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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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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

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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

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What is a Cathedral? Part 2

What is a Cathedral? Part 2

This post follows the previous one, What is a Cathedral? Do check that post out first. I am very grateful that people respected my request to take care with comments, and I WILL AGAIN BE VERY RESTRICTING OF COMMENTS HERE. The Christchurch Anglican Cathedral is a very controversial topic. Please restrict your comments on this… Continue Reading

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What is a Cathedral?

What is a Cathedral?

NB. I WILL BE VERY RESTRICTING OF COMMENTS HERE (see below). In this brief video, I try and present the essence of a cathedral. This video of me is one of seven expert video presentations for the Christchurch diocesan synod as it considers what to do about the earthquake-damaged cathedral at the heart of Christchurch.… Continue Reading

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Saving a Church

Saving a Church

he November 2016 earthquakes. Whenever I drove up the coast between Kaikoura and Blenheim, I stopped to visit this gem of a church building. Read more here and here. Like the facebook page. Donate on the givealittle page. The church’s website. Friend and fellow-kiwi-priest-blogger, Peter Carrell is similarly promoting this fundraising here. If you appreciated… Continue Reading

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