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Hallo again to all.
For this week's Anglicans Online we offer a pronunciation lesson for North Americans. Everyone is welcome to listen in. Consider the words "Inverness" and "Skegness" and "Loch Ness" (and don't mind such Americanisms as "Eliot Ness"). The "ness" is emphasised fully. The word "Skegness" is not pronounced "Skegnis", but "Skeg Ness". Whenever you see a British word ending in "Ness", assume first that it comes from whatever ancient derivation these words do. And Beowulf contains words like "Earnaness" and "Hronesness" so it must be ancient indeed. Why ever take time to tell you this? Because there are two stories this week that in our minds go together neatly, and when you tell your friends about those stories you will need to know how to pronounce the words.
The first story: Some bishops who are not part of the Episcopal Church in the USA have consecrated two bishops to be sent to the United States. Our News Centre has this story in detail, and because it's such critical news, we shall update the News Centre midweek should anything new develop.
The second story: Our friends at Ship of Fools have announced that they are now hosting the web site of the Diocese of Foulness and its Bishop, Rodrigo. If you aren't familiar with this see, well, you really ought to pay a brief visit, if only to lighten what might be a sombre news week for Anglicans.
The consecration of bishops against the wishes of the province that they will be serving in is, as church politics go, an unusually defiant act. The consecrators have made no secret of their belief that the ECUSA is apostate and heretical because it tolerates homosexuality, and the ECUSA position has been that discussion is better than schism. When you read the News Centre coverage of this issue, which you should, make sure you follow the link to the essay "Heresy versus Schism: Which is Worse?"
We don't like to say critical things about web sites unless they are produced by some organisation that would know better, such as a national church or a rich diocese. But from time to time we like to exclaim about particularly good web sites. The new web site for the parish of St Luke in the Fields in New York City is perhaps the best parish web site we've ever seen. We'd like to congratulate the people who produced it and encourage all of you to go look at it, so that you can see just how far a parish web site can go. It was designed by a professional design company, but so were a lot of the web sites out there that we aren't talking about. Once you've seen the site you may understand our tribute to its designers: "Terrific and Humble."
Web sites occasionally disappear (see our 'Gone Missing' page for examples), but real-life associations and groups do as well. Does anyone know what happened to the Warham Guild? This organisation was formed in England in 1913 to aid in the making of traditional Anglican vestments (tippets, rochets, chimeres, etc.) for clerics. It was still extant in 1927. If you know anything of its fate, please tell us and we'll forward the information to our enquirer.
See you next week.
updated: 30 January 2000