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Reflections

"One of the roles that liturgy, the worship services we attend, plays is to help us to learn how to attend more effectively to those things that really do need attention," (The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt on the Stations of the Cross)
Reflections

“And a Good Friday Was Had by All”

“A few years ago I walked a set of The Stations of the Cross that had been erected in a farm paddock in the Hunter Valley. The day on which we walked it was hot, dry and dusty. Many of the participants were quite elderly; some were very unsteady on their feet…one of the participants stumbled and fell,” says The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt

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"The first Easter I remember"

“As a community, after the Easter Day service we celebrated the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with a big kai kai (feast). People from all over the Torres Strait Islands and Papua New Guinea (which was then still administered by Australia) came via sailing canoes rather than by motor boats, bringing seafood, taro, sweet potato, casava, sago and other traditional foods. We then had traditional dancing with men wearing headdresses made of emu feathers and women wearing grass skirts,” says Uncle Milton Walit from NATSIAC and The Parish of Laidley

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"Near Golgotha strolls many a priest"

“Seeing the Passion of Jesus as being played out in the everyday can heighten our response to those everyday situations. So the children of Gaza become one with the Holy Innocents and Christ loses limbs with Ukrainian soldiers. What are we called to do in response?” asks The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt

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Tough Questions: Do all babies go to heaven?

“The question of whether all babies go to heaven is one of deep personal and pastoral significance and the cause of much anguish to a great many people. From the outset, it is important to acknowledge that no verse of scripture addresses this matter specifically; however, much can be inferred from a variety of pertinent texts, from which we can take a great deal of comfort,” says The Rev’d Charlie Lacey

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Being the Church in this next season of our life together

“While we shouldn’t hang onto things just for their own sake, there are things that anchor us to the past in important ways — there are things that hold stories connecting us deeply to our roots. My study is littered with such things — the chess set that belonged to my great-great-great-grandfather, the christening mug given to my father by his godfather, an ashtray from the pub where I worked in London as a 19-year-old,” says Archbishop Jeremy

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Hearing in stereo again

“Today my lithium ion rechargeable batteries are small and the CI connects to my phone via Bluetooth. I can choose to listen to podcasts with the audio sent directly to the implant, with no need for earbuds. There is a reason that the cochlear implant is also known as the ‘bionic ear’ — the technology is truly marvellous,” says Frances Thompson

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Accountable for what?

“My hunch is that we are not simple binaries of unselfish or selfish; compassionate or indifferent; sheep or goat…rather, we are a complex mix of these things,” says Bishop Cam Venables