Over the past week, more than 500 tons of explosives have been dropped on an area that is the most densely populated in the world. ABM has launched an appeal to help support the Al-Ahli Arab hospital. The hospital was setup and is run by the Anglican/Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and has now been significantly damaged by airstrikes.
ROSS GEAR reports on the Catch the Fire conference that was held 18-19 July 2014 in Bega.
PASTOR NIGEL, CEO of Open Doors Australia, a ministry that serves persecuted Christians worldwide, issued an urgent call to prayer on behalf of Iraqi Christians forced from their homes by Islamist radicals.
Professor Scott Cowdell reviews Martyn Percy's new book on the struggles and prospects of Anglicanism, which is sure to become a key text for understanding not only the history of the English church but its future globally.
The last day of General Synod focussed on the issue of viability and vitality. It's an issue that cuts close to home. Not only does it call for tough decisions but a process to help us make them together. WAYNE BRIGHTON examines a day of discussion and debate that was not merely a turning point at General Synod but potentially a new day for our church nationally.
2nd Dirrum Dirrum Conference - Be the change -
Radford College have invited members of the wider diocesan family to the Dirrum Dirrum Conference, 2-3 August 2014.
There is a very strong program and two sessions of particular interest. Saturday, August 2, 9-1pm explores such themes as theological stillness, innovation and sustainable development.
Sunday afternoon, August 3, 1.30-4pm consists of forums for discussion. Both these events will be very rewarding. Registration is essential.
When: 2-3 August 2014
Where: Radford College, 1 College Street, BRUCE ACT 2617
Deep Dive - Holy script for holy people or earthy book for earthy bods? -
Deep Dive - Holy script for holy people or earthy book for earthy bods? with Dr Alan Cadwallader.
What happens when the bible is read not as some metaphysical deposit but as a collection formed and interpreted out of human longing, human questions, human experience? Here the bible becomes a partner in a dance, subject as much to treading on toes as it is to gliding across the floor.
Alan Cadwallader is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the Australian Catholic University, with specialist interest in Mark’s Gospel, Deutero-Pauline letters, archaeology, critical theory, bible translation and contemporary (especially ecological and gender) hermeneutics.
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.
Diocesan Day of Lament -
Parishes are invited to share in a day of lament.
Living waters seminar -
Kate Jutsum, regional director of Bethel Sozo for Australia and New Zealand is returning to lead a special seminar.
When: 15-16 August 2014, beginning at 7pm.
Where: Anglican Church, 6 Hearde Street, Batemans Bay.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or download the registration form.
If you do not have evening or afternoon services on Lamentation Sunday – August 10th, do consider attending ‘F5’ to hear Lamentation Sunday guest speaker – Dr Stephen Mbogo – International Team Leader of African Enterprise. Venue: St Saviour’s Cathedral Goulburn at 5pm.
Congratulations to the Canon Theologian of the Diocese, the Rev'd Dr. Scott Cowdell who on Friday July 11 was appointed as an adjunct Research Professor of Theology at Charles Sturt University. This high honour is testimony to the esteem with which Scott is held in the University and overseas as a scholar and writer. His contribution to the Public and Contextual Research Centre at CSU has been outstanding. Well done.
Anglican diocese assets vital for supporting our flock: archdeacon - Central Western Daily
Hell of a time for Anglican principal, but soldiering on at All Saints' College - Central Western Daily
Multifaith Melbourne pays tribute to MH17 - Monash Weekly
MH17, Gaza and the value of human life - Sydney Morning Herald
Bishop of Baghdad: Why is the world silent? - Radio Vatican
In 2015, the parish of St John's Canberra wants to employ a children’s, youth and family ministry worker for around 20 hours per week.
St John’s is a vibrant faith community with a mix of worship styles and age groups. Our 9.30am Sunday Church Family Eucharist has grown substantially in recent years, as many new families have made St John’s their spiritual home. The growth of our 9:30am Children’s Church and Youth Group has been a big part of this – with regular attendance of over 40.
In addition, we run a Mainly Music program for pre-school children during the week. Later in 2014 year we also intend to start an evening service, STJOHNS@SIX, aimed at reaching students and young professionals with the message of the gospel.
We are looking for a mature Christian person (or persons) with a passion for ministry, who is able to commit to a part-time ministry position. This will include Sunday mornings, weekly staff meetings etc. The person will be licensed as a lay minister in the parish and will need to meet diocesan requirements for a person working with children.
The successful applicant(s) will:
• Coordinate and teach in either 9:30 Children’s Church or Youth Group.
• Manage a team of volunteers, planning the curriculum and providing administrative support.
• Explore possibilities for expanding ministry (e.g. crèche, kids club, holiday activities, family camp).
• Work with the Rector and Assistant Minister to explore ways to integrate parents into our community.
Applications can be sent to the Rector at Paul.Black@stjohnscanberra.org, or he can be contacted for further information on 0416 159 814.
Applications should include:
• A Curriculum Vitae.
• The names of two referees who will be able to give feedback on the applicant’s skills, experience and character.
• A short personal statement describing the applicant’s suitability for this role.
Posted 8 July 2014