You may recall that in a previous issue of The Anglican Guardian an article was published relating to the first in a series of paintings revolving around the life of St Barnabas being made for the library (for reference, it’s on page 8). The scene in question, painted by library volunteer, Fiona, is a depiction of St Barnabas’ arrival to the Island of Cyprus, the city of Salamis drawing upon the horizon. An imaginative representation realised through Fiona’s personal research of the region, it serves as a wonderful addition to the library, brightening it up with colour and creativity.
What relevance does this have, you might be asking?
Well, as it turns out, our very own Director of Discernment and Formation, The Rev’d Nic Denny-Dimitriou, lived in Cyprus before moving to Adelaide and is giving a talk about his time as a parish priest there. For those interested in all things ministry and Mediterranean, it would certainly would be worth attending!
You are invited to “The Cypriot Adventure” – Saturday 2nd November @ 2.30pm, Parish Hall, St John’s Church – 337 Main Road, Coromandel Valley SA 5051
Nic and his wife Julia spent almost 18 months in Cyprus, where Nic was Chaplain in 3 Anglican churches in the district of Paphos on the west of the island, amongst mainly English-speaking communities. The island has a fascinating history, recorded over 5,000 years with occupations, invasions and shared histories from many cultures right up until today where 40% of the island is occupied by Turkey. The population of the Republic of Cyprus is mainly Greek-speaking but has a distinctly Middle-Eastern flavour. The Anglican Church has a significant imprint on the island, and is part of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf in the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and The Middle East, thus its annual Synod has representatives from places as diverse as Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Oman and Iraq – not to mention the secretive representatives from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
As a former British colony, now an independent Republic in the EU, the afternoon coffee and tea will be accompanied by British-style scones with jam and cream and Cypriot-Greek-style buttery shortbread (kourabiethes). For catering numbers please inform Nic: firstname.lastname@example.org or text 0411 308 833.