Two new members of the Moore College faculty in 2017

Paul Grimmond and Pete TongLast Thursday evening, the Governing Board of the College approved the Principal’s nomination of two new members of the Moore College faculty to begin in January 2017.

Rev Paul Grimmond has been serving as Senior Assistant Minister at Unichurch (UNSW) since 2010, having previously been an editor for Matthias Media (2008–2009) and Rector of Unichurch (2003–2008). …

Rev Peter Tong is Assistant Minister at St Andrews Wahroonga. Prior to 2015 he was an Assistant Minister for five years at Naremburn-Cammeray Anglican Church (2009–2014)…”

– Good news from Moore College. Read the details here.

Built on Prayer: Moore College Sunday 2016

mcs-2016-4-420Churches will have received information packs for this year’s Moore College Sunday, set for August 7th.

Enjoy a sneak peak at the video that’s been produced to encourage you to uphold the College in prayer.

Or course, you don’t need to wait until August to pray for the College. Please don’t!

From the College:

“How wonderful to know that our College is, and continues to be, built on prayerful dependence and trust in the Almighty Creator of all.

Every year, one Sunday is carved out as an especially focussed day of uniting in prayer for our College. Moore College Sunday will happen across Sydney and beyond on August 7. Supporters, students, faculty and past College members will be joined in their asking for God’s sustained goodness towards Moore College.

To help you and your church family pray powerfully, the Moore College Sunday site is full of information and resources. You can send through prayer requests, sign up for our prayer bulletins or download sample prayers to share with your congregation.”

mcs-2016-1-420In the video, College Principal Mark Thompson is leafing through A Centenary History of Moore Theological College by Marcus Loane.

Diocese of the Northern Territory position vacant

NT_crestThe Anglican Diocese of the Northern Territory is seeking a full time Executive Assistant for the Diocesan Office located in Darwin.

Interested? Know someone who might be?

Details from the NT Anglican website.

Andrew Bruce elected President of the Anglican Church League 2016-17

Andrew Bruce (left) is congratulated by outgoing ACL President Gav PooleThe Rev. Andrew Bruce has been elected the President of the Anglican Church League, at the ACL’s Annual General Meeting held tonight at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney.

Andrew has been the Rector of St. Peter’s Cooks River since 2011, and has previously served on the ACL Council as the Secretary and in several other capacities.

Above: Outgoing President Gav Poole congratulates Andrew (on the left) after his election.

In the photo below, he is seen with previous ACL Presidents – The Rev Gav Poole, The Rev Dr. Mark Thompson (Principal of Moore Theological College) and the Rev Zac Veron (CEO of Anglican Youthworks).

The Four Presidents

ACL President’s Address 2016

The Rev Gav Poole, ACL PresidentOutgoing President of the Anglican Church League, Gav Poole, gave this address at the Annual General Meeting on 16th June 2016.



PM, Premier attend Orlando commemoration service

orlando-service-st-andrews“Leaders have attended what the Prime Minister called a ‘loving’ commemoration service for victims of the Orlando massacre.

Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy took time out from the election trail while Premier Baird, the NSW Governor David Hurley and the American Consul General, Hugo Llorens sat in the front row during the service led by the Dean of Sydney, Kanishka Raffel. Opposition leader Bill Shorten was represented by Senator Doug Cameron…” has a report on last night’s service at St. Andrew’s Cathedral.

From Archbishop Glenn Davies’ address:

abp-davies-orlando“As the leader of the Anglican Church in Sydney I want to affirm my stance against all such outbreaks of violence, and if any members of our churches have participated in such acts of violence against women, against young people, against ethnic minorities, against religious minorities or against those from the LGBTI community I offer my heartfelt apology.

Yet we must all search own hearts, as evil resides in each one of us. We have all fallen short of the glory of God. None of us are without fault. Words of derision, mockery and exclusion so frequently fall from our lips when directed against persons who are different from us.”

Read it all here (PDF may download to your computer).
Photos courtesy

SBS has a video report.

PM attends Sydney service for Orlando

St Andrew's Cathedral Sydney“As hymns filled St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull bowed his head in memory of those killed during the Orlando massacre…”

– Report from Nine News.

Sydney Service of commemoration for Orlando victims

flags-at-Veterans-Cemetery-photo-C-MackellarA special public Christian service of commemoration for those who lost their lives in Orlando will be held in Sydney’s St Andrew’s Cathedral on Wednesday 15th June, at 6 pm.

Premier Mike Baird will attend the service, along with the Governor, General David Hurley and the US Consul-General, Hugo Llorens.

“This service is an opportunity for people to gather together to express sympathy and compassion for those who have been affected by the terrible events in Orlando.” said the Dean of Sydney, the Very Rev. Kanishka Raffel.

“It is a time to acknowledge our common humanity, to pray that all people will be able to live in peace and safety, to affirm the dignity of all people as made in God’s image, and to reject utterly violence against people because of their sexuality.” Dean Raffel said.

The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, will preach at the service, with Bible readings to be given by the Premier and the Governor.

At least 49 people were killed and 53 wounded in a massacre early on Sunday by a gunman, believed to have been inspired to terrorism by ISIS, who targeted a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

– From

It’s unanimous — ARV and Anglicare to merge

The Rev Gav Poole, ACL PresidentACL President Gav Poole wrote this opinion-piece for the current issue of The Australian Church Record:

“Pray that such a key diocesan organisation will be used for kingdom growth and the proclamation of the gospel.

Full text:

Very rarely does every member of the Sydney Diocesan Synod agree. If they do, it is usually on minor matters. Given the size and significance of the decision to merge the Anglican Retirement Villages (ARV) and Anglicare, it is amazing that the entire Synod agreed. When Synod met on Wednesday, 27 April, it had one decision to make – ‘Should ARV and Anglicare merge?’ When crunch time arrived there was not a ‘nay’ in the house.

There were however amendments to the motion but most of those were easily decided. The exception was one amendment which entailed whether or not to retain the phrase, ‘at least’. Retention of the phrase was won by one vote. A small phrase took up a lot of time and was carried by a small margin.

Most debating time was taken up on two left field amendments concerning branding. Five speeches were against them, with one of the opposing speeches labelling them as ‘ridiculous’ and that they needed to be ‘booted out’. They were ‘booted out’ on the overwhelming voices. If nothing else, they offered comical relief.

The decision could have been made by Standing Committee but it would only take three people to insist that the ordinance be promoted to Synod. Standing Committee would have been unwise to try it. Imagine the objectors, ‘Standing Committee did what? How could they?’ But now … we’re all in this together. This had to be decided by Synod.

This was a significant decision. Consider the sheer size of the merged organisation – $1.5b in gross assets. If the company was publicly listed it would imaginably be in the ASX300. Consider the people – over 10,000 will be serviced by the new organisation in one form or another. Consider the history – the Church Society (Anglicare’s genesis) was established in 1856. And consider the partnerships with the many parishes across the diocese.

It’s not every day you get to make a decision of this calibre. Very few Synod members would have experience with any company merger, let alone one of this size. So how can so many people, with so little experience make such a large decision and be united in it? The answer – information and after that, more information.

For this reason, the decision to postpone the Synod was a good one. It would have been near impossible to be well informed if Synod had been held in March. Questions had to be asked, alternatives had to be properly entertained, numbers had to be crunched and advice sought. Although it was slightly embarrassing and inconvenient, a month’s deferral meant that Synod members were informed.

Synod members should be commended on their preparation. Most of the questions were asked at the three pre-Synod briefing meetings, where approximately 170 members were in attendance. Comprehensive reports were completed by the CEOs and Standing Committee. Seven good questions were asked at Synod, all of them demonstrating that they had read the subject matter. This was proof positive that given the chance Synod will educate itself and come prepared.

It is now over to Standing Committee to pass an ordinance that closely reflects the motion of Synod. Synod has noted the reports, including draft ordinances. Things like objects and the board make up must closely resemble that of the draft ordinances. Standing Committee’s work is all but done.

Synod’s work however continues. The decision to merge is only the beginning. It will be important for Synod to receive the promised reports and keep the merged organisation accountable. The legal makeup of the organisation will only go part of the way to ensuring the conditions of Synod are met. The board must be committed to these conditions and work in partnership with other parts of the diocese. This will take careful attention during elections. Synod’s motion will be fulfilled legally, politically and prayerfully.

Pray that such a key diocesan organisation will be used for kingdom growth and the proclamation of the gospel. Pray that the board, executive, employees and partners will act wisely and efficiently to protect the gospel character of the organisation. Pray for those who will be the object of the new organisation’s compassion. Most importantly pray that Christ be honoured as Lord and Saviour in every community.

Realistically this is unlikely to be a part of your regular quiet time. That would be great but you are most likely to pray when you receive prayer bulletins or booklets (every organisation seems to be doing this), or when your congregation is visited by a representative. Pray when prompted.

Such organisations can quickly go off track and after a while resemble their secular counterparts. Hopefully, this one will not. It is the motivation of such an organisation that will inevitably distinguish it. Truly righteous acts are seen by God, an audience of one. In Jesus Christ, we have freely received and gifts from God are to be freely given. A life impacted by the gospel will delight in expressions of generosity and compassion. We resemble our Father in heaven and such an organisation gives us access to the vulnerable and needy. Synod was unanimous in its decision, let the diocese be unanimous in its ongoing support.

The main motion agreed to at the Special Synod, 27 April 2016

2/16 Approval of the merger of Anglicare and Anglican Retirement Villages

Synod, noting the report of the Standing Committee in relation to the proposed merger of Anglican Retirement Villages Diocese of Sydney (“ARV”) and Sydney Anglican Home Mission Society (“Anglicare”) together with accompanying draft ordinances and other documents in relation to the proposed merger received at this session, approves in principle the merger of these two organisations on the basis that –

(a) the indemnity provided by ARV to Anglicare is intended to ensure that survivors of child abuse have at least an equivalent level of recourse as if Anglicare had continued to operate in its own right,

(b) the merged organisation will actively aim to continue to deliver services provided by Anglicare and ARV to socially disadvantaged people at an enhanced level,

(c) the merged organisation will actively aim to continue the work undertaken by Anglicare with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples at an enhanced level,

(d) the merged organisation will actively aim to continue to alleviate necessitous circumstances through the provision of education at an enhanced level,

(e) the legal name of the merged organisation is “Anglican Community Services”,

(f) consideration is given to making provision in both the Anglicare and ARV constituting ordinances for a gift fund for both entities,

and requests the Standing Committee to pass such ordinances and take such other action it considers necessary or desirable to give effect to the merger on this basis.

(Reprinted from the June 2016 issue of The Australian Church Record.)

Winning the Good Fight — Queen’s Birthday Conference

Winning the Good Fight - Two Ways MinistriesTwo Ways Ministries and Phillip Jensen are holding an encouraging afternoon of thinking and praying about our progress in evangelism.

Queen’s Birthday Conference – Winning the Good Fight, Monday 13th June, 1:30 – 4:30pm at Moore College in Newtown.

Click the image for a larger invitation.

And, to help with catering, they would be very grateful if you could let them know you are going – there’s an e-mail address on the invitation.

(Learn more about Two Ways Ministries.)

Death and the Life Hereafter in focus

Moore College Annual Lectures 2016“What happens after death? Will I get a spot in heaven? Is hell for real?

We’ve all asked ourselves such ultimate questions and the Annual Moore College Lectures will dare to provide answers.

Held between August 19 and 26, ‘Death and the Life Hereafter’ will be an engaging lecture series which investigates some of the most important aspects of our existence…”

– Dr Paul Williamson is giving this year’s Annual Moore College Lectures.

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