Over 80 people attended a St Alban’s Woden parish dinner on Friday 20th October 2018 at Mt Stromlo where Archdeacon Rod Bower from Newcastle shared some of experiences of his life journey, his call to ministry, and to live the gospel of God’s love and justice. Some of these stories are included in his new book Outspoken, which was on sale at the dinner and which he signed for purchasers.
In introducing the speaker, the Reverend Jenny Willsher described him as a modern day prophet which a complacent church needs.
After hearing the presentation, parishioner John Brummell observed that while many people do good things in the community, good people need to be just people who change systems when they oppress the marginalised, such as the boat people on Nauru. He believes good people can be driven by fear to preference ‘law and order’ over justice which in the end produces tyranny.
Paul Osborne was another participant who commented on this point noting that he appreciated the insight that order and justice needed to dance together. He said he personally loved the imagery of Lady Justice bringing together the Cross and the scales of justice because the Christian faith and social justice can and must be seen being held together.
by John Brummell