Our intrepid cathedral journeyers are now posting their photos and reflections on the internet.
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco
http://blogs.anglicanlife.org.nz/cathedral/2012/06/07/cathedral-tour-jubilee-church/ [I have added this, 8 June 2012, a second link was emailed to the Diocese today but I cannot get that to work. I really don't like the Jubilee church. Too stark. Our current cathedral has some warmth to it. Plus, I think more and more, having been prompted recently about this, if we are to have a new cathedral then, we must have one which is anchored into the South Pacific, not into Europe or America.]
These reflections are excellent - posing great questions.
My reaction from afar: neither of the first two cathedrals is the cathedral for Christchurch, but aspects of each could be incorporated into ours.
We are looking for one cathedral to rule over them all.
Perhaps we will only find it when we build it!
But I need to add a postscript, the movement to save the current cathedral in Christchurch continues apace, including a thoughtful and fairly irenic article in this morning's Press. An interesting shift seems to be going on in the focus of the arguments: no longer blaming Bishop Victoria and the Diocese for the loss of the cathedral, but appealing instead to the government to save the cathedral in the 'national' interest.
But, in a later postscript, I note that the Queen herself is not going to be able to persuade the PM to change his mind.