Bishop Stuart Robinson has written a pastoral letter to parishes, clergy and friends of the Diocese in response to concerns expessed at reports of inadequate institutional responses to abuse in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle. The letter outlines how the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn is endeavouring to respond to reports of misconduct that have emerged here.
"The allegations on ABC TV’s 7.30 report last night of clergy sexual abuse and predatory behaviour in the Anglican Church in Newcastle, going right up to a former bishop, are shocking and distressing", said the Anglican Primate, Archbishop Phillip Freier last week.
The Australian people have been through a difficult election that resulted in a Government operating on a razor's edge. We have also witnessed Brexit, where a small majority decided to take the nation in a different direction. Elections matter.
Our Diocese's Episcopal Election Review Committee is hosting regional discussions to explore several proposed changes that will help us to elect our next bishop. BOB ARTHUR outlines the proposals that are up for consideration by Synod members.
Ghada Karmi, Palestinian writer and activist, visited Canberra last year as part of a speaking tour in which she spoke about her recent book "The Return" as well as giving more general insights about Palestine and Israel. HELEN RAINGER was fortunate to meet Ghada and speak with her during the visit.
Refugee Week is being commemorated from 19 to 25 June 2016 so it is timely to reflect on how Australia’s policies towards refugees and asylum seekers measure up to the God’s standards. CHARLES BODY reflects on the morality of government policy.
Dirrum Dirrum 2016 -
Dirrum Dirrum is a major event celebrating the art of being and staying human hosted by Radford College. Over a thousand delegates are expected again this year at various events in Canberra over the days of 29-30 July. Speakers for 30th: Nipuni Wijewickrema, Jessica Watson, Akram Azimi, Fr Frank Brennan, Kirsty Sword Gusmão, Rachael Stevens, Shirfra Joseph, Ryan Carters, Shea Spiering, Jackson Taylor-Grant.
The Dirrum Dirrum Festival is organised by students whose core business is about creating a climate of inspiration; fostering a cycle of responsibility and leadership development.
Visit the Dirrum Dirrum website www.dirrumdirrum.org
150th Anniversary: The Anglican Parish of Crookwell -
150th Anniversary: The Anglican Parish of Crookwell will celebrate 150 years of worship in the Crookwell Parish on Sunday, July 31, 2016.
The celebration will begin with a 10:00 am Thanksgiving Service at St Bartholomew's Church with Bishop Stuart Robinson and a Hot Buffet Luncheon from 12 noon.
Tickets $30 On sale at Visitor Information Centre at 36 Goulburn Street, Crookwell
Phone 02 4832 1988 or www.upperlachlantourism.com.au
RSVP 10 July
Enquiries: Peter or Sylvia Cullen 02 4832 0161
Restorative Justice -
New Zealand’s Project Restore Team is visiting Canberra and holding an information night on 2 August 2016 at Pilgrim House from 6.30pm.
Project Restore is both an inspiring and unique provider of Restorative Justice for victim-survivors of sexual violence. This is an opportunity to listen, learn and ask questions about a model which can help inform the policy and practice of Restorative Justice within the ACT.
RSVP to Kelly Lokan on 6205-1772 or Kelly.email@example.com by COB on Friday 29 July 2016.
Living Waters 16 -
Deb Stanley, director of Soul Survivor for Canberra and regions, will be the keynote speaker at Spirit 16. Deb's love and joy for Jesus is infectious and she is a vibrant, intelligent and strong woman of God.
This year's theme is 'his breath received' and will be a time for people and churches to have their lives changed through the power of the Holy Spirit.
6 Herarde Street, Batemans Bay from 7pm on 19 August 2016.
Research study: Anglican Identity in Australia
Participants are sought for a Deakin University study of Anglicans in Australia. You might be an Anglican now or used to be some time ago.
Associate Professor Andrew Singleton is leading the study, which involves a short interview. The interview is via phone or Skype and takes about 30 minutes. Participants receive a $15 gift card.
For further information contact Email: Anglicanfirstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 29 July is White Ribbon night.
Why not get your friends together for a movie or the footy and chip in to raise funds to help women, girls and boys find the wherewithal to build the kind of new life they desperately long for?
The night is an opportunity for men to stand up and speak out against family violence. It's about raising awareness and some money to help those who live daily with violent partners.
Let us not forget the men who are responsible for such violence. Let us help each other to be fathers and partners who build up rather than tear down.
As God’s people, let us help to break the cycle of family violence together. Let us resolve together to make abuse in all its forms a thing of the past.
Prisoners of their own stories - Eureka Street
Thousands of Muslims in Bangladesh reportedly converting to Christianity - Christian Today
My Encounter with Ken Ham's Giant Ark - Christianity Today
Knowing Who I Am: Handling Rejection - Church Plants
Anglicare is recruiting for a wide variety of positions including:
YOUTH WORKERS – RESIDENTIAL CARE St Saviours - Sydney, Casual positions (29 July)
CASE MANAGER Out of Home Care, Orange, NSW – Full Time (29 July)
CASE MANAGER - OOHC Permanent 76 hours or Part-time 45 Hours per fortnight
Moruya Location (3 August)
LIVE IN WARDEN/CARETAKER Brindabella Court Retirement Village, Downer, ACT Full-time - 76 hours per fortnight (5 August)