What’s new in anglican focus?
Building up of a better world
Bishop Jeremy Greaves reflects on the legacy of his grandfather, the Bishop of Melanesia during World War II: “The Solomon Islands are very different to the islands my grandfather left 72 years ago and while there is still work to be done with regards to ‘schools, hospitals, dispensaries and training centres’, there are also new challenges to be faced."
Chance to win an iPad for you and your priest or chaplain*
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of anglican focus going online, we are giving away two iPads – one to a reader and one to the winning reader’s nominated priest or chaplain. Find out more, including competition *Terms and Conditions, and download resources to help get word out about the competition.
Prayer Spaces – a journey worth taking
"In the Prayer Spaces framework, ‘space’ can unite mind, body and spirit, as students are positioned in a safe context of quiet and calm, where they can consider the ‘big questions’ of life and faith," says Vanessa Gamack, Mission and Education Advisor at the Anglican Schools Commission.
An accidental advocate
Find out how prayer, scripture and Christian music are helping Biloela Parish Councillor Angela Fredericks sustain her fight for a young Tamil family who has sought safety on our shores, including her online petition that has gained over 255,000 signatures.
Expert advice on communications, fundraising and grants for parishes
The Brisbane Diocese recently launched a new initiative with a one-day workshop on fundraising, philanthropy, grant writing, social enterprise, and community and political engagement.
Helen Barrett MBE AO:
St Aidan’s alumna revered in the Solomons
“Absolute self-giving is the only path from the human to the divine,” says the fitting Bible inscription of missionary nurse and educator Helen Barrett, daughter of a former Cathedral Dean and past School Captain of St Aidan’s.
Reframing climate change
“Without social cohesion it is not possible to collectively and effectively address climate change, which is why we need to refocus on climate justice,” says The Rev’d Dr Graham Warren as the Season of Creation closed for 2019.
Carols by glow stick
The Rev’d Adam Lowe from St Bart’s, Toowoomba shares some simple ideas and helpful resources for churches so they can run enjoyable and effective Christmas carol events for their communities.
People of faith commit to living sustainably around the nation
"Hundreds of people of faith gathered in capital cities around the nation during the last month, attending workshops to discover how to lower their carbon footprint and live more sustainably," says Climate Advocate Gillian King.
How is your church responding to the local context?
"What are you doing to understand the local context and your church’s place in it?" asks Dr Stephen Harrison following the release of the Church of England’s research report, ‘From Anecdote to Evidence’.
A Protestant and her mother, Mary
"But in this moment, as I sat down to pray, I was…a daughter coming before her Father with burdens too heavy to bear, desiring the comforting embrace of her mom, who was over 5,000 miles…away," reflects a former Community of St Anselm member on her unexpected encounter with Mary during a recent silent retreat.
The saint and the sultan
With St Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day marked on 4 October, Franciscan Brother Alfred BoonKong reflected on the great saint’s bond with the Sultan of Egypt, Palestine and Syria during the 13th century: “Francis’ friendship with the Sultan challenges us today to seek ways to listen to and dialogue with Muslims and people of other faiths in a spirit of openness and collaboration.”
Queensland Mental Health Week: service address
Anglicare and St John’s Cathedral co-hosted a special service to mark Queensland Mental Health Week, with The Rev’d Dr Ann Solari giving the service address: "As people of God we are called to respond to need, to be loving to all, to be there, to be a friend to those who need a friend, to allow people to belong somewhere."
This week’s Sunday Devotion on ‘Rejoicing in being made whole’ was written by The Rev’d Kay Hart, Rector of Goondiwindi Parish. Share this Sunday Devotion on your social media channels, and in your Pew Sheets and e-newsletters. Sunday Devotions are written by clergy and lay people across our Diocese, and are based on the given day’s Lectionary readings.