Hallo again to all--it's lovely to be back with you.
Brian Reid, whom many of you have come to 'know' these last few weeks as he
kindly subbed for me, will now oversee the News Centre of Anglicans
Online. I think you'll like some of the features he's introducing. Although we scan
the Net for news and keep tabs on stories that appear in mailing lists, we'll look
to you, our far-flung readers, as well, so please do let us know of Anglican or Episcopal-related news stories you happen to come across.
Very recently John Paterson, Bishop of Auckland, was elected
Primate and Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. He
co-presides with the Bishop of Aotearoa, head of the Maori Church, and Bishop Jabez
Bryce, head of the Polynesian Church. Bishop Paterson is head of the European Church
as well as being overall primate. He remains Bishop of Auckland.
Jumping northward from New Zealand to Canada, General Synod is just about to get
underway and the synod's
web site is in its final form. As well,
there's a companion
mailing list with the latest news.
The web site reflects the possibilities for electronic communication at the highest
levels of church governance: it's a delight to browse its many features.
Media Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
(long known as the originator of much that has been admirable in radio and television
production for ECUSA) has a web site. I learnt there that National Public Radio offers,
at no cost, an hour-long radio programme of choral evensong taped at various Episcopal parishes and cathedrals.
Whilst we're on media, the Church of England recently advertised widely in a variety
of UK newspapers for volunteers to serve on a new 'Archbishops' Council'. Have a
look at the advert and the approach and see what you think. (And
perhaps nominate yourself or someone else by the 15 June deadline.)
Does your parish need a bell? A church in South Dakota (USA) will auction a 32-inch
bell, in use since 1910, on 13 June. It can be rung or tolled. If you'd rather not
spend US $11,000 on a new bell (apparently the cost), ring
Vern Ochsner +1 605 437 2772 or Revd Robert C. Davis +1 605 437 2739 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
If you're a parish priest, would you be interested in an exchange with a clergy person
resident in the Diocese of Connecticut (ECUSA)? He is particularly keen on a stint
in South Africa, the Seychelles, or Australia. Email the Revd Mark Robinson for details.
See you next week.
Last updated: 17 May 1998