There are at least two imponderable, nuggety issues in the minds of some Anglicans hereabouts. Well, in at least one mind, mysteriously connected via a mind:body link to the keyboard by which these words are written :).
Mystery one is what will the end story of the Christchurch cathedral be. The latest intel via the frontpages of last Saturday's Press is accessible online here.
Mystery two is what will the end story be of the Anglican church (including the C of E, the Communion and Down Under's finest, ACANZP). We cannot escape this boiling, broiling if not brawling story. Much as I would like to "move on" re blogging about it, another twist or turn arises, pretty much on a daily basis. I don't blog on every bit of news and views, but I am happy to touch on those bits which arguably might move us onwards in our thinking.
In particular I am interested in those bits of news and views which might, maybe, possibly, potentially move us both forwards and together. (There is heaps of stuff going down which could blow us apart). So today I draw attention to a thoughtful, moderate line of thought by Doug Chaplin (as he blogs his way through the Thirty-Nine Articles), entitled The queering of celibacy.
One point he makes chimes in with something I am often pondering. (In my words) if we keep focusing on this issue as The Big Issue are we not contributing to oppression and injustice against those for whom This Big Issue is not an issue but their very lives?
On both mysteries of how the end games will play out, a certain kind of dogged persistence is required. Both mysteries are taking time to be worked out, much more time than any of us likes, and way more time than any of us thought they would take when we first realised the depth of the puzzles involved. Will only such persistence win the future of our local cathedral and of the state of the Anglican church here and abroad?