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Lismore parishioner Ray Nickel was one of many impacted by the February 2022 floods, losing everything he owned. He said the visit helped him deal with the trauma. He is pictured with Archbishop Justin Welby at his house on 14 October 2022 (Photo: Anglicare Southern Queensland)

Archbishop of Canterbury inspired by the resilience of Lismore’s flood-affected residents

It was a historic occasion for inspirational Northern Rivers locals who were visited by the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, and his wife Caroline last week


“Sharing our stories was like watering each other’s trees”

“Our group facilitator, Kate Venables, led us in the conversation, asking the group how we experienced lions in our lives. So I translated the stories of two Dinka women in our group from the same village who said that when they were young girls, they used to look after the cows. One of the Bishops’ wives shared about how she protected a cow from being eaten by a lion as a young girl. The lion jumped from a tree onto the back of a cow,” says Rachel Jimma from St Bart’s, Toowoomba


“It was definitely unifying and uplifting”

“Stewards were run off their feet during the conference, but we were able to join in the worship, even if that meant singing and dancing from our fire exit posts. Every morning service was a joyous pick-me-up. Services were said and sung in different languages,” says Stacey McCowan from the Community of The Way


“It has been a unique privilege to serve as your Archbishop”

“Thank you for your support, prayers and collegiality as we have furthered Christ’s mission in our Diocese and beyond. Some of this ministry has been difficult, painful and demanding. At other times, we have been filled with peace and joy in Christ’s service. In it all there has been a pervading sense of God’s grace,” says Archbishop Phillip Aspinall AC as he announces his resignation