A few weeks back I mentioned our government making a move re Easter Sunday trading (via permitting individual local councils to make decisions). In the discussion here on ADU I was roundly given a rev up about being more concerned for the decline of Christian life in NZ. Fair enough.
Anyway, commenters here will have the last laugh at my expense because our Diocesan Synod at the weekend made a decision about Easter trading which I have to implement.
With the Bishop about to go away on Study Leave, the resolution of the Synod was that Archdeacons with other Christian leaders were requested to make representation to the mayors of local territorial authorities urging them not to permit shops to trade in their areas on Easter Day.
I am the Archdeacon of Mid Canterbury and South Canterbury. Those two ecclesiastical areas encompass four (FOUR) territorial authorities: Ashburton District, Timaru District, Waimate District, and Mackenzie District.
I am going to be busy ... contacting Christian leaders, setting up appointments with mayors and councils ... but don't worry, I have a cunning plan ... in which the word "delegation" appears :)