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Responding to Covid-19

Anglican Diocesan Services On Tuesday 24 March ADS and Anglicare staff still working from 221 London Circuit gathered – outside to ensure physical distancing requirements were observed – for a time of prayer and a reading from Psalm 121 as they prepared to move into...

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,...

Crossing the Aisle

Crossing the Aisle

On 3 March 2020 the clergy from across the Diocese gathered for their Annual One Day Clergy Conference. Peter Carolane from Melbourne, who has had a long involvement in youth ministry and church planting, gave two presentations on ‘Crossing the Aisle’. To ‘cross the...

Presence anywhere and everywhere

Presence anywhere and everywhere

“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” These words of the risen Jesus,spoken to his disciples right at the end of Matthew’s gospel, have particular power in our current circumstances. Presence matters. It matters to us when we are no longer able...

Kaleen lends a hand in Cooma after the fires

Kaleen lends a hand in Cooma after the fires

On Friday 21 February a team from St Simon's Kaleen-Giralang-Lawson went to a property near Numeralla in the Cooma Parish that had sheds, water tanks, electricity lines, vehicles and other infrastructure destroyed during the recent bushfires. Peter and Mary Mitchell...

A Gathering of Clergy Spouses

A Gathering of Clergy Spouses

Bishop Mark and Monica Short were thrilled to host their fourth meal for clergy spouses on Saturday 29th February. Mothers’ Union were fantastic, supporting the event. Members of Mother’s Union arrived early to the Short’s home to set up the food stations and to...

And the LORD sent a plague …

And the LORD sent a plague …

Prince George: Perhaps this disgusting fellow is some sort of blessing in disguise.Blackadder: If he is, it's a very good disguise. Prince George: After all, did the Lord not send Moses a lowly earthworm to comfort him in his torment?Blackadder: Nope.Prince George:...

Meet the New Archdeacons

On Saturday 22 February two new Archdeacons for the Diocese were collated: The Reverend Rebecca Newland as Archdeacon for the Coast, Monaro and Alpine Regions; and The Reverend Neil Percival as Archdeacon for Young and the North-West.

Responding to Change – Bishop Carol Writes

As I sit in my new office, looking out over the city of Canberra instead of the sparkling waters of the Wagonga Inlet, I have been reflecting on the impact of change in our lives. In the aftermath of the dreadful fires this summer season, change has affected us in...

Assistant Bishop Carol Wagner’s Consecration

Assistant Bishop Carol Wagner’s Consecration

“When God’s people fill a majestic cathedral to sing his praises, hear his word and pray, and share around his table, there is for me a very real sense of God's presence. A consecration and collation bring the added elements of dedication, commitment and blessing for...