Societas 2014 now available

Posted on October 26, 2014 
Filed under Sydney Diocese

Societas 2014It’s a highlight of the diocesan calendar — Societas, the Moore College Students’ magazine, has been released for 2014.

You can download the 16.8MB PDF file – or read it online.

Mark Fairfull at Moore writes: “Hard copies can be ordered from the College. There is no longer a charge to purchase the magazine, but the College is inviting people to make a voluntary donation to help cover the publication and postage & handling costs if they wish to do so.”

Grab your copy now, be informed, and be moved to pray for the College.

GAFCON Chairman’s October 2014 Pastoral letter

Posted on October 25, 2014 
Filed under Anglican Communion, GAFCON

Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Chairman of the FCA Primates CouncilThe October 2014 Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Eliud Wabukala (Chairman of the GAFCON Primates’ Council) –

“the investiture demonstrated that the realignment of the Anglican Communion is now established and unstoppable.”


“The recent news that Lambeth 2018 has been postponed, perhaps indefinitely, is the latest sign that the old institutions of the Communion no longer command confidence. We must remember that the fundamental reason for this is doctrinal. We are divided because the Faith is threatened by unbiblical teaching.

In contrast, GAFCON 2 demonstrated that we were emerging as a new and effective ‘instrument of unity’ for the Anglican Communion. Nearly twelve months later, that reality was underlined at the investiture of Archbishop Foley Beach as the second Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America by the Primates gathered in Atlanta, representing GAFCON and the Anglican Global South, receiving him as a Primate of the Anglican Communion.

Speaking shortly after that historic service I said ‘It is a sign of great hope for the Gospel in the world. It is not a small thing that has happened’. There was no need for us to be reminded of the reasons why GAFCON had called the Anglican Church in North America into being five years ago because the investiture demonstrated that the realignment of the Anglican Communion is now established and unstoppable.

Anglicans around the globe are now affirming this fact. Last month the Provincial Synod of the Anglican Church of Kenya unanimously approved a resolution to be in formal partnership with the GAFCON movement. Then just before the investiture, the Synod of the Diocese of North West Australia passed a resolution recognizing ‘the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) as a member church of the Anglican Communion, in full communion with Diocese of North West Australia’. Shortly afterwards, the Synod of the Diocese of Sydney passed a resolution which recognized ‘that GAFCON is an emerging instrument of communion when others have failed to provide the well needed leadership’ and stated ‘recognizing Synod’s desire to be in full communion with the ACNA.…. Synod congratulates the Most Reverend Foley Beach on his consecration as Archbishop to the ACNA.’…”

– Read the full Letter on the GAFCON website.

Bill Shorten speaks at Australian Christian Lobby national conference

Posted on October 25, 2014 
Filed under Australia

The Hon Bill Shorten MP“Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has told a Christian conference he supports same-sex marriage.

Mr Shorten made the comments in a speech to the Australian Christian Lobby national conference in Canberra this morning.

‘When I see people hiding behind the bible to insult and demonise people on the basis of who they love, I cannot stay silent, I do not agree,’ he said…”

– Story from ABC News. (Photo:

Related: Australian Christian Lobby media release.

Are there Three Ways to Live?

Posted on October 24, 2014 
Filed under Opinion

3-ways-to-live“There are only two ways to live: one leads to death, the other to eternal life.

However, Christians share with non-Christians a great desire to find a third way…”

– Phillip Jensen writes in his weekly column for the Cathedral.

Colin Bale to be Moore College Vice-Principal

Posted on October 24, 2014 
Filed under Sydney Diocese

Dr Colin Bale“Rev Dr Colin Bale has been appointed Moore College’s new Vice Principal. Colin has been a member of the College faculty since 1999 and its Academic Dean since 2009. The two roles will be joined from 1 January 2015…”

– Grab the details from the Moore College website.

ANiC statement on terrorist attack in Ottawa

Posted on October 24, 2014 
Filed under Anglican Communion, GAFCON

Bishop Charlie Masters“Today, Canadians are grieving the deaths of two members of the Canadian Armed Forces at the hands of terrorists this week. …

Let us pray for those who are caught up in this hatred, and actively seek to extend to them the gospel of peace.”

– The Anglican Network in Canada’s Bishop Charlie Masters speaks on the attack in Ottawa yesterday.

The Pulse Oct-Nov 2014

Posted on October 23, 2014 
Filed under Other denominations

The PulsePresbyterians in NSW are are dealing with many similar issues to Sydney Anglicans.

Read about them in the latest edition of The Pulse (3.4MB PDF) which features another Moore College graduate on the cover.

70 years ago today: The conversion of J. I. Packer

Posted on October 22, 2014 
Filed under History

Canon David Short, Rector, and Canon Dr. J.I. Packer, Honourary Assistant Minister, ST John's Vancouver“On Sunday, October 22, 1944—seventy years ago today—it is doubtful that anyone noticed a soft-spoken, lanky, and decidedly bookish first-year university student leaving his dormitory room at Corpus Christi College and heading across Oxford for an evening Christian Union service at a local Anglican church.

18-year-old Jim Packer had arrived at Oxford University less than three weeks prior, a single suitcase in hand, traveling east by train from Gloucester using a free ticket available to family members of Great Western Railway employees…”

– Justin Taylor fittingly marks the anniversary.

(Photo: Dr. Packer, right, with David Short, in Vancouver three years ago.)

Sydney Synod gives thanks for Bishop Ken Short

Posted on October 21, 2014 
Filed under Sydney Diocese

Bishop Ken ShortSydney Synod paid tribute to the late Bishop Ken Short today, adopting these words brought to the Synod by Bishop Peter Tasker –

“This Synod notes with great sorrow the death of Bishop Ken Short last Sunday evening.

We give thanks to God for the extraordinary ministry of Ken, who has faithfully served his Lord and Saviour throughout his life and has been a blessing to others In his various ministries as an elder statesman of the Diocese of Sydney, missionary in Tanganyika evangelist, parish rector, military chaplain, regional bishop, Dean of Sydney and Bishop of the Defence Forces.

We pray for his widow Gloria and the family as they grieve their loss, yet rejoice with them in the sure and certain knowledge that our brother Ken is now ‘at home with the Lord’.”

Bishop Short’s funeral service will be held, with military honours, at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, on Monday 27th October at 2:00pm. We understand the service will be streamed live for those who can’t attend.

(Photo: Ramon Williams.)

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