidence and without fear. England have only an outside chance of winning this year’s Six Nations as we head for the last weekend, but Lancaster is creating a team that can challenge for trophies in the coming years.Mr Cool: Lancaster is proving his worthKicking perfectionWhile Wales struggled to cling onto England’s coat tails at Twickenham, one player kept them in touch. Leigh Halfpenny put on as perfect a display of goal-kicking as you will ever see. It’s not just that he landed all six penalty chances England gave him, but four of those were from close to half-way, mostly towards the outer edges of the pitch, so they were devilishly difficult kicks even in great conditions. No other kicker could have turned all of those chances into points.Fine finishersAway from the Six Nations, it was LV= Cup semi-finals weekend and two players grabbed the headlines. George Pisi of Northampton helped the Saints come from 7-6 down at half-time against Saracens to win 26-7 by scoring a second-half hat-trick.Bath’s Leroy Houston also deserves a mention for scoring the fastest try in the competition’s history, charging in after just 30 seconds against Exeter Chiefs. Bath led at the break but lost 22-19.Trend-settersA trio of individuals stood out as England enjoyed a clean sweep of victories over Wales at the weekend , with the U20s, Women and Sevens teams winning as well as the senior side. The U20s set the tone with an astonishing 67-7 triumph over the Welsh. Head coach Nick Walshe described the performance as “not far off perfect” and flanker Gus Jones put his hand up for the biggest plaudits by scoring four of England’s ten tries. Final farceIt seems silly every year that the structure of the LV= Cup means the semi-finals are played the weekend before the final. There is no time for any momentum and excitement to build up, never mind for fans to make their travel arrangements.However, travel plans are not something that will need to trouble Exeter Chiefs fans following their side’s semi-final win over Bath. The organisers of the competition had already committed to play the final at Exeter’s Sandy Park home, which means the Chiefs will have home advantage over Northampton Saints. No club should get such a big helping hand when silverware is at stake.last_img read more

Hotshot: Leinster fly-half Joey Carbery

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Date of birth 1 November 1995. Country Ireland RW Verdict: Carbery was handed the Leinster No 10 jersey in September while Johnny Sexton was injured and scored 20 points in his first three starts. This dynamic and skilful playmaker is a great find for the province (and went on to play for Ireland after this article was originally published).First published in the November 2016 edition of Rugby World magazine. Gripping stuff: Joey Carbery playing for Ireland v Australia. (Photo: Inpho) You were born in New Zealand. Did you start your rugby there?Yes, at my school St Joseph’s in Dargaville. My dad and grandad were keen to get a rugby ball in my hands as soon as possible.When did you come to Ireland?When I was 11. My mum’s family all live in Athy, in County Kildare, and we decided to be closer to them.When did you link up with Leinster?In my final year of school I went to Blackrock College and I played for Leinster U18, U19 and U20. I also played for Ireland U18 and U20.What do you like about playing outside-half?I like how involved I can be in the game. I played ten and 15 in New Zealand and nine, ten, 13 and 15 since coming to Ireland!When did you start goalkicking?Pretty early, around seven I’d say. I used to kick in-between two trees at home and imagine they were goal posts. I practise a lot with Emmet Farrell, the Leinster coach, now. You were Man of the Match in the 2016 Ulster Bank League final, helping Clontarf win…I played a good bit for them last season and really enjoy it there. They have great coaches and players and it’s a club with a fantastic atmosphere.What were your hopes at the start of this season?Just to be involved with the (Leinster) seniors week in, week out and keep improving. It’s great training with some of these players, Ireland internationals and British & Irish Lions.Have you been pleased with how well you’ve done in the Pro12? I’m delighted to have started the first few games. I have learnt so much and enjoyed every minute of it. TAGS: Leinster last_img read more

Five of the Best England v France Matches

first_imgKeep track of goings-on in Japan with our Rugby World Cup home page.Follow Rugby World magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Jacob Whitehead has selected a ‘fab five’ of Tests between England and France before their key Pool C encounter Build-up: Owen Farrell in training ahead of England v France (Getty Images) center_img France 9 England 14, Parc des Princes 2007 A game remembered for a mistake, a loss to the old enemy, the death of a dream. France have lost three World Cup finals but, in a way, this semi-final defeat was the cruellest of them all.It was a home World Cup; they’d battled through the group stages despite losing to Argentina in their first game and then sensationally defeated the All Blacks. Sebastien Chabal was rampaging, Yannick Jauzion was galloping, Bernard Laporte was playing more mind games than a chess grandmaster and, for a brief while, it seemed that destiny was on the French side.In contrast, England had been thrashed by South Africa in the group stages and scraped to a famous win over Australia in a performance more than the sum of their parts. But surely this would be a step too far.However, in the second minute, Josh Lewsey scored a try – or so the scoreboard would simply say. In reality, this was a classic French mishap, borne from the baffling selection decision of placing centre Damien Traille at full-back, and a laissez-faire attitude towards risk management. A kick from Andy Gomarsall was tracked by Traille, who dallied enough with the bouncing ball for Lewsey to pick it up and crash over.Over time: Damien Traille fails to stop Josh Lewsey scoring at RWC 2007 (Getty Images)Lionel Beauxis kicked France back into the lead at 9-8 and then, with 13 minutes left, his side had the chance to seal their place in the final. Jauzion’s cross-field kick was palmed into play by Julien Bonnaire to the onrushing Vincent Clerc, who had the line at his mercy. Then came The Tackle 2.0.Joe Worsley, diving at full-stretch, his extension the only thing between France and the World Cup final, got a fingernail on Clerc’s heels. He tripped, and with his balance went France’s World Cup hopes.Jonny Wilkinson did Jonny Wilkinson things as he scored a penalty and a drop-goal to seal England’s place in their second consecutive final. The host nation mourned, Chabal cried on the pitch, the English celebrated. French revenge would come four years later.England 55 France 35, Twickenham 2015 Some games are simply nuts. This one had in-goal mishaps, a fly-half’s soul being separated from his body, props running in length-of-the-field scores and 12 (12!) tries.The Six Nations title was on the line in this match. Ireland, Wales and England had all lost one game, and the side with superior points difference would take the title. When the chips had fallen, England, playing last, had a simple proposition – beat France by 26 points to win the championship.England’s first try after two minutes was reminiscent of the great French sides of the Eighties, with Ben Youngs finishing a flowing move orchestrated by George Ford. Their bid for the title was on course.Until, suddenly, it wasn’t. Sebastien Tillous-Borde scooped a loose ball up on halfway and outstripped the English cover defence, which was comprised only of, er, Dan Cole. Noa Nakaitaci was put away beautifully by his team to score.A Courtney Lawes hit on rookie 10 Jules Plisson saw the Frenchman cut in two (The Tackle 3.0?), a hit which revitalised England, who scored through Anthony Watson and Youngs again to lead 27-15 at half-time.In the second half, Maxime Mermoz crashed over under the posts for France, but England replied with two tries in quick succession – first Ford was the grateful recipient of the ball from a Youngs break and then Jack Nowell continued to enjoy his debut Six Nations campaign.And then came my favourite moment of the match. Antoine Dupont, Cobus Reinach, Chris Ashton – all brilliant modern exponents of the support line. Let me add one more name to that list – French prop Vincent Debaty.Nakaitaci’s break was swift and swerving, but he did not outrun the then 33-year-old French loosehead. Debaty burst into the camera shot like a Hollywood villain, flopping over the line with the relish of the man who knows, whatever happens, he will never again finish a length-of-field French try at Twickenham. Vincent Debaty we salute you.Further tries from Billy Vunipola and Nowell were matched by Benjamin Kayser, and when the dust settled England had won the match by 20 points but lost the championship on points difference by six.France had repelled the final English assault on the line, and although they’d lost the game, did they have the last laugh? Five of the Best England v France MatchesLe Crunch. England and France’s Rugby World Cup match in Yokohama this weekend needs little hype. The chance to top the pool at one of the most open tournaments in rugby history. One of the most storied rivalries in world rugby. A chance for France to make up for the embarrassment of a 44-8 defeat in this year’s Six Nations. An opportunity for England to avenge their loss at the hands of Les Bleus in their 2011 World Cup quarter-final.England and France have gone toe-to-toe with each other since 1906, with England winning 58 matches to France’s 40 as well as seven draws. Some have been classics, some have been colourless, most have been chaotic.With that in mind, here’s our rundown of the five best games between the sides to get you in the mood for the 106th edition of Le Crunch…England 21 France 19, Twickenham 1991 Geoff Cooke’s side met France in a Grand Slam decider at Twickenham in 1991, desperate to win ahead of an assault on the Webb Ellis Cup.They would eventually prevail 21-19, but this was a game in which England’s Five Nations triumph was almost entirely forgotten. People generally remember only one thing from it. That try from Philippe Saint-Andre – aka the greatest ever scored (other options are available).England were two scores ahead and cruising. France needed something to happen, and when Pierre Berbizier caught the ball in the dead-ball area, he passed to legendary centre Serge Blanco. A man with more than his fair share of genius, Blanco set out from under his own posts, hope surely more prevalent in his head than expectation. He drew in Jeremy Guscott and a few slick passes set fly-half Didier Camberabero away down the right wing.Most mortals who attempted to chip the ball and catch it at full pace would look about as graceful as a camel attempting to roller-skate. Not so Camberabero, whose kick-and-gather was more reminiscent of a scene from Swan Lake than something usually seen in the carnage of Le Crunch. One more kick into space would see Saint-Andre fly onto the ball like an Exocet missile, downing the ball under the English posts. Twenty seconds, four passes, two kicks, one of the greatest tries of all time.France 10 England 19, Parc des Princes 1991 Six months later and the two sides would meet once more in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, a match played in the bear-pit of the Parc des Princes. It was the epitome of a bruising encounter – when several English players came off the pitch shirtless, their torsos were the colour of France’s blue jerseys.Just as the meeting in the Five Nations that year has survived in our collective memory as that try, the World Cup encounter has become known for that tackle, a recollection to make the most stony-hearted of English forwards misty-eyed.Mickey Skinner is known as one of the great rugby characters off the field, but demonstrated his on-field prowess in a seismic collision as England defended their line at 10-10.All smiles: Mickey Skinner congratulates Will Carling on his try v France at RWC 1991 (Getty Images)French No 8 Marc Cecillon picked the ball up at the base of the scrum and seeing only English backs ahead of him, began to stride towards the try-line. It seems strange to say that a man of Skinner’s size could pass unseen, but hide he did, before suddenly popping into Cecillon’s path due to some questionable binding.Tucking himself low, he picked up the French giant, and repelled him five metres. If a tackle was ever a hydraulic press, this was it. The French siege on the English line was defended, and when Will Carling stole the ball in a maul after a towering Richard Hill box-kick to score the winning try, England were into the semi-final.England 17 France 18, Twickenham 2005 One of the remarkable things about French rugby is the way they’ve almost created a position: le petit general, a scrum-half who controls the game like a fly-half. Fabien Galthie, Philippe Carbonneau, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, Morgan Parra. But perhaps the greatest performance in that mould came from Dimitri Yachvili in 2005.Yachvili’s grandfather was in the French resistance, a role which his grandson adopted single-handedly in dragging France back from a 17-6 half-time deficit. England were at a low ebb, two years into their post-World Cup hangover and firmly in the dark days of the Andy Robinson era.Fine nine: Dimitri Yachvili celebrates beating England at Twickenham in 2005 (Getty Images)Yet tries from a fit and firing Olly Barkley and man for all seasons Josh Lewsey put England within touching distance of a much-needed win. And then Yachvili took over. His first penalty, from out wide in the fifth minute, was a warning sign, and he nibbled away England’s lead to see his side eight points behind with half an hour to play.Therein followed a masterclass in control and courage. Yachvili led his side around the field with a variety of kicks and flicks, strangling England’s chances in that second period. His unerring accuracy with the boot seemed to get to England’s kickers, with Barkley missing three efforts.With 11 minutes left, Yachvili put his side ahead with his sixth penalty. Charlie Hodgson had one final chance for England but put his drop-goal attempt wide under pressure. The man in the vicinity? Yachvili.last_img read more

Hotshot: Dragons and Wales U20 fly-half Arwel Robson

first_imgGet to know the young Welsh No 10 who has Gavin Henson as a mentor TAGS: Dragons Kicking on: Arwel Robson puts boot to ball for the Dragons (Inpho) This article originally appeared in the December 2019 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Hotshot: Dragons and Wales U20 fly-half Arwel Robson Date of birth 21 February 1997 Born Caerphilly Region Dragons Country Wales Position Fly-halfWhen did you first play rugby? At 11. I went to a district trial for Rhymney Valley schools and got picked. Then I played for Wales U11. I was into football and had trials at Cardiff City, but once I played for Rhymney Valley I fell in love with rugby.Have you played other positions? A bit of 15 but I’ve always been a ten really.Who did you admire when you were growing up? Dan Carter, I loved the way he controlled games. And Gavin Henson. It’s mad that I’ve had a chance to play with him these last two years! To think I watched him on the telly in 2005 when he got that kick against England and 12 years on I trained with him – that was surreal.Has he given you any good tips?Yeah, he still helps me now. We keep in touch over WhatsApp, I just send him a text and he comes over in his free time to help with my kicking. He’s a real nice guy.What are your strengths? Playing what’s in front of me and being able to make something happen. I think my kicking is a strength too. Something to improve on is my defence, not being the biggest guy on the field. I like the challenge.Which teams have you played for? Nelson and Penallta (clubs), Dragons U16, U18 and the senior XV. And Wales U18 and U20.Who’s had the biggest influence on you? My parents have had a big impact. And Gareth Richards, my school PE teacher (at Lewis Boys, Pengam), he pushed me on the furthest. I remember having a selection setback with Wales U16 and he motivated me and got me back on track.You’re not long back from injury… Yes, I ruptured my hamstring last December. I was named to play against Northampton but got injured in training. I only returned this season so it’s been a long process.Any immediate goals?To stay fit and get plenty of game time. And to improve as a player, make sure I’m better than the year before. It’s a mad game we play, one week you’re starting and the next you’ve picked up a niggle, so it’s being ready for when an opportunity comes.What do you do away from rugby? I’m in my second year of a sports studies degree at USW (Uni of South Wales). They’re good, if you can’t make lectures they’ll meet up at times when you can. I’m also playing a bit of golf.RW VERDICT: Dragons DoR Dean Ryan wants to create a fast and expansive style – which suits Robson to a tee. He’s having to make up for lost time due to his injury and made a successful comeback in the Celtic Cup at the start of this season.last_img read more

Locura de Cuaresma: un enfoque divertido para el conocimiento de…

first_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Press Release Service Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Releasecenter_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Belleville, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Collierville, TN Locura de Cuaresma: un enfoque divertido para el conocimiento de los santos Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Martinsville, VA 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 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Por Sharon SheridanPosted Feb 22, 2012 Tim Schenck[Episcopal News Service] Cualquiera que considere la Cuaresma como [una estación] aburrida o terriblemente seria no se ha conocido al Rdo. Tim Schenck.En tanto otros episcopales pueden estar contemplando si renunciar al chocolate o a las bebidas alcohólicas, o considerando qué disciplina espiritual imponerse durante estos solemnes 40 días, Schenck se dedica a sopesar si Agustín o Lancelot Andrewes serían mejores contrincantes de Juana de Arco en un partido de santidad.En 2010, Schenck comenzó en su blog lo que bautizó como Locura de Cuaresma, una competencia en Internet de santos vs. santos que seguía el modelo del torneo de baloncesto universitario conocido por Locura de Marzo. La idea prendió y la locura se ha extendido para incluir a blogueros famosos y, este año, cuenta con su propia página web y página de fans en Facebook y esta asociado con el Movimiento Adelante (Forward Movement).Scott Gunn“Básicamente lo empecé como un antojo. Me encantan los deportes y me encanta la Cuaresma, y así fue que pensé: ¿por qué no combinar ambas cosas?”, dijo Schenck, rector de la iglesia episcopal de San Juan Evangelista [St. John the Evangelist] en Hingham, Massachusetts.¿Por qué tendrían los fans del baloncesto toda la diversión, “mientras nosotros nos quedamos sentados sin hacer nada y renunciando al chocolate?”, razonó él. “La Cuaresma no es melancólica en lo más mínimo. ¿Qué puede ser más alegre que una estación reservada específicamente para acercarnos más a Dios?Asociándose con el Rdo. Scott Gunn, director ejecutivo de Forward Movement, Schenck ha creado un especie de torneo de categorías de eliminación individual de 32 santos distintos. Cada día la página web ofrecerá información acerca de una pareja de santos, y cada lector votará por el de su preferencia. Cada ronda de votaciones reducirá a la mitad los santos que compiten. De los 32 [iniciales] a la ronda de los Dieciséis Piadosos, los Ocho Regocijados, los Últimos Cuatro y finalmente dos que competirán por el codiciado Halo de Oro.En la primera ronda, los votantes recibirán una sencilla información biográfica acerca de los santos para ayudarles a decidir a quién han de favorecer. En el próximo nivel, los votantes leerán “citas y peculiaridades” acerca de los Dieciséis Piadosos. Y luego pasarán al ‘kitsch de la santidad” que es uno de mis preferidos”, dijo, Schenck. “En ese punto, imagínate que casi todos los participantes han aprendido algo acerca de los santos y han llegado a tener una idea de cuáles son aquellos con los que en verdad se identifican. Luego, podemos tener alguna auténtica diversión con eso a partir de ahí”.¿Un kitsch preferido de Schenck? “Clara de Asís es la santa patrona de la televisión porque, cuando se encontraba muy enferma para asistir a los oficios, éstos se le aparecían en la pared de su celda”.El año pasado, Schenck obtuvo el apoyo de cuatro “blogueros famosos” para que hicieran campaña por los santos en las rondas de los Últimos Cuatro y el Halo de Oro. Este año, ocho colaboradores de todo el ámbito de la Iglesia Episcopal participarán desde el comienzo, y se ocuparán de la mayor parte de la investigación y la redacción. “Estoy funcionando básicamente como un director técnico”, aclaró Schenck.Gunn – que ayuda con la tecnología y publicidad del torneo- se ha entusiasmado con Locura de Cuaresma desde el principio. El primer año llevó a cabo un intenso cabildeo (con éxito) para que George Herbert ganara el primer Halo de Oro, ya que el título de su blog, ‘Siete Días Completos [ Seven Whole Days] es tomado de un poema de Herbert que se encuentra en el Himnario de 1982. En 2011, ya se había convertido en un bloguero famoso autorizado. “Intenté desesperadamente que Tomás Beckett le ganara a C.S. Lewis -y perdí”.“Este año, por supuesto, estoy manteniéndome escrupulosamente neutral”, agregó.Lo mismo le ocurre a la colaboradora Heidi Shott, canóniga de comunicaciones y justicia social de la diócesis de Maine -al menos en la primera ronda. “Aparentemente, según nos adentramos, podemos mostrar nuestro verdadero pelaje”, dice. “Ya yo tengo mis preferidos”.Ella sí cuestionó la prudencia de enfrentar a dos de los santos escogidos por ella en la primera ronda. “No sé si es porque soy la madre de dos hijos, pero me asignaron [escribir] tanto de Mónica como de Agustín de Hipona, lo cual es un poco disparatado -poner a una madre contra su hijo y viceversa- pero, bueno, tengo muchísimo entusiasmo con esto”.Sus otras vidas santas registran los logros de Emma de Hawái y Enmegahbowh, cuya esposa también es “notable”, reveló Shott. (“Se sabrá más sobre ella en las rondas subsecuente -si Enmegahbowh consigue vencer a Tomás).Shott dijo que ella encontraba la “locura” educativa y divertida. “Puede enseñarnos muchísimo respecto a lo que significa la santidad más allá de un himnito que cantemos una vez al año. Es una excelente disciplina, y es divertido”.Schenck hacía notar que, “esto no es como la disciplina cuaresmal del abuelo, pero es una manera… de hacer que los santos adquieran vida para la gente. Cuan a menudo nosotros como Iglesia somos una especie de trampa que inmovilizamos a los santos en vidrieras emplomadas y en cuadros al óleo y en estatuas. Éste es un modo de recordarles a todos que fueron personajes reales”.En Forward Movement, Gunn dijo: “La Locura de Cuaresma nos brinda una oportunidad de relacionarnos con personas con quienes de otro modo no podríamos conectarnos” Y para sus lectores habituales, él agrega, “es una oportunidad de decir: viene muy bien sonreír en la iglesia. La prueba de la bondad de algo en la Iglesia no depende de cuán seriamente lo tome. Sino de cuánto contribuye a su desarrollo como persona, y la Locura de Cuaresma es realmente una manera divertida de lograr eso”.Ah, ¿Y respecto a hacer apuestas sobre los resultados?Bíblicamente hablando, los apóstoles sí hicieron un sorteo a la hora de elegir a Matías para reemplazar a Judas, explicó Gunn. “Se podría argüir que él es el santo patrón de las loterías. Pero nosotros, como comité ejecutivo de la Locura de Cuaresma, no condonamos el juego”.“Yo no creo”, apuntó Schenck, “que nadie se va a enriquecer con Locura de Cuaresma. “No creo que usted vaya a llamar a su corredor de apuestas en Las Vegas para indagar sobre, digamos, las oportunidades de Thomas Cranmer vs. Agustín”.“Sé de varios Canterbury Clubs [en recintos universitarios] que participan este año, y ya están haciendo sus predicciones”, agregó. “No creo que nadie esté realmente jugando para ganar dinero, per se, sino que están compitiendo con la salvedad de que si alguien gana realmente algún dinero lo donará, desde luego, a un fondo benéfico. Nosotros recomendamos Ayuda y Desarrollo Episcopales”.Los participantes también están comprometidos por el código del honor a votar sólo una vez por cada santo, no se permite ninguna politiquería sucia. “Sí, es verdad que los que compiten están muertos, pero no queremos que los muertos voten”, recalcó Schenck.Las votaciones comienzan el jueves 23 de febrero.Empecemos a jugar—Sharon Sheridan es corresponsal de ENS. Traducido por Vicente Echerri.En inglés:  http://bit.ly/A43Ro4 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 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Cathedral Dean Boise, ID last_img read more

Liturgy for blessing same-sex relationships begins provisional use

first_img Rector Collierville, TN By Sharon SheridanPosted Dec 3, 2012 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Jane Bryson says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Shreveport, LA Laurie Eiserloh says: Rector Bath, NC December 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm Somehow missed sending the link. It is at: December 5, 2012 at 10:36 am I respectfully suggest that the clergy get out of the business of acting as agents of the state. All marriages would have to be civil, and the issues surrounding who is qualified to be married would remain in the public domain. No one would be deprived of equal treatment. I would personally prefer to call same-gender couples a civil union rather than a marriage.Parishes or Dioceses could make their own decision on what marriages or unions they would like to bless.I would note that in an environment where the church blesses pets, houses, and so forth, it is incongruous not to bless people, whether is for a birthday, anniversary, or a civil union. Mellicent Wishau says: Human Sexuality, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis March 18, 2013 at 11:57 am It’s nice to know that at least PART of Illinois is going to follow the General Convention Resolution A049 that was passed with a 3 to 1 margin. December 13, 2012 at 6:48 am A few thoughts from the orthodox side –1. the rubrics of the BCP have the weight of Canon Law. they define marriage as between one man and one woman.2. A least 17 books of the Bible directly or indirectly define marriage as one man one woman. AndThis includes what Jesus said and did. What else is the wedding at Cana story all about?3. It ought to make us stop and think when about 80 percent of the Anglican Communion does not allow same gender marriage or blessings. December 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm well, why won’t it send? Trying again: http://www.epicenter.org/unity/ December 4, 2012 at 4:01 am I think there is a long needed discussion of the meaning of marriage between a man and a woman that currently includes being open to the pain of childbirth, care of children in marriage, sacrifices made by both, the necessity for both partners to work, the education of children for the Kingdom. As communities change to incorporate couples who may not have to fully face these issues, (which have biblical consequences involving procreation and family life) might there be a way for a new definition to serve the community as well? Do we need to redefine marriage itself? What does the Bible say? We used to believe that marriage was related to the union of man and woman with Christ and the ultimate reason was for bearing children for the kingdom. Sexual pleasure was the means to an end. We may need a new definition of marriage itself at this point in time to include the ways we serve the community as partners in marriage. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Emmetri Monica Beane says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Ruth Meyers says: The Rev. Judith Jones, Vicar says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Jeff Allison says: December 5, 2012 at 9:38 pm The liturgy is intended for a church blessing, not necessarily for a civil union or marriage. The commission’s report to the 2012 General Convention includes a section on the church’s canon law and the laws of the state. The chancellors who studied this matter concluded that the First Amendment would permit clergy to offer the church’s blessing to a couple in any state, provided the clergy person was not also claiming to be marrying that couple. (You can find that report in the Blue Book on the 2012 General Convention website; it will be in the published resource as well.)Ruth MeyersChair, Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music Nancy Bracey says: December 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm How beautiful this is. May it be available in every parish. It is right and just! Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET General Convention, Comments are closed. Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME David Handy says: December 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm To be perfectly honest, I have a hard time understanding the difference between the committed relationship of gay men or lesbians and the committed relationship of a man and a woman, which we call matrimony. No one has adequately explained this distinction for me. When I regard the relationships of our gay or lesbian friends, I consider them to be married, though without the blessing of our church. This is a conviction I came to quite a long time ago.However, I also realize that we Episcopalians (as well as a lot of other folks) are in a wide range of different places when it comes to this situation. I’m moved by the care, sensitivity, theological integrity, and comprehensiveness that has apparently gone into the forming of these rites and the accompanying materials. Surely, from what I’ve read here, the Commission has thought widely and generously and pastorally and I am grateful for that faithfulness. I look forward to reading and pondering the result of their committed ministry. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR December 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm Thanks Judith. Bishop Doyle’s Unity in Mission document is important and may provide a path forward for other dioceses. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA December 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm In 1988 evangelist Tony Campolo wrote the following,“Very often evangelical homosexuals find themselves incredibly torn, not only between their basic sexual orientation and what they believe is taught by the Word of God, but also between life in the homosexual community, which seems to hold some promise of acceptance and companionship, and life in the ‘straight’ world, which may be filled with estrangement and loneliness. Undoubtedly there are some evangelical homosexuals who choose to live in the homosexual community because they see no alternative to living out life alone if they choose to remain celibate Christians and to take their places among the rest of us. Their agonies over the prospects of loneliness are seldom appreciated by those of us who do not have to face the problem. We, who would be sensitive to the needs of homosexuals, must be looking for some creative answers to this dilema.”(20 Hot Potatoes Christians Are Afraid to Touch; ISBN 0-8499-0655-5, page 116)It is my understanding from what I have seen and been reading that this is the Episcopal Church’s answer to the dilema posed by Campolo nearly a quarter of a century ago.In the same text Campolo goes on to describe a covenantal relationship in which two homosexual men in Chicago ” . . . promised to live with each other ’til death do them part,” while simultaneously promising to abstain from homosexual intercourse. It is this latter, regarding abstention from homosexual intercourse, that seems to be absent from the discussions on this subject. Perhaps the framers of this Liturgy for blessing same-gender relationships regard this as an implied condition. January 7, 2013 at 4:42 pm Won’t do it in my diocese. Our bishop says it is sick. Rector Washington, DC Louisa Hallas and kClare Kemock will have their civil union blessed at their home parish of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, on Dec. 29.[Episcopal News Service] In the final debate before General Convention approved a provisional church liturgy to bless the lifelong relationships of same-sex couples, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago Deputy Ian Hallas, 22, spoke about his sister, Louisa, and her civil union.“The love that she shares with her partner is unconditional and speaks to the ideal relationships all of us should strive to have,” he told the House of Deputies on July 10 in Indianapolis. “I often get asked by churchgoers and nonchurchgoers why I am a part of this body. The reason I return is for my sister. I seek to assure that she not only has the same rites as myself but also the same privileges.”The new rite, “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant,” was authorized for use with diocesan episcopal permission beginning Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent.On Dec. 29, Louisa Hallas, 25, and kClare Kemock, 30, will have their union blessed at their home parish of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Clarendon Hills, Illinois. The couple, engaged for just over a year, met working backstage at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Kemock is a costume designer; Hallas now works as administrative assistant for the Chicago diocese’s director of ministries.The new liturgy and a short theological summary, excerpted from the report of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music titled “I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing,” are posted here. The entire set of liturgical resources from the report will be available for $24 from Church Publishing in mid-January and includes a theological essay, guidance on canon law, materials to prepare couples for a blessing service and teaching materials inviting congregational conversation and theological reflection.Although some dioceses have permitted blessing rites, this is the first time the church as a whole has authorized such a liturgy.“For the church to have said this is an authorized liturgy gives it a different level of authority as oppose to what’s been permitted to be used in individual dioceses,” the Rev. Ruth Meyers, SCLM chair and Hodges-Haynes professor of liturgics at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California, told ENS. “I know that there were some bishops who were unwilling to allow blessings to take place in their diocese until there was some churchwide decision to allow blessings.”Besides approving the liturgy, General Convention Resolution A049 directed the commission to continue to review the materials, “inviting responses from provinces, dioceses, congregations and individuals from throughout the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, and from our ecumenical partners,” and report to the 2015 General Convention.“Because we’re a church who learns as we pray and our theology develops through our experiences of worship, we’ll learn more about what it means to bless the relationships of same-sex couples through our experience of these liturgies,” Meyers said. “So the commission will be developing a process of review and will want to learn from clergy and couples and congregations who are using these materials, and there may well be some refinements to the material.”A separate resolution (A050) authorized a task force to study marriage and directed it to consult with SCLM and the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons about addressing clergy’s pastoral needs “to officiate at a civil marriage of a same-sex couple” in states where it is legal.Differing approachesThe blessing liturgy is authorized only with the permission of the diocesan bishop, and clergy can decline to preside at a blessing ceremony. Resolution A049 specified that bishops, particularly in dioceses located in civil jurisdictions where same-sex marriages, civil unions or domestic partnerships are legal, could provide a “generous pastoral response” and that bishops could adapt the liturgical materials to meet church members’ needs.In the months since General Convention approved use of the liturgy, bishops throughout the church have issued pastoral letters outlining the policies for their dioceses.In the Diocese of Chicago, in a state where civil unions are legal, Bishop Jeffrey Lee previously had issued guidelines and a liturgy for blessing same-sex unions as part of the “generous pastoral response” allowed under 2009 General Convention Resolution C056. Hallas and Kemock already were planning a ceremony when the SCLM-developed liturgy was approved in July. They are finalizing the liturgy for their service, adapting it using the newly approved rite in the way opposite-sex couples often do for their weddings using the Book of Common Prayer marriage service.“I think it’s wonderful, and I’m overjoyed that this is something that the Episcopal Church has authorized, and it’s just a beautiful liturgy,” Hallas said. “I’m thrilled by it, and I’m also aware that this will now be an option for people in other areas who may have only dreamed about it. This is something that means a lot to the community as a whole, to the church community.”In the Diocese of Connecticut, a state allowing same-gender couples to marry, the bishops authorized clergy to use the new liturgy and to officiate at the civil weddings of gay and lesbian couples.Similarly, Bishop Mark Sisk granted permission for clergy in the Diocese of New York, which also has marriage equality, to perform weddings for gay and lesbian couples beginning Sept. 1, 2012. Based on the debate in Indianapolis, he wrote, “I conclude … that it was the mind of this General Convention to extend the meaning of ‘generous pastoral oversight’ to include circumstances in which we in New York find ourselves.”In the Diocese of Utah, where same-gender marriage is not legal, Bishop Scott Hayashi issued a pastoral letter and policy permitting clergy to receive episcopal approval to preside at blessings after undergoing a period of study and reflection with the vestry or bishop’s committee and “inviting the entire congregation” to participate in that study.So far, Hayashi told ENS, three congregations have begun this process.As Episcopalians, Hayashi said, “we do things in community.” Just as the issue of same-sex blessings was studied and debated before General Convention approved it, he wants to see congregations study and reflect on it, he said. “It’s a great teaching opportunity … to come to a deeper understanding of what relationships are, the functions of liturgy and the goodness of the liturgy.”“I require this for this particular blessing of same-sex unions because … I believe that is the way we work as Episcopalians. It’s part of our DNA, and I do want the congregation to be able to participate as well as being informed of whatever decisions the leadership of the congregation should make,” he said.Individuals initially opposed to the blessings also may change their minds after studying and talking about the SCLM materials, or at least come to understand why it’s an important ministry of their congregation and “why the blessing of same-sex couples is a matter of inclusivity, it’s a matter of justice, it’s a matter of God’s expressions of love to all people,” he said.At one of the three churches to enter the study process, Grace Episcopal Church in St. George, Utah, Rector Catherine Gregg led a three-week preaching series on the issue. She spent two weeks addressing what blessing and union mean, looking at the concepts theologically, pastorally and scripturally. “They are not words that are in the vernacular of society in a way that we might all have some common understanding,” she said.The last week, she talked about same-gender blessings in the context of the church’s values as articulated in its recently completed visioning process, where “radical hospitality” topped the list. It was easy to link the concepts of blessing, union and radical hospitality “to why we are proud to be a church that offers blessing of same-sex unions,” she said. “It really was not even a hiccup. All I did was give the church language to explain to other people, if they want to, why we do what we do.”Although no same-sex couples in the congregation are yet ready for a blessing of their relationship, she said, when one is “it will be something that will be celebrated as the blessing of any union that we do here. This is a very open church.”In the Diocese of Georgia, Bishop Scott Benhase wrote a pastoral letter outlining his decision authorizing his clergy to use a shorter blessing he adapted from the SCLM liturgy. The decision angered some who disapproved of offering any blessing for same-gender couples and others who wanted the full rite authorized.“I did not choose a middle way because that was the politically wise thing to do. I actually happen to believe strongly where I came down,” he said. “That’s where I am on this issue.”Before he became bishop, his parish of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Durham, North Carolina, was the first parish in that state to offer a blessing rite, he said. “I have been for over a decade a proponent of the blessing of same-sex couples.”“My concern is and continues to be that the church has not had a significant robust conversation around the theology of holy matrimony, and to offer a provisional rite that mirrors so clearly holy matrimony, I felt, was unhelpful and confusing and in a sense out of order … I found the rite itself that was approved not to be distinguished enough from the rite of holy matrimony and that it would just lead to further confusion.”“I fundamentally believe that holy matrimony was intended to be between one and one woman,” he added. “That doesn’t mean that God does not bless and want gay couples to flourish in their relationships, but it’s not holy matrimony.”In the Diocese of Northern Indiana, Bishop Edward Little II wrote a pastoral letter outlining a different type of compromise. He did not authorize clergy to use the blessing liturgy in the diocese but is permitting them to use it in neighboring dioceses. The bishops of the dioceses of Chicago, Western Michigan, Michigan, Ohio and Indianapolis, which all border the Northern Indiana diocese, all agreed that priests could request permission to use a church in their dioceses for a blessing service, he wrote. “Those priests should also apply for a ‘license to officiate’ from the bishop of the neighboring diocese, since the liturgy would be under that bishop’s sacramental covering rather than mine.”Reaching this decision “was a struggle,” Little told ENS. “It took me many months to land where I landed.”He was dealing with two commitments that he holds in tension as diocesan bishop, he explained: “my own understanding of sacramental theology, which led me to believe that this liturgy is not one that I could authorize; I believe that decision to present it to the church was a significant mistake” and the commitment to “provide a safe space for everyone within the church.”Little said he’d been “rather vocal” about providing that safe space for conservatives within the church and, “if I was going to be honest about maintaining a place for theological minorities, it had to work both ways.”Northern Indiana is a diocese of 36 congregations in 13,000 square miles, so no church is more than an hour from the diocesan border, he noted.“Within the diocese, I’ve had a good deal of support from people sort of on both sides of the issue who see what I’m attempting to do as a kind of godly compromise,” he said. “Beyond the diocese, the reactions have been more extreme.”“I’ve had some very helpful and positive face-to-face conversations with several gay members of the diocese who came in to see me with some concerns about the policy. I think relationally we’re in a good place,” he said.“A bishop is the bishop of everyone,” he added. “You’re not just the bishop of people you agree with.”SCLM Chair Meyers said she encouraged people to look at the resource materials including the study guide, “even if they are not ready in their congregations to take this step or not understanding why the church is taking this step.”Another important part of “I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing” is the pastoral resources for those preparing couples for a blessing, which the commission prepared in the expectation that such couples would undergo a time of preparation the same way straight couples do before a wedding, she said.For Hallas, it’s significant that the church has authorized a common liturgy, rather than continuing to offer different rites in different dioceses.“Because there is a rite for marriage in the prayer book that is used throughout the church, I think it’s appropriate and fitting for there to be one for same-sex couples as well. It really creates unity,” she said. “It affirms the feeling that we are all part of the same body and cared for.”“The blessing rite is an incredible gift, not only to the church and the LGBT community, but to persons everywhere. It truly respects the dignity of all persons and shows that God cares for and loves us all and that God’s love and care is not exclusive to a heterosexual marriage or relationship.”Said Meyers, “I think it is a statement of the Episcopal Church in its welcome of gay and lesbian couples and families.”Before Ian Hallas spoke in favor of the blessings resolution at General Convention, he asked his sister’s permission to discuss her situation. She watched his testimony from home. “I told him it was the best gift I’ve ever gotten from him,” she said. “It was very sweet.”Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent. Fr. Michael Neal says: Featured Events Julian Malakar says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Knoxville, TN December 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm Well, Texas does not allow civil unions or marriages. In the Diocese of Texas, our Bishop, Andrew Doyle, is cautiously allowing us to move in the direction of blessing same-sex unions. At this point, two churches in the diocese are studying not only the rite, but also Bishop Doyle’s “Unity in Mission”, a monograph addressing how and when each parish, with the bishop’s approval, may bless a covenant between a couple of the same sex. It is NOT a marriage, it is a covenant between the two, blessed by the priest, using the rite accepted by last General Convention.Each church that considers this must take on the task of reading and discussing both documents, and then voting to approve or not whether that particular congregation will perform those rites. Each time an approved church wishes to perform such blessings, it is only at the bishop’s approval. Any church may choose to not even address the issue. If a priest differs from his/her parish, it is possible for a priest to perform this rite at some other place, rather than in the parish church, (at the bishops discretion) or not to perform the rite within that congregation even if the parish membership is for it. It is an amazing document of unity, and well worth the read. It can be found at: center_img Jeffrey Parker says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK December 13, 2012 at 9:55 am By this reasoning heterosexual couples who are unable or unwilling to conceive and bear children should also be denied the right to marry. There are many couples who at time of their marriage are beyond the age of conception, who because of their physical condition are unable to conceive, or who have been voluntarily sterilized. And there are couples who simply choose not to have children. These couples are no different from childless same-sex couples with respect to procreation, and it seems hypocritical to allow such heterosexual marriages just because the participants look like other people who might indeed procreate sexually. (It reminds me of some the arguments against having women in the priesthood.)And beyond all this of course couples unable to conceive in the most common way, both heterosexual and homosexual, have recourse to adoption and various medically assisted methods of conception. December 4, 2012 at 12:44 am With the advent of 2012, TEC sailed their boat first time in history with new gospel of same-sex sexual love that are supported not by biblical teaching, but by experience. In the past all Church activities had basis on the word of God. It is sad that SCLM in the liturgy of same sex blessing could not give any word of God from the Bible that would ensure us, God bless the same sex couple as He does for straight couple. It is interesting to notice TEC still believe that the Bible is word of God.New voyage with new gospel based on experience would raise many questions in future that would not have reasonable answer in consistence to biblical gospel and further divide the Church. Experience is relative term varies from person to person and would not be reasonable to justify as God’s word. St. Paul’s life experience is believable as word of God after his vision of Christ while going to Damascus to kill Christian; we have none like him at present time. As St. Paul said love is most important in our life above all other two characters hope and faith. But that love does not encourage same sex love. It is that love, neighbor loves for neighbor without sex. May Christ bless His Church with His love and peace. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Press Release Press Release Service December 6, 2012 at 10:17 am Why are we so worried about what goes on in the privacy of someone’s home? As a lifelong Episcopalian I have been taught that my relationship with God is personal and God is my judge and not the priests or bishops. Many people are guilty of “sins” by what they are thinking or not doing. I congratulate the LTGB community for being honest with themselves and everyone around them instead of trying to be someone else or living a double life.I have known Louisa and Ian since both were very young and I’m equally proud of both for the extraordinary adults they have become. They were raised by parents and ( hopefully their church) to be comfortable expressing themselves openly with their gifts and talents and spreading the Gospel of God’s love. December 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm I’ve read the liturgy and just don’t like it. I will use the service in the official prayer book and change whatever words and prayers need to be changed.I readily welcome the allowance of the service, but prefer that the liturgy for all marriages be changed to an inclusive language. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL Joyce Ann Edmondson says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Belleville, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Donald Jack Newsom says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Andy Hook says: TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Tags Alda Morgan says: The Rev. Judith Jones, Vicar says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Pittsburgh, PA Same-Sex Blessings Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI December 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm The first thought that comes to mind . . . I wonder what happens in Virginia. Civil unions are not part of the law here. However, if a couple goes to a jurisdiction where civil unions are legal and enter into a civil union there. Can they ask a priest to bless their union here? It sounds like the resolution from General Convention does not make the liturgy available here because civil unions are not legal here. I would appreciate clarification on this. Hank Tansley says: Submit an Event Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 December 4, 2012 at 9:22 am I love you all, but what part of Romans 1 do some of you not understand………..just asking…….that is unless you do not think Gods word is absolutely true……………….Grace to you………… the Rev’d Mike Waverly-Shank says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Comments (20) Liturgy for blessing same-sex relationships begins provisional use Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Music Morristown, NJ December 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm Why do we even have rules? The blessing of same-sex unions wasn’t authorized until the last convention but priests were doing it before then anyway. The convention ruled that communion can only be received by the baptized but priests give it to the non-baptized anyway. Seriously, why do we even have canons? Rector Albany, NY The Rev. Judith Jones, Vicar says: Featured Jobs & Calls Curate Diocese of Nebraska last_img read more

RIP: Richard Reid, former dean of Virginia Theological Seminary

first_img An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Obituary, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Click here to read Dean Markham’s September 8, 2014 Commentary on Dean Reid. [Virginia Theological Seminary press release] The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), announced today the death of the the Very Rev. Richard Reid, Th.D., dean and president of VTS from 1983 – 1994, on Saturday, Sept. 6.“On this day, I invite this community to remember Dean Reid,” said Dean Markham. “To give thanks to God for his life and to commit afresh to serving the Kingdom as he did. May he rest in peace.”Born in 1928 and a native of Providence, R.I., Reid earned A.B. (magna cum laude) and A.M. degrees from Harvard University; a B.D. (cum laude) from the Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Mass.; and a Th.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and spent two sabbatical leaves studying in England (1968, Cambridge University, 1973, Oxford University). Reid was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church June 24, 1955. He was ordained to the priesthood March 24, 1956.Reid first came to Virginia Theological Seminary in 1958 as a member of the department of New Testament. In 1969 he became associate dean for academic affairs. He served in this capacity until 1982 when he was elected by the board as dean and president, following the 1981 retirement of the Very Rev. Granville Cecil Woods, Jr. During his inaugural address in 1983, Reid outlined several initiatives for the Seminary, including a vision for strengthening the educational ministry of the church.“This Seminary is strong because of the leadership of those who have come before. Dean Reid is a model of such leadership,” Markham continued. “He gave the most precious gift he could give to this Seminary – he gave years of his life in service.” Tags Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ People Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Music Morristown, NJ Comments are closed. 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¿A un paso de la unidad?

first_img Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA ¿A un paso de la unidad? 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Foto de Tony Gentile/REUTERS.[Episcopal News Service — Roma] El obispo primado Michael Curry y más de la mitad de los primados de la Comunión Anglicana han viajado a Roma esta semana para celebrar un importante hito histórico: 50 años de que el papa Paulo VI se reuniera con el arzobispo de Cantórbery Michael Ramsey en Roma en 1966. Era la primera vez desde la Reforma que un arzobispo de Cantórbery se encontraba con el Romano Pontífice y el papa Pablo le puso a Ramsey su anillo episcopal como señal de amistad y de una colaboración más profunda entre sus dos iglesias.El papa Paulo VI le pone su aniño episcopal al arzobispo de Cantórbery Michael Ramsey durante su encuentro de 1966.Los eventos de esta semana han incluido un oficio ecuménico de vísperas en San Gregorio Magno al Celio en Roma, un sitio de primera importancia para los orígenes de la Iglesia de Inglaterra, y una reunión primada entre el papa Francisco y los primados anglicanos el 6 de octubre en el Palacio Apostólico, la residencia oficial del Papa en la Ciudad del Vaticano.El encuentro de 1966 “fue histórico porque reunió a dos iglesias y dos expresiones de la fe en la unidad ecuménica en un momento cuando estábamos mutuamente separados en muchos aspectos”, dijo Curry, conversando con Episcopal News Service el 5 de octubre frente a la Universidad Gregoriana de Roma donde estaba asistiendo a un coloquio sobre las actuales relaciones entre las dos iglesias.“Estamos aquí ahora celebrando ese 50º. aniversario, pero acaso algo más importante para llevar adelante el legado… que tiene que ver con llevar adelante el Movimiento de Jesús… juntos como católicos romanos y como anglicanos”, añadió. “Estamos aquí no simplemente para celebrar; estamos aquí para dedicarnos de nuevo nosotros y nuestras iglesias y nuestras comunidades a la obra de Jesús, a seguir tras sus huellas, a cerciorarnos de que los niños no se acuestan hambrientos, a proclamar la buena nueva de Jesús a toda la creación, a ayudar a hacer seguidores de Jesucristo y a ser en el mundo una levadura que leude toda la masa, de manera que este mundo se asemeje menos a nuestra pesadilla y algo más al sueño de Dios”.El Obispo Primado habla desde RomaEl oficio de vísperas del 5 de octubre juntó al arzobispo de Cantórbery Justin Welby y al papa Francisco, los coros combinados de la catedral de Cantórbery y de la capilla Sixtina, arzobispos y obispos anglicanos, obispos episcopales (incluido Curry) y cardenales catolicorromanos, así como muchos otros líderes religiosos y representantes ecuménicos. Tanto el Arzobispo como el Papa predicaron un sermón (los vídeos pueden verse aquí), intercambiaron regalos como expresión de su compromiso hacia la misión común y emitieron una declaración común en la que dicen que no están “desalentados” por los “serios obstáculos” a la plena unidad entre anglicanos y católicos romanos.Cincuenta años antes, Ramsey y el papa Paulo emitieron su propia Declaración Común en la que decían que su reunión “marca una nueva etapa en el desarrollo de relaciones fraternas, basadas en la caridad cristiana y de sinceros esfuerzos para eliminar las causas del conflicto y restablecer la unidad”.El papa Francisco y el arzobispo de Cantórbery Justin Welby hacia el final del oficio de vísperas el 6 de octubre. Foto de Matthew Davies/ENS.El oficio de vísperas del 5 de octubre marcaron la cuarta vez en la historia reciente en que un Papa y un arzobispo de Cantórbery han adorado juntos en San Gregorio. El papa Juan Pablo II oró en esta iglesia con el arzobispo Robert Runcie en 1989 y de nuevo con el arzobispo George Carey en 1996; el papa Benedicto XVI y el arzobispo Rowan Williams oraron juntos en 2012.La iglesia se levanta en el sitio desde el cual Gregorio el Grande, en el siglo VI, envió a San Agustín, el primer arzobispo de Cantórbery, junto con 30 monjes, a re-evangelizar Inglaterra. Ellos desembarcaron en [el año] 597 y se les atribuye el haber echado los cimientos para la renovación del cristianismo inglés.El arzobispo de Cantórbery Justin Welby predica en el oficio ecuménico de vísperas en San Gregorio Magno al Celio en Roma. Foto de Matthew Davies/ENS.Al final del oficio, y acaso cerrando un nuevo capítulo en las relaciones entre las dos iglesias, el arzobispo de Cantórbery y el Papa encargaron una nueva fase de IARCCUM – la Comisión Internacional Anglicana-Catolicorromana por la Unidad y la Misión. Ellos bendijeron y enviaron a 19 parejas de obispos anglicanos y catolicorromanos a trabajar juntos en la misión.El obispo John Bauerschmidt, de la Diócesis Episcopal de Tennessee, y el obispo auxiliar catolicorromano de Baltimore, Dennis Madden, se encuentran entre estas parejas.Bauerschmidt describió la iniciativa como “un importante desarrollo ecuménico. Indica que la Iglesia Católica Romana y las iglesias de la Comunión Anglicana están resueltas a avanzar juntas hacia la unidad y la misión a pesar de las dificultades”.Las parejas de obispos, le dijo él a ENS, “tienen por objeto alentar a nuestras iglesias a darse cuenta de la vida que ya compartimos a través de nuestro común bautismo en Jesucristo, y practicar esa vida en el nivel local”.Bauerschmidt es copresidente del diálogo anglicano-catolicorromano en EE.UU. (ARCUSA, por su sigla en inglés), que ha estado reuniéndose regularmente desde los años 60 del pasado siglo, lo cual la hace la relación de diálogo más antigua de la Iglesia Episcopal.La Rda. Margaret Rose, directora adjunta de la Iglesia Episcopal para las relaciones ecuménicas e interreligiosas y quien está en Roma para las celebraciones, dijo a ENS que la labor de ARCUSA “como con otros diálogos… enfatiza el deseo de compartir la labor en la misión y el shalom que ayuda a poner en perspectiva tanto nuestra vida como nuestro trabajo, tanto la fe como el orden”.Pero si bien hay mucho que celebrar esta semana, la relación entre la Comunión Anglicana y la Iglesia Católica Romana ha sido de alguna manera turbulenta desde la Reforma del siglo XVI y tensa en los últimos años debido a diferencias en lo concerniente a la ordenación de las mujeres y la sexualidad humana. Los empeños del Vaticano de ofrecer un hogar espiritual a ex anglicanos y anglicanos desafectos, en tanto les permite conservar aspectos de su liturgia y tradiciones mediante lo que se llama “Ordinariato Personal”, también ha tensado las relaciones.Aunque hay muchas mujeres obispas en varias provincias de la Comunión Anglicana —en Australia, Canadá, Inglaterra, Nueva Zelanda, África del Sur y EE.UU.— las 19 parejas de obispos comisionados durante el oficio de vísperas estaban compuestas solamente por hombres.Catherine Waynick, obispa de la Diócesis de Indianápolis, que participa de las conmemoraciones en Roma, dijo a ENS que ella cree que “el ecumenismo es esencial a la vida de la Iglesia, si hemos de ser fieles. Ninguno de nosotros tiene toda la verdad. Y si nos mantenemos lejos unos de otros nos situamos en un lugar espiritualmente peligroso”.“Estoy muy consciente de que la decisión de las provincias de la Comunión Anglicana de incluir mujeres en el episcopado se ha enfrentado al rechazo de otras iglesias”, dijo Waynick. “Pero habiendo entrado en mi vigésimo año como obispa de Indianápolis, y habiendo conocido a otras mujeres que sirven en este ministerio, sólo puedo decir que el que otras iglesias se mantengan al margen de la verdad y el valor de nuestro ministerio fiel es un error”.Waynick, que dirige el Centro Anglicano de Roma, dijo que “llevar un alzacuello y una camisa púrpura en Roma suscita comentarios de parte de personas de todas clases y condiciones —quienes invariablemente expresan el sentimiento de que ¡sería bueno y leal si la próxima vez que los obispos sean enviados de dos en dos, haya mujeres entre ellos!”.En cualquier caso, dijo Waynick, “el diálogo ecuménico debe continuar para que nosotros sigamos siendo fieles a la mente y el corazón de Jesús: ‘que todos puedan ser uno’”.Rose se mostró de acuerdo, diciendo que “en estos tiempos conflictivos, es esperanzador ver que nuestras iglesias avanzan hacia la unidad”.“La señal visible de obispos trabajando juntos y del intercambio de regalos en el oficio de vísperas son un aspecto de esto. El compromiso de abordar abiertamente los desafíos de nuestras diferencias es no obstante otro signo de esperanza. En futuras reuniones, la inclusión de mujeres ordenadas entre las parejas de trabajo brindaría una oportunidad de vivir este compromiso en un nivel aun más profundo”.Las celebraciones de esta semana reconocen también el 50º. aniversario del Centro Anglicano en Roma, que se estableció en respuesta a esa reunión de 1966 como una presencia oficial con rango de embajada en nombre de la Comunión Anglicana en la Ciudad Eterna.El Centro Anglicano alberga una extensa biblioteca, sirve como lugar de reuniones ecuménicas e incluye las oficinas del representante diplomático del arzobispo de Cantórbery ante la Santa Sede, el arzobispo David Moxon.“Hemos estado aquí como un lugar donde podemos extender la mano de la amistad y la colaboración con nuestras hermanas y hermanos en Roma, y mirar de frente al Vaticano, decir la verdad en amor y reparar un puente a través del cual hay ahora mucho tránsito”, dijo Moxon el 4 de octubre al dirigirse a una reunión de los Amigos Americanos del Centro Anglicano en Roma. Él le recordaba a los presentes las palabras que el papa Paulo VI le había dicho al arzobispo Ramsey en la reunión de 1966: “Usted está reparando un puente que había quedado en ruinas hace siglos”.Curry le dijo a los Amigos Americanos que la “misión de la Iglesia es ayudar a la familia humana, con toda su variedad y toda su diversidad y todas sus diferencias, a encontrar un camino para llegar a ser no simplemente una familia diversa, sino una familia humana de Dios. El Dr. Martin Luther King lo dijo de esta manera: ‘o aprendemos a vivir juntos como hermanos y hermanas, o pereceremos juntos como tontos’. La elección es nuestra, caos o comunidad”.La Iglesia Episcopal tiene una presencia en Roma a través de la iglesia de San Pablo Intramuros [St. Paul’s Within the Walls] que es sede de un importante ministerio que atiende a refugiados de la ciudad a través del Centro de Refugiados Joel Nafuma. La parroquia es parte de la Convocación de Iglesias Episcopales en Europa.Curry visitará el centro de refugiados y predicará en San Pablo durante la eucaristía del domingo 9 de octubre.— Matthew Davies es redactor y reportero de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Virginia congregation deeply divided over church’s name honoring Robert E….

first_img TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab By David PaulsenPosted Aug 23, 2017 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Dexter Cantelou says: Dan Shockley says: Comments navigation Newer comments James D. Saunders says: Comments (65) August 23, 2017 at 10:25 pm The name needs to change……. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME August 23, 2017 at 7:58 pm Well said. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group August 24, 2017 at 9:05 am Friends: How about this idea — the R.E. Lee Church might endeavor to be come a companion church of the Prince of Peace Memorial Church, Gettysburg, Pa. ( http://prince-of-peace-gettysburg.diocpa.org). Perhaps together they could learn from their separate, yet oddly and historically joint, histories. Circumstances at one time or another overwhelmed each parish, and yet it became possible for Prince of Peace Memorial to serve out both a mission proclaiming Jesus Christ and acknowledging history, duty and sacrifice. Take a tour of the Gettysburg parish, if you can. You will see Episcopalians accepting their history, teaching and witnessing. Janet Diehl says: Racial Justice & Reconciliation Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls James D. Saunders says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY August 23, 2017 at 7:10 pm Give me a break! Enough is enough. Teach history. Don’t erase it. Martin Luther King once marched against Gays. Do you want to destroy all statues of him. I hope not. Think not simply of the present moment and the current conflicts. Think of the future and the result of knee jerk actions today. As C.K. Chesterton said, ” Let us not be so Heavenly minded (politically correct) that we are no earthly good. Amen Rector Smithfield, NC Advocacy Peace & Justice, August 23, 2017 at 11:25 pm The Episcopal Church need not worry about changing the name of any of its floundering churches because their actions against what the Word of God teaches. For the Church to disavow anyone is hypocritical based on the fact that the Episcopal Church has disavowed the teachings of the Son of God. Geanna Cutbirth says: Press Release Service Cynthia Katsarelis says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Comments navigation Newer comments August 23, 2017 at 11:42 pm Just to make it clear, since the threading is confusing. My post was in response to Doug. August 23, 2017 at 7:11 pm I love it when bishops speak with such clarity and common sense. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Doug Desper says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ken Thomas says: Shirley E. Viall says: Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA August 24, 2017 at 11:28 pm But, ahhh, can we consider the horror of being a slave? Daniel Anderson Toler says: Preston Montgomery says: August 23, 2017 at 11:21 pm Doug, I’m from Virginia, I’ve got a lot of education about General Lee. We simply don’t name churches after any individuals. The political overtones of this one is horrible. There are no Episcopal Churches named after FDR, MLK, JFK, or Lincoln, so I’m not getting your comparison. And who was Lee to decide that slavery was better than “poorly conceived emancipation?” Did anyone ask the slaves? After emancipation, there was a Freedman’s Bureau and African Americans were getting a foothold in Congress and education. Who stopped that progress? The Jim Crow/KKK folks who decided to put up monuments and name a church after leaders in the effort to maintain “sacred” white supremacy.As for this “Few in the North or South had any viable plan for ending slavery.” This is a statement that requires real education. In the Dred Scott decision, SCOTUS eliminated any solution from the judicial branch. With the Kansas Nebraska Act, Congress eliminated any opportunity for federal solution – as it repealed the Missouri Compromise limiting slavery to the South. All of this was engineered by slave holders who held excessive power in Congress, since slaves, with no rights, counted as 3/5ths of a person for setting up Congressional districts.There is no way around the fact that the Civil War was about maintaining white supremacy and the institution of slavery that was enriching so many. The Confederate founders said as much and that is what Lee and the others fought for. He was a slave owner. There’s no wiggle room.Lee did not fight to “resist military dictatorship!” That is a white supremacist revision. One needs simply to look at the Confederate founding documents. The incredible need to rewrite history that contradicts primary documents is part of the great tragedy. August 23, 2017 at 8:06 pm I can’t think of another church that’s named after a person who wasn’t a saint, apostle, or one of those very early church “fathers” (Aquinas). Can anyone come up with one? The name was changed from Grace during the rise of Jim Crow, 33 years after REL’s death. Did he have family still attending in 1903? Are any attending now?If I pay my rector’s salary, can they change the name of my church to Cynthia Katsarelis Memorial Chapel? I’m a fairly good Christian. Sure, I’m a sinner too, but I’ve never owned other human beings or had them whipped, or used brilliant strategy to kill hundreds of thousands of people who would take the slaves away, if I had any.Slavery was a crime against humanity. We sing Amazing Grace because it is by a slave trader who repented. Is there any evidence that Robert E. Lee was repentant? If he committed massive acts of reconciliation, that would be something to celebrate. It’d have to be massive. Did he start schools for African Americans? Provide as many as possible with those 40 acres and a mule?This is a really tough decision. I wonder if the members of the parish would respect the vote of African American Episcopalians? If not, why not? What is the theology that guides all this? Louise McPhillips says: August 23, 2017 at 8:51 pm Thank you Frank, I doubt I would ever choose to attend a church named after a war heroe. The naming of our churches has followed that formula for generations unlike the Methodist Church which often uses donor’s or founders names (other than Jesus). I wonder what prayers are used on this parish’s Feast of a Title. Doug Desper says: August 23, 2017 at 9:22 pm Cynthia, since you state so many questions and a few assumptions you’ll likely want to become more educated about R E Lee. I cite a book just published in April, written by the former rector (see below). We do not live in Lee’s day nor are we faced with the great national upheaval and crisis that he was thrust in. President Lincoln admired Lee and as the representative of the Washington family it was thought that it naturally should fall on Lee to lead the Union Army. That army was to swell from 16,000 to 91,000 with the addition of 75,000 volunteers that Lee was to lead to occupy communities in the South. Lee could not lead such a disaster and resigned the Army and went home to resist military dictatorship. We haven’t faced or lived with such martial law from Washington. Few in the North or South had any viable plan for ending slavery. Setting millions of undereducated former slaves free was not practical and not many in the Northern states cared to be part of the solution and fewer in the South could afford to. Millions of white and black lives were interdependent on servile misery. People like Lee called slavery a great moral evil but knew that it was far worse to have a poorly conceived emancipation. Lee was not perfect. Few that we admire are. Lincoln used racially insulting language and slurs about blacks. FDR and JFK were scandal-ridden. MLK was an adulterer. Yet, the greater good that came from these people outshined their human flaws. August 23, 2017 at 7:24 pm I celebrate that the parishioners of RE Lee Memorial Church have elected to not change the name of their church. As well meaning as Bishop Bourlakes seeks to appear; leave them alone. Lee was not a perfect man but who of us is without sin. He embraced his defeat and went on to accomplish great things. He was pardoned by the government and was instrumental in bringing about reconciliation when an element wanted to initiate guerrilla warfare. Once again, the church embraces identity politics rather than have the courage to respect the beliefs of a congregation that seeks merely to celebrate a man that deserves celebration. In light if this, it is no wonder that so many congregants are leaving the church. Bishop Boulakes … you should defend these good people, not descend upon them with the obvious intent of pressuring them to do what they believe is wrong. Maybe it is a matter of your beliefs and the need to be politically right rather than what they believe is just? Interesting… Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Theodore G. Fletcher, Esq. says: The Rev. D F Lindstrom says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group August 23, 2017 at 11:36 pm Wow. You used the word “knew” when you spoke of slavery being better than “a poorly conceived emancipation.” You didn’t say that Lee “believed” that, you treated it as fact.In other words, you are indicating that you believe slavery was better than “a poorly conceived emancipation,” whatever that means.You also claim that being “undereducated” means that it is “impractical” to be free. That’s a disturbing opinion.As someone else pointed out in these comments, the church was renamed during the time of the Jim Crow backlash against the significant gains in political power, property ownership, and public participation advances made by former slaves. The emancipation was going well until bigots violently fought against it through campaigns of terror. Tags Cynthia Katsarelis says: ELIZABETH D DELLOW 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ August 24, 2017 at 7:10 am There is an Otey Memorial Parish in Sewanee, Tennessee, named after James Otey, first bishop of Tennessee (19th century). Thomas Aquinas lived in the 13th century. He is a “doctor of the church,” but not an early church father. There are plenty of RC churches named after Aquinas, but I have never heard of an Episcopal/Anglican one. Rector Shreveport, LA August 23, 2017 at 10:31 pm Grace Lee, or more fully, A. Grace Lee Mims, is a radio personality at the local classical music station in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the hostess for the syndicated weekly program “The Black Arts,” which highlights the achievements of African-Americans in the fine arts, particularly in the realm of classical music. If there are many in this parish who know her show, there might be some objections to naming the church Grace Lee–notwithstanding that A. Grace Lee Mims is a delightful person and a great radio personality, and her show is very good. All the same, it would seem too odd to those parishioners who know her. Nick Stieglitz says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Canon Flagler says: August 23, 2017 at 9:04 pm Excellent. James Snyder says: August 24, 2017 at 2:24 am This church should do nothing for 3 years. If it wants to have an informal name, OK. Then make a decision.When the Pension Fund divests of money and gives it for Reparations for slavery, then I will take notice! Rector Collierville, TN Cynthia Katsarelis says: Richard Basta says: Suzanne Rogers says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 August 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm I don’t understand why the congregation waited 33 years until 1903 to celebrate the man, if that was their intent, Jim Newman. But I am not from the south and may not understand these things. But I am sure the issue is very difficult and painful. I pray that we can all find respectful ways forward. August 23, 2017 at 10:59 pm “Saint (or Blessed) Jonathan Daniels Episcopal Church” (Seminarian and Martyr, Feast Day: August 14th) Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA August 23, 2017 at 5:42 pm Let the Church members and Vestry work this out on their own. They don’t need pressure – for or against – from outsiders. Those outsiders will disappear once this controversy is long forgotten – and most will never step foot in the building. August 23, 2017 at 10:19 pm With all due respect to Bishop Bourlakas, I don’t think he is the right person to try to reconcile this congregation’s disagreement. Although the article focusses extensively on the reasoning and opinions of those parishioners who want to change the name of the parish from that which it has had for most of its existence, obviously there are some parishioners who feel strongly that the name should not be changed, otherwise there would not be the need for reconciliation that the Bishop perceives to be necessary. But his assertion that reconciliation cannot occur while the church has its current name demonstrates that he is prejudiced before he begins to mediate this reconciliation.If I were a member of this parish who wanted to retain the name that honors its most famous member, the vestryman who was also an important steward in a troubled time, and if I were upset because that person’s honor had somehow been sullied through some kind of revisionism, and now found that my fellow parishioners wanted to rename my church because they want to disavow our association with this famous person, and that there is now a sore division inside the congregation, I do not think it would be someone who has said that reconciliation cannot happen until the name changes whom I would find competent to bind the wounds in the parish. Even if that person were my bishop. Jeffrey Cox says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH August 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm That a church would be named for a person is an absolute mockery of the gospel you claim to profess. Could you please focus your energy toward ending homelessness, and working on behalf of three disenfranchised? August 23, 2017 at 8:59 pm perhaps they should segue in the new-old name. Drop the R. E. and make it Lee Grace church for now – there are many Lees. (or even Grace Lee Church). Over time keep the name officially that but refer to it more and more as simply Grace Church until that’s how everyone thinks of it and the final change is easy to do.center_img Submit a Job Listing August 23, 2017 at 11:39 pm The times we are in have made the name “Robert E Lee” a lightening rod…the mention of his name suggests any number of things to any number of people. Some think of him as a great soldier and important historical figure. Some think of him as a slave owner who wanted to perpetuate a horrible society of discrimination. As a Southerner I can see both sides. However time marches on. Our children and grandchildren will not look at this man the way we do. The church needs to be a place of peace and comfort and love and spiritual growth. No one has mentioned any of these words in describing the current state of Robert E Lee Episcopal Church. Removing his name would be a huge first step in returning this church to a place of peace. If General Lee was the kind of person that some have described him to be…I can’t help but think he would want the same. August 23, 2017 at 8:27 pm When I was a student there between 1965 until 1969 and volunteered at RELee Memorial Church, some would answer the office phone, “St. Bob’s.” In those days consciousness of the pain the image of the General and use of his name sadly never crossed my mind. How things have and are changing. I will keep that parish of faithful souls in my prayers for “an Happy issue out of this affliction.” Rev. Jacqueline Steubbel says: Father Mike Waverly-Shank says: August 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm Thank you or your reply. You are the only person brave enough to relate historical dates with the current context. Those who defend this name are really blind and unwilling to own that. I cannot thank you enough for this reply. My sadness come from those who will refuse to listen and take your words to heart. Bless you. The sign in front of R.E. Lee Memorial Church bears the name of the church and, therefore, also the Confederate general who was a parishioner there. Photo: Lee Memorial Church via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] Was Robert E. Lee an American hero or a traitorous defender of slavery? The Confederate general has been called both in the ongoing debate over whether statues, monuments and plaques in his honor should be remain on display in public places, from parks to churches.At least one aspect of Lee’s biography is undisputed: He was a prominent parishioner at the Episcopal church that now bears his name, R.E. Lee Memorial Church in Lexington, Virginia.And that name now threatens to tear the congregation apart.“Change is hard, and this is about change that goes right down to our identity,” vestry member Doug Cumming told Episcopal News Service. He supports removing Lee from the name of the church.Turmoil has grown since 2015, when the vestry first considered but failed to approve a proposal to remove Lee’s name from the church. Members began leaving the congregation in protest, and such exits continued this year after the vestry in April chose not to act on a consultant’s recommendation for a name change.Then violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, a city barely an hour northeast of Lexington, accelerated a national re-examination of the Confederacy’s legacy. Defense of a statue of Lee became a rallying point for white supremacist groups, who descended on Charlottesville this month and clashed with anti-racism counterprotesters, leaving dozens wounded and one counterprotester dead.On Monday, the Lee Memorial Church vestry held its first monthly meeting since the melee in Charlottesville. Again, it decided against taking steps toward a name change, instead unanimously approving a statement that began by condemning white supremacism, racism and violence in Lee’s name.The vestry members said they “object strenuously to the misuse of Robert E. Lee’s name and memory in connection with white supremacy, anti-Semitism and similar movements that he would abhor. Lee was widely admired in both the North and the South as a man of virtue and honor and as among the leading reconcilers of our fractured land.”The statement defended Lee’s reputation as a Christian, though not as a Confederate.“We do not honor Lee as a Confederate,” the statement reads. “Nor do we subscribe to neo-Confederate ideas in honoring him. We honor Lee as one of our own parishioners, a devout man who led our parish through difficult years in post-Civil-War Virginia.”Anne Hansen, who helped craft the statement Monday, resigned from the vestry afterward because church leaders would not commit more definitively to discussing a name change.“My hope had been that if we could make a unified statement, say something unanimously … that we would be able to move from there into further action in a consensual way [regarding] the implications of our association with Lee,” Hansen said in an interview with ENS. “At the vestry meeting, that became apparent to me that was not going to happen.” She added that she blamed herself for getting upset and not articulating her views clearly enough.The vestry’s inaction on the issue is fueling tension inside and outside the congregation, creating an unnecessary distraction for the church, Southwestern Virginia Bishop Mark Bourlakas told Episcopal News Service. He favors the name change.“The name has become not only a distraction to their Gospel mission, but … it’s dividing parishioners and causing all kinds of rancor,” said Bourlakas, who plans to visit the congregation this month to assist in reconciliation efforts. “My priority is to heal the congregation, and I don’t believe that that healing can occur while the name stays the same.”Church renamed for Lee in 1903The church’s history dates to 1840, when it was known as Latimer Parish but didn’t have a permanent worship space. Parish records cited by Cumming show the first church building was dedicated in 1844 as Grace Church. It bore that name when when Lee joined the congregation in 1865 after the Civil War, according to a 2015 church news release. The sign in front of R.E. Lee Memorial Church in Lexington, Virginia. Photo: Doug CummingWhile serving in Lexington as president of Washington College, later renamed Washington and Lee University, the former Confederate general spent the last five years of his life, until his death in 1870, helping the struggling congregation survive.He served as senior warden and at one point agreed to pay the pastor’s salary from his own pocket, according to a report this week by the Washington Post.There is no record, however, of why the congregation chose to rename the church for Lee in 1903. It may, as some suggest, have been part of the “Lost Cause,” a campaign across the South to rehabilitate the image of the Confederacy and its leaders at a time when racism and segregation also were on the rise. Or, changing the name may simply have been a way to honor the congregation’s most famous parishioner.Those who favor changing the name back to Grace note that few Episcopal churches are named after deceased parishioners. They also worry the church is failing to send a welcoming message by hanging a sign out front featuring the name of a slaveholder who was willing to go to war against the Union to preserve slavery.The debate over the church’s name came to a head in 2015 after a white supremacist with a fondness for the Confederate flag shot and killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. That massacre prompted a nationwide re-examination of how the Confederate flag had come to represent racist ideologies.Members of Lee Memorial Church spent several months discussing the church name in light of the Charleston shooting. After surveying the congregation and hearing a range of opinions for and against, the vestry voted, 9-5, in November 2015 in favor of removing Lee’s name, but because it chose to require a supermajority for passage, the measure failed by one vote.Then in 2016, the church hired a reconciliation consultant, ultimately spending $16,000, and formed the Discovery and Discernment Committee of vestry members and parishioners to more carefully pursue reconciliation among the congregation and decide what actions to take.The committee and consultant issued a 15-page report in April 2017 that summarized the various perspectives on the church’s name. “The committee discerned from its work in discovery that a significant number of parishioners remain quite uneasy with the name of the church,” the report said.It warned that those parishioners felt marginalized, and they may withdraw from the congregation, or conflict over the name could continue to escalate.The report contained several recommendations, including the creation of a committee to seek new ways to honor Lee’s historic ties to the parish. It also recommended this: “That the name of the church be officially restored to its former name of Grace Episcopal Church.”The vestry met the same month to review the report. It accepted all the recommendations, except the one urging a name change.‘A different moment since Charlottesville’ENS left messages seeking comment from senior warden Woody Sadler, as well as a vestry member, A.W. “Buster” Lewis, who has been a vocal opponent of changing the name. Neither had responded at the time of publication, though Lewis told ENS in a March story that he felt he and his parish were being “attacked.”After the April vestry meeting, “there’s certain members of the vestry that felt with relief that the discussion was over,” vestry member Cumming said. “But I really think on some level they weren’t paying attention.”The discussion didn’t resume in a significant way until the violence in Charlottesville raised concerns again about how Lee had come to be a symbol of white supremacist ideology.“We’re in a different moment since Charlottesville,” Bourlakas said. “These symbols have become too toxic. We’re a church that cares deeply about sacraments and symbols, and this symbol, whatever you might think of it or what it represented, has been co-opted and has become toxic.”Hansen, though, fears it may be too late. “We had already missed our opportunity to change the name of the church in a deliberative, proactive way on our own terms,” she said.Although he doesn’t intend to impose his preference on the congregation, Bourlakas said it is important for him to help guide the two sides to reconcile. He thinks that the statement the vestry issued Monday alluded to the path forward, with its concluding reference to the church’s commitment “not to Lee, but to that gospel which is his hope and ours.“We invite all to share in it, and we aim to let nothing stand in the way of our proclaiming it with integrity,” the statement ends.To let nothing stand in the way, Bourlakas said, would seem to include a name.“For me this is an easy fix, because the original name of the church was Grace Church. That’s the name of the church when Lee was a parishioner,” the bishop said. “If it’s about honoring Lee, that’s the church he worshiped in. If it’s about history, that’s the historical name.“But most important, it’s a fine name of a church. And Lexington and our country could use a lot more grace.”— David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Cynthia Katsarelis says: Dan Shockley says: Jim Newman says: Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR August 24, 2017 at 1:44 am I cannot imagine Robert E. Lee approving the 1903 decision to rename a church in his honor. Nor can I imagine him feeling dishonored should the church reclaim its original name. If anything, I can imagine him feeling relieved. This, of course, is a fanciful notion that carries no argumentative weight. People who go back to God, who are now fully with God, probably do not have wishes or opinions anymore, nor are they subject to being pleased or displeased by what goes on ‘back here’. [Note: I say ‘probably; I don’t really know this, yet]. Apart from a written will, I’m skeptical of invoking the deceased’s wishes as the trump card in posthumous decisions, especially when those wishes are presumed, inferred or ‘imagined’. Yet in this case I find this simple exercise in imagination to be quite helpful: What, do you think, would Robert E. Lee advise if he could somehow speak to us? Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Washington, DC Mark Lindsay says: August 23, 2017 at 8:25 pm In our tradition we tend to name our churches for saints, or members of the Trinity (e.g. Christ Church or Holy Comforter), or for the Trinity itself. Sometimes we name churches for basic Christian doctrines, such as Incarnation, Atonement, or Nativity. Our loyalty to Christ must always transcend nation and culture. Naming churches for political figures is not appropriate. August 23, 2017 at 11:58 pm I’ll simply repeat, what is the theology here? Christ commands us to do onto others and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We have a Baptismal Covenant that calls on us to see Christ in all people, to love our neighbors, to seek justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being. How hard can it be? Slavery certainly didn’t respect the dignity of the slaves, and it doesn’t respect the descendants of slaves. In 2017, how can any Episcopalian believe that their beloved, but flawed and tragic history is more important than the racial reconciliation that we need in the world today? There are no twists of logic or favorite tidbits from history that justifies this. Name a church after St. Whomever who fixes climate change, makes peace, cures cancer, or is martyred for the love of her/his neighbor. Or maybe Grace, as we need it so desperately right now. J. Morrell says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Angustia Hamasaki says: August 24, 2017 at 12:01 am Yes, well said Jim Newman. We learn from our history. We do not revise our history to suit contemporary times and so-called political correctness and identity politics. August 23, 2017 at 8:19 pm http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/robert-e-lee-opposed-confederate-monuments/This is worth reading to help in the discernment process. It is very hard to look at the church’s complicity in the slave trade by not challenging its members who were active in the slave trade. Peace to all of you as you continue seeking the will of God. Janis Hansen says: Comments are closed. Frank Bergen says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books August 24, 2017 at 10:19 am In the 1980’s the sign out front still said Grace Episcopal. When did the Lee sign go in, and do they still have the old one? And, Lee Chapel is only about 100 yards away, so the General would probably think it’s a bit much to have two of them so close like that. The old metal Grace sign is probably still there, just switch them back. August 24, 2017 at 11:16 am For some church some day, probably never this one. Also a Blessed Frances Perkins church. And if I were starting a congregation I’d be inclined to name it for Eleanor and Franklin, active Episcopaliand and loyal Americans. Margaret Faulkner says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Frank Bergen says: Rector Martinsville, VA D F Lindstrom says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET August 23, 2017 at 8:08 pm To slander him is horrible. Submit a Press Release Frank Bergen says: August 23, 2017 at 7:40 pm I think the church should not succumb to mob hysteria. Use this as a teaching moment that we are all sinners in need of a saviour. It is the height of hubris and arrogance to assume our own failings in this age are more noble than those of prior generations. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rev. Mia C. McDowell says: August 24, 2017 at 1:15 pm My understanding is that Robert E. Lee helped in the mending & rebuilding of society after the civil war. That and his churchmanship ought to be studied by the parish. What about the new book listed in The Anglican Digest? If all the statues & monuments & buildings of slave owners were torn down – we would need to rebuild the White House and many, many other buildings & monuments. Why not post a marker giving thanks for the the workmanship of the builders. And post a sign stating why it is named after Robert E. Lee.For the record I am very much a Northerner, but history is history. We can not back track, but we can honor the work & positive efforts of individuals. Do you have a real Bell? Maybe you could name it Robert, after Robert E. Lee – who was a faithful churchman. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virginia congregation deeply divided over church’s name honoring Robert E. Lee August 26, 2017 at 1:53 am This article in the Atlantic Monthly brings compelling evidence that Lee was not so honorable, and was not helping bring reconciliation. I don’t understand why people need to invent and hold onto a myth. Lee was a slave holder, a particularly brutal one. On his campaigns he would enslave free blacks. He countenanced massacres and abuse of black Union soldiers. He countenanced students at his college forming a KKK chapter and attacking and raping black school girls, while maintaining firm discipline in other areas. Read it.https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/the-myth-of-the-kindly-general-lee/529038/I’m from Virginia. On my father’s side we were Greek immigrants who came over in the early 20th Century. On my mother’s side, we go back to Jamestown. Thanks to ancestry.com, I was able to track a lot of ancestors, and read their wills, bequeathing human beings to the next generation. It made me sick. And processing it as a person of faith I can only say that those of us who are up to our eyeballs in family culpability need to “come to Jesus.” NOW. Right now. Now is a time for prayer warriors, and s/heros to step up and love our neighbors rigorously and without compromise. Heroic honesty demands that we realize that that name is exceedingly hurtful for many people and for our nation, that needs racial reconciliation. The best way to honor the heroes of the past is to stand up, suck it up, and sacrifice. Besides, some memorial can remain, as others have suggested. August 24, 2017 at 5:08 am I appreciate the works of R.E. Lee, but remember we gather and worship for our Lord. Our God deserves our worshipsA (honoring Lee probably a one feast day for him), it may become an idolatry, if we can’t resolve. A Good Shepherd Church of Jesus Christ is a best name for our Christian journey and is best to worship the living God of yesterday, today and forevermore. God will continue to bless us if we keep pleasing the Holy Trinity. God bless and loves us all Episcopalian! That we may live in God’s love to this journey of life to Unity, Peace and Harmony. The. Rev. D F Lindstrom says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Frank J. Corbishley says: Rector Knoxville, TN Helen Bell says: Stephen Jay Waller says: Rector Tampa, FL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Raymond Harold Clark says: Featured Events August 24, 2017 at 11:12 am Amen! August 23, 2017 at 5:40 pm Robert E. Lee was an honorable man, a distinguished military leader, an important historical figure and a thoughtful, dedicated Episcopalian. The church should be named after him. This does not endorse or promote racism in any way. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Paul Bell says: August 23, 2017 at 8:57 pm Lee was opposed to public square monuments to the Civil War or to any figure such as himself. It is because Lee was so admired for his character (in both the North and South) that he came to be so widely praised. President Lincoln admired him, many Union politicians and military men admired him, and his later students and fellow churchgoers found great quality. People allergic to facts will have either villainized him or made him overly lofty. There seems to be something wrong, though, about the reactionary and iconoclastic howling going on about Lee and all things Confederate. It is though all the weight of ignorance, intolerance, racial hatred, and plain stupidity must be placed on Lee’s shoulders for him to bear. While he wanted little public attention and likely wouldn’t want the church named for him, it befalls to we moderns to get a grip and not drag him through our own lack of tolerance and lack of education about the complexities of living with the untenable choices which faced Lee. I would highly recommend reading “The Religious Life of Robert E. Lee” written by the former rector of that parish, R. David Cox. It was published in April and is available on Amazon. August 24, 2017 at 8:43 am Our son attended RE Lee Memorial Episcopal Church while a student at VMI. He found a wonderful, loving parish family that welcomed VMI and W&L students. When we attended, we experienced a church that celebrated God’s love for all and through its outreach ministries was committed to being God’s hands and feet in serving Lexington, Rockbridge County, and surrounding communities. We pray for healing and reconciliation for this parish and our country during these challenging times. August 24, 2017 at 1:25 pm I agree. Who among us is perfect? We are imbeded in our time and situation. I hope history will point at the USA in our failure to accept Jewish refugee boats, or many more present day refugees and immagrents. Oh, and don’t forget the Japanese Americans we put in concentration camps, or the Native Americans we marched to death and deserts. In some ways we are a stingy, arrogant country. Most of us do not know our own history. August 24, 2017 at 11:43 am I worshipped at Lee Church while attended W&L from 1959-63. It seems to me that it would be appropriate to change the name back to Grace Church and on a plaque acknowledge that General Lee was a member as was Blessed Jonathan Myrick Daniels. Yes, I am a Yankee. And am part of an interracial famiiy. P.J. Cabbiness says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Janet Diehl says: August 23, 2017 at 11:38 pm I’ll put my foot tentatively into these roiled waters to suggest that I’m unaware of any Episcopal churches being named for Reformation era or post-Reformation holy women or holy men enshrined in our calendar of saints. Naming a church for a secular hero or heroine is just not part of our tradition. Given our church’s history and traditions, why should Robert E. Lee be the exception? brett donham says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA August 24, 2017 at 5:27 pm Very well said. Thank you. August 24, 2017 at 12:49 pm Mr. Desper, as a graduate of Washington & Lee and one who entered the Episcopal Church in the early 1980’s in Lexington, Virginia at RE Lee Memorial, I can state the Cynthia Katsarelis has her history right. Your selective historical “facts” miss the point entirely and do you no credit. Indeed, the Church was renamed in 1903 during Jim Crow and for the same reasons statues were put up honoring defeated Confederate soldiers. More to the point, I believe that Gen. Lee would have been scandalized and appalled at the renaming of the church after him, and for reasons that Ms. Katsarelis points out. Even during my time in Lexington, there was an effort to make Robert E. Lee into a “saint,” something I am sure he would have disavowed and strongly opposed. Curate Diocese of Nebraska August 24, 2017 at 3:20 am Thank you. Mr. Newman. If our church buckles to the radical, politically correct whims that are striking our culture we will truly find ourselves once again in the dark ages. Those who have studied the Civil War cannot erase the pages of suffering that was visited on the South following the secession–on all of its people, even long after the war ended. We owe it to those who were there, on both sides, who lived the horror of a war so terrible most of us cannot imagine, to honor their sacrifices. If anyone doubts the sadness of “civil war” and an example of forgiveness, let them visit Arlington National Cemetery where North and South soldiers are buried with solemn remembrance. It should break all of our hearts to see the rage and mob mentality attempt to rewrite history with no understanding of the consequences. The window of the past is also the mirror of the present. Cathedral Dean Boise, IDlast_img read more