Posts Tagged ‘Culture’

Church of England’s purging of school hymns is reckless cultural destruction

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

It’s a long-standing joke that the Church of England exists largely to remove any idea of religion from our national life. The more the Church has sought to make its services more “inclusive” and “relevant”, the more Christians have converted to other denominations where they think things are done properly (notably Roman Catholicism), and the more those curious Read more

New lectionary translations: what is the problem?

Monday, August 10th, 2020
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On 24 July the Scottish Episcopal Conference announced that after careful study it had, like so many other Anglophone episcopal conferences, opted for the English Standard Version-Catholic Edition (ESV-CE) for its publication of a new lectionary. The bishops noted that they had carefully considered the matter, noted the learned opinion supporting their decision, and then Read more

COVID-19: Spirituality a fundamental part of wellbeing

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

The Salvation Army is concerned that the Government’s Health Response Bill, designed to empower police to deal with breaches of Covid-19 alert level 2 rules, does not consider spiritual wellbeing alongside physical wellbeing. The Army considers Sunday church services an ‘essential service’, as they offer spiritual health; a vital component of wellbeing. They say that Read more

Why ‘Pachamama’ took a dip

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Last week, Vatican Media interviewed Fr. Paulo Suess, a German priest who has served for decades among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon. Fr. Suess is in Rome as an official of the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, and is regarded there as an expert on the region. The priest was asked about a Read more

I’m good at languages — so why can’t I speak Sāmoan?

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

I’ve loved languages since Year 9, when I started learning French and Japanese at Baradene College, in Remuera. The only other language on offer at the time was German — there was no te reo Māori, and definitely no Sāmoan on the menu. (To put that in context, it was the ‘90s and I was Read more

Christianity in the Digital Age: New tools to understand emerging cultures

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
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Christians, and other religious communities, have long adapted to changes in media technologies. The emergence of writing, the move from scroll to codex, the printing press, the spread of literacy, the development of electronic media (radio, telephone, film, and television), and the subsequent rise of digital communication (social media, websites, digital publishing) provide obvious examples. Read more

CQ Tick becoming the new trend for cultural capability

Monday, March 19th, 2018

An increasing number of businesses and government organisations are now getting certified for cultural capability through the CQ Tick. The CQ Tick is a measure of an organisation’s cultural capability as a critical competency for 21st Century leaders – and for their organisations to win diverse customers and to retain diverse staff – is the Read more

Is it lawful in Fiji to have race-based church structures?

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Is it constitutional to have a race-based division in an institution in Fiji? That is the question being asked after the Methodist Church in Fiji recently decided that it will continue to have an Indian Division in the church. Last year the superintendent of the Indian Division of the Church, Reverend Dr Immanuel Reuben, tabled Read more

Spiritual lessons from Game of Thrones

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Every once in a while, it’s good to step back and scan the horizon of contemporary culture. It’s beneficial on many levels to recognize what’s popular, and to honestly discern: How is a particular cultural phenomenon affecting the life of Christian believers? How can this phenomenon be “baptized” and used to help people of faith? Read more

Can a parish priest make everyone happy in a multicultural parish?

Monday, August 7th, 2017

A wet knot on a pair of sneakers is hard to untie – even harder when they’re on your feet. As the pastor of a multigenerational, multicultural, and multilingual (Spanish, Vietnamese, and English) parish, I at times feel responsible for untying a lot of wet knots. Farm workers from Central Mexico founded the parish where Read more