For weeks, the tragedy of Iraqi Christians has horrified the world. Extremists associated with ISIS have driven most out of their homes, seized their property and now threaten the weak and elderly residents who remain. BISHOP STUART ROBINSON has written to the Australian Prime Minister expressing his distress and dismay.
A coalition of Church leaders have accused the Federal Government of “state sanctioned child abuse” and called for the Minister for Immigration to be stripped of guardianship responsibility for unaccompanied child asylum seekers.
The conflict in Palestine can seem a world away. ANNE RANSE visited St George's College in Jerusalem earlier this month, at a time when the conflict in Gaza was just beginning. She reflects on the tension experienced and shares a poignant prayer for the people caught in a conflict than shows no sign of ending soon.
In the first article of a new series, BRIAN DOUGLAS will explore the liturgical character of Anglicanism by exploring the construction and significance of its prayer books to our identity and expression of Christian faith.
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.
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 as an apology to all who've been hurt by the action and inaction of the church.
Liturgical resources for parish use are now available.
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 email@example.com or download the registration form.
You may have encountered some email problems in the last day or so when contacting me, Bishop Trevor and Bev. The email addresses have not changed. The disruption is due to our IT system changing servers. This outage should be shortlived and resolved by Friday afternoon (1 August). Thanks for your understanding.
My next prayer for healing service will be held at St John’s Canberra on Wednesday 6 August 2014 at 7.00pm. Everyone is welcome.
To end border crisis, address issues forcing people to flee - Catholic Sun
Imagining the Path of Christian Exile - on leaving Mosul - First Things
The Spiritual Significance of a Traditional Church Wedding - The Atlantic
How Rwanda's Pentecostals are keeping the demons of the past at bay - Foreign Policy
Not a Boomer Phenomenon – Megachurches Draw Twice as Many Under 45 - Leadership Network
Anglican diocese vows to do what's legally required in the face of $25m debt - Central Western Daily
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