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Last weekend, along with many other Anglicans from the Diocese of BC, I was away at Synod, practicing being part of the wider Christian community embodied in the concept of Diocese.

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NB: lest the issues addressed in this post, the next one, and the four preceding ones seem outdated or irrelevant to the current life of the church, please preface your reading of what follows by visiting: http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/retired-bishop-caledonia-leaves-anglican-church-canada-breakaway-group/

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“Clean blood!”

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The strategies for staying together that I believe have helped the people in the church I serve to continue together in ministry with the same person in leadership for so long, are not so much “strategies” as they are attitudes.

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All of the strategies for staying together in ministry are pretty simple; none of them is easy.

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Estimates vary, but generally the average length that one person stays as the primary pastor in a single congregation is said to be between 3.6 and 7 years. Three decades is a bit unusual…. ok a lot unusual.

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It is important in reading Jesus’ parables not to push the details too far and to avoid reducing his stories to allegories in which every detail is pressed to stand for something else, rather than simple stories which serve to illustrate one central point.

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There are times when leaving is the right thing to do.

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Reconciliation is not an optional extra in Christianity.

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Life is a complex and often confusing journey.

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