An extract from the Dean's sermon for Sunday, 16 February 2020.
In times of stress, we are more likely to lash out and to seek to score points at the expense of another person.
Sadly we see this in the life of the church as people struggle with declining numbers and with changing attitudes towards religion.
We are seeing it as well in the diocesan restructure process as people face the prospect of their special place of worship being closed and sold.
Harsh words are spoken.
Relationships are smashed.
Cruel things are said about the bishop, the Cathedral, the diocese, the priest, the town next door, and so on.
The idea of working together is dismissed and people seek to retain what they still have left of the church which has vanished but which they cannot let go.
Such times are hard times for us, just as drought and fire and flood are tough for people on the land.
But we cannot turn on each other when the times become hard for us.
Jesus sets the bar really high: no anger and no name-calling.
We choose love and we choose to care for one another as we navigate these tough times.
The full text of this sermon together with video may be found online.