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“Might this culture of publicly saying ‘thank you’ be something that remains once COVID-19 passes. What would our world look like if such grateful messages endure beyond this time,” says Bishop John Roundhill on a new culture of gratitude he has seen emerging.
Romans 8: God’s ‘for-us-ness’
“For Paul, God’s raising Jesus from the dead was not confined to raising Jesus from the dead. It is inherently an act of ‘for-us-ness’ with a definite future,” says The Rev’d Canon Dr Ivan Head as St Paul’s Feast Day is marked in our Lectionary on 29 June.
Q&A with former commando The Rev’d Charlie Lacey and former art consultant Tisa Lacey
Meet spouses Charlie and Tisa Lacey and find out about their conversions, upbringings, travels, family life and what they hope to learn and contribute as St Andrew’s, Springfield Resource Church leaders.
The Oratory of the Good Shepherd: history, origins and special relevance today
“The charism of the Oratory is the renewal of prayer in the life of the Church, and members are often engaged in spiritual direction and the leading of retreats,” says The Ven. Keith Dean-Jones OGS.
Black Lives Matter!
“Systemic racism operates at the deepest levels of our society. Systemic racism, or institutional racism, by another name, refers to how ‘white superiority’ functions as the norm. It is the lens by which we see all things. It shapes the political system, police force, the educational system, legal system, employment practices, and, yes, even our Church,” says National Aboriginal Bishop Chris McLeod.
Push For Better
“Many of the most vulnerable people when it comes to mental health are vulnerable because they are in some way different from the expectation. Sadly, this too often leads to social ostracism or outright bullying, putting significant stress on people,” says The Rev’d Andrew Schmidt as he discusses the ‘Push For Better’ challenge.
“My art and my faith are definitely intertwined. One without the other is just not possible. And, art and faith and healing are also irrevocably intertwined. A lesson I have happily learned over time,” says artist and disability advocate Elizabeth Mosely from the Parish of Auchenflower-Milton.
Overhead projectors and wheelie walkers
“Sometimes involving unwell people or those living with a disability in church activities means things don’t quite go to plan. This is okay – and sometimes it is unexpectedly fantastic,” says an ACSQ community member and former disability pensioner.
Three Anglican priests, 10 siblings, a dog named ‘Satan’ and hundreds of letters
“Picture, if you will, a large extended family on holiday in Porlock, Somerset, in the south west of England. The date is August 1906 and the family have taken rooms at Birchanger Farm for a month where they have been enjoying excursions, bicycling, walking and bathing,” writes Frances Thompson following her discovery that the famous Bodleian Library holds hundreds of her family’s letters, dating back to the early 1900s.
Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas visit Coomera Anglican College
“To date, 2020 has been filled with many unprecedented events that have influenced and changed our lives. The one thing that never changes is the pure delight of reading aloud to young children,” says Director of the Early Learning Centre Jenny Rees on Coomera Anglican College’s recent participation in National Simultaneous Storytime.
How this mum inspired her daughter to become a healthcare worker
“My mother is my main influence with my career choice because I always saw how much joy her job brought her and I asked her if she truly enjoyed her job, and the smile that was on her face when she was talking about her job when I was a child was mesmerising,” says Cyrene Kalepo, an Anglicare endorsed enrolled nurse from Bundaberg.
Communities coming together to fight COVID-19 in Kenya
“We are facing tough financial moments now as [we have] no group meetings, nowhere to take our goat or chicken since the markets are closed and the hotels, too. We are just praying to God to help the situation pass so that life goes back to normal,” says Christine, a member of the Anglican Development Services, Eastern (ADSE).
Meet a saint for our times – Evelyn Underhill
“In a time when the Church was very much a male-dominated institution (and eager to remain so) one can only imagine what it meant to women in the earlier half of the 20th century to have a spiritual guide like Evelyn,” says the Cathedral’s Delroy Oberg on Evelyn Underhill, who is commemorated in our Lectionary on 15 June.
“Whenever one of her kids announced a plan for their life, be it to do with a course of study, a career change, the forming of a relationship or a relocation, my mum would ask us just one question, ‘Are you happy?’ For my mum, happiness was the greatest good; the measure of all things,” says The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt.
WCC Executive Committee issues ‘Statement on Racial Justice in the USA’
Following the death of George Floyd and widespread demonstrations in the US, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee has issued a statement reiterating its call for a conversion that will end all forms of racism and racial discrimination.
WCC and MECC appeal to EU for firm stance against Israel’s annexing of occupied Palestinian territory
In a recent joint letter to foreign ministers that are part of the EU, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) appealed for a firm and principled stance by the EU against any annexation by Israel of occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank.
Housing package ignores social housing, leaves renters high and dry
Anglicare Australia says that the Federal Government’s recent HomeBuilder announcement has left renters and people on low incomes “high and dry”.
Becoming wider, deeper, wiser and smarter
“I’ve been a church leader for nearly 50 years and I’ve never seen anything like this! The opportunities and the challenges are greater than they have ever been,” says The Ven. Bob Jackson from the Church of England.
Video: Where is the Old Testament from?
Hear Hebrew scholar Dr Marie-Louise Craig discuss the question, ‘Where is the Old Testament from?’ in this ‘Exploring the Bible’ online short course video, produced by St Francis College. The course features 38 short videos under six themes, with reflection/discussion questions for groups or individuals.
Video: ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ animation
As part of its ‘You Be You’ initiative, Anglicare SQ has created this brief animated video, recorded with children’s voices, to “acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which our services now stand, and pay our respect to Elders – past, present and emerging – and acknowledge the important role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in caring for their own communities.”
Video: Leading strategically through change (an overview)
The Rev’d Adam Lowe from Resource Church St Bart’s, Toowoomba explores the question, ‘How is crisis an opportunity to lead strategic change?’
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 week’s Sunday Devotion was written by The Rev’d Stewart Perry from Resource Church The Parish of Robina.