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Thomas Merton Semicentennial Anniversary

Thomas Merton Semicentennial Anniversary

On Monday, it is 50 years since Thomas Merton’s death. There will be many events internationally. In Christchurch, people will meet at 6pm, starting at the Waimairi Cemetery, 195 Grahams Road, Burnside, where members of the Merton Family are buried [Read more here and here]. There’s plenty on this website about Thomas Merton. I have… Continue Reading

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Adapting a Eucharistic Prayer

Adapting a Eucharistic Prayer

The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (ACANZP) has a framework for a Eucharistic Prayer [A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa ANZPB/HKMA pages 512-514]. This can be used in any eucharist service. ACANZP also allows, in a grand service (with reading, psalm, reading, Gospel,…Prayer over the Gifts,…), the use… Continue Reading

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Goodbye Common Prayer?

Goodbye Common Prayer?

Diocesan Synods are meeting, and they are voting against supporting the direction General Synod Te Hinota Whanuia (GSTHW) is going in liturgy. I was recently asked to write a chapter for a book on the future of the Prayer Book tradition (I will let you know when that book is out). In summary, that chapter… Continue Reading

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Christchurch Bishop-elect Peter Carrell

Christchurch Bishop-elect Peter Carrell

I am absolutely delighted to announce that my friend, regular commenter here, member of the Board of the school where I serve, fellow blogger, Peter Carrell has been announced to become the Ninth Anglican Bishop of Christchurch. The Venerable Dr Peter Carrell (born 1959, deacon 1986, priest 1987) is Director of Theology House and Director… Continue Reading

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Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

Bear with me. Be playful and imaginative. This is a bit of a follow up on the statistics presented in my post, “What Prevents New Zealanders Being Christians?” with how we, as the church, might use statistics in our planning. Let’s stay within my own church, Anglicanism – others can do the same exercise for… Continue Reading

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Sharing a Cathedral?

Sharing a Cathedral?

What the heck: it’s the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – so I’m going to wade in where angels might fear to tread… angels, dreams, and visions are often in the same story, aren’t they?! This week, the new Roman Catholic Bishop of Christchurch indicated he is reconsidering whether to restore Christchurch’s earthquake-damaged Cathedral… Continue Reading

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