Anglicans, Episcopalians lament UNCSW’s postponement, recommit to gender justice work

first_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool preached March 9 at the Episcopal Church Center’s Chapel of Christ the Lord. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] Plans change, and it’s OK to mourn or grieve a future that’s not to happen, said the Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool, assistant bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of New York.“But now you notice, I said, ‘a future,’ not ‘the future,’” Glasspool said to a dozen or so women and men gathered March 9 for Eucharist at the Episcopal Church Center’s Chapel of Christ the Lord on Second Avenue in New York, one block west of United Nations headquarters.“The future is always in God’s hands. And even if it’s something over which we have no control, our prayer in gratitude to the God who loves us … is that it’s God’s future,” Glasspool said. “God may, in fact, bestow on us gifts that we didn’t look for. … Our call is to be open to those gifts.”A special Eucharist marking the opening of the 64th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women had previously been planned; however, in the wake of last week’s announcement postponing the annual conference due to public health concerns associated with the coronavirus, the Church Center held its regular noonday Eucharist in deference to the UNCSW, with Anglican and Episcopal women writing the Prayers of the People.“Be with us as we await our time together with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women,” Glasspool said. “Uphold us in our faith, and protect us and all those who currently live in fear of the illness in the world. Teach us to share your word and your ways in our actions and in our writing.”The UNCSW draws thousands of people to the annual meeting in New York; the main meeting has been postponed until the coronavirus no longer presents a risk to public health. The commission did, however, convene on the morning of March 9 for a procedural meeting with delegations and civil society representatives based in New York.At that meeting, member states adopted a political declaration commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, and leaders pledged to ramp up efforts to fully implement the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, considered a “visionary” blueprint for advancing women’s rights.It was a disappointment last week when the full meeting was postponed and it was announced that the Anglican and Episcopal delegations due to travel to New York for the annual meeting were canceled.“In the meantime, our presiding bishop’s Episcopal delegates and the Anglican Communion delegates continue their work,” said Lynnaia Main, The Episcopal Church’s representative to the United Nations. “It’s an opportunity for us as a church to use this time to continue to educate ourselves about what Beijing is and why it’s so important for women and girls.”This spring, Episcopal delegates will participate in an online meeting exploring how The Episcopal Church has engaged in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and each delegate will be assigned to blog about one of the critical areas of concern addressed in the blueprint.– Lynette Wilson is managing editor of Episcopal News Service. 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Women of Troy cruise by Anteaters

first_imgThe USC women’s tennis team started its season off with a bang, taking all six singles matches and winning doubles play in convincing fashion against UC Irvine at home on Wednesday.Serving aces · USC sophomore Zoe Scandalis is ranked No. 19 and No. 13 in the country in singles and doubles play, respectively. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan Head coach Richard Gallien was very pleased with how the team played and was excited to start the season.“I’m almost 52 and I’ve spent almost half of my life playing or coaching tennis,” Gallien said.  “And yet it’s not old hat to me.  It’s exciting.  We get to tussle and fight again.”During doubles play, USC’s combination of junior Kaitlyn Christian and sophomore Sabrina Santamaria fell behind early before eventually rallying to defeat the Anteaters’ top doubles team 8-5. The Women of Troy will rely heavily on the Christian/Santamaria duo, as the two come into the season as the top ranked doubles team in the nation.Sophomores Gabriella DeSimone and Zoe Scandalis followed their lead and overcame an early deficit to notch an 8-4 win. Newcomers Giuliana Olmos and Ellie Yates rounded out doubles play, registering an 8-5 win in their first match together.“I thought we were sluggish for some reason starting off in the doubles, but you’ve got to start somewhere,” Gallien said.  “We did just fine.  We have some tougher tests right around the corner quickly.”The Women of Troy continued their stellar play during the singles portion of the match.  Olmos and Yates were impressive in their USC debuts.  Olmos tallied a 6-2, 6-0 win in her first singles match, while Yates triumphed with a score of 6-0, 6-1.  Gallien was excited for both girls, but noted that Olmos’ victory was especially satisfying after she was forced to sit out last year due to an NCAA ruling.“No one is hungrier to compete than Guiliana Olmos,” Galien said.After the victories by Olmos and Yates set up the Women of Troy with a 3-0 lead, the stage was set for DeSimone to seal the victory. DeSimone, who enters the season ranked No. 56 in the nation, did just that with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of her opponent.Following DeSimone’s clinching victory, Christian handily won her match to give the Trojans a 5-0 advantage. That was followed by senior Valiera Pulido winning a tough match 6-3, 6-3 to move the Trojans closer to a perfect sweep.Rounding out singles play was star senior Danielle Lao, who entered the match as the team’s highest ranked player at No. 14.  Lao faced tough competition in UCI’s All Big-West performer Kristina Smith and struggled early on. After trailing Smith 0-3 in the second set, Lao utilized strong serves and sound execution to recover and wrap up the day for the Women of Troy with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.“When you have two girls who are equally matched as Danielle and Smith were, you have to be able to outlast [the opponent],” Gallien said.  “This group was definitely up to the challenge.  You’ve got to be ready for a bar fight in these tough matches.”Gallien added that the squad will split up for the Freeman Memorial Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., and the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. The Women of Troy will look to repeat their success from last year in both tournaments, as Scandalis won the Freeman Memorial while Lao was victorious at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic.Also notable was the absence during singles play of standouts Santamaria and Scandalis. Gallien assured that the two would play singles this weekend and added he was simply giving some other girls a chance to compete and grow.The Women of Troy (1-0) will next play at home against Akron on Jan. 26 as part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend before heading to Malibu to play Pepperdine on Jan. 31.last_img read more