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Week of 3 December 2006

Advent Resources
Advent Stories. The Church of England's Advent Calendar. Daily clickable boxes have a personal message about the meaning of Advent, provide related links, and invite visitors to 'find out about the Christmas story' and to 'find a church near you'.

Christmas at the National Gallery (London): Advent calendar. Based on Hendrick Avercamp's charming 'A Winter Scene with Skaters near a Castle'; web visitors can open a new picture each day through Advent.

Online Anglican resources pertaining to Africa
Southern Africa Church Development Trust: Founded in 1960. 'The main objectives of the Trust is the building of partnerships with the dioceses, missions and rural groups in order to improve the facilities and resources for the local communities.' Works in South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Angola and St Helena.

Textbooks for Africa: 'an outreach project of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire in cooperation with the Diocese of Cape Town and H.O.P.E. Africa. Youth throughout the Episcopal Church are engaged in a fundraising effort to raise money to purchase textbooks for children in South Africa, "One book at a time".'

Book Reviews
Alison Shell reviews The Arts of the Anglican Counter-Reformation: Glory, Laud and honour, by Graham Parry

John Armson reviews Living Free, by H. A. Williams.

Penny Seabrook reviews Making Christmas Happen: Daily Reflections to Help You Keep the Sparkle in All the Preparations, by Susan Sayers, with Christmas in the Family, by Isabel Marion.

Books, Magazines, Authors
Hopkins Bookshop: Burlington, Vermont. 'Hopkins Bookshop is a specialty bookstore located on the lower level of St. Paul's Cathedral within easy walking distance of downtown Burlington's main shopping district and beautiful waterfront.' Includes online purchasing capability.

Church History
An Open Letter in Reference to the Consecration of Dr. Brooks, by George Franklin Seymour (1892). In this lengthy protest by the Bishop of Springfield, Illinois against the consecration of Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) Seymour accuses Brooks of Arianism, Pelagianism, and indifferent attitudes toward closed communion and apostolic succession. Brooks is commemorated in the calendar of the Episcopal Church USA on 23 January.

Diary and Letters of the Reverend Joseph W. Cook, Missionary to Cheyenne, arranged by N. S. Thomas (1919). This collection of journal entries, correspondence and photographs gives a detailed picture of the beginnings of Anglican life in Wyoming, beginning in 1868. Joseph Witherspoon Cook, a translator of the Book of Common Prayer into Dakota, lived from 1836 to 1902.

Journal of a Walk with the Bishop of New Zealand, from Auckland to Taranaki in August 1855, by Charles John Abraham (1856). C.J. Abraham (1814-1903, later Bishop of Wellington) recorded his itinerary and experiences on a long pastoral visitation walk with George Augustus Selwyn.

Whitburn Parish Church (Durham)

Episcopal Elections or Announcements
The Diocese of Maryland has opened its bishop search process. The election itself will take place on 29 March 2008. A timeline with more information is available here.

Diocese of Melbourne. The Right Reverend Dr Philip Freier has been elected by an overwhelming majority as the new Archbishop of Melbourne.

Diocese of Sydney. The Reverend Al Stewart is the new Bishop of Wollongong.

Diocese of Adelaide. The Reverend Dr Stephen Pickard (formerly the Director of St Mark's National Theological Centre, Canberra) has been appointed as an Assistant Bishop for Adelaide.

Alive and Well: Rumours of the demise of the Anglican Communion are greatly exaggerated. A new essay for Anglicans Online by Bishop Pierre Whalon.

Czech Republic: Prague, St Clement (Diocese in Europe)

Letters to Anglicans Online
Have a read. Write a letter of your own to us for possible publication.

New Zealand
Theological Colleges and Schools
Kristin School, Auckland. Junior, middle and senior school education for boys and girls. 'At Kristin, education is a partnership in which parents and school work closely together to ensure that our young people are able to be confident, caring and capable citizens of the 21st century.'

News Centre
Diocese of San Joaquin wants to go it alone. Further analysis of ABC trip to Rome. Church and State in Oxford. Anglican Book Centre to close. Proposal developed for 'APO'. All this, and more, in the News Centre.

Odds and Ends
An open letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury regarding requests for 'alternative primatial oversight': 'We write as members of The Episcopal Church to express our deep concern about the requests for "alternative primatial oversight" that have come from eight of our dioceses since the 2006 General Convention. Such a request is unprecedented, and we believe that granting any of these requests would pose a grave danger to the Anglican Communion'.

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The Episcopal Church in the Province of New England: Province I consists of seven dioceses: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Western Massachusetts.

New Hampshire: Hampton, Trinity Church (New Hampshire)
New Hampshire: Hopkinton, St Andrew (New Hampshire)
New Hampshire: Lisbon, Church of the Epiphany (New Hampshire)
New Hampshire: Littleton, All Saints (New Hampshire)
New Hampshire: Rye Beach, St Andrew-by-the-Sea (New Hampshire)
New Hampshire: Sugar Hill, St Matthew (New Hampshire)
Oklahoma: Tulsa, St Peter (Oklahoma)

Independent organizations
Companions in World Mission: a group of 'Episcopal parishes, organizations, and individuals in the Washington, D.C. region dedicated to the mission of The Church'.

Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation: 'chartered by Congress over 100 years ago to promote the causes of religion, education, and charity'.

DNHDream: This site outlines the work of the Diocese of New Hampshire's 'Committee to Re-Imagine the Diocese,' a group committed to being 'open, fair, transparent, spirit-driven' in an effort to make the diocese a place 'where ministry really happens'.

Vacancies Centre
List a parish or diocesan opening for one month at AO — at no charge. What a bargain! The more you use our free service, the more useful it will become for all.

USA: Diocese of North Dakota. Tent Making Clergy. For more information on this and other vacancies, see our Vacancies Centre.

Seeking a position? Scan vacancy pages on diocesan web sites with vacancies listings throughout the communion.

Internet/Web Online Education
Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (Church Divinity School of the Pacific). 'Many online classes offered by CALL are part of a series of courses in a particular field of study. Most series are offered in a two-year cycle, so courses not offered in the current year will be scheduled during the next academic year.'

College of Emmanuel and St Chad (University of Saskatchewan). 'The College of Emmanuel and St. Chad does not offer any full degree program by distance education. Students who have been admitted to a degree program, and occasional students, may complete up to one full year of studies through Distance Education. Being admitted as an occasional student to do distance education courses does not guarantee admission to any degree program of the College.'

Indian Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge: ISPCK 'was formerly a branch of SPCK, London which has been serving the church in India since 1711. It was registered in India as an autonomous self-governing body in 1958. It aims to be a servant of the Church in India'. Headquarters in Delhi.

The Oxford Mission: This organization traces its origins to an 1879 appeal to Oxford University by the Bishop of Calcutta. Today the mission is active in India and Bangladesh, supporting a women's religious order, schools, orphanages, hostels, training schools and an eye clinic.

Worth Noting
1 1/2 cheers for Richard Dawkins: There's so much to applaud in Richard Dawkins, says Stephen Tomkins, such as his rage against bad religion. But he's out of his depth in his new book, The God Delusion, when he attacks all forms of faith. At Ship of Fools.

The Archbishop of Canterbury's Statement on HIV/AIDS for World Aids Day 2006: 'As Christian disciples we recognize in God a self-offering in the face of suffering. We are thus compelled to address our responsibility to do what we can to treat the sick and to educate ourselves and others so as to avoid further spread of the infection.'

Giving up Christmas for Advent: Stephen Tomkins writes in the Guardian (UK) about fasting before feasting. 'It seems to me that, for all our hedonism, our fasting forebears enjoyed their revelries more than we do, because they had to wait for them. We are like kids who peep through the wrapping paper.'

Week of 26 November 2006

Advent Resources
The Diocese of Washington DC has released its 2006 online Advent calendar. Visit each day for a meditation based on pieces from the crèche exhibit at Washington National Cathedral. This diocesan site also offers Advent features for kids.

Full Homely Divinity has expanded its offering of Advent material, and has a new page on the Saints of Advent, as well as another called Rediscovering Advent.

South Africa: Durban North, St Martin-in-the-Fields (Natal)

South Australia: Adelaide, St John (Adelaide)
South Australia: Hawthorn, St Columba (Adelaide)

Book Reviews
In the Church Times Sam Wells reviews Mark Thiessen Nation's John Howard Yoder: Mennonite Pateince, Evangelical Witness, Catholic Convictions.

Paul Avis reviews Jeremy Morris's F.D. Maurice and the Crisis of Christian Authority, also in the Church Times.

In the Church Times Michael Perry reviews Satan: A Biography, by Henry Ansgar Kelly.

Manitoba: Winnipeg, St Benedict's Table (Rupert's Land)

Church History
An Attempt at Unity in Japan, by Charles Filkins Sweet (1912). This intriguing document provides a chronicle of an ecumenical debate and discussion between Japanese Anglican and Orthodox theologians at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Mankind and the Church, by Seven Bishops, edited by H. H. Montgomery (1907). This 'Attempt to Estimate the Contribution of Great Races to the Fulness of the Church of God' examines the Papuan, African, Japanese, Chinese, 'Mohammedan' and Hindu contributions to Anglican thought.

Abingdon, St Helen (Oxford)
Abingdon, St Nicolas (Oxford)
Ansford, St Andrew (Bath and Wells)
Aylesbury, St Mary (Oxford)
Castle Cary, All Saints (Bath and Wells)
Compton, St Mary and St Nicholas (Oxford)
Cowley Team Ministry [St James, Beauchamp Lane; St Francis of Assisi, Hollow Way] (Oxford)
Didcot, All Saints (Oxford)
Dorchester-on-Thames, Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul (Oxford)
Great Missenden, St Peter and St Paul (Oxford)
Olney, St Peter and St Paul (Oxford)
Oxford, St Margaret (Oxford)
Scaynes Hill, St Augustine (Chichester)
Tattenhoe, St Giles (Oxford)

Miscellaneous resources
On Fire through Word and Sacrament: 'dedicated to spreading Charismatic Renewal in the Church, especially the more liturgical and sacramentally orientated churches in the Anglican Communion'.

Hachinohe, St Luke (Tohoku)
Morioka, Morioka Church (Tohoku)
Namariyama, Holy Savior Chapel (Tohoku)
Noshiro, Christ Church (Tohoku)
Sendai, St Francis (Tohoku)
Wakamatsu, All Saints (Tohoku)

Hokutosei Youth Group: Pictures and event information for young people in the Diocese of Hokkaido.

St Luke's International Hospital: Chuo-ku, Tokyo. The 'Mayo Clinic of Japan' was founded in 1902 by Anglican medical missionary Rudolph Bolling Teusler. Staffed for many years by Anglo-American and Japanese members of the NSKK, today it continues a medical ministry known throughout the country for high quality and the integration of information technology and medcine. Site in Japanese and English.

St Michael International Young Men's House: Sapporo, Hokkaido. Founded in 1990 by St Michael's, Sapporo, this youth hostel provides a very inexpensive way for Japanese and foreign students to 'live together and exchange ideas with each other'. There are ten rooms. 'This is a nice chance to learn Japanese faster, and to make many friends.' Site ncludes some information in English.

Letters to Anglicans Online
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Liturgical resources
Provisional Offices of the Mexican Episcopal Church or Church of Jesus (1895). Charles Wohlers has digitized the English-language text of this Anglican liturgical document. 'This Prayer Book is particularly notable as it is not a simple translation of either the English or American Books of Common Prayer, but rather is an independent composition drawing heavily on the traditional Mozarabic liturgy of Spain.'

New Zealand
Theological Colleges and Schools
Anglican Schools Office: 'exists to support, resource, provide training opportunities and build fellowship between the Chaplains and Religious Education teachers working in its associated schools in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, and encourage interaction between the schools and the Church'.

Theology House: Feeding Heart, Mind and Soul: Located in Christchurch, operated by the College House Institute of Theology. 'It has a Board of Trustees, which is chaired by the Anglican Bishop of Christchurch. Through its Board and historically the Institute has links to the Anglican Church, but there are no denominational restrictions on entry to courses, and Theology House is an independent body incorporated under the Charitable Trusts' Act 1957.'

Anglican Church Pension Board: 'provides various Superannuation, Retirement, Welfare, Health, Educational and ancilliary services on behalf of the members of the Board's Trust Funds, the Dioceses/nga Hui Amorangi, and other Religious Charitable Organisations.'

ADfund: Anglican Development Fund: Its object is to 'make provision for the continued expansion, advancement and improvement of the mission of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch'.

Diocesan Council for World Mission: This organization affiliated with the Diocese of Christchurch supports 'the work of the Anglican Missions Board of the Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and its associated mission bodies,' by providing 'programmes, material and activities that will help parishes meet the mission giving targets they adopt each year'.

StraNdZ: 'exists to serve youth and children's ministry, and ministry to their families, in the Anglican Church by providing education, training and advocacy for young people, volunteer leaders, clergy and lay people and professional workers'. [Crashes Firefox]

News Centre
UK study on women priests: we need them. ABC warns of new Dark Ages. ABC visits Rome, meets Pope. US Property-dispute taskforce reports in. US Presiding Bishop lands a punch. All this, and more, in the News Centre.

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Georgia: Waverly, Our Savior at Honey Creek (Georgia)
Pennsylvania: The Trinities [Trinity, Tyrone; Holy Trinity, Hollidaysburg] (Central Pennsylvania)
Pennsylvania: Yardley, St Andrew (Pennsylvania)

Vacancies Centre
List a parish or diocesan opening for one month at AO — at no charge. What a bargain! The more you use our free service, the more useful it will become for all.

Seeking a position? Scan vacancy pages on diocesan web sites with vacancies listings throughout the communion.

Betws-y-Coed, St Michael (Bangor) [Declared redundant in 2000, now leased from the Church in Wales by a registered charity that cares for the fabric and organizes events]
Cardiff (Gabalfa), St Mark (Llandaff)
Cwmbran, Llantarnam, St Michael and All Angels (Monmouth)
Llansantffraid Glyn Dyfrdwy, St Ffraid (St Asaph)
Merthyr Tydfil, Christ Church (Llandaff)
Newport, St Teilo (Monmouth)
Rhosnesni, St John (St Asaph)
Parish of Shotton [St Ethelwold; St Andrew] (St Asaph)
Swansea, St Gabriel (Swansea and Brecon)

Worth Noting
A street theologian outside the city gates: The Anglican priest and Christian socialist Kenneth Leech looks back on his unconventional ministry in the East End of London. In the Times (London).

Benedict and the future of Europe: The Archbishop of Canterbury's speech at St Anselmo in Rome, given on 21 November 2006. 'But is there a sense in which we can speak of Benedict and his rule as offering an orientation for Europe’s future? In the half-secularised, morally confused and culturally diverse continent we now inhabit, does the Holy Rule still provide a beacon for common life? I want to argue that it does'.

Champion of Christianity, the man who should be No 1: A profile of John Sentamu in the Times (London).

'I support Rowan: we are working together': In the Telegraph (UK), Lord Carey, the 103rd Archbishop of Cantebury, muses about Rowan, Romans, and his retirement.

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