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Confirmation of Anna, by Håvard Tønnesen Osland and Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger, in Radford Chapel

Confirmation of Anna, by Håvard Tønnesen Osland and Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger, in Radford Chapel

Left: Håvard Tønnesen Osland, a deacon in the Norwegian Church in Australia/New Zealand
Centre: Anna, wearing her bunad (Norwegian national dress) which was made for her confirmation
Right: Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger, Senior Chaplain, Radford College


By Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger, Senior Chaplain

Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger, Senior ChaplainAs we continue to journey through the Easter season, we are reminded that the God we meet in Jesus Christ is one who fully enters the human condition. 

In the Easter story, something remarkably new and different is happening. The status quo has changed. Actions that lead to death and suffering do not have the final word. The resurrection of Jesus provides a lens where peace and restitution replace vengeance; forgiveness is offered, and life is restored. 


As Easter people, we proclaim the hope that Jesus offers us. We also stand in solidarity with a hurting and suffering world where injustice is still present.

 

Radford Reaches Out 
Radford Reaches Out is one such way that we stand with those who are working to make communities near and far more equitable. Thank you to all who donated. As a College community we raised $13 025. A fantastic effort! 

Junior School
The Junior School raised a total of $9 158. The Radford Tribal Council will distribute this money amongst the following organisations: Compassion Australia (three sponsor children), Koala Hospital Port MacquarieMercy ShipsUNICEFWaterAidAustralian Marine Conservation SocietyRural Aid AustraliaWorld Wildlife Fund and Landcare Australia.

Secondary School
As well as encouraging people to donate, students in the Secondary school cooked many, many sausages to raise money for their chosen organisations. A total of $3 867 was raised. 

The funds raised by each house will be allocated to the following organisations: 

Acacia: Pegasus RDA
Banksia: McGrath Foundation
Boronia: Timor-Leste: Ekipa Tasi Mos (Clean Ocean Team) Atauro and material aid to communities that Radford has visited since 2009.
Huon: Ozharvest
Jarrah: Beyond Blue
Karri: WIRES
Kurrajong: Cystic Fibrosis ACT
Wandoo: Gunawirra 


Baptism and Confirmation Services
 
We have recently had some wonderful baptism services in the Radford Chapel, as Collegians have brought their children to be baptised. These were wonderful celebrations of children welcomed into the Christian faith. 

In the Anglican tradition, a confirmation service is a chance for teenagers and adults to ‘confirm’ their Christian faith for themselves and for God’s grace and love to be ‘confirmed’ in a person’s life through prayers offered by the bishop. 

Anglicans also have a service for Admission to Holy Communion for children who wish to take Holy Communion with their families at church. 

If there is anyone in the Radford community who is interested in baptism, admission to Holy Communion or confirmation, please be in touch. We would love to host one of our bishops for a confirmation service at some stage this year. 

On Sunday, Anna in Year 9 was confirmed in the Radford chapel by Håvard Tønnesen Osland, a deacon in the Norwegian Church in Australia/New Zealand. It was a great occasion for Anna and her friends and family. 

Blessings,
Rev. Katherine

katherine.rainger@radford.act.edu.au

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