Place to Begin
Hallo again to all. Oddly (and perhaps luckily) it is one of the lightest weeks for new parish diocesan, or general Anglican web sites here at Anglicans Online, and one of the heaviest weeks for Anglican-related news.
But before the news, we welcome the Diocese of Canterbury in England, an Anglo-Catholic parish in Adelaide, South Australia and a parish in Juneau, Alaska, and, in between, a parish in northern California. You'll also find three very different and new mailing lists in New This Week.
There's an old saying that if you have a Synod and you take medicine to cure it, then it will be over in seven days, but if you don't take the medicine, your Synod will last a week. Recent experience in the Church of England and the Church of the Province of Southern Africa has shown that this ancient folk wisdom is probably still true: both Synods ran the expected length of time.
There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that Donald Trump is going to build another Millennium Dome over Brockton, Massachusetts. But the rumor that the Bishop of Oxford is very unhappy with NATO is quite true.
The British press is at a fever pitch reporting events of the Church of England's Synod. We are not aware of any newspaper in southern Africa that has an online edition reporting events there, but luckily the good folks of CPSA have done a wonderful job of covering news of their Synod on their own web site.
The combination of the Internet and the Church is always dramatic: so much of the Church is devoted to keeping things the way they have been for hundreds of years, and so much of the Internet is devoted to making things be different than they were last week. So when something important to the Church is released on the Internet, there is always an expectation for commentary and replies in "Internet time." The Internet rush to be live, relevant, and real-time has always reminded us of the rush to bring Nouveau Beaujolais to Paris and New York as fast as possible. The Most Rev. Keith Rayner, Archbishop of Melbourne and Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, has issued his first public comment on The Gift of Authority, which was published the second week of May, 1999. The News Centre gives you a link to a story about his comments in the Sydney Morning Herald; we have not yet found a transcript online. We are sure one will come in due time, just not in Internet time.
This week's News Centre has two articles about famous bishops visiting distant places. It also carries the online edition of a letter to the editor of the Church Times that was printed in their dead-tree edition but somehow did not make their web page. Speaking of the Church Times web page, this week's edition only works with Internet Explorer; Netscape users don't get to see the cover picture. They didn't do it on purpose; this is not a political statement by the Church Times about which browser you should use. Somebody used a backslash (\) in a context requiring a forward slash (/), and since the backslash is rather a Windows-ism, IE just quietly pretended that it had seen a forward slash.
The Quote of the Week comes from Archimandrite Ephrem Lash, a nonvoting orthodox representative to the Church of England Synod. As reported in our News Centre article about the Synod and the wording of the Nicene Creed, he said "The Orthodox are a little sensitive to changes in the creed."
See you next week.
updated: 18 July 1999