St John's Cathedral is home to a community which seeks to bring the best of Anglican tradition into dialogue with the issues and needs of our day.
We strive for open-minded conversation, seek to practice inclusion, and reflect on how we might see our beliefs put into action. We want this to be a place where people are encouraged to seek God and progress their own spiritual journeys.
The Cathedral itself, a renowned Brisbane landmark, serves as a magnet, where diverse people gather to worship, celebrate, seek solace, converse and learn.
For some Indigenous people, the simple things in life, like a good job, healthy children and a happy family, are still just a dream. Indigenous Community Volunteers make dreams come true! By giving hands-on help, not hand-outs, Indigenous Community Volunteers give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities practical help to improve their quality of life, health, social and economic wellbeing and participation in Australian society.
ICV does this by working directly with, and at the invitation of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families, organisations and communities. Built on collaborations, the organisation connects them with a national network of skilled volunteers from backgrounds as diverse as child care, IT, manufacturing, law and medicine.
ICV believes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people hold the keys to solving their own challenges. They provide the opportunity and support to make this possible. When a community sets their own goals, they have a much better chance of success.
For example, in remote Western Australia, the Wiluna community wanted to ensure that their children would be strong learners, and invited ICV to assist the revival of the school library. Now ICV volunteer Barry is working with teachers, staff and students to revive their current library and make it a more accessible and enjoyable place for student learning. This has included training for selected staff to input resources and utilise the library computer system, along with researching funding opportunities to acquire library resources.
In Cairns, the Three Sistas housing initiative has been providing affordable housing to people in crisis and transition since 2011. With many people travelling from Cape York to Cairns for medical and other reasons, it is a much needed service in the community. ICV volunteer, David, recently worked with the staff to further develop their skills, resulting in a more efficient and sustainable organisation. The initial project was so successful that Three Sistas have invited ICV back to help secure funding to extend their accommodation.
ICV volunteers come from all walks of life, united by a desire to help Indigenous communities realise their dreams.
Can we raise $1,200 to help one of those volunteers to locate to a community which has asked ICV for assistance?
Make your donation by using one of the envelopes near the Outreach poster at the back of the cathedral. Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.To obtain a receipt, please write your name and address on the back of your outreach envelope.ICV will provide the receipt in coming months.Thank you.
the gift of pastoral care
by Rev'd Sue Wilton
To follow Christ is to be called each day to love one another as we are loved. Yet it is so easy for our motivations to become mixed and our attempts to show love become disempowering where we try to fix things for others, give advice, or ‘sort them out.’
The power of skillful pastoral care lies in being aware of ourselves and able to lay aside what we think we know, leave our judgments behind and acknowledge that the other is a mystery to us. When we do this, deep listening can occur. When we truly hear one another, we begin to also truly see one and communicate the immense hope and promise of God that we are not alone.
The poem below by an unknown author captures the essence and healing potential of true pastoral care.
When I ask you to listen to me and you start giving me advice, you have not done what I asked.
When I ask you to listen to me and you begin to tell me why I shouldn’t feel that way, you are trampling on my feelings.
When I ask you to listen to me and you feel you have to do something to solve my problem, you have failed me, strange as that may seem.
Listen! All I ask is that you listen. Don’t talk or do – just hear me.
Advice is cheap; 20 cents will get you both Dear Abby and Billy Graham in the same newspaper. And I can do for myself; I am not helpless. Maybe discouraged and faltering, but not helpless.
When you do something for me that I can and need to do for myself, you contribute to my fear and inadequacy.
But when you accept as a simple fact that I feel what I feel, no matter how irrational, then I can stop trying to convince you and get about this business of understanding what’s behind this irrational feeling.
And when that’s clear, the answers are obvious and I don’t need advice. Irrational feelings make sense when we understand what’s behind them.
Perhaps that’s why prayer works, sometimes, for some people – because God is mute, and he doesn’t give advice or try to fix things. God just listens and lets you work it out for yourself.
So please listen, and just hear me. And if you want to talk, wait a minute for your turn – and I will listen to you. - Author Unknown
Coming in the New Year
Discovering that we are made out of love by Love for love....
A gentle and open process for those seeking:
Reaffirmation A deeper knowledge of God
Why a Journey? The Christian faith is a way of life. Entering into a way of life requires reflection.
Christians are people who seek to live out the way of love.
We seek to follow Jesus who, in his own life, demonstrated that we were made by God, who is love, for love. God’s love gives us the energy to love in turn. Since we are made for love, we each have a purpose.
The Journey exists to enable people to discover what this truth means for them. The process aims to give people the space to test and then find their own way into this way of life.
The Journey takes what has happened in life to this point seriously. We believe that by reflecting on our life-story we discover how God has been at work in our lives since before we were born, and also identify ways in which we, as unique people, are to respond to this. We discover the way in which God’s love for us can shape our relationships, inform our motives, and help us find a deep and abiding joy.
Who is The Journey for? Those who want to take stock of their lives using a spiritual focus; Those considering baptism for themselves or for their children; Those considering confirmation; Those wanting to discern some future direction for their life; Those interested in unpacking the faith.
How does The Journey work? The journey provides the space for those involved to ask questions, to talk over issues, share insights and to learn about specific areas that interest them. This takes place within small groups.
Why this way? As adults we learn and integrate knowledge most effectively when seeking answers to questions that matter to us.
The group meets at a time that suits all the members. The whole process operates through negotiation.
How long does the journey take? That depends on the individual. Some people are members of the group for several months and feel ready for something else at the end of that time. Others might want to be part of this process for years.
Is it for me? Each year we offer a series of enquiry sessions that allow people to ask that question and seek an answer for themselves. This year we offer four sessions, each of about one hour, in which the nature of the journey will be outlined and explored. At the end of that time, each person considers the question,
What next for me? The following enquiry sessions have been set aside. It is recommended that, if possible, you attend all four sessions.
You can mix and match the days. All sessions will be held in the Darnell Room.
The art of storytelling as a way to appreciate our lives. Wednesday January 4 at 10am Sunday January 8 at 3.30pm
The Story of God: The Bible as story Wednesday January 11 at 10am Sunday January 15 at 3.30pm
The story of the Church: Meaning through Community Wednesday January 18 at 10am Sunday January 22 at 3.30pm
How the Story comes to Life: Looking at a possible way forward. Wednesday January 25 at 10am Sunday January 29 at 3.30pm
Please feel free to explore this opportunity through a conversation with the Dean. Register by email to [email protected] or 3835 2239.
wasting time with god
The Problem with Power: Developing Mutually Empowered Faith CommunitiesThe Rev'd Dr Steven OgdenWednesday the 1st of February9.30-11.30am
The Rev’d Dr Steven Ogden is our guest speaker and will explore the idea of the Church as an institution.
“Certainly,” says Steven, “we cannot do without institutions, but the Church, as an institution, runs the risk of becoming self-serving. This happens surreptitiously. In so doing, we surrender our power to be the people of God.”
In this special Wasting Time with God event, Steven will discuss how this occurs, and the ways that we as the people of God can move beyond it.
In his new book, “The Church, Authority and Foucault” The Rev’d Dr Steven Ogden addresses the problem of the Church’s enmeshment with sovereign power and points to how the Church’s guardianship of ‘privileged knowledge’ can lead to a sense of entitlement for leaders and conformity for followers. Thinking differently about these issues is critical, and this new work discusses catalysts for change and how we can cultivate practices of freedom for the sake of the other.
mystics, theologians and god-botherers
Thomas Mertonwith The Rev'd Graham WarrenSunday February 4th, @ 6pm Evensong
Down the ages there have been those who enlighten us with a fresh vision of God.These are the voices that stir our imaginations; shake our comfortable perceptions and whose lives witness to the Spirit in their time. Continuing this series from 2016, we seek to revisit the teachings of some of those who have shaped our tradition in radical ways and see how they may speak afresh to us today.
The Rev’d Graham Warren will be exploring the monastic spirituality and social activism of Thomas Merton (1915-1968). After the service we will gather in the West End of the cathedral to share a discussion with Graham over refreshments
St John's Cathedral
373 Ann Street, Brisbane, Qld, Australia. Open for visitors from 9.30am-4.30pm daily. +617 3835 2222