This past weekend saw synods in the metropolitan dioceses of Melbourne and Adelaide here in Australia. We’ve previously reported on the proposed motions there (Melbourne, Adelaide) to provide for blessings of same-sex marriages contracted by civil celebrants. As is becoming clear, these motions are part of a coordinated campaign across the whole country. In both […]
You have to have a fair degree of sympathy for Australian republicans at the moment. The narrative isn’t really going with them. Support for the royals in Australia doesn’t appear to be waning, even though it consistently lags a little behind those who want to see change. The breach in the walls of support that […]
There’s a little bit of (very cleverly manufactured) outrage over this new ad promoting organ donation. The concept is quite cute: the soldiers crucifying Jesus ask him whether he’d consider being a donor. It’s a little confrontational, as the soldier himself acknowledges… We get it, no-one wants to talk about death… So how should Christians […]
But it’s not really a lack of understanding. It’s a lack of empathy and an unwillingness to seek to understand. The Supreme Court were abundantly clear and not hard to understand at all:
There was another baker down the road who would gladly bake his cake.
The Diocese of Adelaide has published its papers [pdf] for their upcoming synod, 19-21 October 2018. Before getting to the contentious stuff davidould.net notes that this is by far the best branded synod we’ve seen so far. We love the use of those primary colours and the clear fonts. Readers may not be so happy with what’s in the […]
This last weekend saw synods in the dioceses of both Brisbane and Perth. Brisbane debated Dean Peter Catt’s motion to ask for blessings of same-sex marriages (as previously reported here). In what was as well-run debate, carefully moderated by Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, Catt’s motion was considered in an amended form that made what was at […]
Kevin and I discuss all the latest goings on in Australia.
The Anglican Diocese of North West Australia has just held it’s biennial synod at which the following motions were passed. Motion 2. The Anglican Church in Aotearoa and New Zealand Moved Revd Brian Fyffe, seconded Revd Frank Nicol. That, in view of the recent decision by the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia […]
Melbourne diocese’s upcoming synod has a motion seeking to ban all reparative therapy for people experiencing same-sex attraction; the so-called “gay conversion therapy”. Here’s the full text of the motion: 21 Conversion Therapy That Synod a) acknowledges that all people are made in the image of God, regardless of sexuality or gender identity b) endorses […]
In a move that can only be seen as open defiance against their diocesan bishop, the Primate of Australia Archbishop Philip Freier, liberals in Melbourne have put up a motion for their October synod seeking blessings of same-sex relationships. The wording of the motion is as follows: 10 Form of Blessing for Civil Marriages That […]