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Anam Cara and the Buddhist monk

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Jesus Christ here and now in Trafalgar pages 9 to 11

Literary and media reviews pages 14 to 17

Volume 108, Number 6

July 2011

Published in Gippsland Diocese since 1904

NAIDOC week aims to encourage change

NAIDOC week is held in July each year and this year begins on July 3, concluding on Sunday, July 10. CHANGE: the next step is ours is the theme of NAIDOC 2011. It is a time when Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As we celebrate NAIDOC week in Gippsland Diocese, with Reverends Kathy Dalton and Phyllis Andy, parishes and individuals are encouraged to give thanks for their ministry, to support their ministry in prayer and to make your donation to the Aboriginal Ministry Fund in Gippsland. Celebrating Aboriginal history and traditions during NAIDOC Week has a long history. From the early 1920s, Aboriginal groups protested against the treatment of Aboriginal people by boycotting the Australia Day celebrations on January 26. Aboriginal people continued to seek recognition and better treatment and in 1938 protestors marched through the streets of Sydney. This was one of the first civil protest movements in the world and it came to be known as the Day of Mourning. From 1940 until 1955, the Day of Mourning was held annually on the Sunday before Australia Day. It was known as Aborigines Day. In 1955, Aborigines Day was moved to the first Sunday in July and became not simply a day of mourning and protest but a celebration of Aboriginal culture. Major Aboriginal groups, government departments and church groups supported Aborigines Day as a day of celebration of Aboriginal culture and the National Aborigines Day Observance Committee (NADOC) was formed. At this time the second Sunday in July became a day of remembrance of Aboriginal people and their heritage. In 1974, it was decided that the celebration should cover the whole week. In the 1990s the National Aborigines Day Observance Committee (NADOC) was expanded to recognise Torres Strait Islander people and their culture and the committee became known as the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC). NAIDOC then became the title for an entire week in July each year, focussed on recognition and celebration of Aboriginal culture, history and tradition. It is a time for Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people to celebrate together. Contributed by Edie Ashley

Sing a welcome to faith

ABOVE: Morwell parish welcomed Bishop John McIntyre to a Baptism and Confirmation service at St Marys Anglican Church recently. The preparation time for the candidates was over several weeks. Both Reverend Lyn Williams and Archdeacon Heather Marten helped to prepare the candidates. During the service, Bishop John welomed the children to join him at the front of the church in song. Families of the children to be baptised and confirmed participated in the service. We all rejoiced to see Kuku Mahmond, Kocha Abass, Isobell and William Hornstra stand before us all and make their baptismal promises. Reverend Heather conducted the baptism. William was then accepted into Holy Communion. Then Kocha, Lilly McDonald and Isobel were confirmed. As they each knelt before Bishop John, the congregation supported each in prayer. Contributed by Carolyn Raymond Photo: John Guy

Archbishop of Canterbury in Kenya: faith is about making a difference

THE Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, recently visited a church and community mobilisation project in Kenya which had chosen to focus on food security as a shared vision for the community. This was one example of a growing initiative called Umoja (Together), a Swahili word which captures the idea of being of one mind and aims to help build a genuine and lasting sustainability to local areas, by supporting the church and local community to research and analyse the area in terms of what the needs are and what the resources are; both natural and the skills of the local people. In this case Tearfund is partnering with the church community to help people reach complete self-sufficiency. Dr Williams heard about the real difference made in many lives. One young man, orphaned and unable to support himself, with the help of the project managed to rear goats and chickens and save enough money to pay for an electronic course. Faith is not just ideas in your head, faith is not just feelings in your heart; faith is the whole of a new life, making a difference to your lives, to your neighbours, to your community, by the grace and the Spirit of God, said Dr Williams. The Archbishop was shown some of the produce from the initiative, where people had started kitchen gardens, growing indigenous crops identified by research as being most suited to the soil, as well as poultry, rabbits and fish to provide protein.

Violence in Sudan
ARCHBISHOP Dr Williams has deplored recent violence in South Kordofan, Sudan. We deplore the mounting level of aggression and bloodshed in South Kordofan State and the indiscriminate violence on the part of government troops against civilians. Numerous villages have been bombed. More than 53,000 people have been driven from their homes. The new Anglican cathe-

dral in Kadugli was burned down. UN personnel in the capital, Kadugli, are confined to their compound and unable to protect civilians. The city has been overrun by the army and heavy force is being used by government troops to subdue militias in the area, with dire results for local people. Many brutal killings are being reported. The violence is a major threat to the stability of Sudan just as the new state of South Sudan is coming into being. The risk of another Darfur situation, with civilian populations at the mercy of governmentsupported terror, is a real one, Dr Williams said. From the Lambeth Palace press office

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Our Diocese - Missions and Ministries

July 2011

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Prayer connects with God

WHAT is your expectation of prayer? What do you expect of God when you pray? Judging from conversations I sometimes have with people, I am not sure we always have reasonable expectations of God when we pray. Sadly, when those expectations are not met, we so easily come to the conclusion that God does not answer prayer. Most of you will know my wife Jan says it like it is. She makes a very pertinent point when she says: You cant expect God to answer your prayer for a child if you dont have sex. It is a very obvious point. God is not a magician. Prayer is as much about recognising the part you must play as it is an expectation of God. If you do not do something about it yourself, you will not have a child, no matter how much you pray for one. But neither is having sex a guarantee you will have a child, so praying for a child still makes sense. It does become a challenge when you pray for a child and have sex and no child is conceived. Does this then mean God does not answer prayer? At this point the question certainly becomes more pointed, but the lack of a child still does not necessarily mean God does not answer prayer. What is certainly true, however, is that we can hardly say God does not answer prayer when we pray and fail to recognise the part we must play to enable the things for which we pray. As Jan points out, this is obvious when it comes to having children. But for some reason we do not always see the connection when it comes to other things for which we ask in prayer. Understanding prayer requires us to understand the fundamental nature of the relationship between God and human beings. From the beginning of creation, it is clear God chose to act in creation through human beings. To be made in the image of God is to be made Gods agents in Gods world. The things of God will only be born in the life of the world when human beings play their part in making them happen by being and doing as God would have us be and do. In what St Paul calls the foolishness of God, God has always chosen to act through people to establish Gods way in the life of Gods creation. Even Gods greatest act of salvation was only made possible through the human being named Jesus. That is exactly what the incarnation is about. God is en-fleshed as a human being in order to make possible the fulfilment of Gods purposes in the world. Through one human being perfectly faithful to what God called him to be and do, God works out our salvation. Through human beings faithful to what God calls us to be and do, we continue to work out our own salvation, again to quote St Paul. Prayer is rightly understood as the expression of the relationship between God and human beings through which God is at work in the life of the world. Both have a part to play if Gods will is to be done. So when Jesus says: whatever you ask for in

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God has always chosen to act through people to establish Gods way in the life of Gods creation
my name will be given you, he means what he says. To ask in his name is to ask according to his character. In other words, it is to work out what it is that God would have us be and do in any given situation and then to live it out. We pray because we acknowledge God needs also to be at work in the situation, not least in helping us to work out what it means be to be Gods people and to do Gods will for that moment. Then when Jesus says: Ask and it will be given you, it is important to ask what the it of that statement is. In the context of the Sermon on the Mount, it seems it refers to the Kingdom of God. In other words, if you are seeking Gods way you may be sure God will give what you need in order to live Gods way. The onus falls well and truly back on you to be Gods person and to do Gods business.

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If you pray the central prayer of the Lords Prayer, Your Kingdom Come, and you really want to see it come, YOU live it and it will come. That is Gods guarantee. Prayer is a relationship to which both parties make a commitment. You can be sure God will play Gods part. The big question is whether you and I will play our part.

The Right Reverend John McIntyre Anglican Bishop of Gippsland

Live the Dream Work in the Tropics!

Kormilda College
Darwin NT
Kormilda College from its Christian foundation and commitment to excellence seeks to inspire its students to be life-long learners who act with compassion and justice through their understanding of others, and who develop the wisdom and courage to shape the future.

Darwin is a friendly, tropical, booming and cosmopolitan harbourside city, just a stones throw from pristine wilderness areas including Kakadu National Park. Within Darwin sits Kormilda College - a modern, progressive, internationally accredited Anglican and Uniting Church day and boarding school (Years 7 to 12) that offers the IB Middle Years Programme, the NT Certificate of Education & Training including a wide range of VET courses, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Kormildas 20 hectare campus includes four boarding houses that are home to nearly 300 students, mostly Indigenous and from remote North Australian communities. The majority of these are low-literacy, high needs students that learn to live and study alongside 750 mainstream day students. Appointment to this position will be as a licenced member of the clergy of either the Anglican Diocese of the Northern Territory or the Uniting Church in Australia. Applicants must be sympathetic to the ethos of both the Anglican and Uniting Churches and have a demonstrated interest and experience in working with teenagers. On site accommodation is provided as the position involves some after hours work as part of the boarding programme. The job description can be downloaded from www.kormilda.nt.edu.au or email hr@kormilda.nt.edu.au
PO Box 241 Berrimah NT 0828 Tel: 08 8922 1611

Ecumenical Chaplain
Monash University Gippsland Campus
The chaplaincy at the Gippsland campus is jointly supported by the Catholic Diocese of Gippsland, the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland, the Uniting Church in Australia, Presbytery of Gippsland and Monash University. Expressions of interest are sought from suitable applicants for the position of chaplain. The successful appointee will be expected to provide a range of spiritual and pastoral services for staff and students of the campus, facilitate students and staff pursuing spiritual and religious affiliations and interests, contribute to academic discourse of the campus generally and provide input from a spiritual and pastoral perspective to campus planning. The appointment is for a part-time position (0.75 EFT). The appointment is for an initial period of three (3) years with provision for an extension for a further two (2) years. It may be possible that a suitably equipped applicant may be offered a ministry position in one of the participating denominations that would create a full-time package. Salary: Equivalent Clergy Package Contact: Vic Sabrinskas, Tel. (03) 5122 6292 or e-mail Vic.Sabrinskas@monash.edu Churchill, Victoria, Australia


Applications close: COB Friday, 29 July, 2011

The Gippsland Anglican

July 2011

Our Diocese - Missions and Ministries

Buddhist quiet day

Perspective ... samaritans and refugees ... a compelling view

By Alan Marchant, Bairnsdale parish
MOST Christians and many other people know the story of the Good Samaritan. A lone traveller was beaten, robbed and left for dead. Two well-to-do men ignored his plight and, as the Bible says: passed by on the other side. Then the traveller was cared for by a sympathetic samaritan, a foreigner, someone who was not of his ethnicity and culture. Are you watching the SBS television docu-commentary, Go Back To Where You Came From? Confronting and compelling, six Australians and a camera crew travelled back along the track taken by boat people in trying to escape persecution and possible death in their homelands; people who risk all and endanger themselves by paying people-smugglers for a trip in an unsafe boat. Their best hope then becomes extended imprisonment while authorities in the country they are imprisoned in, slowly check their right to enter our lucky country. The six participants who left Australia went through a great change of attitude, from antagonism to empathy, anger and shame. But what is that I hear you say? You did not watch it because you do not relate to illegal immigrants? The illegal immigrants deserve to be treated as animals? That is unfortunate, because people like you have been intentionally misled and the lives of these people are in your hands.

By Carolyn Raymond
THE Anam Cara Community recently hosted a quiet day with conversations with a Buddhist monk, Venerable Jampal. He is a Buddhist monk from the Buddhist community of SIBA, situated in far East Gippsland. When I met Venerable Jampal some months ago, I was so interested in his sharing about Buddhism and many parallels between the Christian and Buddhist teaching. So I was very pleased he could come to an Anam Cara Quiet Day and share with us. We were also very grateful to Joy and Les Campbell who opened their home in Warragul for the gathering. Even in this cold wintry weather we could sit in the sun as it poured in through the windows and engage in conversation, the two faiths in dialogue. The day began with a focus time of prayer and music. Jampal preferred to sit on the floor on a cushion. This was symbolic of his wish to share, not impose. He spoke of the traditions and teaching of Buddhism. He told us the story of the Buddha himself, of how he left his home of luxury and wealth and spent the remainder of his life in ministry to the people he met as he wandered around India. The Buddha realised that suffering was part of every life. Suffering has many causes, but our response to suffering can intensify our pain. Jampal talked of the impermanence of all things, including emotions. To reduce the power of suffering, we must learn about ourselves and how we contribute to suffering in ourselves and in others. This involves self knowledge and self discipline. The way to this transformation is focussed meditation. Jampal spoke of how the Buddha chose the

Middle Way, avoiding extremism of any kind. He gently responded to our questions and entered into the discussion those questions stimulated. Jampal also shared with us from his own spiritual journey. He spent his early family and school life in Melbourne. He learnt more of the Buddhist dharma or teachings and after some years decided to train and become a Buddhist monk. He said there are many branches of Buddhism, just as there are many branches of Christianity. He follows the Tibetan form of Buddhism and its leader the Dalai Lama. The main focus of Tibetan Buddhism is compassion for oneself and for all people. The Buddha taught of the importance of intention rather than outcome. The ability we all have to create positive karma rather than bring negative karma into our world. Jampal also spoke of his life at the community of SIBA and his teaching and service to those who come there for retreats and quiet time. In the afternoon, Jampal explained more about the importance of meditation. He explained that meditation is hard work. It is important to continue even when meditation seems boring or repetitive. This discipline is vital if transformation is to continue. Jampal then guided us in a meditation. He emphasised the process of changing negative thoughts into positive ones. He also spoke of mediation as changing the heart, not just the mind. The day ended with another focus time with music and a beautiful patchwork quilt was displayed, symbolising the many patterns that make up our spirituality. ABOVE: Marion White, Carolyn Raymond, Venerable Jampal, Jan Huggins and Joy Campbell with the displayed quilt.

Spend a few minutes to consider a few facts

Asylum seekers are not criminals or illegal immigrants. Under Australian and International law, a person is permitted to enter Australia for the purpose of seeking asylum, whether by boat or air. A refugees claim for asylum has nothing to do with how they arrive in a country, but with the persecution they are seeking to escape. Asylum seekers arriving by boat are not queue jumpers, as no queue exists. Many asylum seekers come from countries where no United Nations nor Australian offices or embassies exist, so they cannot apply initially for asylum in this country. Indeed , in some countries even going to an office to begin the process can put at risk the lives of the person and their family. In 2010, UNHR recorded that 358,000 asylum applications were made to 44 countries worldwide. Australia received only 8,250 of these applications. Compare this with USA (55,500 claims) and even Germany (41,300 claims). Australias total present population is 22,600,000 people. The total number of unauthorised arrivals from 1975 to the present date is less than 100,000. This is only 0.4 per cent of the population and less than a capacity crowd at the MCG. Only about 30,000 of these refugee arrivals have been boat people. Yet, we are led to believe these people present a threat to this nations security and way of life, even the overthrow of our Christian heritage by radical Muslim extremism. What rubbish!! If a terrorist was intent on doing harm in this country, I am sure he or she would not risk the terrors and dangers of arriving in a leaky old fishing boat. There is no evidence to suggest that mandatory detention, even in offshore holding camps, is a deterrent to boat arrivals. The policy is inhumane and in breach of international law. The number and ethnicity of boat arrivals clearly depends on the sources of conflict currently in progress. Asylum seekers arriving by boat have been demonised by successive Australian governments of both major parties, even to the extent of using taxpayers money to fund advertising agencies and programs such as street theatre and church notices in order to reduce the boat people flow. This is in conjunction with employing expensive and repressive offshore and onshore holding and processing centres. Adverse publicity appears to have been directed mainly against unauthorised boat arrivals, although they appear to be outnumbered by unauthorised arrivals by air. The statistics are muddy, but from 1997 to 2008, the total unauthorised boat arrivals was approximately 13,200 people; compared this with approximately 17,000 unauthorised arrivals by air. According to an article by former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser in the Age, June 13, 2011, once the air arrivals apply for asylum, they are then left to fend for themselves, living on whatever money they might have or by begging and going to charity groups. They are denied any access to welfare, to Centrelink, to social services, to government housing or to healthcare. At least they are not locked up!! It should be obvious that only sheer desperation would force people to make hazardous voyages in ramshackle boats in order to create a new life in a safer country, risking storms, sinking, piracy and then a long detention at the end of the trip. People deserve support, assistance and a welcome, not indefinite detention in an unfriendly new land. I remind readers of a quote, that all that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.


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ABOVE: Venerable Jampal, a Buddhist monk from far east Gippsland, sitting with Milo the dog, in dialogue at the Anam Cara quiet day at Warragul. Photo: Carolyn Raymond

So, what can you do?

Write a letter of protest to your local Members of Parliament and Senate. Ask your Parish Council to set up a working party to identify ways of supporting these people, through donations, writing letters of encouragement to people in holding centres, contact with other churches currently working with exrefugees. Follow their examples. Ask your Shire Council members to investigate existing community support schemes such as exist at Morwell and Warrnambool. Organise a Parish Holiday Program to host refugee families, if only for a short time in summer. It is time we and our Church show we care. (Sources available from the author for all figures quoted.)

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Our Diocese - Family, Children and Youth Ministries

July 2011

Gippsland girls participate in GFS network meeting

EIGHT Gippslanders travelled to Shepparton to participate in the annual GFS Network Meeting, at St Augustines Anglican Church on May 14. Representatives from the five Victorian Dioceses were present to report on their ministry activities and plan for future events and supportive roles. Victorian GFS ministry is diverse, ranging from fellowship and outreach groups for children, youth and adults; to representation on the Travellers Aid project at Southern Cross Station and City Centre; mission projects through fundraising and donations of handmade blankets, toys and garments to hospitals, Red Cross and flood affected areas; and in support of particular parish projects with catering and hospitality. During many years, State Council has sponsored many camps and activities and members have assisted in providing leader development events. All such activities give valuable opportunity for members and friends to enjoy fellowship and to be enriched by the wider Anglican Communities. Mary Nicholls, having served as State GFS Chairman for a number of years, resigned that position and happily announced the election of Mrs Elizabeth Petering ( Blackburn North) as Chairman for the coming 12 months. Sandra Clough of Tatura was reelected Secretary and Deb Wadeson of Diamond Creek was endorsed again as Treasurer. Our Gippsland representatives made an overnight trip out of the occasion, staying at a Seymour caravan park on route, before arriving in Shepparton early Saturday morning for a walk and explore around the lake. Younger members of our group, including some of our Moe parishs Sudanese GFS members, participated in a parallel discussion and activity time. This was led by

ABOVE: On May 1, the congregation at St Thomas Bunyip welcomed Olivia Kaye, Lauren Kaye, Charlotte Kaye and their cousin, Teagan Clutterbuck, when they were baptised by Bishop Michael Hough. The service was a joyful occasion, especially for grandparents, Val and Gary Saunders of Bunyip. After the service, the Saunders family gathered in the church hall for lunch to celebrate the occasion. Pictured is Bishop Michael Hough baptising Olivia Kaye at St Thomas Bunyip on May 1. Contributed by/Photo: Raelene Carroll

Lauren Jankovic while part of the state business session was in progress. Newspaper sculptures were created illustrating some of the goals of the worldwide GFS and a working sheet was completed by the girls as they interviewed council participants on their roles, activities and visions for extending GFS ministries in the varying dioceses. Lauren is the Australian GFS junior delegate to the World Council meeting in Ireland at the end of June, so the information collected may well assist with her presentation at that conference. We were pleased to have two former World Council junior delegates and the previous Australian Chairman at this meeting. They were Karen Winsemius (Blackburn North, delegate to Korea 2008), Andrea Fisher (Shepparton, delegate to Ireland 1981) and Deb Wadeson (Diamond Creek). The network certainly provides many and varied opportunities for individuals locally and globally. Participants at the State meeting appreciated our young peoples contribution to the day and enjoyed

listening to the girls multi -lingual grace sung in Dinka, Arabic and English. Following lunch, provided by our St Augustines hosts, the Gippslanders ventured on to the Ardmona factory to pick up some canned fruit supplies to help our fundraising efforts towards future events. A visit to the acclaimed KidsTown recreation area provided some light entertainment before we headed for home. Contributed by Mary Nicholls ABOVE: Some of the participants at the GFS State Council Meeting on May 14 at Shepparton. Australian GFS junior delegate to the World Council meeting, Lauren Jankovic, centre front and sitting on floor, surrounded by GFS girls from Moe and the State Support team. BELOW: Annette Clark (Moe GFS Leader) with Noaka Gawar at the GFS State Council meeting. Annette and Noaka are showing a sculpture illustration of GFS ministry outreaching around the world. Photos: Mary Nicholls

ABOVE: Mitchell Anketell with his parents, Mark and Wendy, and Reverend Tony Wicking at Mitchells first communion. Easter Sunday saw the Lighting of the Fire at the early service followed by a baptism at the 9.30 service, where Mitchell, a local teenager who had expressed a wish to receive Holy Communion, took this important step of faith. He was presented by Amanda Ballantyne to be admitted to communion. With the resumption of the new term, volunteers from St Johns once again support the Bairnsdale Secondary College Breakfast Club. On the first Sunday of each month, donations of food, milk, Milo and juices replenish the pantry cupboards. Photo: Judi Hogan Contributed by Ursula Plunkett

The Anglican Diocese of Gippsland takes complaints of abuse and harm seriously.
If you may have been harmed by a Church worker, or know someone who has, please come forward. All complaints will be treated sensitively and confidentially. The Director of Professional Standards, Cheryl Russell, can be contacted on telephone 03 5633 1573, on mobile 0407 563313 or email cherylrussell1@bigpond.com The Anglican Diocese of Gippsland does not tolerate any harassment or abuse in its church community.

ABOVE: On ACCESS Sunday, May 15, Lloyd George, Ro Verspaandonk, Jane Macqueen and Marieke Mayall of ACCESS ministries, were acknowledged and celebrated as CRE teachers in Sale parish. Photo: Christine Morris

RIGHT: In Leongatha parish recently, Dylan Osborne and Karin McKenzie were making boxes of hope. Leongatha Mothers Union members made boxes of hope, homemade or bought cardboard boxes filled with small cards containing Bible verses of hope and encouragement, which will be given as gifts to those experiencing illness, grief or loss. Photo: Heather Scott

The Gippsland Anglican

July 2011

Our Diocese - Family, Children and Youth Ministries

Color-in picture: Welcome

"He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me." Matthew 10:40 (NIV) Based on Matthew 10:40-42

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ACROSS 1. A follower of Jesus 4. To gladly receive someone into ACROSS house your own 1. A follower of Jesus 7. An odorless, colorless, tasteless 4. To gladly receive someone into liquid; H2O 8. your own house Small; not large 7. An odorless, colorless, tasteless liquid; H2O PROPHET TRUTH LITTLE WELCOME 8. Small; not large

DOWN 2. A person who speaks for God 3. Recognition of someone's good DOWN behavior 2. A person who speaks for God 5. The opposite of hot; having a 3. Recognition of someone's good very low temperature 6. behavior has been proven A fact that 5. The opposite of hot; having a very low temperature DISCIPLE COLD REWARD WATER 6. A fact that has been proven

Based on Matthew 10:

Priest on patrol in Gawler Ranges

RIGHT: Toby Henderson, a School of the Air student from Mt Ive Station, makes friends with Wally, one of Reverend Steve Daviss travelling companions on the Gawler Ranges Patrol. Rev. Steves ministry is supported by the Outback Fund (National Home Mission Fund.)


"He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me." Matthew 10:40 (NIV)




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CHRISTIAN ministry is all about relationships and ministry in outback Australia is no different. Gawler Ranges Patrol Priest, Archdeacon Brian Jeffries from Ceduna has developed excellent relationships during many years with the pastoral community of the Gawler Ranges and the people of Kingoonyah and Tarcoola in Central Eyre Peninsula. This year, there will be three trips and, in between the patrols, Brian keeps in contact with families on the stations via telephone. In March, Reverend Steve Davis and his wife Lyn, from Streaky Bay, joined Brian on patrol. Bishop Garry Weatherill will join Brian in July. Owners, managers, stationhands, shearers, governesses and children look forward to Brians continuing care and the students of the School of the Air and the Open Access College enjoy a classroom visitor to brighten their day. This ministry is supported by the Diocese of Willochra and the Outback Fund.





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Our Diocese - Clergy Ministry

July 2011

New Ballarat Bishop Diocesan Calendar

THE appointment of the 10th Anglican Bishop of Ballarat was announced in early June. The Right Reverend Garry Weatherill was elected by the Bishop Election Board, chaired by Ms Alice Knight. Bishop Garry (right) will be enthroned in Christ Church Cathedral Ballarat on Saturday, November 5, at 11am. Bishop Garry is currently the Anglican Bishop of Willochra, in South Australia. He is an experienced and much loved country bishop with important roles in the National Anglican Church and the International Anglican Communion. Bishop Garry has been the Bishop of Willochra since 2001 and was formerly the Ministry Development Officer of that diocese from 1997 until his consecration. Before these appointments, he had been a very successful parish priest in South Australia. Bishop Garry will continue his work as the National Chair of the Mission to Seafarers and as a member of the General Synod Standing Committee. He has acknowledged expertise in developing ministry in rural and regional Australia and will bring this expertise to the Ballarat Diocese, complementing the work on mission which has taken place during these past years.

TBA Blessing of Ena Sheumack House; Abbey of St Barnabas at ABeckett Park, Raymond Island The Abbey of St Barnabas; Fire, Textiles and Prayer B. The drama of fire and the journey of faith, explored through the creativity of textiles and color. Hosted by Rosemary Pounder, led by Anne Connelly. Lay Readers Training Day; St Lukes church, Moe; 10am to 3.30pm. With Reverends Bruce Charles, Tony Wicking and Jenny Ramage, lay readers chaplains. The Abbey of St Barnabas; Mothers Union Invitation Week. At the invitation of Mothers Union, a few days out for families who need a little R&R at the Abbey at ABeckett Park. Expression of interest to MU President, Karin McKenzie, PO Box 3, Leongatha, 3953. The Abbey of St Barnabas; Mothers Union Invitation Week. At the invitation of Mothers Union, a few days out for families who need a little R&R at the Abbey at ABeckett Park. Expression of interest to MU President, Karin McKenzie, PO Box 3, Leongatha, 3953. Anam Cara Community Quiet Day, led by Reverend Dr Don Saines; Expanding Horizons, Meeting God from time to time. The Abbey of St Barnabas, ABeckett Park, Raymond Island; 9.30am to 4pm. http://www.anamcara-gippsland.org The Abbey; Social Justice and the Environment . The nexus between faith, environment and justice. Led by Sue Jacka and Bruce Charles. The Abbey;Youth, Social Justice and the Environment. A program for young adults, in last year of secondary school, in university or working. Led by Sue Jacka and Bruce Charles. Sudanese Independence Day celebration, Holy Trinity, Moe; 3pm to 4.30pm; contact Bruce Charles, 0437 939408 or Abraham Maluk, 0431 565131. Bishop John McIntyre at Boolara / Yinnar (Yinnar) parish Refugee Week service; Moe; contact Sarah Gover, 03 5144 1100 or 0458 450370 The Abbey of St Barnabas; Environment Day. Exploring understanding of the interdependence of all life and our role in its nurture and practical aspects of living a sustainable lifestyle. Led by Dr Ann Miller and the Environmental Task Force. St James Orbost annual dinner cabaret revue; Beauty and the Beast Anglican Women of Australia Sunday; contact Pat Cameron 03 5147 1990 Bishop John McIntyre at Wonthaggi Inverloch parish The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Work and prayer working together. Leader, Brian Turner. Messy Church conference; Melbourne; contact Sarah Gover, 03 5144 1100 or 0458 450370

13 2 58 8 10 9 12 15 15 17 17 17 19 20, 21 23 24 24 26 30 recently as Principal. While tirelessly teaching, preaching, mentoring and writing for a decade of students, he has been instrumental in helping Ridley achieve financial stability, a skilful leadership team, strategic focus and an academic faculty of great strength, Ms Rogers said. We acknowledge retirement hasnt been an easy decision for Peter, one underpinned by much prayer, consultation and reflection. Dr Adam leaves Ridley at a time of great strength with record student numbers at both undergraduate and doctorate level being equipped and formed for Christian mission and ministry. Reverend Dr Tim Foster will be Acting Principal while the Board undertakes an international search for the role. 29 30 25 4 57 9 12

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The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Guided Retreat A, details TBA National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Childrens Day The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Guided Retreat B, details TBA The Abbey of St Barnabas; Wind and the music of creation A. Listening to the sounds of creation, listening to the spirit of the creator, exploring the journey through music. 12 14 The Abbey of St Barnabas; Wind and the music of creation B. Listening to the sounds of creation, listening to the spirit of the creator, exploring the journey through music. 13 Anam Cara Quiet Day, Korumburra; 10am to 3pm; http://www.anamcara-gippsland.org 13 Lay Readers Training Day; St Johns Bairnsdale; 10am to 3.30pm. With Reverends Bruce Charles, Tony Wicking and Jenny Ramage, lay readers chaplains. 18, 19 The Abbey of St Barnabas; Environment Day. Exploring understanding of the interdependence of all life and our role in its nurture and practical aspects of living a sustainable lifestyle. Led by Dr Ann Miller and the Environmental Task Force. 23 Mothers Union Gippsland Executive meeting, Mirboo North, 9.30am 23 28 Gympie Music Muster, 30th year, Amamoor Creek State Forest; www.muster.com.au 23 28 The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Work and prayer working together. Leader, Brian Turner. 25 26 Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training; Latrobe Valley; $275; contact Sarah Gover, 03 5144 1100 or 0458 450370 27 28 Growth in Ministry Intensive, Bishopscourt 30 September 2, Living with Grief and Loss: Hope for the journey A; The Abbey of St Barnabas. A chance to reflect together, to be nurtured by the environment. For those who feel as though they are in transition, those who have lost partners and are exploring life as single people.

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Living with Grief and Loss: Hope for the journey B; The Abbey of St Barnabas. A chance to reflect together, to be nurtured by the environment. For those who feel as though they are in transition, those who have lost partners and are exploring life as single people. Lay Readers Training Day; St Pauls Korumburra; 10am to 3.30pm. With Reverends Bruce Charles, Tony Wicking and Jenny Ramage, lay readers chaplains. The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Retreat into Silence; details TBA The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Water, Dance and Drama A. Spirituality, movement and appreciation of water. Led by Susanna Pain. Safe Ministry Seminar: Bullying and Boundaries; for clergy, stipendiary lay church workers and lay readers; 10am to 12noon; St Georges Wonthaggi; contact Diocesan Registry, telephone 03 5144 2044 or email kerries@gippsanglican.org.au Back to Church Sunday Mothers Union AGM; St Lukes Moe; 10am; BYO lunch The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Water, Dance and Drama B. Spirituality, movement and appreciation of water. Led by Susanna Pain. The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Spirituality of Spring. A Retreat led by the Anam Cara Community, Joy Campbell, Marion White and Carolyn Raymond. The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Environment Week A. Exploring an understanding of the interdependence of all life and our role in its nurture and practical aspects of living a sustainable lifestyle. Led by Dr Ann Miller and the Environmental Taskforce. The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Environment Week B. Exploring an understanding of the interdependence of all life and our role in its nurture and practical aspects of living a sustainable lifestyle. Led by Dr Ann Miller and the Environmental Taskforce. The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Earth and Art A. Led by Dr Pene Brook. Exploring questions about sustainability, the earth and God through the creation of visual images. Dates correct at time of TGA going to print.

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July 2011

Our Diocese - Clergy Ministry

Clergy conference

Heather and Janet graduate masters

RIGHT: On May 27, 2011, The Venerable Heather Marten, of Morwell parish, graduated from St Marks Theological College with a Master of Ministry. At the same ceremony, Reverend Janet Wallis, of Leongatha parish, graduated with a Master of Theology. This year marks 25 years since women were first ordained deacons in Victoria. Heather Marten and Amy Turner (Drouin parish) were among the second group of women ordained in 1986. In 2012, it will be 20 years since women were first ordained priest in Victoria. The Gippsland Anglican will be noting these significant milestones in future issues and welcomes information to assist with these articles.

By Amy Turner
CLERGY from throughout the Gippsland Diocese converged on Traralgon during the first week in June, to participate in the annual Clergy Conference. The welcome received from Traralgon parish was warming. Catering throughout the conference was managed by the parish, commencing with the Monday evening meal served in the parish hall. A keynote speaker was David Tolputt from Scripture Union. Davids sessions were refreshingly different as David shared with us from his grassroots experience and challenged us with fresh and alternative means whereby we may better engage with the local communities beyond the churchs door. Reverend Kevin Giles led the daily Bible studies, in particular focussing on the Triune God. Kevin was accompanied by his wife, Lynley, who is a marriage educator. Lynley presented a session about the issues surrounding domestic violence and abuse and the cycle of

anger. Lynley also presented the group with a range of valuable resources. Sarah Gover from Anglicare focussed on the opportunities and challenges of the generations. Busters, Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y and Gen A. She reported on some of the new programs being trialled throughout the diocese. The conference concluded on Wednesday with the final session and concluding eucharist held at Traralgon South (with snow falling just up the road from there). The Conference timetable was very full with little time available for delegates to network, support, encourage and resource one another. Overall it was a worthwhile conference. ABOVE: Daniel Lowe, Tom Killingbeck and Geoff Pittaway. RIGHT: Guest speakers, Lynley and Kevin Giles. Lynley spoke about domestic violence counselling and Kevin led bible studies FAR right: Bishop John McIntyre and Lyndon Phillips. Photos: Barbara Logan

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DOCTOR Patricia Brennan, who led the campaign for the ordination of women priests in Australia's Anglican Church, and won, passed away earlier this year. She died aged 66 of pancreatic cancer. A former missionary doctor come feminist theologian, Patricia is best known for her very public role in the fight for the ordination of women in Australia; a country which now has 400 Anglican women priests, 200 deacons and two women bishops. Patricia was also a specialist in forensic medicine and most of her work in recent years dealt with sexual violence against women and children. In a report on ABC TV program Compass, in a tribute to Dr Brennan filmed three months before she died, her husband, Robert, said: some women like Patricia started to realise that things were not the way they thought they ought to be, but nobody had really taken it to the streets, if you like. So a group of them got together to consider forming The Movement for the Ordination of Women. She wasnt looking to be a leader, but she was very motivated about the issue. So whether she was leader or not I think she was happy to get out there and say her piece. The Compass program was screened in late May this year.

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THE Gippsland Diocese has organised training days for lay readers. Reverends Bruce Charles, Tony Wicking and Jenny Ramage have been appointed Lay Readers Chaplains. They are keen to get to know further the lay readers in the diocese and to get feedback about what they need and to provide training the lay readers need. Three days of training has been organised across the diocese and in each region this year. The chaplains believe it is important to have a day of getting to know each other and some training. Lay readers are required to attend three training days in a Synod Cycle, so attending one of these workshops will enable lay readers to have some input for future training. Please bring your bible, notebook and prayer book. The three training days will be held from 10am to 3.30pm. Morning and afternoon tea and lunch is provided. A training day will be held at St Lukes, Moe on Saturday, July 2; at St Johns, Bairnsdale on Saturday, August 13; and at St Pauls, Korumburra on September 3. RSVP to Jenny Ramage, telephone 03 5655 1007, 0407 369486 or email smudgej@vic.australis.com.au The days procedures will include opening worship conducted by a lay readers chaplain, a get to know each other session, diocesan requirements, opportunities to workshop evening prayer, preaching, intercessions and participants are expected to give feedback to the presenters to assist them to develop lay readers competencies. The training day will finish with a time of fellowship and refreshment.

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WITH the theme of Soul Food, the 2011 Gippsland Diocesan Mixed Lay Retreat is at Palotti College, Millgrove, from Saturday to Monday, October 29 to 31 this year. Retreat leader is Father Fred Morrey. The cost of attending is double, $300, single, $170. Send your deposit of $20 by October 7, 2011 to Retreat Registration, 11 Growse St, Yarram 3971. Cheques payable to Gippsland Diocesan Retreat Account. Registration and other information available from parishes and the Diocesan Registry office, telephone 03 5144 2044.

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Bush Ridley supports Church Aboriginal scholar Aid has a new leader
By Jane Ellison
THE Venerable Dr Mark Short has been announced as the next National Director of The Bush Church Aid Society. He has been serving as the Archdeacon of Wagga Wagga and will begin his new role in late September this year. After a unanimous vote by the BCA Council, Mark will replace Reverend Canon Brian Roberts who ministered in this position for the past 18 years. Mark grew up in Leeton and Western Sydney and came to know the Lord in his teenage years. He worked as a newspaper journalist and in the public service in Canberra before studying theology through Moore College. He was ordained in the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn. He worked as the Assistant Curate in the Parish of Temora before moving to England to continue in postgraduate study at the University of Durham. He remained in England until 2002. Since returning to Australia, Mark has served as the Rector of Turvey Park and as Priest-inCharge of Tarcutta parish. He is described as an outstanding pastor, leader and mission strategist by Bishop Stuart Robinson of the Canberra and Goulburn Diocese. Mark is married to Monica and has two sons, Andrew and Matthew. He recently spoke about working with BCA stating: BCAs vision of Australia for Christ is compelling and urgent. I look forward to working alongside a great team of staff and volunteers, supported by the prayers of many and the lessons God has taught me during my time in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn. RIDLEY Melbourne has awarded a new scholarship for indigenous students. The scholarship is to encourage indigenous people to study for ministry. The first recipient of the scholarship, Helen Dwyer (right) said: This scholarship is encouraging. I think it will enable other indigenous people to come to Ridley. Helen is also seeing benefits beyond support for her study, as it has given her an outlet to declare her heritage and link with other Indigenous Christians. Helen is passionate about changing the attitude of denial of her heritage that she has felt in her family. Why would you lie about it? Why cant you be proud of it? she recalls asking many times. She has fought to maintain her Aboriginal identity and felt the impact of claiming that identity. I thought that as an adult I would be able to do it, but society doesnt let you. This scholarship is encouraging for me. At Ridley I can be aboriginal and admired, respected and liked, Helen said. Helen looks forward to continuing her connection with the Aboriginal community while connecting with the Ridley community. Reconciliation is an important issue, especially to Peter Adam, Principal of Ridley Melbourne. Effective Christian leadership and ministry is vital to all people, Peter said. Helen has been overwhelmed by the response to receiving the scholarship. Not only has she been affirmed by friends and classmates but external organisations have contacted her to extend their sup-

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port and encouragement. You dont expect this when you declare your Aboriginality! said Helen. I have also been made aware of other indigenous people in ministry, for example there have been two Aboriginal women ordained in Gippsland. [Phyllis Andy and Kathy Dalton were ordained priest in February this year.] Helen recognises the importance of Aboriginal people ministering to other Aborigines. I think it is important to use the skills of people who are already there, to get someone who has a place with aboriginal community members to minister to them. Ridley is being countercultural by identifying, acknowledging and supporting that. Helen grew up near Mildura on the Murray River. She is from the Ngarrindjeri tribe, from Hindmarsh Island in South Australia. LEFT: At clergy conference, Neil Thompson and Thelma Langshaw. Photo: B. Logan

ABOVE: Edie Ashley and Amy Turner at Clergy Conference. Photo: Barbara Logan

AT Synod, Dean Don Saines announced it is a very real possibility the Certificate IV in Christian Counselling and Communication Skills may be offered through St Pauls Cathedral in 2012. This course is offered under the auspices of St Marks National Theological Centre in Canberra, a Registered Training Organisation. The Dean said he is currently seeking expressions of interest from people interested in the course. We need at least seven people, lay or ordained, so the course can be offered as a viable option in the Diocese of Gippsland. I need to hear from people who would like to explore the possibility of doing this course as soon as possible, preferably before August, he said. This course is an exciting possibility. It will enable us to develop skilled counsellors for our mission as a church. Many of us, clergy and lay people, spend a lot of time each week counselling others. It might be in passing, sharing a cuppa or more formally in our office. Without training, we can do more harm than good. This course offers us a localised way of developing our professionalism when safe ministry is our Christian responsibility. For clergy, we also develop our skills as supervisors of others in ministry and help us grow and deepen our faith communities. Don said each unit of the Certificate IV course will most likely be delivered over five monthly two day sessions at the Cathedral as part of the St Pauls Cathedral Theology and Ministry Training program. It would be taught by qualified trainers from Melbourne. Participants must remember there is a 90 per cent attendance policy. This is due to the experiential nature of the training, and to ensure graduates meet the PACFA requirements in terms of face to face training hours, Dean Don said. I undertook this training some years ago while the parish priest in Newtown in Sydney. It is well worthwhile. I found it personally helpful and as a result it made me a better counsellor, Dean Don informed TGA. So while the units are not cheap, some financial support may be possible from the diocese and parish councils would do well to support clergy or suitably gifted parishioners to pursue this Christian Counselling and Communications Course. As one youth worker is quoted as saying on the brochure from St Marks National Theological Centre, I have been a volunteer worker for 17 years, helping young adults grow in faith and maturity. The skills I have been taught at St Marks have increased my effectiveness to serve those I work with, lead effectively and grow as a person. Christian organisations such as Christian schools, welfare agencies and churches are finding it increasingly difficult to find and employ professionally trained counsellors who have developed an integrative aspect to their work; a counselling practice based in Christian thinking. St Marks NTC courses in Christian Counselling were first developed in 2003, as a way of training the next generation of professional Christian counsellors who work with an integrative, holistic model of counselling, taking into account best practice secular aspects integrated within a Christian theological framework in an Anglican context. More than 500 graduates have been trained since 2003. Many of them are working in Christian schools, welfare and community settings and in group practices. Trainers must meet strict criteria for selection. Each training group of up to 15 students has two trainers. Required qualifications are tertiary qualifications in Counselling or related subject; minimum five years clinical experience; group leadership experience; demonstrated integration of their Christian faith with professional counselling practise; currently practising as a counsellor or therapist; membership of an appropriate professional body; and holding a Certificate IV in Training and Education. The courses are trained in an experiential learning setting, with emphasis on skill acquisition integrated with relevant theoretical perspectives. Beginning with developing a theological position on personhood and the role of the people helper, there is continual theological reflection on course content and counselling practice. Additionally there is a focus on self awareness and how this affects interactions with others. Assessment takes place through classroom observation, input into classroom discussion, self assessment, written assignments and use of recorded counselling interviews. For further information contact the Dean, Don Saines, at St Pauls Cathedral, Sale, telephone 03 5144 2020 or email stpaulssale@wideband.net.au ABOVE: A graduating group of participants in Melbourne.

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July 2011

Our Diocese - Jesus Christ Here and Now in Trafalgar parish 9

Meeting the challenge to join community

By Marg Clark and Sue Jacka
TRAFALGAR parish comprises three towns in Baw Baw Shire. Trafalgar (population 2600) and Yarragon (population 1200) are both growing towns with new housing estates. Thorpdale, in contrast, has a population of about 400 and been badly affected by the amalgamation of smaller farms into larger businesses. Trafalgar parish was a part-time appointment before 2009 when it was decided that to grow, it needed to become fulltime. In all three towns, the Anglican Church has needed to remake old connections and to come into contact with people who have not had any church contact for generations as well as with new residents.

ABOVE: Bev Jones, Joyce Lloyd and Jenny Carlson serve customers at the Opp Shop. Thorpdale for 475 about 1922. There was some unpleasantness about settling the bank fees and the guarantors had to pay the bill. St Marks Thorpdale became part of the Trafalgar parish some time later. The Thorpdale congregation hosts a monthly breakfast following the 8am service.

ABOVE: A giving tree at Trafalgar Bendigo Bank where the local community donates for Christmas. There are three Know Your Bible ecumenical groups in the parish, two in Thorpdale and one in Trafalgar. A youth Bible study meets weekly at the rectory and has prepared young people for admission to holy communion and confirmation. It is great to see young people growing in the love of God, their prayers becoming more heartfelt and their knowledge of scripture increasing. A mens prayer and study group started this year and another womens group operates in Trafalgar. These small groups enable deeper sharing and personal and spiritual growth. At Yarragon, a prayer ministry is offered for people who may not have had any connection with the church, as well as believers from other towns or denominations, or from our own parish. St Marys opportunity shop operates in the parish hall. It has been so successful that it expanded to utilise the whole hall, providing one of the most spacious and airy opportunity shops in the region. A group of about 10 volunteers at Trafalgar collect, sort, clean and even deliver goods. Another 30 volunteers serve customers. Many of these people are community volunteers, although many also have a strong connection with the church. The opp shop provides a meeting place and some friendly conversation for customers as well

ABOVE: Trafalgar parish includes local school children in a range of activities and teaches CRE classes. as some great bargains. We were recently delighted to get a grant from the local Bendigo Bank which has enabled us to install three reverse cycle air conditioning units. This makes the op shop a much more comfortable location for both volunteers and customers. The opp shop provides much-needed income for the parish. Trafalgar parish provides 13 classes each week across the three local primary schools. This is a really important point of connection with local children, most of whom have no other church connections. At both Easter and Christmas we have held special services in one of the churches. operating for 18 months. Some of the regular volunteers and participants belong to the church, but most are from the wider community. The program has been a great way of forming connections between the congregation people who welcome the families, provide the morning teas and look after the PA and data projector. The craft group, Nimble Fingers started a little more than two years ago in Thorpdale. The group meets monthly and provides a good meeting ground for women who may have some connection with the church or none at all. It is a positive time, where more experienced crafters are able to help less experienced participants. At each meeting, the participants donate $3 and we have been able to support our link parish of Nyakabungo in Gahini with some sewing machines from this money. At different times we have conducted a series of evening craft sessions, mostly attended by mothers who are busy with family or work during the day. Christmas craft has been popular as has scrapbooking sessions. At 8am on the first Saturday of each month, men gather from across the parish and from the community to share a cooked breakfast and hear from a local speaker. Ross Jacka leads this ministry and gets the barbecue going even on frosty mornings. There is a mix of ages among the 12 to15 regular attendees. Earlier this year, the parish partnered with the Trafalgar Community Development Association to host a skatebowl festival. Members of the parish wrote the grant and council applications, provided insurance and first aid and learnt what amazing tricks young people can do with skate boards, bikes and scooters! One young fellow (who does CRE with Rev. Sue) was amazed the church would help organise this event and has been asking for it to become an annual event. Three times each year, the parish invites local musicians to play at a Sunday afternoon concert, where afternoon tea is provided to attendees. This started some years ago as part of the Battle of Trafalgar, a series of community events in October. It has expanded to include local school students who enjoy performing with more experienced adults or by themselves. We have raised money for the schools chapcontinued next page

TRAFALGAR parish was established when the Gippsland Forest Mission began in 1879. The first outreach from Warragul was Yarragon (the first St Marks church in Yarragon was built by a Mr Hoare in 1879) and it was the first centre of the parish. The old rectory was next to the church. Trafalgar at this time was a smaller town and its first building was an iron structure. In 1906, the second church building was constructed. This was soon outgrown and in 1926 the current brick building was erected. The former church became the parish hall and about 13 years ago this became the parish opportunity shop. In 2009, we celebrated Yarragons 130th year with a special parish service at which Bishop John McIntyre presided and preached. St Marys 130th anniversary was held last year at Trafalgar, with a special service with Bishop John. Many parishioners who have moved away joined the celebration. There is no definitive date for St Marks Thorpdales first service but we do know it was held at the Mechanics Institute. Thorpdale, Moe and Walhalla were originally part of a readers district. A vicarage was moved from Walhalla to

The congregations
TRAFALGAR now has a mix of families and older adults. It is still very small with typical Sunday congregations numbering in the 20s and the occasional high 30s. Many of the older folk find cold weather difficult and we have found some people who have recently connected with the parish might come every few weeks rather than each week. Yarragon and Thorpdale both have very small congregations where 10 is a healthy number.

The Journey Outward

THE reader may wonder how such a small parish as Trafalgar could be involved in community outreaches. Reverend Sue Jacka was challenged by her mentor, David Tolputt of Scripture Union, to invite community people to join with the parish in serving our community. Care is needed in the roles given, but it has been pleasing to see that God conversations have often arisen; maybe through an offer to pray about a particular situation. mainly music has been operating for nearly two years. It commenced in Thorpdale and has been

The Journey Inward

OUR worship services, especially at St Marys, have become more participatory in the past couple of years. Parishioners lead the prayers of the people, the childrens talks and more people are becoming experienced in the Ministry of the Word roles, especially leading worship in a way that draws upon our Anglican tradition while making connections with newcomers.

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continued from previous page laincy program and Bush Church Aid. At the Battle of Trafalgar Community Night, an annual event, the parish provided the earth ball, jumping castle and other activities from KidsPlus+. We have also hosted a craft activity and face painting. During Summer, Trafalgar parish conducted a two day holiday program for primary school aged children in each of the three towns. Last school holidays, we ran one at Yarragon, which has a very good building for this. Craft, games and Bible stories were greatly enjoyed by the participants. Again we included people from the wider community to help organise and host these activities. Get Creative came about because lots of young people want something other than sport for afterschool activities. In May, we conducted weekly sessions with four groups of young people: painting and African drumming at Trafalgar and drawing and music at Yarragon. Parishioners were joined by local artists and musicians to mentor the young people. On the last weekend, we held an exhibition and two performances, with 80 people attending on the Saturday night and about 50 on the Sunday afternoon. At the Craft Market at Yarragon, held on the last Saturday of the month, the parish sets up a free childrens craft stall. This ministry has been happening for more than two years and we have regular attendees as well as those children who drop by occasionally. It has been great that both people from within the church and community members have donated materials. The opp shop also has been very generous putting aside anything that looks suitable for materials for the craft stall. Beading, puppets and pet rocks have all been popular activities. Rev. Sue would be delighted to have suggestions for other crafty projects that can be completed in a short time frame.

Ecumenical events
EACH year, members of the three local churches celebrate significant events together. On Shrove Tuesday, we share time together with pancakes. On St Patricks Day we gather at a local hotel for a meal together. At Pentecost, we come together with a shared lunch and a remembrance service. Last year we inaugurated a Blessing of the Pets in the local park with some music and since it went so well it will become a regular feature of our shared celebrations. The clergy meet regularly for fellowship and prayer.

A new building
NOT having a hall has meant fellowship gatherings and outreach programs have been quite difficult to arrange. Often, we have had to use other facilities in the town. Currently, the Sunday morning childrens activities take place at the back of the church which can be noisy at times. Our current church is not plumbed and as you can imagine, the lack of toilets can be rather difficult at times. Parish council has considered our future needs and is planning to extend to the south of the church so our building is able to serve both the community and the church. This will be a great step of faith as we do not yet have sufficient money to build this outright, but we want to have suitable facilities for the future, as well as present needs. Perhaps some readers have a connection with Trafalgar Parish and would like to donate to our building fund.

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Creative youth

Blessing a plough, skateboard tricks, breakfast, sausages and music

RIGHT: Some members of the Uniting Church and Anglican congregations after the 'Blessing of the Plough' service held in spring last year. Photo: Ross Jacka

By Sue Jacka

THE Get Creative youth arts program in Trafalgar parish has been very successful and we have had very good feedback from the youth and their families. In May, four groups of young people gathered for painting or African drumming in Trafalgar and drawing or marker pen art and music at Yarragon (right, top, middle and below). We were joined by several local artists and musicians who were happy to share their talents with young people. On May 28, Trafalgar parish held an art show showcasing the artistic talents of many young people. We were treated to a drumming display by those participating in weekly lessons (above). The event was well attended by families and friends. It was made even more fun by the inclusion of plate spinning and other circus style activities provided by Margaret Young, who grew up in Trafalgar and has returned to Yarragon after many years in Melbourne. On May 29 we hosted singer and songwriter, Reverend Greg Jones, at the morning service in Trafalgar. This was a combined service with the Uniting Church congregation. Greg Jones is a minister in the Bush Church Aid Society. In the afternoon we held a musical caf in St Marys. Greg was joined by local musicians Grae Ingleton on sax and Peter Howell who played his unusual long acoustic bass guitar which he had made (below). Three young musicians played keyboard, African drum and sax for our entertainment and they were joined by primary school Chaplain Linda Neave in some of their songs. Afternoon tea was enjoyed by everyone present; it was a pleasant way to enjoy Sunday afternoon. Photos: Ross Jacka

RIGHT: The skatebowl festival earlier this year attracted a large crowd of onlookers and participants and was welcomed by many young people in the Trafalgar parish. The Trafalgar parish partnered with the Trafalgar Community Development Association to host the skatebowl festival, providing insurance and first aid cover. There is interest in it becoming an annual event. Photo: Ross Jacka

ABOVE: A mens breakfast is held on the first Saturday of each month. The ministry is led by Ross Jacka.

BELOW: The mainly music program for children at Thorpdale involves many people from the community as well as the church.

ABOVE: The Anglican church is an obvious part of the monthly craft market at Yarragon, with a sausage stall and craft stall.

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Our Diocese - Missions and Ministries

July 2011

Spiritual direction ministry

YOU bring yourself to whatever ministry you offer was one of the phrases that rang in the ears of a group of 12 people who met with facilitator Cheryl Russell, in her capacity as a psychologist, to consider the part the psyche plays in the ministry of spiritual direction. Most of those present have been trained and are active in the ministry of spiritual direction within the church or the community. This was a beginning day; Cheryl called it an entree into the theme chosen for the day. The workshop proved to be a very good start with each person present being open, vulnerable and desiring to grow in their own self awareness to become better able to accompany others on their spiritual journey. Cheryl encouraged attendees by using photo language to reflect deeply about ourselves and share as we were able. There was special emphasis on addressing the shadow aspects of ourselves and how they impact on our ministries. The day began with silence and a focussing time of worship and ended with silence and music. The workshop arose from the Anam Cara Communitys commitment to providing ongoing supervision and formation training for those engaged in this ministry. Some time ago the community leadership prepared an extensive paper on the whole issue of the ministry of spiritual directors within the diocese. The paper focussed especially on the ministry

of directors who are lay people. This paper includes guidelines for the ministry and the issues of ongoing formation, supervision and accountability. While the guidelines proposed in the paper are considered and dealt with by the dioceses various structures and leaders, the Anam Cara Community has begun organising support and development opportunities for those in this ministry. As a result of discussions at the workshop, peer supervision groups will be formed for mutual support, encouragement, sharing and prayer, with other times of ongoing formation with Cheryl Russell. These groups will be announced on the Anam Cara website as they are formed and anyone unable to attend the day but active in spiritual direction ministry is encouraged to contact Anne Turner, telephone 03 5144 1914 for further information. Brian Turner is planning to facil-

itate a clergy peer supervision group and is in discussion with clergy who attended the day to further this. Several people will be engaged in a praying presence ministry at The Abbey of St Barnabas at ABeckett Park, on Raymond Island, July 8 to 10. The workshop day demonstrated another very encouraging stream of ministry offered by the Anam Cara Community and we are very thankful for Cheryls expertise and willingness to give freely of her time. A reminder the next Anam Cara Quiet day will be at The Abbey of St Barnabas with guest facilitator Dean Dr Don Saines on Saturday July 9. Enquiries to Jane Macqueen, telephone 03 5182 8198. Contributed by Anne Turner and Colin Thornby ABOVE: Participants in the workshop with Cheryl Russell.

CWCIs creative safari

LIVING Creatively was the theme for CWCIs Gippsland safari held during May, travelling from Cowes to Mallacoota and Bairnsdale to Bombala. The speaker, Mrs Jenny Jeffree, is an experienced teacher of a variety of crafts and brought samples of her own work such as paintings, china painting, sculpture and a variety of handmade cards, which illustrated her message. The women who attended were encouraged to know their Creator, live with creation, involving body, mind and spirit and to live creatively using their own special skills and gifts God gave them; remembering not everyones gifts are the same. Jenny reminded attendees that, being made in the image of God, we each share something of His creativity. Creativity is seen, not only in drawing, painting or particular craftwork, but in areas as diverse as life itself, she said. Homemaking, gardening and floral work, cooking, etcetera, are all opportunities to bring glory to God and to enhance the lives of our families and communities. En-route Jenny and the team were able to make contact with some of the Gippsland Know Your Bible groups. These groups are sponsored by CWCI. They are non-denominational and offer weekly informal fellowship and Bible study for women. If you would like to know more about CWCI and the Know Your Bible groups, contact Lynne Baker, telephone 03 5144 7919. Contributed by Irene Hood

Gippsland Grammar
Celebrates Commemoration Day Sunday 7 August 2011
Celebrating 50 Years of Garnsey Campus and 40 Years of Amalgamation

ABOVE: CWCI safari guest speaker, Jenny Jeffree, at Cowes with some of her creative activities. Jenny spoke about creativity and the makers relationship with God. LEFT: Evonne Dubbeld and Jenny Jeffree at Cann River. BELOW: Reverend Judy Holdsworth (vocational deacon), Nancy Groves, Reverend Denise Channing and Wendy Sibrava, at Bombala. BOTTOM left: Molly and Kim, soloists at Mallacoota. BOTTOM right: Jean Manning was visited at her home at Delegate by the safari. Photos: Irene Hood.

Former students of St Anne's Church of England Girls' Grammar School, Gippsland Grammar School and those who attended STAGGS in 1971 are invited to attend the celebrations. For further details or to register your interest Please phone Meredith Lynch (Development Officer) on (03) 5143 6315

The Gippsland Anglican

July 2011

Our Diocese - Missions and Ministries


Caritas for young women

By Jan Misiurka

I HAVE been asked if something that was started in the late 19th century can still be relevant in the 21st century. Some people may find my answer surprising, as I say: Yes, most definitely! Others will not be surprised, as they know my passion for Caritas and Mothers Union. I do not have the exact dates and history in front of me as I write, but Mothers Union has been in Gippsland for more than 60 years and Caritas, previously known as Young Wives and Young Members Department, for more than 50 years. I know this because in March this year, St Marys, Morwell MU celebrated its 60th birthday and Caritas its 50th birthday. What a milestone for the parish and for several members who were foundation members of the Mothers Union branch in the 1950s. Members took part in various duties in a celebration service, enjoyed fellowship with lunch and reminisced about good times past. What has kept these members so loyal and strongly involved over these years? Caritas is part of MU Australia and I would like to concentrate on the role and the potential Caritas has in our diocese. Caritas has been described as a circle with swinging doors on either side. People come in through one door and enjoy what Caritas has to offer. Some leave by the same door, to their previous way of life. Some stay within the group and enjoy what may be their only contact with the church, while others move through the other door, into the life of the church. Caritas is reaching out into the community, so a group can take on whatever form their community requires; be it mainly music groups, people who would normally eat alone meeting and going out for a meal, recent arrivals (migrants or new to the area), young mums, isolated older folk, families from different church backgrounds meeting over a meal, young people being taught to shop and cook, a biblical book club, support for families who do not have family supports, etcetera. Groups provide friendship, good role models and encourage good parenting and the building up of family life in its many varied situations. In setting up a Caritas group it is important leadership comes from within a committed core group who have the support of their Rec-

tor. The Diocesan MU President (Karin) and Caritas Leader (Juliet) should also be involved. Prayerful planning is important and goals set and reviewed regularly, to ensure all is on track. Personal invitations, as always, work best, so knock on that door or pick up the phone and ask that person to join you. Membership of Caritas is open to all, single, married, male or female. A short prayer, reading or sharing of how Jesus works in our lives is required at some stage during a meeting and is what sets Caritas aside from secular groups. No one said it was going to be easy to establish a group, but it can be a rewarding time of personal development and Christian growth when you take courage in both hands ... and step out in faith. As always, communication is paramount. Caritas groups receive all the information sent in mailings to MU branches. In this way, members can take out of it what is of interest to their group, but at the same time feel included and learn a little more of what MU is doing in their area and worldwide. Members realise they belong to an organisation spread throughout 81 countries with more than four million members ... members who work together on projects from an international level down to small local ones, in order to address hardship and discrimination, family issues, give prayerful friendship and encouragement and look after the environment. Resources are available to help, support and encourage Rectors, leaders and members. I became a Caritas member in the 1980s. I knew I was going to become a member because I had grown up in the church and it was

going to be a rite of passage for me. I waited patiently until I was asked to join and was not disappointed. I became involved in the committee at group, diocesan, state and Australian levels. I gained confidence and insight, travelled and met people who mentored and nurtured me in my faith life and encouraged and supported me. I am passionate about Caritas because I have reaped its benefits. Now I am the Australian Caritas Leader and it is my turn to encourage, support, mentor and nurture others. Reaching out is the reason for Caritas existence. In 2011, as in 1876, there are still many people who are in need of the friendship and caring a church-based group can offer. Many people are outside the family of the Church and do not understand or accept the claims of Christianity or have become indifferent to its message. Pressures on individuals and families are continually changing. Marriage breakup, unemployment, employment uncertainties, financial stresses, loneliness and isolation, having to move to a new area on short notice and more, are part of our local and church communities. Caritas groups offer an open and sensitive approach to all and the issues arising from their circumstances. Caritas, I believe, fits centrally into Gippslands Strategic Plan and I commend it to parish communities to think about as they plan for their futures. ABOVE: Caritas foundation members, and current Mothers Union members, Marj Dickson, Mollie Burney and Gill Lowe, at the celebrations at St Marys Morwell.

ABOVE: Several women in Corner Inlet parish have been assisting the Foster Rotary Club with a project to provide knitted jumpers for South African babies born with AIDS. Many of these babies would otherwise not have their own clothing and the little jumpers fill this need and bring comfort and dignity to the baby and the mother. Seph Hession, right, is one of the ladies from Christ Church, Foster, who has kept up a steady supply of little handknitted garments. Seph has knitted more than 30 jumpers in the past two years. She is pictured handing over her latest efforts to Foster Rotary Club project coordinator, Liz Hall, who is also a member of Corner Inlet parish.

Gippsland Grammar milestone

GIPPSLAND Grammar School opened for the first time in February 1960 at the old deanery in Cunninghame Street, Sale. Thirty-two boys were enrolled for the first day with the late Reverend H J Neil as Headmaster. The School grew quickly as did plans to move to a larger site, now known as Garnsey campus. The first sod for the foundations of the new buildings was turned by Dean Alexander in March 1961, with the foundation stone laid by Sir Charles Lowe, Administrator of Victoria on April 30 that year. In 1971, when St Annes Church of England Girls Grammar School amalgamated with the Gippsland Grammar School, they were the first Anglican schools in Victoria to do so. Both schools were already committed to providing top quality facilities but could see the benefits of working together to maximise the use of facilities and resources, especially staff. Bishop David Garnsey initiated the establishment of the Gippsland Grammar School and was pleased the historic merge would provide an outstanding school for Gippslands boys and girls. Mr Charles Sligo was appointed principal of the new school with the late Miss Lorna Sparrow as vice-principal and headmistress. Their vision and leadership enabled the school to grow and develop a new identity, based upon the spirit and traditions of the past, while being conscious of the needs of the future. Mr Tom Binks was appointed headmaster of the junior school and the combined school council decided on the badge, motto and the name of the school, St Annes and Gippsland Grammar School (STAGGS). The first school captains were Janette Ingram (Davis) and Russell Needham and the school continued to grow, enjoying steady enrolments. In the first 10 years, STAGGS became a school of considerable eminence and the foundation was firmly laid for a promising future. To celebrate 50 years of Garnsey campus and 40 years of amalgamation, Gippsland Grammar will hold a Commemoration Day service and lunch on Sunday, August 7, at the Chapel of St Anne at Garnsey campus. An open invitation is extended to former students of the original boys school, Gippsland Grammar School and of St Annes Church of England Girls Grammar School to attend this special occasion. In celebration of 40 years since the amalgamation of the two schools, the School extends an invitation to all students who attended during the first year of St Annes and Gippsland Grammar School (STAGGS). You may have been in Prep, Grade 5 or Form 6 in 1971; this invitation is for you. For further details or to register your interest, please contact Meredith Lynch (Development Officer) telephone 03 5143 6315. ABOVE: The late Reverend HJ Neil with Sir Charles Lowe at the laying of the foundation stone in 1961.


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Literary and Media Reviews

July 2011

Of royal intrigues Walking with humanity and d a r k crimes

By Sue Fordham Sansom, CJ; Dissolution, Dark Fire, Revelation, Sovereign, Heartstone By Carolyn Raymond Browning V and Little J (2008); Maalika: My life among the Afar nomads of Africa; Pan McMillan; $35.
MAALIKA is a title meaning Queen in the Afar language of eastern Ethiopia. This is the name the Afar people have given Valerie Browning, an Australian woman who has worked tirelessly for these people for the past 30 years. To give a title such as this to a stranger is a great honor and shows the respect and acceptance in which the Afar people hold Valerie. The book Maalika is her story, a story which tells of her work first for the people of Eritrea and then her marriage and life among the Afar people in the harsh, hot deserts of Ethiopia. Valerie Browning has led a remarkable life by any measure. A belief in social justice as taught and lived by Jesus has been a guiding principal of her life. This has brought her into many areas of conflict. Her training as a nurse gave her skills to provide help to people living in poverty and coping with war. As a young nurse from rural New South Wales she went to Ethiopia in the 1970s to help nurse victims of the devastating famine. She later returned to Africa, where her work included medical aid and political advocacy for Eritrea. In more than 30 years, Valerie has nursed famine victims in Ethiopia, helped independence fighters in Eritrea, supported guerrilla soldiers in Djibouti and reported undercover on human rights abuses in Ethiopia; risking her life many times for her belief in justice. In 1989, she married Ismael, an Afar nomad clan leader, and now lives as an Afar woman in Northern Ethiopia, one of the harshest places on earth. Valerie and Ismael have two children, their daughter, Aisha, who is studying in Australia and a young son, Rammid. The Afar are nomadic beause the land could not support people who were settled in one place for any length of time. They do not plant crops or build homes. They live with few possessions, enough to be carried on the back of a camel. Their lives revolve around their their camels, goats and donkeys. They move to a place where there is water and pasture; when these resoures dry up, the group must move on. They live in low domed huts made of palm matting over a framework of sticks. Few have had the opportunity for education and health care is often impossible to access. Their lives are a struggle for survival. Together, Valerie and Ismael created the Afar Pastoral Development Association which brings education to a culture which had two per cent literacy; they have also brought lifesaving medical aid and community empowerment to the nomads. The APDA started with 34 committed staff and has now expanded to 750 workers. Anglicord is a long time supporter of Valerie and the Afar people and in recent years Anglican parishes such as Paynesville parish have joined in supporting Valerie and the projects run through Anglicord and the APDA. The only worthwhile, sustainable type of devel-

THESE five books, listed in order of reading, have gained an enthusiastic following among those who like mystery, detective and historical faction. The stories have been around since 2007 when the first of the five was published by Pan Macmillan. In broad terms, the hero is a hunchbacked lawyer, Matthew Shardlake, who gets caught up in church and royal intrigues at the time of Henry VIII. In Dissolution, Thomas Cromwells commissioner, sent to investigate a monastery with a view to shutting it down, is found murdered, his head severed from its body. Matthew Shardlake, himself a reformer, is sent by Cromwell to investigate the crime. Dark Fire is about the search for the formula for the powerful Greek Fire, lost for many years and rumored to be recently found. Shardlake is sent to recover the formula and is bound up in a web of murder and intrigue. Revelation sees Shardlake embroiled in trying to save a boy from certain burning as an heretic. The political situation involves Henrys courtship of Catherine Parr, Archbishop Cranmers suspicion of her reformist sympathies and all is bound in the predictions of the book of Revelations. Sovereign is the book I enjoyed most for its evocation of the spectacle of the Kings progress to the north of England to receive Yorks submission to his power. Again, Shardlake is involved in intrigue, murder and deceit. The final in the series, Heartstone, is set around the war of 1544-6, the French invasion and the warship, Mary Rose. It sees

Shardlake in familiar settings: the asylum of Bedlam, law courts and the fleet at Portsmouth; again with murder a recurring theme. I have been deliberately vague about the stories of each book, because it would be a pity to spoil the surprises of these richly plotted works. As PD James notes about Dissolution (and it is true of all five books): Remarkable The sights, the very smell of this turbulent age seem to rise from the page. Colin Dexter, author of the Chief Inspector Morse books describes Dissolution as: Extraordinarily impressive. The best crime novel I have read this year. It is important to note the books do not fall away in quality as many second and third, and so on, novels often do. The story lines, characterisation and superb evocation of era and place are maintained from one novel to the next. It is also important to read them in correct order to get the historical sequence of events, but also to understand the orderly development in the sub plot of Matthew Shardlakes life and the lives of people with whom he is connected. In one sense it is true the Church of England doesnt come out of the Shardlake novels very well. It is also true that humankind is a mixed bag of the venal and the virtuous and the church is made up of the full complement of human strengths and weaknesses. It is a miracle God is able to achieve his purposes with the material he has. I commend these books to you. I was absolutely enthralled, sitting up far too late, ignoring things I ought to be doing because I simply could not put each book down. The research explained in the historical notes at the completion of each book make it clear that Sansom (who has a PhD in History) has gone to exhaustive lengths to make the books authentic in all respects.

opment is community-based, where local leaders make decisions about their direction and cultural development. Empowering communities with an emphasis on skills transfer is the best possible leg up organisations can give. One initiative is a hospital. The main section will contain 28 beds. One end will house all the operating and technical equipment. The other end will have space for teaching to train Afar nurses, birth assistants and medical professionals. Funding is still being sought to complete the centre in 2011. The basis of the APDA health plan is the mobile health units. It is the most practical way of administering healthcare, such as vaccinations, to the nomads. To reach communities where there are no roads, Valerie and the team must carry a generator by camel to make ice to keep the vaccines cold. Once they reach an accessible distance, they carry the vaccines packed in ice and walk with the heavy packs for anything up to 14 hours. In one week, the team may walk about 300km. The purpose of the centrally located hospital in Mille is to service those who cannot be treated by the mobile health units. This book is the story of a woman living out her Christian faith. It is also a love story and a story of a family who are prepared to live on the edge to support what they believe. Valerie is a woman who has been prepared to live out her faith; accepting discomfort, enormous challenge and frequent sadness as the consequence of this decision.. Valerie has been awarded an Order of Australia for service to International Humanitarian Aid. Price: $35 (including postage and handling). You can order a copy of Maalika from Anglicord, telephone 03 9495 6100, email anglicord@anglicord.org.au

Film raises powerful questions

By Jeanette Severs
I AM (2011) Heritage films
THE 10 Commandments are scattered through this film as a device to remind us of the flaws of humans. This movie explores opportunity, deceit, retribution and honor and throughout is an individual each of the characters talks to regularly. If you had an absolute fortune and were diagnosed with a terminal illness, what would you do? What about the people left behind? What effect do their actions have on other people and how do they come to terms with those actions? I AM is a powerfully thought-provoking film that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I found myself wanting to watch the movie again straight away, to try and bring the threads together and better explore the actions of and consequences for each character. Heritage films, telephone 07 5370 2007 or email kylie@movieschangepeople.com

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History of Victorian church

By Jeanette Severs Grant, James (2010) Episcopally Led and Synodically Governed: Anglicans in Victoria 1803 1997; Ridley College
GIVEN the push by the Anglican Church in Australia to adopt a new draft covenant (see The Gippsland Anglican, June issue), it is an opportune time to read this book and reflect on the history of the church in Australia and Victoria, its leadership role and its focus on governing for unity, rather than dictatorially. James Grant was the archivist for the Diocese of Melbourne, leading up to its sesquicentenary, a role enabling him to become very familiar with the diocesan records. This book is an account of Anglican life in Victoria from settlement. A complete history of the Church in Victoria would probably require publication of several volumes of work. This book, instead, using the periods of each Bishop as a chapter, describing the decisions, developments and issues relevant to each era. The book records stages of Victorias development and named are various luminaries and illustrious names in the States history. There are episodes and people recorded that contributed to the development of social and political reform and government, to make Victoria the region it is today. We also read about the early Anglican Church and its Victorian congregations establishing various missions, hospitals and societies that continue to benefit the State. The first recorded Church of England service in Victoria, then known as the Port Phillip settlement of New South Wales, was on October 22, 1787, at the new settlement of Sorrento. Grant takes this introduction to Victorias history to provide a short comment about Acting Lieutenant Charles Robbins, of the Buffalo, and Charles Grimes, Acting NSW Surveyor General, who surveyed the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers and reported the site as ideal for future settlement - the future Melbourne. The early building of churches and schools, the appointment of Church of England chaplains and work of the Church Missionary Society are touched upon in the opening chapter. This includes an interpretation of the 1836 Church Act. In 1836, the first Bishop of Australia, William Grant Broughton, was consecrated (resident in Sydney). Up to then, the Anglican church in Australia was under the auspices of the Bishopric of the greater Asia region. Bp Broughton was a very busy and energetic man, travelling around Australia, aiding congregations to grow and contribute to Victorias growth and encouraging and supporting the building of church and school buildings at Portland, Geelong and Melbourne. In Victoria (still known as Port Phillip settlement, but extending west into Henty land), there were 900 members of the Church of England in 1838; in 1841, there was 4,626, showing a marked growth in the parish. The Dorcas Society, established under the auspices of the Church of England in Melbourne, had set up a hospital and asylum, being the only provision for the sick and aged in Melbourne until the statefunded Melbourne Hospital opened. Bp Broughton appointed Reverend Edward Griffith Pryce to the Murrumbidgee and Maneroo Districts in 1843. In 1845, Pryce journeyed to Lucknow (East Gippsland) to conduct services and extended his ministry in Gippsland in 1846 and 1847. Gippslands first ecclesiastical building, Christ Church at Tarraville, was opened in 1856. In his travels, Bp Broughton made a point of the need for a new style of episcopal ministry in the colonial Church, and lobbied Westminster for additional bishops in Tasmania, Melbourne and Adelaide. In 1842, Francis Russell Nixon was consecrated Bishop of Tasmania. In February 1847, the evangelical Charles Perry was nominated by Queen Victoria as the first Bishop of Melbourne; his jurisdiction was the whole settlement of Port Phillip, what would become Victoria. With the appointment of further bishops, in 1847 Broughton was made Bishop of Sydney and the Metropolitan of Australia. In November 1852, Broughton arrived in England, dying on February 20, 1853, and was buried in Canterbury Cathedral, the knowledge of his foundation work which is fairly extensively discussed in this book, largely lost to successive generations, according to Grant. Bp Perry was also a busy and energetic man, who travelled throughout Victoria with his wife, Frances. His brief on appointment was to bring into being a Church where there was none. Bp Broughton held friendly relations with the clergy of other churches, including Catholic priests. Perry, on the other hand, after landing ensured without doubt his poor opinion of, in particular, the Roman Catholic church. Perry brought a number of clerical recruits with him and lost no time in deploying them, chiding the existing ministry to improve their sermons and management of their churches. Unfortunately, his focus on expanding the church across Victoria did not extend far into Gippsland. He appointed Willoughby Bean to Tarraville, in June 1848, and in February 1849, after visiting Bean, Perry appointed him the sole cleric for the whole of Gippsland. He also encouraged forming a local committee to establish a school. Perrys pastoral strategy is revealed, to advise a community to build a clergymans residence; after its completion, he would appoint a clergyman and, if necessary, pay the expenses and stipend for a year. Perry believed that first it was necessary to plant a clergyman in the community; after that the desire and means for erecting a church (p26) would come from that community. Perry ordained John Herbert Gregory as the first Bush Mis- ABOVE: Archbishop David Penman and Deputy Premier, sionary in June 1850 and by 1851 there were 24 Anglican Robert Fordham, now a member of Gippslands Bishop in clergy in Victoria. Council. Photo: The Age Bp Perry also began to establish an adminstrative framework for the diocese with the partnership of Henry Moore as Bishops Registrar. Perry was concerned about his as Bishop of Manchester in January 1886 and left Australia despotic right over clergy and keen to ensure the laity had with his wife, Mary, on March 11. He is credited with havrights over appointment and discipline of clergy. However, ing raised the standing of the clergy and the confidence of the his efforts to draft Bills on these issues was circumvented by Church of England flock in Victoria. St Pauls Cathedral was complete, a showpiece of Marvellous Melbourne and his protest from Geelong and Melbourne parishes. The main burden of educating the increasing population monument. Forty years after his departure, Moorehouses still rested with the churches, even though government statue was placed on the northwest corner of the tower that schools were being established. Government funding en- bears his name at St Pauls Cathedral, sharing the honor with abled new Anglican schools to continue to be established, the saints Peter, James and John on the other corners. Bp Goe tried to shape future theological training and edulocal fundraising supplemented by grants from the SPCK dispensed by the bishop. In January 1849, the Diocesan cation, establishing Perry Hall in Bendigo where, from 1893 Grammar College was opened, based on the principles of an to 1897, formal study was combined with ministry. Goe also enabled more theological students to enrol at Trinity ColEnglish public school. In October 1850, an Australasian Board of Missions was lege. Goe was instrumental in encouraging and supporting established, at the first Conference of Bishops, called by Bp the development of lay readers, ordinary people drawn from Broughton in Sydney. Perry brought home for discussion the the suburbs and country towns, many of them clerks, shop minutes from the Bishops Conference and convened a rep- assistants and student teachers. As readers, their vocation resentative conference of 20 clergy and 32 lay delegates on was tested as they were expected to travel widely, received June 24, 1851. Its purpose was to seek stability, efficiency only basic accommodation and a small stipend, relying on and discuss development of a future constitution for the their congregations to provide food in order to survive. Goe ordained many of these readers into the clergy during his Church of England in Port Phillip. Eventually, in October 1856, in Melbourne, one week be- time as bishop. During the last years of Bp Moorehouses tenure, he enfore the opening of the first Victorian parliament, Perry presided over the first legally constituted Church Assembly couraged the recruitment of women to mission work within in the British Empire. Attendees included members of par- the parishes. Suitably recruited, supported and trained, their liament, senior members of government and a large propor- purpose was to bring the message of the Gospel to the poor tion of the legal fraternity of the colony. The assemblys and fallen. From its early development in March 1885, a purpose was to constitute and exercise the powers of self property in Little Lonsdale Street was purchased and by Sepgovernment within the Anglican Church in Victoria. By its tember 1888 a full mission program had begun: mothers second gathering, in 1857, the Assembly enabled Acts about meetings, girls clubs, a dispensary for the sick and poor, the constitution of parishes, consecration of churches and ap- hospital visits and prison visiting. Neglected and brothel pointment of ministers. In 1869, the Assembly constituted a children were also cared for. It is from this first beginning, cathedral chapter which provided for lay as well as clerical that in 1890, Bp Goe ordained the first deaconesses from among these women. canons (p51). Goe was noted as a bishop with concern for missions both Perry continued to be a pioneer bishop and the Anglican Church continued to plant churches throughout the State, at home and abroad. This included the longstanding Mission based on community need, to establish Sunday schools and, to the Chinese on the Victorian goldfields and in Melbourne with State Aid, to build new churches and parsonages in and Aboriginal mission work in Ballarat Diocese at Lake Melbourne suburbs and country towns. Perry joined Caro- Condah (near Hamilton) and Framlingham and in Gippsland line Chisholms committee to support her work among im- at Lake Tyers. During Goes tenure, both boys schools, Melbourne Grammigrants. The Anglican church took the lead on providing for orphans, building orphanages for the Protestant commu- mar and Geelong Grammar, were the only diocesan schools. nity. Grant also refers to how the Anglican Church estab- The Assembly had approved the proposal for a Girls High lished benevolent societies and hospitals, including maternity School but financial support was not forthcoming. In 1893, hospitals, the Womens Hospital, Childrens Hospital and the Miss Hensley, Lady Janet Clarke and Mrs Grimwade opened Merton Hall in South Yarra, for girls. In 1899, the School Governesses Institution. Both prisoners and seamen benefitted by the Anglican Council of the Assembly began negotiations for it to become Church; the chaplain of the prisons at Melbourne and Pen- a diocesan school. There were also numbers of private acadtridge was from the Church of England. Bp Perry provided emies and colleges related to parish churches. At Trinity College, the development and progress of Trinthe funds to establish a Missions to Seamen Melbourne station, which in the time of Bp Clarke, in 1916, in Flinders ity Womens Hostel was confounding its critics. Lady Janet Street, evolved into the current Mission to Seamen facility. Clarke ensured its progress, donating 5,000 pounds towards In 1863, local churchmen petitioned Perry to establish the- the building cost. In the 1898 Church Assembly, moves began to subdivide ological teaching in Melbourne. In 1870, Trinity College began building at Melbourne University; the first students the diocese further (there already being bishops at Ballarat enrolled in 1872. Perry was adamant he was founding a res- and Geelong), with a new Diocese of Bendigo, comprising idential college to be affiliated with the University. Although the archdeaconries of Bendigo and Beechworth. Goe would Trinity College eventually provided theological teaching, it have preferred Gippsland but it lacked a sufficiently strong was not empowered to confer formal qualifications. Perry centre. It was up to HF Scott, of Sale, to successfully move and his successor, James Moorehouse, were strongly sup- to include Gippsland in the considerations. In the 1899 Church Assembly, the issue was still being deportive of local learning, but it was in 1891 that General Synod established the Australian College of Theology to ex- bated. In 1901, Canon WG Hindley brought forward a Bill amine and recognise the theological studies of aspiring or- to create three new dioceses, replacing three archdeacons with three bishops - Wangaratta, Bendigo and Gippsland. dinands, during the bishopric of Field Flowers Goe. Bp Moorehouse, within days of his arrival in 1876, an- This issue had been discussed since 1870 and was confirmed nounced theological teaching would commence in Mel- in the New Dioceses Act passed on October 3, 1901. It was under the early years of Bishop Henry Lowther bourne and established a theological studentship at Trinity College, leading to six other scholarships being founded. The Clarke that the first bishops of the new dioceses were chosen first three students, AV Green, TH Armstrong and Reginald and consecrated. Henry Archdall Langley, Archdeacon of Stephen, all became bishops and other future leaders were Melbourne, was chosen by Bendigo. Thomas Henry Arminspired to enrol. Moorehouse encouraged stipendiary read- strong, Archdeacon of Gippsland, opted for Wangaratta. ers to work in outer suburbs and the bush and, to help with Canon Arthur Wellesley Pain, Rector of St Johns Darlinghurst (Sydney diocese), was nominated as Gippslands their supervision, created Rural Deaneries in 1877. Moorehouse was nominated by the British Prime Minister continued next page

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continued from previous page bishop. In Gippsland, Bishop Pain was active and energetic, as was his populace, in extending ministry across the wide territory. Bishopscourt was erected on public subscription, St Pauls church was accorded cathedral status and the first student enrolled at Sale Divinity Hostel. By May 1914, re-named the Gippsland Divinity Hostel, it was operating a program of preliminary ordination training in a new building which included the diocesan offices; 50 students were trained by 1919, including a future bishop of Gippsland, EJ Davidson. Freemasons Lodges were among the first associations in Port Phillip. By 1901, Masonic temples were ubiquitous in the suburbs and country towns. A large proportion of the clergy and church officials were Freemasons (p159). Grant details how in the 1920s, Masonic solidarity was seen as the most effective counter to growing Roman Catholic influence in business, professions and, especially, the public service. Various Anglican clergy and bishops served in the Freemasons, as detailed by Grant. The 1916 General Synod recommended drafting a new constitution for the Church in Australia or to amend the existing constitution. Sydney clergy and laity led dissent, however in 1921, the Primate, Archbishop JC Wright of Sydney, gave support in general terms, reserving his right to dissent on points of detail. At the following Melbourne Synod, Canon Langley said he wanted the faith of the Church defined and faithfulness to the original trusts safeguarded. In the following decade, 1916 to 1927, proposals and amendments were put to each General Synod and Melbourne Synod. In October 1926, a draft constitution was prepared for an All Australian Convention. Significant changes were made to the tabled document and the final version was passed by the 1926 General Synod. The Melbourne Synod in June 1927 adopted the Draft Constitution. In 1920, at Lambeth, two recommendations emerged about womens ministry: that women should be admitted to councils of the Church to which laymen are admitted and on equal terms; and the formal diaconate of women should be restored. The 1921 General Synod resolved to put these recommendations into practice without delay. Bishop Cranswick, of Gippsland, is well known for recruiting women as deaconnesses. Indeed he returned from the Lambeth conference having recruited two women to the diaconate for Gippsland. These women spearheaded work in newly cleared forest areas and visited the scattered populations, travelling by foot, bicycle or horse. Cranswick took the recognition of these women to a new level, beyond Lambeths intent. In Gippsland, they were known as the Reverend and took their seats in synod. Archbishop Harrington Clare Lees announced to the 1924 Synod he had leased the unused St Hildas Home in East Melbourne and appointed Minna Johnson as Head Deaconness for the Diocese of Melbourne, in charge of a training program for women and invited applicants. Unfortunately, the response was underwhelming according to Grant and in 1929 only five were at work in Melbourne. Both before and after World War 2, churches supported Sunday school; choirs; childrens ministry including boy scout and girl guide troupes, Girls Friendly Society and Church of England Boys Societies; confirmation classes; young womens and young mens groups; Bible societies. In the 1930s, in line with community trends, the diocesan youth organisations were an essential element in the program of a well-run parish. Also in the mid-1930s, Grant records Bp Cranswick and Archbishop Head outright opposing the Roman Catholic Church, including its favor for Mussolini and Franco. In 1937, Head argued that Roman Catholics, in being loyal to the Papacy of Rome, were disloyal to the Australian parliament and British Empire. In 1938, on ANZAC Day, the Christian prayers, used since 1916, were ommitted to accomodate Roman Catholic ex-soldiers, who were forbidden to join the service otherwise. Head was one of many hundreds of marchers who dropped out before the civic ceremony. When RG Menzies committed Australia to World War 2, the Anglican Church responded by providing chaplains and reviving the League of Soldiers Friends. According to Grant, as in the Great War, the greatest number of service men and women were nominally Church of England. Frank Woods, Archbishop 1957 to 1977, despaired at the politicking of Australian Anglicans and his disfavor of the faceless men behind synod elections. Woods tenure, during the Menzies government period, saw growth in the enrolment of students and recruiting of teachers from the state system to independent schools, including Anglican schools. It was also a growth period in university chaplaincy. Frank Woods time was noted for the collaboration between Anglican schools and industry to develop scientific education. Melbourne Grammar was the first Anglican school to receive assistance towards new laboratories under this scheme. In 1984, Archbishop David John Penman came to the role

ABOVE: Bishop Charles Perry, the first bishop of Melbourne, preaches at an outdoor gathering at Forest Creek, 1852. Artwork: Castlemaine Art Gallery amidst politicking for a new broom. Grant labels the Board of Electors as mildly Anglo-Catholic and indicates the majority of the names put forward for consideration were men in the catholic tradition (p326). Penman was involved with CMS in New Zealand and Victoria and believed he was called to serve in the Muslim world (p327), leading him to Karachi and doctoral studies in Islamic sociology. The Penmans went from Karachi to Beirut, West Africa, North Africa and the Middle East, developing a Christian student movement across these territories. Returning to Australia, then New Zealand, he came back to Australia on the invitation of Dann and was consecrated bishop on April 30, 1982. The period of Penmans tenure as Archbishop was a time of challenge in social policy and various committees and working groups were formed to provide information to the Archbishop so he could speak publicly on issues of relevance. Anglican schools were built or re-newed due to state government funding and others were planned. The Anglican Church led government policy on aged welfare, increasing the number of nursing home beds and dementia units and planting local committees to ensure residents had a say in the decision making and management; providing parish land to build more housing commission homes in Melbourne and rural towns; advocating for compensation and land rights of Aboriginal people. Penman himself recognised the likely impact of AIDS on the Australian community and became patron of the National AIDS Trust and joined the Commonwealth Governments Australian National Council on AIDS. In 1985, Penman was able to help bring the General Synod and Melbourne Synod to agreement about the ordination of women. Grant faithfully re-tells the time consuming trail to ordaining women. On February 9, 1986, Melbourne saw its first ordination of women deacons at St Pauls Cathedral. In 1988, Penman appointed Majorie McGregor as Archdeacon for Womens Ministry. It took until June 1989 for General Synod to resolve women deacons could be elected as clerical representatives (with a vote of 90 per cent in favor). At the following Melbourne Synod, Muriel Porter, Charles Sherlock, Bp Hollingworth, Bp Stewart and others were able to get agreement that, before General Synod in 1989, the Australian Church negotiate to determine unity and allow dioceses to ordain women priests. From this Melbourne Synod, Penman announced he would ordain the first woman priests in February 1990. Leading up to this time, various opponents remained active, the Appellate Tribunal was called to rule on the validity of the decision made at Melbourne Synod and legislation was drafted to both support and delay (according to Grants analysis) ordination of women. Penman, concerned the legislative path would delay womens ordination, sought alternatives. Bp Oliver Heyward, of Bendigo Diocese, agreed to propose a resolution affirming the inherent right of a bishop to ordain. It was on July 24, 1989, that David Penman suffered a massive heart attack and was placed on life support, dying on October 1. At General Synod, it was recognised the Anglican Church had lost a powerful advocate for womens ordination. Bp Heywards resolution that authority is located in the individual diocese mirrored the views of Bp Perry more than a century before; but the Tribunal in November found the 1854 Act did not provide local powers to approve ordination of a woman. [It is interesting to note that Gippslands Archdeacon Heather Marten and Canon Amy Turner this year celebrate 25 years of ministry. They were in the second group of women ordained deacon in 1986.] Grant details briefly the development of a contemporary ministry to Aboriginal people, while also discussing administrative reform and restructuring in the Anglican Church in Victoria and the beginning of Cursillo in the State. Cursillo was brought from the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn to Victoria via Gippsland in 1988, by Dean Alan Huggins and Canon Percy Moore, spreading to Melbourne in 1993 and Tasmania in 1995. More recently Cursillo began in Wangaratta, continuing its expansion across Victoria and interstate. After a 14-month vacancy, Keith Rayner was enthroned as Archbishop on November 18, 1990, a Queenslander with experience in bush ministry. It was during Rayners archbishopric that the issue of the ordination of women as priests was resolved, leading to many worthwhile women deacons in Victoria being ordained. Grant records that Rayner delivered a carefully constructed theological rationale to a special session of Synod in March 1992; the vote was 498 to 123 in favor. It was also during Rayners tenure that General Synod began to consider the theological, unity and constitutional issues that would arise from the consecration of women to the episcopate in the Anglican Church of Australia (p384), a decision that took until this century to resolve and come to fruition. Between 1992 and 1995, the Anglican Church reviewed and amalgamated various care organisations to become a single Anglican welfare agency, Anglicare. Bp Andrew Curnow, an advocate for change and amalgamation, became Anglicares champion and founding chair. Anglicare was considered Victorias major provider of child and family services. Grant writes that Anglicans in Victoria from the first displayed three characteristics: their laity led the way, they served their community and they worked ecumenically. Without making the point more than once, the author shows that while time to make decisions may have been frustrating for many, the Anglican Church in Australia was focussed on Unity; so that very time needed to ensure unity also meant stronger decisions when they were made. This volume of history is to be commended for its historical and social records. It brings to life the history of Victoria and the history of Anglicans. The author acknowledges bias in the storytelling but it does not detract from the tale. There are a number of editing errors in the book that at times detracts from the sense of what is written. Notwithstanding these two issues, it is a fascinating read, from both the historial and social aspects recorded here. The book is available from Ridley College or Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, tel. 03 9329 6963, email aspic@ozemail.com.au

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Of philanthropy and giving

By Karina Woolrich Additional review by Jeanette Severs Harper, I (2011) Economics for Life: An Economist Reflects on the Meaning of Life, Money and What Really Matters; Acorn Press
THE Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Glenn Stevens, launched Ian Harpers book Economics for Life in Melbourne on April 5. In Economics for Life, Professor Ian Harper, former head of the Australian Fair Pay Commission and now at Access Economics, shares insights gained from his professional career as an economist, and as a Christian, in particular as a member of the Anglican church in Melbourne diocese and his reflections as an economist as he embraces a closer faith. Harper demonstrates why economics is a good servant but a bad master. While he suggests: It is surely good that millions of human beings have been delivered from grinding poverty by economic systems variously based on market principles, he also observes: The creation and acquisition of wealth has become, for many people, the sole purpose of their existence and the sole criterion of value in their lives. When you spend most of the day, as I do, thinking about resource allocation, production and exchange, it is good to be reminded there is more to life than the consumption of goods and services. Most people seem to draw comfort from spiritual pursuits our lives should amount to more than mere consumption, he says in the book (chapter 3: Morality and the Market). Professor Harper shares not only what he has learned as one of Australias best known economists, but also something of the values which undergird his worldview. He discusses tensions between the economic and social dimensions of Australias development. He argues markets have the potential to undermine community life: By exalting individual preferences and achievement, markets can corrode a sense of responsibility [for] ones community, fuelling social alienation. Instead, he details how, as a Christian economist, his opinion on the morality of the markets is often sought. He refers to Adam Smith, the founder of modern economics, who was a professor of moral philosophy at Glasgow University. Modern economics started out as a branch of moral philosophy, Harper states. Smith warned of the marketplaces shortcomings, especially if it became detached from its moral footings. Harper states that individual consumers choices often have a faster effect than waiting for governments to legislate, because the market economy is built on freedom. He analyses why the populace must strive to make ethically sound choices in their lives. From these choices, by enough people, often laws will follow. In this way, Harper argues, people can reduce sweatshops, child labor and illegal fishing, improve labor and wage conditions, determining and leading to socially optimal outcomes. Good laws [and] good values frame the institutional setting and direct it towards moral rather than immoral [decisions], he states. Harpers writing and analyses are set squarely in the Australian context, considering early labor laws, the global financial crisis, setting minimum wages for Australian workers, unemployment, financial deregulation, the Australian financial system, banking, lending and trust. He also discusses philanthropy and giving, particularly structuring peoples income to ensure there is an amount that

can be given away, either through the church or in other philanthropy. He describes a simple approach to giving, that, like the poor widow who gave two small copper coins and was commended by Jesus (Luke 21: 1-4), enables everyone to give as they want to and are able. In an affluent society, people have more choices thats what it means to be affluent. It [enables] more people to fulfil their aspirations, as well as releasing them from penury, drudgery and want [and] can be marked by great acts of private philanthropy and well-funded public institutions, art, music, architecture, preservation of the natural environment and blessings. In Australia, it is too easy to lose perspective on just how wealthy we are relative to most of the rest of humanity, Harper states. He points out that, in Australia, having wealth or striving for greater wealth, rather than being a source of shame, is a benefit for others, particularly in improving peoples living conditions, health, education, housing, social welfare and the environmental conditions of rivers, soils and forests. Being affluent is an enormous privilege, he states and in this book describes how economics can help in distributing that affluence to improve the needs and opportunities for people. Harpers book is available from Acorn Press, in Brunswick East; telephone/fax 03 9383 1266. SPCK Australia recently announced Economics for Life on the short list for Australian Christian Book of the Year, along with Bible bites: 365 devotions for Aussie families; Christianity alongside Islam; Hot rock dreaming: A Johnny Ravine Mystery; Isaiah: Surprising salvation; Judgement day: The struggle for life on earth; and The rag doll.

A program for worshipping with children

By Val Gribble ML Hall, JF (2010) In their Midst: Worshipping with Children; Broughton Publishing Pty Ltd; $39.95
THIS book is a very useful resource for clergy and childrens ministry leaders. To quote the introduction: In their Midst activities take children on a journey into the inner life of the liturgy and full participation in the worship life of the community. Those who use the book, particularly within the liturgy, will find activities are designed to assist each community in honouring their liturgical tradition, and to lead children into meaningful participation in that tradition. Childrens Ministry leaders will find their role when using this book is more of a facilitator. No special training is required and once the program is established preparation is minimal. Judith F Hall is a childrens educator and a layperson in Bendigo diocese. She originally trained as a Kindergarten teacher and worked for Mothers Union as a childrens and family worker. While rearing her family, she attained a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies and has completed an Education for Ministry certificate. Judith Hall has always had a deep love of liturgy and always sought to include children in parish worship so the experience is enriching for the entire community. Using these skills, Judith has developed the programs in this book to encourage a style of play and concentration which makes children particularly receptive to liturgy, prayer and scripture. Each chapter of the book is dedicated to activities for various parts of the liturgy. For example, Gathering in Gods name, The Gloria, Psalms and Hymns and songs of praise, The Ministry of the Word and more. Each chapter provides one or all of Points to Ponder, a Pastoral Note, Facilitators tips, Practical hints, all designed to guide the facilitators. There are also many, many ideas to introduce the programs. An important part of any program is the evaluation and there are excellent questions to guide the facilitators through this process. I would recommend this book to any parish or childrens ministry organisation to inspire and guide them to new ways of integrating children into the worshipping community. The book can be purchased from Broughton Publishing Pty Ltd, 32 Glenvale Cresent, Mulgrave, 3170 or www.broughtonpublishing.com.au First published in The Anglican Gazette 120:4, May 2011, published by the Diocese of Rockhampton. Reprinted with permission. If you are interested in submitting a review, contact the Editor at editor@gippsanglican.org.au

Centurion movie released for school holidays

Sutcliff, R (2011) The Eagle; released July 2011
THE next school holidays will see the release of the next films in the Harry Potter and Cars franchises, but one film will stand out for its historical and literary references. Rosemary Sutcliffs book, The Eagle of the Ninth, first published in 1954, became a best seller and literary classic, popular among generations. It was made into a BBC radio series in 1957, a BBC TV series for children in 1974 and the latest offering is again aimed at children, but should appeal to all ages. The Eagle is an epic adventure set in second century Roman Britain. Twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, a young centurion searches for the army's ill-fated standard, with hope of restoring his father's honor. Marcus fathers reputation was in tatters because, as commander of the ninth legion, he lost the eagle (the standard) and all his men. There could be no greater shame and dishonor for a commander of fighting men of Rome. This movie will also appeal to history fans, as it explores one of the greatest military mysteries of the ancient world. While its characters search for the lost eagle, the film works to uncover the equality of all men when slavery and class distinction meant everything.

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Abbey community thanks Judy and Jim

ON Friday, May 27, a eucharist and special morning tea was held at The Abbey of St Barnabas to give thanks for the work of Judy and Jim Rennick and to welcome Helena Wilson as the newly appointed administrative officer for The Abbey of St Barnabas at ABeckett Park. In the past four years, Judy and Jim Rennick have worked tirelessly in their support of the work of ABeckett Park. Originally agreeing to take on a relatively small task of booking officer for diocesan bookings for ABeckett Park, Judy, with support and assistance from Jim, took on progressively more and more responsibilities as the job grew. Judy and Jims role as booking officer has grown to include meeting and greeting all campers, administrative work such as banking and invoicing and practical onsite matters such as regularly checking the safety and security of the site, managing the rubbish disposal, calling tradespeople and dealing with emergencies as they arise. Now four years on ABeckett Park is poised to take the next step in its development as a Centre for Spirituality and the Environment. The last of the school outdoor education camps concluded at the end of May. Now, as The Abbey of St Barnabas at ABeckett Park, it will begin to focus all its activities in line with its vision as a Centre for Spirituality and the Environment. Bishop John McIntyre spoke of the important and significant contribution made by Judy and Jim Rennick. This sentiment was echoed by Robert Fordham as he spoke on behalf of the ABeckett Park Development Working Group. Rev Brian Turner, Chairperson of the ABeckett Park Development Working Group, presented Judy and Jim with a gift of thanks. Helena Wilson is now the person with whom to book into activities or accomodation at the Abbey.

THIRTEEN parish treasurers and friends attended a seminar at the Registry office in Sale on Friday, May 6 to hear about online computerised accounting using Quickbooks software. The seminar was led by Ross Wilson, of the accounting firm, WHK Armitage Downie, and Danielle Matthews of the Diocesan Registry office. The Parish of Avon is already using this system and was used as the case study during the seminar. Participants said they enjoyed the seminar and three said they would recommend to their parishes coming on board with the scheme. If other parishes are interested in attending future seminars or have any other enquiries, contact Danielle Matthews in the Registry office, telephone 03 5144 2044. Contributed by Brian Norris ABOVE: (front row) Margaret Beckett (Heyfield), Joan Hall (Heyfield), Danielle Matthews (Registry office), Ross Wilson (WHK Armitage Downie) and Jill Dixon (Warragul); (back row) Tony Spink (Lakes Entrance and Metung), John Searle (Bairnsdale), Roslyn Jackson (Churchill), Heather Marten (Morwell), Sue Kent (Avon) and Keith Dann (Westernport).

Helena can be contacted on 03 5256 6580 or email theabbeyofstbarnabas@gmail.com Helena works part time and will respond to your telephone or email enquiry on her working days. The Abbey program of activities is in the diocesan calendar, on page 6 of The Gippsland Anglican. Or you can look up the Abbey program on the website, www.stbarnabasabbey-gippsland.org The Abbey is also offering an opportunity for short term communities, small groups of people living in Ena Sheumack House and praying in the Church of St Barnabas for the work and development of The Abbey. Contributed by Edie Ashley ABOVE: Robert Fordham and Brian Turner during the presentation to Judy Rennick. Photo: Supplied by www.raymondisland.net

Gippsland music makers shine

GIPPSLAND singers and accompanists combined, at St Josephs Catholic Church and Parish Centre, Wonthaggi, the venue for the recent church music workshop hosted by the Royal School of Church Music Gippsland (Victoria). Fay Magee (Cowes parish) led a group of enthusiastic singers and accompanists in an opening vocal class using breathing, movement and singing exercises. The participants combined at the end of the day to rehearse what had been learnt in other sessions, including parts of a new Mass (Mass of St Francis by Melbourne musician Paul Taylor) for the Catholic Church. During the middle sessions, Fay led the singers in the study of a number of short works, suitable for congregational singing. Some of these were sung unaccompanied and learnt by memory.

Anthony Hahn (Sale parish) and Marion Dewar (Leongatha parish) worked with the accompanists for the middle sessions. Keyboard players were encouraged to try the four different instruments and to suggest ways of accommodating a variety of music styles and levels of expertise. Guitarists learnt some short cuts and demonstrated several ways to introduce new repertoire to a congregation. Anthony capped off the day by showing a powerpoint presentation he recently completed titled Pipe Organs of Gippsland.

John Lagerwey (Morwell parish) thanked attendees for their attendance and input. The 18 participants (across three denominations) came from Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Cowes, Leongatha, Morwell, Boolarra-Yinnar, Heyfield, Sale and Melbourne. Contributed by Marion Dewar ABOVE: Walking the walk to learn more about breathing. LEFT above: Accompanists combine. LEFT: Attendees singing together. Photos: Marion Dewar

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Queens Birthday honors Anglicans

THE Governor-General, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC, Chancellor of the Order of Australia, has approved awards announced in The Queens Birthday 2011 Honors List. Included in these awards are 376 recipients, who are receiving awards in the general division of the Order of Australia, in recognition of their diverse contributions and service to fellow citizens in Australia and internationally. I want to give my strong support to the awards made through the Australian Honors System, Ms Bryce said. They elevate the concept of giving to others. They heighten our respect for one another and they encourage Australians to think about the responsibilities of citizenship in our democracy. Awards in the Australian honors system represent the highest level of recognition accorded by our nation for outstanding achievement and service. The Honors announced today recognise community values and celebrate what is important and unifying in Australian life, Ms Bryce said. Emeritus Professor John Hay AC, Chairman of the Council of the Order, said the diversity of service across all fields of endeavour was recognised today in The Queens Birthday Honors List. These awards are public recognition of people who provide outstanding community service and whose achievements enhance national identity. By their actions they demonstrate the qualities of positive role models. The recipients are not only worthy of respect but encourage emulation. These awards also recognise the quiet achievers in our midst. They are people who serve the community, but do not seek accolades, Professor Hay said. The Order of Australia relies entirely upon community initiative for submission of nominations. It is important that the honours system continues to uphold the national ethos of valuing diversity and recognising the contributions made by citizens to Australian cultural and social life, regardless of background, he said. All Australians are encouraged to nominate fellow citizens who have made outstanding contributions to the wellbeing of others for national recognition in the Honors List. The Gippsland Anglican prints here the list of recipients who are known to be involved in the Anglican church. The Editor has endeavoured to find out if any Gippsland Anglican church member has received an award. The Editor of The Gippsland Anglican acknowledges there could be others also associated with church activities who have been awarded honors in the Queens Birthday List. If a resident of Gippsland and in particular, a member of Gippsland Diocese, has received an award but is not included in this list, please email editor@gippsanglican.org.au and to them we also extend our sincerest congratulations. reer working as a general surgeon and teacher in various clinics, hospitals and university teaching hospitals in Ethiopia. As Assistant Director, SIM Australia (Sudan Interior Mission), he undertook a 3-months review of Mission hospitals and clinics in Africa. 1979-1980. Chief Surgeon, Shashamane Mission General and Leprosy Hospital, Southern Ethiopia, 1968-1973. General Surgeon, Vellore Christian Medical College, Vellore and the Danish Leprosy Mission, Madras, India, 1967. General Surgeon, Townsville, 1998-2003. General and Thoracic Surgeon, Townsville General Hospital, 1981-1992; Director of Surgery, 1976-1978. Temporary Senior Lecturer in Surgery, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville, South Australia, 1975. Dr Hicks attends St Augustines Anglican Church, Palmwoods, Qld when in Australia. Mr Steven Monteith WILSON, Qld For service to business, and to the financial services industry in Queensland, and to the community through leadership roles in cultural heritage, sport, and social welfare organisations. Director, City of Brisbane Airport Corporation, 19951997. Director, Telstra Corporation, 1991-1996. Member, Council for Economic Development of Queensland, 19901995; Committee Member, 1988-1990. Chairman and Director, St Johns Cathedral (Brisbane) Completion Fund, 1997-2010; achieved the necessary funds for the completion. Member, The Salvation Army Business Advisory Committee, 1989-1992. Brother, since 1984; Member, 1975-2000; Divisional Superintendent, Goodna Division. Member, Anglican Parish of Camp Hill Council. Area Commissioner, Church of England Boys Society. Mr Rodney John VINEY, Blackmans Bay Tas For service to youth through the Scouting movement, and to Sailability, Tasmania. Deputy Chief Commissioner, Tasmania, Scouts Australia, 1993-1999; Branch Activity Leader Planning, 2000-2003; Assistant Leader Training, 1993-1999; Branch Commissioner Water Activity/Sea Scouts, 19831995; Rover Scout Adviser, 1969-1974. Member, St Clements Anglican Church, for 40 years. Mrs Susan Mary VINEY,Blackmans Bay Tas For service to youth through the Guiding movement, and to the community. Member, Girl Guides Association of Australia, for 40 years; Member, Tasmanian Executive, for 5 years; Member, State Council, for 5 years; Vice-President, for 5 years; State Ranger Adviser, for many years; Member, Program Committee, for many years; Leader, 1966-1991. Member, National Centenary of Guiding, 2002-2010. Member, St Clements Anglican Church, for 40 years; Member, Parish Council, since 2006. Founder and Chairman, Christian Counsellors Association of Tasmania, 2001-2008. Mrs Cheryl Margaret WEBSTER, Lane Cove NSW For service to the community through the provision of assistance to refugees from Africa. Community Development Worker and African Refugee Advocate, Anglicare, since 1985; working with all refugees but particularly refugees from African countries. Volunteer, Bright Hope Organisation, Ethiopia, since 2006; and across southern Sudan, since 2008; 3-4 months each year. Active Member, Missions Committee, Scripture Union NSW, for many years. Leader, Beach Mission Teams (Family Summer Camps), Scripture Union of NSW, for 7 years; Member, for 37 years; established two new teams. Active Member, St Andrews Anglican Church, Lane Cove, for over 30 years; and St Thomas Church, North Sydney, for over 15 years. Coordinator, Girls Friendly Society, Lane Cove Anglican Church, for approximately 30 years until 2007. Mr Clyde William WODE, Rockhampton Qld For service to the community through Anglicare Central Queensland. Board Director and Inaugural Member, Anglicare Central Queensland (formerly Careforce), since 1992. Instrumental in the establishment of the Anglicare organisation. Manages the yearly Cent Sale major fundraising effort. Contributor to Anglicares Housing Program and the Winna-Burra Program for Indigenous families in need. Organised and ran a Youth Group for the Anglican Church called Antiock for approximately 5 years. Current Member, St Davids Anglican Parish, Rockhampton. Mrs Diana Jean WODE, Rockhampton Qld 4700 For service to the community through Anglicare Central Queensland. Fundraiser and organiser, Anglicare Central Queensland (formerly Careforce), since 1987. Assists with the management of the yearly Cent Sale major fundraising effort. Assists with the coordination of the annual Christmas Wrap fundraiser, and sources and coordinates the annual Christmas Hamper appeal. Also involved with the Winna-Burra Program for Indigenous families in need. Current Member, St Davids Anglican Parish, Rockhampton. Professor Peter William WOLNIZER, Cherrybrook NSW For service to higher education in the field of business and economics as an academic and administrator. Council Member, Moore College, 2000-2004; Scots College (Sydney), 1999-2002; and Scotch College (Melbourne), 1989-2001.


Mr David Grosvenor BARNSDALL, Killara NSW For service to the community through the Hamlin Fistula Australia organisation. Honorary Chairman, Hamlin Fistula Australia (previously known as Hamlin Fistula Welfare and Research), since 2009; Deputy Chairman, 1999-2009; Director, 1996-1999. Current Member, Investment Committee, Anglicare NSW; Member, Council of Anglicare, 1994-2005; former Chairman, Audit Committee; former Chairman, Investment Committee. Honorary Treasurer, Board Member, Archbishop of Sydneys Winter Appeal, 1984-1995. Committee Member, Deposit and Investment Fund, Scripture Union NSW, since 1980s; Honorary Treasurer, 1974-1984. Member, Silverwater Emu Plains and Parklea Divisions, Kairos Prison Ministry Australia, since 1999; Chairman, Journey Committee, for many years; Honorary Assistant to the Acting Chaplain. Mr Nigel Bruce CARRALL, Annerley Qld For service to the St Johns Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane through contributions to its completion. Benefactor, Loaves and Fishes Luncheon, St Johns Cathedral of Brisbane, 19942008. Fundraiser, Lord Mayors Community Trust, 2009; Anglican Womens Hostel, 2010; Living Well, 2011. Mrs Hazel Edith MAGANN, Lethbridge Park NSW For service to the community through a range of historical organisations. Current Member, Combined Historical Societies Standing Committee, Blacktown City Council. Instigator, Ghost Tour program, St Bartholomews (Anglican) Church and cemetery, Prospect, NSW, 1996. Current volunteer guide. Lady (Suzanne) MARTIN, Queens Park NSW For service to youth through the Sir David Martin Foundation. Board Governor, Sir David Martin Foundation. Volunteer, Triple Care Farm, Mission Australia. Supports, Creative Youth Initiatives, Mission Australia. Supports, South West Youth Services, Mission Australia. Lady Martin is affiliated with the Anglican Church. Mr Charles John MASSY, Cooma NSW For service to the wool industry, and to the community. Principal, Partner and Founder, Severn Park Merino Stud, Cooma, 1975-2008. Chairman, Centre for the Application of Molecular Biology to International Agriculture, 1998; Director, 1995-1998. Chair, Fundraising Committee, Berridale Anglican Parish, 1998-2005. Mr David Walter PARTRIDGE, Brunswick Junction WA For service to the dairy industry in Western Australia, and to the community. Dairy and Veal Producer, W S Partridge & Sons, Brunswick Junction, Western Australia. Secretary, Vestry of St Peters Anglican Church, for 25 years. Council Member, Perth College - Anglican School for Girls. Mr Leslie Robert SIMS, Kensington Grove Qld For service to the community through St John Ambulance Australia. District Officer, the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, 1986-2006; Serving

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Honourable John Duncan ANDERSON, Mullaley NSW. For distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia, particularly through support of rural and regional communities, transport development, and water management initiatives. Federal Leader, The Nationals (formerly the National Party of Australia), 1999-2005; Deputy Federal Leader, 1993-1999. Member, Central Executive, New South Wales Branch, 1987-2005; Member, Central Council, 1986-2005; Chair, Gwydir Federal Electorate Council, 1986-1989; Chair, Tambar Springs Branch, 1984-1989. He was educated at The Kings School and was also the Resident of St Pauls (Anglican) College (A residential college within the University of Sydney). Currently he with his family attends the Tambar Springs Anglican Church, in the New England area of NSW. Mr Mark Walter SCOTT, Roseville NSW. For distinguished service to media and communications, and to the community through advisory and governance roles with a range of social justice and educational bodies. Managing Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, since 2006. Board Member, Wesley Mission, since 2008; Honorary Secretary. Council Member, Knox Grammar School (an independent, Uniting Church, day and boarding school for boys), since 2007. Mr Scott was the guest speaker at this years Sydney Prayer Breakfast.

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Conspicuous Service Cross Royal Australian Navy

Principal Chaplain Garry Wilson LOCK RAN, ACT For outstanding achievement as Principal Chaplain of the Royal Australian Navy. Principal Chaplain Lock has led the Navy Chaplaincy Branch and Navy personnel through a period of profound cultural change with compassion and empathy. He has estructured the Branch with exceptional successful results to meet current and future needs, reinvigorated the Lifeskilling Program, and developed a Navy-wide focus on character formation and a joint chaplaincy model in conjunction with the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force. Principal Chaplain Locks exceptional achievements are defined by his pastoral care of, genuine compassion for and empathy with personnel of the Royal Australian Navy at all levels.


Dr Barry Leon HICKS, Palmwoods Qld. For service to international humanitarian aid as a general and thoracic surgeon, and as an educator of medical trainees in Ethiopia. Dr Hicks has spent a large part of his medical ca-

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Our Diocese - Parishes

July 2011

Change at Avon

A FAREWELL celebration in Avon parish for Reverend Canon Caroline Nancarrow was held in Stratford on Friday, May 20. Rev. Caroline has served in the Gippsland Diocese for 22 years and the past five in Avon parish. A good night was held, with good food, fellowship and sharing of stories. Caroline and Emily Nancarrow will travel to England and intend to spend six months with family before returning to Australia. Contributed by Heather Blackman.

Dedication of Honour Board

ON the Second Sunday of Easter in Holy Trinity Church Stratford, a new Honour Board was dedicated to the Glory of God and in remembrance of all men and women of the area who have served in the Australian Defence Forces in times of war and peace, especially those who made the supreme sacrifice. The Board was dedicated by Reverend Canon Caroline Nancarrow at a special service included in the 10am celebration of the Eucharist. The service was attended by delegates from the local RSL and interested others. The Honour Board was handcrafted by Peter Vranek (Stratford) and Len Graham (Loch Sport) from beautiful native blackwood, donated by Roger Langford of Sale. The gold inscription was done by Sale Signtorque. The late Mr Ian McIllwain was an earlier proponent of the need for a memorial to post WW1 servicemen in Holy Trinity. In more recent times, Len Vice has urged for action to be taken. Following research conducted by Canon Caroline, Judy Tulloch and others, parish council approved the design, crafting, inscription and erection of the new Board, unveiled at the service by Len Vice. Contributed by Denise Vranek ABOVE: At the farewell for Caroline Nancarrow from Avon parish were Narelle Thatcher, Bev Thatcher, Weymss Struss, Geoff Thatcher and Wayne Thatcher. TOP right: In front of the Avon Honour Board, Len Vice, Neil Lett, Peter Vranek, Reverend Canon Caroline Nancarrow, Laurie Lipscombe, Frank Weber, Val Townsend and Betty Luxford. ABOVE right: Bishop John McIntyre, Dean Dr Don Saines, Rev. Canon Caroline Nancarrow and Dr Pene Brook at the farewell for Caroline. ABOVE far right: Ron Clancey, Claire Rourke, Nola Adams, Pat Clancey and Lyn Ruff at the farewell for Caroline and Emily Nancarrow. Photos: Heather Blackman

Unity strengthened at Fish Creek

ABOVE: Fellowship in Orbost parish has been centred around sharing meals this year. It will be no different in July, when the parish celebrates St James Day with its annual cabaret dinner, with a theatrical twist. It helps the parish has many good cooks, including Reverend Bevil Lunson, the Rector. Recent fellowship meals have included a mothers day breakfast, a fellowship garden lunch and a passover meal. Photo: Barbara Lunson

ON Sunday, March 20, history was made at Fish Creek when Bishop John McIntyre, leader of the Gippsland Anglican Diocese and Reverend Tim Angus, Presbytery minister for the Gippsland Uniting church, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the congregation of the Fish Creek Union Church. Members of Corner Inlet Anglican Parish Council with Rev. Tim Fletcher and Uniting Church Council with Rev. Denham Grierson joined the usual congregation to witness the signing by the Bishop, Presbyter and chairperson of Fish Creek Union Church local council, Dr Fran Grimes.

The signing strengthens links between the denominations and formalises an arrangement which has been in the making for more than 100 years. The Union church continues to welcome all who are seeking God and a place to belong and holds services every Sunday (except 5th Sunday). The congregation gathers at 9am on the first and third Sundays and 6pm on the second and fourth Sundays. Contributed by Fran Grimes ABOVE: Fran Grimes signs the MOU.

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