Be Inspired by One of the Coast’s Most Influential Figures


Thursday, 9 June 2016


Most Coasties with a Facebook account have seen the thought provoking messages posted on the Gosford Anglican Church noticeboard.

Tuggerah Library will be hosting the man behind the sign, local treasure and Father of the Anglican Parish of Gosford, The Venerable Rod Bower, next Wednesday 15 June, 1.30-3pm.

Tuggerah Library Supervisor, Ms Susan Davy, said even though he may not be known by name in the community, people are aware of the inspirational messages he conveys.

“Whether you've heard of him or not, the majority of our community has seen the images of the at-times controversial noticeboard out the front of the Anglican Church at Gosford,” Ms Davy said.

“Father Rod is not your typical minister – when other churches remain quiet he gives the marginalised a voice and makes sure his view is known.

“Facebook images of his Parish’s noticeboard have gone viral due to the messages advocating a number of social justice and human rights issues.”

In February this year Father Rod was lucky enough to attend the 12th Doha Interfaith Conference in Qatar where discussions revolved around the theme Spiritual and Intellectual Security in the Light of Religious Doctrines.

Participants in the conference include Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders alongside leading scholars, academics, educators, activists, specialists and media.

“We are incredibly lucky Father Rod will be sharing his learnings from the conference on how social media as well as conversations between people of different faiths and cultures can both positively and negatively impact how we act and think,” Ms Davy added.

“He will also talk about how our nation’s current affairs inspire him to make a difference.

“This is a rare chance to tap into the discussions from one of the largest international religious conferences and gain insight into one of our most motivating local treasures.”

Seats are limited for this amazing event. Visit or call 4350 1560 to reserve your spot. Light refreshments will be provided.


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