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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...
Bishop Mark Writes … The Idea of Duty

Bishop Mark Writes … The Idea of Duty

As I write this column people across the world are preparing to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, the seventieth anniversary of her accession to the throne. My only encounter with royalty came at a distance. Our family were in England during the...
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....
Bishop Mark Writes … On freedom and loving your neighbour

Bishop Mark Writes … On freedom and loving your neighbour

I am aware that some readers may still be thinking through the issues associated with vaccination against COVID. I offer the following as some personal reflections on how I’ve approached these issues. There are many good reasons why someone might choose to be...
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...
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...