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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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Anglican Growth and Decline

Anglican Growth and Decline

A lot of people online have been discussing the recent study Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion: 1980 to the Present (Routledge Contemporary Ecclesiology). There have been discussions of Church of England dioceses. And the Facing of the Episcopal Church Decline. In some sense, then, this post is a contribution to that ongoing discussion,… Continue Reading

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Blessing Same-Gender Couples

Blessing Same-Gender Couples

Yesterday, the Archbishops of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia released the interim report of the working group seeking structural arrangements to allow people who hold differing convictions about the blessing of same-sex relationships to remain within the church. In the report, the group has confused “same sex” and “same gender” (they… Continue Reading

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Resources for 11th Ordinary Sunday

Resources for 11th Ordinary Sunday

Let us pray (in silence) [that we grow in unity with God – the source of all good] pause O God, the strength of all who hope in you, mercifully accept our prayers, and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do nothing without you, grant us the help of your grace,… Continue Reading

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