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FLASH: We have obtained a copy of the Pastoral Letter that the Archbishop of Canterbury has sent to every bishop asking that it be read in every church on Sunday, 28th September. We have formatted it for the web, taking care to preserve the typography of the original.
Greetings. Here in the United States it is Labor Day weekend. Although normally at Anglicans Online we use British spellings, it is decidedly not Labour Day in the United States. My own church was mostly empty this morning, so the people who weren't sitting in those empty pews missed a fine sermon on Luke 14:25-33 by my Rector, the Rev. Morgan Silbaugh. We are the Body of Christ, in part because of our corporate worship, you in your parish and I in mine.
Every week we list new web pages for parishes and dioceses around the world. I'd like to encourage all of you to go read some of them, every week. Look at our New This Week page and look at what's new, or just pick a parish or diocese at random and go looking around. Or pick, from this week's new listings, the Walkersville New Church Center and Mount Calvary Church, both in the Diocese of Maryland.
One more diocese has a home page now: the Diocese of Western Kansas; this brings the total that we know about to 180 worldwide, 32% of the total.
Last week we had a large number of new parish listings from the Diocese of Southeast Florida. This week a volunteer in the Diocese of Maryland sent in, all neatly formatted so that we could use it easily, information on about 40 parishes in the Diocese of Maryland. See "New This Week" to see them. If you have access to both a Macintosh and a PC, look at the home page for St James Church, and marvel at how different it looks on those two platforms. There is a new parish listing in Singapore, the first-ever parish home page in the Diocese of Western Newfoundland, and an ancient church in Market Deeping, in Lincolnshire.
Remember the Lambeth Conference? Items about it keep trickling in. The Anglican Communion Office has posted the official copies of the Conference Resolutions, but it's sufficiently well hidden that you might have to read our guide to finding it. See also our collection of links to 20 bishops' reports on the Lambeth Conference.
We're declaring an end to Lambeth Season as far as web statistics are concerned, and are thrilled to report that there were 202554 web hits on Anglicans Online from July 20 to August 31; of these, 23237 were accesses to our HTML version of the Lambeth Daily. We now know that it was worth all the time we put into it.
Last week we asked for help on the subject of buying an English Hymnal if one does not live in England. We have merged the many helpful responses into a new entry in our General Resources section; go read it if you want to know the answer.
Speaking of time, each week here at Anglicans Online, in preparation for the weekly issue, we spend a lot of time looking at new web sites around the Anglican world. Today I began thinking about the rich variety in invented words that we've seen people use on their web pages to describe themselves. We can't think of any web page anywhere that was actually produced by the bishop. Quite a number are made by the rector or vicar. The rest are made by volunteers. We've seen those volunteers describe themselves as webmasters, websextons, webmistress, web tender, infoverger, webdeacon, cybersexton, webeditor, webperson, web servant, web minister, webster, vicar of the cybermission, cyberector, infokeeper, cyborganist, netman, and George. Maybe one of the reasons we Anglicans cling to ancient vocabulary is that we aren't very good at thinking up new words?
Cynthia will return as editor next week, and she will almost certainly return some order and discipline to these pages, which have grown somewhat unruly these past three weeks.