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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, November 15, 2003
    The Witness online
    I stopped subscribing to The Witness a while ago, not because I fell out with its "feisty, independent. provocative, intelligent, feminist voice of Christian social conscience"; but found, as with Sojourners, it's just that bit too American in its references and cultural 'take'. Meaning, I only read half of it, and that's not enough for a mag that comes halfway round the world to my doorstep. However good the other half might be.

    So it's good to get an email inviting me to subscribe to The Witness e-mail list. They've wrapped up 75 years of print publishing and are concentrating their efforts online from now on. I signed up immediately. And started with a thoughtful article by L. William Countryman, Dealing with Conflict as Anglicans: "Classic Anglicanism did not expect the church to have a detailed and certain knowledge of the mind of God. For doctrine, it was content with relatively simple and ancient formulae. It focused less on perfect orthodoxy than on maintaining the community of faith with its life and conversation." I'm happy to be keeping in that line.