Today we are celebrating creation. Although there is no official Creationtide in the church year, many Anglican churches around the world choose to celebrate creation in this part of the year. For those in the northern hemisphere it is the time of harvest, gathering the bounty of the fields and orchards to keep us fed during the cold months. For those in the southern hemisphere it is a time for the plants to awake as the days lengthen and the soil warms. It’s time for planting and weeding in the hope of a good harvest later in the year. For an international church such as ours, it is an appropriate time to turn our thoughts to creation. Continue reading
On 16 October we celebrated creationtide. Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 104: 1, 11-23, Job 39:1-8, 26-30, Luke 12:22-31.
Anyone who has followed news from the UK may have seen an item about a dispute between the Tesco supermarket chain and Unilever, an Anglo-Dutch firm which produces a variety of items usually stocked in supermarkets. Tesco objected to a 10% price rise across the range of Unilever’s products, which was blamed on the UK vote to leave the European Union. As a result, several items were no longer available to online shoppers and there was a risk that they would not be on the shelves in shops unless the dispute was resolved. Unilever’s website claims that 98% of UK households buy their products, so the potential impact was huge. Thankfully the problem seems to have ended. Fans of Marmite (yeast extract) or Hellmann’s mayonnaise or Magnum ice-creams can rest easy that their source of supply is not cut off. Continue reading