Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Deacon's Blog

Some of you may be interested in the current reflections of our Deacons.

The blog site for the Permanent Deacons of the Diocese is accessed here .

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Mark Russell Blog - A new look to the Church Army CEO

There is an interesting article in the Church Times (click here) on the CEO of the Church Army.

Mark Russell is, at 34, the youngest person ever to be appointed to his position. Originally from Northern Ireland, he makes some very timely observations about the CA and its future.

On the need for a name change he says:

“The Church Army needs a new identity for the 21st century, although that’s easier said than done. I don’t think the militaristic image is always helpful. In some respects it is, because it talks about a bunch of people with an objective to defeat something, and, without question, I want to see us defeat poverty, injustice, and homelessness. But we’re not a church, and we’re not an army; we’re not a church in an army, and we’re not an army in a church.”

Mark's bog Mark Russell's Reflections is worth adding to your RSS list.

Both the Church Times article and the Blog are worth reading - especially to any engaged in Fresh Expressions.

Haze and Smog a reminder to the State

The haze and smoke covering most of the State of Victoria is a reminder to us all - as if we needed one - of the fact that the fires are continuing to burn in the East of the State. We are all shrouded in this disaster as we are all enveloped in this smoke haze.

With over 7,000 people homeless and 1800 plus buildings and homes destroyed, this situation will not go away when the smoke lifts. In Britain the snow has brought fun as well as difficulties; the financial cost has been in terms of the interruptions to business, commerce and industry. In Victoria the financial cost is not yet being calculated as the loss of Human life and livelihoods is paramount in the thoughts and concerns of its people.

We have lit our candles and said our prayers; we have made our donations to the various relief and aid funds; we have donated goods and clothes - it is as this next week approaches that we will feel our own helplessness and we will need to find ways to support each other in our collective grief and loss.