Religious Discrimination Bill infographic videos

Posted on May 19, 2022 
Filed under News

The Institute for Civil Society has produced several infographic videos which might be helpful in thinking about the need for a Religious Discrimination Bill.

For links to the videos, see this page.

NSW’s voluntary assisted dying laws delayed as MPs fail to vote after marathon sitting

Posted on May 19, 2022 
Filed under Culture wars

“Voluntary assisted dying is set to be legalised in NSW today, after a marathon debate in the upper house that lasted until midnight failed to produce a vote.

MPs spent more than eight hours debating nearly 100 amendments on Wednesday. …

The majority of the amendments were voted down during the debate, including the push to give aged and residential homes the power to block voluntary assisted dying taking place in their facilities.

– Report from ABC News.

Update, 1:10pm –

“Voluntary assisted dying has been made legal in New South Wales.

The legislation passed the Lower House of parliament, after a vote to accept the amendments from the Upper House.

The Upper House spent 10 hours debating amendments before a final vote of support 23 to 15.”

(Image: St. Helen’s Bishopsgate.)

Anglican synod angst

Posted on May 18, 2022 
Filed under Anglican Church of Australia, General Synod

“Mrs Naylon was an observer at the Anglican synod … and described the processes as ‘eye-opening’.

She was impressed by ‘the very strong involvement of laity and clergy in decision-making processes’. …”

– This story from The Catholic Weekly shares a few impressions of General Synod from an outside observer, Margaret Naylon, Executive Officer for the Brisbane Roman Catholic Commission for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations.

Photo: David Ould.

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill third reading today in NSW upper house

Posted on May 18, 2022 
Filed under Culture wars

“Independent MP Alex Greenwich says he is hopeful his Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill will be passed by the NSW upper house by midnight tonight and is pleading with MPs to not use stalling tactics. …”

– Report from ABC News.

Election survey probes parties on faith freedom

Posted on May 18, 2022 
Filed under Australia, Culture wars, Resources

“A survey of political parties and candidates on their attitude to religious discrimination has revealed varying levels of support – and in some cases, no support – for measures to ensure religious freedom. …”

Russell Powell at writes about the website.


The Australian Christian Lobby (not associated with the Anglican Church League – we just have the same initials) has produced a page of “various documents and videos to help you make an informed choice on Election Day”, including this page where they share the answers given to their questionnaire in each electorate as well as each candidate for the Senate.

And not forgetting the call to pray –

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-6.

Adultery of the heart

Posted on May 17, 2022 
Filed under Resources

“Judgement is not just for the last day. God also judges now. There are contemporary consequences for misplaced sexual desire. For example, when God hands people over to their shameful lusts and sinful desires in Romans 1:24,26, one of those consequences is the increased engagement in sexually immoral physical behaviour. God gives people what they want, which is the punishment. …

We have to stop and listen to what Jesus says in Matthew 5:28, because he takes a blowtorch to our world’s hypersexualised values.”

Marshall Ballantine-Jones writes at (it’s also in the current Southern Cross magazine).


Anglican Church is ‘heading for a division’

Posted on May 17, 2022 
Filed under Anglican Church of Australia, General Synod

“The Institute for Spiritual Awareness Director Mark Durie says ‘the Anglican Church is heading for a division’.

‘It’s going to be a slow process, but you’ve got two very different world views I think that will be coming up against each other increasingly in the years ahead,’ he told Sky News host Andrew Bolt.”

– Brief video clip from Sky News Australia.

Southern Cross May-June 2022 now out

Posted on May 17, 2022 
Filed under Encouragement, Resources, Sydney Diocese

The May-June 2022 issue of Southern Cross (the magazine of the Diocese of Sydney) will be available in churches this week.

You can also download a PDF version here.

Southern Cross will now be published by Anglican Media Sydney every six weeks.

Lots of encouraging reading.

“It is not my intention to interfere” — but Archbishop Carey writes from England to every Member of the NSW Upper House

Posted on May 16, 2022 
Filed under Culture wars

“A former archbishop of Canterbury has written to every member of the NSW upper house urging them to vote for voluntary assisted dying this week in a dramatic bid to counter strong opposition to the proposed law from some faith leaders and MPs. …”

– Former Archbishop of Canterbury has written to all members of the New South Wales Legislative Council. “It is not my intention to interfere”, he said.

Story from The Australian. (Subscription.)


General Synod calls on MPs to oppose euthanasia –

How ‘voluntary assisted dying’ would change our culture and values – Archbishop Kanishka Raffel at

Many related posts on our website.

(Image: St. Helen’s Bishopsgate.)

A perilous moment – with Kanishka Raffel, Richard Condie and Jennifer Hercott

Posted on May 15, 2022 
Filed under Anglican Church of Australia, General Synod

A special edition of The Pastor’s Heart, 15th May 2022 –

“‘A perilous moment.’  – That’s how the Archbishop of Sydney Kanishka Raffel described the situation that the Anglican Church of Australia is in – after an important vote failed to win support of the nation’s bishops at the denomination’s National Synod…

We are speaking first to the Archbishop of Sydney Kanishka Raffel and then to the Gafcon Australia Chair, Bishop Richard Condie of Tasmania and Rev Jennifer Hercott from Queensland.”

Watch or listen here.

Whither The Australian Anglican Church?

Posted on May 15, 2022 
Filed under Anglican Church of Australia, Culture wars, General Synod

“This week the General Synod of the Australian Anglican Church has been debating what its stance is to be on human sexuality. A vote to affirm the church’s traditional position on marriage was strongly supported by clergy and laity but was narrowly rejected by the bishops.

A split is looming, but in this, Australian Anglicans are not unique.

In recent decades, Christian denominations all across the West have been dividing along progressive versus conservative lines. Anglican Churches in Scotland and New Zealand have been impacted by this trend. In North America, denominations affected by splits include the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the American Baptist Churches USA.

The trigger in all these cases has been whether the church will endorse same-sex unions. However, the fault lines run deeper than attitudes to human sexuality. …”

Melbourne Pastor and Academic The Rev. Dr Mark Durie looks at what is happening in the Anglican Church of Australia and where it may be headed.

He argues that ‘Anglican progressives’ have misread the theological landscape.

For some very helpful context, here’s a chart of Diocesan Representation at General Synods 1962-2022. Click the image for a two-page PDF file.

Table initially complied by Robert Tong, updated by Daniel Glynn 6 May 2022.

(Fun fact: The Diocese of St. Arnaud, mentioned in the table, was in the Mallee and Wimmera regions of north-west Victoria. It merged with the Diocese of Bendigo in 1976.)

Sunday morning encouragement

Posted on May 15, 2022 
Filed under Encouragement

After an exhausting week for General Synod members (and those watching the stream of reports), we thought it might be a good idea to post this. With thanks to Emu Music.

General Synod Wrap-Up – The Anglicans Who Don’t Want to be Anglican?

Posted on May 14, 2022 
Filed under Anglican Church of Australia, General Synod

“Friday saw day 5 of General Synod as we wrapped things up and then made our way to the airport and began the long trip home to our various dioceses.

I’m sure each of us will have had our own thoughts as the plane lifted into the early evening sky. Is it too melodramatic to suggest that as a beautiful sunset washed across the horizon we had also witnessed the sunset of the Anglican Church of Australia?

I wouldn’t go so far myself. But one burning question would not leave me be:

Why did some Anglicans not want to be Anglican?

One debate on the last morning crystallised much of what we had experienced over the week. …”

David Ould shares his final report on General Synod 2022.

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