Messenger June 2021
Anglican Messenger June 2021 Edition
Welcome to the June edition of the Messenger.
This month as the weather gets colder and there are, hopefully, some good seasonal rains, the Messenger team highlights the arts. You may want to put on some music to accompany you.
Dr Peter Campbell’s article ‘Make a Joyful Noise’ speaks of music’s mystery and beauty by which people may draw closer to the greater mystery which it reveals.
Many Anglican churches in Western Australia are home to the icons of Marice Sariola, who works out of her studio near Dunsborough. Icon painting is an ancient art; an ancient form of prayer illuminating the mystery of God’s love for the world. Marice’s article on the icon as window into eternity will encourage some readers to consider opening their personal window of prayer through the use of icons, or even of taking up icon painting as a path of prayer and meditation.
Regular contributor, Anthony Howes, invites readers to consider creation and incarnation as fundamental to a Christian understanding of the arts, and looks at the ways in which the church over its history has allowed, enabled and rejoiced in human creativity.
St George’s Cathedral invites readers to step inside for the annual (except for 2020) student art exhibition.
There is news from our regular contributors too, including an article on the service of regional hospitals from Elizabeth Smith, and a focus on art therapy from St Bart’s. Mark Glasson asks the question ‘what enhances community well-being?’. The Anglican Schools Commission and Amana Living each bring their own spotlight on the things needed for people to thrive and grow in community for well-being.
Readers will love reading about the parish of Warnbro’s mission partnership with their link parish in Eldoret. It is a great encouragement for every parish partnership with the link Diocese of Eldoret in Kenya.
We know that readers will enjoy reading of the launch and the book Who is this Vernon Cornish? This book launch was originally intended to take place in February but postponed due to a COVID lockdown.
And as the Messenger goes to press, we are hearing the news of new cases of COVID and a lockdown in Victoria. Perhaps your reading will be interspersed with prayer for those across the world whose lives and families are under threat.
In the midst such sadness and grief may people in every part of the world still glimpse the grace of God in the wonder and mystery of every sunrise.
The Editorial Team