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Hereford, and Hampshire / Hoopoes hardly hardly*
suspect Jane Austen probably never saw a hoopoe on
the lawn. They are really not very common in England.
The British Garden Birds website says:
breed in central and southern Europe and winter in
southern Europe and Africa. Birds that arrive in
Britain have overshot their breeding grounds, often
because of south-easterly winds.
W. M. Greaves
All Saints Anglican Church, Jakarta
15 March 2010
Point taken, but see birdsofbritain.co.uk/bird-guide/hoopoe.asp,
where 'In the past decade over 400 hoopoes have been
observed in Norfolk'. Add note: 'Among favoured sites
are golf-courses and vicarage lawns'.
read your lament for rectories with bemusement. As
a rector, let me share with you some experiences,
some mine and some those of other clergy:
my foot on a bit of linoleum lifting off the kitchen
floor after weeks of asking the churchwardens to
with loud and inadequate heating for weeks, in a
Canadian winter, until a maintenance inspection was
scheduled, to be told that we should all vacate the
premises immediately for fear of carbon monoxide
until a completely new furnace could be installed
simple reality of being unable to make any decisions
about the repairs and upkeep of my home without the approval
of a committee of eight persons
complete lack of privacy for one's family, as members
of the parish, who pay the bills, assume they can
access the building whenever they need. In one instance,
a member whipped from the office (in the rectory)
into the kitchen for a glass of water to come upon
the rector's spouse in only a flimsy bathrobe; in
another, the rector was home but the car was not,
and a churchwarden used her key to unlock and enter
the rectory to look for minutes from a meeting, when
the rector came out of the shower wearing a towel.
problematic, the privilege of living in a rectory
is deemed to be a portion of one's remuneration.
Logical enough, from the standpoint of the lay folk
who pay the bills. Yet it means that a cleric builds
up no equity in the ownership of a home, which at
least in much of the Western world represents a significant
portion of the investments upon which one counts
upon retirement. The remuneration level for most
clergy is not such that setting aside enough for
a down payment on a home upon retirement is an easy
moved to my current parish almost two years ago,
one that had sold their rectory, and was able for
the first time to purchase and live in my own home.
I will NEVER go back to rectory living again.
Church of St Andrew, Scarborough
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
15 March 2010
Editors: Do have a look at http://www.churchtimes.co.uk/content.asp?id=90940
you for your reflections on old rectories
and for referencing the book, which I have just ordered.
Although I don't have the sort of stately house
which many English clergy used to occupy, I have
the privilege of living in a rectory which one
of my predecessors actually designed in the 1920's.
Meant to look like a "black and white," timber
and plaster English cottage, it complements our
church, whose gable ends and tower are done in
the same style. I have had visitors who, upon
entering the house, say, "This looks exactly
like what it was meant to be: an Anglican rectory."
few years ago, when we were working with some
architects on a church project, I suggested that
the time might come when the house would be pulled
down to make way for additional parking. They
both said that it would be a great loss, since
the rectory was an essential contributor to the
charm of the whole church campus. Still, in this
age of the "open floor plan", with kitchens fully
open to living and dining spaces, I'm not sure
that the house in which I love to live will be
attractive to my successors!
Reverend William Bippus
St. Paul's Church, Marinette, Wisconsin, USA
Marinette, Wisconsin, USA
15 March 2010
was awakened from a dream earlier this week in which
I was making a short video. The idea was fairly well
formed, so at 5:30 a.m. I got out of bed and by 8
a.m. this simple video was uploading to YouTube.
thanks for all you continue to do for our church.
King of Peace Episcopal Church
Kingsland, Georgia, USA
20 March 2010
apologies to Lerner and Lowe's 'The Rain
in Spain', from My Fair Lady
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