1,000th Post by kiwianglo on WordPress

When my colleague in ACANZP, Father Bosco Peters, host of (http://liturgy.co.nz/), urged me to set up my own blog on ‘WordPress’, I little understood what that would mean for me – in terms of the need for research into the myriad delights (and frustrations) involved in gathering of information that would be useful to me, and hopefully for others, in the task of trying to open up ACANZP and other Churches of the Anglican Communion to the justice issues that loom large at the interface between the Church and the World.

My own perspective had been coloured to a great extent by my Anglo-Catholic background – first in my birthplace of Coventry in England, where I was an altar server, chorister, Servers’ Guild member, youth leader; and later, in my peregrinations around New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, Europe, the U.K. and then back in New Zealand – Religious and stipendiary Clergyperson.

After experience of the charismatic movement in New Zealand, at the Anglo-Catholic church of Saint Paul’s, Symonds Street, in Auckland City – where I joined the Saint Paul’s Singers – I felt a call to the Anglican Franciscan life, leaving to join the Brisbane friary for an exciting period of two years’ formation, before returning to the Auckland friary in New Zealand. It was at this time, while studying at St. John’s College for the Licentiate in Theology there, that I felt a renewed call to offer myself for Holy Orders in ACANZP.

My life since that time has been rich and varied, with a period of ministry in Whangarei, (where I met and married Diana, a widow with two delightful children who are both now parents of their own children) before becoming Vicar of Orewa, north of Auckland, which parish included 3 other churches at Whangaparaoa, Silverdale and Waiwera.

I had long known about the issues of gender and sexuality as they affected the polity of the Church, and became determined to learn more about the problems faced by people who had no other alternative but to acknowledge their Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual or Transgender orientation. I learned, also, how to accept the ordained ministry of women in the Church – although my Anglo-Catholic background was , at first, a barrier to such an understanding.

By listening, and being open to the trials and difficulties – as well as the joys and possibilities of being ‘different’ – sexually, or by gender identification – I learned to be more open to the possibility that God, who had created such people, had meant them to be accepted by the Church and the world as full-functioning members of human society, and thus of the Church.

My purpose, then, in hosting this blog, is to (hopefully) help others, in the Church and in society, to refrain from judging those whose sexual-orientation is different from the majority, and to look for the possibility that what is required of the majority heterosexual community is to try to understand the truth of the situation, to view the words of scripture in the light of today’s understanding of the mystery of gender and sexuality, and to strive for justice for these, and all other children of the Creator who are marginalised and judged by their gender or their innate sexual identity.

My intention has been to host articles that are striving to bring fresh understanding of people who are ‘different’ from the majority in both church and society – whether through their racial, gender, sexual-orientation, religious, social or any other aspect of their lives, that has hitherto been thought to encourage ridicule, abuse or outright judgementalism – attitudes that are contrary to the message of the Gospel – as seen though the life and ministry of Jesus .

Sometimes, as with other blog-hosts, my postings could  seem to be more confrontational than might seem to be necessary. If any of my readers feel that they are personally outraged or offended by my posts and my following comments, they are free to make a response through the appropriate mechanism, and I apologise for any difficulties my opinions may cause to readers. However, my intention is to carry on with this task of enlightenment (for that is how I hope’ kiwianglo’ is perceived by readers) of people who are willing to be open to the possibility of  being challenged and possibly changed by the arguments of myself and my contributing authors.

Agape,  Peace and All Good; Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

 

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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4 Responses to 1,000th Post by kiwianglo on WordPress

  1. Paddy Noble says:

    thank you for this very affirming acknowledgement of your ministry and thoughts. I read your blog often and am always inspired to see what you have written or alerted others too. I don’t your blog is confrontational at all rather it is very affirming and points us to various ideas and thoughts pertaining to theology and your ministry everywhere even towards GLBT peoples. Thank you so much.

    I had a very good friend from the Franciscan Friary Brother Colin. Sadly though I was informed a few years ago that he passed away from a time of illness. He was a very good mentor. I had spent time with him and the other brothers at Long Bay in Auckland when they were based there at some time about the year 2000. It was a wonderful time with them. Brother Colin listened to me and was always affirming and listened deeply to many of the thoughts and issues I had at the time. I will never forget him.

    regards, Paddy.

  2. kiwianglo says:

    Thanks, Paddy, for your response. I did know Brother Colin SSF, when we were both in Brisbane. He was a caring and lovely Brother to everyone. That ‘s one thing i got from the Brothers – their absolute lack of prejudice. they taught me a lot about Gospel acceptance. Agape, Fr. Ron

  3. Liturgy says:

    Congratulations, Fr Ron! You are an inspiration. God continue to bless you and your ministry both on the web and in the non-digital world.

    Blessings

    Bosco+

  4. kiwianglo says:

    Thanks, Bosco. Inspiration does breed further inspiration, and it was your blog that got me interested in blogging in the first place. I only wish you could be our Vicar at St. Michael’s

    Agape,
    Fr. Ron

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