Christianity and Warfare

On the first three Wednesdays of November, from 5.30 to 6.30 pm, we will be holding a study group at the Cathedral on Christianity and Warfare. The group will be led by the Dean, Dr Keith Joseph, who served in the Army for some years and also has an academic interest in military ethics, including an article in 2003 in the Australian Defence Force Journal, on the issue of selective conscientious objection. As we observe the centenary of the First World War, and debate about further intervention in Iraq, it is good for all of us to think more about these issues. Wed 5 November – The history of Christianity and Warfare. We will look at the people of God and warfare in the Old and New Testament; early Christian Pacifism; Christianity and the Empire; Crusades; the wars of the Reformation; the age of Modern Empires and the start of the separation of Church and State; the Great War and the pacifist reaction; the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. Wed 12 November – Just war theory – when can resort to arms be justified? Implications for Christian ideals on the sanctity of life. Wed 19 November – Problems for Just War theory – problems in the right conduct of war. The problems of choosing between various evils.  

Church News

Service Timings

As the humidity starts to creep up, we leave the Dry Season behind. Our service timings now are: Meditation on Saturdays at 4.00 pm Sunday Services continue at 7.30 am and 9.00 pm. At this stage for both September and October there are no special services, though we look forward to a busy time at the end of November and beginning of December with the annual St John Ambulance Service (Sunday 23 November at 9.00 am), the Consecration and Installation of our new Bishop, Dr Greg Anderson (Saturday 29 November at 9.00 am) and the 40th Anniversary of Cyclone Tracy (Wednesday 3 December at 5.45 pm). More details on these services on the Upcoming Events page, with updates to follow.

General News

Watoto Children’s Choir

On Tuesday 2 September we enjoyed a wonderful evening with the Watoto Children's Choir - over 350 people filled the Cathedral as we heard from the children and the young men and women who care for them. Those of us who billeted the children and their carers were very impressed by the genuine love and warmth they shared for each other. Thank you to all who helped, and all those who attended. We wish every blessing to the Choir as they head into the last leg of their Australian tour. For further details, visit www.watoto.com.Watoto Childrens Choir 66 (3)


Dangerous Ideas for Interesting Times


 Dr Christine Fejo-King

Larrakia Senior Elder,

Chairperson of the National Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Workers,

Australian Catholic University


Echoes from the past,

impacting on the present and stretching into the future:

Reflections of a Larrakia woman


Dangerous Ideas for Interesting Times

at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral

2 Smith St Darwin

Saturday 16th August 5-6pm

Tickets $20 at the door

This is an alcohol free event

General News

National Day of Mourning for MH17

On Thursday 7th August the Australian Government has declared a National Day of Mourning for MH17. At Christ Church Cathedral we are joining in that mourning, with a day of prayer and meditation. The Cathedral will be open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm for those of all faiths or no faith who want to pray or meditate or light a candle. We remember those who have died, and all those who mourn. At 12.15 pm there will be a quiet prayer service, for about 30 minutes. All are welcome to attend this service. Any queries, please contact the Dean, Fr Keith Joseph, at the Cathedral.