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The Gippsland Anglican - April 2013

The Gippsland Anglican - April 2013

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April 2013 edition of 'The Gippsland Anglican' - monthly newspaper of the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland, Australia
April 2013 edition of 'The Gippsland Anglican' - monthly newspaper of the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland, Australia

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Volume 110, Number 3April 2013Published 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.
Wendy Mayer usinggifts on Lady DayPages 4 to 6Primate washesfeet for Easter Page 3Gippsland diocese1924 to 1933Pages 13 to 15
Breaking thepoverty cycleby educatingpeople aboutreproductivehealth
Messy church
ABOVE: Messy church, a family faith based after-school activity, has begun in anumber of parishes across Gippsland diocese. At Bairnsdale, Sue Lester is one of a number of helpers.Photo: Judi HoganMARG Docking (right) hasmore than 25 years’ expe-rience working as aChristian midwife acrossYirrkala and Aurukan toKenya and Uganda. Shehas seen first hand thecycle of hopelessness anddevastation that lack of education can cause.She passionately believesin training people with fun-damentals of family plan-ning and sanitation, sothey may escape thepoverty cycle.Marg has recentlyreturned from Uganda andworks through
WiseChoices for Life
, an organi-sation she helped set up.Further information can befound at the website,http://www.wisechoices-forlife.org
Wise Choices for Life
is aministry set up to empow-er vulnerable Ugandanmen and women in thechild-bearing age groupwith knowledge and skillsto break the poverty cycle.Targeting young adultsfirst, the training in repro-ductive health challengesthe view of manyUgandans that large fami-lies produce strength. Thisattitude is replaced withone of children by choice,not chance.Marg Docking will be talk-ing about the program andher experiences at the Co-operating Churches,Williams Avenue, Churchillon Wednesday, April 17,2013 at 7.30pm.
2Our Diocese - The Abbey of St Barnabas at A’Beckett Park
 April 2013
The Gippsland Anglican
The Gippsland 
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
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
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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.
Reproductive health1Bishops message3MU Lady Day4,Q&A with WendyHouse athleticsKidsplus+ newsMessing about9Dean resigns1Bronze medal11Diocesan calendar1110 years of news13-1Hamiltons humor13Deaconesss journey14Nourishing body & soul16  A bell’s life17 Talking about God1Songs for Pentecost1Life in fragments19MU Pictorial2
A PHOTOGRAPHIC work-shop will be held from April19 to 21, at the Abbey of StBarnabas at A’Beckett Park,on Raymond Island in EastGippsland.The tutor, Robert McKay, isan enthusiastic amateurphotographer and will helpto demystify the use of cameras, demonstratingwhat all the controls areused for, as well as the useof the camera itself.Rob will also lead partici-pants through exerciseslooking at the artistic sideof photography, includingcomposition balance, har-mony and perspective; thetype of knowledge whichhelps to get the best useout of you and your cam-era.There will be time for dis-cussions and also plenty of time to go out and put the-ory into practice. Exercisesubjects include land, seaand cloud scapes, naturalhistory (nature), close-up,tabletop, portraiture, fash-ion, figure, architecture,flash, studio and other as-pects of photography.There will also be time tolearn about editing andpresentation of photo-graphs using computer ed-iting and matting andframing techniques.Bring along your camerasand memory cards and. if you have them, a tripod,flash equipment and laptopcomputer. It is sure to be afun three days.June Treadwell, a historyteacher with an interest inthe medieval and renais-sance periods for manyyears, will lead a workshopfrom May 10 to 12 titledRescuing the Dark Ages.June’s major interest is inthe period 500 to 1000 CEand how Christianity andwestern culture survivedthe barbarian invasions of Europe.At this workshop, thefocus will be on the rolemonasteries played in res-cuing our Christian her-itage. Manuscripts such asthe Book of Kells and theLindisfarne Gospels will beexamined.The remote places wheremanuscripts were hiddenfor centuries such as Ionaand the islands off the Westcoast of Ireland will featurein the program. Bede’s
Ec-clesiastical History of Britain
The Anglo–Saxon Chronicle
will beused as the major writtensources from the period.Expert demonstrations of manuscript binding and cal-ligraphy will take place andparticipants can designtheir own medieval book-plates or bookmarks.Further information onthese and other workshops,or to book, telephone theAbbey, 03 5156 6580 oremail info@theabbey.org.au
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For more information, contact theDiocesan Registry Office at453 Raymond Street, Sale, VictoriaPO Box 928, Sale, 3853Telephone 03 5144 2044Fax 03 5144 7183Email registrar@gippsanglican.org.au
 Abbey workshops
WITH the theme,
TheEnduring Love of God 
,on Saturday, March 2,14 people from the east-ern region of the diocesemet at Holy Trinity Strat-ford for a Lenten QuietDay, led by Brian andAnne Turner, membersof the Anam Cara Com-munity leadership team.The day began with acreative worship experi-ence in the Chancel of Holy Trinity. The main sym-bol was a long purple cloth, symbolising the journeywe all make during Lent to our own Jerusalem. Afterworship, Brian Turner shared a reflection on Psalm63:1-8 leading participants to reflect where theywere in their journey to Jerusalem.Brian Turner: For me and perhaps for you, too,where I am on the road leads to questioning anddoubt, personal struggle and sometimes regret. Itis here, in the middle of this journey, we are prom-ised times of refreshment and a banquet in themidst of the dusty land when our hunger is real andwe need to be nurtured and fed.Brian’s reflection was followed by Anne, teachingthe discipline of Lectio Divina, ‘Divine Reading’, topray the scriptures or spiritual writings. After expe-riencing this form of prayer with the psalm, thegroup dispersed with resources for a time of quietreflection before lunch and an afternoon guidedmeditation and quiet reflection.Individuals gave $125, to be used for a donationto the parish for using the facilities and the balancegoing to ACC funds for distribution at a later time.The continuing program of the ACC is on the web-site at www.anamcara-gippsland.org Anam Cara isoffering a Quiet Day in Traralgon on May 4, at thehome of Carolyn and Oliver Raymond at 32 Kassan-dra Drive, Traralgon, beginning at 9.30am.Everyone is welcome to attend and it is not neces-sary to be a member of Anam Cara. At the quiet dayon May 4 will be opportunity to learn and share witha Quaker, Joan Good.Joan has been a member of the local Quaker Com-munity for many years. She will share in conversa-tion what it means to be a Quaker and teach abouttheir forms of worship.The Quaker community has included long periodsof silence as an integral part of their worship andthey also have great concern for social justice is-sues. The day will end at 3.30pm and participantsare asked to bring their own lunch.For more information about the day, contact Car-olyn Raymond on 03 5174 3455 or Marion White on03 5623 3216 (pictured above).
 ACC focuses onlove & Quakers
 April 2013
Our Diocese - Bishop Johns message3The Gippsland Anglican
THE overwhelming senseemerging from the Gospelaccounts of the resurrectionon that first Easter morningis a sense of bewilderment.There is excitement, confu-sion, fear, joy, hope beyondhope and disbelief, as thewomen and the disciplesrun in all directions and tryto come to grips with theunimaginable possibilitythat Jesus has risen fromthe dead. The impossiblehas happened. They are be-wildered.This all takes place in asituation of abject despair,loss, shattered dreams andhopelessness. In Jesus, ashaft of light had brokeninto their lives. Then it hadbeen mercilessly snuffedout and viciously torn fromtheir lives by cynical politicsand acts of horrendous cru-elty, hatred and betrayal.The contrast could not bemore stunning. In theGospel story there is dra-matic movement. It beginswith the light beginning tobreak through in the lifeand ministry of Jesus. Itmoves suddenly to theutter darkness of his un-timely death. Finally, itbreaks into the brilliantglare of the resurrection.With the movement of thestory goes the emotional journey of the disciples. Itbegins with the murmur of awakening hopefulness intheir lives shared withJesus. It moves suddenly tothe dashing of their hopesby his death. Finally, itbreaks into the unspeak-able disbelief and joy of hisresurrection. It is an emo-tional roller-coaster ride,cast vividly in the unem-broidered telling of theGospel accounts.
Christ is Risen! He is RisenIndeed!
In any human lan-guage this cry of joy andresponse of wonder to theGospel story is both uplift-ing and strangely unsettlingand mysterious. Spokenwith heartfelt conviction, itcan still bear an edge of in-credulity. It is the truth, buthow can it be possible? Be-yond our disbelief, in themidst of our doubts, Godbreaks in to make all thingsnew.This is the Lenten journeythat comes to its climax inthe Easter celebration. Weare called to live throughthis wondrous journey bythe liturgical practices of this Christian season. It isour belief that, by so doing,we will be revisited by ourhope in the risen Christ.It is all too easy to beoverwhelmed by our trou-bles in life; to focus on whathas been lost or neverknown despite our yearn-ings. In our personal livesand in the life of the com-munity, the nation and theworld, there is much that soeasily can move us to de-spair and to a longing forthings to be better. Thesame is true in the life of the church. It is so easy tofocus on what is wrong,what has been lost or whatis missing. It is so easy tolose heart. Darkness is easyto find and difficult to breakout of.The Easter story remindsus that into our deepestdarkness, when all hope islost, the light of Christbreaks through in resurrec-tion. The impossible hap-pens and hope comes, ahope to keep before us andto offer to others, a hopebeyond our disbelief andtheirs.This Easter season, I prayyou will know and experi-ence the wonder experi-enced by the first witnessesto the resurrection of JesusChrist from the dead. I prayyou will be disturbed by themixture of excitement, con-fusion, fear, joy, hope be-yond hope and disbelief bywhich they were disturbedon that first Easter morn-ing.I pray it unsettles you asmuch as it unsettled themand stirred them to sharewith all whom they met thewonder of all they had seenand heard in Jesus Christ.By their witness, the lightshone in the darkness, theirown darkness and that of others. By our witnesstoday, the light continues toshine in the darkness, ourown darkness and that of others.
Christ is Risen! He is RisenIndeed!
Dare to believe it.Dare to live it.
Right Reverend John McIntyreBishop of Gippsland
Christ is risen,he is risen indeed
It is the truth, but how can itbe possible? It is all too easyto be overwhelmed ...
Humble Primate washes feet
THE Primate of the AnglicanChurch in Australia, Dr Philip As-pinall, washed the feet of commu-nity servants, ordinaryQueenslanders, as part of theMaundy Thursday evening liturgy.A soldier, a victims advocate, anursing home worker, an Indige-nous leader, an 83 year old volun-teer and a flood survivor, a manliving on the margins and a gener-ous teenager were all invited to StJohn’s Cathedral, in Brisbane’s cen-tral business district, to participate.The washing of the feet ceremonydates back 2000 years, to the timeof Jesus and the night of the LastSupper, at which Jesus washed hisdisciples’ feet.Those whose feet the Archbishopwashed include a digger who saveda young child’s life while on deploy-ment, a victim of southeastQueensland’s 2013 and 2011 flooddisasters, a psychiatrist involvedwith the Church’s abuse responseprogram, a nursing home carer anda vulnerable man.He also washed the feet of an oc-togenarian volunteer who works inBrisbane diocese’s palliative careministries, an Indigenous elder inher 90s and a teenage studentfrom a local school, with a strongcommitment to community service. “In Jesus’ time, people went bare-foot or wore sandals and the ser-vants would wash the feet of visitors as a sign of hospitality andrespect,” Archbishop Aspinall said. “This service welcomes those whohave walked tough journeys andwhose efforts reflect the Easter val-ues of struggle, service, courageand sacrifice,” he said. “We have those who lead by ex-ample in serving their communityand nation, as well as those ourchurch reaches out to, through dis-aster relief, our helping ministriesand education. “These people have walked in thefootsteps of Christ by helping oth-ers, facing hardship and givingtheir all, even at great cost. I amhonored to wash their feet.” During a deployment to PapuaNew Guinea as a medic, CorporalWarwick Young saved the life of athree-year-old local child and ranhealth clinics for villagers. His PNGservice was recognised with anAustralia Day Medal.Twice in three years, waters 1.5mhigh inundated the Lockyer Valleyhome Lorraine Keller shares withhusband, Rod, and their two adultchildren. The Kellers are still re-building following the floods’ dev-astating impacts on their home,farm, family and livelihood. Thefamily belongs to the Anglicanparish of Gatton. Lorraine volun-teers for the parish’s nursing homeministry and pastoral care teamand serves on parish council.Queensland psychiatrist, JoanLawrence AM, is one of her profes-sion’s most respected leaders. Inrecent years, she has provided in-dependent expert advice to Bris-bane diocese in addressing historicabuse claims. She also serves as amember of the diocesan panel todetermine the level of assistanceoffered by the diocese to victims of sexual abuse within the Church.Now in her 90s and as vibrant asever, Aunty Vi McDermott is a re-spected Indigenous elder. Aunty Vigrew up in bush camps and ruraltowns of Queensland and now callsInala home, where she is a boardmember of the Inala Elders Associ-ation. A woman of great faith, joyand dignity, Aunty Vi McDermott isa storyteller, performer, publicspeaker and cultural advisor.During the last school holidays,Brisbane teenager Louisa Son-dergeld became a fulltime carer fora profoundly disabled girl at theSony Foundation Children’s HolidayCamp. The aspiring doctor will play
The Last Post 
at a special ANZACservice at Brisbane’s Shrine of Re-membrance and is one of morethan 20,000 students enrolled inAnglican schools across Brisbane.Loleta Rieke is the sort of careryou would want caring for an eld-erly parent or grandparent. A per-sonal carer at Anglicare SouthernQueensland’s aged care home atManly, on Brisbane’s bayside, Lo-leta is much loved and “makes adaily difference in the lives of resi-dents,” says her manager. Loleta, isoriginally from Western Samoa.Despite being highly vulnerable toisolation and exploitation, both asa child and an adult, Trevor is avery sociable person who helpsothers. A familiar sight aroundinner city Brisbane, Trevor is oftenspotted on Brisbane City Councilbuses, using his trips to meet andtalk with new people. Trevor is oneof the people, one of the friends,who are part of the Anglican dio-cese’s local outreach program andintensive recovery support.

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