Comments: Holy Week and Easter sermons

Here is a link to another Easter celebration. A first of its kind in Ireland I think. Roll on!

Posted by Tom Healy at Tuesday, 18 April 2006 at 10:32pm BST

Good sermon from +Oxon; it's nice to hear a well thought through sermon on grappling with today's issues in their context, which is very heavily based on Christ's teaching, other Scripture, Wesley and even the ordinal.

Wondering whether the departure of Richard Harries will mark the end of a phase of the church's engagement with post-modern society, I hope he has a blessed retirement (not my reaction two or three years ago!).

Posted by Dave at Tuesday, 18 April 2006 at 11:06pm BST

Here is a picture of that event and a further report:

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Wednesday, 19 April 2006 at 7:26am BST

Specially for Dave, here is the Bishop of Oxford's Easter Day sermon:

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Wednesday, 19 April 2006 at 1:10pm BST

Thanks Simon, I think that many folk assume that, because of his support for the celibate but partnered Jeffrey John, Harries is a liberal in the "I don't believe...." mould. In fact I have heard good stories about his ministry recently (from a conservative perspective) such as defrocking a priest who wrote a book that was clearly rejecting the Creeds, and standing up for a very conservative ordinand who was unfairly rejected by the selectors.

However I do think that he has fallen back on an old and untrue stereotype in this part of his sermon: "Unfortunately the Church tends to be polarised between those who take this text seriously, but too often go out in sensitive and inappropriate ways, and those who tend to ignore it." Most conservatives are in my experience very sensitised to the surrounding culture and other faiths. The accusation of insensitivity is often, I think, a euphemism for "saying something I don't think is very nice"... on which basis neither St Paul nor our Lord would have scored very highly on occasion !

The rest of that paragraph, however, summarizes my attitude too..."The plain meaning of the text is that the Christian Church has been sent out, all of us priests and people alike, to bear witness to the truth in Jesus, a truth desperately needed by the world today as always. Today, perhaps what is particularly required of us is a mission of presence, hospitality and generosity, one which is respectful of the cultures and beliefs of others and willing to learn from them, whilst at the same time, on the basis of friendship, willing to witness to the truth that God has revealed. For in Galilee a light has dawned that is to bring illumination to all humanity."

Posted by Dave at Wednesday, 19 April 2006 at 6:30pm BST
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