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Not about staying, but moving together

Church Times, 6th January, 2017

Lambeth Conferences – the ten yearly gatherings of bishops from across the Anglican Communion – are places of fellowship and controversy.  The last Lambeth Conference, in 2008, was no exception.  One of the controversial issues with which bishops struggled was whether a person in a same-sex relationship could be ordained bishop. Bishops were deeply divided on the issue which continues to threaten the fabric of the Anglican Communion.

Can the Communion stay together?

            Church Times, 1 April, 2016

Will the Anglican Communion survive?  How will the views and actions emanating from a part of the Communion, regarded as heretical by others, impact the life of the Communion as a whole?  These were questions hovering over the Primates’ Meeting in January as they met and struggled with radically different views about human sexuality : these are pressing questions around the agenda of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) meeting in Lusaka in April.  They were also the questions which prompted the calling of the first Lambeth Conference in 1867.

 

Forgiveness, Victimhood and Reconciliation

                               Church Times, 8 May, 2015

IN A COURT in Lueneburg (Northern Germany) last month, 81 year old Eva Kor gave a chilling account of the horror she, and her twin sister Miriam, experienced in Auschwitz, where they were used as objects for experiments by Dr Josef Mengele. Mrs. Kor's evidence and actions have raised challenging questions around the areas of forgiveness, victimhood and reconciliation which do not easily fit with conventional thinking.

Mrs.Kor lost 119 members of her family in the Holocaust, and was giving evidence against 94 year old former SS officer

Challenging Poverty

Link (Diocesan Newspaper) December 2014

Jesus showed a special concern for the poor and outcast which is why, as his followers, we are called to do the same. While many have poverty thrust upon them,  there are some who, wishing to identify with the poor, choose poverty and a life of simplicity.  Poverty can be an oppressive burden or a spiritual discipline.  The poor are particularly close to the heart of God and are blessed by God.

Over the last year, there has been an increased awareness of the plight of the poor and 2015 will be a particularly significant year for poverty.

Sing Freedom

Link (Diocesan Newspaper) September 2014

Political uncertainty in Ukraine over recent months, intensified by the shooting-down of Malaysian Airline flight MH17, and the recent abduction of an Estonian security official by Russia, have brought anxiety to many in Estonia, where the Diocese of Rochester is linked with the Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Such anxiety is not surprising because it was only twenty years ago that Estonians finally shook off the last shackles of half a century’s domination by Russia.  And Russia is a direct neighbour of Estonia.

 

It was in this atmosphere that on

Are we celebrating enough? Probably not.

Editorial for Link - June 2014

Dancing in the Streets, a book written by journalist and historian Barbara Ehrenreich, tells the story of joy and celebration. The book focuses on Britain and the western world, but takes the reader back to the ancient roots of ecstasy and ranges widely by drawing insights from a variety of cultures. 

In early and medieval times, people’s natural exuberance finds shape and expression through the festivals of the church.  Certainly, dancing in churches was allowed and enjoyed in the late Middle Ages.

Rochester Clergy Visit Zimbabwe

Church Times 24th January, 2014

 

In the beautiful setting of Peterhouse School in Marondera, 40 miles east of Harare, 120 clergy from the dioceses of Harare and Manicaland came together last week for their annual silent retreat.  This is the first time in a number of years that they have gathered in Peterhouse without fear of interruption by former Bishop of Harare Nolbert Kunonga: when they last met here in 2012, they were forced to leave by the state police.  But times have changed.

The ‘Art’ of Dying

Editorial for Link (Rochester Diocesan Newspaper)

June 2013

As I write, there is a heated debate around the burial of Tamerlan Tsamaev, one of the men suspected of planting the bombs at the Boston Marathon in April.  Some do not want him buried on American soil, others want him taken back to Russia.  Feelings are running so high that the body is under police protection at the funeral directors.  In the middle of this furore, the Boston chief of police has said, ‘We are not barbarians.  We bury the dead.’

Death, dying and the rites around the disposal of the dead speak deeply into the heart

Harare’s Day of Thanksgiving

Church Times

21 December, 2012.

 
 
It was a new experience for the Anglicans of Harare.  There were no police blocking the entrance to their cathedral.  There was no tear gas from which they would have to flee....

Do Hymnals have a future?

The Hymn Society Bulletin,

Spring 2012

When we drive a car, we need to make careful use of the rear-view mirror.  It is especially important, if we want to turn to the left or the right, to make sure that we are aware of what is going on behind us: if we want to avoid a crash, we need to be prepared for what may be speeding upon us unexpectedly....