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Focusing on the attitudes with which we attempt to do church has the potential to guard against the dangers that inevitably accompany any attempt to impose on a community the kind of one-size-fits-all programming that inevitably ends up doing violence to the community.

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I cannot think of many things that have drawn over 250 people, many with no church connection, to attend two church-hosted events within 6 weeks of each other. I can certainly not call to mind anything that has ever enabled our congregation to raise $100,000.00 within three months. And there have not been many undertakings in the church as I have experienced it for which the volunteer power power available has almost exceeded the obvious need.

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So, if the changes I have identified are real and are important, what might these changes mean for our way of doing church in the future?

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Here are two more changes I see in the prevailing western culture to which the church may be well served to pay attention.

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There are 60 of us. We are mostly deacons or priests in ministry in the Anglican church in the Diocese of British Columbia.

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Many church communities are rapidly approaching Annual Report time.

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At the end of its orignal airing in 2013 Guardian writer Viv Groskop wrote of the TV minis-series “Generation War” that “no television programme has ever caused as much debate in German society.”

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Often, while preaching, I find myself wishing it was possible to make my words sound more in public the way they sound in my heart.

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David Virtue, of the conservative blog “VirtueOnLine: The Voice For Global Orthodox Anglicanism”, has provided a commentary on Canadian Primate Archbishop Fred Hiltz’s remarks in response to the meeting of Anglican Primates January 11-15, 2016 at Canterbury.

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There are times we think we know what we are talking about when in fact, there depths to the discussion we had not imagined.

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