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Should confirmation be required?

first_imgShould confirmation be required? Rector Collierville, TN Judith Wood says: Newark Bishop Mark M. Beckwith laying on hands during a confirmation service at Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral in Newark. Photo/Nina Nicholson[Episcopal News Service] When the Rev. Canon Lee Alison Crawford told vestry members church canons required they be confirmed, an anguished junior warden resigned.“As the (former) rector of a congregation whose average Sunday attendance was under 50, which gave me a core group of maybe 30 people, I usually found out by accident that somebody hadn’t been confirmed,” recalled Crawford, during a recent telephone interview.She refused his resignation. “I said to him, you are one of the most faithful people I know. You already have a leadership position. You understand the church. In a small congregation I would say confirmation for leadership is an ideal but in theory and practice it doesn’t always happen,” said Crawford, a General Convention deputy from Vermont.“With the change in theology in the 1979 prayer book, with baptism the root of everything we do, confirmation is a rite looking for a theology,” she added.The confirmation requirement for leadership was the subject of intense conversation but not much consensus at the 77th General Convention in Indianapolis, said Deborah Stokes, a lay deputy from the Diocese of Southern Ohio.Ultimately, General Convention rejected or referred for further conversation several resolutions proposing removal (A042, A043) or review (A044) of confirmation as a requirement for church leadership.“We felt very strongly this was just the beginning of the conversation,” said Stokes, co-chair of the legislative committee on education, which considered the resolutions. “I didn’t want to lose confirmation, and I think all of us feared losing it if it’s not a requirement for something.”Rather than eliminate it the proposed changes intended “to free confirmation to be a response to baptism, a pastoral response that might occur in various ways in people’s lives,” said the Rev. Ruth Meyers. The Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, she consulted with the Standing Commission on Lifelong Christian Formation, (SCLCF) which authored the resolutions.She was surprised by the reaction to the proposed changes. “People had the sense that, by taking it out of the canons, we were wanting to do away with confirmation. That’s absolutely not the case.”Rather, the canonical changes were intended to offer options. “We could just say that baptism, with some instruction in the history and governance of the church, is really what you need for leadership” allowing confirmation to follow “as a response to baptism at a time that makes sense to you.”Bishop Porter Taylor of Western North Carolina, SCLCF vice chair, said the changes would make the rite more a response to the movement of the Holy Spirit and less “a hoop that we have to jump through. We don’t see confirmation as part of our governance.”“And this is not about saying I want to be a member of the Episcopal Church,” he said during a recent telephone interview. “This is about saying that God has been doing something in my life and I want to mark that by standing up in the midst of the congregation and having the bishop lay hands on me in order to mark the movement of the Holy Spirit.”For Lillian Sauceda-Whitney, who was confirmed May 6 at St. Margaret of Scotland Church in San Juan Capistrano, California, confirmation felt like “I had finally found my home. It was like being baptized.”Bishop Stacy Sauls, chief operating officer of the Episcopal Church confirmed the 59-year-old preschool teacher and more than a dozen others on behalf of Bishop Jon Bruno of Los Angeles.“I had tears of joy,” Sauceda-Whitney recalled during an Aug. 23 telephone interview. “I really wanted to belong. I thought, it’s time for me to stand up and say I am an Episcopalian. I thought the only way to do that would be to join the church.”Whether confirmation is required of church members in general and leaders in particular since it is no longer needed to receive communion, is a conversation that needs to happen organically, at all levels of the church, especially in the parish, said the Rev. Elizabeth Kaeton, a retired priest in the Diocese of Newark.“It’s about belonging,” Kaeton said during a recent telephone interview. “I think we’re still not clear in our society and that’s reflected in our church, about what it means to belong. In the church we’re trying to figure out what it means to be an Episcopalian. We’re also struggling with what does it mean to have a public profession of faith.”Rather than being tied to a rite of passage or an age, confirmation should be linked to a process of Christian formation,” she said. “It’s an exciting conversation. We’ve stopped talking about sex and now we’re talking about money and baptism and confirmation and marriage and these are important things.”Another education committee member, the Rev. Charles Holt, rector of St. Peter’s Church in Lake Mary, in central Florida, said he was relieved and grateful that “none of the resolutions passed General Convention.Had they passed, theoretically, “all one had to do to be an elected leader at the highest levels was to have taken communion three times over the course of last year” or be a communicant in good standing, he said. “Conceivably, they could not believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal savior and be a leader in the Episcopal Church.”The conversation about confirmation is essential and a healthy one because “it makes us recommit ourselves and come to clarity about our core beliefs and wrestle with our faith,” said Holt.Holt also believes confirmation “is actually the one thing a bishop can do to help grow the Episcopal Church. In the Episcopal Church, it’s the bishop’s job to make sure that every single person who’s a member of our church has made a mature profession of faith in Jesus Christ” – a moment he believes every Christian should experience.“If we do away with confirmation then we don’t have that moment for people,” he said.Making confirmation a powerful and personal moment is of utmost importance for Bishop Dorsey Henderson, who retired from the Diocese of Upper South Carolina in 2009. He now assists on behalf of Bishop Gregory Brewer of Central Florida at confirmations.Henderson confirmed about 18 people at St. Peter’s Church on May 17, including eighth grader Grant Williams, 13, who believes “confirmation is very necessary.“It felt like I was coming closer to God, like I was getting to know him better and confirming my faith in him by showing that I truly believed in him and wanted to follow him,” he said.Henderson said he adds the names of each confirmand to a personal notebook he has kept over 15 years of the episcopacy. “I assure them that I will pray for them regularly by name and I ask them for their prayers.”While confirmation “is not essential to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion … it provides a kind of spiritual boost” especially to those baptized as infants and those converting from other traditions, he said during a recent telephone interview.Bishop Dan Martins of the Diocese of Springfield, said confirmation evolved the way it did because of practical necessity—because dioceses grew and “bishops could not multi-locate.”What began as one service including baptism followed with laying on of hands by the bishop and a prayer for the gifts of the Holy Spirit over time “was separated and priests were authorized to celebrate at the water portion, with the understanding that at some point they would bring the newly baptized to the bishop for the laying on of hands. “Eventually it took on a life of its own as a separate event and acquired the name confirmation,” he said during a recent telephone interview.The rite may evolve, but bishops remain a symbol “of the wider church, our organic connection to church through time and space,” he added. “The prayer may change, the name we use is in flux, but … as the sacramental sign of ministry, then it’s important that everybody come under the hands of the bishop at some point in their public profession of Christian faith and discipleship.”The Rev. Tom Woodward, a retired priest residing in New Mexico and a long-time General Convention deputy, believes baptism and confirmation should both be delayed, to about 16 and 26 respectively, to allow for more mature professions of faith.“A child in middle school or high school who’s being baptized—his or her friends would come to that service and it’s a powerful witness of the decision to be baptized,” he said during a recent telephone interview. “Confirmation class would include a discernment of ministry and gifts, Then, when the bishop comes to invoke the Holy Spirit it would be very similar to the ordination process, adding to the dignity and power of commission of lay ministry in the world.”Timing had everything to do with confirmation for Karen Lander, 45, and Henry Lutz, 14, also confirmed May 6 at St. Margaret’s in San Juan Capistrano by Sauls.“I decided since I was sending my eight-year-old to her first communion classes, it was time for me to do my confirmation as well,” Lander said during a recent telephone interview. “I have to be an example to her. I needed to learn more about the church instead of just going to church.”For Lutz, who is entering the ninth grade this year it was a communal experience. “The bishop put his hands on me, and the priests and my family did the same.“I gained a wisdom through the whole experience. I understand what I’m doing with the Bible, what I can interpret from God and so many parts of the Episcopal Church. I interpreted it as a sign of how I’m taking my faith to a different path now, knowing that I’m getting a stronger faith and ready to do more.”— The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. August 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm Attempted takeovers of TEC congregations by dissidents make me believe that we need some kind of significant and explicit commitment to TEC’s polity from lay persons who aspire to serve on vestries. It may even be prudent to require such commitments from those who vote in vestry elections. My concern is not theological but practical. Confirmation has served as such a commitment, but it’s an imperfect one. As long as we devise and require a suitable commitment to TEC’s polity, we can drop Confrmation from the various diocesan canons.As for Confirmation itself, I believe the future is to understand and observe it as Reaffirmation, per the 1979 BCP. It won’t survive otherwise. There is a lesson to be learnt here: eliminating Confirmation as a requirement to receive Holy Communion effectively killed Confirmation. If we eliminate Baptism as a requirement to receive Holy Communion, we will effectively kill Baptism. Don’t kid yourself into believing otherwise. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Frank and Dog Jeffrey. says: The Rev. Canon Nancy Platt says: Andy Hook says: Rector Bath, NC Alma T. 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I think that our present Baptismal Liturgy hints at this with the use of Chrism and the words “Sealed by the Holy Spirit (in Baptism ) and marked as Christ’s own for ever” Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Bob Mason says: August 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm Andy., why don’t you just leave the Episcopal Church. We are losing loyal members and the last thing that I need is to read is your personal wise cracks. therefore, this is not the site for this kind of Attitude debate. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME August 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm Confirmation is such a grand mass. I’d say, let the worshipers make the choice.However, it is in the 1979 BCP. and it’s a wonderful service. and a chance to meet the Bishop.Also, the Blessings of our Pets. they are also put on the Earth to give us Love and Affection. Comments (61) Course Director Jerusalem, Israel David Yarbrough says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Harry W Shipps says: Nancy Sjoholm says: August 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm I have heard from my friends outside the Episcopal Church that their impression of the ECUSA is that it is a club buffet – select what beliefs you want, nobody cares. Very sad. Father John H. Shumaker says: August 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm Amen! August 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm People of course may discover they can do without Communion. Quite a number of Protestant denominations have it only occasionally and make no big deal about it. And there are groups of Russian descended Starovery ‘Old Believers’ who are bespopovtsy ‘without priests’ who with a lay leadership only have kept the Orthodox Faith since the 1600s. Submit a Press Release August 28, 2012 at 10:31 pm Confirmation of one’s baptismal grace is a problem why? Isn’t it also the step that one takes to pledge loyalty – to be counted on as a responsible churchman/churchwoman: “Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship…”? We should all have to answer that question for ourselves and be trained to take on a responsible role in the passing on/support of the faith. David Yarbrough says: Richard Vanderlippe says: August 28, 2012 at 4:27 pm Return Baptism to an adult rite and you won’t need confirmation. Confirmation is a reaffirmation of one’s baptismal vows and what two month old is going to remember what his parents, godparents and the church got him into. Confirmation, by the way, should probably also be an adult rite offered when a person is ready to make a commitment to Jesus and live and exercise the Christian life as best as he or she can. The problem with teenage confirmation is that he or she may have absolutely no understanding of it’s purpose as the whole experience goes in one ear and out the other. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska the Rev’d Dr. Elizabeth Kaeton says: Joseph F Foster says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Doug Desper says: August 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm Ultra-inclusion is exactly what Jesus wanted! Jessica Dye says: Nancy Trimble says: Frank and Dog Jeffrey. says: August 29, 2012 at 10:18 am Amen, James. General Convention 2012 August 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm I would add my voice to those who consider “Life Long Learning” as the true measure of one’s commitment to a life in Christ. Confirmation as an individual practice in each parish or, more reasonably, in each diocese is a variable that is only one part of what should a a continuing process.Unfortunately my experience is more like “been there, done that, now there is no need to do anything further as a disciple. EfM taught me so much more than my “reaffirmation of faith” and was truly the most significant part of what has become, for me, a life long journey of faith and service. Jeff Sharp says: August 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm Realistically there is a difference between the baptism of a young person/adult and an infant. In the case of the baptism of an infant the promises and commitments in the Baptismal covenant are spoken on behalf of the child by the parents and grandparents. It only makes sense that if one really understands the nature of discipleship as outlined in the New Testament that there must come a time in a baptized infants life when he/she affirms those promises for him/herself. That happens to some extent when the Baptismal covenant is recited, but it also happens in a very powerful way at Confirmation. For me, the question one should ask is, Why does a person reject confirmation if they really have decided to follow Christ? We don’t make confirmation an expression of “holier than thou”, but a conscious, mature affirmation that one does indeed want to follow Christ as Savior and Lord. As for church leadership, one would expect someone who is mature in faith and conduct, knows or is willing to learn the position for which he/she is being chosen to lead, has demonstrated the gifts that are necessary for that position. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs August 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm Confirmation is already required, in that, by historic accident, it was and presumably still is originally part of the Sacrament of Holy Baptism – at least that is what was taught in Seminary. Therefore the question should really be, should we return Confirmation to the Sacrament of Holy Baptism? Unfortunately, early on in the Church, the Bishops delegated the water portion of Baptism to the priests while they themselves retained the Chrismation (Anointing with Holy Oil) for the time when the Bishop would come and “complete” the Sacrament. In Church History, one could find a variety of numbers of “sacraments” that were observed in the ancient Church; for example 33 sacraments commemorating the age of Christ and I read once up to 44 sacraments were observed. It was finally settled upon 7 and even after the Reformation, the 2 Dominical Sacraments (Baptism & Eucharist) were always “required” of a Christian, while the “others” were seen throughout Anglican history with a rather jaundiced eye. So if Confirmation is the completion of the Sacrament of Baptism, perhaps it should be required. Why? For the those who observe infant Baptism, it would and could be the adult self-affirmation of the Baptismal questions, renunciations & vows which a person can make, with confidence and on their own before their family, Church, priest & chief pastor, the Bishop. On the other hand, if being Baptized with water and anointed with holy oil by the priest is sufficient for membership in Holy Mother Church and to also receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion, does it not also make sense that this is only what is needed for leadership in the Church? Yet, for example in our Diocese, one could be a member of the Vestry and not be confirmed. However, to be a Warden, one must be Confirmed in the Church. Then too those who are seeking Ordination must also be Confirmed…so we’re stuck with the “haves” and the “have nots.” Now consider this…why is it necessary for a Bishop to Confirm? If license was given to a priest to Baptize and to Preside at Holy Communion, why couldn’t a priest also Confirm members of his/her Parish? The Orthodox Church both Baptizes and at the same time Confirms infants and adults. That means that Confirmation is done by an Orthodox priest – also meaning that Baptism & Confirmation are ONE Sacrament. One little known fact is the in some instances, Roman Catholic priests can Confirm members of their congregations and they’re not Bishops! So what shall we do as Anglicans, about this Confirmation “thing?” Sometimes it seems that the Church is more interested in the “speck” in the eyes of our traditions and teachings than in the “Log” which is causing blindness in the Episcopal Church. Instead of nurturing the teachings, faith and traditions of the Church, our Churches are becoming more and more empty, yet we’re still “trendier than thou,” ultra inclusive and always neither too hot or too cold in offending anyone’s sensibilities. It’s like we’re going out of our way in the Episcopal Church to make elbow room in a place without elbows. Does that make sense? If we teach that Holy Baptism & Confirmation are one Sacrament in 2 parts, linked by faith and tradition to each other, then I can’t see that we’re far from the kingdom. Baptism and Confirmation is and always had a “special relationship;” one that welcomes, one that grants membership into the Christian family, one that plants the seed of faith into our lives and one that, upon becoming an adult, can enable us to re-affirm all this means and therefore “Seal” it all with the love, gift and blessing of God’s Holy Spirit. Believing that then, the question of “leadership in the Church” becomes a rather mute point. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC August 28, 2012 at 8:11 pm My understanding in ECUSA is that Confirmation is the formal acceptance and reception into the Church BY A BISHOP of a baptized person who is making a formal commitment (Baptism in other traditions being recognized as equivalnt to baptism in the Episcopal Church). It is generally observed in common with Reception of persons who have been confirmed BY A BISHOP IN APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION (i.e., Roman Catholic, Orthodox, or even dissenting Anglicans), recognizing their prior confirmation but receiving them into this communion. It would be up to General Convention to allow Bishops to delegate this authority, and up to Bishops to choose to delegate or not.The central point is not so much the symbolic application of Holy Chrism as the public expression of a believer’s mature commitment to Christ and His Church – appropriately the basic requirement for leadership. Vestrypersons, let alone wardens, who have not been confirmed really should not hold the office.Also, while I can’t speak for the entiriety of the Roman Catholic Church, I note that in the RC diocese of Charlotte confirmation is frequently performed by the Vicar General, a priest whose primary function is similar to our Canon to the Ordinary position. While he doesn’t hold the order of Bishop he is specifically delegated to perform this function – essentially functioning as an assisting Bishop – and the function is not delegated to parish priests as such. Tags 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 Dick Fish says: August 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm As a longtime member and leader in the Presbyterian Church, I was received into the Episcopal Church in 1993. When Bishop Talton held my head in his strong hands and spoke to me, I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit in that sanctuary. The rite was meaningful and sacred and beautiful. I would hope that all lay leaders, especially Vestry members have the opportunity to experience that power. I can’t imagine why anyone would not want to be confirmed or received.Thank you, Pat, for a very clear article, and for all the interesting comments which it generated. Marylin Day says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 August 28, 2012 at 5:53 pm OH My Let’s look at this more closely. The “new” 79 Prayer book allows 3 options: confirmation reception and reaffrimation of baptismal vows. Each is appropriate in a unique pastoral setting. however I do not believe that setting is membership on a vestry when baptism ( and of course commitment to a particular congregation in terms of presence and stewardship) should be sufficent. Having encounter resistence on the part of a prospective vestry member who had been baptized in the Episcopal church, I suggested he simply reaffirm his baptismal vows which made sense and was acceptable to him, to me and to the church, when his son was confirmed. let’s keep it simple. August 28, 2012 at 5:47 pm Why would someone who is active in the Church want to avoid confirmation? September 5, 2012 at 2:02 am The Roman Catholic Church added 5 sacraments as a response to the Reformation.I think we should return to our roots with Chrismation just a part of Baptism. I think it would be very meaningful for us to renew our Baptismal vows as adults if we are in line to accept leadership responsibilities.Let us not let ourselves be confused or diluted by what the Roman Catholic Church did merely to solidify it’s political control over it’s “members”, or rather “serfs” as they were in reality when all this as going on. August 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm There is no national canonical requirement that vestry members be confirmed. That is left up to diocesan canons. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI August 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm Why would an Episcopalian look for a workaround to Confirmation – especially when the workaround was being done during a Confirmation service?I would think that it would be a unique blessing for father and son to be confirmed together. Christian Paolino says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rev James Hodson says: Rich Friel says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI David Yarbrough says: Joseph F Foster says: Bruce Thomas says: August 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm It has always been my understanding that Vestry members should always be Baptized, at the least, but Wardens had to be Confirmed also, I continue to support that. Why change thatqualification for the leadership in our parishes? Confirmation demonstartes a mature profession of one’s faith in front of the congregation, and we experience a powerful feeling of the Holy Spirit when the Bishop’s hands are placed upon our heads. I will never forget that awesome feeling nearly 50 years ago. Richard Vanderlippe says: Featured Jobs & Calls Christopher L. Webber says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Smithfield, NC The Rev. James C. Pappas III says: Mark Fraizer says: Submit an Event Listing 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 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 August 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm I should have been a little more careful with my words. I should have said that it the preparation for confirmation that is a big variable. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS August 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm I’m glad you pointed this out, Bp. Epting, it is just what I was thinking as I read the article! August 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm For churches like ECUSA which practice infant baptism, Confirmation is the only vehicle by which one makes a formal, mature profession of faith before the congregation (discounting those of us who are recovering Southern Baptists, and others who made a mature profession of faith at baptism). The extent to which it is “a rite looking for a theology” is a function of the extension of Holy Baptism to those who are not able to profess faith for themselves – which has been debated for centuries.This mature public profession of faith is the issue, not the theology of Confirmation or the “spiritual boost”. Church leaders should without exception have made such a public profession. Julia Langdon says: August 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm Interesting coincidence that this should appear today. Here are my reflections: http://telling-secrets.blogspot.com/2012/08/confirmation-birth-of-activist.html An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Fr. Steven A. Scarcia says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis August 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm I came from another denomination. Probably 2/3 on average of people in my congregation and most meetings I attend came from another denomination. Many people do not understand the polity or history of the church that they attend; they are only concerned with the doings of their parish, maybe dimly aware of the diocese and almost no interest beyond that except among sacristy rats like me. I believe Confirmation could serve — as it did for me — as a strong personal milestone when you commit to the church you’re in, and — if it has a reasonable educational program (maybe an online one that can be done at one’s own pace?) that covers the basics — is not too much to ask those in leadership roles. However, rather than a “hoop to jump through” it should be seen as a goal and — if done right — be a wonderful spiritual moment as Nancy described above. I know it was for me. For those whose previous church experience was negative, a rite of initiation feels like coming home.I understand that many parishes and even dioceses are struggling. But the answer is not to keep dropping our standards. Submit a Job Listing Featured Events August 29, 2012 at 11:04 pm And why do you suppose you / we’re “losing loyal members”? Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Albany, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Christopher Epting says: Russ Post says: Chuck Till says: Rector Tampa, FL Comments navigation Newer comments Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Belleville, IL By Pat McCaughanPosted Aug 28, 2012 Press Release Service August 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm Let’s get rid of the requirement of confirmation for leadership!Let’s get rid of the requirement of baptism for communion!Let’s get rid of the requirement of Jesus to be a priest!Let’s get rid of the name church since we want to do whatever feels good all in the name of ultra-inclusion! General Convention, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA August 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm I hear you Frank and Jeffrey, but I am very cautious about inviting people to leave. I think we may need to hear more of Andy’s reasons for his feeling so strongly. Adelaide Kent says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA August 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm I cannot think of many groups or organizations which do not require that their leaders have an understanding of their purpose, rules of order, beliefs, history, etc. Why is what we believe, as Episcopalians, not important for those who wish to serve on vestries, be wardens, handle funds,etc? No one is required to take such roles but anyone who does should know how we express of beliefs and what it means to be Episcoplanian. Doing away with the requirement for confirmation means that we can choose leaders who do not really know what they are leading. Comments navigation Newer comments Comments are closed. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ August 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm I would agree with the description of Confirmation being a rite looking for a theology. Confirmation is so often presented as rite of commitment, where the baptized come and make an affirmation of the baptismal promises made on their behalf ment years before. The problem in my experience is that in most cases following confirmation we never see these people again. I believe the true sacrament of commitment is participation in the Eucharist. Some which can be done week after week as we recommit ourselves again and again to the life of the Church. August 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm I had thought the main purpose of confirmation as opposed to baptism, which makes one a Christian, was to accept the baptized person as a member of the Episcopal Church.As a practical matter, it also gives the person who was baptized in infancy the opportunity to speak for him-or herself. I was confirmed at age 33, and it mattered a lot to me.As far as the matter of Vestry members being confirmed it would seem logical that they belong to the church they are going to help run. Besides it is no big deal to be confirmed if you have not already been confirmed at 13 or 14. September 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm I was Baptised on the 9th TH September and felt so happy. I left the Catholic Church after 70 years and I love my NEW church and the wonderful Pastor Sally.I asked to be Confirmed as well and know that I have already been Baptised and Confirmed in the Catholic Church.But I am an Episcopal now and want to be part of that church all the way.I feel so peaceful in church. August 28, 2012 at 6:06 pm Growing up in the church, every Sunday offered Morning Prayer at the main service, with Communion one time each month, unless, of course one went to the 7am service. Happily that is no longer the case, and Communion is now the central focus of every service. Although it MAY be time to re-think Confirmation, let it take several years to resolve, just like the blessing of same-sex unions is taking years of listening! Michael McCoy, M.Div. says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA August 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm I was about to ask where the notion came from that Vestry member must be confirmed! I grew up in a parish that had a Warden who wasn’t even a member of the Episcopal Church. I think that was quite common at one time and derived from the notion that community leaders should take responsibility for the church in their community and that the church benefited from the insights and leadership of community leaders whether they were members or not. Doesn’t that fit better with the notion of a catholic church rather than the narrowness of a sect? August 28, 2012 at 5:11 pm Resolution A042 at General Convention this year went too far when it proposed removing confirmation as a requirement for the various types of lay ministries in Canon III.4.1 “Of Licensed Ministries.” Those are not positions of “governance” — most, if not all, of them should in my opinion require a “mature public affirmation of faith and commitment to the responsibilities of … baptism.” Those who drafted that resolution did what Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery did: they went “a bridge too far” when they included that portion of the canons to apply this blanket removal of confirmation as a requirement for various positions in the Church. August 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm Chuck Till,Please tell me that I’m misreading — you want to replace the sacramental rite of Confirmation with some political affirmation of fealty to TEC? Would it become a requirement then and berets distributed?I’m beginning to wonder if I belong to a church or a quasi-communist group with liturgy and processions. August 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm The positive observations above concerning Confirmation ring true. If Confirmation is no longer required for leadership but left only to those who want to make a ‘response’ to Baptism, it will quickly disappear.last_img read more

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Rules, Data Security Top Concerns for Lenders

first_img Previous: Foreclosures, Short Sales Down Once Again Next: Unloading Inventory Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies December 20, 2017 2,057 Views  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Aly J. Yale is a longtime writer and editor from Texas. Her resume boasts positions with The Dallas Morning News, NBC, PBS, and various other regional and national publications. She has also worked with both the Five Star Institute and REO Red Book, as well as various other mortgage industry clients on content strategy, blogging, marketing, and more. Share Save Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Rules, Data Security Top Concerns for Lenders The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img About Author: Aly J. Yale Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Compliance data breach HMDA Risk Management Wolters Kluwer 2017-12-20 Aly J. Yale Tagged with: Compliance data breach HMDA Risk Management Wolters Kluwer Home / Daily Dose / Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Rules, Data Security Top Concerns for Lenders Banks and credit unions are markedly more worried about regulatory compliance and risk management, according to new data. The results of the Wolters Kluwer Regulatory and Risk Management Indicator revealed that overall risk management concern is up 13 percent over the year. Regulatory concerns are up 3 percent for the same period.According to the Indicator, which polled more than 600 banks and credit unions across the country, top regulatory concerns include the fair lending exam, new Home Mortgage Disclosure Act rules, and the ability to track, maintain, and report to regulators. Just under 50 percent of respondents said they’ve noticed increased scrutiny based on their most recent fair lending exam, while HMDA changes came in as the single-biggest concern across the board.As for risk management, cybersecurity and data security topped the list, with a whopping 83 percent of those surveyed saying they’re either “concerned” or “very concerned.” IT risk and regulatory risk also came in high.According to Timothy R. Burniston, Senior Adviser and Principal Regulatory Strategist at Wolters Kluwer, 2017’s many data breaches are likely to blame.“These results—compiled against a backdrop of highly publicized data breaches at well-known entities, and at a time when financial institutions are preparing for the implementation of the most significant set of HMDA changes in several decades—drove the increase in concerns expressed in this year’s survey,” Burniston said.On the compliance front, respondents were mostly concerned with optimizing their compliance spend, reducing exposure to financial crime, and managing their compliance monitoring and testing efforts.“These responses, when viewed collectively, reinforce for financial institutions the strategic imperative of having a proactive, well-staffed and supported corporate compliance program that operates across the three lines of defense —the business units, along with compliance/risk and audit areas—in tandem with an overarching risk management framework integrated with all lines of business,” Burniston said.To see the full results of the Indicator, visit WoltersKluwerFS.com/Indicator. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Bony spurred on by Drogba

first_img Bony has arguably been Swansea’s most influential performer this season, and he will be critical to helping them collect the points they need to be safe from relegation. There could be few bigger games than Chelsea’s Liberty Stadium visit on Sunday for him to showcase his talent. “I think as players you always want to play in big games,” Bony said. “For me, being a big player means playing in the big games. I have 12 league goals and just five more (league) games left. Getting 20 league goals would be nice. I want to score more. “If you play bad people criticise you, if you score a hat-trick people sing your name, but the main thing is to stay yourself, do what you know and let other people talk. “We have five more games and I will try to do my best and we’ll see what will happen. “I have three years left on my contract at Swansea, we have five games left and then the World Cup and we will see what happens. What is more important is the final (league) position we have, and Sunday especially.” Wilfried Bony has set his sights on shooting down Barclays Premier League title contenders Chelsea this weekend – with possibly a little help from Stamford Bridge legend Dider Drogba. The fellow Ivorians are good friends, and Chelsea know they will need to keep Swansea striker Bony in check following his prolific form this season which has seen him amass 20 goals in all competitions. “I have not spoken to him (Drogba) yet, but maybe tonight or tomorrow I will,” Bony said. “We are playing against Chelsea, so he can tell me some things. “He is my friend, we are in touch, so I will talk to him for some advice. “I followed Chelsea when Didier was there. He was always with the national side, so we would see how they were doing. “I saw the Champions League final against Bayern Munich. It was fabulous for him in his last game with Chelsea. Chelsea are a big club in the Ivory Coast, and he did well with the national side, too, so he is a big personality there.” Former Chelsea hero Drogba has given Bony an insight into Blues manager Jose Mourinho, who remains on course to achieve a possible Premier League and Champions League double this term. “He told me he is a very good manager and that he is all about winning,” Bony added. “Sometimes they play well or sometimes they play bad, but the most important thing is to take the three points and then talk about what you can work on. “If you don’t win, that is not the point. That is the winning character he has.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Spurs end City’s unbeaten run, Arsenal snatch last-gasp win

first_imgBy Neil RobinsonLONDON, (Reuters)-Something was always likely to give when the Premier League’s two unbeaten sides met at White Hart Lane yesterday where Tottenham Hotspur swept Manchester City aside 2-0 to inflict Pep Guardiola’s first defeat as the visitors’ manager.The victory switched the focus from City’s best opening to a top-flight campaign to what has become Spurs’ finest start to a season since 1961 when they won the league and FA Cup double.No wonder Tottenham’s Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino described their performance as “nearly perfect”.Spurs are now one point behind City, who have 18 from seven games, and one ahead of third-placed Arsenal, who lived up to their ‘lucky’ tag with a bizarre added-time winner from Laurent Koscielny’s deflection at unfortunate Burnley.Elsewhere, there were draws for Stoke City at Manchester United (1-1) and Southampton at champions Leicester City (0-0).Manchester City, who had not dropped a point in their first six games, went behind when Aleksandar Kolarov diverted a Danny Rose cross past his own keeper Claudio Bravo after nine minutes.Dele Alli added a second after good work from Son Heung-min and, with City failing to cope with Spurs’ pressing and pace, the hosts also had an Erik Lamela penalty saved by Bravo.No doubt regular taker Harry Kane would have done better from the spot, but in every other respect Spurs coped well without their injured England striker as South Korea’s Son produced another dazzling performance.By contrast, City struggled without their own missing talisman, Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who had inspired their scintillating start to the season.Guardiola was gracious in defeat, admitting Spurs had been the better side.“They are sharper for the second ball, in England you have to control that. We had problems to control the game,” he said.EXTRAORDINARY FINISHThe day’s most extraordinary finish came at Turf Moor where Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was celebrating 20 years in charge of the Gunners and saw his team snatch a trademark last-gasp victory just when the hosts thought they had earned a draw.As the clock ticked down, Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pounced on a knockdown by Theo Walcott and shot from close range against the elbow of their French defender Koscielny, who was looking the other way when he deflected the ball into the net.Burnley boss Sean Dyche was unhappy with almost everything surrounding the goal. “You have to question the added time, the corner and whether it should have come in, the handball and question whether we should have dealt with it,” he said.Manchester United also had a frustrating day as lowly Stoke registered their first point at Old Trafford since 1989 as Joe Allen popped up late to equalise for the visitors in a 1-1 draw after Anthony Martial had put United ahead in the 69th.Wales midfielder Allen’s second goal in consecutive games, after 82 minutes, moved Stoke off the bottom of the table, above Sunderland, and eased some of the pressure on boss Mark Hughes.Once again United’s Jose Mourinho chose to start with Wayne Rooney on the bench, bringing him on in a double substitution with Martial. Within two minutes United were ahead, though it was the Frenchman, not England’s record scorer, who netted.Despite the result, which left United in sixth place three points worse off than at the same stage last season under Louis van Gaal and five points adrift of neighbours City, Mourinho said it was his side’s “best performance of the season”.“It was much better than against Leicester (when United won 4-1 last week). It could have been 3-0 or 4-0 at halftime, 6-0 at the end of the game, but the result was 1-1. That’s football,” said the Portuguese.last_img read more

Nate Romine leads Air Force after a semester away from the Academy rehabbing

first_img Published on November 15, 2016 at 11:51 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 On a play-action pass at the 1-yard line, Nate Romine rolled out to survey his options. When he didn’t see any open receivers, he tucked the ball and dove toward the end zone. Two defenders sandwiched Romine and another sideswiped the quarterback. Before a doctor told him he had torn his ACL and MCL, Romine walked into the trainer’s room thinking he’d be fine. Later, he learned he’d be out the remainder of the season. “The perfect storm unfortunately happened,” Romine said. “I felt a painful sensation in my legs for 30 seconds. When I got the news I was like, ‘Oh crap.’ To have the doctor tell you ‘Hey, your season’s done,’ it’s a whole different mindset you got to get in.”A little over a year later, the pain has eased. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound quarterback has Air Force (7-3, 3-3 Mountain West) rolling to another year of bowl eligibility. The knee injury derailed his junior season, forcing him to leave the academy for a semester via a medical turnback, but the Falcons’ signal caller now is responsible for 13 touchdowns and only four interceptions in his senior campaign. “He’s gone through a treacherous, extensive rehab,” Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun said. “He’s a fighter. He’s what you want.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCourtesy of Air Force AthleticsRomine came into the 2015 season thinking he’d pilot the offense. He started the first two games, running for more than 100 yards in the season opener. But the Week 2 injury set him back. He gave himself only that night to sulk over it. For six weeks, he was locked in a brace and on crutches. He’d perform quad exercises, leg raises and air squats for hours each day. Around the time of the surgery, Romine had to take midterm exams and write a few papers. He could sleep only an hour or two per night, and four hours became a good night’s rest. “It was like ‘Groundhog Day’,” he said, referencing the Bill Murray movie. As a result, Romine’s grades slipped. His military ranking, which determines the order of merit for jobs upon graduation, also fell. He decided to take a semester off via a medical turnback, similar to a redshirt season except the player must withdraw from the Academy for a semester. If Air Force’s superintendent approves, the player is granted a ninth semester and fifth year of athletic eligibility.Romine lived with a sponsor family off campus in Colorado Springs, paying rent and buying his own groceries. His contact with Air Force coaches was limited, and he could not participate in team activities. His minimal contact with the academy revolved mostly around rehabilitation with school trainers. He showed up to therapy sessions at 9 a.m. and didn’t leave until 5 p.m. Following his surgeries Sept. 18-19, 2015, he worked on anti-gravity machines, non-impact walking and light lifts. He stayed with his host family until mid-December, watching Falcons games in the stands with his parents because he wasn’t allowed on the sidelines.Weeks later, Romine got back in the weight room. He graduated to agility drills and jumping the next spring. Last May, he got his full strength back. “As soon as he could get up on one leg, he was in the weight room,” said senior offensive lineman Dylan Vail, who’s known Romine for four years. Romine’s emergence as a force at quarterback has been a reflection of several factors. Next to the help of Romine’s parents and trainers, nobody may have been as important in his recovery than Kale Pearson. A former Air Force quarterback, Pearson sustained a similar injury to Romine’s in the 2013 season opener. He rebounded to get the starting job for his senior year in 2014. Pearson handed Romine the book by Drew Brees, “Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity,” which the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl MVP quarterback penned about his recovery from an injury. Romine also read Tony Dungy’s autobiography, “Quiet Strength,” and “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.” The books helped carry Romine through months of rehab. “There were times I thought I wouldn’t be able to play again,” he said. “Now, I don’t really think about it. I just go out there and play ball.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Disgraced ex-IAAF chief’s friends pay French bail

first_imgPayment of the bail will ensure he avoids being taken into custody.One of Diack’s sons, Papa Massata Diack, who worked as a marketing consultant at the IAAF until 2014, is also embroiled in the same affair.In a rare interview to private broadcaster RFM last December, Papa Massata Diack said he was ready to respond to the allegations but in Senegal as “I am a Senegalese citizen, not a French citizen.” In January, Senegal ruled out extraditing him to France.Senegalese media reports say Senegalese police interviewed Diack junior last February with some newspapers saying that questioning came independently of a French warrant issued against him.Last month, a French court ordered the release from police custody of a former legal adviser to Lamine Diack who had been placed under investigation in November 2015 after his lawyers successfully appealed his incarceration, insisting he was not a flight risk.Share on: WhatsApp Dakar, Senegal | AFP | Longstanding friends of former Senegalese world athletics boss Lamine Diack, who faces charges of corruption and taking bribes to cover up doping cases in Russia, have stumped up a bail payment of 500,000 euros ($550,000), his family said Monday.A statement seen by AFP in Dakar said a joint payment had been made by family members.Diack is accused of allowing corruption to flourish during his 1999 to 2015 stewardship of the International Association of Athletics (IAAF) until scandal ultimately blew track and field’s governing body apart. He has also been charged with money laundering and conspiracy.“A group of longstanding friends of president Lamine Diack … have got together to support this worthy son of Senegal as he undergoes this present tough ordeal. They have jointly paid the sum demanded by the French financial public prosecutor as bail, that is, 500,000 euros,” the statement said, without identifying those who had come to his aid.The statement said only that the payees include “international athletes, diplomats, retired high-ranking civil servants” as well as religious figures and businessmen from across Africa.“After an exhaustive 12-month investigation by French judges no sum has been found in Lamine Diack’s assets, either in Dakar, Paris, and still less in Monaco,” the statement by his family said, lambasting “harassment” of the former athletics’ chief.last_img read more

Uganda relegated to the ICC World Cricket League Division 4

first_img Oman541008+1.238Meet in the final and promoted to Division Two for 2018 Singapore 166 (36.4 ov)Canada 164 (38.0 ov)Singapore won by 2 runsTable standings  Malaysia514002–1.286  United States532006–0.127 Embed from Getty Images TeamPldWLTNRPtsNRRStatus  Uganda523004–0.205Meet in the 5th playoff and relegated to Division Four for 2018center_img  Singapore532006–0.410Meet in the 3rd playoff and remain in Division Three  Canada532006+0.817 FILE PHOTO: Roger Mukasa in action at Lugogo. PHOTO ICC CRICKET.COMUganda lost her final ICC World Cricket league Division 3 match to the USA, and have been relegated to the Fourth Division in 2018.Oman and Canada will play the final tomorrow and have been promoted to Division 2, while United States grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat, and together with Singapore, will remain in this division.Oman’s rise is spectacular, having been relegated to Division Five in 2014 while Canada had a Ugandan input, coach Henry Osinde (file photo below) having guided them back to Division 2.Osinde is a Ugandan-born cricketer who played at Busoga College Mwiri in Jinja before moving to Canada after struggling to keep a national team place. Today’s resultsUnited States of America 145 (49.5 ov)Uganda 132 (43.0 ov)United States of America won by 13 runsOman 293/7 (50.0 ov)Malaysia 162 (33.1 ov)Oman won by 131 runs Uganda’s World Cricket League history2007 Division Three: Champions – promoted2007 Division Two: 5th place  – relegated2007 Division Three: 2nd place – promoted2011 Division Two: 5th place – relegated2013 Division Three: 2nd place – qualify for WCQ2014 Division Three: 2nd place – promoted2015 Division Two: 5th place – relegated2017 Division Three: relegatedShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

The Ashes: England want clarity on ‘complicated’ Ben Stokes situation, says Andrew Strauss

first_imgThe uncertainty surrounding the fate of suspended all-rounder Ben Stokes is hampering England’s preparations for the upcoming Ashes series in Australia, former skipper Andrew Strauss has said.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) suspended vice-captain Stokes pending an investigation into an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September for which he was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.He was released without charge but remains under police investigation.England have arrived in Australia without Stokes, who is considered vital to their hopes of retaining the Ashes following their 3-2 victory in 2015.Sickening…Ben Stokes punching on…check out this powerful piece by @paulcochrane https://t.co/pHVkk8zU4Y pic.twitter.com/6tEcjQVQpM- Get ‘Em Onside (@GetEmOnside) September 28, 2017The series begins at the Gabba in Brisbane on November 23 with the fifth and final Test in Sydney from January 4″The situation, in a word, is complicated,” ECB director of cricket Strauss told the BBC.”There’s two different potential disciplinary procedures he has to go through, one is the ECB’s internal one and the other is any potential police action.”Until we know more from the police, it’s very hard for us to put a timeline on anything.”What we all want is clarity on what that situation is and how much cricket he will be missing for England,” the 40-year-old said. “We’re keen to get into that and move this forward but we’re in the hands of the police.”Ben has been and is developing into a world-class cricketer. The fact he’s not out there at the moment is a blow to the England team.”advertisementStrauss is the last captain to lead England to an Ashes win in Australia when they beat the hosts 3-1 in 2010-11. Their last trip to Australia four years ago was nothing short of a disaster as they suffered a humiliating 5-0 whitewash.However, Strauss said that stinging defeat would motivate the current side.”I was involved in a 5-0 drubbing in 2006 and I used that as a very strong base for retribution,” Strauss added.”I’m sure the guys who were there last time and suffered the chastening defeat at the hands of Mitchell Johnson will want to put that right.”last_img read more