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Holy Land

St Francis College Dean of Students Dr Sheilagh O'Brien with a gold cup-shaped hyperpyron coin of Alexius I (this coin is part of the Centre for Coins, Culture and Religious History collection, which is on display at St John's Cathedral)
People & History

A coin is worth a thousand words

In the ancient coins, lamps, manuscripts, marble statues, and mosaics that remain, the imagery and imagination of a distant time and place can be found again, allowing us to find new ways to tell the stories of the past for the present,” says Dr Sheilagh Ilona O’Brien, with The Rev’d Dr Gregory Jenks


The need for new songs…

“Many of the songs we sing in church look forward ‘one day’ to resurrection and eternal life, but I wonder if there are enough songs which express longing and hope for this life,” reflects Bishop Cam Venables


A pilgrim people

“It is one thing to study the Bible when you are 14,000 kilometres away, but it is a completely different – some say life-changing – experience reading it while in the Holy Land,” says The Rev’d Daniel Jayaraj as he reflects on modern-day pilgrimage