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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Sharing a Cathedral?

Sharing a Cathedral?

What the heck: it’s the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – so I’m going to wade in where angels might fear to tread… angels, dreams, and visions are often in the same story, aren’t they?! This week, the new Roman Catholic Bishop of Christchurch indicated he is reconsidering whether to restore Christchurch’s earthquake-damaged Cathedral… Continue Reading

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Faith and Belief Down Under

Faith and Belief Down Under

Update: Having, in this post, expressed hope that others will do similar research to the Australian study, and especially interested in how it might compare to New Zealand, we now have a New Zealand study – I will blog about this soon! I have been reading a fascinating Australian study on religion, spirituality, and worldview… Continue Reading

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What Happened at General Synod 2018

What Happened at General Synod 2018

The 63rd General Synod Te Hīnota Whānui (GSTHW) met in the week of 4-11 May, 2018, in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Here are some brief reflections – particularly around discussions and decisions around worship and liturgy. The limitation to liturgy is not saying the other decisions are unimportant – quite the opposite. There is much… Continue Reading

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Resources for the Day of Pentecost

Resources for the Day of Pentecost

Let us pray (in silence) [that we rejoice in the Spirit guiding our lives] pause O God, on this day you taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of your Holy Spirit, may we, by the same Spirit, be truly wise and ever rejoice in your consolation; through Jesus Christ who is alive… Continue Reading

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10 Commandments of Biblical Christianity

10 Commandments of Biblical Christianity

I have regularly stated and written that fundamentalists and antitheists read the Bible with the same approach. Both treat every verse as if they are of equal status, come from the same consistent author, and are all equally true in a literalistic way. Fundamentalists shred the Bible and then paste together unrelated verses to produce… Continue Reading

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Parish Baptism Sponsor

Parish Baptism Sponsor

When I was a parish priest I set up parish sponsors for baptism. The family of the child being baptised would choose godparents who made the promises at the baptism. The parish would also choose a “parish sponsor”. The parish sponsor gave the lighted candle and was encouraged to keep up contact. The parish sponsor… Continue Reading

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