Each Sunday’s Weekly Notes is posted here on the Friday prior, for the benefit of people who are unable to attend Sunday services, and to assist those rostered on to read lessons or lead intercessions.
Click here to read the July-September edition of Notes & News. This edition includes a reflection from the Dean on the idea of Ordinary Time, an overview of recent personnel changes at the Cathedral, a book review from the Precentor, a guide to the resources available on the Cathedral website, a recap of the Thy Kingdom Come beacon event, and a preview of Science Week at the Cathedral.
Click here to read the February-April 2017 edition of Notes & News. This edition contains an overview of how St Paul’s will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, information about the JustWater conference, important instructions regarding the electoral roll, and all the dates you need for Lent, Holy Week and Easter at the Cathedral.
Click here to read the November-December edition of Notes & News, with pictures of the recent Cathedral miracle play Lazarus, information of the MetroRail project, news of two important bequests received, and information about our new 125 Anniversary Photography project
Click here to read the September-November edition of Notes & News, which includes important news from Chapter, an update on the Metro Rail Project, an invitation to the 125th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner, and dates for your diary for the rest of 2016
Click here to read the May-August edition of St Paul’s Cathedral’s quarterly newsletter. This edition contains information on how the Metro Rail Project will impact on the Cathedral and precinct, as well as details of the upcoming 125th Patronal Festival.
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement which the Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join. The wave of prayer will start in May and run for 10 days between the Christian festivals of Ascension and Pentecost.
In praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities.
ARCHBISHOP JUSTIN WELBY
2017 National Science Week Theme – FUTURE EARTH
QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION
10.00-11.45am 16 August
The Q/A Panel
- Professor Peter Rayner, the School of Earth Sciences
- Professor Brendan Gleeson, the School of Urban Studies
- Professor Lesley Head from the School of Geography,
- Associate Professor Grant Blashki, the Nossal Institute of Global Health,
- Anita Talberg, PhD student Australian-German Climate and Energy College,
all from The University of Melbourne, and,
- Bishop Mark Edwards, an auxiliary bishop from the Catholic Diocese of Melbourne who has a doctorate in the philosophy of time.
The Panel is again chaired by Mr Tim Thwaites, science writer and broadcaster.
The Q/A will be streamed live. Schools will be invited to stand and identify themselves.
Students attending should bring questions or preferably send them in advance to email@example.com
The Future Earth organisation has eight values guiding the way to Future Earth
- Deliver water, energy, and food for all
- Decarbonise socio-economic systems to stabilise the climate
- Safeguard the terrestrial, freshwater and marine natural assets underpinning human well-being
- Build healthy, resilient and productive cities
- Promote sustainable rural futures
- Improve human health
- Encourage sustainable consumption and production patterns
- Increase social resilience to future threats.
The Cathedral’s contribution to the discussion
One way to organise these eight values
- Deliver water, energy, and food for all
- Build healthy, resilient and productive cities for the 70% of world population and promote sustainable rural futures for 30% of world population and for both increase social resilience to future threats.
- This requires avoiding the climate change catastrophe of > 1.50 increase in global temperature and so means:
- decarbonise socio-economic systems to stabilise the climate;
- safeguard the terrestrial, freshwater and marine natural assets underpinning human well-being and otherwise improve human health;
- encourage sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Connecting to your life #1
- Do these values and goals connect to your desired future? Does some other future, attract you and if so, what?
- Given what your family, friends, school, society and culture offer you: what is worth taking with you into the future? Is there anything you would want to leave behind?
- In seeking to make the future you are also making what you will become. What do you want to become?
- Besides the eight values are there any other important values for the future of the earth?
Connecting to your life #2
What do you think of the following claims?
- Everyone is called to love kindness, do justice and walk humbly with God (Micah 6.8). This points towards what it means to be truly human.
- But it is easy to prefer ‘idols’ as alternatives to God.
- Worship = ‘worth’ship = everything that shouts out where you find value or worth; i.e., where, and with whom, and on what, you spend your time, energy and money.
- According to the Bible we become like what we worship and the worship of idols eventually damages our humanity (Psalm 115).
- In our society, we use the gift of our God-given capacities and God-given earth to make a better life in many, many ways. This is what God wants for us (Genesis1.26-28).
- But this has turned into a preference for an ever-increasing material success (GDP, living standards) with the earth merely as a resource and without God.
- This preference benefits some but not others – growing inequality within and between nations. This is not what God wants. Genesis 1.28, says the earth is given for the benefit all
- This preference has also had the effect of threatening the wellbeing of the earth, our common home (Pope Francis), and provoking a defiant reaction from the earth as a system that is out of our control (Clive Hamilton).
- This preference is the worship of an idol and is already damaging our humanity and the earth. We have ‘lost the plot’ in key ways.
- The ‘true plot’, for each person and for all people, for the earth and for the whole created universe, comes from God, who has created this life-producing universe and who will bring it to completion in abundant life that does not perish.
- This God has spoken to human beings in many ways but at last has spoken to us by his Son (Hebrews 1.1-2), who entered the world in Jesus of Nazareth (John 1.1-14). Jesus is the heart of God’s ‘true plot’ for all things. (Ephesians 1.8b-10;3.7-12). Jesus opens the way into the ‘true plot’ (Mark 1.14-15) and by his death and resurrection this is kept open for all things (Colossians 1.19-20).
- Jesus calls us all to follow him as the first preference in our lives, now freed from idols to serve God and each other, and so be able to heal the earth we have wounded.
- All this becomes a sign of the still greater good that is coming.
Resources for Reflection
- See, http://www.futureearth.org/ for many resources for acting on these values.
- The Cathedral highlights five other resources for thinking about Future Earth:
. Archbishop Justin Welby, Dethroning Mammon, Making Money Serve Grace, (Bloomsbury 2016).
. Jonathan Cornford, Coming Back to Earth, Essays on the Church, Climate Change, Cities, Agriculture
and Eating, (Morning Star, Northcote, 2016).
Kate Raworth, ‘Seven ways to think like a 21st century economist’, from Oxfam.
. Clive Hamilton, Defiant Earth, The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene, (Allen & Unwin, 2017).
2016 Annual Report
On 6 June 2017, the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral formally adopted the 2016 Annual Report. The report gives insights into the many events, activities, initiatives and ministries conducted by the Cathedral. It reflects in depth on the activities of the Chapter as Governing Body, the commemoration of the Cathedral’s 125th Anniversary, and the activities undertaken to protect the Cathedral’s interests prior to and during the commence of the Melbourne Metro Rail project. Cathedral colleagues, ministries, and volunteers each contributed reflections on the past year. It is available to read online now. Copies of the audited accounts can be obtained from the Cathedral Administrator on request.
In this section, you can read a selection of sermons preached at St Paul’s Cathedral.
6 August 2017 – Andreas Loewe – Hiroshima Peace Day
23 July 2017 – Andreas Loewe – Joining the Battle for God’s Values
25 May 2017 – Andreas Loewe – Ascension Day
7 May 2017 – Ruth Redpath: Living Stones
2 April 2017 – Christian Wolff
26 March 2017 – Grace: God restores all life – Andreas Loewe
19 March 2017 – Justification: God’s greatest gift of Love – Andreas Loewe
12 March 2017 – Faith: God saves all who believe – Andreas Loewe
5 March 2017 – Sin: All fall short of the glory of God – Andreas Loewe
5 March 2017 – Stephen Ames
19 February 2017 – Christopher Carolane – Jesus: God’s Remedy for Sin
5 February 2017 – Christopher Carolane – Light and Salt in God’s World
5 February 2017 – Stephen Ames
29 January 2017 – God’s Justice knows no boundaries – Shane Mackinlay
20 January 2017 – Australia Day Weekend – Andreas Loewe – Seek the welfare of our city and nation
22 January 2017 – Will you follow the God who calls? – Colleen O’Reilly
8 Jan 2017 – A gracious God who brings new life – Andreas Loewe
1 January 2017 – Stephen Ames
18 Dec 2016 – Joseph – Guardian of the Christ-Child – Ruth Redpath
27 Nov 2016 – Learning the Ways of Peace – Andreas Loewe
13 Nov 2016 – Singing the eternal song of God’s love – Andreas Loewe
30 October – The Miracle of Eternal Life – Andreas Loewe
24 October – Finding the God who journeys with us – Andreas Loewe