‘Pride Mass’ at Branxton, Newcastle Diocese

pride-mass-branxtonIn last week’s “This Week Around the Diocese”, photos of a “Pride Mass” held on Sunday October 23 at Branxton in the Hunter Valley in the Diocese of Newcastle are featured. 

Archdeacon of the Central Coast, Rod Bower, evidently took part in the service.

The uglier side of humanity

Rick Lewers“Tolerance and acceptance is important for a nation’s well-being but tolerance and acceptance is a lot easier when people are respectful. This is particularly important in the current climate of debate on issues of human sexuality and marriage.

Before people misunderstand or misquote me, by tolerance and acceptance I do not mean that I agree with all the sexual choices people make. …”

— Bishop of Armidale Rick Lewers writes on the need for genuine civility.

AFL’s scheduled Good Friday match in 2017 another win for market, not for people

Bp Philip Huggins, MelbourneThe AFL’s decision to schedule a match on Good Friday for the first time in 2017 is another win for the relentless and commodifying logic of the market overwhelming all other considerations, Bishop Philip Huggins, an Assistant Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, said today.”

– Read the full media release from the Diocese of Melbourne.

How Noosa is growing its church attendance

noosaThe Anglican Parish of Noosa is featured in the latest Brisbane Diocese magazine, Focus, as the beginning of a series on growing churches.

Moore College graduate Mark Calder is asked about the growth –

“Any growth here has been due entirely to the grace of God and answered prayer. In his kindness, the Lord has brought new people … We see clear Bible teaching as a key to people growing in their love for God and their understanding of his purposes for the world and in their lives.”

An encouraging article, from page 16 of October/November 2016 edition (PDF file).

Same-sex marriage on Melbourne Synod agenda

Dr Philip FreierHere’s a press release from the Diocese of Melbourne, October 19, 2016:

“Same-sex marriage, legal aid and poverty are among the issues to be discussed at the Melbourne Anglican Synod, which opens at St Paul’s Cathedral tonight.  Read more

‘Accusations laid bare: In defence of the Archbishop’

accusations-laid-bare acrFrom The Australian Church Record:

“The editor of the Australian Church Record has penned a important response to a recent article by Julia Baird concerning a group of Anglican church leaders who have accused Archbishop Glenn Davies of silencing supporters of same-sex marriage.

The ACR response can be downloaded by clicking on ‘Download Special Issue’ from australianchurchrecord.net.”

Direct link to the special issue – PDF file.

Related: Same-sex marriage: Anglican Church leaders accuse Sydney Archbishop of silencing supporters – by Julia Baird, ABC News.

In other media news this week, David Ould has received an apology from The Sydney Morning Herald.

Archbishop of Perth ‘stands aside’

diocese-of-perth-sm2The Archbishop of Perth has released this “Pastoral Letter to the Clergy and People of the Diocese of Perth”.

Blessing of the Animals a highlight in Newcastle Diocese

blessing-of-animals-newcastle-2016All creatures great and small were found in churches across the diocese of Sunday for the annual blessing of the animals.

– News from the Diocese of Newcastle.

Confident Disciple Making for Tasmania

bishop-richard-condie-tasmania-2The Diocese of Tasmania is running an event to equip church members in Confident Disciple Making – in Hobart, on 29th October. Colin Marshall is the keynote speaker.

From Bishop Richard Condie:

Making disciples is our great task, set for us by none other than the Lord Jesus himself. But the task is challenging, especially in our present time. We need help and assistance to know how we are going to do it effectively and confidently.”

Details here.

Rod Bower in his own words

archdeacon-rod-bowerThree decades on, Father Rod Bower, 54, is the one causing headaches as Australia’s most outspoken, social media savvy and incongruous priest.

The Australian has this profile of Rod Bower, Archdeacon of the Central Coast in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.

(h/t David Ould. Photo: Rod Bower via Facebook.)

Related: From October 19, 2014, Report: Bishop of Newcastle appoints Rod Bower as Archdeacon of the Central Coast. (Which includes this link.)

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.

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