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Reflections

Reflections Dr Peter Kline Reflections

Liturgy: making God our home

“Liturgy, then, is not first and foremost about prayer books, or rituals, or religious spaces. All of these things are meant to make audible and visible a reality that is not captured or exhausted by any of them, namely, God’s love for our embodied existence – for our flesh. The challenge of enacting liturgy is to make God’s love tangible amidst actual people and the concreteness of their lived lives,” says Dr Peter Kline from St Francis College

Bishop John Roundhill with fellow morning Bible study group members at the 15th Lambeth Conference of Bishops (2022)
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Called “both to truth and unity”

“At Lambeth we were encouraged to ‘be curious’ by listening to others’ stories and seeing the world through their eyes. We were encouraged to ‘be present’ by encountering others with authenticity and confidence. And, we were encouraged to ‘reimagine’ by finding hope and opportunity in the places where we long to see change. I was impressed by how these values seemed to buoy the conference,” says Bishop John Roundhill

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Reconciliation to sexuality

“Reconciliation is something most of us experience in some part of our lives. Reconciliation is the process of making two seeming opposite beliefs, ideas, or situations agree or, at least, co-exist in harmony. It is about allowing these opposing beliefs, ideas or situations to continue together,” says Robert King from St John’s Cathedral

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650 Bishops, 550 spouses and 10 calls

“I left the UK in August with a renewed hope for the future of the Anglican Communion, and for the future of our Diocesan community. Reassuringly, most of the conference’s 10 Calls resonate with existing areas of focus and ministry in our Diocese,” says Bishop Cam Venables

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A school sacristan’s thoughts on “Embracing Joy”

“We must treat each part of the body kindly to maintain a healthy relationship with our whole body. Thus, it only makes sense that we should love and care for everyone. It does not come down to some being more important than others, but rather that we are all people made in God’s image, which is reason enough to celebrate our diversity,” says St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School sacristan Monica Behrenbruch

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Lessons from a benevolent barista

“Two days later I returned. Halfway to the counter, I was greeted by a smiling barista with, ‘Hello, Jeremy! A latte today?’ I realised in that moment that I had found my new favourite café. What a difference it makes when someone remembers your name, welcomes you and makes you feel like you belong,” says Bishop Jeremy Greaves

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Lessons in collaboration from a vintage cartoon

“Ultimately Justice League is a story about finding collective strength through helping others and receiving help from others. The specific, often curious, vulnerabilities of the Super Friends characters show that we all need help sometimes,” says The Rev’d Cameron Freese from East Redland Anglicans