So, while I’m in the mountains in the US without internet access, cellphone coverage, or a lappy, here is a missive from America published by The Press a few years ago, that resulted in people picketing my church for two weekends. It’s about the differences between how Americans and New Zealanders do funerals and acknowledge death. Quite why it warranted picketing my church, was beyond me, but it upset the Vestry and I was admonished for writing in my own time, from a country far away, with opinions that were my own, but it being connected back to the church (by The Press, not me). The importance of actually doing this, and having thinking, communicating staff is born out by what has happened to the woeful St Matthews-in-the-City Anglican church in Auckland (see Gay/Church Billboard Ruled Inoffensive).
Anyway, here is the piece. The funeral mentioned was attended by Arnold Schwarzenegger.