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Questions posed to follow up Synod resolution
AT this year’s Gippsland Diocesan Synod, a resolution was passed to study the President’s Charge and Primate’s sermon in parishes and to use these resources as a way to engage parishioners in discussion and learning. The resolution included direction that the Synod Theology Working Group (previously known as Foundations of Faith) forms questions to facilitate these discussions. Leader of the working group and Cathedral Dean, Reverend Dr Don Saines, has indicated the President’s Charge to Synod can be divided into thematic sections, enabling clergy to “invite participants to ponder their group’s and their parish’s involvement or response to these ministries or issues”. Explaining the two themes posed for discussion, Dean Don (above right) has suggested discussion includes: 1. Major developments within the diocese: (a) Aboriginal ministry; (b) care for the environment; (c) issues arising from the Diocesan Strategic Plan (i) the journey outward; and (ii) the journey inward. 2. Issues in the wider Anglican Communion: (a) The Anglican Covenant; (b) homosexual people as part of God’s church; (c) atheism and CRE in schools; (d) refugees and asylum seekers; (e) earthquakes and natural disasters – where is God in all this? Dean Don has provided a breakdown of discussion points and questions related to these themes. This dissertation is available online, through the diocesan website, from Don directly and included here in this issue of The Gippsland Anglican. Q: Considering one of the ministries spoken about by Bishop John McIntyre (and reported in extensive coverage of Synod in the June issue of The Gippsland
Korumburra man honored
KORUMBURRA volunteer and member of the parish, Bill Rodda, was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, announced in June. Bill received the award for exemplary and dedicated service to the Country Fire Authority. He joined the Korumburra Fire Brigade in 1974. His outstanding dedication to both the community safety in Korumburra and to the welfare of fellow volunteers through the Volunteer Association combined to earn him this honor. Bill joined the Korumburra Fire Brigade when he, his wife Maureen and their children Kerry, Chris and Scott, moved to Korumburra. In his 37 years of service, he has been foreman for five years, secretary for five years and has recently completed his 25th year as captain. He was awarded the National Medal in 1999 and was made a Brigade Life Member in 2009. Bill was on the State Executive for Urban Volunteers for seven and a half years and is currently president of District Council 9 of Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV). He was awarded Life Membership of VFBV in 2009. When asked about his success, Bill stated that the great support he has received from his family and other CFA members has helped him achieve this honor. Contributed by Maureen Rodda Photo: Paul Rothier, Korumburra Photographics
Anglican), consider: What developments have you seen in your parish ministry in the past five years? Consider large and small, even individual things parishioners are doing as part of parish ministry. Q: How are the developments Bishop John speaks about reflected in the ministry of your parish? Are there ways these ministries have caused some re-thinking, redirection or deepening of parish christian life and ministry? Which of these ministries might be taken up further into your parish life and mission? Q: Do you know your local Aboriginal neighbors or community members? How might you go about getting to know them or know them better? Who could help you get to know them? Q: The environment and human responsibility for global warming and pollution are key issues being debated in Australia at present. What is your response to these environmental issues? Q: The Abbey of St Barnabas: How might we gain an understanding of environmental and spiritual issues? Has your parish participated or considered participating in Abbey programs? How can this be facilitated?
Q: The Diocesan Strategic Plan and the journey outward: Have you explored ways you might work in partnership with Anglicare? Where are the areas of manageable ministry to the needy in your parish? Have you asked Sarah Gover to help you undertake a parish audit to help discover areas of need you might be able to meet in some way? Q: The Diocesan Strategic Plan and the journey inward: How is your parish assisting people in their inner journey of prayer, meditation or personal reflection on scripture and the Christian story? What material have you found helpful? Are there some Anam Cara Community days or other quiet days that might be fitting for a group from your parish to explore together? Q: Ongoing discussion about the proposed Anglican Covenant and homosexual people as part of God’s church: How do you go about listening to others who are different to you in terms of race, culture or creed? How might you and your parish go about listening to the experience of people whose
sexual orientation is different? How might your church better seek to be an inclusive but diverse fellowship? Q: Atheism: How do you respond to Bishop John’s comments about atheists? Do you have friends who speak of being atheists? What might you say to them? Q: Christian Religious Education (CRE) in schools: What do you know about CRE in your schools? How can you support the teaching of CRE in your local schools? Q: Christian privilege in Australian society: What is your response to the comments made by Bishop John? What place ought the Churches’ views have in our society? Q: Refugees and asylum seekers: What would you do if you and your family’s lives were threatened in your homeland, where you had no recourse to legal means because of discrimination and where you were at the mercy of an army or marauding bands of armed rebels, killing, pillaging and raping? What would you do if, when you arrived in Australia, you
and your children were incarcerated in overcrowded conditions for many years? What would you do if the bureaucracy frustrated your every move, political expediency governed your circumstances and ‘shock-jock’ media constantly caricatured your situation? Q: Earthquakes and natural disasters: Can we blame God for this? How do you respond to others who, in the face of personal or natural disaster, ask ‘where is God in all this?’ Q: If the world were not the way it is (created by God), would it be an appropriate context in which to sustain life as we know it? If we expect God to ‘chip in’ every time something is about to happen that will not go well for us, where would be the human freedom we so cherish? The Theology Working Group welcomes feedback from groups that use these discussion topics; contact Dean Dr Don Saines at St Paul’s Cathedral in Sale. The Gippsland Anglican also welcomes feedback and written submissions; email to email@example.com
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Tax compromises intent
THE biggest dilemma we face with the Carbon Tax is that the only package the Federal Government was able to broker will not deliver the change needed. With the mining industry crying poor while raking in unprecedented enormous profits and the Federal Opposition engaging in disinformation to spook the electorate to its own ends, the government has included measures that both placate the politically powerful mining industry and soothe an unnecessarily fearful electorate. This means the intent to reduce our carbon footprint to any significant degree is severely compromised. The best thing that can be said for the Carbon Tax is that it is an historic necessary beginning which paves the way for a Carbon Trading Scheme. This gives some hope we will eventually face our responsibilities as a nation by addressing the adverse impact we continue to have on the environment. This generation at some point must face its obligation to ensure we leave an inhabitable planet to our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Anything less is inexcusable; a selfish dereliction of duty. It is an indictment on us that we have refused to accept our responsibility until it has threatened to hit us in the hip-pocket. It is an even greater indictment on us that the only scheme which government has been able to introduce is one offering so little financial pain it is limited in its capacity to reduce our impact on the planet. Some of the simple facts are these. The reduction target of the current Australian program is five per cent by 2020. That is only about half that required to stabilise carbon emissions to the extent necessary to avoid a temperature rise that could have disastrous implications for the earth. Australia generates more carbon pollution per head than any other developed country, thanks to its heavy reliance on coal-fired power stations. With a population of 22 million, we are responsible for 1.5 per cent of global greenhouse emissions. By comparison, Britain, with nearly three times the population, produces 1.7 per cent. Australia is one of the world’s top 20 carbon polluters. When it comes to Gippsland, some of the facts are these. Victoria will receive 97 per cent of the national business compensation package for carbon emissions, essentially because of its dependence on brown coal for power. Hazelwood was supposed to be closed under the former SEC in 2007. Gippsland Trades and Labor Council, recognising the closure or conversion to gas of Hazelwood will result in significant job losses, is focusing on attracting new industries into Gippsland to compensate for those losses. The Federal Government recognises the impact any change to power generation will have in Gippsland and has committed not to abandon us as we address the changes necessary to reduce carbon emissions. This is the reason the Prime Minister visited the Latrobe Valley so early in her campaign to respond to questions about the Carbon Tax. At the same time, the Electrical Trades Union has opted not to support the Carbon Tax, not because it does not think there should be a carbon price, but because there is not enough detail in the government’s plans to prepare for inevitable job losses in the valley. Christians cannot avoid responding to this matter of national and local interest and wellbeing. In the first place, it is imperative we deal in the truth. The scare tactics and deceit employed by those raging against the Carbon Tax need to be resisted. Listen carefully to the facts and respond accordingly. Do not believe what is not true. Do not live in denial of what needs to change to realise a sustainable future. Be prepared to respond to the needs of those most impacted by the inevitable economic changes that will take place with the introduction of the Carbon Tax. Our communities in Gippsland will face significant change and pain. Efforts being made now by the Gippsland Trades and Labor Council to prepare for this need to be supported and, as the Electrical Trades Union action indicates, governments need to be held accountable for the commitments they make to assist those most radically affected by the changes being made. Above all, be prepared to think creatively about how we can reduce our over-dependence on consumption. Perhaps the biggest single factor in the human impact on climate change is consumerism. Growth in economic terms has become an assumed right in our thinking, to the point that we fail to confront the negative impact on so many others of our demand for ‘more and bigger and better’. To focus our minds on these realities we might contemplate the current drought in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. It is just one example in the current generation of the impact of climate change on those who can least afford it. In what one 70 year old man in Kenya described as unseen in his lifetime, there has been a three year period without any rain at all. All the livestock is long gone and crops cannot be produced. Tens of thousands of people are starving and many, mostly little children, are dying even after making it to relief centres for assistance, such is the extent of their malnutrition. While we unthinkingly consume more and
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more, they die. This is just the edge of the potential impact of the ‘take without paying, let alone giving back’ mentality of wealthier societies like ours. It is this mentality that prevents us right now from seeing the price we must pay if we are to take responsibility for our lifestyle and the impact it has on the world in which we live, not only in this generation but in future generations. A Christian response will surely stand in the face of this and say ‘enough is enough’. What better place to begin than to recognise the need to pay for and to redress the impact of our lifestyle on the environment and the cost others pay for our profligacy? In the meantime, what better response than to support with generosity the appeal for assistance from those countries in the Horn of Africa currently devastated by famine?
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ABOVE: Jan Cropley in quiet contemplation on the shores of Lake King, at the Abbey of St Barnabas at A’Beckett Park on Raymond Island. See the diocesan calendar or the advertisement in this issue of The Gippsland Anglican for the latest Abbey program information. Or check the website, www.theabbeyofstbarnabas.org Photo: Heather Blackman
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Perspective ... why be guided by other religions?
By Reverend Neil Thompson, Newborough parish
THE Anam Cara Community (ACC) is part of the Anglican Church, reporting annually to Gippsland’s Synod and reporting its activities in The Gippsland Anglican. I was initially disconcerted when I read the ACC was “guided in meditation” by a Buddhist monk. Somehow something did not ring true. I met a Buddhist nun about 10 years ago who was an excellent pianist and who, hearing we did not have a musician for a Christmas service, volunteered to play the traditional Christmas carols for the community. She played beautifully and sang with enthusiasm about Jesus’ birth. After the service of worship I discovered she had been a Christian, but because she did not see Christians living out their faith and she had seen Buddhists living lovingly and peacefully, she had added Buddhism to her Christianity. I can see why Venerable Jampal was attracted by Buddhism. Love, peace, service are all Christian qualities but a caring atheist can agree to them and live by them. In 2002, Dr Michael Green wrote But don’t all religions lead to God? – Navigating the multi-faith maze. Dr Green wrote: “Buddhism is religion without God and without even a final existence … In Buddhism, there is no forgiveness, only ruthless karma, and no supernatural aid”. Christianity teaches that a personal God is interested in every part of creation, that God has provided a way for forgiveness and is connected to us by the Holy Spirit. Karma is “cause and effect, paying off your guilt” and is “poles apart from grace (free forgiveness when we don’t deserve it)” as Dr Green writes. “Buddhism’s goal is nirvana, extinction or the complete cessation of both desire and personality, attained by the Buddha after no less than 547 births” Dr Green writes. The goal of Christianity is to know God through the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ and to enjoy being with him forever in the company of God’s redeemed people. Conversation with Buddhists, Moslems, Hindis and others, yes, yes. Meditation: Why?
ABOVE: Browsing through publications at the recent June Join In of Mothers’ Union in Gippsland were Anne Rowe (Leongatha parish), Wizzy Wisdom (Leongatha), Lillian Heflingers (Bass Philip Island) and Gwen Petersen (Bass Philip Island). Mothers’ Union Gippsland met at St Mary’s Morwell to hear from Beverley Ovens about the overseas and northern outreach mission work of MU. Photo: Jeanette Severs
Hazel honored by MU
By Jenny Macrobb and Ethel Armstrong
THE Warragul branch of the Mothers’ Union commenced in February 1968, when Joyce Elliot called a meeting of the mothers of teenage children. Hazel Carne was the first president and at 90 years of age this year she is still an enthusiastic member who wears her MU badge with pride every day. Hazel has always been a special person in St Paul's Warragul parish. As well as a founding member of MU, she is a faithful Ladies Guild member, working on catering for weddings, funerals, fundraising luncheons and social occasions; on parish fetes; and sharing her love of flowers by being the mainstay of the flower roster for many years. Even now, in these later years, she still has a keen interest and eye for detail in these areas. Hazel continues to be an expert marmalade maker, providing small jars as Christmas gifts for parishioners. She is an outgoing, friendly person, continuing to make newcomers to the parish feel very welcome and included. Hazel acts out her love of God and is still quite active in parish doings and a most faithful worshipper
New banner on display
RIGHT: At a recent Mothers’ Union gathering, held at Delbridge Hall in Sale, women from Wonthaggi Inverloch parish brought their new banner for display. BELOW: Other banners on display were brought from St Paul’s Warragul parish, East Gippsland rural deanery, St Peter’s Leongatha parish and St Mary’s Morwell parish, along with the new banner made by Mothers’ Union members of Wonthaggi Inverloch parish. Photos: Jan Misiurka
at the weekly 8am communion service. She is a shining example for everyone who knows her.
Links with Warragul
In 1976, Warragul’s first linked branch was with St Thomas, Stourbridge, England. This link continued for at least 20 years and now we are linked to St Clements branch in Poole. We correspond
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regularly with the members there and members exchange visits when possible. This link serves to remind us of the worldwide fellowship we are privileged to be able to enjoy. For the past 26 years, Warragul’s MU members have been faithfully helping with a midweek communion, by picking up those without transport and helping with the afternoon tea. We now take our ‘Village Well’ to the local retirement home once a month. We hope our ‘Village Well’ is a way of letting many of our older folk continue to taste of the ‘living water’ which Jesus brings to our lives. Several members help with our parish mainly music program and help at the local toy library. What a great way to build relationships with the young mothers of our church and town and how lovely to be greeted by their children when we meet in the supermarket. We look forward to another year of building relationships with each other and with other people in our community. ABOVE: Hazel Carne (left) at her 90th birthday celebration. Photo: Ethel Armstrong
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ABOVE right: Reverend Jenny Ramage, Canon Amy Turner and Canon Ray Elliot participated in the Foundations of Faith seminar held in Delbridge Hall at Sale earlier this year. The working group will organise further seminars and at Gippsland Synod was given further responsibilities to encourage discussion of faith issues and the diocesan strategic plan. RIGHT: Marion Dewar and Pat Hutchins, both of Leongatha parish and Ro Verspaandonk (Sale) participated in the Foundations of Faith seminar. Reverend Greg Magee was the initial convenor of the working group and recently stood down for Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Rev. Dr Don Saines to take on the leadership. Photos: Jeanette Severs
CWCI invites women to Sale
THE Sale committee of CWCI Australia invites women to an afternoon of ‘Flowers with Focus’ at the Baptist church hall, Princes Highway, Sale on Saturday September 10 at 1.30pm. Enjoy the floral artistry of Heather Harrington who won the 2011 Bronze Award in Toronto, Canada Floral Art International section, and hear a special message from Ro Verspaandonk. Great tips from both women, flute playing and afternoon tea will be included in the program. Entry $6 and a warm welcome awaits you. Contributed by Nancy Packett ABOVE: Kathy Rozynski and Rosemary May of Bairnsdale attended the CWCI Safari around Gippsland this year. Photo: Shirley Crutchfield
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TOP: Leonie Pryde, Mothers’ Union Gippsland Publications, with Jean Fletcher of Leongatha parish at the MU Gippsland June Join In, held at St Mary’s Morwell. ABOVE left: Jan Misiurka, MU Australia Caritas leader and Karin McKenzie, president of MU Gippsland, flank guest speaker, Beverley Ovens. Beverley spoke at the MU June Join In held at St Mary’s Morwell, about overseas and northern outreach programs Mothers’ Union is involved in. Beverley spoke about the outreach into other countries of Mothers’ Union, Caritas and the Parenting Program, schools and education and issues about equity such as access to food. ABOVE: Penny Clothier, of Moe parish and Linda Perkins, of Warragul parish. Photos: Jeanette Severs
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Call to support
By Elizabeth Baker, Anglican Board of Missions
THE regional committee of St George’s College, Jerusalem, met in Wellington from July 17 to 18. St George’s College is an Anglican center for continuing education and pilgrimage in Jerusalem. Since 1962, scores of Anglicans from Australia and New Zealand have attended short courses at St George’s as they seek to deepen their understanding and faith in the land of Jesus’ birth. Right Reverend Keith Slater, Bishop of Grafton, NSW, was in New Zealand to chair the annual meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Regional Committee for St George’s College, Jerusalem. The purpose of the Committee is to promote the College, maintain a network for alumni and administer a small scholarship budget. ‘They recognised them as companions of Jesus’ (Acts 4:13) was the verse on which Bishop Keith preached at Evensong. He placed this verse in the context of Jerusalem today where an ever declining number of Christians is keeping the faith alive in the Land of the Holy One. “These mostly Palestinian Christians are today’s companions of Jesus. We, too, are called to companionship with Christ on our shared journey of faith,” said Bishop Keith. “Today the College is in good heart,” said Bishop Keith. “A range of courses will be offered in the coming year focusing on the Bible and its setting, the Palestine of Jesus, St Paul and the early Church, Risen with Christ (at Easter-tide) to name just a few. Courses are heavily subscribed so it is advisable to book early.” Bishop Keith said ongoing support for the College was needed from Australian and New Zealand alumni. “I encourage all alumni who have experienced the gift of the ministry of St George’s to register their interest and join us as companions of Jesus as we support the work of the College and the church in Jerusalem,” he said. The meeting also expressed concern at the uncertain situation of the Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, Rt Rev. Suheil Dawani, whose residency visa was revoked by the Israeli government. The Committee resolved to draw this concern to the attention of Israel’s Ambassadors in Wellington and Canberra. “We call on the Israeli government to rectify this situation immediately by re-issuing the visa to allow the Bishop to continue his vital ministry to Anglicans in Jerusalem.” Bishop Keith was joined at the Wellington meeting by Deputy Chair, Rt Rev. David Coles (Diocese of Dunedin), Dean Helen and Stephen Jacobi (Waiapu), Archdeacon Lois Symes (Waikato) and Brad Chapman (Anglican Board of Mission Australia). Alumni students from St George’s can register their interest via email. Australian alumni should contact johnws462@gmail. com and New Zealand alumni firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gippslanders give to aid
By Emma Halgren Act for Peace
LONG after major conflicts leave the world’s headlines, deadly remnants of war can threaten people’s lives. Eleven-year-old Iraqi Abdul-Ghafar was killed and his two friends lost their legs in an explosion five years after their village of Bawa Mahmod, northeast of Baghdad, was bombarded by cluster bombs. This explosion also started a large fire, subsequently detonating several other cluster bombs. When firefighters began tackling it, one of them was injured by the explosion of another bomb. The incidents took place on farmer Haji Barzan’s land, half of which had been covered by these deadly weapons. “The firefighters asked us to stay away from the fire,” Mr Barzan told Act for Peace. “But watching that hero fighting the fire and getting injured because of the cluster bomb was like hell for us.” The presence of cluster bombs means a lack of access to safe land, limiting agricultural development, the reconstruction of vital infrastructure and the work of relief and development agencies. With support from Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, and other agencies around the world, mine action teams are able to clear contaminated land in villages like Bawa Mahmod, safely removing and destroying deadly cluster bombs. The teams also deliver mine risk education to local people to prevent them suffering the same fate as Abdul-Ghafar and his friends. These action groups are helping villages recover their freedom and earn a living from the land. In 2010, Act for Peace’s project partner released more than 3,000,000 square metres of land in Iraq. Mr Barzan and the two displaced families living on his land are now able to plough the farmland and plan for future crops. “The money the land will generate will improve my life and the lives of the two families working on my land and all that is because of this life-saving work. Thanks for your support for this work,” said Mr Barzan. Through their generosity and their prayers, including support for the annual Christmas Bowl program, churches across Australia provide much needed support for Act for Peace’s work in Iraq and other conflict affected regions. Anglicans in Gippsland contributed $5,000 to the 2010 Christmas Bowl. Thank you. Act for Peace’s project partners are currently assisting more than one million people in many of the world’s worst conflict-affected areas, including Sudan, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Burma and Sri Lanka. When disasters happen, including the recent earth-
quake and tsunami in Japan and violence and instability in Libya, Act for Peace works with partners to provide emergency assistance. Inspired by the call in Psalm 34 to ‘turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it’, Act for Peace seeks to empower communities in conflictaffected areas, working with project partners to reduce poverty, protect refugees, and prevent further conflict. We aim to help communities build the foundations for real and lasting peace. For more information about the Christmas Bowl or Act for Peace, and how you can support this work, please phone 1800 025 101 or visiting www.actforpeace.org.au
Gippsland Home Mission Fund
THE distribution from Gippsland Home Mission Fund for 2010-11 was Koori Ministry $6,000; Monash Chaplaincy $5,000; and Youth Ministry $5,000. The Registrar, Mr Brian Norris, said these figures are reported in the Synod papers every year. Donations to the Gippsland Home Mission Fund can be made through your local parish or to the diocesan Registry office, telephone 03 5144 2044. The Anglican Board of Missions reported Gippsland parishes donated $14,096.50 in the financial year ended June 30, 2011. This amount compares favorably with other dioceses, across geographic and demographic size. Of the total amount of $14,096.50, the diocese forwarded $5,004.23. Parishes forwarding funds directly to ABM were Paynesville, Wonthaggi Inverloch, Sale, Korumburra, Traralgon, Newborough Yallourn North, Moe, Bairnsdale, Drouin, Churchill, Heyfield, Bunyip, Morwell, Yarram and Westernport. The Registrar has forwarded specific totals to all parishes. ABOVE: A cluster bomb, containing hundreds of smaller bomblets, or submunitions is recovered. Photo: Sean Sutton MAG
A NEW Dean, Rev. Dr Graham Smith, from the United States of America, has been appointed to replace Rev. Dr Stephen Need, who is returning to the United Kingdom after more than 20 years’ service at St George’s College, including six years as Dean. Another recent appointment is Rev. Dr Kamal Farah as Director of Studies, replacing Rev. Dr Andrew Mayes.
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They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. Matthew 14:20 (NIV)
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They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked Choose the word that best matches the definition. up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. Matthew 14:20 (NIV)
Pieces of bread shaped and baked in a single piece and sliced for eating A. loaves B. food C. fish D. five A basic food made from flour, water, and yeast mixed together and baked A. fish B. two C. loaves D. bread An animal without legs that lives in water A. turtle B. fish C. hippopotamus D. dinosaur To cure someone of illness or disease; to make someone well again A. xray B. feed C. loaves D. heal To take food into your mouth, chew, and swallow it A. drink B. sip C. eat D. heal What we eat to give us energy and to help us grow strong bodies A. food B. water C. candy D. pizza The number that comes after four and before six A. three B. five C. two D. seven The number equal to one plus one A. eleven B. five C. three D. two
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ON Friday, July 22, staff at the Diocesan Registry office wore pyjamas to work to promote Lifeline, to increase the awareness of stress in people’s lives and to raise much needed funds to keep the Lifeline phone lines open. Registrar Brian Norris said he felt it was important for staff to have fun in their workplace and he was particularly pleased for his team to participate in days like this where the catalyst was another charity. Lifeline holds Stress Down Day to raise money for its service and encourages people to ‘Dress to Stress Less’. Activities this year included a gathering at Federation Square in Melbourne and sales of slippers. Lifeline also reports on how the funds raised are used; a massive 80.52 per cent of funds helps Lifeline answer calls and provide mental health, suicide prevention and crisis support services. Only 8.92 per cent of funds is used in administration and 10.56 per cent spend on fundraising and promotion. The Federal government provides funds to cover 22 per cent of Lifeline’s costs, leaving the organisation needing to raise $24.4 million to keep its services running. The cost of delivering Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis support service is currently $31 million. To learn more about Lifeline and how you can help visit www.lifeline.org.au You can donate to Lifeline Australia through the National Australia Bank or post a cheque to PO Box 173, Deakin West, ACT, 2600.
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Editors note: Synod members will remember meeting Von.
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Vital research into social isolation of older Australians
By Michelle Low, Benetas
VITAL research to help reduce social isolation among older people has been granted much-needed funding, according to not-for-profit aged care provider, Benetas. The Australian Research Council has approved a Linkage Grant worth $348,151 to a team from Adelaide University to undertake the Australian-first study. Led by Professor Andrew Beer, the team will work in partnership with Benetas, Anglicare SA, Council on the Ageing Queensland, ECH, Illawarra Retirement Trust and Silver Chain Nursing Association. “Social isolation is a serious issue facing thousands of older Australians,” said Benetas CEO, Sandra Hills. “Not only does it have a measurable impact on the health of individuals, but it has effects right through our society, from greater demands on our health and aged care services and an overall reduced sense of community. “Exploring how we can best reduce social isolation in older people is therefore critical and Benetas welcomes this vital funding from the Australian Research Council.” According to Professor Beer, Director of the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning at Adelaide University, numerous studies have documented the health impact of social isolation but there is very limited research on what programs work best, and for whom, to tackle the problem. “It is estimated 20 per cent of older Australians are socially isolated, which results in insomnia, depression, a greater likelihood of developing dementia and elevated blood pressure, among other health problems,” Prof. Beer said. This has a reverberating effect on society, placing extra strain on carers, additional demands on health
services, a reduced sense of community and a greater need for acute interventions by local governments, housing providers and other welfare services. “We need to look at this in more depth and examine the differences between gender, location, housing options, age, the presence of a disability and socioeconomic status,” he said. The research study, Emerging from the Shadows: Evaluation of Interventional Strategies to Reduce Social Isolation, will measure the impact and effectiveness of community care programs on the wellbeing of socially isolated older Australians. Research and Development Manager at Benetas, Alan Gurner said: “What’s exciting about this project is that we’re breaking new ground. Rather than just measuring and describing community intervention programs in general, this research project will systematically examine the programs in regards to their effectiveness to reduce social isolation.” The three-year research project will involve a study of 900 older Australians affected by social isolation and focus group discussions. The results are expected in mid 2014.
TOP: At the family service at Poowong on Mothers Day, the congregation celebrated mothers and gave God thanks for all the good things we have been given. The children made flowers for their mothers, assisted by Reverend Jenny Ramage and helpers. Photo: Lyn Gilbert ABOVE centre: Sale parish hosted a fine wedding recently as part of its dramatic outreach program during the 2011 concert. During the wedding of Summah and Winter, flower girls needed the toilet facilities, bridesmaids held an actual ‘choo choo train’, an objector was bribed to be quiet and all were kept in hand by Cecil Sillibrant. Following the cutting of the cake, five toasters and other typical presents were opened. Photo: Peter Mielke ABOVE: The congregation of St Nicholas’ Lakes Entrance recently held a pet blessing service, with Reverend Barb Logan welcoming a number of animals, toys and puppets. Photo: Sandra McMaster
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Sudanese actively part of Moe parish
By Bruce Charles
A PARISH service was held in Holy Trinity Moe on June 19 to acknowledge Refugee Sunday. As this was also Trinity Sunday, it was the church’s Patronal festival. Both events added significance as we celebrated Refugee Sunday with those who have been refugees and the Patronal festival being a reminder to them of the heritage that they have received in having the church as a worship and community centre. Just as we are learning about their culture, they are learning about ours. Bishop John McIntyre and his wife Jan were at the service. Bishop John preached at what had been hoped would be a diocesan service but proved not to be. The readings were chosen as appropriate for Refugee Sunday and not the normal Trinity Sunday readings. The Gospel was St Luke’s account of the good Samaritan, a story which Bishop John based his sermon on to powerfully remind us of our Christian responsibilities to care for the marginalised and especially refugees. This is a responsibility all western nations need to take seriously given there are 33 million people seeking refuge and only 100,000 places available each year. Reverend Abraham Maluk, as usual, ably translated the sermon into Dinka. The service, as usual, included the Old Testament, Leviticus 19:30–36, read in English; the New Testament, Galatians 3:30–39, read in English and the Gospels read in Dinka and English. Father John Goodman, an associate priest in the parish, read the Gospel in English
Gippsland Grammar students help raise hope
By Ella Worboys Gippsland Grammar
“COMPASSION … is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival” (The Dalai Lama). This essential component of humanity was certainly evident on Thursday, June 24 this year, when the students of Gippsland Grammar came together to support a refugee project based in Moe. Although many refugees can speak English, reading and writing proves to be a challenge on immigrating to Australia. To overcome this difficulty, Moe parish designed a project to assist refugees in developing their reading and writing skills. The project uses MP3 players with recorded tracks of certain documents that a person is required to listen to and understand, such as Centrelink documents, school assignments and immigration forms. Having access to both the spoken and written forms of the document is believed to maximise a person’s learning of the language, also increasing their chances of earlier employment. During Refugee Week 2011, both the community of Gippsland Grammar and the wider community were challenged to financially support this project, with the aim of creating a library consisting of 20 MP3 players and various recorded tracks. In response to being visited and spoken to by Reverend Abraham Maluk, the students of Gippsland Grammar raised $326.15 for the project. As the Chapel Captain of the Gippsland Grammar Garnsey Campus, I found the effort made by students in support of the project was reflective of the way they were affected by the first-hand recounts of a Sudanese refugee. This compassion and care for others, irrespective of ethnicity, or financial or social status, are the qualities and attitudes that I endeavour to encourage within the student body. For although some may not recognise it, compassion and care were two fundamental ministries of Jesus and through the support of charities such as that involving the refugees living in Moe, students are essentially behaving as Christ did. For as he said: ‘The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt’ (Leviticus 3:3036). This is an encouragement to me. With the aim of continuing our mission of compassion, numerous students will be participating in the 40 Hour Famine annual fundraiser during this school term. I would encourage anybody interested in supporting East Timorese people who are living in poverty to support a student from Gippsland Grammar, or any person taking part in the 40 Hour Famine fundraiser, run by World Vision.
and Rev. Abraham Maluk read the Gospel in Dinka. Father Fred Morrey, also an associate priest in the parish, led the intercessions. After the service the congregation gathered at St Luke’s Hall for light lunch and to enjoy each other’s company. As both congregations continue to share these times together, we all become increasingly aware of the blessings that both congregations gives to each other. ABOVE: Women from the Sudanese community provided lunch for the combined congregations on Refugee Sunday. RIGHT: Children and adults gather in St Luke’s church hall Moe to celebrate the new South Sudan. Photos: Matthew Prosser
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ON Thursday, June 23, just before the school term finished, during Refugee Week, Reverend Abraham Maluk and Rev. Bruce Charles visited Gippsland Grammar School. They both spoke at three Chapel services that encompassed the whole school. Rev. Abraham spoke of his experience as a refugee and being one of the lost boys. He also gave a very dramatic powerpoint presentation that showed something of the suffering that the people of South Sudan had been through. Perhaps even more graphic than the pictures of people killed, people being buried in the refugee camps and villages razed to the ground was a picture of a person whose hand was severed under Shariah law. Rev. Bruce spoke briefly of the challenges refugees face in assimilating into our society and the MP3 player scheme to help them learn English. The morning was organised by Rev. Jon Taylor, the school’s chap-
lain and some of the students. There was a retiring collection raising $326.15 for the MP3 player appeal. We are very appreciative of this contribution by students. This scheme, is ready to be finalised and further donations would be very appreciated. The scheme has now changed in format with the money raised now being needed to help Sudanese families have access to a computer and the relevant text to speech software. It is hoped cheap recycled computers can be purchased. This is slightly cheaper and certainly more effective than using MP3 players, although they are still a last resort, as the Sudanese person will be able to have documents read in audio on the computer and see the words highlighted as they read. This is a much more effective way to learn English and although similar to listening to an audio file on an MP3 player and reading the document, the highlighting is very significant in learning and understanding.
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Dear Editor, The Bishop of Gippsland’s President’s address to Synod has emphasised the unacceptability of discrimination within the church and by professing Christians in any aspect of life. The objective of inclusiveness has made heartwarming progress in the life of the diocese. Nevertheless, there are still gaping discriminatory divisions in some diocesan administrative practices. For example, it would surely be an understandable Christian witness if the Anglican schools were to indiscriminately open their doors to any refugees or others in need. Yours sincerely, Eric Kent, Westernport parish
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Wonthaggi church hosts Karen people
ON World Refugee Day, Anglicare and the congregation of Wonthaggi/Inverloch held a get together lunch, inviting the Karen community from Burma who have settled in Wonthaggi. Surinter Demetrios from Anglicare, the team leader of The Settlement Grant Program, welcomed guests and the Karen community served their delicious food, which was also accompanied by some Australian sausages and rissoles. After they shared some of their experiences before and after arriving in Australia, the Karen community performed some traditional music. Everyone then went outside to watch a demonstration of cane ball and a lime tree was planted in the church grounds as a symbol of putting down new roots in Australia. Contributed by Jill Price ABOVE right: At a gathering at Wonthaggi’s church on World Refugee Day were Jane Peters, Lee Whelan and Nyibol Nul. Photo: Jill Price RIGHT: Karen women prepare lunch at Wonthaggi. FAR right: Youth from the Karen community sang traditional songs after lunch. Photos: Jane Peters
ABOVE: Celebrating the announcement of a new country, South Sudan, very welcome news to the Dinka speaking Sudanese people, members of the congregation at St Luke’s Moe. Photo: Matthew Prosser
World Vision supports East Timor families
By Marissa Flynn Christian Youth Ambassador, 40 Hour Famine
EAST Timor is only an hour away from Australian soil yet it is indescribably distant in terms of culture, history and living standards. The scenery is breathtaking, but the poverty left me dismayed. As World Vision’s Christian Ambassador for the 40 Hour Famine, I travelled to East Timor to witness their work. Despite the evident hardships, there were visible initiatives resulting in transformed lives, with improved health and income growth. I met families that are committed to improving their lives with the help and training World Vision is providing. Two experiences from this visit were particularly heartbreaking and powerful. First I met a father, Mr John, who has six young children, living in a small hut. The family could only grow a small amount of cassava, a vegetable like sweet potato, and the two youngest children were malnourished. The children do not go to school but stay home to do chores including collecting water from a dirty river. Their future looked pretty grim. But World Vision has just started to provide this family with the resources and training needed to better look after the children, including agricultural training so they can grow a variety of vegetables all year round. The second family I met was in a similar situation four years ago. World Vision began working with Lourdes, Antonio and their four children, teaching them how to best plant seedlings and design their plots to ensure a stable harvest. From this, a whole community farmers’ co-operative has formed and has expanded to many types of vegetables and herbs. The surplus is sold to supermarkets in the capital city, Dili. This family is now prospering and have built a new concrete house, the children are happy, healthy and doing well in school. What a transformation! It was amazing to meet the two families and see the stark contrasts between them. It clearly demon-
Emergency appeal for East Africa people
BOTH the Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) and Anglicord have responded to the drought in East Africa and the plight of starving people with aid programs. In the region of East Africa, drought is quickly turning into famine for starving people across several countries. Recent rains have failed to bring much-needed relief to the area and the people, livestock and agriculture are all suffering as a consequence. Around 11.6 million people are affected by this natural disaster in an area becoming known as the ‘Triangle of Death’ (Reuters news agency). Starving people have no choice but to make themselves displaced refugees, crossing any border in the region in search of food. It is, unfortunately, a case of the most in need suffering. Women and children tend to be the most vulnerable, with women often burdened with the responsibility of providing food and water for their families. The Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) partners with Anglican churches in the region, particularly in Kenya and South Sudan. Despite the many challenges ahead of them, the churches continue to help those affected, by coordinating food relief efforts and helping local farmers plan for the future. Some communities have already taken steps to drought-proof themselves with the support of local Anglican churches in the region. One of ABM’s contacts in Kenya, John Kyalo Mutua, Executive Director of Ukamba Christian Community Services, recently reported: “Faced with the threat of famine, households within the affected population invariably utilise a wide range of responses to preserve themselves and their livelihoods.” As much as the people can plan for the dry seasons and periods, nothing can prepare them for the drought and subsequent famine that is now ravishing their countries. Your generous support of these families and their communities will bring much-needed relief into their lives. Please pray for the victims of this disaster, for those who have lost loved ones, the governments who are coordinating the response, aid agencies and ABM’s partner churches as they face tremendous challenges ahead. Donations can be made at www.abmission.org or by sending a cheque or money order made out to: Anglican Board of Mission – Australia to Locked Bag Q4005, Queen Victoria Building, NSW 1230. Alternatively, you can telephone 1300 302 663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can ease the suffering in East Africa today Children, pregnant women and the elderly are amongst those hardest hit in the burgeoning humanitarian crisis caused the worst drought in 60 years in the Horn of Africa. Anglicord has raised an appeal to assist its partners
strates the value of World Vision’s work in helping families to change their lives. As a World Vision youth ambassador I have the unique privilege to share the stories of the difference World Vision is making in people’s lives. Global poverty is a complicated issue, but we can make a difference. Christians have a responsibility to fight injustice and help the needy and oppressed. Jesus was the perfect example of demonstrating the love of God and His grace amidst a broken world. Seeing the significant impact of these World Vision projects has convinced me of the difference we can and should make. The 40 Hour Famine is a fantastic way to encourage young people to do something to help the poor. They can experience what it’s like to go without and feel empathy towards those around the world that struggle daily for food. My trip to World Vision projects in East Timor impacted me deeply; I was exposed to the need of our nearest neighbors. We can help change their lives for the better through supporting the incredible work that World Vision is doing with local communities. The World Vision annual 40 Hour Famine is on August 19 to 21; 300,000 people in Australia are expected to participate. Christian Youth Ambassador for the 40 Hour Famine, Marissa Flynn, travelled to East Timor in January this year. Marissa wrote a Christian reflection of her experience of World Vision’s projects. Marissa attends St Matthew’s Anglican church in West Pennant Hills, NSW.
in some of the worst affected areas, to help mitigate the effects of this stealthy but deadly natural disaster. “We are seeing fast-growing malnutrition and the death of animals,” said Valerie Browning, Australian nurse and well known to many in Gippsland. In the Afar region, the immediate needs are funds to buy food, especially for pregnant women and medicine for animals. In Mt Kenya, famine and lack of water are hitting the community hard. Money to buy food and to drill for water is desperately needed. You can also donate more generally to the drought relief effort for the whole Horn of Africa through Anglicord’s appeal in partnership with ACT Alliance. Your donation will help enormously. You can donate securely online at www.anglicord.org.au or by telephone on 1800 249 880. Donating online reduces costs, so your support goes further, said Misha Coleman, Anglicord CEO. TOP and above: Newly arrived famine refugees from Somalia at Dagehaley camp, one of three camps that make up the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. Photos: Kate Holt Irin
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Jo as priest makes history in Traralgon
THE ordination of Joanne (Jo) Shirley White as priest by the Bishop of Gippsland, Right Reverend John McIntyre, took place at Saint James’ Anglican Church Traralgon on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Bishop McIntyre told the 140 guests gathered they were witnesses to an historic occasion as it was the first time an ordination had occurred at the parish. As the Bishop, Archdeacons, Canons and Deacons gathered to lay hands on Jo, the sun poured through the stained glass windows, reflecting the real sense of joy and occasion felt throughout the service. After the service Jo thanked all those who helped her on her journey of faith, especially her husband, Ken. She thanked all those who travelled to attend to help her mark this special occasion of her ordination as priest. “I am looking forward to serving God in the parish of Traralgon and in the Diocese of Gippsland with my colleagues in ministry,” Jo said. Contributed by Shelley Cooper
ABOVE: A Safe Ministry training workshop was offered at Rosedale for clergy and lay people in the diocese in late June. The workshop was titled Bullying and Boundaries and was focussed on clergy, stipendiary lay workers, lay readers, coordinators of ministries and opportunity shops and pastoral associates. The last of these training days will be on September 10, at St George’s Wonthaggi, from 10am to 12noon. Contact the Registry office, telephone 03 5144 2044, to register for the workshop. Lay people are encouraged to participate in training days with the recent appointment of Lay Readers Chaplains. The chaplains, Reverends Bruce Charles, Tony Wicking and Jenny Ramage, are keen to get to know further the lay readers in the diocese, to get feedback about what they need and to provide training specific to lay reader’s needs. The first training days were in Moe at St Luke’s on July 2. Further days will be held at Bairnsdale at St John’s church on August 13 and St Paul’s Korumburra on September 3. Each day will begin at 10am and close at 3.30pm. Morning and afternoon teas and lunch is provided. For further information, contact Jenny Ramage, telephone 03 5655 1007, 0407 369486 or email email@example.com Photo: Christine Morris
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TOP: Jo and Ken White are greeted with acclamation by well wishers as they leave the church after her ordination as priest. ABOVE: Jo White receives the instruments of her role as priest and the blessing of the Bishop of Gippsland during her ordination at St James’ Traralgon. Photos: Shelley Cooper
By Jane Ellison Ridley College
RIDLEY Melbourne’s MA Gold program is off to a great start. MA Gold is a Master program specifically designed for busy pastors, and Christian leaders, who struggle to find the spare time, but long to further their study to enhance their ministry. Set in the tranquil surrounds of the Yarra Valley, the annual one week retreat gives participants the opportunity focus on the material through classes which are interactive, explorational and participative. Tim Foster, the Director of Education and Formation at Ridley said: “MA Gold is about providing an inspirational experience. It is as much about encouragement and reenergising for ministry as gaining new knowledge and skills. Participants really seem to have benefited from the cohort, the great venue and the engaging material”. Participant, Reverend Ian Weaver, Vicar of St Matthew’s East Geelong, is pleased with the class format. “Finally, a course structure I could fit into a professional career. The pre-reading, followed by intensive assessment, followed by a major project makes sense and works,” he said. Christian Leadership and Management, also offered as an onsite intensive, was taught by father and
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who expounded the Bible as God’s word. All preaching worthy of the name Christian starts from the Bible. The Biblical preaching of my youth would start characteristically from a verse, sometimes taken out of context and used as a starting point for an extended Christian homily with exhortation. Our firsthand experience of John Stott was different. He took passages rather than texts and gave rigorous attention to context and meaning of the passage taken as a whole. He spoke with such spiritual vibrancy you could immediately tell the biblical text was shaping and informing his faith and his walk with God.
THERE are a very few people who deserve to be called a Prince among the people of God. John Stott was one such person. We all see other people partially. I am not therefore going to try to give a rounded picture of the man. I am only going to mention briefly the areas his impact was strongest in our part of the world. But the source and nature of that impact was at the very heart of his whole ministry. It had to do with his treatment of scripture. The thing for which we will mainly remember him was as one
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Yarra Valley conference centre. The subject is designed to help participants develop a theology of responsible self care as a basis for exploring the impact of these hazards on the mental and spiritual health of the minister. Applications for 2012 enrolment are now being accepted. Ridley Melbourne offers many modes of teaching to suit different lifestyles. Apart from intensive delivery mode, subjects are taught online, in day or evening classes and through the new extensive format. To find out more contact firstname.lastname@example.org. ABOVE: Participants experience group work at Ridley Melbourne’s MA Gold Leadership and Management class.
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THE Diocese of Gippsland is offering a clergy support and wellbeing day, a day of reflection on ministry and its challenges, in August. Leader for the day will be Tim Dyer (right) who ministers with John Mark Ministries, Tasmania. Tim Dyer is a regular speaker at pastors’ and clergy conferences in areas of leadership, church systems, professional ethics, mentoring, conflict management and the impact of clergy sexual abuse. He contributes to in-service training programs for clergy and leaders across several denominations and states. Tim has an interest in healthy congregational and parish life and consults with churches and denominations on processes to create and support parish health. The workshop will be on Thursday, August 11 from 10am to 5pm at Latrobe Convention Centre, 5601 Princes Highway, Traralgon (next to the Traralgon golf course). Tim Dyer will lead discussions and reflections with a focus on the how personal relationships affect parish life; that is, how the power and authority of clergy interrelates with the lay leadership in a parish. Some of the discussion might include models of leadership, governance, gender and systemic health and dysfunction in parish and diocesan
GRADUATES of St Mark’s National Theological Centre are reminded this year marks a celebration of 40 years of theological education and vocational training. St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra is inviting all graduates to return for a celebratory warming winter lunch with current students and the Friends of St Mark’s community. If you are a graduate or know someone who completed their studies at St Mark’s, please spread the word. Since 1971, when the Canberra College of Ministry was established on the St Mark’s site at Barton in the National Capital, thousands of people have completed their education and training and subsequently exercised their gifts and abilities within the Church and across the community. The date for your diary is Saturday, August 27, 2011. To mark the
anniversary and to honor alumni, both graduates and currently enrolled students will eat free. The buffet-style lunch ($30/head for all other Friends and supporters) will be held at the Barton Cafeteria, directly opposite the campus, from 12.30pm to 2pm. After lunch, attendees will have the chance to enjoy the first St Mark’s Open Day. There will be tours of the entire site, an historical exhibition featuring photographs and memorabilia of past staff and students, a special display of the 1611 edition of the King James Bible, books, stalls, CSU wine and cheese, a sausage sizzle, devonshire teas and much more. To register your interest in this anniversary, or to be kept informed of future news and activities of Friends and Alumni of St Mark’s, please send an email to email@example.com or telephone 02 6272 6252.
life. These are so often the dynamics at work when we are faced with boundary issues, bullying or our own issues with self care. Registrations to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 03 5144 2044. Accommodation is available the night before for those travelling a long distance. Dinner and accommodation following the day with Tim Dyer are also available. Please book in when registering. For further information, please talk with Archdeacon Heather Marten, 0419 597 963.
RIGHT: Some of the many participants listening during the Safe Ministry training workshop: Bullying and Boundaries, held at Rosedale. The last of these training days in 2011 will be at St George’s Wonthaggi on September 10, from 10am to 12noon. Contact the Registry office, telephone 03 5144 2044, ro register for the workshop. Photo: Christine Morris
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Christians agree on missionary conduct
CHRISTIAN Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct, a five-page document on the conduct of mission ‘according to gospel principles’, was released during a public presentation on Tuesday, June 28, at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland. The recommendations regarding respectful behaviour on the part of missionaries, evangelists and other witnesses when sharing the Christian faith were issued following a five-year series of consultations among the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (PCID) of the Roman Catholic Church and the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). The three bodies include Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, Protestant, Evangelical, Pentecostal and independent churches with a combined membership of two billion people representing nearly 90 per cent of the world’s Christians. “We send this document to each of our constituencies with the hope they will see these recommendations as an inspiration to design their own codes of conduct, relevant to their own particular contexts,” said Reverend Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the WCC. “In the past five years we have been building a new bridge,” said Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe, chief executive officer and secretary general of the WEA. “The document is a major achievement, in that it represents formal agreement on the essence of Christian mission while also demonstrating diverse Christian bodies are able to work together and to speak together.” In this sense, the release of the text “is an historic moment” in the quest for Christian unity, he said. The document begins: ‘Mission belongs to the very being of the church’. The recommendations that follow suggest practical ways of engaging in mission while showing sincere respect for neighbors of other faiths. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the PCID, observed leaders in churches today: “Have a duty to proclaim the faith [and] to propose a greater vision of dialogue.” He cited a principle of Catholic teaching: “Reject nothing that is true and holy in each religion”, cautioning that Christians must overcome religious conflicts if they are to “present the truth of God in a credible way”. The joint document on Christian witness calls for careful study of the issues of mission and inter-religious dialogue, building of trust and cooperation among people of all religions and promotion of religious freedom everywhere. Christians are encouraged to pray for the well-being of all, to strengthen their own religious identity and to avoid misrepresenting the beliefs of others. Where possible, the preparation of codes of conduct by churches and related organisations “should be done ecumenically, and in consultation with representatives of other religions.” Presenting Christian Witness in a MultiReligious World, Tveit alluded to Christ’s prayer for unity in the 17th chapter of John’s gospel. “We are called to be one so that the world may believe,” said Tveit. “And so this day is a day for thankfulness, a day of celebration, but also a day of reflection.” Meetings involving the WCC, PCID and WEA that led to the formulation of Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World were held at Lariano, Italy in May 2006, Toulouse, France in August 2007 and Bangkok, Thailand in January 2011. Mark Beach Director of Communication,WCC
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Lyn leaves to garden
A RETIREMENT lunch was held at St James’ Anglican Church Traralgon on Sunday, July 3, to farewell Lyn Bearlin after 23 years as the parish secretary. The 75 people gathered heard Lyn had worked with the late Canon Dick Kainey, Archdeacon Clem Watts, Reverend Robert Happer and Canon Jeff Richardson. It was mentioned that behind every good clergy there is a good secretary and both Archdeacon Clem who travelled from Kangaroo Island South Australia with his wife Val to attend and Canon Jeff endorsed this, adding many attributes they had found in Lyn. When asked what she will do in retirement she hoped “to get lost in the garden” and so it was in the nicest possible way that the Parish presented her with a plant and cheque and politely told her to “get lost!” Contributed by Shelley Cooper ABOVE: Canon Jeff Richardson with Lyn Bearlin. Photo: Shelley Cooper
Sausages sizzle for chaplaincy
ON the first Saturday of each month, a group of loyal workers from Mirboo North parish band together to run a sausage sizzle. Audrey Greenwood, Jane Stone, and Neil and Julie Trease turn up each month with warm smiles and welcoming conversation as well as a sausage or two (above and right). They set up outside the local supermarket, which donates sausages and bread; many thanks to them for their support. The funds raised from the sausage sizzle are donated to the local chaplaincy fund, which helps support the chaplain Norm DeSilva, who does a wonderful job at the Mirboo North primary and secondary schools. Well done team. Contributed by/Photo: Pam Pincini
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Monologues at Korumburra
THE journey through Easter at St Paul’s Korumburra began with making palm crosses (below). Some drama was introduced into Easter services this year with a monologue of Mary’s sorrow at Jesus death in the Good Friday service (left) and a reading of the passion of Christ by a group of parishioners. A monologue from a roman soldier’s viewpoint was part of the Easter Day celebration (right). Photos: Lyn Gilbert
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Blessing of Ena Sheumack House; Abbey of St Barnabas at A’Beckett Park, Raymond Island
AT St Mary’s in Morwell we are so fortunate to have four priests. All four have many responsibilities to other areas of ministry as well as the parish of St Mary’s. However, at Pentecost we were able to have three priests to celebrate this great festival of the Christian year. To celebrate the wonder and joy of Pentecost, we were led in worship by Archdeacon Heather Marten, Reverend Kathy Dalton, Indigenous priest for West Gippsland and Rev. Steven Riek, the Sudanese priest from the Nuer congregation. The church was decorated with red balloons and streamers. There was a wonderful altar cloth designed and painted by the children. Many of the congregation wore red to symbolise the tongues of flame which appeared around the disciples’ heads at Pentecost. Different languages were used. This underlined the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples when everyone could hear the truth in their own tongue. Rev. Kathy gave the welcome to country in Koori language The readings were in English and Nuer. Each of the priests, Rev. Kathy, Rev. Steven and Rev. Heather, gave a homily based on the reading from Acts telling of the coming of the Holy Spirit. The coming of the Holy Spirit enables us to hear the truth no matter which language we speak. We were invited to say the Lord’s Prayer in whichever language we
are most familiar. The gifts of the Holy Spirit were read out (1 Corinthians chapter 12 verses 1-11). Members of the congregation selected the gift they sought at this particular time in their lives. They were then given a cardboard flame with that gift written on it. The children had kites they made which they ‘flew’ around the church, acting out the wind of the Holy Spirit. The Nuer community sang and played their drums. We all experienced a celebration which reminded us of the coming of the Holy Spirit to all nations. Contributed by Carolyn Raymond TOP: Members of the Sudanese congregation at St Mary’s Morwell, with Reverend Steven Riek, at the Pentecost service. ABOVE: Youth from Morwell parish lighting candles during the Pentecost service. Photos: Carolyn Raymond
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day Bishop John McIntyre at St Paul’s Cathedral, Sale The Abbey of St Barnabas; Wind and the music of creation A. Listening to the sounds of creation, listening to the spirit of the creator, exploring the journey through music. 11 Clergy support and wellbeing day with Tim Dyer; Latrobe Convention Centre, Traralgon; RSVP to Heather Marten, 0419 597963, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 03 5144 2044 12 – 14 The Abbey of St Barnabas; Wind and the music of creation B. Listening to the sounds of creation, listening to the spirit of the creator, exploring the journey through music. 13 Anam Cara Quiet Day, Korumburra; 10am to 3pm; http://www.anamcara-gippsland.org 13 Lay Readers Training Day; St John’s Bairnsdale; 10am to 3.30pm. With Reverends Bruce Charles, Tony Wicking and Jenny Ramage, lay readers chaplains. 17,18 The Abbey of St Barnabas; Environment Day. Exploring understanding of the interdependence of all life and our role in its nurture and practical aspects of living a sustainable lifestyle. Led by Dr Ann Miller and the Environmental Task Force. 21 Diocesan Ultreya, 2pm to 4pm 22 - 25 Work week at the Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island, with Brian Turner 23 Mothers’ Union Gippsland Executive meeting, Mirboo North, 9.30am 23 – 28 Gympie Music Muster, 30th year, Amamoor Creek State Forest; www.muster.com.au 25 – 26 Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training; Latrobe Valley; $275; contact Sarah Gover, telephone 03 5144 1100 or 0458 450370 26 Work day at the Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island, with Brian Turner 27 Celebrate 40 years of St Mark’s National Theological Centre; email email@example.com or telephone 02 6272 6252 27 – 28 Growth in Ministry Intensive, Bishopscourt 28 Bishop John McIntyre at St Paul’s Cathedral, Sale 30 – September 2, Living with Grief and Loss: Hope for the journey A; The Abbey of St Barnabas; with Rosemary Pounder. A chance to reflect together, to be nurtured by the environment. For those who feel as though they are in transition, those who have lost partners and are exploring life as single people.
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Living with Grief and Loss: Hope for the journey B; The Abbey of St Barnabas; with Rosemary Pounder. A chance to reflect together, to be nurtured by the environment. For those who feel as though they are in transition, those who have lost partners and are exploring life as single people. 3 Lay Readers Training Day; St Paul’s Korumburra; 10am to 3.30pm. With Reverends Bruce Charles, Tony Wicking and Jenny Ramage, lay readers chaplains. 4 Bishop John McIntyre in Westernport parish 6 E-conference, ‘Following Jesus – Matthew 6th National eConference; live webcast 10.30am to 2.50pm; telephone 07 9847 0726, fax 07 9847 0501, email firstname.lastname@example.org 6–8 The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Retreat into Silence; details TBA 9 – 11 The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Water, Dance and Drama A. Spirituality, movement and appreciation of water. Led by Susanna Pain. 10 Safe Ministry Seminar: Bullying and Boundaries; for clergy, stipendiary lay church workers and lay readers; 10am to 12noon; St George’s Wonthaggi; contact Diocesan Registry, telephone 03 5144 2044 or email email@example.com 10 CWCI gathering, ‘Flowers with Focus’; Baptist church hall, Princes Highway, Sale; 1.30pm. 11 Back to Church Sunday 11 Bishop John McIntyre in Bruthen parish 13 Mothers’ Union AGM; St Luke’s Moe; 10am; BYO lunch 13 – 15 The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Water, Dance and Drama B. Spirituality, movement and appreciation of water. Led by Susanna Pain. 16 – 18 The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Spirituality of Spring. A Retreat led by the Anam Cara Community, Joy Campbell, Marion White and Carolyn Raymond. 17 Ridley Melbourne pastoral seminar ‘Where is my little miracle?’ 9am to 3pm; RSVP www.ridley.edu.au/infertility 18 Bishop John McIntyre in Rosedale parish 18 Diocesan Ultreya, 2pm to 4pm 20 – 23 The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Environment Week A. Exploring an understanding of the interdependence of all life and our role in its nurture and practical aspects of living a sustainable lifestyle. Led by Dr Ann Miller and the Environmental Taskforce. 23 – 25 The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Environment Week B. Exploring an understanding of the interdependence of all life and our role in its nurture and practical aspects of living a sustainable lifestyle. Led by Dr Ann Miller and the Environmental Taskforce. 27 – 30 The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Earth and Art A. Led by Dr Pene Brook. Exploring questions about sustainability, the earth and God through the creation of visual images. 30 – October 2 The Abbey of St Barnabas, Raymond Island; Earth and Art B. Led by Dr Pene Brook. Exploring questions about sustainability, the earth and God through the creation of visual images.
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Book to help carers and family members
McCarthy B (2011) Hearing the Person with Dementia: Person-centred approaches to communication for families and caregivers; UK: Jessica Kingsley Publisher
Raw truth in her faith
By Jeanette Severs Scalf Linamen, K (2002) I’m Not Suffering from Insanity … I’m Enjoying Every Minute of It! USA: Strand Publishing.
KAREN Scalf Linamen has written a number of books about her life both as a woman and as a Christian, and authors a regular syndicated column in the USA. She obviously appeals to a number of readers across America. This book, like many of her books, is a compilation of her syndicated columns and the emails and letters she receives from her readers. Her writing is often funny, sometimes tearful and many times wretchedly raw, as she talks about both her and her readers encounters with life, God, and for a time, her loss of God and faith in her life. Linamen writes with embarrassment and with enthusiasm. She describes her daily life and how sometimes everything goes right or wrong, how she deals with it, or not; and how her friends and family members deal with their lives. She describes encounters over food and cooking, moving from one American state to another, losing friends, finding new friends, helping her children. Linamen also talks about the period she thought her marriage was over, her obesity, how she turned her back on a lot of people willing to help her; and how after a snow-driven night-time lonely walk she found God again and eventually found herself, her husband and her marriage … and her friends, both old and new. Mostly, Linamen writes about being intentional, in our relationships with God, Jesus, our families, our friends and others in our lives. Her book is easy
A BOOK titled, Hearing the Person with Dementia: Person-centred approaches to communication for families and caregivers, by clinical psychologist, dementia consultant and educator, Bernie McCarthy, sold out worldwide in just six weeks. The third reprint of the book recently arrived in Australia. Aimed at carers and loved ones the book explains in plain language why changes occur and helps interpret the world of the person living with dementia. Losing the ability to communicate can be a frustrating and difficult experience for all involved. As the illness progresses, the person with dementia may find it increasingly difficult to express themselves clearly and to understand what others say. Intended, for family and professional carers, this book clearly explains what happens to the part of the brain controlling communication as dementia progresses, how this may affect an individual’s memory, language and senses and how carers need to adapt their approach as a result. Advocating a person-centred approach to dementia care, McCarthy describes methods of verbal and non-verbal communication, techniques for communicating with people who can no longer speak or move and strategies for communicating more effectively in specific situations, including at mealtimes, while helping the person with dementia to dress and caring for them while they are out and about. Exercises at the end of each chapter encourage the carer to reflect on their learning and apply it to their own circumstances and guidelines for creating a life story with the person with dementia as a means of promoting good communication are also included. The book is based on McCarthy’s 15 years experience ‘working to support carers of people living with dementia at home and in residential care.’ McCarthy writes about ‘the powerful effect of good communication in reaching a person previously thought to be ‘unreachable’ because of cognitive impairment.’ The book explains how to recognise signs of well-being and illbeing when a person has lost the skills to communicate. Real life examples help the reader understand how the person with cognitive impairment interprets the world around them. In Australia, dementia affects the lives of nearly one million people who are involved with caring for a family member or friend with dementia. According to Alzheimer’s Australia, in 2008 there were 227,300 people living with dementia in Australia. The number is expected to be 731,000 by 2050 unless there
ABOVE: This book advocates a person-centred approach to dementia care. is a medical breakthrough. Family carers provide 80 per cent of the value of informal care without compensation. At least $1 in every $40 in the Australian health system is spent on dementia. There are more than 100 conditions that cause dementia. Dementia is a term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses causing a progressive decline in a person’s mental functioning. It is a broad term describing a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and normal emotional reactions. Based on the United Kingdom’s Tom Kitwood’s model of person centred care, McCarthy emphasises the importance of hearing and seeing the person with dementia as a feeling person even though the disease may have taken many of their faculties. The book provides support by bringing together knowledge and experience of McCarthy’s study and work in the field. Interventions for problems plus case studies make this book accessible and easy to read. Published by Jessica Kingsley Publisher UK, this concise, practical book is essential reading for family caregivers, professional care staff and all those who strive for meaningful engagement with people living with dementia. Price: $21.95 plus packing and handling. To purchase, telephone 03 9431 0311, web address www.mccarthypsychology.com.au or postal McCarthy Psychology, PO Box 791, Eltham, Victoria 3095. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
to dip into and out of or to read from the first to last page, it is up to the reader. Distributed in Australia through Christian booksellers and by Family Reading Publications, Ballarat, www.familyreading.com.au
Film raises powerful questions
By Karin McKenzie Karslake D (DVD film) For the Bible tells me so (rated M), Beyond Home Entertainment
WRITTEN, directed and produced by Daniel Karslake and featuring the real family stories of people such as Bishop Gene Robinson, this multi-award winning film is an exploration of how insightful people of faith handle the realisation one of their children is homosexual. The voices of respected people such as Bishop Desmond Tutu and Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenburg are heard on the film, talking about respect, healing and understanding. Set in America, abusive epithets such as ‘Death to faggits (sic)’ ‘ I have a bullet for each of you’ and ‘God hates fags’ are confronting reminders of the chasm separating gays and lesbians and Christian fundamentalists. Gene Robinson (now an Episcopalian Bishop), Tonia Poteat, Jake Reitan, Chrissy Gephart and Anna Wallner were all brought up in loving Christian homes. From various denominations, they were grounded in church and scripture. The ‘coming out’ of each had a profound effect on their families, challenging deeply held beliefs. Viewers may be taken out of their comfort zone as they are confronted by the hatred and misunderstanding experienced by Gene, Chrissy, Jake, Tonia and Anna. What is or would be your response to your son or daughter declaring their homosexuality? Is homosexuality the sin above all sins? Can this orientation really be changed? Is it a choice or natural? Does the church embrace the outcast or create outcasts? A range of theologians, ministers and pastors, among them Archbishop Desmond Tutu, answers questions like these. The Anglican Church is divided on the issue. This DVD offers a reasoned examination of many of the
Grant, James (2010), Episcopically led and synodically governed. This book, reviewed in the July issue of The Gippsland Anglican, is available from the gift shop at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. The book is published by Australian Scholarly Publishing.
difficulties raised by Christians. As a factual account of the experiences of the five participants, For the Bible tells me so is a powerful and useful resource as the Church develops its understanding of homosexuality. For the Bible tells me so is available from Beyond Home Entertainment, www.beyondhomeentertainment.com.au
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Jour nal Bible exhibition tours Australia engages thought
THE national The Book that Changed the World exhibition is touring Australia on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the King James’ Bible. The exhibition, presented by Bible Society Australia, will be in Melbourne in October at the Melbourne City Library, October 2nd to 28th. Dates for the touring exhibition in other cities and towns, from August 2011 to February 2012, are available online. Exhibition opening hours are the normal advertised hours of the venue indicated.
TO accompany the national The Book that Changed the World exhibition, Bible Society Australia presents an online exhibition of the history of the
Bible and showcases the best of the best from rare Bible collections. These videos are free to use for noncommercial purposes. To download an individual video simply click on the ‘Vimeo’ label and log in (you will need to create a free Vimeo account). Once logged in, a link under the About This Video heading will allow you to download a full copy of each video. The online video exhibitions are titled Australian Indigenous Scriptures, Australian War Bibles, Lord Hopetoun’s Bible, Governor Macquarie Bibles, The King James Bible, The Geneva Bible (Shakespeare’s Bible), Saxon Scriptures and the Tyndale Bible, Governor Hunter’s Bible and Historic Chinese Bibles. Look online at http://www.kjv11.com.au/online-exhibition.html
By Robert Fordham St Mark’s Review – A Journal of Christian Thought and Opinion (2011:216) ‘Fulfilling the Law; Preaching Matthew and Moses. St Mark’s National Theological Centre. Annual subscription: $50.
THE recent edition (number 216) of St Mark’s Review is an excellent reminder why all thinking Christians should subscribe to this execellent journal. The five major articles in this edition arise from a seminar held last November ‘Preaching Matthew and Moses’ as an introduction to the current Year A in our Lectionary, designed to assist both clergy and laity as the year unravels. Presenters included Scott Cowdell, Tom Frame, Marilyn Clark and David Neville. In addition to the articles in each edition of St Mark’s Review, there are reviews of recent books coming into the market place. For example, in the recent edition there are nine reviews including Don Cupitt’s Theology’s Strange Return, Kevin Giles’ Better Together: Equality in Christ and John Wilson on Christianity alongside Islam. The journal has a history going back to 1955 and the redoubtable Bishop Burgmann, reflecting his determination to assist the reader in deepening their knowledge and understanding of theological issues. Dr Graeme Garrett has been closely associated with St Mark’s Review for more than 20 years. Commenting on the style of the journal, Dr Garrett said: “On the one hand, St Mark’s Review has from the outset endeavoured to publish writing that is scholarly, that is up to date, well informed and carefully argued. But, on the other hand, it has not aspired to be a specialist journal dedicated to a conversation between experts. The ‘ideal reader’ for St Mark’s Review was and is the intelligent and informed lay person with an interest in things theological, and particularly as theology engages with and informs daily life in our society.” A subscription to this journal is a good investment; email in the first instance to email@example.com
Author explores the truth about Jesus’ comfort in lost love
By June Treadwell Vickers, Sally (2006) The Other Side of You; Harper Collins
THE author of The Other Side of You, Sally Vickers has been a practising psychoanalyst so it is no surprise the narrator of this story is a psychotherapist. He has undertaken to treat a patient, an Elizabeth Cruickshank, who has made a serious attempt at suicide. He is acquainted with grief himself as his small brother was killed by a lorry. Thus, he is well able to empathise with his patient who has lost faith in life with the loss of her soulmate and lover. It takes some time before she is prepared to trust herself and her doctor in order to speak about her experiences. The painings of Carravaggio and in particular, The Supper at Emmaus, inspire the title of this book and the quotation from poet TS Elliot’s The Wasteland is also a reference to Christ joining his two disciples on the road to Emmaus, as related in Luke’s Gospel ‘Who is the third who walks always beside you When I count there are only you and I together But when I look ahead up the road There is always another one walking beside you And who is that on the other side of you?’ It is only when Jesus breaks bread with his friends that they recognise the risen Jesus. As the truth emerges for Jesus’ friends, so too does truth emerge when Dr McBride and Elizabeth engage with open hearts and minds in their conversation as their stories unfold. The Other side of You captures the imagination, shows the remedial power of storytelling and is a good mix of art and psychology for the Christian who asks just who the person is who walks beside us.
Rachael is a good yarn but not satisfying
By Sue Fordham Cannold, Leslie (2011) The Book of Rachael; Text Publishing
THIS speculative work of fiction backgrounds and contextualises the Gospels in ways that are both familiar and at times bizarre. There is the sub-theme of goddess worship and women healers at odds with the dominant male Jewish religious paradigm; there is the Jesus and Mary Magdalene love story theory; and there is the idea of Jesus as righter of gender inequality and temple abuses. This list is far from exhaustive. I was keen to read this novel, having long admired Leslie Cannold as an occasional journalist and columnist in The Age and also being intrigued by what she might make of Jesus in the context of an imagined family. My response is ambivalent. On one hand, she tells a good story. The Rachael of the title is meant to be Jesus’ feisty, brilliant, younger sister. It opens with the slaughter of a lamb for Passover, regresses to the lamb’s traumatic birth aided by Rachael (also the first person narrator of the story), then moves forward to a more graphic telling of the slaughter and the eating of the lamb during the Seder meal. Grissly, I know, but what an opening! On the other hand, the telling of the story itself is marred by clumsy expressions like a rooster ‘clucking’ (really?), anachronistic use of words like ‘siren’ to explain warning sounds and the indiscriminate mix of archaic word use detract from a sense of authenticity: compare ‘Let us make haste’ to ‘Oh my!’ Coming as we do from a tradition that regards Mary as a simple good-hearted girl chosen by God, I was shocked to find the Mary (or Miriame) of the novel portrayed as a shrewish, sour and punitive mother, a repressed and rage-filled woman who gnaws her lips until bloody and parades her disobedient daughter, Rachael, before the villagers, inviting them to pinch and strike her. Joseph (or Yosef) is the intelligent, compassionate paternal role model for Jesus and the one who rescues his daughter Rachael from the worst excesses of her mother. The family into which Jesus (or Joshua) is born is dysfunctional by any measure. The second-born child, Jacob, is a drunken, sly layabout, the twin boys are dull-witted but the older girl Shona is a model of virtue and obedience. (Fat lot of good it does her in this story’s telling, though.) The plot as it unfolds is a case of filling in the Gospel gaps to satisfy the writer’s preconceptions and at times it even ignores the Gospel itself. For example, according to the novel, it is Rachael, Mary Magdalene and Judas who sit at the foot of the cross. Rachael is depicted calmly comforting Mary Magdalene while she almost stage-manages the soldier offering wine to her thirsty, dying brother. It doesn’t really ring true emotionally. As in the Gospel, Peter gets a bad press (betrayal, failure to understand, impetuosity) but the novel puts this down to Peter being an opportunistic dimwit who invents the resurrection to claw back some benefit from the failure of the crucifixion. The role of Judas (or Judah) is an honorable rewrite of generally accepted orthodoxy. I like it, though. I don’t want him to be an unredeemable bad guy and Leslie Cannold obviously did not want that either. Cannold’s version of Judas, a hunky, brave but impetuous man and of his betrayal as almost accidental, does at least make more palatable the idea that if the betrayal was foreseen by God as distinct from preordained, Judas was not created cruelly to be the fall guy. Jesus, a shadowy backdrop to the narrative, only comes alive at a couple of points in the story. He is goodhearted, deeply spiritual but prone to grand gestures that seem almost foolish and unfair to his followers. In any event I recommend that you read this novel with the usual ‘suspension of disbelief’ that reading fiction requires. On balance it is a good rollicking yarn but probably does not add much to finding the historical Jesus.
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Unexpected treasures found at fashion parade
‘TREASURES in unexpected places’ was the theme for this year’s op shop fashion parade hosted by Christian Women Communicating Internationally (CWCI). The fashion parade was held at St Mary’s Morwell on June 30, with Deb Bye from Life FM the compere and narrator for the outfits. A range of op shop fashions from everyday wear to formal and bridal wear, across the ages, was modelled. CWCI organisers included a ‘bad taste’ category, which resulted in roars of laughter. The evening was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by the more than 140 people in attendance. The CWCI op shop fashion parade has become a very popular bi-annual event; this year five op shops provided clothing and accessories. Special guest speaker was Mrs Lisa Watson, who was inspiring, linking earthly treasures to the Bible story of the woman at the well (John 4), where is found the greatest treasure of all, discovering Jesus who offers the gift of life eternal. Contributed by Helen Davis and Sue Thompson Photos: Irene Hood
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