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Christchurch contemporary cathedral

Christchurch contemporary cathedral

At the Christchurch diocesan synod meeting last weekend, Church Property Trustees (the official owners of the cathedral), announced the decision about the earthquake-damaged cathedral in the Square. Of the three options (1.Restore; 2. Traditional; 3. Contemporary) they have decided that they will build a contemporary replacement. There was a formal question at synod about progress… Continue Reading

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Women Bishops in New Zealand

Women Bishops in New Zealand

The bishops of the Church of England recently produced a plan in the hope of passing legislation to be able to ordain women bishops by 2015. This follows the defeat of legislation attempting to authorise this move in the CofE’s General Synod six months ago. I last wrote about this in November last year. There… Continue Reading

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Christchurch cathedral to be demolished

Christchurch cathedral to be demolished

Those who have been reading between the lines will not have been surprised at the announcement today by Bishop Victoria Matthews that the Christchurch Anglican cathedral is to be demolished. The building was deconsecrated on 9 November, not something normally done to a building if it is to undergo repairs. The diocesan website already had… Continue Reading

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Christchurch earthquake updates

Christchurch earthquake updates

I have spent some time wrestling with my original Christchurch earthquake post (and sought help). It appears, from my playing around, that possibly a WordPress blog post may have a limited length after which it starts to misbehave. Badly. (Does anyone know anything about this?) Anyway – so I have decided to move more recent… Continue Reading

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Christchurch earthquake

Christchurch earthquake

Click here for further Christchurch earthquake updates. It appears that WordPress only allows a post to go to a certain length – so this post has been misbehaving recently. Sorry. Christchurch and Canterbury suffered a devastating earthquake of magnitude 7.1 on Saturday September 5 at 4:35am. This has been followed by hundreds of aftershocks, many… Continue Reading

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Anglican Covenant – partly used

Go forward in your time machine to a few years from now and imagine seeing on eBay or Trade Me: “For Sale, one partly used Anglican Covenant – owner hoping to recoup at least some of the significant amount of money and hope invested in it.” The first drafts of the covenant were so un-Anglican… Continue Reading

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Ordinations

Ordinations

Pictured (left to right) Rev. Andrew McDonald, Rev. Lynnette Lightfoot (both ordained deacons), Bishop Victoria Matthews, and Rev Anne Price (ordained Priest) following the diocesan ordination service held in ChristChurch Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand on Saturday 29th November 2008. The recent diocesan ordination service was enriched by stronger symbolism this year: the bishop presiding from… Continue Reading

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