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What’s your move? Connect with kids through chess

What’s your move? Connect with kids through chess

Connecting with kids and their parents today can be puzzle for many parishes. St Alban’s in Woden has made a game of it through a chess club. WAYNE BRIGHTON spoke with Anthony Frost and Jeff Suptut about their project.

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Anglican Primate urges care for the poor as the G20 gets underway

Anglican Primate urges care for the poor as the G20 gets underway

The Anglican Primate and Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier, has urged G20 leaders to address justice and inequality as the basis for building security as leaders arrive for this weekend's meeting in Brisbane.

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Religious group urge G20 climate action

Religious group urge G20 climate action

Religious leaders have issued a joint call for G20 leaders to act on climate change, end fossil fuel subsidies and quickly move to a low carbon economy.

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Ending, but not finishing

Ending, but not finishing

One important but often overlooked group in ministry is Parish Council. It's easy to serve on a council without necessarily seeing the bigger picture. JONATHAN HOLT reflects on how we can welcome and farewell those who put their gifts to use in this way.

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Faith and a changing environment

Faith and a changing environment

In the lead up to the recently completed G20 meeting, leaders from a broad range of faith traditions spoke to the media about their how their members are concerned about need for more concerted action to address global warming. Bishop STEPHEN PICKARD called for the promotion of investment in renewable energy and an end to fossil fuel subsidies.

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Deep Dive - The mystery of Christmas -

The Mystery of Christmas: the birth of Jesus and the nature of Incarnation with Ms Katherine Rainger.

Advent is here and the 'to-do' list is becoming overwhelming! Amongst the fun, festivity and frenetic activity we seek to welcome the Christ-child. This seminar will provide insight and inspiration as we ‘get ready’ to encounter him in unexpected ways. For whilst this child was long-awaited, his birth is also full of surprises and challenges the status quo. This seminar will draw upon the Gospels of Luke and Matthew and their use of Jewish scripture, Godly Play stories and my experience in Bethlehem being immersed in Palestinian Liberation Theology. The journeys of the shepherds, the magi and the Holy Family reveal much about the world of Jesus and plight of many in our world today. 
Katherine Rainger serves as Youth and Children's Worker at Holy Covenant, Jamison. She also teaches part-time at Arawang Primary School. In 2012 Katherine completed a Bachelor of Theology and in October 2014 she finished a Master of Theology through Charles Sturt University (St Mark's Canberra campus). Katherine has a passion for biblical studies, issues of justice, theological conversations and Christian formation. Her major work in her Masters was inspired by the Godly Play story, ‘The Mystery of Christmas’ and involved a historical, literary and postcolonial analysis of Matthew 2.

When: 11.45am - 12.45pm

Where: Holy Covenant Anglican Church, 89 Dexter St, Cook

Deep Dive Seminars at Holy Covenant are intended to enable deeper exploration of significant theological, biblical and spiritual questions. They are not academic presentations but speak to interested and inquiring non-specialists with a presentation by a guest speaker and time for  discussion.


Goulburn Fair Trade city -

Christ Hartley, the executive director of Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand will speak about how Goulburn can become the first fair trade inland city in NSW.

Friday 5 December

6.30-8.30pm, Cathedral Hall, St Saviour's Cathedral, Goulburn


Christian Meditation -

On the Monday following Laurence Freeman's main public gatherings (5-6th December) – Fr Laurence will hold a special morning retreat for clergy and religious.  This is on Monday 8th December at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture from 9.30am to 12.30pm.


Bishop's Cathedral Convention 2015 -

Speaker is Dr Alison Morgan. Alison works as a thinker and writer for ReSource, a Church of England charity commissioned in 2004 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and dedicated to serving the church in renewal and mission. ReSource's patron is the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

Alison has a PhD from Cambridge University and prior to her ordination in 1996 was a university lecturer. She worked for many years alongside her husband Roger in parish ministry, and has written a number of books, including an internationally recognised work on the poet Dante. She is best known for The Wild Gospel (Monarch 2004) and its sequel The Word on the Wind: renewing confidence in the gospel (Monarch 2011).

Alison is co-author of the ReSource healing course In His Name and the Lent course Season of Renewal. She was a contributor to Mission-Shaped Questions (CUP 2008), and is a member of the Archbishops’ College of Evangelists. Alison works widely in the UK in teaching and training, and she is also the editor and director of ReSource’s discipleship programme for Africa, Rooted in Jesus, now in use in 15 countries. Alison and Roger have three grown up children, and live in Wells, Somerset.

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Bishop Stuart's MicroBlog

24/11/2014 09:00

On Friday I received an update from the SOMA team to Seychelles. The team arrived safely and were warmly welcomed at the airport. They were commissioned in a Holy Eucharist service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Victoria by Bishop James Wong. The team has led worship and shared testimony, teaching on God’s plan for our lives and what it means to live a life filled with the Holy Spirit. Many people (of all ages) were touched by God in prayer ministry. The team has asked prayer for: strength (stamina) and energy for the heat and humidity of Seychelles; that team members can share clearly and confidently and the Holy Spirit will continue transforming lives.

18/11/2014 09:00

It was a delight to see All Saints College open its doors for students ahead of the 2015 academic year. The facility looks terrific! Thanks to Katherine Spackman for the photos!

All Saints College

All Saints College interior

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Latest Positions Vacant

  • Aged Care Pastoral Co-ordinator. Part time (3 days/18 hours per week)

    St. John’s Church, Reid, wants to create a proactive pastoral care program to, by and for those of our parish who are elderly and often housebound. We are seeking a person to visit and minister to these people, develop and coordinate a broader range of pastoral support and in doing so, contribute to the Canberra-Goulburn Diocese’s vision for aged care.

    For a job description go to For salary details and other information, please contact the Rev’d Paul Black at or on 0416 159 814.

    (Posted 25 Nov 2014)


    There is an opportunity to serve the Anglican Church of Australia nationally in the newly-created role of Royal Commission Officer.

    The role supports the Royal Commission Working Group established to coordinate the Church’s response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and reports to the General Secretary.

    This challenging position requires a self-starter with a sound working knowledge of the Anglican Church of Australia and appropriate qualifications and experience in law or the formulation and evaluation of child protection policy. Excellent communication and organisational skills are essential. Location and working hours can be flexible.

    For a copy of the position description, please contact Mary Phipps-Ellis on 02 8267 2705 or at

    (Posted 12 Nov 2014)

  • GENERAL SECRETARY - Anglican Church of Australia

    Sydney based, Melbourne commuting
    Leadership opportunity to make a difference within the Anglican Church of Australia.
    The successful applicant will be an experienced professional and a strategic thinker who provides high level advice to the Primate and Standing Committee of the General Synod.
    Reporting to the Primate, the General Secretary role spans policy development, HR, communications, office administration, financial and risk management and the resourcing of the management of the meetings of the General Synod.
    Details on or by phone to the Office of the Primate on 03 9653 4213.
    Written applications to:
    Mr Philip Mayers
    Dakin Mayers & Associates
    Level 50, Rialto South Tower
    525 Collins Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000

    By email to:

    (Posted 21 October 2014)

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