Newcastle Bishopscourt sold

newcastle-bishopscourt“The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle has sold Bishopscourt on The Hill to a local purchaser…” – report from Property Observer.

Praying for Nungalinya College

nungalinya-graduatesNungalinya, the Combined Churches Training College for Indigenous Australians in Darwin, has posted their 2014 Annual Report online.

Grab the 3.6MB PDF file here. Fuel for prayer.

Update – Schools, Scripture, Banning of Books and Sexual Orthodoxy

Assoc Prof Neil Foster“My previous post mentioned that some books used in Special Religious Education (SRE) in NSW had been summarily banned by the Department of Education and Communities, apparently on the grounds that they conveyed classical Christian teaching about sexual morality.

In that post I said:

It is to be hoped that on review the Department will realise both that the way this was done is entirely unacceptable, and also that the content of the books concerned is not as harmful as it has been alleged to be.

One of those hopes has been realised, but the other has not…”

– at Law and Religion Australia, Associate Professor in Law, Neil Foster revisits the SRE ‘book banning’ in NSW. His comments are well worth reading in full – and be sure to follow the links.

Stories you may have missed — 23 May 2015

Dr Stuart PigginHere are a few stories you may have missed:

Dr Stuart Piggin spoke on revival in rural Australia at a conference at Goulburn Cathedral. (Link to audio.)

Anglican Priests ‘beaten to stupor’ by agents of the state government in Enugu State, Nigeria, over a land dispute.

Canon Phil Ashey of the American Anglican Council remembers growing up at St. James’ Newport Beach in California and reflects on reports the site is to be sold for $15 million.

Christians flee Aleppo in their thousands after fresh fighting in Syria, and Iraq’s Christians wonder where to flee after Islamic State militants take Ramadi city – reports from Barnabas Fund.

Book ban Reversed

3-books“A ban on two Anglican resources used in Special Religious Education (SRE) has been reversed after talks between Archbishop Glenn Davies and the Education Minister Adrian Piccoli…”

– Story from

More: Minister for Education lifts Christian book ban. Earlier: Schools, Scripture and Book Banning in NSW.

Kanishka Raffel to be new Dean of Sydney

kanishka-raffel-preaching-matters-2“The Rev Kanishka Raffel has been appointed the new Dean of Sydney, the first person from a non-European background to hold the position.

‘I’m delighted Kanishka has accepted my appointment, which was unanimously agreed to by the Chapter, to become the next Dean of Sydney,’ said Archbishop Glenn Davies…”

– full story from (Image: St. Helen’s Bishopsgate.)

Don’t miss the ACL Southern Region Information night on Monday 1st June

Mark Thompson and Phil ColganDon’t miss our Information Nights

St. Peter’s Cooks River at 7:30pm on Monday 1st June and

Bossley Park Anglican at 7:30pm on Monday 15th June. Read more

‘Men Praying for Moore’ Night

men-praying-for-moore“Parallel to the Prayer Support Group (a group of faithful women that meets regularly and has prayed for the College for over 50 years), Moore has created the opportunity for Christian men to support the College in this way…”

– What a good idea! Monday 18th May 2015.

A road trip to remember

David Mansfield“With the help of some long-suffering friends and wonderful work colleagues, who have joined me on and off over various days, I have read through the Bible across the month of April at every mainland parish in the Sydney Diocese, a few of our retirement villages and two of our theological colleges…

After our Bible readings I spoke about Anglican Aid’s Chappo and Hope Partnership to raise funds for bursaries to train young men and women at Bible colleges and schools across Africa.”

David Mansfield gives thanks for The Flawless Bible Tour – at

flawless-bibleDownload the Flawless Bible Tour flier, with details of Anglican Aid’s Chappo & Hope Partnership. (1.7MB PDF file.)

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