The Commonwealth is calling!

BRITAIN could have a “truly exciting future” by quitting the EU and rebuilding trade links with the Commonwealth, a senior New Zealand politician has said.

Source: New Zealand says future will be ‘exciting’ if Britain votes for Brexit | World | News | Daily Express

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“This is a question for the British people alone,” [Winston Peters, a former deputy prime minister, finance minister, and foreign minister of New Zealand] conceded. However, he went on, “Britain taking a bold and courageous step back to the Commonwealth, with a fresh approach, is something the Commonwealth would respond positively to. It would signal the dawn of a new age of Commonwealth economic advancement.”

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EU referendum: Back of the queue? No, Britain’s Commonwealth friends and allies would welcome Brexit | City A.M.

The people of the United Kingdom have a big decision to make on 23 June.

Source: EU referendum: Back of the queue? No, Britain’s Commonwealth friends and allies would welcome Brexit | City A.M.

As an American, it is very much not my place to advise my British friends on what they should do or which decision they should make on the June 23rd referendum to stay in (“Remain”) or leave (“Brexit”) the European Union, a.k.a., the would-be “United States of Europe.” It is not my desire to repeat the foolishness of President Obama, sticking his nose where it does not belong and is not welcome. That said, I am and have always been 100% behind Brexit, and I would rejoice if the people of Great Britain decided to make that decision.

Europe is not the U.S.; its nation-states have been sovereign entities (or, sometimes, collections of smaller – but culturally and ethnically related – sovereign entities for centuries, even millennia, before the United States was even a gleam in its Founders’ eyes. While In sincerely hope and pray the countries of Europe can live and work together as brothers and sisters, and avoid the fratricidal wars that wracked them in the 20th and previous centuries, each deserves its own integrity, sovereignty, and destiny. Enforcing homogeneity upon them all benefits no one except the bureaucrats in Brussels, and a handful of multinational corporations.

Britain in particular, an island nation and once the centerpiece of a global Empire on which the sun never set, has always stood apart. Even today, much of her former Empire remains closely allied, as part of the Commonwealth of Nations (formerly British Commonwealth), comprising 53 nations including 16 Commonwealth Realms for whom Her Majesty The Queen is Head of State, and including 2.2 billion of the world’s 6-point-something billion inhabitants. And as this article points out, trade with her Commonwealth partners is hampered, not facilitated, by her membership in the EU.

As I say, it is not my place to tell Britain and her people what they should do, or even to make a recommendation. But to me, Brexit makes by far the greater sense, and I shall be very happy if Britain votes that way on the 23rd of June. “Rule, Britannia! Britannia rules the waves! Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.”

John Wesley on Common Prayer

“I believe there is no Liturgy in the world, either in ancient or modern language, which breathes more of a solid, scriptural, rational piety than the Common Prayer of the Church of England.”

~ John Wesley: founder of Methodism, and a Presbyter (Priest) in the Church of England

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John Wesley

As someone who was born, baptized, and raised in the Methodist tradition of Christianity, with a grandfather – the Rev. Dr. Carl W. Reamer, pictured below – who was not only an ordained Methodist minister but the only member of our family thus far to earn a doctorate (Doctor of Theology, from Rutgers University), this quote means a lot to me!

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I have always felt – and argued, with parents who were none too keen on the idea, initially – that my embrace of the classical Anglican tradition was not so much a “conversion” as it was a completion: a return to what John Wesley had envisioned all along! I like to think, and hope, that Granddad Reamer would have agreed.

On Whitsunday, or Pentecost: from the Archbishop of the United Episcopal Church

The Pentecost (Whitsunday) welcome message of Archbishop Peter Robinson, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the United Episcopal Church of North America. Includes an excellent short introduction to the meaning and significance of Whitsunday, as Pentecost is often known in the Anglican tradition.

Source: Welcome to the United Episcopal Church of North America

The great G.K. Chesterton on Tradition

“Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.”

~ G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy