In the Anglican Church, lay ministry can look a lot like Cinderella, someone who works diligently while others go the ball. As WAYNE BRIGHTON discovered at Cursillo's 35th birthday celebration, Cursillo's future doesn't depend on finding a prince but with being true to its calling.
Be the change’ was the message from Radford College’s annual Dirrum Dirrum conference held in Canberra earlier this month. Over four days, students were challenged to become leaders who solve the world’s problems rather than passive armchair critics of those same problems. WAYNE BRIGHTON went along to see what was happening.
On August 10, parishes across the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn will conduct services of lamentation and read out a public apology from the Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn, STUART ROBINSON.
We all know the joke about how many Anglicans it takes to change a lightbulb.* But how do you change the most unchangeable thing at church? JONATHAN HOLT tells the story of how he made the biggest change possible to his evening service.
Cinema has the power to project not merely the nature of humanity on screen but the capacity to explore some aspects of spirituality that rarely come into view. KATHERINE RAINGER explores how lament features in two recent releases.
Deep Dive - transforming unjust structures -
Transforming unjust structures: Reflections on Faith and the UN Commission on the Status of Women with The Rev. Dr Sarah Bachelard.
What difference does faith make to the work of justice in the world? Earlier this year, as a member of the Anglican Communion delegation, I attended the UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York. Activists from hundreds of civil society organisations were also present, many calling for radical ‘transformation’ of the unjust structures that oppress and exploit the most vulnerable people on earth. What contribution can faith and faith-based communities make to this common work? What are the conditions of true ‘transformation’ and how might we be part of it?
The Rev. Dr Sarah Bachelard is Senior Associate Priest at Holy Covenant and director of Benedictus Contemplative Church. She is also an Honorary Fellow at the Australian Catholic University and has recently published Resurrection and Moral Imagination.
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.
Walk for the silent many -
You are invited to join the walk by Anne Hilton from Villawood Detention Centre to Canberra to bring awareness to asylum seekers in detention.
Anne has been working in immigration detention where she witnessed the unnecessary pain and suffering of vulnerable people who have come to us seeking protection. They will walk in silence to represent the silence imposed on the public and the silence of all those held indefinitely in detention.
The walk will conclude in Garama Place, Canberra at 1pm on Sunday 31 August 2014. You are invited to walk for an hour, a day for the entire journey.
A rally will be held at Parliament House on Monday 1 September 2014 at 7.30am to commemorate the many children, women and men in closed detention.
Further information is available here.
Ministry and clergy spouses day 2014 -
Guest speaker - Felicity Errington on Following the God of Justice
When: 6 September 2014, 9am-5pm.
Where: St Saviour's Cathedral, Goulburn
Cost: no cost. Lunch and snacks provided.
For more information download information form or RSVP to Jane Robinson by email email@example.com or mobile on 0439 340 099.
Doorway to Hope -
A one day women’s retreat will be hosted at St Paul’s Ginninderra on 6 September called ‘The Doorway to Hope’. It is organised by a team of women across about 7 churches and 5 denominations who have a vision to minister Christ’s love, hope, grace and encouragement as we all seek to grow in the fruit of the Spirit. For further information, contact Lynette Rampling, St Clements Anglican Church, Yass on 0406 375 412.
Emails continue to arrive for me concerning our Lamentation Sunday services from across the diocese. Many survivors have shared their appreciation of the service. Many found great comfort in the symbolism of pouring water / tears shed. Many felt supported and loved by our congregations. So thank you all for making this step together into the new and abundant life that our Lord offers us all.
Structural viability is an issue for Anglicans nationally. According to a national report, dioceses located in large urban settings struggle to keep up with suburban sprawl. Those in rural and regional areas struggle with towns fighting to keeping their heads above water. The good news is that it's an opportunity for us all to rethink what ministry means and the place of church in our communities, afterall Christ wants to transform people and towns, suburbans and networks. The General Synod has requested dioceses to consider the viability report. Have a look at the resolution and let us know your thoughts, ideas and prayers for the future.
Revealed: the Pope's war with the Vatican - The Spectator
Theological disagreement: what it is, and how to do it - ABC Religion and Ethics
Politics of American churches & religions in one graph - Religion News Service
How my diabetes diagnosis taught me to run - On Faith
When saying “I’m Gay” means walking in the light - Faith Street
The NSW Environmental Trust is inviting applications to its Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants Program (Application close 19 September 2014).
A total of $4.5 million is available to the following organisations for projects working to prevent or reduce environmental degradation:
$2 million for projects by community organisations
$2 million for projects by government entities
NEW for 2014 - $0.5 million for projects by owners and managers of State Heritage Register-listed places (on their heritage properties).
Grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 are available.
Go to the Trust’s website for more information about the Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants Program and to access application materials:
Contact the Trust
P: 02 8837 6093