The Briefing: The end of the beginning

the-briefing-issue-001“Back in issue #1 of The Briefing, in 1988, the feature article was entitled ‘Have Evangelicals lost their way?’ With this being our final edition ever, readers may be wondering: ‘Has The Briefing lost its way? Is there nothing left to say?’

To quote Romans 3:10, ‘By no means!’…”

– Sam Freney and Tony Payne on winding up The Briefing. What’s next?

Senator encourages involvement in Solidarity Sunday

Senator David FawcettSenator David Fawcett spoke yesterday about the persecution of religious minorities, particularly Christians, under ISIL, and informed the Senate of Solidarity Sunday. (YouTube.)

Tears and Hope 2014

Tears and Hope 2014The annual ‘Tears And Hope’ service of healing for survivors of abuse is to be held at St John’s Darlinghurst, next Monday, November 3rd at 7:00pm.

Download a 1.3MB PDF flier to share with others, and pray that the service may help to bring comfort and healing.

Armidale Centenary

Armidale history“Sydney Archbishop Glenn Davies will be the keynote speaker at a special service in Armidale next month to commemorate the centenary of the Anglican Diocese of Armidale…”

– from The Armidale Independent. See also the Diocese of Armidale’s Centenary page, history publication (‘I Will Build My Church’), and upcoming events.

Jonathan Fletcher on Moore College

Jonathan FletcherTerrific 3 1/2 minute interview with Jonathan Fletcher on Moore College – including advice for students and graduates.

Mission 2020 — To see Christ honoured as Lord and Saviour

Sydney SynodThe Synod of Sydney Diocese last week, in committing itself to Mission 2020, adopted these statements –

Our Vision – To see Christ honoured as Lord and Saviour in every community.

Our Mission – We commit ourselves afresh, in prayerful dependence on the Holy Spirit, to glorify God and love our neighbour by proclaiming the Lord Jesus Christ, calling people to repent and living lives worthy of him.

See the full statement of Vision, Mission and Values here (PDF file).

And see also SydneyAnglicans.net: Synod recommits to Mission.

Societas 2014 now available

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.

Colin Bale to be Moore College Vice-Principal

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.

Sydney Synod gives thanks for Bishop Ken Short

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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