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Hallo again to all.

Today is Anglican Communion Sunday. This press release from the Anglican Communion News Service will tell you the (scant) factual details of what this is and what it means.

But today is many other things. In many parts of the Anglican Communion, it's a holiday of one kind or another. We're feeling rather off-duty, ourselves. Your Anglicans Online editorial crew is somewhat fagged by the last few months; among us we've got a sprained ankle, a dislocated vertebra, various family anxieties, deep stress over a pending financial transaction, massive tree branches fallen across the driveway, a computer sent off for its third warranty repair and, not long ago, a migraine. Story a Week; alas, not this week.

Perhaps this sounds like your family? This aunt or that nephew or that parent or that sister might have aches, pains, troubles, sore feet, or just need a haircut. Whilst those of us who bring you Anglicans Online live all round the globe, we think of ourselves as some sort of family, and, in some manner or other this week, our family nuisances are all flaring up at once.

We often think of the Anglican Communion as a global adopted family, subject to many of the same squabbles, strife, aches, and pains as your family and ours. While we put ice and a stretch bandage on that ankle, schedule physical therapy for that injured back, walk along the riverbank and pray quietly to quell that anxiety, and offer thanks to God for the successful completion of that important financial transaction, we'd like you to go back and read over some of what we've written in the past about the Anglican Communion. It's not like we haven't said it all before, and re-reading is always a good thing. We found it intriguing to re-read our letters of 5 September 2004, 19 October 2003, 29 June 2003, 20 January 2002, 16 December 2001, 26 March 2000, or 17 September 2000. Perhaps you'd like to sample one or two — and see what you think of our thinking about the Communion.

In their usual places you'll find New This Week, the News Centre, and Letters to the Editor (though it appears everyone's too busy holiday-making to write). And Thomas Bushnell, of the Order of Saint Gregory, offers some thoughts on peacemakers versus partisans.

Next week you'll find us right here, as usual. (Now do please hand us that ankle-wrap ice-pack.)

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Cynthia McFarland
Brian Reid

Last updated: 29 May 2005

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