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Bishop Mark Writes … On Domestic Violence

Bishop Mark Writes … On Domestic Violence

As a young child I was an avid reader of newspaper comic strips. Along with Fred Bassett and the Wizard of Id one of my regulars was Andy Capp. Andy lived somewhere in the north of England and was never drawn without his cap pulled down over his eyes and a cigarette...

Renewal in Tuggeranong

Renewal in Tuggeranong

Renew Anglican Church recently celebrated our 4th birthday, and on that day we were thankful to be able to share in the baptism of two members of Renew; a woman, Prabha, and her teenage son, Theo, who have become followers of Jesus over the past few years through...

Bishop Stephen Writes …

Once upon a time the Sundays after Pentecost were referred to as ‘Ordinary Sundays’. The point was that the Christian calendar which began with Advent in November and a fervent hope for the coming kingdom of God, had now come to fruition in the life of Jesus, his...

Bishop Mark Writes … On Prayer

Bishop Mark Writes … On Prayer

Sometimes the most efficient solutions are the least effective. Let me unpack that comment by referring to a section from my address to our recent Diocesan Synod. In it I made the following observation on the way in which ‘reset’ seems to have become the preferred...

Surprising hope in aged care

Easter is a time of renewal, of new beginnings and resurrection. During Holy Week we will share stories from around the Diocese of how the surprising hope of Easter has impacted people’s lives.   Our first story comes from one of our deacons that works as a chaplain...

Pastoral Care at the Good Shepherd

Pastoral Care at the Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd Anglican in Curtin recently launched a new pastoral care team. ‘The impetus for starting the pastoral care team wasn’t so much driven by COVID, growth or a lack of staff but by God’s word’ says Reverend Tim Purser. ‘We dream of a church that truly...

Opinion: Does faith matter in 2021?

Opinion: Does faith matter in 2021?

As the trauma of 2020 overshadows the dawning of 2021, increasingly I am convinced that the Old Testament book of Genesis can assist us with transitioning into the New Year. It gifts us with secrets about resilience, as found in relationships. This is because...

Good things can be even better

Good things can be even better

Good things can be even better when we do them together. Next year, our Diocese will be participating together in three seasons of focussed engagement to help us better understand our shared call to mission. The first season, of study, will take place during Lent –...

Bishop Mark’s Christmas Message – Grace and Truth

Sometimes we struggle to know how to pursue two good goals simultaneously. Take, for example, the yearning for freedom and the desire to be safe. Both are important to us, but throw in a pandemic, the internet and a dose of scepticism towards authority and there’ll be...