2Our Diocese - 36th Annual Synod 2011
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Covenant to heal1Primate’s sermon to Synod 3Covenant as proposed4-6Activity page for children7 Spotlight on aged care8AWA service for women9Cathedral all-inclusive10Cup of tea vital11Help to learn English12MU supports families 13President’s charge14-17 Diocesan calendar17 Aboriginal trust fund18Call for mediation19Abbey pictorial20
The Right Reverend John McIntyreAnglican Bishop of Gippsland
IN coming to this diocese, I expressed clearlymy commitment to be an inclusive church. Thismeans all are welcome in our church simply be-cause they are God’s children. In an inclusivechurch, nothing should prevent anyone frombeing part of our life and ministry. Gender, race,ethnicity, sexuality, class, power, wealth or anyother possible criterion by which some maywish to differentiate between people, can neverbe the basis for determining whether or not aperson will be part of the life and ministry of our church.I pray everyone who professes faith in JesusChrist will continue to know they are welcomein our churches as brothers and sisters in Christ.I pray everyone who does not profess that samefaith will nonetheless experience our churchesas places of grace, welcome, refuge and nurture.I place inclusivity as a primary call on thechurch because I see it to be at the heart of Jesus’ ministry. He went out of his way specif-ically to include those who others saw as sin-ners to be excluded. His approach to those whowere offended by his inclusivity was to wel-come them as well, but not on the basis they de-termine who is not welcome.The only people excluded in Jesus’ scheme of things are those who exclude themselves be-cause they do not want to be a part of a com-munity which includes those they think shouldbe excluded.This irony is made clear in the Parable of theProdigal Son, better described as the Parable of the Two Sons. At the end of the story, the fatherpleads with the older son to join the party inwhich the younger son, whom the older son dis-approves, is already taking part. A question isleft hanging in the air. Will the older son acceptthe gracious invitation or will he reject it be-cause he wants the younger son to be excluded?He may exclude himself but the father will notexclude him, just as he has not excluded theyounger son.The clue to unravelling the parable is God’sgrace. This is why the church must above allelse be inclusive. The desire to exclude marks alack of grace. It is not true to the heart of theGod of grace and it leads tragically to self-ex-clusion.To be inclusive as church means, of course,that people with significant differences of opin-ion on a whole range of matters are sittingalongside each other in all kinds of contexts inour diocese. All I can hope for is that we will bewilling to listen to each other across those dif-ferences.For this to happen we must take seriously thateach person of faith is open to the urging of God’s spirit in her or his life and is trying to liveout what he or she understands it means to be achild of God. We will not always agree on whatthis means, but we can agree to trust each otherto be open to hearing what God is asking of us,and we can be willing to discuss our differenceswith respect and openness.This side of the fulfilment of the reign of God,we will continue to see ‘through a glass darkly’about all manner of things and to disagree onwhat it is God is saying to us about a range of matters. This is simply a reality of our life to-gether.Yet on one matter of disagreement the inter-national Anglican Communion seems to wantto deny this reality. Tragically we have isolatedthe issue of human sexuality as a basis for divi-sion among us right across our Communion. Alarge part of the cause of this division is our re-fusal to discuss with grace our disagreementsabout the place of homosexual people in the lifeof the church.With a patent lack of grace, we have failed toagree to trust each other as sisters and brothersin Christ, who are each open to hearing whatGod is asking of us. We have determined not todiscuss this matter of difference between uswith respect and openness. We have caused painto homosexual people by discussing them as atopic, rather than simply accepting them as peo-ple. In short, we have failed to take seriouslywhat it means to be an inclusive church.We have answered in the negative the questionthat hangs in the air at the conclusion of theparable of the two sons.Recently, Bishop-in-Council agreed to begina listening process in the diocese to hear the sto-ries of homosexual people who are strugglingto find their rightful place in the life of thechurch. Here is our chance to begin to turn thisdiscussion around in the life of our diocese. Iencourage everyone to be a part of the listeningprocess as a sign of our commitment to beingan inclusive church.
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ABOVE: The Honorable John Delzoppo, Chairman of Synod Commit-tees, Bishop John McIntyre, President of Synod, and Ms Rowena Arm-strong AO QC, Chancellor of Synod, concentrate on the business of theDiocese of Gippsland. John Delzoppo was attending his 40th Synod inGippsland Diocese this year.Photo: Jeanette SeversParish contributors please note: Due to the extensive coverage of Synodin
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John sits on 40th Synod