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Still going to Paris

Pray for ParisThe events in Paris are the latest is a series of atrocities - Beirut the week before, and ongoing misery and suffering across the Fertile Crescent. Terror has struck. We pray for Paris, and in so doing also pray for Beirut and all those other cities and towns where evil has struck through terrorism. However, we must not let terror stop us from doing that which is good. So we still go to Paris for COP21. Clearly there will be vastly increased security, and many of the side events such as concerts and public demonstrations will now not be allowed to happen. But I have been advised by the organisers of Place To B, which is being held at St Christopher's Inn, Gare du Nord, that this side event to which I have been invited is still going ahead. So, we still go to Paris. My colleague Fr Nigel Kelaepa has just had his Australian visa approved (with thanks to Alex and the staff of Natasha Griggs MP for sorting out the bureaucratic bungle). So Fr Nigel will arrive in Australia on Sunday, finalise his visa for France on Monday, and we will then depart for London and thence Paris on Wednesday. Please check our Facebook page: where I will keep a blog. We are cautious but not alarmed, and look forward to the good that can be achieved with God's grace at COP21.

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Paris Climate Change Conference

The Dean, Dr Keith Joseph, will shortly leave for Paris where he will join an estimated 40,000 people attending the Climate Change Conference and associated events. In the Dean's case, he will be taking part as an invited participant at the Creative Factory, also known as PlaceToB: This is an event aimed at artists and writers, with the aim of changing thinking about Climate Change. A major part of the event is concerned with the spiritual issues around Climate Change. Fr Keith will be accompanied by the Reverend Nigel Kelaepa. Fr Nigel is from the atoll of Onjong Java, in the north of the Solomon Islands. In 2009 Fr Keith and Fr Nigel worked together on the first climate change adaptation project in the Solomon Islands, aimed at helping the people of Ontong Java stay on their home. Whilst successful, in the face of a continued rise in sea level the people of Ontong Java are now looking at relocation. Our picture shows high tide in January this year - as can be seen, lapping at the roots of the trees. Even without a storm surge, this does not look good for the future of the people of Ontong Java. However, part of the aim of PlaceToB is to encourage positive thinking - not a sense of helplessness, but a sense of what can be done. We invite you to join with the Cathedral congregation as they pray for all in Paris at the Climate Change Conference, and to support in any way you can those who are now directly affected by climate change.Sr Kathleen photo high tide

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Conversations @ the Cathedral with Geraldine Doogue

On Saturday 15th August, Geraldine Doogue will join us at Christ Church Cathedral Darwin in conversation about women, leadership and spirituality. All are invited to join us that evening. We will commence at 5.15 for 5.30 pm, followed by light refreshments at 6.45 pm. This is a ticketed event; $30 (or $20 Concession), or $35 at the door. To purchase tickets online (with a small additional charge) please go to: Please contact the Cathedral Office on (08) 8981 9099 if you need any further information. We look forward to you being with us for an interesting and challenging evening!Geraldine Doogue

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Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu

So far the news from Vanuatu is not good, and has come almost entirely from the capital, Port Vila. But it is reported that Penama Province - the islands of Pentecost, Ambae and Maewo - has also been badly affected. Vanuatu is a very religious country, and the Anglican Church has a substantial presence in Penama Province. When our Dean was working with the Anglican Church of Melanesia, he spent some time in northern Vanuatu: our pictures here are taken from Fr Keith's visit in 2009. Fr Keith is shown off Pentecost on the MV Southern Cross, the other photos show the Chapel of the Melanesian Brotherhood on Ambae, the Mothers Union on Pentecost Island, and traditional dancing at Point Cross, on the southern end of Pentecost Island. Unfortunately, there has been no news received yet from Pentecost or Ambae Islands. The following prayer is adapted from the prayer for seafarers in the Melanesian Book of Common Prayer: Eternal God you alone spread out the sky and rule the raging of the sea, be pleased to keep safe all those who go down to the sea in ships, and do their work in its great waters, and all those who live on our islands surrounded by the oceans. Keep them safe in body and soul, in all time of danger defend them, and bring them to the harbour where they hope to be, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Fr Keith Joseph picture MBH Chapel at Tumsisiro Ambae Mothers Union PentecostPoint Cross Southern Pentecost Dancing

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Climate Change

Two of the major items in the news at present are war, and climate change. In 2012 the Dean authored "Bitter Reflections on Climate Change" which was published in the magazine of the Diocese of Newcastle, Anglican Encounter. At the 2014 Awards of the Australasian Religious Press Association the article won silver for "Best Column or Blog". The citation read: This individual article is one of a series of 10 by different authors. They come under the generic title of Envirotopics.  However even the loaded title of this article does not prepare the reader for its brutal impact. The writer brooks no niceties as he strips away the superficiality of our comfortable and self-serving lifestyles, and unapologetically rips into us. His illustrations are real, powerful and personal. He heaps on us a guilt-trip with no foreseeable remission or righting of the environmental wrongs we are committing. Ouch! This is a noticeably different article from any of the other 51 entries which helps it stand out; but its no-holds-barred style and content is what puts it among the winners. The article can be downloaded here: Climate Change