New Zealand: Deconstruction of Christchurch Cathedral must wait

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complex engineering and other issues needed to be assessed; there were many competing considerations; and whatever option was chosen, a large shortfall in the funds required to complete the project seemed to be inevitable.“The trust remained a trust for the erection of ‘a Cathedral’.“No term requiring a particular style, for example gothic, was imposed on the trustee.“Any suggestion that the purpose of the trust is to preserve the Cathedral indefinitely is inaccurate and unrealistic.”CPT and the diocesan standing committee will now consider all aspects of the 200-paragraph decision, pending a judicial review of the church’s plans.Bishop Victoria said: “The architectural firm Warren and Mahoney have already been engaged to work on design, and we completed the study tour with the architects in the middle of year.”• Download the full judgement: Great Christchurch Buildings Trust v Church Property Trustees .pdf Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Press Release Service Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Bath, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Tampa, FL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC Anglican Communion Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Smithfield, NClast_img read more