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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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Anglican Growth and Decline

Anglican Growth and Decline

A lot of people online have been discussing the recent study Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion: 1980 to the Present (Routledge Contemporary Ecclesiology). There have been discussions of Church of England dioceses. And the Facing of the Episcopal Church Decline. In some sense, then, this post is a contribution to that ongoing discussion,… Continue Reading

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Resources for 17th Ordinary Sunday

Resources for 17th Ordinary Sunday

Let us pray (in silence) [that we may put God at the heart of our lives] Pause O God, [or Living God] the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy; enfold us in your gracious care and mercy, that with you to govern and to guide us… Continue Reading

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House Church

House Church

From time to time, I have put up articles about church buildings or even whole monasteries that have been turned into dwellings (see here, here, and here). I have even stayed in one of these. Here are some photos of one recently in the news. The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Harrogate, UK, built in… 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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