LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS He said: “I remember getting Thom up here after he played for England U21 and firstly realising what a great guy he is. I also saw a steely edge and a real competitiveness to his game.“What has happened is unfortunate but it’s now in the past. I know that whatever Thom does in the future, he will succeed.“It’s great we all had the chance to see Thom grace the rugby field and I am personally privileged to have coached him.”Meanwhile, Scotland head coach Andy Robinson paid tribute the winger.“On behalf of the Scotland management and players I want to wish Thom all the very best,” he said.“Thom is a talented and resilient lad, and whatever challenges he decides to take on, he does so with our full backing and knowing that the rugby family will always be there to support and encourage him.”Scotland team doctor and Scottish Rugby’s head of medical services, Dr James Robson, added: “While it is obviously poignant that Thom is retiring from the game, thanks to the skill and professionalism of all the medical professionals involved in Thom’s treatment and rehabilitation – as well as his own strength in body and mind – he can now look forward to leading a full and healthy life.”Scottish Rugby president, Ian McLauchlan, said: “Thom was a great rugby player and remains a great ambassador for rugby.“The injury he sustained is rare in rugby and when I witnessed it happen at the Millennium Stadium, I shared the concerns of many others around the world.“As a governing body, Scottish Rugby takes player welfare extremely seriously and we do everything we can to ensure that the safety of our game is of paramount priority.“Thom has shown great strength in character to bounce back so quickly. “Thom has a great future ahead of him and everyone at Scottish Rugby, and the wider rugby community, is behind him every step of the way.” Glasgow Warriors winger, Thom Evans has retired from rugby following the neck injury he sustained whilst playing for Scotland during the 2010 RBS 6 Nations Championship.Evans collided with another player at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday 13 February and suffered a slipped vertebra in his neck.Following the accident, the then 24-year-old received expert medical attention from members of the Millennium Stadium, Welsh Rugby Union and Scottish Rugby medical teams before undergoing two operations at the University Hospital Wales, part of the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.On today’s announcement, which comes as a result of medical advice, Evans said: “When you’re told you can’t play the sport you love dearly, it comes as quite a shock.“But taking everything into account, I can still do pretty much anything. I just can’t play a physical game such as rugby.“I’ve been fortunate to have played six seasons at the top against some of the best players in the world. I’ll have those memories for the rest of my life.”Career ending injury is a rare occurrence at the elite level of the game and although Evans’s injury has seen him retire from rugby, he realises that his situation is very uncommon.“You can ask any rugby player who has had a freak accident and they will still tell you that rugby is the best game in the world,” he continued.“Even though I can’t play the game, I’ll still be as enthusiastic off the pitch as I was on it.”Evans has now set his sights on achieving success via his many other talents.He continued: “No matter what the future holds, I know I will remain a big follower of my brother Max, Glasgow Warriors and the Scotland team for the rest of my life.”Glasgow Warriors head coach, Sean Lineen, signed Evans from London Wasps in 2006 having seen the youngster run in a hat-trick of tries against Scotland whilst representing England U21.
Throughout the weekend, the West Car Park will welcome fans from across the world when it opens its doors to the Game Reserve. Open for all fans to enjoy, there will be live music, interviews with players, picnic areas and plenty to eat and drink.Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting www.rfu.com/londonsevens. Weekend tickets cost from £45, individual days at £25 and kids £5 each day. See www.irbsevens.com for the match schedule. IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “The battle for core-team places in London is set to be fiercely contested with all eight teams hugely competitive, having won through from their regions and also booked places at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow. It is wonderful news for the fans as it guarantees even more quality and intensity at Twickenham.“Going forward to our Olympic debut in Rio in 2016, it’s important that every nation can win core-team status if they are good enough. We’re confident that this system provides every nation competing in their regional tournament with a direct chance to compete on every round of the World Series, and so also ensures a transparent pathway to the Games.”Colourful: Rob Vickerman and Michaela StanifordThe weekend also features a Women’s Invitational Tournament. England face France, Spain and Australia on day one of an eight-team event and skipper Michaela Staniford said: “Twickenham is always a special experience and one that we take a hell of a lot of pride in. Last year the Women’s final was watched by one of the biggest crowds of the weekend and that is fantastic for the sport. The home support is very humbling and we want to make our supporters proud.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Bundle! England Sevens forward James Rodwell is engulfed during this week’s tag rugby festival at BarnesAS FANS put the final touches to their safari outfits, 12 captains and coaches taking part in the Marriott London Sevens at Twickenham this weekend launched the tournament at Barn Elms, Barnes.Players and coaches attended a tag rugby festival for local primary schools and the Dallaglio Foundation as children had the opportunity to get their hands on the tournament trophy ahead of the final leg of this season’s HSBC Sevens World Series.Last year’s weekend attendance of over 103, 000 confirmed London as the world’s largest two-day sevens tournament but ticket sales are on course to break this record, with 110, 000 fans expected over the weekend.England, lying eighth in the standings, will face Fiji, Samoa and Argentina in Pool C on the opening day in the final leg of this season’s HSBC Sevens World Series, the overall title having been wrapped up by New Zealand in Glasgow last weekend. Skipper Rob Vickerman said: “It’s great to be heading into London on the back of our third-place finish in Glasgow and we’re confident we can carry that form into this weekend – there is no better place to do that than at Twickenham.“It’s very special playing at the home of England Rugby, combining one of the world’s best XVs rugby stadiums with one of the best sevens rounds of the series. Everyone is really looking forward to playing in front of our friends and family, a potentially record-breaking crowd and a fantastic atmosphere.”For the first time, the weekend will include a separate and crucial core-status qualifying tournament. Scotland will be fancied to grab one of the three places available but will be wary of their Sunday morning quarter-final against one of Spain, Portugal, Russia or Tonga. Only the two finalists and third-place winner from this tournament will be able to compete in all nine Series events next season.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Warren Gatland and Stuart Lancaster in 2013 Former South Africa coach Jake White and Japan boss Eddie Jones are two of the favourites to take the role, but Lancaster insists he will not make a decision until after England’s final game against Uruguay on Saturday.Gatland, meanwhile, has his own team to think about, with Wales facing a crunch game with Australia on Saturday with a win meaning they will avoid the likes of South Africa and New Zealand in the knockout stages. Warren Gatland has shown his support to his embattled England counterpart Stuart Lancaster, saying the coach as been through an ‘assassination by the media’.A number of journalists and former England players have called for Lancaster to resign following England’s early exit from their own World Cup, while there have been reports of unrest in the camp throughout Lancaster’s reign.Backs coach Andy Farrell has been forced to deny that he has had any undue influence over team selections in the tournament, while a spat between Danny Cipriani and skills coach Mike Catt became public this week.“There’s a little bit of assassination by the media,” Gatland told reporters on Thursday.“One kick, and had they taken those three points, I don’t think all this would have been the same,” he said. “I rang Stuart in the week, he texted back and said ‘I appreciate the support’. I just hope that him and his family are ok, that’s more important than the rugby.“We’re all in this together, so we understand the pressures of professional sport and what we have to deal with.”The Wales coach told reporters that England “couldn’t afford him” according to Rugby365, although the Kiwi is just one of the names being floated around as a possible successor to Lancaster should he leave his post. “We’re all in this together,” says Warren Gatland about Stuart Lancaster’s tough time after England’s early World Cup exit
The Best Rugby Jerseys 2021With international rugby back on our screens for the first time since March, there’s never been a better time to wear your colours and support your team, even if we’re having to do that from our homes instead of Twickenham or the Principality Stadium for the time being. And there are plenty of options for fans who perhaps don’t want to don a full-on replica jersey, and instead invoke the spirit of an era of rugby long gone, where cotton shirts, long sleeves and folding collars were the order of the day, and the cut of the design was a little more, shall we say, forgiving for those of us who don’t spend every spare moment down the gym… Related: Best replica rugby shirts 2021These ‘classic’ shirts as they’re often known are also much easier to get away with in scenarios where you might feel a little out of place wearing a proper replica jersey, and many of the official ones borrow cool design cues from the on-field jersey. Let’s take a look at the best rugby jerseys to buy for you…The Best Rugby Jerseys 2021Umbro England 2020/21 Classic HomeCredit: England Rugby Store+ Loose fitting cotton design+ Inspired by the test jersey– Prominent main sponsor For many fans even the looser fitting polyester replica jerseys are still not what they want from a rugby shirt – whether it’s for tradition or just pure comfort, for some fans a cotton long-sleeved design is all that will do. And that’s where this new Umbro England Classic shirt comes in, with the basic vibe of the on-pitch version recreated in classic jersey style, complete with a proper old school collar, long sleeves and that all-important red rose. Buy now from England Rugby Store for £55Buy now from Umbro for £55Buy from Lovell Rugby for £55Canterbury Ireland 2019/20 Rugby Vapodri Classic HomeCredit: Pro:Direct Rugby+ Two-tone classic collar+ Moisture-wicking Vapodri material– Last season’s jersey If you’re after a more casual Ireland jersey and you don’t mind it being a little out of date, then last season’s Vapodri Classic home jersey might very well be the perfect option for you, and is still widely available at many retailers. Unlike most other ‘classic’ shirts, the Ireland shirt is made of Vapodri material, meaning it offers the moisture-wicking benefits of an artificial fabric with the feel of cotton, and the two-tone collar is certainly a bit different too. Buy from Pro:Direct Rugby for £39Buy from Lovell Rugby for £30Macron Scotland 2020/21 Cotton SS ReplicaCredit: Rugby Store+ Subtle sponsor logos+ Tartan rear panel– Short sleeves not the most classic look Macron takes a different tactic with its classic jerseys than other suppliers, and it’s one we think will go down well with more traditionally minded fans that don’t love the giant sponsor logos across the front of modern test jerseys. Instead, this cotton short-sleeve design shifts the main sponsor up into a small area below the crest, giving it a much more old-school look than many other cotton jerseys. Buy from Pro:Direct Rugby for £62Buy from Lovell Rugby for £65Macron Wales 2020/21 Classic LS ReplicaCredit: Rugby Store+ Minimalist main sponsor for more classic look+ Classic long sleeve design with fold-over collar– Dragon detail might not be for everyone + Sleek, classic look+ Details from test jersey– Short sleeves not to everyone’s tasteThe All Blacks jersey is the most iconic in all of rugby, and one of the most recognisable jerseys in sport, but Adidas’s super hi-tech approach to New Zealand’s on-field jerseys in recent years certainly aren’t trying to win over traditionalists in the style stakes, but that’s what this supporter’s design is for.A classic black rugby jersey with an old-fashioned fold over collar is good for everyone, and while fans of long sleeves are out of luck here, it’s still a very classy number, though the thin white stripe around the collar (designed to ape the similar effect on the 2019/20 All Blacks on-field jersey) might not be for everyone.Buy now from Sports Direct for £13.50ASICS South Africa Springboks Premium Long Sleeve ShirtCredit: ASICSThe Boks became one of the feel-good stories of 2019 as they turned around two years of terrible form to capture the Rugby World Cup under the leadership fo Rassie Erasmus and Siya Kolisi, and this official long-sleeved jersey is a fittingly restrained way for fans to continue to cheer on the Boks wherever and whenever they might be playing next.Produced by Japanese brand ASICS, this shirt keeps things as traditional as you like with the iconic dark green jersey paired with a 70s-style large gold button-up collar. The maker’s logo and the SA Rugby and Springbok logos are all stitched on, so you know this is a jersey designed to be a wardrobe staple for years to come.Buy now from Amazon for £39.99Gilbert Barbarians Heritage Long Sleeve ShirtCredit: England Rugby Store+ Iconic hooped design+ BaBaas values sleeve detail– Real danger you’ll get called up for the squad if you wear itThe Barbarians concept is one of the most unique and wonderful things about rugby union, and while recent events haven’t been wonderful for the Babaas’ credibility, the invitational side’s swashbuckling style has created some of the most memorable and exhilarating moments in the history of the sport.The Baa-Baas are currently supplied by Gilbert and this classic jersey brings to mind all those classic Barbarians tries we’ve watched a thousand times on YouTube. A lovely touch is the legend, ‘Flair, Courage, Spirit, Passion’ on the sleeves – the Barbarians ethos in a nutshell. As with Scotland’s Macron cotton replica jersey, the Wales option takes the smart move of minimising the sponsor logo for a more subtle look, and if anything looks even more restrained than its Scottish counterpart. Related: Best deals on British & Irish Lions shirtsLike the Scotland shirt it’s also available in long- and short-sleeved flavours, with the the big difference from the test jersey being the welcome presence of an old-school collar to complete the retro look, it sports all the design touches of the on-field jersey, including the polarising massive embossed dragon on the rear. Buy now from Lovell Rugby for £67Buy now from Pro:Direct Rugby for £66.99Adidas All Blacks 2019/20 Supporter JerseyCredit: Adidas LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Buy now from England Rugby Store for £75Can’t get to the shops? 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Submit an Event Listing Lent, February 12, 2016 at 9:04 pm While I am glad to see women involved in ministry, I am concerned that this was three women, no men. Where is the example for the men; that church is for them as well? We’ve done a complete flip-flop. Comments (5) Susan Park says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY February 11, 2016 at 6:27 pm How beautiful. How holy. Thanks you Rev. Spellers and your colleagues for taking this ministry to the streets of NY. I viewed this video three times and, on each occasion, it brought tears to my eyes. I must confess to having been one who felt very disconcerted by “Ashes to Go.” My discomfort stemmed from my belief this lacked the meaning of the act, because it was missing our rich Ash Wednesday liturgy. Having been inspired by this video, I was shaken from being trapped in a narrow point of view. After all, doesn’t Jesus call us to be disconcerted and brought to new ways of thing and being obedient servants. I believe Rev. Backus summoned hit the proverbial nail on the head when he wrote the ministry of “Ashes to Go” is a portrayal of Jesus’ lifestyle. Thank you for freeing me to have a more open minds. Blessings. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC February 22, 2016 at 11:01 am Excellent. Well done in every way. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Video: Ashes to Go brings church to the streets of New York City Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Jeanie Garrett says: February 12, 2016 at 6:40 am What a great witness! In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 February 11, 2016 at 5:20 pm Church of the Epiphany, Miami Lakes – we took the ashes to a small shopping center and were well received. Also able to explain what we were doing to those who didn’t understand what Ash Wednesday was all about. Submit a Job Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Posted Feb 11, 2016 Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Video Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Fr. Albert Cutie says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Music Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Bath, NC Rector Albany, NY Katherine Beck-Ei says: Rector Tampa, FL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Press Release Service Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Pittsburgh, PA Comments are closed. Rector Collierville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Smithfield, NC 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 Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Martha Richards says: [Episcopal Church Office of Communication] The Rev. Stephanie Spellers, canon to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for evangelism and reconciliation, is one of many Episcopalians who brought Ashes to Go to the streets on Ash Wednesday.An ENS article about Ash Wednesday initiatives to bring church to the people is available here. Rector Belleville, IL
Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET [Anglican Communion News Service] The primus of Scotland, the archbishop of Wales and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams have called on the U.K. government “urgently to revise its policy towards refugees.” They are among a large number of Anglican bishops and clergy from the U.K. who have put their name to an open letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May. It has been signed by 224 faith leaders.Full article. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Refugees Migration & Resettlement Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Pittsburgh, PA Faith leaders unite in call for U.K. action on refugees Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Albany, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit an Event Listing Press Release Service Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Ecumenical & Interreligious, Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Course Director Jerusalem, Israel By Gavin DrakePosted Sep 12, 2016 Featured Events Submit a Job Listing Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Knoxville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Anglican Communion, Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Press Release Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Smithfield, NC 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 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Belleville, IL
Submit a Press Release Associate Rector Columbus, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis [Anglican Communion News Service] Bishops in New Zealand opposed to the legalization of medically assisted suicide and euthanasia have cited examples from Europe to warn that “safeguards” imposed when the law is first changed could later be loosened. The seven diocesan bishops in New Zealand are all opposed to the End of Life Choice Bill, which has been introduced by parliamentarian David Seymour. This week, Bishop Richard Randerson made an oral submission to the Parliament’s justice select committee on behalf of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia’s Tikanga Pakeha.Read the entire article here. Rector Belleville, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Events Anglican Communion Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Collierville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Bath, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Posted Jun 22, 2018 Tags Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Justice Select Committee hears New Zealand bishops’ concern over proposed euthanasia law Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL Press Release Service Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC
Rector Martinsville, VA Consejo Ejecutivo de La Iglesia Episcopal: discurso de apertura del Obispo Presidente Director of Music Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Bath, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Press Release Press Release Service New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Belleville, IL Submit an Event Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Los siguientes son los comentarios de apertura del Obispo Presidente Michael Curry en el Consejo Ejecutivo de La Iglesia Episcopal, que se reunió del 10 de junio al 13 de junio en el centro de conferencias en el Instituto Marítimo de Linthicum Heights, en Maryland.Consejo Ejecutivo10 de junio de 2019Comentarios de aperturaPermítanme compartir sólo unos pocos comentarios de apertura y otra vez darles la bienvenida a todos. Sólo un punto de seguimiento y luego otro en particular, como a especie de saludo de reconocimiento al personal de La Iglesia Episcopal. El punto de seguimiento es—recordarán que, en nuestra reunión de febrero, tuvimos conversaciones y redactamos una resolución de inquietud con respecto a la Conferencia Lambeth y la asistencia de los cónyuges de obispos a ella. Sólo quería que tuvieran en cuenta que la Cámara de los Obispos se reunió poco después, a principios de marzo. Ellos tuvieron una conversación sobre ello y se enteraron de la resolución del Consejo Ejecutivo, por lo cual se sintieron muy agradecidos, podría decirse.Los obispos tuvieron una gran discusión acerca de eso, y—¿cómo les explico? —bueno, fue vigorosa y sana. No aprobamos una resolución, sino [que en su lugar] un comunicado, pero seguimos trabajando con ello, incluso mientras hablamos. La comunidad de obispos y cónyuges se convocará para nuestra reunión regular de otoño en Minneapolis, en septiembre. En ese momento, habrá aún más discusiones, y reflexión acerca de cómo responder apropiadamente, en el camino del amor, pero con la claridad a la que el amor nos llama. Habrá más discusiones porque tanto los obispos como sus cónyuges estarán presentes. Hay un pequeño grupo, ya que la Vicepresidenta Mary Gray-Reeves está convocando a un pequeño grupo que está trabajando para encontrar la mejor manera de lograrlo. Este trabajo está en curso, y escucharemos más detalles, creo, en octubre cuando nos volamos a reunir.Ese fue sólo un rápido seguimiento de nuestra última reunión. Ahora, yo quería, en mi discurso de apertura, sólo ofrecer un saludo de reconocimiento al personal de La Iglesia Episcopal. La verdad es que tenemos un personal extraordinario. Estas personas, son simplemente extraordinarias, y es un privilegio servir con ellos. Tengo en cuenta que la Presidenta Jennings y el Secretario Barlowe comparten este sentir conmigo. Es que ellos son sólo un grupo extraordinario de personas. Trabajan arduamente. Realmente que sí, y yo se los recomiendo. Me parece que nuestra continua relación laboral entre el personal y el Consejo está creciendo y desarrollándose de manera sana y positiva. Les agradezco a ustedes por eso, y les agradezco a ellos por eso.Una señal de eso se vio realmente durante nuestra última reunión interna con el personal, a la cual ellos acudieron de alrededor de las muchas partes donde están ubicados. Como ustedes ya sabrán, casi la mitad del personal está desplegado, aunque esa palabra como que suena un poco militar, pero supongo que es la más adecuada porque en ellos tuvieron que ser desplegados por toda la iglesia. Hace sólo unas semanas todo nos allegamos a las oficinas centrales 815 en Nueva York, y tuvimos tres días de reuniones internas con el personal. Esta reunión, así como otras en el pasado, pero ésta en particular, fue realmente diseñada por los miembros del personal. Rebecca Blachly está aquí en alguna parte, Rebecca Blachly y Melanie Mullen. Creo que Melanie vendrá más tarde. Ellas fueron las dos copresidentas que realmente lograron unir en equipo al personal.Lo que fue fascinante fue ver a todos los miembros del personal que participaran en una variedad de roles. El hacer que realmente eso se diera fue genial. Fue simplemente extraordinario.Digo todo eso para explicar que algo muy importante pasó y quería que lo supieran. Recibimos retroalimentación después de nuestra reunión a través de Survey Monkeys. ¿Conocen lo que son ese tipo de encuestas con por internet como las de Survey Monkeys? Bueno, pues se dio retroalimentación en cuanto otras de las reuniones internas del personal anteriores, para identificar lo que realmente había sido útil, lo que no lo fue, lo que se podía mejorar, y ese tipo de cosas. Ahí se les pregunto a ellos: “¿Qué podría ayudarle en su trabajo?” Y fue muy interesante. En la reunión interna con el personal de creo que hace un año, el personal trabajó con lo de trazarse metas y objetivos. Al estilo clásico de gestiones de gobernanza y sus operaciones.Uno de los comentarios que surgieron tanto de ahí, así como las revisiones de rendimiento que pudimos hacer, creo que fue para fin de año, fue que el personal realmente quería ver más conexión entre nuestra labor de convertirnos en el movimiento de Jesús osado a caminar el camino del amor, con las tareas que realmente hacemos como empleados. Realmente querían atar esas metas y objetivos – sus metas y objetivos, digamos, a la obra del movimiento de Jesús, de caminar el camino del amor. Cuando esto se vuelve crítico y realmente importante, es cuando se miran a los tres objetivos generales del movimiento, digamos. Evangelismo, reconciliación racial…Y añado, cada vez que digo reconciliación racial, hemos planteado-en Estados Unidos al menos, y puede que no sea verdad en todas partes, pero al menos en Estados Unidos, que la reconciliación racial y la justicia son la puerta de entrada a todas las formas en que estamos quebrados, fragmentados y separados unos de otros. Es la entrada, no sólo el fin. El evangelismo, la reconciliación y el cuidado de la creación de Dios.Como sea, esos tres tienen sentido. Todo el mundo dice, “sí, amén. Muy bien. ”risasPero supongamos que usted trabaja brindando servicios al edificio. ¿Cómo afecta el evangelismo, la reconciliación y el cuidado de la creación a su trabajo cuando mantiene las calderas en marcha? O como cuando en el apartamento del Obispo Presidente en la planta superior, cuando se enciende y se apaga el aire acondicionado, porque no tiene gradaciones de grados de calefacción, solo se enciende o se apaga, pues es un edificio antiguo.risas¿Qué tiene que ver eso con el evangelismo? La pregunta, la muy pregunta práctica y básica para muchas personas es, “Mis tareas diarias. Me encanta mi trabajo. Los cheques llegan a tiempo. Los cheques no rebotan – todo está bien.risasPero ¿cómo eso de regular el termostato en el edificio? ¿Cómo es que eso de supervisar el trabajo de construcción que está sucediendo [tiene que ver con el evangelismo]? Porque el estado de Nueva York tiene muchas leyes sobre los edificios y cosas así. Tenemos andamios por todo la parte exterior. ¿Cómo es que para alguien que hace eso tiene que ver con el evangelismo? ¿Qué tiene que ver eso con la reconciliación racial? ¿Cómo es posible que tenga algo que ver con el cuidado de la creación esto de los servicios al edificio? Bueno, creando un ambiente que sea amigable con el medio ambiente. Ahí sí se puede hacer esa conexión. Esos fueron los datos que recibimos de las reuniones internas previas. El equipo diseñó nuestros tres días para abarcar estas cosas más profundamente.Una de las ideas para mí -y no por qué me tardé… Soy un aprendiz lento, pero tardé cuatro años o tres años y medio–no sé cuánto tiempo he estado de Obispo Presidente–en darme cuenta de que los objetivos del evangelismo, la reconciliación racial, el cuidado de la creación, esos tipos de objetivos de toda la iglesia tienen sentido. Pero tiene que haber un cuarto objetivo. No para toda la iglesia, uno que es particularmente para el personal. Uno que proviene de…Miren, normalmente, mi Biblia está en el iPad, así que tuve que volver a la antigua.risasEse objetivo era particular y único, digamos, al personal, pero tengo el presentimiento, [de que también al] Consejo Ejecutivo. Eso es lo que estoy compartiendo ustedes. Proviene de Efesios, capítulo 4–Efesios es Pablo o literatura Paulina. Sé que la gente se le dificulta entender a Pablo a veces, sé que todos nos pasa. Mi abuela solía decir, “Pablo es como cualquier otro predicador; él tiene algunos buenos sermones y tiene algunos sermones no tan buenos. El gran problema es que están todos en la Biblia. ”risasPero en uno de sus buenos días, Pablo o los escritores Paulinos dicen esto en Efesios 4. Están hablando de la comunidad de la fe en la iglesia. Los dones eran que algunos serían apóstoles, algunos profetas, algunos evangelistas, algunos pastores y maestros. La razón por la que existen, cualquiera que sea el papel o la función, la razón por la que existen sería equipar a los santos para la obra del ministerio. Me di cuenta-no sé por me qué tomó tres años y medio – de que ese es nuestro trabajo, y les dije, “mi trabajo.” Nuestro trabajo como personal, y tengo la sensación de que nuestro trabajo como Consejo Ejecutivo, es equipar a la iglesia para que sea el movimiento Jesús en el mundo, dando testimonio y andando en el camino del amor. Ese es nuestro trabajo. Equipar a los Santos para la obra del ministerio. Eso, para mí, aclaró un mundo entero.Entonces todos cavaron más profundamente en esto. Algunas cosas notables surgieron, incluso hasta el punto de observar la efectividad del personal. Pequeñas cosas tales como: no más reuniones sin programa entre el personal, y no más reuniones sin–¿cómo se llama? —informe posterior a la reunión.Una voz femenina exclama: “evaluaciones”.Si una evaluación, para que todos sepan lo que dijimos que íbamos a hacer. Es útil saber lo que dijimos que íbamos a hacer por adelantado, pero entonces también es útil saber…Y esto es cuestión clásica, pero hasta que te detenas y tengas que pensarlo… Y al personal se le ocurrió eso. No contratamos a ningún consultor para hacer esto…risasPero eso provino de una profunda discusión en verdad en la que todos nosotros participamos, ¿cómo podemos equipar a los santos de manera más eficaz y fiel para la obra del ministerio? Y eso fue una notable realización para mí, y espero que para los miembros de nuestro personal, y espero que para ustedes. Cuando pienso en eso recuerdo a una de las grandes personas de la historia americana pero no es muy reconocida. Su nombre era Bayard Rustin. Ahora, si usted no lo conoce, búsquele en Google o Wikipedia, o donde sea, pero vaya y búsquelo. Creo que va a salir en un documental. Su nombre, está resurgiendo. Rustin había sido entrenado en la comunión de reconciliación después de que Estados Unidos se entrenó en la hermandad de reconciliación, y se dedicó a los derechos civiles no violentos, y estudió la obra de Gandhi.Era un hombre gay mucho antes de serlo públicamente, y fue muy vilificado por nuestro gobierno, honestamente. Probablemente una de las cosas que el Dr. King lamentaría, supongo, es que no pudo hacer más para apoyar a Bayard Rustin, especialmente cuando el FBI vino tras él. Esa fue la realidad. El nombre de Rustin debe ser recordado porque no dio el discurso: “he estado en la cima de la montaña y he visto la tierra prometida”, no dio el discurso en frente del monumento a Lincoln. No es conocido por la oración en alza y su nombre apenas se conoce. Sin embargo, lo que hizo fue profundamente reconocido y forma parte de los anales de la historia americana.Fue Bayard Rustin quien orquestó la marcha en Washington. Él fue el genio que realmente hizo que sucediera. Él fue el que supervisó toda la logística, todo el trabajo, todas las interconexiones que se hicieron. Fue Bayard Rustin quien ayudó al discurso, Tengo Un Sueño, que tomara su lugar junto al discurso de Gettysburg, y la declaración de la independencia, y tal vez le dio nueva determinación este a país. Bien puede ser que nuestro papel como personal, nuestro papel como Consejo Ejecutivo, será como el de Bayard Rustin para con el movimiento de Jesús, también conocido como La Iglesia Episcopal.Amén. 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Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA [Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s latest book, “Love Is the Way,” was released on Sept. 22, and like his 2018 book, “The Power of Love,” it emphasizes Christian teachings, particularly Jesus’ command to love one’s neighbor, as a powerful force for unity and healing in a troubled world.Whereas the earlier book was a collection of notable sermons, including the one Curry preached at the royal wedding in May 2018, “Love Is the Way” takes a more autobiographical approach to the lessons of his faith. Curry illustrates core Christian beliefs and applies them to today’s social context by mining personal stories, from his early childhood in Buffalo, New York, to his work as a parish priest in Baltimore, Maryland, to his time as bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina.Curry, who was elected presiding bishop in 2015, also describes key moments in recent church history, including the internal debate over same-sex marriage, the church’s values-based political advocacy and its support of the Standing Rock Sioux in their opposition to an oil pipeline in North Dakota.“The purpose of this book is to explain what the way of love looks like, even as we walk it in a world that feels at times closer to a nightmare than to the dream,” he says in the introduction.Curry spoke with Episcopal News Service by phone from his home in North Carolina, where he now spends much of his time, since his normally dizzying travel schedule has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The following interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity and length.ENS: Your previous two books have been on the theme of Christian love, but this new book is quite a bit different than the last. Why did you write this book and why now?Curry: This book really came out of a number of people saying, “You know, this love message is a consistent message; it’s something you’re constantly talking about,” and somebody put it this way: “Where does that come from, for you?” I wasn’t speaking of love in the abstract. I wasn’t speaking of it as a theoretical construct. I was speaking of it based on my actual experience of people who have taught me about love, shown me how to love and who loved me.And that ranged from the love of my family, going through the trauma of my mother’s death. I also saw it in people who helped me to see stuff as I went along, kind of the educational journey that we all go through. I saw it when we were at Standing Rock. I saw it in our church’s struggle for true equality, baptismal equality, and actually applying what Paul says in Galatians 3 about baptism. We are all equal at the baptismal font, we must all be equal at the holy table, we must all be equal in all of the sacramental rites of the church, which includes marriage.I’m here to say there is power in the kind of love that is unselfish, even sacrificial, that seeks the good and the well-being of others as well as the self – enormous untapped power in that kind of love that can help both to give us hope in troubling times and to help us find our way and navigate our way through.ENS: There’s a passage in which you note that church is the only society that doesn’t exist for the good of its members.Curry: Yeah, that was a [Archbishop of Canterbury] William Temple quote.ENS: How do you see the role of the church, both for its members and looking outward?Curry: Well, again, Jesus said the supreme law is the law of love. He was very clear about that, Matthew 22. There can be no debate about that. The New Testament was absolutely clear about that: to love God and love the neighbor, that is what the will of God calls for.What is love? The love most frequently talked about in the New Testament is “agape” love, which is a kind of love that is not selfish. It actually seeks the good and well-being of others as well as the self, but it’s not a selfish kind of love. It’s giving, not always taking. If that is the case, and we who are the church are a Jesus movement of people who have committed their lives to the way and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, then love must be the dominant chord of the music, of the life of we who are the church. That means that we by definition are a community of people who are bidden to love, to live for the good and the well-being, not of the institutional church, not of ourselves, but for the world for which Christ died.ENS: You also say at one point that we live in a world of selfishness.Curry: And it’s not working out very well for us.ENS: Some chapters in the book apply that love to the public sphere and politics. In reaction to the church’s advocacy, some people say that it’s not the church’s business getting involved. How would you respond?Curry: You know, last week, when I preached at the House of Bishops meeting about the role of the church in the time of an election, one of the things I said then is the church must always maintain partisan neutrality. We don’t tell people how to vote. That’s not our job. Everybody must make that decision based on their own conscience. But partisan neutrality does not mean moral neutrality. The church must always be a moral voice for what is good, for what is kind, for what is just, for what is loving. That’s the nature of the church. That’s Jesus of Nazareth. When he was in a conversation about love and someone asked him who’s my neighbor, he told the parable of the Good Samaritan. That was a moral declaration about how we need to live both together interpersonally and as a society, and in a society, the way things get adjudicated is in the political world, the public square. There is a separation, and should be, of the church and partisan politics, but not the morals of public policy.ENS: Do you find it harder to get those messages across in today’s world given how polarized American politics in particular has become?Curry: Not necessarily. One of the things we must do is to find where is there common moral ground? Where are there values, ideals, moral principles that we share that we can then build on in terms of developing public policy? And that’s where there may be great overlap between progressives and conservatives, or whatever the various sides or factions are. Because we actually do share moral common ground.Some years ago when I was in North Carolina and we were attempting comprehensive immigration reform, I was in a number of conversations with legislators, members of Congress, and one of the things I would say to them often – most of them, at least in North Carolina, were professing Christians – and I said, that means we follow Jesus Christ. And that means we follow the Jesus Christ who in Matthew 5, 6 and 7 said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” How does the policy that we have do to others what we would want someone to do to us? That’s just a simple question. How does this public policy or this action, how does this reflect the values that Jesus of Nazareth taught us in the parable of the Good Samaritan, showing compassion and mercy to someone else? Or how can we shape it in a way that it does reflect that, that both you and I can agree on? I’m trying to be nonpartisan and to actually argue that we’ve got moral common ground. Not on everything, but we’ve got moral common ground on a lot more than we sometimes think. We can build on that.The Rev. Jim Wallis, second from left, and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry lead fellow clergy in a vigil titled “Reclaiming the Integrity of Faith During Political and Moral Crisis” as they process to the White House in May 2018. Photo: ReutersENS: In a chapter talking about The Episcopal Church’s decision in 2015 to offer marriage rites for same-sex couples and the negative reaction of some of the provinces of the Anglican Communion, you say some of that reaction was based on a perception of a kind of American imperialism and not just on that issue. Do you think that dynamic still shadows The Episcopal Church’s interaction with other provinces, as we look ahead to the Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops in 2022?Curry: Well, we all have to reckon with the histories of our countries and our cultures. And so we who are Americans, we have a burden that we have to bear. Other people from other countries have burdens that they have to bear; that’s true for all of us. And we have to acknowledge that. My approach, whether it’s the Anglican Communion or differences in the church, is that it’s important to learn how to both kneel and to stand at the same time. To kneel in real humility, to know that I’m not God. This is the best that I can do with the light I’ve received. And I’ve got to honor and respect the fact that you differ with me on whatever the issue or concern happens to be, and I’ve got to kneel before you as my brother, my sister, my sibling, and honor the image of God that is in you because you, like me, are a child of God.And then it’s also important to stand with integrity for whatever it is you happen to believe. And I’ve learned, I’m still learning, that it’s important to both kneel and stand at the same time. And that if we all do that and engage each other, kneeling in real humility before each other and before God, and yet being honest and up front and clear about what we stand for or what we believe and hold, the fact that we have knelt before each other creates the space where we can stand together with our differences.ENS: Let’s talk a little about preaching. You describe in the book that your more emotive style differed from the preaching style of your father, an Episcopal priest, partly because the church culture has since changed to encourage more of the preacher’s “authentic voice” to come through.Curry: I remember my father telling me, when he was in seminary they were told that displays of emotion are signs of lack of intelligence and that a preacher must give a learned discourse. That’s the way the church was; that’s the way clergy were trained. Now this would have been in the late ’40s, early ’50s. It was a different time. By the time I went to seminary, people were saying, you need to find what is your voice in the pulpit. It was Phillips Brooks who said preaching is the communication of truth through the medium of human personality. You need to communicate the truth of the Gospel as you understand it through the modality of who you are. That was a change that probably started in the 1970s in Episcopal seminaries and ecumenical seminaries all across the board, and so that freed me to learn to be me in the pulpit in ways that are authentic.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches July 25, 2017, at the 145th Niobrara Convocation at Red Shirt Table, South Dakota. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceI remember Daddy telling me at one point – because my grandfather was a Baptist preacher, my father’s father – I remember my father saying, “You preach like your Granddaddy did. He was a revivalist.” And then he stopped and said, “That’s fine. Just always make sure it’s you and not a show.”ENS: One other thing that you note in the book is that not only are you the first Black presiding bishop but you also were the first Black diocesan bishop in the South. And you mention in high school reading writers of the Harlem Renaissance, including James Weldon Johnson, who wrote the hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the Black national anthem. What meaning do you take from that hymn?Curry: Well, there’s a lot! One of the verses, it speaks of “the lessons the dark past has taught us.” And then it says, “facing the rising sun of a new day begun, let us march on until victory is won.” Notice the pattern. The lessons the dark past has taught us, and then facing the rising sun. What you have in the genius of that hymn is a recognition that you can’t ignore the past, and this is a message I think for all of us, white, Black, brown, Indigenous, Asian, all of us, everybody, that part of our past is dark, part of our past is filled with pain. The point is not to wallow in it but to acknowledge and face it and then learn from it, and then turn in a new direction and together, for all of us, together to work to right any wrongs, to repair the breach and then to work at the work of real reconciliation and creation of the beloved community. That’s right there in that hymn. The message of that hymn – which I had to memorize as a kid, and we sang it all the time, sang it in church on various occasions – what I realized is that that hymn was teaching a worldview where you’re charged with living a life in such a way that you help this world and our society to learn from a dark past and turn to work for a new day.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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Questions & Answers with Candidates for Apopka City Council Seat 4 – Week 5Each week we will be asking the candidates the questions YOU’RE asking. Please enter your comment! Previous articleApopka City Council Seat 3 Candidate Q&A – Week 5Next articleFlorida Highwaymen Paintings on Display at City Hall Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bill ArrowsmithKyle BeckerYoung Kim February 1, 2016 at 5:37 pm Please enter your name here The framing of this question appears to be one that asks each candidate which side of Apopka do you support. The question should have simply been framed like this: Do you support the prior Administration or the New Administration? I simply refuse to answer this question on which side I support. However, if this is not the case then I would answer this question as an outside observer that city has improved in its services in certain areas in the past 18 months. For example, Apopka has improved www.Apopka.net. A local concerned citizen, who wants to stay informed about local politics and the city’s agenda, can go to the website and obtain that information. PDF packets are readily available and can be downloaded before each and every city council meeting. Lastly, the services which the city provides are: stormwater, utility rates, garbage, fire department and etc. All these services must be purposed for all the citizens of Apopka. As our city grows we must keep costs down while at the same time increasing city services. If elected I make a firm commitment to serve the public by providing the best quality of service to each and every Apopkan. Low taxes, top rated Fire and Police departments, low utility rates, world class recreational facilities, and state recognized financial reporting are just a few of the benefits that didn’t just happen overnight in this community. They are the result of years of very talented employees growing this city. Any time you have an exodus of several long term department heads there are areas that are exposed and the quality of service declines.To me, one prime example was the departure of our Finance Director. He managed the finances of our city in exemplary fashion and controlled the expenditures necessary to maintain a balanced budget. This year’s budget sessions were painful at best with the leaders in charge looking at each other for answers. The city has gone thru the embarrassment of returned checks and most recently word of vendors not being paid in 60 days. We should not ride the back of small businessin paying our bills.Another area is the general appearance of common areas and city owned properties. The Dream Lake Park is in deplorable shape as a result of pure neglect. One of my goals is to clean the lakefront of growth, remove the fence and the overgrown vegetation and remove the house from the property. This is on one of the most heavily traveled arteries in our city and is a growing eyesore that could be rectified with minimal expense. All we hear is how busy our employees are and I think the answer is to re-prioritize our efforts. Tenita Reid 2 COMMENTS Dream Lake Park is even in worse condition now, because I noticed the bridge has been damaged, and it has been wrapped in yellow caution tape to keep people away from it. I thought vandals had messed up the walkover bridge, but then I noticed the tires tracks across the stream’s ditch. A vehicle barreled in between the cement light pole, and tree, and careened across the creek and slammed into the bridge. The cattails are taking over the lakefront! People are frustrated because they can’t fish there. The chemical spraying did not work. Grass beds extending out into the lake is getting worse too. Only one trash can down there, and it is placed too far away from the picnic tables. This park also needs some signs posted to warn of the presence of alligators, because people frequent the park with their small children and pets, and the existing cattails sure hide the gators. The picnic tables need some covers over them, so that when people are picnicking, the bugs, leaves, and bird poo don’t fall down on their meal. Just saying. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Bill ArrowsmithKyle BeckerYoung Kim UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 February 6, 2016 at 2:43 pm Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Yes, Dream Lake needs attention. I would suggest the additional preservation step of inserting a moderate amount of freshwater clams and muscles into the lake. The mollusks will clean the water naturally, which is essential for the life and health of the fish. This one step could help with the algae and bacteria balance and filter out poisons in the water.Dream Lake has been “over fished” for years. This popular fishing spot could be revitslized by stocking the lake and letting nature do its job. The tiny fish that come out of Dream Lake are not healthy, and therefore not really fit to eat. I think a truck full of mollusks placed around the lake would revitalize it wonderfully. If you were not able to attend the candidate forum this past week, my response to this question was highlighting the recent appointment of Chief McKinley to lead our city’s police department. Chief McKinley is a very qualified and approachable leader of the department, as well as a longtime resident of Apopka. I believe he has done a great job thus far, and continues the traditions his predecessor Chief Manley began, as well as introduced new initiatives like Coffee with a Cop, and working towards accreditation. My opponent also praised Chief McKinley as a qualified leader during the forum, whom he thought was doing a great job. Only problem, my opponent was the only representative on Council who voted against his appointment.As to internal city functions such as finance or IT, I can only speak to what I see as a resident of our city. From a technology perspective, I think there has been some foundational changes which have been beneficial, i.e. voicemail and updating the city’s extremely outdated operating systems. However, I think there is room for additional improvement, especially around our city’s website and making it more user friendly and accessible from your mobile or tablet device, and more interactive between staff and residents.Going forward, the city of Apopka needs to have a process improvement mindset, always identifying areas in which the residents could benefit from better services and service delivery. Erin Harrington Click Here for Seat 3 Candidates Week 5 Seat 3 CandidatesSeat 4 Candidates Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This Week’s Question: “Several department heads have left the city over the past 18 months. Have city services to the public improved in that time? How about internal city functions such as finance or IT?” You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply