Bishop voices his concerns including youth unemployment

Rockhampton's new Anglican Bishop, David Robinson. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Rockhampton's new Anglican Bishop, David Robinson. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

DAVID Robinson has always had a passion to help others.

His passion inspired him to work overseas with a church in Bangladesh in 1987, focusing on aid projects in rural regions.

It was when he returned home that he began to explore a "sense of being called on by God".

He enrolled at St Mark's National Theological Centre in Canberra and was ordained into the Anglican Church in 1994.

Some 20 years on and he's been named the new Anglican bishop of the Rockhampton Diocese.

With 400 people at St Paul's Cathedral Tuesday night for Bishop Robinson's consecration, he yesterday said he felt excited about the role.

"The service was excellent and it was great to see friends and those from around Australia who came to be a part of it," he said.

The new bishop sat down with The Morning Bulletin to talk about issues affecting the community and the message he wants to pass on.

With youth unemployment a big problem for Central Queenslanders, Bishop Robinson said it is an issue that needs to be addressed with more compassion.

"For young people to be unemployed for a long period of time is not good for them or their self esteem," he said.

"For future generations we have to look at ways to find meaningful employment. How we do that I'm not sure but perhaps a little less economic rationalism and a bit more compassion."

And when it comes to the issue of homelessness, Bishop Robinson said it was the community that needed to come together to help others.

"In the western world we've become so centred on the individual and materialism, it's all about my goods, my possessions and not about the other person and how can we help them," Bishop Robinson said.

"I think (compassion) is missing in the world generally, individuals care deeply, but collectively as a community we don't seem to have the willpower or desire to do something about it."

The new bishop will be travelling around the Rockhampton Diocese to get to know the community and to spread his message; simply to love one another, love your neighbours and yourself.

"I think the Christian message has something to tell us that speaks deep within people about caring for one another and providing everyone with a sense of justice, fairness and compassion," Bishop Robinson said.

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