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Hallo again at the beginning of the Church's new year. A number of you sent us interesting Advent links, which we've assembled in a special seasonal section. From Advent calendars to readings, music to activities for young people, we've tried to bring you the best of recent Advent material on the Net. Do continue to make us aware of resources as you come across (or develop) them.

Finishing up just before Advent Sunday was the Church of England's General Synod. We're delighted to offer you a
special report by Simon Sarmiento, the section editor for the UK-Europe area of Anglicans Online.

Many of you have some responsibility for communication in your parishes.
The Wire offers practical help on all matters relating to the Church and communications. According to the editor, 'recent articles have included bits on copyright, the internet, reprographics, mobile phones, and fax machines. In addition, there is a monthly digest of religious programmes from the BBC for home consumption as well as BBC World Service for readers abroad. Each month we offer a small supply of religious clip art for free, by arrangement with the publisher'. (And some good clip art, I might add: a rather rare commodity.)

We came across yet another interesting and handsomely designed Bible site,
'Navigating the Bible', developed originally to help young Jewish boys and girls prepare for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The Pentateuch section includes the Five Books of Moses along with commentaries; there is a comprehensive glossary and an atlas. Each Sedrah (Torah reading), Maftir (last reading) and Haftarah may be viewed in Hebrew and in English. In addition, you can downloan audio files, sung by a professional cantor: a marvellous opportunity to hear Hebrew chanted. The sites many links repay study -- I was pursuing descriptions of biblical plants and lost an hour.

In Canada, the 'Locusts and Wild Honey' web site is directed to survivors of abuse who have connections to the Anglican Communion. A
newsletter, written solely by survivors, and a network encourage communication, build links, and help educate the wider church community about the issues of abuse.

If any of you chance to be in Washington DC in the near future, do stop at the
Hirshhorn Museum's exhibit of 62 works by English artist Stanley Spencer (on till 11 January). From a delightful review by a thoughtful Anglican: 'Most of the paintings in the show are religious in nature -- visionary renditions of Jesus's life, set in the everydayness of his English village home. So, for example, you have Christ preaching, but within the context of the Cookham Regatta; or Christ carrying the cross through the streets of Cookham. Other works have a religious tinge: 'Love Among the Nations', painted 1935 way ahead of its time, shows ecstatic outpourings of embraces between members of all races. Some of his work attempts to fuse the erotic and the religious -- a warning to those of you who might be startled or offended. But even his landscapes and gardens, besides being a horticulturalist's delight, are infused with love for God's creation'. (Somehow Spencer seems like an artist appropriate for this time of the church's year.) And with that -- a blessed Advent to all.

See you next Sunday

Cynthia McFarland

Last updated: 30 November 1997
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