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Recognising New Forms of Christianity

Recognising New Forms of Christianity

I am a Cistercian Associate – that’s akin to a Benedictine Oblate or Franciscan or Carmelite Tertiaries. These are ways of living out the Cistercian, or Benedictine, or Franciscan, or Carmelite charisms – and beyond monastery and convent walls. I recently read Sister Teresa Jackson’s insight that oblates express new forms of Benedictine life: At… Continue Reading

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Forming Christians Who Form Christians

Forming Christians Who Form Christians

My reflection today springs from a tweet by Simon Leighton: Loving this blog series from Mark Clavier, https://t.co/5pgfzW5vq5 Really resonating with my essay on Bonhoeffer's vision for ministerial formation. We need less practical skills and more deep grounding in spiritual practice and the scriptures. — Simon Leighton (@simon_leighton) May 8, 2018 What the tweet set… Continue Reading

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Conform Cooperate Confront?

Conform Cooperate Confront?

Regulars here will pick up soon enough that this post is also an ongoing reflection in relation to the upcoming synod’s decision on the future of the Christchurch Cathedral. The previous posts are What is a Cathedral? What is a Cathedral? Part 2 I am very grateful that people respected my request to take care… Continue Reading

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What is a Cathedral? Part 2

What is a Cathedral? Part 2

This post follows the previous one, What is a Cathedral? Do check that post out first. I am very grateful that people respected my request to take care with comments, and I WILL AGAIN BE VERY RESTRICTING OF COMMENTS HERE. The Christchurch Anglican Cathedral is a very controversial topic. Please restrict your comments on this… Continue Reading

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Ethics 101

Ethics 101

For many years now, in ethics classes for teenagers, I have been using the concept that artificial wombs look like they will be available in their reproductive lifetime as a debating topic. Now, news of an artificial womb for animals makes this discussion even more pressing. Then, this weekend, we read: Professor Sergio Canavero, Director… Continue Reading

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Merton & Mindfulness

Merton & Mindfulness

If you are in Christchurch on Thursday, 16 March, do come and listen to Helen and me talk about Thomas Merton and Mindfulness, and discuss and ask questions, in the Chapman Room at Christ’s College (Rolleston Ave). The talk starts at 7:30pm followed by refreshments. You will be getting away about 9ish. ANYONE and EVERYONE… Continue Reading

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