What’s new in anglican focus?
What is it that anchors us?
After a recent trip to Adelaide, where Bishop Jeremy found himself the fourth generation of his family to preach at the cathedral’s pulpit, Bishop Jeremy asks: “What are the deep roots that hold us firm when all around us the world shifts and changes?”
Q&A with Bishop Daniel Abot and Rachel Jimma
Meet spouses South Sudan-based Bishop Daniel Abot and Toowoomba-based Rachel Jimma, and find out about their faith journeys, their refugee camp experiences and Bishop Daniel’s reconciliation and orphanage work in South Sudan.
Role models of resilience
St Hilda’s girls were recently inspired by the stories of two strong and determined women, a paralympic medalist and a brave mum, who visited their school to share their powerful stories and talk about resilience techniques and character strength.
The life and legacy of Mary Sumner
The founder of Mothers’ Union, Mary Sumner, is marked in our Lectionary on 9 August and is commemorated for her radical vision "calling women of all social classes to support one another," says Mia Mia Editor Susan Skowronski.
Justice, mercy and backpacks
Coomera Anglican College students and their Chaplain tell us about an ongoing project inspired by Micah 6.8, which is developing students’ generosity and bringing some much needed TLC to people sleeping rough on our streets.
International Youth Day
12 August 2019 was International Youth Day, a day first designated by the UN General Assembly in 1999. In this joint feature, clergy and lay people across our Diocese share their thoughts on the 2019 International Youth Day theme ‘Transforming Education’.
Exploring mission in a post-colonial Australian church
As part of our series on Reconciliation Action Plan achievements, recent Wontulp-Bi-Buya College pilgrims tell us about their immersion trip to Cairns, including the highlights of the pilgrimage.
Holy Rood’s Mainly Music program reaches double digits
Team Leader of Holy Rood’s Mainly Music program, Judy Hallewell, tells us how Mainly Music started and why it is such a great ministry to run for community engagement and church growth.
St Andrew’s students enjoying global connectedness through music
Approximately 500 students from 23 different music ensembles in 11 schools across Australia and New Zealand descended upon the Gold Coast recently for the ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival, including a contingent of St Andrew’s students.
Self-help books, hope and young people
The Rev’d Andrew Schmidt reflects on self-help books: "They are the social equivalent of the photo-shopped celebrities that cannot be attained, but still people pay for the privilege of the dream. Just buy the book, follow the trademarked 7-step path to a more fulfilled life, eat this diet to a healthier heart chakra. I could go on."
More than 1000 bishops and their spouses book for the Lambeth Conference 2020
To help keep members of our Diocesan community informed about the 2020 Lambeth Conference, anglican focus will update you on conference preparation and happenings. This Anglican Communion News Service story includes a Lambeth Conference blog link, so you can keep up with the latest news.
Queensland Community Alliance
Find out more about the Anglican Parish of Logan’s involvement with the Queensland Community Alliance by watching this video, and consider attending the Alliance’s ‘Foundations of Community Organising’ training workshop in September.
Promote your events on anglican focus
anglican focus recently launched an ‘Event’ page, so ACSQ organisations can promote events at no cost on our Diocesan community’s news site. To request your event listing, please go to the ‘Advertise With Us‘ page and follow the prompts. Please note that event listings require an event-specific URL for the listing to link through to.
Mary, Mother of Our Lord
The Ven. Keith Dean-Jones reflects on the Feast Day of ‘Mary, Mother of Our Lord’, which is celebrated on 15 August: “Sometimes our iconography is unhelpful, and we can get the idea that her obedience to God’s will was easy. But I do not think that this was the case, and she who delighted in the baby of Bethlehem stood at the foot of his cross on Calvary."