Saturday, 29 July 2006
My Columns from the Church Times
July 2006 Building a parish website
June 2006 Cheap public WiFi?
May 2006 Free broadband?
April 2006 More on sharing your thoughts [Blogging basics]
March 2006 How to use Bloglines
February 2006 How to Blog
January 2006 CT guide to RSS
December 2005 More Firefox hints
November 2005 Extending Firefox
October 2005 Protecting your computer
September 2005 More on getting connected
August 2005 Getting connected
(This was originally titled Getting Started; next month will deal with ISP selection)
July 2005 Browser Tips
June 2005 Introducing wireless 2
May 2005 Introducing wireless (this column was much longer as written: more in future months…)
April 2005 Sinful email
March 2005 Browsers and broadband
February 2005 More about security
January 2005 More about Thunderbird
December 2004 Should I switch to Firefox?
November 2004 Technology Updates 2 (broadband and audio/video)
October 2004 Technology Updates 1 (Windows XP and blogs)
September 2004 Broadband update
August 2004 More on accessible websites
July 2004 Alternatives to Internet Explorer
Monday, 1 November 2004
All future news items on main blog
Now that I have returned from an extended holiday, I shall be posting regularly on the Thinking Anglicans blog rather than here.
This personal blog will remain in place, and may be used again in future, but for the time being comment posting has been disabled, due to excessive spam.
Wednesday, 27 October 2004
News on main blog
Please note that during October all news reports will appear on the main Thinking Anglicans blog.
Sunday, 3 October 2004
BBC Sunday programme
Two radio reports today:
Same sex blessings
The worldwide Anglican Communion finally gets to see the Eames Report this month. Named after Archbishop Robin Eames, who chaired the commission, it’s meant to chart a way forward out of the crisis over same sex blessings and the election of the practising homosexual Bishop Gene Robinson. Conservatives in Africa and around the world want The Commission to recommend throwing the Episcopal Church USA – or ECUSA – out of the Anglican Communion. And also to reject the man it endorsed as Bishop of New Hampshire. Many predict schism if the American Church isn’t called upon to “repent”. But as Jane Little reports from New Hampshire the break up is already happening. Listen here (9 minutes)
The long standing row about whether women should be able to become Bishops in The Church of England, and whether one day there might be a woman Archbishop, is coming to a head. Next month the so called “Rochester Report” will be published but its contents have been widely leaked. It will apparently put forward seven options, from which Synod can choose. For Forward in Faith, the organisation which opposes the ordination of women as Bishops, or indeed as priests, there are only two options which they will outline in their own report, to be published next Friday. These are either to maintain the status quo where all Bishops are men, or set up an independent or free province of the Church for those who cannot accept women Bishops. Roger Bolton reports. Listen here (7 minutes)
Saturday, 2 October 2004
The Archbishop and the Network
This week’s Church Times press column by Andrew Brown has further comment on this matter.
After reviewing at length the earlier events all reported here and in earlier entries under the same title, he has the following comment.
The only thing we can conclude from this for certain is that somebody is lying. It’s not just a question of who suggested the term “confessing church”. The contorted passive voice of the ACNS statement is perfectly compatible with the story that it was Dr Williams. I rang Jonathan Jennings at the Lambeth press office again, and asked whether the Archbishop had or had not suggested the phrase. He replied: “I wouldn’t go that far,” which is illuminating, but not of the question I wanted answered.
Beyond the phrase itself are the implications. Mr Minns has stated in print and repeated that Dr Williams made explicit the link with Bonhoeffer; Lambeth has now denied it. There were three people in the room; so at least one, it seems to me, must be lying. I don’t know that it’s particularly blameworthy. This kind of social or diplomatic untruth is told all the time to all sorts of journalists: provoking it is a measure of our success in finding interesting stories. But it is only religious journalists whose job consists, in a large part, of ringing up Christians so that they can tell us lies.
letters from ECUSA bishops
The Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold issued this letter to the HOB members after the meeting, which discusses plans for Lambeth Commission followup and contains at the end of it the text of a resolution passed concerning the transfer of clergy between dioceses. The letter is here among other places. The wording of the resolution is also below the fold here.
Bishop John Chane of Washington DC issued a letter concerning the visits of bishops to his diocese. You can read it on the diocesan website here.Continue reading "letters from ECUSA bishops"
still more around Eames
There have been several articles recently that consider this forthcoming report.
The National Catholic Reporter published Anglicans at the crossroads by Austen Ivereigh, who is deputy editor of the London-based RC weekly The Tablet.
The Episcopal Divinity School website has published An Imagined Conversation on the Lambeth Commission with the Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Ph.D.
The Guardian’s godslot today publishes a column by Colin Slee entitled The word on Gene Robinson.
Wednesday, 29 September 2004
In Los Angeles, Bishop Bruno has said that he will not take legal action against Bishop Maurice Benitez: Bishop to Hold Off on Charges
Meanwhile NACDAP has published this Analysis of Bishop Bruno’s Lawsuit Against St. James Church, Newport Beach (it would be more comprehensible if the source documents were available)
The ECUSA House of Bishops has held a meeting in Spokane. Larry Stammer reported on it this way: Bishops End Session With Hope and here is the ENS press release, A word to the Episcopal Church from the House of Bishops.
Another ENS press release is subtitled House of Bishops informed of network leaders’ plan to launch parallel agency and refers to this announcement by NACDAP: Anglican Relief and Development Fund Launched. The same body had earlier claimed that SUPPORT AND RECOGNITION OF THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION NETWORK INCREASES. The figures in that release deserve some analysis in due course.
Yet another item of interest from this HoB meeting is on titusonenine and is Bishop Epting’s House of Bishops’ Presentation concerning the status of ECUSA’s ecumenical relations.
Monday, 27 September 2004
lay presidency challenge
Today the Telegraph carries a story by Jonathan Petre
Archbishop faces fresh crisis over Holy Communion.
This refers to remarks by the Bishop of North Sydney, the Rt Rev Glenn Davis. What happened was that Glenn Davis wrote an article which was published two weeks ago in the Church Times. You can read that here:
What’s all the fuss about?
The link in that to the Carlisle origins of Communion by Extension is incorrect: it should be to this: Extending the boundaries by David Smethurst
Sunday, 26 September 2004
Ripon on radio
The BBC Sunday programme talked to the people of Ripon, and others…
Last Sunday in Ripon Cathedral, The Bishop, John Packer, announced the suspension of the Dean, John Methuen. The Dean has protested his innocence. Although it isn’t clear what he is being accused of, there seems to be some concern about his allegedly autocratic style.
Interviews with members of the public in Ripon and the Dean of Southwark Cathedral in London, the Very Rev Colin Slee.
Listen (5m 24s) with RealAudio.
Yesterday, the Telegraph carried Suspension of Dean fails to silence whispering which contains a lot more
background detail whispers.