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Archbishop Phillip Aspinall's Christmas Message 2020

“Jesus reminds us that we are all made in the image of God. Even people whom we may not like or try to avoid. In some deep, mysterious way every human being reflects something of God. This Christmas as we celebrate that ‘God is with us’ I hope you catch glimpses of God in those you meet and especially in Jesus,” says Archbishop Phillip Aspinall

"Worshipping together in a welcoming environment is healing for people from war-torn countries, like myself, and also enables us to serve and connect. It’s healthy" (The Rev'd Peter Mayen, pictured with his six children Michael, Abraham, Sarah, Israel, Elizabeth and Ruth)

Four locals, four stories about finding room in the inn

In this special joint feature, four members of our Diocesan community each share about a unique experience of room ‘being made in the inn’ for them, including a former refugee and priest, a ‘camper-outerer’ and Cathedral parishioner, a parishioner and disability advocate, and a priest who moved to Australia from South Africa


Bishop Cam Venables' Advent 2020 message: making room in the inn

Bishop Cam Venables reflects on the birth of a baby, whom we have the audacity to believe is God and who was laid in an animals’ food trough because there was no room in the inn: “In the unfolding gift and journey of the New Year, please join with me in considering whether we are giving to God the shabby leftovers of our time, energy and resources and whether we can do better. Whether we could, in God’s grace, work with others to assist the lost, the least and the lonely of our community and world – assist them to find a place at the table and room at the inn”


Church, community, chicken, chalk art and Christmas cheer

“One of the most important ways that we will continue to welcome people to our inn is by greeting and introducing community meal guests by name, just as God calls each of us by name. People’s faces light up when they are welcomed by name, as doing so affirms their God-given dignity and uniqueness,” says The Rev’d Tania Eichler from the Parish of Maroochydore, as part of our ‘Being Together This Advent’ social media initiative


Margaret’s musings: spiritual stocktaking

“As a financial year ends and a new one starts there is always stocktaking, so at the start of this Church year we should all do some spiritual stocktaking,” says soon-to-be-101-year-old Margaret Thurgood from St David’s, Chelmer-Graceville and St Hugh’s, Inala