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From the Bishop

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

  • Australian aid & character under threat
  • Assisted suicide Drs: friends or enemies?
  • Climate change & Communion of saints
  • Bishop of Egypt - Information & Prayer
  • Model: "Losing my soul"
  • 'Thank God 4 New Atheism'
  • Egypt, Islamic radicals: Cns worried

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

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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.

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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: 2011 February

Media Release: Public Forums on Ethics and Climate Change

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[thu 24/02/2011 rob] The Diocesan office has issued a media release: "Public Forums on Ethics and Climate Change". From the media release:

"The Anglican Church is hosting two public addresses on Climate Change and Ethics this Friday 25 February in Hobart.

Dr Michael Northcott, a Professor of Ethics from Edinburgh University, will give two addresses open to the public. Dr Northcott, will speak at the Friday Forum in St David’s Cathedral at 1pm on Friday 25 February, and again at St George’s Battery Point that evening, commencing at 7.30 pm."

Click here to read the media release.

Urgent prayer for New Zealand

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[tue 22/02/2011 rob]

Please pray for New Zealand in the wake of the earthquake this afternoon.

A large 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck Christchurch, five months after the city was badly damaged by a 7.1 magnitude quake:

* For our brothers and sisters in Christ: That they might be a great witness for Jesus in this time of disaster. May God strengthen them and protect them.
* For those who have lost loved ones: May they be comforted.
* For the nations leaders: That they will act wisely and make good decisions that benefit the nation.
May God be with them.

Updates from the Diocesan Office

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[tue 22/02/2011 rob]

The latest From The Bishop’s Desk (04.11 / 22.02.2011) is now available.
Click here to read the latest!

Missionaries: Were they cultural imperialists? Why didn't they do more for indigenous Australians?

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[sun 20feb2011 rob] Revd Dr John Harris, a respected author on mission amongst indigenous Australians, is coming to Hobart this week to speak on:

Missionaries: Were they cultural imperialists? Why didn't they do more for indigenous Australians?

Given his vast knowledge of this issue it promises to be a fascinating meeting. The meeting will be:

on 7:30pm, Wednesday 23rd February
at Wellspring, cnr Lord and Grosvenor Sts, Sandy Bay.

For further information: David Boyd, CMS Tasmania.

Updates from the Diocesan Office

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[sun 20feb2011 rob]

The latest Administrative Circular from the Registrar’s office (01/11 / Feb 2011). Click here to read the latest! The news includes:

  • Synod 2011 dates.
  • Parish Insurance in 2011.

Egypt’s President has resigned: Now what?

...Praying for Egypt

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[sat 12feb2011 rob] With the President of Egypt resigning, what does the future hold for Egypt. How do we pray for her? What of Egyptian Christians (called Copts)? Will the pressure that was on them prior to the uprising continue?

Not everyone agrees on the situation, and so reflecting on a number of articles may be most helpful. ChristianityToday has released a number of articles providing a broad variety of understandings of the situation in Egypt.

May this allow us to pray with wisdom and ask our Father in Heaven to protect our brothers and sisters in Egypt. May it lead us to pray for the name of Jesus to enter the hearts of a largely Muslim population.
(Click on the title of the articles below to read them in full on the ChristianityToday website)

1. Egypt’s Christians After Mubarak: They were protesting a church attack when the Tahrir Square demonstrations began. Political change likely won't undo deep tensions with Muslims. (11.feb.2011)

2. The Muslim Brotherhood and the Gospel of Christ: Why Egypt’s Christians might actually be safer if the Muslim Brotherhood were a part of the ruling government. (11.feb.2011)

3. Egyptian Christians Reflect on Moment in History: Born and baptized in blood, the Church in Egypt is hardly a newcomer to hardship, notes Egypt’s Anglican bishop. (11.feb.2011)

4. Egyptian Christians Join Calls for Reform: Protests enter second week as Mubarak resists ouster. (4.feb.2011)

Some old blog posts on Egypt from Bishop John:
Click here to read Bishop John’s post, 'Bishop of Egypt: Information & Prayer' (3/2/2011).
Click here to read Bishop John’s post, 'Egypt, Islamic radicals: Cns worried' (31.jan.2011)

Updates from the Diocesan Office

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[thu 10feb2011 rob] The latest From The Bishop’s Desk from Bishop John was released today (FTBD 03.11). The news includes:
  • Bishop John is heading off on long service leave, and during his leave Bishop Chris Jones will be handling Bishop John’s day to day responsibilities.
  • Also, news of Bishop John’s time in Kingston and Paul Cavanough’s recent visit to Burnie.

Click here to read the latest!

Important and helpful reading

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[fri 04feb2011 rob] Superb! Bishop John’s blog is a treasure-trove of valuable information and articles today. Yesterday, Bishop John added two new articles both of high value. Here is a brief run-down to encourage you to take a look for yourself:

With the bitterness of the turmoil in Egypt, the The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis (who is Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa President Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East) has written to encourage us in supporting them in their time of need. To read the letter, click here.

Bishop John connects us with the personal story of a New York model who came to realise how her modeling career was damaging her, "and turning her life to encouraging healthy lifestyles. Her story illustrates the difficulty of Christians maintaining their faith in the modeling industry and also comments on young women and the pressures they experience to participate in unhealthy lifestyles." Click here to read the article.

Click here to visit Bishop John’s blog.

Climate Change and the Communion of Saints

[fri 04feb2011 rob] A public lecture will be held at 7:30pm on Friday 25th February at St. George’s Battery Point featuring the Revd Professor Michael Northcott. Mr Northcott is a Professor of Ethics at the Divinity School at the University of Edinburgh.

Revd Prof Northcott

"Professor Northcott’s research focuses on the interface between theological ethics and the human and natural sciences, the ethics of technology and work, the theological and ethical implications of humanly caused species extinction, the ethics and politics of anthropogenic climate change , and the ethics of political economy."

For more information on his itinerary visit the Ethos Australia website at

Click here to read Bishop John’s post on his blog.

Far North Queensland: Cyclone Yasi

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[wed 02feb2011 rob] It is feared that cyclone Yasi will be the most devastating cyclone ever to have hit Australia. Here is an update from mainstream media on the situation in Far North Queensland as at 5pm today:
  • Click here for the Brisbane Times report on the situation.
  • Click here for The Age report (with additional video).
  • Click here for The Mercury report (with additional video).

Please join with me in handing this terrible situation over to our Heavenly Father and come before him in prayer. Let us commit the lives and well being of the people of Far North Queensland into the hands of the creator and sustainer of all things. May he bring protection and may he bring support to those who are in need and those who cry out to him.

From the Bishop’s blog

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[wed 02feb2011 rob] There have been a few posts on Bishop John’s blog which have caught my eye recently:

'Thank God 4 New Atheism': Apparently, "Alister McGrath is publishing a series of posts on the New Atheism on the ABC website - one every two weeks." To read more, click here for the article on Bishop John’s blog.

Egypt, Islamic radicals: Cns worried: An update on the situation in Egypt from a religious perspective. From the blog, "Excellent responses by Bishop Suriel, from the Coptic Orthodox Church in Melbourne in speaking with AM’s Timothy McDonald. The Bishop responds on behalf of all the people of Egypt, not just the Christians." Click here to read Bishop John’s blog post with an extract from the interview on the ABC’s AM program.

Updates from the Diocesan Office

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[wed 02feb2011 rob] The latest Safe Church Communities newsletter was released yesterday.

Click here to read the January 2011 edition.

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AnglicanTas frontpage editor: Rob Stanley