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From the Bishop

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Bishop John's blog. Here are some recent posts...

  • The New Emily Student Centre
  • Euthanasia push in Australia
  • Bionic ear inventor honoured
  • Cathedral renovation: transforming life
  • Finals Fever in the office
  • General Synod Round up
  • Resisting the duty to die

From the Bishop's Desk is the bishop's regular email newsletter. Click here to see his recent newsletters or to join the mail list.

Bishop John's recent publications, Addresses, letters, reflections, messages: click here.


Bible Study & Preaching Material

Stressed out with no time to write bible studies? Try ‘Growing Disciples of Jesus’, our new Lectionary-based study outlines for home and church-based study groups and personal study; will also help preachers. To have a look, click here.

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Preaching Resources

This resource is provided to help guide, encourage and resource the preachers in our diocese, be they new or experienced. It’s new and evolving, so we recommend that you drop in from time to time.


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.
Amen

Download the transformingLIFE document

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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."


Archive of Home Page: 2010 September


Administrative Circular

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[wed 29.sep.10 rob] The latest Administrative Circular from the Registrar's office has been released.

Click here to read Administrative Circular 09/2010.




Euthanasia: Physician Assisted Suicide

[fri 24.sep.10 rob] The topic of Euthanasia is again heating up with our newly appointed Prime Minister stepping into the debate.

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EUREKA STREET.com.au recently published an edited version of Resisting the duty to die, by John Kleinsman, Director of The Nathaniel Centre, the New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. (Bishop John)

"The debate about euthanasia, or more accurately ‘physician assisted suicide’ — let’s not dress it up by using soft language like ‘death with dignity’ — has reared its head again." (Bishop John quoting Kleinsman)

Over on Bishop John's blog, he tells us that he has been reading Kleinsman's edited article on Eureka Street.com and makes his own comments. Bishop John also takes note of the recent article in The Age newspaper reflecting current political media commentary.

Click here to read Bishop John's blog post.




Caring for ex-offenders workshop

[fri 24.09.10 rob] The Way Christian Church are holding a Caring for Ex-Offenders Workshop on Saturday 6th November. The presenters will be Rev. John Clark, CFEO National Coordinator, Debbie Schaefer and Nora Drosdoff who lead the Edge Church's Women's Prison Ministry Team in Sth. Australia and testimonies from ex-offenders. This will be an opportunity to -

  • equip Churches and Christians in caring for ex-offenders
  • minister with broken people inside and outside prison
  • helping those with drug and alcohol addictions

Sponsoring Organisations: Alpha Australia, The Way Christian Church, Edge Church Women's Prison Ministry (Sth. Aust.)
Date: Saturday 6th November 2010, 9.00 am for 9.30 am start, 4.00 pm finish
Cost: $20 per person (inc. lunch, refreshments & delegate notes)
For further information, contact The Way Christian Centre on 03 6224 0259.




General Synod 2010

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[thu 23.09.10 rob] Bishop John has been blogging about our Anglican General Synod 2010.

Click here to trundle off to the Bishop's blog and read more.




From The Bishop's Desk 24.10

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[thu 23.09.10 rob] From The Bishop's Desk 24.10 for 23rd September, 2010 is now available.

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Ad Clerums

[wed 22.09.10 rob] A number of Ad Clerums have recently been released:

Tasmanian Anglican Seal
  • Click here for Ad Clerum 05/10 Bishop's Diary 2011
  • Click here for Ad Clerum 06/10 Confirmation Adapation for Candidates baptised as adults
  • Click here for Ad Clerum 07/10 Safe Church Communities
  • Click here for Ad Clerum 08/10 Revd Chris Archer
  • Click here for Ad Clerum 09/10 Revd Chris Archer's funeral & thanksgiving service



From The Bishop's Desk

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[wed 22.09.10 rob] From The Bishop's Desk 23.10 for 17th September, 2010 is now available. It includes the announcement of "the appointment by the Diocesan Council of ANNETTE SIMS to replace Anne Foot as Director of Professional Standards (DPS)".

Click here to read the latest news from the Bishop's Desk.




Diocesan Preaching Page

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[wed 22.sep.2010 rob] Earlier this month David Roger-Smith gave us a new addition to our Diocesan Preaching library. This new topic looks at the great importance of applying our preaching.

Click here to read this new addition to our Diocesan preaching library.

I particularly liked David's introduction:

We need both loves:

We love God’s word by faithfully explaining it AND
we love God’s people by thoughtfully applying it.


Definitely worth reading!



2010 Tasmanian Bible Forums (TBFs)

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[wed 22.sep.2010 rob] This year’s TBFs are all held in October and once again in three different regions of the Diocese. These are a Diocesan initiative and seek to be a strong encouragement to faith and ministry. They also form part of the Diocese’s Certificate in Theology & Ministry program. The day features three interactive sessions led by a gifted and experienced Bible teacher, morning tea/lunch and fellowship with Anglicans from around the Diocese; all for just $15.

St Paul’s Anglican Church, St Helens, Saturday 2 October, 10.00am-3.00pm.
Three interactive Bible talks/workshops led by Revd Gary Nelson (Director of External Studies, Moore College) – Understanding and applying the book of Isaiah.

Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Ulverstone, Saturday 9 October, 10.00am-3.00pm.
Three interactive Bible talks/workshops by Revd Gary Nelson (Director of External Studies, Moore College) – Understanding and applying the book of Isaiah.

St George’s Anglican Church, Sorell, Saturday 30th October, 10.00am-3.00pm.
Revd Bill Stewart and Revd Jill McCoy in conversation on ‘Signs of the Kingdom of God in John’s Gospel.’




More on the burning of a Koran

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[tue 14.sep.2010 rob] An update to Monday's post about burning a Koran. A Queensland man has burnt a Koran and placed the video on YouTube. What will people do for 15 minutes of fame (or, what people will do to lose their job)?

Click here to look at a number of Bishop John's recent posts on this issue.




Church of England attendance no longer in decline in the UK

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[mon 13.sep.2010 rob] The Daily Telegraph from the UK is reporting (10.sep.2010) that recent figures compiled by Christian Research show Church of England attendance in the UK is no longer in decline.

Click here to go to 'EV News' for more information.




Furore over the burning of a Koran

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[mon 13.sep.2010 rob] The has been a lot of talk about an American church pastor planning to burn a Muslim Koran.

On Bishop John's blog you can read a number of articles he has written on the subject. Bishop John is well known for his understanding of the Islamic faith, which makes his informed opinion worth reading on the topic and his ability to point us to trustworthy resources.

Click here to look at a number of Bishop John's posts on this important issue.




From The Bishop's Desk

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[wed 08.09.10 rob] From The Bishop's Desk 22.10 for 2nd September, 2010 is now available.

Click here to read.




What's going on with youth in our Diocese?

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[wed 08.09.10 rob] Are you interested in a website that can tell you what's happening with some of the young people in our diocese! James Veltmeyer is the youth minister at Bellerive Anglican, and his blog has regular updates about the youth ministry at Bellerive and their new evening service. Here are a few examples:


  • August 9, re|fresh - a reflection on the Diocese's Southern Tasmania youth gathering for August. Click here to read.
  • August 16, prayer - a reflection on the new evening service at Bellerive, and open prayer in a church service. Click here to read.
  • August 30, meal after the service - the new evening service at Bellerive and having a meal after the service. A wonderful thougt provoking post about meals and the church of Jesus. Click here to read.

Click here to have a look at James' blog. We will come back soon to see the latest from the new evening service and what is happening with youth in this Southern part of Tasmania.




The Bishop at St.Michael's Collegiate

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[wed 08.09.10 rob] Bishop John has been visiting at Collegiate School. He has posted a little about his visit on his blog.

Click here to have a look at the Bishop's blog post.