Rest in the mercy of God

Jesus came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near… (Ephesians 2) I wonder how far we are from feeling such peace? With over 12 million Australians in lockdown, and concerns for friends and family overseas, there are many for whom anxiety is an unwelcome travelling companion. Where … Read more

Listening to more than language

(Sunrise, Queenstown 9 July 2021) How much communication are you aware of happening around you? I read an astonishing story recently in “The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben.  Umbrella Acacias in Africa produce a toxin when giraffes start to eat them. Scientists noticed that once giraffes got a taste of the toxin, they … Read more

When I am weak

When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).St Paul loves to capture the way of the spiritual life in paradoxical language, like that we will hear this weekend; “When I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). Richard Rohr notes with others like St Francis that; …you come to God not … Read more

Sabbath rest

Life is not meant to be dismal. Life is not an endurance test. Life is life if we make it that. How do we know for sure that life is meant to be an excursion into joy? Because there is simply too much to enjoy: fishing in a back bay, the view from the mountaintop, … Read more

Discussion of the Diocesan Mission Action Plan

In our Parish Council meeting this week we continued reflecting on the Diocesan Mission Action Plan. Our reflections this week looked at the activities that are at the heart of our faith communities. These activities are grouped under the headings of; Proclaiming and serving, worshipping and learning The Marks of Mission (more information in the link) open for … Read more

A humbler Church with a bigger God

Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.’                                              Mark 4: 26,27 The Rev’d Dr Samuel Wells talks about the keynote of Christianity in this time of pandemic and social … Read more

Flourishing faith communities

During 2020, the Diocesan Council, bishops and senior leadership team spent time considering and answering the following questions:  What is our vision for the Anglican Church Southern Queensland over the next 5 to 10 years to advance God’s mission? What are the values that we want to engender within the Anglican Church Southern Queensland to … Read more

Enemy of Apathy

She sits like a bird, brooding on the waters,hovering on the chaos of the world’s first day;she sighs and she sings, mothering creation,waiting to give birth to all the Word will say. She dances in fire, startling her spectators,waking tongues of ecstasy where dumbness reigned;she weans and inspires all whose hearts are open,nor can she be … Read more