Around the ACA — 29 July 2014

Australian dioceses (image: Anglican Church of Australia)Here are a few items from around the Anglican Church of Australia –

New ARV Director of Mission

Andrew Nixon“The Rev Andrew Nixon has been appointed the new Director of Mission for Anglican Retirement Villages (ARV). He replaces Chris Edwards who is now Bishop of North Sydney.

Mr Nixon is best known as the Executive Director of the Diocese’s “Connect 09” campaign. He has since been the Director of Youthworks’ Year 13 programme and more recently Principal of Youthworks College…”

– More from (Photo: Youthworks.)

Archbishop Phillip Aspinall’s Brisbane Synod address

FOCUS June July 2014The Presidential Address given at last week’s Brisbane Synod by Dr Phillip Aspinall is now online – PDF format.

‘Retiring Dean [of Perth] leaves his mark’

John Shepherd, Dean of Perth 1990 - 2014“For almost a quarter of a century, John Shepherd has worked in one of Perth’s most recognisable and loved buildings. As Anglican Dean of Perth, he has filled St George’s Cathedral with song and music.

“What a cathedral does is give people permission to imagine God … to imagine the dimensions of the divine,” he said. …

He ruffled the feathers of conservative members of the Church by inviting a Buddhist abbot and a Muslim cleric to preach.”

– from The West Australian. (Photo: St. George’s Cathedral Perth.)

MH17: Prayers at Parliament House

Prayers at Parliament House“Prayers were said in Parliament House, Canberra, surrounding the signing of the Book of Condolence for the victims of the MH17 aircraft disaster on Wednesday 23 July 2014…”

– from Defence Anglicans.

Once were Anglicans

The Rev Michael Hewat“‘If anyone else thinks they have reason for confidence in their Anglican heritage, I have more.

Baptised an Anglican at three months, confirmed at 11 years, my parents are Anglicans, both sets of grandparents were Anglicans, my father is an Anglican priest, I attended Anglican schools. An Anglican of Anglicans, I studied theology for five years, have served as a curate and vicar for the past twenty, have sat on two General Synods. As to zeal… no one has ever questioned that.’…

Last Friday my licence from the Bishop to serve as vicar of the West Hamilton Parish was withdrawn. It was withdrawn because I had withdrawn my submission to the authority of General Synod. …

In deciding to withdraw my submission to the authority of General Synod I have asserted that the Bible is the Church’s supreme authority.”

– The Rev. Michael Hewat, until now the Vicar of West Hamilton Anglican Churchexplains his departure from the Anglican Church – in the Waikato Times.

Related: Update following meeting with Bishop Helen-Ann, 11 July 2014 (PDF at West Hamilton Parish).

“In view of the overwhelming majority supporting Vestry’s and my refusal to submit to the authority of General Synod, Kimberley and I will offer ourselves as pastors to all who wish to remain with us – either here or on another site.”

(and other documents here.)

Church sex ‘obsession’

Please pray for Michael and the congregation in this uncertain time – and give thanks for their obedience to the revealed word of God.

Update, 25 July 2014: “Church defectors forming new flock in funeral home.

Former manager of the Diocese of Waikato Russell Armitage said Michael and Kimberley Hewat’s decision was ‘almost incomprehensible’ and took them down a ‘no-exit route into the religious wilderness’. [Oh yes – just like Hebrews 13:13 – ed.]

(Photo: Affirm.)

Melbourne ‘Multifaith Service for Flight MH17 victims’

Dr Philip Freier“A Multifaith Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne on Thursday 24 July at 10am will mark the tragic loss last week of 298 lives aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. The Primate of Australia, the Most Revd Dr Philip Freier, and the Premier of Victoria, the Hon. Dr Denis Napthine…”

More here.

ACL President’s Address — 2014 AGM

The Rev Gav Poole, President of the Anglican Church LeaguePresident of the Anglican Church League, the Rev. Gav Poole, spoke at tonight’s ACL Annual General Meeting –

“Psalm 145 is a song of praise about ‘praise’. The only fitting praise for the LORD, is perfect praise. Praise that is declared everyday, everywhere for ever and ever.

Praise of the LORD is a return to order, a reversal of sin, curse and rebellion. It is to tell of his character – abounding in love; wondrous works and mercy to all. It stands opposed to speech that blasphemes, bears false testimony, incites rebellion or ignores the LORD. Read more

Celebrating one giant leap for the gospel

Launching Marsden's MissionSt. John’s Cathedral at Parramatta is celebrating 200 years since Samuel Marsden’s first Mission to New Zealand at their 10:00am service on Sunday 20th July. David Pettett will be the guest speaker. (PDF flyer.)

As well, the book Launching Marsden’s Mission, edited by Peter Bolt and David Pettett, will be launched.

(Contributors include Greg Anderson, Peter Bolt, Malcolm Falloon, Michael Gladwin, Meredith Lake, Simon Manchester, Malcolm Prentis, David Pettett and Craig Schwarze.)

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