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Complexity

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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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Complexity is our friend

“Complexity means one plus one can be more than two, then two plus two can be a surprisingly large number. A complex system is more than its component parts, for out of the relationships between the parts new things emerge. A lichen on a desert rock near Thargomindah emerges from the interactions between a fungus and an alga that normally cannot live in dry air or full sun,” says Prof. Roderick Rogers

The Rev’d Rebecca King with Bishop Jo Wells and parishioners at The Parish of Yeronga after the 11am service on 18 August 2019.
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Coping with complexity

“Our community of faith ‘The Church’ has also become very complex. This leads to the call that as a community of faith we need to treat each other with more sensitivity, being very mindful and careful of what we say and do…Therefore, we need to be non-judgemental when our views do not align with the views of others around us,” says The Rev’d Rebecca King from The Parish of Yeronga and the Anglican Board of Mission

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Responding to the Holy Spirit in complex situations

“The program and learning community enable us to identify, discuss, reframe and approach the emerging opportunities within our Cathedral community and to apply the skills we are learning in practical ways to areas that the Holy Spirit is moving us,” says Angie Mooney from Resource Church, St John’s Cathedral on the Adapting Ministry in Complex Times program and co-learning community