England and Gloucester’s ‘Junkyard Dog’Rugby World caught up the ‘Junkyard dog’ when England came calling the second time around, to talk about his addiction to World of Warcraft, becoming a better golfer and being allergic to household chores. RUGBY WORLD: You must be pleased to be back in the senior England squad?MIKE TINDALL: Massively. I hadn’t given up and still had ambitions of playing for England. I knew it would be hard but as long as I was playing well for Gloucester I had a chance. I had a meeting with Johnno [Martin Johnson] to chat about it and I’m very pleased.RW: So, can England turn things around in the Six Nations?MT: That’s what we’ve got to get up for. We’ve got to make sure that we all know how we’re going to play, that we’re all singing off the same hymn sheet.RW: Will you get a chance to relax and enjoy yourselves too?MT: You’ve got to have a bit of fun – you play rugby because you enjoy it. You play better when you have fun. There’s that side of it, but you have the bloody-mindedness and ruthlessness you need on the international field, too.RW: Who are Gloucester’s jokers?MT: Andy Hazell and Iain Balshaw are the two best ones. Andy’s been injured, though, so he’s been concentrating on getting fit again. He’s the only one who’ll go to extra lengths to play pranks – it’s because he’s got no life outside rugby! – so we can sleep easy at the moment.RW: Can you remember any good practical jokes he’s played?MT: He phoned Olly Morgan pretending to be a reporter and got him to say that he thought he should be in the England team, that he was better than Balshaw etc, and then he put it on a podcast so we could all have a good laugh at Olly.RW: There is a good mix of nationalities at the club. Any funny stories with the language barrier?MT: The French and Italian players always suddenly lose their ability to understand and speak English if they make a mistake in training. Superstitions, Future ambitions and not being able to live without a laptop…RW: What are your nicknames?MT: Junkyard Dog, because when I was at Bath I had long hair, which I didn’t often brush. I used to arrive at training looking dishevelled and one day Brian Smith, one of the coaches then, said I looked like a junkyard dog, and it’s stuck.RW: What is the funniest thing you have seen or heard on the pitch?MT: Playing for Bath against Leicester in my first season, Neil Back got sin-binned, and as he headed off I sent him on his way with a comment or two. Martin Johnson turned to me and said: “Oi, nobody, shut the hell up.”RW: What can’t you live without? See how Mike’s team, Gloucester, got on in the Crossbar Challenege… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Gloucester MT: My laptop. It keeps me sane when we go away. I play a game on it called World of Warcraft and a few lads here play it, too. It’s a platform game and ten million people play on-line. It’s very weird, like a separate world. My missus [Zara Phillips] says I’m addicted to it.RW: Who does the household chores?MT: Zara does the cooking, we have a cleaner, and I offer moral support.RW: Do you have any superstitions?MT: Leave the changing room last.RW: What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?MT: To be a single-figure handicap golfer.RW: What’s your favourite joke?MT: What do you call an igloo without a toilet? Ig.RW: Aside from a house/car, what is the priciest thing you have bought?MT: A hot tub, which I’ve replaced with a gazebo, both about the same price.RW: Who would you most like to be stuck in a lift with?MT: For good banter, Samuel L Jackson. For visual pleasure, Jennifer Aniston.RW: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?MT: Invisibility.Check out his profile for EnglandChallenge Mike to a stare out…
As a youngster, Warburton used to spend a lot of time in the gym trying to get bigger and stronger – but he might well have been doing himself more damage. Since he’s cut down on the gym work he’s also cut down on the number of injuries he’s picked up. It may be coincidence, but it seems the less strain he puts on his body in the gym, the more rewards he’s reaping on the pitch. Leading the way: Sam Warburton first captained Wales against the Barbarians in JuneBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features EditorSAM WARBURTON recently said to me that he was content being a quiet member of the Wales squad, that he wasn’t quite ready to be shouting orders at the more senior members around him.In a couple of months things have changed dramatically for the openside flanker as he’s had to take on more vocal responsibility as Wales captain for their last three matches. And with Matthew Rees now a serious injury doubt for the World Cup, he could be fulfilling that leadership role in New Zealand too.While Wales will struggle to find an adequate replacement for Rees in the middle of the front row, they have someone more than capable of taking on the captaincy mantle, as he proved by winning Man of the Match in the 19-9 win over England in Cardiff.Warren Gatland said of his captain’s performance: “Sam was absolutely outstanding. That defensive effort at the breakdown stopped England getting momentum.”So what do we know about the Welsh back-rower? Here are five reasons why Warburton’s proving such a hit…1. Learning from the master Warburton has learnt his trade at Cardiff Blues under the tutelage on one of the greatest opensides of the professional era, Martyn Williams. While he may end up denying his mentor a 100th Wales cap, Warburton himself has mastered the same snaffling skills at the breakdown and provides his team with plenty of turnover ball.2. Gym won’t fix it LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Running man: Warburton scores against Italy3. Multi-taskerAs well as his scavenging abilities at the contact area, Warburton is also a solid tackler, a decent lineout option and offers himself as a powerful ball-carrier too, as his try against Italy showed.4. Leading from the frontWhile he admits to being hugely nervous before a Test in which he is captain, he seems to thrive on those nerves. He was undoubtedly one of Wales best players during this year’s Six Nations and has improved yet further during the last three games. He’s been to the fore of Wales’ game plan and hasn’t been found wanting in terms of his decision making. 5. Rounded individualWhile he’s not someone to let his hair down out on the town – he prefers a protein shake to a few beers – he keeps himself occupied off the pitch. He plays the drums, likes walking the family’s dogs and is even looking into property development. He certainly knows how to switch off to rugby.
WORCESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 25: Bath forward Lewis Moody leaves the field with an injury during the Aviva Premiership match between Worcester Warriors and Bath at Sixways Stadium on November 25, 2011 in Worcester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) “Finally, I would not have achieved what I have in this sport without the continued support of my family and friends during my entire career. Rugby has been my life for such a long time now, it is scary to imagine what it will be like without it, but I look forward to relishing the new opportunities and adventures that will come my way.’’Moments most memorable to fans will include his match winning charge down in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final and leading England in June 2010 when they famously beat Australia on their home turf.Martin Johnson who played alongside Lewis for Leicester and England before coaching him, said: “When I look back at playing with Lewis it always brings a smile to my face – it was never dull. He was one of the most committed guys I ever played with and had a complete disregard for his own physical wellbeing. It’s sad that he has had to retire but he should be remembered for a great career and someone who never gave less than 100 percent for his club and country.”Since stepping down from international rugby in November 2011, Lewis spoke of his passion to channel his efforts in to succeeding with Bath Rugby and Sir Ian McGeechan, Director of Rugby, added: “Lewis has been a fantastic servant to the game, and I am disappointed I will not now have another opportunity to work with him on the training pitch and watch him deliver in a Bath jersey. He has had a tremendous career and is a player I have greatly admired. He is always fully committed and is everything any coach would want in a back row forward. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Lewis ‘Mad Dog’ Moody put his body on the line countless times. Renowned for his fearless style of play, Lewis Moody has been putting his body on the line for club and country for 16 years.Making his first appearance for Leicester Tigers in 1996, Lewis went on to play at the club for 14 years, including 217 games and 32 tries before moving to Bath Rugby in the summer of 2010.With 71 caps for his country and three for the British and Irish Lions, he is one of the very few players to have consistently excelled in world rugby for the duration of his career. As the most capped England flanker he is also one of the most decorated, with winners medals from seven Premiership titles, two Heineken Cups, one LV=Cup, two RBS Six Nations Championships and one Rugby World Cup.Moody leaves the field for the last time…Lewis said: “It is with great sadness that I have to announce my immediate retirement from all forms of rugby. I have been very privileged to have played in some incredible teams and with some phenomenal players. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the medics and physios who have put me back together time and time again to enable me to continue to play this wonderful sport of ours.“I would like to thank all of the coaches that I have worked with during my career, from Bracknell minis to the British and Irish Lions; they have all left their mark on me as a player.“It goes without saying how much I value the fans who have supported me so loyally over the years, it has been one of life’s singular pleasures to have played this game in front of you. “He is someone whose opinion I trust and value, and he leaves a fantastic legacy from his time with Leicester, England and the Lions, which will long be remembered.’’Nick Blofeld, Chief Executive of Bath Rugby, has spoken of Lewis’s influence at the club both on and off of the field, saying: “Lewis has had a very positive impact throughout his time with Bath. Part of the reason we signed him was due to the experience and attitude he would bring off the field as well as on it, and he has played a big role in helping us to strengthen the culture, attitude and playing environment at the club. We are of course sad to see him retire, but wish him all the best with his future.”
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “I played against him when he was at Montpellier and it’s easier when you have him on your side. He’s dominant and pushes you forward,” Lobbe added. “He works very, very hard and just loves playing rugby.“He’s a very good player but we saw against Tonga, their whole team committed in defence. They have a good squad and a very good lineout. There’s a lot of things to think about when it comes to Georgia – Mamuka is one of them but we need to focus on the whole team.” Argentina’s Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe is not oblivious to the threat posed by Friday’s opponents Georgia Georgia’s victory over Tonga came off the back of a dominant display up front, with captain Mamuka Gorgodze putting in a man-of-the-match performance.And Toulon’s Lobbe knows just what a force his domestic teammate can be but knows the Eurasian side are not just relying on one player, with Georgia possessing a scrum that can more than match Argentina’s own. TAGS: Georgia When Argentina face Georgia at Kingsholm today (Friday) they know that a defeat will leave their hopes of progressing from Pool C in tatters.Defeat against reigning champions New Zealand leaves Argentina pointless and another loss to Georgia would leave the Pumas needing three wins from their final three games to have any chance of making the quarter finals.On paper it should be an easy win for the South American side, with Argentina ranked five places above their opponents in World Rugby’s rankings, but Georgia showed how strong their team is with an impressive win over Tonga on opening weekend.“For us it has become a knockout match. If we win, we stay in the competition – if we lose, it’s all over. It’s that simple,” Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe told ESPN. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe
WHAT’S NOTSoft penalties – A silly obstruction from Luke Charteris allowed South Africa to reclaim the lead with a penalty immediately after Wales had gone 10-9 up and that wasn’t the only time the men in red gifted points to the Springboks. “We gave away four penalties in the first half, all of which came when we weren’t under much pressure,” said skipper Warburton. “They were the most crucial 12 points we gave away.”Poor skills – A wayward pass from Gethin Jenkins went right over the head of Tyler Morgan and into touch when Wales were attacking in only the second minute. If the outside centre had taken the pass he would have been in for the first try, but the prop’s skills weren’t up to it, much to Jenkins’ disgust.Bad manners – The fans have been superb at this World Cup, so it was disppointing to hear the South African contingent in the Twickenham crowd booing Biggar when he lined up a penalty in the 63rd minute. The noise didn’t put the Wales fly-half off, but it was a shame it happened at all. A 74th-minute try from veteran scrum-half and skipper Fourie du Preez took South Africa into the semi-finals of the World Cup and broke Welsh hearts, as, until then, Sam Warburton‘s men had led for all but three minutes of the second half.Wales had turned round 13-12 ahead at half-time, with Handre Pollard‘s four penalties being outweighed by a try from Gareth Davies and a penalty, a conversion and a drop-goal from Dan Biggar.Two more Biggar penalties and a penalty and drop-goal from Pollard left Wales in front 19-18 inside the last ten minutes, but Duane Vermeulen picked up from a South Africa scrum inside the Wales 22, broke blind up the left and sent du Preez over for the winning score.Heartbroken: Sam Warburton and George North applaud the fans at the end. (Photo: Getty Images) Everything you need to know about the first World Cup 2015 quarter-final. TAGS: Highlight Flying Fourie: South Africa’s Fourie du Preez dives over for the winning try. (Photo: Getty Images) Star turn: Duane Vermeulen attacked strongly, but here he’s tackling Jamie Roberts. (Photo: Getty Images)STATISTICS528 – The number of metres South Africa made in attack. They crossed the gainline 73 times in all, compared to 231 metres made by Wales and 34 line breaks.84 – South Africa No 8 Vermeulen topped the metres made charts in this game, with 84 metres with the ball in hand in all100 – the number of Test appearances Alun Wyn Jones has now made, 94 for Wales and six for the Lions.21 – Wales blindside Dan Lydiate was the top tackler in the game with 21. His back row colleagues, Warburton and Taulupe Faletau made 17 tackles each. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Man of the Match: Schalk Burger (South Africa)Attendance: 79,572 WHAT’S HOTSchalk Burger – For once in this tournament, a Man of the Match award looked to be well deserved as the South African openside was prominent in the Boks’ lengthy attacking phases of rugby. He crossed the gainline 11 times – more than any other player in the match – and made 55m on the ball in all.Dan Biggar – The Wales No 10 had another magnificent game. His outstanding kick and collect set up the first try for Davies, as he launched the ball skyward from around 40 metres out, took the catch perfectly and Davies was on hand to take the pass and cruise over the line. Biggar also kicked 14 points and missed just one, very difficult, shot at goal.Dan dares: Biggar had another brilliant game and scored 14 points. (Photo: Getty Images)Executing under pressure – They were behind for almost the entire second half, but as the clock ticked towards the last five minutes South Africa executed an excellent attacking move from a scrum. Vermeulen picked up and went from the back, under pressure, and found du Preez in support with a brilliant pass. Pollard missed the conversion, but the try was enough. Wales: G Anscombe; A Cuthbert, T Morgan (J Hook 67), J Roberts, G North; D Biggar (R Priestland 73), G Davies (L Williams 70): G Jenkins (P James 55), S Baldwin (K Owens 56), S Lee (T Francis 55), L Charteris (B Davies 63), A-W Jones, D Lydiate (J Tipuric 67), S Warburton (capt), T Faletau.Try: Gareth Davies. Con: Dan Biggar. Pens: Biggar 3. Drop-goal: Biggar.Referee: Wayne Barnes (England) South Africa: W le Roux; JP Pietersen, J Kriel (J Serfontein 67), D De Allende, B Habana; H Pollard (P Lambie 76), F du Preez (capt); T Mtawarira (T Nyakane 56), B du Plessis (A Strauss 12-23 and 55), F Malherbe (J du Plessis 60), E Etzebeth, L de Jager, F Louw (W Alberts 67), S Burger, D Vermeulen.Try: Fourie du Preez. Pens: Handre Pollard 5. Drop-goal: Pollard.
Scotland scrum-half Gary Armstrong epitomised everything that was great about amateurism in rugby. Fitting then, that he also stands out as one of the greatest to wear the No 9 jersey Major teams: Jed-Forest, Newcastle, BordersCountry: ScotlandTest span: 1988-99Scotland caps: 51 (49 starts) Test points: 21 (5T)“Inside me at scrum-half I have one of the toughest players in the world. We call Gary Armstrong the Junkyard Dog.”Those were the words of Jonny Wilkinson on his former Newcastle Falcons team-mate, Armstrong. They sound special, but Wilkinson was not the only man to praise the Jeddart great’s ticker. Jim Telfer, no stranger to hurt himself, once said Armstrong had an inhuman tolerance of pain. Ask many a Borderer who their childhood hero was and Armstrong’s name lashes out, closely followed by the word “mental”. He was a long-haul lorry driver as well as a snapping terrier of a scrum-half who took contact unflinchingly. He was a Lion in 1989 and was regarded as one of the best No 9s in the world in the mid-90s while still working gruelling hours. He eventually answered the siren’s call of professionalism, leaving Scotland to play seven seasons in Newcastle from 1997, winning the Premiership title in his first term. However, he jokes that he only learned to pass off his left hand once he was paid to play. Longevity twinned with a willingness to grit his teeth and get on with it endeared him to fans. The great shame was that he missed the 1995 World Cup due to a knee injury, but Armstrong still managed to play in two World Cups in 1991 and 1999, star in the famous Grand Slam team of 1990 and nine years later captained Scotland to a Five Nations triumph. He returned to his homeland in 2002 to play for the Borders professional side for two years, before calling it a day.Scotland have developed a long line of sensational scrum-halves, but in Armstrong they have produced one of the most dedicated and most respected. Gary Armstrong in action against England LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: The Greatest Players
The Wellington Sevens and Anglo-Welsh Cup come under scrutiny this week as Rugby World hands out some winners’ medals and booby prizes… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS We liked the unfussy refereeing of Dan Jones at Welford Road, the Welsh official only ‘going upstairs’ when necessary, and making good use of the TMO when asking him to look at a potential late hit on Sam Olver while continuing the game.Good performance: Referee Dan Jones (Getty)Exeter forward Sam Simmonds scored an astounding try against Wasps. Standing at first receiver off a lineout, he showed terrific pace and then sidestepped full-back Piers O’Conor with the panache of a winger. More Danie Gerber than Dean Richards by the 22-year-old No 8.That match saw the long-awaited return from injury of Matt Jess, which means Jack Nowell – following a pact not to shave until he and Jess were fit again – has finally been able to lose his Castaway-style look.“That beard was mangy and we’re glad to see the back of it,” said TV pundit David Flatman.The SinnersWatery graveOnce again, the Newport Gwent Dragons’ pitch is making the news when it’s the players who should take centre stage.Yesterday’s Anglo-Welsh Cup tie with Newcastle was abandoned after 69 minutes because the pitch had become unplayable, with vast puddles leaving referee John Meredith no option but to blow up early for safety reasons.With the 60-minute mark passed, the Falcons’ 18-6 lead was allowed to stand as a result.Water sport: The Dragons and Newcastle struggle in the rain at Rodney Parade (Huw Evans Agency)Inevitably, the incident prompts questions over whether the Rodney Parade pitch can cope with having three teams – Dragons, Newport County and Newport RFC – playing on it and what can be done to resolve the problems with the surface.Heavy rain is part and parcel of life in Wales (and Britain generally) and it’s the fans who are being short-changed. The Dragons can’t find new investors quick enough.Wellington vacuumSticking with the spectator theme, the attendance at the Wellington Sevens really was shocking. The venue once had a reputation for being one of the best party scenes around, with the stadium selling out within three minutes in 2011, but as Sir Gordon Tietjens said: “There was just no atmosphere and no people there.”Tietjens, now coaching Samoa, has suggested taking the event to Samoa or Fiji, a proposal enthusiastically endorsed by Fijian great Waisale Serevi.Plenty of space: Falling spectator numbers at the Wellington Sevens may force a rethink (Getty)NZ Rugby has promised to review the situation but the writing appears to be on the wall after just 20,000 people attended over the two days at Westpac Stadium – well below the number needed to make it profitable.Strong wind on the second day, plus the quarter-final exit of New Zealand, did nothing to lift the mood in the stands.Just put it down!Kenyan players just love passing to Collins Injera – even when they shouldn’t.Last year Oscar Ouma cost Kenya victory against Scotland in Singapore when attempting to pass to record try-scorer Injera when already over the try-line.At the weekend Billy ‘the kid’ Odhiambo did exactly the same thing, his lofted pass to Injera being intercepted by Australia’s James Stannard. The ultimate coach-killer! Fortunately for Odhiambo, it didn’t prove expensive. Kenya, leading 7-0 at the time, saw it out 19-17 to win the Trophy final and the player finished the tournament on top of the DHL Performance Tracker – beating the likes of Dan Norton, Senatla, Werner Kok and Perry Baker. All is forgiven. But still…Silly Billy! Kenya’s Billy Odhiambo coughed up a try but still had a tournament to be proud of (Getty)For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. TAGS: HighlightNewport Gwent Dragons The SaintsAwesome ScotsIt’s only two years ago that the SRU were considering disbanding the Scotland Sevens team – how ludicrous an idea that seems now.The Scots followed fourth place in Cape Town with a podium finish at the weekend’s Wellington Sevens, yet the bronze they took for beating Canada 28-22 in an epic third-place match could so easily have been a different colour.Having dispatched England in the quarter-finals, they led Fiji deep into the semi-final before succumbing 19-12 in extra time.James Fleming, whose hat-trick against Canada helped secure him a place in the Wellington Dream Team, said: “We’ve been building for the last two years with a new coach, consistent squad, and (last year’s tournament win at) Twickenham gave us belief.“We are hitting quarters and semis consistently now and it’s awesome to have the squad we do.”Joeli’s magicSouth Africa, HSBC Sevens World Series runners-up for the past four years, are clearly the team to beat. They won their second tournament (out of three) to open a 12-point lead over Fiji (51), with England (49) and Scotland (44) leading the European challenge.A spot of shut eye: Fiji’s Joeli Lutumailagi bagged eight tries at the Westpac Stadium (Getty Images)Seabelo Senatla scored eight tries to surpass Fabian Juries’s all-time Blitzbok record of 179, and he’ll be missed by all when he heads off to Super Rugby with the Stormers after this weekend’s tournament in Sydney. Kwagga Smith (Lions) is also leaving the programme.But one of the sights of the weekend was seeing Joeli Lutumailagi – the wrong side of 30 – take on the South African speedster on the outside and scorch past him. A magic moment.Harry in a hurryHistory suggests that someone unexpected will make this year’s Lions squad, and Will Greenwood has followed that line of thinking by picking the uncapped Leinster wing Adam Byrne in his Lions Test team.So here’s another name to conjure with as a Lions bolter – Harry Mallinder. The man who led England U20 to the world title last summer is always at the heart of the action.Flash Harry: Northampton’s Harry Mallinder scores against the Tigers on Saturday (Getty Images)He’s playing 12 but can play 15 or 10 without difficulty, he has a huge boot and he’s not fazed by making errors, such as when he overcooked a penalty touch-finder on Saturday at Leicester.Northampton’s Champions Cup exit denies him a bigger platform on which to impress in the spring, but the 20-year-old is on an upward curve.Easing back inPeople rightly talk about the Anglo-Welsh Cup as an opportunity to blood young players, but it’s similarly valuable as a tool to bring back older heads.It was great to see Tom Croft back to full fitness on Saturday after his back problems while Italy prop Michele Rizzo made his seasonal bow following knee and calf injuries.Welcome back: Tigers prop Michele Rizzo tackles Saints flanker Jamie Gibson (Action Plus/Getty)Saracens openside Will Fraser (hip), in his first start of the campaign, got through 40 minutes at Scarlets, while Rhys Webb (ankle) managed the same period of time against Bristol to put himself in the frame for Wales selection this weekend.Whistler WoodFair play to the recently retired Nick Wood, Gloucester’s record appearance maker, who took the whistle for a charity match between Gloucester Rugby Heroes and South African Legends.The former prop was on the receiving end of some good-natured banter as the Legends won 12-10 in a match that raised funds for Rugby for Heroes and the Gloucester Rugby Community Charity.TV presenter Nick Knowles, who was in the Gloucester team, said: “I had a word with Woodsy and said it’s a Gloucester game, you’re a Gloucester boy, with the net result that he listened very carefully and penalised us for everything. So I think I’m going to have to find him and have a word with him.”Honourable mentionsA ‘bravery award’ to Bath centre Ben Tapuai, for hurling himself at a Rhys Priestland grubber kick as Gloucester’s Tom Marshall bore down on it. Super Scots: James Fleming and George Horne celebrate winning bronze in Wellington (Pic: Getty Images)
January 5, 2012 at 10:07 am John Cogley (whom I always read avidly and with pleasure) spoke my mind exactly. But I had a hard time explaining it to Episcopal boards and committees when I was seeking ordination! I was deeply saddened, during a recent trip to Jordan and Israel, to be forced to listen to a Roman Catholic priest in Capernaum go on and on about how non-Roman Catholics don’t believe in the Real Presence, etc. Episcopalians have a pretty good knowledge of Roman Catholicism, since so many of us share both traditions, but ignorance of the Episcopal Church on the part of Roman Catholics remains deep and broad. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ed Adcock says: Bruce Bogin says: January 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm I attended an Episcopal church as a child, although my parents didn’t. Then at age 28 I became Roman Catholic. At age 39 I joined a Baptist church, but returned to the R.C. Church at age 51. I left again at age 62. Now I am 67. Not sure what to do next. I’m probably hopeless. God bless! Comments (20) Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Richard Augustine says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Christopher Casey says: Submit a Job Listing January 5, 2012 at 10:02 am I find other important reasons why the Roman Catholic church is in error. Since its inception it has demonized sex. Beginning with the unnecessary myth that Mary was a virgin rather than a young maiden. There is nothing at all wrong with Mary having engaged in sex with Joseph just as any proper Jewish wife would do. And through the centuries the Roman church has posited that sexual activity between married people must always have as its prime goal procreation. Why? What is so terribly wrong with married people (and adult unmarried people for that matter) engaging in sex just for the sheer pleasure of it? And what kind of institution demands celibacy of its working staff? Could it be that by the 12th century the church was almost totally staffed by closet homosexuals and thought that demanding celibacy would disguise the fact? And what kind of young men will give up sex in order to serve as clerics? Is not such a willingness indicative of some kind of personality disorder? And if our Creator created within us an appetite for sex, is it not some kind of insult to Him to forgo sexuality, particularly in His name? I for one cannot take seriously a man who will forgo sex in this way starting with the Pope and on down. Youth Minister Lorton, VA May 14, 2013 at 6:22 am Thank you for pointing that out! I am so frustrated when people automatically think this equation, “catholic = Roman Catholic,” we Anglicans/Episcopalians are also part of the holy catholic church as professed in the Nicene creed. I often describe myself, like Father Dan, a catholic, but not Roman Catholic. I used to use the term “Anglican Catholic,” then I found out there is a conservative “breakaway” church by that name; I, being a liberal Anglican, currently attending “low” parish, refuse to be identified with any conservative “breakaways.” January 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm In 1979 I was baptized into a non-canonical Orthodox body. Doubting its authenticity, I migrated over to the Catholics and went part of the way through the catechism. 21 years later, I made the “leap” again–this time bercoming Catholic after attending Lutheran and Episcopal churches off an on for years. Reading Garry Will’s book “Papal Sin” in the not-too-distant past made me realize why I had balked at becoming Catholic in the first place. The book exposes the intense intellectual dishonesty that comprises the Church of Rome. Now, after about a dozen years as a Catholic, I am seriously considering going back to the Episcopal Church (or the Lutheran Church). The hingepoint in Will’s “Papal Sin” is the compelling evidence that Rome was governed by a group of elders for quite some time before an actual standing bishop was enthroned. That makes Rome’s claim to episopcal pedigree questionable–and ultimately invalidates any claims it has ever made to primacy. The late Greek Orthodox archbishop Michael Constantinides once remarked: “Throughout its history, the papacy has waged wars, inflicted inquistions on the faithful, brought about conditions in the Church that led to the Great Revolt (the Protestant Reformation), and finally created ideas as to infallibility. And all of these things in the name of God.” Featured Events Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA January 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm I am so pleased to have found my “proper spiritual home” in the Episcopal church after 50+ years of Roman dictatorship and a large percentage of priests who live lies; Even more delighted to find out that Rev. Mathew Fox moved to a more progressive and honest group! 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 Tampa, FL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 John S. Shehan says: February 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm Hello! I am in the process of leaving the RCC and joining the Anglican communion in the form of the Episcopal church. I found this interesting! Thanks for writing it! I’m always amazed at how the media makes much of an Episcopal church going over to the RCC but nothing is said of the fact that on any typical Sunday I find myself in the pews at my EC parish with so many people who were RCC — maybe 1/2 of the parish I now attend used to be RCC! My personal prayer . . . I don’t want to hate the RCC (it’s so easy to get angry with it). I want to love the Anglican communion and not be thinking in such negative terms about the RCC. But I HAD to move on. I couldn’t bear the papal/Vatican corruption and repression, the unrealistic attitudes about birth control (in the fact of the major environmental crisis of overpopulation), the complete lack of respect for women. I’m always happy if people can recommend good reading for me. . . so if you know of some good things to read as I move into the EC . . . please let me know! Thanks and God bless you all! 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 Collierville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI John W Ward says: December 7, 2015 at 8:44 am John, I’m 64, raised Catholic, went to and graduated from Biscayne College (then run by the Augustinians, now the Archdiocese of Miami) and was comfortably Catholic up to my late 30s. Then upon my dear wife’s suggestion for a compromise, she a former Congregationalist turned Epsicopalian, I attended a local Anglican parish and was considered a member by virtue of family ties. But I was still hedging. Then we joined a moderately conservative ABC church and remained members for a while but about a decade into our tenure there, I became a Catholic again. (Well, to use the old line, once a Catholic always a Catholic.) During the past few years my wife started taking an interest in attending our old Episcopal parish’s all stops pulled Christmas Eve Eucharist. Grace Episcopal in Amherst, MA kills the grumpiest secret Scrooge buried deep in any grumpy Christmas Eve Eucharist attendee who walks through its doors. But we were still hedging a bit because of our conservative beliefs on some of the “controversials” … That was easy enough to handle once some commonsense thinking was applied. Despite any PC codes, real or imagined, and college towns in the northeast are chock full of ’em, once you enter an Episcopal parish’s doors, take your weekly program and a seat and participate in the liturgy … nobody’s snooping or peeking at you or even having the gall to give those whispers that go like, “Who the heck is he to walk up to take communion, he’s been divorced several times over and the woman next to him is a “regular” at the local town clerk’s office. ” As I mentioned below, my breaking point was the big brouhaha (minus the ha ha’s) in Rome during the Synod when Pope Francis was openly challenged for his far more far-sighted and genuinely compassionate and merciful stance towards accepting Communion while in (to put short and sweetly, canonical limbo) or mixed families such as mine. Ridiculous. My wife and I have been married for 32 years, raised four adult children and blessed with one grandson, but we can’t receive Communion without causing creased brows (both on lay and ordained foreheads)?!? As Francis laid it out, time for the clericalism and legalism to go. Be gone! (What killed Benedict’s papacy and undermined the poor man from the start?) John, consider your soul, your psyche and peace of mind. Take it from a guy who was so burned out for awhile on “churchy” matters, and I’d done my share as a diocesan reporter and church sexton. I never lost my faith in the teachings of Catholicism, and especially I never lost faith that there was a God in Heaven Who loved me and my family. But I just couldn’t bring myself to get over to Mass and the local Catholic parish was only a five minute walk from my home. The Masses were as dull as dishwater no matter how hard the Pastor worked on his homilies. (He’s a very good homilist. But it’s his parish, too old and set in its ways, just as the diocese and Church overall. Kumbaya doesn’t kut it. But try and get that across to the people so engrossed in “social justice” that they’ve seemed to forgotten that living one’s faith should do justice to the One who gives us the energy and ideas to help reduce social injustice. Episcopalians care just as much but they’re not into wearing sackclothe, dousing themselves with ashes and asking why others aren’t as miserable as they are. That’s what’s become of the Catholic Church in America today. I haven’t abandoned my Catholic faith, I just rediscovered it in the Episcopal Church and don’t consider myself “protestant” even small-p protestant in the least. God Bless ya and hope this helps. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR George Gibson says: Frances Ayers says: Submit a Press Release January 7, 2012 at 12:56 am As someone who grew up Roman Catholic in Chicago, I have a slightly different viewpoint on my RC to Episcopal changeover. If you are familiar with Chicago, you will know that Holy Name, the Cathedral Church of the Archdiocese of Chicago, is located just one block away and around the corner from St. James, the Cathedral Church of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. As a very close friend of mine said, when he also made the change before me, “I didn’t leave the church, I merely switched bishops.” By Dan WebsterPosted Jan 4, 2012 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET January 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm The fluid exchange of former Roman Catholics and former Anglo-Catholics, i.e. all Anglicans – “High”, “Low”, or “Broad”, reinvigorates two branches of the universal church. Let us look forward to the fluid exchange of Catholics and Orthodox. John 17:22 is being fulfilled, albeit slowly by our time-reckoning. God is working God’s purpose out…..BTW: While driving, I still tell radio announcers that they’re talking about ROMAN Catholics and that Anglicans are also Catholic!/s/ A simple layman Father Steven A. Scarica says: Catholic ‘and’ Episcopalian Rector Knoxville, TN January 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm Well Said Dan. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Shreveport, LA Rev. Linda M. Maloney says: January 4, 2012 at 6:52 pm As another person raised Roman Catholic who found the Episcopal Church I agree with and appreciate your perspective. Thank you. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Washington, DC Elizabeth Siler says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Tom Miller says: Press Release Service March 19, 2017 at 10:18 am I am a former catholic now a episcopal. My fiancée is catholic and we are both divorced. If we wish to marry in a episcopal church do we need both of our marriages annulled? Alan Duesterhaus says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel July 10, 2016 at 4:57 pm Father, the next time any of your former Catholic parishioners tell you about the “grass is always greener” quip they’ve surely been hit with along the way towards Canterbury, ask them how practiced was the sneer that went with the quip. I used to dish it out myself until I caught on once and for all upon watching Pope Francis taking so much backhanded disrespect from the people who were always first to demand full respect for the Magisterium. But when a Pope came along who wanted to shake things up … wasn’t that a different kettle!? Steven Barrett says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Jean Olsen says: Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Belleville, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH August 23, 2012 at 12:45 am I am an estranged lifelong Catholic in the process of joining the Episcopal Church and am so grateful I found this website.Like many former members,I am leaving because I do not agree with the infallibility of the Pope, or the treatment of women. Nor do I agree that male Priests should be celibate. January 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm I have been reading the pros and cons of the Roman Church’s institution of the Ordinariate. As much as the Romans claim that it is a sort of safety-net for Anglicans on the right way to Salvation, in a real sense, it plays into the hands of those who see the Roman Catholic Church, not in the realistic sense of political and religious domination, but more in “The grass is greener on the other side of the street” theology. There was a saying that said that, “When Rome sneezes, Anglicans catch the cold.” For Anglicans, they see in Rome the “romantic” aspect of the Church. They don’t see the behind the scenes politicking, the iron fist of the Vatican and the “good ol’ boy system taken to its most refined degree. Instead Anglicans see a kind of “unity” that seems to indicate that everyone in Rome is on the same page, when in fact, it is all an illusion. Early on, I was nurtured in the Roman tradition and discovering the Anglican faith in college. It was as if Anglicanism for me, was and is the Roman Church taken to the next obvious step. There was elbow room for all in a Church that was not of the “cookie-cutter” variety. People often forget that even within the Western Church there were various Rites which differed from each other; Gallican, Mozarabic, Celtic, Latin etc. ARCIC has been meeting for more than a half century discussing the faith we have in common and with which we differ. We’ve agreed on ministry, faith, Eucharist, scripture, Mary and now are tackling the role of authority. We have more in common than not in common, yet still we nit-pick & graciously agree to disagree, to what extent. The most frustrating thing for me is the way that Rome uses the Holy Eucharist as carrot at the end of a stick. Instead of the Eucharist as a means to that perfect Unity in Christ, for Rome, they have made the Eucharist the one and only expression of Unity in Christ. It’s funny to realize that no one, that we know of at the Last Supper, was Baptized, except for Jesus. Also, the one who would betray Jesus (sinful man that he was) was also there at the Table to receive Jesus’ most Precious Body & Blood in that 1st Holy Eucharist. Jesus saw that special Meal as to lead His Disciples to a more perfect Unity. Not that they had already reached total unity or perfection – but a place from which to being. For the Roman Catholic Church to therefore make the Holy Eucharist the litmus test to the true Unity in the Church, is to treat the Holy Eucharist as a weapon. Though we are all called to perfection, it will never happen until that time when Christ will come again, in Glory, to judge both the Living and the Dead at the Last Day. Therefore for Anglicans (not just the Ordinariate kind) and Romans not to gather at the Altar for Eucharist, is a miscarriage of faith and thus a missed opportunity for both Churches to practice Christ’s Words, “That they all may be One.” Rector Albany, NY John Swanson says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Martinsville, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID AliceMarie Slaven-Emond says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Steven Barrett says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 January 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm Maybe we are not leaving Anglican tradition, but rather reclaiming the authentic tradition prior to the reformation that un-converted Henry VIII started by ego-tripping at Calvary”s expense. Too many of the un-converted church members and clergy of today find the perfect incubator for self-centered do-my-own-thing religion in Episcopal churches. Many thanks Rome for your hospitality and the net to catch those of us who wish to grow beyond the pride of the flesh. January 12, 2012 at 11:19 pm Thanks for this column! As yet another convert from Roman Catholicism to the Episcopal Church, I’m sometimes frustrated by all the news coverage about conservative Episcopalians becoming Roman Catholics. The door certainly swings both ways! January 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm I am so pleased to read Dan Webster’s commentary on the latest act by the Church of Rome in its effort to subvert the work of the Holy Spirit who is ever moving through the diversity of spiritual gifts and traditions found throughout the household of the Church universal. I, like Dan, came out of the Roman tradition and into the Episcopal and Anglican tradition some 30 years ago when I was welcomed by Bishop Stough of Alabama. I finally had found the room in God’s house where the furniture was arranged in a manner that strengthened and deepened my faith. And now again, Rome is attempting to re-arrange and to steal spiritual furniture that does not belong to it. When will Rome realize that the Holy Spirit moves where she so wishes and not where Rome so orders her to be?There will be a certain level of sadness felt as we celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity this year because Rome has spoken again that unity will only be on its terms. Comments are closed. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Bath, NC December 7, 2015 at 4:43 am The final straw for me came recently just after the Synod on the Family broke up in Fall of 2015 and all sorts of pot shots were taken at Pope Francis, not so much from the laity where taking shots at the Pope is common sport. No, this time it came from very prominent clerics, including one Cardinal from Guinea, Robert Sarah, who flat out challenged Francis on intercommunion, esp. between married spouses whose present marriages are in a state of canonical limbo while awaiting an annulment. Go figure, a wife beating husband who gets a divorce but doesn’t remarry, may still be able to receive communion. But, his former wife, who just happened to find a good loving husband and a devout follower of the Lord and perhaps even an Episcopalian, is not allowed to receive communion in both faiths according to Roman rules until and unless she receives an annulment from the first marriage. Now she might also have children from that marriage. But how does she tell the kids the marriage through which they were conceived and born through never existed. Poof! That requires a lot more faith in magic than faith in Christ in the Eucharist. Pope Francis wants to ease up but the moment he does, the canonical experts in the Curia stop him at every juncture. This is pure mutiny and a slap in the face of the Holy Spirit Who guided the men who selected Jorge Bergoglio to be their next successor to St. Peter. Something tells me the old boys club in Rome has yet to get over Francis famous rip into the clericalism paralyzing the Vatican and this is their way of getting even. Thankfully my wife and I don’t have this problem as I am leaving the Catholic Church (formally) soon to join the Episcopalians. And what a refreshing change it is when I attend an Episcopalian Mass: They take the whole Eucharistic celebration and feast a lot more seriously than their elder spiritual Roman cousins, and that’s a very sad spiritual commentary I thought I’d never have to share in print. But thank God somebody does! [Episcopal News Service] January brings an annual event, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan 18-25). Across the country you will find ecumenical services in various houses of Christian worship, all with the intent to bring about Jesus’ prayer for us to his Father, “…that they may be one as we are one.” (John 17:22)This new year also officially brings to the U.S. Roman Catholic efforts to create a church home for disaffected Anglicans and Episcopalians. A liturgical rite (aka, “ordinariate”) has been established for parishes and clergy wishing to leave the Anglican tradition and unify with Rome.St. Luke’s parish in Bladensburg, Maryland, in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington was the first to be received last October. Baltimore’s Mount Calvary Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, with its 20 voting members, will be next.Much has been made in the mainstream media of the popularity for such action. History and current data reveals otherwise.According to national survey data from the Episcopal Church, 12 percent of Episcopalians are former Roman Catholics. The figures are higher in areas of the Episcopal Church where the predominant faith is Roman Catholic. A very small percentage of our 7,000 Episcopal parishes have witnessed a majority of their members leaving for other expressions of the Anglican tradition. Far fewer have sought a return to Rome.I am one of the 12 percent. Raised Roman Catholic, I was instructed in the Baltimore Catechism, attended Catholic schools, spent time in a Catholic seminary in college, and came of age during the Second Vatican Council. Those leaving the Roman church have their own reasons. Mine included the primacy of the pope, exclusion of women in leadership positions, and the discrimination of LGBT Christians.There’s a book about us. In Finding Home, Stories of Roman Catholics Entering the Episcopal Church (Cowley, 1997), Christopher L. Webber chronicles the journey of 11 Catholics into the Episcopal Church. One is the Rev. Matthew Fox, the former Dominican now a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of California and founder of the University of Creation Spirituality.“My decision to embrace the Anglican tradition,” said Fox in 1994, “is about including some anglo-saxon (and celtic) common sense into twenty-first century catholicism.” Fox cited the Dominican tradition of Thomas Aquinas and Meister Eckhart as completely compatible in Anglicanism. They included “the broad themes of mysticism, social justice, Christian unity, and the central concern for creation,” wrote Webber.“I think the Episcopal Church became the church envisioned in Vatican II,” the Rt. Rev. William Swing told me when he was my bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of California. He said he received at least one serious inquiry per month from Roman Catholic clergy seeking to become Episcopal priests during his 26 year episcopacy. (Swing is the bishop who received Matthew Fox.)The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was begun just over 100 years ago by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement when they were still Episcopalian with roots in the Order of the Holy Cross. Later, they became a Roman Catholic order. Trying to keep track of all this could make an ecclesiastical traffic cop dizzy.For Roman Catholics, Christian unity may come down to union with Rome as an ordinariate for various denominations under the authority of the pope and the Magisterium.Or maybe it will be something altogether quite different. It may be a system or non-institution that any of us have yet to imagine, although it’s difficult to imagine the need for such. Nearly all denominations accept each other’s baptism if done in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Isn’t that unity? Aren’t we already one if we agree on common membership in the Body of Christ?The ordinariate is Rome’s latest effort toward unity as defined by the Vatican. For me, I strive every day to be a faithful Catholic, just not Roman Catholic.The late John Cogley, a former Roman Catholic author, editor of Commonweal and columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, may have said it best when writing about his journey into the Episcopal Church: “I do not look upon this move as a ‘conversion’ since I have not changed any of the beliefs I formerly held. Rather, it is a matter of finding my proper spiritual home.”I suspect former Roman Catholics and former Episcopalians could each say the same of their new spiritual home. And they would both be right.— The Rev. Canon Dan Webster is canon for evangelism and ministry development in the Diocese of Maryland and former media relations director for the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rev. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Por Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Sep 17, 2012 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 Neil Armstrong le sonríe a la cámara luego de regresar al modulo comando del Apolo 11, el 20 de Julio de 1969, después de haber pasado dos horas y media en la luna.[Episcopal News Service] Estados Unidos rindió tributo “al primer ser humano que caminó en otro mundo” con un oficio en la Catedral Nacional de Washington el 13 de septiembre en que se combinaron la Escritura, una voz del pasado, panegíricos, himnos tradicionales y Frank Sinatra.Neil Armstrong, de 82 años “puede ahora finalmente tender la mano y tocar el rostro de Dios”, dijo en el oficio Eugene A. Cernan, comandante de la misión Apolo 17 y el último hombre que caminó en la luna.Armstrong falleció el 25 de agosto de complicaciones resultantes de procedimientos cardiovasculares, según una declaración de su familia. Lo habían sometido a una cirugía de bypass coronario a principios de agosto en Cincinnati, Ohio, cerca de donde vivía. Un oficio de recordación privado se celebró allí el 31 de agosto.Armstrong, quien fuera piloto de la Armada, será sepultado en el mar el 14 de septiembre. El lugar y los detalles no han sido dados a conocer; sin embargo, una versión de ese oficio puede verse aquí.La catedral estaba llena de personas que oyeron referirse a Armstrong, durante el oficio, como un hombre humilde que nunca procuró ser el centro de atención, incluso después de haber hecho historia por ser la primera persona que pusiera pie en la luna. El 20 de julio de 1969, Armstrong y su copiloto, el coronel Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. alunizaron en el Águila [Eagle] el módulo lunar del Apolo 11, en una franja cercana a la costa sudoccidental del llamado Mar de la Tranquilidad.El vitral del espacio de la Catedral Nacional de Washington tiene un pequeño fragmento de roca lunar en su pieza central. Neil Armstrong y sus compañeros astronautas del Apolo 11, Buzz Aldrin y Michael Collins, presentaron la astilla de basalto —de aproximadamente 3.600 millones de años— a la catedral en 1974. Foto/Catedral Nacional de Washington.La primera lectura bíblica durante el oficio fue Éxodo 3:1-5, en la cual Moisés es transformado para siempre por su encuentro con Dios en la zarza ardiente. Mariann Edgar Budde, obispa de la Diócesis de Washington, dijo durante su homilía que la mayoría de las personas supusieron que el momento definitorio [del encuentro con Dios en la zarza ardiente] de Armstrong fueron las dos horas y media que pasó en la luna.Sin embargo, dijo ella, el astronauta minimizaba esa experiencia y, en su lugar, hablaba con frecuencia de su percepción de la frágil apariencia de la Tierra vista desde su nave espacial. Armstrong laboró —añadió la obispa— “por la supervivencia del único planeta que los seres humanos llaman su hogar”.Charles F. Bolden Jr., el administrador de la NASA, llamó a Armstrong “un verdadero héroe americano” y un servidor valiente y humilde que nunca dejó de soñar”.Cernan, que se refirió a Armstrong como “un icono mundial” y “el primer ser humano que caminara en otro mundo”, dijo que el astronauta se consideraba “la punta de la flecha” lanzada por los 400.000 empleados de la NASA que, junto con el pueblo norteamericano, le dieron “la oportunidad de llamar a la luna su casa”.Mucho se comentó en su momento de que el medidor de combustible del módulo lunar indicaba que [el tanque] estaba vacío antes de que Armstrong y Aldrin alunizaran. Cernan dijo que cuando a Armstrong le preguntaron tiempo después sobre esos momentos, él había contestado: “Bueno, cuando el medidor indica que está vacío todos sabemos que todavía quedan un galón o dos’”. El público se rió mientras Cernan recordaba el comentario.Él contó como en cada uno de los tres viajes que él, Armstrong y su compañero astronauta Jim Lovell hicieron a Afganistán e Irak a visitar a los soldados, a Armstrong le preocupaba menos su estatus de celebridad que la comida de las tropas.“Él encarnaba todo lo bueno y todo lo grande de Estados Unidos”, dijo Cernan.El ex secretario del Tesoro, John W. Snow, se refirió a la leyenda como un amigo y “un hombre con un sentido inusualmente claro y firme de su llamado en la vida”, no como astronauta, sino como ingeniero [aeroespacial] que quería perfeccionar su vuelo.“Creo que él, en verdad, había sido puesto en la tierra para volar”, dijo Snow, quien llamó a Armstrong “el más renuente de los héroes”.Neil Armstrong habla en el 50°. Aniversario del primer vuelo especial de John Glenn en febrero de 2012.El astronauta Michael Collins, hora mayor general jubilado de la Fuerza Aérea y quien permaneció en órbita mientras Armstrong y Aldrin estaban en la luna, dirigió las oraciones durante el oficio. Él le dio gracias a Dios “por tu siervo Neil Armstrong, quien con valor y humildad fue el primero en poner pie en la luna. Siguiendo su ejemplo, líbranos de arrogancia, para que no olvidemos que nuestros logros se sustentan en ti; y por la gracia de Espíritu Santo, protege nuestros viajes más allá de los confines de la tierra, de manera que siempre podamos gloriarnos de la maravilla de tu creación”.La procesión del oficio entró con el himno congregacional “Alabad al Rey del cielo” [Praise, my Soul, the King of Heaven], que, en la versión inglesa incluye las palabras “sol y luna, inclínense ante él, moradores todos del espacio y del tiempo”.La primera lectura fue una grabación de un fragmento del discurso del presidente Kennedy que se conoce como “discurso de la luna” pronunciado el 12 de septiembre de 1962, en la Universidad de Rice, en Houston, Texas. Durante ese discurso, Kennedy hizo un llamado a que los norteamericanos llegaran a la luna antes de que finalizara la década del 60.“Al tiempo de zarpar pedimos la bendición de Dios en la más azarosa y peligrosa y grandiosa aventura en la que el hombre jamás se haya embarcado”, dijo Kennedy.Los Cantores del Mar, de la Banda de la Armada de EE.UU. cantaron “Potente Dios para salvar” [Eternal Father, Strong to Save], que es conocido como el Himno Naval [en Gran Bretaña y Estados Unidos] y que aparece en el Himnario de la Iglesia Episcopal [Episcopal Church’s Hymnal] de 1982 como el himno 608; y luego la cantante y compositora de jazz, Diana Krall, sentada ante un piano de gran cola, canto una sosegada interpretación de “Llévame a la luna” [Fly Me to the Moon] de Frank Sinatra.Al comienzo de sus palabras de bendición, Budde le dijo a la congregación: “Vayan al mundo en paz; escudriñen el cosmos, es del Señor, y que el Dios de toda fortaleza les de el valor de los astronautas”.Un video del oficio de Armstrong puede encontrarse aquí.– La Rda. 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This is about deliciousness.Responsible Self: I don’t think deliciousness is a word.Sweet Tooth Self: You are far too serious for your own good.Responsible Self: And you lack common sense. The purpose of eating is nourishment not delight—grab some carrots and hummus if you’re hungry.Sweet Tooth Self: The cake pop tastes better than carrots and hummus.Responsible Self: Two words for you—garlic hummus. God’s great culinary creation. Rich in protein. Rich in taste.Sweet Tooth Self: Two words back to you—cake pop.Responsible Self: I still don’t think deliciousness is a word.Sweet Tooth Self: And I think that you cannot live on garlic hummus and carrots alone.With the holidays upon us, it occurs to me that my struggle with the cake pop can be a metaphor for what many of us experience when we sit down to the holiday meal: We want to enjoy stuffing and pumpkin pie, but we also worry about tightening pants and cholesterol levels, about whether we can chase children and grandchildren in games of tag if indulgence compromises our health.Put into Christian terms, we wonder if culinary decadence is really a good use of our resources, if it shows good culinary stewardship.And yet, there is so much deliciousness that accompanies homemade whipped cream and molasses-rich pecan pie. So how do we discern what healthy culinary stewardship looks like?During this holiday season, as I reflect upon what it means to practice culinary stewardship, the word delight keeps popping into my mind. Yes, it’s important to eat for nourishment, and indeed, when we have resources to provide that nourishing meal for ourselves, we owe thanks to God.But God also created humans to delight in them, to be overjoyed at our creativity and our ability to love. And because we are made in God’s image, that means that we are made for delight as well—to delight in the many gifts God offers to us, from meaningful relationships to perfectly tuned music, from vibrant sunsets to the smell of the forest after rain, and yes, from pumpkin pie to homemade stuffing and even the cake pop.So what if we thought about such culinary delights the way we think about other gifts we’ve been given? Here’s what I mean: When we talk about financial stewardship, tithing often comes up, the idea that we gift 10 percent of our financial resources to support the ministries of the church. There is delight in that gift: delight in knowing that lives will be transformed from our generosity. What if we applied the same principle to our culinary lives, so that 10 percent of what we consume is reserved for cake pops or ice cream or french fries, those marvelous culinary gifts that don’t offer much in the way of nutrition but do offer pure joy?Ideally, of course, those foods that offer delight and those foods that offer health benefits would overlap, so that every bite becomes a fusion of delight and nutrition. And, of course, many times they do (despite what my Sweet Tooth Self would have you think, I genuinely adore garlic hummus). But in those moments when pure delight is what we crave, perhaps it’s okay—say 10 percent of the time—to give in. And as we giggle when the cake pop or hot fudge sundae or tiramisu touches our lips, I like to think God delights in that moment as well.– The Rev. Danielle Tumminio lectures at Yale University and is the author of “God and Harry Potter at Yale.” She currently serves as an interim associate at St. Anne in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Press Release Service Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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