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Taking stock – we have come a long way
“In this topsy-turvy year, there have been times when merely getting out of bed deserved its own award. Yet perhaps we can take some time to consider just what hills we have climbed together and what insights we have gained along the way so we can apply these learnings to the way we do things – for the better,” says Bishop John Roundhill.
Raising up the leaders of today and tomorrow
“Giving young people practical experience in leading a range of ministries on Sundays and during the week has repeatedly been shown to encourage vocational identity, as ministry gifts are discovered and refined,” says AYCF’s and The Parish of Kenmore-Brookfield’s The Rev’d Jonathan Kemp.
Christians extremely disappointed by Labor’s rushed voluntary assisted dying plans
The leaders of Queensland’s largest Christian churches have jointly expressed their shock and disappointment at the Queensland Premier’s changed promise on euthanasia legislation.
Pollinators populate the Precinct
Find out how an unexpected conversation on a surprising subject matter serendipitously led to a wonderful solution for the Cathedral team and a population of native bees.
Are you an altruistic perfectionist?
“As a teenager, I didn’t tell anyone I was seeing a psychiatrist – I was far too embarrassed. Now, of course, I know just how healthy and normal it is to seek help and I would encourage anyone who is struggling to search out someone with professional expertise to give you the assistance you need,” says Bishop Jeremy Greaves.
The art of finding God in all things
The Rev’d Jane Trigg explores one way to cultivate an attitude of gratitude using a simple six-step process that combines a traditional technique introduced by Ignatius of Loyola with that of a modern-day take developed especially for Australian school students.
Anglicare Australia launches Jobs Availability Snapshot: up to 106 jobseekers for each entry-level job
Disadvantaged jobseekers are competing with more people for fewer jobs, according to Anglicare Australia’s Jobs Availability Snapshot. The Snapshot looks at people who experience barriers to work.
Q&A with Anglicare SQ Cultural Capability Facilitator and Yiman woman, Olly Yasso
Meet Olly Yasso and find out what she has to say about Reconciliation and NAIDOC Week, what is was like to grow up on the Don River in North Queensland, and about her faith journey, where she does her best thinking and the highlights of her Anglicare Southern Queensland role so far.
Glennie state equestrian champions for third year
Glennie girls’ dedication and team spirit have led to the school’s equestrian team taking out the Lorette Wigan Cup for Interschool Champion Equestrian Secondary School for the third consecutive year.
First impressions count: creating an effective church website homepage
“Your website homepage is the virtual front door to your church and is the first thing a new parishioner will usually check out before setting foot in your church…and first impressions count!” says digital coach Evan Englezos.
Series of WCC webinars to explore ‘Hate Speech and Whiteness’
A series of five webinars in five days convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) will offer theological reflections on ‘Hate Speech and Whiteness’. Running from 19-23 October, the webinars are being produced by the WCC’s Theological Study Group of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.
Bringing engaging children’s worship into the home
“I know for my family, doing church at home this year really made me ‘step up to the plate’ regarding my children’s spiritual development like never before. Knowing they didn’t have youth group and children’s church meeting, I realised it was up to my husband and me to shepherd and train our children in the way they should go,” says Penny Howchin from Resource Church St Andrew’s, Springfield.
The extraordinary life of one of Symes Thorpe’s centenarians
Beth Clewett once ran 100 yards (91.44 metres) in 12.3 seconds while in her sandshoes and stockings, but this wasn’t the only achievement she had in life having celebrated her 100th birthday recently with her family.
The woman who spearheaded Mission to Seafarers: Amy Proctor
One woman’s desire to help those in need and honour her family’s legacy has led to hundreds of thousands of seafarers being helped for over a century in our Diocese.
Br Donald’s collation
Cannon Hill Anglican College student Kelly-Ann Sparks reflects on her experience at the recent collation of the new Archdeacon of Moreton, Br Donald Campbell.
“Redemption comes in many colours and Corpus Christi paints them delightfully,” says Jonathan Sargeant in this review of a Polish film based on true events and nominated for the 2020 Academy Award for Best International Feature.
Helping fathers feel empowered in Western Queensland
A program which aims to support fathers in Western Queensland has taken off, with a second group now formed. ‘Fathers with Futures’ has been running for around a year, stopping briefly due to COVID-19 before resuming in Term 3. The group came about after Anglicare Southern Queensland identified a lack of support services for dads in the region.
Olive harvest initiative reaffirms commitment to justice and peace in the Holy Land
With the annual olive harvest season commencing, the World Council of Churches launched a global initiative last week, highlighting the spiritual, economic and cultural importance of the olive harvest for Palestinian communities, and witnessing to the impact of the occupation.
Video: Where did the tradition of ‘the Peace’ come from? Is it necessary?
Hear St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School Chaplain The Rev’d Gillian Moses and St Francis College’s Bishop Jonathan Holland explain why we ‘pass the peace’ towards the end of Eucharistic services.
Video: Bill’s ‘If I should fall in love again’, featuring Harrison Craig
An organ player from Ayr in outback Queensland reunites with a long-lost love in his twilight years. Bill started playing music at 64 and is still trying to learn the piece he wanted to play for his long-lost love Nancy. Hear Bill’s heartwarming story.
Video: St Bart’s eBible: Ephesians 1.15-23
Hear from some of the young Resource Church St Bart’s, Toowoomba parishioners as they read Ephesians 1.15-23 in this equally adorable and motivating St Bart’s Kids video.
Written by clergy and lay people across our Diocese, Sunday Devotions are short reflections based on the Lectionary readings of the day. Check out this week’s Sunday Devotion, written by The Ven. Kevin Bourke and share the devotion on social media and in your e-newsletters.