Angican Schools Commission Christmas newsletter

December 2016

It is no accident that the revelation of God's love in Jesus is signed first by birth within a family. For most of us our first encounter of love takes place within a family.

Those of us who have attended a Carol service or a Christmas service are unlikely to be able to remember the first time we were surrounded by the sound of carols or by the light of candles. What we can be confident about is that when these things first happened we were in the care of those who loved us and want only the best for us.

Love, then, is to be the mark of the celebration of Christmas.

The giving of love begins in family, and it is there that we begin to know love. The nurturing and caring of love given and received forms the basis for our later expansion of love. Although love is more than the single event of birth and nurture as a child in family - as God shows us in Jesus - it starts here.

Anglican Schools Commission Easter newsletter

April 2016

In the diocese of Bunbury we have been reminded of the power of natural events in the fires and floods we have recently endured. The loss of much of the township of Yarloop has been devastating.

As I travel past the blackened and bare branches I am reminded of what has been lost, but to my delight the trees are returning from the dead. Small clumps of green are appearing on trunk and branch alike; that which was close to death is now alive and new life is beginning in the ashes of destruction.

If we knew Easter only in Australia it would not be eggs or rabbits that I would use to remind us of the power of God seen in Jesus' resurrection. In their place I would point to the burnt trees breaking forth in the bright green of new life.

The death and resurrection of Jesus is God's promise of new life for all. May all our lives be renewed this Eastertide and may those who are burdened by the pain of the past be renewed and flourish once more.

Anglican Schools Commission Easter newsletter

April 2015

‘Guess how much I love you’ is the title of Sam McBratney’s wonderful children’s book, brilliantly illustrated by Anita Jeram. With millions of copies sold across the world it is likely that most of our present students cannot remember a time when they did not know the story of Big Nut Brown Hare and Little Nut Brown Hare.

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Anglican Schools Commission Christmas newsletter

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December 2014

The last moments of a school year are a time of pleasure and hope. The hard work of the year is over, reports have been delivered and for students, staff and parents alike there is a genuine joy

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Synod Address

October 2014

Presented to the Synod of the Bunbury Diocese gathered at the Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, October 10, 2014

Click here to read Bishop Allan’s Synod address

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Anglican Schools Commission Easter newsletter

April 2014

It is Comedy, and it is Joy

The heart of Comedy, the American writer Frederick Beuchner has suggested, is that in the end everything works out. There may be terrible events on the way, and at times it may appear as if all will fail, but in comedy all is finally resolved.

Tragedy is really comedy upside down; in the tragic story everything starts well, but by the end of the drama all that remains is chaos. Order has been undone and confusion and pain are all that is left.

This brief introduction is to explain what I mean when I say that Jesus dying on the cross is comedy and not tragedy. If it were tragedy Jesus’ death would be the end of the story, and like the disciples fleeing in terror all that remains would be chaos and fear. But Jesus’ death is not the end; it is followed by Jesus’ resurrection and with the promise of life beyond death for all. The moment of death is pain and despair, but what follows is an abundant promise far greater than could ever have been imagined.

So Jesus’ death is part of the comedy, and his resurrection is part of the comedy, and the promise of abundant life for all is part of the comedy. And all is joy. But to fully understand the joy of the end of the story you have to know what happened before.

The days before Easter, from Palm Sunday until Easter Eve are so important, for it is as we experience the chaos and pain of confrontation, betrayal, arrest and death that we really appreciate the richness of the joy of new life on Easter day. To journey with Jesus and the disciples to Jerusalem, the Temple, the Cross and the Tomb is not to dwell on tragedy, but to fully appreciate the comedy and the joy and Easter.

May the holy comedy of Jesus’ passion and resurrection bring you all to a joyous Easter.

In Christ, +Allan

Tricia 2014