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Love with its sleeves rolled up


An exact from the Dean's sermon for Australia Day:

Australia has been teetering on the edge of the abyss as a serious climate emergency has seemingly caught us unaware.

Not really unawares, of course. Just unprepared as our leaders have chosen to ignore the warning of scientists and fire chiefs, preferring to head overseas on their family holidays while Australia burned.

In this climate emergency we have seen the worst and the best of humanity.

On a day which commemorates the arrival of one group of immigrants, it is important to recognise both the people who have been here since time immemorial as well as welcoming those who have arrived more recently.

As we learn more about the truth of our deep past we shall be better prepared to live into the future that we must—and shall—share together.

This Australia day, from the devastation of the fires, let’s claim these three precious items as we live into that future: compassion, gratitude and cultural humility.

The full text of this sermon together with video may be found online.


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