Tony Hanks leaves Wasps

first_imgHIGH WYCOMBE, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 13: Wasps forwards get ready to scrum during the AVIVA Premiership match between London Wasps v Gloucester Rugby at Adams Park on February 13, 2011 in High Wycombe, England. (Photo by Getty Images for QBE) Changing of the guard: Shaun Edwards is taking over from Tony Hanks this weekendTONY HANKS is stepping down as London Wasps director of rugby with immediate effect.Head coach Shaun Edwards will take charge of the squad for Saturday’s game against Leicester and Wasps are starting to recruit for a replacement to fill the director of rugby position immediately.The decision has been made by mutual consent and Wasps chief executive Chris Thomas said: “Results have not gone as we would have liked this season and we have been disappointed with recent performances.“Tony has been equally disappointed with how things are going on the pitch as he has always been wholeheartedly committed to the club with a strong desire to see it succeed. Both parties believe that the time is right for change to give the squad a fresh start and the club is now looking forward.” TAGS: Wasps LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Wasps lost 10-9 to Gloucester at the weekendNew Zealander Hanks, who took charge of Wasps at the start of the 2009-10 season, added: “I’m naturally disappointed to be leaving the club, and this has been a really tough decision to come to.“In my time here over many years I have developed a very strong bond with the players and staff and I want to thank them for their hard work and commitment. I have huge respect for London Wasps and I wish everyone the best. I am confident there is a special group of players coming through and that the club will be successful in the future.” As for the future, Thomas said: “Our focus now is on recruiting someone who can take the club forward and put us in the best position to challenge for honours. Tony’s successor will inherit an ambitious squad that we will strengthen in the coming months and with eight more Premiership games to go, our aim as a minimum is to secure our place in next year’s Heineken Cup and continue to fight for a place in the playoffs. This club has a proud history of success and our ambition is as strong as ever.“On behalf of London Wasps I have thanked Tony for his work and dedication and I wish him the very best in the future.”last_img read more

Andress returns to Chiefs

first_img“Exeter, I know, are a great club and one which is moving in the right direction.  Even before the start of this season I said to a few people that they would be alright in the Premiership because not only do I rate Rob as a coach, but they’ve got some great players, some great coaches and the facilities down there are great.“For me, my initial aim is simply to report in for pre-season, train hard, work hard and take it from there. I know Paddy [Anson] and the conditioning staff will work us hard over the summer, so I just want to get my head down and get myself in a good position come the start of the season.” “Craig Mitchell looks like he’s going to play in the World Cup so I was keen to add another prop to make sure we’re strong in those first six-eight weeks when Craig could be away,” explained Baxter. “John is a guy our crowd know all about and I’m looking forward to having him back here and working with him. I know he’s looking forward to coming back and playing for Exeter again and he adds real competition for us.“We have got various options there. Chris Budgen has played loose-head for us and Hoani Tui has played a lot at loose-head as well, he played European Cup games at loose-head when he was in Italy.”Having made 44 appearances during his previous two-year stay with the Chiefs, Andress says the chance to return to Exeter was something he is clearly relishing.“I’m really looking forward to coming back to Exeter,” said Andress, who first joined the Chiefs from Ulster. “I obviously had two really good years down there and I loved every minute of it. The people at the club, the supporters, the whole community was something I really took to, so it was a pretty easy decision to make once I knew Rob was interested in bringing me back.”A proven performer during his first stay with the club, it was no surprise that his on-field displays drew the attentions of clubs in the Premiership, most notably Harlequins.“When I moved on it was purely because it was the chance to go and play in the Premiership,” he said. “But since I left the Chiefs have got there themselves and you only have to look at this season to see how well they have done.  As I said, I really enjoyed my time at Exeter and coming back to quite a few familiar faces will certainly help me settle back in. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 28: John Andress of Harlequins charges forward during the Guinness Premiership match between Harlequins and Gloucester at The Stoop on November 28, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) Adress heading back to Sandy ParkChiefs head coach Rob Baxter says he looking forward to welcoming prop John Andress back into the Exeter ranks after two seasons away with Aviva Premiership rivals Harlequins.The Irish prop, who has agreed a one-year deal with the Devon club, is Baxter’s seventh new addition as he looks to bolster his squad for next season’s assault on the top flight.Welcoming the 27-year-old back into the Sandy Park stable, Baxter said: “I worked with him closely as forwards coach when he was here before. At that time he was probably the best scrummaging tight-head in the league. I have always said players who perform well in the Championship have the ability to perform well in the Premiership.“Last season he played in some big games for Harlequins and he’s a guy I am comfortable working with and I think he can push on again. He’s more of a modern prop who does more than just the set-pieces, he gets around and makes tackles and likes to carry the ball.“I think he’s a good signing for us and I think there is going to be a lot of competition in the squad. I like the look of the front five, I think it’s an area we’re going to have a lot of strength.”Certainly Baxter will have no shortages of options to choose from in the front-row as Andress, plus fellow newcomer Craig Mitchell, will have to vye for a starting spot alongside current squad members Chris Budgen, Hoani Tui, Brett Sturgess and Ben Moon, all of whom have excelled for the Chiefs this season.“I’m delighted with how Chris and Hoani played this year,” added Baxter. “The way Hoani played on Saturday against an England prop [Tim Payne] was fantastic, we pretty much dominated the scrums on our put in, so that shows Craig Mitchell and John Andress have got a big job on their hands to get in the 23 and that’s fantastic for us. We have now got six really good props and that’s a great position to be in going forward.”With Welsh international Mitchell likely to be heading to New Zealand for the World Cup, Baxter explained the need to add another prop to the ranks was seen as crucial.last_img read more

Five things we learnt in July

first_img Wales have a lot riding on Samson LeeJuly saw some huge positives emanating from the Wales camp. The extreme conditioning programme has been hugely successful and the coaching staff seem genuinely happy with the progress of the squad – but the one area of concern remains Samson Lee. It is testament to the Welsh staff that he is even anywhere near the required fitness levels given his injury, yet Warren Gatland’s admission that Lee is still “touch and go” is a problem.Whilst Wales don’t have the strength of the All Blacks or South Africa, in the majority of positions there is enough depth to make Wales competitive come September. That is not the case at tighthead and an awful weight of burden rests on Samson Lee’s young shoulders – shoulders that are admittedly powerful enough to underpin a subsiding three-storey Georgian town house. Without the impressive Lee, the Welsh scrum will be forced to rely on Aaron Jarvis, newbie Tomas Francis and Scott Andrews – with just 21 Test caps between them. A meagre amount when considering the challenge ahead.The naivety of Quade CooperJuly saw the England squad being given a guide to sensible social media usage during the Rugby World Cup (a mandatory for all teams participating in the competition). The 24-point guide could easily have featured a few case studies on bad practice from Quade Cooper – his Twitter blast last week being a fine example. To move or not to move: Taulupe Faletau on the attack against Ireland. Photo: Getty ImagesBy allowing all of the Premiership teams two ‘wildcards’ each season, whereby those wildcard signings wouldn’t face sanctions if they were released outside of the international window, those clubs would have a big advantage when signing marquee players. This may seem like suicidal advice for a Welshman to be advising the English Premiership on how to poach more players – but it seems like a common sense approach with few drawbacks. I need to wrap up this article quickly, before angry Welsh hordes, armed with pitchforks, set fire to my house.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Misbehaving Wallabies, innovative All Blacks and the importance of Samson Lee for Wales are all topics addressed in this July review Split position: England want to play Sam Burgess in midfield not the back row. Photo: Getty ImagesIt is not as if the debate is even focused on whether Burgess is a 12 or a 13, a wing or a full-back, or a six or an eight; for Bath and England to still be haggling over whether he is a forward or a back is calamitous. Made even more ridiculous when you consider that the Rugby World Cup is kicking off in a matter of weeks.With the warm-ups against France just days away this time should be spent refining and honing defensive lines and attacking patterns, not reacquainting a player with a position he hasn’t played for months. No matter how many times this situation is explained, it is still spectacularly strange.All Blacks continue to innovateWhilst July saw northern hemisphere Test teams involved in hardcore fitness regimes, it was the All Blacks who once again showed the world why they are still far and away the team to beat come September. Richie McCaw’s exquisitely simple lineout move, which enabled the All Blacks to beat the Springboks at Ellis Park, was a reminder that strength of muscle is nowhere near as powerful as strength of mind.Over the line: Richie McCaw scores the key try against South Africa. Photo: Getty ImagesIn truth this isn’t the first time that the Springboks have been undone with this exact move, Samoa also did it in 2013, but it once again illustrates that speed of thought can undo even the fastest of lineout pods. Whilst some of the biggest lumps in rugby and arguably the finest lineout in the world geared up to defend a catch and maul on their five-metre line, the All Blacks had other ideas. Instead they threw short, soft and flat straight to an unmarked McCaw who carried straight over the line.We’ve seen plenty of pictures of flexed-up northern hemisphere players dragging tractor tyres across fields this summer, let’s hope fitness doesn’t take precedence over finesse.A more flexible Premiership could corner the marketJuly saw Taulupe Faletau’s move to Bath falter. The awkward, yet vitally important, issue of international release being the sticking point. Without full release the WRU won’t sanction the move and with full release Bath potentially face penalties from Premiership Rugby. Yet whilst Premiership Rugby’s stance on international release is laudable, and a reflection of the strength of their league, a simple relaxing of their release rule would provide them with a significant commercial advantage. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS However, Cooper’s finest social media faux pas remains his decision to wear a Toulon shirt, whilst having his picture taken with Mourad Boudjellal, when there were obviously doubts remaining over his desire to complete the move. Wearing the jersey and shaking the hand of the owner is rugby’s equivalent of placing the ring on the bride’s finger. If three months later you decide to run off with a better proposition, your new bride may feel justified in cutting up your clothes and lobbing them out of the bedroom window. And if reports in the media are to be believed Boudjellal is already sharpening his scissors.If Cooper does make the plane to England in September, on landing Michael Cheika would be wise to grab Cooper’s phone and bung it straight in the Thames.Sam Burgess chaosJuly once again saw the Sam Burgess ‘issue’ come up as England confirmed that they view Burgess as a centre, not a back-row forward. There is of course the argument that England have never had any doubt over Burgess’s positon within the squad, but that is largely academic when his main employer thinks otherwise. Whether or not England believe Burgess is a centre is futile when he played the last few weeks of the season in the back row. Top prop: Samson Lee trains last week – but will he be fit for the World Cup? Photo: Huw Evans Agency last_img read more

Picking Farrell and Burgess is not a risk, insists Lancaster

first_img“It is not a gamble. People said it was a gamble to put him in the 31-man squad but day by day, week by week, he is proving people wrong,” Lancaster said in Thursday’s press conference.“In full-on games in training he’s had to defend against Jonathan Joseph, Henry Slade and Brad (Barritt) and I’ve watched him day in, day out doing that. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Stuart Lancaster insists he is not taking any risks by selecting either Owen Farrell or Sam Burgess in his side to face Wales on Saturday.The England coach made the decision to drop George Ford to the bench to make room for Farrell, while Ford’s Bath teammate Burgess lines up at inside-centre.Lancaster says Farrell’s selection shows the depth England have in the fly-half position, with the Saracens man having pushed Ford for the starting role since the Aviva Premiership final.As for Burgess, Lancaster hopes the Rugby League convert can translate his form in training and as a substitute in the win over Fiji into a strong performance from the start against Wales. Sam Burgess and Owen Farrell in training on Thursday center_img Stuart Lancaster has explained and defended his decisions to drop George Ford and start Owen Farrell and Sam Burgess in England’s game against Wales “I’m certain he can deal with the big game experience and I’m certain he can carry the ball over the gain line.“My confidence in him has grown. We scored two tries at the end of the Fiji game and they were a lot to do with Owen and Sam.”last_img read more

Warren Gatland’s Lions 2021 coaching team

first_img Warren Gatland has named his Lions assistants for the South Africa tour (Getty Images) Warren Gatland’s Lions 2021 coaching teamWarren Gatland has named his coaching team for this summer’s British & Irish Lions 2021 tour to South Africa.Gatland, who has been head coach on the past two tours, will be assisted by Gregor Townsend (attack), Robin McBryde (forwards), Steve Tandy (defence) and Neil Jenkins (kicking).Scotland head coach Townsend and Jenkins, who is Wales’ kicking coach, were both part of the 1997 Lions team that beat the Springboks – the last time the tourists won in South Africa.This will be Jenkins’s fourth Lions tour as a coach and Townsend’s first. McBryde, who was part of Gatland’s Wales back-room team for more than a decade and is now in charge of Leinster’s forwards, toured with the Lions as a player in 2001 but this is also his first involvement as part of the coaching team, as it is for Scotland defence coach Tandy.Lions coaches McBryde, Tandy, Gatland, Townsend and Jenkins (Inpho)“It’s a really strong group and I’m excited to see what we can achieve together – I think we’ll all complement each other well in South Africa,” said Gatland.“A Lions tour is a unique challenge, so it’s important to have some continuity in the coaching group. Neil understands the exceptional demands that only a Lions tour can present, and we will benefit from his knowledge and experience.“But it’s also important to have new voices and a fresh perspective. Gregor is doing an excellent job in charge of Scotland and is an outstanding coach. He also understands the challenges of touring South Africa as a player and what it takes to win there, so I am extremely happy he will be part of the set-up.“Steve has made Scotland’s defence one of the most organised in world rugby – something we saw throughout the recent Six Nations. He’s clearly an intelligent coach and someone I am very much looking forward to working with.“Obviously Robin is someone who I know very well from our time together in Wales. He is an impressive and experienced coach who continues to have success with Leinster. I think he’ll be well suited to the Lions environment and I am sure he will do an excellent job with the forwards.”It has been widely reported that Steve Borthwick and Graham Rowntree – both involved in previous tours – were initially set to take on assistant roles with the Lions but withdrew last week.Gatland may add to his coaching team closer to the tour – perhaps someone like former Lions captain and current Ireland forwards coach Paul O’Connell – but Jenkins, McBryde, Tandy and Townsend are the core quartet of assistants. The New Zealander has named four assistants for this summer’s tour to South Africa Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight Jenkins is excited to be working with Townsend again, saying: “The Lions is a unique experience for players and coaches.“To bring together the best players from four countries and take on the Springboks in their own backyard is very exciting. To do it with one of my Lions team-mates from 24 years ago is incredibly special for me.”McBryde has called on the Lions to be “uncompromising” in the way they play and Tandy has spoken of the need for everyone to get “on the same page as quickly as possible” when it comes to defence.Townsend added: “To be involved as a player and now as a coach is truly humbling.“One of the great challenges of a Lions tour is to bring together players from four different countries, in a short space of time, and create an attacking threat that will cause the opposition problems. It’s something I am already looking forward to.”The Lions squad is due to be announced in early May and assemble in late June. Before heading to South Africa to take on the world champions, they will play a Test against Japan at BT Murrayfield on 26 June.This tour will be unlike any other due to the pandemic. The squad is set to operate in a ‘bubble’, as teams did in the Six Nations, and the tour itself is likely to be limited to one or two locations rather than moving around South Africa to minimise the risk of Covid-19.Gatland said: “Touring South Africa is always a huge challenge and clearly when the squad assembles in June to begin our preparations everything is going to look and feel a bit different to previous tours.“But having spoken to the coaches individually over the past few days we’re absolutely determined to make it an enjoyable, memorable and ultimately successful experience for everyone involved.”What do you think of Warren Gatland’s Lions 2021 coaching team? Let us know your thoughts by emailing [email protected] or get in touch via social media.last_img read more

Six Nations staying on free-to-air TV

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. ITV and BBC agree four-year deal to show men’s, women’s and U20 championships in the UK Matches in the men’s Six Nations would be shared between ITV and BBC (AFP/Getty Images) Six Nations staying on free-to-air TVThe Six Nations is set to stay on free-to-air TV in the UK until at least 2025.It had been thought that the championship would go behind a paywall from next year. However, Six Nations Rugby has reached an agreement in principle for matches from the men’s, women’s and U20 championships to be shown on BBC and ITV from 2022 to 2025.The contract terms are still to be finalised but if things proceed as expected, ITV and BBC would continue to share the rights to men’s Six Nations, with ITV showing England, France, Ireland and Italy home matches and BBC broadcasting Scotland and Wales home matches.The one change from the deal that ended this year is French home games moving from BBC to ITV.The Women’s Six Nations would be broadcast exclusively on the BBC with the U20 championship also covered by the BBC.The Women’s Six Nations would be shown exclusively on BBC (Getty Images)Six Nations CEO Ben Morel said: “This is exciting news for fans and for our championships. Both BBC and ITV have been excellent partners in recent years playing an important role in sharing the incredible moments that the Six Nations always produces, and celebrating the special place our championships hold in the hearts of fans.“I’m particularly excited by the opportunity to grow the women’s game with an invested broadcast partner in the BBC, who is as committed as we are.“We’re looking forward to working with them both as we continue to raise the bar and bring rugby’s greatest championships to ever-growing numbers across the UK.” Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, added: “For the millions of Six Nations fans across the UK, the championships remaining free-to-air is wonderful news.“BBC Sport has led the way in increasing the profile of women’s sports, so we are thrilled to now include the Women’s Six Nations as a permanent fixture on our broadcast calendar.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS ITV Director of Sport Niall Sloan said: “ITV is delighted to have reached this agreement, which extends free-to-air coverage of such an important tournament and will ensure it remains centre stage each spring.“With the addition of France home games to those of England, Ireland and Italy, we look forward to bringing ITV viewers a wealth of superb rugby from the Six Nations in the coming years.”Tournament organisers confirmed earlier this month that it was in joint contract discussions with Virgin Media Television and RTÉ over Irish coverage of the three championships, so the Six Nations is set to remain on free-to-air television in Ireland too.last_img read more

Who is Louis Rees-Zammit: Ten things you should know about the Wales wing

first_imgFind out more about the young speedster included in the 2021 British & Irish Lions squad The Louis Rees-Zammit gif sweeping social media Louis Rees-Zammit stuns the Scots Wales went to… Collapse The Gloucester and Wales wing explains how sprint… Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. as the Louis Rees-Zammit gif sweeps social media… 7. In the hours after scoring the winning try against Scotland in the 2021 Six Nations, he got another 70,000 followers on Instagram.He also once dated Paul Scholes’s daughter, and revealed the Manchester United legend tried to convince him to play for England.8. He chose to sing Robbie Williams’s Angels in front of the team as his first-cap initiation. Louis Rees-Zammit in Gloucester colours (Getty Images) Expand Expand Who is Louis-Rees Zammit: Ten things you should know about the Wales wing Louis Rees-Zammit is one of the most exciting figures to emerge in international rugby in years.Breaking into the Wales team while still a teenager, his rapid rise led to Warren Gatland selecting the winger in his squad for the British & Irish Lions 2021 tour. He is the youngest member of the squad travelling to South Africa.Playing domestically for Gloucester as one of a talented crop of wingers, here are ten more facts about the talented Welshman.Ten things you should know about Louis Rees-Zammit1. Louis Rees-Zammit was born on 2 February 2001 in Penarth, in the Vale of Glamorgan. He now stands 6ft 3in tall and weighs just under 13st. His surname comes from Maltese ancestry.2. Roald Dahl is another famous alumni of the Cathedral School, Llandaff, which Rees-Zammit attended.3. He didn’t settle on the wing until he reached Hartpury College, playing half-back and centre throughout his schoolboy days.Louis Rees-Zammit after playing against Worcester in the 2019-20 season (Getty Images)4. At 18 years and 70 days, Rees-Zammit is the youngest Gloucester player to ever appear in a Gallagher Premiership match, coming off the bench with four minutes left of a 27-23 win over West Country rivals Bath.5. On 28 December 2019 he scored three tries for Gloucester against Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens – becoming the youngest-ever scorer of a Premiership hat-trick.MORE ON LOUIS REES-ZAMMIT Louis Rees-Zammit stuns the Scots Why Louis Rees-Zammit is getting faster 9. Those sprinting genes come from his father, Joseph, who was an American Football player in his youth.10. Outside of rugby, he is interested in mental health provision, working as an ambassador for the Sporting Minds charity. 6. International honours came in the autumn of 2020. He came off the bench to make his Wales debut in a 38-21 loss to France and scored his first Test try against Georgia a month later. The Louis Rees-Zammit gif sweeping social media Why Louis Rees-Zammit is getting faster Louis Rees-Zammit stuns the Scotslast_img read more

Ancient Byzantine ‘healing cross’ finds home at Glendale church

first_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Washington, DC Ancient Byzantine ‘healing cross’ finds home at Glendale church Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Comments are closed. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Press Release Service Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA November 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm The Healing Cross is a truly lovely and powerful link to the Early Church. We welcome all to come see it! Rae Markus says: November 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm It is amazing that people in this modern world would believe in such nonsense. There is no way an inanimate object can cause actual healing. There is no place for this sort of idolatry amongst educated peoples. The beliefs of the 5th century hardly qualify as something valid for today.I would really expect some more progressive works in the Episcopal Church amongst all the churches around today. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Posted Nov 12, 2012 November 17, 2012 at 1:22 am There’s a Chinese saying: The person who says it can’t be done should not interrupt the one doing it. Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Bath, NC Simone Kronae says: Submit a Job Listing [St. Mark’s Episcopal Church] While perusing the inventory of an antiquities dealer several years ago, a small bronze cross caught Anson Williams’ eye.  Williams, a veteran director of film and television, well-known as “Potsie” and the star of the iconic television series “Happy Days,” describes himself as being “very spiritual,” and having a life-long attraction to sacred art.“The simple beauty of this ancient cross spoke to me,” says Williams, who acquired the piece after seeing photographs and a description identifying it as a very unique pectoral cross of the Byzantine Empire dating to the early 6th Century.  Admiration of the aesthetic was soon enhanced by a more spiritual experience, Williams claims.  “My appreciation of the cross as a piece of art was soon overcome by a very real sense of something powerful when I held it in my hand.”  Williams felt compelled to share the cross with others.  “Many people who held and touched the cross described to me that they also experienced something very powerful, from relieving physical pain to feeling an indescribable, transcendent peacefulness come over them. Someone began calling it the ‘Healing Cross.’ The name stuck, because that’s exactly what it is,” Williams explains. “I can’t explain its powerful effect, but it’s there. I’ve personally witnessed it.”  A native of Burbank, California who grew up Jewish, Williams says he couldn’t ignore what others had experienced through the Healing Cross, and he began looking for a religious community that could serve as a suitable home for the sacred object.Fr. Mark Weitzel, the Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale, explains that Facebook enabled a connection.  “One of our parishioners has a long-standing family connection to Anson, and he noticed a Facebook post on Anson’s online profile with a photo of the cross and its story,” says Weitzel. “That sparked a dialogue between Anson and the church, and we agreed that the Healing Cross was something very special indeed that should be made available to the public.”Working with internationally-known designer and sacred art expert Rhett Judice, Williams and Weitzel oversaw the design and fabrication of a stylistically-appropriate reliquary that would protect the Healing Cross while still enabling faithful viewers to touch it.  “We felt it was absolutely necessary that individuals could actually touch the cross while viewing it and offering their prayers and personal devotions,” explains Weitzel.  “The very real presence of the Divine made incarnate is a central tenet of our tradition, so being able to tangibly encounter a holy object that is nearly as old as Christianity itself is an holistic and deeply meaningful experience.”The location of the church was also a factor in selecting St. Mark’s as the caretaker of the Healing Cross.  “We are located in the heart of Glendale, which is a very diverse community that includes a large population of Orthodox Christians and believers whose traditions are rooted in the Eastern Church,” says Weitzel. “This cross is a sacramental object that may very well have been worn by a prelate of the Eastern Church fifteen centuries ago.”For his part, Williams is overjoyed that the Healing Cross has found a permanent home not far from where he grew up.  “I feel very blessed to play a role in uncovering a piece of history that can help bring comfort and healing to the bodies, minds and souls of people today,” says Williams.The Healing Cross is open to the public and is available for viewing and devotion at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1020 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, California.(A description of the Healing Cross, which is part of its permanent display, follows.)“Dating to the 500s AD, the Healing Cross is a Byzantine pectoral cross from the early centuries of the Church. Many who have touched and venerated this Cross have experienced it helping to focus and channel their prayers for healing and restoration of body, mind and spirit.The face of Christ is very life-like; looking down, expressive, vulnerable yet powerful, encircled with a crown of thorns: the Lamb of God bearing the grief and sorrow of humankind. Depending on the light and angle at which the Healing Cross is viewed, the dimensions of the face appear to shift.The Healing Cross is housed at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale, California. We warmly welcome you to come visit when you are in the Los Angeles area and invite you to touch the Healing Cross. As you touch it and as you pray, reflect on the thousands of faithful people who have touched it, who have been touched by it, and whose lives are part of its story.The Healing Cross has been graciously lent to the Parish Church of St. Mark by Anson Williams for the prayers and healing of all people.” Featured Jobs & Calls Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Press Release Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Comments (3) TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Music Morristown, NJ Jason VanBorssum says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT last_img read more

Archbishop of Canterbury meets Jordanian foreign minister in Amman

first_img 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 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Middle East Rector Hopkinsville, KY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs [Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby met with the Jordanian foreign minister His Excellency Nasser Judeh in Amman today (June 26) to discuss current tensions in the Middle East and opportunities for building peace between religions in the region.Welby was accompanied by Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani, whose diocese also includes the Kingdom of Jordan.The archbishop is currently on a five-day visit to Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.Topics covered in the meeting included political instability and conflict in the Middle East, and the needs of the various historic religious communities in the region.The grave situation in Syria, and the huge numbers of Syrian refugees who have been taken in by Jordan, were also discussed.The archbishop said: “It was a privilege to be so warmly received with such hospitality by the foreign minister. We had a very productive discussion about the political situation in the region, and especially about how we might cooperate to help foster peace, and secure the traditional fabric of the whole society in the region.The Hashemite Court has a close relationship with the archbishop’s office, and His Majesty King Abdullah II visited Lambeth Palace last November.Recognizing the traditional Hashemite responsibility for Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem and the Holy Land and also the needs of international pilgrims from both communities, the archbishop asked the foreign minister to thank King Abdullah for his own and his father’s exemplary role, and to encourage His Majesty to continue this vital service to the common good of both religious communities locally and internationally. 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Anglican Communion invited to first ever online debate

first_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing Featured Events Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Washington, DC Tags Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Smithfield, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Anglican Communion invited to first ever online debate Associate Rector Columbus, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Press Release Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 [Anglican Communion News Service] Anglicans and Episcopalians worldwide with access to the Internet have a chance to take part in what is thought to be the first ever cross-province webinar.Anglican Alliance, the platform that supports development, relief and advocacy across the Anglican Communion, is hosting the online debate on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Taking part in the event is Brazil’s Archbishop Mauricio Andrade, Burundi’s Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, and former U.N. Deputy General Secretary and former U.K. Africa Minister Baron Malloch-Brown.The organizers claim it “will be a chance for you to hear from leading Anglicans and to put forward your views in the discussion of the new goals for world development after 2015.”The online debate will last for an hour starting at 6 a.m. in Brasilia, Brazil, 10 a.m. in London, U.K.,  and 11 a.m. in Bujumbura, Burundi (5 a.m. Eastern Time). People who sign up to take part here will be able to send in their questions throughout the debate for the panel to answer.Anglican Alliance is holding this online debate as the world’s leaders prepare to agree the new goals for world development that will replace the Millenium Development Goals that end in 2015.The Alliance has already been part of the discussions about the future direction of world development through its participation in the discussions on “The World We Want” by the UNDP. Hundreds of Anglicans worldwide have already voted on the online ballot set up by the UNDP for new global priorities.  The UNDP highlighted the innovative work by the Church of Bangladesh to give women in rural areas a say in the global debate by organising a special paper ballot for them.For more information contact Anglican Alliance on [email protected] Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Tampa, FL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Pittsburgh, PA By ACNS staffPosted Aug 30, 2013 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Director of Music Morristown, NJ center_img Rector Martinsville, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Anglican Communion Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Collierville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Belleville, 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Albany, NY Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LAlast_img read more