Friday, 18 April 2014

Global Diversity in the Asia-Pacifc - Research from Pew

Global Religious Diversity

Half of the Most Religiously Diverse Countries are in Asia-Pacific Region

Several years ago, the Pew Research Center produced estimates of the religious makeup of more than 200 countries and territories, which it published in the 2012 report “The Global Religious Landscape.” The effort was part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, which analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world. As part of the next phase of this project, Pew Research has produced an index that ranks each country by its level of religious diversity.

Celebrating Easter and the reason for the season

First, let me tender apologies for a long absence.  I have been ill for quite a long time.  I am improving but stamina is an issue. I am having more good days than bad days - so it means that I am unable to do all that I am used to doing.  Now that Easter is here, I hope I can become more enduring and reliable.  The post below comes from my own spiritual blog, Desert.


We have been on pilgrimage for the last six weeks.
A pilgrimage of penitence and remembrance. 
Now the climax is upon us -
The Blessed Triduum or The Great Three Days.

It began last night as we remmembered
and partially re-enacted
which he celebrated with is friends. 

The photos below were taken by my friend, Ian Hall.
 You can find more at his blog, Spiritual Journey of life.

Father Constantine - Footwashing
St Paul's Anglican Church, Humffray Street, Ballarat

Worship at the Altar of Repose

If you would like to celebrate The Blessed Triduum
with us at Saint Paul's here are the times:

Good Friday

11 a.m:   Stations of the Cross
3 p.m: Liturgy of the Passion


8 p.m: Vigil Service at Christ Church Cathedral, Lydiard Street

Easter Sunday

8 a.m:  Lighting of the New Fire and Eucharist
10 a.m: Procession, Sung Eucharist, Renewal of Baptismal Vows

God willing, the writer will be doing the Second Reading
at this afternoon's service.
If you are there, please come up afterwards and say hello.