Martyn Williams citing decision

first_imgMartyn Williams, the Cardiff Blues player (No 7), today (Wednesday, 13 October) appeared at the ERC Offices in Dublin for a disciplinary hearing before an independent judicial officer as a result of a citing complaint arising from the Round 1 Heineken Cup match between Cardiff Blues and Edinburgh at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, 9 October.The citing complaint was for striking with the knee in contravention of Law 10.4(a).  In particular, Mr Williams was alleged to have struck Chris Paterson (Edinburgh No 15) in the face with his knee.Mr Williams pleaded guilty to the citing complaint but asserted that his actions had not warranted a red card.  After considering the evidence and hearing submissions from Mr Williams and Roger O’Connor, ERC’s Disciplinary Officer, the independent judicial officer, Antony Davies (England), determined that Mr Williams had committed the act of foul play and imposed a suspension of two (2) weeks. Mr Williams will be free to play again on 27 October, 2010.Under the Disciplinary Rules for the 2010/11 Heineken Cup, independent judicial officers are required to follow the sanctioning regime laid down by the International Rugby Board.  Accordingly, having found that Mr Williams had committed an act of foul play, the independent judicial officer was required to determine the ‘entry point’ for Mr Williams’ suspension, based on an assessment of the seriousness of his actions. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS In this case, the independent judicial officer determined that the appropriate ‘entry point’ was three (3) weeks based on (among other things) Mr Williams’ intent and that Mr Paterson had been in a vulnerable position.  The independent judicial officer then decreased the suspension by one (1) week to take into account (among other mitigating factors) Mr Williams’ good disciplinary record, which resulted in the final suspension of two (2) weeks.The independent judicial officer ordered Mr Williams to pay the costs of the hearing.center_img The possible ‘entry points’ for a strike with the knee in contravention of Law 10.4(a) are lower end: three (3) weeks; mid-range: eight (8) weeks; and top end: 12 weeks or more.  Having determined the appropriate ‘entry point’, the independent judicial officer was then required to consider whether that ‘entry point’ should be varied to take into account any mitigating factors (such as the player’s conduct, remorse and plea) and any aggravating factors (such as his previous record and any need for deterrence).last_img read more

Leicester and Northampton on course for Premiership final

first_imgMallinder’s Leicester counterpart Richard Cockerill is fully aware there’s a long way to go until the Premiership final and is not getting carried away with the Tigers’ position at the top of the table.“We’re probably the two best sides in the league at the moment and this was a great game and a great win for us, but they won’t take this result in isolation and nor will we,” said Cockerill. “Neither of us has won anything tonight. We’ll just try to get as many points as we can and keep our form. I’m not worried about the table at the moment.”Leicester will be without Toby Flood during the Six Nations Both teams’ title credentials will be tested during the Six Nations with four Premiership fixtures already scheduled, and the Saints possibly facing another two rearranged league games in that time. They will both be without a number of international stars involved in the championship and the strength in depth of their squads will be under scrutiny. TAGS: Leicester TigersNorthampton Saints By Bea AspreyAfter Saturday’s entertaining Midlands derby, Leicester and Northampton must surely be favourites to make the Aviva Premiership final in May – and that’s certainly what the two coaches are gearing up for.Leicester triumphed 27-16 at Welford Road to stay top of the table but rivals Northampton have two games in hand given the recent postponements caused by bad weather and can easily catch, or even overtake, the Tigers with good results in those fixtures.Calum Clark impressed in Northampton’s defeat at LeicesterNorthampton coach Jim Mallinder is pleased with their standing in Europe – they’re unbeaten at the top of their Heineken Cup pool – but knows his side will have to return their winning ways in the Premiership to have a chance of making the final at Twickenham.“We’ll have to concentrate on every league game to have a chance of playing them again on a neutral surface,” said Mallinder. “This result won’t dent our confidence. There were things that we did well; our defence and organisation was good, and we showed attacking intent. We now know what we need to do to be the best in the league.” LEICESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 08: Toby Flood of Leicester kicks the ball upfield during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints at Welford Road on January 8, 2011 in Leicester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Even if they suffer a couple of defeats during February and March, Rugby World still wouldn’t bet against them making the Premiership final – and what a mouth-watering occasion that would be. Twickenham brace yourself for a cacophony of noise – just as there was at a sold-out Welford Road!To read Rugby World’s verdict on the game click herelast_img read more

Kidney hands Zebo and Fitzpatrick debut against All Blacks

first_imgDan Tuohy make his first start for Ireland in the second row after making his debut against the All Blacks as a replacement in 2010 and will partner Donnacha Ryan. Behind them, Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip are all named to start in the back row.New Zealand v IrelandSaturday, 9 June 2012 at Eden ParkKick-off: 08:35 [BST] TAKAPUNA, NEW ZEALAND – JUNE 05: Simon Zebo of Ireland warms up during the Ireland team training session at Onewa Domain on June 5, 2012 in Takapuna, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Munsterman Simon Zebo is the youngest of squadThe Ireland team to play New Zealand in the first test of the summer tour has been named and includes two new caps with wing Simon Zebo and prop Declan Fitzpatrick making their first starts in the green jersey at this level.Zebo, who is the youngest member of the touring squad at 22, starts on the left wing in a team that has an average age of just over 26 and includes a new centre partnership between Keith Earls and returning captain Brian O’Driscoll, who missed all of the RBS 6 Nations Championship due to injury.Fergus McFadden starts on the right wing in a back three that includes Zebo and Rob Kearney at full back. Jonathan Sexton starts at No.10 and is partnered by Conor Murray.In the forwards, Declan Fitzpatrick starts at tight head prop after Mike Ross failed to recover sufficiently from the hamstring strain that has been bothering him over the last two weeks.  Fitzpatrick will start alongside loose head Cian Healy and hooker Rory Best, who will be winning his 60th cap. Starting XV:Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden,  Brian O’Driscoll [C], Keith Earls, Simon Zebo*, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray, Cian Healy, Rory Best, Declan Fitzpatrick*, Dan Tuohy, Donnacha Ryan, Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien, Jamie HeaslipReplacements:Sean Cronin, Ronan Loughney*, Donncha O’Callaghan, Kevin McLaughlin, Eoin Reddan, Ronan O’Gara, Darren Cave*Denotes uncapped playerlast_img read more

RWC 2015: Talking points from the Wales squad announcement

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Strength in depth: Wales feel their squad is stronger than 2011’s, when they reached the RWC final It may seem ludicrous to suggest that the most important decision made regarding the Welsh squad didn’t even involve player selection, but the Aviva Premiership’s decision to allow full player release is arguably of equal importance. The one off deal between England’s top-flight and World Rugby means that Wales have immediate and full access to all ten of their English based players.Helping hand: The Premiership have helped the WRU by granting full player releaseIt is worth mentioning that this deal doesn’t just apply to Welsh players and extends to all players based in the English Premiership. Both World Rugby and England’s top brass should be congratulated on this deal as it will undoubtedly allow the teams and players concerned to perform at their very best in the game’s showpiece tournament. The only murmurs of discontent may come from the Welsh players themselves as they lament their early release from within a cryotherapy chamber in Poland. Tearaways: Both James Davies and Josh Navidi have missed out due to Wales’ strength-in-depth at 7Navidi in particular has excelled during the past 10 months despite being part of a Cardiff Blues team who fell way short of their potential. It is also worth remembering that Navidi achieved all of this playing out of position having switched from openside/blindside to number eight. But if Davies and Navidi need any advice they could do worse than talking to Mr. Gatland directly. He would quite genuinely offer a consoling shoulder, having been stuck behind Sean Fitzpatrick during his entire playing career.Darwin will help pick the final squadThe selection of the final Welsh squad won’t solely be the responsibility of Warren Gatland, Rob Howley and Robin McBryde. There is another, less well publicised, member of the Welsh coaching team who will play an enormous role – his name is Charles Darwin. Darwin’s theory of ‘Survival of the Fittest’ will have as big an impact on the final squad selection. It’s simple, if a player isn’t fit enough, they won’t be going to the World Cup.Fit as butchers dogs: The Wales squad will be pushed extremely hardStuart Lancaster has already stated that his team will be the fittest at the World Cup, which will surely only increase Warren’s desire to take his players to the very edge during the summer camps. Gatland’s tactics are often brought into question, but the fitness of his teams never is. After a crippling training programme in Switzerland and Qatar, Mr Gatland and Mr Darwin will have a team as fit as any at the Rubgy World Cup, of that you can be assured.The most important decision didn’t even involve player selection.center_img Wales’ strongest ever World Cup training squadWales have named a very strong training squad for the Rugby World Cup. The strength of the squad is evident by the fact that, in reality, there are only are handful of positions genuinely up for grabs on the ‘bus’ – the core of the squad is already a given. Such is the strength of the selection that on first reading many will have run their finger over the selected players with the casual familiarity of a supermarket checkout assistant flicking a barcode scanner over a basic weekly shop. Alun-Wyn Jones, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Liam Williams and Scott Williams are in the form of their careers.Key man: Whether he is deployed at full-back or on the wing, Leigh Halfpenny is integral to WalesAdd to that list Richard Hibbard, Sam Warburton, Taulupe Faletau, Leigh Halfpenny and George North and the strength of squad becomes even clearer. That’s without the inclusion of young players such as Nicky Smith, Samson Lee, Dan Baker and the immensely impressive Hallam Amos, who are some of the most promising young talents in their positions in Europe. The solidity of the core squad has also afforded Gatland the opportunity to select the shimmering Matthew Morgan and wildcard Ross Moriarty – a selection which few saw coming. Make no mistake this is a strong Welsh squad and one which is more than capable of escaping from one of the most competitive groups in the history of the Rugby World Cup.Hook deservedly gets his chanceJames Hook is back in the Welsh squad and his inclusion will undoubtedly stir up the argument regarding whether he is an outside half, full back or centre. But that is entirely the point, after 77 caps we don’t need to have the argument over Hook’s best position – he can play them all. Hook is the Dremel of Welsh rugby. Okay, unlike an actual Dremel multitool he can’t adapt to 15 positions, but the ability to play 10/12/13/15 at international level requires a remarkable skillset that no other Welsh player has.Back in contention: James Hook’s form for Gloucester has earned him another chanceBlessed with a freakish step, accurate passing (off both hands) solid defence, a much underrated handoff and test level goal kicking, Hook could solve a lot of problems for the Welsh coaching staff. Gatland will have plenty of hammers available to him come September – a Dremel could come in very handy.The openside queueNo-one likes queuing. Merely lining up for a pint on a Friday night can make you want to go full ‘Anthony Joshua’. I can only imagine what it must be like queuing for a place in Wales’ Rugby World Cup squad as you wait in line behind the impressive Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric. But wait Josh Navidi and James Davies must. It is a cruel situation that both find themselves in. Navidi and Davies have had fantastic seasons for their regions and have executed some of the finest backrow play in Wales. Both performed to the level where they were awarded player of the season at their respective regions. Warren Gatland picked an extended 47-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup. There were a few suprises and some disappointments…last_img read more

Six Nations analysis: Three key areas from England 15-9 Scotland

first_img In late December 2015, England’s new head coach Eddie Jones was appraising the backroom staff in Stuart Lancaster’s World Cup group. As part of that process, as a consultant/analyst I was invited to preview England’s first opponent in the upcoming 2016 Six Nations tournament.I ended up writing three separate pieces for Eddie Jones, including a short report identifying three areas of the game which were likely to be key against Scotland. Those areas were:Effective high kicking game versus Scotland’s backfieldBall retention in the 13 channelNeutralising WP Nel at the scrumSo how did those areas work out in the game? As it turned out (and it doesn’t always turn out this way!), the research and analysis paid into these areas was decisive.England’s high kicking strategyEngland kicked a massive 41 times in total, but the key sub-section of the kicking game was the decision to kick high and contestably in midfield, outside the England exit zone. I found that Wales especially had achieved a lot of success in their 2015 Six Nations game against Scotland by kicking on to the Scotland backfield when it contained their full back Stuart Hogg and No 10 Finn Russell. In fact Russell had been yellow-carded in that match for a poorly-timed challenge on Dan Biggar while defending the high ball, and he was the main target.England put up 9 high contestable kicks at Murrayfield from positions anywhere between the two 40m lines – six were launched from the Scottish side of halfway – and they achieved 5 positive results.They scored their second try in the sequence immediately after a high ball repossession over Russell, created another prime attacking position at midfield on the Scotland 22 after a Scotland error on the receipt, and three other Scottish handling mistakes led to England scrums. That represented an excellent return on England’s investment so this area was a ‘win’.Ball retention in the 13 channel In the ten previous Scotland games I examined in the course of my reports, I found that 50% of their tries had been scored from turnover. Moreover, 42% had been generated by Scotland’s outside backs – number 13 Mark Bennett and their back three – mostly by interception. Bennett’s interception try against Australia in the World Cup quarter-final could and should have won that match for the Scots. It was clearly very hazardous to make the second or third pass successfully against Scotland without falling into the defensive traps they set in the 13 channel and beyond it! Jones’ solution was to keep the ball inside Scotland’s pressure off the edge with a big majority of one-pass or pick and go plays, and no offloads:One-pass plays – 57 (59%)Pick & Go plays – 19 (20%)2+ pass plays – 21 (21%)Offloads – 1On the charge: Billy Vunipola (photo by INPHO/Andrew Fosker)England’s attacking focus was very tight, with four out of every five carries being one-out or pick plays and no offloads to speak of. This not only made England’s No 8 Billy Vunipola by far the game’s key ball-carrier with 22 rumbles, it restricted Scotland to one interception, by Russell in the second half off a pass by England’s replacement scrum-half Ben Youngs. Scotland didn’t handle Vunipola well defensively at first receiver and they didn’t create any turnovers off the second pass or beyond, so this area was another conclusive England win.Neutralising WP Nel at the scrumThe third key area was neutralising Scotland’s South Africa-born tight-head Willem Nel at the scrum. Nel has had a huge impact on Scotland’s scrum, with Scotland winning 14 scrum penalties (nearly all on their own feed) since his debut in the summer warm-up against Italy. With 11 of those penalties, they were called on the loose-head directly opposing Nel. Add in England’s well-publicised problems at the World Cup against Australia and this could easily have become a platform off which Scotland could dominate the match.Scrum time (photo by INPHO/Cathal Noonan)In the event, with England either kicking the ball high or keeping it tight, Scotland made most of the errors in the game, which meant that England had 11 feeds to a mere one put-in for Scotland. This restricted Nel’s range of domination (although he still won two penalties) and allowed England to hang on well in the scrum. England won two penalties as opposed to four for Scotland, which included two at the base of the set-piece in situations where England had lost control. Not a win for England, but manageable – a losing draw.Conclusions Casting an eye: England head coach Eddie Jones (photo by INPHO/Andrew Fosker) This game proved the value of a sound knowledge of your opponent and showed how it can have a decisive influence on the outcome of a match. On the other hand, the result was no more than a solid 6 out of 10 for Eddie Jones’ England. Scotland made twice the number of line-breaks, beat more defenders and made more offloads, and they were never more than one score away right to the end. Looking forward to the sterner challenges ahead, England did not quite get the balance right. TheyKicked away too much ballWere probably too reluctant to make the second passDepend too heavily on Bill Vunipola to carry at first receiverStill show signs of fragility at scrum-time LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Fiji home in on another HSBC Sevens World Series title – and No 1 seeding for Rio

first_img TAGS: FijiHighlight LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Island in the sun: Coach Ben Ryan watches over his series-leading Fiji squad (AFP/Getty Images) Clout of Africa: Kenya ruled in Singapore and have beaten all the world’s heavyweights (Getty Images)“Every other new tournament, Vancouver, Singapore, Cape Town and Sydney, has smashed it. Let’s hope Paris continues that and has a bumper crowd. It’s a hard ask given all the stuff (terrorist attacks) that’s happened recently, and it’s a bank holiday in France as well and it’s the European Cup final with (Paris team) Racing in it.”The rotation and resting of players that has marked the series will continue for the final two tournaments, London (21-22 May) wrapping up proceedings after the three-day Parisian showcase at Stade Jean-Bouin. England, for example, are resting Tom Mitchell, Dan Norton and Phil Burgess as they attempt to improve on a lowly eighth place. Their hopes are massively weakened by the dislocated knee injury to James Rodwell that prevents him playing in a 70th successive World Series event.Second-placed South Africa include Worcester’s Francois Hougaard among four changes, with Justin Geduld, probably the best goalkicker in the series, not being risked after a hamstring niggle in training.New Zealand (third) have Reiko and Akira Ioane back after their starring roles in Wellington and Sydney, Nick Cummins returns for Australia (fourth), and NFL star Nate Ebner, who bagged his first series tries against Portugal in Singapore, continues his Rio quest for fifth-placed USA.Fiji’s European-based stars haven’t been available until now and, having promised them an opportunity to compete for an Olympics place, Ryan admits he’s concerned about disrupting a squad that’s been functioning so well.One to watch: NFL star Nate Ebner continues his bid to make Rio as part of the USA team (Getty Images)“It’s not a bad thing that I have to keep the door open for some of our overseas players. And when I say that, I’m a little bit worried about how they’re going to perform, first time in the series.“But we’re talking about potentially the best winger in Europe in Josua Tuisova (Toulon), Leone Nakarawa (Glasgow), who was a star in the Rugby World Cup, Waisea Nayacalevu, who was Player of the Year for Stade Français, and Samisoni Viriviri (Montpellier), who was World Sevens Player of the Year two years ago. And these are guys I’m a little bit worried whether they’ll be up to standard! Perhaps I’m worrying about something I shouldn’t.”Back in the mix: Samisoni Viriviri is one of four Europe-based players back on board for Fiji (AFP/Getty)If they thrive, the new players will go into a 24-strong training squad for the Olympics announced straight after London. The players will have two weeks off before the hard work resumes, Ryan aiming to create a one-to-one battle for each of the 12 Rio places that must be named by mid-July, to comply with IOC regulations.There is time for the seedings to change but as things stand, Fiji are set to face USA, Argentina and hosts Brazil in their pool in Rio. South Africa and Australia would have to contend with in-form Kenya and core-team qualifiers Japan, while Great Britain would tackle New Zealand, France and the repêchage qualifier – probably Samoa – in the third pool.The top two in each pool, plus the best two third-placed teams, advance to the quarter-finals and no one, not even Fiji, can take anything for granted. The pieces are slotting together nicely for Fiji coach Ben Ryan, who welcomes an influx of overseas-based players for this weekend’s penultimate series tournament in Paris Softer toilet paper and being allowed to eat sausages were two of the treats sampled this week by the Fiji squad, who stayed at the deluxe Lensbury hotel in Teddington prior to heading for Paris.It was not their usual standard of accommodation but then this is not a usual year. Fiji may be on the brink of a second successive HSBC Sevens World Series title but the bigger picture is the Rio Olympics, hence the Government funding that is providing a bit of extra comfort for the world’s best sevens team.Best? The table tells the story, Fiji sitting eight points clear in the series after a potentially decisive Asian leg when only Kenya’s heroics in the Singapore final prevented them banking maximum points.“It’s been fascinating this year,” says Fiji coach Ben Ryan. “Every team would probably say they’d happily come bottom of the series if they won the gold medal in Rio. But as reigning world champions we’re desperate to go back to back.“And our goal at the beginning of the year was to go to Rio as No 1 seeds. The seedings are done over two seasons, based on World Series points, and we’re currently 18 clear of South Africa in that process. So barring a disaster we’ll be seeded one in Rio.”Cup runneth over: Fiji savour winning the USA Sevens in March, one of their three event titles in 2015-16Just as Clive Woodward piled on the pressure for England’s 2003 Grand Slam match ahead of that year’s World Cup, so Ryan used Hong Kong as a dress rehearsal for Rio.“We’ve put a focus on the series because it’s what you want going into a big competition. We put a big focus on Hong Kong. We told the players, ‘We’ll get you to a mini peak from a fitness point of view, we’ll apply pressure to you, we’ll say, ‘We have to win this tournament’, and we’ll see how you get on.”They got on rather well of course, as they invariably do in three-day tournaments especially, and in taking the title they demonstrated their remarkable powers of recovery as Saracens signing Savenaca Rawaca scored in the final seconds to rescue them in the quarter-final against Kenya.Their knockout wins against Australia and South Africa in Singapore were similarly dramatic. But the fact Kenya, progressing from the easier half of the draw, then caned them 30-7 in the final was a reminder that nothing comes easy in a sevens world of ever-decreasing margins.In the inaugural Paris Sevens of 2000, New Zealand beat South Africa 69-10 in the final, a thrashing that would be unthinkable nowadays against any team on the circuit.New Zealand’s Craig De Goldi breaks a tackle during the 69-10 Paris rout of South Africa in 2000 (Getty)France has only hosted three series events since, in Bordeaux (2004) and Paris (2005 and 2006), and Ryan is hoping the public gets behind the new venue.“European rugby’s a long way behind southern hemisphere sevens as far as structure and season goes, and the respect it’s held in. So it’s good to have a tournament on mainland Europe again,” says the Londoner, who has never taken a side to France’s capital having started with England in 2007. For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

Hotshot: Glasgow Warriors flanker Matt Smith

first_img How did you get into rugby?I started in primary school, gave it up for a year to play football, then started again at high school and have been with Stirling County since I was 11.Did you play other sports?I enjoyed basketball and canoeing. I didn’t like the contact in rugby at first and people standing on my toes! But I didn’t like coaches shouting at you in football, so I went back to rugby!Your sister Hannah plays rugby for Scotland…Yes, she is older than me, 23. I’m chuffed to bits for her and my goal is to do as well as she has. We are the only two playing rugby in our family but our great grandad, Alex Smith, played for Rangers.When did rugby become your main focus?When I got into Scotland U18 I knew it was what I really wanted to do, and I joined Glasgow Warriors as an elite development player when I came out of the U18s.Who has mentored you?Millan Brown, the Stirling County U18 coach worked hard with me for two years. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Glasgow Warriors When did you first play openside?In the second year of U18s. I was a second-row before that but Eddie Pollock, the Scotland U18 coach, said I should be a seven and I played there a lot for Glasgow Hawks this year.How will Scotland do at the World Championship?We had a good win against England to kick off our Six Nations this year, so we’ll be looking to get one over them again. We should do okay and get out of our pool. Date of birth: 5 October, 1996. Country: Scotland On the charge: Matt Smith taking the ball up for Scotland U20 v Wales. (Photo: Inpho) RW Verdict: Smith started all five games of the 2016 U20 Six Nations and scored a try in each of the first four. An Open University student of electrical engineering, he hopes to make his Glasgow Warriors debut during the autumn.First published in the July 2016 edition of Rugby World magazine.last_img read more

Jack Willis to make England debut – and other Test talking points

first_imgCan’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Autumn Nations Cup Italy v Scotland Preview Expand Autumn Nations Cup Italy v Scotland Preview Take a bow: Jack Willis will win his first England cap against Georgia at Twickenham (Getty Images) Autumn Nations Cup Italy v Scotland Preview Italy… Autumn Nations Cup England v Georgia preview Jacob Whitehead looks ahead to a busy weekend of international rugby Collapse All you need to know about the opening… Autumn Nations Cup Ireland v Wales Preview Autumn Nations Cup Ireland v Wales Preview Expand Both teams have made multiple changes for this… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Autumn Nations Cup England v Georgia preview Power and panache on the Scottish wings Italy v Scotland, 12.45pm, Saturday 14 November, Stadio Artemio Franchi, Live on Amazon Prime (UK) and Premier Sports (Republic of Ireland) As much as I wanted to talk about Duncan Weir and his hairdo, I’ve spoken about Scotland fly-halves a lot recently, so, alas, will need to find a new topic.Onto new things, and one man’s misery is another man’s fortune. Sean Maitland’s exclusion from Gregor Townsend’s initial training squad, due to his misdemeanours on Barbarians duty, have opened up a space on the Scottish wing and Duhan van der Merwe has walked straight through the door.Van der Merwe plays rugby like an Olympic sprinter with horns, tilted forwards at 45 degrees each time he accelerates. The prospect of tackling him seems about as appealing as a six-month spell in Wormwood Scrubs. The reigning Pro14 Player of the Season, van der Merwe marked his debut against Georgia with a try and has clearly done enough in training to keep his high-class clubmate Blair Kinghorn out of the team.His power complements the pirouetting feet of Darcy Graham, whose excellent scoring record of seven tries in ten starts isn’t even the most impressive part of his game – the diminutive wing has proved himself a formidable defender of late.Double up: Darcy Graham scored two tries against Georgia last month (Getty Images)It’s that time of the rugby calendar when every week sees us predicting potential Lions selections – when was the last time you could get decent odds on every member of a Scottish back three making the squad?Jack Willis to make England debutEngland v Georgia, 3pm, Saturday 14 November, Twickenham, Live on Amazon Prime (UK) and Premier Sports (Republic of Ireland)On the ball: Jack Willis in action for Wasps (Getty Images)Eddie Jones teased the prospect of selecting a forward in the back-line (not as radical as it seems given the existence of Levani Botia) but has ultimately given us an England starting XV exciting enough that we can easily forget those mind games.In an era when we talk of players being promoted to Test rugby too soon, I can’t remember a player who has made their first appearance for England having dominated domestic rugby in a manner akin to Jack Willis.The Gallagher Premiership Player of the Season, a man with body position so good that a second career as a ballerina beckons, Willis’s debut has been as hotly anticipated as the coronavirus vaccine.This first appearance is two years overdue, with the Wasps flanker prevented from touring South Africa back in 2018 after a serious knee injury in that season’s Premiership semi-final. In the intervening period he’s been down in the mire with Wasps and dragged them back out again, playing like a 30-year-old veteran rather than a 23-year-old academy graduate.Choosing a back row from England’s current selection is like selecting blindfold from a box of Heroes – pick any three, it can’t go wrong. Jones has elected to throw ruck-hitting machine Maro Itoje into the mix at blindside to combat Georgia’s expected physicality, which will hopefully free up Willis to choose his battles. I don’t think he’ll lose many.First cap: Ollie Lawrence made his England debut against Italy in October (Getty Images)He’s managed to overshadow the first start of 21-year-old Ollie Lawrence, perhaps the most exciting English prospect at centre since a young Manu Tuilagi burst onto the scene just under a decade ago. Jack Willis to make England debut – and other Test talking pointsThe last time the home nations had a new competition to play in was with the advent of the Six Nations back in 2000. Twenty years later and they’re facing off in the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup, alongside France, Italy, Fiji and Georgia.While it has taken far too long for the big boys to let the latter two join them in the play area, it’s better late than never. Georgia have an exciting first fixture against England while it’s a real shame Fiji’s meeting with France has been cancelled.Lockdown may have hit the UK, but boredom won’t be a problem this weekend. Friday evening rugby? We’ve got it. Saturday morning rugby? That too. Saturday afternoon rugby? Present and correct.So, with three Autumn Nations Cup fixtures and a bonus breakfast of New Zealand v Argentina, what should we keep our eyes out for this weekend?Misfiring attack meets struggling defenceIreland v Wales, 7pm, Friday 13 November, Aviva Stadium, Live on Channel 4 & RTEShaun Edwards coached the Wales defence for 11 years. Byron Hayward coached the Wales defence for 11 months.Losing run: Wayne Pivac’s Wales team have lost five straight games (Getty Images)Wales head coach Wayne Pivac relieved Hayward of his duties last weekend, his long-time assistant departing after the team’s five consecutive losses. Despite this, it was still a surprise call – Hayward’s Wales have conceded fewer points than Edwards’s France this year.Nevertheless, Pivac has clearly made the area his main priority, having already dropped George North and Nick Tompkins after lacklustre performances against France three weeks ago. All eyes will be on his defensive unit now.But Pivac may count his blessings that his group are up against an Ireland attack that has been under fire, with their ageing half-backs under the microscope. Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton’s play was criticised against France on Halloween despite a creditable attacking performance, with Sexton attracting more ire for his very public dismay at being taken off.Head coach Andy Farrell has rung the changes. Murray has been replaced by Leinster’s Jamison Gibson Park at nine, with another recently qualified player in James Lowe making his Ireland debut.Massive changes to both the Irish attack and the Welsh defence; whichever adapts quickest will win.In-form Juan Imhoff returns for the Pumas New Zealand v Argentina, 6.10am, Saturday 14 November, Bankwest Stadium, Live on Sky SportsArgentina haven’t played a game for 13 months, last seen exiting the World Cup in the group stages last October. It’ll be some welcome back for the match-rusty Pumas in the Tri-Nations – they’re facing an All Blacks side, who, if they weren’t warm enough after four Tests in five weeks, will have a fire in their bellies after last weekend’s 24-22 loss to the Wallabies.Try time: Juan Imhoff scores for Racing 92 in the European Champions Cup (Getty Images)Most of Argentina’s players represent the Jaguares in Super Rugby, but the franchise was excluded from the various competitions that replaced the tournament due to coronavirus, meaning most of their squad haven’t played a competitive fixture since March. With that in mind, predicting their starting XV was no small feat.It’s a story of something old and something new for the Pumas, with Juan Imhoff, possibly the in-form winger in Europe, recalled to the side at the age of 32. The thinking man’s winger, a player so cerebral you wonder if he’d be better suited to chess, Imhoff was last seen dancing down the flank for Argentina back in the 2015 Rugby World Cup – where Irish fans will well remember his quality at international level…Inside him at centre will be a debutant, Santiago Chocobares, only 21 years old. Touted as a player as delicious as his name, the Rosario-born youngster has only made five appearances for the Jaguares but is being trusted by coach Mario Ledesma to face up opposite Jack Goodhue as the lynchpin of the Argentina midfield. His carries pack a punch – watch him rip a Georgian XV to shreds below in a performance more reminiscent of Kyle Sinckler than Kyle Eastmond.AUTUMN NATIONS CUP MATCH PREVIEWSlast_img read more

Texas diocese elects Jeff W. Fisher as bishop suffragan

first_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Belleville, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Albany, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 By ENS staffPosted Jun 2, 2012 Youth Minister Lorton, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bishop Elections, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Press Release Service Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Tampa, FL People Texas diocese elects Jeff W. Fisher as bishop suffragan Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Job Listingcenter_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Release Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET House of Bishops, 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 Comments are closed. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET June 3, 2012 at 4:15 am Wonderful news to see a godly, kind man be elected to serve the diocese. Amen. Rector Martinsville, VA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Knoxville, TN 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 Submit an Event Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Comments (1) Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Mitch McCoy says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Rev. Jeff W. Fisher[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Jeff W. Fisher was elected on June 2 to be the bishop suffragan for the eastern region of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.Fisher was elected on the fourth ballot out of a field of two nominees. He received 230 votes of 391 cast in the lay order and 109 of 205 cast in the clergy order. An election on that ballot required 196 votes in the lay order and 103 in the clergy order.The election took place at Christ Church Cathedral in Houston.Because the election occurred within 120 days of the start of the 77th meeting of General Convention in Indianapolis July 4-12, Episcopal Church canons provide (in Canon III.11.3) for the required consents to be sought from the bishops and deputies at convention.Assuming that consent is received, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori is scheduled to ordain Fisher on Oct. 6 at Caldwell Auditorium in Tyler, where the new bishop suffragan will be headquartered.Fisher, 48, has been rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Waco since 2006. Prior to that call, he was associate rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cypress from 2004 to 2006. He was ordained deacon and priest in 2004 after earning a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary.Prior to entering ordained ministry, Fisher worked for Arthur Andersen in Houston, then for Hand Benefits & Trust, an employee benefit consulting firm in Houston, where he was the chief financial officer. He and his wife are the parents of two sons.His autobiographic statement and other biographical information is here.The other nominee was the Rev. Beth J. Fain, 60, rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cypress.Texas Bishop C. Andrew Doyle announced his intention to call for the election at the Clergy Conference in October 2011. At the time he laid out his specific expectations for the bishop suffragan position as a regional bishop.A bishop suffragan serves under the leadership of the bishop diocesan, who frames his or her specific work, Doyle said. Among the duties of the new bishop will be the boards of St. James’ House, the diocesan retirement community in Baytown; All Saints’ School, Tyler; William Temple Center, Galveston and St. Vincent’s House, Galveston. The new bishop also will be responsible for pastoral care of the clergy and be the diocesan liaison to the Little Church Club, Episcopal Church Women, diocesan Altar Guild, Cursillo, Recovery Ministry, Brotherhood of St. Andrews, Faith Alive, Restorative Justice and have oversight of the Bishop Quin Sabbatical Grants.Fisher will join Doyle and Bishop Suffragan Dena A. Harrison in serving the diocese, which has more than 77,000 members in 151 congregations. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Bath, NC last_img read more

Convention moves to balance ‘environmental’ and ‘economic’ justice

first_img Rector Shreveport, LA By Lynette WilsonPosted Jul 20, 2012 Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Collierville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA July 28, 2012 at 1:29 am How far down this slippery slope of ecofascist nonsense are we going to go as a once honorable and industrious denomination? This form of Marxism does not survive intellectual scrutiny but instead thrives on emotional deception. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Comments (6) Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Jeffrey Parker 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Sarah Webb says: Advocacy Peace & Justice, September 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm I’m so glad to find this website and realize that the Episcopal church is confronting the challenge of climate change. Are there any resources available to help those of us who want to raise awareness in our local diocese? For instance, Maine has a 20% renewable-energy initiative on the ballot this November, and I’d love to raise awareness. I feel like there is a dearth of resources available to explain these issues clearly and concisely to a relatively uneducated audience. (As are most Americans, unfortunately. See above comment.)Some clear, fact-based charts, explaining the science, would be immensely helpful. Do such resources exist?(Griff, if you’re still involved in this site, I am Cephas’s sister–)Melissa July 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm I give thanks for the Very Rev. Cathleen Bascom in leading her community to take action on climate change solutions! Featured Events Convention moves to balance ‘environmental’ and ‘economic’ justice Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Melissa Jenks says: General Convention, Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Youth Minister Lorton, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Albany, NY Tags Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Phyllis Strupp says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls July 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm This is a much more cogent article than most on this subject. I ask again: Is there any US Episcopal Church agreed upon definition of economic or environmental justice? Many legal documents begin with an early section that defines terms before beginning to use them in the rest of the document. Is there anything like that in the resolutions of the General Convention?The quote by Rowan Williams is something I think most people would agree with. Let’s focus on that. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Knoxville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Environment & Climate Change, July 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm Lynette thanks for this informative article that shows in concrete ways how we are part of the created order, and the voices at convention who witnessed to this truth. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Peter Cabbiness says: Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Michael Maloney says: General Convention 2012 Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Comments are closed. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI July 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm This is excellent coverage of the tension that often exists between economic development and environmental concerns. We need another story on the more straight-up economic justice resolutions such as D87, Job Creation Legislation, and resolutions which address both environmental and Justice concerns such as C119 Clean Air Ports Act 2012. Mike Maloney, ENEJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Kivalina is the only village in Alaska’s Northwest Arctic Borough region where people hunt the bowhead whale, a cultural tradition and dietary mainstay that has been severely hampered by the thinning ice. Once, hunters camped on the ice for weeks at a time; now, they stay only a few days and mostly look for whales that have strayed from the herd. This historic photo shows a whaling team and was provided courtesy of Janet Mitchell.[Episcopal News Service] In the past 20 years the state of Iowa has experienced three crisis-level floods, the latest, in 2008, put nearly a third of the state underwater.“It was a 500 year flood, causing $60 billion in damages,” said the Very Rev. Cathleen Bascom, dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in downtown Des Moines, adding that the frequency of the floods “is what opened our eyes to the climate change issue.”The cathedral, which sits on High Street along with the four other remaining “old churches,” weathered the storms, but the low-lying areas – mostly home to low-income residents and immigrants – “suffered the most,” she said.“One of the economic justice issues I was made aware of following the flood was that the levee above Birdland [a low-lying neighborhood in north Des Moines] was allowed to remain weak, so it broke,” said Bascom, adding that areas downriver, including the city’s financial district, have experienced re-gentrification. “So the water, then, was not a threat to higher income properties.”Bascom, an Iowa deputy to the 77th General Convention in Indianapolis July 3-13, testified before the National and International Concerns Committee in Indianapolis on behalf of a resolution to address environmental justice (B023).In a post-convention telephone interview with ENS, Bascom said one of the things she really liked about the resolution was its call to action, which implores institutions, the church, dioceses and congregations “to support to implementation of grassroots, community-based solutions to climate change,” including ecological restoration, promoting food sovereignty and making local adaptations toward resilience. The latter being something the cathedral has done already by mitigating storm-water runoff.Replacing dilapidated asphalt with permeable pavement and a filtration system, the cathedral has the capacity to keep 12 swimming pools worth of water out the storm-sewer system and out of the river, Bascom said. The cathedral also planted a garden, including native-plant species like prairie grasses, that is irrigated by the water. The garden also serves as a “welcome mat” and place of respite for nearby workers and a conservation laboratory for urban children, she added.In addition to B023, General Convention passed Resolution D055, which advocates for public policy to reduce climate-change emissions. Both B023 and D055, in addition to previous general convention resolutions, form the basis for the church’s environmental and economic justice work in the coming triennium.“To me, two of the issues about which the church is called to be more and more visible and proactive are climate change and poverty/economic inequity,” said Michael Schut, the Episcopal Church’s officer for environmental and economic affairs. “Resolution B023 calls us to ‘resist the development and expansion of ever more unconventional, dangerous, and environmentally destructive sources of fossil fuel.’”“That resistance may mean we need to be out on the streets in peaceful protest of such efforts. Such resistance obviously answers the call to be more proactive about climate change. But the resolution recognizes that in such resistance the church must support those who might lose their jobs in the transition from a fossil-fuel-based economy to a clean energy economy… which answers the call to address poverty.”Balancing the need to protect the environment while simultaneously working to alleviate poverty, however, can often leave Episcopalians in the trenches feeling at odds, especially in states like Pennsylvania where the unemployment rate is high and where generations have made a living working in the mines and the oil and gas fields.“Finding the social justice right mix representing the church’s good stewardship of the environment and its love and concern for people and to mitigate poverty is not an easy path,” said Joan Gundersen, who served as a deputy of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and on convention’s National and International Concerns Committee, in a July 17 interview with Episcopal News Service.In Pittsburgh, the diocese has a “double concern,” Gundersen said: “Of course we are interested in the environment, and making sure that whatever is done, is done safely, but we are also cognizant of the high unemployment rates and the hunger for jobs.”Pittsburgh sits over the Marcellus Shale, an enormous natural gas reserve lying a mile beneath the surface and covering an area from New York through parts of Pennsylvania into Ohio and West Virginia. Given its location near major population centers in the eastern United States, some see the Marcellus as ripe for development.In 2010, the city of Pittsburgh voted to ban corporations from drilling for natural gas, including hydraulic fracking, within the city limits. The diocese, which includes rural, high-unemployment areas like Northern Cambria, hasn’t taken a position on fracking and hasn’t had a “deep conversation” on the matter, said Gundersen. In addition, General Convention discharged a resolution to “oppose dangerous fracking.”During a hearing on Resolution D055, Gundersen testified that selling the resolution in Pittsburgh might not be difficult, but the same wouldn’t hold true in surrounding rural areas.“When you’re in the countryside where 39 percent of the population is unemployed and these fuels are their livelihood,” she said. “… How do you sell it in the rural depressed coal mining areas?”Unlike in West Virginia, where the state receives a bigger cut of the profits generated from resource extraction, which it can use to repair roads and for environmental restoration projects, Pennsylvania where infrastructure and regulation have lagged doesn’t receive the same revenue. And depending on where you are in Pennsylvania, reaction is mixed regarding environmental contamination, the extent and its existence, she said.A natural gas processing plant, Gundersen added, is poised to open along the Pennsylvania-Ohio border, bringing at least 2,000 jobs to the area.Resolution D055’s explanation states: “… Other costs of fossil fuels include oil spills, contamination of ground water with mercury and other pollutants from coal mining, and accumulation of improperly stored radioactive waste as a result of hydrofracking. There are many concomitant health care costs from our exposure to these pollutants…”It continues, “The continued use of fossil fuels is not sustainable.”Also during the testimony, the Rev. Barbara Schlachter, a visitor to convention from the Diocese of Iowa who helped found Iowa City Climate Activists, called attention to the real costs of low-cost fuels, as pointed out in the resolution’s explanation, and called for support for renewable energy sources. Schlachter said reducing reliance of fossil fuels is a “moral issue.”“What is going to happen to our environment, our atmosphere,” she asked. “It’s [climate change] has already come to some parts, and it’s coming here.”During his testimony on B023 before the committee, Austin Swan Sr., a deputy from the Diocese of Alaska, and a resident of Kivalina, an Inupiaq island-community where climate change threatens the community’s continued existence, shared his experience.“I am a lifetime resident of Kivalina, born and raised there. When I was a child, we had probably two-thirds more land and now have 35 percent of that land, all this loss due to erosion mostly in the last four or five years,” he said.And despite living in an environment rich in natural resources, including the world’s largest zinc mine located upriver, Swans said: “We still live in third world conditions. Where does that money go?”Proposed by Alaska Bishop Mark Lattime, the resolution resolves “That the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church stands in solidarity with those communities who bear the greatest burdens of global climate change: indigenous peoples, subsistence communities, communities of color, and persons living in depravation around the world…”The village of Kivalina sits on the tip of a six- to eight-mile-long barrier island – a quarter-mile at its widest – some 80 to 120 miles above the Arctic Circle between the Chukchi Sea and the Kivalina Lagoon in Alaska. It is home to about 400 people and reachable only by plane and boat in the summer and plane, and snowmobile in winter.Of the 200 native coastal communities in Alaska, varying degrees of erosion affect about 180 of them, according to the federal government’s General Accounting Office. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has said that Kivalina is one of three native communities in need of relocation.As explained in the resolution’s explanation, Kivalina “has been ever-increasingly at risk because of global climate change. Loss of sea ice has led to increased coastal erosion, land failure, and unreliable, if not perilous, conditions for the practice of subsistence hunting.”In 2008, the village of Kivalina filed a lawsuit against 24 oil, electricity and coal companies, including Exxon Mobile Corp., Conoco Phillips and BP. The claim alleges that, as significant contributors to greenhouse-gas emissions, the corporations have exacerbated global warming, thereby accelerating erosion in Kivalina and leaving the island vulnerable to storm surge and flooding.Further, the resolution’s explanation stated, that Shell Oil was set this month to begin oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea, “the deepest source of Inupaiq food, cultural identity and spirituality alike.”California Bishop Marc Andrus, who endorsed B023 and sat on the National and International Concerns Committee, said the people of Kivalina “identify with the island and its surroundings,” and to move is not as simple as moving from Alabama to San Francisco, as he did when he became bishop.Not unlike with the Guarani, a formally nomadic indigenous tribe in Brazil that has lost much of its ancestral land, for the people of Kivalina to move, “is a kind of death,” he said.(Through a companion relationship with the Diocese of Curitiba in Brazil, the Diocese of California has supported the Anglican Church of Brazil’s efforts to stand with the Guarani.)While at convention, hearing the stories of the Guarani and the situation in Kivalina, who are in “much more extreme” situations, reminded Bascom, she later said, of a lecture Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams once gave called “Renewing the Face of the Earth: Human Responsibility and the Environment,” in which he said:“It is possible to argue about the exact degree to which human intervention is responsible for these phenomena … but it is not possible rationally to deny what the inhabitants of low-lying territories in the world routinely face as the most imminent threat to their lives and livelihoods.”– Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for Episcopal News Service. Submit an Event Listing Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Belleville, IL Rector Tampa, FL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC last_img read more