Bishop of Newcastle to bless “Multi Faith Bridge”

Greg ThompsonBishop Greg Thompson, Anglican Bishop of Newcastle, will be visiting Albion Farm Gardens in Woodville on Sunday September 25 to bless a multi-faith bridge.

The bridge will become a significant part of Maitland’s history as it was constructed from stone given by a variety of faith communities.

Stone has come as from as far as Jerusalem, as well as from local faith groups including Anglican, Catholic, Presbyterian, Uniting, Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim. The Jewish community gave a stone from a synagogue…”

– from the Diocese of Newcastle.

Also coming up: Blessing of the Animals at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle.

Canberra & Goulburn updates Bishop’s election process but retains Synod vote

canb-goulb-bp-stuart-robinsonThe most important decision a synod makes is to select its next bishop. The 2016 Synod revised the process by which future diocesan bishops will be elected. It decided to retain the capacity to elect the bishop while expanding the role of an election committee to vet and nominate candidates for consideration…”

– Report from The Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn.

New website for Moore College’s Centre for Christian Living

centre-for-christian-living-ccl-logoMoore College’s Centre for Christian Living has a new website, with easy access to resources and recordings of past events.

See it here – including news of the upcoming ‘Can we talk about Same-Sex Marriage?’ on Wednesday October 19.

Bishop of Ballarat declares support for same-sex marriage, despite Bible’s teaching – report

Bishop Garry Weatherill“Ballarat’s Anglican Bishop Garry Weatherill has declared his support for same-sex marriage and said he opposed the Federal Government’s proposed plebiscite on the issue. …

Bishop Weatherill told the ABC he supported ‘marriage equality’.

‘The local position of this particular bishop is for marriage equality,’ he said.

‘The Bible teaches marriage is for man and woman, that is pretty clear and that is our standard position.

But it is saying marriage is good for people and society, and I think whether or not we approve of same gender relationships, we want people to be in strong, monogamous and sustainable relationships that give harmony to their lives and to the community.’…”

ABC News report, 15 September 2016. Emphasis added.

Northwest Network September 2016

nw-network-sept-2016The latest issue of Northwest Network – the newsletter of the Diocese of North West Australia – is now available.

Download the 1.3MB PDF file, and use it to fuel your prayers for the people and churches of NW Australia.

New Vicar for St Jude’s in Melbourne

john-forsythSt. Jude’s Carlton in Melbourne has announced that John Forsyth is to be the new Vicar, with his Induction at the end of January 2017.

John is currently Assistant Minister at St. Swithun’s Pymble, in Sydney. (Richard Condie, who had been Vicar of St. Jude’s, was elected Bishop of Tasmania and began his ministry there in March.)

Announcement here. Photo: St. Swithun’s.

Our Neighbours, the Muslims

mosque-visitOur local community here in Southwest Sydney has been rocked over the weekend with the news of what looks like another Islamic terror attack. …

I got a call from our local newspaper today asking for a comment. After chatting for a bit with the journalist I realised that what we really needed was a co-ordinated response from our local Anglican churches. …

– David Ould shares how some are extending the hand of friendship to their Muslim neighbours.

Zac Veron to move on from Youthworks

zac-veron-at-acl-agm-2016The Rev Zac Veron has announced his decision to step down as CEO of Anglican Youthworks by the end of 2017 at the latest, pending the recruitment of a new CEO.”

– Read the full announcement at the Youthworks website.

Please uphold Zac and his family as they consider future ministry, and the Youthworks Council as, in due course, they begin the process of seeking a new CEO.

And here’s a statement from Youthworks Council Chairman, Chris Braga:

“The Rev Zac Veron has shared with the Council his intention to finish his time as CEO of Youthworks at the latest by the end of 2017. The Council is thankful to God for Zac’s almost decade long service as the CEO of Youthworks.

Zac has led the organisation through significant challenges, including the impact of the Global Financial Crisis and the resulting reduction in Synod funding, the world-wide decline of traditional publishing and the ongoing secularization of the ministry context in our Diocese.

He has been an advocate for ministry to children and youth in our Diocese and abroad, particularly through the continuing work of SRE. Zac leaves the organisation with certainty about its mission, clarity about its finances and a leadership team united in a common purpose. He has modelled to everyone a deep commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ and the cause of his gospel.  We are thankful to God for the unique and important contribution Zac has made to this strategic ministry.

Please pray for Zac and Sheree as they work out where the Lord would have them serve next, and pray for the Youthworks Council and the Archbishop as a search is made for the best possible candidate to lead Youthworks into the future.”

9/11 to be remembered in Sydney

911-remembered_sydangFormer Prime Minister John Howard will join the US ambassador and diplomatic representatives for a special remembrance service on Sunday, September 11 to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the attacks on New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania.…

The Dean of Sydney, the Very Rev. Kanishka Raffel, who will lead the service, has issued an open invitation for members of the public to join the congregation for the event.

– Story from

ACL Pre-Synod Briefing & ACL Synod Dinner


Two special events for Sydney Synod members: 
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Youthworks College to move to Moore College’s Newtown campus

youthworks-collegeFrom Moore College:

Youthworks has today announced the move of the Youthworks College diploma courses to their new Moore Theological College campus premises.

“A vital need of the moment is men and women committed to gospel work among children and youth in our city and beyond. Youthworks College under the principalship of Dr Bill Salier is uniquely placed to meet this need and its new location in Newtown alongside Moore College will significantly enhance this work. I am looking forward to building on the already close partnership between Moore and Youthworks College” said Moore College principal, Dr Mark Thompson, when speaking of the move.

Youthworks College sees this as a strategic move that is aimed enhancing Youthworks College’s mission of raising up skilled youth and children’s ministers serving in churches and schools.  

This move will provide greater accessibility of Youthworks College’s programmes to more students due to the relative ease of the physical location; and the greater visibility of Youthworks College generally as they move closer to the centre of Sydney.

Dr Bill Salier remarked, “We are also excited by the opportunities as yet unseen that will occur as a result of a change of this type. We believe it will further stimulate us to think through what we do, and how we do it, in the new space.”

“Youthworks College is grateful for the generosity of Moore College and the spirit of partnership this represents. We look forward to working side by side, albeit with our different audiences and programmes, sharing the common goal of strengthening Gospel ministry in Sydney and beyond” concluded Dr Salier.

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