The social services portfolios of federal and state governments lend themselves to buzz words. While expressions like "priority investment" and "encourage people to seek work" seem well-intentioned they frequently don't reflect the complexity of poverty in Australia. KASEY CHAMBERS writes about the challenges in overcoming poverty today.
A former priest of the Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn has pleaded guilty and been convicted of 15 charges of historic child sexual abuse. He was sentenced in Wagga Wagga District Court on 11 October 2016.
The Archbishop of Perth, Roger Herft, announced in a pastoral letter to the diocese that he will step down with immediate effect. His personal decision comes following the Royal Commission of Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse enquiry concerning his time as bishop of the Diocese of Newcastle (1993 - 2005).
The celebration of Halloween is creeping into Australian life, one ghoul at a time. Should Christians be worried? What should churches do? WAYNE BRIGHTON explores how people of faith might make the most of this odd celebration.
In September 2015, the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn began a conversation about revisions proposed for the Marriage Act to include people in same-sex relationships. In September 2016, the Public Issues Commission released a set of resources to further develop the conversation.
Celtic Encounter 2016 -
The Cornerstone Community is hosting a retreat called Celtic Encounter: a journey into Celtic Christian Spirituality.
Manhood: myth and meaning -
James Holbeck, a former Wallaby and international sportsman, is presenting on the crucial issue, Manhood: myth and meaning at St Barnabas (Charnwood) on Saturday 29 October from 10 - 11.30am.
10 Charnwood Place, Charnwood.
Camp Pelican 2017 -
Grab those sunnies, dust of the flip flops and grab your hat - Summer Camp Pelican is on the way!!
This January we have 3 fantastic camps offering you an amazing week of fun, fellowship, faith and Christian community!
January 3rd - 7th Middle School (Yr 5/6)
January 9th - 14th Junior High (Yr 7/8/9)
January 16th - 21st Senior High (Yr 10/11/12)
All camps are run by our accredited leaders and held at our Wambiri campsite at Tathra on the NSW South Coast.
Registrations close Fri 9th December 2016.
Reformation Study Tour -
Now open to members of the public, this once-in-a-lifetime tour will coincide with the 500th anniversary of the European Reformation. Get to visit sites associated with famous figures such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Ulrich Zwingli, and explore the heritage of Roman Catholic Europe as well as radical reformation movements such as the Anabaptists. At the same time, you'll experience the rich culture, history, culinary delights and beautiful scenery of Germany, Switzerland and France.
With two theological lecturers as your personal guide, this study tour is guaranteed to give unique and profound insights — all while you pay live witness to a remarkable new milestone in church history.
“This will really be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, mainly because we'll be in Germany for the actual 500th anniversary of Luther's launching of the Reformation with his 95 theses on the Wittenberg castle church door (31 Oct 1517).”
— Dr Michael Goodwin, Lecturer in History, St Mark's National Theological Centre | School of Theology, Charlest Sturt University
Bookings required by 4 November 2016.
CSU School of Theology Students: BTh and Grad Dip Theology students can count this tour as a whole subject of study; BTh students can also cover the vast majority of the costs with a HECS loan (OS-HELP) of $6,470. Undergraduate students also get a special discount of $500 through the provision of the Vice-Chancellor Travel Grant.
For full details, visit St Mark’s website. (link the text in blue to http://www.stmarks.edu.au/blog/entry/2017-reformation-study-tour)
Congratulations to the Revd Dr Jane Foulcher who has been appointed Deputy Director at St Mark's National Theological Centre. Jane is well known across the diocese for her passionate spirituality and dedication to formation. Her contribution to the life of St Mark's as a student and lecturer in systematic theology has been substantial and will undoubtedly strengthen with this new role. Be sure to congratulate Jane!
Growing a church often begins with hospitality. Helping people feel welcome and become engaged is how churches help them move from being guests to members. Churches only have the opportunity to be welcoming when its members invite their friends along.
This is why we are encouraging parishes to consider hosting an Invite a Friend Sunday during the time of Advent (27 Nov - 24 Dec). Around the world, thousands of people have benefited from this opportunity. While not everyone stays, many have found it helped them make a fresh connection with a Christian community after a long absence or for the very first time.
We have developed a range of resources to help your parish participate in this exciting initiative. From prayer cards, invitations to tips on getting your congregation ready for the day. Will you invite a friend to Church one Sunday?
Jesus, Fully This And Fully That - Huffington Post
Middle class privilege is more than material - Eureka Street
3 Things We Do That Hurt Pastors’ Wives - Outreach Magazine
Middle East’s Migrant Population More Than Doubles Since 2005 - Pew Research Centre
St James Holt, ACT is seeking the person God is calling to join our vibrant and growing ministry team in the role of Youth and Children’s Minister. We have a small band of passionate volunteers and we need a someone with the talent and experience to lead and coordinate this ministry. The position is initially part time for 10 hours per week.
For more information and a position description please contact Rev Judy Douglas m.0427787115. e. firstname.lastname@example.org
(posted 27 Sept)
St John’s has fun, vibrant and Christ centred programs for children that run in conjunction with our 9.30 am Sunday Family Service. We are looking for a new Family Minister to coordinate and teach Children’s Church, to network and follow up new people and to lead Mainly Music.
10 hours per week at a generous hourly rate.
Please forward a Curriculum Vitae to The Rev’d Paul Black
email@example.com or phone him on 0416 159 814 for information
www.stjohnscanberra.org (posted 4 Oct)
Anglicare is recruiting for a wide variety of positions including:
Homelessness Youth Assistance Program (HYAP) Facilitator Wagga Wagga (closing 28 Oct)
Full-timeADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT Based in ALBURY Full Time (closing 28 Oct)
RECEPTIONIST/ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT Southern Cross Early Childhood Centre, Maternity Leave Position until September 2017 (closing 4 Nov)
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/EDUCATIONAL LEADER Southern Cross Early Childhood School (closing 11 Nov)