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Men's cultural workshop: learn to play play the Didj and make fire

Lecture Room 1
St Francis College
233 Milton Rd
Milton  Qld  4064

Join First Nation Artist and Cultural Facilitator Dean Tyson for a cultural workshop, in which men come together, learn to play the Didj (bring your own Didj if you have one), and make fire the traditional way. The event is hosted by the ACSQ RAP Working Group, and followed by a BBQ at 12pm. RSVP now as places are very limited. Donations welcome. See more.

Reflections Sonny and Cher dress-ups Reflections

Protest songs, country, religious rock, disco and folk: inspiring music of the 70s

“As part of a world-wide campaign to end the Vietnam War, musicians wrote and released songs that resonated with listeners. Many of these songs still do. John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ is a classic – it is often sung at big international charity events…And, Jimmy Cliff’s ‘Vietnam’ was hailed by Bob Dylan as the ‘the greatest protest song ever written’,” says Bob Randle from Holy Hermits Online, as he reminisces on iconic music of the 1970s

A portrait of Dr Graeme Morton AM by former student Lily Zhu (cropped portrait)
Features

Gloria in excelsis Deo: Come, o thousand voices, to me

“I sought to produce a portrait work that would capture the spirit of someone distinguished in the arts or other aspects of Australian culture, and naturally thought of Graeme and his contribution to youth music. Having been one of his young students once, his teaching has greatly shaped my appreciation of art and culture,” says Lily Zhu on Dr Graeme Morton AM

Features

Tips for writing and recording your own children’s ministry songs

“In one of our FOCUS camp sessions, the children were given the option to try something new – songwriting. A small group of interested children came forward and worked collaboratively to write both the lyrics and the catchy melody of a song they titled ‘God with us’,” says Bettrys Lowe from St Bart’s, Toowoomba, while inviting other parishes to use the YouTube song video in their services and providing songwriting and recording tips

News

Classics in the Cathedral

St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School recently hosted its annual Classics in the Cathedral – an opportunity for the wider school community to come together in an intimate atmosphere to experience a vibrant and exciting evening of music performances

Films & TV

Respect

“As a star, Aretha was a mostly private person, so the unexpected disclosures hit hard. That the film builds to the most emotional climax in its last few moments makes you forgive some arguably choppy pacing and disappearing characters,” says anglican focus film reviewer, Jonathan Sargeant

Reflections

Hop n Hymns: from Toowoomba to Thargomindah

“Many of the connections we made on our recent trip will continue and will give birth to new connections for a long time to come. One person we met told us their relative was in hospital in Toowoomba 1000 km away from home and family, and we were able to organise someone from our Ecumenical pastoral care team to visit them the very next day,” says hospital chaplain and St Bart’s, Toowoomba parishioner Jodie O’Shannassy