Anglicans exploring marriage

first_imgChallenge Weekly 19 July 2012The nature of marriage, the blessing of same-sex unions and the ordination of gay priests were hot topics at the Anglican Church’s 60th General Synod/Hinota Whanui in Fiji last week. About 160 delegates from the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia attended the church’s Synod which was held from July 6 to 12 at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi. On July 10, the Church decided it needed to talk about marriage. Without dissent, and after a debate that at times included displays of raw emotion, Synod passed a resolution that “asks Episcopal Units to hold conversations in our church and with the wider community about the nature of marriage and to explore how the church might theologically and liturgically respond to gay and lesbian Anglican couples who request this rite”. It also asked the General Synod Standing Committee “to support and resource the Episcopal Units in this endeavour …” It was clear that the mover of the resolution, the Rev Glynn Cardy, of St Matthew-in-the-City, in Auckland, hoped this would lead, eventually, to the possibility of gay and lesbian couples getting married in Anglican churches. Synod members queued up at the microphones to affirm the motion but a number suggested there were lines in the sand they would not cross. Archdeacon Tim Mora, of Greymouth, took issue with Mr Cardy’s exegesis. “Let’s have a deeper reading of the texts,” he said, “and see what they really say”.http://www.challengeweekly.co.nz/component/content/article/39-top-stories/2425-anglicans-exploring-marriage-.htmllast_img read more

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Keane plays down Celtic links

first_img The 42-year-old, currently on international duty as assistant to Ireland boss Martin O’Neill, stopped short of ruling himself out of contention for the post vacated by Lennon on Thursday. However, questioned repeatedly on the topic after Ireland’s training session in Malahide on Friday lunchtime, he repelled all advances. “As I said, I have got a job, we have got a game at the weekend, a busy old weekend coming up and I am looking forward to that.” Ireland face Turkey in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday before meeting Italy at Craven Cottage and Costa Rica and Portugal in the United States early next month. Keane was being quoted as a 16/1 shot for the job by William Hill on Friday afternoon after early favourite Henrik Larsson eased to 3-1 alongside departed United manager David Moyes with Owen Coyle heading the field at 9/4. Keane, who finished his playing career at Parkhead after leaving Manchester United, said: “I’ve got a job – I’ve got two jobs – I can’t have another one. “They are a brilliant club, an absolutely fantastic football club, one of the best in the world. But I have got a job.” He added with a smile: “I’m not taking a pay cut for anybody.” Keane’s other job is his role as a television pundit, which will take him away from the Ireland camp for Saturday night’s Champions League final in Lisbon. However, asked further what his response might have been if he was not employed by both the Football Association of Ireland and ITV, he replied: “I don’t know, I haven’t got a clue. “There’s always speculation when you are out of work or whatever. People might see this role as part-time or whatever, but it keeps me busy, I enjoy it. “I’m happy with what I’m doing and if somebody calls me, I will speak to Martin and the FAI and we will have a look at it. “But it’s all speculation, and obviously that speculation comes from yourselves. I don’t think you have heard it from any club sources. Roy Keane has distanced himself from speculation that he could be the man to succeed Neil Lennon as Celtic manager. Press Associationlast_img read more

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No help on Hindu holiday controversy from Indian High Commissioner

first_imgFrom left to right: Pandit Hardesh Tiwari of the Viraat Sabhaa, Pandit Ramdial Balbadar of the West Coast Demerara Sanatan Dharm Pandits Sabha, Pandit Navin Lillia of the Guyana Pandits Council and Pandit Ravi Persaud, the President of the Viraat SabhaaA resolution to the Hindu holiday controversy is far from over now that the Indian High Commissioner to Guyana Venkatachalam Mahalingam opted to stay clear of this conflict which has virtually divided the local community.He was lobbied by the local Hindu fraternity to provide assistance in settling the dispute over the timings for the various religious events, most notably Diwali and Phagwah.However Pandit Hardesh Tiwari of the Viraat Sabhaa, one of the lobbyist groups, disclosed during a Thursday news conference that the High Commissioner indicated that no help will be forthcoming since the matter is too controversial. “The Indian High Commissioner clearly indicated that India is a secular nation and would not want to interfere in a sovereign nation’s own expression of its religious views and that the Indian Government would not want to interfere and be a part of this whole,” he pronounced.After this route was unsuccessful in resolving the controversy, the Viraat Sabhaa organised a symposium with the aim of establishing the correct date for Hindu religious observations locally.Some 33 pandits from various organisations attended the meeting and came to a consensus that Diwali 2016 must be observed on October 29.But Pandit Tiwari explained that given the 9:30h time zone difference, Guyana must celebrate Diwali the day before India in keeping with the religious guidelines to observe the holiday during the evening of the new moon (Amaavasya).He said the problem lies in establishing when Amaavasya, which has a beginning and an ending.In local time, the Pandit explained that Amavaasya starts at 11:09h on October 29 and ends on 13:37h on October 30. Therefore, he said, Guyana must observe Diwali on the night of the new moon which falls on October 29.He explained that India is celebrating the festival on October 30 because with the time zone difference, the new moon sighting will be on that evening.Amavaasya will begin at 20:30h on October 29 in India and end at 23:00h on October 30. Pandit Tiwari said it would be impractical to celebrate Diwali on October 29 in India because adherents generally light their diyas around 18:00h.                                                                                                              He argued that this calculation is being observed by Caribbean States and Hindus in both Canada and the USA.Massive confusion erupted last year after the two leading Hindu organisations in the country failed to find middle ground on the date for the festival of lights – Diwali. This disagreement between the two bodies rolled over into the new year for the festival of colours – Phagwah.last_img read more

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