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Letters to AO

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Letters from 4 to 11 April 2004

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Still here after all these years

After reading your (sadly true) remarks on the nature of the Church as an institution, I am reminded that the best argument for the existence of the Holy Spirit is the fact that the Church continues today, in spite of all we fallible humans have done to undermine it. Thanks be to God!

The Reverend Peggy Blanchard
St Barnabas Episcopal Church, Jefferson City
Kingston, Tennesee, USA
5 April 2004

Balance ... and Botswana

I know we have our differences around the issue of same-gender blessings. Let me assure you that in Canada we are prayerfully, sincerely, entering the debate while maintaining a balance between reason, scripture, faith, and tradition as best we are able. Many within the Anglican Church are opposed to such a union but we are trying to listen, to hear the voice of God in the other who wants such blessings to occur. What will happen? I urge you to not break faith with us if many in our North American Churches pursue the local-option and allow for blessings of same gendered couples on a parish-by-parish basis.

This is not why I write today however... I am so glad to have found you. I have a friend travelling to Botswana who is in need of accomodation. I do not know of any churches in the area, but would like to be able to provide my friend with a list of parishes where she could stay and find rest for awhile. Any support an readers could give to her would be greatly appreciated. I will do what I can to financially support her stay with any Christian parish who could offer her a safe and nurturing home for short time. She is travelling soon and we ask for your help...

Michael Barton
St Mary's Anglican Church
Richmond HIll, Ontario, CANADA
5 April 2004

A cry from Fort Worth, Texas

Help! My diocese of Fort Worth has been taken over by 'blind guides'! I am an Episcopalian who also happens to be gay (a small part of who I am). Are there any parishes in all of the Fort Worth diocese that welcome ALL of God's children? Or are all parishes marching in lockstep back into the dark ages? If you know of any please let me know. I love the church and would like to be a part of it. Thank you and grace and peace to you all from Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Phillip Hewitt
None at present
Arlington Texas
8 April 2004

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Time for a new 1662 Book of Common Prayer

I would like to purchase an updated Book of Common Prayer. It is now some time since the Queen Mother passed away, yet all Prayer Books (1662) on sale still contain her name in the prayers of intercession.

When will these prayers be amended? What is/are the reason(s) for such a delay? Cost? Or does it not matter? Will I be expected to continue to 'turn a blind eye' to those prayers that contain the name. We seem able to reprint the BCP when the sovereign changes.

Raymond Leigh
St Thomas á Becket, Pagham
Bognor Regis, West Sussex, ENGLAND
11 April 2004

Earlier letters

We launched our 'Letters to AO' section on 11 May 2003. All of our letters are in our archives.


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