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Letters to AO

EVERY WEEK WE PUBLISH a selection of letters we receive in response to something you've read at Anglicans Online. Stop by and have a look at what other AO readers are thinking.

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Letters from the week of 6 to 12 January 2014

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The Hunting of the Snark

Not having read your editorial a fortnight ago, I turned to it after reading the letters written in response. Like you, I thought Her Majesty gave a wonderful Christmas message — succinct and focussed, personal, and inviting a response — what better structure and outcome for a sermon? I thought that the comments made by letter writers this week were a rather one-sided response, so I wanted to give an alternative point of view!

Turning to your editorial last week there can be an added complication when churches also celebrate their Dedication as well as their Patronal, it's easy to see how these Festivals can become muddled. but both present an opportunity to celebrate significant occasions. Any excuse for a party I say! Happy New Year and Happy Epiphany!

The Reverend Lindsay Dew
Dunton, St Mary Magdalene; Eyeworth, All Saints'; Wrestlingworth St Peter's
Hertfordshire, ENGLAND
6 January 2014

It is a pity that a certain cynicism is popular around thoughts expressed by the Queen on the occasion of Christmas.

Like many faithful Christians — even clergy! — our lives do not always mirror what we believe. However, we keep on believing and saying what we know to be Good News and, in that, is found faith, hope and love.

Carlton Kelley
St Paul's Episcopal Church
Dowagiac, Michigan, USA
6 January 2014

Modelling St Barnabas

Below is A link to a church (alas Unitarian, not Anglican) that just converted its parking lot into a parking garage and 85 units of affordable housing, at no cost to the church.

The Reverend Peter Christiansen
South San Francisco, California, USA
12 January 2014

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Earlier letters

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