Cultivating ‘missional imagination’

first_imgCultivating ‘missional imagination’ Summit explores ways to engage in God’s mission January 28, 2014 at 11:15 am These guys are copying the current marketing theory of “rebranding.” Let us decide what “image” we want folk to see. Well, it seldom works for corporations. The ones that are successful don’t worry about their image; they just try to do what they do better. (i.e. Apple) Think of it as an “artisanal” approach. And an artisanal approach is the only one appropriate to the worship of God. Calvin would have loved the parish I attend. No icons. Never mention the saints. A service on Sunday only. Etc. Blank white walls. Focus the service on the Jewish scriptures. (Am I the only to notice that the Jews always read their scriptures with the Jewish Commentary? Whereas we read them in translation, ignore the Jewish commentary, and then read into them the trendy current theories. )The one thing missing is the content of the sermons. Calvinism emphasized folk living in a Godly way in their daily lives. Here, of course, the word “sin” is never mentioned. No one talks about whether it is possible to survive in business if honest. We all do our best to become as rich as possible and then give alms to the folk we have made poor. It’s like English boxing day. All year long, the lord of the manor is severe and merciless with his tenants. On the day after Christmas, the lady of the manor goes around and gives little boxes of goodies to the tenants starving because of her husband. HERE’S A RADICAL IDEA NEVER TRIED (AT LEAST NOT IN THE LAST 50 YEARS). The Episcopal church has a 2000 year old history. How about practicing what the prayer book calls for. How about reading what the Anglicans divines and saints wrote? Even if one does not go back before Cranmer, there are still dozens and dozens of sincere, devoted, brilliant thinkers to ponder.Why go chasing after the false gods of Capitalism instead of the true God of tradition.? Jim schepers says: Consultants from the Missional Network, the Rev. Dwight Zscheile, the Rev. Craig Van Gelder, and the Rev. Alan Roxburgh facilitated the Missional Summit, Jan. 21-23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: Joe Bjordal/ENS[Episcopal News Service] Five Episcopal bishops, three theologians, diocesan missioners and observers gathered Jan. 21-23 in a suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota, conference center to begin a conversation about discovering a new identity for the church in a new age.The three-day Missional Summit was designed to explore new ways of interpreting, experiencing and acting out God’s mission (‘missional imagination’) and that engaging in God’s mission—not the church’s mission—there are possibilities to change the very identity and culture of the church to better serve the world.Kindred spirits in making changeThe gathering included representatives of four Episcopal dioceses who have, according to the host, Minnesota Bishop Brian Prior, “taken a deep dive into the missional church.” In his opening remarks he described the participating bishops are “kindred spirits who have begun to make organizational and systemic changes in their dioceses,” and said the idea for the Missional Summit, which grew out of conversations with Connecticut Bishop Ian T. Douglas, was that it would be an opportunity for peer learning and sharing best practices and grounded in deep theology.Minnesota Bishop Brian Prior explaining changes to make the Episcopal Church in Minnesota more ‘missional.’ Photo: Joe Bjordal/ENSColorado Bishop Robert O’Neill, and Long Island Bishop Lawrence Provenzano also participated with Prior and Douglas, as well as members of their diocesan staffs. And the Rev. Thomas Brackett, the Episcopal Church’s officer for church planting and ministry redevelopment, was invited to observe on behalf of wider church.Also participating was Maine Bishop Stephen Lane, who is spending a month-long sabbatical in the Episcopal Church of Minnesota to study firsthand how it “is beginning to organize itself differently and to consider its life differently in relation to God’s mission.” He says he perceives the focus in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota is “less on its own internal life and more on the life of God in the world and is organizing for that. I’m trying to see how that works.”Lane said that following the Missional Summit he planned to “tag team” with members of the diocesan staff as they travel around the state.Challenged by the theology of Misseo DeiThe Missional Summit was facilitated by three theologians—all consultants with the Missional Network and leading voices in the missional church movement : the Rev. Alan Roxburgh, the Rev. Craig Van Gelder and the Rev. Dwight Zscheile. Their charge was to provide historical, organizational and biblical/theological resources to serve as a baseline for discussion and peer learning about missional efforts and discoveries in each participating diocese.Roxburgh is a Canadian pastor, teacher and writer who consults with denominations, congregations and seminaries worldwide. He is a member of the writing team that authored The Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America (Eerdmans, 1998).Van Gelder and Zscheile teach congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They are the authors of The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation (Baker Academic, 2011). Zsceheile is also associate priest at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Saint Paul.Brackett said one of the reasons he readily accepted the invitation was that he wanted to hear how Roxburg, Van Gelder and Zscheile “are evolving in their relationship to the possibility of missional ministries coming out of an institutional setting.”The theologians’ opening presentation, “Cultivating a Missional Imagination,” suggested that missional transformation in the church is possible, but only with a major shift in the way it understands its identity and context:  not as having its own mission in the world, but rather as an instrument of the mission of God (Missio Dei).Zscheile described “missional” as “identity shaped by participation in the Triune God’s ongoing mission of creation, redemption, reconciliation and consummation in the world.” He quoted theologian Jürgen Moltmann (from The Church in the Power of the Spirit, Augsburg Fortress, 1991) who said “It is not the church that has a mission of salvation to fulfill in the world; it is the mission of the Son and the Spirit through the Father that includes the church, creating a church along the way.”Douglas, who served as professor of mission and world Christianity at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for 22 years before being elected bishop of Connecticut in 2009, said in the October 2013 issue of Crux, the magazine of the diocese (which was distributed at the gathering), that the change of language in describing God’s mission is “more than semantics.”“Moving from ‘my/our mission’ or ‘the church’s mission’ to the mission of God reflects a profound theological shift, a radical change of perspective. In the mission of God, God is the focus, not us and our activities. God’s mission starts with God and what God is up to,” wrote Douglas.Van Gelder said that understanding a missional view of the church has three implications for its identity:  it is missional by nature, the world is the horizon for God’s mission, and every context is a mission location. He said the missional church learns to “read its context,” asking “what is God up to in the neighborhood?”“God’s spirit is always out ahead of us,” said Van Gelder. “When we really begin to believe that, it invites a very different understanding about how we relate to the world around us and our identify in God tied to the context in which we live.”The Missional Network team also presented information and facilitated discussions around topics including “Historical Perspective on Denominations and Their Congregations,” “Understanding the Difference Between Technical and Adaptive Change,” “Addressing Adaptive Challenges,” and “Cultivating Missional Life and Practices.”“The presentations were challenging because we are trying to turn over agency to God and we are the institutional managers,” said Lane. “It’s so easy to fall back into just being church—church centric. It’s a struggle to get out of our own way. That’s a challenge we talked a lot about.”“The theologians have done a really great job of walking with us and pushing us to places where I don’t think we would have gone on our own,” said Prior. “We would have shared our best practices, been impressed and there would have been good networking, but they have really forced us into something much deeper and that’s been very beneficial.”Common themes, common challenges, common bondsThe Missional Summit also provided a setting to use the theological concepts as lenses through which the specific contexts and missional efforts in the participating dioceses could be examined and discussed. Each diocese presented a comprehensive case statement about its history and current efforts to change identity, culture and practice, and common themes began to emerge. All four dioceses are working to make governance less hierarchical and more collaborative; there are efforts to help congregations discover their unique identities and understand their unique contexts (Van Gelder’s question about “what is God up to in the neighborhood?”). One participant wrote on the white board “context is everything . . . and every context is challenging.”Missional Summit attendees in prayer at the close of the three-day summit. Photo: Joe Bjordal/ENSThere was also no illusion that significant challenges and needs exist, such as changing the narrative “from church to God”; redefining the role of clergy in ministry development; identifying and equipping lay leaders; teaching and cultivating a “posture of listening”; cultivating a culture of deep formation as lifelong practice; fear of failure and many more.Through a series of honest and vulnerable conversations over the three-day gathering, the participants agreed they did not have “all the answers,” but felt a renewed confidence in the directions they have charted. They spoke of growing close together in a new sense of community that they said would be supportive and empowering as they move forward.“This has been about bringing together people who are struggling with the same issues; struggling with how we awaken the imagination that God is calling us into without being encumbered by all the typical things that we have to deal with,” said the Rev. Tim Hodapp, canon for mission leadership in the Diocese of Connecticut.“Having all these people at the table has been really extraordinary,” said Rolf Lowenberg-DeBoer, missioner for community engagement in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. “So many things came to light. We came up with some key growing edges and ministry challenges that we are all facing across each of our dioceses.”“Many of the changes we need are very big picture, adaptive changes—paradigm shifts,” said Lowenberg-DeBoer. “You can’t just say we are going to do this, this and this in a technical process and make certain results occur. What we really need to do is to change the conversation and the questions about what is at stake here—in the Gospel, for Christians and for the world—and then take the conversation out and help people connect the biblical narrative to their own stories and experience.”“It’s a bit challenging for me in that it means I have to question some of my assumptions about the church,” said Provenzano. “For example, it will inform who we look to for leadership in the church, particularly in terms of ordained ministry. Usually we look for people who are the best and the brightest, the most energetic, the entrepreneurs, people of prayer. But maybe now we also need to look for people who are going to be adaptive leaders, people who understand the collaborative nature of doing ministry moving forward.”Douglas said it was “confirming and very encouraging to be together both with thinkers who spend a lot of time pondering how churches can be ever more faithful to the mission of God and with colleagues, both in the episcopate and on diocesan staffs, to have a liminal space to wrestle with and open up these questions. It has been really confirming and empowering.”The participants promised each other that the conversation will continue. They made initial plans to continue sharing ideas, efforts, successes and failures with each other via social media and began a discussion about “widening the circle” by inviting other dioceses into the conversation.Diving deeperIn interviews with ENS on the last morning of the gathering, participants said they found the summit helpful and hopeful and expressed resolve to continue with the work at hand .“This has completely exceeded my expectations,” said Prior. “The sharing by people about their own contexts, what they are doing and the level at which they are doing it far surpassed what I assumed or expected and that has caused us to go deeper—to take a deeper dive.”Brackett said he observed “a greater tolerance for uncertainty, a willingness to say ‘I don’t know but let’s discern this together,’ and a renewed sense of hopefulness for what is emerging on the margins of our institutions.“It’s encouraging that there are people in the church who are thinking about the realities of what is happening about the call to engage God’s mission in ways we are not typically thinking about within diocesan structures,” said Provenzano. “We are usually plodding along, addressing issues as they come at us and not being proactive about where the church is headed. We need to engage mission in a very different way. Personally for me the last couple of days have provided an opportunity to reflect on leadership of a diocese that is very complex and the need for me to perhaps ask more questions than have answers.”“God is saying ‘come on out and be part of what I am doing,’” said Hodapp. “Here we’ve been able to take some real intentional time and give ourselves the permission to not have all the answers and explore what is possible. It’s been hopeful and exciting!”— Joe Bjordal is an ENS correspondent. January 27, 2014 at 10:10 pm ….I like that Jesuit…I studied 14 years with them…BUT…when the entire Christian community and the entire Jewish community (yes, many Hassidics also) have spoken regarding the ordination of women…the magisterium must listen…also the poor are not without sin… Rector Tampa, FL Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ January 29, 2014 at 11:32 am This meeting is a cause for rejoicing. I also think that a vital congregation in tune with what God is up to is a spiritual “home” of hospitality and embracing love. So we are not called to die as functional institutions, but to discard our medieval and modernist anachronisms in light of God’s present moment, to become profoundly fruitful, functional, happy, and blessed. Renewal is both beyond our doors, and within our midst as the called out people of God. I f you haven’t read the books these theologians have written, you should! Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs The Rev. Fred Fenton says: Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Knoxville, TN January 31, 2014 at 12:20 pm The first thing that struck me when I saw the photo of the whole committee standing was – why are there 10 men and only 2 women? Why are all but one face white? Is there any representation of our Hispanic and Native American Episcopalians? Where are the Lay leaders of any color? Personally, as a lay women, I like bells & smells, chanting & good hymns, holy paintings & statutes, learning about the Saints, The Angelus, Mass, Compline, sung Evening Prayer, meaty sermons & substancial teachings, etc. I think of myself as a progressive Anglo-Catholic who likes going to church & who actively invites others to come with me. While my income is very low, but I make little gifts to my parish, ERD, Nature Conservacy. In the past we had great Mission active churches that were High Churches in the inner cities; what was their method???? Comments are closed. Gerard Pisani Jr says: Beverly Van Horne says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET January 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm Once again theologians and church leaders are talking about renewal of mission without citing the most dramatic and winning example in decades if not the whole modern era: Pope Francis. The reason we do not appeal to many young adults and to non churchgoers is we don’t live the life. Pope Francis has been doing that. His simple way of living and dedication to the poor is causing a stir throughout the world. Only reactionary elements within his own church fail to see the positive impact of the Pope’s radically Christian way of life. The Pope is loving but also strong and courageous. He demotes and fires cardinals who have been undermining the Church’s mission and appoints moderate cardinals in their place. If we want to know how to reform and renew the Episcopal Church we need to pay close attention to the life and ministry of Pope Francis. Director of Music Morristown, NJ March 5, 2014 at 11:49 pm I read this story with some interest as a 16-year member of St.Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, an Episcopalian for 51 of my 62 years, and a jail Bible study volunteer for a decade.But what bothers me the most–other than the older, mostly-white males in this meeting–is the “church-speak” language that obscures rather than reveals: “missional imagination”?!? Puhleeze! How many people out on the street could define that obfuscatory, distance-increasing term? Does anyone outside of a diocesan office or a seminary know–or care–what “missional imagination” means? Jesus did not speak in bureaucratese or use the language of the elite power structure of his day, and neither should we. He told us that He had come so that we could have “life”–not “missional imagination.” Part of our problem in the Episcopal Church is that we talk like we are out of touch with reality–because–at least as an institution– we still are. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Comments (17) The Rev. James C. Rhodenhiser says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 January 28, 2014 at 10:15 am Good to see the Episcopal church catching up. Imagination is indeed the place to start. However, I am not hopeful that a top down approach alone will yield much more than warm feelings. Missional church is inherently ‘bottom -up’. Janet Diehl says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Shreveport, LA January 28, 2014 at 2:04 pm It seems to me that many in the church have been practicing these principles all along. Nothing new has been discovered. The most fervent and dedicated Christians have never lost them. There is vitality everywhere. I am the rector of a small parish in Michigan and can tell you that I am surprised every day by the wind of the Spirit moving among us to be God’s people to our neighborhood. We seemed to have learned – long before I arrived on the scene – that this is God’s work and it is only ours in so far as we are able to cooperate with God. It there, perhaps, a feeling of disconnection between our leaders and bishops? Have many of us caught on to these ideas without the hierarchy realizing it? I believe so. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Pittsburgh, PA 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC January 29, 2014 at 11:42 am Amen! I attended as Canon for Missional Vitality for the Diocese of Long Island and know there is already conversation about the next iteration of this gathering — broader, larger, including bishops and canons/missioners, as well as the leaders engaged in missional initiatives and imagination on the ground and on the margins. There’s so much to share and learn from each other, from the top-down AND the bottom-up. Praise God for beginnings (and thanks Minnesota for getting us moving!). January 27, 2014 at 9:54 pm ….Episcopalians the hint is that we are now living in the time of the Holy Spirit (oh oh!)…Our Lord knew Ruach (רוה) and Shekinah (שׁכנה) … both feminine by the way … also they were feminine in the Aramaic he knew… your picture here, after 2000 years (2 days with our Lord), might grieve HER just a little-more….so if it is about the imagination, the creative side of God, you had better have ‘her’ at your tables… Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Bath, NC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME center_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY Amanda Ziebell-Finley says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Susan J Zimmerman says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem By Joe BjordalPosted Jan 27, 2014 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Stephanie Spellers says: Susan J Zimmerman says: January 28, 2014 at 1:13 pm I would be interested in having a deeper conversation about this offline. I will be at the New Community gathering in March, but if you’d like to connect before then, I would love to be in touch. I attended this summit as the Missioner for Mission here in MN. Submit a Job Listing An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Jon Spangler says: Rector Belleville, IL Press Release Service George Swanson says: Submit a Press Release Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Nancy Mott says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Winfred Vergara says: Rector Martinsville, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Events Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI John Andrews says: Jan Rogozinski says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA January 27, 2014 at 7:54 pm I see that one of the problems is a phrase that has been called “the seven last words of the church” – (We have always done it this way). As an “entitledment” church for so long the tendency is to believe that what we have been doing is “the right and only way”. I believe that one of our primary habits that may also hinder this movement is our current view of God and theology we seem to support about ourselves in our Prayer Book liturgies. I believe we have a lot to think about how much of this can and should be altered to truly express the comprehensive and pervasive caring love of God to all creation. January 27, 2014 at 7:50 pm Ditto, ditto to Winfred and John. I’m incredulous that a missional summit would be convened and include if I’m observing correctly only one person of color and one woman. Startling! Lord have mercy and on the whole world! Youth Minister Lorton, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT January 27, 2014 at 6:46 pm Ditto as A Good Beginning and also hope that future conferences will include ethnic and the young in the representation around the table. Listening as well as talking…………. Thanks be to God (The Rev) Carlton Kelley says: January 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm Good beginning. I forwarded this to my network and one of the comments is the glaring lack of representation from the New Community: the ethnic community leaders and the young Episcopalians who are still largely connected with the outside world, outside of Episco-speak. To a large extent, the future-church, if not the present, belongs to them. Maybe the continuing forum should intentionally include them. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 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 January 28, 2014 at 8:39 am This is heartening and hopeful. Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA January 30, 2014 at 12:47 am In what way did this meeting restore all (or any) people to unity with God and each other in Christ? Is this question relevant? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis last_img read more

Employees planning to stay put in 2003

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Employees planning to stay put in 2003On 7 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article UK employees will be less likely to switch jobs in 2003 than in previousyears, but they are looking to improve the quality of their working life in theshort term, according to new research from Hewitt Bacon & Woodrow. The study, conducted by the National Opinion Poll (NOP), reveals that only12 per cent of employees plan to move from their current companies next year,compared with an average employee turnover of 18.2 per cent in 2001. Surprisingly, although employees have decided to stay with their currentcompanies, nearly two-thirds did not mention hopes of a pay rise next year, and85 per cent are not expecting promotions. Chris Noon of Hewitt Bacon & Woodrow said: “The research hasrevealed staff are not expecting great financial rewards in 2003. A long-termapproach to planning has been rejected by most survey participants in favour of‘softer’ goals, which relate to their working lifestyles.” www.hewittbaconwoodrow.co.ukFactfile: employee wish list– Better benefits– Avoid work-related stress – Take more advantage of any learning opportunities available– Spend more time at home or away from work – Plan more for the future (retirement, school fees, otherinvestments) – Promotion – Change working role within the company – Join a pension scheme last_img read more

Man Utd boss Solskjaer facing Pogba rethink

first_img ESPN says before the coronavirus crisis struck, Pogba’s future and fitness had become an irritant to Solskjaer. However, it now seems as if the United star will find it difficult to leave the Theatre of Dreams behind at the end of the season. Real Madrid remain interested, with Zinedine Zidane a huge fan of his compatriot having tried to sign him both last summer and in 2016.Advertisement And Juventus are also hoping to snap Pogba up, four years after he quit Turin for a stunning return to Old Trafford. However, with the coronavirus crisis set to impact the summer transfer window, the 27-year-old may have no choice but to stay put. read also:Man Utd stars’ Pogba, Martial, Ighalo, others dominate Young Sport Rich List Real have a new stadium to pay for and would reportedly prefer to save funds for Kylian Mbappe, who is the great obsession of club president Florentino Perez. And Juventus’ players recently took a pay cut with their financial situation bleak at the current time. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, could be forced to rethink his plans to sell Paul Pogba. Loading… Promoted ContentPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearlast_img read more

Folayang banking on experience against Nguyen: ‘I have been fighting for a long time’

first_imgMOST READ ONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang hopes to use his experience against Australian challenger Martin Nguyen in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT The 28-year-old Nguyen aims to become the first fighter in ONE Championship to hold two titles in two different weight classes at once.Folayang, who turns 33 on Nov. 22, is also banking on homecourt edge with Friday’s event expected to draw a sellout crowd.“I’ve fought many times here in the Philippines and there’s really nothing like it fighting in front of your hometown crowd,” Folayang, who outpointed Ev Ting in his first title defense last April at MOA Arena, said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 NU keeps Final 4 bid alive, pulls rug from under FEU Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Folayang, who owns an 18-5 record, has more than twice as many fights as Nguyen (9-1).“My biggest advantage against him is my experience because I have been fighting for a long time,” Folayang, who made his MMA debut in 2007 as part of URCC, told INQUIRER.net in a press conference Tuesday at City of Dreams Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNguyen, the current featherweight champion, will be going up in weight against Folayang. But Team Lakay’s prized ward doesn’t think their weight difference is going to be much of a factor come fight night.“I think I’ll just be three to four pounds heavier than him inside the cage,” Folayang said in Filipino. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Niese Sharp, But Reds Stop Mets, 2-1

first_imgNEW YORK – Jonathon Niese put to rest any worries about his health. Travis d’Arnaud did little to set aside any concerns about his ability to hit big league pitching.Niese was sharp into the sixth inning of his injury delayed first start of the season Sunday, when the New York Mets lost 2-1 to the Cincinnati Reds, missing an opportunity to finish off a three-game sweep.“I was very, very impressed, his velocity stayed consistent throughout the game,” Manager Terry Collins said of Niese. “He’s got a repertoire that’s going to get people out.”Niese (0-1), who was slowed by shoulder weakness and elbow inflammation this spring, held Cincinnati to two hits through five innings but gave up three straight singles to open the sixth, beginning with Reds fill-in starter Alfredo Simon (1-0).Chris Heisey, in the lineup for Billy Hamilton, who has a jammed left middle finger, and Brandon Phillips each singled to load the bases, and Joey Votto followed with a sacrifice fly and Ryan Ludwick singled to left for a 2-1 lead.Jay Bruce then grounded to first base, ending Niese’s day on his 90th pitch. NoThe left-hander allowed six hits and two runs in 5 2-3 innings in front of dozens of dogs at Citi Field on Bark in the Park day.“I feel good, felt like the ball was coming out of my hand pretty well, obviously didn’t have any pain,” Niese said.Collins thought the Mets had a chance to take a lead in the seventh when d’Arnaud sent a drive to left but it was caught at the warning track, extending the catcher’s hitless start to 0 for 15.“There’s no easy answers here,” Collins said. “The only way you do it is grind it out and have an approach, stick with it.”The Mets went into the season with the 25-year-old d’Arnaud as their primary catcher and no veteran backup the system. He missed much of last year on the disabled list and hit only .202 (20 for 99) in a 31-game stint in New York.D’Arnaud was acquired from Toronto along with top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard for R.A. Dickey after the knuckleballer won the CY Young Award in 2012 and the Mets are expecting him to be their starting catcher for years to come.Right now, though, all Collins is concerned with is if d’Arnaud is letting this slump affect him psychologically. “I’m worried about his mental approach more than anything,” Collins said.Said d’Arnaud: “My swing feels good, just trying to make good contact.” D’Arnaud threw out Phillips trying to steal second base in the third inning.Simon pitched seven impressive innings in his first start since Sept. 28, 2011, for Baltimore, but manager Price tapped the right-hander because Mat Latos is rehabbing from knee and elbow operations. And Simon didn’t disappoint. He allowed just four hits — including Juan Lagares’ RBI single in the second — and threw 79 pitches.Manny Parra retired all six batters he faced for his first career save, pitching the ninth instead of J.J. Hoover, who gave up Ike Davis’ walk-off grand slam on April 5. Parra struck out Davis to end it.“Can’t ask for any more for Simon and Manny Parra,” Reds manager Bryan Price said.The Mets finished their first homestand 2-4 after struggling in Queens last season. They begin a nine-game trip in Atlanta on April 8 and, even though Davis has four hits in his last six at-bats, Collins is going to stick with Lucas Duda at first base.(Howie Rumberg, AP Sports Writer)“I feel pretty good as a player right now,” Davis said despite his new role as a bench player.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Howard Wilkinson calls for review and overhaul of academy system he designed

first_imgShare on Twitter ‘Football’s biggest issue’: the struggle facing boys rejected by academies The FA Share on Facebook news Share on Pinterest Howard Wilkinson, the architect of English football’s modern youth development programme, has called for the system to be reviewed and overhauled, accusing the top clubs of failing in their “moral responsibility” to give young players opportunities. Wilkinson, who as the Football Association’s technical director in 1997 designed the current system, in which 12,000 boys are being trained by clubs from the age of eight, said he recognises that the very high release rate causes mental health difficulties to some, which can endure for years.“What is needed is a serious reasoned review and a commitment from the whole game to commit to the implementation of recommendations which are designed to give these boys a morally deserved crack of the whip,” Wilkinson said. “Change has to come from the top.” The fault just isn’t taking too many boys in; it’s clubs not really committing to giving them the opportunity Share on WhatsApp Wilkinson was responding to the Guardian’s report that highlighted depression and other mental health problems suffered by young men in academies, and particularly after they are released. One 2012 academic study of scholars, the smaller elite groups taken on full-time into clubs’ academies aged 16 to 18, found that 99% did not progress to have professional football careers.Premier League and Football League clubs recruit dozens of young boys locally and nationally, many running development centres even for five- and six-year-olds, yet first-team managers often have little commitment to playing them, clubs preferring instead to sign ready-made overseas stars. Wilkinson cited as exceptions Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton, whose youth development systems are run by the former senior FA coaches John McDermott and Les Reed respectively, and operate more of a policy than most clubs to field young English players.“Current youth coaches in England are as good or better than anywhere in the world: they are highly qualified, overworked and underpaid, highly committed experts,” said Wilkinson, who published his blueprint for the system, the FA’s Charter for Quality, 20 years ago this month.“The facilities of academies are second to none; the ingredients are fantastic. One huge problem is the lack of opportunity. If you send your child to a school, you expect the school to give them every opportunity to develop their talent. It is their moral responsibility. For me, football also has that same responsibility. Lack of opportunity is a very serious problem, which can affect the boy long term and is already affecting the senior England team.”Referring to the hundreds of boys released every year, Wilkinson said: “These are young people and many are not getting what they have been promised and a number naturally feel genuinely let down. They are adolescents, some can and do become depressed.“There clearly isn’t the commitment to playing the players. The fault just isn’t taking too many boys in; it’s clubs not really committing to giving them the opportunity.” Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Messenger Read more Wilkinson’s charter, which gave professional clubs unprecedented involvement with children from very young ages, aimed to improve the quality of youth coaching, facilities and development, and prevent boys being overplayed by their schools and clubs. A year earlier an England team whose players had come through the old schools system, and mostly started senior careers at lower-division and non-league clubs, reached the semi-final of the 1996 European Championship. No full England team since the academy system was introduced have reached a similar stage of any international tournament and Wilkinson argues that the current manager, Gareth Southgate, lacks sufficient players for a strong squad.“Research shows that to have a successful national team, a country needs a group of around 50 players with high‑level, including latter-round Champions League, experience, capable of playing in the team. England does not have that number of players who have been given the opportunity to go on and develop.”In 2012 the Premier League drove through a series of improvements to Wilkinson’s blueprint, the Elite Player Performance Plan, and has persistently rejected arguments that its clubs’ reliance on overseas stars has undermined the England team. The former FA chairman Greg Dyke held a review into the issue, vowing to investigate whether the lack of opportunities for English players is partly because of top clubs being owned by overseas investors who have too little commitment to the national team. His review ultimately failed even to mention that proposition and its recommendation for a new lower division in which Premier League clubs could play B teams was widely ridiculed and later dropped.Wilkinson said a thorough review is needed. “It seems the FA and leagues are choosing to ignore the facts; do people care about a strong England team? People [at the FA and leagues] should care; their success has come off the back of the English game, its history and heritage. Germany has shown that World Cups and Champions League success can be achieved through looking after their own.” Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

ESPN Releases Weekly Power Rankings For Week 14

first_imgMichigan State ranked 4 in recent ESPN power rankings. ezekiel elliott michigan post-gameEzekiel Elliott and Ohio State made a jump this week.This weekend was rivalry weekend in college football, and there was plenty of riveting gridiron action for fans to enjoy.While Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan State and Iowa all held serve, several games shook up the ranks. Ohio State’s thumping of Michigan, Florida State’s rivalry romp over Florida and Stanford’s last-second win over Notre Dame all ensured that the polls and CFP rankings would look different this week. The weekly ESPN Power Rankings also underwent some noticeable changes.The top five is virtually the same as last week, with MSU and Oklahoma flip-flopping at three and four. After that though, there is plenty of shuffling. Ohio State and Stanford each jumped up two spots, with Florida State and UNC making leaps into the top 10. Beyond that, TCU, Houston, Oregon, Northwestern, Temple and USC all made noteworthy ascensions while Baylor, Florida, Michigan and Oklahoma State fell. Mississippi State plummeted 13 spots out of the top 25 after losing the Egg Bowl. Here are the rankings, via ESPN:1. Clemson2. Alabama3. Oklahoma4. Michigan State5. Iowa6. Ohio State7. Stanford8. North Carolina9. Notre Dame 10. Florida State11. TCU12. Baylor 13. Oregon14. Ole Miss15. Northwestern16. Oklahoma State17. Michigan18. Houston19. Florida20. Temple21. USC22. Utah23. LSU24. Navy25. WisconsinYou can find last week’s rankings here. What do you think, college football fans?last_img read more

Photo: Arkansas Football Graduates Will Wear This Patch On Their Uniform

first_imgArkansas’ football program is honoring its graduates with a special patch.The Razorbacks who have already graduated will be wearing an “SEC Graduate” patch on their uniform this fall.Here’s the patch, via Arkansas’ official website.ArkansasArkansasArkansasArkansas AD Jeff Long said this about the patch:“Our mission is to develop student-athletes to their fullest potential through intercollegiate athletics, including empowering them to attain the ultimate goal of graduation,” he told the school’s website. “More and more, our student-athletes are achieving that goal even before their athletic eligibility has expired. In recognition of this extraordinary achievement, we have developed a patch to be worn on their respective jerseys by all those student-athletes who have earned their college degree. It is a great reminder that these talented young men and women have already achieved something truly special that will impact them the rest of their lives.”Arkansas has eight players who will be wearing the patch. The Razorbacks open their 2016 season on Sept. 3 against Louisiana Tech.last_img read more