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Hallo again to all.
Before we get started on substantive matters we'd like to talk about ourselves for a moment. Last week was by far the biggest readership week in the history of Anglicans Online. More than 30,000 people visited our site last week, and enough of them were first-time readers that our "number of subscribers" statistic rose to approximately 150,000. We are honoured to be the place to which so many people turn when they want information about the Anglican church.
The Anglican Church of Australia has elected a new primate this week: the Most Reverend Peter Carnley, Archbishop of Perth. If you are not familiar with the geography of Australia, you should study it to find Perth and the other big cities whose bishops have made news from time to time, such as Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, or Brisbane. We at Anglicans Online believe that the election of this man as Primate of Australia will have a more significant long-term effect on the Anglican church than will the more-widely-publicised Singapore event that took place the same day and grabbed all the headlines.
Last week's high-profile event, which happened just a few hours before our publication deadline, was the out-of-process consecration of two Americans as bishops by non-American consecrators. We updated the News Centre coverage with new links every day last week. If you care about this event and haven't read it in depth, now would be a good time to do it. Most of the major players in the Anglican world now have weighed in with an opinion or a response. If you read nothing else about it, read the coverage in the Church Times and the "Report from Singapore" by Tuck-Leong lee, an Anglican in Singapore who interviewed several eyewitnesses. You'll find links to both in the News Centre.
We always enjoy reporting light-hearted and successful fundraising techniques. St Paul's Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Kansas, USA (not to be confused with the much larger Kansas City, Missouri, USA) sells replicas of their belltower gargoyles to raise money for their inner-city feed-the-hungry projects. The price is so reasonable that we might just buy one for each of our Anglicans Online offices.
Anglicans Online is updated every week, so we don't always get the time to reflect on events for a while before we write about them. About 10 minutes before our usual press time we got a notice from the Anglican Communion News Service that they had published on their web site the text of a speech by Njongonkulu Ndungane, Archbishop of Cape Town. We read the speech, and then we read it again, and then we decided to delay our publication in order to include mention of this extraordinary event. This is a long, intellectually challenging speech, and it focuses on the most contentious church issue of our time (homosexuality). We respectfully submit that you should find time to read this. If not, you can read the ACNS article about it.
We have upgraded our search engine again. It now can search the Anglican Communion Office web site, as well as the 5 national church sites. And it still includes the utterly amazing "AO global search" that can search all of the web sites to which we have links (except commercial newspapers). We have remodelled all of our USA parish pages this week. The content is still the same, give or take the weekly repairs and new listings, but the format is now quite different and more in keeping with the rest of AO. We hope you find it more readable and more useful, and we will probably do something similar to our other parish pages over the next few months.
See you next week.
updated: 6 February 2000