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When the Male Saints Go Marching In

When the Male Saints Go Marching In

On the Feast of All Saints, I received a tweet pointing to a blog post (from The Blog of St Chrysostom’s Church, Manchester UK) which highlighted the shocking imbalance in the Church of England’s latest calendar of saints and holy people. 80% of those named in Exciting Holiness are male. And only 5% are married.… Continue Reading

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Different is Better?

Different is Better?

This is a blog post about worship. I promise. Read on. I have watched recordings of the TV programme The New Zealand Home. There is an unquestioned, articulated doctrine that having an area of houses where all share a similar style, a similar look, is undesirable. We see this doctrine at work in the Christchurch… Continue Reading

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Blessing Divorce and Marriage Equality

Blessing Divorce and Marriage Equality

We have received a reply to my open letter to church leaders. Our church may be unique in formally disallowing marriage of divorcees whilst allowing blessing of committed same-sex couples. Read on. The topic in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia that engenders the most energy is (pick one): climate change and… Continue Reading

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Is This Prayer Illegal?

Is This Prayer Illegal?

A lot of articles have recently been discussing the New Zealand law concerning publicly talking about a person’s suicide. The law is that, until the Coroner has ruled that it was a suicide, people cannot talk publicly about this. Most people will be very aware of the understanding not to encourage “copycat suicides“. Many will… Continue Reading

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General Synod 2016 & Liturgy (part 2)

General Synod 2016 & Liturgy (part 2)

Once again I declare: If you are not interested in the (possibly-esoteric) internal workings of Anglicanism in these islands in the South Pacific, come back here tomorrow, and read about something of more general interest in tomorrow’s post… I have received, in comments and offsite, requests for updates on the recent meeting of General Synod… Continue Reading

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Resources for 9th Ordinary Sunday

Resources for 9th Ordinary Sunday

Let us pray (in silence) [that we hold fast to the conviction that God’s purpose cannot be defeated] Pause O God, your providence is unfailing, remove from our path, we humbly pray, whatever is harmful and grant us those things that work for our good; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour who is alive with you,… Continue Reading

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What is a Psalm?

What is a Psalm?

In a recent comment in response to the Old Testament not being used during the Easter Season, there was a pointing to the plenty of psalms in the lectionary. This made me wonder – how do different individuals and communities understand the psalms? Do you think of the psalms as readings? Certainly, the psalms (for… Continue Reading

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