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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: homily
“Violent, stormy waters that threaten to overwhelm and even to extinguish life is a recurring motif in the scriptures. From the darkness covering the face of the deep and the unformed chaos in the opening verses of Genesis, to Jesus asleep in the storm-tossed boat in the gospels, untamed, raging waters evoke potent fear in human beings,” says Archbishop Phillip Aspinall in this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity homily.
Q&A with Kuku Yalanji woman and Anglicare Cultural Support Worker, Lalania Tusa
Meet Lalania Tusa and find out about the projects she is currently working on, why she encourages Christians to engage in Reconciliation with First Nations peoples, how her art connects her to Elders, her favourite scripture and the heart-warming gesture she witnessed recently.
How the mission of Jesus intersects with the mission of hospitals
“I am often asked what made me choose to become a hospital chaplain and the short answer to that is I didn’t choose. I believe I was chosen,” says hospital chaplain and St Bart’s, Toowoomba parishioner Jodie O’Shannassy.
Cathedral proudly welcomes the ABC and Jo Inkpin
St John’s Cathedral welcomed the ABC’s Compass team, as they filmed a recent episode onsite featuring The Rev’d Dr Jo Inkpin who shared her story about becoming Australia’s first openly transgender priest.
Combatting COVID-19 in Kenya and Mozambique
Find out how Anglican Overseas Aid is helping grassroots Anglican churches fight COVID-19 in Kenya and Mozambique.
The Glennie School has claimed the proud title of ‘Best School in the World’ for French, for schools with 501-1000 students, in the Education Perfect Language Championships.
World Environment Day
Justice Unit Coordinator Jen Basham shares about World Environment Day, which is approaching on Thursday 5 June.
Slumdog takes on millionaire
St Andrew’s, South Brisbane Youth Group leader Oscar Delaney reflects on growing up in Indian slums, how climate change will hit the worst-off first and hardest and why he is taking on mining tycoon Clive Palmer.
How refugees and migrant workers are bearing the brunt of COVID-19
“Whether we will continue to help the most vulnerable in this particularly challenging time is more a matter of moral and political will than of national capacity,” says Bishop Philip Huggins on the plight of refugees and migrant workers in the COVID-19 environment.
The denarius in Mark 12.15
“After investigating the matter, I came to the conclusion that the coin for the Roman tax could not have been a denarius because there is no evidence that denarii circulated in Judea at that time,” says ancient coin expert and author Dr Peter Lewis from St James’, Biggera Waters.
How to host a Zoom trivia night
“It was wonderful seeing diverse parishioners join in with their family members and friends during the trivia evening, as people gathered in front of computer screens in studies or around smart TVs in living rooms,” says The Rev’d Charlie Lacey from Resource Church St Andrew’s, Springfield, who also offers helpful tips and quiz resources for parishes keen to hold their own Zoom trivia nights.
Ugandan Anglican Martyr Archbishop Janani Luwum
“I am inspired by the life Archbishop Luwum led, his courage and the impact he has had on the Church, both in Uganda and globally…The witness of his life challenges me not just to be aware, but to be emboldened by his courage to step up in words and deeds,” says Parish of North Pine’s Sarah Gover on Archbishop Janani Luwum, who is commemorated in our Lectionary on Wednesday 3 June.
Pre-COVID-19 payment rates would plunge Australians into poverty
Anglicare Australia has renewed its call to raise the rate of JobSeeker (formerly Newstart) and related payments for good, following the release of the Australian Council of Social Service’s Poverty in Australia 2020 report.
Anglican clergy and local church leaders to contribute to ground-breaking family violence study
Anglican clergy and local church leaders have been invited by the Anglican Church of Australia to take part in research that explores their responses to intimate partner violence.
‘Economy of Life in a time of Pandemic’: a joint message
In response to COVID-19 the World Council of Churches, the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the Lutheran World Federation, and the Council for World Mission recently issued this joint message.
St Bart’s Hymn Project
Resource Church St Bart’s, Toowoomba has recorded a range of royalty-free classic hymns for parishes, ministries and individuals to use as resources, including ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’, and many more.
COVID-19 Resource Collaboration Group: contributions, insights and learnings
Seven diverse ACSQ staff and clergy share about their joint contributions, insights and learnings in this special feature.
Catching up with catch-up TV
anglican focus film and TV reviewer FormedFaith’s Jonathan Sargeant reviews two new television series – Netflix’s Unorthodox and the ABC’s Stateless.
Authentic artist connections for CAC students
“Coomera Anglican College has innovated the way Art students connect with professional artists through interactive studio chats conducted via video call,” say Year 12 students Elizabeth Dudley and Christina van Aswegen.
What is a Cultural Support Worker?
Anglicare Cultural Support Workers, Kuku Yalanji woman Lalania Tusa and Pitta Pitta man Noel Doyle, support foster carers and staff to better understand the needs of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children in care and to respond in a holistic way that considers family, spiritual, community and individual needs.
Check out the May ‘Out & About’ photo album
Enjoy these photos taken across our Diocesan community in May, and find out what our schools, parishes, clergy, theological college and ministries got up to last month.
Check out this week’s Sunday Devotion and share it on social media and in your e-newsletters. This week’s Sunday Devotion was written by The Rev’d Avriel Green from Resource Church, The Parish of Caboolture.