Strength and Conditioning of Young Players: Part I – Technique

first_imgBRISTOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 03: Andy Short of England stretches during the England Under 20 Training session at Clifton College on February 3, 2011 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS When working with young rugby players it should be the aim of the coach to develop all round movement literacy. Young players will benefit from a strength and conditioning program that is not one dimensional with trends towards putting size on but instead improves all aspects of fitness including mobility, running mechanics, speed and agility, and proficient technique of barbell training exercises. These should be the foundations of the strength and conditioning program.The desired outcome should be the development of players with long term durability and trainability, and this will arm them with a strong basis from which they can continually progress and improve. In the weights room do not become obsessed with lifting numbers and size of the players – this should be discouraged, instead be obsessed with good technique as this will prove much more successful for the young player in the longer term. In rugby many of the body positions regarded as ‘strong’ and most effective are similar to the correct postures required in the weights room in the big exercises such as squats and deadlifts, so the emphasis on technique in the gym will have a positive effect on body positions on the paddock.Key exercises to develop techniques in:Back Squats and Front SquatsDeadliftsOlympic / Weightlifting exercises e.g. Power CleansThese exercises will provide a great foundation for the young rugby player. Once proficient in technique these exercises will pay dividends long term and prove invaluable in strength and power development that will have a positive transfer in rugby performance. Key technique considerations: Scapula – shoulder blade retractionBig chestNatural curvature of the spine at all times – ensure the lower back is not flexedPower and strength in the movements comes from the legsMark WilliamsMark Williams is Head of Rugby and Strength and Conditioning at Seevic College, Essex. Mark has his CSCS accreditation as well as being a UKSCA accredited strength and conditioning coach. Mark is currently studying for his MSc in strength and conditioning at St. Mary’s College, West London. Mark is also current captain for National League 2 South, Southend RFC where he plays loose head prop.last_img read more

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England win the Dubai Sevens

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS England Sevens retain their Dubai Champions titleEngland are Dubai Sevens champions again after beating France 29-12 in the final of the second leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.A superb second day performance saw Ben Ryan’s side overpower New Zealand 10-7 and Fiji 19-12 before a superb first half display in the final that ultimately clinched the title.Isoa Damudamu – whose two tries sank Fiji in the semi final – struck early on then Dan Norton’s chip and chase and two touchdowns for Mat Turner put them 24-7 up at the interval and almost out of sight. DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 03: In this handout image provided by HSBC, Greg Barden captain of England lifts the winners trophy after his sides 29-12 victory during the Final match between England and France on Day Three of the IRB Dubai Sevens at the Sevens Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Getty Images for HSBC)center_img But France wing Renaud Delmas scored his second try early in the second half and France enjoyed long spells on top before England escaped to the other end of the field and Rob Vickerman pounced to see them safely home.Earlier England opened up by beating Series champions New Zealand – then raised their game again against Fiji, who had won the opening leg of the series in Gold Coast.Fijian-born centre Damudamu provided two vital tries in the first half after Emosi Vucago had opened the scoring for the islanders.Turner then stretched the lead with a burst from the breakdown but England had to dig deep after Osea Kolinisau struck from long range and scramble for all they were worth in defence.Earlier Turner and Norton edged them past New Zealand – England’s first win over the champions since their Dubai triumph of a year ago.Norton’s sensational second half score – his sixth of the tournament – and Turner’s quick-thinking first half effort enabled them to come from 7-0 down after Tomasi Cama had struck early on.On the opening day England saw off Zimbabwe (43-0), Kenya (19-12) and France (29-12), with Norton’s hat-trick in the final match sending them through as Pool C leaders.last_img read more

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RC Delft Dames – Team of the Month (November 2011)

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170center_img Dutch courage: RC Delft Dames have battled through thick and thin to achieve success “It’s been hard to earn respect from our men’s teams,” says Astrid Huisman, a flanker with Dutch team RC Delft Dames. “But I’m proud of what we’ve been through and how we’ve grown and of our recent results.”The women’s side from near Rotterdam has redefined the term ‘digging deep’ after being on the receiving end of numerous thrashings since their formation in 2007-08. The low point came last February, when they faced a long drive to league leaders Groningen with only nine fit players. With ten players needed to constitute a team, and so avoid docked points, hooker Linda van den Dungen took the field with a hip injury and, borrowing three more players, they battled to a 139-0 defeat.“That day everything was wrong,” Huisman says. “We invariably play teams with more experience than us but have a great group of girls with the huge fighting spirit that you need to get the ball over the line. For myself I love to be in the mud and I’m proud of all my scars!”Led by scrum-half Kainah Marx, RC Delft have a prospective international in centre Suzanne den Dulk and a front-row rock in Simone van den Berg.The squad has been boosted by girls from nearby team HRC and, with coaches Johan and Frans Rijkers steering the ship, the side has ridden out the storm impressively. So impressively, in fact, that when they toppled RUS 2nds 17-15, Haarlem Raving Pumas 96-5 and RC Eemland 64-5, they rose to second (out of eight) in the middle of the country’s three divisions. “We now believe in ourselves,” says Huisman.Canterbury KitbagsThis article appeared in the February 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.last_img read more

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Healey Calls On Rugby Teams To Take Part In Winter Nuts Challenge

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Former England rugby player Austin Healey in the short video below calls on rugby squads everywhere to get involved in raising money for the Rainbow Trust, a charity which raises funds for families with seriously ill children.In a nutshell, the Rainbow Trust gives support to families who have a child aged between 0-18 living with a life threatening or terminal illness. According to their website, “Today there are an estimated 49,000 children and young people in the UK living with a life limiting or life threatening condition who may require palliative care (University of Leeds, 2011). Many of these children and their families are able to cope or are not in a ‘crisis situation’. However, thousands of families have to face the very real possibility that their child may die and struggle to cope on a day to day basis.”The charity supports the unwell child and the whole family immediately after diagnosis, so any attempt at raising money for the charity is very welcome indeed.The event in question takes place on the 3rd and 4th of March in Surrey, and as Healey indicates below, “it is not your average day out.”Run around, climb obstacles, and get down and dirty in the mud, the 7 kilometre assault course will test your teamwork and your fitness. Austin Healey wants you to take part in the Winter Nuts Challenge to raise money for the Rainbow Trust which helps families with a seriously ill child. center_img The event also has a competitive element to it with everyone looking to be the fastest squad.This is unquestionably a fantastic cause so if you and your club want to get involved then sign up by clicking on this link here!last_img read more

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Fiji Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

first_img Wales Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide TAGS: Fiji Expand Uruguay Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Wales Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Fiji Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, GuideFiji came into the tournament with a lot of expectations and while they pushed Australia close in their opening game, a shock defeat by Uruguay in their second ended their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals. They still showed plenty of flair in their final two matches against Georgia and Wales.How They QualifiedFiji qualified for the tournament by winning the Pacific Tri-Nations.Key PlayersImpressive lock Leone Nakarawa is possibly the best offloader on the planet and then there’s Semi Radradra, Peceli Yato, Vereniki Goneva… you get the idea.Offloader: Leone Nakarawa is one of the finest players in the world (Getty Images)The Coach – John McKeeMcKee has been with Fiji since 2014. He has spoken at length about the challenges of assembling a consistent squad but there is some scary talent around. He’s overseen wins over Italy, Scotland, Georgia and France.Major Work-onsWe love their flair but occasionally it gets them into trouble when they face defensive pressure, trying to attack from deep when kicking for territory would be a more pragmatic option. A Plan B is vital.Fiji Rugby World Cup Warm-upsSaturday 13 July 2019: Fiji 27-10 Maori All BlacksSaturday 20 July 2019: Maori All Blacks 26-17 FijiSaturday 27 July 2019: Japan 34-21 FijiSaturday 3 August 2019: Fiji 38-13 CanadaSaturday 10 August 2019: Fiji 10-3 SamoaSaturday 31 August 2019: Fiji 29-19 TongaRelated: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-upsFiji Rugby World Cup GroupFiji are in Group D with Australia, Wales, Georgia and Uruguay. Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Japan 2019 was the Lelos’ fifth World Cup Uruguay Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Contest: Fiji lost to Australia back in 2015 (Getty Images)Fiji Rugby World Cup SquadBelow is Fiji’s current 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup, including their non-travelling reserves;Forwards (17):Mesulame DolokotoSamuel MatavesiRatu Vere VugakotoCampese Ma’afuEroni MawiPeni RavaiManasa SauloKalivati Tawake (replaced by Lee-Roy Atalifo on 5 September after suffering a knee injury)Tevita CavubatiLeone NakarawaApi RatuniyarawaTevita RatuvaSemi KunataniViliame MataMosese VokaDominiko WaqaniburotuPeceli YatoBacks (14):Frank LomaniNikola MatawaluHenry SeniloliLevani BotiaJale VatubuaBen VolavolaVereniki GonevaFilipo NakosiWaisea NayacalevuSemi RadradraJosua TuisovaJoshua MatavesiAlivereti VeitokaniKini MurimurivaluNon-Travelling ReservesJoeli VeitayakiTevita IkanivereLuke TagiAlbert TuisueJohnny DyerNemani NagusaSerupepeli VularikaSevenaia GalalaEroni SauSetareki TuicuvuRelated: 2019 Rugby World Cup FixturesPrevious World Cup Results and RecordFiji’s Rugby World Cup Record: P32 W11 D0 L211987 Quarter-finals1991 Pool stages1999 Quarter-final play-offs2003 Pool stages2007 Quarter-finals2011 Pool stages2015 Pool stages2019 Pool stagesFollow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup GroupsFiji Rugby World Cup Kit LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Australia always seem to raise their game for… Expand A sporadic qualifier for the World Cup, Uruguay… Georgia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Georgia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Fiji Rugby World Cup FixturesSat 21 Sep Australia 39-21 Fiji (Sapporo) Match ReportWed 25 Sep Fiji 27-30 Uruguay (Kamaishi) Match ReportThu 3 Oct Georgia 10-45 Fiji (Osaka) Match ReportWed 9 Oct Wales 29-17 Fiji (Oita) Match Report Here’s everything you need to know about Fiji at this World Cup Expand Collapse Warren Gatland’s last major tournament until Wayne Pivac…last_img read more

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Violence at churches is rare, but ministers remain vigilant

first_img Featured Events Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS [Episcopal News Service] Standing at the window in her church office, Roberta Karstetter watched the angry man circle the building, checking every door as he looked for a way inside.She had just refused to let him into the offices of Christ Episcopal Church in Delavan, Wisconsin, where she is the parish administrator.“I spoke to him through the glass doors and I just had an uneasy feeling about him, so I wouldn’t unlock the door,” she told ENS in a recent interview. He said he needed help, but he wouldn’t say what kind of help.“He got really belligerent and angry,” Karstetter recalled. He opened his coat, saying, “I don’t have a gun or anything, just let me in.” He began rattling the door.Karstetter decided to walk away and go back upstairs to her office, where she watched the man test every door to get inside.After she was sure he had left, she got in her car and went home, a decision she said she rarely makes.“It just scared me to think what if I let him in,” she said. “I wonder what he did want.”It wasn’t the first time Karstetter had encountered someone at the church who worried her, and it wasn’t the last. For instance, there was the woman who got angry when Karstetter offered her food instead of the money she demanded. The woman drove off, swearing and threatening to burn down the church. Karstetter reported the incident to the police.“She has since been back, just a few weeks ago, asking for assistance again and we told her we’d give her food and not cash, and she said that takes too long,” Karstetter said. “She turned around and walked out mad again, but she didn’t threaten to burn down the church this time.”Those incidents – and others – don’t prevent Karstetter from doing what she’s been doing in one form or another at St. Peter’s for the last 28 years: working at a parish that participates in a church-based rotating homeless shelter and offers a food pantry to supplement a larger community one.“Part of the reason I keep coming back is that 95 percent or more of the people that come here for help are not a physical threat or danger to us at all. It’s just that small percent that get you scared,” she said. “The reason I come back is because you’ve got to love your neighbor as yourself, you know. It’s about the love and compassion that I think God puts in our hearts and part of the Baptismal Covenant that says is to seek and serve Christ in all people and to respect the dignity of every human being. If we treated everybody that came – those 95 percent – as a threat, what kind of message does that give them about the church being open and loving and welcoming to them?”The question of balancing the church’s ministry with the safety of its ministers has been on many people’s mind, once again, since Douglas Franklin Jones, a homeless man, shot church administrative assistant Brenda Brewington and co-rector the Rev. Dr. Mary-Marguerite Kohn inside St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, Maryland, before killing himself earlier this month.Speaking to reporters outside of Kohn’s funeral, Diocese of Maryland Bishop Eugene Sutton said the mourners also remembered “all who are on the front lines of ministry. These are the administrators, the secretaries, those priests who are alone” as their congregation’s sole employee.Sutton also called attention to “a society that’s still has not figured out a way to keep deadly arms out of distressed persons who can do so much harm, and a society that will have people on the streets whom society at large has not cared for, and they end up at the doorsteps of our churches and our churches welcome them — our churches receive them and help them in the name of Christ.”Craig Stuart-Paul, St. Peter’s warden, pledged days after the shootings that the parish’s ministry would continue, “and we won’t do it from behind bulletproof glass.”To that end, the parish recently rededicated itself to its ministry, pledging to “transform” the office where the two women were killed “into an environment that welcomes all people to the church, and provides safety for those who will work there.” The parish also vowed to “reach out in search of the best ideas on how a church may minister to the poor and needy in suburban America” and to work with all of Ellicott City’s faith communities “to provide a hand up to the poor and needy in our neighborhood, developing a plan that is seeded with knowledge and broad community support.”The Rev. Susan Rebecca Michelfelder, currently interim rector at Christ Church in Middletown, New Jersey, told her congregation in a recent sermon that the shooting had left her “truly bereft.”Michelfelder has spent much her in ministry, as she puts it, “in neighborhoods with problems.” She’s been the victim of “smash and grab” crimes while in her car on the way to church. She’s had to warn employees to lock up their valuables or expect them to be stolen by the people the congregation served. She’s worked in a congregation whose pastor wore a bulletproof vest for a time after a mentally ill man burst into the church during a service and threatened to shoot him. A woman once asked her, “what do I have to do, stab you?” when Michelfelder refused to give her money.“Maybe I’m addicted to excitement or something, but I like to be in neighborhoods with problems because there the church can really make a difference and a difference is needed,” she told ENS.The Maryland parish is very much like her current parish in suburban New Jersey.“It could have been us just as easily, absolutely,” she said. Noting that the parish helps run the Calico Cat Thrift Store, Cupboard and Pantry next door to the church, Michelfelder said, “we get scary characters walking in here sometimes, too.”“It is truly a wonder that more of us haven’t been killed in the church office because that is often where people first come for help,” she said during the sermon.There are steps that church workers, and their employers, can take to reduce the chances that an encounter with an unbalanced person will end in tragedy. Some are personal safety choices such as having a can of mace or pepper spray  — or in Karstetter’s case, wasp spray — handy. Some workers resist the temptation to come back to work in the evening to catch up, if it means working alone in the building.Other steps are more institutional: installing adequate lighting, strong locks, video cameras, door bells on doors that are always locked, alarm systems or panic buttons; hiring security guards; and having a code word or phrase for staff to use with each other that indicate help is needed.Security experts suggest limiting the access of non-employees to only certain parts of the building, and knowing who is in the building at all times. Training in how to de-escalate a potentially violent situation is another common suggestion, as is sharing information with colleagues at their church and others in the community about people they encounter.Getting to know the people you serve is crucial, according to Sean Leas, an ex-Marine who is now the property manager at St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. What he and his colleagues have learned with “even our hardest cases, the ones who may be more of the criminal mind” among the 120 or so people who come to the parish’s weekday Anchorage breakfast program is the power of greeting each one, and wishing them well when they leave.“Eventually with most of them you get to the point where they’re saying ‘hi’ and ‘bye,’ which is what you want,” he told ENS in an interview. “You want them to know that you see them, that you respect them.”Lease said it is a “good investment to know the people who frequent our streets and may come into church,” yet in the end “our main thing isn’t to ask questions; it’s to feed them, and provide a safe place for everybody to eat.”St. James keeps the doors to its offices locked, Leas said. The 10 to 12 paid and volunteer staff members who are in the building “try not to open the door to people unless we know them,” he said, adding, “we’re pretty loose with that and trusting.”The parish hired a security guard nine years ago after “there were a couple run-ins with parishioners and some of the breakfast guests giving the parishioners a hard time” and “we know there was drug dealing and different things going on,” he said.The degree to which any or all of these steps are needed and fit a particular church’s situation depends in part, Michelfelder said, on “how secure [the ministers] feel in general, how empowered they feel” to manage their own situation. That includes knowing and deciding to accept the risks.“We know the church office is not a safe place,” she said. “We just know this. If you can’t live with that, you maybe shouldn’t work here.”Deb Weber, the secretary at Christ Church, Delavan, is a case in point. As a former police officer who works part time at the Episcopal church, part time at Delavan United Methodist Church and runs the emergency shelter, Watson said she doesn’t feel very scared really, “but there are times I do feel uncomfortable.”“If we let fear drive our ministry, we aren’t being very good about persevering against evil,” Karstetter said as Weber murmured agreement. “That fear is the evil that if we let get a foothold, we wouldn’t do any ministry.”The church, Weber said, has a mission among people who might be frightful. “So many of the people we come in contact with, this is the only love they’ve ever seen,” she said.That knowledge, and a good dose of empathy, help both Weber and Karstetter. “They work up the courage to come and ask for help, and then you treat them like they’re horrible, scary people? You can’t do that with everybody,” Karstetter said. “Even the people that sometimes you’re afraid of, we still need to respect their dignity even though they have substance-abuse problems and everything else. We still try to love them as Christ loved us.”— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Hopkinsville, KY Comments (2) Submit an Event Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rachel Quinn says: Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ June 1, 2012 at 10:46 am Good article……………as a police officer it’s hard to balance loving all like Christ and being “sceptical”of some,even in church , we do the best we can………………and pray were doing the right thing…….again, good article……………….God bless our pastors and those working in the church………….. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Shreveport, LA By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted May 18, 2012 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Bath, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate Diocese of Nebraska Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Comments are closed. Violence at churches is rare, but ministers remain vigilant Church workers know they are ‘on the front lines’ Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Belleville, IL Rector Smithfield, NC michael Neal says: Submit a Job Listing Rector Collierville, TN last_img read more

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Mothers’ Union making their voices heard across Africa

first_img Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Mothers’ Union: “The fifth Instrument of communion” according to the former archbishop of Canterbury. Photo: ACNS[Anglican Communion News Service] Anyone who has attended an Anglican church event in Africa will have encountered members of the Mothers’ Union (MU). A casual glance might lead you to believe they are merely colorfully clad women there to add flare to the church’s worship, but you would be mistaken.The Mothers’ Union in Africa is a force to be reckoned with, particularly when it comes to social justice. This Anglican organization has around 1.3 million members in countries right across the continent, and when these women speak, they are heard.Year after year, MU members speak out against a range of issues which continue to blight societies in Africa today. Child abuse, human trafficking, corruption, poverty, healthcare — little is out of bounds for the women in blue.They also run various initiatives including literacy and development projects, parenting programs and microfinance initiatives. They campaign to end violence against women and the trafficking of women and children. All these activities are aimed at attaining their vision of a world where “God’s love is shown through loving, respectful, and flourishing relationships”.In Nigeria, the MU recently took center stage when the President of Mothers’ Union and wife of the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Nkasiobi Okoh categorically stated publicly that Anglican women would not support the legislation allowing girls to be married underage.This at a time when fierce debates raged in the country about an issue that some sectors of society strongly supported. Instead of staying quiet, the MU stood on one of their major objectives of “promoting conditions in society favorable to stable family life and the protection of children.”In Mozambique, the MU in the Diocese of Niassa, with the help of other church members, helped build a massive brick church where none had existed before. It was impressive to see women, who are generally considered the weaker sex by many in this country, doing ‘man’s work’: helping prepare the building for flooring, ferrying bricks and even roofing sheets.Instead of sitting back and relaxing, the MU decided to join hands with other members of church to bring to fruition, the church’s long time dream of a big brick church building to act as a coordinating center for other smaller churches within the diocese.The MU is an integral part of the Anglican Church in Ethiopia, which is part of the Episcopal Area of the Horn of Africa. In Gambella, one of the most troubled regions in the country, the MU provides literacy programs and other practical help to local communities. Just recently, the Mothers’ Union there announced that it would provide theological and practical survival and life skills to women across 70 villages in the region.In Zambia, the Anglican Church, and the MU in particular, has received international acclaim for being strong advocates against gender-based violence. The statistics on gender-based violence in Zambia are shocking: international charity CARE estimates that at least 47 percent of women in Zambia have experienced physical violence with at least one in every five women having experienced sexual violence.Former Mother’s Union President for the Diocese of Lusaka, Dr Fridah Sakala Kazembe, recently urged all women to “adhere to the objectives of the Mother’s Union in order to create safe havens for women and children in our families.” She emphasized that strictly following the MU objectives would reduce the occurrence of broken families and consequently would increase safety for families.In Botswana, the MU recently built houses and donated them to the less privileged in their country. They also run an Orphan Day Care Centre supporting 60 orphaned children between the ages of two and six. About 150 children have since graduated from the center and are now in formal education. These children return to the center each week for a progress check, a meal and help with their school work.The Mothers’ Union worldwide believes prayer should undergird its work. Each year, MU organizes a Wave of Prayer with each diocese given a set day to pray for other dioceses, and within each diocese each branch is given a specific time to pray. This gives a sense of unity in prayer for one another as the wave of prayer moves from branch to branch and from diocese to diocese. Perhaps this is why MU in Africa continues to have such a huge impact on society.It is said youth are the ‘backbone’ of the Church in Africa. Nevertheless, the Mothers’ Union with its numbers and networks, its seemingly relentless energy, the pride with which they don their colorful uniforms and the aggressive way they strike at poverty and injustice, gives substance to Archbishop Rowan Williams’ comments at a World Conference of Church meeting in Brazil:“When I’ve said, in the past year or so, that the Mothers’ Union is the fifth Instrument of Unity in the Anglican Communion, I’m not joking. I think it is the most powerful lay movement in the Anglican World; it is one which does far more for education and development than any other agency in the Anglican Communion and, more than any other agency, it builds relationships at grass roots level between ordinary believers working for change. If that isn’t an Instrument of unity, I don’t know what is.” Tags Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Smithfield, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Colombia: La Iglesia se une a las personas internamente desplazadas

first_img Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Soacha es hogar de más de 45.000 personas internamente desplazadas. LA Diócesis Episcopal de Colombia tiene una iglesia en Soacha que proporciona espacio y ayuda a una cooperativa de mujeres. Foto: Lynette Wilson /ENS[Episcopal News Service  – Bogotá, Colombia] Semanalmente de dos a tres familias que buscan refugio llegan al Barrio Los Libertadores, una comunidad de bajos ingresos en las afueras de la capital de Colombia, Bogotá.“Algunas personas tienen que huir de sus hogares y sus tierras por temor a sus vidas”, dijo el Rdo. José Antonio Romero, refiriéndose a las personas internamente desplazadas que buscan refugio en su iglesia “Ellos tenían granjas, negocios, pero a causa de la guerra, ellos se van sin nada”.Las familiar llegan a la estación de autobuses en Los Libertadores,  de todas partes de Colombia, un país con casi el doble del tamaño de Texas con una geografía agreste de montañas, selva y llanuras tropicales. Ellos encuentran Divino Salvador mediante personas que les avisan sobre esta.La Misión de Divino Salvador en el Barrio Los Libertadores, una comunidad de bajos ingresos en las afueras de la capital de Colombia,  Bogotá, dirige un refugio para desplazados internos [IDPs]. Foto: Lynette Wilson /ENSLa Misión de Divino Salvador en el Barrio Los Libertadores, una comunidad de bajos ingresos en las afueras de la capital de Colombia, Bogotá, dirige un refugio para desplazados internos [IDPs]. Foto: Lynette Wilson /ENSLa parroquia se inició hace 20 años con una capilla, que hora es el sótano de un edificio de cuatro pisos que tiene una cocina, un refugio, un santuario y un apartamento en la planta superior, donde Romero ha vivido por 16 años desde que llegó a Divino Salvador.Para las familias que vienen a la ciudad en busca de seguridad y empleo, la iglesia les proporciona vivienda temporal, alimentos, medicina y ropas con el apoyo financiero que Romero recauda mediante amigos, mientras las familias aplican para obtener ayuda del gobierno.El Rdo. José Antonio Romero explica que semanalmente dos o tres familias llegan buscando refugio en Divino Salvador. Foto: Lynette Wilson /ENSAún para esas familias el gobierno determina que tienen demandas legítimas de desplazamiento– y las cuales reciben compensación a veces por terreno, otras veces por vivienda – los 4.7 millones de personas desplazadas en Colombia tienen aún dificultades para encontrar empleo, seguridad y a menudo son el blanco de discriminación. Más de medio millón de personas se han convertido en  refugiados.Desde mediados de la década de 1960, las fuerzas del gobierno, las guerrillas de la izquierda y paramilitares de la derecha han estado peleando una Guerra civil enraizada en la desigualdad que ha asesinado a más de 200,000 colombianos.  El gobierno Colombiano y el grupo guerrillero más grande, las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de  Colombia, o FARC, han participado en conversaciones sobre la paz en la Habana, Cuba, desde el 2012. Se especula que en la segunda vuelta electoral presidencial del país del 15 de junio se determinará si continúan o no las conversaciones de paz– se ha llegado a un acuerdo con respecto a tres de los cinco puntos de la agenda –.La lucha y la violencia asociadas con el crimen organizado, el tráfico de drogas, la distribución de la tierra, y la extracción  de los recursos humanos en los últimos años han afectado de manera desproporcionada a las zonas rurales, donde el 44 por ciento de la población vive en la pobreza. La violencia obliga a las personas que viven en las zonas rurales a buscar seguridad en ciudades.Situado en un altiplano en los Andes, Bogotá está rodado por estas comunidades informales que son pobladas por personas internamente desplazadas; lugares como San Cristobal donde se encuentra ubicado Los Libertadores, Suba, Ciudad Bolivar, y Soacha, donde la Misión Espíritu Santo proporciona espacio para la Mesa de Organizaciones de Mujeres de Soacha, una cooperativa sobre los derechos de las mujeres y apoderamiento, apoyado por la Organización Mundial de la Salud.Soacha, una zona industrial de clase trabajadora  40 minutos al sudeste de la capital, y con una población de 490,000, es hogar de más de 45.000 personas desplazadas.“Todos los problemas, como el tráfico de drogas, pandillas juveniles se reúnen aquí, dijo el Rdo. Carlos Eduardo Guevara, sacerdote que sirve en la Iglesia Espíritu Santo.Las personas internamente desplazadas viven en casas construidas en las laderas y son susceptibles a deslizamientos de tierra, como estas en Soacha. Bogotá, la capital de Colombia está rodeada de dichas comunidades informales. Foto: Lynette Wilson /ENSAdemás de los peligros de la vida cotidiana en Soacha, donde las madres viven con el temor de que sus hijos sean reclutados por grupos armados y organizaciones criminales, los trabajadores de los derechos humanos y organizadores comunitarios enfrentan otros peligros.Los abusos contra los derechos humanos y los asesinatos extrajudiciales cometidos por grupos armados, el gobierno y las organizaciones criminales han sido bien documentados en Colombia. Los trabajadores de los derechos humanos, activistas sindicales y líderes de la comunidad y religiosos son con frecuencia el blanco de la violencia.Participar en el trabajo de los derechos humanos es percibido como estar trabajando en contra del estado, es muy similar a la manera que los grupos armados son vistos, explicó Clemencia Lopez, representante legal de la cooperativa.Lopez y su familia – ella tiene tres hijo, dos adolescentes y el tercero de 9años de edad– fueron desplazados tres veces, dos a causa del conflicto armado y una vez debido  a la actividad criminal y violencia que ocurrió alrededor de ellos. Una vez hubo tres granadas lanzadas en frente del restaurante que ella y esposo tenían, dijo.“Estábamos en medio de la confrontación” dijo durante una entrevista en mayo de 2013 en su oficina en el Segundo piso de Misión Espíritu Santo.Alrededor del tiempo que se produjo el incidente en frente del restaurante, Lopez estaba participando en un taller sobre la mujer y la igualdad en el género; en el 2007 ella participó con la cooperativa de mujeres, la cual ha crecido para incluir a ocho organizaciones.“[Al comienzo] no sabíamos cómo usar las computadoras”, dijo Lopez, quien termino la escuela secundaria en el 2009 tomando clases nocturnas aceleradas.En la sociedad en general, las mujeres no suelen recibir apoyo necesario y la capacitación en liderazgo para participar en la política. La cooperativa de mujeres proporciona a las mujeres acceso a talleres sobre derechos humanos, capacitación en liderazgo, educación y habilidades, dijo Lopez.Además, la sociedad patriarcal de Colombia excluye a las mujeres con mucha frecuencia.Clemencia Lopez y Fabiola Murcia son miembros de Mesa Organización de Mujeres de Soacha, una cooperativa sobre los derechos de las mujeres y apoderamiento con oficinas en la Iglesia Espíritu Santo. Foto: Lynette Wilson /ENSEn el 2012, el gobierno colombiano aprobó la política sobre igualdad de género y un plan integral contra la violencia. Sin embargo un informe del 2013 por el Comité de los Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas para Eliminar la Discriminación contra la Mujer encontró “la persistencia de actitudes patriarcas y estereotipos profundamente arraigados en relación con las funciones y responsabilidades de las mujeres y los hombres en la familia y la sociedad” Aún más, esas actitudes y estereotipos eran responsables de la situación de las mujeres y una desventaja en la vida política  y pública, mercado laboral, prevalencia de la violencia contra las mujeres y la segregación del género, en relación con las oportunidades de educación para las niñas, indicó el informe.Además de la discriminación que las personas desplazadas enfrentan– que es además otra forma de discriminación de género, raza, económica– el desplazamiento pone una tensión en las familias, con esposos y esposas quienes con frecuencia se culpan unos a otros por su situación, dijo Lopez, agregando que la participación en el trabajo de los derechos humanos puede además causar tensión en las relaciones.“Las mujeres que participan en los derechos humanos se exponen a un riesgo”, dijo Romero, quien con frecuencia acompaña a las mujeres en marchas y demostraciones.La cooperativa de mujeres llego a estar ubicada en la Iglesia Espíritu Santo en el 2010, después que amigos de Lopez le presentaron al obispo de la Diócesis of Colombia Francisco Duque. Desde entonces Lopez ha estado participando como líder laico de la diócesis.Una de las cosas que las mujeres han logrado es una plataforma de política pública para la mujer, incluyendo el derecho de vivir una vida libre de violencia, el acceso a la educación y atención médica, las oportunidades económicas, y el derecho a vacaciones, algo que una vida de desplazamiento y exclusión social no puede solventar.“Aquí en Soacha ellos han dignificado el papel de la mujer”, dijo  Guevara, a un grupo de visitantes en Mayo del 2013.– Lynette Wilson es una editora/reportera para Episcopal News Service. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Colombia: La Iglesia se une a las personas internamente desplazadas Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, MElast_img read more

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Barnett-Cowan named Anglican Communion’s interim secretary general

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Jobs & Calls [Anglican Communion Office] The Rev. Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan will serve as interim secretary general for the Anglican Communion, according to an announcement from the Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga and Elizabeth Paver, chair and vice chair of the Standing Committee.Barnett-Cowan, who will retire at the end of January as director for Unity, Faith and Order, has agreed to be a half-time consultant for the position until the position of secretary general has been filled. She will be based at her home in Canada but will work at the Anglican Communion Office for some days each month.The Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, the present secretary general, will leave the post at the end of December as he has been elected bishop of Limerick and Killaloe in the Church of Ireland. His consecration date is Jan. 24.Barnett-Cowan said that she has surprised herself by undertaking this task as she was looking forward to her retirement, but that she is happy to fill in to bridge the gap while the search process is going on.The Standing Committee meets at the end of November to review the job description for the secretary general of the Anglican Communion and to set the appointment process in motion. 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Rector Belleville, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID center_img Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS October 29, 2014 at 11:49 pm What a wonderful choice–Alyson Barnett-Cowan as (interim) General Secretary for the world-wide Anglican communion! Alyson has a whole ocean of experience that is completely relevant to her new task, and also a wisdom, tact and practicality that is healing and energizing in any situation. May God bless you for generously taking on this heavy load, Alyson–but I can’t imagine any shoulders more fit to carry it!Janet Somerville (Toronto, Canada) Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Giving thanks by giving: Episcopal churches box, dish up holiday…

first_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem November 26, 2014 at 5:49 pm St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, Shoreline, WA (Diocese of Olympia) fed a complete Thanksgivingmeal to 259 people on 11/25. We provide over 200 dinners a week to folks who are hungry, that includes two tent encampments and in our parish hall.Our parish is a growing community of Christians with several different outreach programs.Visit our website: http://www.sdch.org Comments (3) In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY By Pat McCaughanPosted Nov 26, 2014 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Tampa, FL Rector Collierville, TN Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Press Release Service Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY Br. john Ryan. O.C.P. says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL 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 Comments are closed. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS November 27, 2014 at 3:04 pm The EPISCOPAL CHURCH rocks, and its light is shining brighter than ever! Anglicans have been reaching out to help people in need for over four hundred years in this country. Let it be known! Don’t hide your lamp under a bushel. We must find that balance between quietly helping others and boldly proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. We can no longer be content with allowing others to define who we are or what we believe. The Episcopal Church: Steeped in tradition, moving forward in faith. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rich Basta says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Youth group members at Historic Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, get ready to box up items for distribution to local working poor. Photo courtesy Tara Knox[Episcopal News Service] Whether boxing up turkey with all the trimmings or serving delicious home-cooked meals restaurant-style, Episcopal churches across the country are giving thanks this holiday season by giving to the hungry, the homeless and the lonely.A Florida priest who received a criminal citation for feeding the homeless in a public park earlier this month says he’ll be doing just that come Thanksgiving morning.“I will be accompanying my adult parishioners and youth group members to one of the [Southeast Florida] diocese’s outreach centers, St. Laurence Chapel, to serve Thanksgiving dinner between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day,” according to the Rev. Canon Mark Sims, rector of St. Mary Magdalene Church in Coral Gables.“We will serve a traditional dinner of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, drink and dessert. We will also make sandwiches and to-go meals, to be delivered to individuals who are homeless on the streets of downtown Fort Lauderdale,” said Sims, who has challenged the constitutionality of the city ordinance.And Norman Lee, 63, says he will consider himself an honored guest at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Detroit where he plans to arrive bright and early for a Thanksgiving meal.“It’s real nice, especially when you’re out on the street and no one invited you for the family dinner, and you have no money to spend for a nice meal,” added Lee, a self-described regular at the church’s five-day-a-week soup kitchen, a collaborative effort among several local congregations.“They serve turkey dinner first thing in the morning, starting about 7:30 a.m. or 8 a.m.,” Lee said. And not just turkey but “all the fixings, cranberry sauce, dressing. They bring it to your seat. They dress up the kitchen; they decorate it and put tablecloths on the table and decorations to set the mood.”It reminds him of holidays past, “to be able to have a real, old-fashioned dinner,” he said.Marianne Arbogast, who manages the church’s Manna Community Meal soup kitchen, said she expects to serve between 700 and 800 meals on Thanksgiving Day with the help of hundreds of volunteers.In Southern California, one woman’s gift of love has multiplied by the thousands.Kim McCurdy, a parishioner at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Claremont began sharing Thanksgiving meals with a few homeless people 21 years ago.This year, with the help of volunteers, McCurdy and her catering business partner Gayle Jensen will help organize, cook and distribute meals for several thousand people at the church and four other locations in Southern California.When she noticed homeless and hungry people “it reminded me of when I was growing up in Vietnam,” she said. “My mother had eight children and my father died young. We were hungry all the time.”McCurdy approached her rector about wanting to help feed local people who are homeless. She and Jensen use the parish’s kitchen and their efforts have garnered thousands of donated turkeys and other food items. The women also have organized a weekly interfaith food program that feeds hundreds.“There are so many working poor and people alone, seniors, and people are hungry year-round,” Jensen said.In Ohio and Virginia: Boxing up holiday delightsJill Burket Ragase’s 6-year-old twins, Pippa and Truman, and even her 18-month-old twins, Penelope and Quentin, are “Thanksgiving box experts now.”And Ragase, volunteer coordinator for Cincinnati’s Episcopal Church of the Redeemer’s Thanksgiving outreach program, says she thinks they may even understand a little bit about food scarcity because they’ve rubbed elbows with those experiencing it.Sharing a family ministry while helping others is a reason she agreed to lead Redeemer’s program this year, said Ragase. She and other volunteers recently divvied up an estimated 940 sticks of butter, 2,820 extra large eggs and enough 5-pound bags of potatoes to fill 250 boxes with turkey and all the ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal for local working poor residents.“We are so blessed,” said Ragase. “A local grocery store offers the turkeys at 99 cents a pound and gives us 10 percent off the rest of the perishable items. So, I got to go and order those this week.”According to Sharon Jenkins, Redeemer’s communications director, the parish has partnered for several years with the Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC) and negotiates with the grocery store “to get the turkeys at a reduced rate, and we include eggs, potatoes, and all the makings for a big meal.”After donated bundles of corrugated boxes arrive, parishioners sign up in October to commit to fill at least one. “Some take as many as three boxes,” increasing this year’s total from the 225 filled in 2013, Ragase said.Parishioners “include a $15 donation toward the cost of the turkeys” and the boxes come with a shopping list for nonperishable items such as macaroni shells, mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, pie filling and pie crust mixes. The boxes are filled and then “this week is the best part” because the turkeys arrive, Ragase said Nov. 21.On Nov. 22, volunteers arrived in shifts, some to pick up turkeys and other perishables from the local grocery store, others to deliver the boxes to MEAC’s food pantry for a Nov. 23 distribution.Similarly, members of Historic Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, helped fill boxes with turkey and all the trimmings for 150 local families to make a complete Thanksgiving meal, according to development director Tara Knox.“The families are Alexandrians who have requested assistance from the church’s Lazarus Outreach Ministry which serves local people in need,” according to Knox.On Nov. 23, youth in grades six to 12 helped set up for the food distribution by converting part of the parish hall into a Thanksgiving food pantry, she said. They receive donated turkeys and canned goods.When those who’ve requested assistance arrive, a personal shopper accompanies them through the pantry, Knox said.“It’s a nice opportunity to have their family meal cooked in their own home,” she said. “And it’s really fun for us because everybody can get in on the act and the kids get to set up the food pantry. It’s kind of fancy, and the Sunday school kids put together treats and inspirational messages to go with the bags.”–The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. 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