Outreach through offering - MAY

Throughout April, we support the establishment and growth of ministry by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Anglican Church of Australia.
Christian leaders in Aboriginal communities face formidable challenges, including being isolated from the broader Church in remote places, where travel is time-consuming and expensive. They live amid the tensions between their traditional cultures and the Church, working in communities where English is a secondary language and where material disadvantage is prevalent.
From remote communities to regional towns and big cities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians play an important and too often overlooked role in the church and community. For example, in Numbulwar, on the coast of Eastern Arnhem Land, the Reverend Yulki Nunggumajbarr (pictured below), together with members of the Northern Territory Ministry Development Tea, has developed liturgies in the language of her people for special services such as Easter and Ash Wednesday.
Our support will assist remote Aboriginal Christians who want to be intentional in their faith, and especially those in leadership, to access much needed training and support as they seek to witness to Christ in their communities. The aim is to help each participant to develop the unique gifts God has given them, with the help and support of mentors who are further down the ‘track’.
Can we find at least $1,000 towards realising this goal?

National Reconciliation Week 2017

Prayerful steps towards reconciliation

The Week of Prayer for Reconciliation and National Reconciliation Week (NRW)

are held each year between 27th May and 3rd June.

These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey -the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the Mabo decision.

As an initiative of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (now Reconciliation Australia)
and communities of faith across the country, the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation was established in 1993 and continues to receive strong support from faith communities.

The week-long event has been celebrated nationally across the general community since 1996 when it evolved into NRW.
The week is an opportunity to connect with the broader community to learn about
our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us
can join the national reconciliation effort.

A Reconciliation Eucharist for Sorry Day will be held at the Cathedral on Friday 26th May from 10.00am as part of our ongoing diocesan commitment to reconciliation.

wasting time with god -

Wednesday 7th June, 9:30-11:30am

Adam Leslie from The Sycamore Tree Project
Adam Leslie is the administrator of this prison Fellowship International program that brings crime victims and prisoners together to focus on the impact of crime.

It goes further than the court system in making prisoners understand the long term effects of their crimes – something that can break the cycle of crime.

Prison psychologists and management have commented that Sycamore is the most effective program they have seen for both crime victims and criminal offenders.

Victims are given the opportunity to consider ways in which they can take control of their lives and begin their journey toward healing and restoration.

Adam will speak about his experience of the power of this project for turning lives around and its capacity for positive healing outcomes for both perpetrator and victim. As usual the morning will begin with a time of prayer and reflection in the Lady Chapel before moving to the Darnell Room for the presentation and discussion at 10:15am.


Journey to the Centre (and back again)

In the midst of our busy lives the labyrinth offers a time for reflection and renewal, a time to pray, or just “to be”. Walk it with an open mind and an open heart.

Make the journey in to the centre and return to the world refreshed. ​

St John’s labyrinth is a 7 circuit modified Chartres pattern, a canvas labyrinth created by Cedar Prest of Adelaide, and contains at its centre the symbol of St John, the eagle.

At various times during the year we offer 'group' walks where you can join with others in a themed walk with prayer/meditation cards

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.

Please Listen

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

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

mystics, theologians &

Coming up in June ... The Rev’d Jenny Simson on Brother Lawrence

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. After the service we gather in the West End of the cathedral to share a discussion with the guest preacher over refreshments.