On Wednesday, I found out that Bishop Jim white had died, aged 58. Assistant bishop of Auckland, previously Dean of our national seminary, St John’s College, Bishop Jim had a strong focus on liturgy and on inclusion. He understood the shifts for people of faith in the Third Millennium, post-Christendom context. He began blogging in 2014. I honour him and his contribution to Christ’s mission, and let us pray for his close family and friends and all who grieve at his death.

Struggling to know what to write, I repeat what I wrote when I announced his new blog:

Bishop Jim White, Assistant Bishop of Auckland, is a friend of mine; I appreciate his quiet wisdom, his honesty, integrity, and his sense of humour.

Jim described himself in the following way:

I am a husband, father, bishop in the anglican church, and pilgrim making my way with sometimes not enough fear and trembling and sometimes way too much.

Rangitoto is my mountain and the Waitamata are my waters. When I see them or swim in them I know that I am home.

I have anglo-catholic leanings – which means I am all for solemn bows and probably should be more for prostration.

I think of myself as orthodox in my beliefs but I note that there are many who have different beliefs to mine and they claim the same title.

Kia whakapaingia te Atua.
Let us give thanks to God.

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