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Letters to AO

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Letters from 20 to 27 June 2011

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Anglicans at play (if only two of us . . .)

In response to leisure time activities, mine include reading frivolous novels (read, "murder mysteries"!), following Formula 1 racing in season, and following my freelance photographer husband around to road race tracks and assisting him in photographing drivers of high performance cars at said tracks. Oh yes, and bird watching and gardening.

Lois Keen
Grace Episcopal Church
Norwalk, Connecticut, USA
22 June 2011

Given that "leisure" or "recreation" are what refresh me and keep me sane, here are some things I do. Garden — trying to make Indiana clay productive, and to get rid of a large and not flourishing lawn. Reading gardening magazines. Reading frivolous books — mysteries and science fiction/fantasy. Playing with my two cats. Baking and cooking, reading cooking magazines. Sit outside on the patio and watch the world go by. Try to get more than five hours of sleep a night. [I am a human, but there are days when I feel distinctly like a robot!]

Louise Boling
St Matthew's Episcopal Church
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
23 June 2011

It's all good in Charminster

Having spent some of my life in the field of Christian Education I often waken up on Sunday morning and wonder where in the world three of my much-loved friends now aged between 20 and 30 might be found to be worshipping. Sadly I have to admit to myself that despite the fact that these are 'young' people who have made their faith their own (Westerhoff: Will Our Children Have Faith?) they are not usually to be found within the traditional hallowed walls unless, that is, they are contributing in some way to the service. Fully alive? Yes! But sadly much of what passes for worship has little or no appeal.

This rural ministry attempts to provide opportunities for worship which will accommodate the spirituality of all conditions of woman, man, and child. And I mean the whole range! Each quarter includes the Book of Common Prayer (1662), contemporary Eucharistic liturgy, and 'bombast' (Anglicans Online, June 12) in the form of overhead projected film and songs. All evident in this mediaeval worship space. This is only possible thanks to a real team of capable, compassionate, ordained and lay people, committed to retaining the old treasures as well as launching out into the unknown — and at the helm, the Holy Spirit!

Freda Binns
St. Mary's Church
Charminster, Dorset, UNITED KINGDOM
22 June 2011

(Ed. note: Here's a splendid panaroma photo of the church.)

Minding the Trinity

For me the most wonderful thing about Trinity Sunday is that we leave our own concerns and needs at the door and concentrate on the beauty and wonder of God's intimate life. And even more wonderful is that this is no spectator sport, because this God is closer to us than our very selves, and this wonderful trinitarian life flows eternally in our own hearts, as we abide in God and God in us.

Gerry Reilly
Retired, assisting at St. Bartholomew, Crewkerne
20 June 2011

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