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Pictures, parables and perspectives
“Sometimes just a small shift in perspective can completely change our understanding of something and from then on, we can never go back,” says Bishop Jeremy Greaves.
Defence Force chaplain praised for work in Operation Bushfire Assist
Parish of Wishart community chaplain Michelle Philp responded to the call in what was the largest deployment of defence reservists since WWII.
William Wilberforce: evangelical abolitionist
“William Wilberforce did not experience great health during his life, but he was spiritually motivated and deeply determined to do what was right…His life was not easy, but he remains for us today a remarkable example of works motivated by deep Biblical faith,” says The Rev’d Dr Hugh Begbie as William Wilberforce is marked in our Lectionary on 30 July.
Let’s talk about racism: five people, five stories
Racism and cultural prejudice have been increasingly discussed in the media and among the broader community recently. In this year of ‘Being Together: Practising Peacemaking’, five men and women of faith share about their personal encounters with racism and cultural prejudice in a range of settings.
Churches taskforce seeks assurances to reduce detention centre health risks
In an urgent letter to Government health authorities the ACRT has sought urgent assurances that the people at detention centres in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney have safe accommodation during the continuing pandemic, as social distancing is not possible in the common areas.
Anglican leaders call for men detained in a Kangaroo Point hotel to be released into the community
Anglican clergy and lay people recently gathered at the Kangaroo Point cliffs to pray for the more than 100 men, sent to Brisbane from Manus and Nauru, who are being indefinitely detained in a Kangaroo Point hotel.
How to run an effective and engaging Sunday children’s ministry
“The effectiveness of St Bart’s Sunday children’s ministry largely relies upon an intentional approach to teaching the Bible, so children of all ages can read, understand and grow in their love of God,” say Children’s Ministers Bettrys Lowe and Amy Norman from Resource Church St Bart’s, Toowoomba, who also offer resources for interested churches and ‘Top 10 tips’.
Q&A with Chaplaincy Services Manager, former Scientologist and North Pine parishioner, Andrea Colledge
Meet Andrea Colledge and find out about her work, her unusual faith journey, what makes her nostalgic, what Australian Christian inspires her the most and what day she would like to re-live and why.
A man’s best friend
Archives Researcher Adrian Gibb explores the mystery surrounding the tragic death of adventurer and Bush Brother, The Rev’d Felix Albert Fernau.
My pub call to the priesthood
“It is amazing how God is able to work through the very ordinary, like a pub chat between two mates, to bring about the most extraordinary situations,” says The Rev’d Max Lambourne from St Alban’s Church, Wilston.
Painting’s blessing: a mysticism of sight
“When I paint, I never think of it as representing the content of my faith, even when I’m painting something religious…painting is for me an act of faith, a way of staying faithful, perhaps to God, or to the open wonder of existence,” says Dr Peter Kline from St Francis College in our ‘How my art intersects with my faith’ series.
The clergy call to prayer and compassion
“Our prayer is only meaningful if we act with compassion. This is evident in the way that our clergy have maintained close links with people in alternative ways in the COVID-19 environment. Telephone calls, emails, mailed letters, care packages and live streaming of services and events have made a world of difference to people who have felt anxious, isolated or lonely,” says The Ven. Keith Dean-Jones.
Musical talent hits the right notes
Six Glennie School student musicians have been accepted into distinguished national and state honours ensemble programs.
World’s Greatest Shave and Ponytail Project event held at Canterbury
Eighteen Secondary School students and eight staff got their hair shaved, waxed or chopped at Canterbury College recently – all in the name of two great causes.
Contemplative prayer: the value of taking time out
“Pace (pronounced ‘par chay’) is Italian for ‘peace’. Our new Pace Community seeks to help bring peace to those who yearn for it – whether churched or unchurched for we are all seekers and searchers,” says The Rev’d Daniel Hobbs.
JobSeeker announcement takes away people’s hope
Anglicare Australia says changes to JobSeeker will push people into poverty when they should be planning for their future.
Why care about slavery?
Founding Director of charity Slavery Links Australia Inc. and cradle Anglican Roscoe Howell updates readers on modern day trafficking and slavery developments and what practical actions readers can take.
Video: Lambeth message and Lord’s Prayer
Bishop Paul Bayes from the Diocese of Liverpool shares a message and an international Lord’s Prayer as COVID-19 leads to the postponement of the Lambeth Conference until 2022.
Video: New Specialist Dementia Care Program unit opens in Brisbane
A new Specialist Dementia Care Program unit has opened up at St Martin’s Residential Aged Care home in Taigum. It is one of three locations in Queensland successful in the Commonwealth Government’s first round of funding for the new program, along with Brisbane South and Mackay.
Video: Who does the Bible say Jesus is?
Hear The Rev’d Canon Sarah Plowman, Bishop Jeremy Greaves and The Very Rev’d Dr Greg Jenks discuss this question in the ‘Exploring the Bible’ online short course, produced by St Francis College. The course features 38 short videos under six themes, with reflection/discussion questions for groups or individuals.
Pray Daily: August
Join our Diocesan community in praying for our parishes, schools and other ministries, as well as the broader community and other Anglican Dioceses internationally, with these August daily prayer points.
This week’s Sunday Devotion was written by Gwen Amankwah-Toa from St Clement’s on the Hill, Stafford. Share this devotion on your social media channels, and in your pew sheets and e-newsletters. Sunday Devotions are written by clergy and lay people across our Diocese, and are based on the given day’s Lectionary readings.