Hallo again to all. My apologies for my unexpected one-week absence;
I assure you that will happen as rarely as possible.
As you might expect, we've a host of new sites. From the UK comes an impressive roster
of parishes which you can scan quickly on the New This Week page. In that list is St Mary's, Droylsden, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary on 11 February. The folks at
that parish would very much like to have greetings sent from round the world, so
if you can, please send them an email.
The practice of intercommunion in Ireland is becoming somewhat more common. You can
read about it in an interesting article in the Irish Times. Also good reading
is a New York Times Book Review article on 'Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism
Betrays Christianity'. Another intriguing article,
Religion Market', suggests reasons for the growth of
conservative denominations in the USA.
Staying in the USA for a moment, there are now online Real Audio clips of portions of the Investiture service of ECUSA's new Presiding Bishop (including one with the rap of Bishop Griswold's
crozier on the west door of Washington National Cathedral).
The Nag Hammadi gospels (the new Coptic gospels) are now available in both an English and Spanish
version. And there's a new mailing list for people interested in the Anglican Communion's
ministry to seafarers. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to learn about Bahá'í, Christian (Eastern and Western),
Islamic, Jewish, and Pagan holy days, have a look at the Greenbelt Interfaith News Interfaith
Calendar 1998. Each day is linked to an article that
describes the significance of the day. Compiling such a calendar was quite an achievement:
kudos to editor Heather Peterson.
Our own patron saint, Tod Maffin, is planning a web site for the upcoming Canadian General Synod. He writes:
'Plans include a number of email reports (similar to reports I did last time), near-live images
from the floor, audio and (I hope!) video broadcasting, and more. I'm quite excited
about it and will be launching the site in the next two or three weeks'. We'll let
you know the URL as soon as we know it.
Many of you will remember the controversy between the Episcopal Church in the USA
and the group denominating itself 'PECUSA Inc'. Things have taken a more serious
turn, as two
dioceses in ECUSA have begun legal action against the corporation. We'll keep you informed of developments as we hear of them.
See you next week.
Last updated: 1 February 1998
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