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The Nearness of God

The Nearness of God

I remember a conference on the nature of God in Christian and Islamic traditions I attended in Edinburgh some years ago (in the days when travel to the far side of the earth was both normal and affordable). At one stage in the proceedings Professor Mona Siddiqui, who...
Bishop Mark Writes … Responding to Tragedy

Bishop Mark Writes … Responding to Tragedy

One of the gifts of the Christian faith is that we are able to recognize tragedy for what it is and what it isn’t. As I look back on my formative experiences as a young Christian what I remember most are not the examples of believers who handled success well, but...
Sometimes an empty space is not enough

Sometimes an empty space is not enough

Sometimes an empty space is not enough. In Matthew 12:43-45 Jesus tells the story of an unclean spirit which goes out of a person, but when it returns welcomes in seven other evil spirits so that their victim is left in a worse state. While the original context of the...
Solitude and Society: faith beyond COVID-19

Solitude and Society: faith beyond COVID-19

A pandemic can shake us up and disturb our equilibrium. The recent challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic have raised acute existential questions for individuals and institutions. A question arises for disciples of Christ, whether in the churches, politics,...
Built together – Bishop Carol Writes

Built together – Bishop Carol Writes

​We have a neighbour who is a builder. During this time of COVID-19 restrictions, he has had some time on his hands, so he has started work on a retaining wall bordering our two properties. I have noticed with interest the hours he has put into the placement of a...

Fresh in the Second Chair

‘How’s the new job?’ asked my Narooma neighbour when I arrived back for a visit after my first month in Canberra. I looked at him blankly. In the seconds that followed, the last two months of my life flashed before my eyes… In the weeks before my consecration,...