National Indigenous Anglican Bishop to preach at Canadian bishop’s New Zealand installation

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Saturday, Aug. 30, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald...[preached] at the installation service of Victoria Matthews as diocesan bishop of Christchurch, New Zealand. Bishop MacDonald and Bishop Matthews are friends and former colleagues in the Anglican Church of Canada. Bishop Matthews served as bishop of Edmonton for ten years and was a candidate for Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada at General Synod 2007. She was named the eighth bishop of Christchurch in March 2008.

Indigenous culture and faith will be an important part of the Aug. 30 installation service, explained Bishop MacDonald in an email. The structure of the Anglican Church in New Zealand recognizes three "tikanga" (cultures or strands): the Maori, Pakeha (European) and Pasifika (Pacific). A formal Maori welcome will be extended to Bishop Matthews during the service.

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Posted August 31, 2008 at 6:46 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. azusa wrote:

The only place I can think a MacDonald would be ‘indigenous’ to would be the pass of Glencoe.
Aren’t most Canadians ‘indigenous’?

August 31, 9:52 am | [comment link]
2. Hakkatan wrote:

Everybody came from somewhere else, back to Adam.  But some were the first to arrive, and others came later.  Sometimes the later arrivers were sent packing, sometimes they came and stayed—and made enough of an impact to leave their names and culture (somewhat changed) as the dominant culture of the area.

August 31, 1:27 pm | [comment link]
3. azusa wrote:

My objection was to the fey word, which presumably means ‘mixed race’. ANYBODY born in a place is ‘indigenous’ to it.

August 31, 1:51 pm | [comment link]
4. MargaretG wrote:

The interesting question for Anglican’s in New Zealand is:

Is their loyalty first to Christ, or first to their ethnicity?

The fact that the church has split itself into three based upon ethnicity seems to answer that. It is hardly consistent with “neither Jew nor Greek…” nor with “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, etc”. However, since they can’t see each other as equal Christian’s I suppose apartheid is better than coming to blows.

Actually the concept of three separate “Tikanga” in the same geographic area, each with its own hierarchy, rules etc and each not able to impose upon the other, is an interesting thought for the American church. Could there not be a “Tikanga” for the rappraisers and a “Tikanga” for the reasserters. RW and KJS could hardly say it was an “innovation” since New Zealand did it first—and no one objected there.

August 31, 11:59 pm | [comment link]
5. New Reformation Advocate wrote:

MargaretG (#4),

You raise an interesting question.  And it may be that Bp. MacDonald himself may represent a somewhat similar example, since he apparently oversees ministry to “indigenous” or “aboriginal” or “native” or “first nations” peoples throughout Canada.  I admit that I don’t know enough about the ACoC north of the American border to know if that’s a merely administrative type position in the national staff (as I suspect) or if it involves real judicatory authority across diocesan lines.

But ultimately, your suggestion of separate, overlapping jurisdictions or tikanga for reapparisers and reasserters would never work, since we are dealing with two incompatible and mutually exclusive worldviews and religions in the case of the divide between the rival groups.  It is only IN CHRIST that there is no Jew or Gentile, no slave or free, no young or old, no rich or poor, no male or female etc.  And the sad fact is that the reappraisers are, alas, no longer in Christ or Christians at all.

Bottom line: Doctrine trumps polity.  Not vice versa.  This is the fundamental point that must be stressed over and over.

David Handy+

September 1, 7:49 am | [comment link]
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