Notes & News

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Click here to read the Spring 2018 edition of Notes & News. This edition contains a report on the recent Australian Deans’ Conference, an article by the Director of Music on congregational singing, a closer look at some of the archaeology happening on our doorstep, a recap of the recent past choristers’ reunion, and some important information from the Music Foundation.


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Click here to read the June 2018 edition of Notes & News, a ‘gifts of the spirit’ issue which contains contributions from many of our congregation members. Read about Rob Faithfull’s Riverina Flying Mission, our English Conversation Corner and Stories Under the Windows ministries, the Yakama Yapaneyepuk reconciliation exhibition, and Lynne Gray’s icon-painting residency in the Macartney Chapel, amongst many other wonderful ways our members are using their gifts.





Click here to read the Lent 2018 edition of Notes & News, which contains a Lenten reflection from the Director of Music, details of Cathedral staffing changes, reports on the Cambodian Service project and Bears on Stairs event, and an introduction to our soon to be appointed Canons Emeriti.




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Click here to read the Advent edition of Notes & News, which includes an Advent homily from the Dean, a preview of our Advent and Christmas installations, new and exclusive stock in the Cathedral shop, and a poignant reflection of Reconciliation from the Director of Music.




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Click here to read the September-November edition of Notes & News, which includes insights on the success of Luther’s Reformation from the Dean, reflections from the Precentor on the importance of change in our ministry and worship, an article
on the Coptic Orthodox Church by Father Jim Brady, and a report on the recent Australian Anglican Deans’ Conference.



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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



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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




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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.

Science Week at the Cathedral – 2018

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Click here for details of our Q/A panel session for secondary school students, ‘Game Changers and Change Makers’ on Wednesday 15 August. Some preparatory material on Jesus as the ‘game changer’ can be found here.

Parish resources and Messy Church resources for Science Week are also available.



Exploring the interaction between science, religion and culture in Australia

 In a culture saturated with science and technology there is a widespread inclination to take science and technology as defining what is real. Relatedly there is a widespread view of an inherent conflict between science and religion.

  • Our aim is to explore the possibility of a constructive relationship between science and religion, relevant to people seeking a robust world-view that informs their living.
  • The exploration is open to a wide variety of religious traditions as well to agnostics and atheists.
  • This is an intersection of different disciplines, traditions, world-views.
  • At this intersection the Cathedral will of course present a range of Christian perspectives on whatever theme is being considered in Science Week for a given year. This will include our presenting science as part of God’s plan for human life in this universe.  We will do so in a respectful conversation with other traditions.
  • The Cathedral will present science very positively to young people as a continuing direction for study and for future career choices.
  • Since the arts have such an important place in religious practice our promoting a constructive relationship between science and religion involves also promoting a constructive relationship between science and the arts.

History of Science Week at The Cathedral

  • We began in 2009 celebrating the anniversary of Galileo’s use of the telescope and the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his On The Origin of Species.
  • We have had a service to begin Science Week, celebrating science, with a guest preacher.
  • We have covered many topics such as Climate change and guarding the integrity of creation, Neuroscience and Religion, If we find life on other planets what will this mean for human life and for Christianity?, What counts as a good life for the planet, for cities, for individuals?, A conversation with Transhumanism, Is Genetics the language of God?, Robotics, human enhancement, bioengineering and questions about being human.
  • For the last seven years during Science Week we have had a Q/A in the Cathedral for senior secondary school students before an eminent panel drawn from universities around Melbourne.
  • We promote science positively as a possible vocation for students.

Annual Reports

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Annual Report - Cover Image ResizedOn 5 June 2018, the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral formally adopted the 2017 Annual Report. The report gives insights into the many events, activities, initiatives and ministries conducted by the Cathedral. Colleagues, ministries, and volunteers of the Cathedral have each contributed reflections on the past year. It is available to read online here. Copies of the audited accounts can be obtained from the Cathedral Administrator on request.


2018 Sermons

In this section, you can read a selection of sermons preached this year at St Paul’s Cathedral, or by the clergy of St Paul’s in other places. Sermons from previous years are available in our Sermon Archive.

21 October 2018 – Kate Lord – Seafarers’ Service
14 October 2018 – Elaine Farmer – Living in Defiant Faithfulness
14 October 2018 – Philip Nicholls
30 September – Philip Nicholls – 5th in Sermon Series on James
16 September 2018 – Richard Trist – Third in Sermon Series on James
9 September – Andreas Loewe – Choir Alumni Evensong
9 September – Richard Condie – Second in Sermon Series on James
2 September 2018 – Andreas Loewe – First in Sermon Series on James
5 August 2018 – Christopher Carolane – Transfiguration and Hiroshima Day
5 August 2018 – Andreas Loewe – By your Word we are invited – Bach Cantata Service at St Andrew’s Cathedral Sydney NSW
29 July 2018 – Andreas Loewe – Home for Melbourne: Homes for God
8 July 2018 – Andreas Loewe – St Paul’s Cathedral London
1 July 2018 – Andreas Loewe – Patronal Festival
22 April 2018 – Mark Lindsay

8 April 2018 – Andreas Loewe
16 February 2018 – Andreas Loewe – Memorial Service for Anthony Bailey
14 February 2018 – Andreas Loewe – Ash Wednesday
11 February 2018 – Ruth Redpath – Let there be light
7 February 2018 – Andreas Loewe – State Funeral for Mr Ronald Walker

Photo credit: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, preached at the Inauguation of the Primate of Australia in 2014.