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End of the Anglican Church (part 3)?

Empty Church

A 'perfect storm' results from a combination of adverse factors. I keep tripping over such factors: I read of the relentless decline of The US Episcopal Church continuing. It is regularly contrasted with a (yet-to-be-verified-and-I-suspect-oversimplified) meme that "conservative churches are growing" (in fact cathedral worship is bucking the trend). The fragmenting tendency of Bible-alone protestantism is importantly ...

Lectionary 2017

Lectionary readings

I am receiving requests from people planning 2017 who do not have a copy of a lectionary beyond this year. These people are asking for places to look for help in their planning. 27 November 2016 is the start of Advent Year A – the year focusing primarily on Matthew’s Gospel. Textweek is always a… Continue Reading

The Internet as Sacred Space

Internet God

I want the internet to be a sacred space, and believe that together we can enhance this one pixel at a time. Hence, this website, and the digital Chapel. Recently I was challenged: @Liturgy Prayer request. Will you tweet 7 prayers in 7 days? See https://t.co/iuncFcPUqL We want to feature your prayers to inspire more.—… Continue Reading

Jesus and Allah

Middle Eastern Jesus

Jesus spoke Aramaic. And the word for ‘God’ in his language is ‘Allah’. We have an ancient version of the Bible, the Peshitta, written in an Eastern Aramaic dialect. To be clear, I cannot read these texts and so am reliant on the scholarship of others. The connections between words for ‘God’ are clear. The… Continue Reading

A Year in God’s Service

A Year in God’s Service

A Year in God’s Service

Lots of places are beginning to offer a year that is different for young people: combining contemplative practice, study, service, and community. I’m not concerned who is copying whom – or whether they are spontaneously springing up in different ways in different places. I like the concept of Humanitas (video above), where young people live… Continue Reading

My Submission on Same-Sex Couples

holding hands

UPDATED (scroll down) I was not going to put in a submission. The Archbishops of our church have called for submissions to a Working Group after not moving forward on blessing committed same-sex couples at this year’s meeting of General Synod Te Hinota Whanui. So much energy has been spent on this feud, I didn’t… Continue Reading

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