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About gregoryjenks

Anglican priest and religion scholar. Senior Lecturer in the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University. Dean, Cathedral Church of Christ the King, Grafton and Rector of the Anglican Parish of Grafton. Formerly Dean at St George's College, Jerusalem. The opinions expressed in my publications, including my blog posts, are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Diocese of Grafton nor Christ Church​ Cathedral in Grafton.

It’s complicated

Christ Church Cathedral, GraftonPentecost 8A26 July 2020 [ video ] Another Sunday and another text that portrays women as reproductive pawns in the game of life played by men. In this case we have a powerful old man (Laban) trading … Continue reading

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Peter and Paul

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Feast of St Peter & St Paul 28 June 2020   [ video ] Around the year 55 CE Paul wrote the following words near the start of his letter to the rather ‘high maintenance’ Christian … Continue reading

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Hagar the Egyptian

Christ Church Cathedral Grafton Third Sunday after Pentecost (Year A) 21 June 2020 [ video ] Sometimes the lectionary offers us a set of biblical texts that welcome us into a space where we can explore and celebrate the sacred … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter to Jesus

This post was first published as an opinion piece for A Progressive Christian Voice Australia. There is an age-old divide among religious people about just what God—however understood—wants of humans. For the better part of 3,000 years in the Jewish … Continue reading

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A bountiful harvest

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Second Sunday after Pentecost 14 June 2020   [ video ] It is so hard to pass by the iconic story from Genesis 18, when Abraham and Sarah offered hospitality to three strangers only to discover—with … Continue reading

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The eighth day of creation

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Pentecost. Sunday 31 May 2020 [ video ]   Everything begins in chaos Darkness Tohu vabohu, writes the ancient Hebrew poet Formless Empty Immense swirling oceans (the Deep) No light at all from any source Then … Continue reading

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Creating a Network not forming a Crowd

Palm Sunday Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton 5 April 2020 [ video ]   It is Palm Sunday, a day for crowds. There were crowds in Jerusalem at Passover time 2,000 years ago … There are crowds in Jerusalem for Palm … Continue reading

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Faith community compassion generosity

Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year A) Grafton Cathedral 22 March 2020 [ video ] The gospel set for today is strangely apt and yet it strikes a chord that spells fear, not hope. Jesus is in Jerusalem and he encounters a … Continue reading

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Clean hands and open hearts

This opinion piece appeared in The Daily Examiner on Thursday, 12 March 2020 “Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts.” With these seven simple words, Dr Abdu Sharkawy, concluded a recent Facebook post about the coronavirus. Dr Sarkawy is a … Continue reading

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Solidarity in blessings

First Sunday of Lent (Year A) Christchurch Cathedral Grafton 1 March 2020 [ video ] Perhaps not surprisingly on this first Sunday in Lent, the Bible readings chosen for today tends to focus on temptation and sin. For sure there … Continue reading

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