December 2013

Attitudes to same-sex Marriage are changing in Australia!
A number of the first same-sex couples to get married in Australia, Canberra, December 7 th 2013. These marriages were invalidated by the High Court of Australia, 12 th December 2013.
Picture: ABC News: Elise Pianegonda

From the President...
Last Friday I buried a local saint. Lyn was a lifetime parishioner whose father built a stone wall around our church, and who was strongly influenced by the charismatic movement in the 1980’s. She loved watching Joyce Meyer on TV and saw herself as a ‘prayer warrior’, immersing herself in prayer for hours, even as her body succumbed to mesothelioma. Last year when a group of us in the Perth Diocesan Synod sought to inject into public discourse a generous and gracious voice about people of diverse sexual identity, Lyn asked to see me. I panicked. No one wants to upset a dying stalwart of the Parish. Of course, Lyn’s story was the same as countless others. She wanted me to know how sad she was about the people who had been excluded from our communities because of their sexual identity, and she told me to keep fighting no matter what. Changing Attitude Australia exists so that we can keep fighting. Fighting for the spiritual gifts of transgender people to be affirmed. Fighting for the children of gay and lesbian couples to be warmly included. Fighting for the voices of intersex people to be respected. Fighting for legal and liturgical recognition of those who do not, and never will, fir inside heteronormative constraints.


We have been blessed by the passionate leadership of The Reverend Andrew Eaton, who has borne the heavy burden of the organisation with characteristic grace. We owe him a great debt for sustaining CAA over the last few years. In this season of Advent, let us prepare ourselves once again to come close to the great mystery of the Incarnation. And let us recommit ourselves to the great struggle – a church that is a sign of the resurrection and a foretaste of the coming Kingdom.

A New Committee for CAA
At its 2013 Annual General Meeting a new committee for CAA was elected.

Revd Chris Bedding Rector Darlington-Bellevue Anglican Church, W.A. Fr Chris has been ordained priest for a little over ten years, and has worked in New South Wales and in Western Australia. He is especially interested in ministry amongst people in the first third of life, advocacy for the oppressed and dynamic liturgy. Chris is also known as a stand-up comedian, an actor, a theatre director and as a musician. Chris has was the mover of a resolution to the 2012 and 21013 Synod of the Diocese of Perth that sought recognition of the diversity of views in the Diocese to human sexuality and theologies of sexuality. Although approved of by a majority of the House of Laity and House of Clergy on both occasions the resolution was vetoed by Archbishop Herft.

Revd John Baldock Vicar, St John’s Parish, East Malvern Vic Fr John has a long involvement in inter-religious affairs and conflict resolution. He is a founding member of UNESCO Interreligious Advisory Committee. John is a member of the Monash University Chaplaincy team.



Prof. Roderick Rogers Rod is a retired academic who served as Head of the Department of Botany and Deputy Dean of Science in the University of Queensland, introducing the term ‘‘pastoral care’ into the Science Faculty. Rod was awarded the degree Doctor of Science by The University of Adelaide in 2000 for research in Environmental Biology. He can remember over 60 years around churches. He and his partner Terry are joined in a civil union and are active in the life of the St John’s Cathedral Parish.

Committee Members
Revd Natasha Darke Chaplain, St Peters Girls School, Adelaide Natasha Darke studied the cello at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide and moved to Melbourne in 2003 to continue her music career. While there, she began to explore a vocation in ministry and studied theology through the United Faculty of Theology (Melbourne College of Divinity), completing a Diploma in Ministry and Master of Divinity. In 2009 she returned to her hometown of Adelaide, where she is currently the Chaplain at St Peter’s Girls’ School and Associate Priest at the Parish of St Theodore, Toorak Gardens. She was ordained to the Diaconate in 2010 and to the Priesthood in 2011. Natasha is a passionate advocate for inclusivity in the Church. Her activities include: being the first Anglican in SA to sign the AME Clergy letter and encouraging subsequent Adelaide clergy to do so; promoting CAA in the welcoming parishes of St Chad’s Fullarton, Parkside Parish, and St Mary Magdalene’s Adelaide; drafting, seconding, and successfully passing a synod motion (even with the support of Bishops!) that spoke of the world-wide shift toward marriage equality and the fact that many Anglicans support marriage equality. It also called for “generous pastoral oversight” for clergy who sought to minister to same-sex couples. Natasha’s passion for inclusion is continually renewed as she ministers to a large and diverse community of young people who (quite rightly) don’t understand how excluding LGBTI people can be compatible with the teachings of Jesus. She is also motivated by the injustices that she has witnessed friends and colleagues experience at the hands of the Church.

Malcolm McPherson New South Wales


Revd John Meagher Perth Rector, Church of St Mary the Virgin, South Perth. Fr John has been ordained for nearly thirty years, and is Area Dean for the Victoria Park Deanery. He has a concern for justice and inclusion and is prepared to stand with LGBT people.

Revd. Chris Beal Chaplain, Peter Moyes Anglican Community School

Rodney Wetherell Rodney has recently retired from being the Newsletter Editor for CAA. He worked for ABC Radio for many years and in his retirement has done freelance editing and writing. He believes that a regular newsletter is very important for CAA’s effectiveness, especially now that is a national organisation with few if any activities share by all states.

The Pilling Report: Not Quite Business as Usual
by Rod Rogers
I have been waiting for the release of The Pilling Report from The Church of England (The Report of the House of Bishops working Group on Human Sexuality) with some excitement. The leaks often suggested some real thinking and the possibility of change. The report was published on 28 November 2013. You can read it at: The report is substantial in its size – over 200 pages. The intellectual weight, however, is not proportionate to the number of pages.


Built into the report is an assumption of no change. The assumption that traditional views should be accepted is written throughout, even though lip-service is paid to the possibility of change over the long term. Perhaps the terms of reference required that.

A Question of Competence The competence of the committee comes into focus for me in the sections of the report dealing with science. I hold the degree Doctor of Science and claim expertise in this area. The working party’s approach to the science related to human sexuality is unbelievably naïve. They cite with evident approval a submission from the Core Issues Trust. A quick web search shows the Core Issues Trust to be an organisation involved in ex-gay ministries. At least one of their counsellors has been expelled from the British Psychotherapy Association for his activities. A quite interesting study on sexual attraction done in New Zealand is cited to show that sexual attraction can be changed – but a quick search on the web shows that the paper does not claim that. The paper shows that if you ask someone at the age 21 ‘have you ever experienced same sex attraction” and five years later ask another question ‘do you now experience same sex attraction” you will get different answers. If the same two questions had been asked at age 21 different answers would have been received then too. No serious study of sexual attraction and attempts to change it are considered. Despite the acceptance by the world’s major bodies dealing with sexuality that sexual orientation can rarely if ever be changed, the working party gives equal weight to those opinions and those of The Core Issues Trust. The understanding of the working party of the science of sexual attraction is so abysmal that that alone is sufficient to totally discredit the report.

A Grudging Accommodation But not all is quite so negative. The report allows for ‘an accommodation’ – a procedure by which the Church allows its theologians to take the necessary generations to think while the pastoral realities are dealt with. The possibility of blessings during public worship for same-sex relationships is floated, despite endorsing the view that same sex relationships are ‘incompatible with scripture’. Mind you these are not to be given the standing of a liturgy prepared at national or diocesan level, but purely a local parish affair. A grudging accommodation indeed, a niggardly acceptance that the pastoral deserves at least a nod, even if tradition is really what matters. This is a small opening that might let the church shake off at least some of its hard-earned image as the last great bastion of homophobia in our society. While the report has the aura of a substantial document about it, it lacks substance. It is a superficial attempt to justify business as usual. It is the classic church whitewash where the need for serious study of an issue is fudged. This report is more polished than the travesty about marriage produced by the C of E bishops a few months ago, but no more substantial. If a working party dominated by bishops takes submissions from the ex-gay industry seriously, what hope does the church have?

Where are the Lay People?
by Rodney Wetherell
It is great news that the Rev’d Chris Bedding has become president of CAA, now that the Rev’d Andrew Eaton has stepped down after two years. Before Andrew, we had joint presidents, the Rev’d David Still and the Rev’d Scott Holmes. Recent committee members have included the Rev’d Jennie Savage and the Rev’d Stuart Soley. Still around,


fortunately, are Natasha Darke, John Meagher, Chris Beal, Hugh Kempster and John Balcock – all priests. As a lay member, I have been very glad to have all these clergy on board, provided they can spare the time needed for CAA matters (and I must say I have often heard the phrase ‘too busy’ within the committee). When the organization began in 2006, I would not have imagined we would ever have a priest for president or even an office-bearer – I thought that he or she would feel unable to speak out on GLBTI issues within the Anglican Church without incurring the wrath of their own bishop, or a bishop they might be hoping to offer them a job, or their own congregation, or someone. Well, I was wrong – none of our clerical members have shown themselves fearful in this respect, in any way. I also may have thought these clergy would not want to run the risk of being thought gay or lesbian (or BTI) themselves, as some might assume, from a connection with CAA. After all, the merest suspicion of this orientation would be enough to finish their career prospects in certain Australian dioceses, and dampen them in others. Wrong again – none of these clergy has showed the slightest sign of worrying what anyone thought on that score (incidentally, the subject is not even discussed at committee level, but for what it’s worth, most of the aforementioned people are married – to a person of the opposite sex).

However, I do wish there were more lay people active in CAA. Our founder was Peter Sherlock, and other key members have been Colin Valentine, Susan Southall and Meredith Rogers – none of them ordained clergy. Where are the lay people now? New ones have joined the organization, but very few have become active. Is there anything we can do to encourage more lay people to get on board? We have one active member in Sydney, Malcolm McPherson, and now one in Brisbane, Rod Rogers, who has taken over from me as editor of the CAA newsletter. That’s only three of us in a national organization, with Lance Nickson our treasurer making a fourth – can’t we do better than that? The present situation brings a certain phrase to mind: ‘Too many chiefs, not enough Indians’. Possibly CAA would benefit from a few ‘ratbag protestor’ types, prepared to wave banners with rude messages outside General Synod meetings. How about someone who gets his or her picture in the papers, gyrating on a Mardi Gras float – and also described as a church member? Such people are unlikely to be ‘of the cloth’ – not the black stuff anyway. Lay people can get away with things that clergy can’t, and have less to lose, if they offend the hierarchy. I am hoping more of them will emerge from our Welcoming Congregations or elsewhere in the next year or so, since they would be very useful to CAA. (Rodney Wetherell is immediate past Media Officer for CAA)

Once-hidden issues emerge in Diocesan history
by Rodney Wetherell

It has been a great pleasure for me to read a new book, Anglicans Trams and Pawpaws, The Story of the Diocese of Brisbane, 1945-1980 by Jonathan Holland, who is an assistant Bishop of that diocese. Despite its odd title (and neither trams nor pawpaws get a mention), it seems to me an excellent diocesan history, both sober-sided in covering essential ground, and amusingly written. Chapter 2, the Fabulous Fifties, gave me the sense of my childhood flashing before me – Archbishop Halse at Bishopsbourne, trains being hired for Sunday School picnics, large Processions of Witness through city streets on Good Friday. (The gathering in the City Hall following a very wet procession in about 1958 was addressed by our matinee-idol Dean, William Baddeley, who said ‘I might not be suffering from cold feet, but I’m certainly suffering from wet feet’).


The Royal Visit of 1954 is credited with boosting attendances at Anglican churches – and after the young Queen had worshipped at St John’s Cathedral, people queued up to touch the chair on which she had sat. Another chapter is ‘The Halcyon Days of AngloCatholicism’ (largely over by the 1970s). This is a church history which is far from limited to bishops’ activities, Synod resolutions, growth in parishes etc. – though all these are given their place. Jonathan Holland points constantly to the changing society in which the Church has worked. Some changes are resisted – for example, Archbishop Strong was never comfortable in the 1960s and 70s when young clergy showed signs of rebellion, and students clashed with police. Where was their respect for Authority? His successor Felix Arnott was far more accommodating of change, and indeed became a protestor himself, against the illiberal regime of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. I was glad to see that Holland has discussed homosexuality in several places in the book, simply as an element of church life, which deserves to be brought out from the shadows. After pointing to the fact that two Archbishops, one assistant bishop and several senior clergy between 1945 and 1980 were single men, many celibate as encouraged by AngloCatholic tradition, he adds: A few clergy appear to have belonged to a submerged homosexual culture, hard to trace because stigma and law drove homosexuality underground. It could be that some ordinands troubled by repressed homosexual feelings were attracted to celibacy as a form of sublimation. Cliques of homosexual clergy developed, especially at College where so many young men were around. They were forced to be secretive and their sexual identity, if not behaviour, was always under threat of exposure…….On one occasion in the late 1970s, information reached the assistant bishop Ralph Wicks, that a few ordinands were frequenting a gay bar in Fortitude Valley, called ‘Rosies’. Wicks strode into the bar one night, dressed in purple shirt, collar and pectoral cross, spotted the ordinands and marched them out! This makes an amusing story, but an appalling one too – one can imagine the incident leaving a lifetime mark on those young ordinands, and one wonders how many of them proceeded to ordination, or were permitted to. Holland also mentions the subject of sexual abuse as it affected diocesan schools and one home: In two locations at least, there was a dark and hidden side. It would emerge a few decades later, that two or three teachers at Churchie had sexually abused boys in the 1950s and 1960s. About ten former students would make complaints, most after an announcement in 1999 that a new school building was to be named in honour of a former housemaster, whom they had experienced as an abuser. The man was subsequently imprisoned. Another site for this dark side was Enoggera Boys’ Home. Hardly abusive, but inappropriate even then, was Archbishop Halse’s habit of ruffling the hair of boys of 11 or 12 whom he was about to confirm, at Churchie and The Southport School. This over-familiarity, Holland tells us, extended to the students of St Francis’ College, who would see Halse individually in his office in Bishopsbourne, in College grounds. They would sit on a stool before his armchair, and the Archbishop would often place a hand on their necks, even pushing down their heads into his lap while he said a prayer. From this distance, such incidents may be distasteful to read about, but I would


commend Jonathan Holland for including them. Nothing dented Halse’s popularity in the Diocese, as demonstrated by the huge crowds that lined city streets as his funeral cortege passed in 1962. 15,000 people at the Ekka (Brisbane Show) kept a minute’s silence in respect for him, on the same day.

I believe Anglicans Trams and Pawpaws shows the way to a franker type of church history, in which light is shone on previously hidden subjects. No history could be written about most Roman Catholic dioceses these days without considering the sexual abuse crisis, so much more serious in that church than in ours, but many of our dioceses are affected as well. The possible conflation of the issues of homosexuality and sexual abuse is potentially alarming for gay people and organizations like CAA – in other words, uninformed and malicious people will tend to imply that GLBTI people are likely to be child abusers. I don’t want to go into that issue now – a huge and largely unexplored one I think – but reading this new history puts me in mind of the problem. Jonathan Holland has brought both issues into his account of 35 interesting years in his own diocese, not with lights flashing but simply as elements of the story – and he does not conflate them for a moment. His frank and sensible discussion of the subjects deserves our admiration, and I trust his lead will be followed in other diocesan histories.

Anglicans Trams and Pawpaws (The Story of the Diocese of Brisbane, 1945-1980) by Jonathan Holland is published by CopyRight Publishing Company, Brisbane. It is obtainable via for $33 plus $5 postage.


A list of our Welcoming Parishes
ALTONA/ LAVERTON St Eanswythe's & St Clement's http:// BURWOOD St. Faith's Burwood Rev'd Stephen J. Pash 4-8 Charles St. Glen Iris 3146 9889 2761 BURNLEY St Bartholomew's Burnley Rev'd Matthew Healey 290 Burnley St, Burnley 3121 Tel: 9428 3284 CANTERBURY St. Paul's Canterbury Rev'd Susanne Chambers 21 Church Street @ Margaret St, Canterbury 3126 CASTLEMAINE Anglican Parish of astlemaine Rev'd Ken Parker 8 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine CHELTENHAM St Matthew's Cheltenham Rev'd Ron White Cnr Nepean Hwy & Park Rd, Cheltenham 3192 Tel: 9583 2205 COLLINGWOOD St. Philip's Collingwood 146 Hoddle Street Abbotsford 3067 StPhWelcomePage.html CROYDON St John the Divine Croydon Rev'd Tim Gibson DAYLESFORD Anglican Parish of Daylesford Rev Andrew Eaton 54 Central Springs Rd Daylesford. Phone: 53482064 ELTHAM St Margaret's Eltham Revd Elizabeth Delbridge 79-83 Pitt Street, Eltham. Phone: 94399238 FAWKNER St Peter's Fawkner Sundays and Wednesdays, Holy Eucharist 10am. Corner of Winn Grove and Seacombe Street, Fawkner. Hon. Secretary (03) 9359 4174. FITZROY St Mark's Fitzroy Fr Stuart Soley SCP 250 George St (Cnr Moor st) Phone: 94195051 FLINDERS/BALNARRI The Anglican Parish of Flinders/Balnarring Rev'd Jennifer Furphy Vicarage - 03 5983 1546 Office - 03 5989 1159 GLEN HUNTLEY St Agnes Glen Huntley HAMPTON Holy Trinity Hampton 10 Thomas Street, Hampton Parish secretary: 95988423 HAWKSBURN St Martin’s Hawksburn Rev'd Sam Goodes KORUMBURRA St Paul's Korumburra Gippsland DIocese KYNETON Kyneton Anglican Parish St Pauls Kyneton St Johns Malmsbury MALVERN St. George's Malvern Rev'd Canon Dr. Colleen O'Reilly 296 Glenferrie Rd. Malvern 3144 MALVERN EAST St. John's East Malvern Rev'd John Baldock 7 Finch Street East Malvern 3145 MELBOURNE St. Peter's Eastern Hill MORDIALLOC St Nicholas' Mordialloc Rev'd Jennie Savage 9 Bear St, Mordialloc 3195 Tel: 9580 1192 NORTH MELBOURNE St. Mary's North Melbourne Rev'd Craig D'Alton Cnr Howard & Queensberry Streets North Melbourne St. Albans North Melbourne Rev'd Richard Murray Melrose Street North Melbourne NORTHCOTE All Saints Northcote Archdeacon Andrew Oddy Cnr High and Walker Streets RICHMOND St Stephen's Rev'd Dennis Webster 360 Church Street (03) 9428 4871 SOUTH YARRA Christ Church South Yarra Rev'd Richard Treloar ST ALBANS St Alban the Martyr Mother Moira Evers 18 Alexina St, St Albans (03) 9366 5589 ST KILDA EAST St James the Great East St Kilda Father Roger O.G.S. SURREY HILLS Holy Trinity Surrey Hills - Mont Albert Rev'd Ian MorrisonCnr Union Rd & Montrose St, Surrey Hills SUNSHINE Holy Apostles Sunshine Braybrook Cnr Anderson Rd & Sun Crescent, Sunshine WILLIAMSTOWN Holy Trinity The Esplanade, Williamstown WOODEND St Mary's Woodend St George's Trentham All Saints Blackwood (03) 5427 2460

ADELAIDE St Mary Magdalene's Revd Catherine Relf-Pennington 8305 9374 Authentic, Inclusive, Faithful FULLARTON St Chad's Anglican Church 14 Cheltenham St, Fullarton Revd Tracey Gracey PARKSIDE Anglican Parish of Parkside Revd David Cornton-Wakefield

CLAREMONT Christ Church Anglican Parish


Fr Peter Boyland cnr Queenslea Drive & Stirling Highway 9384 9244 DARLINGTON-BELLEVUE St Cuthbert's Darlington & St Michael and All Angels Parkerville The Revd Chris Bedding JOONDALUP Grace Anglican Church The Revd David Wood Cnr Grand Boulevard & Shenton Ave, Joondalup 9300 0418 SOUTH PERTH The Parish of St Mary the Virgin The Revd's John & Sue Meagher 9 Ridge Street, South Perth 93671243 SWANBOURNE/MT CLAREMONT The Parish of the Resurrection Swanbourne - Mt Claremont Perth Anglican Community of the Beatitudes An itinerant community, currently meeting in homes in Subiaco and Maylands, www.beatitudes.perth. email: beatitudes@p


St Albans 3 Pembroke St, Epping NSW ENMORE St Luke’s 11 Stanmore Rd, Enmore NSW HUNTER’S HILL Anglican Parish of Hunter’s Hill 2 Ambrose Street, Hunter’s Hill, NSW 2110 (+61 2) 9817 2167 SYDNEY St James King Street 173 King Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 02 8227 1300 PADDINGTON St George's Five Ways 245 Glenmore Road Paddington NSW 2021 (02) 9360 6356 BURWOOD St Paul's 205-207 Burwood Road Burwood NSW 2134 DULWICH HILL Holy Trinity Corner of Herbert Street and Seaview Street, Dulwich Hill, NSW 2203 029569 1255 CREMORNE St Peter’s 29 Waters Road, Cremorne 0295531050 DEE WHY St John's 87 Oaks Avenue Dee Why NSW 2099 http://

NEWCASTLE Parish of Gosford Revd Rod Bower 3 Mann Street, Gosford, NSW 02 4323 2312 ALBURY St Matthew’s Albury

BRISBANE St John’s Cathedral Brisbane +61(0)7 3835 2222 MORNINGSIDE Church of the Ascension Fr Chris Golding 706 Wynnum Rd, Morningside +61 (7) 33994129 au SANDGATE/ NORTHPOINT Anglican Parish of Sandgate/Northpoint Mother Julie Leaves Rainbow St Sandgate BUDERIM St Marks Buderim Fr Jeremy Greaves 7 Main St Buderim Qld (07) 54452060

O’CONNOR St Philip’s O’Connor Revd Rebecca Newland Cnr McPherson & Moorhouse Sts O’Connor (02)6161 7334


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