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Care for creation

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Australia’s Overshoot Day in 2022 is Wednesday 23 March

“And so, it comes back to how well we honour our relationships. The principle of loving one’s neighbour invites us to approach the planet with a different framing. At its heart, loving one’s neighbour involves acknowledging that we are connected to one another. My welfare and yours are interdependent. And we both cannot truly flourish unless the koala does, too,” says The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt

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The book I have given away the most and why: Peter Branjerdporn

“The book made me realise how disconnected I am to the land, sea and sky and how much I need to work on being grounded in Creation, which is really the same thing as Country. I now see God’s hand more in Creation and consequently my faith is more embodied rather than primarily abstract. As a city-dweller, this book’s explanation of the Dreaming and its liturgical resources enable me to embody my spirituality in Creation,” says the Justice Unit’s Peter Branjerdporn

"Aboriginality is high-context identity. It is the reason we describe ourselves first by our Country of origin even before saying our name," says Wiradjuri artist and priest The Rev'd Canon Glenn Loughrey
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Complexity in understanding Country and culture

“Our languages are the most complex in the world, such that even groups within the same language group have difficulty speaking to one another. Language is contextual – we have words for those things that pertain to our space. In the Wiradjuri language, for example, there is no word for ‘sharks’ as they do not exist in our universe,” says Wiradjuri artist and priest The Rev’d Canon Glenn Loughrey

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Dalby Anglicans clear the weir

“‘Clear the Weir’ activates our God-given stewardship role by involving young Christians in physically caring for their environment. This allows us to see, first-hand, the importance of our role and the impact we have and the difference we can make as part of God’s Creation,” says Year 11 student and St John’s, Dalby parishioner Charlotte Kelly in this special joint feature