Australian Church News

  • Bishops write to Premier

    Mon 31, Jul 2017

    Seven bishops based in Melbourne have written to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews asking him to reconsider plans to legalise euthanasia. Here is the letter, which was published as an advertisement in the Herald-Sun on 31 July 2017.

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  • Bishop Alison Taylor to retire

    Thu 20, Jul 2017

    Bishop Taylor will return to Melbourne, where she was a vicar and archdeacon, and begin doctoral research in 2018.

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  • Welcoming the Stranger: World Refugee Week

    Wed 12, Jul 2017

    This year during World Refugee Week, the Anglican Alliance has joined other Christian bodies to make a common statement on respecting the dignity and rights of refugees.

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  • Primate regrets Australian bishops' participation in US consecration

    Mon 03, Jul 2017

    Two Australian bishops reject Dr Freier's advice and join consecration of a bishop outside the Anglican Communion Australia’s Anglican Primate, Archbishop Philip Freier of Melbourne, has expressed regret at the decision of two Australian bishops to participate in the consecration of a bishop for the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), which is not in communion with the Australian church or the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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  • 2016 Census Data – No religion rising fast

    Thu 29, Jun 2017

    The results of the latest national Census reveal we’re a religiously diverse nation, with Christianity remaining the most common religion (52 per cent of the population).  Islam (2.6 per cent) and Buddhism (2.4 per cent) were the next most common religions reported. Nearly a third of Australians (30 per cent) reported in the Census that they had no religion in 2016. The number of Australians identifying as Anglican has dropped to 13.3 per cent from 17.1 percent in 2011.  A comparative report on the number of Anglicans reported in the Census since 1962 has been collated by Colin Reilly of the Diocese of Melbourne.  See here.

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  • Two Anglican Agencies join Australian Government’s humanitarian response

    Mon 19, Jun 2017

    The Anglican Board of Mission and Anglican Overseas Aid have been selected to join the Australian Humanitarian Partnership, set up by the Australian government, with the aim of responding rapidly to global crises. The partnership has a particular focus on Pacific preparedness and resilience work.

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  • Bishop Kay Goldsworthy recognised in Order of Australia Awards

    Thu 15, Jun 2017

    BISHOP Kay Goldsworthy has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours List

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  • Australian to Chair Anglican Communion's Safe Church Ministry Commission

    Thu 08, Jun 2017

    Mr Garth Blake SC has been appointed Chair of the Anglican Communion’s Safe Ministry Commission. Mr Blake is the Chair of the General Synod’s Professional Standards Commission and the Royal Commission Working Group. He has been a long contributor to safe ministry policy development in Australia and internationally.

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  • Government compassion praised

    Fri 02, Jun 2017

    The Anglican Primate of Australia, Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier, has thanked the Federal Government for deciding to review a deportation order against 80 Coptic Christians because they face systemic violence and persecution in Egypt.

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  • Primate’s Pentecost Message

    Thu 01, Jun 2017

    Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier, has invited Christians to "come and hear the wonders of God" in his 2017 Pentecost message.

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  • Ecumenical body condemns latest shaming and punishment of asylum seekers

    Tue 23, May 2017

    'Fake refugees' claim unjust and unbecoming of a government minister, says churches' group

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  • A service of praise and thanksgiving for the Episcopal Ministry of Bishop Greg Thompson

    Sun 21, May 2017

    On Sunday May 21 2017, a full Cathedral congregation celebrated and thanked Bishop Greg for his leadership as he laid up his pastoral staff.

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  • Death of Bishop Saibo Mabo

    Mon 15, May 2017

    Bishop Mabo was the National Torres Strait Islander Bishop between 2002 – 2015

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  • Women Bishops speak out on gender justice

    Tue 02, May 2017

    The seven female bishops of the Provinces of the Anglican Church Australia and of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia have used their first ever meeting to speak out “for the well-being of girls and women across the Anglican Communion.” The Bishops have served in the Anglican Episcopate for various lengths of time ranging from less than 2 years to more than 23 years.

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  • Archbishop of Adelaide installed

    Fri 28, Apr 2017

    Bishop Geoff Smith was installed as the 10th Bishop and 5th Archbishop of Adelaide and Metropolitan of South Australia during a special service at St Peter's Cathedral on the night of Friday 28 April 2017.

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  • Royal Commission Primate's Statement

    Fri 17, Mar 2017

    Statement by Archbishop Philip Freier, Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia and Archbishop of Melbourne

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