St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Brisbane has ended an extensive engagement with the city’s “Pride” festival with their annual “Pride Evensong”. The event, typically attracting a congregation of around 40, included a sermon by Rev. Steve McMahon of St Paul’s Ipswich. In his sermon for St Michael and All Angels, entitled “Why is celebrating Pride […]
The Appellate Tribunal of the Anglican Church of Australia has today issued an opinion on a series of questions put to it by the Diocese of Newcastle about the Diocese of Sydney‘s Affiliated Churches Ordinance [pdf]. The Ordinance allows for non-Anglican churches to affiliate with the Diocese of Sydney and so obtain a number of administrative and […]
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 Diocese of Brisbane’s 2018 Synod will be held 5-7 October and their business paper [pdf] has been published. Of particular interest is motion 15. 15. Civil Marriage & Blessings The Very Rev’d Peter Catt to move; tba seconding: “That this Synod: notes that it has previously supported and encouraged the Social Responsibilities Committee in the […]
Brisbane Priest Jo Inkpin’s decision to publicise a transgender transition raises important questions of consistency for the Anglican Church. The facts are pretty clear. Inkpin announced the transition in a blog post in July 2017. Outside of work, I have been increasingly living as a female and confiding in family and close friends. I am […]
In stark contrast to the national General Synod held earlier this month in Maroochydore, the synod of the diocese of Brisbane (“Southern Queensland”) has refused to uphold the biblical doctrine of marriage. The original motion (#5 on the business paper [pdf]) was a very simple: “That in the view of the impending plebiscite regarding possible significant […]
The ArchDiocese of Brisbane (officially “Anglican Church Southern Queensland) synod is being held this weekend. The business paper’s motions [pdf] are top heavy with the theme du jour… Also of interest is this motion down the paper, The Rev’d Mark Calder to move; seconding; Appointment of Priests“That this Synod in the light of No. 8 of the […]