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Body Matters

Body Matters

Bodies matter to us, and to God. In 1 Corinthians 12 the Apostle Paul describes the church as the body of Christ. One aspect of that image is the inter-dependence of the members of the body as we each exercise the diverse gifts of God’s Spirit, including the call to...

Bishop Trevor Reflects

At our recent Synod I was asked to reflect briefly on how we have grown together as a Diocese in the time I have been privileged to be in senior clerical leadership in this Diocese. The question forced me to reflect on my initial impressions when I came to the Diocese...

Hearing What Matters to God

Hearing What Matters to God

There is a big difference between talking about someone, talking at someone and talking with someone. The first excludes them altogether, the second treats them as an object while only the third welcomes them as a conversation partner.In our  contemporary society it...

Hearing What Matters to God

Seeing What Matters to God

Everybody needs good neighbours – don’t they?Monica and I have recently been through the process of deciding where to live in Canberra. We discovered all sorts of resources designed to help us make that choice. Go online and you can find the socio-economic score of a...

Opening of the 46th Parliament

Opening of the 46th Parliament

This morning Bishop Mark preached at the ecumenical service to mark the opening of the 46th Parliament.You can read the sermon text here.

How God’s Judgement Can Unite Us

I’ve only ever once had someone tell me to ‘go to hell’. They were angry, perhaps with good reason. Still, their words stung and wounded. For a time our relationship was distant and strained.Words about hell and judgement can do that. Spoken carelessly or in anger,...

Hearing What Matters to God

Bishop Mark Writes

Life is always lived forwards, but often learned backwards. That was certainly the experience of the first followers of the risen Lord Jesus. From the other side of the cross and empty tomb they were able to look back on their experiences of the past three years with...

The Quiet Force of Holy Friendship

The Quiet Force of Holy Friendship

More than one-fifth of Australians rarely or never feel they have someone to talk to or turn to for help, and more than one quarter feel lonely for at least three days every week according to research conducted by Swinburne University and the Australian Psychological...

Bishop Trevor Writes …

Dear sisters and brothers, As I begin my last month as Episcopal Administrator I want to thank you all very much for your sustaining prayers in this long transitional period in the life of our Diocese. As I have moved around I have regularly met folk who...

Origins of the Vulning Pelican

Origins of the Vulning Pelican

When I first moved into the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, I was intrigued by the image of the pelican with its bill to its chest, showering its young in liquid, found on our Diocesan crest. So began a little research project into the origin of this most curious...