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The Gippsland Anglican, June 2013

The Gippsland Anglican, June 2013

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June 2013 edition of 'The Gippsland Anglican' - the news magazine of the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland (Anglican Church of Australia)
June 2013 edition of 'The Gippsland Anglican' - the news magazine of the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland (Anglican Church of Australia)

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Volume 110, Number 5June 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.
Hands up for Kidsplus+ funPages 11 to 12Clothesline makesa differencePages 12 to 13Gippsland diocese1944 to 1953Pages 17 to 19
Aboriginalministry isnow corebusiness
By Jeanette Severs
ABORIGINAL ministry became core busi-ness for the Gippsland Anglican Diocese asa result of this year’s Synod. GrahamKnott, of Maffra parish, successfully pro-posed a notice without motion that unusedland and buildings in the diocese be usedto fund Aboriginal ministry. Edie Ashleyseconded the motion.Aboriginal ministry has been heavilydependent on parish contributions throughmission fundraising and special projectsand has been shored up by annual dioce-san contributions. This now changes thelandscape so Bishop in Council will have toensure core funding is committed toAboriginal ministry.Reverends Phyllis Andy and Kathy Daltonwere ordained deacons in February 2010and priested in February 2011 specificallyto provide Aboriginal ministry acrossGippsland.In other news from Synod, the secondsession went into recess to enable thedraft strategic plan to be workshopped anda series of questions endorsed by GeneralSynod in 2004 were criticised for their rel-evance. The questionaires were placed onthe agenda because Gippsland has norecord of endorsement, even though theyhave been used in this diocese since 2004.Gippsland Synod debated the intent of the questionaires and some questionstherein, asking if the respondent has beencharged with any offences, even if notprosecuted or found guilty.A motion proposed by Mark Woodsregarding renewable energy was passedand will enable the appointment of a work-ing party to assist parishes in utilising solarand other power alternatives. Full reportson Synod in the following pages.
YOUNG people from across thediocese, aged six to 18 years,enjoyed the Kidsplus+ camp heldrecently near Stratford. Amongthe participants were some SouthSudanese refugee children whosefamilies have settled inGippsland. More photographs andthe camp report inside, alongwith the Kidsplus+ annual reportto Synod in May.
 
2Our Diocese - Features
June 2013
The Gippsland Anglican
The Gippsland 
 Anglican
Member 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:
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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.
 
Index
Synod wrap-up1Grafton bishop resignsPresidents charge3-1Kidsplus+ fun11Hands up for fun1 Anglicare focus12 Clothesline project13Cathedral mission14MU serves1Cursillo report1Synod resolutions1Diocesan history17-19Synod pictorial2Diocesan calendar2
FOLLOWING the resigna-tion of the Right ReverendKeith Slater as Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Grafton, on Friday, May 17,Archdeacon Greg Ezzy willfulfil the role of Administra-tor until the appointment of a new bishop.On behalf of the interimleadership, ArchdeaconEzzy stated: “We regret theserious error of judgmentmade by Bishop KeithSlater, when he respondedto complaints of abusewhich occurred at the NorthCoast Children’s Homesome decades ago but wecommend our Bishop for hishonest acknowledgementof mistakes in this regard. “We support the genuineapology he has made tosurvivors of abuse. We af-firm him in his generosityand courage in resigning hisEpiscopate as an expres-sion of the serious effectsthese decisions may havebrought about for some of those survivors.” Right Reverend KeithSlater resigned, effectiveimmediately, on May 17.Following is a public state-ment by Bishop Slater re-garding the management of claims of abuse by the Dio-cese of Grafton at the NorthCoast Children’s Home inLismore NSW. “Since 2006, Grafton dio-cese has received a numberof claims alleging acts of physical, psychological andsexual abuse at the NorthCoast Children’s Home inLismore NSW. The abusetook place over a number of decades (1940’s to 1980’s). “The alleged perpetratorsincluded staff at the Home,visiting clergy, members of holiday host families andother residents. “When the claims were ini-tially received, it was nec-essary to clarify thediocese’s legal liability forthe actions at the Home.Legal opinion stated thediocese did not have a legalresponsibility. “However, given theChurch’s recognised con-nection with the Home, thediocese resolved it did havea moral responsibility to re-spond to these claims andchose to settle them as ex-pediently as it could. “In 2007, the diocese set-tled 39 claims through apayment negotiated withthe solicitors acting for theclaimants. Two otherclaimants were not ready tosettle at that time. “In the cases of sexualabuse and where the per-petrators were identified,the diocese informed thePolice and received advicethat police investigationshad been instigated. Thisrelated specifically to alle-gations against two mem-bers of clergy who were stillalive at the time the claimswere presented. “After the majority of claims were settled, sevenmore people came forward.The diocese received theseadditional claims between2008 and 2011, somethrough a solicitor; somecomplainants chose to writedirectly to me as bishop. Afew, but not all, allegedsexual abuse while residentat the Home. “In 2004, the dioceseadopted a ProfessionalStandards Ordinance andProtocol which outlines theobligations and processesfor managing complaints of sexual abuse. An importantobligation in the protocol isthat all matters are referredto the Professional Stan-dards Director to ensurethe complaint is managedand investigated in a waythat provides support to thecomplainant. “In November 2012,Bishop-in-Council of theGrafton diocese resolved tosupport the work of theRoyal Commission and, inpreparation, undertake anaudit of the management of all Professional Standardsmatters in the diocese. “The audit is still inprocess and the final find-ings are not yet known.However, some initial find-ings in January 2013 indi-cated that the ProfessionalStandards Protocols hadnot always been applied,specifically in matters asso-ciated with claims of abuseat the North Coast Chil-dren’s Home. “I acknowledge I was re-sponsible for ensuring fullcompliance with the proto-col and I failed in this duty.Some matters detailingsexual abuse at the NorthCoast Children’s Home,were not referred to theProfessional Standards Di-rector as they should havebeen. “I apologise to those com-plainants who were notgiven access to the Profes-sional Standards Director. Ialso acknowledge that, bynot referring these matters,the Professional StandardsDirector was not providedwith information that couldhave assisted ongoing in-ternal and police investiga-tions. All information hasnow been provided to theProfessional Standards Di-rector, who is currently li-aising with the police toensure all relevant informa-tion has been provided tothem. “The Diocese responded tothe additional claims re-ceived between 2008 and2011 in different ways.Some were finalisedthrough a financial settle-ment, which met the re-quest of the complainant, ina manner similar to the ma- jority of claims settled be-fore them. Others wereadvised Grafton diocesewas no longer willing tomake financial settlementsin regard to claims associ-ated with the North CoastChildren’s Home. “While I responded tosome of these complaintspersonally, others were re-ferred to the diocesan solic-itor for response. Iacknowledge Grafton dio-cese should have receivedand investigated each newclaim put before it andthere was no justificationfor the decision new claimswould not have access tothe same financial settle-ment process made avail-able to the earlierclaimants. “I acknowledge our offerof a pastoral care packagewas poorly communicatedand did not provide an ade-quate response to meet theimmediate needs of thecomplainants. I acknowl-edge my pastoral failings inadopting this approach. “I apologise to those whobravely came forward to telltheir story of abuse andwere turned away. I ac-knowledge the pain andfurther damage this re-sponse may have caused.These people have nowbeen contacted by the cur-rent Professional StandardsDirector and Grafton dio-cese will now respond tothem appropriately andmanage their complaints inaccordance with the proto-col. “It is difficult to reflect onhow these failures of process and pastoral re-sponse happened. Graftondiocese had never beforedealt with complaints of such magnitude as thoseassociated with the NorthCoast Children’s Home. “The immediate questionof legal liability had initiallyclouded the matter. As theclaimants were representedby a solicitor, the dioceseengaged a solicitor to facil-itate the process. This set aprecedent of responding toall subsequent claims withthe support and advice of adiocesan solicitor. “This does not excuse thefailings I have detailed as,even though the financialsettlements were being ne-gotiated through solicitors,those claims alleging sexualabuse, should have beenconcurrently managed inaccordance with the Profes-sional Standards Ordinanceand protocol. “Information on the fail-ings identified in January2013 has been referred tothe Royal Commission intoInstitutional Responses toChild Sexual Abuse. Both Iand others in Grafton dio-cese are committed to sup-porting the work of theRoyal Commission and arewilling to provide furtherassistance as required. “I acknowledge and apolo-gise for my past failings inthe management of claimsof abuse in the Diocese of Grafton. I acknowledge andapologise for the additionalpain and damage my deci-sions have caused to thesurvivors of abuse whocame forward to share theirstory with me and seek as-sistance.” 
 
Grafton bishop resigns
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June 2013
Our Diocese - Gippslands Synod3The Gippsland Anglican
AS WE come together forsynod this year, uppermostin our deliberations to-gether must be the futuredirections we look to underGod in the life of our dio-cese for the next five years.For the past five years, wehave sought to focus ourendeavors in ministry andmission through a diocesanstrategic plan,
 Jesus Christ,Here and Now, for Gipps-land 
. I think it can bedemonstrated the plan hasgiven greater intentionalityto what we have done aschurches over those years;and significant new ministryinitiatives have resultedfrom the plan being inplace.In contemplating a newstrategic plan, I have be-come aware that, morethan a common plan, therole of the diocese as awhole is to agree on com-mon strategic directions.Each congregation shouldthen be encouraged to de-velop their own particularplans for ministry and mis-sion in light of the direc-tions on which we have allagreed.To introduce our discus-sion on strategic directions,let me reiterate what I saidin calling the diocese toprayer earlier this year. Atthe time I said: “In a yearwhen we are looking tolaunch new strategic direc-tions, remember, prayer isvital. In our planning, wemay come up with all kindsof good ideas and innova-tive schemes. But withoutprayer they will come tonothing”.The focus of the vision toshape our strategic direc-tions for the next five yearsis to discover in Jesus Christwhat it means to be fullyhuman. Being human iswhat we have in commonwith every other person inthe world and most humanbeings are on a journey todiscover the full potential of their humanity. This givesopportunity for us to en-gage with others on com-mon ground, as people whopoint to Jesus Christ, as theone in whom the humanityin which all people sharefinds its fullest expression.If we are to do that well,we must be absolutely in-tentional in pointing toJesus Christin all we are,do and say. Otherwise, howwill people see him or howwill people be given oppor-tunity to respond to him infaith, or to join us in follow-ing him together? The ca-pacity of our churches to behealthy primarily dependson our willingness to takeup the challenge of con-stantly pointing to Jesus inways accessible to others.I refer you here to the re-flections on the draft strate-gic plan you received aspart of your synod papers.This contains a draft of sug-gested priorities for newstrategic directions for
The Journey Inward, The Jour-ney Outward 
and
The Jour-ney Together 
, as well as therationale behind them. Ihope you have read thesepapers in preparation forour discussions as in thissynod session we move toadopt strategic directionsfor the next five years.I do not intend to rehearsethose reflections at thispoint but there is one mat-ter I wish to highlight fromthem and that is the criticalneed for change if the bulkof our congregations acrossthe diocese are to have afuture, let alone to grow.In those reflections Inoted: “Change in the wayin which we express what itmeans to be church and inthe ways in which we pointothers to Jesus Christ, willonly arise in a contextwhere, as Christians, weare each prayerfully openourselves to being changedor transformed by God.New insight will only comeas we deliberately seek tobe open to God’s Spirit inour reading of the Bible andin reflection on our faith.Only as each of us takes therisk to go to the new placesto which God is taking uswill the things of God beborn in us; in our worship-ping communities and inthe communities in whichwe worship”.This is why
The Journey Inward 
remains a vitalcomponent of our newstrategic directions. Anychanges we contemplate in
The Journey Outward 
and
The Journey Together 
willinevitably only come tofruition in light of our will-ingness to ourselves bechanged by God and, inturn, to be open to thechanges necessary to fur-ther our ministry and mis-sion as church.The changes we must con-template are certainly chal-lenging. They require usnot to think of ourselvesand our own needs but torespond to the call to followJesus Christ in first servingthe needs of others, despitethe cost to ourselves. As wecontemplate these realitiesI am reminded of the wis-dom of a former Archbishopof Canterbury, William Tem-ple, who said: “The churchis the only voluntary organ-isation that exists for thebenefit of non-membersonly”.We need to make this areality in our life as churchin every dimension of ourministry and mission. I lookforward to our discussion inthis synod session of thenew diocesan strategic di-rections for 2013 to 2017.
Aboriginal Ministry
A MATTER continuing totest us in the life of the dio-cese is our capacity to sus-tain the financial viability of Aboriginal Ministry. TheAboriginal Ministry Fundstill does not attract sub-stantial sustained giving,except by a few. One sug-gestion I would offer to ad-dress this vital need in ourdiocese regards the saleover recent years of variousland in parishes across thediocese. In some cases, thishas been by decision of theparish to divest itself of anunder-utilised church orother land. In other cases,the people of the parishesin which thise land was lo-cated were not even awarethe land was there.In a few further cases,even when parishes weremade aware of this land,they failed to act and theregistry staff has completedsales to the benefit of thoseparishes. We are especiallyindebted to the registrar,Brian Norris; to ourarchivist, Tim Gibson; andto my former personal as-sistant, Kerrie Schmidt, forthe work they have done inthis regard.The combined value of theland sold from 2004 until2011, now realised andheld in trust, is more than$1.5 million. Since then,
 
President’s charge
 
Be a part of supporting the
Aboriginal MinistryFund
The AMF exists to resource employment of  Aboriginal people in ministry; training of  Aboriginal people for ministry; development of Aboriginal ministry in the community; the planting of Aboriginal churches; educationof the Diocese about Aboriginal issues.
Be a part of achieving these aims.
Contact the Diocese of Gippsland453 Raymond Street, Sale, VictoriaPO Box 928, Sale, 3853Telephone 03 5144 2044Fax 03 5144 7183Email registrar@gippsanglican.org.au
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