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Month: August 2011

week starting September 4

The Collect • collect/opening prayer reflection for September 4 and the week following (NZPB following suggestion in the Prayer Book) • collect/opening prayer reflection for September 4 and the week following (NZPB following suggestion in the lectionary) • collect/opening prayer reflection for September 4 and the week following (Common Worship CofE) BCP (TEC USA): Grant

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Why be Anglican Episcopalian?

Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, answers a question about why be Episcopalian (Anglican)? Plenty of options for comments: things you enjoy about being Anglican/Episcopalian; things you find irritating about being Anglican/Episcopalian. If you belong to another denomination – things you appreciate about your own church or denomination… You could even put

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church abdicating mission

Recently attention has been drawn to Sci-Fi picking up the ball that the church is dropping. Julie Clawson writes: In many ways these fictions take up the task that the church has nearly completely abdicated. Churches don’t use their collective voice and energy to challenge the existence of a world where God’s ways are not

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Live Below the Line

Thousands of people, for five days this August, have chosen to spend just $2.25 each day on food. They are doing this because there are 1.4 billion people who have no choice other than to do it every day. $2.25 represents the amount someone living in extreme poverty in New Zealand would have to live

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World Youth Day 2011

Last week was World Youth Day in Madrid. There has been reflection on the protests. One might reflect on the inability of Roman Catholic priests not normally having the facility to absolve abortion. One might reflect on the Roman Catholic Church’s waning influence in the host country, Spain (14% of young people describe themselves religious,

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Did St Benedict exist?

Regulars here will realise that I regularly look at the Christian tradition through Benedictine lenses. I realise that there have been some who have questioned the existence of St Benedict, but now I come across the work of British scholar Francis Clark The Pseudo-Gregorian Dialogues (Studies in the History of Christian Thought, 37) (here is

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