The most important decision a synod makes is to select its next bishop. The 2016 Synod revised the process by which future diocesan bishops will be elected. WAYNE BRIGHTON explores the importance of this change to our life together.
Representatives of parishes and other diocesan agencies converged on Goulburn last weekend for the meeting of Diocesan Synod. BISHOP STUART ROBINSON in his presidential address spoke of the challenges and opportunities emerging across southern New South Wales and the ACT.
The Primate, Archbishop Philip Freier, has written to Australia’s Anglican bishops about the proposed same-sex marriage plebiscite. If the plebiscite goes ahead, Archbishop Philip indicates that Christians should vote according to their conscience and that it is proper for the Parliament to honour the result.
In September 2015, the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn began a conversation about revisions proposed for the Marriage Act to include people in same-sex relationships. In September 2016, the Public Issues Commission released a set of resources to further develop the conversation.
The Prime Minister has made clear that the moral priority he believes the 45th parliament needs to address is ‘budget repair”. GEORGE BROWNING observes that such rhetoric fails to address the very serious and growing inequity that besets western democracies worldwide. The problem is not the poor taking too much, its the super-rich paying far too little and getting away with it.
CAPS Conference 2016 -
The Centre for Aging and Pastoral Studies will host a one-day conference in Canberra at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600).
Dr Shane Clifton, Associate Professor in Systematic Theology at Alphacrucis College, Sydney will present the keynote address on a theology of disability and suffering. He is quadriplegic after an accident a few years ago and has published important papers in leading theological journals on disability. He will talk about disability in ageing and the meaning of suffering. We are thinking about how to make the conference more engaging with opportunity for dialogue and skill based workshops. Not to be missed. Save the date!
Pirate church -
Pirate Church is what happens when a seminary drop-out and a cynical priest decide to create an evening of comedy about religion. And pirates! Pirate Church is a loving satire about the wacky world of religion, and Christianity in particular. The catch is that’s it being done by two people who are themselves believers. Admittedly, not very good ones.
It stars Paul ‘Werzel’ Montague, a standup comedian and first third ministry worker with the Uniting Church in WA, and Fr Chris Bedding who is a real live Anglican Priest in Perth.
One show only in Canberra at Pilgrim House, 69 Northbourne Avenue, Saturday 1 October 2016, from 7.30pm.
Tix are online at: https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=224634
Spring Christian Holiday Program -
Synergy is supporting a holiday program for youth with physical and intellectual disabilities from 3 - 7 October 2016.
The program is looking for experienced and qualified volunteers who can assist youth participate in the camp.
For more information please contact the Revd Andrea de Vaal Horciu on 0404 256 714 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New Wine Spring Conference and Family Festival -
New Wine Spring Conference and Family Festival will be held from October 4th – 7th, 2016 at the Youthworks Conference Centre, 439 Kaloona Drive West Cambewarra. Register now by visiting the website.
The preparation of thousands of Survey Kits is under way. They are being mailed out in the coming weeks. Many local churches should receive their Survey Kit in the last week of September or the first week of October. Local churches can choose the best time(s) to complete the survey any time in October or November. If you have any questions, please be sure to contact our Diocesan coordinator, The Ven Dr Wayne Brighton on 0407 408 333.
I'd be grateful if our diocesan family could keep Canon Gill Varcoe and Archdeacon John Barnes in their prayers as they prepare to travel to South Sudan during October. This is a very precarious part of the world, often wracked by violence.
Gill and John are joining Alison Morgan's program as they learn how to present the discipleship training called ‘Rooted in Jesus’. It’s specifically designed for use with people who do not read, and aims to be self-replicating.
Churches Need to Close the Women in Leadership Gap - Church Leaders
My life with dwarfism - Eureka Street
Diocese of Toronto elects first openly gay bishop - Anglican Journal
Churches Together in England encourages shared prayer time - World Council of Churches
Modern Technology Unlocks Secrets of a Damaged Biblical Scroll - New York Times
Anglicare is recruiting for a wide variety of positions including:
TEAM LEADER Southern Cross Early Childhood School (closing 23 Sept)
CASE MANAGER, Albury, Full-time or Part-time (closing 26 Sept)
SENIOR PRACTITIONER PERMANENT CARE, Based in either Sydney, Canberra or a regional office in south or west NSW, Part-time 45.6 hrs per fortnight / Permanent (closing 26 Sept)
CARER ASSESSMENT AND RECRUITMENT TEAM (CART) WORKER, Orange, Full-Time - 12 Month Fixed Term Contract
Homelessness Youth Assistance Program (HYAP) Facilitator, Wagga Wagga, Full-time, Fixed Term (closing 7 Oct)
TEAM LEADER Calwell Early Childhood Centre (closing 14 Oct)