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Come Out Of and Proceeding

Come Out Of and Proceeding

Yes – sometimes people actually disagree. But, often people “talk past each other” – they believe the same thing(s) but express them differently… Or, they may sound like they are answering the same question – appear to be doing so – but they are actually answering different questions. And that is especially the case when… Continue Reading

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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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Same Day for Eastern and Western Easter

Same Day for Eastern and Western Easter

This year, Eastern (Orthodox) and Western Easter Day was celebrated on the same day. Unless we come to some agreement, that won’t happen again for eight years. This link explains how the date of Easter Day is arrived at. Here’s the next few years when Eastern and Western Easters coincide: 2025 2028 2031 2034… image… Continue Reading

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What The Immaculate Conception is Not

What The Immaculate Conception is Not

Recently, in a group, a Roman Catholic told a joke which used the term the “Immaculate Conception”. The joke hinged on the idea that there was no sex, there was no father involved. That is NOT what the “Immaculate Conception” refers to. It is a common misconception – even, clearly, amongst well-educated Roman Catholics. Yesterday… Continue Reading

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The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In the mongrel/platypus phenomenon that is Anglicanism, the via media is not half-way between catholic and protestant – it is both catholic and protestant; protestant software running on catholic hardware. It is unsurprising, then, that a catholic celebration such as The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord has some, possibly hidden,… Continue Reading

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Sunday Morning Work-out of God’s People

Sunday Morning Work-out of God’s People

Anglican liturgy (and liturgy in other, similar traditions) can often feel like the Sunday morning work-out of the people of God: Sit. Stand. Kneel. Bow. Turn. Cross yourself. Walk. It’s morning gym at your local church. Spiritual aerobics. That should not surprise us. The word “liturgy” is derived from the Greek word for “work of… Continue Reading

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Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church

Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church

Let us pray for the planned, historic meeting of Orthodox churches, the “Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church”. Not since the “Great Schism” of 1054 have all Orthodox churches formally met in council. The last council that Orthodoxy recognises took place in 787 AD. 55 years in the planning, the council is to… Continue Reading

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