Richard Condie Bishop-elect of Tasmania

Richard Condie“The election board of the Diocese of Tasmania has just elected the Ven. Dr. Richard Condie, currently vicar of St Jude’s Carlton and Archdeacon in Melbourne, as its next bishop…”

– David Ould has the news. (Richard is Chairman of FCA Australia.) Photo:

Need Ministers be Theologians?

John RichardsonAt Church Society’s blog, Kirsty Birkett (who now teaches Pastoral Counselling and Youth and Children’s Ministry at Oak Hill College) reminds readers of a 1994 Churchman article by the much-missed John Richardson.

In his article, John draws some important conclusions for evangelicals in the Church of England, reflecting on his year of study at Moore College.

(Readers can also rightly give thanks to Almighty God for the growth of Oak Hill College in London in the years since John wrote that article.)

Thinking of going to Moore next year?

moore-journey“Thinking of coming to Moore next year but haven’t applied yet? The application due date is Monday November 30 2015. Any applications received after this date will attract an admin fee of $250…”

– Encouragement from Moore College to get that application in.

Good Governance Workshop 26 November

Good Governance Workshop 2015

UNSW Campus Bible Study 40th Anniversary

Campus Bible Study 40thCampus Bible Study at the University of New South Wales held a 40th anniversary thanksgiving and reunion event on October 31st.

There is much cause for thanksgiving to the Lord for a ministry that has been such a blessing to so many around the world.

Video from the day has now been posted at

Sydney Anglicans Pray for Paris

St Andrew's Cathedral SydneyA special public service of sorrow and prayer for Paris, in the wake of the Black Friday attacks, will be held in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney on Sunday 15th November at 3pm.

“It is difficult to comprehend the barbarity of such attacks” said the Archbishop of Sydney Dr Glenn Davies “but we mourn with those who mourn and weep with those who weep.”

“We pray that God in his unfailing love will comfort the people of Paris, especially those who have been injured and the families and friends who have lost loved ones.”

Premier Mike Baird will attend the service and representatives of the French Government will also be in attendance.

A French flag is already flying at half-mast at the Cathedral.

– Source:

Update: Bible Society Australia has published prayers by Dominic Steele and by Steve Cree.

10 churches destroyed in Aceh

Ache churches destroyed - imagge from Open Doors Aust“A church was burnt to the ground in Aceh Singkil in the province of Aceh, Indonesia last month, and a further nine churches destroyed by police.…”

– Report from Bible Society Australia. (Photo: Open Doors Australia.)

Newcastle Synod 2015

newcastle-synod-2015The Second Session of the Fifty-First Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle was held the weekend before last. Bishop Greg Thompson’s Synod Charge has been published on the diocesan website (PDF file). Photos here.

‘I was abused by clergy’: Bishop of Newcastle tells of abuse

Bishop of Newcastle Greg Thompson“Anglican bishop Greg Thompson has spoken about being groomed by an Anglican bishop and senior clergyman in the 1970s and later sexually abused, after an historic diocese apology on Sunday for the ‘shameful’ treatment of abuse survivors in the past…”

– from The Sydney Morning Herald.

See also: Anglican bishop leading charge against child sexual abuse says he too was a victim – ABC News.

(Photo: In June 2015 Bishop Thompson apologised on behalf of the Diocese of Newcastle to all who have experienced abuse.)

Aasia Bibi placed in solitary confinement over fears for her life

Aasia Bibi“Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who has been languishing on death row since 2010 after she was unjustly convicted of blasphemy, has been transferred to solitary confinement amid fears she could be attacked by vigilantes…”

– from Barnabas Fund. (Photo: Barnabas Fund.)

Update, 27 Oct 2015: Asia Bibi ‘healthy and safe,’ says her lawyer – World Watch Monitor.

Kara Hartley — encouragement for women in ministry

Archdeacon Kara HartleyKara Hartley, Archdeacon for Women in the Diocese of Sydney, spoke at the Priscilla & Aquila Centre Refresh Conference in August.

The theme was ‘Stress & Ministry’. The first talk – by Kara Hartley – on Psalm 100 – and the second – by Dr Helen Rienits – are now on Vimeo.

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