Anglican Down Under Blog Posts

  • Full of Grace - The Sacred Truth about Christmas
    on Dec 20, 2016
    As you are no doubt experiencing yourself, the path to a "happy" Christmas lies in securing the right presents for the right people in your life and that likely involves entering some shops which normally you would not enter.Thus I found myself in a...
  • It is not a happy Christmas this year ...
    on Dec 19, 2016
    There is too much to ponder that is terrifying, crazy or just generally alarming ... and as I write this the Russian Ambassador to Turkey has been assassinated ... didn't the trigger for the First World War involve something like that?Read this (H/T...
  • Simple rhymes
    on Dec 18, 2016
    Last night I went to the Transitional Cathedral's Nine Lessons and Carols Service. Very good it was too.One of the carols the choir sang is cited below. As they sang and I followed the words, I was struck by how simple the rhyming poetry was, yet pro...
  • Trumpism, perfected child of Norman Vincent Pealeism
    on Dec 17, 2016
    To be frank, the only thing I get about Christian support for Donald Trump is that it might turn out that some of his policies will be good for middle America. Otherwise I am at my wits end as to why Christians view Trump so favourably. (Yes, I know,...
  • Anglican Apostolicity (3)
    on Dec 16, 2016
    A great virtue of being Anglican is our embrace of breadth, our ability to accommodate, well, a lot of variety.Sometimes that has meant for us a kind of "anything goes" approach, whether any theology is fine, any liturgy (or non-liturgy) will do, and...
  • Monday Mashup
    on Dec 11, 2016
    Yes, the third post on Anglican Apostolicity is coming ... meanwhile ...Horrible news out of Cairo this morning about a bombing of a Coptic chapel complex. We must not diminish our political will and will to pray that Islamic (and all other forms of)...
  • Unlikely quarter?
    on Dec 6, 2016
    My attention has been drawn to praise for the Pope's now controversial Amoris Laetitia document on marriage and the sacrament of the Mass. I imagine it is timely for Francis as he is under cardinal attack from four cardinals pressing him to clarify w...
  • Why can't life be boring, predictable, steady and stable?
    on Dec 5, 2016
    The title is the great existential question of 2016.Leicester City, Brexit, Trump, Ireland beating the ABs, Trump bringing Taiwan back inot the fellowship of nations, John Key resigning. There is too much "the unexpected is the norm" going on. C...
  • Cat Among the Pigeons? [Updated 2x]
    on Sep 5, 2016
    So while at our Synod I idly looked at Twitter and saw news about the coming out of the Bishop of Grantham (i.e. a bishop within the C of E). So, Thinking Anglicans reports. Now the key matter re the current polity of the C of E regarding bishops and...
  • Yes, please be amused at my expense
    on Sep 4, 2016
    A few weeks back I mentioned our government making a move re Easter Sunday trading (via permitting individual local councils to make decisions). In the discussion here on ADU I was roundly given a rev up about being more concerned for the decline of...
  • Cat Among the Pigeon?
    on Sep 3, 2016
    So while at our Synod I idly looked at Twitter and saw news about the coming out of the Bishop of Grantham (i.e. a bishop within the C of E). So, Thinking Anglicans reports. Now the key matter re the current polity of the C of E regarding bishops and...
  • Cat Among the Pigeons?
    on Sep 3, 2016
    So while at our Synod I idly looked at Twitter and saw news about the coming out of the Bishop of Grantham (i.e. a bishop within the C of E). So, Thinking Anglicans reports. Now the key matter re the current polity of the C of E regarding bishops and...
  • Check Taonga today
    on Sep 1, 2016
    Readers with memory - that may not always include myself :) - will recall that on or about 1 September there would be a public announcement of the working group re the next stage of A Way Forward. I understand that announcement will be made on Taonga...
  • Woman in Ministry - a Palmy story - plus???
    on Aug 31, 2016
    Here Down Under we abhor long words, where possible shortening many syllables to just two, with the second spelt "-y". We may even omit a word from a title or name with more than one word. So Palmerston North (a university city in the middle of the l...
  • Shadow Synod?
    on Aug 30, 2016
    As I continue to find it difficult to put together my (cogent? coherent? conservative? charitable?) submission for the new working party re A Way Forward for our church (announcement of the make up of the party on 1 September?), I notice moves abroad...
  • If we decide there are Christianities rather than Christianity, might we chillax?
    on Aug 25, 2016
    Fascinating review of a biography of prolific Jewish scholar Jacob Neusner here. One of Neusner's emphasises has been on Judaisms rather than Judaism. Reading about that in the review got me thinking: is it better to think "Christianities" rather tha...
  • Youth at the Christchurch Diocesan Synod
    on Aug 25, 2016
    The following is a post by Etienne Wain, a member of the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch, about the relationship between youth and the Synod. My posting it here is to assist public dissemination and discussion of Etienne's viewpoint ahe...
  • Sudden surge of vacancies for archbishops
    on Aug 23, 2016
    Fast on top of the news that Archbishop Brown Turei (Archbishop of Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa) is retiring comes news that Archbishop Barry Morgan of Wales is retiring.Just before everyone starts tidying up their CVs in order to apply, I know it is im...
  • Still breathing
    on Aug 18, 2016
    A busy week in a muddly, threatening against ever getting back to the blog kind of way ... so to assure readers this blog still breathes, here are some posts of interest to me and perhaps to you:South African Anglican Church Charts Way Forward?Is the...
  • Religious Decline (or Stability) in the West Island
    on Aug 14, 2016
    "Down Under" is an amorphous term. It includes the large-ish island to the west of NZ, especially when fighting against a common foe as the ANZACs. But it means nothing much when it is NZ v Aussie in some sporting competition, such as yesterday when...
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