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Bishop Victoria Matthews Resigns

Bishop Victoria Matthews Resigns

Today, my bishop, Bishop Victoria Matthews, the eighth Bishop of Christchurch, resigned. She was installed at ChristChurch Cathedral on August 30, 2008. Previous to this she was the Bishop of Edmonton, Canada for 10 years (1997–2007) and Suffragan (Assistant) Bishop of Toronto (1994–1997). She was the first woman ordained bishop in the Anglican Church of… Continue Reading

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Counting the Flock

Counting the Flock

New Zealand has just been completing its census (on Tuesday, 6 March 2018). Every five years (since 1851) we count everything from Culture to Work (and Education, Income, and Religion in between). This year it was mostly done online. I think statistics (if used well) are very important – it is nigh impossible to plan… Continue Reading

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Communion on the Tongue?

Communion on the Tongue?

Cardinal Sarah, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship, recently wrote that he sees receiving communion kneeling and on the tongue as the much more suitable approach. In strong words, he wrote: We can understand how the most insidious diabolical attack consists in trying to extinguish faith in the Eucharist, sowing errors and favoring… Continue Reading

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Christchurch Diocese Strong Support for Way to Allow Blessing Committed Same-Sex Couples

Christchurch Diocese Strong Support for Way to Allow Blessing Committed Same-Sex Couples

I remind especially new commenters here that the culture of this site is light over heat – no anonymous comments (unless in exceptional cases where your normal name would make you vulnerable); no ad-hominem comments. Remember, there are real people we are talking about, and real people reading what we write here. On Saturday (3… Continue Reading

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Ember Days

Ember Days

Today, Wednesday after the First Sunday in Lent, is traditionally an Ember Day – a day of special prayer and fasting. The Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer (page 18) has “The Ember Days, traditionally observed on the Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays after the First Sunday in Lent, the Day of Pentecost, Holy Cross Day,… Continue Reading

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Lent 2 – Transfiguration

Lent 2 – Transfiguration

Let us pray (in silence) [that we may grow into the likeness of Christ] pause Transfiguring God, before the passion of your beloved Son you revealed his glory on the holy mountain: grant that we who by faith behold the light of his face may be strengthened to bear the cross, and be changed into… 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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