Early in my ministry formation I had my first annual review. It didn’t go well.
Many of us within the Western church world, who think of it wrongly as the ancient epicentre of Christianity, wonder whether we can have anything to learn from those regions closer to Australia.
When you think about your needs, what comes to mind? Naturally we think of food, water, and shelter. But what about your mental, emotional, and even spiritual needs? And what even qualifies as a need instead of a want?
Scandalous examples of abuse have eroded confidence in the church and its message. This has profoundly impacted our pastoral ministries and evangelistic endeavours.
It has been a long time coming, 14 years in fact, but there is a strong sense of expectation as the bishops of the Anglican Communion and their spouses prepare to gather for the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England from 26 July to 8 August.
There’s almost an embarrassment of Christian festivals in the months between Christmas and Pentecost.
My hope for the Melbourne diocese’s vision for the next 175 years is that, throughout that time, beginning now, it will re-confirm the centre of our faith, and discover new meaning in our identity as Anglican Christians.
Sometimes you have to look to the past to see the future clearly. 175 years ago Bishop Charles Perry was appointed to the colonial backwater of the District of Port Philip.
Every perspective risks distortion without a context. Retracing the history of Chinese Anglicanism in Melbourne as a missionary endeavour is thus necessary to develop any vision for its future.
Jesus’ teaching in Luke 6 to “love your enemies, do good to them who hate you” is profoundly challenging to many aspects of human behaviour.