The ACL’s Pre-Synod Podcast

Posted on October 10, 2019 
Filed under Resources, Sydney Diocese

Check out the ACL’s 2019 Pre-Synod Briefing Podcast to get a feel for some of the key issues coming up at Sydney Synod.

Produced by the Anglican Church League as a service to members of Synod.

Listen here.

Moore College Spring Carnival, Saturday 26 October

Posted on October 14, 2019 
Filed under Resources, Sydney Diocese

“A day to come along and check out the College, get an insight into Moore’s in-depth theological training, tour our new building, plus have all your questions answered by faculty and students. A presentation overviewing the College is followed by a tour of the new building with lunch to follow. Meals are our shout, but RSVP is essential for catering purposes.”

Details from Moore College.

Perth Anglican Diocese declares climate emergency

Posted on October 13, 2019 
Filed under Australian dioceses

“The Anglican Diocese of Perth has formally declared a climate emergency, despite nasty comments from one speaker about teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.

High profile Anglican leader Father Chris Bedding made the announcement on his Facebook page today, saying the Perth Diocese was one of many communities around the world to acknowledge the urgent need to address climate change. …”

Story from PerthNow, in reference to reports of a motion apparently passed at the Perth Synod.

Of greater importance:

Global Warning – Colin Buchanan. (Available for purchase at his website.)

The Seventh Global South Conference held in Cairo, Egypt

Posted on October 13, 2019 
Filed under Anglican Communion, Global South

“The 7th Global South Conference opened on the 8th of October 2019 with an Eucharist Service followed by a welcome dinner at the All Saints Cathedral, Cairo.

Slightly more than a hundred delegates and observers from 19 Provinces and other parts of the Communion were present for this 4-day Conference. …

Bishop Rennis Ponniah, who chairs the Study Group on Enhancing Ecclesial Responsibility, presented the proposal for an enhanced ecclesial structure to guide the work of Global South. …

A new Steering Committee was appointed:

Chairman: Archbishop Justin Badi (Sudan)
Vice-Chair: Archbishop Tito Zavala (Chile)
Secretary: Archbishop Samuel Manhkin (Bangladesh)
Treasurer: Archbishop Foley Beach (ACNA)

Members:
Archbishop Stephen Than Myint Oo (Myanmar)
Archbishop Masimango Katanda Zacharie (Congo)
Archbishop James Richard Wong Yin Song. …”

– From Global South Anglican.

See also:

The Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches (GSA) Covenantal Structure. (PDF file)

“This Proposal on Enhancing Ecclesial Responsibility of Global South Churches sets out a clear basis and a coherent structure for constituting The Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches (GSA).”

American Anglican Council Canon Phil Ashey’s hopes for the Anglican Communion. – Youtube.

Photo credit: Revd Canon Andrew Gross.

The Stingy Religious?

Posted on October 13, 2019 
Filed under Theology

“According to a highly publicised 2015 paper in Current Biology, children who have been brought up religiously are less generous than their religion-free peers.

The good news, if you can call it that, is that only in the last couple of months and some four years after the event, it’s now reported in Psychology Today that the paper has been formally retracted …”

– At The Gospel Coalition Australia, Gordon Cheng points us to the Bible’s teaching on generosity.

Questions for Global Anglicans

Posted on October 12, 2019 
Filed under Anglican Communion, GAFCON

In his latest video series, “Questions for Global Anglicans”, the American Anglican Council’s Canon Phil Ashey outlines a way forward for the Anglican Communion.

He hopes to see a coming-together of GAFCON and the Global South Primates.

Other videos in the series here.

The Bible and Same-Sex Marriage: An Overview from Ridley College

Posted on October 11, 2019 
Filed under Australian dioceses, Culture wars, Resources, Theology

“Our purpose in writing this brief letter is to support our fellow Anglicans in wrestling with this issue by offering a summary of the scholarly discussion over what the Bible teaches on homosexuality, and an explanation for why we believe the traditional path on marriage and sexuality is the one that Christ is calling us to take.”

– Ridley College, Melbourne, has issued an open letter affirming the Biblical doctrine of marriage.

As David Ould notes, this is a significant contribution to the conversation among Australian Anglicans, especially in the light of the unilateral action of the Diocese of Wangaratta.

The big mistake many secular people make about religious discrimination

Posted on October 10, 2019 
Filed under Culture wars, Resources

There’s a big mistake many secular people make about religious discrimination.

It’s a mistake I’ve seen repeated many times. Even by (or especially by) educated secular commentators. This mistake is a fairly recent one. But it’s impact is serious: it’s eroding religious freedom in Australia. …”

– At The Gospel Coalition Australia, Akos Balogh thinks there’s a better way of understanding the issues.

Australia’s Anglican ‘Blessing’ Liturgy – What is it?

Posted on October 9, 2019 
Filed under Australian dioceses, Culture wars

“The same-sex marriage blessing liturgy presented to the Wangaratta synod for their approval (and due to be presented to the upcoming Newcastle synod) is not a new piece of work but, rather, heavily dependent upon other similar liturgies first developed more than 20 years ago in the 1990s and earlier. …”

David Ould takes a look at the origins of the liturgies being promoted in Australia to bless same-sex marriages, and what they claim to achieve.

Where was the press? The new $23 million Falls Church Anglican sanctuary gets zero coverage

Posted on October 8, 2019 
Filed under News

“Near the end of 2006, I was working on one of my biggest stories of the year: The mass exodus of 11 Episcopal churches from the Diocese of Virginia, the nation’s largest Episcopal diocese.

It was a huge story and it wasn’t completely certain that on that sunny, cold Sunday if all the theologically conservative churches in northern Virginia would decide to leave en mass.

They did and this created headlines for weeks after that. The largest church that left was The Falls Church Episcopal (TFCE), a large complex worth about $24.7 million with its new-ish sanctuary, a historic chapel and cemetery on 5.5 acres right in the middle of the city named after it (and only a few blocks from where I lived). Built in 1734, its vestry included George Washington, who was elected in 1763.

Members voted 1,228 to 127 to leave, which doesn’t reflect the fact that some 2,000 people regularly attended there. …”

– At Get Religion, long-time religion reporter Julia Duin gives some context to last month’s opening of the Falls Church Anglican building.

Photo: Falls Church Anglican.

Fired for using the wrong pronouns

Posted on October 8, 2019 
Filed under Culture wars

“Two cases have been highlighted overseas recently where a Christian employee has been fired for declining to use the ‘preferred pronoun’ of a person who identifies as a different gender to their biological sex.

The cases illustrate that religious freedom, and free speech generally, in the workplace can be under challenge in circumstances involving ‘gender identity’ issues. …”

– At Law and Religion Australia, Neil Foster outlines recent cases in the United Kingdom and in the USA, and considers the Australian context.

Attending to the National Soul — Book launch

Posted on October 6, 2019 
Filed under Australia, History, Sydney Diocese

Here’s an invitation to all ACL members and others interested in Australian history:

Attending to the National Soul – Evangelical Christians in Australian History 1914 – 2014 by Stuart Piggin and Robert D. Linder follows the highly awarded book The Fountain of Public Prosperity – Evangelical Christians in Australian History 1740–1914, which was published in 2018.

Both volumes are the result of thirty years’ research and writing.

Monash University Publishing is delighted to invite you to the launch of Attending to the National Soul, at St Stephen’s Church, 179 Macquarie Street, Sydney (opposite Parliament House) on 12 December 2019, 3.00 – 5.00 pm.

The event will be chaired by Dr Meredith Lake and the book will be launched by Dr Tim Costello.

RSVP to Stephen Chavura by 28 November.

Commendations for the book:

In June 2018, former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson spoke with Stuart about the first volume, The Fountain of Public Prosperity, in this interview.

And the first volume, The Fountain of Public Prosperity, was awarded the 2019 Australian Christian Book of the Year. At the award ceremony, Dr Piggin explains something of his hopes for the book.

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