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Read and watch Christmas messages from the Archbishop
“Wherever we see love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, we see the dawn which came in the birth of Jesus Christ slowly becoming the full light of day,” says Archbishop Phillip Aspinall in a Christmas 2019 message. Read and watch the Archbishop’s Christmas messages.
Q&A with Climate Advocates Gillian King and The Rev’d Dr Graham Warren
Meet recently Commissioned Climate Advocates Gillian King and The Rev’d Dr Graham Warren and find out how they came to their Anglican faith, what projects they are working on, how others’ kindness has changed them and about their favourite childhood memories.
The archival value of photographs – capturing the context
“For an Archivist and future archival researchers, a picture is only worth a thousand words if an image’s context is recorded when the photograph is taken,” says Diocesan Archivist Michael Rogers, as he explains what kinds of images are valuable to the Records and Archives Centre.
Partnering to improve breast cancer survival in a conflict zone
Nurse and Anglican Overseas Aid Board member Dr Robin Ray tells us how she became involved in a program supporting and treating women living with breast cancer in Gaza through the Anglican-run Ahli Arab Hospital – find out how your parish and community can help.
Lifesaving Medevac legislation repealed
The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce and the National Council of Churches in Australia have released a joint media statement in response to the recent decision to repeal lifesaving Medevac legislation, with former Socceroo and human rights advocate Craig Foster calling on us to sign the ‘Game Over: get people to safety’ petition.
Holy Innocents Day remains very relevant
“Holy Innocents Day serves as a reminder of the fragility of our peace and way of life in an age when events can change very quickly, often leading to the violent dislocation of people from their communities and cultures,” says The Rev’d Canon Richard Tutin on Holy Innocents Day, which is marked on Saturday 28 December.
The man who would be king
The Rev’d Steve McMahon introduces us to the man behind the Boxing Day carol ‘Good King Wenceslas’, the Patron Saint of Czechoslovakia.
Anglican Registrars gather in Coolangatta
‘Collaboration’ was the emerging theme when Anglican Registrars from around the nation gathered in Coolangatta recently during a three-day conference.
St Mary’s, Kilcoy supporting the Archbishop’s Emergency Relief Appeal
St Mary’s, Kilcoy recently held a ‘Breakfast Under The Branches’ fundraising event, raising more than $1,000 for the Archbishop’s Emergency Relief Appeal.
Farewells and a Commissioning
The Anglican Schools Commission celebrated the year’s achievements and highlights, farewelled long-serving staff and school council members, and Commissioned a new Director of Mission at an end-of-year Eucharist and dinner recently.
A place to call home
“Through the Community Meal our parishioners disciple people and we have five Community Meal friends who have become regulars in our worship services and have begun to take up service to, with and for others,” says The Rev’d Tania Eichler of The Parish of Maroochydore’s weekly outreach initiative.
2019 ordinands a blend of traditional and unconventional journeys to faith
The 12 women and men who were ordained earlier this month at St John’s Cathedral show diverse sides to Anglican ministry in the 21st century.
Clergy aged 65+ wellbeing and contribution survey
“At a time in life when people usually wind back work-related activities, clergy aged over 65 in the Anglican Church Southern Queensland are making a huge contribution. We have to wonder what the church would look like if the thousands of hours of quality ministry they provide were not given,” says Executive Director of PMC Stephen Harrison on a 65+ clergy survey.
Words, and The Word, exist in and for community
As part of our series on how art and faith intersect, The Rev’d Paul Mitchell shares with us about his sermon, poetry and hymn writing: “…when life bubbles along with few ripples and everything is calm, the creative light which makes meaningful verse and reflections worth recording rarely appears. It is when I am stretched that poems sometimes erupt.”
Human Rights Day
“As Christians, we understand freedom, justice and peace to be founded on God-in-Christ – themes which resonate particularly strongly during Advent,” says The Rev’d Prof Rodney Wolff on Human Rights Day, which is marked annually on 10 December.
Find out the latest ACSQ announcements
Congratulations to The Rev’d William Pearson who celebrates his 60th anniversary of priestly service this month and to St Francis College’s Stephen Clarke who will retire in January after 15 years of service.
Sunday Devotion: 22 December
Share the 22 December Sunday Devotion on your social media channels and in your newsletters. This devotion was written by The Rev’d Jazz Dow, and is entitled, ‘Fear not, God is with us’.
Sunday Devotion: 29 December
Share the 29 December Sunday Devotion on your social media channels and in your newsletters. This devotion was written by The Rev’d Helen Paget and is entitled, ‘Hope and restoration’.
December ‘Out & About’ album
Check out the best December 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 and ministries.
Video: St Bart’s Kids’ Christmas
"The baby was lying in a manger. The wise men bowed down and worshipped him. Then they presented their treasures, giving him gold, frankincense and myrrh…"