Moore Matters — Winter 2015

Moore MattersThe Winter 2015 edition of Moore Matters is now available as a 3.5MB PDF file on the college website.

Check it out, and be encouraged in your prayer (and other) support of the college.

Matt Brain consecrated Assistant Bishop in Canberra & Goulburn

Dr Matt Brain consecration“Although the winter chill had settled on Goulburn, the congregation in St Saviour’s Cathedral received Dr Matt Brain warmly as bishop following his consecration on Saturday 13 June 2015.

Dr Brain was consecrated as the new Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn with responsibilities for training and development, making him of the nation’s most youthful bishops…

The Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Revd Dr Glenn Davies, led the consecration service while Dr Brain’s father, the Rt Revd Peter Brain and former Bishop of Armidale, delivered the sermon.”

– Report from the Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn.

Anglican church failed abuse victims: Bishop of Newcastle

Bishop of Newcastle Greg Thompson“In an emotional media conference at Lambton on Wednesday, Bishop Greg Thompson conceded that the church had failed abuse victims…”

– Report from The Newcastle Herald.

See also:

Two Ways Ministries launch (updated with video)

Phillip Jensen Two Ways MinistriesWhen Phillip Jensen resigned as Dean of St. Andrew’s Cathedral at the end of 2014, it wasn’t so that he could retire.

His new venture, Two Ways Ministries, was launched at Moore College on Saturday 30th May, with the help of a large group of friends.

The tag line of Two Ways Ministries is “Preaching the gospel by teaching the Bible”. Phillip explains that his aim is to promote the strong connection between faithful exposition of the Bible and preaching the gospel. He, and a few consultants, aim to model evangelistic preaching from the Bible. As well, he plans to continue recruiting and training young preachers, and writing.

Watch or listen:

Richard Chin asks Phillip Jensen about the new ministry. (video)

Two Ways Ministry and book launch – Phil Colgan. (video)

Phillip spoke on 2 Timothy 4:5, “Do the Work of an Evangelist” (video) or audio only.

twm-prayer_smThe ministry was launched with prayer.

As well, a book of 20 essays in honour of Phillip – Let the Word do the Work – was also launched by The Australian Church Record.

The offices of Two Ways Ministries are inside Moore Theological College and can be contacted here.

Please do pray for this new ministry, at the same time giving thanks for tools such as Two Ways to Live – which has been such a blessing to so many over the years.

Praying for those who serve those who serve

Defence Anglicans Prayer DiaryThe 2015 Defence Anglicans Prayer Diary is now up on their website.

Use it to help you uphold in prayer those who minister to members of the Australian Defence Force.

Don’t miss the ACL Georges River Region Information Night Monday 15th June

georges-river-mtgDon’t miss our ACL Georges River Information Night

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

• What is the Anglican Church League?
• What do we do? Why is this worth your interest and support?
• Why do many consider consider the League to be vital for the life of the Diocese of Sydney?

Please be encouraged to invite others in your church (clergy or lay) who may be interested in the work of the ACL.

Church and religious leaders send letter on Same-Sex Marriage to Prime Minister Abbott

Archbishop Glenn Davies“Archbishop Glenn Davies has joined other church and religious leaders in signing an open letter to the Prime Minister against same-sex marriage.

Parliament could take steps to redefine marriage as early as August.

The letter, signed by Dr Davies and the Catholic Archbishop Anthony Fisher as well as 36 other religious leaders including the heads of Pentecostal and orthodox churches as well as senior rabbis from the Jewish community and leaders from both the Sunni and Shia Islamic communities, expresses ‘grave concerns’ regarding ‘Bills that have or will be introduced into the Federal Parliament to change the definition of marriage in Australian law’.…

It ends with a request for a meeting with the Prime Minister and MP’s to further discuss the issue.”

– read the full report at – and please be encouraged to pray about this matter.

The full text of the letter can be read here. (PDF)

and a Media Release from Catholic Communications.

‘Stoush over NSW public school enrolment forms’

NSW“Accusations that Rev Nile asked for the ethics changes in exchange for his support of the government’s power privatisation plans have also emerged, and have been denied by Rev Nile and the Christian Democrats.

While the media has focused on Rev Nile’s request to take ethics classes off the enrolment form, there has been barely a mention that the same request has been made unanimously by faith groups offering Special Religious Education in NSW schools…”

helpful background from Bible Society Australia to a story that’s in the news.

Sydney Diocese appoints Domestic Violence task force

Archdeacon Kara Hartley“The Standing committee of the Diocese of Sydney has voted to appoint a taskforce to develop a diocesan response to domestic violence. …

The taskforce includes a chaplain, a professional counsellor, the Archdeacon for women, Kara Hartley and several other members. …”

– from (Photo of Archdeacon Kara Hartley by Sam Law.)

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