Four faithful clergy and lay people from across our Diocesan Regions share their Synod highlights and learnings with anglican focus readers
“We are proud to co-author this reflection about why we are championing the Anglican Church Southern Queensland’s position in support of constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples via a Voice. The way we see it, our support of the ‘yes’ vote honours our Diocese’s long legacy, as illustrated in this timeline from the 1960s to present,” say The Ven. Geoff Hoyte, The Rev’d Rick Gummow and The Rev’d Michael Stalley
“As we travelled, it was clear that Bishop Cameron knows each community, its people and clergy deeply. He ministers alongside them with empathy and understanding. Many in his region know him as ‘our priest’ because he spends much of his time working with the parishes who do not have their own local clergy,” says The Rev’d Michael Stalley
“…inclusion is part of a culture that welcomes and nurtures who people are and not who we want to make them,” says The Rev’d Michael Stalley, from St Bartholomew’s, Mt Gravatt
“In an unsettled environment, there is much pressure on the ordained person to be the leader that provides continuity, stability and certainty. When clergy talk among ourselves, we often describe this style of an ordained leader as the ‘Hero Priest’…Can I suggest that it is in the tension between a desire for certainty and the reality that no such assurance is possible that our wellbeing problem lies?” says The Rev’d Michael Stalley in a new anglican focus series on ‘creating communities of care’
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