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Hallo again to all.
Lots of new sites this week, including several dioceses in the American Midwest (Michigan, Ohio, Southern
Ohio) as well as the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles in Scotland, which
encompasses the holy island of Iona. There are also several charming parish web sites,
including a slew of UK parishes, for you to explore. (Most of the URLs came from
our diligent and indefatigable personal parish web searcher -- thanks, Michel.)
We rather like the several seconds of the parish bells at
parish in Waterloo, Canada, which you may listen to
if you wish. (I am firmly on the 'No Enforced Piped-in Music, Please' side for web
sites.) Speaking of music, can you imagine saying 'Anglican, Celtic, and rock' in the same
sentence? Or on the same CD? A parish in Toronto has managed just that. As long as
we're looking at parish achievements, St Peter's Church in Nottingham, England, puts
up -- every month! -- a fabulous parish magazine on the web. The
webmaster notes: 'These pages are best
viewed with your computer turned on, a glass of your favourite beverage in hand,
and a Herbert Howells CD playing. It helps if you have "Arial" and "Comic
Sans MS" fonts installed, but any old browser will do'.
Brian Reid, my splendid and sporting colleague who filled in for me last week on
a moment's notice, tonight is on an aeroplane and thus quite justly unable to cover
Centre. I've rounded up a few stories in his absence,
from frumpy cassocks in the Greek Orthodox Church to the sadness of continuing lines
drawn by the Roman Church.
In our New
This Week section, under General Resouces, we note
with pleasure that the book store and resource centre at ECUSA's
national church headquarters is online. The page noting authors' appearances might interest
those of you in the area.
The 'Hikoi of
Hope' of the of the Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand
and Polynesia, just now ended, was a pilgrimage called by the bishops at the last
Synod. For the past month people walked from all corners of the country towards Wellington
to draw attention to the increasing poverty and to what many see as declining social
conditions in the Land of the Long White Cloud. See the comprehensive web page for more
information on this moving initiative.
We're brooding about an interesting post we received. The gist: 'Your 'New This Week'
page is a good idea, but only highlights sites that are starting out. Can I suggest
that you start a page called something like 'Well-Kept Sites', which lists those
parish sites which have evolved beyond a simple list of clergy and service times?
You could maybe run competitions for 'best-kept site of the month' which would keep
us all on our toes!' So. What do you think? We'll gather opinions
and publish the results. If we go ahead with it, we might need to bring on board
another volunteer to administer this section, so consider raising your hand in an
Six out of ten Canadians say religion is an important part
of their lives (Angus-Reid poll) and more than six million attend religious services
every week (Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs). Sixty-five percent of
these think the media do a poor job of covering faith and religion. Canada's 19 largest
daily newspapers employ five full-time religious writers compared to 76 full-time
sports reporters. If you have opinions or stories about how the Canadian media covered
-- or failed to cover -- a religious issue or event, please email Suzanne King, who
is writing an article about the Canadian media's coverage of religion: firstname.lastname@example.org (To whon thanks for the stats above.)
And from another email: 'Has anybody seen a transcription of any or all of the Book
of Common Prayer into the PalmPilot Doc format?' Well, confess if you have! We'll not only pass
the information on to the enquirer, but publicise it here as well. (Maybe not in
PalmPilot Doc format...)
See you next week.
Last updated: 4 October 1998