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Thinking Aloud Allowed about General Synod 2018

Thinking Aloud Allowed about General Synod 2018

The 63rd General Synod Te Hīnota Whānui will be held 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. All the Reports, Bills, and Motions are presented in a well-organised manner here. Report of the Common Life Liturgical Commission… Continue Reading

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Thinking Aloud Allowed about ANZAC Day

Thinking Aloud Allowed about ANZAC Day

Yesterday I went to the ANZAC Dawn Service. For those unfamiliar with this, ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The ANZAC force landed at Gallipoli (Turkey) on 25 April 1915. After the First World War, returned soldiers sought the comradeship they felt in those quiet, peaceful moments before dawn. With symbolic links… Continue Reading

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About Anglicanism

About Anglicanism

I recently spotted a letter to the editor (above) in our local newspaper, The Press. What struck me was that pretty much every suggestion for improvement of the Anglican Church is already a reality. The letter suggested that scriptures be read with an eye on the ancient context in which they were written – tick… Continue Reading

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Fixing Easter Day

Fixing Easter Day

An agreement has been reached to move Easter to April 1, “whatever day of the week that might happen to be”. A committee has been meeting several times a year for three years. It has had representatives from the Vatican, Eastern Orthodoxy (2 reps: Constantinople and Moscow), the Copts, Armenians, Anglicans, and The World Council… Continue Reading

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Counting the Flock

Counting the Flock

New Zealand has just been completing its census (on Tuesday, 6 March 2018). Every five years (since 1851) we count everything from Culture to Work (and Education, Income, and Religion in between). This year it was mostly done online. I think statistics (if used well) are very important – it is nigh impossible to plan… Continue Reading

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Archbishop Don Tamihere

Archbishop Don Tamihere

I am delighted with the announcement by Archbishops Philip Richardson and Winston Halapua that Bishop Don Tamihere is the next Pihopa o Aotearoa, sharing the primacy of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (ACANZP). An electoral college held during Te Runanganui of Te Pihopatanga, which met in Nelson in September 2017, nominated… Continue Reading

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