A number of factors have fragmented the nuclear family in today’s culture: high divorce
rate, delayed marriages, the emphasis on individuality, alternative lifestyles, and women
working. The high rate of mobility in which we find people have few roots. Our families
are spread all over the nation and overseas. There is an epidemic of loneliness in
society. People are wanting fellowship, community and a sense of family. Wine
commercials for example, don’t sell wine, they sell fellowship. No one is ever portrayed
drinking alone; it’s always done in the context of people enjoying each other’s company.
Phrases on the ads say “It doesn’t get any better than this!”
This “longing for belonging’’ provides the church with a timely opportunity. Let’s open our
hearts and give a strong commitment to each other and to strangers in our midst.
A week ago, small groups of parishioners were given a feast of wonderful talks;
‘Spirituality in the Pub’ with speaker Michael Whelan SM followed by Hugh McKay
launching his new book, ‘The Good Life’, inviting all of us to think, be challenged and
explore our faith journeys.
General Synod is over for another 4 years and we have a new Primate in place,
Archbishop Philip Freier. Our Bathurst Diocese contingent returned from Adelaide on
Friday evening exhausted but encouraged, enlightened and prepared to move forward in
the light of Christ.