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Blessing and Chastity

Blessing and Chastity

This is Part 3 in a series. Read Part 1 and Part 2. The PDF of The Final Report of the Motion 29 Working Group (on blessing Committed Same-Sex Couples in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia) downloads by clicking here. The discussion around sexuality has occupied Anglicanism with inordinate energy for… Continue Reading

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Lex Photographi, Lex Orandi

Lex Photographi, Lex Orandi

Photography composition rules drive worship practice For an ordination to the priesthood, our NZ Prayer Book instructs assisting priests to, with the bishop, lay hands on the candidate. Instead of this, at least three Anglican bishops in New Zealand have the assisting priests lay hands on the bishop instead. The only explanation I have heard… Continue Reading

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Submission on Blessing Same-Sex Couples

Submission on Blessing Same-Sex Couples

This post will only interest those following the debate in NZ Anglicanism around holding together those of different persuasions in relation to blessing committed same-sex couples. General Synod Te Hinota Whanui has moved from trying to come to theological agreement to enabling a structure in which these differences can be held within one church. The… 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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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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