How can Christmas been cheerful or joyful in the wake of the atrocious violence seen recently in Sydney's Lindt Café? Bishop TREVOR EDWARDS points out that Christmas reminds us that in Christ, God laid aside his glory to embrace pain, sorrow, sickness and death thereby opening a doorway to new life.
Throughout Lent in 2015, Anglicare will be hosting its second Share the Benefit event, a partnership experience between Anglican Parishes and Anglicare to bring home the meaning of poverty. Anglicare's HANNAH McQUIGGIN recently caught up with Braidwood Parish minister Peter Malone, who spoke about his experience of participating in Share the Benefit earlier this year.
Slavery is not a problem confined to the past but an issue of contemporary concern affecting an estimated 3,000 people in Australia. WAYNE BRIGHTON sat down with Carolyn Kitto from Stop the Traffik to find out what people of faith can do help.
As New Year approaches, retrospective schmaltz will fill our TV screens and newspapers. Will we make hollow promises or earnestly engage in retrospection? WAYNE BRIGHTON explores how three Anglican churches have reviewed their life in order to awaken a new future.
Christmas has arrived and with it the push to spend, spend, spend. While it might be good for the economy, is it good for our overall wellbeing, especially in view of a changing climate? PAMELA PHILLIPS explores how Christmas, scientific realities and commercial imperatives collide.
Monster Book Fair -
The Braidwood Monster Book Fair is on again over the January Australia Day long weekend 23rd to 26th January 2015 at the National Theatre, Wallace Street in Braidwood. So now’s the time to check your book shelves for those unwanted books. Donations of books in good order are most gratefully received and help to make the Fair so diverse and interesting.
We would love to hear from anyone interested in helping organise the Book Fair and/or volunteer over the weekend. It’s good fun and you get time to browse the books. We will start work on the roster in early January.
Please contact Marjorie on 4846 1243 or Lynda on 4846 1495. You can even send us an email at email@example.com.
Share the benefit 2015 -
Share the Benefit 2015 is an exciting initiative by Anglicare centred on what it would be like to experience poverty in your own community. Participants are challenged to live 'on the benefit' for one week. The program includes a series of bible studies and activities to be used during Lent from 22 Feb to 3 April 2015. Will your congregation take the challenge?
Bishop's Cathedral Convention 2015 -
Jesus saves people, not for heaven but to help God's kingdom happen on earth. As disciples we are not only called to live out God's marvellous story in the world but given everything needed for the job. So come along and discover your true identity as one of Jesus' disciples and how you might participate in God's wonderful mission today.
The convention's 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. Alison is a member of the Archbishops’ College of Evangelists. She works widely in the UK in teaching and training, and she is also the editor and director of ReSource’s discipleship programme for Africa which is used in 15 countries. Alison has a PhD from Cambridge University and has worked alongside her husband Roger in parish ministry while writing a number of books, including The Wild Gospel (Monarch 2004) and its sequel The Word on the Wind: renewing confidence in the gospel (Monarch 2011). Alison and Roger have three grown up children, and live in Wells, Somerset.
Download the registration form or register online (booking fee applies).
Clergy conference -
Clergy conference will be held from 18-21 May with Dr Alison Morgan. In 2015, the conference will be held at the Narooma Golf Club with accommodation off-site at near by venues.
Download the information sheet to book your accomodation by the end of February.
It is my pleasure to inform you that Bishop Genieve Blackwell has been nominated by the Primate to be an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Melbourne to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of Bishop Barbara Darling. After a period of prayerful discernment Bishop Genieve believes she needs to respond to this call and so has accepted the appointment. She will vacate her position as Rector of St Paul’s Turvey Park and Assistant Bishop in Wagga in early 2015 at a date still to be determined to pursue her episcopal vocation fulltime. She has made an outstanding contribution in this Diocese since she came here in 2005. We will miss her friendship, fellowship, support and sense of fun, but we sincerely wish her well in her new endeavours for Christ. Please pray for her as she prepares to leave and for John, Baith and Harry in this time of huge family transitions.
- Bishop Trevor
Congratulations to Bishop Kay Goldwsorthy who has been elected the 12th Bishop of Gippsland. Bishop Kay has been an assistant bishop in Perth since 2008. Her election follows Bishop John McIntyre's untimely death after a brief illness. She will be installed as Gippsland’s new Anglican leader in late March in St Paul’s Cathedral, Sale.
The rabbinate’s animosity toward Christianity - Jerusalem Post
Christian missionaries find Japan a tough nut to crack - Japan Times
Chester wins race for C of E’s first woman bishop - Church Times
How I found faith through the nativity story - Christian Today
Australian Christians Giving Solar To Tony Abbott For Christmas - Clean Technica
Religious instruction faces massive enrolments drop, funding uncertainty - Sydney Morning Herald
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 www.stjohnscanberra.org. For salary details and other information, please contact the Rev’d Paul Black at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
(Posted 12 Nov 2014)