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Bishop Mark Writes … On the Death of the Queen

Bishop Mark Writes … On the Death of the Queen

In the wake of the death of Queen Elizabeth, I’ve been reflecting on all the changes she encountered during her 70-year reign. The Bible reckons three score and ten to be a good number for an entire human life span; for her it was a term of active service. It...

Bishop Carol Writes … Healing Now

Bishop Carol Writes … Healing Now

Do you ever wake up in the morning to find the latest drama you are dealing with entering your mind as you surface? As you drive to work or engage with your favourite activity, do you start mentally turning things over, looking for a solution? Someone commented at a...

Bishop Carol writes … a plea for Church unity

Bishop Carol writes … a plea for Church unity

In the month of May our diocese faces two events that have the potential to challenge our unity as God’s people in this diocese – and in fact, in the Anglican Communion in Australia. The first is an election. All elections tend to bring out our differences, creating...

Lambeth Award for Bishop Stephen Pickard

Lambeth Award for Bishop Stephen Pickard

As he marks his retirement from his roles as Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture and Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, Dr Stephen Pickard has been honoured by a prestigious international Anglican Award. Bishop Stephen...

Bishop Mark Writes … Easter 2022

Bishop Mark Writes … Easter 2022

I’ve always had a soft spot for the corroboree frog, but I never expected I would be compared to one. In a recent article in the Canberra Times it was suggested I have much in common with the tiny yellow and black striped amphibian. Drawing on Census data the writer...

Tips for Parish Strategic Planning

Tips for Parish Strategic Planning

In the first part of this two-part series on parish strategic planning we saw that strategic planning was part of the core business of parish councils. Parish councils in conjunction with their rector/chaplain are called by the Governance of the Diocese Ordinance 2000...

Bishop Carol Writes … Standing in the Breach for Ukraine

Bishop Carol Writes … Standing in the Breach for Ukraine

We have all been following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. How could we not? It has been plastered across our media screens since Russia began amassing its forces at the Ukraine border and we have been kept graphically informed ever since. A few days after Russia...

Planning for Parish Flourishing

Planning for Parish Flourishing

How can we have every parish in the Diocese flourishing? Ultimately it is a work of God. He is the one who builds his church (Matt 16:18). But how do parishes cooperate with the work of God to build his church in both godliness and number? One of the aspects of this...

Resources for Prayer for the Ukraine

A letter from the Primate to the Anglican Church of Australia providing two prayers (one for In Times of International Tensions & the other A Prayer for Ukraine) and details of two days of prayer over the coming days. To download the pdf click here.  

Bishop Mark Writes … Face to Face this Christmas

Bishop Mark Writes … Face to Face this Christmas

Christmas reminds us that meeting face to face is both a blessing and a challenge. As I write many of us are looking forward to being able to enjoy Christmas worship in person. It’s hard to capture exactly what is special about being physically present to each other....