Vicky’s Ordination

The Reverend Vicky Balabanski's Uniting Church ordination has been praised by the Anglican Church as a step towards closing divisions. Dr Balabanski was ordained yesterday by visiting Church of South India Bishop V Devasahayam, whose position is acknowledged by both the Uniting and Anglican churches. >>> … Continue Reading ››
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Pentecost -Inspirational Leadership

On Thursday, I had the joy of attending Anglicare’s annual service in the Cathedral; a great event with wonderful music from an a-cappella singing group. They sang Spirituals about justice—What does the Lord require of you—about love—Ubi caritas—about following in the way of Jesus—I will follow Jesus wherever he goes—and about life with Jesus beyond … Continue Reading ››
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Grace – How Do We Respond?

Rev'd Sonya Paterson - Sermon - June 2011 Rules are generally good for us. Some rules are explicit – we know them because we’ve been told what they are. Can someone give me an example? One of the schools I used to work at had only three explicit rules: look after yourself; look after each other; … Continue Reading ››
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Papunya Visit October 2010

Last May in our church hall at Crafers, Alison Anderson, an indigenous member of the NT legislative assembly invited the people of this parish to start visiting the remote aboriginal community of Papunya; her home community.
In early October Peter, Vicky and Keith Smith visited Papunya to begin exploring possibilities for a partnership between the people … Continue Reading ››
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Anti-Poverty Week 17/10/2010

Anti-Poverty Luke 10:25-37 Good Samaritan Children’s Talk Look at this picture. What do you notice? It’s a rocky, steep and winding gorge, called the Wadi Qelt. Those buildings are St George’s monastery, and they were built in the 19th century. They weren’t there in Bible times. Can you see a road? This is the way people would travel from Jerusalem … Continue Reading ››
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Papunya Visit

Pentecost + 20 C : 10.10.2010 : Papunya Visit Jeremiah 29.1-7 Last May in our church hall at Crafers, Alison Anderson, an indigenous member of the NT legislative assembly invited the people of this parish to start visiting the remote aboriginal community of Papunya; her home community. This past week, Keith Smith, Vicky and I … Continue Reading ››
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Michaelmas 2010

In 1987, Vicky and I found ourselves at a worship service unlike any other we had known before. In a small chapel we joined a semi-circle of men who were all wearing monastic habits. We took our cues from them, standing and sitting when they did, trying to sing mediæval plainsong for the first time, and … Continue Reading ››
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