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Updated Saturday afternoon

Richard E Helmer writes at the Episcopal Café about The vow of poverty: Reflecting on the witness of Francis.

Benjamin Guyer writes at The Living Church about Law, Liturgy, Wisdom.

Margaret Hebblethwaite writes in The Guardian about Christianity for a television age. “Can you have a christianity that has no symbols of sanctity, and no knowledge of history? That is how evangelical churches seem.”

Pierre Whalon writes about All Souls … especially your own …

Theo Hobson writes in The Guardian about Britain’s illiberal attitude to the church has driven me away. “The Anglican church’s version of Christianity is full of charming but deadly imperial ghosts. It needs an almighty exorcism.”

Bishop Alan Wilson writes about Change, Decay and Renewal and says he is “rather glad the Church isn’t the same as the one into which I was ordained 31 years ago”.

Giles Fraser writes in the Church Times about Fresh Expressions: Mugged by Expressions of choice.
Update: Jeremy Fletcher responds to Giles Fraser: Fresh Expression, Stale Journalism.

And finally here is a report on the 2010 International Anglican Bloggers Summit Meeting.

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Margaret Hebblethwaite seems to be assuming that Pentecostalism is representative of all evangelicalism, which is a bit like assuming that Holy Trinity Brompton is representative of all Anglicanism.

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I enjoyed reading Mr. Hobson’s piece. I can’t argue about establishment, as I’m a Yank and we don’t have that here yet, and I hope never. Back in the 1950s and before, TEC was called the “Republican Party at prayer”, because TEC and the political establishment were considered almost the same. Not anymore, LOL I wanted to comment on the last section of Mr. Hobson’s article. Doctrinaire, triumphalist conservative Christians would disagree, but it is precisely because we have no establishment religion that the average US citizen still views religion favorably. No government telling you what to believe, or assuming… Read more »

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“They (women clergy) reach places the old fashioned public schoolboys club that was clergy chapter back in the seventies never did, and have helped develop a more realistic picture of servant ministry to replace old romanticism.” – Bishop Alan Wilson – Change, Decay & Renewal – What a wonderful way of describing the renewal of the outreach of the Church through the ministry of women! In fact, without women clergy at the moment, the Church in England would probably collapse. The threat of male priests (& bishops) leaving for the Ordinariates could never be balanced by the possibility of our… Read more »