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Tag Archives: deacons

Single, Celibate, Partnered, Married

Single, Celibate, Partnered, Married

Is the church, is your church, welcoming to a wide variety of vocations and lifestyles? How welcomed and at home does a single, young person feel? A teenager? A child? A newly-married couple? A celibate person in her thirties? A widower in his fifties? A not-so-young couple who cannot have children? Does the church, your… Continue Reading

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Transitional Priest – Vocational Bishop

Transitional Priest – Vocational Bishop

I keep seeing reference to being “ordained to the Transitional Diaconate” or being “ordained to the Vocational Diaconate”. As if the Transitional Diaconate and the Vocational Diaconate are different orders. I would not be surprised if in the Anglican Church of Or there are examples where the ordination services for those two were actually different.… Continue Reading

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Pope Considers Ordaining Women

Pope Considers Ordaining Women

Earlier this year I wrote about the Pope washing the feet of women possibly signalling an openness to rethinking ordination of males-only in Roman Catholicism: Pope Takes One Small Step Towards Women Priests? Now: Pope Francis has announced he will create a commission to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in… Continue Reading

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Ordination devaluation?

Ordination devaluation?

A question caught my eye on another site. People have been debating for days there whether women can be ordained. In one comment my blogging Kiwi colleague, Peter Carrell asked “do you think that by being ordained we have unwittingly demeaned lay brothers in ministry?” Go to his site if you want to join in… Continue Reading

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Biblical marriage – introduction

Biblical marriage – introduction

Since this site did a post on Biblical Marriage, The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill was one of five private member’s bills drawn from the ballot in the New Zealand Parliament towards the end of July. This has increased the intensity of discussion about the nature of marriage in the Bible. Here’s some quotes… Continue Reading

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Vatican allows deacons to have sex

Vatican allows deacons to have sex

Since 2005 there has been confusion whether married Roman Catholic deacons may have sex with their wives. It is a little surprising to me that for a church that usually dots its i’s and crosses its t’s the reintroduction of the married diaconate was not done with a little more care and thought about the… Continue Reading

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deacons

This post makes little sense unless you are aware of the common NZ Anglican practice of having a lay person “lead the first half of the Eucharist”. [Such a “lay worship leader” is often called a “liturgist” sic!] The practice appears to have developed from the union of three different trends The desire to give… Continue Reading

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