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Tag Archives: ordination

Obsession With Rules 2


As promised, this post continues the reflection on keeping faith with our agreements (and, if you haven’t read that post, it may benefit you to do so to get the frame for this one). The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (ACANZP) is a community held together by voluntary compact. We do notContinue Reading


Andrew Hedge Bishop-Elect

Bishop-elect Andrew Hedge

I am delighted with the announcement that my friend Andrew Hedge has been elected as the 16th bishop of Waiapu. Andrew (41) grew up in Papatoetoe, in South Auckland. He trained for the priesthood at St John’s College and was ordained priest in 1999. He was an assistant priest at All Saint’s Howick and thenContinue Reading


Blessing Committed Same-Sex Couples

blessing same sex couples

One door opens another closes Update: With General Synod Te Hinota Whanui’s meeting concluded, I have written about what I can discover from afar, here. Yesterday, General Synod Te Hinota Whanui (GSTHW) passed a motion about blessing committed same-sex couples. This calls for a working group to report to GSTHW 2016. This group is to workContinue Reading


High Street to High Church

Ordination in laundry

I’ve been very taken by two images from the same diocese, at the same time. Above, is the ordination to the diaconate at a laundromat where ‘Laundry Love’ is a regular programme in which homeless people or anyone in need may drop by to do their laundry for free with money, soap and machines provided.Continue Reading


Option B2

blessing same sex couples

I am very hesitant to add to the IMO-excessive time and energy expended by my church debating about committed same-sex couples, but… {…especially with the meeting of our General Synod Te Hinota Whanui (GSTHW) only a month away, the need for reflection towards a decision is pressing…}… After years and years of meetings, hui, commissions,Continue Reading


Celebrating the Eucharist

Celebrating the Eucharist: A Practical Ceremonial Guide for Clergy and Other Liturgical Ministers by Patrick Malloy [218 pages]. Buy this book. I have no real idea why it has taken six years for me to discover this exists. Then I check – it is not in our local Theology House library; it is not inContinue Reading


Church changes marriage rules?

St Peter and spouse

If there is a spectrum – from those who treat communion as the reward for good behaviour to those who see it as one of God’s gifts to fix our human sinfulness – then I’m firmly at the latter end of that spectrum. So I pray the rumours are correct, and may Pope Francis workContinue Reading