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Week of 31 December 2006

Australia
New South Wales: Malabar, St Mark (Sydney)

Book Reviews
The Future of the Parish System: Shaping the Church of England for the 21st century, edited by Steven Croft, is reviewed by Giles Fraser.

Messiaen, by Peter Hill and Nigel Simeone, is reviewed by Helen Burrows.

Stephen Brown reviews two books: Scandalizing Jesus: Kazantzakisís The Last Temptation of Christ fifty years on, edited by Darren J. N. Middleton, and Finding St Paul in Film, by Richard Walsh.

Books, Magazines, Authors
Jan Karon: Mitford Books.com. This site provides a wide variety of resources for readers of the popular Mitford books by Jan Karon. (The main characters in this series of books are Episcopalians in North Carolina.)

Church History
History of the Church in Eastern Canada and Newfoundland, by John Langtry (1892). This (by the period's standards) brief history of Anglicanism in what is now all eastern Canada covers the dioceses of Nova Scotia, Quebec, Newfoundland, Toronto, Fredericton, Montreal, Huron, Ontario, Algoma and Niagara.

Lachrymae Ecclesiae: The Anglican Reformed Church and Her Clergy in the Days of Their Destitution and Suffering during the Great Rebellion in the Seventeenth Century, by George Wyatt (1844). This chronicle of a sad period in the history of English religion shows ample reason for 'the tears of the church' in its title.

England
Abingdon, Peachcroft Christian Centre (Oxford) [CofE, Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed joint congregation]

Events
USA North Carolina, Hendersonville, 7-10 October 2007: Creative Models of Sacramental Leadership in the Small Church
This conference is designed for bishops, diocesan staff, clergy and lay leaders interested in exploring different models of sacramental leadership in churches with an average Sunday attendance of 70 or less. Confirmed presenters include the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church USA, the Archbishop and Primate of New Zealand and the Bishop of Northern Michigan. For more information and registration material in early 2007, contact the Revd Suzanne Watson at swatson@episcopalchurch.org.

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

Liturgical resources
The 1962 Canadian Book of Common Prayer in French is now online thanks to the indefatigable Charles Wohlers.

New Zealand
Resources
Anglican Youth Yeah!: This year-long 'celebration of the young people in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia' began on Advent Sunday 2005 and ended on Advent Sunday 2006. Although we are finding out about it just now, it provides some bright glimpses at what looks to have been a joyous time for all involved.

News Centre
A blessed Christmas to you all.

Odds and Ends
Small Membership Churches: This blog 'is intended for those with an interest in small membership churches (defined as those with an average Sunday attendance of 70 people or less.) It is a place to share stories of vitality, hope, vision, challenge, and prayers.' Its moderator is Suzanne Watson of the Office of Congregational Development of the Episcopal Church USA.

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USA
Parishes
Alaska: Anchorage, Christ Church (Alaska)
Iowa: Davenport, St Alban
(Iowa)
Iowa: Des Moines, St Mark
(Iowa)
Iowa: Le Mars, St George (Iowa)
Iowa: Muscatine, Trinity Church (Iowa)
Iowa: Newton, St Stephen (Iowa)
Iowa: Sioux City, St Thomas (Iowa)

Iowa: Webster City, Good Shepherd (Iowa)
Iowa: Winterset, Trinity Church (Iowa)
Nebraska: Panhandle Episcopal Churches [St Andrew and St Timothy, Scottsbluff; Holy Apostles, Mitchell] (Nebraska)
New Jersey: Bernardsville, St Bernard (New Jersey)
Pennsylvania: Elkins Park, St Paul (Pennsylvania)
Pennsylvania: Lansdowne, St John the Evangelist (Pennsylvania)
Pennsylvania: Newtown, St Luke (Pennsylvania)
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Church of the Advocate (Pennsylvania)
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, St Luke and the Epiphany (Pennsylvania)
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, St Stephen (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.

Vestments
Big Daddy's Gypsy Caravan. Not the most obvious name for a company that makes good materials; however, if you need material for vestments, it might be worth looking here.

World
Parishes
India: Alacode, Christ Church (Madhya Kerala)

Resources
Church of South India Youth Movement, Kodukulanji District: This site provides contact and activity information for this local branch of the Church of South India Youth Movement in the Diocese of Madhya Kerala.

Worth Noting
Muffled Bells at the National Cathedral: National Public Radio (USA) has this good story by Linda Wertheimer on the bells at Washington National Cathedral and the funeral of late US President Gerald Ford.

A New New Testament: Giles Fraser writes in the Church Times on a Covenant for the Church of England. 'The temptations to produce a new new testament are familiar. [...] Well, I don’t want a new new testament. I’m a baptised believer who wants to gather round the table with others. Open table fellowship was a hallmark of Jesus’s ministry. Anything more restrictive is an insult to orthodoxy.'

The Poorest Deserve the Best: The Archbishop of Canterbury's Christmas Sermon.


Week of 24 December 2006

Book Reviews
The Nativity: History and Legend, by Geza Vermes, is reviewed by Anthony Harvey.
'An attractive Christmas book. Adorned with ten full-page Dürer woodcuts, it takes the reader through the birth narratives of Matthew and Luke with the acumen and clarity for which this Jewish scholar has been well known for many years.'

The Man Who Went into the West: The Life of R.S. Thomas, by Byron Rogers, is reviewed by David Scott. 'Poets and 20th-century priests live on the edge. Sometimes that is felt as being on the edge of society; at other times on the edge between the spiritual and the natural worlds; and at times as living on the edge of despair. All these three aspects of liminality went some way to shaping R. S. Thomas, and Rogers' book helps us understand that.'

Be Near Me, by Andrew O'Hagan, is reviewed by Mark Oakley. 'Like many clerics, I usually read novels about priests with disappointment. This novel, though, I found haunting, nuanced, and poignantly memorable. It is, believe it or not, very funny, as well as tender, and never judgemental, but it's also relentless in exposing the scream that can be faultlessly cloaked by a confident and cultured clergyman.'

Church History
Bishop's College Calcutta 1820-1970 (1970). This history of Bishop's College, Calcutta includes historical essays, personal recollections, and photographs.

England
Parishes
Parish of Furze Platt [St Peter with St Mark, Maidenhead] (Oxford)
Parish of Penn Street with Holmer Green [Holy Trinity, Penn Street; Christ Church, Holmer Green] (Oxford)
Parish of Stoken Church and Ibstone [St Peter and St Paul, Stoken Church; St Nicolas, Ibstone] (Oxford)

Education
Education for Ministry UK. 'The Education for Ministry (EFM) programme is a course of theological education. It is primarily for lay people and provides a level of theological education equivalent to training for ordained ministry. The intention is that all lay people should have access to the same quality of education that has normally been the preserve of the clergy.' Related to similar programmes in Canada and the United States.

Episcopal Elections or Announcements
Ongoing
The Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania has announced its intention to elect a successor for its current diocesan bishop. A website from its cathedral provides information on the selection and transition processes.

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

News Centre
ABC visits Bethlehem and is sad. NT Wright dismisses proposed covenant. Purported ABC letter to primates leaked.

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USA
Iowa: Bettendorf, St Peter (Iowa)
Iowa: Clermont, Church of the Saviour (Iowa)
Iowa: Coralville, New Song (Iowa)
Minnesota: Minneapolis, Holy Trinity and St Anskar (Minnesota)
Pennsylvania: Essington, St John (Pennsylvania)
Pennsylvania: Glenside, St Peter (Pennsylvania)
Pennsylvania: Harleysville, Church of the Holy Spirit (Pennsylvania)
Pennsylvania: Jenkintown, Our Saviour (Pennsylvania)
Pennsylvania: Levittown, St Paul (Pennsylvania)
Pennsylvania: Solebury, Trinity Church (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.

USA: Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Trinity School for Ministry (Pittsburgh). Professor of Old Testament.
USA: Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Trinity School for Ministry (Pittsburgh). Director of the Library.

For more information on these and other vacancies, see our Vacancies Centre.

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

Worth Noting
Angels heard on high C: A Dorchester choir endures despite tight finances, rising secularism: Yvonne Abraham reports on the musical state of All Saints, Ashmont, Massachusetts, in the Boston Globe.

Christmas messages from around the Communion: the Archbishop of Canterbury (English), (Spanish) (French) (Arabic) (Portuguese) (Korean) (Dutch); the Archbishops of the Anglican Church in New Zealand, Aotearoa and Polynesia; the Archbishop of the Church in Wales (no Welsh version); the Primate of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil (Portuguese only); the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church; the Archbishop of Hong Kong; the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church USA; Bishop of Tokyo (Japanese only); the Primate of the Church of Nigeria; the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada; the Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia; and the Archbishop of the Church of Ireland.

Cutting down a Christmas Tree in Vermont: National Public Radio (US) has this good story on how one Vermonter harvested his family's Christmas tree this year.

Father Matthew Presents: YouTube.com is not often where we look for fun in our spiritual life, but the Revd Matthew J. Moretz, new curate at St Paul's Church in Yonkers, New York, is changing that. His weekly three-minute video blog — brimming with youth, creativity, and humour — is addictive, like good candy. Do have a taste and see what you think.



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