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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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Blessing and Chastity

Blessing and Chastity

This is Part 3 in a series. Read Part 1 and Part 2. The PDF of The Final Report of the Motion 29 Working Group (on blessing Committed Same-Sex Couples in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia) downloads by clicking here. The discussion around sexuality has occupied Anglicanism with inordinate energy for… Continue Reading

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Expand Abuse Inquiry

Expand Abuse Inquiry

Yesterday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced, as she had indicated she would during the 2017 election campaign, a Royal Commission into the abuse of children in state care. This will be headed by former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand. The previous government refused to set up an inquiry. Good as this government’s decision is, as… Continue Reading

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The Joy of Sexagesima

The Joy of Sexagesima

From the Gelasian Sacramentary (7th Century) until the calendar reforms of Vatican II, the ninth Sunday before Easter was called “Septuagesima”, and the eighth Sunday before Easter (this year, this coming Sunday, 4 February 2018) was called “Sexagesima”. The third Sunday in this sequence, the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday (starting Lent), was Quinquagesima. Sexagesima… Continue Reading

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