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How COVID has opened our eyes Gary Koo

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still remember what a friend of mine said when the COVID-19 pandemic started to impact our churches. Channelling

Warren Buffett, he said: “When the tide goes out we’ll see who’s been swimming with their pants on”. One of the things I’ve discovered over the past 14 months is that many of our churches have been well clothed and well dressed; that they’ve adapted well and not only survived but thrived, making the most of any opportunities the pandemic provided. Now, in no way am I saying the pandemic was a good thing or welcomed. The cost to many is something we grieve in an ongoing way. Yet this major disruptor – to our lives and the world – has

opened our eyes to some things about which we should take note. First, people love their church. One of the concerns some had when we weren’t able to meet was that people would flock to the church with the best online offering. But, rather than seeing that, people remained loyal to their own churches with a deep concern for each other’s welfare. Many churches developed pastoral networks to care for each other. People helped each other with technology, isolation and meals. Many gave time and resources to make the transition online. Many churches saw an increase in giving. All that I’ve seen, despite the time our buildings were closed, is

Answering the lawyer’s question Tim Swan

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hen I took a call from our brother, the Rev

Rinzi Lama, Dean of the Anglican Church of Nepal, I was struck by his compassion for those suffering from the impacts of COVID-19. On top of the increasing deaths from infections, Nepal is experiencing food shortages, many are jobless and “people are fearful and searching for hope in their life”. Mr Lama said, “We are willing to help those who are under SouthernCross 

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Profile for Anglican Media Sydney

Southern Cross JUNE 2021  

The news magazine for Sydney Anglicans

Southern Cross JUNE 2021  

The news magazine for Sydney Anglicans

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