Diocese of Newcastle

News Stories

  • I wonder if you’ve ever read a book and wished you had written it!

    This was my experience with the recent ‘The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry’ How I wish I had written this, encapsulating research, contemporary cultural analysis, wisdom from the ancients, basic common sense and profound challenge about being a follower of Jesus. Read more

  • No really, I'm fine!

    There’s a great picture on Facebook– the outline of a head, with an internal repeating ‘Help me, help me’ filling the space and an external “No really I’m fine” Read more

  • Discipline

    ‘Discipline’ can be a dirty word for many of us. It may imply wrongdoing, being in trouble, or some form of punishment. The origins of this seem to come from old French around 1300. Maybe we forget the root is that of being a learner, a follower, where discipline involves educating and training. As we enter Lent again we may be reminded of the idea of self - discipline, foregoing pleasure, and challenging ourselves. Read more

  • Mental Health

    I wonder if the profusion of days and weeks dedicated to any and every cause find their origins in Christian festivals and Feast Days - special days to remember and focus our thoughts. Recently it was Mental Health week, and so many methods of communication were used to remind us of the struggles of those who face daily battles with poor mental health. Read more

  • Words of wellbeing

    The power of words to build up, or to destroy, has been so evident in recent months. Our whole society has been faced with raging words, dishonest words, destructive words and personal attacks. Words have power: whether spoken to another, or to ourselves. Read more

  • Gratitude

    I love it when modern psychology and the scriptures coincide so clearly! We shouldn’t be surprised, but too often we can separate them and sever connection. Paul’s letters are full of gratitude, no more so than in Philippians, where the tone is one of thanksgiving in, and despite, the circumstances. Even from the prison Paul finds things to give thanks for. David, too, and other psalmists and wisdom writers, focus their minds on aspects for which they can be grateful in the midst of struggles. Read more

  • When does your year begin?

    Perhaps its is the liturgical year and Advent marks the start. Perhaps it is the traditional January 1st turnover point, or perhaps, like many, the grip of the academic model means that September kicks off the sense of newness. Read more

  • Human beings are designed for companionship

    Human beings are designed for companionship. It is not good for us to be alone too much, but as our ageing and fractured society goes on it seems that far too many experience deep loneliness. Within the body of Christ’s church this need not be a significant feature of a life of wellbeing. Read more

  • Shalom

    Wellbeing seems to be the latest trendy concept – a need to focus on how we best function and live with ourselves and one another – at a time when anxiety and poor mental health appear to be on the increase. Shalom is an ancient Hebrew word, frequently translated simply as peace, but more accurately focused on a much stronger concept of wholeness, restoration and wellbeing. When things are out of alignment there is a need to bring shalom to people and situations. Shalom is an action, producing a state of wellbeing. Read more