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What to Wear? Part 2

What to Wear? Part 2

You may not believe, dear reader, that the core content of this post was planned well before the Church of England gained publicity for, at the meeting of its General Synod, debating what clergy are to wear at services. I wasn’t even aware this debate was coming! Prescience? Prophecy? The 1559 Book of Common Prayer… Continue Reading

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John De la Bere RIP

John De la Bere RIP

On Saturday, I concelebrated at the Funeral Mass for John De la Bere (23.11.22 – 23.6.17). I first met John in 1974 when I started my Mathematics and Philosophy degree, and John was a lecturer in the Mathematics Department. I spent more time with him in more recent decades, mostly through St Michael’s – the… Continue Reading

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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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