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"The Joshua series has taught me that sometimes you need to break the rules, or the law, to do the right thing. I like how it is based on scripture. According to the Pharisees, who were strict about the law, you couldn’t eat with sinners – but Jesus did. Jesus also told us not to judge" (Southern Region parishioner 102-year-old Margaret Thurgood, February 2022).
Faith book reflections

The book I have given away the most and why: Margaret Thurgood

“This book is a parable about how people would react to Jesus today and how the Church, in an institutional sense, could react to him,” says centenarian parishioner Margaret Thurgood


Paula Gooder: theologian and prolific writer

“Paula’s writing is incredibly accessible and engaging. I can still remember standing in a long queue in the Cairns Airport with her book Searching for Meaning in my hands. Even though the book is ‘academic’ – focusing on different methods of biblical interpretation or hermeneutics – I found it to be a real page-turner,” says The Rev’d Canon Dr Marian Free, as she introduces the speaker for the forthcoming Annual General Meeting of the Clergy Summer School