Magazine article Anglican Journal

Theology Books Headed for Melanesia

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Theology Books Headed for Melanesia

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ARCHDEACON William Portman of Regina has donated his theological library to the Airahu Rural Training Centre, at the diocese of Malaita, Church of Melanesia in the South Pacific.

"I've been thinking about sending these (books) to some place in the Third World for quite some time now," said Mr. Portman, who is retired, referring to about 300 books in the collection, which were sent recently with financial assistance from the partnerships department of the Anglican Church of Canada.

As book editor of Anglican Journal for 11 years (he retired from the newspaper in May 2001), Mr. Portman said he had acquired much unsolicited material, some of which he had already donated to Saskatoon's College of Emmanuel and St. Chad. "I was getting 600 copies a year," he said.

The collection includes "enough good material that would be useful to someone," including a 12-volume Interpreter's Bible, reference books on various topics including worship and sacraments, materials about the Anglican Communion and contemporary issues, said Mr. …

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