FROM THE CHAPLAIN

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17 June, 2022

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This week the Church celebrated The Trinity, Father (God), Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit (The Spirit of God).  In Christian Theology, the Holy Spirit is usually known as the feminine of God.

The Trinity (Russian: Троица, tr. Troitsa, also called The Hospitality of Abraham) is an icon created by Russian painter Andrei Rublev in the 15th century. It is his most famous work and the most famous of all Russian icons, and it is regarded as one of the highest achievements of Russian art.

The Trinity depicts the three angels who visited Abraham at the Oak of Mamre (Genesis 18:1–8), but the painting is full of symbolism and is interpreted as an icon of the Holy Trinity.

At the time of Rublev, the Holy Trinity was the embodiment of spiritual unity, peace, harmony, mutual love and humility, all the character traits I believe we are developing here at Scotch Oakburn.

I wonder when you reflect on this icon, what you might see?  Email me and let me know and maybe we can have a competition for the best piece describing a metaphor of what is depicted.

Next week, I will be travelling to Queensland, engaging with three large independent UCA-associated schools that are also on the journey of offering a 23rd-century Chaplaincy that incorporates all faiths and none.  As well, I will be having discussions with the Queensland UCA Schools Commission to give us a broader view of what the Church is doing nationally to incorporate care for all and not just for some.

Our next chapel service is on Wednesday 29 June, an all-Penquite Campus Chapel to finish off our Term and dedicate our work to the Lord for His blessing.

With all kindness

Rev Grace
College Chaplain

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