Volume 109, Number 9 October 2012

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Letters to the Editor
Remembering Deaconess Nancy
Dear Editor,
I was in India last week to
graduate 200 pastors and
spouses from my Interna-
tional Biblical School south
of Bangalore, when I heard
Deaconess Nancy Drew had
passed away.
Nancy was a delightful
combination of spirituality
and down to earth wisdom.
Her zeal for the Gospel
never dimmed and she
loved a fresh challenge.
I found her a real source of
information about East
Gippsland and other parts of
the diocese. I recall her direct gaze and the crisp words.
Hers was a meta-life, overarching trivialities and al-
ways straining towards the goal in Christ Jesus. She was
a woman of the people.
She will surely rest in peace and rise in glory!
With love from
Bishop Arthur Jones
in Manila, the Philippines
Editor’s note: A tribute to Deaconess Nancy Drew was in
last month’s issue of The Gippland Anglican.
Award for
The Gippsland
THE Gippsland Anglican newspaper has won an-
other award, in the 2012 Australasian Religious
Press Association’s annual awards for excellence.
Jeanette Severs, editor of the monthly newspaper
since late 2006, received the Bronze Award for Best
Regional Publication at the awards ceremony, in
Wellington, New Zealand, on September 8.
The judges comments were: ‘Very little of the con-
tent is other than local, giving The Gippsland Angli-
can a strong regional emphasis; and that which is
imported is re-worked to emphasise the local angle.
The high number of photographs featuring Gipps-
land people is laudable, but fewer of better quality
would improve page appeal.’
The gold award went to Tasmanian Catholic mag-
azine and silver award went to Aurora, published by
the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
Overall, the judges commented on the importance
of focussing on news about local events while in-
cluding relevant and carefully-selected material
from beyond diocesan boundaries and linking it to
regional issues, in this category.
“I am really pleased to receive this award, consid-
ering the quality of publications in the Christian
media market-place, many of them glossy maga-
zines,” Jeanette said.
“The award recognises the quality of work put in to
The Gippsland Anglican by myself and the many
parish correspondents, who work hard to provide
news and photographs of local events.
“This is the second year in a row The Gippsland An-
glican has won an award in this category and both
times the judges focussed on the newspaper’s com-
mitment to its readership.”
There are 87 publications among the 192 members
of ARPA. The Gippsland Anglican has received three
awards in the Best Regional Publication category
and three other awards in the past decade.
Jeanette was in Wellington for the annual ARPA
conference. She was also asked by the ARPA com-
mittee to chair a conference workshop on digital
publishing, discussing similarities and differences in
the processes and purposes of hardcopy and online
ABOVE: Judging Coordinator, Julia Stuart, congrat-
ulates Jeanette Severs (right) on the bronze award
for The Gippsland Anglican.
Photo: Stephen Webb
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The Gippsland Anglican
I WILL never forget the
stunned silence, at a church
conference in the 1970s,
when the wife of an Angli-
can clergyman publicly de-
scribed the many forms of
abuse suffered by many
women in Christian homes,
where men demanded their
wives submit to them.
It awakened me in an
alarming way to the awful
truth that what we say,
whether or not we mean it
to, can be taken by those to
whom we say it, to justify
what we never intended. No
matter how well we might
argue our case theologically
and logically, others will
hear it as they want to hear
it and justify all manner of
behavior on the basis of it.
This, presumably, is one
reason why we are warned
in Scripture that to have
the authority of a teacher in
the church is an awesome
Imagine my alarm, then,
when I hear fellow Anglican
bishop, Archbishop Peter
Jensen*, announce publicly,
women should be asked to
submit to their husbands in
their wedding vows. This
against the background of
an Australian society where
every year on average
114,600 women experience
violence by a current or
previous partner; where at
least 68,000 of the cases
are witnessed by children,
and where in 30 per cent of
these cases, the child wit-
nesses are also abused.
Now, I am certainly not
saying the Archbishop of
Sydney would not be con-
cerned about this violence
against women and chil-
dren. Hardly. I believe he is
as horrified as I am about
domestic violence, and I
have heard him speak out
strongly against it.
Nevertheless, I also be-
lieve he is naïve not to un-
derstand, like it or not, his
pronouncement, that
women should submit to
men, will inevitably be a
catalyst to ongoing domes-
tic violence for those men
who perversely take his
words, as some will do, to
justify their dominance and
abuse of women and chil-
dren. It is certainly what
the wife of an Anglican cler-
gyman made so clear to me
so long ago.
There are two issues to
address on this matter. The
first is the issue of lan-
guage. The English word
‘submit’ is today so associ-
ated with being submissive,
or even forced into submis-
sion, that it can no longer
be used in the nuanced way
suggested by the Arch-
bishop. He correctly points
out ‘submit’ has other
meanings to being submis-
sive or forced into submis-
sion, but the word is now so
tainted by common usage it
is largely beyond redemp-
It is certainly true the
word ‘submit’ has been
used in some cases as the
English translation of a
word used by St Paul to de-
scribe, in the first place, the
duty of every Christian,
whether female or male, in
living out all our relation-
ships with one another. He
asks all Christians to live in
this way “out of reverence
for Christ” (Ephesians
5:21). In other words, he
says that if we truly revere
Jesus, we will live as he
lived and this will be
demonstrated in the atti-
tude we have to each other
in all our relationships.
Now, it is clear Jesus was
neither submissive nor was
he forced into submission.
It is also clear Jesus was
willing, in freedom and
love, to give of himself to
others so they might have
life. This is the pattern of
his life to which St Paul
points as the pattern for
Christian life. Acts of de-
voted costly love for the
sake of the other, in which
we count the other as bet-
ter than self, indicate the
attitude St Paul sees in
Jesus and fill out the mean-
ing of the word he uses in
this passage. But in com-
mon usage, the English
word ‘submit’ does not con-
vey this meaning.
The second issue to ad-
dress is the issue of Biblical
anthropology. So long as
some argue there is a hier-
archy of male over female
in Biblical anthropology, we
will continue to have prob-
lems. In such an ideology, it
will not be seen as strange
to require submission of a
woman to a man.
The problem is, this is not
a true representation of
Biblical anthropology. From
the very beginning of Scrip-
ture, it is clear in the cre-
ation stories of the ancient
Hebrews that man and
woman are made in the
image of God. As such,
both in their own right are
given authority on God’s
behalf to play the same role
as each other in God’s cre-
ation. There is no subordi-
nation of one to the other,
implicit or explicit, in these
foundational stories. This is
all the more extraordinary
for the fact these stories
were originally told in an in-
tensely patriarchal age, a
culture that certainly im-
pacts on many other ac-
counts in Scripture.
Surely this means they
must be understood as a
corrective to patriarchy. Ac-
cordingly, any attempt to
read the subordination of
female to male in any other
part of Scripture, or to read
subordination back into
those foundational stories
on the basis of a misinter-
pretation of another part of
Scripture, is simply bad
hermeneutics (interpreta-
In the end, the real prob-
lem is the wrong message
sent to the community by
the use of language that
will be misunderstood and
by statements based on an
interpretation of Biblical an-
thropology that subordi-
nates women to men.
This is a problem because
of the inevitable detrimen-
tal impact it has for women
and children right now.
Sadly, it brings the Gospel
into disrepute, because it
opposes the Gospel’s fun-
damental message of liber-
ation to all who are
*Archbishop Peter Jensen
is the Anglican Archbishop
of Sydney and Metropolitan
of the Province of New
South Wales in the Anglican
Church of Australia. He was
recently in the Australian
media when Sydney dio-
cese released a new version
of marriage vows for in-
tending couples.
A damning word
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TWO of Sale parish’s Su-
danese families led a spe-
cial celebration service at St
Paul’s Cathedral in August.
Elizabeth Ajiel organised
with Dean Dr Don Saines
and Reverend Abraham
Maluk, from Moe, to make
the monthly Dinka service a
time to celebrate the first
anniversary of the Inde-
pendence of South Sudan.
Elizabeth and Anyiik
Acuoth cooked throughout
the night to serve a tradi-
tional Sudanese meal to
Sale parishioners and visi-
tors from the eastern re-
gion deanery, who were
meeting at the Cathedral
that afternoon.
To begin the service, Eliza-
beth and Anyiik, with their
husbands Samuel Lueth
and Alier Wei, led some
singing in Dinka, accompa-
nied by drumming from
their children. Alier wel-
comed people to the serv-
ice and, after more singing,
Samuel asked Dean Don to
read from the Prophet Jere-
Samuel spoke of the jour-
ney to freedom of the
South Sudanese and their
trust in God who brought
them to their new country,
Australia. Pastor Abraham
added his own words of en-
couragement, celebration
and prayer.
All attendees then enjoyed
the many traditional dishes
prepared by Elizabeth and
Anyiik. The celebration con-
cluded with the cutting of a
large cake depicting the
flag of South Sudan, made
by Julie Lanham, also of
Sale parish.
The families hope to make
this an annual celebration
of sharing with their parish
family, around the Inde-
pendence date of July 9.
Contributor: J Macqueen
TOP: Members of the Dinka
speaking Sudanese congre-
gation of Sale parish, with
other members of the
parish, celebrated the first
anniversary of the inde-
pendence of South Sudan.
ABOVE: Gabby Simon and
Sarah and James Gover en-
joyed the lunch prepared by
Elizabeth Ajiel and Anyiik
FRONT page: Jane Mac-
queen, Elizabeth Ajiel, Julie
Langham and Anyiik Acuoth
with the cake made by
Photos: Christine Morris
LEADERS or families with
young children are re-
minded of the Traffic School
Fun Afternoon on Sunday,
November 18, on the
Princes Highway at Morwell.
The activity begins at
There is no charge and a
free sausage sizzle will be
provided by the Gippsland
Diocesan Kidsplus+ Net-
Bring your wheeled vehi-
cles for lots of fun.
The annual Kidsplus GFS
meeting will be held at St
James’ Traralgon on Sun-
day, October 28. Interested
people and representatives
from affiliated parishes are
most welcome to attend.
Discussions about the 2013
diocesan camp at Coon-
awarra Farm Resort, Strat-
ford, will be on the agends.
Another reminder to
parish youth and children’s
group leaders that we wel-
come their participation in
the leadership team.
The best way to encourage
the participation of your
young people is to accom-
pany them through the ex-
perience. Feel free to do so
on May 3 to 5, 2013. (See
advertisement in this news-
Our annual thanksgiving
service and lunch at Gipps-
land Heritage Park, Moe,
will begin at 11am on Sat-
urday, November 11. This is
always a great occasion for
adult friends of GFS Kid-
splus. Lunch cost is $25.
Thirty Gippsland GFS
members will attend the
130th birthday celebrations
of the society’s ministry in
the dioceses of Bendigo,
Ballarat and Melbourne. A
day has been organised for
September 29, at Black-
burn North, with GFS World
Chairman, Gladys Payne,
from Wales and Australian
Chairman, Julie Smith,
from Tasmania.
Our Gippsland Kidsplus+
activity trailer will provide
some of the entertainment
for participants on the day.
The trailer of games
equipment, giant balls and
activities is still being well
used across the diocese by
interested parishes and
youth groups. The August
Heyfield Birthday Celebra-
tion Market made good use
of the trailer and equip-
Trafalgar parish will again
use some equipment during
their community’s annual
Battle of Trafalgar festival,
on October 20. The mainly
music groups are finding
good use for the colorful
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8. An evil spirit
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4. A person who gives instruction
to other people
6. A wonderful and supernatural
act of God
7. To be opposed to someone or
8. An evil spirit
1. The word by which a person is
known; John, for example
2. A prize given for good behavior
3. To be in favor of someone or
5. To bring an activity to an end
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LEFT: The mainly music group’s leaders in Sale parish
dance a pirate dance, at the pirate-themed session.
Photo: Christine Morris
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By Jeanette Severs
MOTHERS’ Union is under-
pinned by three actions:
Enabling projects and pro-
gramming; Campaigning
social policy issues; and
Praying, the pivotal action.
At the recent annual gen-
eral meeting of Mothers’
Union Gippsland, these
three actions were appar-
ent in all the reports tabled.
While keeping these three
actions foremost in their
aims, MU members also
know life is not about
choosing to exert our
rights. Wendy Mayer, MU
Australian Education Coor-
dinator, recently wrote life
is also about choosing to
give up our rights, when
that will help to meet some-
one else’s need.
“We may have a right, but
we don’t have to exercise it.
Jesus gave us the greatest
example of this when he
gave up all the glory of
heaven to come to earth
and then gave up his life so
we can live eternally if we
place our faith in him,”
Wendy wrote.
“So let’s practice being
people who share with oth-
ers, starting with little
things, because then when
the opportunity comes to
share something that is big,
we will already be in that
MU Gippsland chaplain,
Reverend Thelma Lang-
shaw, believes starting with
people at the centre of
Christian faith is the reality
of being members of MU,
living in fellowship with oth-
“We can’t be people of
God and therefore Christian
unless we believe what God
has taught us and realise
we belong to that group of
people who have the same
sense of belonging not only
to God but to one another,”
Thelma writes in the latest
Gippy News of Mothers’
The following article
shares the work and good
fellowship offered by MU
members to each other and
to families in our commu-
nity and further afield, un-
derpinned by the theme for
2012, Faithful Relation-
Also apparent is the inno-
vation displayed by Moth-
ers’ Union and its
members. Recently, MU
Australia launched its web-
site, at
and MU is now on facebook,
encouraging social net-
working among its mem-
bers and the use of new
technologies. People are
available to assist members
to learn the skills they need
to join in.
MU members have also
been told they need to be
people of vision, creative
and flexible, personally in-
volved in their work with
families and faithful in step-
ping forward. The East
Gippsland branch held a
service of Holy Communion
in a bush setting and, at
another meeting, heard
from a policewoman with
the Special Youth Target
A highlight of the past
year’s meetings of MU
members in Gippsland was
the presentation from
David Spitteler, of the Asy-
lum Seekers Centre in Dan-
denong, at the June
Join-In. The ASC assists on-
shore applicants for refugee
status in Australia with ma-
terial aid and referrals to
other agencies.
The second annual MU
family retreat, in the Sep-
tember school holidays, has
just come to an end. Three
families were invited to
spend time at the Abbey of
St Barnabas at A’Beckett
Park, hosted by Reverend
Thelma Langshaw, MU
chaplain, and her two
daughters, Lauren and Kay-
cie. MU members kindly
contributed the funds to
pay for these families’ ac-
At Drouin branch, a DVD
sale raised money for the
MU family retreat fund,
supporting this initiative.
The sale came about after
Anne Connelly shared a
DVD film of an English
country garden at a meet-
Reverend Janet Wallis
spoke about the Lord’s
Prayer at the MU Quiet Day
at Leongatha, encouraging
participants to think about
the prayer and its meaning.
They were also able to
move through a labyrinth in
the church, stopping at
each station to reflect and
MU members learned
about the Mae Salit Kees
Nursery School in a refugee
camp for Karen people, on
the Thai/Myanmar border,
from Anne Kennedy, MU
Australia vice president, at
Lady Day this year. The
nursery school is supported
by MU Australia’s Overseas
Target Fund. There are 500
MU members among this
Karen population.
Among our local parishes,
Cowes branch has made
baptismal cards; an MU
member attends each bap-
tism service and presents
the card to the parents.
Maffra Guild and Mothers’
Union branch reached into
their community by serving
afternoon tea at the local
aged-care facility several
times during the year. They
also provide catering serv-
ices in the community and
make Christmas cakes and
puddings for sale.
The Moe branch uses St
Patrick’s Day as an annual
fundraiser, while Morwell
branch keeps busy with
catering, flower arranging,
working bees, nursing
home visiting and giving
baptismal folders and books
to families.
Newborough branch inten-
tionally learnt more about
Sudanese culture, hosting a
guest speaker in Elizabeth
during the year. Warragul
branch members continue
to knit beanies and rugs for
Anglicare and the Youth for
Christ centre and have fo-
cussed on supporting
church families with
The two Gippsland Angli-
can schools continue to
benefit from music scholar-
ships for their students.
This year, Wonthaggi Inver-
loch branch sent a donation
to the Joyce Erbs fund in
memory of their late, es-
teemed, members, May
Brooks, Norma Johnston
and Hazell Catell. Members
also help with the weekly
community meal at their
church, sometimes hosting
more than 100 people.
At the annual general
meeting, MU Gippsland
president, Karin McKenzie,
reported $44,700 was dis-
tributed in the past year to
the Northern Outreach and
Indigenous Women’s funds.
Karin also thanked the
many members who have
held specific roles within
the local and diocesan
groups this past year.
“Thank you for your tire-
less work for families
through faith and action,”
she said.
She reminds Gippsland’s
164 MU members that next
year, executive positions
come up for election.
“Please consider people
for these roles. Ample help
is available, with job de-
scriptions written up, lists
of fellow coordinators avail-
able and the fellowship of
the MU Gippsland Execu-
Mothers’ Union helps
families with faith
ABOVE: Ruth Sage
was the organist for
the Mothers’ Union
Gippsland group’s
service before the
annual general
meeting recently.
RIGHT: Joanne
Winch and Anne
Rowe enjoyed fel-
lowship at the Moth-
ers’ Union annual
general meeting,
held at Leongatha
on September 11.
Photos: K McKenzie
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WORSHIP is the centre of our faith lives at Morwell.
We often use new liturgies to express our worship.
Archdeacon Heather Marten and Reverend Lyn
Williams have helped us become aware of the litur-
gical riches of the prayer book.
New prayers and new settings of the Gloria or the
confession engage our involvement in worship. We
have also been learning some new hymns. Some-
times these hymns have new words (new to us), with
familiar tunes. Sometimes the tunes are also new.
We need to practise these over a few weeks so we
can feel confident in singing the new hymn.
Recently, the children, who are members of Chil-
dren’s Ministry at St Mary’s Morwell, have been
learning a new hymn, so they can help the rest of
the congregation learn the new hymn and sing out
with confidence.
At the end of the service, the children from the Chil-
dren’s Ministry share with the rest of the congrega-
tion what they have made that day. They also explain
to us what this creation means to them. The adult
members of the congregation all look forward to this
time of sharing.
ABOVE: Young people of the Children’s Ministry share
with Archdeacon Heather Marten, the meaning of the
paper cutouts they made, ‘Jesus, Messiah and friend
to everyone’.
RECENTLY, Morwell parish farewelled two wonder-
ful people from our congregation. Archdeacon emer-
itus Frank Lowe and his wife, Gill, have been
members of St Mary’s congregation for more than 40
years. Archdeacon Frank was minister of Morwell
parish for many years and Archdeacon Frank and Gill
have been influential in the faith life of many across
the diocese.
Their facilitation and participation in many groups
made them well-known to many. They were influen-
tial in Mothers’ Union, Anglican Women of Australia
and clergy conferences.
They are leaving to live close to their daughter and
her family in northern Victoria. We will think of them
having precious time with their daughter and their
Contributor: Carolyn Raymond
ABOVE: Gill and Archdeacon Frank Lowe with
Archdeacon Heather Marten and Reverend Lyn
Photos: Carolyn Raymond
ABOVE: Mother’s Union members, Penny, Joan and Elsie, all from Moe, at the annual
general meeting of the Gippsland group, held on September 11 at Leongatha.
Photo: Karin McKenzie
Children sing
out at Morwell
FATHER’s Day was celebrated at a combined
service at Churchill on September 2. Special
guests were Bishop John and Mrs Jan McIntyre.
This occasion was the Bishop’s annual pastoral
visit, to preach and celebrate communion.
His sermon message was about our inside
matching our outside; about not just appearing
good on the outside and being evil inside, but
being pure on the inside.
The singing group from Churchill sang The
Lord’s Prayer during communion. Psalm 45 was
the psalm of the day and mentions: ‘Your throne,
O God, will last for ever and ever.’ These words
are reinforced in the Lord’s Prayer.
We remembered in our prayers future growth
and work of the combined parish, our Bishop,
minister and members of the new parish council
and those throughout the world who are victims
of hostilities, natural disasters and economic
The sausage sizzle held at Bunnings the previ-
ous week was a great success. Saturday break-
fast sessions are still well supported and a
garage sale was held on September 22. Rose-
mary Young, CEO of Frontier Services, will be our
guest on November 18.
Reverend Marilyn Obersby’s last service, on Oc-
tober 21, will be a Back to Sunday school one, to
relive happy childhood memories of Sunday
school; for some a dim memory, for others’ not
so long ago.
Rev. Brenda Burney will be inducted as the new
incumbent on October 24.
Contributor: Rae Billing
ABOVE: Bishop John McIntyre at the Father’s
Day service at Churchill.
Photo: Rae Billing
Father’s day
mission for
MEMBERS of Moe parish were
again intrinsically involved with the
Lowanna College chaplaincy cater-
ing committee, as we served for
the college’s year 10 debutante
balls, held on two consecutive
evenings in September.
Our parish sends prayers and
good wishes to Reverend Abraham
Maluk (above) as he returns to
Sudan this month in order to es-
tablish the Bor Orphanage project.
A farewell service with our com-
bined St Luke’s and Holy Trinity
congregations will be held on Octo-
ber 14.
This month’s parish guild outing
incorporated a visit to Christ
Church Drouin, where we were
pleased to join in the fellowship
morning tea with the midweek con-
gregation. Reverend Amy Turner
and Iris Maxfield provided our
group of 10 travellers an interest-
ing tour and explanation of the ex-
tensions and innovations to their
parish centre.
All good food for thought as
across the diocese we seek to de-
velop centres best able to serve our
communities. We all appreciated
the hospitality extended by Drouin
members. Lunch at Warragul was
enjoyed on our way home.
Contributor: Mary Nicholls
Photo: Jeanette Severs
8 Our Diocese - Missions and Ministries October 2012
The Gippsland Anglican
CHRISTIAN women com-
municating internationally
(CWCI) is hosting another
safari, across East Gipps-
land, this time with the
theme of Finding Treasure
for Life.
Guest speaker is Ro
Verspaandonk (right), of
Sale. Ro is married to a re-
tired minister. They have
four children and 12 adult
Ro loves sharing God’s
word with women and
teaches CRE school classes.
In her spare time, she en-
joys gardening and reading.
Ro is looking forward to
travelling across East Gipp-
sland, from Mallacoota to
Metung, from October 15 to
18, and speaking with
Christian women.
CWCI is a worldwide, bible
based ministry which began
in Australia in 1957, with a
small group of women who
went away for a weekend of
bible teaching. Local CWCI
activities are held in city
and country locations, of-
fering encouragement, in-
spiration and bible
CWCI also has 2300 Know
Your Bible groups, where
women meet on a regular
basis to discuss the bible.
Studies are available in 45
languages and used in
more than 70 countries
around the world.
CWCI safaris offer an op-
portunity for christian
women to come together in
ecumenical worship and fel-
lowship, while hearing from
a guest speaker.
The East Gippsland safari
will begin at Mallacoota on
Monday, October 15, at St
Peter’s church at 10am, fol-
lowed by meeting at the
Cann River community cen-
tre at 1.30pm.
The following day, Tues-
day, October 16, the Orbost
Uniting Church in Browning
Street will host a gathering,
beginning 1.30pm.
On Wednesday, October
17, the safari will travel to
Lake Tyers Trust, for a
gathering at 2pm. In the
evening, the safari will be
at St John’s church Metung,
beginning 6pm. Light re-
freshments will be served
prior to the speaker at
On Thursday, October 18,
the safari will conclude at
Bruthen, at the Elderly Citi-
zens rooms, from 10am.
Admission at each centre
is free and refreshments
are provided. A donation
can be made to cover costs.
There will also be publica-
tions for sale.
NICKY and Sila Lee, the
founders of Relationship
Central and pastors at Holy
Trinity Brompton, London,
are touring Australia with
Alpha Australia between
October 20 to 31, 2012,
with events in Melbourne,
Geelong, Brisbane and Syd-
ney. Best known as authors
of The Marriage Course and
The Parenting Course, the
Lee’s will speak at a num-
ber of community forums,
church services, church
leader gatherings and train-
ing events for The Marriage
and Parenting Courses and
Relationship Central confer-
ences while in Australia.
Full tour details and a list
of all events are available at
Nicky and Sila Lee’s tour of
Australia will be focused on
encouraging, inspiring and
equipping those running
the marriage and parenting
courses, which are off-
shoots from The Alpha
Course and offered in Aus-
tralia by Alpha Australia.
Alongside this, churches
and individuals will be able
to engage with Nicky and
Sila Lee on the topics of
family life and relationships
and learn from their wis-
dom and experience in sup-
porting family life through
the local church.
Nicky and Sila Lee are the
founders of Relationship
Central and over the past
25 years have developed
and produced resources
and course materials to
help support family life
through the local church.
They have been married for
more than 30 years and
have four children and four
They led a large Anglican
church for eight years and
are now part of the leader-
ship team at HTB, in central
London, where Nicky is As-
sociate Vicar.
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Joan sought God’s
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ULTREYA was held at Christ Church
Drouin on August 26. A gathering of
more than 60 people, from across the
diocese, witnessed Canon Jeff Richard-
son perform the decommissioning of
Peter Down from the position of Lay Di-
rector of Gippsland Cursillo, which he
had held for more than four years. Jeff
then commissioned Lindsay MacKay to
take over this position into the future.
Liz Hall was able to announce there
will most likely be another Ultreya be-
fore the end of the year, but the venue
has yet to be arranged. We can expect
to have a Men’s Cursillo offered next
year, so please encourage men in the
church to book in, so they too may be
blessed by this course.
We were most fortunate to listen to
Mrs Joan Stanley’s testimony of the ef-
fect Cursillo had on her faith journey
and the topic of seeking God’s face. This
was followed by Reverend Ray Elliot’s
thoughtful reflection on her testimony
and went on to small group discussion
of some of the issues raised.
It is on these occasions that we really
appreciate the flexibility of being able to
move the seating around in the worship
space at Drouin.
Mary Spong and Libby Langford de-
lighted attendees with their musical tal-
ents and led some robust singing of
different hymns and choruses. It was
heartwarming to see so many Cursillis-
tas, clergy and parishioners attend, es-
pecially those who have only recently
completed their Cursillo journey.
Many stayed on to chat with members
from other Gippsland parishes over a
generous afternoon tea, before return-
ing to their homes far and wide.
Thanks to all who assisted in making
this a very special afternoon. Ultreya!
Contributor: Sue Lester
ABOVE: Peter and Margaret Down lay
hands on Lindsay MacKay while Canon
Jeff Richardson blesses him, during the
commissioning of Lindsay as Lay Direc-
tor of Gippsland Cursillo.
Photo: Rosalie Murphy
Alpha pastors in Australia
October 2012 Our Diocese - Youth Feature 9
The Gippsland Anglican
Youth building fences:
What do they look like?
How can you help?
10 Our Diocese - Youth Feature October 2012
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I WAS recently at a conference
where the question was posed:
What does your fence look like? It
was a question about faith.
The speaker, Lloyd Martin, has
been working with youth for more
than 30 years and is considered
one of the most successful youth
leaders internationally. During this
time, Lloyd and his wife, Anthea,
teachers and youth workers in
Porirua, New Zealand, have wel-
comed young people into their
home (and the homes of other peo-
ple), provided education options
and taken these young people on
adventures in the outdoors.
Lloyd spoke about how young
people construct their faith ... or
not. He likened it to fences.
Many of us have secure fences,
built strong, with support from our
families, friends, school, workplace,
faith community and environment.
Many of us do not have secure
fences; they have holes, are falling
down, or seem irretrievably bro-
ken. Or we have secure fences,
that no one can get through; built
strong to protect us from help; or
from the influence of others,
whether caring or not.
So, what type of fence have you
built around you? Are you willing to
help a young person build them-
selves a strong fence, one that con-
nects them with a community that
supports and cares for them? Or do
you think it better to let them build
a fence alone, with influence from
people who do not really care about
Lloyd and Anthea Martin care
about young people. Teachers, they
are part of a network of practition-
ers and educators in youth work;
they do not believe they know it all
and they are not resistant to
changing what they do.
In fact, in 30 years, they have in-
fluenced others in youth develop-
ment work by their willingness to
change, adapt, listen, learn from
and engage with youth, with open
minds. Testaments from around
the globe include: ‘Show how to
forge powerful connections with re-
lationship-wary young people’ and
‘A wealth of examples both affirm
and question the present direction
of youth work’.
Now they are moving to Australia,
to Melbourne, working with praxis
pacific. Lloyd gave me his book,
Small Stories: Reflections on the
Practice of Youth Development. It
describes in real stories how we
can connect with youth, becoming
part of their vertical strata, or
Lloyd’s and Anthea’s ideology is
based on care, on caring enough
about someone else to learn about
them from themselves; rather than
wish to cure them of what we per-
ceive to be their problem.
In Australia, we have some won-
derful examples of people working
with youth, particularly young men.
In Melbourne, years ago, there
was a boxer and martial arts cham-
pion who provided a space for
angry young men to safely and,
with care, learn to control their
anger and become better, more
caring, people. They were not all
young men without a future, they
were young men with egos and
they were young men who did not
feel they had anyone to care for
them; their fences lacked a sup-
porting community. They needed
help and direction to work out how
to help themselves.
Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The
Streets has been providing services
to assist homeless and disadvan-
taged youth since 1991, believing
that in order to break the cycle of
disadvantage, abuse and neglect,
all young people need to be pro-
vided with the opportunity to
achieve their full potential. This in-
cludes helping them to access
housing, education and other serv-
In Gippsland, there is no secret
that homelessness is a significant
problem. For young people, home-
lessness, whether in the family unit
or alone, restricts their access to
healthy food, to education, to a
place in the community and to a fu-
ture. These are young people with-
out strong, supporting and caring
But everyone can have times in
their lives when they feel they lack
the support of a caring community.
It is not just a state for disadvan-
taged youth, or for youth alone.
Do you want to care or cure? I
hope you enjoy reading through
this feature, on youth, about youth,
from youth. It is an opportunity to
learn from and listen to what our
young people do, how they view
their faith and how we can care for
Jeanette Severs, Editor
Martin, L and Martin, A (2012)
Small Stories: Reflections of the
Practice of Youth Development.
USA: Sisson Printing. www.praxis-
Leongatha has
jewels and
OUR girls group Jewels, that we
run through St Peter’s in Leon-
gatha, is on every Monday at 4pm
until 5.30pm.
Jewels aims to provide a place for
young teenage girls (high school
attending), to come and learn
about becoming a woman of God.
This year we focused on inner
beauty and fitting in with God, not
We talk about the obstacles of the
world, faced by young girls living
with a christian faith and discover-
ing who they are in Christ.
This year we held a sleepover for
the girls. It was a ‘pampering
night’. We all received manicures
and pedicures and love letters from
God asking us to stand out for him.
‘Why are you trying to fit in, when
you were created by me (God) to
stand out’, is an example.
The photograph attached was
taken on the night, when we had
face masks on; we are not usually
so pale!
Contributors: Sarah Brown
and Jackie Bowman
A bunch of guys
BROTHERHOOD is a bunch of guys
that get together and hang out. We
like to play crazy games, light bon-
fires, play music ,go on adventures,
plan and go on wilderness camps
and stuff like that.
We’re into being friends.
Based at St Peter’s Leongatha, we
are an open group and anyone can
come along.
We believe that (in this case) guys
have huge value because they are
made in God’s image.
We encourage one another to be
disciples of Jesus together and to
accept what He has done for us and
what He has given us: the right to
count ourselves as being sons of
God Most High.
Because of this, we are more than
friends, we are brothers.
We help each other stand strong
in our God-given identity in a world
whose values and promises are as
shifting sands; to stand like trees
with deep roots and broad
branches, offering shelter to oth-
So this is brotherhood. This is who
we are, what we do and what we
stand for. Come and join us.
Contributor: Paul Bracken
Jewels helps us
learn about being a
woman of God
ABOVE: Young people worship at the CMS Summer under the Son.
October 2012 Our Diocese - Youth Feature 11
The Gippsland Anglican
MY NAME is Jordan Breed.
I am a 24 year old medical
student, an officer in the
Royal Australian Air Force, a
keen snowboarder, a rather
amateur guitarist and I am
a Christian. The order of
this list doesn’t reflect the
importance of each of these
in my life. Guess which
comes first?
As for why I am a Chris-
tian, I have no amazing
story of being born again
and converting to Christian-
ity, rather for me it has
been a slow and steady life-
long journey.
I have lived in Traralgon
for most of my life and have
been a member of St
James’ church for all of this
time (although my active
involvement has varied, es-
pecially during my teenage
years). I love being a part
of this family as I have had
lifelong support in my
Christian journey. Many of
the parishioners have
known me my entire life.
In recent years, the parish
has allowed me to take on
various leadership roles as
I have been ready for; and
I have found these to be
enriching and rewarding. In
the past 12 months, I have
helped to start our monthly
youth service ‘Café J’ and
this is slowly gathering mo-
St James doesn’t have a
strong youth congregation
at this point and we are
working hard to change
that. This has meant, in
order to connect with other
young Christians, I have
had to leave the walls of
our own church, my com-
fort zone.
During my first degree in
Clayton, I had some limited
involvement with the Chris-
tian Union, ‘coincidentally’
right when I needed it
most; but my timetable
was not exactly flexible so
it was never more than lim-
I also lived with seven
other Christians in Murrum-
beena, which was an im-
portant experience to get
back on track in my jour-
ney. Since coming back to
Gippsland to study medi-
cine, I have learned you do
not have to search too hard
to find other Christians and
once we have found each
other, we have had some
rewarding experiences to-
gether out of the blue.
As with all of us, I try my
best to live a Christian life
and part of this has been
sharing my experiences
with other people who do
not identify with Christian-
ity … yet.
I have been surprised on
many occasions when peo-
ple want to know a little
more about what it means
to be a Christian. This is
just one of the many ways
my faith is part of my daily
life. I have also discovered
my study will always be re-
warded for taking time
away from it for either pub-
lic or private worship and
this has become an impor-
tant part of my study rou-
Looking into the future, in
the next few years I will
(hopefully) graduate as a
medical officer in the RAAF
and I can foresee the im-
portance of my faith, both
in my day to day interac-
tions with patients and in
deployments overseas, be
they humanitarian or in
A little closer than that,
my fiancée Sarah and I are
getting married in Decem-
ber this year. Christian mar-
riage preparation with
Canon Jeff Richardson has
been rewarding and amus-
ing for us both and we both
know the importance our
faith holds in our future to-
As I move along my Chris-
tian Journey into the future,
I hope I will have more and
more opportunities to learn
and share in worship with
other people from across
the world.
THE Gippsland Grammar
Rowing Club has named
one of its quad sculls in
honor of Executive Princi-
pal, Mr Mike Clapper, who
will be leaving the school at
the end of the year. The of-
ficial boat naming cere-
mony took place at Sale
Rowing Sheds on Saturday,
September 8, at a barbecue
to celebrate the new rowing
Director of Rowing, Frank
Stone said: “Mike has been
a loyal supporter of the
rowing club in his time at
the school. With a back-
ground in rowing, he appre-
ciated the challenges the
club and its members face
in just getting on the water
to train.
“Therefore, in recognition
of his continued support,
we decided to name one
of our boats after him.”
In response, Mr Clapper
said: “This is a great honor
and one I am not sure I de-
serve, as my role has been
very much in the back-
ground. However, it is true I
am a great believer in the
importance of a sport such
as rowing, which I know,
from personal experience,
can be life-shaping or life-
changing activity.
“Many of our students
have benefited from this
opportunity and I trust
many more will in the fu-
ture, some of them, per-
haps, in the Mike Clapper.”
Rowing remains an inte-
gral part of the school’s
sporting program, with
more than 90 students par-
ticipating in the past term.
In the competitive season,
students will attend regat-
tas in Canberra, Geelong,
Nagambie, New South
Wales and will attend the
school’s annual rowing
camp in the January holi-
ABOVE: Mike Clapper (cen-
tre) looks over his newly
named boat, with wife, Jo
Cockwill and Director of
Rowing, Frank Stone.
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12 Our Diocese - Youth Feature October 2012
The Gippsland Anglican
DIETRICH Cheung is 23
years old and a Youth and
Young Adults ministry as-
sistant at CMS (Church Mis-
sionary Society) Victoria.
He is also studying for a
Graduate Diploma in Divin-
ity at Melbourne School of
Dietrich talks about him-
My name is Dietrich Che-
ung and I am an ‘ABC’; that
stands for Australian Born
Chinese. Prior to begin my
studies at MST, I was in-
volved in youth ministry as
a leader. One of the great-
est reasons for serving the
Lord in this area is, I
strongly believe youth min-
istry built upon God’s Word,
is enduring and critical.
Young people are very
precious to God and they
can go either way at this
crucial developing stage.
At the moment, I also
work part-time with CMS
Victoria, an organisation
that is very old. For the
most part of the last 200-
plus years, CMS has been
recruiting, training and
sending people who know
and love Jesus all around
the world; to share this
knowledge and love. We
believe this mission is on-
going, despite the many
changes in our society.
The organisation is old,
but we try to use fresh ap-
One of my main roles
then, as a youth assistant is
to come up with ways to
help engage and excite
youth of today to become
Godly leaders of tomorrow.
What do you do?
WE run events for young
people to equip them to
serve God better. These in-
clude events such as
Against the Grain (school-
based events) and Summer
under the Son (teaching
and training conferences)
that are energetic, full of
fellowship (young people
enjoy this) and gear them
to know and serve God bet-
ter; whether that is over-
seas or locally.
There are a lot of fun and
creative activities we do,
but at the core, we want to
show them God’s love and
feeding them spiritually
from the Word.
What do you enjoy
about your parish?
THE parish I am currently
attending, Holy Trinity Don-
caster, is relatively large,
with five congregations. It
is an exciting place because
of such a range of diversity;
even though it can be hard
to get to know everyone, it
is a good opportunity to mix
with people who are beyond
my own demographic.
There is a strong sense
that God’s Word is to be
handled correctly and
taught fervently. We learn
lots every week and grow
I am a youth leader there
too and my main role in-
volves preparing and lead-
ing a bible study.
This is a great blessing
and joy.
How do you
connect with other
young Christian
CMS has been working ex-
tensively with churches and
their youth programs for
the past decade or so.
Through this network, we
have run programs that fa-
cilitate fellowship between
churches. A recent example
is, we ran Against the
Grain, a day workshop for
youth from churches all
across Melbourne. They
played games, listened to
teaching and generally
bonded over food.
We plan to run more of
these ‘networking’ events in
the future, with the aim of
connecting and proving a
supportive network for
Christian youth across Vic-
Why are you a
PERSONALLY, I believe in
coming to the knowledge of
who Jesus is, what he has
done and what he promises
to do in the future and de-
ciding to follow him as Lord,
continuing to walk with him
I am Christian because
God saved me, He chose to
reveal Himself and to bear
me (and the world’s sin);
he made things right. Other
than that, being Christian
makes very much sense in
many ways to me.
Seeing the world as it is, a
sense of justice and a
strong love for brothers and
sisters; even enemies.
Recently I have been try-
ing to ‘structure’ my whole
life around Jesus. Although
this is not an easy decision,
it was the right one. This
means practically, thinking
about him and planning my
life around him and giving
up things that are a hin-
drance to this.
I study the Word of God,
often trying to think of cre-
ative ways to bring and lead
people into His Kingdom.
Working with youth is my
passion; serving them by
setting a good example and
teaching them how Jesus
wants us to live. This is be-
cause I myself had a long
and windy road to where I
am today.
The youth ministry that I
was part of played a huge
part of my formation as a
Christian. It is such a cru-
cial period and it can be a
great opportunity to ground
people in the faith.
Being a Christian will
make all the difference.
This means I am not doing
it for myself and that God is
in control. Sometimes min-
istry, especially with
teenagers, can be tough
and discouraging. Knowing
it is really God doing the
work through me and with
the support of such a
blessed organisation like
CMS gives me great hope
and assurance.
CMS & youth
ANDREW Astley, of CMS,
writes more about the or-
ganisation’s focus on youth:
Young people can make a
unique contribution to en-
riching global mission in our
churches. They are often
fearless in the face of
change and have a passion
and perspective that may
be unlearned in adulthood.
However, they struggle
with identity, commitment
and with decision-making
and need guidance and
peer support. More impor-
tantly, they need support
from those in the church
committed to the youth
among them.
The question some people
ask is: “Why would youth
want to be a part of the
What motivates
young people as
YOUNG people come to
church or youth groups for
a range of reasons, some
for the food and the fun and
some for their friends.
Some youth may go to
these events just because
their ‘parents tell them to’
or they had grown up in a
‘Christian home’. Some may
not be Christian and are
bought along by their
However, from my own
experience as a youth
leader, what young people
really want and need is to
hear the truth about Jesus.
In fact, this is what really
attracts and keeps young
people coming back in the
In one word it is ‘depth’;
deeper friendships with one
another, trusting relation-
ships with the leaders and a
continual building of their
relationship with Jesus.
The aim for youth groups
is to provide a safe, sup-
portive and loving commu-
nity of brothers and sisters.
This is where youth can
best learn how to mix with
people, have heaps of fun
and also serve one another.
Perhaps now more so than
ever there are so many dis-
tractions available for
youth. From online video
games, to social media, to
sports and other extra cur-
ricular activity. Of course,
these things aren’t bad in
themselves; but it can be
harder and harder to get
youth to commit.
A lot of youth are involved
in activities outside of
church; it makes it hard to
build genuine community
and trust as this takes time
and commitment.
‘Struggle with identity’ is
one of the greatest chal-
lenges for most Christian
youth. Pressures with
friendship, relationships
and sometimes loneliness
are all part of the ‘youth’
years where they are ex-
ploring their identities.
Many youth may not
speak up as they go
through this but if their re-
lationships with their youth
leader are good they will
often ask for help, guidance
and prayer for help during
tough situations.
In actual fact, youth group
provides a strong friendship
network for the rest of their
lives for young people.
Youth group and
IF discipleship is about
learning to follow Jesus,
youth group is where young
people can best do this. In
youth group you know you
are not alone. Support from
peers and from leaders
helps create a safe and en-
couraging environment for
their Christian walks. It is a
place of learning, where
they can study the bible in
a group and be encouraged
to ask questions.
This forms habits for
young people to learn about
the bible and how it can
apply to their lives. It can
be a place for them to clar-
ify ideas with other mem-
bers of the group and with
the leaders.
Why SUTS helps
SUTS is Summer under
the Son, a summer confer-
ence geared toward getting
youth on board with what
God is doing throughout the
world. The conference is led
by mature, experienced
and Godly leaders and
teachers. All who are pas-
sionate about nurturing the
spiritual lives of young peo-
At SUTS, we are allowing
youth to have the space to
form natural relationships;
there are a lot of social ac-
tivities and we aim to cre-
ate an environment where
everyone can feel included.
People who attend SUTS
enjoy the teaching and are
drawn closer to God; and
are encouraged for another
year to be closer to Jesus
We recommend all young
people to come to Summer
Under The Son.
CMS connecting with youth
ABOVE: Young people at the CMS Summer under the Son
conference on Phillip Island, Victoria in January 2012.
At first you are, like: ‘Uh oh...don’t really
know anyone, this will be interesting!’ But
the people here are very accepting and it’s
easy to make new friends. It’s full of amaz-
ing devotions, worship and small groups.
You really grow more and mature your rela-
tionship with God. So by the end it was: ‘I
don’t want to leave!’ So come along to
SUTS,you won’t regret it.”
- Response from SUTS 2012 attendees.
October 2012 Our Diocese - Youth Feature 13
The Gippsland Anglican
I AM Lydia Jacka and I am
currently studying at uni-
versity. In my parish, I
enjoy the friendly atmos-
phere encouraging interac-
tion between many diverse
people of many ages. I
have friends who are Chris-
tian and we hang out.
I am a Christian for many
reasons. Two of the great-
est (and the reasons I offer
to other people) are these:
First, the liberal arts (po-
etry, history and painting;
pretty much everything
arts-y), have no function if
we had just evolved without
any input from God. All the
liberal arts do is cause a
spending of money to help
encourage thinking and aid-
ing others in need.
Acording to evolution, it is
simply survival of the
fittest; whereas liberal arts
are about self expression
rather than just acting on
The second reason is be-
cause the world is so deli-
cate, how can we live here
without God watching over
us? Simple things like our
locking knee, the chances
of which occuring only
through evolution are slim;
and there is a whole world
of creatures that have
equally amazing creatures.
I help run the children’s
after school programs in
Trafalgar and Yarragon,
where we try to pass on our
understanding of our amaz-
ing God to children. I do the
children’s talk every so
often at church.
Personally, though, to re-
mind me how awesome the
world and God is, I write
one thing every day that I
have noticed to be particu-
larly awesome, which helps
change my view point.
I’m not really sure what I
want to do in the future but
I imagine that being a
Christian can make a differ-
ence in anything if you let
MY name is David Perry-
man, from the Parish of Ko-
rumburra. I am an
ordination candidate for the
diocese, studying at Mel-
bourne College of Divinity,
working part-time in Paken-
ham as well as a placement
in Korumburra. I love both
the parishes I have been in-
volved with, Wonthaggi/In-
verloch and Korumburra/
But, the things I enjoy
about the Korumburra/
Poowong parish include: its
welcoming atmosphere,
due to parishioners; its
growing range of diversity
in worship (traditional and
contemporary); its growing
range of activities for young
and not so young people,
as well as a good involve-
ment with the community
outside the church.
My connections with other
Christian youth comes from
many different places: from
the diocese, at the MCD, at
my work in Pakenham as
well as discussions with
various others not men-
tioned in these other
Why am I a Christian? The
overwhelming power of the
gospel and message of
Christ. For me, God isn’t a
belief, it’s a fact (if I can put
it so bluntly). I am a Chris-
tian because I love, feel
and know God.
For me being a Christian is
a choice yes, but more than
that, for me it is a necessity
for my own life. I am a
Christian because of the
power of Christ’s message
and my need to follow him
every day.
In my daily life, it be-
comes a part of each ac-
tion: trying to think in each
situation, ‘God where are
you leading me this time?’
Each day trying to love as
he loved, with the same
compassion and embrace.
These two are the big
ones that I try to keep in
my daily life, just letting
God take the lead and see
people through his eyes.
With my future, basically,
I want to follow where God
leads. But what I would like
to do is to help the church
regrow and rebuild itself
where needs be. I want to
be a voice which challenges
the church on aspects that
need changing; and to help
create a spirit of revival in
the church for all ages. That
is where I see my future.
ABOVE: Lydia Jacka.
God is amazing
God leads me
Marinated in Christ
By Jon Taylor
SOME weeks ago, at Gippsland Gram-
mar, our year 12 Chapel Captain, Tim
Stokoe, asked if he could speak at a fu-
ture capel service. The school holds
three weekly chapel services, combining
two year levels at a time. Each service
has approximately 200 students in at-
Tim decided on the topic ‘Who was
Jesus?’ In his talk, he outlined the direct
and indirect historical evidence that ex-
ists for Jesus, what Jesus had to say and
the logical conclusions that follow.
Was he who claimed to be? That is, the
Lord, or was he deluded, or perhaps
even just making it up? Tim’s analyses of
possible conclusions were clear and well
thought out.
Tim then spoke very earnestly about
who Jesus was for him and shared how
his mother had been critically ill before
he was born and was beyond any known
medical help.
It was at this point the Christian com-
munities known to Tim’s parents prayed
for his mother and her health returned.
As Tim put it, “I owe my very existence
to God”.
The high point of the morning came
when Tim was looking for a way to ex-
press the experience of growing up in the
Church and being surrounded by people
of Christian influence and conviction.
A moment of inspiration came as he
paused and said: “It was like I was mar-
inated in Christ!”
It was a fun morning, containing some
good apologetics, inspiration and humor,
all from a peer and leader from among
the student community. Tim received an
excellent response from all the year lev-
els with the strongest response coming
from his own peers, the year 11 and 12
A great result. Well done, Tim.
ABOVE: Reverend Jon Taylor, chaplain at
Gippsland Grammar, with Tim Stokoe,
year 12 chapel captain at the school.
By Greg Magee
DURING the summer season, with the
large influx of visitors to Phillip Island for a
wide variety of reasons, a number of Chris-
tian organisations come along as well, to
make the most of youth ministry opportu-
nities here.
Bass/Phillip Island Parish cooperates with
these groups by making the parish centre
in the heart of Cowes available for the ac-
tivities and promotional events.
‘Schoolies week’ sees the Red Frog group
and Student Life sending teams to make
contact with those letting their hair down
at the end of their school lives. Services of-
fered are pastoral and social as much as
evangelistic. Red Frogs have been coming
to the Island for several years, while Stu-
dent Life made their first appearance here
last holiday season.
Both groups aim at being a supportive
presence, making a practical Christian con-
tribution to the post-exam festivities.
Last year, Red Frogs was allowed to use
the hall kitchen for meal preparation and
the hall space for team meetings and
prayer times. Similarly, Student Life was
granted use of the facilities, although their
activities were more outdoor focussed with
barbecues figuring prominently.
The church grounds fronting on to the
main street of Cowes suited this approach
Both groups are expected back here
again this year, where the partnership will
After Christmas, we always welcome the
Theos Team who work from the parish hall
for their outreach to holidaying youth. This
is predominantly a Coffee Shop ministry
and drop-in centre.
There have been several stories of par-
ents thanking team members and parish-
ioners for providing a service that keeps
their children safely entertained and cared
Our partnership with Scripture Union and
Theos is a long established one stretching
back to the days when John McIntyre led
the early Theos programs here.
Parishioners and folk from other denomi-
nations are encouraged to make them-
selves known and to give whatever
practical support they can (home cooked
contributions to team sustenance,
etcetera). Each summer, we feel privileged
to be able to provide a workable location
and personal backing for these ministries.
Reverend Greg Magee is priest-in-charge
of Cowes Phillip Island parish.
ABOVE: Young people caring for other
young people; the Red Frog team minis-
tering to youth during ‘schoolies week’,
outside Cowes’ parish centre.
Youth minister to youth
14 Our Diocese - Youth Feature October 2012
The Gippsland Anglican
By Jane Macqueen
I WORK as a school chap-
lain in a mainstream pri-
mary school and a special
developmental school
(grade prep to year 12).
My ministry is very differ-
ent in the two settings but
the common feature is that
I walk alongside students
and families through the
tough times in life. In the
mainstream school, I see
individual students all day
in a one on one situation.
I listen to their stories and
provide a safe and confi-
dential place for them to
be. Students are referred
by their teachers, by par-
ents and through self-refer-
In the special school, I
spend time with each of the
students in their classes
building up relationships. I
assist families navigate
through the world of dis-
ability services and I am
there as a companion and
advocate when times are
I also run parent ‘cuppa’
mornings and family days,
all focusssed on building re-
lationships and valuing
each individual student,
parent and family.
The parable of the Good
Samaritan is one that
speaks into my ministry in
Jesus tells this parable in
response to the question:
‘What must I do to inherit
eternal life?’
The initial answer is love
the Lord your God with all
your heart, soul, strength
and mind and love your
neighbour as yourself.
In my role as chaplain I
believe that undergirding all
I do, say and bring to the
schools is my own deep and
personal relationship with
God. What does God ask of
me? To love him with all of
my being.
So time spent in silence,
prayer and meditation is
the basis for my day and for
all the conversations I have
with children, parents and
staff. I find this vital in
keeping my balance and
My role is not to fix or do.
It is to be. To be with the
children, families and staff.
To be God’s loving presence
and this, for me, can only
flow from the continual
breathing out of love for
God with all my being and
breathing in his love for me.
But then the lawyer asks:
‘Who is my neighbor?’ and
there follows the story of
the good Samaritan.
In my chaplaincy ministry
I find many of the children
and families I spend time
with are rather like the man
who was attacked by rob-
bers. They are vulnerable.
They may have made poor
choices. They have been
dealt with cruelly by the
world. They feel alone and
As they attempt to walk
through each day and to fit
into the world, their scars
and woundings are some-
times ugly and scary, caus-
ing people to give them a
wide berth. Sometimes
their pain shows in behav-
iors that push others away.
Sometimes they just lay
quietly, broken, hoping no
one will notice them and
yet needing help.
As a result of these and
many other complex issues,
often the children and fam-
ilies feel as if they are out-
siders. Other children,
other parents, may pass by
on the other side of the
road; for many complex
reasons. They do not feel
adequate to help. They feel
uncomfortable or embar-
rassed and they do not
know what to say. They are
too busy with their own
lives. They are fearful of
becoming involved. Or in
many cases they just do
not notice.
When I reflect on the good
Samaritan, I see someone
who is an outsider them-
selves. For a variety of rea-
sons, I find myself now
feeling a bit of an outsider
in the church. Having been
very ‘in’ the church all my
life it is a difficult but not
bad place to be, living on
the edge of the church. Still
worshipping, but being on
the edge.
In my role as chaplain I
feel I am called to minister
to those who are on the
outside of our churches and
my own experiences of
feeling an outsider gives
me empathy with those I
minister to.
So what does the good
Samaritan do for the man
beaten by robbers?
He interrupts his day. He
stops what he is doing and
notices someone in need.
He is present to the person
and deals tenderly with
their brokenness. Then he
proceeds to walk alongside
the person for the next part
of their journey.
He takes him to a place of
refreshment where he asks
others to care for him but
he remains in the back-
ground to be called on as
In my chaplaincy my days
are flexible. Often I need to
reschedule appointments,
as a child with immediate
needs comes to me.
As I sit with them, I trust
I, too, deal tenderly with
their brokenness. I give
them my time in a confi-
dential space where they
are able to slowly tell me of
their pain.
I then enter into a journey
with them as we meet reg-
ularly; not for me to ‘fix’
their problems but to walk
alongside them. I am not
afraid of people’s pain; so I
hope I am able to sit with
them in their pain or confu-
sion and perhaps assist in
the clarifying of where they
There are many times
when I do walk closely
alongside a student or fam-
ily, as the Samaritan
walked alongside the man
whom he had placed on his
donkey. Other times I need
to refer them to profes-
sional help, leave them at
the inn. But there is always
a touching base again to
see how the journey is
The person left naked and
bleeding had been robbed
of their worth and dignity.
In many cases, the young
people and families who
see me are also doubting
their self worth.
By valuing them and their
stories I trust they are able
to regain something of their
personal dignity and self
One of the reasons I be-
lieve the story of the Good
Samaritan reflects my min-
istry in chaplaincy, is that
we do not hear the Samar-
itan saying much. What we
see is him showing God’s
love to his neighbor.
There are many other in-
stances where Jesus met
with others on the outside,
like the Samaritan woman
at the well. In this case he
brings her to a greater un-
derstanding of God. In the
parable of the good Samar-
itan, I see the Samaritan
‘being’ Christ without
In my experience of chap-
laincy in the primary school
setting, I am not often
asked to explain the things
of God. I am asked to love
God and love my neighbor.
Without words.
Jane reflects on
being a chaplain
ABOVE: Young men at the Church Missionary Society’s
Summer under the Sun conference, held on Phillip Island
in January each year.
Lisa an educator
in youth ministry
LISA Brown (right) is the
coordinator of the Centre
for Youth and Children’s
Ministry at Ridley College,
in Melbourne.
The Centre for Youth and
Children’s Ministry (CYCM)
at Ridley Melbourne offers a
range of training for people
involved in youth and chil-
dren’s ministry. CYCM tar-
gets those training for
ordained ministry, those
currently working as, or
training to be, school chap-
lains or parish-based youth
or children’s ministers and
the many volunteer leaders
who serve in youth and
children’s ministry.
The main focus on the
Centre is offering under-
graduate and postgraduate
subjects in the areas of
chaplaincy, youth and chil-
dren’s ministry. Ridley Mel-
bourne currently offers six
subjects across these disci-
plines and option for a re-
search-based project in
each field.
Apart from these subjects,
CYCM offers an annual
youth leadership training
conference (RYTE Confer-
ence) at the beginning of
each year (February 1 to 3
in 2013). It also organises
a bi-annual Theology of
Youth Ministry Conference,
an annual Peter Corney
Lecture in Youth Ministry
and an annual training day
for those involved in chil-
dren’s and families min-
Ridley is also preparing or-
dination candidates for in-
volvement in these
ministries by offering a 12-
week course as an intro-
duction to youth and
children’s ministry. This is
part of the Anglican Insti-
tute Certificate which is es-
sential for every candidate
to complete.
ABOVE: Youth in Sale parish enjoyed a recent karaoke and
dress up night, with some attending as super heroes.
Photo: Christine Morris
October 2012 Our Diocese - Youth Feature 15
The Gippsland Anglican
BRODIE Panlock was a 19
year old waitress who trag-
ically ended her life after
being subjected to ‘persis-
tent and vicious’ workplace
bullying at Café Vamp in
Hawthorn, Victoria. A coro-
nial inquest and charges
against the four perpetra-
tors under the Occupational
Health and Safety Act 2004
(Vic) followed. Outside the
court, Brodie’s family de-
manded the law be
changed to include a custo-
dial sentence.
The Victorian government
moved to introduce the
necessary Crimes Amend-
ment (Bullying) Bill 2011
(Vic). The Bill has been
nicknamed ‘Brodie’s Law’,
and according to Attorney-
General Robert Clark it pro-
poses to: “send the strong
signal to would-be offend-
ers that the government
will not tolerate bullying be-
The new laws will add seri-
ous workplace and cyber
bullying to Crimes Act pro-
visions already governing
stalking. Children who use
Facebook to threaten or ha-
rass could be caught up in
the change, although under
10-year-olds cannot be
brought to a criminal court.
Bullying behavior that is
part of a course of conduct
and could reasonably be
expected to cause physical
or mental harm to the vic-
tim, including self-harm,
will be treated as stalking.
Cyber bullying will be cov-
ered by the new law if it is
part of a pattern of conduct
likely to cause physical or
mental harm, or fear of it.
Instead of introducing a
new crime against work-
place bullying, Brodie’s Law
expands the existing of-
fence of stalking under
s21A of the Crimes Act
1958 (Vic), carrying a max-
imum jail term of 10 years.
The amendment to
s21(2)(g) states stalking
includes ‘acting in any other
way that could reasonably
be expected to cause phys-
ical, mental or self harm’.
In May 2011, politicians
passed the Crimes Amend-
ment (Bullying) Bill 2011,
with Brodie’s parents,
Damian and Rae, present.
Readers seeking support
and information about sui-
cide prevention can contact
www.beyondblue.org.au or
or call 1300 22 4636, Sui-
cide Helpline Victoria on
1300 651251, Lifeline on
131114 or SANE Helpline
on 1800 187263.
Headspace provides infor-
mation, services and sup-
ports for young people aged
12 to 25 years; visit
dspace-centres for your
nearest headspace centre.
Kids helpline: If you need
to speak to a counsellor, call
1800 55 1800, 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week or visit
our website www.kid-
For workplace bullying,
contact worksafe at work-
safe.vic.gov.au/bullying or
on 1800 136 089 (9am-
5pm Monday to Friday).
Sources: http://blacklet-
dies-law/ Sydney Morning
Herald, www.smh.com.au
Herald Sun, www.herald-
ABOVE: Teenagers in the Sale parish youth group
meet an activity challenge.
Photo: Christine Morris
ABOVE: Young adults in the Sale parish youth group during an activity.
Photo: Christine Morris
Brodie’s legacy will
protect from bullies
By Andrew Buerger
AS most youth group lead-
ers would know, trying to
think of new, interesting
games each week can be a
challenge. However, a new
iPhone application (app)
has done a lot of the hard
work for you.
Group Games was de-
signed and created by Cal-
lum Henderson, from St
Stephen’s Normanhurst
(NSW), to assist youth
group leaders and school
teachers alike.
“While I was leading
games at a youth group,
someone once asked me
where I got all my games
from, so I started thinking
about ways to share them,”
Callum said.
“I started a blog, updating
it regularly with games.
Then I thought of putting
them into a book, but I
thought an app would be
much more user-friendly.”
The app currently includes
111 games users can either
browse through or quickly
find using the search func-
tion. By selecting the group
size, as well as the desired
duration, the app will filter
the games, only listing ones
that fit the criteria.
Information for each game
includes the rules and a list
of required resources, as
well as an expected dura-
tion and the amount of
prior preparation involved.
Group Games provides
youth leaders with a great
resource to complement
their Bible teaching.
“Games can often be used
to illustrate a point, to help
youth people better under-
stand the message and link
into the main teaching
point,” Callum said.
“I wanted to help youth
group leaders and teachers.
When you have those 20
minutes to fill and you have
no idea what to do, this app
can help.
“A lot of the games are
classic youth group games
but there are quite a few in
there that I made up my-
self. I also had help from
my wife and some friends
to edit all the text of the
Article first published in
Southern cross, September
Games app a
local product
ABOVE: Damian and Rae Panlock with a photograph of
their daughter, Brodie. Source: Herald Sun
16 Our Diocese - Youth Feature October 2012
The Gippsland Anglican
By Mary Nicholls
IN A nutshell, Kidsplus+
aims to encourage or sup-
port parishes in their min-
istry to girls, boys, youth
and their families, whatever
the program style or model
such parishes deem best to
meet the needs of their
local communities. Individ-
uals, parishes or districts
have the opportunity to
support, care, co-operate,
share and vision together,
as we all seek to bring
young people and their
families into the life of the
church and learn about
In Gippsland, open Net-
work meetings are held
three to four times a year,
where we have the oppor-
tunity to share ideas,
recognise needs where we
might assist each other
and, most particularly, af-
firm and support one an-
other in an ever-changing
ministry. The strength of
the network as a body re-
lies on good communication
and representation of as
wide a diocesan forum as is
In Gippsland, a number of
parishes have affiliated with
GFS Kidsplus+ to benefit
from and contribute to the
network and Kidsplus+
supports ministry in mainly
music, playgroup, after-
school programs, JAFFAS
groups, youth drop-in cen-
tres, Sunday schools and
young adult groups.
The network hosts annual
diocesan camps for pri-
mary, secondary and com-
bined aged groups; most
recent at Phillip Island in
March this year, with the
2013 Camp booked for May
3 to 5 at Coonawarra Farm
Resort, Stratford. The net-
work organises special ac-
tivity days, targetting
varying age groups and lo-
cations across the diocese;
including the Traffic School
Pre-Schooler’s Days this
year, the annual family pic-
nics at Cowwaar Weir, Lake
Narracan and Delhuntie
Park; Themed Activity Days
held in a variety of parishes
including music, craft,
games, worship; and The-
atre Sports , Cafe or Pizza
nights for Youth.
The network also organ-
ises Leadership Training
Workshops on diocesan and
parish levels, with develop-
mental leadership training
for junior leaders and
helpers. These have proven
to be an asset in sustaining
leadership teams and en-
couraging the nurture of
upcoming leaders. The Na-
tional Leadership Training
Guidelines through GFS
Australia have proven their
relevance and certainly
stress the requirements,
expectations and responsi-
bilities associated with min-
istry to children and young
Kidsplus+ has resources
we are only too happy to
share. As a Gippsland
diocesan organisation ,we
have been pleased to re-
ceive substantial funding
over the years through
which our resources are
maintained and updated .
Currently, affiliated or
member parishes have free
access to these resources;
other individuals, groups
and parishes assist with the
upkeep through a small hire
The Kidsplus+ network ac-
tivity trailer includes a bar-
becue; giant games
including an earth ball,
parachutes, mega 4, giant
snakes and ladders game
and giant twister game;
general games equipment
including stilts and land
skiis; a jumping castle; sets
of safety jackets and water
shoes; a DVD and data pro-
jector and screen; portable
microphone equipment;
program materials and
starter programs for new
groups; resource books,
craft, devotions, games,
DVDs and videos; and a se-
lection of GFS Christmas
music scores (scripts and
Kidsplus+ established its
ministry in Gippsland, as
the former The Girls
Friendly Society, at Maffra
in 1886; four years after its
establishment in Mel-
bourne, Ballarat and
Bendigo and only 10 years
since it was brought to
South Australia by Lady
Jervois, the wife of the then
SA Governor. Lady Jervois
experienced the ministry in
England, where founder,
Mary Elizabeth Townsend,
sought to minister to the
isolated London working
girls who were dislocated
from their country family
roots in a bid for employ-
ment in the Industrial Rev-
While the program’s then
needs, culture and expecta-
tions was different, the
ministry of care, Christian
fellowship, friendship and
nurture was the same. This
was before establishment
of the scouting and guiding
movement; the church was
at the forefront of tackling,
face on, the needs and
challenges of the time.
In 2016, Gippsland will
celebrate 130 years of GFS
Ministry, reminiscing its
changing face within church
communities and, in recent
decades, its considerable
influence through outreach
to the un-churched as well.
The great Commission still
stands (Matthew 28) and
Kidsplus+ GFS and other
children’s and youth min-
istries maintain their re-
sponsibility to supporting
believers, young and old, in
using their gifts to “go into
the world making disciples”.
ABOVE: Teenagers use the
earth ball and parachute at
a Kidsplus+ diocesan youth
Photo: Mary Nicholls
VICTORIA’s Attorney General, Robert Clark, has
called on Victorians to take a stand against bully-
ing. He launched a campaign Take a stand against
bullying and distributed information about bullying
and Brodie’s Law to more than 8000 schools, work-
places and police stations across Victoria.
The campaign is being undertaken by the Depart-
ment of Justice in conjunction with the Victorian
Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(VECCI), Victoria Police and Lifeline.
Speaking at Lifeline headquarters in Melbourne, Mr
Clark said the campaign was about reminding peo-
ple of the devastating consequences bullying can
have and that help and support were available to
assist anyone experiencing serious bullying.
“Everyone is entitled to be safe in our community
and no one should be forced to suffer from bully-
ing,” he said.
“Authorities rely on information from the commu-
nity to stamp out bullying, so if you or someone you
know is being bullied, report it.
“All bullying is unacceptable and serious bullying
is a serious crime.”
Brodie’s Law made serious bullying a criminal of-
fence punishable by up to 10 years in jail and be-
came law in Victoria in June last year.
“Having Brodie’s Law in place is about sending a
strong message that threatening, bullying behavior,
in the workplace or elsewhere, will not be toler-
ated,” Mr Clark said.
Bullying can be committed by people of different
ages, in a variety of ways and in a variety of situa-
tions including workplaces, schools, sports clubs,
shopping centres and increasingly, via the internet.
Brodie Panlock was systematically bullied at her
workplace in Melbourne before taking her own life.
Her co-workers were found accountable and fined
under Occupational Health and Safety regulations.
Since then, Victorian law has changed.
Brodie Panlock’s parents, Damien and Rae, said
they were proud to support this campaign and all
efforts to combat the scourge of bullying.
“Having experienced the devastation that results
from merciless bullying, we are passionate about
stamping out bullying,” Mr and Mrs Panlock said.
“We don’t want any family to endure what we have
been through which is why we are committed to all
efforts to raise awareness about the very serious
nature of bullying and its consequences.
“It is our hope that the thousands of posters and
pamphlets to be distributed through this campaign
will inspire anyone who is a victim of bullying or has
witnessed bullying behavior, to report it.”
Evelyn Field, a psychologist with extensive experi-
ence in dealing with school and workplace bullying,
said the campaign was the beginning in developing
community awareness about creating bully free
schools and workplaces.
“I look forward to seeing more progress being
made in this area,” Ms Field said.
VECCI chief executive, Mark Stone, said bullying
should not be condoned in any workplace.
“We encourage employers to embrace the Take a
stand against bullying campaign to ensure a posi-
tive environment is maintained in workplaces at all
See also, article on Brodie Panlock and the new law
on page 15 of this issue of The Gippsland Anglican.
asked to
stand firm
Youth ministry beyond
130 years in Gippsland
October 2012 Our Diocese - Missions and Ministries 17
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Diocesan Calendar
International Year of People of African Descent, Na-
tional Year of the Farmer, National Year of Reading
6 Open garden for Morwell parish mission to St
Margaret’s Hospital, New Guinea; 60 Cooloon
gatta Drive, Tyers; 1pm to 5pm; Cost $10 per
person, children free.
7 Feast day of St Francis of Assisi
9 Family Forum, with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg,
sponsored by Gippsland Mothers’ Union; The
Five Most Pressing Concerns for Parents in
2012; 7.30pm; St Paul’s Anglican Grammar
School Traralgon campus; telephone 03 5134
1356 or 03 5156 1949
12-14 Workshops on Earth and Art, led by Dr Pene
Brook; Abbey of St Barnabas, A’Beckett Park;
telephone 03 5156 6580
13 Anam Cara Community contemplative
encounter, Windows into Judaism; Trafalgar
South, 10am; telephone 03 5634 7616
14 Farewell service, Reverend Abraham Maluk;
Moe parish.
15 CWCI safari with Ro Verspaandonk, St Peter’s
Mallacoota; 10am
15 CWCI safari with Ro Verspaandonk, Cann
River Community Centre; 1.30pm
15–18 Annual clergy retreat; Pallotti College
16 CWCI safari with Ro Verspaandonk, Orbost
Uniting Church, 1.30pm
17 CWCI safari with Ro Verspaandonk, Lake Tyers
Trust, 2pm
17 CWCI safari with Ro Verspaandonk, St John’s
Metung, 6pm
18 CWCI safari with Ro Verspaandonk, Bruthen
Elderly Citizen’s Centre; 10am
20 Battle of Trafalgar festival activities, using
Kidsplus+ trailer.
27-29 Women’s and Men’s Lay Retreat; Palotti
College. Leader, Bishop Michael Hough.
Contact Gwyneth Jones, Moe; telephone 0421
501024, email gwyneth.jones1@bigpond.com
28 Annual meeting GFS Kidsplus+ Network;
1.30pm; St James’ Traralgon.
28 30
anniversary, St Stephen’s Traralgon
South; 2pm; service and afternoon tea; RSVP
by 12/10, Mardi, 03 5195 5223 or
29 LifeFM radio 9
birthday and annual general
meeting; St Michael’s Hall, Traralgon; 7.30pm;
RSVP 03 5143 0355 or email
1 Intentional Pastoral Practice; Bishopscourt,
Sale; 8.45am. Contact Archdeacon Heather
Marten or Registry, 03 5144 2044
2-3 Growth in Ministry Intensive; Bishopscourt,
Sale; 8am to 5pm. Contact Archdeacon
Heather Marten, telephone 03 5144 2044
9-11 Workshops on Water and Dance, led by
Archdeacon Susanna Pain; Abbey of St
Barnabas, A’Beckett Park; telephone 03 5156
10 Quiet Day with Mothers’ Union and Bishop
John McIntyre; at Bishopscourt; 10.30am to
2.30pm, BYO lunch. Contact Karin McKenzie,
telephone 03 5662 2148
10 Thanksgiving service, GFS Kidsplus+ Network;
11am; Moe; followed by lunch at Gippsland
Heritage Park.
11 Defence Sunday
11 Remembrance Day
11 Kidsplus+ annual thanksgiving service and
lunch, Gippsland Heritage Park, Moe; 11am;
lunch $25.
18 Diocesan Kidsplus+ Network family picnic at
Morwell Traffic School; 3.30pm to 5.30pm;
with free sausage sizzle.
18-25 Vocational Panel Interviews
22-24 Education for Ministry training, St Paul’s
Cathedral Sale. Contact Dean Dr Don Saines,
telephone 03 5144 2020
24 Clergy and their families’ end of year lunch,
Bishopscourt, Sale; 11.30am to 4pm
27 Mothers’ Union Gippsland executive meeting,
Morwell; 9.30am to 12noon; followed by
lunch. Karin McKenzie, 03 5662 2148
Ministry important
in emergency relief
REVEREND Geoff Pittaway,
Rector of Mirboo North, is
the new Area Dean for
South Gippsland and, in his
spare time, he is the re-
gional coordinator for the
VCCEM (Victorian Council of
Churches Emergencies Min-
istry). On Tuesday, August
14, Geoff (right) was guest
speaker at the Bass Phillip
Island parish’s regular
men’s fellowship dinner.
Started in 1977, there are
now more than 1500 volun-
teers trained to respond to
disasters in Victoria. This
ministry sits alongside and
complements other emer-
gency services like CFA,
Red Cross, Salvation Army
and Victoria Police.
In times of emergency,
their brief is to provide per-
sonal support and psycho-
logical first aid; provide
Community Chaplains for
early psychiatric first aid;
co-ordinate a multi-faith re-
sponse to emergencies; co-
ordinate the Emergency
Chaplains Victoria network;
provide outreach activities
with trained workers; co-
ordinate State services of
worship and memorials;
and provide an advisory
and training resource for
faith based organisations.
Following the most recent
bush fires in Gippsland, in
January and February
2009, the need for these
services was recognised by
many other emergency
services. In particular, the
long term effects of disaster
survival was emphasised.
Such trauma has been
seen months and even
years after the event.
Contributors: Les Ridge
and J Dawson
Care in Crisis
“WHEN there is a disaster
like a bushfire or flood,
people are under enormous
stress and are often trau-
matised,” said Stuart Stu-
art, State Manager for
“Having people who are
appropriately trained to
support individuals and
communities experiencing
an emergency or disaster is
vital to building community
resilience. The faith com-
munity has historically pro-
vided support in disasters,
however this has often
been uncoordinated, ad hoc
and lacked integration into
the broader emergency
management systems.
“The Victorian Council of
Churches through the
Emergencies Ministry (VCC
EM) program provides
training, authorisation and
coordination of faith com-
munity volunteers. The VCC
EM is contracted by the
Human Services Depart-
ment, to provide psycho-
logical first aid, emotional
and spiritual care and out-
reach services.
“Most recently, in March,
2012, the VCC EM program
was asked to support the
Moira Shire in their re-
sponse to the flood crisis.
VCC EM volunteers spent
more than five months in
relief and recovery centres
and door knocking farms
across the shire. More than
130 individual volunteers
assisted the campaign,”
said Mr Stuart.
“If affected people speak
little or no English, or Aus-
tralia is a new country, or
they have come here as
refugees, the stress goes
up another level,” said Mar-
tin West, Multifaith Project
In 2012, VCC Emergencies
Ministry has been building a
multicultural and multifaith
“Victoria is the most cul-
turally and religiously di-
verse state in Australia. To
serve the people of Victoria,
our volunteers need to re-
flect this diversity,” said Mr
If you are interested in be-
coming accredited to volun-
teer in emergencies, go to
ing/ or telephone 9650
18 Our Diocese - Perspective October 2012
The Gippsland Anglican
By Charisse Whitehead
IN the span of a few short
years, smartphones have
become a digital extension
of our lives. A recent study
reveals making calls has
dropped to be the fifth
most-used function on our
phones; behind web surf-
ing, Facebook, gaming and
In order to reclaim the
idyllic nostalgia of 2009, an
anonymous 20-something
friend decided she would
set out to spend 24 hours
without her smartphone.
This is her story:
6.30am: I wake to a for-
eign buzzing sound, remi-
niscent of a garbage truck
reversing. It takes me a
minute to realise this is my
alarm clock, that redundant
electronic good I dusted off
from the cupboard last
night. How quaint. No opti-
mum sleep cycle app
means I clearly feel less re-
7.03am: Make stellar
omelette for breakfast.
Want to share my prowess
in the kitchen with the en-
tire world and automatically
go to Instagram my culi-
nary creation. But, alas, I
cannot. My eye twitches,
ever so slightly.
7.05am: No Facebook. I
have no idea what has
changed in any of my
friends’ lives while I was
asleep. What if someone
got engaged? What if
someone shared a ridicu-
lously funny dancing cat
video? I could start up my
laptop, but no. I will be
strong. If big news happens
someone will call me … on
my landline … with the
number I never give out …
It’s okay, I’m listed. Aren’t
I? Does anyone even have
the White Pages books any-
more? I sip my juice and ig-
nore the second eye twitch.
7.18am: I will distract my-
self with thoughts of work.
Trying to remember what
meetings I have scheduled
for today, but I cannot
check my calendar. It’s al-
right, I tell myself, some-
where I have a diary;
leather bound and all, to
make my life look full and
satisfying. Actually what
am I saying? I haven’t
bought a paper diary since
2009. I must start my day
having absolutely no idea
what’s ahead. Or who got
7.41am: About to leave
for work, the clouds are
looking a bit on the omi-
nous side. I’ll just check
Google Weather … No, no, I
will wait for the radio to tell
me the forecast. Just like
the old days.
7.53am: I resign myself to
the fact the radio show will
not tell me the weather
until the 8am news bulletin.
But at least I now know
who the blond one from
One Direction is dating. I
hedge my bets and grab an
umbrella and sunscreen on
my way out.
8.02am: I had forgotten
how entertaining public
transport can be. Watching
everyone else play Fruit
Ninja … My eye is twitching
in rhythm to the amazing
thrash metal the guy next
to me is listening to.
8.28am: I am quite enjoy-
ing queuing for my coffee at
the café. No, really, you
don’t get to hang around
reading last winter’s Vogue
when you use the pre-order
app. Oh good, I’m at the
front. Hang on, no I don’t
have any coins and they
won’t take eftpos for less
than $10. Okay, well I really
did want to buy that crois-
sant as well; and the ba-
nana bread.
10.18am: It hits me. This
is day three since I met that
guy. Day three is when you
get the follow-up hello text.
Everyone knows that, it’s
the rules, isn’t it? What if
he texts then thinks I’m ig-
noring him? You can’t reply
on day four, that just con-
fuses the whole thing.
OMG, what if he was THE
ONE? Deep breaths …
10.19am: I can’t group
text the girls to tell them
my dilemma to crowd
source advice. Eye is really
itchy now. Never mind, I
have banana bread. Actu-
ally, no, I ate it already.
12.10pm: While eating
lunch, to cheer myself up
from having now lost all
chances with The One, I
feel the overwhelming need
to buy a frivolous purple
snakeskin belt on eBay. No
access to mobile shopping
means I instead must talk
verbally to people or pre-
tend to read the newspa-
per; which news is already
old. But I have successfully
reached the halfway mark.
2.17pm: I don’t know
which Big Brother house-
mate is trending the most
on Twitter. The suspense is
gnawing away at me. Plus I
still don’t know if anyone
got engaged in the last day
or went from being single to
‘it’s complicated’. Eye dou-
ble twitches.
3.20pm: While figuring
out how to use our coffee
machine at work (I don’t
want to fall into the trap of
buying more banana bread)
I hear everyone talking an-
imatedly about the new
YouTube video of a monkey
doing handstands while
playing the piano. How will
I make it through the day
without seeing this?
5.07pm: I’d like to see
that new Gosling movie
later tonight. Opening week
though, it will likely sell out;
if only I could book ahead
on my cinema app. Or
check session times … I
dash back to that newspa-
per. Do they still print
movie schedules? Yes. I
scrounge in my handbag for
paper to note them down,
but come up empty. Who
carries paper these days, I
ask you? I find a marker
pen and in desperation I
write the times on my fore-
6.20pm: I am meeting my
cousin for dinner, but
thanks to the movie time fi-
asco I’m running late. I
can’t text and her number
is stored in my contacts list.
How did we ever solve this
dilemma before mobiles?
Or were people just peren-
nially on time? Ha, crazy
concept. I decide to just
run; a bit of cardio before
6.21pm: My sense of di-
rection is non-existent,
that’s why I always use the
map function. I resort to
finding the restaurant by in-
stinct. Plus, I am clearly
going to have to get this
eye seen to.
7.09pm: Service at dinner
is appalling. If only I had a
means of telling the whole
city this with a hashtag and
120 characters.
7.55pm: I discovered we
have to pay full price for
our meals, when we could
have used the daily deal
coupon. I cannot remember
the last time I paid full price
for anything. Gutted.
8.03pm: Time for a quick
drink at the swanky new
bar downtown. Although if I
don’t check in on Facebook,
how will anyone ever know
I was here having an amaz-
ing time? You know the
saying, if a tree falls in a
forest and no one status
updates about it, did it ever
really happen?
8.15pm: Wait, isn’t that
one of the River Boys over
there? Photo opp, wait till I
show the girls at work. I
didn’t pack a camera … be-
cause I don’t own one.
River Boy sees me walk
past and looks at me oddly;
could it be because I have
movie times on my arm?
9.00pm: Movie is sold out
because we could not book
ahead. No idea where my
friends are tonight due to
my social media blackout. I
take solace with jumbo
9.07pm: Cousin tries to
entertain me by drawing a
storyboard version of the
monkey doing handstands
while playing piano video.
Somehow, it is not quite the
same as seeing it.
10.32pm: At home watch-
ing reality television, realis-
ing just how bad it really is
when you can’t interact
with other viewers to com-
ment on how bad it really
is. Have resorted to taping
eyelid down to stop it per-
manently twitching.
12.00am: AT LAST! I free
my smartphone from its
captivity and gleefully
switch it on. I have five
missed texts (none from
The One; it’s okay though,
I’ve moved on), 12 Face-
book alerts and three new
followers on Twitter. Re-
markably, eye is also much
better now.
1.23am: Time to sleep,
having fully caught up with
my digital life; and watched
the monkey video no less
than four times.
After her electronic exile
was over, I asked my
friend: “What top three
things did you learn from
this experience?”
Her reply was: “Techni-
cally, it is possible to live
without a smartphone. But
it’s also technically possible
to live without chocolate
and, frankly, why would you
want to? Secondly, nobody
I know actually got en-
gaged in the last 24 hours.
Third, I learned marker pen
ink is really hard to wash off
your arm.”
Source: www.iinet.net.au
Can you live without a smartphone?
By Graeme Winterton,
I WAS breaking ground for
a new garden on the west-
ern slope of a valley on the
outskirts of Drouin in Gipp-
sland. The town’s recre-
ation ground is set opposite
upon a tightly wooded hill.
It was near the end of Au-
gust and I was up after
daybreak to take advan-
tage of a promised fine day.
Sound carries in the still
clear morning air and I
heard them distinctly from
a distance; the faint, un-
mistakable call of cacatu
galerita, the Australian Sul-
phur Crested Cockatoo.
I turned toward their
sound, and yes, there they
were, a fine cockatoo pair
just clearing the eastern hill
behind me; an inspiring
sight, set against the deli-
cate pink and grey of a
washed blue sky and their
brilliant white wings tinged
with the gold of the morn-
ing sun. They beat rhythmi-
cally and slowly southwest
toward town, issuing a low
pitched long call, quite dif-
ferent from the raucous
screech commonly associ-
ated with them.
I stopped to watch, not
only because of the inspir-
ing beauty of the moment
but because something was
going on and I could not
make sense of the behav-
A second pair was behav-
ing in exactly the same
manner and issuing the
same call but tracking a
slightly divergent course,
heading south-southwest.
As the first pair passed
over the creek and rose to-
ward town, I heard a series
of very loud raucous high
pitched screeches to my
right and turning toward
the opposite hill, where
tree tops were stirring
wildly, I saw one single
cocky rise hurriedly in a
vertical take-off, reminis-
cent of an aircraft carrier
catapault launch and hurtle
toward the town to join my
majestic pair.
It was not the end of it, for
the rapid calls of greeting
between the reunited three
alerted the second search-
ing pair which flew swiftly
to join the party. I watched
the five cockatoos turn east
to re-join the flock. The
calls changed too, they
were more rapid, excited,
as if the group was shout-
ing: “It’s all right, he’s
here, and we found him”.
Reflecting on the wonder
and privilege of the obser-
vation, my mind turns to
three very familiar stories;
a lost lamb, a lost coin and
a lost son. I have no doubt
the master storyteller
would add a fourth, the
story of the lost cockatoo.
It speaks so eloquently of
love, community, commit-
ted action and celebration.
October 2012 Our Diocese - Perspective 19
The Gippsland Anglican
By Kevin Giles
NEEDY, controlling men in
church can wrongly believe
their behavior has clear bib-
lical support if preachers
are not careful.
One night, the doorbell
rang at about 10pm. At the
front door I found a very
agitated regular church at-
tender who I knew well,
She said: “I know it’s late
but can I come in? I have
been sitting in my car for an
hour trying to get the
courage to come to your
door and ring the bell.”
I asked her in and after we
got her a cup of tea she
blurted out to Lynley and
me: “I don’t know what to
do. ‘John’ treats me like a
child. He always has to
have his own way. In his
eyes. I can do nothing
right, I am too fat, I am a
poor mother, I waste the
money he earns and I con-
stantly provoke him to
“He says if I were truly a
Christian I would obey him
and give him the respect he
deserves. The tension in
the home is just too much
to bear.”
I was stunned. Was she
talking about the John I
knew? Who came to church
almost every Sunday, was
polite and friendly, always
wanted to please and was
well known as a business-
man. I had never suspected
John and Pam were any-
thing but a happy couple.
She went on: “I am really
frightened of what he will
do one day. Tonight he re-
ally lost it. He was poking
me with his finger with his
face close up against mine
in a threatening pose and in
a loud voice he kept on and
on at me. The children were
crying and I was crying. It
was awful.”
We listened as she talked
on and this unburdening
helped her calm down. I
asked her had she ever
thought of leaving John.
She said: “Yes, but I will
never do that. I have to
make it work for me and
the children. I do not be-
lieve in divorce. John’s not
a bad man. In fact, when
he is not angry he can be
very loving and attentive.
He just always wants his
own way and he gets this at
any cost.”
Lynley asked her: “Have
you considered going to a
professional counsellor to
help you understand your
situation better?”
She said: “No.”
Lynley did not suggest
marriage counselling be-
cause when violence is
present in a relationship the
worst thing to suggest is
couple counselling; because
this all too often makes the
situation worse. The man
will seek to charm the
counsellor and get him or
her on his side and turn
everything around his wife
says to make her seem the
one at fault.
Lynley then asked: “Would
John go on his own if you
encouraged him?”
She said: “No way.”
I wish I could tell you of a
happy ending. John and
Pam are still together in a
painful and convoluted rela-
tionship. The children have
all left home, each dam-
aged in some way. They still
go to church each Sunday.
Regrettably, this story
could be repeated a thou-
sand times. The abuse of
women in the home is not
decreasing but increasing.
One in three women be-
tween the age of 15 and 45
years will experience some
form of violence in their
home, with females be-
tween 18 and 24 years at
the most risk.
Yes, you read it right; in
one third of marriages
abuse has or will occur.
Nicole Brady, writing in The
Age (2012) says family vio-
lence in Victoria is at a
record high. In the past
year, police have attended
40,892 family violence inci-
Chief Commissioner, Ken
Lay, said: “It is the most
significant community
safety issue. We see family
violence from across the
very rich to the poor, from
the northern suburbs to the
southern suburbs.”
Family violence takes
many forms: physical
abuse, including slapping,
pushing, kicking, pinching,
choking, throwing things,
punching; emotional and
verbal abuse, with sharp
personal criticism, abusive
language, threats, sulking,
the silent treatment; sexual
abuse, including demanding
what one wants; social
abuse, such as preventing
the seeing of family and
friends and constantly
checking on whereabouts;
financial abuse, like the
control of how money is
spent and what on, limiting
or forbidding personal ex-
penses and the taking of
money earned; and spiri-
tual abuse, where the per-
petrator uses biblical texts
to justify control and to
compel the abused person
to ask for forgiveness, for-
bidding church attendance
or prescribing what church
or faith community will be
Verbal abuse is always in-
volved and this can be the
most destructive and de-
meaning aspect. In every
case where abuse is pres-
ent, the woman feels dis-
empowered, vulnerable and
Sometimes women say:
“No, he never hits me.”
But if the question is
asked, does he raise his
voice or push you or throw
things at you, invariably the
answer is: “yes”.
The best study I know on
family violence is Lundy
Bancroft’s Why Does He Do
That? Inside the Minds of
Angry and Controlling Men
(2002: NY: Berkley). Every
parish minister, every
parish worker and every
woman caught up in a vio-
lent relationship would do
well to read this book.
Lundy’s argument is abu-
sive men are inadequate
controlling men. They have
discovered abusive behav-
iour enables them to get
their own way.
They are not so much
angry men but men who
have found anger is very
effective in getting one’s
own way. It is an issue of
power and control. Of
course they do not see this
themselves. They always
have reasons why they act
like they do, fully justifying
their behavior. In their own
mind they are a good per-
son putting up with a lot
from their partner.
Women can act violently
toward men but this is rare
and, in most cases, it is a
desperate reaction to the
violence the man has in-
flicted on them. The recent
VicHealth report Commu-
nity Attitudes to Violence
Against Women estimated
“98 per cent of perpetra-
tors” are male.
Family violence in
the church
AS sad as it is to say, it
seems family violence is
just as common in the
church as in society. In-
deed, many argue in
churches where male head-
ship is taught, meaning
men should lead the family
and make all the important
decisions, the incidence is
somewhat higher.
Preaching regularly the
Bible teaches men should
lead the home and the
church does not make men
abusive. Indeed, the vast
majority of Christian men
who see themselves as the
head of the home in a tradi-
tional way follow St Paul
closely and give themselves
in costly service for their
wife and family (Ephesians
The problem is, repeatedly
speaking of male ‘headship’
and the subordination of
women ministers can lead
needy, controlling men
present in the church to be-
lieve their behavior has
clear biblical support and
their wife is obeying God
when they obey them in all
things. Such teaching feeds
the “works of the flesh,” not
“the fruits of the Spirit,
love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, gentleness and
self-control” (Galatians
Recently, a friend told me
his granddaughter spent a
year in a Christian Bible
study group at one of the
Melbourne universities be-
fore she came to realise
what was most important
to the group was accepting
men should be in charge in
the home and the church.
For this reason she was told
women could not lead Bible
study groups if males were
present because this would
undermine their God-given
This is very ‘heady’ teach-
ing for young men who
think the world should re-
volve around them and for
young women who all too
often lack self-confidence.
I imbibed this teaching as
a young man and took it on
board with delight. I
thought men should rule
the world and now I was
hearing this was God’s idea
as well.
Breaking free from this
androcentric view of the
world, which was doing
nothing for my marriage,
was a very hard struggle
taking years. I suspect for
many Christian men, aban-
doning this hierarchical un-
derstanding of the
male-female relationship,
once embraced, is as diffi-
cult as breaking with drug
What our Christian young
people need to hear and
believe, as well as their
seniors who are preoccu-
pied with ‘male headship,’ is
not that men should rule
the world but God has
made man and woman
alike in his image and alike
given them dominion over
this world (Genesis 1:27-
28). This understanding of
the sexes the Bible puts
first and makes primary
and it is what Jesus taught
and exemplified.
All of us need to be in-
formed on this virulent epi-
demic in our midst and be
ready to stand up and
name it for what it is; the
abuse of women. If we are
a man inclined to be con-
trolling, we need to seek
professional help. If we are
a pastor and teacher, it is
important we are well in-
formed on this topic im-
pacting on so many women
and we should regularly say
something on this matter in
pew bulletins and sermons.
Our parishioners need to
know we understand what
domestic violence is all
about and we will be sup-
portive of any women
caught in this web. We do
not condone it. And we do
not think a women should
stay in such a relationship if
they feel their life and
safety are at risk.
If we ministers want to
speak about male ‘head-
ship’ then we should do so
sparingly and, when it is
raised, point out emphati-
cally that Paul, in writing to
the Ephesians, is seeking to
subvert and transform pa-
triarchy as it was known
and taken for granted in his
own social context (Eph-
esians 5:21-33).
He says, in effect: “Yes,
you men can think of your-
selves as the head of the
wife but remember this
headship for the Christian is
to be interpreted and un-
derstood in terms of loving
self-sacrifice. It has nothing
to do with who makes deci-
sions or who is in control. It
is all about costly service
for one’s wife.”
Better still would be a few
sermons on Jesus and
women. In every way imag-
inable, Jesus affirmed
women and their dignity,
saying not one word about
their subordination and
much in word and deed to
suggest he believed contra-
wise in the substantive
equality of the two differen-
tiated sexes; the equality
prescribed as the ideal in
the opening chapter of the
Bible (Genesis 1:27-28).
Because of the increasing
incidence of family vio-
lence, books on this topic
abound. I recommended
Lundy Bancroft’s Why Does
He Do That?. A valuable
and trustworthy website is
that of the domestic vio-
lence resource centre,
www.dvrc.org.au There are
also now many books on
family violence from a
specifically Christian stand-
I like, best of all, Cather-
ine Kroeger and Nancy
Nason-Clark’s No Place for
Abuse: Biblical and Practical
Resources to Counteract
Domestic Violence (2001,
InterVarsity). A topic search
will give you other Christian
books while typing “Chris-
tians and abuse in the
home” will bring up many
articles, to be critically read
as not all can be trusted to
have the facts right.
Kevin Giles is a retired
Melbourne vicar, still active
in ministry. Article originally
published in The Melbourne
Anglican; reprinted with
Be aware of danger
20 Our Diocese - Media and Literary Reviews October 2012
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More violence in guidelines
A musical moment
By Fay Magee
AMONG the many musical
moments at the recent
Music in the Wind retreat at
the Abbey of St Barnabas at
A’Beckett Park, was the
idea to take a song and
make it the structure of our
Jesus Christ is waiting is
665 in Together in Song.
The text by John Bell is set
to the 15th century French
carol Noel Nouvelet which
contains strength in its sim-
plicity. This was expressed
with flute accompaniment
for the melody and sparse
guitar chord structure.
Each verse focuses on dif-
ferent aspects of taking ac-
tion with the poor, ‘where
injustice spirals’, providing
Christ’s healing and con-
cluding with a simple com-
mitment to follow Christ’s
example. The song was
sung with a pause between
each verse for silent prayer
and reflection.
Jesus Christ is waiting,
waiting in the streets;
no-one is his neighbour,
all alone he eats.
Listen, Lord Jesus,
I am lonely too.
Make me, friend or
stranger, fit to wait on
TOP: Dean Dr Don Saines
uses an iPad to record
audio and video of the
singing at the retreat.
ABOVE: Dr Elizabeth
Blakewell played her flute.
Photos: Jeanette Severs
Book to help with
questions about sex
Weerakoon P (2012) Teen Sex By
the Book. Fervr/Youthworks.
TEEN Sex By the Book is frank and, in
parts, explicit. It gives the reader a
unique and at times uncomfortable in-
sight into the teen world, exploring a
number of ‘taboo’ topics, such as the ef-
fects of porn on the brain, sexting, cy-
bersex and homosexuality.
It also addresses questions like: ‘How
far is too far?’ ‘Is God against sex?’ and
‘Is lust an uncontrollable force?’ It con-
siders these questions and others from a
cultural, theological and physiological
point of view.
Ultimately, this book calls teens to live
God’s countercultural lifestyle; one lead-
ing to healthy, pleasurable sex and inti-
mate, satisfying relationships lasting a
Teen Sex By the Book is written with
teens (aged 15 to 19 years), parents and
those ministering to this demographic in
mind. It is rated M, aged 15+ years for a
good reason and the author, Patricia
Weerakoon, strongly recommends it is
not used to educate younger children.
If you are a parent of a teenager, you
have to read this book because it will
give you a glimpse into your teenager’s
life you probably would not otherwise
see. It will also enable you to raise these
topics with your young adult.
Society has changed a lot since the
1980s, when AIDS was first on the scene
and the Grim Reaper advertisements on
television were meant to stop sex.
But our teens desperately need us to be
able to talk to them about sex and if
those conversations are based in 1980,
they are not going to be relevant.
Research shows: 93 per cent of males
and 62 per cent of females aged 13 to 16
years have seen pornography online; by
age 15, 70 per cent of boys and girls will
be sexually experienced and by age 18,
88 per cent will be. Note: this does not
mean they are having intercourse, but it
does mean they might be pressured to
do so.
Almost every Australian school has had
reports of sexting, which is a form of
child pornography and can result in indi-
viduals being listed on the sex offenders
register. Does your child know that could
include their friend or themselves?
Is it little wonder that parents feel ill-
equipped to teach teens in an age so dif-
ferent from the one of their own
With more than 25 years of experience
as a sex educator, researcher and thera-
pist in America, Sri Lanka and Australia,
Dr Patricia Weerakoon has a unique in-
sight into the trends of today’s teens. In
partnership with Fervr, she has written
Teen Sex By the Book, to try to be the
definitive guide to teen sexuality and re-
A renowned media and public speaking
personality, Dr Weerakoon regularly
holds seminars at schools, churches and
conferences sharing her passion for sex-
ual health.
The book comes with an M15+ rating
and is available from
www.fervr.net/teen-sex-by-the-book or
email team@fervr.net or telephone 02
8268 3344. RRP $14.95.
Source: Fervr; Youthworks
“MANY parents will be dis-
appointed with the R18+
computer game guidelines
released this week,” Fami-
lyVoice national research of-
ficer, Ros Phillips, said
“We were originally prom-
ised the new R18+ category
would not allow any more vi-
olent or explicit games to be
“Rather, some very violent
games currently rated
MA15+ would be moved up
into the adult category to in-
dicate that they are not suit-
able for children or young
“But this has not hap-
pened,” Ms Phillips said.
“None of the very violent
games currently classified
MA15+ will be reclassified
R18+. Instead, the R18+
category will allow even
more violent games to be
sold or hired in Australia.”
Mrs Phillips said the R18+
games guidelines released in
September by federal Jus-
tice Minister, Jason Clare,
allow unlimited aggressive
coarse language. Nudity
does not have to be justified
by context, nor does vio-
“This is not true of the
MA15+ guidelines which
were, until now, the most
restricted games category,”
Ms Phillips said.
“The highest impact al-
lowed for MA15+ games is
‘strong’ but in the new R18+
category, violence, nudity
and coarse language can
have a greater, ‘high’ im-
“This change is disturbing,
given that interactive games
have a much greater impact
on the player than the pas-
sive media of films and TV.
“We hope state and federal
censorship ministers will
have a big rethink and keep
the promise made two years
Source: FamilyVoice Aus-
tralia: a Christian voice for
family, faith and freedom
website: www.fava.org.au
October 2012 Our Diocese - Media and Literary Reviews 21
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Edis, A (2012) Retire
and Live the Dream:
Our Long Journey to La
Dolce Vita. Short Stop
BRAVERY, risk and adven-
ture are not usually the
words used to describe the
life of a couple ready for re-
tirement, but Annette Edis
plans to change this.
Retire and Live the
Dream: Our Long Journey
to la Dolce Vita tells the
true story of one couple’s
journey to Italy: the desti-
nation of their dreams.
Doing something that oth-
ers can only imagine, An-
nette and her husband,
Ray, picked up their lives
and moved to the country
of food and culture.
This book explores how
this dream became a reality
and the endless possibilities
for others. Australian-born
Annette does not pretend
the move was easy, yet her
words of advice aim to
make the transition simple
for those wanting to follow
in her footsteps.
With many years of retire-
ment to enjoy, Annette was
enticed by the thought of
discovering a new culture,
language and lifestyle.
Their move to Italy is about
experiencing the wonderful
day to day things around
them and appreciating the
unfamiliarity as they get
closer and closer to calling
it home.
Annette’s travel tips and
inspiring words encourage
readers to take the plunge
and travel. She shows oth-
ers that just as it happened
for her, so, too, can they
find a new adventure.
Retire and Live the Dream
may be about retiring but
Annette and Ray remain ac-
tive [Annette is a writer and
Ray is studying painting]
and value the importance of
life goals. These goals are
forever changing as they
are inspired by new ideas
and challenges.
The best part about the
book is that people do not
have to just read it. The
world is waiting to be dis-
covered. Annette and her
story are there to help and
to provide proof it really is
possible to start living.
Filled with anecdotes,
myths and histories of the
many towns, cities and
countries visited by An-
nette, this wonderful tale
provides a well-rounded
perspective of travelling
and those life changing ex-
periences that go with it.
Annette has three children
and six grandchildren, all of
whom have given her many
stories, anecdotes and life
experiences, as have her
numerous travelling adven-
tures. Retire and Live the
Dream: our long journey to
la Dolce Vita is crammed
with these stories and an-
ecdotes, as well as practical
tips for travellers. Annette
hopes this book will inspire
others to live their dreams.
Books and e-books are
available through
Lock, G (2012) Shoot
Me First. Broad Conti-
nent Publishing.
SHOOT Me First is the
story of an Australian cat-
tleman and his 24-years’
personal experience in the
Taliban country of Pakistan
and Afghanistan.
The author offers intrigu-
ing insights into the culture
of the tribal territories that
straddle the two countries.
This is home to the Taliban,
an untamed land which
continues to absorb so
much of the world’s atten-
tion and military endeavor.
Lock is shrewd and laconic
but, above all, compassion-
ate. His experience of the
world’s two major religions
deserves careful considera-
Supporting micro-hydro-
electric systems, empower-
ing Afghan widows and
overseeing a massive eye-
care program, Grant and
Janna Lock’s development
work in Afghanistan and
Pakistan followed their no-
table success as cattle
breeders in South Australia.
Crisp, beautiful and re-
vealing, this book is valu-
able for anyone trying to
build an appreciation of Is-
lamic societies; and that
should be all of us.
Ashby, R (ed.) (2012) A Faith to
Live By: Conversations about
faith with twenty-five of the
world’s leading Christian authors
and teachers. Melbourne: Mosaic
By Rowland Croucher
THIS book, for me, was a ‘page-
turner’; a marvellous collection of con-
centrated wisdom extracted by an
interviewer who is both editor of the
award-winning The Melbourne Anglican
(Diocese of Melbourne) newspaper, but
who has also done post-graduate study
in contemplative spirituality. (I like that
combination of attributes and voca-
The interviewees are mostly academ-
ics, but the young radical evangelical,
Shane Claiborne, and his older mentor,
Jim Wallis, are there too. Three of the
interviewees are women: Joan Chittis-
ter, the outspoken Benedictine nun;
Helen Prejean, author of the powerful
book Dead Man Walking, also made
into a movie with the same title; and
Esther de Waal, renowned United King-
dom author of books on spirituality.
The influential and prolific prophets
and teachers, Richard Rohr and Brian
McLaren, are included. More than aver-
age space is given to three people with
some quite disparate, though strangely
complementary views on spirituality:
Archbishop Dr Rowan Williams, car-
toonist, Michael Leunig, and academic,
David Tacey, who says he learned a lot
of his insights from his students.
The best gift I can offer in this brief re-
view is to whet your appetite with some
of the book’s best or most challenging
Rowan Williams: “[Each morning] I
take about half an hour to say the
Jesus Prayer.” The two best bits of ad-
vice about prayer, from Dom. John
Chapman: “Pray as you can, not as you
can’t” and “the less you pray the worse
it gets”.
Contrast Stephen Hawking’s opinion
that “Heaven is a fairy story for people
afraid of the dark”, with mathematics
professor John Lennox’s response,
“Atheism is a fairy story for people
afraid of the light”.
Father Laurence Freeman, author of
books about Christian meditation, rec-
ommends we meditate for half an hour
in the morning and again at night. The
best mantra? ‘Maranatha’. (Another in-
terviewee in this volume, I have for-
gotten who, recommends ‘Christ in me,
the hope of glory’). Also this: “There is
nothing about being guilty, I don’t
think, in the teaching of Jesus”.
Esther de Waal quotes Philip Toynbee:
“People often think the basic command
of religion is ‘do this, do that’. It isn’t,
‘it’s look and wonder.’ Also this well-
worn maxim: “God is only to be found
in the reality of the present moment”.
In the ‘did you know?’ category:
“Francis of Assisi is the most written
about person in history. There are more
books about him than Jesus” (Richard
Theoretical physicist, Sir John Polking-
horne: “The fact that science can only
tell you music is vibrations in the air
doesn’t mean music is only vibrations
in the air”.
Author Morris West on hell: “I cannot
imagine inflicting infinite pain on even
the most horrendous of human beings”.
Philosopher and theologian, Dr Keith
Ward, likes Gregory of Nyssa: “Souls go
on adventuring infinitely into God.”
Sister Joan Chittister reminds us
“Even in the midst of [awful] pain, suf-
fering and grief, it is possible to say Al-
Activist Jim Wallis likes Bishop
Desmond Tutu: “As Christians, we are
prisoners of hope”. His friend, Brian
McLaren, calls us to a stance of humil-
ity when conservatives and liberals
wrestle with issues like homosexuality:
“Conservatives are trying to be faithful
to God … and the tradition [but must
also] acknowledge the compassionate
and Christ-like attitudes of liberals to-
wards gay people.”
There is much more: I underlined wise
bits and pieces on every page. Ask
someone you love to buy it for your
next birthday or something.
Rowland Croucher (jmm.aaa.net.au)
A text to live by
Life is never
too late to
start l i vi ng
and his
into the
of the
22 Our Diocese - Clergy Ministry October 2012
The Gippsland Anglican
CANON Graeme Winter-
ton, past rector in Gipps-
land, recently received an
Emergency Services Foun-
dation Scholarship, pre-
sented by Chairman of the
Emergency Services Foun-
dation, Mr Neil Bibby.
Graeme received the
scholarship to investigate
emergency chaplaincy, psy-
chological first aid and per-
sonal support
arrangements in the United
Kingdom, Canada and the
United States.
“The scholarship was
timely,” said Graeme.
“The Victorian Council of
Churches (VCC) initiated
community chaplaincy and
professional personal sup-
port of this kind in Australia
with funding from the Victo-
rian Department of Human
Services and needed to
measure current arrange-
ments against extant mod-
els and practices in other
The terms of reference for
the study were fivefold:
To examine the volunteer
emergency personal sup-
port models of faith com-
munities with particular
reference to public and in-
terfaith connections.
To investigate the exis-
tence and extent of com-
munity chaplaincy
integration within response
To explore the extent of
congregational volunteer
involvement in emergency
response and recovery.
To enquire into the meth-
ods of recruitment, deploy-
ment and training em-
ployed by other countries
To discover ways of build-
ing cooperation with other
faith communities within an
emergency environment.
Graeme said it was evi-
dent in every country that
faith community emer-
gency ministry arrange-
ments included highly
professional and organised
approaches, as well as
counterproductive, ad hoc,
spontaneous and oppor-
tunistic activation.
He said it was concerning
to discover that, despite ex-
cellent government re-
sponse and social welfare
arrangements, little if any
attention has been given to
coordinating faith commu-
nity involvement within for-
mal emergency
“Findings show Australian
faith communities are fre-
quently impacted by emer-
gency and disaster. They
respond with concern and
compassion, but far too
often act precipitously and
with little regard to govern-
ment arrangements or the
need to coordinate their ac-
tions with other communi-
ties or agencies,” Graeme
“However, rostered ‘on
call’ trained clergy and psy-
chological first aid workers
can provide good local ca-
pacity for deployment by
Incident Controllers.
“Australia is leading the
way. The VCC emergency
ministry program is not
replicated or surpassed in
any other country. Victorian
psycho-social and chap-
laincy personal support
arrangements can without
question be regarded as at
the leading edge of world’s
best practice.”
The full report is on the
Emergency Services Foun-
dation website
For those interested in
training and being accred-
ited to work in community
chaplaincy, particularly in
emergency situations and
the aftermath, see article
on page 17 of this issue of
The Gippsland Anglican for
further details.
Graeme’s scholarship award
ABOVE: Canon Graeme Winterton (right), past rector in
Gippsland, recently received an Emergency Services
Foundation Scholarship, presented by Chairman of the
Emergency Services Foundation, Mr Neil Bibby.
Gloria is new chair
of Anglican Council
REVEREND Gloria Shipp, a
woman from the Gamilaroi
tribe in New South Wales,
has been elected Chair of
the National Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Angli-
can Council, by members at
their annual gathering in
Brisbane in late September.
Gloria (above) is the first
woman to be elected as
Chair, having previously
held the treasurer’s role.
She is the Indigenous Min-
istry Coordinator and Chap-
lain at Orana Juvenile
Justice Centre in Dubbo
parish, Bathurst diocese.
When told of her nomina-
tion, Gloria said she would
leave it to God and her fel-
low NATSIAC members to
She said she was: “excited
and honoured to be elected
Chair. The work achieved
since the inception of the
council in 1992 is testimony
to the previous Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander
members and leaders
within the Anglican Church
of Australia.”
Gloria has been a part of
NATSIAC since its inception
21 years ago.
“We will continue to pro-
mote the need for the
Church to assist, encourage
and resource ministries in
the Torres Strait Islands
and in mainland Australia.
Our present aim is to have
another national Aboriginal
“I believe we can play a
significant role in promoting
our Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander culture and
spirituality and incorporat-
ing them within the life and
worship of the Anglican
Church. I would also like to
see significant occasions
acknowledged and cele-
brated in the Anglican
Church as a whole, for ex-
ample National Sorry Day,
the Week of Prayer for Rec-
onciliation, and NAIDOC
Week, to begin with”, Gloria
“One of the discussions
that took place at the re-
cent Gathering was the
need for a Youth Leadership
camp to encourage Aborig-
inal and Torres Strait Is-
lander leaders within the
Anglican Church and to also
become a part of NATSIAC”.
NATSIAC members elected
Chris McLeod, priest from
Adelaide diocese, as deputy
chair, Bruce Boase, priest in
Brisbane diocese as secre-
tary and Shannon Smith,
priest in Riverina diocese,
as treasurer.
Retiring Chair, Archdeacon
Brian Kirk from Armidale
diocese, and laywoman,
Rose Elu, from Brisbane,
were elected as General
Synod Standing Committee
Abbey wants cooks
THE Abbey of St Barnabas
at A’Beckett Park is looking
for volunteers to join a ros-
tered crew of cooks and
dishwashers to help during
the weekend retreats.
David (right) and Deb
Chambers are leading the
way, volunteering as cooks
and dishwashers for the
most recent and future re-
treats, including those on
October 12 to 14, Art
grounded in earth and No-
vember 9 to 11, Dance
through water.
“This is a vital and enjoy-
able ministry and we are
glad to help,” said David.
Contact Sue Gibson at the
Abbey, 03 5156 6580.
October 2012 Our Diocese - The Abbey of St Barnabas at A’Beckett Park 23
The Gippsland Anglican
By Ann Miller
MUSIC in the Wind proved
to be an inspiring theme for
a weekend of reflection and
music-making. Our the-
matic input came from Dr
Don Saines, in terms of ex-
ploring the wind or breath
in creation and the creativ-
ity of God and God’s people
through music and song.
“Music and song have a
very real sacramental as-
pect to them; praise speaks
and expresses the life and
energy of God in our midst
and for our world,” Don
Fay McGee, musician and
music educator, brought to
the weekend a creative and
gifted leadership of music
and song. Learning new
songs in a circle without in-
strumental accompaniment
was a great way to sing to-
As one participant said:
“We learnt some new songs
that were simple but beau-
tiful. Fay enabled us to sing
in harmony and two of our
favorites included Michael
Leunig’s prayer, Let it Go
and a Ukrainian Orthodox
Kyrie from Together in
Musical explorations took
in a host of songs from
short chants to classics
such as Bob Dylan’s Blowin’
in the Wind and Spirit of
God in the clear running
water from the Medical Mis-
sion Sisters. We were able
to work with new songs and
the more familiar; all were
enlightening and engaging.
Some music was for listen-
ing and reflecting. Assorted
instruments came out of
the luggage; from banjo,
harmonica and recorder to
flute, djembe and ukulele,
among others.
Our community Eucharist
on Sunday morning came
together with a lot of songs
filling out the basic struc-
ture, deepening devotion
and filling us with the joy of
the Spirit.
The peaceful sur-
roundings, comfort-
able units, gentle
leadership by Fay and
Don and the gener-
ous catering by David
and Deb Chambers
all conspired to make
this a weekend of
nourishment for body
and soul. More
Music retreat whets the soul
Photographs from
the Music in the
Wind retreat:
Jeanette Severs
24 Our Diocese - Parishes October 2012
The Gippsland Anglican
Mud does not deter
ABOVE: St Augustine’s answer to Robert Schuller’s Crys-
tal Cathedral it might not be, but to the faithful in San
Remo it is the culmination of much prayer, planning and
patience. Late last month, renovations began on the Mary
Talbot Multifunction Room. Despite the rain and the rain
and the rain, parishioners dug sufficient clearance for the
building and planted the stumps. The floor is now com-
plete and sections of frame are elevated into position.
Contributor: Les Ridge
One woman’s work
RIGHT: Earlier this year,
Rosemary Kardinaal pre-
sented a display of her
work from more than 30
years, at Delbridge Hall,
Sale. Rosemary’s handi-
work ranged from the finest
knitting and crochet,
through paper tole and
patchwork, to furniture
restoration and toy making.
The many appreciative vis-
itors donated more than
$500 to Access Ministries,
for Religious Education
teachers in schools. Rose-
mary is pictured with a se-
lection of her handiwork.
Contributor: Ann Miller
Symphonia adds to enjoyment
RIGHT: On Sunday, Sep-
tember 9, the East Gipps-
land Symphonia Orchestra
joined the 10am service. It
was a wonderful experience
to have these talented mu-
sicians accompany the
hymns and would have cer-
tainly improved our
singing. We look forward to
their return.
Contributor: U. Plunkett
Photo: Judi Hogan
LAMP looks into the future
ABOVE: The Lakes Entrance and Metung Parish (LAMP) re-
cently held a strategic planning meeting at St John’s
church at Metung. Reverend Canon Barbara Logan chaired
the meeting and members from St Nicholas and St John’s
attended. The results of the National Church Life Survey
conducted in 2011 were studied in detail and some inter-
esting facts emerged. Various topics were discussed, for
example, how to encourage more people to come to wor-
ship. Left to right: David Murray, Kevin Kramer, Rev.
Canon Barb Logan, Kath Grandy, Ken Grandy, Anne Belle,
Jenny Romano, Ruth Cross, Kevin Cross and Shirley
Contributor: Sandra McMaster
Orbost swings to the music
ORBOST parish recently
held a pleasant afternoon
with Shirl Brown and a bush
dance, both activities well
Shirl Brown (above right)
is an ‘old time country en-
tertainer’ from Tasmania,
who sings and plays key-
In Orbost, she entertained
about 70 guests for a very
pleasant afternoon on Au-
gust 23. Patrons included
people from the aged care
facilities in Orbost, others
from Cann River and many
The St James’ bush dance
was held on Saturday, Sep-
tember 8 and was a great
night. Lots of laughs as at-
tendees tried to interpret
the dance steps as in-
structed by the callers.
The Hospital Creek Bush
Band provided the music
and everyone had a great
night, even those who just
came to listen to the music.
ABOVE left: Reverend Bevil
Lunson dances the foxtrot
with a willing partner, to the
music of Shirl Brown.
LEFT: At the bush dance,
the band called ‘strip the
willow’ and ‘do-se-do’, while
some guests were happy to
sit out occasionally (above).
Barbara Lunson