What’s new in anglican focus?
The need for new songs…
“Many of the songs we sing in church look forward ‘one day’ to resurrection and eternal life, but I wonder if there are enough songs which express longing and hope for this life,” reflects Bishop Cam Venables.
Hildegard of Bingen
“Hildegard of Bingen is a rare example of someone who touched nearly every field of human endeavour, leaving her mark on all aspects of life,” says scientist and priest The Rev’d Steve McMahon, as her Feast Day approaches on 17 September.
Who are the Uyghur people and what is happening to them in China?
Justice Unit Coordinator Jen Basham tells us about the persecution and surveillance of the Uyghur in China and the response of faith leaders around the world, who call people of faith everywhere to join them “in prayer, solidarity and action to end these mass atrocities.”
On Being Blackfella’s Young Fella: Is Being Aboriginal Enough?
Clergy and lay people each reflect upon a chapter of Wiradjuri man and Anglican priest The Rev’d Glenn Loughrey’s recently published book, On Being Blackfella’s Young Fella: Is Being Aboriginal Enough? In doing so, they consider how the book’s insights will shape their approaches to Reconciliation.
Did anything good come out of the Middle Ages?
“Anglicans, too, are often reluctant to affirm the value of the Middle Ages…This is unfortunate. For missing out nine whole centuries of Christian life not only creates serious gaps in understanding Christian development – it also risks failing to appreciate important Anglican features and spiritual treasures fully,” says The Rev’d Dr Jo Inkpin.
Let’s get behind Fr Dan’s Westfield Local Hero nomination
“Father Dan Berris from The Lakes Anglican Church stands out for his gentle-giant stature, sense of humour, love of motorcycles and tattoos, and most of all for the good he does in his parish and the wider community,” says anglican focus Editor Michelle McDonald.
Today is ‘International Buy a Priest a Beer Day’
“Everyone likes to be appreciated for their contributions and hard work. And, our clergy work extremely hard to respond to their individual calls to ordained ministry, fulfilling a huge array of tasks. So, perhaps today, or another time this month, each of us can make contact with our clergy to show our thanks for all that they do,” says Dr Stephen Harrison from the Parishes and other Mission Agencies Commission.
Reducing JobSeeker payments would be dire for rental affordability
Anglicare Southern Queensland is calling on the Federal Government to raise the rate of welfare payments for good, with analysis showing that a return to the previous $40-a-day Newstart Allowance rate would have a dire effect on rental affordability in Brisbane.
The potential Oxford vaccine and the transforming love of God
The Rev’d Dr Cathy Laufer provides her thoughts on current discussions about a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
“The political, religious and cultural zeitgeist of Portugal during the period of the first World War is captured in a way that brings a depth of understanding to the way these children are treated,” says Jonathan Sargeant on recently released film, Fatima.
Donation-based crowdfunding: tips and resources
“Through our ‘St Claire’s Clinic Taraoniara’ GoFundMe campaign, we raised $5,627, with this money going towards two large water tanks and their installation, providing drinking water and sanitation for the small Solomon Islands clinic,” says Bishop Jeremy Greaves, who also offer tips for successful donation-based crowdfunding.
Birthday parties, sharks and the unsolved mysteries of teenage brothers
Coomera Anglican College Primary students participated in a ‘speak off’ and public speaking competition recently, with an array of intriguing and eclectic topics covered by the excited, nervous and hard-working students.
Q&A with former Army serviceperson, parish priest and new chair of the local ABM committee, The Rev’d Eron Perry
Meet Eron Perry and find out about his ministry as a priest, which people of faith inspire him the most, the kindest gesture he has witnessed and what book he has given away the most and why.
St Margaret’s students raise more than $82,000 for Queenslanders affected by cancer
Over 70 students and five teachers at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School participated in the Ponytail Project recently, raising more than $82,000 for Queenslanders affected by cancer and donating their ponytails for wigs for people who have lost their hair while undergoing treatment.
NCCA call for further prayer and fasting
National Council of Churches in Australia President Bishop Philip Huggins calls all churches nationally to join in a global weekend of prayer and fasting on 26 and 27 September to intercede for all those impacted by COVID-19 and for an end to the virus.
An unusual church partnership tackles COVID-19 in the Pacific
Find out about the great work that the Anglican Board of Mission is doing in Melanesia in partnership with the Australian Government and churches in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.
“The conversations in the new St Francis College short course ‘Understanding Worship’ remind us why generations of Anglican Christians have found communal worship so rich and valuable,” says FormedFaith’s Fiona Hammond.
National Council of Churches (USA): “Not too tired to continue to fight for justice”
The National Council of Churches (USA) recently released a statement expressing outrage over still more police shootings of African American men.
Video: Cathedral Season of Creation Exhibition
The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt, from Resource Church St John’s Cathedral, introduces us to some of the work and artists of the Cathedral’s ‘Season of Creation Exhibition’, which is put on in the month of September every year by the Queensland Churches Environmental Network (QCEN), and invites us to visit the Cathedral and see the exhibition in September.
Video: ‘Danny Boy’ played for Doris
It’s a love story that will make your heart melt. When Doris’ fiancé, Leslie, goes off to war they vow to write letters to one another. The couple are reunited through their words and when they meet again, one special song brings back memories of their love. Join us as a surprise singer performs a beautiful rendition of Doris’ favourite song in this heartwarming episode of Anglicare Southern Queensland’s ‘By Request: A Playlist of Memories’ series.
What is the definition of ‘worship’?
The Rev’d Penny Jones defines ‘worship’ for us in the first video of the new St Francis College short course series, ‘Understanding Worship’.
Video: Churchie boarders share their experiences building comradery and community
Boarding has been an integral part of Churchie since the foundation of the school. At the core of the Churchie boarding experience is a sense of comradery and community.
Check out the August ‘Out & About’ photo album
Enjoy these photos taken across our Diocesan community in August, and find out what our schools, parishes, Episcopal leaders, theological college, Anglicare and ministries got up to last month.
Written by clergy and lay people across our Diocese, Sunday Devotions are short reflections based on the lectionary readings of the day, suitable for small group discussion or personal use. Check out this week’s Sunday Devotion, written by The Rev’d Canon Nicki Colledge from St Mark’s, Clayfield and titled ‘Knowing our need for God’.