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Listening

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The art of deep listening

“It wasn’t until I began working in hospital chaplaincy that I realised that, although I was often not heard in my family of origin, I had learned to listen very well and that was a valuable skill for any chaplain or pastoral carer to have – a skill that, in fact, forms the basis of all caring interactions,” says The Rev’d Ann Shepperson, while inviting parishes to host ‘Creating Caring Communities’ courses

Image from the cover of the book, Listening Together: Global Anglican Perspectives on Renewal of Prayer and the Religious Life
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Bishops to renew "prayer and religious life” ahead of Lambeth Conference

The renewal of prayer and the religious life is explored in the third of three books on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s ministry priorities. The series has been produced by the Theological Education in the Anglican Communion (TEAC) department of the Anglican Communion Office to help bishops prepare for the next Lambeth Conference

Homilies & Addresses

Queensland Mental Health Week: service address

Anglicare and St John’s Cathedral co-hosted a special service today to mark Queensland Mental Health Week, with The Rev’d Dr Ann Solari giving the service address: “As people of God we are called to respond to need, to be loving to all, to be there, to be a friend to those who need a friend, to allow people to belong somewhere”

Reflections

Biases and bunkers

“I suspect the tendency to very quickly retreat into our bunkers, and to start actively protecting ourselves by attacking ‘the opposition’ is driven, at least in part, by the way people feel so certain about their positions – such that if anyone disagrees, they must be fundamentally wrong,” says The Rev’d Andrew Schmidt

Reflections

Parish partnerships in community outreach

“I have learnt that by listening and asking questions, my neighbours teach me how they want and need to be loved, and that by listening together we can achieve great things,” says community development worker and Liturgical Assistant Sarah Gover from the Parish of North Pine