anglican focus

The news site of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland: nourishing and connecting our faith community

Occupied Palestinian Territories

"The Australian Government only reinstated life-saving emergency UNRWA funding after strong community pressure. And, community pressure helped with Australia’s backing of Palestine’s bid for full United Nations membership at a United Nations general assembly vote late last week," says Australian emergency doctor Ahmad Abou-Sweid, as the Anglican Church Southern Queensland's Justice Unit calls for readers to contact their elected representatives asking for the suspension of military exports to Israel and implement appropriate sanctions
Justice & Advocacy

What is happening to Christian and Muslim Palestinians in Gaza and how can we help them?

“As a doctor, it is amazing to see how efficiently resources are mobilised here in Australia when an unwell or injured child comes into our emergency departments…But no resources are accessible to Palestinian children in Gaza — hospitals have been intentionally destroyed and humanitarian medical aid intentionally blocked. Children in Gaza are being left to die hungry and in pain. Why? Because Israel and its allies deem it acceptable since these children were born Palestinian. As a Palestinian and as a doctor my heart breaks every day I am unable to stop this from happening to my people,” says Dr Ahmad Abou-Sweid


Second "Praying for Gaza" Brisbane inter-faith vigil: rolling the scroll of children's names to bagpipe music

On Saturday 27 April 2024, 50 recognised faith leaders participated in a second “Praying for Gaza” inter-faith vigil in the Brisbane CBD, either reading names of children who have tragically died in Gaza and Israel since October, reciting from holy books or leading intercessory prayers. This video shows the rolling of the scroll of children’s names, including 4,000 of the 15,000 names of Palestinian children who have been killed in Gaza. Palestinian Christian Colette (whose family is from Jerusalem) and Muslim Palestinian Sameer (who has lost nearly 40 family members in Gaza) rolled the scroll of names, with the assistance of Anglican and other community members, as bagpiper Camille played


WCC condemns killing of aid workers in Gaza

World Council of Churches general secretary The Rev’d Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay condemned the killing of aid workers in Gaza, and extended condolences to the families and friends who are in shock and mourning upon hearing the news that an Israeli airstrike killed seven people working for World Central Kitchen


"Near Golgotha strolls many a priest"

“Seeing the Passion of Jesus as being played out in the everyday can heighten our response to those everyday situations. So the children of Gaza become one with the Holy Innocents and Christ loses limbs with Ukrainian soldiers. What are we called to do in response?” asks The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt