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Do We Really Believe What We Say We Believe?

Do We Really Believe What We Say We Believe?

Many Anglicans say they believe things, but they don’t. They believe the opposite of what they say. Anglicans in positions of responsibility (eg. bishops, others ordained,…) even sign that they believe stuff that they don’t. I will illustrate. Let’s just start on any random day in, say, 1970. The doctrine of NZ Anglicanism (at that… Continue Reading

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Flying Bishops Down Under?

Flying Bishops Down Under?

In NZ Anglicanism, the interim report from the Motion 29 Working Group (M29WG) suggests a structure within our Church which would “safeguard both theological convictions concerning the blessing of same gender relationships”. I am working towards possibly responding to that interim report – as the report requests people to do. And so this post is… Continue Reading

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Teaching Versus Practice (Part Two)

Teaching Versus Practice (Part Two)

There is a strong tradition, especially within Anglicanism, that Lex orandi, lex credendi – the law of praying is the law of believing. Liturgical renewal is often inspired by the reversing of this adage – so that our beliefs change the way we pray. In the previous part to this post, which, if you haven’t… Continue Reading

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Teaching Versus Practice

Teaching Versus Practice

At our recent Christchurch diocesan synod, as well as (famously) deciding to reinstate the Cathedral in the Square, we discussed the interim report from the Motion 29 Working Group which suggests a structure within our Church which would “safeguard both theological convictions concerning the blessing of same gender relationships”. One might be forgiven for thinking… Continue Reading

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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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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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