UTO grants helped the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church survive, rebuild

first_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Albany, NY Submit an Event Listing Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Press Release Service 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 Tags Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 UTO grants helped the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church survive, rebuild Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Events Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Jobs & Calls Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel By Lynette WilsonPosted Nov 12, 2019 Rector Knoxville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN United Thank Offering Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Washington, DC The United Thank Offering grant-site pilgrims pose for a group photo outside Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Villaescusa, Spain. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] At one point in the mid-19th century, almost all of the residents of Villaescusa, a tiny village in the north of Spain near Santander, were Episcopalians.It started with one villager who traveled 200 miles to the town of Fuentesaúco, where he bought a Bible, carried it home and began reading it. Then he brought the Bible to his Roman Catholic priest.“The priest said, ‘This is a Protestant Bible; you cannot have this,’” said Bishop Carlos López Lozano of the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church, during a visit with 12 U.S. Episcopalians to Holy Spirit Church in Villaescusa.The man, Melquíades Andrés, didn’t know anything about being a Protestant; he just wanted to read the Bible. But the priest said, “‘Give me this Bible. I’ll put it in the fire.’” The man did not surrender the Bible and, instead, traveled 222 miles to Salamanca, where he attended his first Episcopal service at the Church of the Redeemer. “He went, he liked the service and then he saw the school,” López explained.In October, 31 Episcopalians traveled to Spain for a 10-day pilgrimage organized by the United Thank Offering in coordination with the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana through Corazon Travel. The pilgrimage began with Mass at the Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer in Madrid. The following day, the pilgrims boarded a bus and drove to the 11th-century walled city of Avila. From left, Isabelle Watkins, UTO intern; Louise Ambler, a member of Christ Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Bishop Carlos López Lozano of the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church walk the streets of Lugo, Spain, where the old city is still surrounded by Roman walls. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceIn Avila, the group went in two different directions. A dozen people traveled by small bus to Salamanca, where they visited the first of three UTO grant sites; the larger group departed for Sarria, where the next day they began the 62-mile walk along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. The two groups would later converge in Arzúa for a pilgrims’ Mass the night before the walking pilgrims completed the journey’s final 12 miles and the groups reunited in Santiago de Compostela.The “grant-site pilgrims” made stops in Salamanca, where they visited the Atilano Coco Center, an international student center named for Coco, an Episcopal priest and a professor at the University of Salamanca who was assassinated by the Franco regime in December 1936. From there, they visited the rectory that serves as Holy Spirit Church in Villaescusa, and later, they stopped by St. Eulalia, a storefront church serving low-income Spaniards and immigrants in a public housing development on the outskirts of Oviedo.The grant-site pilgrims, who heard the history of the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church, were surprised to learn of the critical impact UTO grants have had on churches and ministries across Spain.“I knew that we had this long relationship with the Spanish church, but I didn’t realize how [the church was] nearly exterminated and how deliberate that extermination had been,” said Sherri Dietrich, UTO board president, who attends St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Newcastle, Maine. “And what they’ve done since then, and Bishop Lozano and the church people we’ve met, they’re so positive and optimistic. Not pie-in-the-sky optimistic, but they’re just doing what God has called them to do.”“The [UTO] board, like all church boards, doesn’t have a lot of money to spend on board expenses, so we don’t get to see what our grants have done. You know, we get reports, but we don’t see it firsthand,” she said. Sherri Dietrich, UTO board president, admires the goods in the pantry of St. Eulalia, a storefront church serving low-income Spaniards and immigrants in a public housing development on the outskirts of Oviedo, Spain. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceThe Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2018. In the years following the Spanish Civil War when the country was under the dictatorial rule of Francisco Franco, the government confiscated the church’s property, with the exception of the cathedral in Madrid, forcing the church underground.“Twenty-six buildings and 14 schools were taken by Franco,” said López, who led the grant-site pilgrims’ tour. “The church was almost entirely destroyed. People met in a private home with a Bible and the Book of Common Prayer.” Bishop Carlos López Lozano of the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church explains to the UTO pilgrims that Holy Spirit Church in Villaescusa, Spain, was seized by the government of Francisco Franco in 1936. Today, the building belongs to a Swiss company and the congregation worships down the hill in the former rectory. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceIn 1936, when Holy Spirit Church in Villaescusa was forced out of its building, the congregation moved a three-minute walk down the hill to the rectory, where they worshiped until 2008, when the roof collapsed and they moved to the city hall. A $20,000 UTO grant allowed the small congregation to fix the rectory’s roof.“Seeing where our money went to repair a roof with a congregation that had only 15 people – they would have never been able to do that; they would have had to close again,” said Dee Dugger, a UTO coordinator for the Diocese of Florida and also her parish, Holy Trinity in Gainesville.Like Dietrich, Dugger appreciated the opportunity to see the results firsthand.“For me, to be able to see where the money goes that we collect each year, and then to be able to go back and tell my parishioners and my diocesan constituents that every penny counts,” she said, while fighting back tears. “How can we have made [such] a difference in Spain? We have basically saved the Episcopal Church here in Spain,” said Dugger. Each day of the pilgrimage, the UTO grant-site pilgrims would stop and reflect and read one verse of Psalm 103:1-5. Here, Leo Dugger reads the verse. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceIn the 1950s, the U.S.-based Episcopal Church became aware of the Spanish church’s challenges, among them having no bishop. So in 1956, two American bishops – Minnesota Bishop Stephen Keeler and Northern Indiana Bishop Reginald Mallett – along with a bishop from the Church of Ireland, which had oversight of the Spanish Episcopal Church at the time, snuck into the country and in secret, consecrated the Rt. Rev. Santos M. Molina in his home in Sevilla.Mallett and his wife had vacationed in Spain previously and returned under the pretense of tourism, said Northern Indiana Bishop Douglas Sparks, who walked the Camino with the UTO pilgrims.“On the first day, they baptized, confirmed and received a number of people. On the next day, they ordained deacons and priests, and then they ordained the bishop who had been elected [clandestinely],” said Sparks, and when they left, their secret visit hit the newspapers.“The Episcopal Church in Northern Indiana, our diocese, they’re grateful for the risks that Bishop Mallett took and the other bishops to come and to make it possible for the church to be sustained in the midst of some pretty challenging and life-threatening experiences,” Sparks said. The United Thank Offering grant-site pilgrims pose for a group photo outside the cathedral in León, Spain. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceThen, UTO took notice. “From 1956 until now, UTO has helped us to survive,” said López. To date, the Spanish church’s properties have not been returned, nor has it received compensation, though it formally requested the latter a decade ago.After Franco’s death in 1975, the church began to rebuild with the continued support of UTO and others. Today, it operates 55 parishes in all major cities and towns in Spain with bi-vocational clergy. Last year, to help celebrate its anniversary, the Spanish church invited the Rev. Heather Melton, UTO’s staff officer, to speak during its kickoff event, and it was from there that she imagined the pilgrimage.“During that trip, I heard countless stories of how congregations or ministries would not have existed were it not for the funding provided through UTO grants,” Melton told Episcopal News Service. “It was so inspiring to see how far the UTO grants to Spain have gone. I really wanted others to see and experience the church in Spain and the powerful witness of blessings.”When Melquíades Andrés saw the school at the Church of the Redeemer in Salamanca, he set out to establish an Episcopal church and a school in Villaescusa, where only the children of wealthy families who could hire tutors received an education. From that one church, another five were established in the region.“Four hundred people, almost all the villagers, became Episcopalians,” said López.Today, Villaescusa has only 150 to 200 year-round inhabitants, and the 15 to 20 Episcopalians who attend Holy Spirit Church continue to worship in the former rectory, while up the street at 41 Calle Derecha, a Swiss company owns the actual church building, whose front gate stays locked. Still, it’s an active congregation engaged in the community.“You cannot imagine how important it is to us to have you here and to thank you,” said López, as the pilgrims toured Holy Spirit. Isabelle Watkins, United Thank Offering intern, and UTO board member Caitlyn Darnell take a selfie outside the Botana family estate church in Arzúa, Spain. The grant-site and walking pilgrims came together for a shared Eucharist the night before the walking pilgrims would complete the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceThank offerings collected during a calendar year are granted the following year. UTO has set aside $60,000 in matching funds for the 2020 grant cycle to help to establish an Anglican Pilgrim Centre in Santiago de Compostela. To date, $23,594 has been raised.The Anglican Pilgrim Centre would follow those in Jerusalem and Rome, the two other cities most often visited by Christian pilgrims. Like Israel and Italy, Spain has a rich religious history, from the time the Apostle St. James brought Christianity to the Iberian Peninsula just after Jesus’ death to its history as part of the Roman Empire to the Muslim conquest that began in 711 and continued until 1492. Then in 1880, the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain was established by former Roman Catholic priests who began to question the pope’s infallibility and dogma in what was truly a Spanish-led – not an Anglican-led – movement.Still, the Roman Catholic Church, which aligned itself with the Franco regime, continues to be the state-sanctioned church, receiving $900 million from the Spanish government yearly, and its history is told throughout the country in its many Gothic and Romanesque cathedrals, as the grant site pilgrims would discover. Yet, it was the Episcopal churches and ministries that most impressed the group and brought tears to their eyes.“It’s just very touching, spiritual and sacred. … It’s holy work, and it feels like holy ground,” said Dugger. “You know, the cathedrals that we’ve been in have been awesome, but these little, tiny, simple churches are more magnificent than the biggest cathedral with all the silver and gold.”The United Thank Offering was founded in 1890 to support innovative mission and ministry in The Episcopal Church and to promote thankfulness and mission throughout the Episcopal and Anglican churches worldwide. One hundred percent of thank offerings collected are distributed annually in support of projects that address human needs and help to alleviate poverty.“We say, I don’t know how many times every Sunday, ‘Thanks be to God,’ and I think very few think about it what it is to give thanks and gratitude. What I love about gratitude is that it’s … relational: It means someone has given you something, and there’s really nothing you can do in return. I mean, you can turn it into a transactional thing. But just being grateful and acknowledging that gift, it makes you feel good. It makes you healthier, emotionally and physically,” said Dietrich.“God asks us to be thankful. He doesn’t ask us, he tells us to be thankful. And I love that it is one of the most obvious things to me that God tells us to do this,” she said. So it’s … a command, but it turns out [that] it feels really good. And it’s so good for us; it brings us closer to God and to others.”Since it began, UTO has collected and granted $138,629,911.07 in thank offerings to support innovative mission and ministry in The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion through 5,257 grants.– Lynette Wilson is a reporter and managing editor of Episcopal News Service. 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Arsenal chiefs preparing to travel to Lisbon to seal deal for Sporting wonderkid Joelson Fernandes

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 25 Jul 2020 11:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares The teenager has been pulled from Sporting’s matchday squad to face Benfica (Picture: Getty)Arsenal appear to be closing in on their first summer signing with reports in Portugal claiming club bosses will travel to Lisbon at the start of next week to complete a deal for Joelson Fernandes.The 17-year-old is the latest winger to come through Sporting’s prestigious academy, which has previously produced the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Ricardo Quaresma.Despite his tender years, he has been included in the matchday squad for all of Sporting’s matches since the football season restarted, making four appearances. Joelson has represented Portugal at various youth levels (Picture: Getty Images)Joelson is very highly rated by Sporting, who are loathe to lose him, and it has also been suggested in the Portuguese media that Barcelona and Juventus are interested in him – but do not have the funds to make a move this summer.Speaking about the speculation surrounding his future earlier this year, Fernandes said: ‘It is very flattering and I think it represents the value of my work.‘I did not look at that alleged interest very much, I am happy where I am and fighting to achieve my dream, which is to play for Sporting’s first team. Nobody has told me about this extension offer yet. Besides, I try not to think about these things too much. I just want to play football.’MORE: Arsenal to trigger Sporting Lisbon teenager Joelson Fernandes’ £40m release clause ‘imminently’MORE: Future captain? William Saliba given legendary Arsenal shirt numberFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Advertisement Arsenal chiefs preparing to travel to Lisbon to seal deal for Sporting wonderkid Joelson Fernandes The teenager has been promoted to Sporting’s first team since the restart (Picture: Getty)Until now, that is, with Portuguese newspaper A Bola reporting that Joelson has been pulled from the squad that will take on rivals Benfica in Saturday night’s Lisbon derby.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIt is claimed that talks are accelerating with Arsenal, which is why the teenager has been left out, and representatives from the north London club will travel to Lisbon on Monday or Tuesday next week to ‘close the deal’.Joelson has a €45million (£40m) release clause which the Gunners are reportedly set to trigger, with the young winger having backed away from contract talks with Sporting that would have more than doubled his release clause.Kia Joorabchian – who represents Joelson – is said to be one of the driving forces behind the deal, with A Bola claiming he is also due to arrive in Lisbon imminently to get the deal over the line.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal’s hierarchy have close ties to Joorabchian, who recently secured a new two-year deal for David Luiz and facilitated the signing of full-back Cedric Soares.Portuguese news channel TVI 24, meanwhile, claim that Arsenal will not trigger Joelson’s £40m release clause, but have instead tabled a £13.6m offer which they expect will be accepted.last_img read more

Zamora dismayed by Redknapp rumours

first_img He was originally signed by Mark Hughes and was at QPR as they underwent a major overhaul of their playing squad, with a number of high-profile players brought in on bumper contracts. The plan failed to project Rangers to new heights and Hughes’ sacking was followed by relegation as Redknapp could not turn the tide having been appointed 12 games into a season where QPR had yet to win a game. Those times are not remembered fondly by anyone associated with the club and Zamora revealed he enjoyed being away from the training ground as the environment became increasingly toxic – something Redknapp has remedied this time around. He said: “There were times when you were wishing that you didn’t have to go to training for a week and you could just turn up for Saturday because when game time comes, everyone is fighting for the same cause. “During the week tempers can flare. We are all desperate to do well – two seasons ago – and on a Saturday everyone knows they have to do their jobs. This season they have been spot-on. “We are in a better position all around, the players, the club everything. There are 31 games to go, there is plenty of time to get out of this. “Everything from two and half years ago to now, the club has come on from. The management, the squad, the facilities are different. “There are only four or five (players) left from that time; there has been a big turnaround. There’s a good togetherness, the lads all get on now. Rio (Ferdinand) has come in and he has been impressed with how the lads are together. “He was at Man United for a long time and he can’t believe the togetherness of the lads and the spirit that’s here.” With Rangers currently bottom of the Barclays Premier League and with a tough run of games approaching, Redknapp’s position is reportedly under threat. But Zamora, whose last-gasp play-off final winner secured a top-flight return for QPR last season, does not see the sense in replacing Redknapp – who he says has built a team with the spirit to survive. Bobby Zamora believes it would be “crazy” if Harry Redknapp lost his job as QPR manager. Having taken just four points from their opening seven league games and with Liverpool visiting Loftus Road on Sunday before matches against Aston Villa, Chelsea and Manchester City, Redknapp will know he needs to turn things around. QPR owner Tony Fernandes has publicly backed his manager but may start to develop an itchy trigger-finger in the coming weeks if results do not show signs of improving, although Zamora believes such a move would be unwise. “It is crazy,” he said about the growing speculation over his manager’s future. “Harry has a wealth of experience and has seen it all; relegations, promotions, finals – he’s seen it all. It really is crazy with so many games to go. You can win two games and you’re right back up there. “We are all behind him. He brought most of us in. Harry has supported us and wanted us here. Everyone is behind him and now we have just got to do our part on a matchday. “The press are perhaps making more of this and we are all asked the same question. It hasn’t come to the point where it’s panic stations – far from it. It really is so early.” The 33-year-old Zamora has yet to start a league game for the Hoops this season after penning a new contract with the club over the summer. The former West Ham, Tottenham and Fulham striker was keen to extend his stay at Loftus Road and is believed to have taken a 50 per cent pay cut to do so. Press Associationlast_img read more

Baseball…things to love in 2006

first_imgI am sincerely convinced that I’m the most experienced baseball fan on the planet. I haven’t watched nearly so many games as your 86-year-old grandpa, and I haven’t been around the game even a fraction of the time that Peter Gammons has, but nonetheless, I’ll put my name above theirs on the list.The fact is, I’m a Florida Marlins fan.I’ve been blessed enough to watch my team win more World Series championships than seven major league baseball franchises — two titles in just their first 11 years of existence.I’ve also had the misfortune to witness three 98-plus loss seasons, including having season tickets to the 54-108 1998 campaign that became more painful every time the team was referred to as the “World Champion” Florida Marlins.I’ve lived through the excitement that surrounds a brand-new expansion franchise and am currently experiencing what it feels like to have your team leave town.I watched my team go on off-season spending sprees twice, with fire sales that would have made Wal-Mart envious.I’ve seen it all.Having said that, there is still a shopping list of things that I am very excited to see this season, not just surrounding the Fish, but all-around baseball. While my team is doomed to a 100-plus loss season (again), there is still plenty to get excited about in baseball.Some things to look forward to about the 2006 MLB season:… There’s the voice of Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play man Vin Scully, who tells the story of a ballgame like no other, making the Braves-Dodgers game I am listening to as I type — a game that I otherwise couldn’t care less about — spellbinding.… There’s the asterisk that hopefully will become permanently attached to Barry Bonds’ name, at least in the record books. Seriously, doesn’t “Barry Bonds*” just look heavenly?… There’s the hope that the Yankees will crash and burn again.… Or if you are a Yanks fan (aka hollow inside), there’s the hope that the Sox crash and burn again this year, with Johnny Damon the leading culprit.… There’s watching ultra-talented Mark Prior and Kerry Wood, the all-star pitchers for the Chicago-area Hospital’s rec-league team.… You can look forward to viewing the pure joy that Dontrelle Willis, Vladimir Guerrero and Carl Crawford all play the game with.… Can’t wait for the first stadium-rocking home run of the season by the Brewers’ Prince Fielder, and the ensuing stadium-foundation-rocking trot around the bases.… AL cities can look forward to the rock-your-world (back-and-forth) Leo Mazzone Tour, fresh out of Atlanta and coming to a ballpark near you!… There’s the excitement in watching the Mets’ Julio Franco become the first major-leaguer to ever steal a base while using a walker. Of course, the steal comes against the Padres and Mike Piazza.… There’s the daily smiles brought on by Bonds’ website, BarryBonds.com, one of the most ridiculous sites to ever grace the Internet.… Don’t forget the “name that batting stance game,” almost always featuring the goofy statures of low-sitting Jeff Bagwell, high-rising Craig Counsell and the just-confusing-looking Tony Batista.… There’s the annual intrigue as to what body part slugger Ken Griffey Jr. will hurt this season, before having to be put on the shelf for the remainder of the year.… Always interesting will be watching Phillies fans boo more than they cheer, despite winning the wild-card spot.… Not having to see Sammy Sosa on the field at all.But most wonderful will be sitting down with a sausage or hotdog in a bun, with a cold drink and nothing to do, and watching the most beautifully crafted game ever invented. It’s great to have baseball back, even if the Marlins have decided they don’t want any part of it.last_img read more