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Reflections

Reflections Community of The Way members Stacey McCowan, Aaron Vidyasager and Eleanor Reid Reflections

Is the Community of The Way for you?

“Have you ever considered sharing your Christian journey with a group of like-minded young adults living together in community? The Anglican Church Southern Queensland’s Community of The Way is inviting applications for 2023. And, we eagerly welcome chats with young adults who want to find out more about joining this unique intentional community,” says Community of The Way Chaplain Dr John Rolley, with applications closing at the end of August

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Finding the fountain of youth in retirement

“There was no set date for my retirement. No celebration. No intentional, ‘Now I begin a new stage of my life!’ Perhaps it was my decision not to continue lecturing at St Francis College that led to my retirement. I think receiving my Pensioner Concession Card was the clincher. Nevertheless, I simply morphed into retirement and I’m loving it,” says The Rev’d Dr Carol Hebron

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The day I stopped traffic

“During an appropriate gap in the stream of cars and buses, I strode out to the middle of the arterial road and raised both my hands to say, ‘Stop’. ‘This had better work, God,’ I prayed,” shares The Ven. Valerie Hoare, the Diocesan Spiritual Advisor for Cursillo

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Tough questions: who wrote the Bible and which translation should we use?

“Problems of interpretation often occur when the Bible is read one dimensionally – in other words, when it is all taken to be more or less the same genre. Confusion will always arise if we misunderstand the genre of a text that we are reading…Reading the Bible is a much richer experience when we understand the different genres and what they are meant to convey,” says The Rev’d Charlie Lacey from St Andrew’s, Springfield

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Is beauty in the (he)art of the beholder?

“What really interests me is that, given our notions of beauty might be different from person to person or culture to culture, the presence of God can be found in all kinds of situations, places, people, artworks, and music,” says Jonathan Sargeant from St Francis College

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What I learnt from an ancient coin incursion

“Out of the coins shown in this incursion, my favourite was a small roughly-shaped silver coin with an eagle design. The eagle represented imperial power. This coin dated back to around 80 BCE, and it was breathtaking to think I was holding something so incredibly old,” says Year 9 St Paul’s School student Max Hering

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Painting as a metaphor for ministry

“In your work of ministry do you think of yourself as a big brush filling in the background of a canvas or a finer brush attending to detail? Are you a much-used brush, with old paint stuck to it, or are you a shiny brush that has not been used much at all?” asks Bishop Cam Venables