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‘Being Together’: 2020 to 2022 annual Diocesan themes
“The Church is called to reconcile conflict and to transcend divisions. The Church is called to live in a profoundly different way and to be a sign and agent of that unity which is God’s will and God’s gift,” says Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, as he announces the forthcoming annual Diocesan themes.
Call for unified national leadership on climate change
The National Council of Churches in Australia urges Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese to convene a roundtable on climate change, shaping a bipartisan approach and drawing in civil society leaders.
Mum On A Mission
With the ongoing drought and recent bushfires in our Western Region, proud WestMAC mum Mandy Bower-van Deventer organises water drives for families and school children in and around Stanthorpe through ‘Mum On A Mission’.
Pilot Resource Churches announced
Executive Director of PMC Stephen Harrison has announced the eight churches recently selected to participate in the three-year Resource Churches Pilot Project.
A serendipitous Santa story
Find out how a marketing mistake led to a child calling a military crisis hotline and the advent of the enormously popular ‘NORAD Tracks Santa’ website.
Clergy Christmas ‘survival’ guide
“Do not merely ‘survive’ Christmas this year – instead prepare yourself to both relish the mystery and face the challenges,” says The Rev’d Dr Imelda O’Loughlin.
CAC students’ Christmas book donation
Coomera Anglican College (CAC) students recently donated books to Gold Coast charity St John’s Crisis Centre so families in need have books to read over Christmas.
International success for
St Andrew’s Anglican College
St Andrew’s Anglican College is once again celebrating outstanding student achievements following the Tournament of Minds International Finals, which were recently held in Tasmania.
‘Rebirth and Reminders’
In this new series on how art intersects with faith, Year 11 FCAC student Hannah Stanton shares how oil painting brings her back to what is important in life’s busyness: “The coins in the artwork represent the story in Luke 21.1-4 where a widow donated what she could despite her own shortcomings…"
Songs From A Strange Land: An Australian Advent Calendar
“Indeed, you will be blessed by this devotional book and the free App and you will be able to answer the question, ‘How could we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?’…by being on pilgrimage where you already are,” says Bishop Bill Ray on Celia Kemp’s stunning Advent devotional.
The importance of Philip Strong’s story
Bishop Jonathan Holland seized the chance to tell the complete story of Philip Strong, former Bishop of New Guinea and Archbishop of Brisbane – explaining why Strong’s story is so significant and captivating and why he devoted himself to the task for several years.
The Destiny and Passion of Philip Nigel Warrington Strong
“Holland gives a clear sense of Strong as an older-world traditionalist in the fast-flowing stream of a modernity, a stream that he did not simply endorse,” says The Rev’d Canon Dr Ivan Head in his review of Bishop Jonathan Holland’s latest biographical work.
Bushfires in Queensland and in other parts of Australia
“The immediate need is to meet the challenges presented by catastrophic fires in what could be a very long bushfire season, including through prayer and practical support,” says Archbishop Phillip Aspinall.
Advent: a time of waiting, preparation and expectation
“I could never decide which was the nicest – the raw pudding mixture which Grandma allowed us to lick off the spoons or the finished product,” says The Rev’d Sue Wilson on her family’s Advent preparations.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglicans allocate $100,000 in mission grants
14 new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mission initiatives will receive a funding boost totalling just over $100,000 from ABM in 2020, with successful project grant candidates chosen by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican Council.
Advice to clerics: pace your workload for Christmas
As the Christmas season approaches, clergy need to be more mindful of their health and wellbeing with the busyness of Advent preparations, Christmas services and events, increased community engagement and media opportunities, and the ordination weekend, as well as the hectic, but fun, end-of-year family activities.
Putting relationships at the centre of services
Anglicare Australia released its 19th ‘State of the Family Report, Our Better Selves’ recently – read the report and the stories shared by brave Anglicare SQ service users, including Deborah and Kathy.
Extra funds for aged care welcome, but only a start
Anglicare Australia has welcomed the funds recently committed to aged care, calling on the Government to build on this commitment in its next budget.
November ‘Out & About’ photo album
Check out the best November pics from across our Diocese and find out what has been happening at Anglicare and
St Francis College, and in our parishes, schools, Justice Unit, Chaplaincy Services and ministries.
Check out the Sunday Devotions, which are based on Lectionary readings of the day and written by clergy and lay people across our Diocese, and share these weekly on social media. This Sunday’s devotion was written by the The Rev’d Bronwyn Pagram from The Parish of Goodna.