Being a retired (though active) priest in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa/New Zealand, and an advocate of justice toward the LBGT community in the Church and the world at large, my interest in entering the WWW. landscape at this juncture is to do what I can to further the cause of inclusivity for a class of persons who have hitherto been either vilified or kept in the background of the Church – despite the fact of their differences in sexuality being intrinsic and God-given.
Up until now, I have been content to contribute to other people’s blogs on the internet – in particular: ‘anglican down under’ (N.Z.) and ‘Thinking Anglicans’ (UK’) – trying to keep in touch with the culture of the Anglican Communion since the earlier ordination of Bishop Gene Robinson in the United States Episcopal Church – an ordination which provoked an outburst of anti-gay sentiment within certain Churches of the Communion leading to a series of irregular border-crossings from other Provinces into the territory of TEC; the Anglican Church of Canada; and, more recently, the Church of England.
In my opinion, the new Covenant document, although revised from it’s earlier sentiment, which was punitive of provinces which thought differently from the ‘traditional’ understanding of gender and sexuality, has still retained a culture of exclusivity that militates against same-sex monogamous unions and the ordination of gay clergy and bishops. I believe that to continue an unjust policy of homophobia within the Church is counter to the liberation of the Gospel of O.L.J.C.
Good to see you online like this, Fr Ron! As soon as you have a bit more content, I’m sure you can mention its existence in your usual internet haunts, and I’ll be happy to point to it as well. Blessings.
Thank you, Bosco, for your encouragement. I am aware that this weekend you will be at the Christchurch, N.Z., Diocesan Synod. I have. at last, managed to edit my site and have placed a new blog item – about the action of ‘Inclusive Church’ uniting with ‘Modern Church’ in the U.K. in a nation-wide advertisement there which outlines the disadvantages of the new Anglican Covenant document, both for the C.of E. and for TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada.
Fr. Ron. Good to see you opening your own blog. I guess it might be appropriate to include one of your evensong sermons on this blog (http://www.inclusivechurch2.net/Grace-or-Law-Given-by-Fr-Ron-Smith-of-the-Anglican-Church-of-New-Zealand-f0396c4)
So good to see you blogging, good to be able to make contact. Couldn’t agree with you more about the Covenant, it will bring about a new church not be the one I joined of respect for one another.
Hope all is well with you and Diana.
Likewise with the greeting! It is so good to hear from you – after such a long time. You have no doubt caught up with the fact of Dean Colin Slee’s death? I remembered him from his time as Chaplain at Girton College, Cambridge, when he married our mutual friends Laurie Slee (brother) to his wife Shirley. Such a sad loss for ‘Inclusive Church. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. It would be good to know where and how you and Loma are living nowadays. Still barging for Jesus? Agape, Ron
I’m the one who posted the piece on Baptism on TA. I responded to your comments and others’ on the college website:
Thanks, Joe. I read your posting on the St.Chad’s web-site, and thoroughly approve of your theological musings there. Keep up the good work.
Agape. Fr. Ron
Similarly: enjoy reading your comments on various blogs, though chiefly on TA. Keep up your good work in trying to keep us honest!!!
Kia Ora, Fr. Ron,
I am a long time follower, but first time commenter…. and I fear my reasons for commenting are a little selfish. I was wondering where you obtained your Canterbury Cap from? I am very keen to get my hands on one but I am having trouble sourcing one. If you could help, that would be really appreciated.
Thanks, and compliments on the blog,
Hi. Christopher, thanks for your kind comments on my blog. The information you’re after – about a Canterbury Cap – is that my deceased English sister-in-law got it made for me at the Tufton Street, London branch of J.Wippell & Co, Ltd., Just try googling to get their email address. Cheers, fr. Ron
You will be pleased to know (hopefully) that I now have my very own Canterbury Cap! I managed to source one from an outfitter in Ipswich. I haven’t had a chance to wear it yet, but I do like it!
Congratulations, Christopher, on getting your first Canterbury Cap! It is the only headgear officially sanctioned for Anglican clergy to wear in church. However, it can be most effective to wear it around the parish – as a talking point, as well as to keep the head warm. Wear it proudly – as a symbol of your innate devotion to Christ in the Anglican Tradition. Agape, Fr. Ron
Kia ora Fr. Ron, I like your blog very much and you raise some very important reflections and thoughts for us to think about. Is it okay if I add your blog to my follow list? Thank you again for your response to my latest blog entry on the relationships men have with each other. I also forgot to mention the Haka. As much as I love the Haka and the aggressiveness of it, it is also poetry, song, and story. But somehow the All Blacks and many others have associated it with Rugby and very macho culture. At St Stephens (Bombay Auckland) and Te Aute in the Heretaunga, these schools were taught on Rugby and Haka and then this led to bullying and all the homo jokes that one gets. Its not just in these schools but many other places. So this got me thinking a lot about this. I love Rugby and Haka, but the culture around it is very homophobic.
Kia Ora, Paddy. Yes, by all means add my blog to your list. i’m all in favour of our deeper understanding of what makes us all tick – in ways that defy discrimination against people we may disagree with. I appreciated your comments on your blog. Anything that helps to quell homophobia and misogyny in our lovely country here in Aotearoa – and, in fact, around the world – must be good.
yes I totally agree. Thank you. I’d like to read more of your thoughts too and writings. I think we don’t write enough on this topic back home. I intend to reflect and more on this topic anyway.
I think I will write something more on the Haka and homophobia. I’m sure I’ll get a lot of debate on this issue. I wrote a small story on the relationship of two Maori men during WWI and their love for each other. its not a long story just about two pages. But its really about their time together before one of them leaves for the middle east. I wanted to explore the intimacy they have with each other. But I wanted to draw out more of the Maori aspect of this. And I think if I wrote a haka that expressed this it might give the story some foundation to grow on. Anyway I’ll work on it in the next week and see how I go. There is a whole lot of theology to explored in this.
Thanks, Paddy. Keep up the good work. Prayers & Blessings, Fr. Ron
Hi Fr Ron and thanks for providing the flow of info in your blog. You (and your audience) might be interested in the comments of the ex-President of ireland on a TV interview last night.
Thanks, David, for the tip. I have now added this article to my blog. I’m sure that Roman Catholic readers of kiwianglo will be interested at the news that Mary McAleese really stands up for the Gay community. God bless her!
Wikipedia seems to be looking for a better image of a Canterbury cap ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Canterbury_cap) ; dunno if you want to donate the quite jolly picture of you with yours on!
Hello Randall. Re the Canterbury Cap. I’m all for its more popular use. SO, if you can find a way of delivering my picture to wikipedia, they’re welcome to it (as long as they mention my blog. Ha.ha.!)) I’m so much of a technophobe, I wouldn’t know how to transfer my image to their site. May you could do it….. you have my permission! Blessings, Fr. Ron
Reading your comments on Peter’s ADU recently, I realised that I have been taking your assiduous gathering of news and opinion for granted since I first encountered it during your misguided campaign against the ACC 😉 Insight and information from a trusted voice with which I sometimes disagree. Thank you.
Dear Bowman, having been Baptized and Confirmed in the Diocese of Coventry (C. of E.), I have a residual affection for that venerable Founding Church of the Anglican Communion. I have 2 clerical brothers-in-law in England, who were missionaries respectively, to Tanzania and South Africa. I also value our common heritage amongst the Communion Partners. What I do have a problem with is the tendency towards separation on matters of Social Justice. Agape, Fr. Ron