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Most People Are OVER Church

Most People Are OVER Church

Over twelve thousand people engaged with the post Millennials Are OVER Church. [Incidentally, far more did so on facebook than on the blog – which is itself worth further reflection]. The number one reaction to the post was: it is not just millennials who are over church. [The carping versions of that point would have… Continue Reading

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Online Mission and Ministry

Online Mission and Ministry

My e-friend, Fr Scott Gunn, recently reflected on there being no talking “about websites at the Evangelism Matters conference”. He was struggling to find service times at a nearby church. [All the discussion that follows there is worth a read – and joining in, of course]. Anyone who has been in the community around this… Continue Reading

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New Zealand Lectionary 2017

New Zealand Lectionary 2017

Online, you will now find New Zealand’s Lectionary Te Maramataka 2017 PDF (1.99 MB – click link to download). [Note – this year, page numbers of the printed booklet are identical to the online version.] UPDATE: Thanks to Rev. Jason Granger who has spotted that the title for Sunday 1 January is incorrect. It should… Continue Reading

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50th Anniversary Anglican Centre Rome

50th Anniversary Anglican Centre Rome

At 6pm this evening, Archbishop Justin Welby and Pope Francis will jointly lead a service at San Gregorio al Celio, Rome. The Sistine Chapel Choir and the choir of Canterbury Cathedral will be part of the service. This service marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Anglican Centre in Rome. Archbishop Justin will… Continue Reading

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My Submission on Same-Sex Couples

My Submission on Same-Sex Couples

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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Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

I vividly remember meeting Mother Teresa when she visited Christchurch in 1973. Diminutive and looking quite fragile, she greeted the small gathering with radiant joy – she was then still relatively little known (her Nobel Peace Prize was 1979), so we could meet her individually. In 1981 I visited the Home for the Dying she… Continue Reading

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Blessing Divorce and Marriage Equality

Blessing Divorce and Marriage Equality

We have received a reply to my open letter to church leaders. Our church may be unique in formally disallowing marriage of divorcees whilst allowing blessing of committed same-sex couples. Read on. The topic in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia that engenders the most energy is (pick one): climate change and… Continue Reading

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