Sydney at Gallipoli

The Rev Dr Colin Bale“This month marks the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli by Australian and New Zealand troops as part of a larger allied invasion force in April 1915…

Historians have noted how the Australian involvement at Gallipoli gained Australia the right to be treated as an independent nation. Thus, Australia was allowed its own independent seat at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 and was not simply part of the British Empire delegation.”

This article by Dr Colin Bale (Head of Church History at Moore College) tells the story of two Sydney Anglicans in the Great War. It was published in the April edition of Southern Cross, and has also been posted online by SydneyAnglicans.net.

Moore College Open Events 2015

MTC Open EventsMoore College is planning Open Nights, Open Weeks and an Open Day for prospective students to find out about the College.

Details and contact info here.

New Assistant Bishop for Canberra & Goulburn

Bp Trevor Edwards and Bp-Designtate Matt BrainNews from Canberra & Goulburn Diocese –

Archdeacon Dr Matt Brain was appointed as a new Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn following a meeting of Bishop in Council earlier today…”

And “Assistant Bishop Trevor Edwards will become the bishop responsible for the development of ministry in the Diocese’s western and coastal regions following a meeting of Bishop in Council today…”

ACL Regional Information Nights coming up

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Northern Region
(Monday 27th April at Naremburn)

Wollongong Region
(Monday 4th May at Wollongong)

Southern Region
(Monday 1st June at St. Peters).

What is the Anglican Church League? What do we do?
Why is this worth your interest and support? Read more

‘Newcastle Anglicans join the Bishopscourt sell-off trend’

newcastle-bishopscourt“The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle has put its Bishopscourt estate for 11 May Walkom Real Estate tender…”

Property Observer.

With thanksgiving for Tony Lamb

The Rev Tony LambFormer ACL President, Dr. Bruce Ballantine-Jones, has written this tribute to his friend, The Rev. Tony Lamb, who departed this earthly life on Friday 10th April 2015.

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Many who knew Tony Lamb will be saddened to hear that he has died, sad, not for him, of course, as he is at home with the Lord, but for the loss of a good friend and an outstanding servant of the gospel. Read more

Tony Lamb 1925–2015

The Rev. Tony LambWe hear that ACL Emeritus Vice-President the Rev. R. E. (Tony) Lamb went to be with the Lord overnight.

Tony was aged 90. He is survived by his wife Jan. All members of the League can join in thanksgiving to the Lord for Tony, for his love of Jesus, and his commitment to the gospel of Christ.

Tony served as Rector of St. Ives (1985-91) and Caringbah (1966-85). Earlier, he was Curate-in-Charge of Westmead (1962-66).

At Caringbah (and elsewhere), his ministry has been described as having an “emphasis … on Bible teaching, the formation of Home Bible Study Groups, prayer and a commitment to service both at home and overseas”.

Additionally, he served as Secretary of the Anglican Church League, and was a faithful member of the Council for decades. In recognition, he was not only made an Emeritus Vice President, but also a Life Member – the only person to have received such an honour.

(Photo with thanks to Tony’s daughter, Cath.)

We plan to publish a tribute to Tony here next week.

Good Friday statement from the Primate of Kenya

kenyaArchbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya, has released this statement after the murderous attack in north-eastern Kenya –

“My dear Brothers and Sisters, On this Good Friday we gather in our churches across Kenya in the shadow of a great and terrible evil. People who deal in death have slaughtered 147 people in Garissa, most of them students, and brought wrenching anguish to their families and a deep sadness to our nation.

These young people died because they were Kenyans and they were Christians. This attack was a calculated manifestation of evil designed to destroy our nation and our faith, but on this Good Friday we are reminded that the very worst evil can do is not the last word.…” – Read it all here.

Archbishop of Sydney’s Easter message 2015

Archbishop Glenn Davies“It is a measure of our society’s fast pace (or perhaps commercialism) that this year, hot cross buns came on sale just after New Year’s Day.

By now, three months later, we have become so used to them that we forget they are marked with a cross.

The speed of our lives leaves us little time to reflect on the timeless truth of this symbol.

You may eat and enjoy your hot cross buns without ever noticing. But if you stop and think about it, the cross is out of place on such a treat.

Because the cross is an instrument of torture. The cross means pain. The cross means death. So why was Jesus, God’s righteous son, on a cross at all?

The Bible tells us that on the cross, Jesus took the judgment that we deserve. He died, was buried and three days later, rose again.

What does the cross mean to you?

For followers of Jesus, the cross is now empty because Jesus has risen from the dead and offers us new life.

This Easter, the mark of the cross can mark a new beginning for you, too.”

Dr Glenn N Davies
Archbishop of Sydney
Easter 2015 AD.

Watch the video from Anglican Media Sydney.
Read the text (PDF will download to your device).
And the story from SydneyAnglicans.net.

And here’s a version formatted as two to an A5 page, suitable for printing to insert in your church newsletter this weekend. (115kb PDF.)

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