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"Palestinians in Gaza need the world to know what they are experiencing"

“Since 2007, the people of Gaza have had their land, sea and air illegally blockaded by Israel. The blockade constrains the movement of Palestinians outside of Gaza, impeding their access to basic necessities like healthcare. Additionally, unemployment sits at more than 40 percent, electricity is only available for about six hours per day, and 95 percent of the water is undrinkable,” says Nils von Kalm

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Girls’ Friendly Society: 140 years of ministry in our Diocese

“GFS has been a strong foundation of faith for many women in our Diocese, some of whom have been ordained. These inspirational women include The Rev’d Kaye Pitman OAM, who is chaplain emeritus, and The Rev’d Canon Cheryl Selvage, who is our current chaplain,” says GFS – An Anglican Ministry Office Administrator, Margaret Humphries, as the 140th anniversary of the first Brisbane branch approaches

"Throughout Ukraine, anti-tank barriers, featuring what the locals call 'hedgehogs', have been erected to protect towns and villages" (Helen Zahos, 2022)
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Nurse’s nerves of steel: to Ukraine and back again

“When I explained that I had volunteered in Ukraine as a nurse-paramedic, after a thoughtful pause the reporter asked…’Are you a believer?’ When I replied, ‘Yes’, his response was, ‘I figured. Nobody would go into a dangerous warzone as a volunteer unless they had faith,’” says Gold Coast nurse-paramedic Helen Zahos

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Implementation of Records and Archives Centre digitisation plan

Since early 2021, with the advice and guidance of the Records and Archives Committee, I have been implementing a plan to digitise key Records and Archives Centre series. This plan goes beyond the old and interesting records in the collection – although these are being prioritised as well – and includes records that are business-critical to the continued operation of the Church,” says Diocesan Archivist Michael Rogers

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“By shopping more ethically, we can help eradicate global trafficking”

“Outland Denim is based on Tambourine Mountain in our Diocese’s geographical area. They manufacture and market jeans and other clothing items. They are scrupulous about their material supply chain and pay their Cambodian employees fairly. Seventeen per cent of their employees in Cambodia report having been rescued from trafficking,” says parishioner The Rev’d John Martin from The Parish of Robina

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Blueprint plan for parish collaboration

“We are both over six feet tall and share the same surname, but we are very different. We are unrelated, support different rugby league teams, hold differing theological understandings and church experiences, and lead very different parishes. However, in early 2021 we began to explore what working together could look like,” say Resource Church leader The Rev’d Canon Stewart Perry from The Parish of Robina and The Rev’d Eron Perry from The Parish of Burleigh Heads

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Mary and Martha of Bethany

“The Lucan account of Mary of Bethany listening at Jesus’ feet, rather than working to make the house ready for a guest, suggests that Jesus was, even here, subverting society’s strong norms, because it was a ‘man’s place’ to listen to and be taught by a rabbi – it was not a place for a woman,” says The Rev’d Selina McMahon