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Letters from 5 to 11 September 2011

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I hope that this email finds everyone associated with AO well, and recovered or recovering from storms and severe weather.

I was touched by this week's essay, and one of your points that few people know what Anglicanism is, and have probably never heard of your site. I would add that is probably true about the term "Episcopal" now as well. In fact, it has not been so long ago that most Episcopalians probably hadn't heard of "Anglican" either...

I am not sending you this note to deal with those larger issues, however, but as a thank you. Long before there was a plethora of sites (mainly too far to the left, or too far to the right) there was your site. It has been there for gathering information, building up an understanding of our expression of the faith, and has given comfort. I think your presense has been a valuable ministry to countless people (probably many who haven't the slightest what "Anglican" means). I have used it extensively as a tool for outreach, and inward strengthening, for myself and for others. It truly is a gift- and, I think one of love.

Like you, I don't know what God has in store for the future, but I think "All will be well..." I shall continue to keep you in my prayers of thanksgiving, and ask God's continued blessing on your work and ministry.

So while you may think there are many who have never heard of you, or our branch of the Church, I hope you will take some comfort that there are many of whom you have never heard, like me, that have heard of you, and because of you rejoice, and have for a very long time.

Walter V. Windsor
Trinity Episcopal Church
Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA.
6 September 2011

To say nothing of CANA and AMiA

Greetings, folk. Two items.

One: this website sets out a proposal for the amalgamation or co-operation of three New South Wales Anglican Dioceses. These are Bathurst, Canberra-Goulburn, and Riverina Dioceses. If it comes about it will be huge Diocese stretching from the immediately south and west of Sydney to the Victorian and South Australian borders. About the size of France! Impossible to run for one Bishop. The gentleman that you mention in the street party from Wagga Wagga is in the Diocese of Canberra - Goulburn

Two: in your listing of Australian Dioceses in New South Wales, you list the Diocese of Wangaratta in that Province. This is incorrect as it is located mainly in Victoria with an intrusion into NSW at Albury. The Diocese that you should be listing is the Riverina Diocese,

Elsewhere you correctly list Wangaratta Diocese in the Province of Victoria in the Victorian listing.

John Frost
St Peter's Box Hill
Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
7 September 2011

(Editor: In every country, we list every diocese under each province or state or county in which it has any presence at all. So the Diocese of Wangaratta has always been listed both in NSW and in Victoria, because it has a presence in both of those places. With respect to the Diocese of Riverina, we always have trouble paying attention to church dioceses with .com domain names, but in any event we list every diocese in the world under its name: But we've had the Diocese of Riverina listed in our NSW listings since those listings were first created; perhaps you overlooked it because its cathedrals do not have separate websites so its listing is smaller.

This phenomenon of dioceses crossing political boundaries gets more interesting when a diocese is named after its location. In the USA the Diocese of Washington, named after Washington DC, has about two dozen parishes across the border in the State of Maryland. Most bizarre of all of these cases is the US state of Arizona, which, in addition to having parishes in the Diocese of Arizona, also has parishes in the Diocese of Nevada, the Diocese of San Diego, the Diocese of Utah, and the Jurisdiction of Navajoland.)

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