Justice, peace, reconciliation top main agenda for global Christianity

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I learned a lot and, I think, found a new sensitivity.Rev. John StantonDiocese of Southeast Florida Featured Jobs & Calls A call to work for peace and justice during the Asian Plenary. Photo: Peter Williams/WCCVideo reflections and additional coverage of the WCC Assembly are available here.[Episcopal News Service, Busan, South Korea] Whether it’s advocating for gender equality, speaking out against religious persecution, addressing global poverty, discrimination, climate change, or a myriad of other concerns, global justice and peace issues are at the heart of the World Council of Churches’ 10th General Assembly, which has drawn thousands of Christians from 345 member churches in 110 countries to Busan in the Republic of Korea.The theme of the gathering, meeting Oct. 30-Nov. 8, is “God of life, lead us to justice and peace.”For Native Hawaiian Jasmine Bostock, one of the four official Episcopal Church delegates to the assembly, the WCC’s greatest gift is to play a facilitating role in addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues. “They’re the only eagle-eyed view … on a global ecumenical level that we have.”The Rev. Margaret Rose, the Episcopal Church’s ecumenical and interreligious officer, says that ecumenism “helps us realize that we’re not the center of the world, that it’s not all about us … God is much bigger than our own definitions. Ecumenism is about living as one member of the household of God, claiming who we are in contrast to others and in the context of God’s much larger mission which requires all of us to be engaged.”Members of the Episcopal Church’s official delegation to the WCC Assembly read over a document during one of the plenary sessions. They are (from left) the Rev. Margaret Rose, the Rev. Consuela Sanchez, Bishop Dean Wolfe and Jasmine Bostock. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENSJoining Bostock and Rose as the Episcopal Church’s official delegates are Bishop Dean Wolfe of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas and the Rev. Consuela Sanchez, provincial coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras.They are among some 160 Anglicans and more than 3,000 other Christians gathering in Busan.Rose said that the gathering also has provided an important space for Anglicans to gather where the priority is not an internal one, “but rather how Christians together can make a difference in a broken world.”The assembly is the highest governing body of the World Council of Churches and meets every six to eight years. It is a moment when the fellowship of member churches comes together as a whole in prayer and celebration.Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, in his address to the assembly, described the gathering as “an opportunity for genuine encounter, an opportunity to learn about one another and to learn from one another. We must learn to hear Christ through one another. We renew our commitment to the ecumenical journey and the ecumenical task. We need one another.” [A video of Welby’s address is here].Welby later told ENS that for him part of the gift of attending his first WCC Assembly has been seeing “the church in its broadest sense gathering together, lots of difference, lots of difference of opinion, lots of faults and flaws and cracks, but together … We become a reconciling force as we ourselves are involved in reconciliation.” [A video of Welby’s comments to ENS is here].The difficulty for the WCC, Bostock told ENS, “is that there are so many issues, there are so many contexts and how are you possibly going to have a value-based judgment that says indigenous people are more important than Dalits, or … issues of gender equality are more important than climate change. You can’t level those issues on a scale of one to 10 and you certainly can’t speak for everyone in every context.”But Bostock, 23, chair of the Episcopal Church Executive Council Committee on Indigenous Ministry, acknowledges there are certain injustices that the WCC does chose to speak on and that “in some contexts that is more powerful and more helpful than in other contexts. But it’s more about an awareness for me personally, coming from a Hawai’ian context … It’s more about facilitating our learning from one another.”Bostock, who served as an intern at the WCC in 2010, also participated in a pre-assembly event for indigenous people, from which a statement has been drafted to present to the main assembly. “What makes indigenous issues so pressing is that indigenous people tend to be the ones affected the most by issues like climate change, clean drinking water, HIV and AIDS,” she said. [A video of Bostock speaking about indigenous issues is here].From left, Jasmine Bostock of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i; Leonard Imbiri, general secretary of the Papua Customary Council; and Sarah Eagle Heart, the Episcopal Church’s missioner for indigenous ministries, help each other tie a prayer string for unity. Photo: WCCOther participants from the Episcopal Church are Sarah Eagle Heart, missioner for indigenous ministries; Emma Lee Schauf, as a young adult volunteer in the stewards program; Rachel Cosca and Carrie Diaz Littauer, in a theological studies program sponsored by the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute; and Carlin Van Schaik, a Young Adult Service Corps volunteer working with the Towards Peace in Korea program based in Seoul.“The Christian faith has a tremendous responsibility to come together around crucial issues – violence, war, poverty – these are our great global issues that will require a great global response from the wider church,” said Wolfe, “and so our petty differences between denominations are really highlighted when you compare them to the tremendous needs that are everywhere. So the Christian Church has an opportunity to come together in a variety of places and then do the work that Christ has given us to do – to be healers, reconcilers, sometimes agitators.” [A video of Wolfe’s comments to ENS is here].The Rev. Olav Tveit, WCC general secretary, addresses the assembly during its opening plenary Oct. 30. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENSDuring the first three days of the 10-day assembly, delegates heard from several plenary speakers addressing issues such as HIV and AIDS, Christian persecution, marginalized communities, peace on the Korean Peninsula, and participated in ecumenical conversations, Bible study, worship, workshops and committee business sessions.Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, encouraged the churches to “protect the vulnerable,” especially sexual minorities, sex workers and other communities faced with the threat of the HIV pandemic. He also called on the church to challenge taboos and to encourage compassion and support for those living with or affected by HIV and AIDS.Korea remains a politically divided peninsula with many people hoping that one day the north and south will be reunited. The churches in Korea, together with the ecumenical movement, have been encouraging reunification efforts for decades.Asked which single issue he would like to highlight from the assembly, the Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, said that the churches in Korea, particularly the Anglican Church of Korea, have witnessed strongly for reconciliation on their divided island. “Families were divided when the divisions arose, so it’s very personal to them,” he told ENS. “Sometimes we get used to divisions in the world, and we learn to live with them and we tend to ignore them … So I’d like to make that personal commitment to overcoming divisions in a practical way.” [A video of Kearon’s comments to ENS is here].Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (left) and Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Palestine and Jordan share a moment after signing the affirmation of faith leaders to “Welcome the Stranger.” Photo: Matthew Davies/ENSWelby joined the Rev. Olav Tveit, WCC general secretary, and Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Palestine and Jordan and president of the Lutheran World Federation, in being the first signatures in an affirmation of faith leaders to “Welcome The Stranger.” The affirmation was initiated by a coalition of faith-based organizations in response to a call in December 2012 from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres. Faith groups around the world are expected to use the affirmations to foster support for refugees and other displaced people in their communities.During the weekend, Nov. 2-3, participants fanned out across South Korea for various exposure visits on justice and peace issues and to attend worship services with hundreds of Christian communities throughout the country.In the final days, the assembly will move mostly into a business mode, prioritizing messages, formalizing statements and calls to action, and proposing overall policies for future programmatic work of the WCC. A Central Committee drawn from the WCC delegates will largely work on drafting any final messages.Along with the WCC member churches, partner organizations and other churches, such as the Roman Catholic Church, have a strong presence at the event. That makes an assembly of the WCC the most diverse Christian gathering of its size in the world. It is a unique opportunity for the churches to deepen their commitment to visible unity and common witness.Since the World Council of Churches was established in 1948, this marks the first time the General Assembly has met in Asia. The Republic of Korea was chosen because the church in recent decades has grown rapidly in Korea, where nearly 25 percent of the population is Christian.The Episcopal Church’s full communion partners also have a strong presence at the assembly, including representatives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Moravian Church, Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht, Philippine Independent Church, and Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, India.Archbishop Anders Wejryd of the (Lutheran) Church of Sweden, which is in the process of formalizing a full communion relationship with the Episcopal Church, said: “I think Christianity becomes too little if it is limited to ourselves. You have to see other expressions and see how Christianity responds to other challenges than your own.”Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who was represented at the assembly by Wolfe, has described the gathering as “an opportunity to stand with others for the purpose of building a society of peace with justice.”She told ENS that the Episcopal Church’s participation “is our act of solidarity, our joining with other members of the body of Christ to realize this dream of God. We pray with our presence as well as our actions, strategizing, thinking theologically, and building coalitions. I give thanks for the willingness of our representatives to join this assembly in Busan, Korea.”– Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ By Matthew DaviesPosted Nov 4, 2013 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET last_img read more

Russia to Insist on Classification of UAVs, AD Maritime Platforms as Conventional Armanents, Says Rozgin

first_img View post tag: Conventional View post tag: Armanents Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia to Insist on Classification of UAVs, AD Maritime Platforms as Conventional Armanents, Says Rozgin Russia will insist on classification of UAVs and AD maritime platforms as conventional armaments, said on Nov 15 Russia’s ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin.“Undoubtedly, we will stand for entering of new weapon systems emerged in recent two decades such as unmanned aerial vehicles including attack ones used against Libya into the list of conventional armaments”, told Rogozin to RIA Novosti summarizing the NATO-Russia Council session held on Tuesday in Brussels.According to diplomat, such type of arms “is becoming a cornerstone of NATO’s military policy in Europe”. “We consider that sea-based air defense systems currently appearing in European, northern and southern waters should be also classified as conventional arms. We cannot disregard potential threat posed by those military assets“, pointed out Rogozin.He noted that “CFE Treaty causes much more doubts and discords between Russia and NATO than missile defense issues”.Rogozin emphasized that “no discriminatory measures can be taken against Russia”.“We won’t accept any flank restrictions, attempts to deter Russia from troop redeployments within own territory. Any effort to lay hands on our freedom will be perceived as relics of colonial policy and instantly repelled. And today that was told to NATO partners quite clear”, said the diplomat.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 18, 2011 View post tag: Navy View post tag: UAVs View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Classification View post tag: platforms View post tag: Naval Authoritiescenter_img November 18, 2011 View post tag: Russia Russia to Insist on Classification of UAVs, AD Maritime Platforms as Conventional Armanents, Says Rozgin View post tag: says View post tag: Rozgin View post tag: Insist View post tag: Maritime View post tag: ad Share this articlelast_img read more

PHOTOS: Turkuaz, Twiddle, & Kung Fu Members Team For Tom Petty Tribute, 11/17/2017

first_imgOn November 17th, Turkuaz’s own percussion devil Michelangelo Carubba led an all-star tribute to the late and great rock icon Tom Petty. The event dubbed “Don’t Do Me Like That” took over New York City’s American Beauty and also featured his Turkuaz bandmates Taylor Shell and Dave Brandwein in addition to the likes of Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis and Kung Fu’s Beau Sasser. In addition to this high-octane tribute to rock’s recently fallen hero, the night also saw a performance by Big Words, a new side project featuring Mikey Carubba, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds’ Josh Myers, Saturday Night Live band’s Geoff Countryman, and Eric Krasno Band’s Danny Mayer.Turkuaz’s Mikey Carubba On How His Tribute To Tom Petty’s Music Became A Celebration Of His LifeYou can check out photos from “Don’t Do Me Like That: An All-Star Tribute To Tom Petty” below, courtesy of Chris Capaci. Don’t Do Me Like That: All-Star Tribute To Tom Petty | American Beauty | New York, NY | 11/17/2017 | Photos: Chris Capaci Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Eric Krasno’s All-Star 6-Show NYC Run With Questlove, Robert Randolph, & More Comes To Close

first_img Monday night brought sit-ins from Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy) and Jon Batiste, bandmate of Louis Cato and frontman for Jon Batiste’s Stay Human. Cory joined Nigel on the keys for a song or two and was given some solo time to tickle the ivory and take over on vocals. When Jon Batiste jumped onstage to get on the keys, Cory moved to the center of the stage next to Nigel to play the harpejji (electric stringed instrument that bridges the gap in sound between the guitar, bass guitar, and piano). Cory Henry is super talented and can really crush on most instruments. The six-piece played a rocking cover of the Buddy Miles classic “Them Changes” that brought the house down. The crowd was moving and head-bopping in their seats the entire show.  Tuesday night’s show drew a much larger crowd and had some great musicians in the audience as well as on the stage. Questlove was the announced special guest for the night, so the audience was ready for a night of killer drum playing. The show opened with some of the same songs from the prior night, but they had a different feel to them—tonight was Kraz’s night! He was wailing on his guitar from the opening chords, and he never let up. Cory Henry joined the band on stage once again in a funky cover of The Beatles’ “Get Back.” Then Questlove was called to the stage, along with Maurice “MoBetta” Brown on the trumpet and Cochemea Gastelum (Dap Kings) on the saxophone. The band launched into the soulful funky Isley Brothers tune “Layaway”, and Nigel’s vocals stood out during this funky tribute. The night ended with Nigel letting us know that he is a “firm believer that if everyone got up in the morning and listened to one song, the world would be a better place.” Wednesday saw the city get hit with the fourth nor’easter in as many weeks, but that didn’t slow down Eric Krasno and Friends. Robert Randolph was the billed special guest for the night, so anticipation was high. James Casey, saxophonist for Trey Anastasio Band, was called for a sit-in, as the band performed a song that had originally been written for Trombone Shorty. Nigel and crew were having fun telling stories and delighting the crowd with good ole funk. Robert Randolph had the crowd raging, as they performed covers of the Jimi Hendrix classic “Hey Joe” and the Grateful Dead ballad “Sugaree.”  Krasno never disappoints, and this week proved that in spades. From his boys in Chapter 2 to the special guests that came out to play with them, it was an exceptional week of funk and jazz. Hopefully, this will become an annual tradition, and we hope to hear from Chapter 2 ten years down the line. When the hardest-working guitar player in the jam scene announces a three-night, six-show run with some of the best musicians and special guests at one of New York’s oldest and best-known jazz clubs, you know you’re in for a funky week! The “house band” was an outfit formerly known as Chapter 2, made up of Chris Loftlin (Brian McKnight) on bass, Louis Cato (Jon Batiste’s Stay Human) on drums, Nigel Hall (Lettuce) on keys and vocals, and, of course, the ultra-talented host of the shows, Eric Krasno (Eric Krasno Band, Lettuce, Soulive) on guitar. Nigel mentioned at the start of each show, Krasno was the “curator” of bringing together this special group of musicians almost ten years ago, and they were “happy to be playing with their friends, for their friends.” And we were happy to have them playing for us all week! Whenever you bring a supergroup of musicians together, particularly with a number of guest sit-ins, it can be interesting to see how they mesh together, what songs they might choose to cover, or how everyone will fit in. When Eric Krasno brings his friends together to play, he never feels the need to take the spotlight. He seems just as comfortable playing in the background as he does when it’s his time to shine. This week was no exception, as Krasno allowed the other musicians to really take the lead and stand out. But he can still shred, as he proved time and again this week.From the first song of the late set on Monday night through the final song of the late set on Wednesday night, one thing that became abundantly clear is that Chris Loftlin is an absolute beast on the bass! Between his ability to get the audience involved by clapping, his dance moves, and his outrageous faces, Chris was certainly a standout performer of the week.  Nigel Hall claimed to be the “least talented musician on the stage” every night, but that could not have been further from the truth. Nigel is such a great keyboard player and has such a soulful voice that it almost feels like being in church every time you see him perform. And Louis Cato can hammer the drums with the best of them.last_img read more

Pecan Workshop

first_imgIn response to a growing number of pecan acreage across Georgia, the University of Georgia will be hosting a pecan production workshop for farmers just getting into the business. UGA Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells wants to help growers get all of the information they need at the workshop, to be held Monday, April 11.“The main thing we are trying to do is meet the demand we’ve had for the information,” Wells said.The free workshop is open to the public and will begin at 9 a.m. in the old auditorium at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. It will last until 4 p.m. There will be snacks and a meal provided.The workshop will cover the growth of different varieties, best irrigation and fertility practices, and information about the planning and equipment needed to grow pecans.A similar workshop was held in 2012, and it was well received. Wells hopes to see similar results again this year.“We do hope that we can reach people new to the pecan business,” said Wells. “The pecan production workshop is for people who are new to pecans, those who feel like they need more information and for people who might be interested in growing pecans in the future.”Farmers interested in attending should call Debbie Rutland at (229) 386-3424 to reserve their space at the workshop.(Kenzie Kesselring is an intern with the UGA Tifton Campus.)last_img read more

INSIGHTS: Listen To Us – A Diversity Report

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWhat is life like for some minority families living in Northeast Michigan? Three diverse families share their experiences for the first time in a special Insights report “Listen To Us.” Watch as WBKB Reporter Elijah Baker dives into the topic of race and ethnicity in Alpena.Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/WBKBTV/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/WBKB11 Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/wbkbtv/AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Vintage lovers walk down memory lane in Snowmobile and Motorcycle ShowNext Job Fair Coming to Alpena Community Collegelast_img

Games organisers get England CWG chief Holmes’ support

first_imgCommonwealth Games England President Kelly Holmes has leapt to the defence of the scandal-marred Commonwealth Games in New Delhi next month, saying that it would be a success and Indians will feel “proud” despite the construction delays, security and health concerns.The Games, starting on October 3, have faced multiple problems, including corruption, threats of terror attack and dengue fever, unhygienic conditions at Athletes’ Village and collapse of a footbridge near the main venue.Despite the ongoing problems, Holmes believes the Games can be a huge success, citing the 2004 Olympics — which overcame problems of its own to be a great triumph – as a marker.”I compare it to the Athens Olympics when they were still planting trees on the day it opened. I don’t think it can get any worse than that,” she was quoted as saying by ‘The Times’.However, Holmes said she returned from her visit to Delhi last month largely unimpressed with the state of some of the venues.”I was there on the prime ministerial visit and I’m not going to lie – it was a building site. Without the safety certificates for the venues it wasn’t going to go ahead but they came through last Monday,” said Holmes who won two gold — in 800m and 1500m race — in Athens.Although Holmes said she understands why some feel it is wrong to host the mega-event in a country where a third of the population live in poverty, she is hoping it will bring joy to the country.advertisement”It’s a fair point with a nation where so many people are in unfortunate positions, but I really hope the Games brings a different energy and makes some people feel proud. I just hope the general public in India will be given the chance to go to the Games,” she said.England Sports Minister Hugh Robertson and CWG chef de mission Craig Hunter have also committed that the country would take part in the Games but the latter warned the organisers that time is running out for them to clean up the preparation mess.last_img read more

10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe: No transfer decisions set in stone

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: No transfer decisions set in stoneby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits he needs to consider where his squad needs to be strengthened ahead of the market opening next month.Simon Francis is out for the season with a knee injury.Asked whether his captain’s setback would impact on his thinking ahead of the upcoming transfer window, Howe replied: “I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t and I have had those conversations but we will wait and see what happens.“Nothing has been decided we have made no moves in the market at all at the moment. I think it’s a case of still seeing what options we have available to us.“It would be foolish of me to make that promise and pledge but we are looking at what we can do.” last_img read more

Ohio States Stoneburner Mewhort released from football scholarships

Ohio State redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner and redshirt junior offensive lineman Jack Mewhort have been removed from their athletic scholarships-at least until the end of the summer. In a statement released Friday night from Urban Meyer via an OSU department of athletics spokesperson, the two football players “will each be removed from athletic scholarship beginning with the summer term, and they will continue to be suspended from team activities until stipulations are successfully met.” “We are disappointed with the decisions made recently by two of our football players,” the release said. “(Stoneburner and Mewhort) will have an opportunity to return to the team in good standing following the summer session.” The decision comes nearly two weeks after Stoneburner and Mewhort were suspended June 3 after being arrested for obstructing justice. According to a police report from the Shawnee Hills Police Department, police said they spotted Stoneburner, Mewhort and a third person, Austin Barnard, urinating on what appeared to be an early childhood education school called The Oxford School near the Bogey Inn in Dublin, Ohio. After shining a bright light, police said the three suspects ran away. Police said they found Stoneburner and Barnard crouched between cars while Mewhort fled to a nearby wooded area before turning himself in after threatening to use a police dog. Stoneburner and Mewhort were expected to be starters for the upcoming season. In 2011, Stoneburner caught 14 passes for 193 yards and had seven touchdown catches. Stoneburner was recruited out of Dublin Coffman High School. He has caught 37 passes in his career at OSU. Meyer listed Stoneburner after this year’s Spring Game on April 21 as one of his “top offensive playmakers.” Mewhort was a highly recruited prospect out of St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy in Toledo, Ohio. read more

Football Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki presents Ohio State with 78inch

Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki (88) celebrates one of his two first-quarter touchdown reception against Pitt on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Beaver Stadium. Penn State won, 33-14. Credit: Courtesy of TNSOhio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker said he can jump as high as the ball is thrown. Even that might not be enough Saturday when he and the Buckeye defense attempts to cover Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki.The massive receiving target is listed at 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, but looking at him, he might be even bigger. He towers over defensive backs and runs faster than linebackers. But Gesicki’s most impressive skill is his vertical leap as he consistently corrals passes above the outstretched arms of defenders.“He’s a very, very good athlete. He makes catches that men his size usually can’t make,” defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “Great flexibility in his upper body, can torque his body in all different ways and he has good hands.”Before the season, Gesicki was named to the Mackey Award watch list — given to the nation’s top tight end — and honored as a preseason first-team All-American. He’s lived up to his billing through seven games as he has pulled down 24 receptions for 228 yards, including five touchdowns.The Nittany Lions have talent at every skill position on offense — five players have between 16 and 32 receptions — so they don’t need to force feed Gesicki. They can pick and choose when to use quarterback Trace McSorley’s largest target.“He’s another wide receiver, really,” Schiano said. “He’s positionally called a tight end but he has the skillset of a wide receiver.”Defenses have not found any easy fixes for covering massive, skilled tight ends like Gesicki. “Because the kid can run so well in cover, you’ve got to put an athlete [on the tight end], well now you’ve got a matchup problem: size,” co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson said. “You put a big guy who can match up size, a lot of times that guy can’t cover.”OSU junior linebacker Jerome Baker (17) prepares for a play during the season opener vs Indiana. OSU won 49-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Buckeyes have already to try to cover a receiver-like tight end once this season in Week 2 when they had to deal with Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews, a massive 6-foot-5, 254-pound weapon in the Sooners’ receiving game. Andrews got hurt in the first quarter and did not return, but he stayed healthy long enough to make two catches for 23 yards and to demonstrate how the Buckeyes defend against talented receiving tight ends.In the first drive, five different defenders lined up to cover Andrews on different plays — cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette, safety Damon Webb and linebackers Malik Harrison and Baker. Safety Jordan Fuller has also garnered reps in the slot this season, where Gesicki often lines up, and Schiano hinted he might be used there Saturday night. Ohio State will not — and can not afford to — use just one player to cover Gesicki. If the Buckeyes were to solely use cornerbacks and safeties to cover the tight end, Gesicki could jump over them. And if they just used linebackers, Gesicki could out-run them, find open holes for McSorley to throw or pull them away from the line, leaving space for running back Saquon Barkley to make plays.For a defensive coordinator, Gesicki is a matchup nightmare as each position group seems potentially exploitable by the massive tight end.“[Gesicki’s] about 6-foot-7,” Schiano said. “We’ve just got to have different ways to try to get people on him.”Though Ohio State’s defense has not faced many talented tight ends this season, it has struggled against the ones it has faced, as well as taller receivers like Indiana’s 6-foot-4 wideout Simmie Cobbs. When asked how the Buckeyes will be able to stop, or at least contain, Gesicki, Baker paused and pondered the question for five seconds before answering.“Don’t allow it to be a jump ball,” Baker said. “Be physical on him before he even gets the chance to jump like that. When it’s that high, he’s going to be a tough one. Just got to play through his hands and some way, some how get it out.”Baker and a multitude of other defensive players will be called on to outjump the 6-foot-6 former volleyball player, a nearly impossible task. Even Schiano was still searching for solutions. When Schiano was asked by a reporter which defender could stop Gesicki, he said, jokingly, “You tell me who is the best matchup.” read more