New Bishop for Rockhampton

David and Jan RobinsonThe Rev. David Robinson (pictured here with his wife, Jan) has been elected the twelfth Bishop of the Diocese of Rockhampton. He is presently Ministry Formation Coordinator at St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra.

News from Canberra & Goulburn.

Duke and Duchess to sign Australia’s first Bible on Easter Sunday

Richard Johnson's Bible and Prayer Book“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are attending church this Easter, joining the congregation at Sydney’s St Andrew’s Cathedral.

The royal couple will sign the First Fleet Bible and Prayer Book as they leave the church on Easter Day. The books were originally the personal Bible and prayer book of Australia’s first chaplain, Richard Johnson…”

– Story from Eternity Newspaper.

Archbishop Glenn Davies’ Easter Message 2014

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Easter messages from Around Oz — 2014

Anglican Church of AustraliaWe’ll add Easter messages from around Australia as we spot them. Please pray that Christian leaders will speak clearly of Christ and the hope he offers.

Paul writes: “pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ… that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.” – Colossians 4:3-4.

StuTube Easter 2014

Canberra & Goulburn – Bishop Stuart Robinson:

Text: “On Good Friday, Jesus took our worst so that on Easter morning we could be reconciled with him…”

Plus a video message.

Newcastle – Bishop Greg Thompson:

“The dying and rising of Jesus provides us with an overarching vision for working for justice in our country…”

Melbourne – Archbishop Philip Freier:

“The crucifixion was God’s great act of solidarity with all those who suffer…”

Tasmania – Bishop John Harrower:

“It is a great comfort to know that there is victory over death. Therefore we can live with the complexities and cruelties of life in the sure hope of eternal life…”

Professor Ian Harper writes for The Australian Financial Review

“There’s nothing like the death of a close friend to remind you of what really matters. Last week, on successive days, I attended the funerals of an old friend and a young colleague, and gave the eulogy at one of them. Death seems so final; such a full stop at the end of life’s sentence…”

Sydney – Archbishop Glenn Davies:

“…only Jesus can perform the heart operation that brings eternal life, for only he has conquered death on the Cross, once and for all.”

Remembering Archbishop Marcus Loane

Sir Marcus and Lady Loane at Bishopscourt 1980, published 1981Today marks the 5th anniversary of the death of Sir Marcus Loane, Archbishop of Sydney from 1966 to 1982 and Primate of Australian 1979 to 1982. (Thanks to Greg Blaxland for the reminder.)

Perhaps it’s a good time to pause to give thanks for him and his legacy in Sydney and beyond.

Here are a few articles from the archives –

‘Australia’s Anglican Archbishops express ‘profound disquiet’ about children held in detention this Easter’

Anglican Church of AustraliaHere’s a media release issued this afternoon –

The Anglican Archbishops in Australia will commence Holy Week with a call for more humane treatment of refugees, particularly children in detention.

The Archbishops have released the following statement deploring the fact that recent figures suggest that around a thousand children will spend Easter in Australian sponsored detention.

“As leaders of the Anglican Church of Australia we wish to put on record our profound disquiet that at the end of February this year there were more than 950 children in detention facilities and alternative places of detention in Australia, and a further 177 children in offshore detention in Nauru. The average time people spend in detention is more than eight months. …”

See the full statement here.

The Day Death Died — Cathedral Easter Convention 2014

Easter Convention 2014This year’s Easter Convention at the Cathedral is a very worthwhile way to spend Good Friday afternoon.

Phillip Jensen and Mark Thompson are the speakers. Good Friday, 2:00 – 5:00pm. Early Bird Rate $15. ($20 after 13th April.)

See the promo video and book in here.

Leon Morris and the Cross of Christ — Ridley lecture

Leon MorrisThe Rev. Neil Bach, who is writing a biography of Leon Morris, delivered this lecture at Ridley College Melbourne to mark the Centenary of Morris’ birth.

See also Peter Adam’s words of thanksgiving.

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