Live & Laid Back Episode Two

Live & Laid Back w/ Liu & Andrew Episode Two featured an extremely powerful conversation with Chantelle Ogilvie-Ellis

 

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Pastoral Note on COVID-Safe Practices

Dear friends, 

“If you want to make everyone happy, don’t be a leader. Sell ice cream.”

(Eric Geiger)

 Amongst a growing excitement and thankfulness, I’ve been hearing from others and experiencing myself as restrictions have started to lift, and with a greater sense of emerging freedom to engage in activities we have been missing over the past several months, we are also encountering a rising concern as COVID-19 ‘hotspots’ have been growing in Victoria. It has very much felt like a reminder of what we might face across our nation if we are not mindful about following the guidance we are given through the Health Department and Government.

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A Future Not Our Own

Dear friends,

 

“The bird sings in the morning to celebrate that it survived another night.” 

(Unknown author)

 I have a sense that there are many leaders and members of our congregations who are breathing a sigh of relief that the Government is beginning to lift restrictions on gathering. It feels like the early morning bird-song, even before it is light. A song of hope and trust that the night is almost over.

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Way Past Due

“I can’t breathe.”

The last words from George Floyd when he was brutally murdered on the street by a police officer who held his knee down on George Floyd’s neck for NINE MINUTES. The other officers at the scene did nothing. They stood by and did nothing.

They were the same words said by David Dungay, an Aboriginal man, in 2015 when he was pinned down in a cell in jail by 5 NSW prison guards. 

“I can’t breathe.”

 

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Photo by @meldcolephotography (George Floyd Protests, Staten Island NYC 2020)
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No Ordinary Season - A Pastoral Note from Jenny

Dear friends,

"May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us."

Saint Teresa of Ávila (16th Century)

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It is Safe in the Harbour - a Pastoral Note from Jenny

Dear friends,

A ship is safe in harbor. But then again that’s not what ships are for.  

Admiral Grace Hopper

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Live & Laid Back Episode One

Live & Laid Back w/ Liu & Andrew Episode One w/ Rev. Kent Crawford

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The Thing (Most) Desired - A Pastoral Note from Jenny

Dear friends,

 

Therefore, be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann

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Bill Crews v Coronavirus - ABC Compass

As coronavirus threatens delivery of services to the disadvantaged, Compass follows Rev. Bill Crews, his staff and volunteers as they fight to keep the Exodus Foundation's doors open for their guests in-the-midst of the pandemic.

For five weeks, ABC Compass followed Bill and the team at Ashfield while they adapted to ensure the safety of their guests as the pandemic unfolded.

 

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Greener Grass - A Pastoral Note from Jenny

Dear friends,

 

I can do what you can’t do; and you can do what I can’t do. Together we can do great things.

Mother Theresa 

During the last week I heard from a colleague that they were feeling unsure of what they had to offer the Church in the current environment. It reminded me of me! Many years ago (in a galaxy (or at least a state) far far away) a group of colleagues with whom I met monthly identified “Imposter’s Syndrome” as a real thing that threatened our sense of value for our own ministries. We would look with awe and wonder at what the others in the group were doing, and recognise that we could not do those things. What we were less able to recognise was that we were all looking at each other and thinking exactly the same thing.

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