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The Gippsland Anglican, August 2011

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Volume 108, Number 7August 2011Published in Gippsland Diocese since 1904
The Gippsland Anglican is your award winning newspaper: Most Improved Newspaper (ARPA) 2001; Best Regional Publication (ARPA) 2003; Best Social Justice Story Highly Commended (ARPA) 2004.
Refugees have avoice in Gippslandpages 8 & 9Mothers’ Union haslong history
Page 3
Literary and mediareviewspages 14 & 15
Questions posedto follow upSynod resolution
AT this year’s GippslandDiocesan Synod, a resolution waspassed to study the President’sCharge and Primate’s sermon inparishes and to use these resourcesas a way to engage parishioners indiscussion and learning. The reso-lution included direction that theSynod Theology Working Group(previously known as Foundationsof Faith) forms questions to facili-tate these discussions.Leader of the working group andCathedral Dean, Reverend Dr DonSaines, has indicated thePresident’s Charge to Synod canbe divided into thematic sections,enabling clergy to “invite partici-pants to ponder their group’s andtheir parish’s involvement orresponse to these ministries orissues”.Explaining the two themes posedfor discussion, Dean Don (aboveright) has suggested discussionincludes:1. Major developments withinthe diocese: (a) Aboriginal min-istry; (b) care for the environment;(c) issues arising from theDiocesan Strategic Plan (i) thejourney outward; and (ii) the jour-ney inward.2. Issues in the wider AnglicanCommunion: (a) The AnglicanCovenant; (b) homosexual peopleas part of God’s church; (c) athe-ism and CRE in schools; (d)refugees and asylum seekers; (e)earthquakes and natural disasters– where is God in all this?Dean Don has provided a break-down of discussion points andquestions related to these themes.This dissertation is availableonline, through the diocesan web-site, from Don directly and includ-ed here in this issue of 
TheGippsland Anglican.
Q: Considering one of the min-istries spoken about by BishopJohn McIntyre (and reported inextensive coverage of Synod inthe June issue of 
The Gippsland  Anglican
), consider: What devel-opments have you seen in yourparish ministry in the past fiveyears? Consider large and small,even individual things parish-ioners are doing as part of parishministry.Q: How are the developmentsBishop John speaks about reflect-ed in the ministry of your parish?Are there ways these ministrieshave caused some re-thinking, re-direction or deepening of parishchristian life and ministry? Whichof these ministries might be takenup further into your parish life andmission?Q: Do you know your localAboriginal neighbors or commu-nity members? How might you goabout getting to know them orknow them better? Who couldhelp you get to know them?Q: The environment and humanresponsibility for global warmingand pollution are key issues beingdebated in Australia at present.What is your response to theseenvironmental issues?Q: The Abbey of St Barnabas:How might we gain an under-standing of environmental andspiritual issues? Has your parishparticipated or considered partici-pating in Abbey programs? Howcan this be facilitated?Q: The Diocesan Strategic Planand the journey outward: Haveyou explored ways you mightwork in partnership withAnglicare? Where are the areas of manageable ministry to the needyin your parish? Have you askedSarah Gover to help you undertakea parish audit to help discoverareas of need you might be able tomeet in some way?Q: The Diocesan Strategic Planand the journey inward: How isyour parish assisting people intheir inner journey of prayer, med-itation or personal reflection onscripture and the Christian story?What material have you foundhelpful? Are there some AnamCara Community days or otherquiet days that might be fitting fora group from your parish toexplore together?Q: Ongoing discussion about theproposed Anglican Covenant andhomosexual people as part of God’s church: How do you goabout listening to others who aredifferent to you in terms of race,culture or creed? How might youand your parish go about listeningto the experience of people whosesexual orientation is different?How might your church betterseek to be an inclusive but diversefellowship?Q: Atheism: How do yourespond to Bishop John’s com-ments about atheists? Do you havefriends who speak of being athe-ists? What might you say to them?Q: Christian ReligiousEducation (CRE) in schools: Whatdo you know about CRE in yourschools? How can you support theteaching of CRE in your localschools?Q: Christian privilege inAustralian society: What is yourresponse to the comments madeby Bishop John? What placeought the Churches’ views have inour society?Q: Refugees and asylum seekers:What would you do if you andyour family’s lives were threat-ened in your homeland, where youhad no recourse to legal meansbecause of discrimination andwhere you were at the mercy of anarmy or marauding bands of armed rebels, killing, pillagingand raping? What would you do if,when you arrived in Australia, youand your children were incarcerat-ed in overcrowded conditions formany years? What would you doif the bureaucracy frustrated yourevery move, political expediencygoverned your circumstances and‘shock-jock’ media constantlycaricatured your situation?Q: Earthquakes and natural dis-asters: Can we blame God forthis? How do you respond to oth-ers who, in the face of personal ornatural disaster, ask ‘where is Godin all this?’Q: If the world were not the wayit is (created by God), would it bean appropriate context in which tosustain life as we know it? If weexpect God to ‘chip in’ every timesomething is about to happen thatwill not go well for us, wherewould be the human freedom weso cherish?The Theology Working Groupwelcomes feedback from groupsthat use these discussion topics;contact Dean Dr Don Saines at StPaul’s Cathedral in Sale.
TheGippsland Anglican
also wel-comes feedback and written sub-missions; email to editor@gipp-sanglican.org.auKORUMBURRA volunteer and member of the parish,Bill Rodda, was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal(AFSM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, announcedin June. Bill received the award for exemplary and dedicat-ed service to the Country Fire Authority. He joined theKorumburra Fire Brigade in 1974. His outstanding dedica-tion to both the community safety in Korumburra and to thewelfare of fellow volunteers through the VolunteerAssociation combined to earn him this honor.Bill joined the Korumburra Fire Brigade when he, his wifeMaureen and their children Kerry, Chris and Scott, movedto Korumburra. In his 37 years of service, he has been fore-man for five years, secretary for five years and has recentlycompleted his 25thyear as captain. He was awarded theNational Medal in 1999 and was made a Brigade LifeMember in 2009.Bill was on the State Executive for Urban Volunteers forseven and a half years and is currently president of DistrictCouncil 9 of Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV). Hewas awarded Life Membership of VFBV in 2009.When asked about his success, Bill stated that the greatsupport he has received from his family and other CFAmembers has helped him achieve this honor.Contributed by Maureen RoddaPhoto: Paul Rothier, Korumburra Photographics
Korumburra man honored
 
2Our Diocese - Missions and Ministries
August 2011
The Gippsland Anglican
The Gippsland 
 Anglican
Price: 90 cents each$25 annual postal subscriptionMember of Australasian Religious PressAssociationMember of Community NewspapersAssociation 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 928, Sale, 3850Tel: 03 5144 2044Fax: 03 5144 7183
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Index
Questions posed1Korumburra man honored 1Hazel honored3CWCI invitation4Gippslanders give aid5Dress to stress less6Vital research for agedRecognising refugees8-9o makes history10St Marks anniversary11Lyn leaves to garden12Pentecost at Morwell13Diocesan Calendar 13Literary & media reviews14-15Pictorial16
The Right Reverend John McIntyreAnglican Bishop of Gippsland
THE biggest dilemma we face with the Car-bon Tax is that the only package the FederalGovernment was able to broker will not deliverthe change needed. With the mining industrycrying poor while raking in unprecedented enor-mous profits and the Federal Opposition engag-ing in disinformation to spook the electorate toits own ends, the government has includedmeasures that both placate the politically pow-erful mining industry and soothe an unneces-sarily fearful electorate. This means the intentto reduce our carbon footprint to any significantdegree is severely compromised.The best thing that can be said for the CarbonTax is that it is an historic necessary beginningwhich paves the way for a Carbon TradingScheme. This gives some hope we will eventu-ally face our responsibilities as a nation by ad-dressing the adverse impact we continue to haveon the environment.This generation at some point must face its ob-ligation to ensure we leave an inhabitable planetto our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Anything less is inexcusable; a selfish derelic-tion of duty. It is an indictment on us that wehave refused to accept our responsibility until ithas threatened to hit us in the hip-pocket.It is an even greater indictment on us that theonly scheme which government has been ableto introduce is one offering so little financialpain it is limited in its capacity to reduce our im-pact on the planet.Some of the simple facts are these. The reduc-tion target of the current Australian program isfive per cent by 2020. That is only about half that required to stabilise carbon emissions to theextent necessary to avoid a temperature rise thatcould have disastrous implications for the earth.Australia generates more carbon pollution perhead than any other developed country, thanksto its heavy reliance on coal-fired power sta-tions.With a population of 22 million, we are re-sponsible for 1.5 per cent of global greenhouseemissions. By comparison, Britain, with nearlythree times the population, produces 1.7 percent. Australia is one of the world’s top 20 car-bon polluters.When it comes to Gippsland, some of the factsare these. Victoria will receive 97 per cent of thenational business compensation package forcarbon emissions, essentially because of its de-pendence on brown coal for power. Hazelwoodwas supposed to be closed under the formerSEC in 2007.Gippsland Trades and Labor Council, recog-nising the closure or conversion to gas of Hazel-wood will result in significant job losses, isfocusing on attracting new industries into Gipp-sland to compensate for those losses.The Federal Government recognises the im-pact any change to power generation will havein Gippsland and has committed not to abandonus as we address the changes necessary to re-duce carbon emissions. This is the reason thePrime Minister visited the Latrobe Valley soearly in her campaign to respond to questionsabout the Carbon Tax.At the same time, the Electrical Trades Unionhas opted not to support the Carbon Tax, not be-cause it does not think there should be a carbonprice, but because there is not enough detail inthe government’s plans to prepare for inevitable job losses in the valley.Christians cannot avoid responding to thismatter of national and local interest and well-being. In the first place, it is imperative we dealin the truth. The scare tactics and deceit em-ployed by those raging against the Carbon Taxneed to be resisted. Listen carefully to the factsand respond accordingly. Do not believe whatis not true. Do not live in denial of what needsto change to realise a sustainable future.Be prepared to respond to the needs of thosemost impacted by the inevitable economicchanges that will take place with the introduc-tion of the Carbon Tax. Our communities inGippsland will face significant change and pain.Efforts being made now by the GippslandTrades and Labor Council to prepare for thisneed to be supported and, as the ElectricalTrades Union action indicates, governmentsneed to be held accountable for the commit-ments they make to assist those most radicallyaffected by the changes being made.Above all, be prepared to think creativelyabout how we can reduce our over-dependenceon consumption. Perhaps the biggest single fac-tor in the human impact on climate change isconsumerism. Growth in economic terms hasbecome an assumed right in our thinking, to thepoint that we fail to confront the negative im-pact on so many others of our demand for ‘moreand bigger and better’.To focus our minds on these realities we mightcontemplate the current drought in Somalia,Ethiopia and Kenya. It is just one example inthe current generation of the impact of climatechange on those who can least afford it. In whatone 70 year old man in Kenya described as un-seen in his lifetime, there has been a three yearperiod without any rain at all.All the livestock is long gone and crops cannotbe produced. Tens of thousands of people arestarving and many, mostly little children, aredying even after making it to relief centres forassistance, such is the extent of their malnutri-tion. While we unthinkingly consume more andmore, they die.This is just the edge of the potential impact of the ‘take without paying, let alone giving back’mentality of wealthier societies like ours. It isthis mentality that prevents us right now fromseeing the price we must pay if we are to takeresponsibility for our lifestyle and the impact ithas on the world in which we live, not only inthis generation but in future generations.A Christian response will surely stand in theface of this and say ‘enough is enough’. Whatbetter place to begin than to recognise the needto pay for and to redress the impact of ourlifestyle on the environment and the cost otherspay for our profligacy?In the meantime, what better response than tosupport with generosity the appeal for assis-tance from those countries in the Horn of Africacurrently devastated by famine?
Tax compromises intent
RIDLEY MELBOURNEPASTORALSEMINAR
‘Where is my little miracle?’
A seminar for those who struggle withinfertility and those who pastor them
Saturday September 179am- 3pm
RSVP Essentialwww.ridley.edu.au/infertility
ABOVE: Jan Cropley in quiet contemplation on the shores of Lake King,at the Abbey of St Barnabas at A’Beckett Park on Raymond Island. Seethe diocesan calendar or the advertisement in this issue of 
The Gippsland  Anglican
for the latest Abbey program information. Or check the website,www.theabbeyofstbarnabas.orgPhoto: Heather Blackman
 
August 2011
Our Diocese - Missions and Ministries3The Gippsland Anglican
By Jenny Macrobband Ethel Armstrong
THE Warragul branch of theothers’ Union commenced inFebruary 1968, when Joyce Elliotcalled a meeting of the mothers of teenage children. Hazel Carne wasthe first president and at 90 yearsof age this year she is still an en-thusiastic member who wears herU badge with pride every day.Hazel has always been a specialperson in St Paul's Warragul parish.As well as a founding member of U, she is a faithful Ladies Guildmember, working on catering forweddings, funerals, fundraisingluncheons and social occasions; onparish fetes; and sharing her loveof flowers by being the mainstay of the flower roster for many years.Even now, in these later years, shestill has a keen interest and eye fordetail in these areas.Hazel continues to be an expertmarmalade maker, providing smallars as Christmas gifts for parish-oners. She is an outgoing, friendlyerson, continuing to make new-omers to the parish feel very wel-ome and included.Hazel acts out her love of Godnd is still quite active in parish do-ngs and a most faithful worshipperat the weekly 8am communionservice. She is a shining examplefor everyone who knows her.
Links with Warragul
In 1976, Warragul’s first linkedbranch was with St Thomas, Stour-bridge, England. This link contin-ued for at least 20 years and nowwe are linked to St Clementsbranch in Poole. We correspondregularly with the members thereand members exchange visits whenpossible. This link serves to remindus of the worldwide fellowship weare privileged to be able to enjoy.For the past 26 years, Warragul’sMU members have been faithfullyhelping with a midweek commun-ion, by picking up those withouttransport and helping with the af-ternoon tea. We now take our ‘Vil-lage Well’ to the local retirementhome once a month. We hope our‘Village Well’ is a way of lettingmany of our older folk continue totaste of the ‘living water’ whichJesus brings to our lives.Several members help with ourparish
mainly music
program andhelp at the local toy library. Whata great way to build relationshipswith the young mothers of ourchurch and town and how lovely tobe greeted by their children whenwe meet in the supermarket. Welook forward to another year of building relationships with eachother and with other people in ourcommunity.ABOVE: Hazel Carne (left) at her90th birthday celebration.Photo: Ethel Armstrong
By Reverend Neil Thompson,Newborough parish
THE Anam Cara Community (ACC) is part of the AnglicanChurch, reporting annually to Gippsland’s Synod and reportingits activities in The Gippsland Anglican.I was initially disconcerted when I read the ACC was “guided inmeditation” by a Buddhist monk. Somehow something did notring true.I met a Buddhist nun about 10 years ago who was an excellentpianist and who, hearing we did not have a musician for a Christ-mas service, volunteered to play the traditional Christmas carolsfor the community. She played beautifully and sang with enthusi-asm about Jesus’ birth. After the service of worship I discoveredshe had been a Christian, but because she did not see Christiansliving out their faith and she had seen Buddhists living lovinglyand peacefully, she had added Buddhism to her Christianity.I can see why Venerable Jampal was attracted by Buddhism.Love, peace, service are all Christian qualities but a caring athe-ist can agree to them and live by them.In 2002, Dr Michael Green wrote
 But don’t all religions lead toGod? – Navigating the multi-faith maze
.Dr Green wrote: “Buddhism is religion without God and with-out even a final existence … In Buddhism, there is no forgiveness,only ruthless karma, and no supernatural aid”.Christianity teaches that a personal God is interested in everypart of creation, that God has provided a way for forgiveness andis connected to us by the Holy Spirit. Karma is “cause and effect,paying off your guilt” and is “poles apart from grace (free for-giveness when we don’t deserve it)” as Dr Green writes.“Buddhism’s goal is nirvana, extinction or the complete cessa-tion of both desire and personality, attained by the Buddha after noless than 547 births” Dr Green writes.The goal of Christianity is to know God through the revelationof the Lord Jesus Christ and to enjoy being with him forever in thecompany of God’s redeemed people. Conversation with Bud-dhists, Moslems, Hindis and others, yes, yes. Meditation: Why?
Perspective ... why beguided by other religions?
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ABOVE: Browsing through publications at the recent June Join In of Mothers’ Union in Gippsland were AnneRowe (Leongatha parish), Wizzy Wisdom (Leongatha), Lillian Heflingers (Bass Philip Island) and Gwen Pe-tersen (Bass Philip Island). Mothers’ Union Gippsland met at St Mary’s Morwell to hear from Beverley Ovensabout the overseas and northern outreach mission work of MU.Photo: Jeanette Severs
Hazel honored by MU
New banneron display
RIGHT: At a recent Mothers’Union gathering, held at DelbridgeHall in Sale, women from Won-thaggi Inverloch parish broughttheir new banner for display.BELOW: Other banners on dis-play were brought from St Paul’sWarragul parish, East Gippslandrural deanery, St Peter’s Leongathaparish and St Mary’s Morwellparish, along with the new bannermade by Mothers’ Union membersof Wonthaggi Inverloch parish.Photos: Jan Misiurka

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