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Old Bible fragments found in Auckland
By Jessica Tasman-Jones for Fairfax News in www.anglicantaonga..org.nz
Tattered pieces from two Bibles more than 1200 years old have been found in another Bible in an Auckland library. The pieces, sewn into the four-volume Latin Bible, were discovered by staff at Sir George Grey's Special Collections in the central city library.
They were found while staff were cataloguing books dating from before 1501. The tattered manuscript is believed to date from just after 800AD and could be the earliest fragments of Western manuscripts in Australasia.
Colin Davis, chair of the Auckland Library Heritage Trust, says the find is "internationally significant". The Bible it was found in is a treasure in its own right, dating from the 15th century and originally belonging to a monastery in southern Germany. It had been presented in 1913 by Henry Shaw. The find was sent to Emeritus Professor Alexandra Barratt who discovered more fragments in three of the four volumes.
"Strips of vellum manuscript were sewn into the centre of the paper 'quires' or booklets which make up the volumes of the Bible, to strengthen them," Professor Barratt says. "The strips were cut from a Latin Carolingian Bible, that is, a bible written at the time of the emperor Charlemagne."
"According to an English expert, they date from the early 9th century, maybe not long after AD 800, making them more than 1200 years old," she says. Auckland Libraries heritage and research manager Sue Cooper says the remnants are believed to be the earliest fragments of Western manuscripts in Australasia or event the southern hemisphere.
Not all of the fragments are readable but include extracts from the book of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Ezekiel and Hosea. Other remains from the two manuscripts are believed to be in the Bavarian State Library in Munich, Germany.
Also found in a 1510 book on canon law was a page of papal indulgences, issued by Pope Leo X for the benefit of a monastery in Portugal. This is believed to be the only papal indulgence recorded in a New Zealand library.
The Sir George Grey Special Collections are on the second floor of the central library and hold rare books, photographs, ephemera, manuscripts, historic and rare maps, heritage music materials and oral histories.
Child sex abuse in the Church: alliance demands full inquiry
Anglican and Catholic churches have lost the right to police themselves, say victims
Jerome Taylor, The Independent
Survivors of childhood abuse by members of the Anglican and Catholic churches have called on the government to conduct a full independent inquiry which would force religious institutions to disclose any files they have on clergy who have been accused of sexual exploitation.
It is the first time abuse victims have joined forces with lawyers, charities and child safeguarding specialists to launch a dedicated national campaign demanding such an inquiry.
Members of the newly formed Stop Church Child Abuse campaign argue that both the Anglican and Catholic churches have “lost the right to police themselves” following a long history of covering up abuse claims.
They also say safeguards which were put in place following a string of sex abuse scandals in the late 1990s are not strong enough to reinstate trust in the institutions.
Both churches have countered that their current safeguards are some of the strongest in the world and have been used as a blueprint by other religious organisations following abuse scandals.
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Tanzania: Mara Diocese Set to Tackle Gender Based Violence
By Mugini Jacob, Tanzania Daily News in allafrica.com
THE Serengeti "We Can Live Without HIV/AIDS and Gender Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation," is a new programme that aims to reduce gender based violence and HIV/AIDS in 12 villages in Serengeti District, Mara Region.
The project is under the Anglican Church, Mara Diocese and will tackle harmful traditional practices such as Female Genital Mutilation.
Early this week, the Programme Manager, Ms Rhobi Samweli granted an interview to the 'Daily News' and spoke to our writer Mugini Jacob and explained what the programme is all about and expected outcomes. Below are excerpts from the interview:-
Kindly share with us the background of your programme?
Our programme was initiated a year ago by the Anglican Church under Mara Diocese. This is the first project run by the Diocese that is addressing gender based violence in addition to HIV and AIDs. Gender based violence is still a big problem in Serengeti district especially in rural areas.
Girls and women undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and there are still cases of woman to woman marriages. Unfortunately the FGM practice accompanied by big celebrations in the targeted villages.
What is the major aim of the programme?
Our major aim is to sensitise the population and help them understand the dangers of gender based violence in a bid to reduce it and in the long term wipe it out. We also want to create awareness on HIV and AIDs. The project aims at empowering women income generating activities. Men are eqaully encouraged to join these groups as the focus is gender balance.
We will start with three wards namely, Kenyamonta, Nyambureti and Ringw'ani. Our target is to reach 15,000 people of all walks of life in the 12 villages of these wards. These villages include; Mununa, Gusuhi, Maburi, Hekwe, Mesaga, Kenyamonta, Nyambureti, Majimoto, Ringw'ani, Nyamitita, Masinki and Kenyana.
How do you expect to achieve the programme objectives?
We will hold meetings for community leaders in every village, conduct road shows featuring traditional dances such as Ritungu, Rilandi and Kiborogwe to convey our messages on the effects of gender based violence and HIV and AIDs. We want the people to understand some of the cultures that increase the risk of HIV infections as well as violate the human rights of girls and women.
We will also run radio programmes that will educate listeners at the same time allowing them to give us feedback. We intend to distribute posters and booklets and conduct workshops for peer educators from every village who learn about human rights issues. Every peer educator develop a work plan and they will be required to give monthly reports. Their performance will be closely monitored by the project staff.
How will the programme be funded?
The funds are from the Rapid Fund Envelop (RFE) which falls under USAID. Q: Are there any other stakeholders? A: We will involve the community and leaders. So far we have introduced the programme to the Serengeti District Council and the District HIV/AIDS Control Committee.
From your own observation do you face any resistance from leaders in Serengeti?
Leaders in Serengeti have welcomed this project with open arms. For too long the focus of many projects has been on the effects of HIV/ AIDS without addressing gender based violence which is one of the main causes of the spread of HIV and AIDS.
What do you hope to achieve at the end of the project?
We want traditional elders, religious leaders and commuity leaders to be aware of the effects of gender based violence and we hope they will eventually be in frontline to oppose the violence. We would like to see a sharp decline in gender based violence.
Read the latest from the Diocese of Egypt's Deaf Unit in Cairo
News includes the building of the Vocation Training Centre, the Peacemaking Conference and the visit of teachers from Luxor for training
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Images from a Tangi
Hundreds flock to the tiny East Coast settlement of Rangitukia to pay their final respects to Hone Kaa.
The weather for Hone Kaa’s sendoff was, at times, spectacular – rain lashing into Hinepare Marae, wild squalls gusting so furiously that they threatened to tear a giant tarpaulin from its moorings and send it sailing out over the Waiapu River, dragging the wharenui with it. And some might have seen a certain symmetry in that – because if Hone Kaa was on the scene, if structures weren’t properly tied down they might just get blown away by the force of his passion. He was forthright. He was fearless – and funny too. He spoke out for the rawakore me te pani,the poor and bereaved, all his adult life. Not just in his ministry in the church, but also in his other lives in broadcasting, TV commentary and political activism.
Hone’s tangi was divided into two parts. He lay in state at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Khyber Pass from Thursday to Sunday, and hundreds who knew the urban Hone, the campaigner for the downtrodden in the city, paid their respects to him there. And on Sunday he was brought back to Ngati Porou, to Rangitukia, the tiny settlement at the mouth of the Waiapu River where he grew up, and to which he frequently returned.
Rangitukia, in fact, is “the Damascus of Ngati Porou”, said Api Mahuika in his eulogy. It's the place where Christianity had come to the Coast. Hone had known his own Damascus Rd call in Rangitukia, he'd taken that call on to Auckland, and in death he had “returned to Damascus.”
Like the Apostle Paul, said Api, Hone didn’t care for mysteries or mystical wisdom – he came to preach Christ crucified, and to follow Christ’s commandments. Three times Jesus had urged Peter to “Feed my sheep”, said Api, and Hone had taken that instruction to heart, too. That “feeding” sometimes took the form of mentoring or sheltering once-young firebrands like Joe Hawke, who paid tribute to Hone in Holy Sepulchre. Hone was there for Joe after Bastion Point, when Joe was shunned by just about every employer in Auckland. Hone Harawira was another who'd often taken counsel from Hone, and he came to Rangitukia to deliver a eulogy to his old mentor. “Hone Kaa stood by us,” he said, “when no-one else would stand by us.”
Hone’s sister Keri Kaa read Dylan Thomas’ poem Do not go gentle into that good night,and his son Hirini thanked the hundreds who had traveled to Rangitukia to pay their respects. He said his Dad had sometimes been disappointed by his church – but he was never disappointed by his faith. Archdeacon Tiki Raumati preached a rousing kauwhau, and after the committal Hone was carried across the road to Okororourupa to lie with the many members of the Kaa whanau buried there. So many, in fact, that he’d quipped that the place ought to be called: “The Kaa Park.”
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[Editor's note: The Ven Dr Hone Kaa was an Anglican priest who over 50 years had an extensive career including parish ministry, broadcasting, local and international activism, teaching and child advocacy. This career wove around his life as a priest nurturing the faith of local congregations around Auckland and further north.and a tireless campaigner for children in poverty. He died at the end of March following a short battle with cancer. He was 70]
Via Crucis: ‘No walls can separate us from God’s grace’: U.S.-Mexico border pilgrimage, Eucharist take aim at immigration issues
Two 20-foot high steel walls between Tijuana and San Diego made seeing and touching each other all but impossible, but they couldn’t stop Episcopalians and Anglicans on both sides of the border from celebrating the Eucharist together April 2. The display of unity aimed a spotlight at the plight of the undocumented and on unjust immigration laws that separate and divide families.
By The Rev. Pat McCaughan for The Episcopal News of the Diocese of Los Angeles on Latin America and Caribbean News Agency
Two 20-foot high steel walls between Tijuana and San Diego made seeing and touching each other all but impossible, but they couldn’t stop Episcopalians and Anglicans on both sides of the border from celebrating the Eucharist together April 2.
The display of unity aimed a spotlight at the plight of the undocumented and on unjust immigration laws that separate and divide families, said Bishop Suffragan Diane Bruce of the Diocese of Los Angeles and Bishop Jim Mathes of the Diocese of San Diego.
With U.S. Border Patrol helicopters circling overhead, the two bishops blessed bread and wine at a 3 p.m. service on the U.S. side of the border at Friendship Park in San Diego. A few yards away across the border wall, clergy from the Anglican Church of Mexico did likewise.
“What a wonderful way to celebrate this Monday in Holy Week,” said Bruce afterwards. “At the end of the service, people (from the Mexico side) were coming up individually to the border wall and asking for blessings.
“It pushed me over the edge, in making me understand that there are no walls that can separate us from God’s loving grace. There is no border that can do that.”
The border was the fourth and final stop in a multi-city “Via Crucis” (Way of the Cross) pilgrimage that began at 8:30 a.m. at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles and culminated with the border Eucharist with all 14 Stations of the Cross observed along the journey. After praying the first three Stations of the Cross at MacArthur Park, about 40 pilgrims formed a caravan of cars.
Their procession followed a 6-foot wooden statue of Jesus in a pickup truck some 130 miles southward along the Interstate-5 freeway, adding more pilgrims and praying progressive Stations of the Cross in Spanish and English at designated stops in San Clemente and Chula Vista before reaching the border.
“Today for us as Christians is one of the holiest times of our year — Holy Week — and we are telling the story of the oppression of our Lord Jesus Christ,” said the Rev. Liz Muñoz, rector of Trinity Church in Los Angeles, and a pilgrimage organizer.
“Many of us believe that Jesus was an immigrant from heaven to earth,” she told those gathered at MacArthur Park. “He came from heaven without documentation to teach us to love God and to love one another.
“We come today together to pray for just immigration laws that will allow families that have been together to continue to be here together to participate and be loved just as everyone deserves to be loved in this country.”
Indicating the gold-crowned statue of Jesus, wearing a brilliant red robe, inside a glass booth in the back of the pick-up truck, Muñoz continued: “This Salvador del Mundo came all the way from San Salvador [El Salvador] on a truck, crossing three borders. Today we are taking him back one border, the first border and we hope that some year at some point in our lifetime it will be the last border.”
Rosie Vásquez, 45, a parishioner at All Saints Church in Highland Park, said she felt compelled to join the pilgrimage “because of my faith.
“This is about my family, this is about my country, this is about Jesus’ love for us all,” said Vásquez who read prayers in Spanish at the first station, ‘Jesus is condemned to death.’ “I’ve never done anything like this before,” added Vásquez, who came to Los Angeles from Guatemala in 1986. “I’m so excited to be part of this.”
Christy Goulet, 23, and Jazmín Trammell, 25, Episcopal Urban Interns assigned to St. Mary’s Church in Los Angeles, said they joined the multi-ethnic group of pilgrims “to learn more about Episcopal traditions and liturgy” and to experience the connections between the stations of the cross and immigration issues.
“We are all pilgrims,” the Rev. Patrick Crerar, rector of St. Clement by-the-Sea in San Clemente, said while greeting the group from Los Angeles.
“We support unity in family, not division. It is the desire of God and it is the desire of the church and it is the desire of us all that families be brought back together, so we join in this pilgrimage to seek God’s will, to seek God’s justice in our immigration laws and to seek greater unity in families divided by the wall.”
At St. John’s Episcopal School in Chula Vista, Bishop Mathes welcomed the Los Angeles pilgrims. The group emulated Jesus, “the great boundary crosser, who showed us the way of moving from the divine life to human life to life everlasting,” he said.
“This is Holy Week,” he added, “this is the week in which we remember Jesus’ death and look forward to his resurrection. If nothing else, I hope this pilgrimage is a moment of new life for those looking for hope.”
For Juana Córdoba, a lay leader at Church of the Messiah in Santa Ana, the pilgrimage was both personal and painful.
“I came up to get a job to support my children because I had nothing to feed them and no money in Mexico,” she said through an interpreter. She went back and forth between countries until gradually she could bring her children with her, added Córdoba, a single mother of six, tearing up at the mention of that separation.
“I want to do something about the separation of families,” added Córdoba, whose family eventually became U.S. citizens. “I want to try to work toward a solution because so many people today don’t have documentation. I feel very much in solidarity with them. My greatest wish is that there be some kind of program where people could get documentation to work.”
Blanca Ruelas-Suárez, also a parishioner at the Church of the Messiah, agreed. “I am here to support those who aren’t fortunate enough to have the documentation I have, and in the hopes that our government leaders will pay attention and do something to help them,” she said through an interpreter.
“I am also here to honor and grieve the persons who have died trying to cross the border.”
The group had grown to about 80 by the time pilgrims reached Friendship Park, located inside the Border Field State Park. There, in the space between the two walls, Eucharist was held.
Pilgrims carried crosses and red banners during the half-hour walk along the ocean to the border walls. Cheers, whistles and applause rang out from about 180 pilgrims gathered on the Tijuana side as they saw the U.S. group approach. Shouts of “no one is an immigrant,” rang out; a mariachi band began to play.
Participating clergy and congregations from Mexico included: the Rev. Miguel Zavala-Mugica, of San Juan Apostol y Evangelista in Ensenada; the Rev. Adeli Candelario Garcaia, Christ the King Anglican Mission in Tijuana and children from the Colegio la Esperanza and children from Casa Hogar Dorcas Casa Vida Joven.
The Eucharist at the wall was carried out with the permission and full cooperation of the U.S. Border Patrol, according to Bruce.
Only 25 people were allowed into the space between the walls at a time. As each group of 25 entered to receive communion, they were drawn to the fence to try to touch, to greet, to connect with those on the other side.
“I saw a long-time friend of many, many years over there,” said the Rev. Roberto Limatu of Los Angeles. “This is a very, very good day.”
For Luis Garibay, building superintendent at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul in Los Angeles, loading the 6-foot Jesus statute onto the pickup truck and then driving it to the border was an experience all its own.
“People would pull up next to us on the freeway and look inside the truck at us. Then they’d drop back and snap photos of Jesus. I heard that somebody put one of the photos on the Internet and said, ‘Jesus is driving on the freeway.’”
The Rev. Jennifer Hughes, who teaches Latino studies at the University of California at Riverside, came up with the idea for the Via Crucis pilgrimage and said she was happy at the pilgrimage turnout but added that she hoped “for a more sustained Eucharistic community, more than annually. It’s my hope there will be some kind of regular Eucharistic witness at the border.”
The Rev. Carlos García, vicar of Santa Rosa del Mar Church and priest-in-charge of St. Philip the Apostle Church in Lemon Grove in the San Diego diocese, agreed that the effort should continue.
“Today gave me more of a sense about why we are here. It’s about uniting families. I would absolutely do it again.”
The Rev. Butch Gamarra of the Diocese of Los Angeles said he hoped the pilgrimage would draw attention to the issues “in a way that people can hear it. This can be a very polarizing issue and we need to help lift up the plight of immigrants. It’s a human tragedy. You can’t call God’s people illegal. No human being is illegal. You might be undocumented, but you are not illegal.
“We have to raise up the plight of how families are broken apart, how traumatic it is for children when their parents are deported, when they can’t stay in school. People of faith especially should raise our voices in advocacy and try to bring immigration reform to some kind of resolution so people can just live normal lives and be treated as people, not political pawns.
The new bishop of Antsiranana in Madagascar, the Rt Revd Dr Oliver Simon writes about his new life warts and all...
...In answer to the question, “How did you find yourself in this situation?” I can apply either an external, historical framework – this is how it happened – or an internal spiritual framework – this is how God seems to be at work. Both are important. Personally I was not ready to ‘retire’; I had already been helped to see the possibilities of something more in God’s service and had offered myself in a humble background sort of way to Archbishop Ian and the Province of the Indian Ocean – feeling that Madagascar was where I should be but not knowing how that would happen. My time in Mauritius last year, in the diocese and alongside the Archbishop was formative; it gave substance to the search, that was already underway before I arrived, into a successor bishop for Antsiranana. So one answer to the question is, “simply being there”...
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The Bridge, the newspaper of the Diocese of Southwark thought it would be good to write about how Easter is celebrated in various parts of the world. "It is good to reflect upon the way in which Easter is celebrated and how this is affected by the weateher and the cultural traditions of the country," they wrote. "It is especially good that we can learn from our brothers and sisters across the world as they celebrate the Good News of the resurrection."
Take a look at the double page spread that features Zimbabwe, India, Barbados and other countries here: http://www.southwark.anglican.org/thebridge/1204/1204cs.pdf
Asian Theology on the Way: Christianity, culture and context
Authors: Peniel Jesudason and Rufus Rajkumar ed. Publisher SPCK
Description from the SPCK website: "This book provides an introduction to theological thought on the Asian continent. It is ecumenical in scope with emphasis on the contemporary concerns within Asian theology and some attention to the development of these theologies. Regional and subject specialists will capture the ongoing conversation on Asian theology, incorporating new emphases, thrusts and trends, thus making the book a fresh and engaging introduction to Christian theology in Asia."
Available from SPCK's website here http://www.spckpublishing.co.uk/shop/asian-theology-on-the-way/
The Parenting Book
By Nick and Sila Lee
"Children thrive when parenting includes encouragement, is lighthanded, humorous and makes space for them to be themselves. They wither under parenting that is over full of criticism, heavy handed, intense and controlling. In 500 pages Nicky and Sila Lee resource parents who want to build a more spacious family LIfe. the book has amusing sketches. I like the cartoons of children with square screen faces, or being pulled out ofscreens, illustrating the major inter0generational tension of loss of real-life to virutal online relationships. There is good practical advice on dealing graciously with Internet, TV, alcohol, sex, drugs, money and eating habit-related issues.
Dealing with hurt and anger is an essential family and life skill. In the book opposite types of unhealthy reaction are labelled graphically: rhinos are volatile and charge around letting you know how they feel; hedgehogs withdraw burying their feelings from view. Once we are aware of the way family members express anger we can help one another, not least in 'pressing the pause button', another graphic analogy." - The Revd Dr John Twisleton, Rector of St Giles, Horsted Keynes.
Alpha 2009, £8.99 ISBN 978 1 905887 36 1 https://shop.alpha.org/product/147/parenting-book-nicky-and-sila-lee
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Psalm: 78:9-16 Num. 11:10-17
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