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.
National leaders talk much about making their nation's strong and prosperous. Yet many states appear weak and riven with conflict and insecurity. RUSSELL ROLLASON looks at how our world needs peacemakers more than ever before.
Australia is a nation comprised of many peoples with many stories. Sadly, the stories of indigenous people are ones most easily overlooked because they are often the most uncomfortable and distressing. KAREN KIME explores the story of Aboriginal people, through their connection with country and how Australia's churches can help our nation reconnect with its past to develop a future that includes everyone.
Synergy Sunday 2016 -
On Synergy Sunday we encourage all parishes across the Diocese to support Synergy by simply taking 5 minutes in their services to promote the work of Synergy. Our hope is to share with you the work God is doing across the Diocese and help raise support for the ministry of Synergy.
This year we have a range of support material, all of which are downloadable from our website On Synergy Sunday we encourage all parishes across the Diocese to support Synergy by simply taking 5 minutes in their services to promote the work of Synergy. Our hope is to share with you the work God is doing across the Diocese and help raise support for the ministry of Synergy.
This year we have a range of support material, all of which are downloadable from our website www.synergy.org.au/support.
Luke 14 Conference -
Be inspired, challenged and equipped to become more disability inclusive in your church community. Over two days we will explore issues of faith, disability and inclusion from an Australian church context.
Participate in interactive panel and group conversations with church leaders, professionals, people living with disability, their families and carers as they highlight the importance of the presence and contribution of people with disabilities in the church.
For more information, visit the website.
Nikolai Blaskow, screenwriter, Chaplain and Head of Religious and Values Education at Radford College, is presenting a discussion about theology and film. Join us for the next session on Thursday 22nd September.
The evening begins at 6:30 sharp and finishes punctually at 9:30. Bring food, soft drinks and wine to share. After the viewing, there will be a discussion to which you are invited to contribute.
CAPS Conference 2016 -
The Centre for Aging and Pastoral Studies will host a one-day conference in Canberra at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600).
Dr Shane Clifton, Associate Professor in Systematic Theology at Alphacrucis College, Sydney will present the keynote address on a theology of disability and suffering. He is quadriplegic after an accident a few years ago and has published important papers in leading theological journals on disability. He will talk about disability in ageing and the meaning of suffering. We are thinking about how to make the conference more engaging with opportunity for dialogue and skill based workshops. Not to be missed. Save the date!
It is wonderful to hear that Church Army Australia will be relocating its National Office to Canberra in the near future. This relocation will provide a more central and accessible location from which to lead its national strategy.
The Board has also announced that the Revd Captain Judy Douglas will become its new part-time national leader. With board members Tracey Matthews and Emma Street already living in Canberra this move will do much to strengthen the organisation's capacity. Please keep the team in your prayers.
Sunday 28 August is Synergy Sunday, an opportunity for our ministry units to reflect on their connections with children, young people and families in their neighbourhoods.
Synergy does a wonderful job helping parishes across our large and diverse diocese to develop their ministry in this area. I hope your parish will find the time to celebrate and support the work of Synergy next Sunday.
Truth beyond written records of the Wave Hill walk off - Eureka Street
Are US Christians Really ‘Persecuted’? - Christianity Today
Jewish ‘Stone Age’ factory from time of Jesus surfaces in Galilee - Times of Israel
Luckily for Australia, winning really isn't everything - Eureka Street
Anglicare is recruiting for a wide variety of positions including:
Executive Manager – Mission & Philanthropy, Canberra
RETAIL ASSISTANT, Full-Time Position Canberra & Queanbeyan (closing 22 August)
CASE WORKER Homelessness Support Service & Family Support- Yass, Part-time Position Available (closing 22 August)
TEAM LEADER – DIPLOMA QUALIFIED Anglicare at Southern Cross Early Childhood School (closing 24 August)
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / EDUCATIONAL LEADER Calwell Early Childhood Centre (closing 26 August)
TRAINEE EDUCATOR, Gordon Early Childhood Centre (closing 26 August)
TODDLER ROOM LEADER - CALWELL (closing 9 September)