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CHAPLAIN ’ S REPORT

Among friends

Rev ’ d Barry Moss
In JRR Tolkien ’ s Lord of the Rings , there is a scene where the Fellowship find themselves outside the mines of Moria . Gandalf ’ s leadership has brought the faithful company to an entrance to the great home of the Dwarves . When he finds the entrance he translates the elvish , “ The Doors of Durin , Lord of Moria . Speak , friend , and enter .” When asked what it means his response is , quite simply , “ If you are a friend you say the password and you can enter .” He then tried to discern the password , over-thinking the simplicity , or the reality that friends do not need passwords . It is Frodo who reminds him that the clue was already in the writing . He merely had to say the word “ friend ” and the doors would open to the hospitality of the Dwarves .
When Father Philip asked me to write a few words about what it has been like for me to come to Guildford Grammar School the concept of friend was one that struck me . I didn ’ t need to know a complex password . I have been graciously included into the community of the school through its openness and hospitality .
I ’ ve always understood hospitality as an action involving conversation , getting to
know each other , participating in the whole life the school community and importantly , sharing meals . It is more than a passive welcome ; I have been greeted with an active ‘ hospitality ’. The hospitality of the school community has been generous and supportive as I get used to a new culture and role , and navigating SEQTA . Within this I am grateful to have been included and involved in the many activities that make up the life of the school through which I am slowly getting to know people . Whether it has been at Stronghills , preaching under the stars at the Year 8 camp , or getting an appreciation of the devotion that the students have for their House , and how lucky they are to actually have a building that is their own , to involvement in presiding and preaching at chapel services , in a building that , whether it is full of people or with just myself saying the daily offices draws one ’ s mind and heart towards God . In all this being part of a team that seeks to explore religion , philosophy and ethics in a rigorous manner cannot be understated .
There is much more in such a diverse community and I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Guildford Grammar School family . In conclusion , I wish the year 12s all the best with their exams and wherever they go .
Rev ’ d Barry Moss Chaplain
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CHAPLAIN’S REPORT Among friends Rev’d Barry Moss In JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, there is a scene where the Fellowship find themselves outside the mines of Moria. Gandalf’s leadership has brought the faithful company to an entrance to the great home of the Dwarves. When he finds the entrance he translates the elvish, “The Doors of Durin, Lord of Moria. Speak, friend, and enter.” When asked what it means his response is, quite simply, “If you are a friend you say the password and you can enter.” He then tried to discern the password, over-thinking the simplicity, or the reality that friends do not need passwords. It is Frodo who reminds him that the clue was already in the writing. He merely had to say the word “friend” and the doors would open to the hospitality of the Dwarves. When Father Philip asked me to write a few words about what it has been like for me to come to Guildford Grammar School the concept of friend was one that struck me. I didn’t need to know a complex password. I have been graciously included into the community of the school through its openness and hospitality. I’ve always understood hospitality as an action involving conversation, getting to know each other, participating in the whole life the school community and importantly, sharing meals. It is more than a passive welcome; I have been greeted with an active ‘hospitality’. The hospitality of the school community has been generous and supportive as I get used to a new culture and role, and navigating SEQTA. Within this I am grateful to have been included and involved in the many activities that make up the life of the school through which I am slowly getting to know people. Whether it has been at Stronghills, preaching under the stars at the Year 8 camp, or getting an appreciation of the devotion t BFR7GVFVG2fRf FV"W6RBrV6FW&RF7GVǒfR'VFrFB2FV"vFffVVB&W6FrB&V6r@6V6W'f6W2'VFrFBvWFW B2gVbVR"vFW7Bח6Vb6pFRFǒff6W2G&w2^( 2֖BBV'@Fv&G2vBF2&Vr'BbFVЧFB6VV2FW&R&VƖv6BWF72&v&W2W"6B&PVFW'7FFVBFW&R2V6&R7V6FfW'6P6VGBw&FVgVf"FP'GVGF&R'BbFRwVFf&@w&"66f֖ǒ66W6v6FRV"'2FR&W7BvFFV W2BvW&WfW"FWv&Wn( B&''706@