Anglican Vicar Marries Atheist in Same-sex Wedding

The BBC reports:

Rev Andrew Cain has defied Church of England rules banning its clergy from marrying same-sex partners.

He is one of only two vicars to have had a same-sex wedding since the law allowing gay men and lesbians to marry came into force in England and Wales in March this year.

Rev Cain told Jeremy Vine that he found the service “surprisingly moving” and the day was “very special”.




Crumbling Churches

In America… I could hardly believe this.

Abandoned and crumbling, these derelict churches are a reflection of the long, slow decline of a once-great city.

They are all located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the city where modern America was born, but which for the past 40 years has slowly been paling from its former glory.

The photographs were taken by Matthew Christopher, a photographer and lecturer who works in the city, who has raised more than $45,000 towards maintenance and preservation of endangered sites through his photography workshops.

A double keyboard stands alone, surrounded by splintered wood, the only remnants of the once-great organ in the Church of the Assumption
Pews peer out at a grey sky over the Pennsylvania city: The pictures were taken by local photographer Matthew Christopher
The stoup in the Church of the Transfiguration is dry and empty, and the floor around it covered in plaster dust

There are more here.

A sad visual reminder of the perilous times.

And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

– Mt 16:18



It Occurs To Me…

That I should do some blogging, in and amongst all the research, EMS Chaplaincy (I was recently promoted to District Chaplain) and Parish work.

Thanks for all the kind and generous e-mails of late, reminding me of the fact that there is a cyber audience (as well as many other friends out there) that do derive some benefit from the work being done here. From the blog stats self, it can be seen that there are still plenty of daily visits, despite the lull in blogging.

So, let’s see how it goes.