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  • The Synoptic Qur’ans
  • Humanity
  • Tasmanian Anglican Articles – February 2014
  • Take up and read!
  • Jonah Lenten Study booklet
  • Memorial Service for Reza Berati

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A PRAYER FOR transformingLIFE

Transforming God,
as we meet together
fill us with your wisdom.
Give us the capacity
to work boldly
and with humility,
embracing the challenge of mission.

Use us to bring transforming life
to our Christian communities and
all Tasmanians

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Download the transformingLIFE document

Will the Imagine Project change your life?

Download the Diocesan Vision and Bishop's Action Plan document

CMS: This study is a gift

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While Andrew & Pam Lake visited over 24 parishes in the Diocese before heading to the posting in Damascus, Andrew had been busy on another project. He has released this short book called Christian Mission for Tasmanians. This is a very personal approach from Andrew on this important topic of Mission written for the Missionary Diocese of Tasmania. Andrew says of the book,

"My hope and prayer is that this study will help put mission front and centre of the church's agenda. I make no claim to infallibility and will have achieved my aim if this has helped start some fruitful conversations about mission."

We offer our thanks to Andrew, having served in the Diocese as an Archdeacon and Mission Support Officer. But now we offer our thanks for this impressive gift to the church in Tasmania.

Of particular interest to you, dear reader, is the freely available nature of this book. In fact, you can click here to read it right now. So is it free? Andrew explains in his Forward:

"This study is a gift to the Tasmanian church. It is freely available on the diocesan website but I invite you when you use it for personal or group study to make a donation of $10 per person to the Church Missionary Society of Tasmania."


A healthy church...transforming life

Bishop John's Christmas message

[sun 21.dec.2014 cmg]
The Christmas season is a ‘Thank you Season’. We thank God for coming to live among us.
The enormity of God’s love is overwhelming. I cannot begin to imagine such love: love so amazing, so divine, unmerited favour, amazing grace. How privileged to be so honoured by the Divine Lover, God Himself!
I do not know if God’s decision to come to earth as a baby was an easy or a difficult decision. What I do know, however, is that it was a very costly decision for God. Moreover, I know that I am grateful beyond words to God for this act of love.
It takes time and planning to say “Thank you” and so we, too, must plan and take time to thank God.
In my Christmas schedule, I have set aside time to thank God for coming into this messy world. I place “Thank you, God” time in my schedule.
Please join me in setting aside time this Christmas to thank God for the miracle of Divine Love in the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.

John Harrower

PS Also take time to say “Thank you” to one another.

2014 Refugee Week Launch

[sun 15.june.2014 cmg] Tasmania’s Anglican Bishop John Harrower, Alderman Damon Thomas, and the CEO of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania, Ms Anna Reynolds, launched 2014 Refugee Week today, by calling for Tasmania to be seriously considered by Canberra as an alternative to offshore processing. Click here for the full Media Release.

You can also find the diagram showing some of the key differences between the islands of Tasmania, Nauru and Manus here.

Manus spend or Tassie spend?

[thur 12.jun.2014 cmg] Anglican Bishop John Harrower and CEO of the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, Ms Misha Coleman will bring attention to the billions of dollars wasted on the Abbott Government’s offshore detention facilities when they meet with state and federal politicians in Tasmania this week. Click here to see the full Media Release.

A Forum to discuss alternatives to the current policy framework as part of the 2014 Refugee Week celebrations in Tasmania will be held today at St David’s Cathedral commencing at 5.30pm.

Diocesan Vision and Bishop's Action Plan

[wed 04.jun.2014 cmg] The Diocesan Vision and Bishop's Action Plan which was launched at Synod 2014 can be found here

3dm Workshop - Introducing core principals of Discipleship and Mission

[fri 30.may.2014 cmg] Barney's, with the support of the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania and 3dm Europe, are offering training opportunities on the core principles of Discipleship and Mission with a one day workshop to be held at Longford Baptist Church on Saturday 14 June. Further details and booking information can be found here.

This workshop is the first of a series of workshops and learning communities which we aim to roll out in Tasmania (and other parts of Australia) in the next couple of years, with various speakers and teachers from Australia and Europe. There will be more information on the ongoing journey at the end of this first workshop, but more information about learning communities can be found here and here.

Please forward this information to others you know who would be interested in being involved. Contact details for Barney's can be found here. We hope to see you on the 14th!

Bishop John's Presidential Address to Synod 2014

[fri 23.may.2014 cmg] Bishop John's 2014 Presidential Address, A VISION RENEWED: ahealthychurch...transforminglife can be found here

Bishop John's Easter Message

[thu 17.apr.2014 cmg] Bishop John's Easter message, The Victory of Hope, can be found on his blog: here

At Easter: 1000 Children in Detention!

[thu 17.apr.2014 cmg] Australia’s Anglican Archbishops express ‘profound disquiet’ about children held in detention this Easter. For more information please see Bishop John' blog: here

The "Gospel" That Almost Killed Me

The Gospel Coalition
[fri 28.mar.2014 rob] This article is a personal testimony of a man who finds his understanding of the gospel is corrupted. His journey is amazing. God's grace through it all is profound. However, he shares his testimony as a warning to the worldwide church.

Fast forward a year. I'm 19 and married now. We're struggling hard. I can't pay the rent or the electricity bill, and I just lost another job. My wife wasn't saved when we met. She gets saved during the course of our friendship, and somewhere in there, she starts listening to me and taking in all the "truth" I'm giving her. She does wonder, though, about the disconnect. When the ATM receipt says we're $40 in the hole, I rebuke myself, the ATM, and the receipt.
All I know, the only thing I know, is that I love Jesus. He saved me. I was destroying myself and anyone unfortunate enough to be caught in my gravitational pull. I was dying, and I was going to die twice. One night, on an empty road in the middle of nowhere, in a scene so strange it has to be true, Jesus saved me. He saved me from sin, death, and hell. I want to spend the rest of my life serving Jesus with all of me.

This is a very moving testimony, and a powerful reminder that the truth is the truth - and all others things will pass.

Click here to read the article by Sean DeMars on the Gospel Coalition website.

Administrative Circular 02/14

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[fri 28.mar.2014 rob] The Registrar has released an Administrative Circular for March, 2014. Find out the latest on...
  • Workplace Health and Safety / OH&S,
  • Synod and Pre-Synod meetings
  • and much more...

Click here to read or download the Administrative Circular.

From The Bishop's Desk 4.14

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[fri 28.mar.2014 rob] The latest From The Bishop's Desk from Bishop John.

Find out the latest on...

  • The Venerable John Tongue and Devonport,
  • a service of Recommitment to Ministry and Blessing of the Oils on Tuesday 15 April,
  • News on the Bishop's son,
  • and much more...

Click here to read or download FTBD 4.14 (26 March 2014)

Adopting a spirit of Adoption

Inspirational People website - Jesus All ABout Life (JAAL)
[tue 18.mar.2014 rob] Claire can Ryn recently posted a great article about adoption. She begins:

What do John Lennon, Moses, Faith Hill and my Aunt Jenny have in common? Nelson Mandela, Truman Capote, Sarah McLachlan, Steve Jobs, Edgar Allan Poe and Superman also share the commonality.

They were adopted.

Friday will mark one year since then Prime Minister Julia Gillard apologised for the scourge that was forced adoption. For the victims – the mothers, fathers, children, siblings and extended family affected by the practice of forced adoption carried out in Australia from the late 1950s to the 1970s – it was a landmark day. I hope that each anniversary brings deeper healing for these individuals, and that it opens our eyes to the ongoing issue of providing appropriate care for children.

Click here to continue reading the article

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Trusting science

Inspirational People website - Jesus All ABout Life (JAAL)
[tue 18.mar.2014 rob] Yesterday 'The Economist' released a video looking at the trust we put in science. As the blurb introducing the video says, "From peer reviews to replications, our correspondents discuss the evidence for thinking that an endeavour in which humanity places great trust may be fallible".

Click here to watch the Economist video.

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God at University

[tue 18.mar.2014 rob] Vince Vitale who teaches Philosophy at Oxford University. He questions the concept that 'God is dead' in academia and reflects on the current move of Christianity within academia. Here is the video:

Are you an academic? Do you have your own perspective? Are you neither scientist or academic and have an opinion? Click here to view our Facebook page where you can leave comments.

Media Release: Bishop Congratulates New Premier

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[sun 17.mar.2014 rob] Bishop John Harrower today extended his congratulations to Premier-Elect Will Hodgman.

"I have written to Mr Hodgman to extend my congratulations to him and the Liberal Party as they form the new Government in Tasmania.

"Tasmania is blessed by a robust democracy. It is a true blessing that our society can pass the reins of government power without acrimony or bloodshed.

"I acknowledge the contribution of the Premiers who have served in this past term of government, Lara Giddings and David Bartlett.

"We will pray for Mr Hodgman, just as we have prayed for Ms Giddings, for the wisdom and strength needed to lead this State; for the insight to avoid needless controversy; and the generosity to hear the voices of all, especially the weakest and most vulnerable in our midst."

Contact: Reverend Stephen Carnaby – 0417 343710

From The Bishop's Desk 3.14

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[sun 09.mar.2014 rob] Bishop John's latest FTBD is now available.

Find out the latest on...

  • Bishop John's new assistant,
  • the recent Ordination Retreat,
  • an Ordination service with a difference (a new Bishop's Chaplain and a Canon Emeritus),
  • a new Priest in Charge at Sorrell, Richmond & Tasman - congratulations Joel,
  • and much more...

Click here to read or download the latest FTBD.

Thoughtful cartoon: The Bible According to Augustine

[mon 03.mar.2014 rob] As we approach Lent, and reflect upon all God has done for us through our Lord Jesus Christ, here is something to reflect upon. (From

cartoon - God is not a la carte

Memorial Service for Reza Berati

Bishop John
[mon 03.mar.2014 rob]

At 4pm on Friday 28 February, 2014 a Memorial Service was held at St David’s Cathedral, Hobart for Reza Berati. Bishop John Harrower has posted the address he gave during the service.

Click here to see Bishop John's address.

Lenten Studies for 2014

Bishop John
[mon 03.mar.2014 rob]

Here are three Lenten Studies which I have been involved in either writing or adapting for study. If you do not have Lenten studies planned as yet, I encourage you to take a look at the 3 studies listed below. Perhaps one will tempt you to delve further into God's word and to grow in faith in the lead up to and during Lent 2014.


John Harrower

1. "I Am" Lenten studies
These studies from the Gospel of John cut to the heart of who Jesus claims to be and the pastoral comforts that these great truths bring to our lives.

2. "Jonah" Lenten studies
Bishop John wrote, "Why do I like the story line [of the book of Jonah]? Well, Jonah is soooo ridiculous (reminds me of me!), God is soooo compassionate, the fish is soooo BIG, the fishermen call on God when Jonah won't, the Ninevite baddies repent, the bush and the worm, and the worm of a man/disciple - I love it! My imagination runs riot! Just wonderful!"

  • Click here for an introduction by Bishop John
  • Click here to download this study
  • Click here for Bishop John's recent post about his Jonah Lenten studies.

3. "Jeremiah, Cry of Hope" Lenten studies
Bishop John's studies on "Jeremiah - Cry Of Hope"

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