web analytics
service and gratitude

liturgy RSS feed liturgy on twitter liturgy facebook

Tag Archives: christchurch

Consecration?

Consecration?

I had a fascinating discussion recently with someone I deeply respect who kept pressing me to deeper clarification about what actually happens at baptism. What difference does it actually make? I have this conversation in mind with the news of the consecration of Auckland’s Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral. What actually happens when a church building… Continue Reading

Share
500th Birthday of Protestantism

500th Birthday of Protestantism

500th Anniversary of The Reformation On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther sent a letter to Albrecht (‘Albert’), Archbishop of Mainz and also Archbishop of Magdeburg. There are people (like Andreas Malessa) who think that the story that Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of a church in Wittenberg is “probably nonsense”. I think… Continue Reading

Share
Architecture Affects The Soul

Architecture Affects The Soul

The long-overdue plan is out for more than 120 new homes set to be built in Christchurch’s East Frame. This is inner-city living one block away from Cathedral Square. I am distressed and sorely disappointed. We may be about to create a future housing disaster in the centre of our city. Expressed most strongly: Fletcher… Continue Reading

Share
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

Share
Rotterdam Christchurch Déjà Vu

Rotterdam Christchurch Déjà Vu

I was born in Rotterdam – after its heart had been destroyed in the Second World War (see image above). You can see the ruins of the medieval St. Lawrence Church. I have spent most of my life in Christchurch. It’s heart was destroyed in the Quakes beginning in 2010. Rather than reinstate the medieval… Continue Reading

Share
Conform Cooperate Confront?

Conform Cooperate Confront?

Regulars here will pick up soon enough that this post is also an ongoing reflection in relation to the upcoming synod’s decision on the future of the Christchurch Cathedral. The previous posts are What is a Cathedral? What is a Cathedral? Part 2 I am very grateful that people respected my request to take care… Continue Reading

Share