Studies

We seek to create opportunities to explore spirituality and faith and to learn from scripture, our rich tradition, and each other.

Lent Studies

2021

Short studies on the readings for each Sunday in Lent, prepared by Revd Dr Colin Dundon. Each study document includes the scripture texts.

Go to a page with each week's study and to download and print a copy.

2020

This Lent, we studied the book God of Compassion (pdf) prepared by the Public Issues Commission of our diocese. [God of Compassion: A Lenten Journey. Edited by Katy Nichols. Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, 2020.]

2019

The Revd Dr Colin Dundon wrote Living the Cross in a Changing World — a series of studies on the readings for the Sundays in Lent to help us to engage more deeply with the readings that we hear Sunday-by-Sunday in church.

Go to a page with each week's study and to download and print a copy.

2016

The 2016 Lenten study was The Psalms of Ascent led by our Acting Rector, Revd Dr Colin Dundon. The psalms have guided and inspired God's pilgrim people for two and a half millennia expressing their joy, their praise, their fears, their laments and bold trust. This Lent we will journey with the ancient pilgrims using the Psalms that they used at the Feast of Tabernacles, Psalms 120-134 often called the Psalms of Ascents.

Go to a page with each week's study and to download and print a copy.

2015

In the spiritual life, we need a central idea: something so basic and comprehensive that it encompasses everything else. According to the acclaimed spiritual writer Carmelite Father Wilfrid Stinissen, surrender to God, abandonment to the One who loves us completely, is that central reality. The life of Jesus shows us the centrality of abandonment, for it is truly the beginning and the end of his mission on earth.

For lenten study this year, Rebecca recommended Fr Wilfrid Stinessen's book Into Your Hands, Father: Abandoning Ourselves to the God who Loves Us (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1986. Translated by Sister Claire Marie OCS). Father Wilfrid Stinessen was born in Antwerp, Belgium, where he entered the Carmelite Order in 1944. He was sent to Sweden in 1967 to co-found a small contemplative community. His many books on the spiritual life have been translated into multiple languages.

For Love of the World

This series of five studies by Rebecca Newland and Linda Chapman considers the Christian response to climate change and asks what must we do as followers of Christ. The first step is repentance. After true repentance comes changed behaviour.

Addresses on the Liturgy

In three talks, the Revd Dr Ray Williamson looks at the weekly service of holy communion — what we say and do, why, and what it means to us.

Reading in Worship

These notes from our Reading in Worship workshop give practical advice on how best to prepare and present a scripture reading in church service.