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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Ethics 101

Ethics 101

There are a number of ethical debates before our New Zealand parliament this term: abortion, euthanasia, medical marijuana,… There are a lot of polls, plenty of articles (in newspapers, magazines, and online), news reports, and social media posts… “I feel” (or “I think” which is essentially “I feel” without being as honest that it’s a… Continue Reading

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When Love Meets Dust

When Love Meets Dust

When Love Meets Dust – Valentine’s Day meets Ash Wednesday Posted by Alana Levandoski on Tuesday, 6 February 2018   Alana Levandoski has composed the wonderful When Love Meets Dust specifically for this occasion of Ash Wednesday coinciding with Valentine’s Day. She says, It wasn’t lost on me that Valentine’s Day, our oft saccharine feast… Continue Reading

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Resources for Lent 1

Resources for Lent 1

I remind you of my reflection on the coinciding of Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day. The above chart gives a good overview of the different ways of counting Lent and Easter. You are welcome (encouraged) to reproduce it – but please have the courtesy of acknowledgement and, if online, put a clickable link to this… Continue Reading

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First Facebook Live Video Jesus and the Leper

First Facebook Live Video Jesus and the Leper

Yesterday I said I would try and see how Facebook Live video works. Here is my first attempt. Do comment, like, share, etc. Jesus Cleanses a Leper I'm reflecting on Sunday's Gospel Mark 1:40-45 Posted by Liturgy on Friday, 9 February 2018 If you appreciated this post, consider liking the liturgy facebook page, using the… Continue Reading

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Facebook Changes

Facebook Changes

Social media keeps changing. In the facebook world, Mark Zuckerberg’s recent post made waves: we’re making a major change to how we build Facebook. I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions. We started making changes in this… Continue Reading

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Catering to the Religious Gene?

Catering to the Religious Gene?

A recent article explored faith and churchgoing in New Zealand. In summary, it traced the statistics from New Zealand’s first ever census in 1853, in which 93% of New Zealanders classified themselves as Christian, to the last census, in 2013. Kiwis affiliating themselves with Christianity had dropped to about half of that – at 48%.… Continue Reading

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Ashes on St Valentine’s Day

Ashes on St Valentine’s Day

When Ash Wednesday meets St Valentine’s Day – what happens?! A chocolate cross on your forehead? A box of burnt palm leaves as a gift to your loved one? Such a coinciding of Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day hasn’t happened since 1945, but whatever you do this year might set a precedence for what is… Continue Reading

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