Tom Wright at Lambeth Palace

During my year with the Community of St Anselm, I often jokingly asked our Prior when Tom Wright was coming. “But seriously, when is he coming? Can’t you just pull the Archbishop Justin card?” Apparently, that’s not really downward mobility. I even had another community member to swap with me if I was put on […]

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Reflections on Simplicity

My mentor shared with me this excerpt which came out of her devotional. I thought I’d make a printable to put in my study. Sharing it here, for your encouragement! Rachael is Currently… Writing an article about how we can appreciate diversity in worship Recommending the podcast ‘With all Due Respect’ with Megan Powell du […]

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Anglicans You’ve Never Heard Of

For the last 18 months, I’ve been involved in a committee for the Anglican Future Conference that was held in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago. I came up with a concept of having mini-TED talks at the conference from unknown Anglicans from around Australia. The committee suggested videos instead, which I thought was a […]

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New Monasticism: Sister Gemma Simmonds

Interview number five is with Dr Gemma Simmonds, from the Congregation of Jesus. Sister Gemma has a background in teaching, chaplaincy and student support and has experience in spiritual direction and leading retreats in the Jesuit tradition. Her role in the area of Religious Life led her to be a founding trustee with the Community […]

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Slow by Brooke McAlary: Some thoughts

I almost bought the book ‘Slow’ by Brooke McAlary a couple of months ago in a local bookshop but I was worried my desire for slow living and simplicity was becoming somewhat idolatrous. Also, the thought of spending more money on a self-help book was ludicrous when clearly the other ten I’ve read haven’t changed […]

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Morning Prayer + Pancakes

This morning we celebrated Shrove Tuesday by having pancakes after morning prayer. I also wanted to incorporate the ‘why’ of Shrove Tuesday into the service. At the beginning of Morning Prayer we remember a Saint, Hero or Holy Day and at the end we have a prayer about their life or a prayer they wrote. […]

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Community of St Anselm – Two Weeks In

This article first appeared online in the The Melbourne Anglican, September 29 2015 as well as the October 2015 print edition. Before moving to Lambeth Palace, I had been taking a six month break after a decade of study. In that time I worked two days a week as an office administrator for a church, […]

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Advent Devotionals 2016

In our home we have Morning Prayer twice a week, which includes a short devotional after the scripture reading. Although I came across several great advent resources, I decided to go with Christianity Today (now sold out!) as it was only $1 a copy and it meant I could hand them out at church also. […]

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