Chaplain's Chat Term 3 Week 3

Thursday, 03 Aug 2023
Wisdom is not gained by knowing what is right. Wisdom is gained by practicing what is right, and noticing what happens when that practice succeeds and when it fails.
— Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

In some parts of the Anglican Church, we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration - a story that sees Jesus in a mountaintop experience surrounded by the ancient witnesses to God’s voice, Moses and Elijah. This is a sacred sliding door moment. Change. Choice.

I can’t tell you how many shoes and clothes I have had to buy to replace the ones that my kids have just outgrown. And buying these new, bigger clothes always stirs up emotions of joy and sadness. The sadness is that I am leaving behind different stages of life that I can’t go back to. The joy is that growth is happening and amazing things are emerging. 

Blessing for us all in the midst of change. May we know that we are not alone. May we find hope in our sacred sliding door moments and hold carefully the promise of emerging new life. 

Rev Nic Hagon

A message from Rev Naomi Cooke

As I prepare to commence my new role as Dean of Grafton Cathedral, I give thanks for my seven and a half years as Chaplain at BDC. It has been a joy to journey with our students and their families, exploring together the wisdom of the ancient scriptures and seeking to live into Jesus’ vision of the Kingdom of Heaven. I’ve been particularly blessed to be part of a community that expresses faith with courage and inclusivity across diversity.  I take with me the gift from the school of an artwork made by the combined hands of the whole school community into the shape of a tree, inspired by the Parable of the Mustard Seed - what a precious memento of our community. 

I look forward to visiting BDC on many occasions in the future, but especially to celebrate when the Chapel’s renovations are soon completed. All are welcome to join in worship together at the Cathedral when in Grafton. 

May God bless us all in the days ahead.

Rev Naomi Cooke