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What might be the invitation of the Spirit to you in these times?
“It seems to me that one invitation could be to explore or re-engage with some of the practices that have always been part of being Christian, but which have been neglected over recent years,” says Bishop Jeremy Greaves.
Skyscapes, opal seams and scrub solitude
Find out the latest ‘Baru Beat’ news from The Rev’d Rick Gummow, including the characters he has met, the sights he has seen and the moments that have transformed his idea of solitude.
Hospital chaplaincy: highlights and challenges
“I have been working as a hospital chaplain for over three years. It is a diverse, challenging and awe-inspiring role…As Chaplains, we work as part of the allied health team to provide holistic healthcare in the way of spiritual and emotional support to patients, families, friends and staff,” says Hospital Chaplain and Parish of Robina member Michelle Philp.
Week of Prayer for Reconciliation and National Reconciliation Week
Wakka Wakka man The Rev’d Canon Bruce Boase, Yiman woman Olivene Yasso and Quandamooka and Bundjalung woman Aunty Sandra King OAM share their thoughts on the forthcoming Week of Prayer for Reconciliation and National Reconciliation Week, which are held between 27 May and 3 June annually.
Recent lessons for a long-term legacy
“We are all in this together and each person’s environmental contribution is important. Our personal choices alone may not seem important, but added to the collective impact of others they have significant influence – the response of individuals globally to COVID-19 has clearly demonstrated this,” says Fr Peter Moore, Chair of Angligreen.
Creating short videos that gather, grow and give
“Each week we create and distribute three short and engaging videos, with the aim of communicating key information and providing a sense of continuity whilst we are unable to gather face to face,” say The Rev’d Adam Lowe and The Rev’d Michael Calder from Resource Church St Bart’s, Toowoomba, who offer valuable video filming, editing and distribution tips.
Churchie students creating paths to prayer and gratitude
Churchie Chaplain Stephanie Cotroneo recently asked Religious Education students to create their own labyrinths in their homes and yards – find out what some of the boys have to say about prayer, meditation and gratitude.
Student colours of home shine bright
In its third year, The Glennie School Boarder Photography Competition delivers yet another display of stunning images, with this year’s theme being ‘Colours of Home’.
Supporting clergy and lay leaders through practical assistance
“Ideally, the initiatives and practices we engage in now will not only practically assist clergy and lay parish leaders, but build the resilience and spirit of our parishes, preparing us for the time when we transition toward new life as community beyond COVID-19,” says The Rev’d Deb Bird.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: history, origins and resources
“The unity of God’s Church, however, is more than merely overcoming fear and suspicion of difference. Relations between the separated parts of the body of Christ have certainly improved, but we cannot be content with this,” says Bishop Doug Stevens on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which is held from Sunday 24 May this year.
Poll shows we must raise the rate of JobSeeker for good
Australians want to raise the rate of JobSeeker (formerly Newstart) and related payments for good, according to a recent poll, and Anglicare Australia says the Government must listen.
‘Out of the Shadow’: the love of a former Archbishop for his son
Archives Researcher Adrian Gibb tells us about the tragic death of Paul Wand, son of the third Archbishop of Brisbane, The Most Rev’d Dr William Wand, and how he has been memorialised in our Diocese.
Multi-faith leaders’ statement on COVID-19
In this time of uncertainty The National Council of Churches in Australia has joined together with organisations of many other faiths to share a united voice.
‘Come, Spirit God’
“The powerful tune has an energetic pulse and an irrepressible melody which reflects the sweeping quality of the text,” says The Rev’d Canon Dr David Cole on this new Australian hymn, which is perfect for the forthcoming Pentecost Season.
St Andrew’s students getting creative with co-curricular activities
Despite the many challenges COVID-19 has brought for schools, St Andrew’s is using this unprecedented period to get creative and try new ideas in the co-curricular space.
“In ascending into heaven, Jesus completes creation, and through him all things are returning to him from whom they have taken their origin,” says The Ven. Keith Dean-Jones OGS on Ascension Day, which is marked in our Lectionary on 21 May.
Q&A with retired bush priest, great-grandmother and eternal optimist, The Rev’d Mary Roberts
Meet Mary Roberts and find out about her ministry in the bush, her faith journey and childhood, which person of faith she admires the most and why, and her thoughts on our churches’ responses to COVID-19.
From DC Talk to Live on Mars
“Connecting with people through music is my favourite way of living out my faith in Jesus who told us to love our neighbour as we love ourselves,” says the Justice Unit’s Peter Branjerdporn in our continuing series ‘How my art intersects with my faith’.
Canterbury Cathedral’s historic ‘Harry’ bell tolling daily
For the first time in history, Canterbury Cathedral’s famous ‘Harry’ bell has been tolling daily since Maundy Thursday to thank healthcare staff and other frontline workers and in remembrance of those who pass away each day around the world due to COVID-19.
Video message for National Sorry Day 2020
“One of the purposes of National Sorry Day each year is to help Australians have the courage to own the truth of our history and to talk about it. Part of that history involves the huge dislocation caused to families and communities by the forced removal of children,” says Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, as he calls us to a minute’s silence at 12 noon on Tuesday 26 May.
How do I become a foster carer?
In this engaging and informative video, dedicated Anglicare Southern Queensland staff take us through the steps involved in becoming a foster carer.
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 and in your e-Newsletters. This Sunday’s devotion was written by The Rev’d Paul Bland from The Parish of East Brisbane.