Tennessee bishop recruits neighboring colleague to implement same-sex marriage rites

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These provisions require consultation. No document can answer every question in advance.”General Convention in 2015 said that the bishops of the church’s domestic dioceses needed to give their permission for the rites to be used or “make provision for all couples asking to be married in this church to have access to these liturgies.” (The Episcopal Church includes a small number of dioceses outside the United States in civil jurisdictions that do not allow marriage for same-sex couples.)There was widespread acceptance of the rites across the church. However, eight diocesan bishops in the 101 domestic dioceses did not authorized their use. Bauerschmidt was among those eight, as was Diocese of Albany Bishop William Love, Central Florida Bishop Greg Brewer, Dallas Bishop George Sumner, Florida Bishop John Howard, North Dakota Bishop Michael Smith, Springfield Bishop Dan Martins and Virgin Islands Bishop Ambrose Gumbs.The eight bishops required that couples wanting to use the rites be married outside their dioceses and away from their home churches. Some bishops, including Love, refused to allow priests in their diocese to use the rites anywhere.Last July, convention attempted to remedy to the situation by passing Resolution B012, which went into effect on the first Sunday of Advent, Dec. 2. Bishops and deputies moved the authority for deciding to use the rites from the diocesan bishop to parish priests.B012 said diocesan bishops who do not agree with same-sex marriage “shall invite, as necessary,” another Episcopal Church bishop to provide “pastoral support” to the couple, the clergy member involved and the congregation. Some of the eight bishops have interpreted B012 as requiring – or allowing them to require – the involvement of another bishop.Christopher Hayes, who as a deputy from California proposed the amended version that convention passed, has told Episcopal News Service that the key phrase is “as necessary.” Hayes thinks some bishops are misinterpreting that to mean “necessary” by mere fact of the bishops’ disagreement, whereas he understands it to mean pastorally necessary. Such pastoral necessity, he said, would be rare.B012 makes the rites available within every diocese of The Episcopal Church where civil law permits same-sex marriage.Shortly after convention, Bauerschmidt said B012 sets up “a particular structure that upholds the bishop’s unique role as chief pastor and teacher and presider at the liturgy,” even when the bishop cannot support same-sex marriage.Some Tennessee Episcopalians grew concerned when Dec. 2 came and went without a policy from Bauerschmidt. A group of more than 100 lay and ordained Tennessee Episcopalians connected with All Sacraments for All People wrote letters to Bauerschmidt and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on Jan. 7 to decry the former’s refusal to institute a policy for implementing B012. They noted that at least one couple and their priest have asked Bauerschmidt for guidance and were told to wait.“Other committed couples anxiously wait to make their vows before God surrounded by the communities who love and support them,” the group told Bauerschmidt.“We therefore are reluctantly notifying you of this delay in making the trial liturgies available in this diocese,” the signers told Curry.Love is the only one of the eight who initially refused to permit use of the rites who has flatly refused to conform to B012. On Jan. 11, Curry prevented him from punishing clergy, laity and congregations who wish to use the rite, and Curry has referred the matter for investigation through the church’s clergy discipline process. Love is appealing the restriction.Gumbs now has told his clergy to offer the rites without further obstacles. The other bishops, like Bauerschmidt, have said they intend to ask another bishop to assist when congregations ask to use the rites.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter.last_img read more

Nothing Left to Give – Table Rock 50+ Mile Race Report

first_imgWill Harlan (l) and Mark Lundblad (r) congratulate each other following the Table Rock 50 Mile.I set up an ambitious ultra running schedule this Fall. I wanted to meet some personal challenges and once again I tried something new. In the past 6 weeks I’ve put forth 170 miles of ultra distance race effort and I’m looking forward to hibernating for a bit this Winter.The culmination of my somewhat overzealous schedule was this past weekend at the Table Rock 50 Mile race here in WNC. The main reason I stuck with doing this race was because it promised to be a scenic, mountainous (8k of climb) and close to home. This race was also brand new and I knew the terrain and much of the course topography. Leading up to race day I internally went back and forth over whether to still do the race or maybe drop to the 50k distance that was offered. However in the end, the lure of running to the top of Table Rock Mountain got the best of me and I was fit so I stuck to my original intention of the full advertised 54 miles.I checked out the entrants list leading up to race day and felt fairly confident about my chances but one never knows what race day will bring. Usually it comes in the form of someone much younger than me who is really fast and they are stepping up to race ultras for the first time. I was secretly hoping that I would not have to dig too deep on this day as I knew I was racing on somewhat tired legs.Race morning brought chilly but nice running weather. It looked like it would be an enjoyable and peaceful run around the Linville Gorge Wilderness area. However, I still had this feeling like something was not right and I was definitely not wishing for anything remotely epic to occur for this race. From the start I got out front and slowly got a decent lead as we ascended up one of the many big climbs on the course. At mile 14 there is a spur out and back to Wiseman’s View and I hit my watch at the turn to see what kind of lead I had on my competitors. Sure enough that weird feeling I had at the start came to fruition as I rounded a turn, there was my good friend and beast of a runner Will Harlan. So my three minute lead seemed like three seconds and I knew it was game on.How I missed him at the start I’ll never know. Will does not race very often but when he does he is always ready to wreak havoc on the field. He also rarely talks about his racing plans and tends to show up at races at the last minute throwing a big monkey wrench into anyone’s hopes and dreams.After coming to grips with reality I kept pushing as best as I could. Somewhere around 2.5 hours of running (mile 19) the course comes off the mountainous gravel road and onto some mountainous roads. I felt awful and was hoping this was just one of those low points. I kept waiting for Will to pass me. I was actually hoping he would soon just so it could be over with. It is funny how your mind thinks when you are dog tired and being tracked down. I kept pushing forward never quite getting that second wind and just wondering when he would make his presence known. Somehow I managed to stay out front to the top of Table Rock Mountain (mile 34). A most scenic place but unfortunately I had no time or desire to take in the vistas. This would be my second chance to see if I had any lead left. Sure enough not too long after I headed back down the mountain Will was right there again about three minutes back. As I passed him I said “please take me out of my misery and take over the lead”. It truly felt inevitable but still I stayed in the lead for the long seven mile section down the mountain. At mile 42 you hit the last long stretch of twelve miles on hilly paved roads. As I approached the aid station finally Will showed up as if out of nowhere in stealth mode and we both refilled bottles and took off. I managed to get out in front of him and again started building a lead. I never felt sure of anything even with just a few miles to go and a 3 or so minute lead. I was hurting so bad and digging so deep that I was just hoping a car would run me over. That would be the easy way out. My legs were tying up, I was eating gels, popping S-caps, drinking coke, doing anything and everything possible to get to the finish line. Actually winning was never a solid thought as I knew from past races with Will that it was not over.I ran transfixed on the pavement in front of me as for looking around or any extra motion felt like too much. My heart was still in this race but my legs were not cooperating. Every big hill took one more notch out of my dwindling energy. On the last big hill before the somewhat flat 2.5 mile finish I was down to intermittent power walking and something that might have resembled running. I looked back in fear and sure enough I was being reeled in. The hook was solidly set in my gills and I was being yanked into Will’s boat.I soon could hear footsteps around mile fifty-two. I stuck my hand out to my side without looking to give Will his congratulatory five and he motored on past me. Normally I’m game for a fast finish and giving chase. The problem here was I had already done that, I had nothing left to give. I wanted to try and make a race out of it and not have it come to such a goofy looking shuffle the last mile. However that is what happens sometimes, I had to accept it. Overall I was pleased with the race as I gave 100% and never gave up which is all we can ever expect of ourselves. Having to take second place to my good friend is really not a bad thing. In hindsight tough competition makes the outcome win or lose that much more fulfilling. However I think Will should look into a second career as an undercover spy to go along with being a great ultrarunner and writer.last_img read more

Khabib Nurmagomedov: The mystery behind the UFC star not revealing much about his wife

first_imgLast Updated: 28th November, 2019 21:48 IST Khabib Nurmagomedov: The Mystery Behind The UFC Star Not Revealing Much About His Wife Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the biggest names in UFC right now. Find out the mystery behind Khabib’s never seen wife and know more about his family. WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 28th November, 2019 21:48 IST Danish Ansari Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson set for April 2020Khabib Nurmagomedov is finally set to face Tony Ferguson early next year in April. The fight will reportedly take place in Brooklyn Center, according to UFC President Dana White, considering Khabib’s grievances with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Khabib has made the contract official from his end, whereas Tony Ferguson is yet to come to the table. 9 months ago UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals Conor McGregor’s words before winning UFC 229 fight Khabib Nurmagomedov familyThe MMA community is well aware of Khabib Nurmagomedov and his long list of accomplishments he has had throughout his career. He has close family members who are also associated with mixed martial arts as well. This includes his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, an army veteran and a master of the sport. Khabib also has two brothers, Abubakar and Magomed, who are also MMA fighters. His several cousins are signed to prime MMA promotions, something that the fighter has acknowledged on numerous occasions. However, there has always been an air of mystery around his wife.Also Read | UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov Vs Tony Ferguson Is Fixed For 2020; Date RevealedKhabib Nurmagomedov wife – What’s the mystery?Khabib Nurmagomedov has known his wife Patimat Nurmagomedova since childhood before finally getting married to her in June 2013. Reportedly, the wedding ceremony was attended by the whole Dagistan village with around 4,000 in attendance. On the day of their wedding, Patimat was dressed in a traditional white opaque veil covering her face. Her face was never revealed in the media and she has not made any public appearances. The reason fans never see her pictures on the Internet is due to Khabib’s Islamic beliefs. Besides that, Khabib Nurmagomedov also has a sister. MMA has seen many superstars dominate the sport over the years, however, UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov has dominated to such an extent that he is considered widely as one of the best grapplers of all time with a record as impressive as 28-0. Khabib’s billing to the top came recently as he surged ahead in the wake of his dominant performance over Dustin Poirier at the UFC 242 event in Abu Dhabi. He gained more popularity with his win over Conor McGregor a year ago.Also Read | Khabib Nurmagomedov Calls Conor McGregor An “idiot”, Calls For People To Ignore Him LIVE TV WE RECOMMENDcenter_img Also Read | UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov Says McGregor Needs 10 Wins Before Rematch 9 months ago UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson is fixed for 2020; date revealed Written By Also Read | Khabib Nurmagomedov: Fighter’s Salary, Net Worth, Next UFC Opponent 9 months ago UFC: Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov promo will give you goosebumps 10 months ago Khabib Nurmagomedov: Fighter’s salary, net worth, next UFC opponent COMMENT FOLLOW US 9 months ago Khabib Nurmagomedov calls Conor McGregor an “idiot”, calls for people to ignore himlast_img read more