Chance to spark: Teddy Thomas will shine with the superstars of Racing MetroAlexandre Dardet: Enjoying his first full season in the Top 14, the 21-year-old Grenoble loosehead has come through the toughest of initiations, against first Clermont and then Montpellier. On Saturday Dardet showed up well against Nicolas Mas, one of the world’s most experienced tightheads, and he also caught the eye in the loose as Grenoble almost pulled off a shock win on the Mediterranean coast. Like Ollivon, the 18 stone Dardet missed out on junior honours for France but Grenoble coach Bernard Jackman rates him highly, saying: “He’s naturally very strong and has a back-rower’s handling skills…he’s still raw but he has so much potential.” Camille Lopez: Capped twice by France during their summer tour to New Zealand in 2013, the 25-year-old fly-half endured a wretched campaign last year. He had moved to Perpignan from Bordeaux-Begles at the end of the 2012-13 season, expecting the Catalan club to challenge for a place in the play-offs but instead found himself sidelined with a serious knee injury while his teammates were relegated. Joining Clermont in the summer, Lopez is thriving at his new club and was nominated Midi Olympique’s Player of the Week for his display in the 21-6 win at Brive. Tactically astute, Lopez likes to attack the gain line and he can also kick his goals, landing six from six against Brive. Teddy Thomas: The revelation of the 2012-13 season for Biarritz, Thomas burst on to the scene with a two try display in his side’s Amlin Cup quarter-final defeat of Gloucester, and Thomas looked on his way to fulfilling the great promise he displayed for France U20. But last season his development stalled as Biarritz lurched from one defeat to another so Thomas signed a four year deal with Racing. Still only 20, Thomas made his debut for the Metro men against Bordeaux on Saturday and scored both his side’s tries in their 30-21 defeat. Fast and strong, and a sharp finisher, the 14 stone Thomas says he was schooled in the art of try-scoring by former Biarritz teammate and American flier Takudza Ngwenya. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Mystery man: Bordeaux’s French prop Jefferson Poirot on the gallop against Racing With two rounds gone of the Top 14, Toulon and Toulouse are setting the pace at the top of the table with teams containing a lot of familiar faces. But already there have been some eye-catching performances from one or two of the more unfancied teams, and young French players hitherto unknown outside the Top 14 are staking a claim for a place in Les Bleus’ World Cup squad.Here are five young stars to look out as the season progresses.Bold future: Charles Ollivon has been singled out by Yannick BruCharles Ollivon: The headline in Monday’s Midi Olympique’s summed up the impact the Bayonne No 8 has made so far this season – ‘The Phenomenon’. The 21-year-old stood out in the Basque pack during their 15-29 defeat to Toulon on the opening weekend with his hands, pace and positional awareness. And Ollivon was at it again on Saturday, his hard running a crucial factor in Bayonne’s 38-12 thrashing of Oyonnax. At 6ft 5in and 17 ½ stone Ollivon – who attributes his exceptional hand/eye coordination to a youth spent playing the Basque game of Pelote – has already attracted the interest of France forwards’ coach Yannick Bru and if his form continues an international call-up seems certain for a player yet to represent his country at any level. Jefferson Poirot: Selected in Midi Olympique’s XV of the Week on Monday, the 21-year-old Bordeaux loosehead prop is one of the most exciting front-row prospects in France. He made his Top 14 debut in 2012, when he was just 19, and his subsequent progression has been rapid. Poirot is learning his craft at Bordeaux from veteran prop Jean-Baptiste Poux as well as head coach and former France hooker Raphael Ibanez. At 5ft 11 and 19 stone, Poirot was more than a match for the Racing front row on Saturday as Bordeaux notched their second victory of the season with a 30-21 win. Having played for France Under 20s in the 2012 Junior World Championship, Poirot said recently he “dreams every night” of winning his first senior cap.
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Brian Grieves, deputy from the Diocese of Hawaii, speaks in favor of the resolution he proposed about ending the church’s complicity in the Israeli occupation, saying “Palestinian lives matter.” Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] The House of Deputies on July 9 voted overwhelmingly in favor of pursuing what is known as a human rights investment screen to end the Episcopal Church’s complicity in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories, a move that critics call divestment and one they warn will diminish rather than amplify the church’s voice in the region.Resolution D019 also raised concerns from critics that the church is taking sides in the decades-old Middle East conflict and possibly opening itself up to claims of anti-Semitism, though floor amendments to the resolution sought to minimize those concerns.In the end, a measure that in 2015 failed even to get a floor debate in the House of Deputies, now sails to the House of Bishops backed by the deputies’ 619-214 vote, with 74 percent in favor. Many voiced an increased sense of urgency in responding to the rapid deterioration of the Mideast peace process and the escalating humanitarian crisis affecting Palestinians.“Occupation is bad both for the oppressed and the oppressor,” said the Rev. Brian Grieves, a deputy from the Diocese of Hawaii and a member of the Stewardship & Socially Responsible Investing Committee, during the house debate on the resolution he proposed. “We as a church are complicit in this occupation. We have money invested in it.“Let this be finally the convention where we say we will no longer allow our financial resources to enable this brutal occupation. … Palestinian lives matter.”The difference between 2015 and this year has been a common theme at the 79th General Convention when discussing resolutions related to Israel and Palestine. Before the start of this convention, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, House of Deputies president, accepted a task force’s recommendations intended to expedite the process and ensure a full, open and productive debate on Israel-Palestine issues after complaints about the process three years ago.By most accounts, the process this year succeeded. Nearly 50 people testified on 15 resolutions at a joint hearing July 6. The House of Deputies was chosen as the house of initial action for all Israel-Palestine resolutions, and Resolution D019, deemed the most controversial, was scheduled for a special order of business to ensure debate didn’t get sidetracked by procedural matters.Sarah Lawton, deputy from California and chair of the Social Justice and International Policy Committee, alluded to these changes in her opening remarks on the resolution before debate began.“Last time we didn’t really debate this issue because the resolution failed in the House of Bishops, which was the house of initial action [in 2015],” she said.The Episcopal Church has long voiced support for Israel’s right to exist and live in peace, as well as opposition to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. Lawton listed some of the reasons why the past three years since the last General Convention have added a “sense of urgency” to the debate over treatment of Palestinians: Gaza, described as the world’s “largest open-air prison,” has faced deadly aerial attacks by Israel’s military, Lawton said, and Israeli forces have engaged in a disproportionate live-fire response to border unrest that violates international norms. Palestinian children have been taken from their parents and detained in deplorable conditions.Many of those complaints were echoed in the impassioned testimony at the committee hearing, which drew people of a wide range of faith backgrounds, including Christians, Muslims and Jews.“These concerns are addressed in our other resolutions, but they form some of the context for this one,” Lawton said.Full ENS coverage of the 79th meeting of General Convention is available here.And while most of the other Israel-Palestine resolutions were assigned to the consent calendar to be approved without further discussion, D019 produced robust debate in the House of Deputies during the 80 minutes or so between introduction and passage. A full half-hour was set aside for debate on the resolution itself, with additional time allotted for debate on amendments, according to the rules of the special order of business.The Rev. Winnie Varghese, deputy from New York, spoke about the Episcopal Church’s long history of socially responsible investing and its decision to withhold investments from certain industries, such as the tobacco and prison industries. Aligning investments with values is now a mainstream practice, she said.“We are able to do this work,” she said in arguing for the resolution’s passage. “It is selective. It is supportive of our brothers and sisters in Israel and Palestine working for a just peace.”The Rev. Susan Haynes, deputy from Northern Indiana, also applauded those who are working for peace, but she spoke against Resolution D019.“I admire the work that people do when they advocate for Palestinians in the Holy Land when their rights are violated by the Israeli army, and I admire the work done by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem who serve people in the occupation under very difficult circumstances,” Haynes said. “But I cannot wholeheartedly support this [resolution] because it is one-sided. Human rights screening is divestment in Israel, and divestment destroys any chance of reconciliation.”The Rev. Candice Frazer, deputy from Alabama, took exception to claims of one-sidedness.“This resolution is not anti-Israel or even one-sided, though it might be one-sided if we consider, with our investments, our church has taken a side,” Frazer said. “How can we play a role in peacemaking when we are already invested in the oppression of a people?”The Episcopal Church already pursues socially responsible investing in Israel through shareholder resolutions with companies that have contracts to support Israel’s infrastructure, such as construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar and telecommunications company Motorola. The threat of divestment is seen by proponents as one way to apply greater pressure on those companies to take a stand against human rights violations, but not everyone agrees with that tactic.The Rev. Hillary Raining, deputy from Pennsylvania, speaks against Resolution D019 during the special order of business on Israel-Palestine in the House of Deputies on July 9. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service“If the Episcopal church is going to play any role in this, we need to engage with both sides, not to divest, not to boycott,” said the Rev. Hillary Raining, deputy from Pennsylvania. “Boycotting and divesting from them will only close the channels of communication.”Frazer countered that “it is through our pocketbooks” that the church can make a difference,” and the Rev. David Ota of the Diocese of California said he saw the Palestinian cause through the lens of his Japanese heritage and Japanese-Americans’ suffering during the U.S. policy of internment during World War II.“When I think about this issue, when I see Palestinians behind walls, I see Jesus and I see my family and I see our church,” he said. Ota closed his comments with a reference to the massive prayer vigil July 8 attended by the bishops and deputies outside an immigrant detention center not far from Austin. “The policy of a human rights screen is trying to … free the people from destruction and to help us as a church stand with them, just as we stood at the detention center yesterday.”Three amendments were approved before the final vote. One, proposed by the Rev. Gail Bennett of New Jersey, expedites a potential human rights screen by making those recommendations due by 2019 instead of 2020. A second amendment, proposed by the Rev. Wesley Sedlacek of Oregon, added a clause seeking to make clear the resolution is not critical of the Jewish faith tradition but rather advocates change in policies of a government, Israel.And the House of Deputies, by a slim margin, approved an amendment from William Boyce of Massachusetts to “urge dioceses and worshipping communities to consider developing similar human rights social criteria investment screens in response to the Israel-Palestine crisis.”The results of the Resolution D019 vote are shown on the screen at the front of the House of Deputies. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceWith amendments done, Jennings called for the vote on the resolution, which passed without further comment.It wasn’t immediately clear when the House of Bishops will take up the resolution. Resolution B003, relating to the status of Jerusalem, and Resolution B021, on humanitarian aid to Palestinians, are on the bishops’ consent calendar for July 10. At least six other Israel-Palestine resolutions are on the House of Deputies’ consent calendar for the same day, and Resolution C017, which would create a “no-buy” list, is on the deputies’ July 10 legislative calendar.If any or all of the resolutions clear both houses, the work of advocacy in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the church will fall to the Office of Government Relations.“We look forward to implementing the guidance of General Convention, and we plan to continue our advocacy in pursuit of a just peace in the Holy Land,” Office of Government Relations Director Rebecca Linder Blachly said in an email to Episcopal News Service. “In the Office of Government Relations, we work closely with ecumenical and interfaith partners on advocacy, recognizing many of us have a diversity of views on particular issues.“Whatever convention decides, we expect to remain a strong partner and advocate in Washington to support a peaceful resolution to the conflict.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] By David PaulsenPosted Jul 9, 2018 Abu Kamel says: Rev. Michael Bennings says: John Hirnbager says: Submit a Press Release Jewels Wolf says: July 10, 2018 at 10:28 pm Surely you jest. Fires? Before a single fire was set, and not a single Israeli injured, by May 14 dozens of Palestinians had been massacred and thousands upon thousands injured inside their Gaza prison. Fires? House of Deputies, Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Haithem El-Zabri says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN July 10, 2018 at 2:35 am This is blatant anti semitism. This discussion completely ignores, for example all the fires started by the supposedly peaceful Gaza protests. By referring to certain territories as occupied it takes sides in an issue under dispute but worst of all it embraces a group of people who have openly stated on repeated occasions that their goal is the complete destruction of Israel and the Jews. It refuses to acknowledge all of the tunnels dug using building supplies so that Palestinian terrorists can sneak into Israel and kill Jews. Yoy refuse to acknowledge that the Palestinian authority pays terrorists and their families. You leftist deputies like to throw the word Nazi around. Look in the mirror. You have embraced a movement that seeks the destruction of Israel and the Jews, to your everlasting shame. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Vicki Gray says: July 10, 2018 at 10:54 am Stealing of Palestinian lands and destroying 400 Palestinian villages through terrorism (Irgun and Haganah), genocide and ethnic cleansing is horrendous. Your attempts to delegitimize the Palestinian people whose land was stolen is horrendous. Rounding them up in concentration camps (Gaza) or in refugee camps is horrendous. The militarized Apartheid regime in the West Bank is horrendous. Playing the victim, when you are the perpetrator is horrendous. Tags william dailey says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Matt Ouellette says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Robert Assaly says: July 10, 2018 at 11:22 pm The teachings of Mohammad require his followers to offer non-Muslims only three choices: conversion, subjugation, or death. The Palestinian (Islamic) suicide bombers, however, don’t give their victims a choice, Apparently there is no requirement to ask questions when driving a truck down a sidewalk killing unbelievers, bombing a school or flying an airliner into a building. If the Church fails to respond to these threats we will run out of yellow ribbons and flowers. July 10, 2018 at 10:24 pm “Terrorist-backing Palestinians”? Does it get more racist than that? I had thought this was a Christian Church.P.S. Your friend Brian Grieves is one of the most insightful and knowledgable Episcopalians on Palestine General Convention 2018, July 11, 2018 at 2:19 am I left the Episcopal Church over a decade ago because I found that I could no longer worship with those who turn a blind eye to, or worse, condone and actively support, Israel’s black letter law crimes against defenseless captive civilian Palestinian populations in the illegally-occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza. Israel routinely oppresses and ruthlessly exploits captive Palestinian civilians, men, women, and children, as human lab rats for the testing of weapons and tactics Israeli arms makers export to other repressive regimes around the globe. What kind of church is it that supports such criminality?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4CehqWcEk4https://www.mediamonitors.net/perspectives/palestine-unabridged-claiming-the-right-to-freedom-of-speech-part-one/ July 11, 2018 at 1:03 am Israel continually kills Palestinians in Gaza and maintains a brutal Gaza blockade. They also maintain the occupation of the west bank, steal Palestinian land in the form of settlements and restrict the movement of all Palestinians. Actions speak louder than words and the actions of the Israeli government have shown that they are committed to the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians M. J. Wise says: william dailey says: Rev. Dr. James Hargis says: July 11, 2018 at 2:20 pm Concerning your second question, Frank, you might consult the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With regard to Palestinians, the 2007 UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is also relevant. Come to think of it, so is Mark 12:31. Robert Cooper says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Susan Salisbury says: Rector Albany, NY Matt Ouellette says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET July 9, 2018 at 9:45 pm TEC has been politically irrelevant for some time, so I still don’t see the point of taking up expensive and limited GC time with this attempt to make us look even more partisan and less likely to be listened to. July 12, 2018 at 11:07 am Democracy is freely elected representatives to govern those eligible to vote. There are reasons Palestinians are excluded, just like we exclude non-citizens. Each country may determine what that means. Is the system perfect? No. Are thei flaws? Of course. But I’d choose any system that tries to implement free elections, over one that is dictatorial, has ties to terrorism, and is brutal. Youth Minister Lorton, VA July 9, 2018 at 8:22 pm Two related questions. First, what constitutes being a human? Second, what are the rights such humans are suppose to have? A good deal of this stems from 18th century “Enlightenment” which is both atheistic and materialistic. Featured Jobs & Calls July 11, 2018 at 11:57 am Perhaps more significantly the Koran NEVER mentions Jerusalem. That’s zero, nada references. The Bible references Jerusalem 230 or so times. Comments (49) Ron Davin says: Middle East July 12, 2018 at 11:12 am Fine. We’ll just have to disagree. You have your views, and I have mine; and it seems never the twain shall meet. Robert Assaly says: Rev. Dr. James Hargis says: July 10, 2018 at 12:25 am Amen!!! July 9, 2018 at 11:04 pm I do agree that some of the comments on these threads are seriously misinformed or deliberately trying to misinform,propagandise,others. Tura Campanella Cook says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA July 12, 2018 at 1:10 am Haithem you are right. Israel has an ethnocracy not a democracy. And Democracy does not mean it is or will be good or right. There are ways to manipulate undermine or corrupt a democracy. Most democracies are manipulated by financial systems business other groups etc… Michael Gillespie says: Thomas Prater says: Masar Sakr says: Rev. Dr. James Hargis says: July 10, 2018 at 12:52 am Agreed. July 10, 2018 at 10:22 am It is important to recognize that the State of Israel does not represent the moral compass nor the ethical teachings of Judaism — nor the vast numbers of Jews who do not live in Israel. American Jews in large numbers are shaking off the layers of deceit and misrepresentation that has misguided perception of the State of Israel since its beginnings. Israel is not Democratic and its increasing oppression of Palestinians, especially those living in the Gaza prison, does not follow the core principles of Judaism. I do not feel safer as a Jew because Israel practices discrimination and extreme prejudice against Palestinians. Remember the lessons learned in South Africa. Sadly, where morality and humanity have failed to reach heart minds, economic sanctions do work. July 11, 2018 at 11:22 pm It is so nice to see Christian denominations waking up to how Israel has become. Christians have spoiled the child with unconditional help and aid to Israel and Jews in western countries. As one takes a deep look one might see as I do how for Christian Zion we have lost sight of the Peace that Jesus taught. Now we gushing ly send our children both boys and girls to war. Abhorrent to me and I believe Jesus as well. My Quaker faith thinks they are progressive but they are stuck in past over antislavery efforts of which we owe a great deal to Methodists and other denominations. This is difficult for many but not by your fault. Our media keeps us in the dark and Hasbara in Israel was also created to do not only that but manipulate us further. Zionism effected in Israel is not Christian Zionism but secularlized self determination or Self Will and not Gods Will action. There is more but you do the research yourself. Chris Weir Abbyad says: July 10, 2018 at 9:34 am Return to your virtual binder and read D019 Ending Church Complicity in the Occupation:1. Re-affirm prior action … of 1991-D122 “Distinguish Between Criticism of Israeli Policy and Anti-Jewish Prejudice”.2. Continue firm support for the right of Israel to exist in secure borders as established and recognized by the United Nations, but also [oppose] Israel’s occupation in perpetuity of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip which is now recognized by the United Nations as the sovereign state of Palestine;3. …[D]evelop a human rights social criteria investment screen based on the social teachings of this Church and 70 years of Church policy on Israel/Palestine…4. …[U]rge dioceses and worshipping communities to consider developing similar human rights social criteria investment screens.The Rabbinical Council of Jewish Voice for Peace would not have written a statement in support of this and other resolutions if they felt D019 was anti-semitic. Elaine J. Cohen says: Nick Khoury says: July 9, 2018 at 10:54 pm You’re right M.J. the TEC is irrelevant. We must realize that these “causes” are financed by OUR dollars. Perhaps it is time to spend our money more wisely. PJ Cabbiness says: Rector Tampa, FL July 10, 2018 at 1:18 pm I’m pretty sure hatred of Israel is not a core tenet of Islam, and neither is hatred of Christians. Just because there are Muslims that hold those views doesn’t mean it applies to the entire religion, any more than the homophobia of the Westboro Baptist Church applies to Christianity. Press Release Service July 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm You say this as Palestinians villages were and are still to this day being wiped off the ground. Wake up and stop repeating Zionist propaganda. Submit an Event Listing Frank Harrison says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rev. Dr. James Hargis says: July 10, 2018 at 10:49 am Dear Rev. Dr. James Hargis,How you define a “democracy”? Democracies do not have concentration camps such as Gaza. Democracies do not maintain militarized Apartheid regimes such as the West Bank with Jew-only roads, Jew-only buses and occupational colonies.Let me remind you that Israel was created through terrorism and terrorist organizations (Irgun and Haganah) that killed hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, bombed and destroyed more than 400 villages, dispossessed and stole Palestinian lands. The remaining refugees were rounded up in the Gaza concentration camp and in refugee camps in neighboring countries.This is called genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. What place do these have in YOUR definition of a “democracy”? Jerry Williams says: July 10, 2018 at 1:10 pm I am heartened that the Episcopal Church has taken a stand against Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians. Standing up for the oppressed is the right thing to do, and is also the first step towards an eventual reconciliation. July 9, 2018 at 11:38 pm A church cannot act in the role of neutral mediator for peace when it takes sides in civil conflict by declaring economic war on one side. The Episcopal Church is the sworn enemy of Israel, and should be treated as such. I and others joined the exodus from the Episcopal Church some time ago. We call ourselves the MeToo#EpiscopalExodus. Maurine Tobin says: Matt Ouellette says: July 10, 2018 at 3:17 am Yes. Thank you Susan. July 10, 2018 at 11:36 am If we can be critical of our own government and divest from American companies that do not share our moral values then why can’t we do the same when it comes to Israel? Israel receives the lion’s share of our foreign aid and is the 16th strongest military power in the world. What hope do the Palestinians have in confronting such a power? As Archbishop Tutu so famously said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Many American Jews have given us permission to side with justice for Palestinians. Steve Price says: July 10, 2018 at 3:22 pm Many Jews in Israel oppose the policies of this particular Israeli government.Netanyahu like Trump,did not receive a majority of the vote but was forced to form coalitions to keep his job.Please don’t judge all Israelis by this current government.Maybe enough actions like sanctions can help bring down his coalition so the sane Jews in Israel can reclaim their government and restart the peace process. July 10, 2018 at 2:26 pm Genesis 12; 3 says it all Deputies back plan to end financial complicity in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands Jewels Wolf says: Lloyd Newell says: Advocacy Peace & Justice, william dailey says: July 10, 2018 at 7:13 pm So you think the Quran, which was written centuries ago, has a statement in it about the modern state of Israel? That would be quite impressive indeed. Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA PJ Cabbiness says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Andrew Poland says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC July 10, 2018 at 1:17 pm “If you are neutral in situations of terrorism, you have chosen the side of the terrorism” . Slogans, slogans. Do what you will. Divestment has a lot of forms. July 10, 2018 at 11:10 pm Seriously, we need to establish a position in our church called a “Relevancy Chief” or something. What, precisely, does this have to do with the administration of the Episcopal Church? If it’s about funding, I would hope that our money stays in our particular church, and is spent on local aid and projects. Why don’t people understand that you do not use a toaster to make a smoothie? This is a Church. If you want to politick, there are venues and vehicles for that. Our Church ought focus on what we know best, loving and providing for our NEIGHBORS, and loving God. One can try to make the argument that we are called to do this sort of thing, but I’d argue that the world is chock full of messed up places and issues, and that if we are being fair, it’s darn near impossible to pick, choose, and prioritize how many other lanes that we’re going to step into. Last I checked, the Church I go to on Sunday isn’t a Political Action group. At coffee hour, we don’t sit around stuffing pamphlets and man phone banks. Can we please stick to what our actual function is? Katherine Pace says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC July 10, 2018 at 12:20 am But TEC isn’t misinformed and politicized?!!! July 10, 2018 at 6:06 pm Free Palestine from river to sea, Palestine should be for all people Comments are closed. Featured Events July 11, 2018 at 2:31 am Free Israel from the endless, mindless, murderous attacks from the terrorist puppet non-state of Palestine. Return to Israel all of its rightful, historical territory. Rector Knoxville, TN July 9, 2018 at 8:31 pm Sorry to my old classmate, Brian, but you are off the wall on this issue. Israel is our friend. Only democracy in the Middle East. And you would lean to supporting terrorist-backing Pelestinians?! Once again, TEC has proved reality is optional. And to my friend (and yes, I do have more than one!) David Ota, this is vastly different than the U.S. WWII internment camps. July 9, 2018 at 8:49 pm Israel does not occupy any Palestinian territory. Palestine is a region. It is not a nation. It does not nor has it ever legitimately possessed any territory. I am deeply saddened by the anti-Semitic path that our Church has taken. The narrative that the Church is accepting and promoting is false and fraudulent. The Palestinian leadership and people are not interested in peace, prosperity or dignified nationhood. Their currency is Theocracy and violence and they willing promote terror and murder against the legitimate nation of Israel. We owe the people of Israel an apology for being deeply (and sometimes intentionally) misinformed and for drawing unwise conclusions that have led to actions that are morally wrong and contrary to our faith. Israel is our friend and ally and we as Christians must oppose this latest wave ofanti-Semitism. Palestine exists primarily as a political entity whose only purpose is to harass, defeat and destroy Israel. Shame on us. mike geibel says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT July 10, 2018 at 1:20 pm Criticism of the Israeli government is not anti-Semitic, any more than criticism of the U.S. government is anti-American. You might not think the Israeli government is doing anything wrong, but there are many of us who do, and it has nothing to do with anti-Semitism. Rector Smithfield, NC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Alistair Welchman says: July 10, 2018 at 1:15 am As a Palestinian Christian who’s heritage and family dates back hundreds of years in Palestine it is astonishing to hear fellow Christians deny the natural and legal rights of the Palestinian people. My families Church and village was destroyed in 1948 by the Zionist army. Do not confuse political Zionism who’s founders were atheist and the Jewish faith. Israel’s apartheid policies harms all peoples including Jews. Israel was not founded as a democracy and is still not or it would grant Palestinians whom they control the right to vote and remove discrimatory laws. Most importantly they would have never destroyed their homes, villages and Church’s. July 10, 2018 at 10:51 am Having led 24 groups to experience the facts on the ground in Palestine and having worked for over 20 years with both Israeli and American Jews advocating justice for Palestinians, we know this resolution is the opposite of anti-Semitic. Rather is is on keeping with the mandate in both Hebrew and Chrisian scriptures to use of resources to support the oppressed. Steve Price says: PJ Cabbiness says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Steve Price says: Submit a Job Listing Rev. Michael Bennings says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Martinsville, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books July 10, 2018 at 12:29 pm Because Palestine has vowed to wipe Israel off the map I would hope they have no hope in attacking Israel as it defends itself. The hate for Israel in Palestine must be recognized as an essential tenant of Islam that extends to Christianity as well. It’s time for Christians everywhere to wake up and face this threat. July 10, 2018 at 8:00 am But not as irrelevant as the ACNA. Rev. Dr. James Hargis says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY July 10, 2018 at 10:55 am Stopping the support for maintaining the vicious occupation of the Palestinian people is a strong enough leverage. 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Robert Cooper says: 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 July 10, 2018 at 9:06 am “Democracy”?? Sure, if you’re Jewish! Do the 5 million Palestinians in the militarily occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip get to have any control or say in their lives? Does this so-called “democracy” include them? You are defending racial supremacy, sir. July 10, 2018 at 6:49 pm Matt Ouellette – I can see you have never read the koran – – it says something totally different! Rector Shreveport, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate Diocese of Nebraska Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 william dailey says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest July 10, 2018 at 11:26 am As I Jewish American, I would like to express my support for D019. It is not anti-semitic to hold Israel accountable for its crimes against the Palestinian people. To the contrary, it is the only moral thing to do. What is more, a growing number of Jewish people in the US and around the world are voicing their support for divestment against Israel. We are horrified by the oppression and violence enacted in our names, and we are endlessly frustrated by the idea that the state of Israel represents all Jewish people. It does not. Thank you to all the people who worked tirelessly to pass D019. I pray that it is approved by the House of Bishops. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Israel-Palestine, Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rev. Michael Bennings says: July 9, 2018 at 9:11 pm Sounds to me the Church IS taken sides. What leverage will we have in any further discussions with Israel? Rector Belleville, IL General Convention, Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI July 10, 2018 at 12:50 am Thank you.
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Being a recovering liberal, May 2021 might have possibly been the most important month in my entire life. Seeing revolutionary theory put into practice by attending a rally on May Day and the #SaveSheikhJarrah rally May 15 has really inspired me to invest more deeply into political organizing. Protest for Palestine in Brooklyn May 15. Credit: Toni ArensteinThe May 1 events enabled me to get a first-hand view of how the capitalist system affects the lives of the working class, young and old. Witnessing speakers from all walks of life talk about how the U.S. economic system has wrecked their lives really hit home to this recent college graduate, who has to pay the bills by working in the service industry. As great as the May 1 event was, it seemed to be missing something. The problem was that I didn’t know what, until I attended the #SaveSheikhJarrah rally two weeks later. While hearing stories from the U.S. proletariat was necessary for my political development, I needed to hear the class struggle from beyond the borders of the wealthiest country in history. I needed to witness the fervor and passion of activists resisting the clutches of U.S. imperialist hegemony. I found this at the rally for Palestine on May 15. Marching from Rittenhouse Square all the way to the Philadelphia Art museum, along with thousands of other people, inspired me to be the best ally I could possibly be for the oppressed and marginalized, not just in the United States but all over the world. Starting with #SaveSheikhJarrah and Palestine liberation as a whole, I will use my privilege as a Western leftist living in the imperial core to extend my solidarity to all people seeking self determination. Concrete solidarity By reading articles and listening to videos by Palestinian activists, I learned several ways to be a great ally to the Palestinian cause. The first one is to boycott corporations and companies that are complicit in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. The sad part about companies like Ben and Jerry’s, HP, Puma and Sabra is that they spent the past year exploiting righteous outrage at the uptick of state-sanctioned violence against Black and Brown people in the U.S. — while aiding state-sanctioned violence in the Gaza strip. They were doing business with companies that are bankrolling the Israeli army, creating a biometric ID system that Israel uses to restrict Palestinian movement, or they were just looking the other way while Palestinians are being oppressed daily. (tinyurl.com/7xdxxwkc) We can’t allow these charlatans to get away with continuing their exploitation of people outside U.S. borders by downplaying their exploitation within U.S. borders. Now that the younger generation is starting to realize the realities of systemic oppression, it can send a real message to the capitalist class by hitting them where it hurts the most: their pocket books. Another way to be an ally is by boosting the voices of Palestinian people. As a major backer of the Israeli state, the U.S. and its media outlets have a vested interest in painting Israel in the best light possible while demonizing the Palestine Liberation Organization, Hamas and other Palestinian leaders. A study conducted by the Canadian Research organization 416Labs uncovered just how slanted in Israel’s favor U.S. media coverage has been. The five major U.S. newspapers — Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal — have cited Israeli sources over 2.5 times more that Palestinian sources and have published stories centering Israeli people four times more than those centering Palestinians. (The Intercept, Jan. 12, 2019) With that kind of biased reporting, I myself once bought into the lie that Palestinans were a dangerous threat to Israel’s peaceful settlement. Palestinian voices are not only being silenced through the press, they’re being silenced on the ground: Since 2000, the state of Israel has been responsible for the murder of 46 Palestinian journalists. With the whole world watching, Israel bombed a building housing at least 17 local and international media outlets, including Al-Jazeera and The Associated Press, in Gaza City May 15.With all this violent repression, Palestinians are fighting an uphill battle to get their voices heard. What you can do as leftists in the U.S., or in the West in general, is feature the reporting and work of Palestinian journalists as much as possible. And it is extremely important to find Palestinian content creators and boost their visibility as well by giving them a shout-out whenever you can. With more respresentation in the mainstream, Palestinian authors, journalists, creators, etc. will be afforded the ability to showcase themselves and their humanity and with this visibility win more people over to their vital struggles. Fight Zionist propagandaIn addition to amplifying Palestinian voices, it is important for us as Western leftists to fight back against bad-faith propagandists anywhere and in any way we can. With the future of Palestinian communities like Sheikh Jarrah hanging in the balance, we can’t afford to have irrelevant squabbles over political ideologies. What is important is making sure the fallacious fearmongering of the Ben Shapiros, Richard Spencers and Michael Knowles of the world isn’t affecting popular opinion and discourse about the struggle for Palestinian liberation. We must be intrepid in our stances and bold in our dismantling of spurious assertions about Israel’s alleged victimhood. This present moment is an opportune time for leftists and revolutionaries of various persuasions to unite and rally behind a noble and just cause. Lastly, we need to contribute materially to the survival of Palestine and its people. In addition to spotlighting Israeli voices, the U.S. has been contributing to the settler-colonial project known as Israel for a long time. As of 2020, the U.S. has provided Israel with over $146 billion in military, economic and missile “defense” funding. Adjusted for inflation, this amount is equivalent to $236 billion in 2018 dollars, making Israel the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. assistance since World War II. (tinyurl.com/c9vcud9b) In contrast, Palestine is coming off debilitating sanctions that have left it with an unemployment rate of 52% and a poverty rate of around 53%. (nbcnews.com, May 1, 2019) With such dire circumstances facing Gaza residents, it is necessary for workers in the imperialist countries, who are better off by comparison, to contribute financially to the Palestinian cause to the best of our ability. Even if we don’t have the discretionary income to donate, we can certainly boost Palestinian organizations that are in need of assistance. It is important, however, that we donate exclusively to communities and organizations led and run by Palestinians themselves. Just like with the Black Lives Matter movement that picked up steam last year, there will be companies, corporations and other like-minded actors who will exploit the Palestinian cause for their own fame and wealth. Always make sure you know exactly whom you’re donating to and which charities and organizations you’re boosting. If we all do our due diligence, we can do our part in giving Palestinians the support they need in order to continue their valiant fight. 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Related posts: View all posts by Dave Chaplin → Previous Article Next Article About Dave Chaplin Dave Chaplin is CEO of IR35 compliance solution IR35 Shield and author of IR35 & Off-payroll Explained. No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Identifying which contractors’ terms need attention is a priorityShutterstock Changes to off-payroll regulations were postponed in April as employers dealt with the early challenges of the pandemic. Organisations need to get their houses in order now if they are to avoid exposing themselves to additional risks and costs, says Dave Chaplin. How contractor clients manage their contingent workforce in the build-up to the off-payroll, or IR35, rules that take effect in April 2021 will be crucial in defining how many contractors they are able to retain, and at what cost.The extension of the rule changes to the private sector had initially been planned for April 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic. Put simply, it pushes responsibility for determining a worker’s employment status (and therefore levels of tax and National Insurance contributions) onto the employer, where previously it had been down to the contractor themselves.IR35 changesIR35 changes will go ahead in April 2021Employment law: Seven key tasks for HR in 2021The challenge for hiring firms is to navigate the new off-payroll world without exposing themselves to an excessive administrative burden or financial risk.Whereas the latter two factors have contributed to concerns of widespread abuse of the legislation, an approach to compliance that mitigates risk and appeases all parties isn’t difficult to achieve. If you’ve not yet started on your IR35 compliance journey, here are some steps to take.Identify your limited company contractorsFirst, identify those contractors who require assessing under the off-payroll rules. Enlist any agencies you work with to help identify only the contractors engaged via a limited company whose contract goes beyond April.Next, evaluate your workforce and group together contractors with similar working practices or contracts.Ensure you do your due diligence on any off-payroll compliance solution or provider is crucial, as they will help identify engagements that pose an IR35 risk and can advise you on the practicalities of altering any working conditions to mitigate any risk across the workforce.With a solution or strategy in place, carry out an initial assessment of your contractors based on the information at hand – the contract and the working conditions. The result will be key in informing the next steps, and answering questions such as:What is the accumulative employment tax liability for ‘inside IR35’ contractors (who must be considered as employees for tax purposes)?What status factors are imposing risk upon the company?What projects are at most risk from the off-payroll rules?You’ll have to identify those who need to be retained at all costs and prioritise these engagements.Consider all scenariosHaving sought answers to the important questions and identified IR35 risk factors, you’ll be ready to establish a plan for your workforce going forward.You might find that certain policy changes to contractor working practices are enough to mitigate IR35 risk effectively and allow some contractors to operate outside IR35.However, any changes made must be realistic, rigorously applied in practice and reflected in newly drafted contracts. Any contractual amendments that are simply window dressing and not part of the true agreement between the parties could rightly be dismissed by HMRC as a sham.Where such amendments aren’t possible for contractors to achieve ‘outside IR35’ status, further issues will need to be considered, namely:Which contractors will be difficult to retain on an ‘inside IR35’ basis?How much would it cost to retain key individuals?The off-payroll rules were always going to be a potential cause of conflict, and many contractors will either disagree with a deemed inside IR35 assessment or seek opportunities elsewhere.Key individuals could still be retained if contract rates were to increase to counter their tax hit, which in turn would limit disruption to projects.Ultimately, a financial plan is required to weigh up the relative costs and prioritise expenditure to ensure the impact of off-payroll on projects is minimal. Many firms believe that rates will not be increased when contractors are pushed on to payroll – but the free market will have other ideas.Communication and continued complianceHaving conducted a full IR35 status assessment, which needs to factor in the contractor’s limited company business, outcomes will need to be communicated. This is crucial to establish the plans of those deemed within the scope of IR35.It is important to know that firms cannot insure against the non-payment of tax, in the same way that you cannot insure against a speeding fine.”Any rate renegotiations for affected contractors who plan on staying should be conducted at this stage, while those who are leaving will require termination notices. Many recommend that hirers engage inside IR35 contractors via agency payroll, who may decide to outsource this process.Those who are to be offered an alternative operating model will need to be served termination notices for their current contracts before switching. This needs to happen before March 2021.And remember, off-payroll compliance is an ongoing process. Each contract renewal warrants a new status assessment, and monitoring of the workforce is required to ensure that working practices always reflect the written agreements.Insuring against tax riskIt is important to know that firms cannot insure against the non-payment of tax, in the same way that you cannot insure against a speeding fine.Those firms that are concerned about the possibility of being struck by the equivalent of tax lightning should at least cover themselves with tax investigation insurance to help cover the costs of defending a position against HMRC.Different group of contractors will carry different levels of risk and exposure. This is like insuring a fleet of Ferraris versus a fleet of Minis and any insurance should be priced around the measured reality for each situation. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t make commercial sense.However, a note of caution, these types of insurance policies will rarely compensate where the claimant hasn’t fulfilled their own compliance obligations and neither will an insurance policy remedy the reputational damage that a firm suffers when being dragged through a tax tribunal. Any insurance product must be underpinned by a robust compliance process.The coming weeks are critical for those companies that rely on contractors.Adopting a compliance-led approach is the only way to meet the reasonable care requirement and by taking a proactive approach firms will be able to hang on to their contingent workforce while minimising disruption to projects, mitigate against rising costs and keep their administrative burden at a minimum. Those firms which act now will reap the rewards. Workforce planning opportunities on Personnel TodayBrowse more workforce planning jobs How to get ready for IR35 ahead of April 2021By Dave Chaplin on 18 Nov 2020 in IR35, Tax, Latest News, Pay & benefits, Personnel Today, Employment contracts Umbrella companies: Lawyers pursue unlawful deductionsLawyers are pursuing group legal action against umbrella companies that have unlawfully deducted national insurance and other contributions from contractors’…