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Faith

Reflections The Ven. Valerie Hoare and husband Doug Reflections

The day I stopped traffic

“During an appropriate gap in the stream of cars and buses, I strode out to the middle of the arterial road and raised both my hands to say, ‘Stop’. ‘This had better work, God,’ I prayed,” shares The Ven. Valerie Hoare, the Diocesan Spiritual Advisor for Cursillo

Features Allana Wales with the Thread Together van Features

A reckoning that becomes a channel

“There is a gentle internal reckoning that comes with the recognition of how close our own humanity connects with other persons, whether difference is perceived or not. This reckoning is often a catalyst for the undertaking of small mercies that channels the flow of our own lives into the river of a wider current of change,” says Allana Wales from St Andrew’s, Indooroopilly

"The theme of our most recent Café Church service was the Holy Spirit because the Saturday service followed Pentecost Sunday" (Adrian Gibb with St Thomas' Toowong treasurer David Allen and The Rev'd Tom Sullivan in June 2022)
Features

From reluctant convert to active lay leader

“Regarding my various lay parish activities – it is vital to me that I feel as though I am contributing. I recall once hearing a cricket commentator say that 90 per cent of people can find the problems, but only about 10 per cent can come up with solutions and act on them. So I strive to be a part of the 10 per cent. Helping to provide alternatives for those seeking a spiritual home is highly rewarding and very enjoyable,” says Adrian Gibb from St Thomas’, Toowong

Films & TV

Benediction

“A ‘benediction’ is a divine invocation for blessing or help. The film Benediction is also such a thing – a desperate and lingering cry for wholeness amidst some of the very worst that humanity can inflict upon itself,” says Jonathan Sargeant from St Francis College

News

Heaven found in ordinary

The Rev’d Dr Mark Oakley traces the significance of faith in the work of the Queen’s Poets Laureate: “Poets Laureate help us to see what Philip Larkin called ‘the million-petalled flower Of being here’. Thank God for that”