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The Gippsland Anglican October 2012

The Gippsland Anglican October 2012

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October 2012 edition of ‘The Gippsland Anglican’
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Volume 109, Number 9October 2012Published in Gippsland Diocese since 1904
The Gippsland Anglican
is your award winning newspaper: Best Regional Publication Bronze Award (ARPA) 2012; Best RegionalPublication Silver Award (ARPA) 2011; Item or Feature that shows the most originality Highly Commended (ARPA) 2011; Best SocialJustice Story Highly Commended (ARPA) 2004; Best Regional Publication (ARPA) 2003; Most Improved Newspaper (ARPA) 2001.
 Youth building their own fencesPages 9 to 16Award for 
TheGippsland Anglican
Page 3Mud does not deter San Remo peoplepage 20
 
2Our Diocese - Missions and Ministries
October 2012
The Gippsland Anglican
The Gippsland 
 Anglican
Price: 90 cents +gst each$25 +gst annual postal subscriptionMember of Australasian ReligiousPress AssociationMember of Community Newspapers Association of VictoriaRegistered by Australia Post.Print Post Number 34351/00018
The Gippsland Anglican
is the officialnewspaper of and is published byThe Anglican Diocese of Gippsland,453 Raymond St,Sale, Victoria, 3853,www.gippsanglican.org.auEditor: Mrs Jeanette Severs,PO Box 1254, Bairnsdale, 3875Tel: 0407 614661Fax: 03 5144 7183
Email:
editor@gippsanglican.org.auEmail all parish reports, all articles,photographs, advertisements andletters to the Editor. Photographs as jpeg files. Articles as .doc or .txt files. Advertisements as PDF files.Printed by
Latrobe Valley Express P/L
21 George Street, Morwell, 3840 All contributions must be received bythe Editor by the 15th day of the monthprior to publication. Contact the Editor to discuss variation to this date. TheEditor reserves the right of final choiceand format of material included in eachissue.
The Gippsland Anglican
and theEditor cannot necessarily verify anymaterial used in this publication. Viewscontained in submitted material arethose of contributors. Advertising Rates:$6.80/cm deep/column black & white.Color is an extra $130.Contact the Editor in the first instancefor all advertising submissions, cost-ings and enquiries, including about in-serts in the newspaper.For Sale Classifieds:Parishes can advertise items for free, for sale at prices up to $100.Email details to the Editor.
 
Index
Newspaper awardedWord favors headship3First anniversary4Childrens puzzlesMU helps familiesChildren sing at Morwell Women on safariChanges to CursilloYouth feature9-1Emergency ministry1Diocesan calendar1Perspectives18-19Reviews20-21Teens and sex2Clergy ministry2 Abbey retreat23San Remo renovates24One womans work24Orbost dances24
Letters to the Editor 
Remembering Deaconess Nancy
Dear Editor,I was in India last week tograduate 200 pastors andspouses from my Interna-tional Biblical School southof Bangalore, when I heardDeaconess Nancy Drew hadpassed away.Nancy was a delightfulcombination of spiritualityand down to earth wisdom.Her zeal for the Gospelnever dimmed and sheloved a fresh challenge.I found her a real source of information about EastGippsland and other parts of the diocese. I recall her direct gaze and the crisp words.Hers was a meta-life, overarching trivialities and al-ways straining towards the goal in Christ Jesus. She wasa woman of the people.She will surely rest in peace and rise in glory!With love fromBishop Arthur Jonesin Manila, the PhilippinesEditor’s note: A tribute to Deaconess Nancy Drew was inlast month’s issue of 
The Gippland Anglican
.
Award for 
The Gippsland  Anglican
THE Gippsland Anglican
newspaper has won an-other award, in the 2012 Australasian ReligiousPress Association’s annual awards for excellence.Jeanette Severs, editor of the monthly newspapersince late 2006, received the Bronze Award for BestRegional Publication at the awards ceremony, inWellington, New Zealand, on September 8.The judges comments were: ‘Very little of the con-tent is other than local, giving
The Gippsland Angli-can
a strong regional emphasis; and that which isimported is re-worked to emphasise the local angle.The high number of photographs featuring Gipps-land people is laudable, but fewer of better qualitywould improve page appeal.’ The gold award went to
Tasmanian Catholic 
mag-azine and silver award went to
 Aurora
, published bythe Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.Overall, the judges commented on the importanceof focussing on news about local events while in-cluding relevant and carefully-selected materialfrom beyond diocesan boundaries and linking it toregional issues, in this category. “I am really pleased to receive this award, consid-ering the quality of publications in the Christianmedia market-place, many of them glossy maga-zines,” Jeanette said. “The award recognises the quality of work put in to
The Gippsland Anglican
by myself and the manyparish correspondents, who work hard to providenews and photographs of local events. “This is the second year in a row
The Gippsland An-glican
has won an award in this category and bothtimes the judges focussed on the newspaper’s com-mitment to its readership.” There are 87 publications among the 192 membersof ARPA.
The Gippsland Anglican
has received threeawards in the Best Regional Publication categoryand three other awards in the past decade.Jeanette was in Wellington for the annual ARPAconference. She was also asked by the ARPA com-mittee to chair a conference workshop on digitalpublishing, discussing similarities and differences inthe processes and purposes of hardcopy and onlinepublishing.ABOVE: Judging Coordinator, Julia Stuart, congrat-ulates Jeanette Severs (right) on the bronze awardfor
The Gippsland Anglican
.Photo: Stephen Webb
 
October 2012
Our Diocese - Missions and Ministries3The Gippsland Anglican
I WILL never forget thestunned silence, at a churchconference in the 1970s,when the wife of an Angli-can clergyman publicly de-scribed the many forms of abuse suffered by manywomen in Christian homes,where men demanded theirwives submit to them.It awakened me in analarming way to the awfultruth that what we say,whether or not we mean itto, can be taken by those towhom we say it, to justifywhat we never intended. Nomatter how well we mightargue our case theologicallyand logically, others willhear it as they want to hearit and justify all manner of behavior on the basis of it.This, presumably, is onereason why we are warnedin Scripture that to havethe authority of a teacher inthe church is an awesomeresponsibility.Imagine my alarm, then,when I hear fellow Anglicanbishop, Archbishop PeterJensen*, announce publicly,women should be asked tosubmit to their husbands intheir wedding vows. Thisagainst the background of an Australian society whereevery year on average114,600 women experienceviolence by a current orprevious partner; where atleast 68,000 of the casesare witnessed by children,and where in 30 per cent of these cases, the child wit-nesses are also abused.Now, I am certainly notsaying the Archbishop of Sydney would not be con-cerned about this violenceagainst women and chil-dren. Hardly. I believe he isas horrified as I am aboutdomestic violence, and Ihave heard him speak outstrongly against it.Nevertheless, I also be-lieve he is naïve not to un-derstand, like it or not, hispronouncement, thatwomen should submit tomen, will inevitably be acatalyst to ongoing domes-tic violence for those menwho perversely take hiswords, as some will do, to justify their dominance andabuse of women and chil-dren. It is certainly whatthe wife of an Anglican cler-gyman made so clear to meso long ago.There are two issues toaddress on this matter. Thefirst is the issue of lan-guage. The English word ‘submit’ is today so associ-ated with being submissive,or even forced into submis-sion, that it can no longerbe used in the nuanced waysuggested by the Arch-bishop. He correctly pointsout ‘submit’ has othermeanings to being submis-sive or forced into submis-sion, but the word is now sotainted by common usage itis largely beyond redemp-tion.It is certainly true theword ‘submit’ has beenused in some cases as theEnglish translation of aword used by St Paul to de-scribe, in the first place, theduty of every Christian,whether female or male, inliving out all our relation-ships with one another. Heasks all Christians to live inthis way “out of reverencefor Christ” (Ephesians5:21). In other words, hesays that if we truly revereJesus, we will live as helived and this will bedemonstrated in the atti-tude we have to each otherin all our relationships.Now, it is clear Jesus wasneither submissive nor washe forced into submission.It is also clear Jesus waswilling, in freedom andlove, to give of himself toothers so they might havelife. This is the pattern of his life to which St Paulpoints as the pattern forChristian life. Acts of de-voted costly love for thesake of the other, in whichwe count the other as bet-ter than self, indicate theattitude St Paul sees inJesus and fill out the mean-ing of the word he uses inthis passage. But in com-mon usage, the Englishword ‘submit’ does not con-vey this meaning.The second issue to ad-dress is the issue of Biblicalanthropology. So long assome argue there is a hier-archy of male over femalein Biblical anthropology, wewill continue to have prob-lems. In such an ideology, itwill not be seen as strangeto require submission of awoman to a man.The problem is, this is nota true representation of Biblical anthropology. Fromthe very beginning of Scrip-ture, it is clear in the cre-ation stories of the ancientHebrews that man andwoman are made in theimage of God. As such,both in their own right aregiven authority on God’sbehalf to play the same roleas each other in God’s cre-ation. There is no subordi-nation of one to the other,implicit or explicit, in thesefoundational stories. This isall the more extraordinaryfor the fact these storieswere originally told in an in-tensely patriarchal age, aculture that certainly im-pacts on many other ac-counts in Scripture.Surely this means theymust be understood as acorrective to patriarchy. Ac-cordingly, any attempt toread the subordination of female to male in any otherpart of Scripture, or to readsubordination back intothose foundational storieson the basis of a misinter-pretation of another part of Scripture, is simply badhermeneutics (interpreta-tion).In the end, the real prob-lem is the wrong messagesent to the community bythe use of language thatwill be misunderstood andby statements based on aninterpretation of Biblical an-thropology that subordi-nates women to men.This is a problem becauseof the inevitable detrimen-tal impact it has for womenand children right now.Sadly, it brings the Gospelinto disrepute, because itopposes the Gospel’s fun-damental message of liber-ation to all who areoppressed.*Archbishop Peter Jensenis the Anglican Archbishopof Sydney and Metropolitanof the Province of NewSouth Wales in the AnglicanChurch of Australia. He wasrecently in the Australianmedia when Sydney dio-cese released a new versionof marriage vows for in-tending couples.
 
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