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About Anglicanism

About Anglicanism

I recently spotted a letter to the editor (above) in our local newspaper, The Press. What struck me was that pretty much every suggestion for improvement of the Anglican Church is already a reality. The letter suggested that scriptures be read with an eye on the ancient context in which they were written – tick… Continue Reading

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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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Archbishop Don Tamihere

Archbishop Don Tamihere

I am delighted with the announcement by Archbishops Philip Richardson and Winston Halapua that Bishop Don Tamihere is the next Pihopa o Aotearoa, sharing the primacy of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (ACANZP). An electoral college held during Te Runanganui of Te Pihopatanga, which met in Nelson in September 2017, nominated… 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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New Zealand Lectionary 2018

New Zealand Lectionary 2018

You will find New Zealand’s Lectionary Te Maramataka 2018 PDF online (1.58 MB – click link to download). Page numbers of the printed booklet are identical to the online version. This post is just a collection of comments from a quick first glance. There is much in a publication such as this that is good… Continue Reading

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Teaching Versus Practice (Part Two)

Teaching Versus Practice (Part Two)

There is a strong tradition, especially within Anglicanism, that Lex orandi, lex credendi – the law of praying is the law of believing. Liturgical renewal is often inspired by the reversing of this adage – so that our beliefs change the way we pray. In the previous part to this post, which, if you haven’t… Continue Reading

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Teaching Versus Practice

Teaching Versus Practice

At our recent Christchurch diocesan synod, as well as (famously) deciding to reinstate the Cathedral in the Square, we discussed the interim report from the Motion 29 Working Group which suggests a structure within our Church which would “safeguard both theological convictions concerning the blessing of same gender relationships”. One might be forgiven for thinking… Continue Reading

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