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The Gippsland Anglican June 2012

The Gippsland Anglican June 2012

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June 2012 edition of ‘The Gippsland Anglican’
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Volume 109, Number 5June 2012Published in Gippsland Diocese since 1904
The Gippsland Anglican
is your award winning newspaper: Best Regional Publication Silver Award (ARPA) 2011; Item or Feature thatshows the most originality Highly Commended (ARPA) 2011; Best Social Justice Story Highly Commended (ARPA) 2004; Best RegionalPublication (ARPA) 2003; Most Improved Newspaper (ARPA) 2001.
Stop Go fun for pre-school childrenpage 11President’s Chargeto SynodPages 3 to 8The Church and theenvironmentpage 19
THIS year’s Synod, theannual business meeting of the Gippsland AnglicanDiocese, was a low-keygathering of clergy andlaity from across theregion, from May 18 to 20.Hosted at St Anne’s cam-pus of Gippsland Grammar,in Sale, the hall andgrounds were an idealvenue, providing space forthe meeting, for conversa-tion during breaks and forphysical activity (right).In fact, the rough andtumble of some previousSynod’s was more appar-ent on the grounds outside(far right). See insidepages for reports, photo-graphs and the President’sCharge delivered by BishopJohn McIntyre on Fridayevening, May 18.Photos: Jeanette Severs
A low-keySynod
Renowned theologian to discuss scripture
CHRISTIAN opinions varyabout how to read scriptureand how to apply it in theface of the issues of the day.Name whatever issue youlike and you will find differ-ing, heartfelt beliefs andattitudes that arise from ourreading of the bible.The Theology WorkingGroup in Gippsland Dioceseis holding two teachingseminars, on Saturday, July7, at Christ Church Drouinand Sunday, July 8, at StPaul’s Cathedral Sale.Reverend Dr Dorothy Lee,Dean of Trinity CollegeTheological School inMelbourne, is a world classand well-known biblicalteacher and writer and willlead the afternoon semi-nars, addressing ‘How do weread scripture today?’. “I will be discussing theprinciples of how we inter-pret scripture and the theo-logical basis for interpretingscripture today,” Dr Lee(left) said. “How do we interpret scrip-ture today? We might havevarious responses to thisquestion,” said Dr DonSaines, Dean of St Paul’sCathedral Sale and con-venor of the seminars. “Do we take scripture atface value, as prescriptiveat every level with only onepossible reading? Or do weneed to know somethingabout its historical andsocial context to make itapplicable today? Does ourreading depend on thesocial perspectives we bringas interpreters? Can wesimply read it as a devotion-al sacred text? “Dorothy is a distinguishedlecturer in biblical studiesand has written severalbooks, including a prize win-ning book on John’s Gospel. “Dorothy is a vibrant andinteresting teacher of thebible, with vast experienceas a scholar and teacher of scripture. She unlocks thelife of scripture in a way thatmakes it accessible to ordi-nary Christians. This will bean important day of teach-ing for everyone in our dio-cese who seeks the mind of Christ,” Dr Saines said.The seminars are from2pm to 4pm at each venue.Enquiries to the Registryoffice, 03 5144 2044.Photo: Mark Chew
2Our Diocese - Gippsland’s 36th Synod
June 2012
The Gippsland Anglican
The Gippsland 
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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
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Discussing scripture 1President’s charge 3 to People at Synod9Serving children1Kidsplus+ stop go11Carbon and health12,13Family violence14 Aboriginal ministry15 Celebrate women1Human sexuality1Protocol 151Discipleship1Diocesan calendar1Q & A at Abbey19Celebrate Ena19Parish pictorial2
Pictures from Synod
The Church, over the years, has been blessed with the generosity of Anglicans and others in supportof its mission. One way you can support this ideal in a relatively easy way, is to make a gift throughyour will. In the first instance, of course, you will consider carefully the needs of your immediatefamily and friends before proceeding with a bequest to the church.We offer a way of helping you to carry out your wishes. Your gift, through your bequest, will be verymuch appreciated. You may wish to support the Diocese of Gippsland as a whole, or your own parish,or for a particular purpose.Making your bequest in your Will is a simple procedure, although in preparing or amending your Willyou should always consult a solicitor. The Registrar of the Diocese of Gippsland has information toassist you in making a bequest, including the form of words you and your solicitor might want to use.Telephone Brian Norris on 03 5144 2044, or go to www.gippsanglican.org.au
A bequest to theAnglican Diocese of Gippsland or your parish
ABOVE: Juliet Bond, Reverend Caroline Nancarrow andSue Fordham.ABOVE right: John and Beth Delzoppo.RIGHT: Margaret Beckett, Joan Hall and David Chambers.BELOW right: Bishop John and Jan McIntyre.BELOW: Kath Grandy, Kate Campbell, Rev. Sue Jacka,Thelma Hicks and Miriam Stackhouse.Photos: Jeanette Severs
June 2012
Our Diocese - Gippsland’s 36th Synod3The Gippsland Anglican
THE most significant issue con-fronting us in the coming yearwithin the life of our diocese is thedevelopment of our new five-yearstrategic plan for 2013-2017.I am aware that parishes acrossthe diocese have made headway inthe priorities of our current plan
esus Christ: Here and Now for ippsland 
. However, I want toocus for a moment only on thoseevelopments demonstrating theommitment of the diocese as ahole to new initiatives in ministrynd mission.This is not to diminish the signifi-ance of initiatives taken by indi-idual parishes but to reflect onhow well the diocese as a whole,under the leadership and encour-gement of Bishop-in-Council, hasmodelled new initiatives in ministrynd mission. If we want parishes tobe bold, the diocese as a wholemust be bold.In relation to the first priority of 
The Journey Inward 
, there hasbeen significant growth in the pro-ision of contexts for people of theiocese to engage in prayer andontemplation. I note new offeringsmade through the program at Thebbey of St Barnabas at A’BeckettParkand the growth of cell groupscross the regions of the dioceseunder the auspices of Anam Cara.In relation to the fourth priority of 
The Journey Outward 
, the focus onaring for God’s creation, Thebbey has begun to develop itsministry through programs de-signed to help people reflect on aChristian response to our steward-ship of God’s creation.On its fifth priority, the focus onchildren, young people and theirfamilies has, perhaps, had thebiggest ‘take-up’ by parishes, witha number now employing childrenand family workers. A whole-dioce-san perspective has supportedthese parishes in various ways andmost particularly by the Cathedralparish engaging a youth workerwith a diocesan as well as a parishbrief.Another highlight under this prior-ity is the growing number of m
ainly music 
programs now flourishingacross the diocese, sponsoredthrough the Anglicare PartnershipsProgram.Some experiments in new modelsof ministry are slowly emerging inthe diocese as we look to findingnew ways of being church. I wouldlike to think the encouragement of the Diocesan Strategic Plan to bemore intentional in ministry andmission has created the climate inwhich these experiments havebeen nurtured.The Parish of Bunyip has nowbeen divided into two EpiscopalDistricts, each with a part-timestipendiary priest exploring withtheir people new ways of beingchurch. At Bunyip, the people areexploring what it means to be aministering community as thewhole people of God. At Nar NarGoon, a church plant is proposed inthe new housing areas east of Pak-enham, a rapidly growing part of our diocese.Another fresh expression of church is in the Parish of Pay-nesville, which has been reconsti-tuted by Bishop-in-Council for anexperimental period of three yearsas The Abbey Parish, to developfurther the Abbey vision. Under thisfresh expression of church, the giftof this parish is to offer the dioce-san ministry of The Abbey, along-side and in harmony with itsministry as a local parish. Its priestis now known as the Abbey Priestand lives at the Abbey.For the three year period, Bishop-in-Council has committed some of the funding needed to enable theparish to employ a part-timestipendiary ministry assistant, whowill live in the house at St Peter’sby the Lake in Paynesville itself.While these new developmentsunder the Diocesan Strategic Planare cause for celebration, it wouldbe true to say there are prioritiesthat could have been better ad-dressed over the years of the plan.In relation to the second priorityof 
The Journey Inward 
, plans topromote the development of ourunderstanding of the Bible on adiocesan-wide basis have not cometo full fruition.While I have nodoubt there has been significantgrowth through programs like Edu-cation for Ministryand the occa-sional diocesan forums, I acknowl-edge there is still a way to go onthis priority.In relation to
The Journey Out-ward 
, there is more we can do on adiocesan-wide basis to explore arange of ways to develop our ca-pacity to engage in the community,with a view to finding appropriateways of introducing Jesus Christ toothers. I am aware parishes con-tinue to explore this through pro-grams like Alpha and, on adiocesan-wide basis, that Cursilloand Anam Cara are active on thispriority, but it strikes me we couldincrease our efforts to address it
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President’s charge
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