Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 19 September 2021-No 124
- Father Jobby and his family will be moving into the vicarage on September 20th. Please continue to keep Fr Jobby, Halish, Athira and Ann in your prayers over the next few days.
- Thank you to those who were involved in the set up and delivery of the live streaming of Sunday service. Your efforts meant that the rest of the parish could gather in worship even when physically separated. ❤️
- Your Parish Council met via Zoom last Thursday. Please find their report of their meeting below:
- A welcome to Fr Jobby to his first formal meeting of PC. Fr Jobby opened the meeting with a helpful reflection of a potted plant life story analogy with the role and work of PC.
- Child safety: Safe Ministry (formerly known as Child safety).This area has been renamed Safe Ministry as it addresses safety for all people, this includes all children and vulnerable people. As a result of much consultation Archbishop in Council has delivered new policies, procedures, documentation, training, administrative and legal requirements for all parishes to have in place as soon as is practicable, but essentially before the end of February 2022.
- Much work has been undertaken in the parish to date and we have kept everyone informed about this. It is now time to involve our volunteers on the next step of the compliance safety journey, beginning with parish council, then our other volunteers on our rosters. So how does this affect you? There are 3 Safe Ministry Training courses
- Safe Ministry Essentials (Level 1), for all volunteers in any role
- Safe Ministry with Children and Young People (Level 2), for all children and youth workers (lay and clergy) to develop awareness of Child Safety.
- Safe Ministry Implementation for Senior Leaders (Level 3), A course for all clergy, Parish Council members, Child Safe Officers and Ministry Program Coordinators. We thank you wholeheartedly in anticipation of your support for this next step in our compliance journey.
Maxine (firstname.lastname@example.org), will send this information around via email to all parishioners on our register of volunteers who will need to undertake Level 1 or 3 training which we are aiming to have done by the due date – 22 Feb 22.
- Live Streaming Review: Live streaming has evolved since the start of the first lockdown in 2020 and we have constantly looked for improvements, with a few hiccups along the way. Audio has been a major problem and we have now upgraded the microphones to address this. A working group has considered the future of live streaming and will continue its work to optimise a long-term approach. We will continue with incremental improvements in the short term
- Weekly Zoom Group: In the spirit of getting to know the parish, Father Jobby suggested a weekly Zoom meeting to allow parishioners to have a chat and conclude with an evening prayer. Watch this space!
- COVID Update: – Via Trevor Blake, the Diocese keeps us informed as to what we must do to comply with government regulations re COVID restrictions. We are now able to have more than one group of 5 in action each Sunday and you will some different faces from next Sunday.
- Throughout all churches, discussion is emerging re the difficult subject of vaccination as a requirement to attend and participate in church services. This is a complicated and potentially, contested issue. There are no conclusions or guidelines from church authorities to date. We will keep you posted.
- Robert Miller Bequest. While some background work continues, the lockdown has resulted in the next steps being on hold, particularly work between the Executor and the Estate Solicitor. There is no firm timetable in place, but we are hopeful the necessary negotiations can proceed shortly.
- Situations Vacant: We need a volunteer to look after the memorial register and keeping the memorial book up to date. This is not a particularly demanding task, only occasional activity occurs, usually following a funeral. Please have a chat to John McK if you can help with this, please.
- Likewise: A volunteer is needed to manage the various Registers we are required to maintain in relation to emergency services, OH&S, property inspections and the like. This is not to do with the inspections as such, but to keep us on the ball and follow up with the appropriate people.
- Parish Finances: We are now in the final month of the church financial year, and the forecast result is maybe a small surplus. This position is due to several factors
- Our free will giving has held up, much helped by so many parishioners using the direct debit system – many thanks to all. This is fundamental to parish life and much appreciated by PC members who have responsibility for finance matters.
- Secondly, with locum clergy for much of the year, the normal expenses are lower than usual, and
- Lastly, the government assistance by way of Job Keeper payments has been a significant contributor.
- PC approved the 21/22 budget which will be presented at the Parish Annual Meeting. In contrast to this current year, we are currently looking at a significant deficit which will have to be managed carefully.
- Synod: This is to be held over 13th to 16th October. Our reps are FR Jobby, Trevor Blake and Jeff Rae. There some “heavy” items on the agenda and PC will meet with our reps by way of preparation for the synod sessions.
- Parish Annual Meeting: This will take place, hopefully face to face, on Sunday 14th Nov. Group leaders are asked to have their reports in to Maxine by email, by 31st Oct. Please give prayerful consideration re standing for a role as a PC Member, CW, IC member (won’t be demanding at all!!) Any questions, please ask a PC member.
- Fr Jobby, along with wardens and Parish Council supports the efforts of our State and Federal Governments to keep us safe and in an effort to maximise the wellbeing of our citizens, encourage all parishioners to take their responsibility seriously by getting vaccinated. If you, or anyone you know, has trouble attending a vaccination centre, please speak to one of the wardens who will be able help you with transport and/or advocate for you.
- Next week’s readings: 26 September Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Esther 7.1-6,9-10: 9.20-22 Ps 124, James 5.12-20, Mark 9.38-50
- A small group of St Dunstan’s parishioners have been saying Morning Prayer together via Zoom, at 9.15 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays since April 2020. We share the leading, reading and intercessory roles. Week by week we pray for each member of the Parish. If you would like to join us please contact Trevor Blake by email at email@example.com or on 0401 716 264.
- Please continue to pray for each other from our Parish Prayer List.
Safe Ministry (formerly known as Child safety)
This area has been renamed Safe Ministry as it addresses safety for all people, this includes all children and vulnerable people.
As a result of much consultation Archbishop in Council has delivered new policies, procedures, documentation, training, administrative and legal requirements for all parishes to have in place as soon as is practicable, but essentially before the end of February 2022.
Much work has been undertaken in the parish to date and we have kept everyone informed about this. It is now time to involve our volunteers on the next step of the compliance safety journey, beginning with parish council, then our other volunteers on our rosters.
So how does this affect you?
3 Safe Ministry Training courses
The courses offer basic level training for all clergy and lay position holders in the concepts of safe ministry and additional training for those people responsible for implementing Diocesan safe ministry requirements on the ground. If you are on rosters or hold a position in the parish then the training is for you. You will be able to claim a reimbursement for this from the parish.
There are three levels:
Safe Ministry Essentials (Level 1)
This two hour online course if for all volunteers, eg. lawn mowers, readers, servers, welcomers, flower roster, silver polishers, craft group leaders etc etc. All volunteers are asked to complete level 1. This is because the Safe Ministry training includes developing and awareness of diocesan policies and procedures relating to people protection. Once able to gather, we can have a small group of people doing the course together. This works for those who are not computer savvy or who don’t have a computer or good internet access. We hope to be able to do face to face training in the future as well as online training.
This training is available as an eTraining course via Openlearning.com
The cost for Level 1 is $20.
Safe Ministry with Children and Young People (Level 2)
A two-hour course for all children and youth workers (lay and clergy) to develop awareness of Child Safety. Level 2 training is for all those engaged in child-related roles.
Safe Ministry Implementation for Senior Leaders (Level 3)
A course for all clergy, Parish Council members, Child Safe Officers and Ministry Program Coordinators aimed at working through the implementation of Diocesan Safe Ministry Policy, Protocols and Procedures. Level 3 training is for all those involved in the implementations of safe ministry policies, protocols and procedures in parishes. This includes all clergy, parish council and wardens, child safety officers, and coordinators of ministry to children and youth.
This training will be offered via Zoom (details to provided soon). The cost for Level 3 is $15.
We thank you wholeheartedly in anticipation of your support for this next step in our compliance journey. Maxine will send this information around via email to all parishioners on our register of volunteers who will need to undertake Level 1 or 3. She will be available to assist anyone who needs support to undergo this training which we are aiming to have done by the due date – 22 Feb 22.
- The Diocesan Child Safe Policy is available on our website https://stdunstans.org.au/index.php/child-safe-policy/
- Important Numbers:
Child Safe Officer: Ms Maxine Farrar 0408 311 390
Child Protection: 1300 360 391
Kooyoora: 1800 135 246
- As part of our child safety priorities, we are required to make available the Kooyoora Mission Statement in our newsletter.
Kooyoora Ltd is an independent not for profit company that provides professional standards and other services to charities, including charities that are Anglican dioceses, entities, colleges and schools, to enable them more effectively to fulfil their charitable objectives. Their Vision is as follows:
“Our Vision is to enable and manage–
a fair and independent process for complaint handling and screening for par ticipating organisations tailored to their circumstances that –
respects both complainants and respondents
upholds the standards and integrity of the organization, and
promotes the safety of children and adults with whom the organization en gages.
schemes for participating institutions to provide redress through an
independent survivor focused, trauma informed, pastoral and therapeutic process.”
For more information, please visit https://www.kooyoora.org.au/
ANGLICAN COMMUNITY NEWS
09 – 15 September
West Sydney covid positive doctor visits, Mandatory vaccination questioned by religious leaders, Bishop John Shelby Spong LGBQT supporter dies, Life as a Muslim before 9/11, Former US presidents, religious leaders launch organization to aid Afghan evacuees, Faith and feminism and much more.
The aged care home at the centre of a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney last year, Newmarch House, is again on edge after a positive case visited the site. A spokesperson for Anglicare, which runs Newmarch House, said the home was placed into precautionary lockdown, with residents isolating in their rooms.
Religious leaders are calling for the NSW Government to reverse its decision to ban unvaccinated churchgoers from attending their local service. Under the roadmap out of lockdown announced last week, places of worship can reopen to double jabbed people once 70 per cent of adults are fully vaccinated. Watch Sydney Archbishop Kanishka Raffel’s remarks on Channel 7’s Sunrise program.
Leaders of Melbourne’s ultra-Orthodox community are pleading with the state government to let them gather in small prayer groups during Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, which begins on Wednesday evening.
US Bishop John Shelby Spong, a best-selling author and cleric known for his progressive theology and his support of LGBTQ clergy in the Episcopal Church, has died. He was 90. Spong’s liberal views on theology were met with anger and dismissal by critics, who saw him as preaching something different from Christianity — which was seen as a betrayal of his role as a bishop charged with defending the faith. He was part of a movement of writers who felt the Christian faith needed to adapt to a changing world in order to have a viable future and who often rejected miracles or other spiritual parts of the Bible.
A radical shake-up of the Church of England’s central governance has been proposed by an official review group. The Governance Review Group’s proposals include scaling back the powers of the House of Bishops to set national policy, and placing most of the activities currently overseen by the Church Commissioners and bodies such as the Archbishops’ Council under the auspices of a single charitable body called the Church of England National Services. The report says that the “complexity” of the current governance structure “encourages confusion, duplication, and accountability gaps”, and “is not sustainable or suitable for the Church’s future mission”.
“We used to have a multidimensional identity based on a rich cultural history,” writes Guardian columnist Nesrine Malik. “Now we’re just seen as good or bad Muslims … When I try to remember what it was like before, what I am really doing is attempting to piece together when Islam went from being a multidimensional, personal identity to a flat, political one, and 9/11 feels like the day it happened.”
Bishop Anne Dyer of Aberdeen & Orkney, accused of bullying by multiple people, should step back permanently from the diocese, concludes a review that warns of “systemic dysfunction” in the diocese. The review, conducted by Professor Iain Torrance, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen and a former Moderator of the General Assembly of the (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland, cites concerns about bullying, “strikingly increased centralisation” and the Bishop’s interactions with St Andrew’s Aberdeen, formerly the Cathedral church.
Three former presidents and first ladies have joined with religious leaders, faith-based refugee resettlement agencies and others to support a new national organization with the goal of making it easier to help Afghan evacuees arriving in the United States. Welcome.US launched Tuesday (Sept 14) to provide a single point of entry for Americans to donate to frontline organizations, host arriving families through Airbnb and find other ways to help Afghans as they rebuild their lives in the U.S. after fleeing the Taliban.
If religion and feminism were people, we might imagine them as a long-bickering couple at marriage counselling. Sitting on the therapist’s couch, they have a long history of distrust, seemingly different life goals, and hurting each other. They often view each other with contempt. On the surface, it would indeed seem that these two warring parties have little, if anything, to offer each other. But a good marriage counsellor could dig beneath the seemingly insurmountable differences and excavate a history where they worked well together, and offer not merely hope for reconciliation, but potential for mutual benefit and a common goal.
Christianity is not a culturally derived religious philosophy that gradually evolved over the years. Christianity is based on the historical reality of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. This claim is hugely significant, for if it can be shown that the New Testament accounts of Jesus are nothing but myths and exaggerations formed incrementally over the years by overzealous adherents, Christianity disappears in a puff of smoke leaving nothing behind but moralism.
ARCHBISHOP PHILIP FREIER
THOUGHTS AND OPINION
15 Sep 2021
In this week’s lockdown video, Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier reflects about his communications life today – almost totally online. He ponders, how does that affect the quality of decision-making when the fully human dimension is missing. The aspects of interaction that may not normally seem high-value have surprisingly emerged as very important, in allowing us to be fully alive with a group of people. We are human in human community – the collective often produces greater wisdom than any single contribution. Yet Zoom and the like have been a great boon during the pandemic. This morning Archbishop Freier held his second public conversation for 2021 by means of Zoom webinar on the topic of fighting crime’s vicious circle. The panel discussed some of the factors that make it really hard for people being released from prison to take a full part in society, especially given the stigma of a criminal record. One simple piece of advice was, don’t hold back from engaging with people, asking who they were at the time of the crime and who they are now. What have they learned, how do they see themselves differently? Often our reticence closes our minds and our hearts from fuller engagement. As we engage with each other we are more fully who God wants us to be. The capacity to have these kinds of conversations is the foundation of evangelism and, as we want to bless someone else, it’s important to understand how they might bless us.
Watch the video below.