Saturday, 24 October 2015


David Emmott went to Ken Leech’s funeral: Celebrating a prophet.

Carol Kuruvilla Huffington Post These 15 Tiny Churches Have Plenty Of Personality

Onora O’Neill, Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve, gave the Theos Annual Lecture on Monday 19 October 2015: Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Religion.
Paul Handley writes about the lecture in this week’s Church Times leader: Rights and duties.

Andrew Davison Church Times Do other planets have their own Christ?

Posted by Peter Owen on Saturday, 24 October 2015 at 11:05am BST | TrackBack
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Re Andrew Davison, Do Other Planets Have their Own Christs? Indeed, a question not just for this universe, but perhaps some other universe as well?

"Who can tell what other cradle,
high above the milky way,
still may rock the King of heaven,
on another Christmas Day?
God above, man below
holy is the name I know.

Every star and every planet
every creature high and low
come and praise the King of heaven
by whatever name you know.
God above, Man below
holy is the name I know"

-Sydney Carter 1915-2004
(Every Star Shall Sing A Carol)

And on that happy note ...

Posted by: Rod Gillis on Saturday, 24 October 2015 at 3:54pm BST

And, of course from F W Faber.

There is grace enough for thousands
Of new worlds as great as this;
There is room for fresh creations
In that upper house of bliss.

Posted by: Richard Ashby on Saturday, 24 October 2015 at 8:11pm BST

Great personality from that church in Mount Vernon, Missouri.

Posted by: Pam on Saturday, 24 October 2015 at 9:17pm BST

In one of the "Star Trek" movies, the intrepid crew of a spaceship is hosting a dinner for the crew of another spaceship from a different planet and a different intelligent species altogether. One of the humans aboard the first spacecraft mentions a "devotion to human rights", and a guest from the second spacecraft scolds him saying his very words condemn his chauvinism, focusing on the word "human".
If God exists, and if God is concerned about ALL of God's creatures WHEREVER they are in the Universe, then I would say it would be the height of chauvinistic folly to assume God only provides salvation to just one intelligent species.
Jesus of Nazareth, according to traditional Christian doctrine, became Incarnate as a baby boy and grew up as a man, to perform his mission. Why then shouldn't God the Son become Incarnate as a baby representative of other intelligent species whom God perceives have a need for salvation in a manner similar to Christianity?

Rod Gillis, what a fantastic quoting of Sydney Carter! Thank you.

Posted by: peterpi - Peter Gross on Saturday, 24 October 2015 at 10:05pm BST

"But at the centre of his life, ministry, and vision, was Christ in the eucharist. Or rather, at the centre of his vision was the Incarnate Christ, God made flesh, who is revealed in his Body, the people of God gathered around the sacrament of the eucharist' - David Emmot - re Fr. Kenneth Leech -

Fr. Kenneth knew what redemption and salvation were all about. He had a wonderful sense of the Presence of Christ in the Eucharist - a priestly charism. We have another friend in paradise.

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Sunday, 25 October 2015 at 12:47am BST

re: Andrew Davison's article: given the ever-increasing likelihood of life on other planets, I am pleasantly astounded at the Church of England's uncharacteristic prescience on this matter. How else to explain the large number of people I trained with who would be perfect for a missionary posting to Uranus?

Posted by: Joan Of Quark on Sunday, 25 October 2015 at 8:12pm GMT

Dear Joan of Quark. A wonderful post! Why not send the Gafcon Primates to Uranus - where they might most probably feel 'at home'.

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Sunday, 25 October 2015 at 11:08pm GMT

@ Joan of quark, "How else to explain the large number of people I trained with who would be perfect for a missionary posting to Uranus?"

I'd be happy to have ACNA be in touch with NASA about the mission to Mars.

Posted by: Rod Gillis on Monday, 26 October 2015 at 1:54am GMT

I'm not quite sure who would be the perfect person to be the Rector of Uranus but all this reminds me of that greatPeter Sellers Film "Heavens Above" where a mix up of clerics sees the wrong Reverend John Smallwood being sent to bring Christian Socialism and eventual chaos to Orbiston Parva. The problem is eventually solved by making him Vicar of Outer Space. Appropriately enough the ex-military Churchwarden is played by none other than William Hartnell the original Dr. Who and the premier Time Lord.

Posted by: Father David on Monday, 26 October 2015 at 7:18am GMT
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