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Join us at On Earth Festival

See St Francis College as you’ve never seen before in this video featuring volunteers, artists, musicians and presenters from and connected to our Diocese who are involved in the upcoming On Earth Festival, to be held on Saturday 16 October. Through music, poetry, art and workshops, find hope and inspiration for creating an alternate world where there is peace and justice

As part of the International Day of Peace commemorations, Teresa (left) and Augnes (right) Joy will commence their world record attempt to sing the world's national (including two UN permanent member state) anthems at 9.30 am at St John’s Cathedral on Tuesday 21 September

World record attempt: 195 anthems, 100 languages, two sisters, one day

Two young Christian sisters reflect on their plan to set an official world record, while simultaneously raising awareness of children’s and women’s empowerment and climate care, by singing the world’s 195 national and UN permanent member state anthems in 100 languages at St John’s Cathedral, as part of the Cathedral’s International Day of Peace celebrations on 21 September


Is religion the cause of violence?

“The problem is that in a highly secular culture religious ritual has been largely banished from the public space and the nation-state has assumed the mantle of the manager of violence,” says St Francis College Scholar in Residence The Right Rev’d Professor Stephen Pickard, who will be giving the 2021 Felix Arnott Lecture, which will be held online this year


East Jerusalem Initiative: accompanying families facing eviction and displacement

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) is beginning an East Jerusalem Initiative, through which the WCC-EAPPI is accompanying—even without a physical presence—families facing eviction and displacement, as well as people facing other violations of their rights. The WCC director of the Commission for the Churches on International Affairs Peter Prove explains the goals and history behind the East Jerusalem Initiative


A Reconciliation message from Archbishop Phillip Aspinall

“Reconciliation begins with truth telling. Then it must involve taking action to set right situations where there is inequality, systemic racism or abuse of human rights…Peace and Reconciliation are central to the mission of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland. Strengthening and healing relationships with our First Nations peoples are fundamental to that mission,” says Archbishop Phillip Aspinall


The Greeting of Peace

“I can recall the introduction of the Greeting of the Peace into Eucharists in the 1970s. It met stiff resistance…Clergy had to work hard to introduce the new custom and its emphasis on the corporate nature of worship,” says Bishop Jonathan Holland