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Hi, I just thought you might be interested to know that The Times
has given me a weblog, and the first one is up there now.
Best wishes, always enjoy reading this site and Thinking
St Anne's, Kew
18 October 2005
(Ed: Ruth, we're delighted to hear that you are an AO reader.
We've enjoyed your writing for many years.)
So let it be with Sydney
No matter what you make of Sydney Diocese, the
grace we are all compelled to have as we follow the Lord Jesus, demands that we see the good work being done there, even if
we disagree with some aspects. And there is so much that is good. I write to commend for your reading (or listening to) our
Archbishop's address at the Annual Synod just finished.
It was inspirational. It can be read or listened to here.
The MP3 version includes interviews with various priests, deacons and lay workers from the Diocese. At that address you will
also find reports of various decisions taken at the Synod — many of them great gospel initiatives. Sadly our Diocese
and its leadership are sometimes maligned in certain circles — often through a lack of understanding of our heritage,
history and outlook. We are not perfect; nor are we mono-chrome. But almost without fail, we are united in our passion to
make the Lord Jesus known. I would be happy to correspond with any readers who have questions about Sydney Diocese (or this
year's synod) in an effort to help clear up any misconceptions.
Despite our differences, it is my prayer that we can provide
encouragement and help to other parts of the Communion as we all endeavour to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Rev Mark Calder
St Andrew's Roseville
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
21 October 2005
In response to your letter of 16 October 2005
Other parts of speech besides nouns and adjectives enter into the
name of our Church, not to speak of the myriad of languages, besides English, that are in use within the Anglican Communion.
Citing the case of Japan, "Nippon Sei Ko Kai" literally translated
into English could be rendered "Japan Holy Catholic Church".
The insertion of English prepositions such as "of" and/or "in" can be problematic because they are absent in the original
Japanese. Also the differences between the definite and indefinite article are avoided because such words do not appear to
exist. Actually this may be very convenient because of the controversies that emerge about the difference between "of" or "in" (that
appear occasionally or often, depending on the nature of the understandings that burst forth in extended explanations about
our Church title - is our Church "of" or "in"!).
The translation of our Church in Japan as "The Anglican Church of
the imposition of an article and a preposition that do not exist, and the grammmatical adjectival use of "Anglican" exists
to substitute for "Holy
Catholic", besides which the words "Anglican" or "Episcopal" (if the latter were subsituted), actually do not appear at
all! In addition to all of that, the hubbub that occurred in Japan when the Anglicans got governmental acceptance of "Sei
the Roman Catholics were said to have felt usurped and been more than a little upset! To avoid transliteration, the Roman
Catholic Church uses "Katorikku", a phonetic rendering of "catholic".
While mentioning the above, it occurs to me to mention
that the words "Catholic" and "Protestant" are often used in phonetic form: "katorikku" and "purotestanto", avoiding the
connotations that are automatically present in English (and European languages). The translations (that are interpretations)
of the words "Catholic" and "Protestant" into
Japanese are "shin kyou" and "kyuu kyou". Translated back into English they become, "old teaching" and "new teaching" (avoiding
the catholic-protestant controversies). And if that were not enough, the word in Japanese used to translate "Church", has
a very heavy implication about an assembly for teaching, and may account for a very "cerebral" type of "synagogue" our
Church in Japan tends to be. We hope we are a Christocentric God-centered liturgical and worshipping community, as a family
of Anglicans where ever we may be! The translators of former times in naming our Church may have avoided imposing the heavy
hand of history (that would be discovered soon enough).
The Reverend Timothy Makoto Nakayama
St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle - Diocese of Olympia
Seattle, Washington, USA
22 October 2005
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