I am not long back from a lovely three day retreat-come-business meeting in the Wairarapa (southern North Island). Relaxing and work seemed, in certain ways, far away. Back into the fray and I notice some items, perhaps bound together by the theme of "endings."
Billy Graham has died, as noted by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the New York Times. I once heard him speak and then very briefly met him in person - Dunedin 1969. I was a young boy, he was world famous and, meeting me and my brothers, he said, "God bless you."
On Cranmer there is a good article about the dignity of dying - timely for a current debate in NZ society re euthanasia and a bill doing the rounds through Parliament. On this issue the NZ Anglican church is quite united, as far as I can tell ... [that is not a cue to discuss That Topic on this thread].
There is nothing directly theological or ecclesiastical about a longish post I want to draw your attention to, but indirectly, should we Christians not be concerned by our country's relationship with China (which recently has forced the Roman church into some terrible contortions re episcopal appointments)? When an academic dissident (on NZ Chinese policy) has her office and home broken into, in one's own city, it is not a theoretical matter to consider what might be our Christian concern about our peculiar dissidence ... are we on the verge of an ending to the freedom we Kiwis have enjoyed as a liberal democracy?