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Prayer in Parliament

Prayer in Parliament

Standing Order 62 of New Zealand’s House of Representatives reads: On taking the Chair at the commencement of each sitting the Speaker reads a prayer to the House and the Mace is placed upon the Table. Prayer has begun each day in parliament since 1854. Concern was expressed, even in those days, that no religious… Continue Reading

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Submission on Blessing Same-Sex Couples

Submission on Blessing Same-Sex Couples

UPDATE 16 November 2017; 4:30pm In spite of the Working Group Interim report being crystal clear that We welcome comments …Comments can be forwarded …no later than 4:30pm, Friday 17 November 2017 … by email c/- the General secretary at gensecm@anglicanchurch.org.nz I received as a response from the General Secretary to my email with my… Continue Reading

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Agreeing on The Holy Spirit

Agreeing on The Holy Spirit

No sooner have we been having our own discussion on this site about the Filioque (“and the Son” – absent in the original Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed of 325/381 AD but added solely by the West to follow directly after, “The Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father…”) than theologians from the Anglican Communion and Oriental Orthodox… Continue Reading

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Consecration?

Consecration?

I had a fascinating discussion recently with someone I deeply respect who kept pressing me to deeper clarification about what actually happens at baptism. What difference does it actually make? I have this conversation in mind with the news of the consecration of Auckland’s Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral. What actually happens when a church building… Continue Reading

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Sex Obsessed

Sex Obsessed

Theologians talk about the ‘marks’ of the Church. The ‘mark’ of the Anglican Church is… an obsessions with sex. Same-sex to be clear and precise. We have been debating this decade upon decade upon decade. The Very Revd Dr Jonathan Draper recently blogged about the obsession in a post Obsessed about sex?. Do read the… Continue Reading

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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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