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Letters to AO

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Letters from 2 to 8 July 2007

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Our amiable gryphon, on the watch for many years now

The priest at my parish mentioned in his homily yesterday that in ancient times (as at present) countries/tribes were identified with animal symbols. When Jesus said "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." He was referring to the different peoples of the area — Ammonites were known by the symbol of the fox, and the nomadic tribes as "birds of the air". He was telling the potential disciple that he'd be joining a group of people who would not be accepted, and warning him that he'd be up against the establishment on every side.

Your survey today made me think about all the things I like about AO, which I keep as my home page. One of the many things I like on your site is the Gryphon. Once in awhile I click on it to re-read the little article you've written about it, its history with you and its meaning. I like this gryphon's shape; and the way you've subtly animated it with the yellow fire in its eye and out its mouth; and that this fire dots the eye, er "i", of the banner below. I also like that the Gryphon is an amalgam of the two symbols of England and the US, the lion and the eagle, and that it resonates a little with China's symbol, the dragon. (Are there Anglicans in China?)

I realize mine is an ethnocentric point of view, and don't mean to minimize or insult or trivialize the huge portion of our church that lies outside the borders of England and the US. We are clearly one body, even though we obviously have our differences. I just wanted to say how much I do like the Gryphon.

Christ the King Episcopal Church
Huntington, Indiana, USA
2 July 2007

Do you know of any connections or resources?

St. James' is a church that is 106 years old. It was destroyed by Hurricaine Joan in 1989. We started to rebuild last year, but we ran out of funds. We are looking for help to be able to continue. If your readers know of any sources for help, would you be so kind to let us know? Thank you. (See for more.)

Rita A. Tucker-Benedict
St. James Anglican Church
Corn Island, Nicaragua, CENTRAL AMERICA
8 July 2007

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