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The details of the Newhouse prescription for dealing with the broken realities of the world we inhabit are fairly general.

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It is always easier to describe a broken situation and to suggest a cause for the flaws we see in the world than it is to offer truly helpful prescriptions for the ills we observe.

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In her challenging and provocative article “Everything is Broken, published online in “Tablet”
( https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/everything-is-broken), Alana Newhouse makes a somewhat obvious, but important and often overlooked, observation.

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I have been reading and re-reading an article by Alana Newhouse in “Tablet”: https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/everything-is-broken. Her words are haunting.

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Back in early November I was asked to write a New Year’s prediction for 2021. I am not a big fan of predictions and so, at first, did not give the request a lot of thought. But, then I began to realize that I did have one confident prediction for the coming year. Here is a version of what I wrote. (This first appeared in The Diocesan Post at https://bc.anglican.ca/news/january-2021-diocesan-post)

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It is 7:00 in the morning. The phone rings at home. A cheery voice on the other end of the line says, “Good morning. How are you this morning?” Warily, I reply, “I am fine thank you”.

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Three final reasons why, even in the midst of COVID we might want to continue seeking to engage in this curious enterprise we call “church”:

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The reality of COVID has caused an inevitable re-evaluation of much that we do in our society.  Before returning mindlessly to business as usual, it is important to hold the questions that have been raised by the massive shifts we have experienced over the past three months and allow the questions to do their work in our lives.

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No, this is not the doubting question of a despairing priest. Nor is it a cynical query from a despiser of religious institutions.

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Forty years ago today, I stood in front of a packed congregation in a large church on Bloor Street in Toronto. I was one of twelve people being ordained deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada.

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