Video Video

Archbishop’s Open Space Message to Synod Members 2019

Archbishop Phillip Aspinall speaks to us about the new Open Space dialogue approach to Synod this year, as we discuss ‘What is God calling us to be, and to do, at this time?’: “Synod this year will be different. There will be some motions and some canons to deal with as usual, but we are planning to give most of Saturday to an experiment called ‘Open Space dialogue’. Open Space is a way of listening to each other and engaging with each other more carefully, more seriously, more actively and more deeply than perhaps we’re used to at Synod.”

Reflections

Dialogue and grace

Justice Unit Coordinator Jen Basham shares valuable lessons learnt during her formative early work years in social justice and policy roles: “I realise now there was an almost Providential thread that ran through all these early experiences. I had to learn a new paradigm of being: from debate to shared dialogue

Features

Requiem for a ‘little one’: in thanksgiving for the life and legacy of Jean Vanier

The Rev’d Dr Jo Inkpin and The Rev’d Penny Jones reflect on the life and legacy of L’Arche founder Jean Vanier, who passed away recently:Operating on a not-for-profit ‘community model’ of care, people with disabilities remain at the core of L’Arche, affirming the centrality of relationships, the dignity of the image of God in everyone, and the values of compassion, inclusion and diversity”

Features

How we see ourselves and climate justice

The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt, Anglican Dean of Brisbane, questions dominant, destructive narratives of our society today and challenges us to re-imagine our relationship with each other, and with Creation, suggesting that this could have a major impact on how we deal with the climate crisis before us

Books

Wise: Transforming Pastoral Ministry

Executive Director of PMC Dr Stephen Harrison, reviews a new book on pastoral ministry written by Bishop Matt Brain: “Bishop Brain has a great ability to take academic knowledge and show how it informs pastoral practice in a hands-on way. It would certainly lend itself to robust study and discussion within a clergy learning group.”