Anglican Samizdat

November 10, 2009

Bishop Michael Bird walks on the moon

Filed under: Diocese of Niagara — David Jenkins @ 12:05 am

Well, almost. He is organising an event that, according to Rick Jones, will resonate down through the ages – no, he is not playing his bagpipes – and cause our grandchildren to say “where were you when the Diocese of Niagara had its 135th Synod”:

It was 40 years ago this year that Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon, and I was watching on a black and white TV in my parent’s home. The world changed and would never be the same. When I heard about 911 I was on my way to a clericus meeting. One of our clergy had a son who worked right beside the towers, and we waited and prayed together until she got word her son was okay; he had joined the hundreds walking away from the disaster. Many mother’s lives changed forever that day, just as the world changed and will never be the same. Last summer I had the privilege of watching my granddaughter learn to ride her bike at the cottage. Her inner and outer world changed and expanded, and will never be the same. On Saturday November 21, at the Hamilton Convention Centre, I plan to be there, with so many others who love our Church, to see the Spirit change us forever. Will you be there?

I notice that one of the speakers is Gary Nicolosi, chair of the Diocese of BC Parish Termination Squad Diocesan Congregational Development Team, so it really could end up being more interesting than the normal day of unrelenting synod monotony.



  1. This is a huge risk for the people in charge of the diocesan “vision”. If it is not well attended they risk being shown up as ill clad emperors. About time their nakedness was brought out in the open. We will be watching the turn of this event with boredom.

    Comment by obituary — November 10, 2009 @ 7:33 am

  2. “Well, almost. He is organising an event that, according to Rick Jones, will resonate down through the ages”

    I thought he already did that when he introduced the SSB rite.

    Comment by Muriel — November 10, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

  3. If I was Niagara, I would be careful asking for the spirit in their midst. This “event” may well be worth watching.

    Comment by Jim Muirhead — November 10, 2009 @ 11:29 pm

  4. regarding Gary Nicolosi: Get ready for something that sounds good, but will inspire nothing. He sounds like an evangelist, but is thoroughly liberal in outlook.

    Comment by Sam — November 12, 2009 @ 4:27 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: