Place to Begin
Hallo again to all.
Last week there was a terrible fuss made in the press about the Archbishop of Canterbury's statement that he did not believe in the resurrection. It sounds preposterous, and as the story unfolded, we learned that, indeed, it was preposterous. All of the minutiae are in the News Centre, but there are two essays that you should read even if you don't read any of the other coverage. Both were published in the Church Times. The Press column in the Church Times, by Cole Moreton, explains what happened from a journalist's perspective; the leader essay, presumably by CT editor Paul Handley, reflects that "part of the truth lurks in the darkness."
The northern hemisphere is largely on holiday this month, so not very many people are making web pages. But the southern hemisphere is hard at work, making web pages and telling us about them. There are ten new churches listed in our Australia and New Zealand section. And we welcome to the web the Crown of Thorns Church in Hong Kong, in the Diocese of Western Kowloon, entirely in Chinese. And the famous Church of the Advent in Boston, although it has had a simple web page for some time, has a new and newly-listed web page. In our New This Week section you will find links to all of the newly-listed parishes.
We enjoyed the report in the Diocese of Brisbane's newsletter of the Coming of the Light. This annual event celebrates the visit of a group of evangelists from the London Missionary Society to the Torres Strait Islands on 1 July 1871. It brought great change to those islands in the far north of Australia, and set off a wave of evangelism that continues to have an impact today.
Last week we promised a "guess the conflict" feature based on transcripts of old Lambeth Conference resolutions. And we gave you a teaser question, which you'll find is number 3 in our 20-question quiz, more or less subtitled "Do You Know Just What Your Bishops Resolved?" This initial silly season installment covers resolutions the first Lambeth Conference in 1878 through the fourth in 1908.
Our favourite Anglican-related quote of the week, from a Minneapolis Star-Tribune (USA) article on the possible ECUSA-Lutheran Concordat: 'Like a huge piece of bubble gum that's stuck to their shoes on a blisteringly hot day, the historic episcopate just won't leave Lutherans alone'. !!
See you next week.
updated: 8 August 1999