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Hallo again to all.

How well do you think the web serves the church? Have a look at Michael Keene's article in a recent issue of Christian Century, called 'The Church on the Web' and read his take on that question. Mr Keene is member of the Episcopal Church in the USA and the article includes links and commentary on Anglican web sites.

We know quite personally how well a bookshop in upstate New York has served the Anglican Communion, for we've been fans and customers of the Anglican Bibliopole for many years. A new web site, alas without any online stock listing, at least gives general information and (at last!) an email address.

'Clergy burn out' is not an unfamiliar term or concept in the church today. The Diocese of California has put together a commission to consider the issues behind this unhappy phenomenon, and that commission has developed some very helpful web pages, with links and resources for clergy, their families, and parishes.

'Burn out' probably doesn't begin to describe the attitude of some priests in the village of Little Crosby in England, as they struggled with the religious turmoil of late sixteenth-century England. An attractive web site devoted to the unusual story of this village offer you the option of reading text on the web with RealAudio excerpts.

Some of you might be surprised to find that the Cistercian tradition is also found within Anglican religious orders. Ewell Monastery in the UK have developed a new web site that gives you good information about this fascinating community.

'Rant' is may be termed, but we found the essay 'What are Human Beings For?' by Brett Gray at Ship of Fools compelling reading. A taste:

Christian unrest isn't whining about the Church not meeting your needs--that's just unrest as done by Christians. Christian unrest is a dangerous and proactive questioning that looks outwards with a smile, a tear, and the refusal to take seriously (in the most serious possible way) the powers and superstructures of the world's ruling mythology.

This week's paper edition of the Church Times carries two pieces about the Most Rev Richard Holloway, but neither made it to their web site. We have a copy of the paper now, but did not make our deadline of press time for putting those two articles online. We think you should read them, so please check back later in the week. In the meantime, there is a small amount of new news in the News Centre and a vast amount of old news. Finally, today is Cynthia's birthday, but it's been her birthday today every year since the early years of the reign of Elizabeth II, so I couldn't see mentioning it in the News Centre.

If there isn't a sharp increase in the amount of Anglican news next week, I'm going to take a 2-week vacation from the News Centre. Surely there will be some Anglican News by Yom Kippur; in the interim, I'll leave bottom-feeding to the catfish.

See you next week.

Cynthia McFarland
  Brian Reid

Last updated: 30 August 1999
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