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Letters, 11—18 May 2003

About this 'Letters Page' idea

Dear Editors, Sounds like a good idea—it is pleasing to to able to access in one place so much Anglican news, opinion, etc. from around the world. It would be good to gain the insights and opinions of 'average' Anglicans from around the world. Keep up the good work.


The REALLY Big Clerical Directory

Would it be possible to list, or begin collecting, the clergy of the various provinces in one directory? A rather daunting task, I know, but it would be of great help in connecting with our sisters and brothers who have moved to different parts of the Anglican Communion. Thank you for all of your hard work!

The Reverend Shawn Williams

As volunteers whose time is utterly consumed by Anglicans Online, we, uh, couldn't take this on. We doodled on a tablecloth and estimated how many people x how many hours it would take just to create this directory, much less maintain it, and, not surprisingly, it was a really big number. We'll hand this off to the Anglican Communion Office.

About our Vacancies Centre

Our posting of a position open for Assistant to Rector and School Chaplain produced excellent results. We had many replies and are currently interviewing the finalists for the position...THANK YOU!

The Reverend Vincent Scotto
Church of the Good Shepherd
Punta Gorda, Florida, USA

The Times (London)Pay per view

I find it dreadful that the TIMES of London and now, apparently, the INDEPENDENT will be charging 'foreign' readers online. Perhaps something can be worked out to allow us foreigners to access these very worthwhile web sites.

Phillip Ayers

We find it dreadful, too, but we're not optimistic about the situation reversing itself.

The ABC and his non-fan mail

There may be another side to the Rowan Williams hate-mail story. It's not difficult to be impressed by his learning, wisdom and spirituality. But now we see that this gifted, God-filled man is also a vulnerable human being, hurt and frightened by those who would persecute him, and humble enough to admit it. There is a parallel here for Christians that doesn't need spelling out. Most Anglicans, I'd guess, can hardly believe their luck.

Stephen Heard
United Kingdom


Thank you so much for Anglicans Online—it is an amazing service to the Anglican Communion and to the whole of Christianity. I look forward to checking the site every Monday. Long may you be able to continue it.

Jennifer Jones
United Kingdom

Article 18 redivivus

Our front-page letter of 6 April included our take on Article 18 of the 39 Articles. Recently we published a counterpoint to our position. This email refers to both.AO front page letter 6 April 2003

I am not sure either the original letter (on Article XXXIX) or the counterpoint get to the heart of the actual article in question.
Surely we do not believe that adhering to any sect, Christianity included, is really the basis for anyone's salvation. The article simply says that Jesus himself is that basis, which scripture says as well. It is only weird and bad news when we hear that observation as 'everyone must KNOW and acknowledge the truth of this in this life' in order to be saved.

I was reading F D Maurice the other day, partly in celebration of Barbara Wolf's life, and noticed how carefully nuanced are his nearly universalist assumptions, which happen also to be the apostle Paul's. If all men are damaged by the sin of 'one man - Adam' and Jesus' death and resurrection un-did that damage and brought life to 'all', well, then, it did.

The good news is good if the proclamation is simply to proclaim that life which begins now and never ends has already begun, that we can have freedom in this life from the burden of crippling sin. As Tolkien has Sam say at a critical moment in The Lord of the Rings, 'All sad stories are becoming untrue.' We are 'saved' from this 'present eveil age' now, if we enter the universal kingdom of God deliberately, by baptism, by faithful obedience, dance the story and sing and eat and drink with thanksgiving, but the end of the story is not now.

It is unthinkable for Paul, or Maurice, (or me) to imagine that the sin of Adam however it is construed finally overbalances the redemption of Jesus and cancels its effectiveness except for those who see and know and rejoice in it now. Any individual's salvation is predicated on the salvation of the whole creation, not the other way round, or so implies Paul...

Cathy Cox


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