Australian Christian Lobby welcomes Government response to Syrian crisis

Lylle Shelton, Australian Christian LobbyHere’s a media release from the Australian Christian Lobby:

9 September 2015

The Australian Christian Lobby today welcomed the federal Government’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis with the allocation of 12,000 additional places for asylum seekers. …

“ACL believes that assistance should be based on human suffering. Naturally the most needy groups are religious minorities like Christians, Yazidis, Mandeans and others. We support including these groups in the allocation, not merely because of their religion, but because of their need” Mr Shelton said.

full text here.

Related: Syrian crisis ‘too great to be ignored’ – Archbishop Davies (06 Sept 2015)

Syrian crisis ‘too great to be ignored’ — Archbishop Davies

Archbishop Glenn Davies“Sydney’s Anglican Archbishop Dr Glenn Davies has called on the Federal Government to develop a comprehensive response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

‘One of the most significant characteristics of a civilised society is the way it treats those who are the most vulnerable…”

– Read the full story at

‘Tamworth’s Anglican Ministers take marriage equality concerns to Barnaby Joyce’

tamworth-ministers“A group of Anglican church leaders from Tamworth have used a meeting with New England MP Barnaby Joyce to call for a balanced debate on same sex marriage…”

Report from and audio ABC New England.
Rod Chiswell from St. Peter’s South Tamworth was interviewed – worth listening. (Photo: Barnaby Joyce Facebook.)

Bishop John Harrower reflects on 15 years in Tasmania

Bishop John HarrowerThe Diocese of Tasmania is preparing to elect a new Bishop on 27-28 November. Nominations closed on Friday.

Last month, in an interview with Dean of Hobart, Richard Humphrey, Bishop John Harrower reflected on his 15 years as Missionary Bishop of the diocese.


A prayer of thanks – Bishop John’s blog.

My intention to retire – Bishop John’s blog.

“Following much prayer and consultation with family, senior colleagues and close friends, I believe God is leading me to draw my ministry as the 11th Bishop of Tasmania to a close mid-September.”

Please pray for the churches of Tasmania as the election synod draws near.

8th Planned Parenthood video + resources

video-8“C. S. Lewis once wrote in the preface to the Screwtape Letters,

The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices.

He could have been writing about Planned Parenthood and StemExpress.

Today (August 25, 2015), The Center for Medical Progress released its eighth video using undercover footage exposing the reality of what goes on behind these closed clinical doors…”

– At The Gospel Coalition, Justin Taylor has a description of the video, plus some resources for healing.

Michael Stead to be next Bishop of South Sydney

Michael Stead“The Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, has announced he has chosen the Rev Michael Stead to be the next Bishop of South Sydney.

He will replace Bishop Robert Forsyth, who retires in December after 15 years in the position…

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Sydney confirmed the appointment tonight (Monday 24th August).”

– News from

Phil Wheeler to head Evangelism and New Churches

The Rev Phil Wheeler“The board of Evangelism and New Churches (ENC) has announced that the Rev. Philip Wheeler will be its new Director, to continue its work of evangelism and church planting.

Mr Wheeler replaces the Rev Bruce Hall who has directed the organisation for the past four years.

ENC grew from the well-established Department of Evangelism, run by the late evangelist John Chapman over four decades in the 20th century…”

– News from (Photo from Anglican Deaconess Ministries.)

Book now for the 2015 ACL Synod Dinner

ACL Synod Dinner 2015Bookings essential. Please book in by Friday 9th October.

Booking details here.

Two new faculty appointments at Moore

two-new-members-of-faculty“At its meeting on 18 August, the Governing Board of the College has approved the Principal’s nomination of two new members of the Moore College faculty.”

They are Dr Chase Kuhn and Dr Chris Thomson. Details here.

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