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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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Lessons From Holiday

Lessons From Holiday

I had chances, on holiday recently, to reflect on the way that different church communities engage with visitors and newcomers. [I have already put up one post from my holiday about engaging with children in the Eucharist]. I think with NZ house prices now at such extreme unafordability that, if we had a NZ version… Continue Reading

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Anglican Church of Or Breaks Agreement Again

Anglican Church of Or Breaks Agreement Again

I had the next post for reading Matthew in slow motion prepared to be published today, but then observant Rev. Ellen Bernstein (Vicar of St Stephen’s, Tamahere) noticed that the readings for this Sunday (image above) in the NZ Anglican Lectionary booklet for 2017 are not from any lectionary that we have agreed, as a… Continue Reading

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Beginning 2017 in The Anglican Church of Or

Beginning 2017 in The Anglican Church of Or

So, formally, it is called “The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia”. That’s a mouthful even some of the leadership cannot get correct. Because of its many options (including, if you like, variants to its formal name), here it’s often known as “The Anglican Church of Or“. If you don’t want to read… Continue Reading

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End of the Anglican Church (part 3)?

End of the Anglican Church (part 3)?

A ‘perfect storm’ results from a combination of adverse factors. I keep tripping over such factors: I read of the relentless decline of The US Episcopal Church continuing. It is regularly contrasted with a (yet-to-be-verified-and-I-suspect-oversimplified) meme that “conservative churches are growing” (in fact cathedral worship is bucking the trend). The fragmenting tendency of Bible-alone protestantism… Continue Reading

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The Role of Presiding

The Role of Presiding

Along with the decline in Anglican common prayer in New Zealand is confusion about liturgical leadership. All too often liturgical leadership is comparable to a Television presenter, the continuity person on a show, the interviewer on a chat show. Add to this New Zealand’s tendency to divide the Eucharist into “two parts” – with the… Continue Reading

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