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Australia bushfires

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Rough sleeper chews the climate cud

“I think I have some unique insights about the climate because I have been sleeping in it for nearly 30 years in Queensland. I have noticed that there is less rain than before, but when it does rain, it rains a lot. And, the storms are much more severe. And, winters? What winters?” reflects Brisbane rough sleeper, Sean Higgins

St Andrew's, South Brisbane parishioner Jon Eastgate assisted with the flood clean-up in March 2022 when the homes of his Fairfield neighbours were submerged
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“These weather events are turning points in people’s lives”

“We moved stuff upstairs. The lights went out. We headed for higher ground, and there we stayed for five days. We were lucky because we had just a couple of inches of water in the rooms we had emptied. Our neighbours, a few metres down the hill, were not so lucky,” says Jon Eastgate from St Andrew’s, South Brisbane

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Art, faith, justice and Reconciliation

“My Anglican faith feeds into my artistic drive, motivating me to continue to pursue social justice and Reconciliation through my practice and to continue to find ways to adapt in challenging times, such as these,” says local artist, Community of The Way member and Gubbi Gubbi descendent John Hammer in the continuing anglican focus series, ‘How my art intersects with my faith’

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Bushfire Lament

Earlier this year, a Bush Fire Prayer Vigil was held at St Francis College – the service provided space for people to bring their grief, hopes and longings for the earth and communities devastated by the unprecedented bushfire season that Australia had been, and still is, coming to terms with. Bishop Cam Venables wrote this lament for the earth, which he played at the service