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Letters to AO

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Letters from the week of 11-17 January 2016

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Thank you so much for your article about ordination. I truly believe that at the core of our vocation is the baptismal sacrament that binds us to Christ and his kingdom. The postulancy process and mysterious discernment by each diocese has frustrated many who sense a call. My prayers are with the Primates as they meet. Many the Spirit of Christ, who welcomed those on the margins to join with him, prevail.

Donald Shields
Grace Church Markham
Markham, Ontario, CANADA
11 January 2016

Ever the villain?

Pondering the decision of the Primates to place the Episcopal Church in the penalty box for three years (or more) and the death of Alan Rickman reminded me of The Rev. Obidiah Slope, well played by Mr. Rickman on BBC series, "The Barchester Chronicles".

The spirit of their decision is more like Obidiah Slope than The Rev. Septimus Harding (played by Donald Pleasance in the series).

The Rev. David Fisher
Diocesan clergy
Naperville, Illinois, USA
15 January 2016

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