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.
2017 LOAVES & FISHES LUNCHEON Tuesday 9th May, from 12.15pm
Distinguished guest speaker: Mr Graham Cocks AM Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner
BENEFICIARY: Smart Pups
This year’s beneficiary is Smart Pups, a not-for-profit organisation on the Sunshine Coast specialising in providing trained Autism Assist Dogs, Seizure Alert dogs, Medical Alert dogs and Mobility Assist dogs to assist children with special needs. These officially-recognised assistance dogs have full public access and can accompany their child at all times, giving support, confidence and independence.
There is no direct cost to the families but they are asked to help fundraise and encourage donations as Smart Pups relies entirely on private and corporate donor support to cover the $27,000 cost of getting the trained pup ready for each family. More information at: www.smartpups.org.au
Invitation brochures are available in the West End of the Cathedral, or download from this website here
The latest RSVP date is 1st May ~ all email enquiries and bookings to: [email protected]
For that one moment, ‘in and out of time’, On that one mountain where all moments meet, The daily veil that covers the sublime In darkling glass fell dazzled at his feet. There were no angels full of eyes and wings Just living glory full of truth and grace. The Love that dances at the heart of things Shone out upon us from a human face And to that light the light in us leaped up, We felt it quicken somewhere deep within, A sudden blaze of long-extinguished hope Trembled and tingled through the tender skin. Nor can this this blackened sky, this darkened scar Eclipse that glimpse of how things really are.
In 2017 ABM has suggested three different projects for our support, all of them with the theme of Educating our Partners for a Brighter Future. The use of the term partners is significant, because each of the projects enables and empowers people the help themselves. In March we supported Church growth in The Philippines.
On Good Friday, we had the opportunity to support The Mothers' Empowerment Program in Palestine, in the Diocese of Jerusalem. The Princess Basma Centre for children with disabilities provides a series of quality, specialised and comprehensive rehabilitation services, among them Mothers’ Empowerment Program through which mothers receive specialised psychosocial support, recreational activities, and educational workshops on health issues related to children with disabilities. This assists them with their own children who live with disability. 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?
LABYRINTH WALKS & WORLD LABYRINTH DAY
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.
World Labyrinth Day Saturday 6th May, 9.30-12.30pm
Come and be a part of a rolling wave of peaceful energy as the world turns. The event bring together people from all over the planet in celebration of the labyrinth as a symbol and tool for tolerance, healing and peace.
wasting time with god - with dr CHRIS DALTON
Wednesday 3rd May, 9:30-11:30am
Reimagining Environmental Policy in Australia
The Great Southland of the Holy Spirit is an enigma. Seen by early European explorers as barren and godforsaken, western attitudes to Land in Australia now recognise its great beauty and spirituality. The ‘Dead Centre’ has a ‘Red Heart’.
Dr Chris Dalton takes this a step further by suggesting that Land in Australia be understood in terms of relationships, rather than utility, and develops the case for environmental legislation to address the rights of Land, rather than treating Land as a commodity.
Coincidentally, the launch of his book (From Terra Nullius to Beloved Companion: Reimagining Land in Australia) upon which the presentation is based comes shortly after the New Zealand Parliament granted legal status to the Whanganui River in the North Island. In his presentation Chris will draw on Australian landscape art and poetry, a ’Spirit Journey’ through central Australia, a case study of the regulation of coal seam gas, indigenous spirituality and theological reflection.
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
mystics, theologians & god-botherers
Timothy Nicholson on The Venerable Bede (673-735 CE) Sunday 7th May
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.
Silence. Song. Bread. Wine
Wednesday 10th May, 6:00pm
On the second Wednesday of each month all are welcome to share in a contemplative Eucharistic service featuring music, poetry and silence. This year guest musicians will play at each of these services to allow the gift of music to enhance our worship as we encounter God in the stillness, and in the bread and wine. The service commences at 6pm, but those who would like to meditate before the service are welcome to arrive from 5:30pm to enjoy the silence in this beautiful space .
St John's Cathedral
373 Ann Street, Brisbane, Qld, Australia. Open for visitors from 9.30am-4.30pm daily. +617 3835 2222