What’s new in anglican focus?
Words of life for those on the Way
“In my study hangs another reminder of The Southern Cross vessel – the Australian Naval pennant from 1941 when the mission ship was requisitioned during World War II. While The Southern Cross was used mainly for troop and cargo transport, the naval pennant hanging in my study serves as a constant reminder of how we are able to use even the best of things for purposes for which they were never intended,” says Bishop Jeremy Greaves.
Mustering and ministering in the Maranoa-Warrego and beyond
“Outback ministry is more than services, Bible studies and prayers…As well as assisting graziers with feral pest control, I also help food producers with mustering…I mow the lawns of elderly home owners; help school children with their reading; engage in maintenance, repair and painting of parish buildings; and, aid very elderly parishioners by cleaning churches,” says intrepid Western Region missioner, The Rev’d Geoff Reeder.
The ‘immortal’ woman: Henrietta Lacks
“This is a story about some of the world’s most important cells. Their code name is ‘HeLa’ and for several decades now they have been bought, sold, packaged and shipped by the trillions to laboratories around the world. It is a fascinating story and it would be an injustice not to tell the tale of Henrietta Lacks – the woman who ‘owned’ the groundbreaking HeLa cells,” says The Rev’d Dr Imelda O’Loughlin.
Blessings Bench and Kindness Path initiated by St Hilda’s students
Three very special St Hilda’s School students tell us about their Blessings Bench and Kindness Path initiatives, inspiring others with their insights into the meaning of friendship and the importance of kindness: “It is important to show kindness to everyone because we don’t know what people are going through. Even just a little act, like a smile, can make a difference and make people feel safe and welcome.”
Dawn of a new era for iconic Halse Lodge, Noosa
One of our Diocese’s most important and historic properties – Halse Lodge at Noosa Heads – is being offered to the market to seek all new opportunities, although selling is the least preferred option.
Dispatch from a Defence Force and community chaplain
“My chaplaincy ministry is not always eventful, but it is always meaningful. In chaplaincy roles there are often big stories to tell and I have my own share of these… But chaplaincy isn’t always about the ‘eventful’,” says Air Force and community chaplain, Michelle Philp.
Why do people go on retreat?
“Like the military manoeuvre that shares the same name, many feel the need to draw back in order to seek clarity and experience God’s presence in solitude. Maybe some go on retreat in the hope that communication with the ‘commander-in-chief’ will be re-established,” says The Rev’d Nicholas Whereat.
Lalania Tusa recognised with prestigious award
Anglicare Southern Queensland staff member and Kuku Yalanji woman Lalania Tusa has been recognised with a prestigious award, which she received during Child Protection Week.
Q&A with priests, academics and spouses, The Rev’d Penny Jones and The Rev’d Dr Jo Inkpin
Meet Penny Jones and Jo Inkpin and find out about their ministry, what projects they are currently working on, what books they give away the most and why, what people of faith inspire them, their best childhood memories, and how their respective faiths inspire and shape them.
Dr Louk Andrianos on the Season of Creation: “Confess the broken relationship with God”
“Since the beginning, God’s wisdom gave us the Sabbath to let people and the earth rest every seventh day or every 49 years. We have not allowed the land to observe a Sabbath, and the earth is struggling to renew. Nowadays, our living pushes the planet beyond its limits,” says Dr Louk Andrianos from the World Council of Churches.
Glennie girls donate over 400kg of groceries to St Luke’s
An outstanding 405 kilograms of groceries now fill the shelves of the St Luke’s Anglican Church pantry, thanks to the latest ‘service to others’ initiative run by The Glennie School Student Representative Council of Year 6 students.
Feeding the future
Year 11 Fraser Coast Anglican College student and aspiring chemical engineer Kaitlin Edmondstone tells us about her recent experience as a STEM intern at QUT.
Learning to recalibrate
“My doctor recently advised me to reduce or even stop my running as I have dodgy and painful arthritic knees…So these last few months have been tough for me, as I work out what strategies I will embrace to manage stress and the unique demands of a clergyperson’s role…Too often we shoulder our burdens alone. Finding the right people to talk to is vital and being open about our very human struggles is also greatly important,” says Bishop John Roundhill, as part of a special anglican focus series on clergy mental health.
Queensland aged care provider live streams hit music series to residents and families
Anglicare Southern Queensland has combined the power of music and videoconferencing technology to connect and delight 600 aged care residents across its eight homes by live streaming its new ‘By Request: A Playlist of Memories’ music series – much to the excitement of staff, residents and their families across homes in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay.
Climate for Change
“I wholeheartedly recommend the use of ABM’s Climate for Change to anglican focus readers. It utilises excellent scholarship and resources to help us to gain a balanced opinion on the effects of climate change, the human role in the change, and ways we can act to reverse damage to the climate,” says The Rev’d Kaye Pitman OAM.
Sacred Teachings podcast: new season launches
‘Stolen’, the fourth season of the Sacred Teachings podcast, looks at what has been taken from Indigenous peoples in Canada, who took it and how justice can be achieved.
Video: What is the purpose of the Prayer Book?
Archbishop Phillip Aspinall and Bishop John Roundhill tell us about the history, purpose and benefits of the Prayer Book in this St Francis College Short Course video.
Book of Common Prayer launches on Alexa for the first time
Services and prayers from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer are now available via Amazon’s range of Alexa smart speakers.
Video: ‘Wonderland by Night’ played for Bob
Bob has travelled around Australia, but it was in a Wollongong cafe surrounded by friends almost 60 years ago that he heard the song that would quickly become his favourite. Head back to that cafe in 1961 with Bob in this episode of Anglicare Southern Queensland’s ‘By Request’, as he hears an incredible performance from a surprise award-winning superstar and St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School alumna.
Written by clergy and lay people across our Diocese, Sunday Devotions are short reflections based on the Lectionary readings of the day, suitable for small group discussion (e.g. face-to-face or via Zoom) or personal use. Check out this week’s Sunday Devotion, written by Susan Dennings from St Matthew’s, Holland Park and titled ‘The timelessness of the Exodus experience’, and share the devotion on social media and in your e-newsletters.