Volume 109, Number 3 April 2012

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Shaia leads retreat at
pages 6 & 7
Lynne’s faith story
part of WDP
Page 4
Gonski report and
local schools
page 9
ON March 16, Archbishop
Dr Rowan Williams
announced his acceptance
of the position of Master of
Magdalene College,
Cambridge, from January,
2013. He will step down
from the office of
Archbishop of Canterbury
at the end of 2012.
At the announcement, he
said: “It has been an
immense privilege to serve
as Archbishop of
Canterbury over the past
decade and moving on has
not been an easy deci-
sion. During the time
remaining, there is much
to do and I ask your
prayers and support in this
period and beyond.
“I am abidingly grateful to
all those friends and col-
leagues who have so gen-
erously supported Jane and
myself and the many
diverse parishes and com-
munities in the Church of
England and the wider
Anglican Communion that
have brought vision, hope
and excitement to my own
“I look forward, with that
same support and inspira-
tion, to continuing to serve
the Church’s mission and
witness as best I can in the
years ahead.“
Dr Williams’ intentions
were conveyed to Her
Majesty, Queen Elizabeth
II, prior to the announce-
ment. The Queen is
Supreme Governor of the
Church of England and for-
mally appoints the
Archbishop of Canterbury.
Dr Williams was appoint-
ed the 104th Archbishop of
Canterbury in 2002. He will
continue to carry out all
the duties and responsibili-
ties of the Archbishop of
Canterbury, both for the
Church of England and the
Anglican Communion, until
the end of the year.
In an interview after his
announcement, Dr
Williams (above) said one
accomplishment he looked
back on with greatest sat-
isfaction was “we’ve man-
aged [to] get the Church of
England to recognise the
possibility of new styles of
congregational life and new
styles of training for minis-
ters to go with it. I think
that’s really begun to build
itself in to the life of the
The Archbishop is the
Focus of Unity for the
Anglican Communion. He is
convener and host of the
Lambeth Conference,
President of the Anglican
Consultative Council (ACC)
and Chair of the Primates’
meeting. In these roles he
travels extensively
throughout the Anglican
Communion, visiting
provinces and dioceses and
supporting and encourag-
ing the witness of the
Church in very diverse con-
texts. As primus inter
pares among the bishops,
he has a special concern
for those in episcopal min-
Following the announce-
ment, the Secretary
General of the Anglican
Communion Canon
Kenneth Kearon reflected
on the Primate’s time in
office saying it had “coin-
cided with a period of tur-
moil, change and develop-
ment in the Anglican
Communion and his careful
leadership, deeply rooted
in spirituality and theology,
has strengthened and
inspired us all in the
Communion during this
Archbishop Rowan’s
announcement means that
ACC-15 in New Zealand
during the last quarter of
this year will be his last as
President of the ACC.
The Archbishop of York,
Dr John Sentamu, said he
was saddened to hear the
“Our partnership in the
gospel over the past six
years has been the most
creative period of my min-
istry. It has been life-giving
to have led missions
together, gone on retreats
and prayed together. In his
company, I have drunk
deeply from the wells of
God’s mercy and love and
it has all been joyful. He is
a real brother to me in
“The last decade has been
a challenging time for the
Church of England and the
Anglican Communion.
Thankfully, Archbishop
Rowan is a remarkable and
gifted leader who has
strengthened the bonds of
The Crown Nominations
Commission will consider in
due course the selection of
a successor. The responsi-
bility for choosing the next
Archbishop of Canterbury
rests with the Crown
Nominations Commission
(CNC). Its task is to submit
the name of a preferred
candidate (and a second
appointable candidate) to
the British Prime Minster
who is constitutionally
responsible for tendering
advice on the appointment
to the Queen.
ABOVE: Leongatha parish held its annual family camp recently at Grantville, amid
much fellowship. See inside this issue for more photographs and a report.
Photo: Russell Conway
Abp Williams
resigns; new
college role
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Williams resigns 1
Asylum seekers 3
World Day of Prayer 4
On reconciliation 5
Abbey news 6,7
Tom’s gift 8
Perspective 9
Tom’s adventure 10
Drouin youth 11
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Clergy news 13
AWA anniversary 14,15
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Pictorial 20
Letters to the Editor
Prophet, priest
and pastor
Dear Editor,
Reading the February edi-
tion of The Gippsland An-
glican, I felt I needed to
respond to the letter by
Bill Westhead which is crit-
ical of Bishop McIntyre and
to offer an alternative
viewpoint. By way of in-
troduction, can I reminisce
about a time when the An-
glican Church had a much
higher profile in the com-
When I was growing up, I
remember hearing radio
and watching television
debates featuring well
known Anglican clergy, in-
vited to give an opinion
about particular social is-
sues of the day. Indeed, a
wide range of opinions
were represented and
often clergy were invited
to give opposing view-
points about issues such
as the women’s ordination
debate of the 1980’s and
I have strong memories
of hearing on radio or see-
ing on television Arch-
bishop David Penman, who
was often sought for his
opinion on various sub-
jects. Since then, the voice
of the church has grown
softer as it has become
more and more difficult for
successive Christian lead-
ers to be heard.
I have spoken to Chris-
tian journalists who have
told me that often church
media releases are sent
out but not many are
taken up; except if it has
has to do with something
controversial or a scandal.
Society has changed and
fewer people regularly at-
tend church. Therefore,
the media are not as inter-
ested in a Christian world
view or our opinions about
everyday issues.
For instance, I have
watched with interest the
public affairs show Insight
(SBS television) and have
noted that Christian lead-
ers and/or other Christian
opinion is often not repre-
sented in the target audi-
ence, although sometimes
other religions have a
So, when I read that the
media is interested in the
opinion of our bishop, it
makes me glad. Do I agree
with all our Bishop says?
Not necessarily, but I am
heartened that the leader
of our diocese has been
asked to give public com-
ment in the media.
Does what he says make
me think more deeply
about issues and squirm as
I consider difficult social is-
sues in my comparatively
affluent situation? Yes,
but haven’t religious lead-
ers throughout the cen-
turies done just that? For
example, the Old Testa-
ment prophets such as
Amos and, of course, our
Lord himself.
Every clergy person is to
discharge the role of
prophet, priest and pastor.
Our bishop conscientiously
discharges his episcopal
responsibilities fearlessly
and with great integrity.
Does that make us feel un-
comfortable at times? Per-
haps, but it seems to me
that is part and parcel of
Christian leadership.
Our bishop is not alone in
taking his responsibility
seriously to speak out
about social issues. On the
front page in the February
edition of The Melbourne
Anglican it was reported
Archbishop Freier ‘used his
Christmas message to
draw lessons from the Oc-
cupy Movement’ which is
described later in the arti-
cle as ‘a shop window for a
wider debate about the
economic and social order
in the west, with the Arch-
bishop of Canterbury, the
British Prime Minister,
Nobel Laureate Archbishop
Desmond Tutu and the
presiding Bishop of the
Episcopal Church in the
United States among
prominent figures making
public interventions’.
It is reported that Dr
Freier noted ‘the Occupy
movement is a protest
against wealth creation
being divorced from social
and moral responsibility’.
On page three of TMA,
Bishop Philip Huggins is
quoted as saying: ‘it is a
serious moral problem to
make a promise and then
willingly break it, as Prime
Minister Julia Gillard has
On page 23 of TMA, there
is an article about Father
Gerard Tucker, the founder
of the Brotherhood of St
Laurence, who it is said
‘stood up to politicians,
once broke the law to
make a moral point, cam-
paigned tirelessly in the
war against slums in his
tiny caravan, fought for
the down and out . . . he
was able to speak with
prophetic authority’.
Our Bishop is working out
of a religious heritage that
has a long standing prece-
My experience of Bishop
John McIntyre is of a per-
son of great integrity who
works hard to minister to
all in his diocese and, as it
appears to me, has a great
affinity with the Gippsland
Bishop John and Jan
spent four days in our
parish in a meet and greet
and outreach parish mis-
sion last year. They mixed
freely and comfortably
with parishioners and com-
munity members. They
were inclusive of all. My
impression is that they are
much loved by clergy and
laity and not at all ‘polaris-
ing’ as suggested.
I think the Appointment
Board has done a good job
in appointing Bishop John.
That his eminence and
ability are recognised by
the wider church and the
media is something to be
applauded and is in the
best tradition of Anglican
Episcopal leadership.
Yours sincerely,
Rev. Dr John Batt
Neerim South
Sewing, cream
teas and AWA
Dear Editor,
My early memories of An-
glican Women of Australia
(AWA) must have been in
the 1960s. Being on a
farm, I took the children
with me everywhere I
went, so they must have
been at school. Children
were not allowed at AWA
meetings in those days, so
this was the only activity I
had without the children.
One of my first functions
as president of Stratford
was to chair the annual
deanery rally, Stratford
being the host. Irene
Saether, bless her, who did
things to the letter, was
coaching me.
I had to introduce the
guest speaker, the new
Bishop’s wife at the time,
and have no recollection of
what I said, with one eye
on the guest and the other
on Irene. However, the
wonderful guest just took
over like all our clergy
wives, ‘bless them all’.
May Kyne reminded me of
the mission parcels given
to us to sew. We had very
basic patterns drawn on
brown paper and butcher’s
paper. The clothes had to
have as few seams as pos-
There were matinee jack-
ets, boys shorts and shirts
gathered at the neck. I
cannot remember any
more. I think it was AWA
that asked us to knit baby
singlets for the warmer is-
lands; we set to and knit-
ted lovely white singlets,
the same as we used for
our babies, only to find
white is the color of
mourning at these particu-
lar islands.
We had lovely afternoon
teas too, before we knew
not to eat cream, etcetera.
Marj Blake
NB: Marj Blake has pro-
vided the following
sketches of the clothing
made for missions by AWA
ABOVE: Overall gathered
at the neck.
ABOVE: A drawstring
ABOVE: Shorts.
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ASYLUM seekers are more
often than not only brought
to our attention when one
or other side of politics de-
cides it is politically expedi-
ent. Of course, we all know
asylum seekers do not dis-
appear simply because they
disappear from the news
but, unfortunately, we can
conveniently forget their
plight when it is not kept
before us in the media.
Sadly for those who seek
asylum in Australia, it is im-
possible for them to forget
their tragic day-to-day ex-
istence in what is quite lit-
erally a ‘no-man’s-land’.
The current Australian pol-
icy on asylum seekers is
Mandatory Indefinite De-
tention. This policy is sup-
ported by the Federal
government and the Fed-
eral opposition. It is un-
equivocally unjust.
‘Mandatory’ means what it
says. Even if all the indica-
tors are that detention will
be no benefit either to the
asylum seeker or to the
Australian community, all
asylum seekers must, by
law, be detained.
‘Indefinite’ means what it
says. Asylum seekers must
be detained until either
they receive a visa or are
removed from Australia. If
neither is possible, the per-
son must remain in custody
for the term of his or her
natural life. In at least one
case, this has meant a per-
son who has been found to
be without a known state
remains today in detention
in our land for the term of
his natural life. This is be-
cause he has not received a
visa and no country will ac-
cept him as a citizen.
This situation exists by law
in Australia for people who
have committed no offence.
By an international agree-
ment, to which Australia is
a signatory, it is not an of-
fence to seek asylum in an-
other country. This means
people arriving by boat are
not illegal immigrants, de-
spite what some politicians
and some in the media may
call them. They do nothing
illegal by seeking asylum in
To receive a visa to remain
in Australia, asylum seekers
must be ‘processed’ to de-
termine if they are
refugees. What processing
reveals is that the vast ma-
jority of them are refugees.
Even so, refugees make up
only three per cent of the
total annual migration fig-
ures for Australia and less
than one per cent of this
figure is people arriving by
So, how is it we are so
easily frightened by boat
people? How is it we are not
grossly offended by our
alarming injustice in re-
sponse to those who seek
asylum in our land?
Personally, I find it impos-
sible to sing that line in the
second verse of our na-
tional anthem which states
‘for those who’ve come
across the seas we’ve
boundless plains to share’.
It is, quite frankly, a lie so
long as our policy on asy-
lum seekers is Mandatory
Indefinite Detention.
By any measure, Manda-
tory Indefinite Detention is
unjust. By Biblical stan-
dards, it is an affront to
God. The ancient people of
God clearly recognised their
responsibility under God to
ensure justice for “the
stranger in their midst”. As
a child, Jesus’ life was en-
dangered by the murderous
King Herod. His family
sought and received asylum
in Egypt, even among those
whom they would have
considered to be ungodly.
How much more should we,
as Christians, seek justice
for those who seek asylum
in Australia?
May I suggest you seek
out those in your commu-
nity who work on a daily
basis to change attitudes
and the law in Australia on
asylum seekers? It is an
ongoing battle that must be
won and there are people
who struggle each day in
advocacy for these power-
less people in our midst.
Join them.
On a very particular note,
I seek your prayers for one
man from Afghanistan in
hiding in Pakistan in fear for
his life because he has con-
verted to Christianity. He is
already recognised by the
United Nations as a
refugee. Even so, those
people from our diocese
and others who have spent
years supporting him have
so far failed to convince the
Australian Immigration De-
partment or the Minister for
Immigration to allow him to
come to live in Australia. At
the least, pray for justice
for him.
Please pray for
asylum seekers
Right Reverend John McIntyre
Bishop of Gippsland

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What processing reveals is that the vast
majority of asylum seekers are refugees.
Even so, refugees make up only three per
cent of the total annual migration figures for
Australia and less than one per cent of this
figure is people arriving by boat.
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The Gippsland Anglican
LYNNE Beaty, of Mirboo
North, was the guest
speaker at the World Day of
Prayer service at Boolarra
Christ Church. Lynne’s sub-
ject, Bearing Fruit in
Rwanda, was apt for the ec-
umenical service, with its
theme of Let Justice Prevail.
The service at Boolarra
Christ Church was facili-
tated by Bev Littlejohn (pic-
tured right with Lynne
Beaty). We were inspired
by three things. First, our
pleasure at meeting ecu-
menically,as one in Christ.
Second, we were inspired
by the courageous story of
Irene Fernandez and how
her research of more than
300 immigrants living in
Malaysian detention centres
and its subsequent publica-
tion led to her 15-year
struggle for freedom from
prison and exoneration.
Yet how, during this time,
by the grace of God, Tena-
genati, the ‘women’s force’
grassroots movement she
helped establish flourished,
enabling “reform amend-
ments to rape laws, the Do-
mestic Violence Act and
model contracts for over-
seas domestic helpers” to
be introduced to and en-
acted by the Malaysian gov-
Third, we were inspired by
Lynne’s heartfelt sharing of
her own journey of faith to
Rwanda. Initially, Lynne
and her husband, Neville,
established relationships
with the Tutsi and Hutu
people by living in Kigali
with them from mid-De-
cember, 2003, until June,
Then Gippsland’s then
Bishop, Jeff Driver, asked
her to take up a missionary
mantle to Africa and
Neville’s unequivocal re-
sponse: “ What an opportu-
nity!” opened the way for a
prosperous partnership be-
tween the Gippsland and
Gahini dioceses. It is a part-
nership that has made a
tangible difference to the
lives of people seeking to
heal, reconcile and become
one after the genocide of
Lynne’s background as a
business woman and her
experience building their
own home and sustainable
garden, together with hus-
band, Neville, when their
children were youngsters at
Mirboo North, prepared
them well for the chal-
lenges they have faced in
Like many war-torn coun-
tries, human trafficking, do-
mestic violence,
de-humanisation, harass-
ment, abuse, rape and the
treatment of women as in-
ferior to men in both reli-
gious and secular circles,
has left many women in
Rwanda feeling powerless
or neglected. This is a situ-
ation Lynne believes would
make Jesus weep.
Contributed by Rose la Vie
WDP explained
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a global ecumenical move-
ment which brings Chris-
tians of many traditions
together to observe a com-
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year. Through preparation
and participation in the
worship service, partici-
pants can, in particular,
come to know how Chris-
tian sisters of other coun-
tries, languages and
cultures understand the
Biblical passages in their
We can hear their con-
cerns and needs and can
feel ourselves in solidarity
with them as we pray with
and for them.
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service focuses on a differ-
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theme. Committees of that
country prepare the order
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to be used on the next
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over the world that country
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have immeasurable influ-
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2012 was focussed on
Malaysia, with the theme,
Let Justice Prevail. Their
prayer focussed on enabling
all races, ethnic groups and
religions to work together
for religious harmony.
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will be organised by France.

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Bearing fruit in Rwanda
TOP: Jan Stephenson, Kathy Grabenweger and Marie
Stripp of St John’s Bairnsdale after the World Day of
Prayer service. Marie Stripp organised the ecumenical
service this year, held at St John’s Anglican church.
ABOVE: Roger Papps of the Baptist church in Bairnsdale
with Archdeacon Ted Gibson. Next year’s World Day of
Prayer service will be at the Baptist church.
BELOW: Marie Redenbach of the Uniting Church in Bairns-
dale with Dot McFarlane of St John’s Bairnsdale.
Photos: Jeanette Severs
April 2012 Our Diocese - Celebrating Ordained Women 5
The Gippsland Anglican
By David Crampton,
Rebecca Gallegos and
Jeremy Halcrow
THE Anglican Church in
Australia’s first woman in-
digenous archdeacon,
Karen Kime, said she sees
her role as improving com-
munication with the na-
tion’s Aboriginal
communities and support-
ing reconciliation with the
church and the wider soci-
“All clergy have a respon-
sibility to indigenous peo-
ple,” Reverend Kime (right)
said in an interview with the
Australian Broadcasting
Corporation (ABC).
“It’s about teaching our
people that there’s a role
for them to play in the
church ... and helping other
people to see that.”
Canberra-Goulburn Bishop
Stuart Robinson, who con-
ducted Rev. Kime’s ordina-
tion service on February 25
this year, said her appoint-
ment sends a strong signal
that indigenous ministry is
now on the church’s
agenda, “and therefore we
are deploying a highly
gifted, skilled and experi-
enced indigenous leader to
take carriage of this work.”
As well as performing her
new role in Canberra-Goul-
burn diocese, Rev. Kime, a
Birripa woman, is manager
of indigenous ministry for
Anglicare, the church’s
urban mission and commu-
nity care arm. She seeks to
reconcile relationships be-
tween the church and Abo-
riginal Australians.
“For me, this position is all
about reconciliation. It’s
about social justice because
in the past the relationship
between the church and
Aboriginal people has been
pretty poor,” she told the
Between 1910 and 1970,
churches cooperated with
the Australian government
in the forced removal of up
to 100,000 indigenous chil-
dren, now known as the
‘stolen generation’, from
their parents. The govern-
ment’s policy aimed to as-
similate children, placing
many in church-run institu-
After a 1977 government
inquiry, most major Chris-
tian denominations publicly
apologised for roles in these
forced removal practices
and have taken reconcilia-
tory steps. A government
apology followed in 2008.
Tom Calma, co-chair of
Reconciliation Australia, a
group promoting reconcilia-
tion between Aboriginal
people and other Aus-
tralians, says Kime’s ap-
pointment shows the
Anglican Church is commit-
ted to building better rela-
tionships between the
church and Aboriginal Aus-
“Archdeacon Kime is a
strong believer in reconcili-
ation between Aboriginal
people and other Aus-
tralians. It’s great to see
the Anglican Church em-
bracing its indigenous lead-
ers,” Calma said.
Twelve years ago, Rev.
Karen Kime was the first
Aboriginal woman to be or-
dained a priest in New
South Wales. She says she
feels privileged to be part of
a supportive diocese.
“I think I’m actually where
I’m meant to be and I’m
equipped to do that. I don’t
feel daunted, I actually feel
As Archdeacon for Indige-
nous Ministry and Manager
for Indigenous Services,
Culture and Education,
Archdeacon Kime will work
across three dioceses in the
ACT and NSW to identify
opportunities for new Angli-
care services to indigenous
Her role will also enable
better pathways for Aborig-
inal and Torres Strait Is-
lander people into ministry.
Archdeacon Kime served
for over 25 years in Angli-
can parishes across the
Riverina, spending the past
18 months as the acting
rector at St John’s Anglican
Church in Wagga Wagga
before her recent appoint-
ment to Archdeacon.
She has worked as a lec-
turer at Charles Sturt Uni-
versity where she wrote the
first Aboriginal studies sub-
jects for those studying to
be primary school teachers
and social workers.
Rev. Kime’s role with An-
glicare, General Manager of
Indigenous Services and
Education, within the Mis-
sion and Justice Direc-
torate, will focus on the
development of services to
indigenous and other Aus-
“Living in isolated commu-
nities has significant chal-
lenges. Anglicare has a key
role in developing the ca-
pacity and resilience of
such communities to expe-
rience a level of health and
wellbeing equal to that of
other Australians,” she said.
Rev. Kime is a Birripa
woman whose family
comes from the area known
as Dingo Creek, near
Kempsey in northern NSW.
She says Dingo Creek was
a place her family moved to
when Aboriginal reserves
were established in that
area. It was a place Aborig-
inal people “escaped to [so
their children] wouldn’t be
taken away,” she said.
In the mid 1980’s her fam-
ily moved to Wagga. At that
time there were few people
of different cultures living
within the city. She said ex-
periences of discrimination
were common.
“Happily, the cultural mix
of the city has grown and it
has become an increasingly
stimulating place to live,”
she says.
Rev. Kime said one of the
things organisations tend to
do is recruit Aboriginal peo-
ple into Aboriginal posi-
tions. However, she says
“reconciliation is about in-
digenous Australians taking
their rightful place across
all levels of an organisa-
“The issue of Reconcilia-
tion involves all Australians
and is a journey we make
together. Indeed, I ac-
cepted the position [with
Anglicare] because it re-
flects real commitment by
Anglicare and the [Angli-
can] Church to such a
process!” she said.


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6 Our Diocese - The Abbey of St Barnabas April 2012
The Gippsland Anglican
By Jane Macqueen and
Dr Colin Thornby
SOME commentators have
suggested the Church finds
itself at a moment of pro-
found change. Many church
people feel this in their
souls and are looking for
ways to respond to the
change. The author, Phyllis
Tickle, describes past mo-
ments of change in her
book The Great Emergence,
suggesting that, for the
church, these moments
happen in a regular pattern
and present great opportu-
nities to respond to God’s
invitation to renew.
Dr Alexander Shaia’s work
might be seen as part of
the discussion aiming to
provide contemporary
Christians with ways of
working with the unchang-
ing elements of the faith in
new ways. In his book, The
Hidden Power of the
Gospels, Alexander de-
scribes a way of reading,
preaching and teaching the
Gospels which is very new
but entirely rooted in the
Church’s most ancient tra-
ditions of reading and living
Alexander (above right),
based in the United States,
has spent the past four
months in the southern
hemisphere, teaching and
working in New Zealand
and Australia. In mid-
March, Alexander visited
Gippsland and the Abbey of
St Barnabas at A’Beckett
Park on Raymond Island.
It was an opportunity to
reconnect with old friends
who had encountered him
and his work at the Aus-
tralian Network for Spiritual
Direction conference in
2011 and to meet new peo-
ple and offer his thoughts.
Two events were held at
the Abbey, aimed at provid-
ing different experiences
and ways of interacting with
Alexander and his work.
The first was a one-day
workshop which gave an
overview of Alexander’s
Quadratos schema and pro-
vided some insights for
preaching and teaching
with Mark’s Gospel. The
second was a retreat aimed
at providing participants
with a way of working with
the gospels that promotes
Attendees fortunate
enough to to spend the
weekend in retreat with Dr
Alexander Shaia were very
blessed. Alexander wove
together a retreat time that
included his own liturgies
for the celebration of the 72
hours of Easter and teach-
ing about what has brought
him to the place of believ-
ing that this liturgy is of
vital importance to the
place we find ourselves as
church today.
He also shared from the
depth of his knowledge of
the Aramaic tradition and
language underpinning the
gospels. He included an
overview of the Quadratos
lens that many have found
so helpful since first reading
Alexander’s work, The Hid-
den Power of the Gospels.
The retreat began in the
shadowed darkness of the
chapel that Alexander had
transformed into a simple
place of worship focussed
on a wooden four sided
cross and the jug and bowl
for the washing of the feet.
The opening liturgy in-
cluded the lighting of the
new fire, as would be done
on the evening of Holy Sat-
urday. Alexander explained
the Aramaic tradition un-
derpinning this liturgy.
Attendees joined in the
moving experience of shar-
ing with one another the
stories of people in their
lives who have died, from
whom we had caught the
love of God; people who
had inspired our own lives
of faith and love.
The names were placed in
a fire pot and we each sat
connected by the faith and
love of those from the past
as we watched the flames
dance. We were then en-
couraged to pass on the
flame of faith.
Saturday brought more
teaching about how the
early church came to begin
a three day community re-
treat including the celebra-
tion of Easter. It was a time
when the coming together
of those early Christian
communities brought with
it questions and conflict:
You celebrate how? You be-
lieve what?
It sounded so familiar. So
the early church met for a
three day community re-
treat in prayer, worship and
Alexander invited atten-
dees to consider the call to
live in community in an at-
titude of self emptying and
the coming together of indi-
viduals in harmony. The
rope that bound the cross
we met around in prayer
was a perfect visual for
each of us that coming to-
gether in harmony involves
being willing to struggle to-
gether with tension.
Alexander shared a little of
his firm belief that we have
one gospel in four parts;
each gospel written with a
particular question as its
focus and offering us a spir-
itual practice to follow: How
do we face change? How do
we move through suffering?
How do we receive joy?
How do we mature in serv-
The day visitors left with
minds and hearts full and
those of us fortunate to
stay on enjoyed a meal to-
gether and finished the
evening once again with
beautiful liturgy in the
shadowed chapel.
Sunday morning opened
with a sharing of the Eu-
charist. Alexander served
Abbey priest, Archdeacon
Edie Ashley, as she prayed
the Eucharist using Alexan-
der’s liturgy. It was a gen-
uinely moving experience.
Alexander shared more
from his deep understand-
ing of the Aramaic language
that the gospel writers
would have thought in, but
then had to convert into the
Greek text to record their
writings. The retreat con-
cluded with more of Alexan-
der’s unpublished liturgies
and through this we experi-
enced just a taste of what it
would be to come together
in community and pray for
all God’s people.
This retreat was hosted
jointly by the Anam Cara
Community and The Abbey.
Those who were blessed to
participate were most
thankful to Dr Alexander
Shaia for giving of himself
so fully throughout the two
They were also able to ex-
perience living in the beau-
tifully appointed units at
the Abbey and appreciative
of the holy ground on which
this retreat centre is built.
It continues to be a ‘thin
place’ where God seems
very close and the natural
environment draws people
into deeper relationship
with their creator.
The Abbey catering team
is to be commended for
coping with the changing
numbers as they prepared
for the retreat and all meals
were most appreciated and
Alexander was captured
by the beauty of A’Beckett
Park and by the vision for
the Abbey. He described
feeling this was indeed a
special place for which God
had great plans. Alexander
acknowledged the work in-
volved in hosting him in
Gippsland and especially
those who worked to make
the two events possible.
“The cross constructed by
Brian Turner beautifully
symbolises the journey of
reconciliation in commu-
nity,” he said.
He added he hopes the
cross will continue to be
used and prayed with.
More information on
Alexander Shaia is available
from the Anam Cara Com-
munity’s website.
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ON Wednesday, March 14, the Abbey of
St Barnabas hosted a one-day reflection
workshop with Dr Alexander Shaia, inter-
nationally renowned author, educator, psy-
chologist, spiritual director and liturgist.
This was followed at the weekend by a
three day retreat. (See story, page 6.)
Thirteen people attended the Wednesday
reflection and were rivetted as Dr Shaia
unpacked the four Gospel journey he de-
scribes as Quadratos.
Put briefly, the four phase journey begins
with Matthew who, using the metaphor of
the mountain, writes to a people stripped
of their temple and their priesthood. He
answers the question: How do we face
Next, Mark, addressing a people con-
stantly under threat of hideous execution
by the Romans, uses the image of storm
tossed sea and wilderness to deal with the
issue of suffering.
John’s third path is about receiving joy
and is often used as a text to prepare for
baptism. His most used metaphor is the
Finally, Luke addresses the growing Chris-
tian communities and, using the image of
the road, faces the issue of how we mature
in service.
Context is all. Audience is all. Dr Shaia
speaks of one Gospel with four chapters.
While not denigrating the approach of
studying the Gospels, he believes the most
is got from them by praying them.
So outstanding was this reflection work-
shop, it is tempting to use language that is
excessive in describing it. But, at least for
this attendee, the Gospels were seen
through a prism that was new, exciting and
Suddenly, the Gospels came alive and
resonated with new life. I thought: So that
is why there are four of them. So that is
why they are subtly different in focus, em-
phasis and detail. So that is why they are
in the order they are in.
Dr Alexander Shaia, this eloquent man
from New Mexico, born of émigré parents
from Lebanon, brought a new dimension of
spiritual insight and an opportunity to ex-
perience a new joy to all of us attending.
What a great achievement for our fledgling
ABOVE: Participants in the Wednesday workshop introducing the teaching of Dr Alexan-
der Shaia, held at the Abbey of St Barnabas at A’Beckett Park.
Photo: Edie Ashley
ABOVE: Carolyn Raymond
and Dr Pene Brooke partic-
ipated in a workshop led by
Dr Alexander Shaia at the
Abbey of St Barnabas in
RIGHT: Reverend Jim Con-
nelly listens thoughtfully to
insights from Mark’s
BELOW: Alexander Shaia
made use of simple but ef-
fective tools in the chapel of
St Barnabas.
Photos: Edie Ashley
8 Our Diocese - Missions and Ministries April 2012
The Gippsland Anglican
AFTER the success of
Benetas’ Dementia Carer
Support Groups in Lakes
Entrance and Orbost, Bene-
tas is pleased to announce
the expansion of the pro-
gram into Sale.
Benetas and Alzheimer’s
Australia Victoria first es-
tablished the free support
groups for people who are
caring for someone with a
dementia, following signifi-
cant interest and enquiries
from the local community.
A support group for the
carers can provide a sup-
portive forum enabling
those attending to share
their experiences, learn
new strategies and enjoy
socialising with others who
share common problems.
Carers in Sale are now set
to benefit, with the group
holding its first meeting on
March 14. For more infor-
mation about the groups,
please contact 03 5155
Last year, residents of
Lakes Entrance and Orbost
seeking carer support net-
works began meeting under
the auspices of Benetas; al-
lowing them to meet with
other people who are caring
for someone with dementia.
Lakes Entrance was the
first of three new dementia
specific carer support
groups planned by Benetas
for the region.
The most recent Access
Economics Report commis-
sioned by Alzheimer’s Aus-
tralia Victoria indicates, in
2010, 53 new cases of de-
mentia were diagnosed
each day. This is set to rise
to 82 per day by 2020.
“A support group for the
carers can enable those at-
tending to share their expe-
riences, learn new
strategies and enjoy social-
ising with others who share
common problems,” said
Diane Scott, Gippsland
counsellor with Alzheimer’s
Australia Vic.
The Lakes Entrance De-
mentia Carer Support
Group meets every fourth
Tuesday of each month and
the Orbost Dementia Carer
Support Group on the first
Thursday of each month.
The Sale Dementia Carer
Support Group will meet on
the second Wednesday of
each month, at 1pm, in the
activity room at Latrobe
Community Health Serv-
Benetas is a not-for-profit
organisation, founded by
the Anglican Diocese of
Melbourne in 1948. Benetas
provides aged care services
for more than 4,000 older
Victorians each year, within
its 11 residential care facil-
ities and through its exten-
sive community care
programs. Benetas is dedi-
cated to advocating on be-
half of all older people and
has an extensive Research
and Advocacy Agenda.
Benetas recently cele-
brated the outstanding
achievement and dedication
of its staff at a Family Fun
Day. More than 450 staff
members and their families
attended the event, held at
the Collingwood Children’s
Farm, enjoying a day of
good food, conversation
and various farm activities,
including cow milking, pony
and tractor rides.
The Family Fun Day was
an opportunity for Benetas
to thank its staff members
for their commitment to
creating fulfilling life expe-
riences for older people,
particularly those who have
made special contributions
to the organisation and to
supporting older Victorians
over a long period of time.
More than 230 staff mem-
bers who have reached long
service milestones during
2011 and 2012, including
some up to 25, 30 and 35
years of continuous service,
were recognised and
thanked for their dedication
at the event. Sandra Price,
from Benetas Hurlingham
Respite Service, celebrated
an amazing 35 years with
Speaking at the event,
CEO Sandra Hills told her
team: “I am inspired by
and truly appreciate your
Ms Hills said the day also
marked the end of the inau-
gural Orange Festival at
Benetas, 18 days and more
than 20 events held at
Benetas’ nursing homes
and community offices
across Victoria.
“We had feedback from
our staff across the state
that they would like to see
more of our head office
staff visiting our services
and clients, so the Orange
Festival was held to enable
this to happen,” she said.
TOM Baldwin has always
been intrigued by technol-
ogy. Eight years ago, Tom
taught himself how to use a
computer, on a computer
made of rescued parts,
given to him by his son.
Unfortunately for the
Benetas Community Care
client, who lives in Sale, the
computer became slow and
damaged by internet ‘hack-
ers’. Tom’s mobility has also
decreased during the years
and he now experiences
hearing problems.
His mind is his most active
asset and he has sorely
missed being able to use
his computer.
When Tom’s Care Man-
ager, Jo Inglis, learnt of the
problem, she thought of the
Benetas One Wish Program
“Tom and I completed an
application together,” she
The good news soon came
that the wish for a new
desktop computer had been
“The quality of my life has
been changed so much
since I received my new
computer.” Tom said.
“I am now able to contact
my friends and relatives
abroad at any time. I write
to them and I can also call
them up and see them over
the internet. It’s just plain
Tom, who is also an avid
artist and photographer, is
using his computer to scan
his artwork in to keep items
on file and for editing his
“I am so happy I was
lucky enough to receive this
computer,” he said.
“I hope the Benetas One
Wish program goes on
granting people like me
their one wish. It is ab-
solutely wonderful.”
Since Tom’s story was
published in another news-
paper, he has also received
contact from an old friend,
who contacted Benetas
which organisation passed
on his details to Tom.
ABOVE: Tom Baldwin shows
his new computer to his
wife, Patricia. Tom’s new
technology resulted from
an application to Benetas.
in Sale
ABOVE: Benetas hosted a family day at Collingwood Chil-
dren’s Farm.
Tom updates
via One Wish
ABOVE: Benetas staff and
the families enjoyed the
family fun day.
April 2012 Our Diocese - Features 9
The Gippsland Anglican
By Mike Clapper
DAVID Gonski and his
panel of experts were com-
missioned in April 2010 to
review the basis for the
funding of schools across all
states and sectors in Aus-
tralia. On February 20, fol-
lowing a listening tour
around Australia, more
than 7000 submissions,
four research papers and
discussions with hundreds
of professionals and stake-
holders, the report was re-
leased with 26 findings and
41 recommendations.
School funding has long
been a source of division
within the education com-
munity with some believing
that parents who choose to
send their children to an in-
dependent (and normally
faith-based) school should
not expect the school to re-
ceive any government sup-
port; and others who
believe all students should
receive equal funding, re-
gardless of the school they
In the past 50 years, a va-
riety of funding models
have been used in Australia
but all, though varying in
the process of calculation,
have been somewhere be-
tween these two extremes
with a proportion of the
costs of educating a child in
a government school being
granted to independent
schools, depending on their
fee structure and asset
A complicating factor in
the argument has been
that, while government
schools have been primarily
funded by state authorities,
independent and Catholic
schools have received the
majority of their funding
from federal sources. Thus,
to compare what is actually
happening, you need to add
together funding from both
Currently, federal funding
to independent schools is
on a sliding scale from 13.7
per cent up to 70 per cent
of the AGSRC (Average
Government Schools Recur-
rent Cost). Both of the An-
glican Schools in Gippsland
receive approximately 50
per cent of this figure.
This figure does not, how-
ever, take into account cap-
ital or debt-servicing costs,
superannuation, insurance
costs and Commonwealth
grants to government
Another major area of dif-
ficulty for non-government
schools has been the lack of
support for children with
disabilities. The real costs
of such support have not
been portable if a parent
has chosen to enrol their
child in a non-government
school, leaving the school
to subsidise such costs out
of general revenue.
The Gonski report has es-
tablished a number of prin-
ciples on which funding
should be based, given here
in outline form:
Public funding should be
allocated in a fair, logical
and practical way taking
into account the capacity
for contribution from pri-
vate resources;
Funding should be allo-
cated on the basis of need;
Funding should be suffi-
cient to ensure that all stu-
dents receive a high
standard of schooling;
Funding should support a
diverse range of provision
and allow choice by par-
Funding arrangements
should help to drive
broader school reform to
improve outcomes, particu-
larly for disadvantaged stu-
Funding arrangements
should embody partner-
ships between school sec-
Funding arrangements
should be transparent;
Public funding should pro-
vide demonstrable value for
From these principles,
Gonski has argued for the
establishment of a Student
Resource Standard (SRS)
for both primary and sec-
ondary students. This will
be based on the real costs
of educating students in the
most efficient high-per-
forming schools.
This standard will be used
to provide a base loading
for funding, to be supple-
mented for students and
schools with various kinds
of disadvantage, such as
socio-economic status, dis-
ability (per student), Eng-
lish language proficiency,
indigenous students, school
size and location (remote-
For independent schools,
some estimate will be made
of the ‘capacity to con-
tribute’ of the school com-
munity and this will be
taken into account when
determining the percentage
of the SRS that schools re-
The Gonski review panel
has estimated that the ef-
fective introduction of the
new plan will cost at least
$5 billion and the Common-
wealth would provide 30
per cent of this, with the
states providing the rest.
Herein lies the difficulty in
the new model. It requires
substantial levels of co-op-
eration between federal and
state bodies which will not
be easy to achieve. Hence,
there is no immediate plan
to introduce the model and
it may get lost or watered
down in the political ma-
noeuvring which will un-
doubtedly occur over the
coming months and years.
The Victorian government
has already estimated its
contribution as $750 mil-
lion, which is about 12 per
cent of the current state
education budget.
The outcome is unlikely to
be known for some time
and its impact on independ-
ent schools is uncertain.
There are some positive el-
ements, such as the porta-
bility of funding for
students with a disability;
but these count for nothing
until there is a comment to
the costing of the proposal.
Timing is also a problem.
Federal Government fund-
ing legislation for non-gov-
ernment schools expires at
the end of next year. Com-
monwealth non-govern-
ment school funding
agreements must be settled
with new legislation by the
end of this year.
Given the political cycle
and the timing of the next
election, this may be diffi-
cult to achieve and leave us
in a state of limbo, with a
possible temporary exten-
sion of existing legislation
and funding arrangements
for one or two more years,
until an agreement can be
reached on the way for-
More information about
the Gonski review and sug-
gested points to be raised
with MPs can be found in an
Issues Paper on the home
page of the Independent
Schools Victoria website
The Federal Government is
encouraging a discussion
on ‘which of the review
panel’s recommendations
to implement and how best
to do this’. There will be
local information sessions
around Australia and online
Parents and families can
visit the government’s
‘Have your Say’ page on its
School Funding Forumweb-
site at www.schoolfund-
The full report, the gov-
ernment’s initial response
and details of the next
steps can be found at the
government’s Your School
Our Future website
NB: Mike Clapper is the Ex-
ecutive Principal of Gipps-
land Grammar and St Paul’s
Anglican Grammar School.
Perspective ... analysing
the Gonski report on
funding for schools
Diocesan Calendar
TBA Blessing of Ena Sheumack House; Abbey of St
Barnabas at A’Beckett Park, Raymond Island
International Year of People of African Descent, Na-
tional Year of the Farmer, National Year of Reading
1 Palm Sunday
1 Serra Club Golf Day; TBC
3 Renewal of Ordination of Vows and Blessing of
Oils service, 11.30am to 3pm; St Paul’s
Cathedral, Sale; light lunch at Bishopscourt;
contact Registry to confirm, 03 5144 2044
5 Maundy Thursday
6 Good Friday
7 Environment open day and workshops; Abbey
of St Barnabas, A’Beckett Park, Raymond
Island (Paynesville parish); 10am to 4pm;
contact Ann, telephone 0427 445866 or email
7 St Nicholas’ Easter Craft Fair and Easter
Bonnet Parade, Lakes Entrance; 9am
7 Easter Light service at St Barnabas Chapel,
A’Beckett Park; 5.30pm; with commissioning
of Von Dubbeld as Assistant Minister to the
Abbey Parish (was Paynesville parish). Led by
Bishop John McIntyre.
7 – 9 St John’s Metung Giant Easter Book Sale;
donations, telephone Ann and Andrew, 03
5156 2502
8 Easter Day
14 – 15 Growth in Ministry training for ordination
candidates, priests and deacons; venue TBA;
overnight at Bishopscourt, Sale; contact
Archdeacon Heather Marten, 03 5144 2044 or
Dean Don Saines, 03 5144 2020
21 Bishop in Council planning day, Registry, Sale
25 ANZAC Day
30 - May 2 Clergy conference; Abbey of St
A’Beckett Park, Raymond Island
April 30 - May 2 Clergy conference; Abbey of St
Barnabas, A’Beckett Park, Raymond Island
1 Mothers’ Union Gippsland Executive meeting
5 Anglican Earthcare Gippsland annual general
meeting, St Paul’s Cathedral, Sale; led by
Bishop John McIntyre
17 Two Bishops and the Dean … Q and A on the
environment and other matters; Bishop John
McIntyre, Bishop Kay Goldsworthy, Dean Dr
Don Saines; Abbey of St Barnabas, A’Beckett
Park; 2pm to 4pm
18 – 20 Gippsland Anglican 36th annual Synod, Sale
23 Mothers’ Union Australia Council open day,
Palotti College, Millgrove, 10am to 4pm
25 – 27 The Spirituality of Winter, a retreat led by
Reverend Anne Turner; Abbey of St Barnabas,
A’Beckett Park
27 – June 3 Vocational panel interviews; venue TBA
29 – 30 Victorian Council of Churches Emergency
Ministry Training, Level 2; Traralgon; contact
03 9650 4511 or email
2 Lay Reader training, 9.30am to 4pm;
Korumburra; contact Reverend Jenny
Ramage, Rev. Tony Wicking and Rev. Bruce
Charles; register at Registry, 03 5144 2044
13 Mothers’ Union June Join In; St Mary’s
Morwell; 9.30am to 3pm; Karin McKenzie, 03
5662 2148
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Tom’s summer of adventure
WHEN Tom Hobbs plays football, he often
endures the attentions of a tagger. During
the Christmas holidays, he received simi-
larly unerring attention, not from an oppo-
nent, but from a host of Indonesian
children, vying to be in his sight.
A year nine student at St Paul’s Anglican
Grammar School, Tom experienced a life
changing journey to Hohidiai, in Indonesia,
during the summer break. He was a mem-
ber of a community church visit to a school
in the Hohidiai region, developed by Peter
and Esther Scarbourough.
The travelling party included Tom’s
mother, Chris, and St Paul’s Anglican
Grammar School year four teacher, Justin
Ballantyne, Simon and Carla Ronalds and
Bill and Leanne Anderson. By day, mem-
bers of the group assisted at the local hos-
pital, Justin helped at the school and Tom
became the veritable Pied Piper, kicking
footballs and sharing sports gear donated
by St Paul’s and Sportsco.
The cricket equipment, AFL footballs,
skipping ropes, sporting bibs, soccer balls
and bean bags proved to be invaluable
contributions to the community.
“It’s so different,” said Tom of the locale.
“The children only have one classroom
and Physical Education just involved army
exercises. They would just run laps be-
cause they had no sporting equipment.”
For Tom, an avid sportsman, it was not
just the approach to exercise that provided
a cultural shock.
“We mainly ate rice and fish. Chicken was
cooked sometimes but only by families
when they had enough money,” Tom said.
“I took a box of muesli bars but that was-
n’t enough to fill me up.”
The journey included local market experi-
ences, where Tom was privy to the shouts
and cries of a thriving marketplace and the
smell of strange foods or, in many cases,
parts of food rarely sighted in Australia.
The most confronting moment took place
when Tom was summoned to a medical
room to visit a man who had suffered
burns to 70 per cent of his body when a
family feud turned ugly, spurred on by al-
cohol and culminating in a kerosene at-
“It was just shocking,” Tom said.
“Everything there just makes you realise
how lucky we are.”
TOP: Tom Hobbs with some of the school
children and equipment donated by St
Paul’s Anglican Grammar School and
ABOVE: Tom Hobbs with one of the chil-
dren he met during the church group’s visit
to Hohidiai, Indonesia, during last summer.
THE Kidsplus+ Network of
Gippsland diocese has been
granted funds through a
government Volunteers
Grant Scheme to subsidise
adults undertaking skills
training in support of min-
istries with children and
youth. We welcome en-
quiries from people who
may wish to undertake par-
ticular courses relevant to
these ministries. Contact
Kidsplus+ through gipp-
THE Kidsplus+ diocesan
network has been pleased
to accept renewed or new
affiliations from the
parishes of Drouin, Won-
thaggi, Sale, Korumburra,
and Heyfield.
As this article goes to
print, Kidsplus+ has re-
ceived many applications
from campers and leaders
for the Phillip Island Camp,
suggesting attendance from
Moe, Traralgon, Maffra,
Newborough and Melton.
Close to 40 children will be
at the camp. We will report
on the camp in the next
edition of The Gippsland
Parishes are reminded of
the availability of the Kid-
splus+ Network’s trailer,
games and activity re-
sources. It has been well
used this year by Leon-
gatha parish, for commu-
nity Australia Day
Celebrations and camp;
Trafalgar parish for commu-
nity children’s activities
and Shrove Tuesday tea;
Newborough parish’s Fam-
ily BBQ Activity at Apex
Park; and Traralgon’s parish
The parachute continues
to provide a feature at
many of the mainly music
programs. The Kidsplus+
Network aims to support
parish based ministries by
providing inter-parish com-
munication, resource shar-
ing and leadership training
Family activity
PARISHES with mainly
music groups, playgroups
and junior church ministries
are invited to join in our
Family Traffic School morn-
ing and barbecue lunch, to
be held on Saturday, May
12, from 10.30am until
1pm. The Kidsplus+ team
is fully sponsoring booking
of the Morwell Traffic
School, on the Princes
Highway opposite Kernot
Hall. Parishes will receive
details soon. A free sausage
sizzle is provided.
Bring your own, named,
bikes or trikes and helmets,
if convenient. This will be a
fun morning for young fam-
ily members in the minia-
ture town and road setting,
and another opportunity for
inter-parish fellowship.
Watch for parish notices.
Enquiries through the
Gippskidsplus+ email, gipp-
or telephone Catherine on
03 5127 4093 or Mary on
03 5127 2929.
Kidsplus+ will
support training
for children’s and
youth ministries
ABOVE: Children worshipping exuberantly at Leongatha parish’s family camp.
Photo: Russell Conway
April 2012 Our Diocese - Youth, Family and Children’s Ministries 11
The Gippsland Anglican
Youth faith alive
in Drouin parish
ALTHOUGH the Youth and
Family Minister’s role has
been vacant at Drouin
parish for the past two
years, it is encouraging to
see the faith development
of our youth is still alive and
well. Our youth are now
represented on Parish
Council by active young
parishioner, Michael Lossi.
On February 19, Bishop
John McIntyre held a confir-
mation service for four of
our young people, Ben
Perry, Harvey Langford and
Storme and North Mason. It
was a lovely service.
Canon Amy Turner bap-
tised one of our newer
church members, Alisha
Jones at the same service.
It was wonderful to see ap-
proximately 75 people turn
up to support these young
people as they confirmed
their intent to follow Christ.
The service was followed
by a time of fellowship as
we all shared a barbecue
and some backyard cricket.
The public affirmation of
their faith is simply one
more step for these young
people, whose faith has
grown from being regulars
at Teddy Praise (preschool
program), JAFFA’s (after
school program) and God’s
Gang (Sunday school).
They are now taking more
active roles in the running
of our monthly Connections
service. Here they are in-
volved in playing in the
band, developing power-
point presentations, leading
prayers and role playing.
When North Mason was
asked why he wanted to be
confirmed he simply stated:
“I have already accepted
Jesus into my heart, so why
not do it officially?”
THE music for the Connec-
tions services is played by
musicians who meet at the
church to practise on
Wednesday evenings. We
value the commitment of
the young people and their
parents, who encourage
them by bringing them to
these meetings. We enjoy
worship with more contem-
porary and participatory
The Connections service
has been a wonderful way
to bring more families into
the church fold. Many fam-
ilies, particularly those with
young children, have found
this a more modern and re-
laxed way of worship, while
still maintaining God as the
focus of all we do. After the
bible reading people split
into groups for craft, role
playing and deeper discus-
The service is followed by
lunch in Maxfield Hall.
Shaving Ben
After the Connections
service on March 11, the
congregation supported
Ben Perry as he shaved his
head for Leukaemia re-
search. Locks of hair were
auctioned by Michael Lossi
for as much as $50. Many
people shared in cutting or
shaving Ben’s head; we are
all very proud of his efforts.
Ben raised $205 on the day
to add to his fundraising
prior to losing his hair. Well
done, Ben.
There is a playgroup on
Wednesday mornings at
10am, run by church mem-
bers who set up and pack
away, as well as assist with
morning teas and holding
babies, while the parents or
grandparents play with
older toddlers or preschool-
ers. There are regularly 12
children attending.
As Drouin grows, new
faces are attending. Many
families have made good
friendships through the
playgroup program. The
sessions are informal but
have a craft activity, story
and song time every week
and once monthly there is a
Biblical theme.
Currently there is a wait-
ing list for new members,
as our capacity is limited by
our venue; especially once
the winter weather sets in.
Enquiries to the office, 03
5625 4121.
Contributors: Melissa
Mason and Sue Lester
ABOVE: North and Storme
Mason, Bishop John McIn-
tyre, Harvey Langford,
Canon Amy Turner and Ben
Perry after the Communion
service at Drouin.
Photo: Melissa Mason
Ben shaves for cure
LEFT: Before and after photographs of Ben Perry, of
Drouin parish, who shaved his head for Leukaemia re-
search. See story on this page.
ABOVE: Many people shared in cutting or shaving Ben’s
head, including Canon Amy Turner, under the watchful eye
of Michael Lossi and friends of Ben.
Photos: Melissa Mason and Sue Lester
Fun and
at parish
THE annual Leongatha
parish family camp was
held at Grantville on March
2 to 4. Worship, games, fel-
lowship and Bible study
with Leongatha’s CMS link
missionaries, Jon and Deb-
orah, made for a very
happy weekend.
The camp was organised
by Bethany Toohill and Rev-
erend Janet Wallis, with de-
licious meals co-ordinated
by Pat Bowman and Meg
Contributor: Heather Scott
ABOVE right: Take my hand
... parishioners of all ages
attempted walking the bal-
MIDDLE right: Leongatha
parish’s link missionaries,
Jon and Deborah, with
some of St Peter’s children
in Indonesian dress.
BELOW right: Under the
ponchos and sombreros are
Hugh and Lesley Chisholm.
BELOW far right: Peter Wal-
lis made a very biblical fig-
Photos: Russell Conway

12 Our Diocese - Youth, Family and Children’s Ministries April 2012
The Gippsland Anglican
Color in the picture:
Jesus praying
Copyright: www.sermons4kids.com
Puzzle: Join the numbers
Copyright: Bible Society Australia
Drouin playgroup
ABOVE: In Drouin parish, the playgroup on Wednesday
mornings is very popular with young families moving into
the district.
RIGHT: In Drouin parish,
Canon Amy Turner recently
baptised Alisha Jones, as-
sisted by Bishop John McIn-
tyre who led a communion
service on the same day.
Photo: Melissa Mason
MIDDLE right: At the Leon-
gatha parish family camp,
held at Grantville, this trio
of young women enter-
tained attendees with a skit
on faithfulness.
BELOW: The Toohill family
participated in the annual
family camp held by Leon-
gatha parish.
Photos: Russell Conway
IN Moe parish, a number
of leaders and children from
GFS, Boys Anglican Ministry
and the congregations at St
Luke’s and Holy Trinity par-
ticipated in the diocesan
Phillip Island KidsPlus+
camp, held at the end of
David Davies is again
working with parishioners
and other choristers from
across the diocese to pres-
ent The Crucifixion choral
works of John Stainer. The
choir will be presenting this
work twice; first at St
John’s Neerim South, at
7.30pm on March 28; then
in Holy week at St Luke’s
Moe, at 7.30pm, on Monday
April 2. All are welcome.
A Reflection on the basics
of faith is the theme of
Moe’s parish lenten and
Easter study groups this
year. The material compiled
and presented by Rev-
erend Bruce Charles has
provided thought provoking
discussion in the three
study groups and ample re-
flective material for individ-
ual study by others.
Shrove Tuesday, St
Patrick’s Day and Mothering
Sunday have all provided
the impetus for social and
fundraising events in the
We held a successful two-
course pancake lunch in the
garden of David Davies.
Moe’s Sudanese congrega-
tion embellished the tradi-
tional celebrations with
maize pancakes and lamb
and spinach filling.
Mothers’ Union hosted a
very ‘green’ afternoon tea
for St Patrick’s day. A twi-
light drinks and nibbles was
planned for refreshment
and Mothering Sunday.
Earlier in the month, a
barbecue lunch was en-
joyed at Gwen Robertson’s
rural property at Tanjil
Contributor: Mary Nicholls
Moe fellowship days
April 2012 Our Diocese - Clergy Ministries 13
The Gippsland Anglican
Farewell, Rowena
REVEREND Rowena Arm-
strong is leaving Croajingo-
long parish, but not moving
far. Rowena will be the
Uniting Church minister in
Orbost, leading the Snowy
River Patrol. She recently
collaborated with Rev. Ali-
son McRae, of the High
Country Patrol based out of
Swift’s Creek. They led the
ecumenical service at the
annual Women on Farms
Gathering, held this year in
Buchan (above). Rowena
(seated left, in the photo-
graph at right) will lead her
last service in the parish, at
Genoa, on April 29.
Photos: Jeanette Severs
ABOVE: Reverend Bevil
Lunson, in charge of Orbost
parish, is also a worthy
chef. Recently, Bevil re-
ceived first and second
prizes for his preserves, at
the Orbost show.
Photo: Jeanette Severs
By Alison Pearce
THE Bush Church Aid So-
ciety of Australia is helping
Christians respond posi-
tively to changes in Aus-
tralia’s growing mining
workforce. Fly-in, fly-out
(FIFO) work is currently a
topic of government in-
Working on a FIFO sched-
ule involves a cycle of flying
thousands of kilometres to
work long shifts for a num-
ber of consecutive days or
weeks, then flying home for
a set amount of time. Sub-
missions to the inquiry tes-
tified FIFO work can place
challenges, stress and
strain on individuals and
families; this can lead to
mental and relationship
The Bush Church Aid Soci-
ety of Australia (BCA) is
seeking to address those is-
sues through the ministry
of Reverend Peter and Mrs
Joy Palmer.
This ministry sees Peter
spending at least three
days weekly at one of three
mines in South Australia,
talking to people, building
relationships with them and
being there for them. The
other important part of the
ministry is supporting the
miners’ partners and fami-
lies who are left behind in
This support takes many
forms from marriage coun-
selling and conflict resolu-
tion classes to babysitting
or even just listening. As a
chaplain, Peter holds chapel
services at the mines and is
always ready to talk about
his faith.
Speaking about this initia-
tive, Peter said: “The aim of
the program is to be like
Jesus and the woman at the
well; to talk to people and
build relationships with
them, then take them on a
journey into the kingdom.”
Since its beginning in mid-
2011, the ministry has
been rapidly growing, with
more mines interested in
becoming involved and BCA
hopes to extend this model
of ministry interstate.
Support Peter’s ministry or
find out more about BCA at
the website www.bushchur-
ABOVE: Peter and Joy
Palmer at a mining site.
Fly in fly out ministry
skills on
A MAJORITY of dioceses in
the Church of England have
voted down the proposed
Anglican Covenant, a set of
principles intended to bind
the Anglican Communion
provinces worldwide de-
spite theological differences
and cultural disputes.
Currently, 23 dioceses
have voted against and 15
in favor, of a total of 44 dio-
ceses. In Australia, dioce-
ses have voted for and
against the Covenant, with
some dioceses still to vote.
New Zealand is expected to
vote against in July.
Seven provinces, of 38,
that voted in favor are Ire-
land, Mexico, Myanmar,
Papua New Guinea, South
East Asia, Southern Cone of
America and West Indies.
Anglican leaders seek visionary future
By Russell Powell
MORE than 200 delegates from 30
provinces of the Anglican Communion will
gather in London in April to build on the
work of the GAFCON conference in
Jerusalem and, in the words of the organ-
isers, to “help turn the present crisis mo-
ment into a visionary future”. The leaders
are clergy and laity, men and women from
29 countries.
“We are committed to building networks
and partnerships of orthodox Anglicans,
strong in their witness to Jesus Christ and
the transforming power of His Spirit, to
face the challenge of mission around the
world,” said Eliud Wabukala, Archbishop of
the Anglican Church of Kenya and Chair-
man of the GAFCON Primates Council.
The gathering is the first leadership con-
ference since the landmark GAFCON meet-
ing in Jerusalem in 2008.
The General Secretary of the FCA, Arch-
bishop Peter Jensen, said: “Many more
leaders will be included in leadership gath-
erings and another, larger, GAFCON meet-
ing, but we are praying this will lay a good
platform for the future of the movement.”
“The aim of the conference is to unite us
behind the goals of FCA and equip us to
fulfitl them. It is vital we understand the
nature of the gospel and the nature of the
church and so the theme is the uniqueness
and sufficiency of Christ, the One who is
the heart of the gospel and the Head of His
church,” said Dr Jensen.
Members of the FCA have affirmed the
Jerusalem Declaration and also the goals
of the movement.
The five days of the conference include
daily worship and testimony, Bible studies
and plenary sessions to explore and apply
the Lordship of Christ over the world, over
the church and over the individual.
There will be interactive seminars through
which participants will help each other to
preach the gospel and equip the churches
to defend and sustain the faith.
The seminars include explorations of spir-
itual leadership, family, evangelism, devel-
opment and aid, the nature of the gospel
and the theology of the church.
Speakers include Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali,
Rev. Dr Ashley Null, and Bishop John Akao.
Inspirational sessions will cover spiritual
leadership under pressure and the experi-
ence of living in the Communion in crisis.
Toward the end of the conference, there
will be an open evening to gather with
many others to pray, to encourage Chris-
tians living in Britain to keep preaching the
gospel and to sing God’s praises.
“We are looking forward to powerful pos-
sibilities released by bringing together 200
leaders to listen to God’s word, pray and
learn from each other,” Abp Wabukala said.
“May the blessings of God Almighty be
poured on us.”
14 Our Diocese - Missions and Ministries April 2012
The Gippsland Anglican
Pictorial from AWA 50th anniversary celebrations
ABOVE: Jenny MacRobb,
Joan Chynoweth, Lindy
Driver, Joyce Elliot and
Annabel Gibson at the 50th
birthday and closure cele-
brations for Anglican
Women of Australia in
LEFT: Under the umbrella
representing the member-
ship and mission work of
Anglican Women of Aus-
tralia are Jan Misiurka, of
Mothers’ Union, Ethel Arm-
strong of Cursillo, Carolyn
Raymond representing the
Anam Cara Community,
Sarah Gover for mainly
music, Pat Cameron of
AWA and Mary Nicholls
from Girls Friendly Society
and Kidsplus+ Network.
Photos: Christine Morris
April 2012 Our Diocese - Missions and Ministries 15
The Gippsland Anglican
Women celebrate 50 years of AWA
By Carolyn Raymond
ON Tuesday, March 6, women from
throughout Gippsland gathered at St Paul’s
Cathedral in Sale, to celebrate the work of
Anglican Women of Australia in the dio-
cese. This was the last function to be or-
ganised by AWA. Sadly it is becoming
impossible for members to travel across
the diocese to attend meetings.
Many women, and some men, numbering
177 people for lunch, gathered for this last
service. Many who had been members but
had moved away from Gippsland, returned
for this last service and to spend time to-
gether. Attendees wore a touch of gold to
honor the work of AWA.
The Thanksgiving Service was uplifting.
The hymns were shouts of praise. Several
present and past members of AWA as-
sisted by welcoming, reading and as Eu-
charistic assistants. AWA president, Bishop
John McIntyre, preached. He affirmed the
work of AWA both past and present, in
worship, service and fellowship.
An excellent lunch for 177 people was
provided by the Cathedral caterers. After
lunch, there was time for acknowledging
the work of many who had made the pro-
gram of meetings, rallies, retreats, bus
trips and mission work possible.
Chairperson, Pat Cameron, read out
many apologies. She welcomed Mrs Joan
Chynoweth and Mrs Lindy Driver, both of
whom had travelled from interstate. Pat
led attendees in remembering the many
highlights of AWA throughout the 50 years.
She remembered the National Conference
held in Traralgon. She remembered the
mission giving to ABM projects. She
brought to life the missions programs such
as Cash for Cows, Go for Gold and the Ena
Sheumack Appeal.
Pat remembered the establishment of re-
treats for AWA members and the many bus
trips to places all across Victoria. There
was opportunity for others to speak of the
wonderful memories AWA had given them.
We all gave thanks for the many wonder-
ful times we had worshipped, worked and
shared time with friends from across the
The day was a true celebration for the
work of AWA.
An executive meeting has been held since
the celebration, to make final decisions
about the remaining AWA funds. It was de-
cided to keep the money in Gippsland. It is
to be divided between Bush Church Aid,
Girls Friendly Society, Mothers’ Union and
Gippsland Home Mission Fund.
The remaining money from the bus trip
account will be divided between Gippsland
Indigenous Ministry and the Bishop’s Fam-
ily Appeal.
RIGHT: Lindy Driver and Joan Chynoweth.
BELOW: Pat Cameron, Annabel Gibson and
Peggie Arthur.
Photos: Christine Morris
ABOVE: Faye Woodward, of Lakes Entrance, entertains attendees with memories of pur-
chases on the annual bus trips, at AWA’s 50th anniversary and closure celebrations.
Photos: Christine Morris
16 Our Diocese - Parishes April 2012
The Gippsland Anglican
AT the end of February,
Morwell parish held a Har-
vest Festival. During her
sermon, Archdeacon
Heather Marten shared the
ancient rites of the harvest
festival. She explained how
the Israelites would bring
produce from their land and
always share it with the
priest who owned no land
and the immigrants who
were visitors in the land
and without land of their
Harvest Festivals are more
than giving thanks for what
we have grown and pro-
duced, they involve grati-
tude for God’s gifts and a
dedication and sharing with
all who need food. We all
brought what we had
There were mounds of
fresh vegetables, herbs and
fruit. There were preserves,
flowers and plants. In the
centre of the table covered
with produce, Reverend Lyn
placed the paten with a
bread role and a bottle of
wine. These were then
brought up to the altar and
dedicated for the Eucharist.
After the service Rev. Lyn
auctioned all the produce.
Bidding proceeded vigor-
ously, with much laughter.
The final result was a
healthy amount of money
for our mission project for
the year, the re-building of
St Margaret’s hospital in
Papua New Guinea.
In Morwell parish, the
eight monthly services in
the hostel’s and nursing
homes are all supported by
members of the congrega-
tion. Some of the services
are taken by lay readers,
others by the priest.
As we journey through
Lent, Rev. Heather has re-
minded us that in the midst
of our busy lives we are still
on a community retreat.
This retreat began on Ash
One contribution to this
retreat is the study many
are following; a study on
the Psalms that are set for
Lent. This in-depth study
looks at the psalm set for
each of the six Sundays in
Another part of our retreat
is that each Sunday we
come to church and there is
a visual image of the theme
for the Sunday placed on
the floor in front of the
altar. This is both an inspi-
ration for the quiet times in
the service itself and an
image to take away with us
into the week.
We have contributed to
this visual image. One Sun-
day we brought crosses
which were sacred to us.
Another time we con-
tributed coins which were
later contributed to our
mission project.
The community of St
Mary’s is participating fully
in the services. All mem-
bers of the ministry team
are preaching and prepar-
ing the prayers. The con-
gregation has heard
homilies from both Rev. Lyn
and Rev. Heather, from our
deacon, Joedy Meers and
from lay readers. Rev.
Kathy Dalton celebrated the
Eucharist on the third Sun-
day in Lent. As we journey
on towards Easter we are
all being called to our ongo-
ing conversion.
St Mary’s held a garage
sale recently, supported
with goods and assistance
by many in the congrega-
tion. Most of the items for
sale came from the shed at
St Mary’s where items had
been stored for many years
‘in case they were needed’.
The money raised will go
towards the running of the
Contributor: C. Raymond
ABOVE: Customers at the
garage sale at St Mary’s
A blessed harvest
Vale, faithful Marjorie
By Sue Jacka
IT IS good to hear how someone who
grew up in Gippsland has made a con-
tribution to the wider Christian world.
This story unfolded as I researched for
a graveside funeral I was asked to take
in January.
Marjorie Schmidt was born in Moe in
1920 and was baptised at St Mary’s
Trafalgar, which at that time was the
centre of a parish including Moe, a
smaller settlement in those times. Mar-
jorie grew up locally and went to Mel-
bourne to train as a nurse at Royal
Children’s Hospital.
Although Marjorie made her home in
Melbourne, marrying Norman Scott in
1949 and settling into life in the city,
she continued to have a strong rela-
tionship with her parents. She would
visit them and worship at St Mary’s
where she formed a strong bond with
Reverend Hugh Andrews, who was rec-
tor in 1942 and 1943.
When Hugh went to New Guinea as a
missionary, Marjorie and Norman be-
came great supporters of his work, rais-
ing funds to enable him to serve the
PNG nationals.
When Marjorie was suddenly widowed,
she went to visit Hugh in Apugi in West
New Britain, notionally to help her
friend with running his household. In
the early 1970, she looked after Bishop
Jeremy and Betty Ashton’s children,
aged four, seven and 10 years, in their
NG home, so their parents could have
some much needed leave away from
the tropical climate.
That friendship has continued
throughout Marjorie’s life. Bishop Bevan
Meredith was their Papua New Guinea
bishop at the time and he remembers
how this role evolved into Marjorie stay-
ing on to run the medical clinic at
Apugi. She also organised a trade store
to enable local people to obtain sup-
Marjorie developed very positive and
enabling relationships with the PNG na-
tionals. Hers was not a patronising type
of helping, but a serving enabling oth-
ers to grow and use their own abilities.
When she returned to Melbourne from
her PNG service, she worked with a
friend, Jean Henderson, to establish the
PNG Association, to provide pastoral
and social care for returned missionar-
ies who often have to cope with culture
change as they reassimilate into west-
ern society.
Marjorie was farewelled by many of
her ABM friends at a thanksgiving serv-
ice at St John’s Camberwell and then a
smaller family graveside service in Moe.
Hers was a faithful life. We never know
where the little children we teach in
church will be used by God in their
ON Sunday. March 4, Bishop John McIn-
tyre blessed the recently renovated and re-
furbished rectory which has stood beside
the Holy Trinity Church Stratford for the
past 102 years.
In September last year, the Diocesan Fi-
nance Committee approved the parish to
start work on renovations and refurbish-
ment works. The Diocese approved the use
of Parish Trust funds with borrowings of up
to $30,000 from the ADF to complete the
$140,000 project.
Locum priest, Reverend Brian Turner, was
appointed project manager. as part of his
role, a three day a week position he holds
jointly with Rev. Anne Turner.
Work began in October last year and was
completed in early February at a total cost
of approximately $132,000, less a $10,000
grant from the diocese and $22,000 in gifts
and recouped funds. This means the total
cost to the parish is approximately
Parish Council has decided to fully fund
the project from its own resources.
The refurbished 102-year-old rectory now
has a new laundry and linen cupboard, up-
graded bathroom, new walk-in wardrobe
and ensuite off the master bedroom. Two
other bedrooms have new built-in robes.
The old pantry is now part of the kitchen,
with a modern pantry cupboard and mov-
able island bench.
A new oven, hot plates and rangehood
were installed. The roofing iron was re-
placed, the ceiling insulated and all new
light fittings installed except two ‘original’
fittings worth keeping. New door furniture
and screen doors hung and new external
locks, new floor coverings, window blinds
and curtains throughout.
New electrical wiring, telephone and
ADSL points were completed.
All main rooms have reverse cycle air
conditioning and solar power has been in-
stalled. External and internal painting, new
fencing and gates, a water tank and gar-
den shed have been installed. The old
clothesline has been restored.
Parish Council is thankful to the many vol-
unteers who worked on the project, an ef-
fort that saved the parish many thousands
of dollars.
They are thankful to those who donated
almost $12,000 for the Rectory Refurbish-
ment Appeal and to the diocese for the
$10,000 contribution to the project from
the McNeilly Estate distribution. An esti-
mated $12,000 has been given in volun-
tary labour.
At the ‘House Blessing’, builder Brian
Teese from Maffra parish was thanked for
his work and diocesan Finance Officer, An-
nette Hollonds, was presented with flow-
ers, thanking her for her patient
administration of the Rectory Renovation
Account on behalf of the parish.
Parish Council announced a gift to locum
priest Brian Turner of two weeks holiday
The rectory will be leased commercially
until a new rector is appointed and in-
stalled in the parish.
Contributor: Brian Turner
Avon rectory’s new lease of life
April 2012 Our Diocese - Parishes 17
The Gippsland Anglican
ABOVE: The combined men’s group of Bass Phillip Island parish has a fellowship dinner
every second month, held alternately at St Philip’s and St Augustine’s. John Dawson is
the co-ordinator of the group. The men do the catering for the meal, although some-
times women do some of the preparation beforehand. The last speaker at the dinner
was John Shields, who trains seeing eye dogs. John is in the photograph on the left,
wearing a striped two-tone blue shirt. He gave a very interesting talk and brought his
dog, Zillia, with him to demonstrate. The fellowship group invites men from some of the
other churches to the dinners. The next dinner is on the second Tuesday in April, at St
Philip’s in Cowes. Information about Bass Phillip Island parish and activities can be found
on the website.
Contributor: Roma Caulfield
REVEREND Greg Jones will perform at St Paul’s Cathe-
dral, Sale on the afternoon of Sunday, April 22, with well-
known pianist and composer, Bob Sedergreen. The
concert will be in aid of the Cathedral and the Bush Church
Aid Society.
Rev. Greg Jones is currently Victorian director for the
Bush Church Aid Society. He is also a talented musician,
performing on guitar, harmonica and as a vocalist. He has
given regular public performances as part of his work with
BCA, sometimes as a one-man band and sometimes with
other musicians.
Greg is always ready to provide his musical skills to as-
sist in church outreach and workshops, having performed
in churches, pubs, clubs and caravan parks. He enjoys
performing jazz and blues standards and folk songs, com-
bined with gospel songs.
In recent times, he has often performed with well-known
pianist and composer, Bob Sedergreen. Bob is an eminent
and experienced musician who has performed for many
years both in Australia and overseas. As a pianist and
composer, he has made more than 30 recordings.
He has worked with visiting overseas artists and with
Australian musicians such as Don Burrows. In 1996 he re-
ceived the inaugural Jazz Award for the best Australian
keyboardist. He has been involved very much in music ed-
ucation as Melbourne University Artist in Residence. In
2006 he received the Ken Myer Medallion from the Victo-
rian Arts Centre.
Sale hosts
ABOVE and below: In Maffra parish, during Lent, St John’s
church family is enjoying soup and sandwich lunches after
the morning church services. These are proving popular
and an enjoyable time of being together.
Contributor/Photos: Jean Heasley
Lenten study at
Maffra with soup
and sandwiches
Smallest church was
warmly ‘packed’
ON January 29, at Holy Innocents Yinnar
South, the smallest church in Gippsland
was packed with regulars and visitors on a
rather hot day. Rosemary Abetz-Rouse had
her parents, Walter and Catherine, holiday-
ing from Tasmania. Also present were
Richard and Sheila Morton, from War-
randyte. Richard’s grandfather, James Mor-
ton, built the church in 1894; he also made
the eight pews still in use as a gift. That
family were lifelong friends of Joseph
Walker and his wife. Joseph donated the
block of land for the church.
The church did not receive the name Holy
Innocents until many years later when it
became exclusively Church of England. So
much history tied up in one small building.
Richard and Sheila Morton were pleased to
be in the congregation on January 29.
A pancake night on February 21, prior to
the joint parish council meeting, was a time
of fellowship and fundraising for Frontier
Contributor: Rae Billing
ABOVE: Outside Holy innocents after the
service, Rae Billing, George Francis, Richard
Morton and Sheila Morton.
THE Wonthaggi-Inverloch Interchurch
Council organised a combined church
service at the Inverloch Jazz Festival,
held on the Labour Day weekend in
March. Many people participated in wor-
ship in the Bass Coast Shire hall.
Nicky Chiswell led worship with hymns
such as Amazing Grace and How Great
Thou Art, with a distinct jazz flavor. She
spoke on Luke 18:15-17, on the impor-
tance of receiving the kingdom of God
like a little child. The service finished with
What a friend we have in Jesus. The of-
fering from the service will go to the Bass
Coast Pastoral Care Program.
The Wonthaggi/Inverloch Anglican
Church, led by Carol Hurst, Wendy
McBurnie and Margaret Hunter, also
catered at a venue for the Inverloch Jazz
Festival with delicious lunches and snacks
during the weekend. Many members of
the two congregations were able to listen
to a variety of different jazz musicians
while they worked.
Contributor: Jill Price
ABOVE: Carol Hurst, Reverend Anne Per-
ryman, Wendy McBurnie, Lance Perry-
man, Jill Price and Alan Price served
lunches at Inverloch Jazz Festival.
Food for all that jazz
18 Literary and Media Reviews April 2012
The Gippsland Anglican
A guidebook for ministry
Stott, J (2010) The Radical Disciple. InterVarsity
By Graeme MacRobb
JOHN Stott was recently recognised by Time magazine
as one of the most influential Christians of the past cen-
tury. The Radical Disciple is Stott’s last book, published
not long before he died last year. In it, he challenges mod-
ern day Christians to discover or re-discover the things
that make it possible for individual Christians to change
the world they live in; be it at home, at work, in their
church or in the wider community.
The title chosen by Dr Stott sums up the challenges pre-
sented by chapter. The word, disciple, when used prop-
erly and in a Christian context means ‘someone who has
chosen to travel with Christ to become like Christ’. That
definition, alone, should challenge us to start considering
the extent to which we are really his disciples or not.
Stott qualifies the word by linking it to the adjective ‘rad-
ical’. His explanation of the meaning of the word makes it
clear he is very radical indeed and we are called to be
‘radical disciples’ if we claim to truly follow Christ.
The book is built around eight key words: non-confor-
mity, christlikeness, maturity, creation care, simplicity,
balance, dependence and death. Stott uses each word to
introduce interesting biblical wisdom on eight character-
istics that should (or even must) be obvious in the Chris-
tian life.
There is already evidence the short, very readable and
challenging chapters have the ability to trigger off lively
discussion in small groups. Hopefully this will result in
many participants developing deeper Christian roots that
will change their life and change our church.
One reviewer described the book: “The Radical Disciple is
a short but heart-and-mind-filling read. One’s soul feels
fed at the end of reading this book! It feels nearly a priv-
ilege to hear words from a mature Christian who has had
such a ministry as Stott as he critiques the current Chris-
tian church and implores all Christians to live lives for
Christ and in Christ alone.”
Stott is concerned to see the development of a deep
piety among Christians, but his strong message is that to
be a genuine Christian piety it must be one lived out in
the world as well as in the safe harbor of the Church com-
In the first chapter, Non-conformity, the author states
clearly the parameters of the whole book: “The Church
has a double responsibility in relation to the world around
us. On one hand, we are to live in, serve and witness to
the world. On the other hand, we are to avoid becoming
contaminated by the world. So we are neither to seek to
preserve our holiness by escaping from the world or to
sacrifice our holiness by conforming to the world.”
What follows is the work of a master bridge-builder “re-
lating God’s never changing word to our ever-changing
world” (to quote Stott’s own words in I Believe in Preach-
ing). Every statement is rooted in Scripture and then ap-
plied to the realities of 21st century life, such as pluralism,
materialism, narcissism and the ecological crisis.
The fact that so much ground is covered in only 140
widely spaced pages is testimony to the author’s remark-
able lucidity and economy of style.
Although this is an easy to read book, many will find it an
uncomfortable book. Our common way of avoiding radical
discipleship is to be selective: choosing those areas in
which commitment suits us and staying away from those
areas in which it will be costly.
But, because Jesus is Lord, we have no right to pick and
choose the areas in which we will submit to his authority.
The Radical Disciple is available through Christian book-
sellers or online bookshops, as a paper book, as a talking
book on CD or in MP3, as an e-book or in Kindle format.
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piety and
can Church of (2006)
Ministry with the Sick
and Dying: Reconcilia-
tion of a Penitent; from
A Prayer Book for Aus-
tralia (1995); Mul-
grave: Broughton
By Jeanette Severs
THIS book contains the
three chapters taken from
A Prayer Book for Australia
focussed on ministry with a
sick person, a dying person
and a penitent person. It is
a book that could easily be
dropped into a pocket or a
handbag and kept close by
for use.
As the foreword states,
sickness is a reality of
human life and, while mod-
ern medicine has alleviated
much suffering and enabled
people to enjoy better
health, pastoral care is a
ministry of the gospel of
Christ, sustaining and re-
newing people. There is
also brief recognition of the
vulnerable and mutual rela-
tionship between those in
need and those who care
for them.
Ministry with the Sick
guides the priest or pastoral
carer through the passages
of scripture, whether before
a group of people or in con-
sultation with one person.
The prayers and readings
are included and there are
suggestions for other suit-
able readings. There is also
prayer for people with a se-
vere or terminal illness.
Ministry with the Dying
also includes prayers and
readings, with suggestion
for if the dying person is
moved to make a confes-
sion and if an annointing is
Reconciliation of a Penitent
is a guide for the priest
helping those who seek re-
pentance and forgiveness.
There are suggestions for
scripture and a warning
about respecting the pri-
vacy of the penitent.
This short book, published
by Broughton Publishing, is,
as already described, a
useful size for the priest to
keep nearby in case of crit-
ical encounters during daily
Available from Broughton
Publishing, www.e-
April 2012 Literary and Media Reviews 19
The Gippsland Anglican
By Fay Magee
WHAT use is hymn-singing
or congregational song?
Has singing in church be-
come an end in itself?
One of the significant writ-
ers on these matters is Erik
Routley whose main work
comes to us from the mid-
20th century. Routley was
an Englishman and a Con-
gregational minister.
He led and encouraged
those who were working on
the new hymns of his day
while also producing a sig-
nificant body of material
which traced the history of
the English hymn.
It is worth noting at this
point that congregational
song is essentially any ma-
terial intended for all the
people to sing in the con-
text of worship, whether we
call them ‘hymns’ or not.
Routley’s central idea
about congregational song
was that ‘hymn tunes are
the folk song of the Chris-
tian faith’. For a start, a
hymn text is now almost al-
ways associated with a par-
ticular tune; that tune may
vary in different groups but
each will fiercely defend
‘their tune’. That is a sign
of ownership which is an-
other feature of the folk
Much of our current think-
ing about singing in church
has resulted from signifi-
cant movements and
events in the 19th century.
Not least was the publica-
tion of Hymns Ancient and
Modern and what followed.
This collection caught the
wave of an increased inter-
est in and practice of com-
munity singing and an
emerging sense of what the
hymn is. These ideas have
been carried through in our
community practice and
memory, even in today’s
age when communal
singing beyond the church
is almost non-existent.
If you can find a copy of
Routley’s Christian Hymns
Observed (published in
1982) it will provide food
for thought.
history of song
Williams, R (2004) Silence and
Honey Cakes: the wisdom of the
desert. Oxford: Lion Publishing
plc. Hardback (2003). Electronic
book (2011).
By Barbara Logan
THE basis for Rowan Williams’ book Si-
lence and Honey Cakes was drawn from
talks he gave when he led the John Main
Seminar for The World Community for
Christian Meditation, in Sydney in 2001.
Perhaps that is partly the reason it is so
easily accessible, or as PD James from
the Church Times said, he makes ‘com-
plex thoughts comprehensible’.
In fact more than comprehensible, for
he writes in a very engaging and lively
In this book, Rowan Williams, the 104th
Archbishop of Canterbury and acclaimed
author, looks at the desert fathers and
mothers of the fourth and fifth centuries,
those who had withdrawn to the desert
to seek God.
At first it may seem unlikely they could
have anything to say to a modern, or
post-modern, world. Yet, drawing from
their stories and sayings and on the col-
lective wisdom of many others through-
out the centuries, Williams has found
much wisdom for our contemporary lives
and the modern search for spirituality.
You might wonder how withdrawing into
the desert could help us in the busyness
and crowding of community life, but a
saying from Antony the Great is very
much to the point, ‘our life and our death
is with our neighbour.’ In other words,
eternal truth and love does not happen
unless we mend our relationships with
others, so the book begins by looking at
‘Life, death and neighbours’.
Fleeing to the desert was not fleeing
from life but fleeing to it. Time spent
alone in a cell quickly brings to mind all
that we might wish to hide from or drown
in our ‘busyness’. The Abbas and Ammas
of the desert had some wonderful say-
ings, not only full of wisdom and encour-
agement but also with humor and, dare I
say it, even mischief.
Abba Poeman is confronted by a brother
who admits he has committed a great sin
and wants to do three years penance.
‘The old man said, ‘That’s a lot.’ The
brother said, ‘What about one year?’ The
old man said, ‘That’s still quite a lot.’
Some other people suggested forty days;
Poeman said, ‘That’s a lot too.’ And he
said, ‘What I think is that if someone re-
pents with all their heart and intends
never to commit the sin again, perhaps
God will be satisfied with only three
days.’ I can imagine Abba Poemen’s eyes
twinkling as he said it.
He must have been quite a character.
‘Some old men came to see Abba Poe-
man and said to him, ‘We see some of
the brothers falling asleep during divine
worship. Should we wake them up?’ He
said, ‘As for me, when I see a brother
who is falling asleep during the Office, I
lay his head on my knees and let him
This is a fairly short book, only 125
pages with four chapters and an intro-
duction by Laurence Freeman OSB, yet
within those few pages, Rowan Williams
manages to consider life and death and
neighbors, ethics, confronting our weak-
nesses and our strengths, sin and for-
giveness, conflict and much more.
An addition at the end of the book is the
inclusion of the question and answer ses-
sion held at the end of the seminar; it
gives a fascinating insight into Williams’
thought processes.
The wonderful thing about these wise
men and women of the desert is that
they never make you feel poorer in spirit
for standing beside them. They can laugh
at themselves as well as with us but
never at us. They leave us feeling en-
couraged on the journey, not defeated.
The book takes its title from a story cel-
ebrating diversity in our vocation and
service of God. I think it is well worth
quoting in full.
‘A certain brother came to see Brother
Arsenius at Scetis. He arrived at the
church and asked the clergy if he could
go and visit Abba Arsenius. ‘Have a bit to
eat,’ they said, ‘before you go to see
him.’ ‘No,’ he replied, ‘I shan’t eat any-
thing until I have met him.’ Arsenius’s
cell was a long way off, so they sent a
brother along with him. They knocked on
the door, went in and greeted the old
man, then sat down; nothing was said.
The brother from the church said, ‘I’ll
leave you now, pray for me.’ But the vis-
itor didn’t feel at ease with the old man
and said, ‘I’m coming with you.’ So off
they went together. Then the visitor said,
‘Will you take me to see Abba Moses, the
one who used to be a highwayman?’
When they arrived, Abba Moses wel-
comed them and enjoyed himself thor-
oughly with them until they left.
The brother who had escorted the visi-
tor said to him, ‘Well, I’ve taken you to
see the foreigner and the Egyptian;
which do you like better?’ ‘The Egyptian
(Moses) for me!’ he said. One of the fa-
thers overheard this and prayed to God,
saying, ‘Lord, explain this to me. For your
sake one of these men runs from human
company and for your sake the other re-
ceives them with open arms.’ Their two
large boats floating on the river were
shown to him. In one of them sat Abba
Arsenius and the Holy Spirit of God in
complete silence. And in the other boat
was Abba Moses, with the angels of God:
they were all eating honey cakes.
The ‘silence’ or ‘honey cakes’ are not
competing achievements, instead we are
reminded that to each their own journey
and to each their own calling and voca-
tion. Williams points out that a life of
faith is not the simplistic ‘listening to the
heart’ but the patient life-long discovery
of what God’s grace will do with us.
Rowan Williams has a wonderful ability
to follow through his thoughts and topics
taking at will anything that will help illu-
minate a point; even a scene from the
film Shakespeare in Love has something
to teach us.
He looks at the attitudes of our times,
the attitudes of the church and individu-
ality. How often we feel our service for
God must be big, noticeable and difficult
if it is to be worthwhile. Yet Rowan en-
courages us to learn from the ancient
wisdom; to slow down, to be gentler with
ourselves and each other and to be pa-
tient as we work and wait; like the
brother who found ‘by God’s help he went
on little by little, until he had indeed be-
come what he was meant to become.’ In
an ‘instant fix’ world that is wisdom, in-
This is a great book for reading cover to
cover or dipping into with a few minutes
to spare.
Williams’ book helps our
search for spirituality
Singing the gospel
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and our response to it.
A call to worship (There is One Reason) leads to pro-
claiming God’s greatness (Greater Than We Can Imagine,
Come Praise and Glorify). In view of God’s glory, we more
clearly see our sinfulness and need for mercy before his
holiness (Shine Into Our Night, Have Mercy on Me). We
then rejoice in the good news that God has forgiven us
and reconciled us to himself through the atoning sacrifice
of Jesus Christ (Now Why This Fear and Unbelief, Isaiah
53). A fresh awareness of God’s mercy in Christ makes us
grateful for his generosity and kindness in every way
(Generous King), which leads to eagerly asking for more
of his grace (When You Move). A desire to know God’s will
through his Word (Your Words of Life, Show us Christ) is
followed by expressions of commitment and communion
(All I Have is Christ, We Hunger and Thirst). Having re-
hearsed and celebrated the gospel and its effect in our
lives, we want to take this good news to the world (Lift
High the Cross). A final song reminds us that we leave re-
lying not on our own strength, but on the love of God, the
grace of Christ, and the power of the Spirit (As You Go).
The Gathering is available from Emu Music and Christian
20 Our Diocese - Pictorial April 2012
The Gippsland Anglican
ABOVE: Some of the Angli-
can Women of Australia
Gippsland group members
who have held executive
committee roles during the
years and were present at
the 50th anniversary cele-
brations of AWA, held on
March 6 in Sale.
MIDDLE left: At the AWA
celebrations and closure
were Glenda Edebohls
(Traralgon), Betty Luxford
(Stratford), Reverend
Peter and Alice Farrington.
Peter is a former priest in
Gippsland, serving in War-
ragul, Leongatha, Neerim
South and Stratford while
Alice was an AWA member.
LEFT: Beryl Brien, Joan
Lees and Jan McIntyre at
the AWA lunch held at St
Paul’s Cathedral in Sale.
Photos: Christine Morris
ABOVE: Dr Alexander Shaia presented a workshop and
three day retreat at the Abbey of St Barnabas at A’Beck-
ett Park. Attendees included Kate Campbell and Dean of
St Paul’s Cathedral, Sale, Reverend Dr Don Saines.
Photo: Edie Ashley
ABOVE: Linda Davies and Reverend Tony Wicking were at
the ecumenical World Day of Prayer service held at St
John’s Anglican Church in Bairnsdale.
LEFT: Lyn Johnson, Peggie Arthur and Annabel Gibson en-
joyed the fellowship after the World Day of Prayer service
in Bairnsdale.
BELOW: Margaret Down, Kathy Grabenweger and Lorraine
Wooding after the World Day of Prayer service held at St
John’s Bairnsdale.
Photos: Jeanette Severs
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