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.)

Northwest Network June 2015

NWN June 2015The Diocese of North West Australia has issued their latest newsletter. Check it out – and pray for the churches of the North West – 900kb PDF file.

Bishop Peter Lin consecrated

peter-lin-consecration“The Rev Peter Lin was consecrated as Bishop of the George’s River Region by Archbishop Glenn Davies, at St Andrew’s Cathedral on Saturday 30th May.

Mr Lin is one of the youngest bishops in the history of the Diocese and only the second of Chinese descent in Australia…”

– Russell Powell has the story at

Kanishka Raffel SBSRelated:

SBS News reports on the consecration, and also the appointment of Kanishka Raffel as Dean of Sydney. (video expires 06 June 2015.)

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.)

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