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Letters to AO

EVERY WEEK WE PUBLISH a selection of letters we receive in response to something you've read at Anglicans Online. Stop by and have a look at what other AO readers are thinking.

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Letters from 15 to 22 February 2004

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Children and the chalice

I AM THE SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT and have concerns about children receiving wine at the Eucharist from the chalice. What is appropriate for children under 18 who have not been confirmed? Our diocese confirms at 16 years of age or older. I have requested that the children enrolled in Sunday School and acolyte ministries hold the host in their hands and have it dipped in the wine.

This practice has been followed and accepted by most of the children; there are always exceptions. However, of late, adult leaders who have influence have been directing children to receive the wine via drinking from the chalice. I need some insight from ordained ministers as to what is the correct or acceptable action.

I have these concerns: 1. The children do not always brush their teeth and therefore for health reasons it is not a bad idea to control their access to a chalice that is passed from one parishionher to another; 2. There are children who have demonstrated a real weakness in terms of drinking alcohol (too much); and 3. In matters of health for the children, that they are not being exposed unnecessarily to other germs.

I appreciate your comments.

Darleyne Mayers
Freeport, New York, USA
16 February 2004

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Speaking literally


In all the discussion (lately) about whether scripture is to be interpreted or taken literally I submit that scripture should be taken literally... especially Romans 7:6 which says: 'But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code'.

Oops! I guess that is the Bible itself literally saying not to take the Bible literally, and Romans 7:1-25 explains how we can use the literal law to commit sin if we are not following the Holy Spirit.

May the Holy Spirit guide us all.

Miles Motture
St Stephen's Anglican Church
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
16 February 2004

Looking for blogs in all the right places

PLEASE DO MORE RESEARCH on Anglican blogs. I highly recommend to you the following: Father Adams is a professor at Seabury-Western Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He blogs regularly, intelligently and sometimes humorously on a variety of topics, including the Episcopal church, technology, preaching, church websites, music, politics and life in general. He also has a project called The Disseminary, which is a pilot project for online learning in topics theological. Also, I have found to be a very comprehensive chronicle of the 'conservative' side of the recent debates in the Episcopal church. The author is a Dr Kendall Harmon, the Canon Theologian for the Diocese of South Carolina. The sheer volume of postings on this site is almost overwhelming, but it makes for interesting (if not exactly encouraging) reading.

I enjoy your weekly postings.

Kathy Shanley
No church at the moment
Wilmette, Illinois, USA
18 February 2004

Earlier letters

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