Australian Church News

  • Church ‘climate champions’

    Tue 13, Mar 2018

    Anglican churches in Oceania will work together as “climate champions”, the Primates of the four provinces resolved at their second Fono (gathering) in Fiji from March 5 to 7.

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  • Oceania Anglican primates gather for first of pre-Lambeth Conference regional meetings

    Fri 02, Mar 2018

    Primates from the four Anglican provinces in the Oceania region gathering for their annual meeting in Fiji today will be joined by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Josiah Idowu-Fearon. The meeting is the first of several regional meetings of Primates being held over the next two years in the run-up to the Lambeth Conference in 2020.

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  • First woman archbishop

    Sat 10, Feb 2018

    Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy has been installed as the eighth Archbishop of Perth and Australia’s first female archbishop at a service in Perth on Saturday February 10.

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  • Two Assistant Bishops for Anglican Diocese of Newcastle Announced

    Mon 05, Feb 2018

    The Diocesan Council has concurred that the Venerable Canon Sonia Roulston to become the Assistant Bishop (Inland Episcopate) to exercise episcopal ministry in the Upper Hunter, Maitland and Paterson Deaneries as well as working closely with the Diocesan Ministry Council and that the Venerable Charlie Murry to become the Assistant Bishop (Coastal Episcopate) to exercise episcopal ministry in the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie and Manning Deaneries as well as working closely with the Newcastle Anglican Church Corporation Board.

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  • Blake leads Anglican awards

    Thu 01, Feb 2018

    Garth Blake SC, a key figure in developing safe ministry policies for the Anglican Church of Australia, has been made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2018 Australia Day honours. Mr Blake has chaired the Professional Standards Commission since 2005 and chaired the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Working Group, since 2012.

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  • Lent Resources: Anglican Board of Mission invites you to “Hear the Stories”

    Thu 01, Feb 2018

    The SDGs were agreed in September 2015 by members of the UN as a follow-on to the Millennium Development Goals. 

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  • Bishop launches tv commercial in support of exiled South Sudanese school students

    Wed 31, Jan 2018

    The Assistant Bishop of Melbourne has produced a television commercial urging people to give South Sudanese exiles a “safe start” to the school year.

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  • Anglicans appreciate Royal Commission

    Fri 15, Dec 2017

    Statement by the head of the Anglican Church of Australia, Melbourne Archbishop Dr Philip Freier - The Anglican Church of Australia deeply appreciates the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which presents its final report to Federal Parliament today.  The commissioners and their staff have been diligent for five years, delving into matters that must have been distressing for commissioners and staff as well as survivors.

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  • Bendigo’s new Anglican bishop named as Dr Matt Brain, from the Canberra-Goulburn diocese

    Fri 08, Dec 2017

    Bendigo’s future Anglican bishop has been revealed.  The Right Reverend Dr Matt Brain, an assistant bishop for the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, will be officially installed in his new position next February.

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  • Newcastle diocesan flaws allowed perpetrators to operate for more than 30 years: Royal Commission

    Thu 07, Dec 2017

    The Royal Commission report said Bishop Greg Thompson's experiences as leader of Newcastle's Anglicans from 2014 until this year demonstrated how important a healthy, educated community dialogue on child sexual abuse matters was to an institution's broader response to child sexual abuse.

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  • Resignation of Bishop Stuart Robinson

    Mon 04, Dec 2017

    Stuart Robinson, the Bishop of the Canberra-Goulburn Anglican diocese, has announced his resignation from the position, effective 31 March 2018.  Robinson, 58 — the diocese’s tenth bishop since 1863 — was elected November 2nd,  2008, following 20 years as a priest in the Sydney diocese and a three-year secondment to the Anglican Diocese in Europe. He served in Belgium.

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  • Bishop Peter Stuart elected Bishop of Newcastle

    Tue 28, Nov 2017

    The Hunter could have its first female Anglican assistant bishop in 2018 after the newly-elected Bishop of Newcastle, Peter Stuart, confirmed his “passionate support” for women in ministry.

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  • Archbishop laments passage of assisted dying bill, urges emphasis on palliative care

    Fri 24, Nov 2017

    Dr Freier says the legislation is 'dangerous and disturbing', while acknowledging its advocates have sincere motives.

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  • Anglican commission begins work to develop global safeguarding procedures

    Wed 15, Nov 2017

    An international commission established to make the Churches of the Anglican Communion safe places for children, young people and vulnerable adults has begun its work.

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  • Grafton bishop resigns

    Mon 06, Nov 2017

    The Anglican Bishop of Grafton, the Right Reverend Dr Sarah Macneil, has resigned, effective from March 3 next year. She announced her decision in a pastoral letter to her diocese, saying she had hoped to remain until 2020, when she turned 65, but questions of health had forced an early departure.

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  • Primates discuss evangelism

    Thu 05, Oct 2017

    A discussion about evangelism and discipleship strategies among the leaders of the Anglican Communion’s 39 independent provinces was so lively, it continued through the lunch break, the Archbishop of South East Asia said after the session on Wednesday, the Anglican Communion News Service reports.

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  • Lament, law-making, resolution and prayer on child abuse dominate General Synod

    Wed 20, Sep 2017

    The Anglican Church's national parliament faces up to the Church's failures and seeks a just way forward

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  • Government, Church need to get serious about climate: Synod

    Tue 12, Sep 2017

    The Federal Government should act with a “deepened sense of urgency” over its commitment to the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, according to a motion passed by the Anglican Church’s General Synod last week.

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  • Anglican Church offers formal apology to victims of domestic violence

    Thu 07, Sep 2017

    The Anglican Church of Australia has for the first time apologised to victims of domestic violence — many of whom, it says, have been let down by Church leaders and teachings — and pledged to undertake independent research into the nature and extent of family violence in Anglican communities.

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  • Church ready for redress

    Wed 06, Sep 2017

    The Anglican Church of Australia will set up an independent company to handle complaints and compensation to victims of sex abuse, enabling the church to join the Commonwealth redress scheme when it is announced.

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