PrismND to host second annual LGBT retreat

first_imgErin Rice | The Observer This weekend, PrismND will host its second annual retreat — one it hopes will foster reflection and a feeling of fellowship within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community at Notre Dame, PrismND spirituality commissioner Shannon Connolly said.Connolly said the retreat looks to serve LGBT students whose spiritual needs may not be entirely met by what is provided on campus.“There are not many venues on campus that are, understandably, willing to create a space that addresses LGBT student needs in terms of spirituality,” Connolly said. “ … And that’s understandable because that’s not serving the needs of the majority. That’s definitely not the majority here. So, there are conversations that happen on campus around the theology of [LGBT issues], which is great, there are a lot of fellowship opportunities in general and resources in general, but we feel really called to offer that space where orientation or gender identity isn’t going to come up as an issue.”Sophomore and PrismND secretary Jennifer Cha said the club established the retreat to give LGBT students the chance to engage with the faith life “so integral to Notre Dame’s identity.”“Spirituality and LGBTQ life are sometimes portrayed in opposition to each other, and we wanted to challenge that idea by creating a space where the two can be not only in conversation with but intimately connected to each other,” Cha said.Connolly said she hopes the retreat, which will feature LGBT student speakers in addition to other basic retreat activities, will foster internal reflection.“I’d like to think that [the retreat] will invite people to look at a process that they don’t have time to look at,” Connolly said. “Journeying with your orientation or your gender identity is something that’s very difficult, and it’s part of who you are. … Not only is [the retreat] an invitation to take that time [to explore that], it’s an invitation to be with people who understand it, to be in a place where you can reach out to people.”Campus response to the retreat has been mixed, Connolly said.“Notre Dame itself, the administration, has been incredibly supportive,” she said. “Campus ministry, rectors, there are too many people to name who have been supportive. The student body has mixed reviews a lot of the time. It’s hilarious how many people think we’re actually trying to ‘pray the gay away.’ Some people I don’t think understand how this is kosher, but we definitely do keep it in line with Catholic teaching.”The question of PrismND’s involvement with student allies is one that has come up during the planning of the retreat, which is open to all students regardless of sexual orientation, Connolly said.“The question of how much room do we make for allies is a big one,” she said. “Is [PrismND] an organization that serves as an ambassador from the community to allies, trying to say ‘this is what we’re about, welcome?’ Or is it more of an inward-facing organization, as a space for [LGBT] to communicate? Ideally both. And the retreat is one of the most inward-facing places we have. I think last year we had one or two allies, and they were people who had already been deeply involved in the LBGT community …“So this is not necessarily something that I would encourage allies to go on as their first foray into being better allies. Because I think it would just be a lot. This is a really personal and intimate retreat. I think the experience of the allies we had come last year was positive, and I think they already understood a lot about what it means to be LGBT. So if someone didn’t understand that, it would be kind of difficult.”But overall, the retreat’s focus on LGBT issues will be less alien to allies than they might think, Connolly said.“I’d say the LGBT ‘lens’ doesn’t change things as much as people would think it does,” she said. “So, while all of our speakers are speaking on LGBT issues, coming from an LGBT perspective, there are other activities that don’t have any orientation. … I think a lot of the time, you think you’re coming from an LGBT perspective, and you are, but an LGBT perspective includes the same questions anyone else is going through. Am I doing the right thing? Am I hurting the people I love? How do I forgive myself for who and what I’ve been? How do other people forgive me? How do people see me? It’s all the same questions.”The PrismND retreat will take place Friday and Saturday.Tags: Jenn Cha, LGBTQ retreat, PrismND, Shannon Connollylast_img read more

Live match preview – Serbia vs Scotland 12.11.2020

first_imgpreview image preview image Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish is expecting a tough match in Thursday’s winner-takes-all play-off against Serbia Scotland manager Steve Clarke during a Scotland training session at the Oriam, on September 03, 2020, in Edinburgh, Scotland Interestingly, if Scotland make it to Euro 2020, they will once again be placed into a group with England, who they also faced at the same stage in their last Euros when England were tournament hosts.Victory on Thursday would complete the turnaround under Steve Clarke, with Scotland reeling from a 3-0 loss to lowly Kazakhstan in their opening European Qualifier when he was appointed in May 2019. Although he could not quite secure an automatic spot, Scotland had already secured a play-off place thanks to a solid Nations League campaign.Download the Sky Sports Scottish Football Podcast on: Spotify | Apple | Castbox | SpreakerScotland and Serbia last met during qualification for the 2014 World Cup and the Tartan Army were winless in both fixtures. They drew 0-0 at home before losing 2-0 away and Serbia could become just the second side to keep a clean sheet in each of their first three games against Scotland after Japan.Team news Highlights of the Euro 2020 qualifying play-off match between Scotland and Israel Scotland manager Steve Clarke looks on during the UEFA EURO 2020 Play-Off semi-finals match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park on October 08, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors 3:20 Scotland head coach Steve Clarke says it’s a blow to lose Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley for Thursday’s Euro 2020 play-off against Serbia, but believes they have sufficient cover Former Scotland striker Kris Boyd says he is confident Scotland will beat Serbia in Belgrade on Thursday to qualify for next year’s European Championships – Advertisement – 0:34 Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr says the weight of the country is on counterpart Steve Clarke’s shoulders but he will not be distracted for Thursday’s winner-takes-all play-off in Serbia Since losing four consecutive games between June and October 2019, Scotland have enjoyed an eight-match unbeaten run (W6 D2) – they last went longer without defeat in all competitions in September 1976, under Willie Ormond (a run of nine).Serbia have won just one of their last six matches in all competitions (D2 L3), beating Norway 2-1 in October, courtesy of a brace from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the previous round of European Championship qualifying.Victory would see Scotland qualify for the European Championship finals for just a third time (previously in 1992 & 1996), whilst Serbia are aiming to reach the finals of the competition for the first time as an independent nation. Scotland striker Lyndon Dykes says they need to go into their Euro 2020 play-off against Serbia with confidence and need to ‘get the job done’ on Thursday night Sky Sports announced last week that both Scotland and Northern Ireland’s play-off games will be free-to-air for UK customers on what is sure to be a dramatic night of football.Serbia vs Scotland will be shown live on Sky Sports Football from 7pm and free-to-air on Sky Pick; kick-off at 7.45pm.You can also follow all the latest in our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports’ digital platforms, including build-up, match commentary and the latest analysis. Plus, watch in-game goals and free match highlights shortly after full-time.Clarke: Qualification always the dream Andy Robertson, Liam Cooper and John McGinn celebrate Scotland's dramatic penalty shootout victory 0:50 Scotland manager Steve Clarke told Sky Sports News:“It’s always been the dream. Even in the years we failed to qualify, that dream is always there. When you start every campaign, you think ‘right, this is going to be the one’.“The team at various times has been close to qualification, but has never managed to get it over the line and this squad is close again and this time, we hope we can get it over the line. 3:23 2:42 preview image “I had a good football career, I managed to win a good few trophies at the end of it, I played a lot of good matches at the highest level in both Scotland and England, but ultimately, you’re always left with that little bit of disappointment that as a player, I didn’t manage to play in a major tournament and for these lads, it’s the same.“It’s not to think about there being another chance in two years time because maybe there won’t be.”McCoist: Scotland’s biggest game in 20 years Sky Sports pundit Ally McCoist told Sky Sports News:“Without doubt, it’s the biggest game in over 20 years. And I’m pleased punters can watch it and get behind the team. I’m so pleased for everybody. Fingers crossed we can get a result.“I’d have bitten your hand off for an opportunity like this. There was a period where it looked like we wouldn’t get this chance and now we’ve got it. It’s great news.“We’re second favourites but I’ve been Scottish for long enough to know that being the underdog suits us.“The team is looking a lot better with some solidarity about them. Lyndon Dykes has given us a focal point. I’m the eternal Scottish optimist. I’m very hopeful although I do appreciate it’s a very big task ahead.”Boyd: Scotland can gatecrash Euro 2020 – Advertisement – Thursday 12th November 7:00pm If Scotland win…If Scotland beat Serbia, they will be Path C winners and go into Euro 2020 Group D with England, Croatia and the Czech Republic. Sky Sports pundit Kris Boyd told Sky Sports News:“It’s a massive opportunity for Scotland and I’m sure the boys will give their all. We’ve not been at a major tournament since 1998, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to get there. I wish them all the best, and I’m confident.“A lot of people have criticised the way Clarke has set his team up but we’ve found a way to get victories. We’re not free-flowing, and we’re not going to open teams up with eight or nine chances a game. What we can do is create one or two good ones and hope that we take them. We look solid defensively and we’re going to need that from the front if we’re going to stop Serbia.“It will be a difficult game, but I do fancy us to gate-crash Euro 2020 and get through the back door.” 1:19 – Advertisement – Scotland will be aiming to keep four consecutive clean sheets across all competitions for the first time since March 2014, under Gordon Strachan.Scotland’s John McGinn has been directly involved in seven goals in his last four appearances in European Championship qualifiers (6 goals, 1 assist).Only Harry Kane (12), Cristiano Ronaldo and Eran Zahavi (11 each) have scored more goals in qualifying for EURO 2020 than Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic (10), who netted in six consecutive matches before facing Norway. 4:27 0:50 Scotland have not featured at a major international tournament for over 20 years, last competing at the 1998 World Cup in France. Their last European Championships was in 1996, where the Netherlands progressed from Group A based on goals scored. Kick off 7:45pm Team news, stats and analysis ahead of Serbia vs Scotland in the European Qualifying play-off final on Thursday; kick-off 7.45pm.Scotland dramatically booked their place in the European Qualifying play-off final last month, winning 5-3 on penalties – their first ever shootout – against familiar foes Israel after a goalless draw. It set up a trip to Belgrade to face Serbia, who were 2-1 winners against Norway in their semi-final.- Advertisement – Scotland manager Steve Clarke says it would be a dream to qualify for the European Championships and he looks back on his career with disappointment because he never played for his country at a major tournament Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley will both miss out for Scotland after they sustained hamstring problems. Hanley – who has 30 caps for his country – had been called up to the squad for the first time in more than two years, while Fraser was looking to add to his 14 international appearances.Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has also returned to the Scotland fold and with Fraser absent, could be given his chance to earn his first cap since September 2018. However, Clarke has hinted that Griffiths would be used from the bench.The Scotland manager said: “Leigh being Leigh, we all know his qualities in and around the 18-yard box. But he hasn’t started many games for Celtic recently and it might be a big ask for him to start in a game of this magnitude.”Serbia have been boosted by the news that Lazio’s players have been given permission to go on international duty. It means key man Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will be available to face Clarke’s side after some uncertainty over regional Covid-19 travelling restrictions in Italy for players in Serie A.How to follow Ally McCoist thinks the underdog factor can work in Scotland’s favour ahead of Thursday’s clash away to Serbia – a game he’s calling the biggest in 20 years. Opta statslast_img read more