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Educating for

Educating for

  Identity and purpose: what are we educating for? iteration 21.11.21 1.0       Introduction Anglican Schools, Southern Queensland: Our vocation is education ‘driven by a vision of humanity shaped by the image of God, visible in Jesus and present in every human being’. There are six markers common to Anglican identity in schools. The essential mark […]

Culture as King

Culture as King

  ASA Keynote Address 2021   Culture as King Richard Browning (In partnership with Ann Mellow) ASA Conference 12.08.21 Introduction A former student from an Anglican school does something and makes national headlines. Does the school identify with this person and point to the values culture of the school? It depends. Doesn’t it? It depends […]

Stillness, students and schools

Stillness, students and schools

Stillness and students? Really? But first, a review of Rev’d Dr Sarah Bachelard’s new book A contemplative Christianity for our Time. Never before have I experienced such an urgent drive towards Christian contemplative prayer than when reading this book. I didn’t know I was so hungry for it! This book offers so much in so few […]

At-one-ment and the cross

At-one-ment and the cross

At-one-ment and the cross An Easter Essay, 2021 In the Christian story, the cross is the historical moment that changes everything[1]. The cross is the instrument that brings peace between humans and God, human and humans, humans and creation. This is the making of at-one-ment. Sunday’s resurrection makes visible what happened in Friday’s crucifixion. “The […]

Jesus I love – an Easter poem

Jesus I love – an Easter poem

  Jesus I love (I revisit an old poem this Easter) I love Jesus’ assault on empire and religious hypocrisy. I believe this is called the way of the cross, and is a radical pattern for discipleship. I believe Jesus’ beatitudes. I believe in Jesus, his death and resurrection, through which he reveals humankind’s devotion […]

Helpful? Not helpful? Who decides?

Helpful? Not helpful? Who decides?

George Browning’s book launch took place at Old Bishopsbourne, St Francis College on Thursday 15 April. I was one of the speakers at the launch, alongside Bishop Jeremy Grieves and Evereld Compton. The following is the text of my short address. One of the many delightful things in this book is George’s evolution. A post […]

Behold

Behold

  Of all the passages of scripture that turn us towards our best selves, is there any greater than Genesis 1.27? Human beings: made in the image and likeness of God   I am finding the follow image utterly captivating and rest on it thinking it describes what I hoped to have done in over […]

Term 1 Wk9 Chapel West MAC

Term 1 Wk9 Chapel West MAC

  Gathering of God’s People Text:                (Posted on screen) Being real.                          Not having to hide who you are.                                            Not being afraid to accept help.                         Not being afraid to be winnowed into greater wholeness.                         Finding friends in the strangest of places.                         Discovering people, odd people, different people, are not just OK, […]

Marching for Justice

Marching for Justice

Thousands gathered in Brisbane and joined tens of thousands around the country, to stand up for women’s rights, call out sexism and misogyny and demand an end to sexual violence, not just in the Australian Parliament, but everywhere. Grace Tame Oh my goodness. She suffered unthinkable abuse at the hands of a serial paedophile while […]

Responding to teachers’ questions

Responding to teachers’ questions

(Images from Springbrook Qld, Jan 23, 2021)   “The genius of Anglican education” An In-Service on educating in the Anglican Tradition   Teaching Staff, The Springfield Anglican College 20 Jan 2021 Fr Richard Browning   Following the PD session, the staff shared a whole range of questions. All of them are interesting. I have taken […]