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Hopes that Essentials emerges from the dark.

Dear editor,

As I read the September issue of Anglican Journal and our diocesan paper, Topic, the first hymn I learned in Sunday School, Jesus Bids us Shine, sprang to mind. Both papers displayed pure, clear lights glowing in corners of the church. There, in one corner, shine parishioners in Halifax and Vancouver who are providing sanctuary for refugees. In a Tanzanian corner shines retired Archbishop Douglas Hambidge conducting a workshop for new African bishops. In yet another, Anglican women mark the centenary of the ACW in the diocese. Off in the distance glow many projects of the Primate's Fund. Alas, Archbishop Ted Scott's "pure clear light" has gone out, but still gleams brightly in the memories of many.

However, the hymn also warns us that "many kinds of darkness in the world are found." Is that one "darkness" over there in the Essentials corner (re: your editor's note that the Journal would not cover the Essentials conference due to its requirement that media sign a declaration of faith disavowing adultery, fornication or homosexual unions), all barricaded off behind their pledge of allegiance, and allowing neither light nor sound to come out? I'm sure we all hope they soon turn from darkness, and become again "like candles burning in the night."

Neil Sutherland

Richmond, B.C.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Sutherland, Neil
Publication:Anglican Journal
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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