Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Acres of time and space opening up for blogging?

NZ as local and possibly overseas readers will know is heading towards "lockdown". From 11.59 pm NZ time, Wednesday 25 March 2020, for at least a month, we are asked to stay in our own homes, unless we work in essential services (doctors, supermarket workers, etc), only leaving for walks in the fresh air and necessary trips to the supermarket or doctors.

For the next few days I am pretty busy in various (video) meetings because various things need sorting and rearranging. After that I am a little less busy but we have three or four crucial Board meetings coming up as we engage with the challenges of being a "shutdown" Diocese: services, meetings, community outreaches suspended. (We are "online" in various ways - of course!).

Beyond that, especially with no Holy Week and Easter services and travelling from one part of the Diocese to another, I am thinking some new time opens up.

Or does it?

We live in strange and interesting and stressful times.

Meantime I continue to read Doug Campbell's remarkable book, reflect on matters Anglican (overnight the 2020 Lambeth Conference has been officially postponed until 2021) and generally attempt to keep sane and calm.

Something more substantial on Monday ... God willing!

1 comment:

Father Ron said...

Thank you, Bishop Peter, for continuing your blog in this time of national and international crisis. My prayers are for you and your ministry in our diocese, and for Theresa and your family. May God richly bless you and keep you safe - for the purpose for which he has given you the mantle of leadership.

One thing about the cancellation of Lambeth 2020, is that it will give time for everyone in the Anglican Communion to reflect on the damage done to our unity by schismatic separation. May God keep us all in the palm of His hand.