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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
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Will the Imagine Project change your life?
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."
It is great to see Tasmania’s Anglican Schools having a voice when it comes to the way technology impacts the education of our children.
You can read the article in The Age by clicking here.
Bell’s new book, 'Love Wins' has just been released and the video below is an interview with him on MSNBC. Being interviewed on MSNBC is not surprising in itself, what is surprising is that Bell seems under pressure on the question of whether his beliefs are Christian or not. Rob Bell is the name behind the NOOMA video series.
You can view the YouTube video by clicking here.
On Luke Isham’s blog, 'Post-Apocalyptic Theology', Revd Isham engages with the concerns about Bell being a universalist. Revd Isham says,
Click here to read Revd Luke Isham’s blog post.
Also, if you are thinking about the topic of universalism, here is some help from the Diocese’s Imagine Project website. Three sermons on 'Heaven, Hell and In Between'. From the website:
Click here to go to the Imagine Project website to read more.
Revd Briggs comments, "I was off-deck when the Appellate Tribunal brought its 2010 response to the Synod of Sydney’s resolution accepting legal argument for non-presbyteral administration. I wondered at the time what Sydney’s response would be. The synodical outcome is old news now. But now we have easy access to the booklet that outlines the basis for it."
Click here to read more of the Bishop’s adventure.
Saturday 26th March, 7:30pm
At St. Thomas' Howrah
3 Lorne Crescent, Howrah.
Admission by ticket: $15 per person (wine and cheese included). Purchase your tickets now from: Dennis Quinn, Helen Phillips or Ray Phillips. All proceeds to BCA.
Click here to download an advertising brochure.
Of note in the Administrative Circular are pre-synod meetings:
South (Battery Point)
St George’s Battery Point
Tuesday 10 May, 7.30pm
St John’s Launceston
Thursday 12 May, 7pm
St George’s Burnie
Wednesday 11 May, 7pm
St Mary’s Cathedral (Roman Catholic)
Harrington Street, Hobart
Click here to read the media release.
Click here to read James' blog post. (jamesanita.blogspot.com)
"LITTLE Joey Ponsonby-Glover got a chocolate Easter bunny with a difference yesterday through the kindness of a Kingston breeder. Joey’s mother Anne Ponsonby saw an advert for rabbit adoption through a Cerebral Palsy Tasmania newsletter, and was put in touch with giant English rabbit breeder Gayelene Harrower."
The Diocesan Online Preaching Resource is provided to help guide, encourage and resource the preachers in our diocese, be they new or experienced. As with many good resources of this type, it is evolving, so we recommend that you drop in from time to time. Click here for the main index page of the Diocesan Online Preaching Resource.
As always, our thanks to David for this very useful resource.
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"Senator Guy Barnett of Tasmania continues to argue for the freedom to gift the Bible at Citizenship ceremonies..."
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[fri 04.mar.2011 rob] We have received the following from Archbishop Aspinall and commend it to you:
whose love for us is greater even than death,
we pray for the people of Christchurch devastated by the earthquake:
comfort all who grieve for loved ones lost;
strengthen those who face the ruin of homes, memories and livelihoods;
encourage the police, defence force, search and rescue teams
and church workers and all who bring relief and assistance.
Give us compassionate and generous hearts towards all who are in need.
As they face their uncertainty and grief
may they know the assurance of your presence with them
and the hope of new life to come.
We ask this through Jesus Christ
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
In addition to prayer support, I hope that we will respond generously to the New Zealand Bishops' Emergency Appeal organized by the Diocese of Wellington. Donations to the appeal can be made in the following ways:
Please make cheques out to 'Bishops Appeal'
or 'Bishops CHCH Appeal'
Bishops' Emergency Appeal
PO Box 12046,
By Internet Banking:
Name of Account: Anglican Diocese of Wellington
Bank and branch: ANZ Bank,
North End Branch, Wellington
Bank No: 01 0535 0089638-28
Payee Particulars: 'CHCH APPEAL' or 'BISHOPS CHCH APPEAL'
Further information and instructions for obtaining tax receipts can be found by clicking here.
Click here to read From The Bishop’s Desk for March 4 (FTBD 5/11)
[thu 03.mar.2011 rob] Paul Russell, founder and director of the national network HOPE: Preventing Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, will speak in Hobart on
"Say No To Euthanasia"
Tuesday 8th March
The Church of Christ, 4-8 Goulburn Street, Hobart
Paul has campaigned against numerous euthanasia bills in his home state of south Australia over more than a decade. The HOPE network has been credited with making the essential difference in the defeat of SA’s most recent euthanasia bill in November last year. You are invited to come along and hear about the SA success and how HOPE can help concerned Tasmanians work to defeat any upcoming legislation. Visit the HOPE website at www.noeuthanasia.org.au
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AnglicanTas frontpage editor: Rob Stanley