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Letters to AO

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Letters from 25 to 31 July 2005

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Eyes front

Bless you, bless you, bless you! Your essay of July 25 was superb and, I am sure, reflects the feelings of the person-in-the-pew throughout the Communion. It certainly resonated strongly with me. (We may even have been in the same drawing class!)

Amid all the sturm and drang between Global North and south, the flurry of communiques, press releases, threats, petulance, and downright unChristian attitudes displayed by hierarchy on both sides of this latest issue that threatens to tear the fabric of the Communion, life in the average parish goes on.

At St. John's we continue our Sunday worship (even though the choir is taking a well-deserved summer break), we are gearing up for all the parish activities that will begin again in September (I don't know about your part of the world, but with the short summer we enjoy in Canada, God goes to the lake, and many of His people go with Him, so that the little churches in cottage country are bursting at the seams from May to September, while one could throw a bowling ball through urban churches without the risk of hurting anyone!).

Meanwhile, we've arranged for the Bishop to confirm several young-and-not-so-young people on Advent 1, our preparations for our wonderful Red River Celebration (Advent 3), bible study, book study, and a 12-week course called 'Living the Questions' are underway. Parish life continues to flourish.

Your essay brought to mind the closing lines of 'Vanitie' (by the great George Herbert):

Poor man, thou searchest round
to find out death, but missest life at hand.

With love in Christ, and with eyes on the goal,

Rene Jamieson
The Cathedral of St. John
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
25 July 2005

'Don't look down'

What a lovely essay on the practice of drawing without watching one's own hands -- and it came home to me with particular delight because I've just been on holiday (Italy, a first visit), and had decided to carry no camera at all but to try to sketch things instead, from time to time. I remember the moment of thinking, "Don't look down, don't look down" and the results were much as you describe, very gratifying.

I'm going to cite your illustration next Sunday in the sermon, and tie it to the command, "Bring them here to ME" -- and I'll try to make a parallel with all our fussing about and watching the bread and the fish and who's got the baskets... and how we forget to look at what, and whom, it's all about.

Thank you for this -- and may your week be full of blessings!

Eileen Conway
Holy Trinity Anglican
Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA
26 July 2005

Drawing lines in all the right places

Amen, Amen, Amen! Could I clone you and scatter you about the world to remind people of what we are supposed to be focused on? (And it is NOT the person someone chooses to sleep with!)

Helen-Louise Boling
St. Andrew's Episcopal
Toledo, Ohio, USA
25 July 2005

As Dorothy Sayers once wrote:

As I grow older and older,
And totter toward the tomb,
I find that I care less and less
Who goes to bed with whom.

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