Stories from the popular 'Around Melbourne' section of The Melbourne Anglican.
|Free at last? The end of Christendom is nigh
We are living in a time when Christendom is coming to an end, an “extraordinary transition whose significance for Christian and non-Christian has yet to be understood”, according to American theologian Stanley Hauerwas.
Neglect of Spirit improverishes the faith: Dr Lee
The Church needs to recover “the true experience of Spirit as the central priority in its life if it is to be true to itself, its Lord and its vocation,” the late Irish Benedictine monk John Main wrote in Monastery without Walls.
What lessons can your parish learn from the Titanic?
‘Turning the Titanic: Serving the Parish with Fresh Focus’ was the title of an address Ken Morgan gave to the Eastern Region Clergy Conference. He considers what sank the Titanic and what this may say to the Church 100 years after the sinking.
Taking the lid off a violent can of worms
The Church must be at the forefront of a campaign to prevent violence against women, according to Dr Ree Boddé, who addressed all three regional clergy conferences on the topic last month. She spoke to Beryl Rule between conferences.
Enculturating the Gospel in the North and West
"... We kept praying and I was given the vision of establishing a community garden," said the rector of St Luke's Sydenham, Jeannie Wollard....Then the council read about our plans for a community garden they gave us a grant to enable it to happen.
New book 'exudes optimism'
Archbishop Philip Freier said a new book of interviews with 25 spiritual teachers by the Editor of TMA, Mr Roland Ashby, “exudes optimism in a humanity which is created in the image of God and which by grace is restored, redeemed and renewed”.
How does God's written Word work today?
Christian faith is grounded in the Word of God written – the scriptures – but sharp differences about how these words work are harming churches today, notably over gender issues, according to the Revd Dr Charles Sherlock.
Happy Sunday for Indonesian congregation
The traditional Indonesian Christian Sunday greeting “Happy Sunday!” when 33 adult members of the parish’s independent Indonesian congregation were formally received as members of the Anglican Church by Archbishop Freier.
Warning issued on social cohesion
Australia is standing “on the precipice of losing its sense of egalitarianism,” ACTU President Ged Kearney warned at the end of March.
RE in state schools prompts lively discussion at Trinity forum
We live in “a multi-cultural and multi-faith society; therefore multiple voices must be included in the debate,” Canon Dr Ray Cleary said in introducing a public forum, about the role of religious education in schools hosted by Trinity Theological School.
Diocese to celebrate 20 years of women priests
Twenty years ago this year, Melbourne Diocese’s first women priests were ordained. In three separate ordination services, 33 women were ordained in St Paul’s Cathedral during December 1992.
Faith messenger engaged with work in progress
Will Messenger was torn between his church and his work. He had worked as a systems engineer, salesman and consultant at famous companies such as IBM, Goldman Sachs and McKinsey but it was a world alien to those with whom he shared faith.
Immigrant Anglicans tell of challenges and hopes
A first-ever conference of 55 multicultural clergy and lay leaders of the Melbourne Diocese, representing 40 congregations who worship in 20 languages, was held on 11 February at St Michael’s North Carlton.
From depression to ministry of hope
When George Hemmings was in Year 11 his parents separated and the foundations of his world collapsed. He was at boarding school, and felt cut off and abandoned, becoming so deeply depressed he even thought of suicide.
God had the last word in this call to ministry
Brought up as an Anglican, Helen Dwyer had gone to church all her life. But after completing her Arts degree she went overseas, and when she came home things were different. She couldn’t find a church where she really felt she belonged.
Patriarchy a barrier for Asian church women
An Asian woman church leader says Christian women in that continent still face a “stained-glass ceiling” due to the patriarchal nature of many Asian cultures, as well as the churches.
Church-backed website on Rwandan genocide wins UN award
A website inspired by a Cranbourne parishioner, who worked in reconciliation and peace-building after the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and supported by the Melbourne Anglican Foundation has won a United Nations Media Peace Award.
Wrestling with angels and demons
It was the meeting of the former atheist who became a Christian, the former Roman Catholic who became a psychic and the man born a Jew who went to an Anglican school and became an atheist.
Bishop rebukes PM over broken pledge
It is a serious moral problem to make a promise and then wilfully break it, as Prime Minister Julia Gillard has done, Bishop Philip Huggins said last month.