Showing posts from August, 2009

Back at home

I am back after being away for most of the last month. Now I need to focus and get work stuff happening, and get my dissertation written. I have been plodding away at it, now I need to pick up the pace a lot.


Before I went to Australia I was at the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation 2009 in Auckland. Here is the official Communiqué. International Anglican Liturgical Consultation 2009 Communiqué, 8 August 2009, Auckland The International Anglican Liturgical Consultation met August 3-8 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Auckland, in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia. We are grateful to the Local Arrangements Committee, the Right Reverend Winston Halapua and the Right Reverend Kito Pikaahu, the Right Reverend George Connor, Mrs. Heather Skilling and the Very Reverend Ross Bay who shaped the conference and tended to our travel and practical needs with care. The gathering comprised Anglicans from fourteen of the Provinces of the Anglican Communion. Particular welcome was given to the first representatives from the Anglican Church in Korea and the Church of North India. Due to unforeseen difficulties regarding travel and visa matters, several of our me

Ministers meeting in Australia

I have been away a lot lately, mostly doing Franciscan Stuff. One of the meetings I was at was a Ministers meeting in Perth. One of the other attendees has written this dairy, so I thought I would just post this. You can see the original if you follow the link. Perth Diary The purpose of the visit to Perth was for a meeting of the Ministers Provincial of the Third Order in the Society of St Francis, which is an Anglican order. There are five provinces in the world, and we have a Minister General who leads the whole order. Meetings take place every two years, and I was blessed to attend the previous one in the USA. Friday 14 – At Perth airport, Jeremy James met me. He is the Regional Minister (or Guardian) of the Third Order in Western Australia. He had already collected Anita Catron (USA) and Dorothy Brooker (Minister General from New Zealand). We went to the home where Joanna Coney (UK) was staying. Julie-Ann was our driver. We stopped in Safety Bay to collect John Hebenton (NZ

Slava's Snow Show

I have just spent two days with my sister in Melbourne. I love Melbourne; I love the range of ethnic food that is available. I love the city, and the range of entertainment available. It was great spending time with my sister and it was grand experiencing Melbourne again. Last night (when I wrote this) I went to Slava’s snow show. It is publicised as what Circe de Sole is to circus, so this is to clowning. And it was great. The theatre was old, small (although it had the three layers of seats, but the stage was small) and covered in paper snow from previous shows. It was fun sitting there watching little flurries of snow erupting from the seats in front as people threw it on those around them, and listening to the little girl behind us giggling with delight as she threw it on her grandmother, and once on us (we exacted our revenge, twice, to her squeals of laugher). And then the show began. The costumes, the facial expressions, the plot and script (well what else would you call it) wer

Salvador Dali

Today (when writing) I went to see the Salvador Dali, Liquid Desire show in Melbourne. I have long liked his worked, both for its range of subjects, including the religious ones and the surrealist and yet detailed portrayal of his subjects. We were there for about 2 hours, and I could have spent much longer there. I had no idea of the range of art forms he engaged in: film, sculpture, set design for ballets and film, jewellery, photography and of course painting. I was fascinated to find out a bit about some of the influences, from being named after his dead brother and being treated as a reincarnation of that brother (who had died at the age of two) and his struggle to create his own identity. He was always “out there” and was always amazingly talented. He was greatly influenced by Freud, and the surrealist movement, but carved his own path. He scandalised his father by hooking up with the wife of another surrealist who was 10 years older. They were together for over 50 years and she

Description of The Anglican Liturgical Tradition

The following comes from my work for my masters, and is offered as descriptive rather than prescriptive. It is an understanding of the Anglican Liturgical Tradition based on the literature reviewed and my experience as an Anglican priest. The key elements of this tradition include the following - The Anglican Liturgical (ALT) is based on an understanding of worship that is much more than singing praise songs to God. It is about the whole of life , rather than just what happens on Sunday morning. It is an encounter between the living God and God’s church, which changes those who participate, and draws who participate into God’s mission. While there is some debate about who worship is for, it is true that those who engage in worship are to participate in it, rather than observe it as an audience. It invites everyone to take part however they are able. As such Anglican liturgical tradition at its best is accessible to those who attend. The Anglican Liturgical Tradition has as a corners