November 2019 to January 2020: Newsletter

Hello readers,

thanks for tuning in again after a period of radio silence. Before Christmas, I was working on five articles for three different publications, which took a lot of my focus. I then took a little break after Christmas, but it’s good to be back at work.

I’m working on a side project that will soon be a major focus for me, and I’m really excited to share it with you in the next few months.


Here’s what I’ve been up to since November and a little about what is ahead.

Rachael

What I’ve Been Enjoying

Driving on my P-plates after 11 years as a learner. It took two goes, but I got my licence early January… it’s been so great being out and about!
Hanging out with my Christmas present, Luka the kitten (otherwise known as Cat Cop).
Watching the science-fiction show Lost in Space on Netflix with Jonathan. The show is actually really good, but we made a deal before-hand and now he has to watch The Crown with me (win-win!).

What I’ve Been Up To

Republished shorter versions of my interview with Ryan Flanigan (Liturgical Folk) and Amanda (The Homely Hours) in EFAC’s Essentials magazine under the title Anglicans You’ve Never Heard Of: USA Edition.
Blogged an interview with Libby Ibañez on the Liturgical Renewal.
Interviewed authors Anna McGahan and Susannah McFarlane for articles in The Summer Reading Guide in December’s The Melbourne Anglican (TMA).
Flew to Canberra for a meeting, as I’m on the design committee for a conference gathering traditional and new monastic communities.
Just printed: an article about a teacher at my country primary school, who is now children’s pastor at an inner city church plant. Read about Mr. Boonstra here on the TMA website.

A Live Tradition Playlist – New Songs!

We had a Keith Green theme for the music at church on Sunday, so I was inspired when making this playlist. I often listen to his music when I’m in a spiritual rut and need a bit of a shove in the right direction. This live version of ‘Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful” has a couple of extra verses and it’s worth letting the words sink in. The two songs ‘From Whom All Blessings Flow’ and ‘Benediction (As You Go)’ are just so beautiful and I hope you enjoy them.

1. Hymnal: “Holy Holy Holy” by Keith Green.
2. Golden Oldie: “Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful” {Live} by Keith Green.
3. Millennium and Beyond: “Christ Be All Around Me” {Live} by Leeland feat. All Sons and Daughters.
4. Ancient Future Fusion: “From Whom All Blessings Flow (Doxology)” by Hillsong.
5. Behold Something New: “Benediction (As You Go) by Selah.
6. Bonus Song: O Lord You’re Beautiful {Instrumental} by Niki Vasilakis.

Coming up in February and beyond…

Attending Q Conference in Nashville, in April! This has been a big dream of mine. The conference is a bit like TED talks but Christian.

I’ll be doing much more planning of the trip in February, but it looks like I’ll also be visiting Dallas, Texas (Roadtrip to Houston via Waco and College Station) and then finishing off in Washington D.C. I’m looking forward to catching up with some old friends, Community of St Anselm friends as well as some instagram-friends!
Gathering a list on new-monastic communities in Australia to invite to a conference in Canberra.

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