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Anzac Day or Easter Day?

Thursday, 30 April 2020
 | Gordon Preece

As churches we have been so cowed by the abuse crisis that we barely raise a peep when we are regarded as an ‘inessential service’. Yet on Anzac Day we can honour the dead and draw on the Easter imagery while also opposing war and critiquing the idolising of national identity.

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The Christian origins and symbolism of Anzac Day

Friday, 24 April 2020
 | Darren Mitchell

Pared back to its simplest form, the Anzac Day ceremony draws directly on our Christian heritage. Every year, when we gather at dawn, we proclaim the resurrection. May we also employ the Anzac liturgical elements to pray for the spiritual renewal of our nation.

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Weeping together when the going gets tough

Monday, 20 April 2020
 | Siu Fung Wu

The Apostle Paul tells us to ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep’. As the economic impact of COVID-19 affects the lives of our church communities, how can we allow the pain of others to pain us?

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Coronavirus, Liminality and Meditation

Monday, 20 April 2020
 | Charles Ringma

In the liminal space of the Coronavirus, what can we learn? What may need to change? As our normal routines and rhythms disappear, we have an opportunity to journey deeper into the rich resources of Christian spirituality.

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Soul Care for a Chaotic COVID-19 World

Wednesday, 15 April 2020
 | Christine Aroney-Sine

Even in this time of pandemic, many of us are feeling overwhelmed and overworked. But none of us are any good to others if we are basket cases ourselves. How can we use this time to develop resilience and strengthen our faith?

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Open Bunnings, Closed Church on Maundy Thursday

Thursday, 9 April 2020
 | Paul Tyson

Christians, in practice, fully agree with secular and official Australia that our meeting together as Christians is not essential. We also seem to agree that making sure we can fix a broken gutter is essential.

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A word to those who are about to lose their daily commute

Tuesday, 7 April 2020
 | Rebecca Forbes

Over the next few months, many of us will have a lot of more time on our hands. And it will be easy to be reactive rather than proactive. But how can we use this time to set habits for the long haul - to be prepare for rebuilding together after Coronavirus?

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Can anything good come from all of this?

Wednesday, 25 March 2020
 | Sarah Judd-Lam

The Coronavirus pandemic is serious, but this season will bring lasting, positive change if we let it. We have a unique opportunity to rethink our practices, make the most of the technological possibilities and turn our attention to the hope of a better future.

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A Doctor’s plea: ‘You Stay at Home for Us. I Stay at Work for You’.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020
 | Emma Matheson

Social distancing is key to ‘flattening the curve’ of the Coronavirus. How can we do this without neglecting our responsibility to love our neighbour, especially those who are alone or vulnerable? Here is the perspective of two medical professionals.

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Coronavirus: the gift that is showing us what matters

Wednesday, 25 March 2020
 | Nils von Kalm

If ever we have seen that love and human connection are what really matter in life and should be prioritised over anything else, it is now. The Golden Rule - do unto others as you would have them do unto you - has never had more social relevance than it does today.

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