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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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Am I more than what I wear? Christian women reflect on wearing the hijab for a week.

Am I more than what I wear? Christian women reflect on wearing the hijab for a week.

The Revd Susanna Pain and several members of Holy Covenant parish wore the hijab, a headscarf commonly worn by Islamic women, as a sign of solidarity with those most exposed to racism and Islamophobic behaviour. WAYNE BRIGHTON caught up with Susanna about the experience.

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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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All Souls’ Day - From the Canon Theologian

All Souls’ Day - From the Canon Theologian

Professor Scott Cowdell shares his sermon at the annual Choral Requiem Mass for All Souls’ Day, held at All Saints’, Ainslie—an occasion well-attended by the bereaved.

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Ordination of Priests -

The diocese will ordain new priests on 29 November 2014.


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.


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

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

10/11/2014 12:00

Several members of our diocesan family participated in the Love Makes a Way protest by entering Senator Zed Seselja's office in Canberra earlier today. As my statement to the Canberra Times makes clear, it is an issue of great concern to me and many across our church nationally.

"The issue of the treatment of asylum seekers is a matter of urgent importance. The Anglican General Synod, which met in July 2014, passed a motion urging the government to revise some important aspects of their current policy. In particular the detention of innocent children, and their families puts people at risk.

This policy is engendering a great deal of concern, not just in the Anglican Church but in the wider Christian community. This is evidenced in the Love Makes a Way actions that we have seen all around Australia including the action in Canberra today. Christian leaders from many different churches have come together to pray for our leaders, and to ask the question, “When will the children and their families be released from detention?” They are calling on our members of parliament, and our senators as the peoples’ representatives to rethink the policy of mandatory detention.

I believe that as a nation we need to be guided by three ethical principles. First, generosity towards asylum seekers and refugees. The importance God places on showing hospitality towards the foreigner is a theme that runs through the Bible. Second, protection of human life and third, providing asylum seekers with certainty about their future as soon as practicable. The Government’s own chief immigration psychiatrist, Dr Peter Young, has highlighted how detention centres are toxic and harmful to people’s mental health often compounding their pre-existing trauma (The Guardian, 5 August 2014).

Jesus teaches us that we are to love our neighbours as we love ourselves and that every person regardless of their ethnicity or means of arrival in our country, is our neighbor. The question we must ask is whether we would tolerate mandatory detention for our own children. Clearly the answer is ‘no’. Nor would we be willing to put in jeopardy the physical and mental well being of our children; the loss of education and the destruction of the joy, all of which should be part of every childhood.

The way a society treats the weak and vulnerable especially its children is a litmus test of our care and compassion. I call on the Government and opposition to develop a workable, just and compassionate response to asylum seekers in detention."

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    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.

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    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.
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