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Nelson’s Impaired Fellowship

Nelson’s Impaired Fellowship

At the meeting of the Nelson Diocese synod (9-11 August 2018), they passed the motion: (a) The Nelson Anglican Diocese publically declares itself to be in impaired fellowship with the province of the ACANZP [the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia], and (b) Publically offers support and recognition of the Diocese of Nelson… Continue Reading

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Changing Christian Teaching

Changing Christian Teaching

Pope Francis certainly stirred things up last week by changing the teaching in the Roman Catholic Catechism on the death penalty. It is now inadmissible in all situations. Some saw it as a great distraction from Cardinal Theodore McCarrick bringing the RC Church into the headlines for all the wrong reasons. [Others had tried different… Continue Reading

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Preaching at The Wedding

Preaching at The Wedding

Fashion designers (and their supporting media), of course, want the focus of The Wedding to be on the dress. But, those watching The Wedding went from the dress to the preacher… and (I don’t think it is simply because I’m a priest) there continues to be a high focus on THAT sermon. And the preacher.… Continue Reading

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What Happened at General Synod 2018

What Happened at General Synod 2018

The 63rd General Synod Te Hīnota Whānui (GSTHW) met in the week of 4-11 May, 2018, in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Here are some brief reflections – particularly around discussions and decisions around worship and liturgy. The limitation to liturgy is not saying the other decisions are unimportant – quite the opposite. There is much… Continue Reading

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The faith of Lieutenant-Colonel Beltrame, the French police officer who swapped places with hostage

The faith of Lieutenant-Colonel Beltrame, the French police officer who swapped places with hostage

On 24 March 2018, a terrorist entered a supermarket in Trèbes armed with a handgun, a hunting knife, and three homemade bombs. He shot two people dead and took others hostage. Police negotiated for release of the hostages, and Lieutenant-Colonel Beltrame offered to take the place of the final one, a woman. Arnaud Beltrame left… Continue Reading

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Christchurch Diocese Strong Support for Way to Allow Blessing Committed Same-Sex Couples

Christchurch Diocese Strong Support for Way to Allow Blessing Committed Same-Sex Couples

I remind especially new commenters here that the culture of this site is light over heat – no anonymous comments (unless in exceptional cases where your normal name would make you vulnerable); no ad-hominem comments. Remember, there are real people we are talking about, and real people reading what we write here. On Saturday (3… Continue Reading

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