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From living on Christchurch’s streets to helping those living on Toowoomba’s

“My own experience being homeless, hungry and cold for six months in my mid-teens has helped me to empathise with those doing it tough on the streets…We opened our Winter Shelter in the parish hall in early June to provide a safe haven at night for people sleeping rough,” says The Rev’d Pauline Harley from the Parish of Toowoomba West, as Homelessness Week approaches in the first week of August

"What I have taken away from this experience has also led me to start a degree in Humans Services with a Counselling Major. I trust that one day I may have the same skills to share to help others as I was helped in a very difficult time" (Bishop Daniel Abot)
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From 'Lost Boy of Sudan' to Bishop to counselling undergrad

“During my month-long trip, people in the Kenyan refugee camp thought that as I was returning from the Western world that I had everything to solve their problems, but I could not overcome the massive difficulties my people now had. As a result, I felt a huge burden of guilt! I recognised that I needed some help,” says Bishop Daniel Abot

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Flourish: one way we care for our people

“The Anglican Church Southern Queensland offers clergy, staff, chaplains and pastoral carers, and formation students, along with eligible members of their households, free access to Flourish, a wellbeing programme provided by external consultant, LifeWorks,” says Executive Director of PMC Dr Stephen Harrison

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Advent and clergy wellbeing

“It has been absolutely clear in the COVID-19 environment that self-care is vital for all those in ministry, as for all in the caring professions. This learning is an important one for clergy and lay ministers to take into the Advent season,” says The Rev’d Dr Daniel Rouhead from Resource Church St Bart’s, Toowoomba