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This page last updated 2 December 2001
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What's New This Week

ALL THE NEW URLS we receive each week are here. We list two (sometimes three) weeks' worth, cycling the old ones off each week. As they disappear from this page, you'll find the links moved to their natural home categories in our resource pages.

If you can't find something that was once here, you can look in our archives or try the AO search engine. It searches our entire site, and it can also search all of the sites that we link to.

Week of 2 December 2001

Advent resources
Do you know of any good Advent resources that we don't list? Please tell us.

Matthew in the Margins: 'MIM is an attempt to help preacher, congregation, and the text of Matthew week by week to connect with each other during "Year A" of the Revised Common Lectionary as used in "A Prayer Book for Australia" of the Anglican Church of Australia; to encourage us to find new "entry points", and risk breaking out from any preaching strait-jackets, including any we use to bind the Living God'. (Cross-listed under Biblical Resources.)

An Advent Calendar from Martin Reed, who drew the Jesse tree that we used last week as our front-page art.

The Advent Wreath 'General information on the Advent wreath, with new prayers and services for use either at home, in church, or at school', by Vincent Uher.

Biblical Resources
Matthew in the Margins: 'MIM is an attempt to help preacher, congregation, and the text of Matthew week by week to connect with each other during 'Year A' of the Revised Common Lectionary as used in 'A Prayer Book for Australia' of the Anglican Church of Australia; to encourage us to find new 'entry points', and risk breaking out from any preaching strait-jackets, including any we use to bind the Living God'. (Cross-listed under Anglican Church of Australia resources.)

Appleton Thorn, St Cross (Chester)
Astbury, St Mary (Chester)
Bidston, St Oswald (Chester)
Birkenhead, Christ Church (Chester)
Bollington, St John the Baptist, St Oswald, and Holy Trinity (Chester)
Cheadle, St Andrew (Chester)
Chester, Saltney, St Mark (Chester)
Goostrey, St Luke (Chester)
Great Sutton, St John (Chester)
Lindow, St John (Chester)
Millbrook, St James (Chester)
Minshull, St Bartholomew (Chester)
Mottram-in-Longdendale, St Michael and All Angels (Chester)
Nantwich, St Mary (Chester)
Stockport, Norbury Parish (Chester)
Stockport, St Saviour (Chester)
Teme Valley South (Worcester)

Episcopal Elections
Australia: The Reverend Phillip Aspinall, the Assistant Bishop in Adelaide, South Australia, has been elected Archbishop of Brisbane.

Canada: The Diocese of Keewatin elected the Venerable David Ashdown, Executive Archdeacon of the diocese, as its next bishop.

Canada: The Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island elected its suffragan, Fred Hiltz, as its diocesan bishop.

Ireland: The Very Reverend Dr Michael Jackson, Dean of Cork, was elected Bishop of Clogher by the House of Bishops; the earlier electoral college failed to make an appointment. For more information, see the Church of Ireland web site.

News Centre
Church work in prisons. Alpha on television. Tinfoil Buddhas. Churches burned in Nigeria. Nigerian bishop speaks out on Sharia. Preacher of the Year. Campus revolt at ban on preaching. Nigerian primate scolds politicians. Missionaries from Bronx go to London. Archbishop calls his countrymen 'greedy and selfish'. Church attendance back to normal. Cathedral income sharply down. All this, and more, in the News Centre.

Delaware: Delaware City, Christ Church (Delaware)
Florida: Homestead, St John (Southeast Florida)
Illinois: Lombard, Calvary Church (Chicago)
Kentucky: Pewee Valley, St James (Kentucky)
North Carolina: Hendersonville, St James (Western North Carolina)
Pennsylvania: Wilkes-Barre, St Clement and St Peter (Bethlehem)
South Carolina: Irmo, St Simon and St Jude (Upper South Carolina)
Tennessee: Gatlinburg, Trinity (East Tennessee)

Diocese of South Carolina: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia

Bagillt, St Mary (St Asaph)
Dyffryn Clwyd, Rural Deanery of Dyffryn Clwyd (St Asaph)
Greenfield, Holy Trinity (St Asaph)
Holywell, St James (St Asaph)
Llanasa, St Asaph and St Cyndeyrn (St Asaph)
Mostyn, Christ Church (St Asaph)
Rhuddlan, St Mary (St Asaph)

Worth Noting
Christianity and the Making of the Modern Family, by Rosemary Radford Ruether A review in the Church Times by the Revd Robin Gill. 'T
he central argument of the latest book is that the Christian right’s depiction of Christian family values is a distortion of Christian history, and a danger particularly to women in the world today. Nuclear, life-long family life with the husband as wage-earner and head of the household is, she argues, a development of Victorian rather than specifically Christian values. Although it is stoutly defended by traditionalists within most denominations, it is, she believes, based on a very selective reading both of the Bible and of subsequent Christian history'.

Week of 25 November 2001

Advent resources
Golly, next Sunday is Advent I. Here's our page of Advent resources, which we'll be updating through the season. Know a good link we don't have? Tell us. There are so few good Advent calendars online this year.

Queensland: Bardon, Bardon Anglican Parish, St Mary (Brisbane)

British Columbia: North Vancouver, St Clement (New Westminster)
Newfoundland: Bishop's Falls, St Andrew (Central Newfoundland)

Colchester, St Boltoph (Chelmsford)
London (Chiswick), St Michael and All Angels (London)
Rivenhall and Silver End, St Mary and All Saints, also St Francis (Chelmsford)

General Synod, November 2001: Peter Owen, a lay delegate from the Diocese of Liverpool, reports for AO on the latest General Synod. If you skipped reading the daily reports produced by the Church Times, Peter's concise overview tells you, we dare say, all you need to know about just what happened.

Episcopal Elections
So is the world really without a bishop search occurring somewhere? If you know of a search in process, please let us know.

What is evil, anyway? In 'Evil: some thoughts and questions', the Revd R. Edgar Wallace, a priest in the Episcopal Church in the USA, tackles the age-old question in an essay for Anglicans Online.

News Centre
Christian ecologists. Dead Sea scrolls. The vicar of Stiffkey. Rochester, Peterborough, and Ripon Cathedrals all in the news. Australian bishops argue in public. Nigerian bishops do not. Church of England loses track of 1.5 million acres of land that it once owned. New bishop in Melbourne. The church school discussion continues. Dispute about yoga in a church hall. Dispute about the Children's Society in Wales. Symbolic violence in church today. Guard dogs imprison worshippers. Church advertises to fill the pews. GRAS meets, but not in Grasmere. AO's report on the Church of England Synod. All this, and more, in the News Centre.

Newspapers and publications
The Church of England Newspaper has a revamped website. It no longer crashes Netscape on our PC, so we consider it a distinct improvement. Have a look.

Odds and Ends
The Ship of Fools Web Guide: Our friends over at Ship of Fools have gamely pulled together a web guide for, well, religious-related sites, writ broad.

Newport-on-Tay, St Mary (St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane)

Connecticut: Hartford, Grace Church (Connecticut)

Georgia: Fort Valley, St Andrew (Atlanta)
Massachusetts: Hanover, St Andrew (Massachusetts)
Texas: Dallas, St George (Dallas)
Texas: Lake Jackson, St Timothy (Texas)
Virginia: Ashburn, Church of the Holy Spirit (Virginia)

Philadelphia, Philadelphia Cathedral, Diocese of Pennsylvania

Diocese of Northern Michigan —

Aberavon, Holy Trinity (Llandaff)
Cardiff, Parish of Caerau with Ely (Llandaff)
Cymmer, Parish of Cymmer and Porth (Llandaff)
Laleston, Parish of Laleston (Llandaff)
Matthewstown, All Saints (Llandaff)
Penrhiwceiberm, St Winifred (Llandaff)
St Brides Major, St Bridget (Llandaff)

Diocese of Llandaff, Cathedral and Parish Church of SS Peter and Paul

Bahamas, Nassau, East New Providence: Church of the Epiphany (Nassau and the Bahamas)

Worth Noting
Our good friends at Killing the Buddha report 'In connection with a book we're making for the Free Press / Simon & Schuster. ("Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible"—watch for it in 2003) we've just begun a five month investigation of religion in America. Our first stop just happened to be an Episcopalian church a few blocks from Ground Zero. KtB co-editor Jeff Sharlet's essay "Names Are Dangerous" is a dispatch from the frontlines of the war being fought for control of religious language'.

An impassioned history of piety and politics: Stephen Howe reviews in The Independent the recent book Ireland's Holy Wars: the struggle for a nation's soul 1500-2000 by Marcus Tanner.

Fundamentalism: Savage messiahs An essay for The Sunday Times by British author John Cornwell.

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