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Week of 25 November 2007

Australia
Parishes
Queensland: Wilston, St Alban (Brisbane)

Book Reviews
Monastic Life in Anglo-Saxon England c.600900, by Sarah Foot, is reviewed by Paul Cavill. Foot 'writes with solid good sense about matters as diverse as sexuality, slavery, and the evidential value of hagiography, where some writers have strayed into extreme views. Perhaps the most rewarding feature of the book is that it gives a real sense of the attractions, spiritual and mundane, that monastic life might have had.' [See inside].

The Alpha Phenomenon: Theology, Praxis and Challenges for Mission and Church Today, edited by Andrew Brookes, is reviewed by Lynda Barley. 'Andrew Brookes has done us a worthwhile service in bringing together the history of Alpha, and including some theological and sociological insights into its method. His book is aimed at thinking mission planners and mission strategists.'

An Iliad: A Story of War, by Alessandro Baricco, is reviewed by Sarah Meyrick. 'Baricco cuts this by two-thirds, abandons the hexameter form, and renders the poem in prose. He replaces the single omniscient narrative voice with chapters narrated in turn by 21 characters. He has all but removed the gods. The new Iliad is also chronological, doing away with the regular flashbacks employed by Homer... At its best, the resulting book is fast-moving and action-packed. If you want a quick version, this is an undemanding introduction. But much is lost along the way.'

Various children's Bible books that may well serve as Christmas gifts are reviewed by Church Times staff parents and their children.

Canada
Parishes
Ontario: Amherstburg, Christ Church (Huron)
Ontario: Brantford, Grace Church (Huron)
Ontario: Sarnia, St Bartholomew (Huron)

England
Parishes
Brighton, St Luke (Chichester)
Broadfield, Christ the Lord (Chichester)
River, St Peter and St Paul (Canterbury)

Events
USA: Texas, Navasota, 4-6 December 2007: Fresh Start National Gathering
A continuing education and networking opportunity for current diocesan Fresh Start facilitators.

Internet and Communications
Coolamon College (Australia) 'National Network for Distance Theological Education'

Japan
Kindergartens
Momoyama Christ Kindergarten. Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture. Affiliated with the Diocese of Kyoto.

Letters to Anglicans Online
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News Centre
New Australian PM is member of Brisbane parish. ABC in the news. C of E Catholic group supports Ft Worth bishop. ACO releases statement about primates' response to JSC.  (How's that for a lot of jargon in one short sentence?) Inclusive Church conference 'Drenched in Grace'. All this, and more, in the News Centre.

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USA
Parishes
Alabama: Albertville, Christ Church (Alabama)
Alabama: Birmingham, All Saints (Alabama)
Alabama: Chelsea, Episcopal Church (Alabama)
Alabama: Decatur, St John (Alabama)
Alabama: Decatur, Good Shepherd (Alabama)

Retirement Communities
Ardmore Village: 'Ardmore Village is a nonprofit residential community for mature adults in Oklahoma and northern Texas. Located on 18 beautiful acres in Ardmore, Oklahoma, the Ardmore Village, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, serves residents of all faiths.'

Episcopal Place: Birmingham, Alabama. '141 apartments where older adults and younger physically challenged adults on fixed incomes can live and age in dignity'.

Episcopal Senior Communities: Based in Lafayette, California. 'Episcopal Senior Communities is a leader in senior housing and services. Since 1965, ESC has built, opened and operated five Life Care retirement communities in northern California and sponsors two affordable housing communities.' Affiliated with the Diocese of Northern California.

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? Check our Vacancies Centre as well as scan vacancy pages on diocesan web sites throughout the communion.

Wales
Parishes
Swansea, St James (Swansea and Brecon)

World
Parishes
India: Secunderabad, St John the Baptist (Medak)

Worth Noting
Blake and the Bible: Christopher Rowland writes in the Guardian (London). 'Blake had no time for conservative Christianity's infatuation with the Bible as the "supreme authority" in the life of the church. Such sentiments were a symptom of false religion, which contracted out responsibility for biblical interpretation to priests and scholars.'

Drenched in Grace addresses: Thinking Anglicans has links to several addresses from this InclusiveChurch conference held over the last week.

Why Gladstone Had God up His Sleeve: 'Certainly he had a temperament that would have made him a bulldozer whatever his religious ideas. Gladstone almost seemed to invent his religion as he went along. In a way this is true of everyone, insofar as they have to internalise the teaching of Christianity according to their insights as the years go on. Gladstone took it to extremes.' Christopher Howse writes in the Daily Telegraph (London).


Week of 18 November 2007

Australia
Schools and Education
Anglican Schools Office: 'The role of the Anglican Schools Office is to support the senior management and governing bodies of Anglican Schools across Queensland. We provide quality advice and service in many areas, including finance, new school development, marketing, professional development of staff, industrial relations, legal and other human resource issues.'

Book Reviews
Robert Jeffery reviews Preaching What We Practice: Proclamation and Moral Discernment, by David J. Schlafer and Timothy F. Sedgwick, with 44 Sermons to Serve the Present Age, by Angela Shier-Jones and Kimberly D. Reisman. Preaching What We Practice 'gives us samples of sermons preached in a contemporary context. It is a theologically literate book that analyses the problems of preaching today. It should be required reading for all preachers.'
Shier-Jones and Reisman have had an interesting idea. They take the themes of John Wesley’s seminal 44 Sermons, which helped to define Methodist doctrine, and have asked contemporary Methodists from around the world to produce new sermons on the same texts, [but] it is a very mixed bag, containing sermons from some blatant Evangelicals, through those with careful exposition, to contemporary sermons such as Leslie Griffiths’s brilliant polemic against bigotry.

Creation and Covenant: The Significance of Sexual Difference in the Moral Theology of Marriage, by Christopher Chenault Roberts, is reviewed by Penny Seabrook. 'The title’s strength lies in its survey of the historical development of Christian thought about the significance of being male or female — which lies behind Roberts’s use of the term “sexual difference”.'

Rooted in Detachment: Living the Transfiguration, by Kenneth Stevenson, is reviewed by John Binns. 'The Gospel passages describing the transfiguration are evocative and beautiful: the event takes place on a mountain-top after a hard climb; it is full of light and beauty, and there is a message of mysterious glory... The final chapters synthesise the various themes, bringing disparate thoughts together, and showing how the different elements introduced through the discussion contribute to a coherent message.'

Canada
Miscellaneous Resources
Canterbury Hills Conference Centre: Ancaster, Ontario. Conference facility of the Diocese of Niagara. 'provides delicious home-style meals, comfortable beds, and air-conditioned meeting rooms that combine rustic charm with modern facilities for small or large groups'.

Church History
The Disestablished Church in the Republic of the United States of America, by Walter Farquhar Hook (1869). This is an English churchman's sympathetic account of disestablished Anglicanism in the United States. Its author W. F. Hook (1798-1875) was a figure of some significance in the Victorian Church of England.

Episcopal Elections or Announcements
Canada: The Reverend Canon Dr. Linda Nicholls has been elected suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Toronto.

West Africa: The Very Reverend Jonathan B. B. Hart, Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Monrovia, was elected bishop of the Diocese of Liberia on 17 November. The bishop-elect is a graduate of Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

England
Parishes
Torquay, St Luke (Exeter)
Wellington and District Team Ministry [St John the Baptist, Ashbrittle; St Bartholomew, Bathealton; St Giles, Bradford on Tone; St Nicholas, Kittisford; St Peter, Langford Budville; All Saints, Nynehead; All Saints, Rockwell Green; St Peter and St Paul, Runnington; Holy Cross, Sampford Arundel; St Michael & All Angels, Stawley; St Margaret, Thorne St Margaret; St John the Baptist, Wellington; St Mary the Virgin, West Buckland] (Bath and Wells)

Events
USA: Maryland, Baltimore, 5-8 June 2008: Everyone Everywhere
'Everyone, Everywhere is a conference for parishes, dioceses, individuals, and groups active in the global mission of The Episcopal Church. The event is for people committed to building and maintaining companion relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.'

Japan
Resources
Kujukuri Home. Kujukuri, Chiba Prefecture. Group home with medical care and rehabilitation centre; affiliated with the Diocese of Yokohama.

Letters to Anglicans Online
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News Centre
Tutu chides Anglican communion for obsession with gays. Canadian bishop in need of haircut jumps to Southern Cone. Fort Worth and San Joaquin members move towards Southern Cone. Three milestones for the Church of England. High-tech protection for English church roofs. Church of England asked 'why not elect bishops?' Online Q & A in the C of E. All this, and more, in the News Centre.

Not in the Communion
Reformed Episcopal Church Diocese of the Southeast

Odds and Ends
Sojourners: Faith, Politics and Culture. 'Founded in 1971, our mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church and the world.' This site is active, has a magazine available, and is dedicated to the doing not just the talking about. [Currently already listed in Books and Magazines.]

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USA
Parishes
New Mexico: Albuquerque, St Thomas of Canterbury (Rio Grande)

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.

Canada: St Peter, Erindale: Director of Worship (Toronto)

For more information on this and other listings, see our Vacancies Centre. Also scan vacancy pages on diocesan web sites throughout the communion.

World
Cathedrals
Korea: Daejeon, St Benedict's Cathedral, Diocese of Daejeon [MIDI attack, but the music is quite nice]

Parishes
Singapore: Singapore, Chapel of the Resurrection (Singapore)

Worth Noting
Defender of the Faith: Christopher Howse writes in the Telegraph (London) on the religious dimensions of English coronation rites.

From Calvary to Lambeth: BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a programme with this name on Tuesday 27 November at 8.00 p.m. GMT. Thinking Anglicans has more.

Staying Power: American Methodist pastor James Howell writes in the Christian Century (Chicago) on why he stayed in active ministry. 'It was around midnight that I had to answer a question: Why did I go into the ministry? To do something grand and impressive? Or because I thought I might love somebody, some family, some child, in God's name?'



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